A dozen cricket scorers from Antigua & Barbuda had the opportunity to increase their skills at the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) workshop in Barbados which was conducted by noted Barbadian cricket scorer Harold Eastmond.According to Barbados Nation, throughout the workshop, Eastmond introduced the participants to the linear scoring method and exposed them to a number of different computer scoring solutions.“The importance of the scorer in the modern game is often overlooked so this was a valuable experience for the scorers that participated,” said Eastmond.“The WICB wants a uniform style of scoring in the Caribbean with all the territories using the same systems and this workshop will help enable the scorers in Antigua & Barbuda to get exposure to some of the best scoring systems on the market.”Eastmond added: “The aim is that when the WICB stages any of its competitions in the various territories they have scorers capable of providing accurate statistical information on the happenings in the game in a timely manner for distribution to other stakeholders.”WICB project officer in the cricket operations department Joset Jacobs, said; scoring, especially at regional matches, is ready for a major upgrade.She continued, “This will pave the way for more sophisticated and efficient scoring, and transfer of data to our stakeholders, especially the fans and the media, in a smooth and timely manner.”“Currently, resources can become stretched when we stage matches, particularly during our development tournaments, and this we hope will assist the territories with having a higher number of trained scorers available to them to cover matches.Participants of the workshop scored the ONEINDIG One-day International between West Indies and England last Sunday as part of their assessment. This is the second workshop of its kind the WICB has staged in as many years.
Month: August 2020
By Dr. Mary“Youth are the future. They are being blessed; if wi don’t teach dem they are doomed to extinction,” said Sizzla at last Saturday’s Life Of A Ghetto Youth show.The Life of A Ghetto Youth Tour commenced at Central Broward Stadium. It was the second time that Sizzla Kalonji has been in South Florida since his US visa was reissued last year and fans were anxious to see him perform.This seven-city tour, put on by Vas Productions, has Sizzla Kalonji and guest stars Marlon Asher, Pressure Buss Pipe, The Fire House Band, Ras Shiloh and Izac King.The first stop was in Fort Lauderdale, then St. Petersburg on June 11.Fans of conscious reggae braved the inclement weather to support the show. They were treated to the melodious sounds of Marlon Asher, Ras Shiloh, Izac King and Orlando Octive. The latter is a Trinidadian soca/reggae artist who did a cameo and left the crowd wanting more.Pressure gave an impressive performance“Di music nice”, said an attendee. Another said, “this yah good music.” Heads bobbing and bodies swaying as Pressure came out in full force with The Firehouse Band and did his thing.Fans gathered round the stage and sang with him every step of the way. When he closed with his signature song, Love and Affection, the crowd raised their voices even louder in unison.Pressure was asked why he joined the tour. He said, “It’s a good opportunity,” adding that it’s important to highlight “youth that come from nothing to something” like himself.Sizzla performed songs from his major albums: Praise Ye Jah, Black Woman And Child and Da Real Thing. Songs like Woman I Need You, Thank You Mama, Just One of Those Days and Words of Divine had the crowd shouting and begging for more. Sizzla performed with non-stop energy and at one point brought his son on stage. He warmed the hearts of his fans and left them in a state of tranquility.He was asked why a tour now what’s the significance.“Cause it ah time, I’m a youth, keep the spirit alive,” he said.Through his Sizzla Youth Foundation, Sizzla supports impoverished youth in his hometown of August Town in Jamaica, promoting peace to minimize crime in the community.Last year, police said that crime was down in August Town in large part due to Sizzla’s influence.
