Jamaica contemplates clearing National Heroes

first_imgA debate on a Bill to absolve certain National Heroes and their supporters of criminal liability started in Parliament earlier this week. The legislation – the National Heroes and Other Freedom Fighters (Absolution from Criminal Liability in Respect of Specified Events) Act, 2017, was piloted by Culture, Minister, Olivia  “Babsy” Grange.When passed, National Heroes – Sam Sharpe, George William Gordon, Paul Bogle, and Marcus Mosiah Garvey, as well as their supporters, sympathizers and participants by association, and other freedom fighters, will be absolved of criminal liability arising from their participation in “acts of liberation with moral justification”.Redeem and restore dignity In her remarks, Grange said the objective is to redeem and restore the dignity and integrity of those who suffered much.“Our ancestors were of a pedigree that was not daunted by challenges, no matter how great they were or how seemingly unsurmountable the obstacles.They came to Jamaica shackled and belabored, but within their fertile minds dwelt the militant cultures they had fashioned back home in the various tribal forces of the (African) continent,” she stated.Duty of present generationShe added that it is the duty of the present generation of Jamaicans, who are inheritors of the new life resulting from the self-sacrifice of our ancestors, to take the bold step and correct the wrongs of the past, and restore the dignity and integrity of the cause for which the nation’s forefathers so willingly died.“This Bill gives new life to these, our heroes and unsung heroes, and seeks to redress the wrongs and set the captives free,” Grange stated.In his contribution, Opposition Member of Parliament for Central Kingston, Ronald Thwaites, said the legislation would enable an engagement that is “appropriate and valid in law.”“When law is wrongly applied it must be corrected. There is a legal as well as a moral imperative to enact. We are the highest court in the land, and it is of great importance that we should do what we are doing,” he said.Debate on the Bill will continue at the next sitting of the House of Representatives.last_img read more

Morning Reaction Tuesday Top 7 Ravens for Week 9

first_imgBelow are our Tuesday Top 7 Ravens players in the thrilling last-second victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night. We’ll track our rankings throughout the 2011 season with the following point system:No. 1 – 7 pointsNo. 2 – 6 pointsNo. 3 – 5 pointsNo. 4 – 4 pointsNo. 5 – 3 pointsNo. 6 – 2 pointsNo. 7 – 1 pointLuke Jones’ Top 7 …7) Ben Grubbs6) Terrence Cody5) Billy Cundiff4) Dennis Pitta3) Torrey Smith2) Anquan Boldin1) Joe FlaccoDrew Forrester’s Top 7 …7) Cory Redding6) Anquan Boldin5) Billy Cundiff4) Torrey Smith3) Dennis Pitta2) Cary Williams1) Joe FlaccoSEASON TO DATE:Luke Jones:1. Terrell Suggs (29 points)2. Joe Flacco (27 points)3. Ray Rice (26 points)4. Haloti Ngata (24 points)5. Anquan Boldin (20 points)6. Torrey Smith (11 points)7. Ed Reed (8 points)7. Ray Lewis (8 points)7. Terrence Cody (8 points)7. Billy Cundiff (8 points)11. Bernard Pollard (7 points)11. Cary Williams (7 points)13. David Reed (6 points)14. Bryant McKinnie (5 points)14. Lardarius Webb (5 points)14. Dennis Pitta (5 points)14. Jarret Johnson (5 points)18. Sam Koch (4 points)19. Cory Redding (3 points)19. Jameel McClain (3 points)19. Paul Kruger (3 points)22. Matt Birk (1 point)22. Ben Grubbs (1 point)Drew Forrester:1. Joe Flacco (27 points)2. Ray Rice (22 points)2. Terrell Suggs (22 points)4. Haloti Ngata (18 points)5. Anquan Boldin (17 points)6. Ray Lewis (12 points)7. Lardarius Webb (11 points)7. Torrey Smith (11 points)9. Ed Reed (10 points)10. Bernard Pollard (9 points)10. Billy Cundiff (9 points)10. Dennis Pitta (9 points)13. Cary Williams (8 points)14. Bryant McKinnie (7 points)14. Sam Koch (7 points)16. Ed Dickson (6 points)17. Jarret Johnson (5 points)17. Paul Kruger (5 points)19. Jameel McClain (4 points)20. Marshal Yanda (2 points)20. Andre Gurode (2 points)22. Cory Redding (1 point)last_img read more

