Digicel partners with CPL to develop youth cricket

first_imgMore than 200 young cricketers across the Caribbean region will benefit from a training program involving players and coaches from the respective Caribbean Premier League (CPL) franchises under the Digicel CPL Youth Program.The initiative will be broken down into two phases – The Big Brother Program and Take it to the Streets. It is a joint effort by Digicel and the CPL to give back to and nurture developing cricketing talents in the participating CPL tournament markets. The markets include Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago.One Day clinicsEach one-day clinic will consist of boys and girls who will be taught the fundamentals of the game in order to improve and hone their skills while learning from the best in the sport. Not only will the youth be sharpening their cricketing skills, but will also instill the intangible requirements it takes to be great in the sport.“Sport is a major part of the Caribbean culture and we are staying true to our commitment of developing and nurturing athletes across the region. The kids are the focus here. We are merely providing the platform for them to express themselves and show their class, while learning from some of the world’s best,” said Digicel’s Head of Sponsorship, Ben Bradley.Damien O’Donohoe, CEO of Hero CPL said the region is blessed with talent and this program will help bring much of it to the forefront. “I’ve had the opportunity to watch and interact with some of these young talents across the region over the years and I can tell you they’re very promising,” he said. “So we’re very excited to be working with Digicel in this new way to help develop these kids, some of who will be playing on these fields in the future.”The Big Brother program kicks off in Barbados next Tuesday.last_img read more

Missing plane found in Jamaica, three on board killed

first_imgRescue teams in Jamaica have found the wreckage of the single engine Cessna 206F that disappeared while on an internal flight between the Sangster International Airport in St James, and the Tinson Pen Aerodrome in capital, Kingston, on ThursdayThe bodies of the three people on board, including two pilots, were also found by members of the Jamaica Defense Force (JDF) on Friday.Lieutenant Colonel Godfrey Sterling said the small aircraft was located about two miles south of Duncans and that the Civil Aviation Authority was expected there on Saturday.The Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA) in a statement Friday, said that the Cessna 206F aircraft was last seen on radar at 4:36 pm (local time) Thursday between Duncans and Clark’s Town in Trelawny.The names of the occupants have not been disclosed. But the plane is owned by prominent businessman, Howard Levy, who was not aboard the aircraft.The Jamaica Observer newspaper Saturday quoted a resident of the area where the plane was found as saying that it was raining heavily on Thursday night when he heard the low-flying plane go down in the thick growth of trees.He said he did not raise an alarm until he heard the soldiers searching for the plane and informed them to the area where he saw the plane “dip”.The newspaper said that one of those killed in the crash was married less than three weeks ago.last_img read more

Inner Circle performing this weekend at the Caribbean Village Festival in…

first_imgThis Sunday, June 23rd, Inner Circle will be performing at the annual Caribbean Village Festival which will be held at the Miramar Regional Park Amphitheater.Inner CircleInner Circle is a celebrated veteran reggae group with over 20-odd years in the music industry. Often referred to as the “Bad Boys of Reggae”, the five member band has been releasing hits since the 1970’s, and has won a Grammy Award for its pop-infused take on traditional reggae.The group’s biggest success to date is its global hit, “Bad Boys”, which sold approximately seven million copies worldwide before it was chosen as the theme song for reality TV show Cops. “Bad Boys” has since been named the #1 most played reggae song in the world. Their next major hit record would be “Sweat (A La La La La Long)”, which topped charts in Asia, South America, Australia, and across Europe.Other Musical ActsInner Circle will join other major acts slated to perform at this year’s Caribbean Village Festival, including Allison Hinds, Shenseea, Mika Ben and Kevin Lyttle.The Caribbean Village Festival is a family-friendly event that features Caribbean music, arts, crafts, food tastings, prizes, and a cook-off competition.Proceeds from the event will go to the The Galleon Foundation, a South Florida-based nonprofit that provides scholarships and student mentoring.last_img read more

