Jamaica Takes a Winning Lead at CONCACAF Tournament

first_imgJamaica got off to a winning start in the CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer tournament on Sunday, beating Curacao 2-0 in Group C action at the Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.Goals by Romario Williams in the 58th minute substitute Darren Mattocks in the 73rd saw the Reggae Boyz avenging a 1-2 loss to Curacao in the Caribbean Cup final in Martinique two weeks ago.In the evening’s second match, defending champions Mexico outclassed El Salvador 3-1.The tournament began on July 7 with action in Group A at Red Bull Stadium in New Jersey. Canada outscored French Guiana 4-2 while Costa Rica edged Honduras 1-0.In Group B the following day, Martinique defeated Nicaragua 2—0 at the Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.Action continues on Tuesday, July 11 with Group A leaders Canada playing Costa Rica and Honduras playing Honduras. Both matches are at the BBVA Stadium in Houston, Texas.On Wednesday, Group C leaders Mexico play Jamaica at the Sports Authority Field in Denver, Colorado.Copyright 2017 – Caribbean National Weekly Newslast_img read more


US group calls for murder charge for cop who killed St….

first_imgHe also studied at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College in St. Lucia before migrating to the US. Police would not say whether the female officer fired her weapon because she thought Jean was an intruder or for some other reason. It is also not known how she got into the wrong apartment. Jean came to the US to study accounting at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas. A vigil was held outside Dallas Police Department headquarters on Friday night and CGID’s Guyanese-born president, Rickford Burke, said the officer’s “negligent, reckless conduct and depraved indifference to human life resulted in murder.”He urged Johnson to “prosecute the officer accordingly and to the fullest extent of the law. CGID strongly condemned the killing of Botham Shem Jean, 26, who was shot in his own home by the police officer, who was still in uniform after completing her shift. Dallas police said on Friday that the officer, whose name is yet to be released, fatally shot Jean, her neighbor, after entering his apartment, claiming that she mistakenly took his apartment for hers and that she was convinced that Jean was an intruder.Police said Jean was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead. At the time of his death,  Jean worked in Dallas as a risk assurance associate for the accounting firm, Price Waterhouse Coopers. The New York-based Caribbean Guyana Institute for Democracy (CGID) is calling on the Dallas Texas District Attorney Faith Johnson to bring murder charges against a white female police officer who killed a St. Lucian national in his own home on Thursday. The police report that the female officer had just finished her shift and entered what she thought was her own apartment. However, it was the wrong apartment and when the police officer ran into a man that she did not recognize, she shot him.last_img read more


Jamaican women run world’s best time in 100 meters

first_imgJamaican women sprinters seem poised to again dominate in this year’s World Championships based on their 100 meters performance in the JAAA Supreme Ventures National Senior Championships at Jamaica’s National Stadium on Friday evening. Double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson and former to-time Olympic Champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce ran what has been described as a “scintillating” race. Thompson just nipped Fraser-Pryce at the finish but both women clocked a 2019 world-leading 10.73.Thompson, who started slowly got into top gear and caught the fast-starting Fraser-Pryce close to home for the second year running.Youth sensation, 17-year-old Briana Williams was third in 10.94, to again lower her national junior record and became the first Jamaican teenager to dip below the coveted 11-second barrier.In the men 100 meters Yohan Blake won in a time of 9.96 ahead of Tyquendo Tracey in 10.00. Rasheed Dwyer was third in 10.10 with Senoj-Jay Givans fourth in 10.13.last_img read more


Shooting Stars Technical Adviser Explains Why 3SC Was Relegated From The NPFL

first_imgRelatedFallen Nigerian League Giants Pick Edith Agoye As New CoachOctober 26, 2017In “Nigeria”Okunowo Drums Up Government Support For 3SCMarch 14, 2018In “Nigeria”3SC Handed Tough NNL Abridged League DrawJanuary 9, 2018In “Nigeria” The Technical Adviser of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC), Fatai Amoo has explained that “the so called big players” were responsible for 3SC’s relegation from the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL).Shooting Stars finished 17th on the NPFL table to claim the last relegation spot with 50 points as they lost away at Niger Tornadoes in the last game of the season.Speaking to reporters, Amoo said: “It was a very poor season for us but we have to take the positives and think of the future,”“They can’t fight because they’ve already fought themselves by embarking on a stupid strike. And when you don’t train, what you have is what you can give.”“And now they have seen the result of what they have caused. The so-called old players in the team have decided to take the team to relegation,”The Oluyole Warriors have won the Nigerian Premier League five times but have failed to work their way back among Nigeria’s football elites in recent years.Amoo continued: “I don’t think maladministration was responsible for Shooting Stars’ relegation, but the management should look into the area of players playing in the last three to four seasons,”“And I think the so called big players have decided to take the team to relegation.”last_img read more