2019 AFCON Qualifiers (Matchday 2) Get New Schedule

first_img2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Matchday 2 qualifiers have been given a new schedule.According to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Matchday 2 qualifying fixtures will now take place from September 3-11, 2018.https://twitter.com/CAF_Online/status/933330618351435777The aforementioned fixtures were initially slated for March 19-27, 2018 before they were postponed on the request of Nigeria.The request was to allow CAF’s 2018 World Cup representatives (Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Tunisia and Senegal) use the FIFA international window (March) to prepare for the tournament. Related2019 AFCON Qualifiers Moved Till OctoberNovember 17, 2017In “Africa”Super Eagles Get New AFCON, World Cup Qualifiers DatesAugust 19, 2020In “2021 AFCON”2021 AFCON: Super Eagles Qualifiers Affected By New Tournament DateJanuary 17, 2020In “Africa”last_img read more

Barton comes out swinging after 18 month betting ban

first_img StumbleUpon English football suspension extended until 30 April  March 19, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Share UEFA confirms indefinite Finals postponement March 24, 2020 Burnley midfielder Joey Barton has returned fire on the FA after it banned him from all professional football activity for a period of 18 months with immediate effect for breaching Rule 8 of its code of conduct, by placing wagers on a number of football matches.Writing on his website, Barton commented: “I think if the FA is truly serious about tackling the culture of gambling in football, it needs to look at its own dependence on the gambling companies, their role in football and in sports broadcasting, rather than just blaming the players who place a bet.”This afternoon FA governance published a statement detailing that its investigation had found the 34-year old footballer to have placed 1260 bets on a number of “football matches and competitions” over a period of 10-years.Barton’s betting activity was in clear breach of ‘FA Rule E8’ which prohibits any professional footballer, referee, coach or club official to bet on ‘the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of, or occurrence in, football matches or competitions (FA ‘Rules of the Association’)Following a review by an Independent Regulatory Commission, Barton was issued his suspension sentence and further fined £30,000 for misconduct.Barton said that the decision effectively forces him to call an early retirement to his career.  The footballer accepts the decision but is ‘disappointed at the harshness of the sanction’.“I accept that I broke the rules governing professional footballers, but I do feel the penalty is heavier than it might be for other less controversial players. I have fought addiction to gambling and provided the FA with a medical report about my problem. I’m disappointed it wasn’t taken into proper consideration.”Barton further states that none of the wagers placed were influenced or had any attachment/connection to match fixing of football. Barton would publish the thirty ‘most pertinent bets’ as determined by the FA – with five bets involving matches he actually played in.He added in a searching statement: “A ban of 18 months is longer than several bans handed to players who played in matches where they bet for their team to lose and – unlike me – were found to have had an ability to influence the games. The only players to be banned for 12 months or longer bet against their own teams and played in the matches in which they placed those bets. Players who did not play in the matches they placed the bets in have never been banned for longer than 6 months. I feel the ban is excessive in this context.“Throughout my career I am someone who has made mistakes and owned up to those mistakes and tried to learn from them. I intend to do that here. I accept that this is one more mess I got into because of my own behaviour. This episode has brought home to me that just as I had to face up to the need to get help to deal with alcohol abuse, and with anger, so now I need to get help for my issues with gambling, and I will do so.”Football integrity will be discussed at next week’s Betting on Football Conference – 3-5 May at Stamford Bridge – with one session entitled Keeping it clean – preventing match fixing. Pick up your tickets here. Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020last_img read more

Henrik Tjärnström – Kindred has UK sights following 32 Red acquisition

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Share Share GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Related Articles Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk  August 10, 2020 Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Presenting Q1 2017 results, Kindred Group CEO Henrik Tjärnström has stated his firm will move to become a UK market player following the acquisition of 32 Red Plc for £175 million (deal announced February 2017).Kindred’s leader was pleased to have secured his firm’s thirteenth online gambling brand, adding a further renowned asset to Kindred’s regulated market portfolio.Tjärnström told investors that 32 Red joins Kindred stables, at the strongest point in the firm’s history. Q1 2017 has seen the Stockholm-listed operator record ‘all-time highs’ in player activity of +1.2 million, combined with its sports betting division hitting the £1 billion wagering mark.Moving forward Kindred will have a triple brand presence in the UK, with 32 Red, Stan James and Unibet brands bringing diverse and attractive consumer propositions to a market valued at £4.5 billion with an estimated 22.5 million active customers (UKGC industry stats).Assessing 32 Red as an acquisition target, Tjärnström revealed that Kindred’s executive team viewed the company as a ‘complimentary asset’ for its UK portfolio which to date had been primarily driven by the sports betting services of Stan James (acquired 2015) and legacy brand Unibet.Kindred now gains a focused online casino property for the UK market, which will contribute to market growth immediately having reported full-year 2016 revenues of £62 million combined with an EBITDA of £10.6 million.Ending the update, Tjärnström stated that Kindred executives will push to make 32 Red cash effective asset by improving cost and operational synergies with existing corporate assets.last_img read more