Internal security challenges will be the main focus of Tradewinds 2018, the multinational and multidimensional maritime, internal security and disaster relief operation in the Caribbean, which will be held here from June 4-12.According to Captain Kayode Sutton of the St. Kitts-Nevis Defense Force (SKNDF), who is also the lead planner for the event, Tradewinds is a United States Chairman of Joint Chief of Staffs approved U.S. Southern Command sponsored exercise. It is usually broken down into two phases, the second of which is slated for the Bahamas from June 13-26.Caribbean faced with internal security challenges“The main focus of the training is going to be strictly Internal Security (IS) because most of the Caribbean islands are faced with Internal Security challenges,” he said during an interview with the St. Kitts and Nevis Information Service (SKNIS).“Based on the programs that we put together for training, it is to fine tune our skills sets, our operating standards so that we can take out the best practices from all the participating nations and the major key players like the United States, United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Canada and other major countries.”Sutton explained the major countries will be able to bring to the table their experiences and tactics and come up with best practices to help each of the partnering nations that will be participating in Tradewinds 2018.Sharpen abilities of security forcesThe lead planner noted that there are many benefits for St. Kitts and Nevis and the region coming out of the training exercise, as Tradewinds helps to sharpen the abilities of all the security forces within the partner nations.“For St. Kitts and Nevis, we will be able to fine tune our skills sets; we will be able to learn better collaboration tactics that can be utilized within the Defense and Police Forces and we will also be able to network with the regional and international agencies,” said Captain Sutton. “We will also get exposure to some new tools and tricks of the trade… so that we can better deal with our internal securities because most of the Caribbean Islands have similar challenges so this is going to help us as a region.Phase one of the training will involve training of all of the security forces and partner nations, synchronizing their skills and tactics which will prepare them for successful execution during phase two in the Bahamas.
BASSETERRE, St. Kitts, CMC – The fourth annual Caribbean Investment Summit gets underway in St. Kitts on Wednesday with emphasis on improving the much controversial Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) that some regional countries use as a means of luring foreign investments to the Caribbean.The conference here coincides with the 35th anniversary of the CIP here, under whch investors receive citizenship of the twin island Federation in return for making a substantial investment in the socio-economic development of the country.The two-day conference is being held under the theme “The Caribbean Advantage” and the government said it is expected to be attended by more than 400 delegates including those from China, India, the Middle East, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.“Caribbean Investment Summit to be held this week in St. Kitts-Nevis will look back at the country’s innovative idea of economic citizenship 35 years ago and discuss the sustainable path forward,” a government statement said.It said that prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Dr. Timothy Harris will address the conference on the topic “A Focus on Regional Leadership and Vision: 35 Years of Caribbean CIP, looking back, the sustainable path forward”.Antigua and Barbuda hosted the first two summits in 2016 and 2017 and while the twin island Federation hosted the event last year “the regional participants in the CIP industry decided that the hosting of the annual event should be rotated in order to ensure equitable exposure and opportunities for all members”.
FIBA, the governing body of basketball, on Wednesday released a communique stating it had given the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF) till 30 November 2017, to resolve all pending leadership crises presently engulfing the NBBF.According to the FIBA communique, the global body will communicate with the Mr. Ahmadu Musa Kida led board until the stated date above, but will NOT recognise any of the two warring factions, the other led by Mr. Tijani Umar.The decision comes as a welcome relief to stakeholders of the game locally amid fears of an international ban, who have been torn between taking sides in a crisis between the two factions, who obviously have staked a claim to being the legitimately elected board, following two separate elections which held in Kano-produced Umar as winner, and Abuja-produced Kida as winner.Apprehension had reached fever height about the participation of Nigeria at the forthcoming 2017 FIBA AfroBasket championship for Male and Female, holding respectively in Senegal-Tunisia and Mali, in the months of August and September.The newly sworn-in Kida led-board, on Saturday, 22 July 2017, released a 29 woman list for camping exercise to simultaneously hold in Lagos, Nigeria and Florida, USA ahead of the AfroBasket women championship which dunks off in August.D’Tigers of Nigeria, 2015 AfroBasket male champions, were also at risk of missing out on a title defence at the forthcoming championship, as the power tussle threatened to hinder the participation of the team, a situation which could have prevented them from attempting to defend their title.Hopefully both parties will reach a common agreement on the burning matters arising, to sustain the immense growth and followership basketball has recorded in the country.After all, when two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers! Long live Nigeria Basketball.RelatedNBBF crisis: Latest dramatic turn by Kida faction threatens growth of the game locally in NigeriaOctober 6, 2017In “BasketBall”FIBA Hands Nigeria November 30 UltimatumJuly 28, 2017In “Sports”Basketball: FIBA Showers More Accolades On AfroBasket Champions D’TigressAugust 29, 2019In “BasketBall”