Shock! Chelsea Star Snubbed England Call-Up – Manager

first_imgEngland manager Gareth Southgate has revealed that Chelsea midfielder Danny Drinkwater turned down an invitation to the England squad ahead of the upcoming friendly games with Germany and Brazil.Southgate also added that the talk of club-versus-country rows is “nonsense”.The former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough defender was speaking during a chat with BBC Radio 5 live.In his words, he said:“The players are injured and cannot play.”“I am not a manager who wants to reel players out until they break. I don’t take risks with players.” he added.Speaking further, Southgate said:“I have man-to-man discussions with them around where they are at and how much risk we want to take.“Hearing this talk of club v country, it is a nonsense.” he concluded.Danny Drinkwater has struggled for fitness this season since making his £35m move to Stamford Bridge from Leicester City. He has made just four appearances for the Blues.England Squad For Germany and Brazil:Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Joe Hart (West Ham – loan from Manchester City), Jordan Pickford (Everton).Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Joe Gomez (Liverpool), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Michael Keane (Everton), Harry Maguire (Leicester), Danny Rose (Tottenham), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham), Kyle Walker (Manchester City).Midfielders: Eric Dier (Tottenham), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Jake Livermore (West Brom), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (Crystal Palace – loan from Chelsea), Ashley Young (Manchester United), Jack Cork (Burnley).Forwards: Tammy Abraham (Swansea – loan from Chelsea), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jamie Vardy (Leicester).RelatedVardy Defends Former Club Teammate Over England SnubNovember 13, 2017In “England”He has no place in my team – Sarri gives blunt assessment of Danny DrinkwaterDecember 21, 2018In “England”England Unveil 23-Man World Cup Squad As Wilshere And Hart Miss OutMay 16, 2018In “England”last_img read more


Speel Verantwoord focuses on consumer channelisation with IBIA MoU

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Share Share IBIA: Australia has made no progress on safeguarding sports integrity   July 28, 2020 Superbet highlights integrity commitment with IBIA membership July 9, 2020 Speel Verantwoord endorses EGBA’s code on data protection June 25, 2020 Dutch online gambling trade organisation Stichting Speel Verantwoord (SSV) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA).The agreement will see SSV and the IBIA work alongside one another on projects aimed at promoting and establishing viable regulated betting markets with high consumer channelling and related consumer, sports and operator integrity protection measures.Peter-Paul de Goeij, Managing Director of the SSV, said: “There are a significant number of companies that are members of both associations and there is clear benefit for our two bodies from working closely in the lead up to the introduction of the remote gambling law.“Whilst both associations welcome the opening of the market, the law places a number of restrictions on certain betting products on integrity grounds, which both the SSV and IBIA have questioned; there is a general concern about the impact on consumer channelisation and market viability.”The MoU will largely focus on activities in the Netherlands as the market continues to roll out a framework for legalised gambling.Khalid Ali, CEO of IBIA, added: “The Netherlands law presents a number of opportunities and challenges for operators concerning the availability of betting and related integrity issues. We will be seeking to work closely with the SSV to establish a working relationship with policymakers and other stakeholders to discuss those issues in more detail and to ensure that the market opening is successful.“This includes supporting the licensing requirement for all sports betting operators to be a member of an integrity monitoring body, and where the Dutch law specifically mentions IBIA as a best practice model.”last_img read more


GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading

first_img Related Articles Share GVC Holdings stated that it is ‘well placed to balance the year’, as the FTSE100 company absorbed significant retail shocks across its UK and European units, readjusting its full-year EBITDA outlook to £720m-£740m range (dependent on further COVID-19 outcomes).Publishing its interim results for the six month period ended 30 June 2020, GVC noted that the closure of its Ladbrokes and Coral betting shops resulted in a 53% drop in UK retail net gaming revenue (NGR), down from £586.8 million in H1 2019 to £277.9 million.As of 30 June 2020, GVC stated that there were a total of 3,006 shops in the estate, down from 3,274 last year. During the period 227 shops were closed as the group completed its resizing of the retail estate following the Triennial ReviewLikewise, European retail also struggled during the pandemic, with NGR dropping by 48% from £144.1 million in 2019 to £75.5 million.But as a considerable number of bettors shifted from retail sports betting to online gaming, GVC highlighted that online NGR jumped from £1.05 billion in 2019 to £1.25 billion, an increase of 19%.Commenting on the results, newly-appointed CEO Shay Segev said: “Given the unprecedented trading environment, GVC has delivered an encouraging performance in the first half, underlining the strength of our diversified business model and the expertise, adaptability and dedication of our people.“These results show that we have a strong foundation. As a technologist, I have huge admiration for what Kenny and the rest of my colleagues have achieved but I am also determined to pursue a programme of continuous improvement as we focus on our four technology-enabled priorities.”Online EBITDA rose by 53% during H1 to £368.6 million which GVC explained is a reflection of ‘favourable sports margins, a strong performance in gaming and lower marketing spend due to sport cancellations’.Group EBITDA came in at 5% lower than 2019 figures, falling to £348.6 million from £366.8 million. Looking forward, the Board now expects GVC to deliver underlying EBITDA of £720m-£740m for the full year, on the condition that there are ‘no further material disruptions’.Supporting its EBITDA performance, GVC delivered a 23% reduction in group operating costs to £423 million, down from £548 million, enforcing immediate COVID-19 costs controls and identifying a further £20 million in Ladbrokes Coral post acquisition co-synergies.Addressing plans to expand its operations, GVC stated that it has applied for multiple sports-betting licences pursuant to the existing German online gambling regulation and ‘fully expects that its applications will be successful’. Brazil and The Netherlands were also recognised as key opportunities for the betting group’s expansion.The US remains the leading driver for growth for GVC however, with its BetMGM joint venture now operating in seven of the 21 states where gambling is allowed. GVC expects to go live in an additional four states by the year-end.GVC ended its trading statement by detailing its prudence with regards to trading under the continued uncertainty of further lockdowns and restrictions as a result of the coronavirus, with the board cancelling dividends for year trading. Brazil appoints agencies to accelerate Sports Betting launch August 21, 2020 Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Submitlast_img read more


Turtle Beach partners with Astralis, team set to use Elite-Pro PC Edition headset

first_imgTurtle Beach Corporation, one of the largest headset and audio accessory makers has announced a partnership with Astralis. The deal will see Astralis use Turtle Beach’s new Elite Pro-PC Edition gaming headset and other accessories when competing in Counter-Strike Global Offensive tournaments. In addition, the new partnership reveals that members of Astralis, one of the world’s best CS:GO teams will play a key part in Turtle Beach’s future product development process — ensuring the needs of the best pro players are being met by the company’s products.  According to Dot Esports, the long-term partnership could be worth a staggering seven-figure sum. That would rank it amongst the largest deals in esports to date. It’s the second big deal in a week for Turtle Beach as they revealed sponsorship of Splyce’s console gaming teams which are amongst the most popular and successful in the world. Astralis are no strangers to big brands either. Heading over to the Major, the crest of world renowned car-maker Audi was emblazoned on their jerseys. “I can’t think of a better way to strengthen our presence in the PC gaming market and to fortify the foundation for sustained success, than by joining forces with one of the most preeminent esports organisations in the world and arming them with what’s arguably the best gaming headset available,” said Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach Corporation in the press release. He continued: “With so many console gamers, pro players and teams already enjoying the Elite Pro since its debut last year, we knew we needed to extend this offering to gamers playing on PC too. This new partnership with Astralis continues to show that the best gamers in the world choose to work with Turtle Beach, and not only are we excited to jointly debut our new Elite Pro – PC Edition together, but we’re looking forward to working with them to bring even more groundbreaking gaming headsets to the PC space in the future.”“Whether it’s about facilities, equipment, training or events, at RFRSH we’re always working to achieve the optimum and to improve further – and this was a key mindset as we were looking to optimize the teams’ and players’ audio equipment,” said Jordi Roig, Chief Commercial Officer, RFRSH Entertainment – Astralis’ management firm. “We were looking for a company that was not only dedicated to excellent performance, but one that would also be a true partner in every sense of the term, and after an exhaustive search for a new audio partner for Astralis, we’re very pleased to welcome Turtle Beach to the team. The Astralis players and staff have tested the Elite Pro equipment extensively, and we truly believe, together with Turtle Beach, Astralis will become a major part of creating a new standard of PC audio products.”Esports Insider says: Huge deal for both Astralis and Turtle Beach if the figures are to be believed. Turtle Beach have traditionally been very well known in the console area but with this sponsorship it won’t be long before everyone’s rocking Turtle Beach peripherals instead.last_img read more


