Monthly archives: August, 2020

Reemah urges artistes to check their words

first_imgReemah Check your words. This is the admonition coming from rising Reggae songstress, Reemah, to some entertainers who have no qualms about delving into debauchery and borderline pornography to claim fame and sell records.This talented native of the island of St Croix has emerged on the entertainment scene with a refreshing stream of uplifting lyrics that augers well for the future of Reggae music, arguably the Caribbean’s most popular art form.Her performances to date have earned uplifting reviews and Reemah has been described as a captivating artist with a striking command and stage presence. While some artistes tend to take the lazy route and voice cover versions of popular songs or are not talented enough to pen their own lyrics, this Nubian princess is of a different ilk. Her lyrical prowess and unique vocal ability is like a breath of fresh air.This is all evident in the content of her debut album Check Your Words which was released for public consumption in July 2012 and has been blazing a conscious trail ever since. The 13 track album, is for the most part produced by Catalyst Mitchell, and also features productions by Jalani Horton of Bambu Station and Laurent “Tippy” Alfred.In March 2016 Check Your Words was re-released by VPAL, with the addition of a new acoustic track titled ‘One Day’.Reemah’s has thrilled audiences in Washington DC, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, California, and at venues in South America.All that work was preparation for her latest release Crowns Up On Your Head which serves as the title track for her upcoming sophomore album.last_img read more

Grace Jones thrills in Miami

first_imgJamaican international star, actress, model and singer, Grace Jones, is thrilling many in Miami as the screening of her life captured in a documentary continues at O Cinema in Wynwood.‘GRACE JONES: BLOODLIGHT AND BAMI,’ directed by Sophie Fiennes, weaves together the layers of Grace Jones’ public and private life, as she moves effortlessly between different facets: she is gypsy, artist and partying hedonist, warm and funny but also a fierce side.It traces nearly five years in the life of the singular vocalist, unparalleled stage goddess, fashion renegade and general paragon of the fabulous life, who will be 70 this month.Road trip across JamaicaThe film takes viewers on a holiday road trip across Jamaica, where Jones’ family roots and the story of her traumatic childhood are uncovered. In Jamaican patois, ‘Bloodlight’ is the red light that illuminates when an artist is recording, and ‘Bami’ means bread, the substance of daily life. It includes Jones’ unique performances to hits such as ‘Slave To The Rhythm’ and ‘Pull Up To The Bumper,’ as well as the more recent autobiographical tracks ‘Williams’ Bloods’ and ‘Hurricane.’ and tenacious businesswoman. The film continues tonight at 7 and 9:30 p.m., respectively and through May 17th. Jones was born in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, Jamaica and moved when she was 13, along with her siblings, to live with her parents in Syracuse, New York.Modelling careerShe began her modelling career in New York state, then in Paris, working for fashion houses such as Yves St. Laurent and Kenzo, and appearing on the covers of Elle and Vogue. In 1977, Jones secured a record deal with Island Records, initially becoming a star of New York City’s Studio 54-centered disco scene.Then movie Career Jones appeared in some low-budget films in the US during the 1970s and early 1980s. In 1984, she made her first mainstream appearance as Zula in the fantasy-action film ‘Conan the Destroyer,’ alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sarah Douglas, and subsequently appeared in the 1985 James Bond movie ‘A View to a Kill,’ as May Day. In 1986, she played a vampire in Vamp, and acted in and contributed a song to the 1992 Eddie Murphy film ‘Boomerang.’ She appeared alongside Tim Curry in the 2001 film ‘Wolf Girl.’ For her work in Conan the Destroyer, A View to a Kill, and Vamp, she was nominated for Saturn Awards for Best Supporting Actress.In 1999, Jones ranked 82nd on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women of Rock and Roll, and in 2008, she was honored with a Q Idol Award. In December 2016, Billboard magazine ranked her as the 40th most successful dance artist of all time.last_img read more