I Was Better Than Messi Or Ronaldo – Brazilian World Cup Star

first_imgFormer Brazilian striker Romario has said that he is better than both Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the art of goalscoring.Romario, 51, who was the star of the 1994 FIFA World Cup in the US, admitted both players are the best in the world but then pointed out that he was a better goalscorer than either of them.He made this known in a chat with popular media outlet Globoesporte. Romario said: “In scoring goals, I was better than both Messi and Romario. More than twice as good.”“It’s true, though, they have different characteristics to the ones I had.“Today, along with Neymar, they are the best in the world. They have achieved many titles, but leaving modesty aside, I can say that even though they have won many Ballons d’Or, in that area I’m still better.”On whether they could achieve his career tally of 1003 goals, he said: “They’re both over 30, so it will be very difficult.”Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have ruled the world of football for the better part of the last decade winning the last nine World Player of the Year awards in the process.RelatedLuka Modric Rode on The Waves of Good Fortune To Win The Ballon d’OrDecember 4, 2018In “England”Vinicius Jr Reveals Reasons For Joining Real Madrid And Breaks The Ronaldo-Messi Comparison TableMarch 20, 2019In “Spain”Mourinho Snubs Ronaldo and Messi, Names Football’s ‘GOAT’April 26, 2020In “Featured”last_img read more

World Cup fallout sees Kambi eyeing global growth

first_img Related Articles Share Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Submit Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Share On the back of a successful second quarter of 2018, turnkey sports betting service Kambi is setting its sights on expansion across a number of key markets. Aided by the beginning of the Russia World Cup, hailed as “a huge success for Kambi and our operators, with turnover, revenues and active players reaching all time highs” by CEO Kristian Nylén, the firm is now focused on a concerted level of growth with a number of clients.Addressing the impact on revenue deals with current clients in Colombia (Corredor Empresarial S.A), Romania (Stanleybet) and South Africa (Sun International), could have in the near future Nylén explained: “I think especially with Corredor there has been some official data that Colombia’s market is growing quite fast, and we strongly believe that Corredor has very very good potential to be a market leader eventually. I don’t think they are there at the moment but I think they are in a good way to get there.“When it comes to Stanleybet, I don’t expect a huge amount of revenues coming from Stanleybet [until further development takes hold in roughly a years time].“With Sun International, they had an existing sportsbook before us so that should be an immediate impact on revenues.”Before adding on the retail aspirations of Sun: “I don’t think at the moment they are doing very much on the retail, [but] i know they are interested in operating a large chunk in retail as well.“Also they are looking at owning casinos in a few countries in South America, so I also expect them to start sports betting there at some point.”A particular focus for many organisations at the moment, and moving forward, is the United States, and its many possibilities opened up since the repeal of PASPA over two months ago.Kambi has been busy in the market, securing deals with DraftKings and Rush Street Gaming, who have also launched a Colombia facing sportsbook with Kambi, as Nylen welcomed the fierce competition “I think it’s positive and not negative”.Going into further depth regarding its US operations, Nylén explained: “In Pennsylvania, sports betting can only be offered through an exclusive agreement with a land-based casino, after the state regulator limited the number of sports betting licenses a casino can have to just one – making market entry all the more difficult.“However, Kambi will gain entry to the market through its recent deal with Rush Street Gaming, which owns two of the states twelve casinos.  “Current legislation in New York, which is limited to retail only, will cap the number of operators that can offer sports betting to just four commercial land-based casinos.“Of those four casinos, one is owned by Rush Street Gaming, while another (Del Lago) has a deal in place with DraftKings, potentially handing Kambi 50% of the regulated market. “With many other sports betting operators and supplier likely to be blocked out.“In both instances, land-based operators are an essential route into the market, for all sports betting operators and suppliers, and we expect this reliance to continue as more states prepare for regulation.”last_img read more