StumbleUpon Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share Submit Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Related Articles Share Updating the market, Kambi Group Plc has informed that it has secured a multi-year contract extension with Stockholm-listed online gambling group LeoVegas AB, which will see the firm continue to act as lead sportsbook platform supplier for LeoVegas Sports.The contract extension follows the successful launch of LeoVegas Sports in 2016, which has become one of Kambi’s fastest growing clients.LeoVegas Sport became the first operator of the Kambi network to take large ownership of its frontend, giving it the ability to quickly enhance the personalised experience it offers its players.Updating stakeholders a pleased Kristian Nylen, Kambi CEO, said the contract renewal could be partly attributed to the empowerment capabilities the supplier provides its customers, with LeoVegas having been able to develop a unique sports betting experience on top of the Kambi Sportsbook core.“Since partnering in 2016, Kambi has enjoyed a close working relationship with LeoVegas, co-creating a differentiated product proven to appeal to players across various markets and demographics,”“Contract extensions are particularly pleasing as they underline both the relevance of the outsourcing model and quality of our Sportsbook, so we are of course delighted to have retained LeoVegas as a customer for the long-term,”Gaining solid product momentum and scalability serviced through Kambi solutions, LeoVegas Sports has launched in a number of regulated markets including UK, Italy, Denmark and Germany.Riku JokelaRiku Jokela, Head of Sports at LeoVegas said: “We are delighted to continue working with Kambi – it has been a great journey since the launch of LeoVegas Sports and we believe we have more exciting times ahead.“We really appreciate the support we’ve had from Kambi as we build and improve our unique sports betting experience. It makes a big difference for us that Kambi offers the most betting markets with all sports included.“Also, as a sports betting operator, we fully understand how important in-play betting is for our customers and, as far as I’m concerned, Kambi offers the best in-play experience. For instance, our customers love the Instant Betting features which allows them to bet on every point in tennis.”
Share Related Articles Share As the country gears itself up for the implementation of new operating regulations, Spanish gaming trade association Consejo Empresarial del Juego (CEJUEGO) has been incorporated into the Confederación Española de Organizaciones Empresariales (CEOE).Spanish news sources have reported that the Socialist Workers’ Party’s (PSOE), which was successful in the most recent election, had agreed to Podemos party demands on restricting gambling services and betting advertising.The new incorporation was agreed back in March 2018, which will see CEJUEGO draw upon the influence of CEOE as more regulations are set to come into force. “This incorporation is very good for us because of the possibilities it offers us to give more visibility to our sector to the government, the media and society in general,” CEJUEGO chief executive Alejandro Landaluce said.The agenda on reforming Spain’s gambling laws is not limited to PSOE and Podemos. This April, El Pais and Xataka published in-depth reports outlining 15-years of Spain’s liberalised gambling/betting marketplace.Pointing to Treasury statistics, Xataka reports that since 2013 Spanish gamblers have doubled from 645,000 to 1.5 million in 2018, with Spanish consumers moving away from ‘soft games’ such as the ‘Quinelas’ betting pools and ‘Once’ lotteries to online casino and live betting.Despite not gaining the 176 seats needed for a majority government, the PSOE’s 2019 budget sets out plans to implement more stringent controls on the gambling sector. Submit Spanish government removes Espinosa from DGOJ leadership May 6, 2020 Spain orders ‘social shield’ to fast track gambling advertising window April 1, 2020 Cejuego seeks advertising parity for Spanish gambling February 10, 2020 StumbleUpon
UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share Gambling.com maintains momentum against COVID-19 impacts August 19, 2020 Submit National Lottery Community Fund issues £14m in Climate Action grants August 24, 2020 The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has ensured that it is continuing to ‘support the local community’ after forging a new partnership with Birmingham-based charity, LoveBrum.The charity, first established in 2015, has utilised its funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to support local causes, volunteer-led initiatives as well as helping projects across the city reach funding.Sarah Gardner, executive director at the Gambling Commission said: “As an important employer here in Birmingham it is vital that we do all we can to support the local community.