Kairos Media acquire Lightning Pandas and sign former West Ham player Dragonn

first_imgKairos Media, a social media focused digital communications agency, has announced the acquisition of esports organisation “Lightning Pandas” who will return to the esports fray after a three year hiatus.Lightning Pandas was originally founded by Kairos Media co-founder Michael Craddock and Call of Duty professional Shane “ShAnE” McKerral, but has not been active in the scene since 2014. Back then, the team were a well-known Call of Duty squad who rose in popularity through YouTube and colourful branding.Kairos Media has now acquired the organisation, and will use it as the company moves into the esports market. Kairos’ first move is the signing of Sean “Dragonn” Allen, a professional FIFA player to the roster on the day of release of FIFA 18.Many will recognise Sean Allen, as he was West Ham United’s first FIFA player and runner up of the FIWC two years ago. This year he failed to qualify for the tournament but was involved in a coaching capacity, sharing the winning moments with Unilad’s eventual winner, Gorilla. There’s little doubt he’s one of the better known players in competitive FIFA with the scene still generally dominated by YouTube content, pack openings and less by competition-driven Twitch figures.Rahul Uppal, Esports Manager at Kairos Media commented: “Following their three-year hiatus, we’re excited to announce the official return of the Lightning Pandas. While most people will recognise the Lightning Pandas as the creative offspring of Mike and Shane, we’re now in a strong position to take the organisation to the next level.In addition to this, we’re delighted to welcome a player of Sean’s calibre to the Lightning Pandas, who does not only share the competitive ambitions of the company, but also our vision for the future.”Sean Allen said: “I couldn’t be happier to join the Lightning Pandas and become their first esports player. The experience, resources and knowledge of the company presents me with an invaluable opportunity to progress as a player and build my online presence. This is a massive move in the right direction for me and I’m really excited for the future.”Esports Insider says: Kairos Media are making their move into esports and have started it off with a big name in the FIFA scene. They’re definitely one to keep an eye on as they evidently have lofty ambitions in the esports space.last_img read more


UnikoinGold joins Bittrex in the latest exchange expansion

first_imgUnikoinGold, the crypto token launched by esports dedicated bookmaker Unikrn has now been listed on Bittrex, “the fastest and most secure digital currency trading platform in the world”. The news was revealed by CEO Rahul Sood in a Medium post just before the New Year and follows the earlier news that UnikoinGold was listed on both CoinHub and Braveno. The news surrounding Bittrex was much better received though, with the trading platform clearly held in higher regard by crypto traders and investors alike. Sood stated in his post: “Putting our token on an exchange like Bittrex is a privilege, and we want to send our users to platforms we — and they — can trust. As always, we will continue to be working day and night with our global team for improvements, expansions and use cases to help meet and exceed our road map. There’s a reason our users saw UnikoinGold as the decentralized token of esports and gaming during our unprecedented sale”. The release also quotes Bill Shihara, CEO of Bittrex. He commented: “We see Bittrex as a crucial incubator for the growth of the blockchain’s best technology and business models. Unikrn definitely fits that bill: they’re a pre-established, venture-backed business at the heart to two of the world’s fastest-growing spaces: esports and crypto-currency.”The Unikrn token, $UKG, is still touted as a “utility token” above all, and whilst the value has struggled to climb back to the ICO value, the launch of UnikoinGold betting will be an intriguing one and may make or break the crypto. There has been no official date announced yet for when UKG will be accepted as a valid wagering token, but the Unikrn team has teased several announcements in the first quarter of 2018. Esports Insider says: Undoubtedly good news for those who hold UKG and are interested in the token. As aforementioned, the overall success of the token will come down to what the Unikrn team unveil in coming months. For now, though, they’ve eased unrest amongst those who partook in the ICO and saw little to no immediate action taken. Congrats to Rahul and the team on more big news.last_img read more