Month: August 2020

  • Reggae Month sounds off

    first_imgThe Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) organized Reggae Month 2017 is underway.Now in its tenth year running, Reggae Month, showcases a variety of events including live events as well as business and educational forums.The month officially kicked off on Sunday January 29 with a church service followed by a special edition of the Dub Club at Skyline Drive in St Andrew.On Wednesday February 1, the first of three Reggae Wednesdays concert at the Mandela Park in Half Way Tree was held. The concert was a tribute to the life and works of the Crown Prince Dennis Brown and featured performances from Christopher Martin, Warrior King, Christopher Ellis, Prophecy, D Major, Lymie Murray , Skalareg and Dennis Brown’s daughter Marla Brown. There was also a special performance from Brown’s friend and protégé, Freddy McGregor.Warrior King gave a command performanceAll artistes were backed by Lloyd Parkes and We The People Band.Apart from live concerts, JaRIA has also organized forums such as “Open Universities” and its annual Honors Awards which will see a number of personalities, who have paid their dues in building the product, being feted.Those to be honored this year include; Rita Marley, Robbie Lyn, Half Pint, Chris Blackwell, GT Taylor and Winston ‘Merritone’ Blake.The organizers have also endorsed a number of events, including the Red Rose For Gregory Concert at the Constant Spring Golf Club, the weekly Weddy Weddy dance at Stone Love’s Kingston headquarters, Wappinz Thursdays in Coburn Gardens, The Bob Marley Birthday Celebration, Beres In Negril and Vinyl Thursdays at the Regal Plaza.last_img read more

  • CAL dedicates plane in honor of Calypsonian

    first_imgTrinidadian calypsonian Dr. McCartha Linda Sandy Lewis, better known as Calypso Rose, was hailed for her contribution to Caribbean culture when Caribbean Airlines (CAL) dedicated one of its 737 jets in her honor. The formal commissioning of the aircraft took place last week. The signage on the nose of the aircraft was unveiled by three TNT government ministers: Minister of Community Development, Culture and the Arts Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly; Minister of Tourism Shamfa Cudjoe and Minister of Trade and Industry Paula Gopee-Scoon.Chairman of Caribbean Airlines Sameer Ronnie Mohammed and Rose’s international manager, Jean Michel Gilbert were present at the function..Rose was, however, absent from the function but watched live from Lyon in France where she was scheduled to perform.Winner of World Music Album of the Year The entertainer is the first Soca artiste to win the World Music Album of the Year for her latest album “Far From Home.” She was awarded at the French Victories de la Musique award ceremony in Paris on February 10.In 1978 she made history when she won the Calypso King title, with her renditions “I Thank Thee” and “Her Majesty.” This forced the organizers of the competition to change competition’s title to Calypso Monarch.She began writing songs at age 15 and now at age 77 has penned more than 800 tunes.Music videoThe music video for the song “Far From Home”, which was shown on board the aircraft, features Rose at the controls of a vintage aircraft and many scenes of her native Tobago.“We must protect what she has and continues to give to us as a nation and celebrate her talent, beauty and enormous star power on the world stage,” said Mohammed who praised Rose as a source of great pride and inspiration, noting that she continues to champion the Caribbean brand at the age of 77.He said the airline is discussing with her management team some other honors including travel benefits such as complimentary Caribbean Miles for three years and complimentary Caribbean Club membership.That is in addition to putting the celebrated album “Far From Home” and the documentary “The Lioness of the Jungle”, which is based on Rose’s life, on its in-flight playlist.Some of Calypso’s Rose greatest hit songs were, Calypso Queen, DO Dem Back, Constable Rose, Far from Home and Gimme More Tempo.last_img read more

  • Dutch Star Hints At Premier League Exit After ‘Messy’ Transfer Saga

    first_imgSouthampton defender Virgil van Dijk has hinted at a move away from the English Premier League (EPL) when the transfer windows reopens in January.The 26-year old Dutch centre back was involved in a messy summer transfer saga involving him, Liverpool and Southampton. His desire to leave the Saints was even more clearer after he submitted a transfer request in August.Southampton were however unperturbed with his transfer request as the club maintained its stance that the former Celtic of Scotland player was not for sale.Speaking on his current situation, van Dijk said: “Halfway through the season, maybe we can see what’s possible.”“I wanted to go one step up, but eventually Southampton did not want to let me go.“You’re a professional, so now I’ll give everything to the club.” he further added. Relatedlast_img read more