Windies gain automatic qualification for T20 World Cup

first_imgReigning champions West Indies have qualified automatically for next year’s Twenty World Cup in Australia. West Indies won the T20 World Cup for the second time back in 2016 when they beat England in a dramatic final in Kolkata.Since then, their form has been erratic, however. In 2017, they won six of 11 matches and last year, managed a mere two wins in 13 outings, while losing to Pakistan and India in 3-0 clean sweeps.For the Windies, the news of their direct qualification will be welcomed, especially after the disappointment of missing out on a direct route to the ICC 50-overs World Cup in England next May.They were forced to go through a 10-team qualifier in Zimbabwe last March in order to book their place at an event they have won twice.Top-ranked Pakistan, India, England, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand are the other automatic qualifiers for next year’s T20 World Cup from October 18 to November 15. Six teams from the ICC T20 World Cup Qualifier later this year while join Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the group stage, with four qualifying to the Super 12 stage. The Caribbean side booked their spot by virtue of their current seventh place in the ICC T20 rankings at year end, with the top eight teams including hosts Australia, all securing their places at the showpiece.center_img Former champions and three-time finalists Sri Lanka ranked ninth and Bangladesh, 10th, will have to go through the group stage of the tournament with six other qualifiers in order to make the Super 12s. Minnows Afghanistan, coached by Trinidadian and former West Indies head coach Phil Simmons, also qualified directly by virtue of their eighth place in the rankings.last_img read more

South Florida’s Tennis Star Coco Gauff Scores Another Wimbledon Win

first_img(REUTERS) WIMBLEDON, England – After beating her tennis idol Venus Williams in the first round and Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova, 15-year-old Cori “Coco” Gauff secured yet another win by beating Polona Hercog, of Slovenia, in the third round at Wimbledon.Gauff, who is playing at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time, saved two match points in the second set and won 3-6, 7-6 (7), 7-5 on Centre Court on July 5.Gauff saved one match point while trailing 5-2 in the second set. She went on to hold serve but then faced another in the next game, set up by an ace from Hercog. The 28-year-old Slovenian player then double-faulted on the next point.Fans of Coco Gauff gathered at her dad’s restaurant, the Paradise Sports Lounge in Delray Beach, to cheer on the 15-year-old sensation.Gauff has been trending worldwide since the beginning on the tournament when she defeated five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in her first match.last_img read more

UN Secretary-General wants Help for Caribbean in Dealing with COVID-19

first_imgUnited Nations Secretary-General António Guterres The UN Secretary-General maintained that the root causes of inequality, political instability and displacement must be addressed, while underscoring that at a time when too many citizens feel excluded, “greater accountability and transparency are crucial”. In releasing a new policy initiative on how best to recover in a region already embroiled in poverty, hunger, unemployment and inequality, Guterres said that several countries in the region are now among those with the highest per capita infection rates worldwide. The UN said regional unemployment will surge from 8.1 per cent in 2019 to 13.5 per cent this year – yielding over 44 million people out of work, an increase of more than 18 million from last year. “Building back better demands strengthening democratic governance, human rights protection and the rule of law, in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.” The UN said it is projected that there will be a 9.1 per cent contraction in gross domestic product (GDP) in the region, “which will be the largest in a century.” Guterres expressed full solidarity with the people of Latin America and the Caribbean as they face these challenges, saying that “solidarity and compassion should be their guide”. Guterres also flagged the urgent need for greater international support. While stressing the need to “do everything possible to limit the spread of the virus and tackle the health effects of the pandemic”, Guterres Thursday noted that “we must also address the unprecedented social and economic impacts”. “The most vulnerable populations and individuals are once again being hit the hardest,” said Guterres in a video message on the pandemic’s effect throughout a zone grappling with fragmented health services even before COVID-19. The UN said the policy brief underlines an array of urgent and longer-term steps for better recovery, including the prioritization of distance learning and continued child-centered services to mitigate education interruptions. UNITED NATIONS – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has called on the global community to help address the “unprecedented” impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on Latin America and the Caribbean, saying that the region has become a “hotspot of the pandemic.” “I have called for a rescue and recovery package equivalent to more than 10 per cent of the global economy”, he said, underscoring the need of the international community to provide liquidity, financial assistance and debt relief for Latin America and the Caribbean. “Latin American and Caribbean countries, and in particular small island developing states, should not be excluded from global assistance. The international multilateral response needs to be extended to middle-income countries”. He highlighted the plight of older persons and individuals with disabilities, who are at greater risk; and indigenous peoples, those of African descent, migrants and refugees, who suffering disproportionately. It said governments within the region are also being asked to do more to reduce poverty, food insecurity and malnutrition, such as by providing basic emergency income and anti-hunger grants. Moreover, Guterres said regional economic integration is required, with “women participating fully and safely in public and economic life.” “Together, we can overcome this crisis and build inclusive and sustainable societies for all”,he added. The UN chief emphasized the impact of the coronavirus on women across the region, who make up the majority of the workforce and now bear the brunt of additional caregiving. In addition, Guterres said broader structural challenges must be addressed to build back better and transform the region’s development model. Additionally, the UN said poverty is expected to jump by seven per cent to 37.2 per cent in 2020, leaving 230 million poverty-stricken people. The initiative also shines a light on how the crisis is impacting vulnerable groups, including indigenous communities and women. It said extreme poverty is forecast to rise by 4.5 per cent to 15.5 per cent, representing 28 million people more people in dire straits (96 million in total). Against the backdrop of pervasive inequality in the region, he said accessible and comprehensive welfare systems must be developed, fair taxation systems created, decent jobs promoted, environmental sustainability strengthened, and social protection mechanisms reinforced. CMClast_img read more