32Red invests into mental health scheme as part of Derby County sponsorship deal

first_img Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Share Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk  August 10, 2020 Kindred Group-subsidiary 32Red has committed itself to reinventing the current football sponsorship model by making a major investment into a new men’s mental health programme. The initiative will see the online gambling platform – which currently sponsors five Championship clubs and Rangers in the Scottish Premiership – invest heavily into the development of Team Talk  hubs across the city where men can seek advice, help and encouragement to discuss their mental health. The news comes as gambling industry comes under increasing scrutiny from pressure groups and politicians which would limit the possibility of sponsorship deals between gambling platforms and football clubs.The Gibraltar-licensed platform has since announced that it has also renewed its Principal Sponsorship of Derby County Football Club, as part of a new multi-year agreement with the club. Working alongside the Derby County Community Trust, 32Red will set out plans to establish five new Team Talk hubs across the city as a bid to push its new initiative.Neil Banbury, 32Red’s General Manager, commented: “The investment we are announcing today means Derby County Community Trust can open five Team Talk hubs across the city. Using the unique relationship supporters have with their local club, we hope to reach hundreds more men with the expanded mental health support services who would otherwise be suffering in silence.“Our partnership with Derby County Community Trust, and the extended relationship with Derby County Football Club, shows a new model for football club sponsorship is possible. 32Red are leading the way in becoming a sponsor of choice for a club and its community. “We have a keen commitment to all the clubs we work with – underpinned by our group sustainability strategy. This agreement is a natural progression and will mean that a large percentage of the sum we are spending will go directly to helping those that need it most.”The new year-long investment from the club comes as the gambling platform seeks to become “the sponsor of choice for sporting organisations.” As part of their partnership with the scheme, 32Red will be inviting their team of 32Red Champions – UK sports stars from all fields – to visit Team Talk sessions at one of the five new hubs. If the scheme is successful, 32Red will look to launch similar projects on men’s mental health as part of their commitment to be a positive sponsor for football clubs and their communities.Derby County’s Chief Executive Officer Stephen Pearce added: “Everybody is delighted that Derby County’s Official Partner 32Red have teamed up with the community trust to help provide additional funds that will help to secure five new locations across Derby to give more men the chance to talk.”The new mental-health support scheme will deliver support to men who are suffering from mild mental health issues, while also offering referral services to those who are suffering with more severe problems. Head of Community at Derby County Community Trust Simon Carnall concluded: “This is the first time Derby County’s main sponsor has made such a big investment in the local community. Working in partnership with 32Red, we can now expand the programme and reach many more men with mental health problems across the community over the coming year.”last_img read more

SIS pens new partnership with Colossus Bets

first_imgShare Richard FitzGerald steps down as RMG CEO August 6, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon SIS adds Irish Greyhound Derby to its portfolio August 13, 2020 SIS grows Latin American footprint through Betcris deal August 12, 2020 Submit Racing content and data provider Sports Information Services (SIS) has inked a new partnership with Colossus Bets, which will deliver British greyhound racing jackpots to operators across the world.As part of the new partnership, Colossus Bets will offer jackpots on British greyhound meetings, which will include mainstay features of minimum prize guarantees, Cash Out and Syndicates.Bernard Marantelli, Colossus’ CEO said: “We are excited to build on an already successful partnership with SIS to now jointly bring to betting operators and their customers around the world, top quality British greyhound racing content, coupled with the most advanced tote jackpot portfolio.“In the first week of the cooperation, the pools have gone live with Betdaq and Matchbook, with more to follow quickly via our network, including a US launch, which is imminent.”SIS will also ensure that its SIS World Greyhound Tote Pool delivers jackpots via SIS stream, alongside the live streams and data of up to 30,000 greyhound races per year, taken from the 44 meetings per week racing schedule of British tracks.Paul Witten, Product Director at SIS, commented: “We are delighted to partner with Colossus Bets to incorporate their innovative jackpots into our World Greyhound Tote Pool, so that operators worldwide can offer their customers this exciting new product.”Earlier this year, SIS committed to boosting British greyhound racing coverage after securing an agreement with US operator, WatchandWager.com. Under the terms of the new agreement, SIS will deliver both data and live-stream coverage on 28,500 British greyhound races per year, with coverage from tracks including Central Park, Crayford, Doncaster, Harlow, Henlow, Hove, Monmore and Romford.last_img read more