  • Stride Gaming gains India vision purchasing 51% stake in Passion Gaming

    first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles SBC’s Year In Review: March 2019’s big betting news December 23, 2019 Submit Share Share Paytm First Games reveals two-tournament India esports launch April 24, 2020 Gaurav Assomull: Livepools – Fantasy numbers a realistic goal in India December 11, 2019 Updating the market, London-AIM listed online gambling group Stride Gaming has confirmed that it has acquired a 51% stake in Indian operator Passion Gaming.Issuing a corporate update, Stride governance has disclosed that it has acquired its controlling stake in Passion Gaming for a total cash consideration of $3.75 million.Chandigarh-based Passion Gaming is the operator of popular Indian Rummy portal RummyPassion.com. Stride governance details that the acquisition will gain the company a foothold in the burgeoning Indian ‘skills gaming market’.Bobby Garg, Founder and CEO of Passion Gaming will continue to lead the company under Stride Gaming ownership.In its corporate update, Stride governance detailed that it had first right to acquire the remaining 49% of equity in Passion Gaming. The company will move to expand RummyPassion.com’s games portfolio with further investment in the asset.Updating investors, Stride Gaming CEO Eitan Boyd stated that his company had gained a important asset for its accelerated growth strategy.“We have been monitoring the Indian market for some time as we see strong dynamics in the current environment as well as long-term growth potential. Our UK market experience and proprietary technology advantage, combined with Passion Gaming’s market positioning and operational focus creates a highly attractive proposition,” Boyd said in a statement.last_img read more

  • Income Access launches affiliate programme with German DFS brand

    first_img SPORT.Guru, operating under the zero seven gaming umbrella, is to launch a managed affiliate programme with Income Access, utilising the firms software and network to maximise customer acquisition.The new programme is to be managed by Income Access’ in-house affiliate management team, with the SPORT.Guru integration to support affiliate recruitment and overall programme growth by connecting it to an extensive database of DFS and gaming affiliates.Lorenzo Pellegrino, CEO of Income Access and Digital Wallets at Paysafe, said: “The daily fantasy sports vertical continues to diversify and enter new markets. “We’re excited to offer our affiliate marketing and technology support to an innovative brand like SPORT.Guru, with its core focus on Germany, an evolving market with significant growth and revenue potential for German and global DFS and sports-betting affiliates.”German facing DFS brand SPORT.Guru, regulated by the Malta Gaming Authority, allows customers to compete in day-long fantasy sports contests for real-money prizes, based on different contest types and scheduled around real-life sporting events in Europe’s top football leagues.Detailing that it is one of a limited number of firms to feature the Bundesliga as part of its offering, the firm plans to add a variety of contests for North American sports leagues.Amongst the expansion plans are the National Football League (NFL), National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Hockey League (NHL), in addition to Formula 1.Chris Kirschbaum, Digital Marketing Manager at SPORT.Guru, said: “We see Income Access, with its affiliate platform, network and management services, as a unique and global partner that will help daily fantasy sports succeed in European markets. “We value our affiliates as much as our players, and are committed to making them feel like part of our family. We’re honoured to be industry pioneers in our chosen market and vertical, and encourage affiliates to join our ground breaking DFS programme.” Related Articles David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Share Sky Sports grows American football offering with NFL channel August 14, 2020 BetInvest: The benefits of separating esports betting markets August 7, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