PKR appoints administrators as company files for bankruptcy

first_img UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Submit Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles The management of embattled online poker room PKR (PKR.com) has informed the market that it has appointed administrators as the company officially files for bankruptcy.Issuing a website update, PKR has informed that following a review of its financial arrangements, the operator has appointed David R Taylor and Matthew RM Wild of RSM Restructuring Advisory LLP as joint ‘PKR Technologies’ administrators.The company urges all its creditors and concerned parties to contact the administrators via – pkr.restructuring@rsmuk.com.This May PKR management shut-down its operations stating that the company had entered ‘financial difficulties’ and was in the process of taking professional advice.Through platform partner Microgaming, PKR management informed that all player accounts and funds had been separated from its day-to-day operations in-line with UKGC and Alderney online gambling practices.Entering administration, no party or industry stakeholder has thus far shown interest in PKR assets or operations. Launched in 2006 as a standalone 3D online poker room, PKR is one of the industry’s oldest poker operators.last_img read more

SBC Events breaks attendance records with second Betting on Sports

first_img Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Share Related Articles Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Submit Share A record number of delegates, exhibitors and top-level industry speakers attended the second edition of the Betting on Sports conference, held from 12-15 September at the Olympia Conference Centre in London.There were more than 1,300 registrations, a 100% increase on the number for the inaugural edition of the event and a 30% increase on attendance from this year’s biggest ever Betting on Football conference at Stamford Bridge.This total featured representatives from more than 140 operators, 100 suppliers and 75 top affiliates, alongside 75 sports club executives and a 5% share of both regulators/compliance staff and payment providers. All delegates were sent a post event feedback form, with 96.3% of respondents so far indicating they would recommend Betting on Sports to a colleague. While last year’s event featured 75 speakers in two conference rooms, this time around there were more than 180 speakers across three conference rooms and eight main conference tracks, including Sky Bet CEO Richard Flint, Pinnacle CEO Paris Smith, Mybet CEO Markus Peuler and Betfred CCO Phil Siers.Richard Gale, UK General Manager at Catena Media and a key speaker on the future landscape for sports betting affiliates, said: “The Betting on Sports conference was great, and it was a true pleasure to speak at the event. I thoroughly enjoyed it, with some great contacts/business coming out of it. Normally very sceptical of industry events to be honest, but this was the first time I’ve left wishing I’d spent more time at one!”John Caldwell, Partner at Narus Advisors and moderator on the US Sports session at last week’s event, added: “This may have been the best gambling conference I’ve ever been to. Well thought out and with some scale – but not to the point where you get lost wandering through the aisles. The whole thing looked terrific, well done!”Andreas Bardun, Head of Sports for LeoVegas and a panelist on the tennis session, said: “The best thing was this was a serious discussion and debate about the issues. No one in my panel had a hidden agenda with trying to sell something. I was proud to be part of panels because I had debate with really knowledgeable people.”Running concurrently with the conference sessions, the lively product display and networking space was subjected to a 200% increase from 20 to 60 exhibitors, with 25 first-time exhibitors including Mr Green and SBTech, alongside returning sponsors such as OPTIMA, Golden Race and HiPay, who also provided headline sponsorship for the first official networking party at Altitude 360.Located on the 29th floor of Westminster’s tallest building, Altitude 360 welcomed around 600 of the #boscon2017 delegates to enjoy its 360-degree views of the UK’s capital city, while Under the Bridge, a nightclub positioned underneath Stamford Bridge, picked up the baton to host the event’s successful closing party on Thursday 14 September.Pinnacle CEO Paris Smith commented: “The best week spent out of the office this year, and the most impactful networking opportunity in the industry.”SBC Managing Director Andrew McCarron concluded: “The record level of attendance for Betting on Sports 2017 is testament to the growth of SBC Events and the support we receive from the entire sports betting industry. We were delighted to combine a lively exhibition area with the most comprehensive agenda the sector has ever seen. The hugely positive reception has given us great confidence in our planning for both next year’s event and the biggest ever Betting on Football from 20-23 March.”last_img read more