BetConstruct to power Bet4Pride launch for LGBT community

first_img VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Nuno Gomes joins BetConstruct and FeedConstruct as brand ambassador June 18, 2020 Share Submit New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020 Share Underpinned by strong messages of equality and LGBT+ positivity, Bet4Pride is preparing to enter the UK igaming field as a new white label sportsbook and casino operator licensed through BetConstruct.The operator has not yet been added to the list of active white labels under BetConstruct’s UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) licence, but if approved will offer a variety of betting and gaming possibilities.This includes BetConstruct’s industry-leading sportsbook, more than 6,000 casino games and Live Casino.Bet4Pride is, therefore, ready to deliver its proud audience with a tailored gaming environment and a commitment to donate 10% of its profits to global foundations supporting the LGBT+ community.Adrianus van Spreeuwel​, Founder and CEO of Bet4Pride, said: “This is a very important period for us and we are pleased to announce our partnership with BetConstruct.“Our mission is to support the global LGBT+ community and now it is strengthened through this dynamic cooperation.”Vigen Badalyan, BetConstruct’s Founder and CEO, added: “Bet4Pride is a unique project with a powerful message to the world. BetConstruct believes that the commendable efforts put into the creation of this community will prove to reach incredible heights.”last_img read more

Svenska Spel delivers on social mandate despite COVID-19 impacts

first_img Svenska Spel delivers major venue upgrade by going cashless with IGTPay  May 21, 2020 Svenska Spel has revealed that the remainder of 2020 ‘looks brighter going forward’, after the operator confirmed that COVID-19 had affected group revenues.Publishing its interim results for the period January – June 2020, Svenska Spel reported a 10% drop in net gaming revenues compared to 2019, having fallen by SEK 394 million to SEK 3.7 billion (€356m).Operating profit during the first half of the year amounted to SEK 1.2 billion (€121m), reflecting an increase of SEK 121 million.The increase in profits, according to Svenska Spel, ‘is primarily due to higher net gaming revenues for the Tur (interactive) business area, reduced operating costs and a positive effect on the gaming tax due to lower net gaming revenues and large profit payments’.Commenting on the results, Patrik Hofbauer, President and CEO of Svenska Spel said: “We show innovative power and perseverance during a tough time by continuing to launch new games and improve the gaming experience for our customers.“Despite the fact that COVID-19 has had significant impacts in many ways, and despite the fact that it is not over yet, it looks brighter going forward. We are on the way up again after having managed the rapid transition to the big and unexpected changes during the spring.”In a bid to offset the suspension of live sporting events, Svenska Spel grew its online casino offering, with more than 1,000 games available on its casino site by the end of June.While there was an increased number of players accessing its online casino site, the operator highlighted that there were little signs of an increase to problem gambling rates.During the six month period, Svenska Spel underscored its commitment to supporting its partners, having made an advance payment of Gräsroten (grass root programs), which meant that 3,600 associations in the country were allowed to share a combined SEK 20 million payment in May. Related Articles StumbleUpon Svenska Spel urges government to ban lottery betting June 9, 2020 Submit Share Share Svenska Spel becomes 2020 eHockey Championship sponsor August 18, 2020last_img read more

Twitch and T-Mobile put on FGC competition at E3 2017

first_imgWith E3 2017 becoming open to the public for the first time comes the event’s very own esports competition.Top fighting game competitors will aim to take the attention away from the show floor in an all-out Twitch Esports Arena FGC tournament. Powered and sponsored by T-Mobile, the event plans to feature tournaments of different games throughout E3 week.Image courtesy of TwitchTuesday, June 13 will serve as the first day of the tournament and will feature Street Fighter 5 matches from 12 to 8 PM. June 14 and 15 will feature Tekken 7 and Injustice 2 matches respectively, with the latter only lasting until 5 PM as opposed to 8PM like the others.In an effort to promote fan interaction, T-Mobile will be running a Twitter and Twitch campaign where fans can vote for the MVP of each daily tournament using the #TMobileMVP hashtag. T-Mobile is also rewarding their customers by allowing them access to an exclusive, VIP seating area for a “portion of the action.”Apart from EVO and CEO, two of the most popular FGC tournaments, TBS’s ELEAGUE also jumped into the fighting game fray with their first $250,000 (£193,625) tournament which was held in May of this year. Seeing as how ELEAGUE also signed an agreement with Twitch in May of last year, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the two esports giants join hands and create an FGC tournament together.Those unable to attend the E3 event can watch the action from the comfort of their own home through the Twitch Esports channel. The event will take place from June 13-15th at the Los Angeles Convention Center.Esports Insider says: E3 being open to the general public is definitely a unique event. Perhaps if this fighting game competition attract a large crowd, E3 will remain public and perhaps even become a hub for large-scale esports competitions in the future.last_img read more