  • The World Cup’s Finest with OIA Services’ CEO Carmelo Mazza

    first_imgShare StumbleUpon MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Submit CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Related Articles TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share In The World Cup’s Finest we ask various individuals to delve into their own personal history of football’s quadrennial showpiece extravaganza, selecting a number of favourites as well as revealing what is their very first World Cup memory.Carmelo Mazza, CEO at OIA Services, brings an Italian flavour to this latest edition, delving into the history of the four time world champions who are sorely missing from proceedings this year. Which World Cup final goal has Italians remembering exactly where they were? Did Brazil have a side of such quality that we will never see it eclipsed? And which country’s 2018 kit is an overwhelming standout? First World Cup memory13 June – 7 July 1974 (World Cup, West Germany). 7 years old, so proud of the Italian team, only beaten by Brazil in the final four years earlier, more mature now and proceeding to Germany with a long list of victories. First match, no risk at all against Haiti. On 46 min, Sanon, a very very fast unknown footballer most people had never heard of before, scored against the unbeatable Dino Zoff: Haiti 1 – Italy 0. The match ended 3-1 for Italy, but I perceived that goal as the end of the dream. In fact, a draw against Argentina and a 2-1 defeat against a great Poland and our World Cup was over. Time to enjoy the wonderful Netherlands and Kaiser Beckenbauer.Favourite World CupGoalMarco Tardelli (Italy vs Germany, 1982). Well that’s easy. The image of Marco Tardelli shouting “GOOOOOOOL” running through the field after scoring the second goal in the World Cup final will be always in the eye of my generation. All of us remember exactly where we were in that moment. I was in my parents’ house in Palermo, on an awfully hot and humid night waiting for the miracle to happen. And at the end, the miracle of Italy beating Germany did happen once again….PlayerPavel Yakovenko. The Soviet Union team in 1986 was just unbelievable. The 6-0 against Hungary was an astonishing show of speed and control. And at the centre of the field Pavel Yakovenko was a real master even though not as visible as the fellows Zavarov, Belanov and Rats. The defeat against Belgium in a very crazy match made me understood how football and aesthetics do not go together well.TeamBrazil, 1982. The most flamboyant team I have ever seen in a World Cup. Not necessary the best in terms of organisation but what a bunch of players, all at the same time. Zico, Falcao, Junior, Toninho Cerezo, Socrates, Eder, the poor Dirceu: we will never see the same quality again (well, Spain was very close in 2010). So proud Italy beat them…MatchSpain v Germany, 2010. Spain was a very good team and Germany was building the team that won the World Cup four years later. The match was very tense and the goal scored by Puyol was likely the most important in the tournament. Spain deserved that World Cup so much!KitCroatia 2018. Well the Croatian checkered shirt is always a must. This year even better than in 1998. It is at the top of my all time list along with Celtic’s white-green horizontal stripes.The World Cup’s Finest is to be a regular feature during the Russia World Cup, profiling a different individual each week day, if you would like to be involved please email craig@sbcgaming.com.last_img read more

  • Live Casino software from BetConstruct gets GLI certification

    first_img Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 BetConstruct has moved a step closer to bringing its in-house live dealer casino games to operators in the UK after securing product certification from Gaming Laboratories International (GLI).The company’s Live Casino software is now expected to secure a licence from the United Kingdom Gambling Commission (UKGC) having met the stringent remote gambling and software technical standards set by the regulator.GLI is among a select group of ‘test houses’ that are approved to test compliance against the Commission’s technical standards and equipment requirements.Holding international accreditation for compliance with a range of ISO/IEC standards for technical competence in the gaming and gambling industries, GLI has tested and certified BetConstruct for both its Live Casino software and live studio.This satisfies one of the company’s key goals to strengthen its position in Europe and Scandinavia through licensing in UK and Malta, as well as make new moves into Denmark, Sweden and Italy.The news marks an exciting week on the casino side for the software developer. Having been shortlisted for ‘Innovation in Live Casino’ at the SBC Awards alongside Evolution Gaming and Ezugi, the company has picked out Live Casino as a key part of its G2E product promotion.Speaking ahead of this week’s Las Vegas show, BetConstruct’s Regional Director for the US Jonathan Aiwazian said: “Live Casino have also shown to be quite popular in the States. We look forward to displaying our Live Studio solution featuring real-life croupier as it presents an amazing opportunity to unearth new players and new revenues.” SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Submit TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articleslast_img read more

  • Sky orders strict protocol to significantly reduce gambling advertising

    first_img Sky Sports grows American football offering with NFL channel August 14, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Cross-party think-tank calls for £100 monthly limit on gambling August 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Share Submit The leadership of Sky UK has confirmed that it will introduce new rules that will significantly reduce its output of betting/gambling related adverts across its digital TV network.Addressing head-on public and political concerns related to the over-saturation of gambling-related content on UK TV, Sky leadership details that in 2019 it will enforce drastic reduction measures across its programming.Sky reveals that from the start of the Premier League season 2019/2020, it will allow ‘only one betting/gambling advert to be broadcast per commercial break‘.The policy will be introduced across its entire TV network, covering sports, entertainment, lifestyle, news and HD channels, applying to – sportsbook, poker and online casino advertising content.Further supporting its upcoming policy, Sky leadership details that it is developing new capabilities through its AdSmart technology, which will enable audiences to block gambling-content be viewed on Sky and Virgin Media digital platforms.At present, Sky targets June 2020 as the target period in which its aims to launch AdSmart viewer blocking capabilities.Stephen van Rooyen – Sky UKUpdating stakeholders, Stephen van Rooyen, Chief Executive of Sky UK & Ireland stated that the broadcaster was committed to supporting the UK’s safer gambling infrastructure through its upcoming policies.“Our customers are worried about gambling ads on TV, and we understand their concerns. That’s why we’ve committed to limiting the number of gambling ads on Sky and better protecting those vulnerable to problem gambling.”A key corporate directive for 2019, Sky leadership details that it will implement its gambling reduction measures, regardless of whether the UK government moves to implement a much-debated 9pm watershed on gambling advertising.Reacting to Sky’s upcoming policy, Jeremy Wright Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS), described the broadcaster’s action plan ‘as a welcome move to protect vulnerable people from the impact of problem-gambling harms’.As head of DCMS department, Wright called for further UK broadcasters to follow Sky’s protocol on gambling related content.last_img read more