Sky Sports loses out on La Liga rights

first_img The 20 year relationship between Sky Sports and La Liga has come to an end, after Eleven Sports won the rights to show the League’s matches in the UK and Ireland for the next three years. The deal comes after Sky’s bid of less than £18 million was topped by Eleven Sports, who opted not to disclose the amount that it paid for the rights, which will commence next season.  Eleven Sports are owned by Leeds United Chairman Andrea Radrizzani, who has helped the broadcaster gain a strong presence in numerous markets, including: Poland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Italy, USA, Singapore and Taiwan. Javier Tebas, president of La Liga commented on the deal: “Eleven Sports are an excellent partner for us in various markets across Europe and we are delighted to have the opportunity to work with them in the UK and Ireland – important markets for us in which La Liga is very popular.”  The decision could be monumental for the way football is broadcast in the UK, as Eleven Sports could utilise its online platforms and broadcast La Liga to an English audience via a online subscription based platform. Although, it may see a more lucrative venture is to set up a channel on UK television, something that may become a realistic ambition if it expands its arsenal with the acquisition of a set English fixtures. The other option for Eleven Sports is to sub-license some, or all of its La Liga offering, a move that would likely favour BT Sport given that Marc Watson is the former CEO of BT and was responsible for the forming of BT Sports, is now in charge of the day to day running of Eleven Sports. Furthermore, having captured the rights to Spain’s top division, Eleven Sports could now look for expansion into the English Premier League, with two Premier League rights packages remaining available.  After the February bidding for the Premier League rights came to a close, package F and G, which contained 20 matches, both still remained up for grabs. However, Sky got the bulk of the package with 128 live games and BT Sport picked up 32 games. Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

BetConstruct reflects on fruitful World GES

first_img Submit VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 Related Articles Share New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020 Nuno Gomes joins BetConstruct and FeedConstruct as brand ambassador June 18, 2020 Industry technology and systems provider BetConstruct is reflecting on a successful time at this year’s World Gaming Executive Summit (World GES).Held in Barcelona last week, this year’s edition of the summit involved a wealth of lively discussions on industry-related burning questions.Touching upon the advancements in the IT sphere, participants of the C-Suite panel entitled ‘The future of sports betting – what will the industry look like in 2030?’ discussed what the future holds for ecommerce.  This was particularly relevant for BetConstruct, given its recent roll-out of its new integrated sportsbook concept.Based on each player’s behaviour and betting style, the new ‘Recommendation System’ feature in BetConstruct’s sportsbook has personalised offers with several bets, while hoping to create a better customer experience and increase stakes on partners’ websites.Continuing with the hot topic of artificial intelligence (AI), the panelists discussed how its implementation into the trading desk and smartodds can be one of the milestones that machine learning strives to reach. World GES also outlined the recent legislative updates in Europe and the USA. The new regulatory frameworks will open up more possibilities for international operators to fully explore the potential of the markets. BetConstruct took the pragmatic view that believe the laws will continue to improve for both the governments and the operators. StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

Raketech affirms stance on responsibility with Sper partnership

first_img StumbleUpon Raketech names Karlsten as new COO May 27, 2020 Submit Raketech boosts global network with Lead Republik acquisition March 11, 2020 Share Paf CRO Daniela Johansson wins SPER’s Swedish leader of the year  June 11, 2020 Related Articles Share Online affiliate and content marketing specialists, Raketech have unveiled a new partnership with the Swedish Gambling Association (Spelbranschens Riksorganisation, Sper). The association is dedicated to protecting consumers and stakeholders in the regulated Swedish gambling market. This partnership means that Raketech joins a group of businesses with a shared goal to protect the long-term health of the Swedish gaming industry.Michael Holmberg, Raketech CEO commented: “Sper looks after the best interests of the Swedish gaming industry and being part of the association further validates our commitment to responsible affiliate marketing. We are pleased to receive a stamp of approval to work alongside Sper – learning from our peers and sharing our expertise on delivering trustworthy information to our users so that they can make informed and responsible decisions.”Jenny Nilzon, Sper CEO added: “We welcome Raketech as a new member of Sper. Raketech already cooperates with several of our members and its operations comprise an important link in the customer lifecycle. If we want to reach our sustainability targets, it is crucial to involve as many market participants as possible.”Sper started out as an ethical council that provided consumer marketing guidance and transitioned into a trade association for Swedish gambling companies in July 2017. Raketech has experience providing casino and sports media products in regulated markets such as Denmark and the UK. Raketech’s experience gained from regulated markets will provide valuable knowledge for Sper members to achieve a common goal of increasing consumer protection in Sweden.Scott Collins, Raketech Head of Communications and Corporate Responsibility also spoke of the new partnership: “We are pleased to be a part of Sper and join an association committed to educating consumers on responsible gambling and protecting the long-term sustainability of the re-regulated Swedish gambling industry. We believe that our compliance and corporate responsibility know-how from an affiliate marketing perspective will add value to Sper and help develop the industry.”last_img read more