“We know the difference charities like LoveBrum can make to people’s lives so we are delighted to be involved and to ensure our employees can experience volunteering with a range of different charities and causes across the Birmingham area.”Sarah added: “Part of our role at the Gambling Commission is to regulate the National Lottery and help to maximise returns to good causes. Since its creation in 1994 the National Lottery has gone on to raise over £40bn for good causes across Britain, including the National Lottery Community Fund which supports the work of LoveBrum. We see it as the perfect link-up, not least because it is great to see how National Lottery proceeds are spent on good causes like this.”The UKGC currently employs over 300 member of staff at its Victoria Square headquarters in Birmingham, and has since become one of the charity’s patrons. Through the partnership, LoveBrum is able to continue its support of charities such as Solihull-based Birmingham Dogs Home and mental health cause, Sikh Your Mind.Paul Mitchell, Executive Director of LoveBrum concluded: “Our partnership with the Gambling Commission will be fantastic for us and we’re proud that the organisation has chosen to support our charity.“Having their employees on-board with everything we do and playing an active role will allow LoveBrum to help more local Birmingham causes, and support our mission to make Birmingham even better.” Related Articles
Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Dominik Beier, Group CEO of DACH markets legacy sportsbook Interwetten has spoken to SBC on his firm’s African market ambitions, which will launch imminently within Nigeria.Prior to global betting’s COVID-19 disruption, Interwetten’s executive team had announced that the sportsbook had secured a ‘national licence’ from Nigeria’s Lottery Regulatory Commission (LRC).The announcement sees Beier undertake a key strategic leadership directive, challenging Interwetten to grow beyond its DACH and European (Spain and Greece) market profile.“The strategic process was launched last summer, in which we assessed various new markets in which to build-up Interwetten as a sustainable and attractive long-term business,” Beier tells SBC.A review of global markets saw Interwetten’s executive team settle on a choice between Africa and South America, as new territories in which to expand the sportsbook’s legacy profile.“The situation regarding regulation and licenses was very straight forward, therefore we went for Africa. Nigeria is the first market which we will enter and from there we want to build up our regulated footprint across Africa” Beier details.Confident in his company’s intent, Beier is well-aware of Interwetten being a latecomer to the Nigerian betting scene. 2019 market analysis valued Nigerian sports wagering at ₦730 billion annually ($2 billion), with a reported 50 betting sites competing within the marketplace.Launching in Nigeria, Beier underlines that saturation is no entry barrier for Interwetten – “Which marketplace is not saturated…I really would like to know!”Instead, Beier counters that Africa remains a marketplace in which few leading European operators have established a presence, presenting a glaring opportunity for Interwetten.Having carried a year-long assessment of marketplace variables, Beier is confident that Interwetten is fully aware of cultural dynamics and local customs at play, which the company will combine with its tested operational know-how.“In order to handle the process and the set-up we had an internal project team which coordinated all product, trading, marketing legal and other touchpoints. That worked really well parallelly to the growth in our core markets. In order to strengthen our footprint though, we will for sure look into where additional resources are required.”Beier states that he is unafraid to test the legacy sportsbook’s capacity away from its home comforts, in which the young executive was appointed as the leader to bring a ‘generational change’ to Interwetten.A successful first year in charge of Interwetten, saw Beier deliver record corporate revenue metrics against a tough European regulatory backdrop.Interwetten governance’s gamble in appointing the industry’s youngest CEO appears to be paying off, as Beier moves to write the legacy operator (established 2000) new African chapter.“We are very well known for our reliability and our market-leading product. Our first goal will be to persuade Nigerian betting consumers that we have the best offer in the market, trusting that our principals that we are more fun and safe than what the competition has been to date.”We are confident that we can deliver a best-in-class product for Nigeria, a market which Interwetten will make its base for African expansion” Beier concludes. Submit Share BtoBet refines African SMS payment options with Tola Mobile August 20, 2020
Share In light of Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s package of new measures to support UK businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, it has since been confirmed that betting shops and casinos will not qualify for relief in business rates.Backed by PM Boris Johnson, Sunak announced that the Treasury department had reserved £330 billion in business loans (equivalent to 15% of GDP) to help the UK economy overcome COVID-19 disruptions.Sunak specified that businesses listed under the retail, leisure and hospitality sectors would be able to make insurance claims against their policies, while also remaining exempt from business rates for 12 months.However, it has since been confirmed that both betting shops and casinos would not be eligible for business rates relief.In response, Betting and Gaming Council chief executive Michael Dugher and Chairman Brigid Simmonds OBE released an open letter to the government requesting a rethink on the ‘hugely damaging decision on business rates’.The letter said: “In light of the unprecedented economic emergency caused by the coronavirus pandemic, that represents a genuine threat to the survival of many of our businesses, we were extremely encouraged when you told the House of Commons (17 March) you will “do whatever it takes to support our economy through this crisis”. You said: “I am extending this business rates holiday to all businesses in those sectors, irrespective of their rateable value. That means that every single shop, pub, theatre, music venue and restaurant, and any other business in the retail, hospitality or leisure sector, will pay no business rates whatsoever for 12 months”.