  • Telefonica delivers global operating system for Grupo Codere

    first_img Related Articles RotoQL secures $3 million seed targeting growth within pending US betting market April 6, 2018 Share Share StumbleUpon Codere reforms organisation to drive ‘global efficiencies’ April 12, 2019 DAZN seeks tricky content partnership with Telefonica February 12, 2019 Submit Bolsa Madrid gambling operator Grupo Codere, details that it has delivered on a major directive of its ongoing digitisation strategy, as the firm migrates fully to a cloud operating system powered by Telefonica and Hewlett Packard Business Enterprise.Updating the media and stakeholders, Codere details that all global divisions will be supported by a new ‘Microsoft Azure Stack (MASaaS) operating framework, which will be maintained by Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica, within its Basque Country data centres.Branded as a major milestone for the Spanish gambling group’s ‘digital makeover’, Codere governance states that a new end-to-end operating solution was needed to power the firm’s global profile and future growth initiatives.Specifying the group-wide benefits of its new ‘single-point MASaaS framework’, Codere states that its global operations will gain a deeper agility to optimise for its multiple jurisdictional demands – significantly reducing group costs, whilst deploying end-to-end products/services faster to market.Further all-round benefits will see, Codere support its global operations with an enhanced data capacity bolstering regional security, integrity and confidentiality provisions.In addition, Codere’s regional teams will benefit from an aligned and enhanced cloud capacity, facilitating product integrations, payment processing, data gathering and market scalability.Miguel Ángel Prieto Hortal, Head of DevOps at Codere stated to Spanish Industry news source InfoPlay.es, that the gambling group had allocated 20% of its technology budget in developing and delivering its new MASaaS operating system.This January, Codere governance moved to soothe investor concerns, presenting the Spanish legacy gambling group’s ‘Horizon 2021 – corporate transformation programme’, in which the company’s executive team detailed that Codere would focus on three key areas of growth – delivering a digital makeover, securing new Mexican licenses and entering/expanding within the target market of Brazil.last_img read more

  • Labour manifesto seeks to rebalance gambling & football

    first_imgShare Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Submit Publishing its party manifesto today, Labour confirms that it will sanction for a new ‘Gambling Act’, should it win the UK General Election on 12 December.Presenting the ’Real Change manifesto’, party leader Jeremy Corbyn stated that a new Gambling Act was required to overhaul betting advertising, making UK gambling legislation ‘fit for the digital age’.Beyond advertising, a new Gambling Act would include establishing ‘gambling limits’ and introducing a direct levy on operators funding UK problem gambling support networks.Corbyn’s short statement on gambling supports the introduction of ‘mechanisms for consumer compensation’, a dynamic first broached by former Labour Deputy Tom Watson, who had called for the UK gambling industry to be overseen by a civic ombudsman monitoring consumer engagements.  Elsewhere Corbyn highlights concerns on the accessibility, pricing and funding of football, as the Labour Party commits to  ‘examining the state of the game’.“In football, the professional game has become divided between the extremes of the very rich and the very poor with clubs in Bury and Boltonfacing collapse” – Jeremy Corbyn states.Labour would sanction a review of football governance and regulations, focusing on ownership rules, the funding of clubs, treatment of supporters and further community dynamics.“We will review the ‘fit and proper person test’ for club owners and directors and ensure that supporters’ trusts have a proper role so that the professional game is properly run for all its fans and all its clubs.”A Labour government would ‘legislate for accredited football supporter trusts’, which would be able to purchase communal shares and appoint or remove ‘at least two club directors’.Mirroring Lib Dem pledges, Labour supports regulating ‘safe standing in stadiums’ and states that it will enforce for a proportion of Premier League TV rights to be allocated towards developing football grassroots initiatives.Corbyn ends the manifesto’s segment on sports by confirming that the  ICC Cricket World Cup will be added to the crown jewel sportingevents that are broadcast free-to-air. Related Articles Successful summer leaves Leadstar positive over industry’s recovery August 18, 2020last_img read more