Super seven – why you have to be at Betting on Sports 2017 #boscon2017

first_img Share David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Gambling faces a pivotal moment March 31, 2020 Related Articles Share Betting on Sports 2017, the second edition of the largest international sports and betting trade conference, will take place at Olympia Conference Centre from 12-15 September.Featuring 1,200 senior executives, 165 leading industry speakers, 44 key sessions across eight conference tracks and space for 60 exhibitors within the exhibition area, #boscon2017 has become a must-attend event for the entire sports betting sector.Here are just seven of the key reasons why missing this event is not an option:1) Take advantage of a full industry gatheringWith no fewer than 1,200 senior executives, Betting on Sports has grown into the most senior attended event in the gaming industry. From the leading operators to the largest sportsbook affiliates, key suppliers and sports clubs, everyone will be gathered in one place. This is a unique opportunity to form new business partnerships and re-ignite existing industry relationships.Mr Green CEO Jesper Kaarbrink said: “SBC Events are here to stay. Great networking and seminar focus. With a focus on sports betting, the exhibition was also very targeted and you basically found something interesting in every booth. Also very impressed with the high number of attendees making it possible to have a lot of productive meetings in just two days.”2) Enjoy an unrivalled source of industry expertiseSBC Events has guaranteed that all delegates will learn from the best and brightest across the sports and sports betting industries by organising eight conference tracks, featuring a massive 165 speakers across 44 sessions. Here is just a small sample of those lined up for the event:Pinnacle CEO Paris SmithSky Betting & Gaming CEO Richard FlintBritish Horseracing Authority CEO Nick RustDanske Spil Head of Sportsbook Jens NielsenXL Media CEO Ory WeihsBetter Collective CEO Jesper SoegaardUnikrn CEO Rahul SoodLadbrokes Coral Director of Player Protection Graham WeirMybet CEO Markus PeulerBetBright CEO Marcus BrennanBetStars Managing Director Zeno OsskoSuperbet Group Director Jamie HartMatchbook CEO Mark Brosnan3) Experience world class hospitality at OlympiaNot only will there will be a lively networking and exhibition area, sat alongside the running of three simultaneous conference tracks, but food and refreshments are complimentary for all delegates. Golden Race is introducing the Alpine Bar with beers and schnapps, and Grind Coffee Society, one of London’s leading coffee roasters, will be serving coffee in the OPTIMA coffee bar area. There will also be draft beer at the Racing Post cafe, and engaging digital game competitions from the likes of  Digital Fuel and Millennial Esports in the Esports area.4) Discover new ideas and productsStay up to date with the latest industry products in the exhibition area, which is ready and waiting to host 60 of the leading companies in the sports betting space, including 22 first time exhibitors for an SBC-organised event. The 1,768 sqm space will also feature allocated networking areas and meeting rooms, along with pre-organised esports and sports related competitions.Lee-Ann Johnstone, Digital Marketing Expert at Best Odds Marketing, added: “If you are in the sports industry and you want to get ahead with your business, find the latest trends and learn about regulation in this space, get yourself a ticket. The networking is great too. Highly recommended.”5) Party at some of London’s most spectacular venuesThe world class Altitude 360, located on the 29th floor of Westminster’s tallest building, has been selected as the host venue for the official networking party on Wednesday 13th September for its 360-degree view of the UK’s capital city, renowned party atmosphere and a layout designed to maximise networking and business opportunities.Under the Bridge, a famous club below Stamford Bridge at Chelsea FC, is the venue for the closing party on Thursday 14th September. Roman Abramovich’s favourite London venue was recently refurbished for £30 million.6) Set up one-on-one meetings via the event appIt promises to be an action-packed week, but you can plan your time in the best way via the official Betting on Sports event app, available via iOS and Android.There is no need to chase people up if you’ve set aside meeting times and places with the right people for your business, all from your mobile phone. You can even check up on the conference schedule and delegates, along with a full list of sponsors and exhibitors.7) One price fits allOnce you have paid for your conference ticket, everything is free! This includes breakfast, lunch, exhibition, conference sessions, networking drinks, networking events and the parties.SBC Events has deliberately kept ticket costs low considering the value provided by the 160 speakers and 44 sessions, along with the scale of the exhibition area, networking focus and business opportunities.Right now, tickets for the event are available at a fantastic 25% Group Discount, when buying 3 or more – you can get them HERE.Betting on Sports is organised by SBC Events, part of the SBC Global group of companies, which works with industry leaders to develop the sports and sports betting industries. Services include news coverage, knowledge creation, marketing and product review, conferences, seminars and industry awards. 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Bede Gaming launches new partnership with The Games Company

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Supplier of software to the online gaming industry Bede Gaming, has described its new partnership with The Games Company as ‘a major step’ towards achieving its goals.The agreement will see Bede expand its content portfolio, with the developer’s full suite of HTML5 desktop, mobile and tablet games being integrated onto Bede’s content aggregator platform, PLAY. Submit Premium titles such as Mariachi Mayhem, Cash Cowboy and Two Tribes are now available to all Bede’s clients, including Tier 1 operator The Rank Group. “The integration process has been very straightforward, thanks to the platform’s flexibility and scalability. The speed of it means we are quickly accessible and the openness of Bede PLAY means our content is now available to any of their clients’ brands without need for separate integrations.” Bede’s platform offers a completely flexible gaming solution and robust security measures, and is fast establishing itself as the first-choice option for innovative operators globally. Share Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020center_img “We’ve been hugely impressed with the high standard of games they offer, and with their games performing well, they make an attractive proposition for our customers.” EGBA responsible advertising code gains European broadcaster approval July 3, 2020 The Games Company is an independent UK company, which has a fully owned development team based in Portugal and offers third-party content through its own platform. Nuno Gomes joins BetConstruct and FeedConstruct as brand ambassador June 18, 2020 Michael Brady, CEO of Bede Gaming, commented: “Adding premium content to our offering is a key part of our ambition to become the first-choice gaming platform in regulated markets. Partnering with The Games Company is a major step towards achieving that goal. Related Articles Hans Winkelmann, MD of The Games Company, said: “Bede Gaming is known for its high-performing gaming platform, and we’re thrilled to be working alongside them.last_img read more

February Pains… European giants prepare for Australia rethink

Submit Related Articles Tabcorp double burdened by covid and group impairment charges August 19, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share February 2018 will be a landmark month for all industry stakeholders. The sector’s current agenda and context is dominated by the pending UK government’s judgement on industry FOBTs wagering and advertising standards.Nevertheless, it would be wise for all betting stakeholders to broaden their anxieties, as Australia moves to implement its ‘credit betting ban’ this 17 February, serving industry leadership a further headache.Once deemed a golden frontier for betting operators, seeking to expand internationally within a sports-mad, English speaking nation, Australia has become a brutal terrain for its European settlers.Reforming the ‘2001 Interactive Gambling Act’, the Australian Parliament has moved to implement the federal prohibition of ‘credit card wagering’ on digital gambling platforms.Further market pains were dealt in 2017 as the Turnbull government moved to severely restricted bookmaker advertising, sanctioning a ‘siren to siren’ (start to finish) ban on all forms of gambling marketing during sports broadcasts through any public medium.Finally, serving further market spasms for the industry’s leadership, a number of Australian states now seek to implement individual tax charges on operator betting services.Under this extreme terrain, for European leaders, the tune of the Australian market has morphed from ‘Kylie’s Locomotion’ into a depressive ballad composed by Nick Cave.First, to act on its ‘Australia dilemma’, this January, William Hill announced that it had implemented a strategic review of its William Hill Australia division.Active in the market since 2012, William Hill is reported to have invested AUS $700 million (£450 million) on its Australian expansion, acquiring the online assets of Centrebet and TomWaterhouse.comTough market trading in 2017  saw the FTSE bookmaker reveal that wagering had drastically declined for William Hill Australia. This weekend, news sources reported that the bookmaker was reviewing the sale of the division for a rumoured target price of AUS $100 million.William Hill’s Australia quandary will be likely replicated by all European giants active within the market; Ladbrokes Coral, bet365, Paddy Power Betfair and Kindred Group.Seeking to gain market traction, European operators have spent millions £/€ and ample corporate resources developing their Australian market propositions, be it through M&A, full-scale advertising campaigns or developing tailored betting platforms for Australian consumers.Another complex leadership dynamic, sees European giants forced to review Australian assets and strategy, as their shareholders place a deep emphasis on international expansion away from home market comforts.As February approaches, Australia will now be a further ‘big call’ for betting leaders during 2018. Once golden, Australian betting became a crowded house stifled by regulatory demands… Put simply can and should European operators keep their AUS dream alive? read more

Trustly promotes legal lead Sara Berg to COO

first_img Internet Vikings appoints ‘marketing pro’ Stefan Backlund as corporate advisor March 20, 2020 Share SBC Magazine Issue 8: International expansion and picking up the sporting slack April 7, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share SBC Digital Summit: ‘Cashless’ environments to take centre stage when retail returns – Samuel Barrett April 30, 2020 Related Articles European online payments platform provider Trustly has confirmed the promotion of Sara Berg as new Chief Operations Officer (COO).Berg has served as Trustly’s Chief Legal Officer (CLO) since 2012, and will be tasked with leading the fast-growth fintech firm’s multi-market and multi-sector European operations, reporting to Trustly CEO Oscar Berglund.  Prior to joining Trustly, Berg was a Senior Associate at Stockholm law firm Advokat Delphi, specialising in business dispute and transformation.Commenting on the appointment, CEO Berglund said: “I am very pleased to appoint Sara Berg to COO at Trustly.“Since she started in 2012, she has backed up all parts of the company in a wide variety of subjects and has demonstrated strong leadership. I expect Sara in her new role to be able to benefit from her experience and knowledge of Trustly and our operational processes to help us grow efficiently. ”Berg added: “I’m proud to have contributed to what Trustly is today and it feels very good to assume the new challenge as COO. In recent years, we have seen how interest in account-to-account payments only increases and Trustly is involved in this development by enabling customers to pay smoothly and securely, directly from bank accounts, and for e-commerce companies to increase its conversion.“We are only at the beginning of this trip and I look forward to continuing working with the Trustly team to make our offer even better for both consumers and businesses.”last_img read more

MansionBet sponsors Matchroom Boxing hot UK prospects

first_img Related Articles Mansion orders Playtech sports betting upgrade for casino properties June 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share Ciao! Matchroom Boxing launches Italian property with DAZN & OPI Since 82 November 9, 2018 COVID-19: How the virus is impacting sports events across the globe March 13, 2020 Submit Shelly Suter Hadad – Mansion GroupGibraltar-based online betting group MansionBet has announced its official sponsorship of unbeaten British boxing prospects Anthony Fowler and Jordan Gill.The sportsbook’s branding will make its first appearance as a sponsor on 2 March as Gill faces Emmanuel Dominguez for the vacant WBA International Featherweight title – followed by the highly anticipated all British affair on 30 March, when Anthony Fowler clashes with Scott Fitzgerald.Shelly Suter Hadad, COO & Managing Director of Mansion Group, said: “This is another exciting opportunity for us to support British Boxing and strengthen the MansionBet name throughout the UK sports world, as well as having our brand featured live on Sky Sports.” MansionBet showed clear intentions in supporting boxing during the company’s first year of operations – sponsoring a range of fighters including George Groves, Dillian Whyte, Lee Selby and most recently, the Ultimate Boxxer II competition.The deal, constructed through Matchroom Boxing and Project11, will have MansionBet sponsoring Fowler for four fights and Gill for his upcoming title fight.Eddie Hearn – MatchroomGroup Managing Director of Matchroom Sport Eddie Hearn commended MansionBet’s support of the next generation of British boxers.He said: “Anthony is one of the most exciting young boxers in the country and is going to be involved with some huge fights during his career. “His next step up on the 30th March in Liverpool against Scott Fitzgerald promises to be all action and I can’t wait. He’s a big personality outside the ring, and just as entertaining inside it. It’s great to see MansionBet supporting him and the next generation of British boxing.”last_img read more