“Further, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, in a written answer to a parliamentary question (19 March), stated that the Government would be “giving all retail, hospitality and leisure businesses in England a 100 per cent business rates holiday for the next 12 months”.“However, in marked contrast to these statements to Parliament, the Treasury took the decision to exclude our member companies from any form of business rate relief.“The Business Rates Local Authority Guidance (published 18 March) specifically excludes ‘casinos and gambling clubs’, which presumably includes bingo halls, as well as classifying high street betting shops, in antiquated terms, as being part of ‘financial services’ – despite our members’ clear listing on the London Stock Exchange as part of the leisure industry. Any suggestion that casinos are not part of the leisure industry is frankly bizarre when they provide entertainment, food and drink to millions of people every year.“The Government has quite rightly added many other businesses to the official guidance such as nightclubs, but for reasons no one can work out betting shops, casinos and bingo halls have been deliberately left out to dry. Why are the many hardworking staff that are employed in our industry, whose jobs are at risk because of the same challenges faced in other leisure companies, not considered by the Treasury worthy of similar support?“We strongly believe that there is cross-party support for you to reconsider this decision and make government support on business rates available to betting shops, casinos and bingo halls. To be absolutely clear: all casinos and betting shops are currently loss-making with most casinos – up to 140 – due to close this weekend and nearly 7,000 high street betting shops expected to close imminently due to the lack of sport and Government guidelines on the need for social distancing.“If there is no change in the Government‘s approach, within months many casinos will be insolvent and we run the very risk that permanent closures of betting shops will occur. Together these retail businesses support the majority of employment in our industry – around 64,000 jobs. Without the ability to generate revenue from football and horseracing, which account for 75 per cent of the UK licenced sports betting market, these employment costs are unsustainable.“Of course, in addition to business rates, there are a range of additional short-term measures that could also be introduced to help our members stand any chance of survival. These include: immediate support on employment costs similar to those enacted in Spain and Denmark where a portion of payroll is covered by the government; access to Business Interruption loans or guarantees; and automatic application of time to pay on all taxes and gaming duties.“We recognise these are unprecedented times and we appreciate the pressures that you and your colleagues in government are under in order to tackle the crisis. In responding to the crisis, our members have offered to free up staff time to help, for example where they have medical training, and the use of our premises for catering or any other purpose as required to help those in most need. We are also increasing safer gambling messaging.“Without the kind of help that the Government is rightly prepared to offer other sectors, including in other parts of the hospitality, leisure and entertainment industries, there is a real danger that the physical presence of our industry on the high street, in our towns and cities, will be largely wiped out.“Not only is this a sector which provides a leisure activity enjoyed by millions of people up and down the country, but its closure could lead to a migration of gambling to the black market, which is not only unregulated and an unsafe place for people to bet, but it also contributes nothing to the Exchequer or the country. We would therefore be grateful if you could rethink this hugely damaging decision on business rates.”Dugher’s sentiment was supported by MPs Laurence Robertson and Conor McGinn, the co-chairs of the All-Party Parliamentary Racing and Bloodstock Group, who requested that the government provides financial support to both the racing and betting sectors.In a joint statement, they said: “These are unprecedented times that require the whole nation and government to work together to tackle the coronavirus public health emergency. In dealing with the economic crisis that accompanies it, much has rightly been made of the urgent need for government to support the leisure, hospitality, entertainment and retail sectors, and protect jobs.“We are clear that the livelihoods of hundreds of thousands of people who rely on the horseracing and betting industries must be a key part of that; from racecourses such as Cheltenham and Haydock in our constituencies, to training yards as well as the bookie on the high street.“We will be fully behind racing in the challenging and uncertain times ahead. We now call on the government to play its role in securing the future and sustainability of our great sport, and supporting the industry which makes such a significant financial and social contribution to its success.” Share BGC lauds success of whistle to whistle ban August 21, 2020 Related Articles UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon