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Month: August 2020

St Vincent PM wins defamation case against radio station

first_imgA pro-opposition radio station in St Vincent and the Grenadines has begun efforts to raise an estimated EC$225,000 it owes Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves after he successfully sued for defamation.Gonsalves had filed the defamation suit after comments were made by talk show host, Matthew Thomas, on the programme “Stay Awake”, broadcast on NICE Radio in January 2007.This is the second lawsuit that the station has lost to Gonsalves and management has started the radiothon to prevent the station from being liquidated in order to meet the judgement.In the February 10, 2012, judgement, the High Court ordered Thomas and BDS Ltd., owners of NICE Radio, to pay Gonsalves EC$155,000 in aggravated damages, EC$11,625 cost, and interest of five per cent until the monies were paid.According to the ruling, Thomas, on January 29, 2007, had made certain statements about Gonsalves having untoward intentions toward a former radio host. Thomas had also accused Gonsalves of using the Office of the Prime Minister to facilitate illegal activities.The Court of Appeal upheld the decision of the lower court and the parties are due back in court on June 26, 2017.Attorney Kay Bacchus-Baptiste, who represented the respondents during the appeal, said she has revived a committee formed some years ago to raise a similar amount to save NICE Radio after the first defamation judgment in favour of Gonsalves.She told radio listeners during the radiothon on NICE Radio Monday night that the respondents do not have to raise all the monies by then, but it would be good if that is the case.last_img read more

Thousands bid South Florida rapper XXXTentacion goodbye

first_imgThousands of a largely young but diverse fan-base braved 90-degree heat to stand in line patiently outside the BB&T Arena in Sunrise, FL, Wednesday to bid a final adieu to Caribbean-American rapper, XXXTentacion.Emotional fans Many traveled across the country and Florida to file by the open casket of the rapper, born Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, in Planation, FL, 20 years ago.  A number emerged from the hockey arena in tears and emotionally shaken from the experience, according to News Americas reports. Police in golf carts watched the crowd while the musician’s song “Sad!” played.During the public viewing, which ran through 6 p.m. Wednesday, XXXTentacion’s image was shown on a sign outside the BB&T Center. His mother, Cleopatra Bernard, shared a picture of it on Instagram on Wednesday.“Come out and say your final goodbyes,” Bernard wrote. “He considered you all family and I wanted to do something special for you all.”Private funeralXXXTentacion’s public memorial held at the home of the NHL’s Florida Panthers, nine days after he was gunned down inside his BMW in the parking lot of the Riva Motorsports store at Sample Road and Dixie Highway in Deerfield Beach, FL. The funeral itself will be a private affair held on Friday.The young rapper was born to Jamaican parents Dwayne Ricardo Onfroy and Cleopatra Bernard but was mainly raised by his grandmother, Collette Jones in Pompano Beach, Florida and Lauderhill, Florida.He rose to fame while posting raps online from his bedroom on the audio distribution platform SoundCloud in June 2013. In 2017, he released his debut album, 17. This March he released his second album, which peaked at number 1 on the Billboard albums chart. This week, in the days after his death, the song “Sad!” reached No. 1 on the Billboard singles chart.XXXTentacion drew headlines not only for his success, but also for legal problems, including his arrest on charges he beat his girlfriend.One arrested, search on for more suspectsXXX’s killing has so far resulted in one arrest, but detectives say they’re looking for additional suspects.Dedrick Williams, 22, of Pompano Beach, was arrested on June 20, and faces a charge of first-degree murder.On Wednesday, the Broward Sheriff’s Office also said it was looking for a person of interest in the case: Robert Allen, 22, of Fort Lauderdale, who was seen in a surveillance image at the same store where XXXTentacion was shopping on the day of the killing.Meanwhile, Trinidad & Tobago-born rapper, Nicki Minaj, has vowed to help fellow rapper, Bad and Boujee star Lil Uzi Vert, set up a foundation to help those affected by gun violence, like the family of late hip-hop star XXXTentacion.last_img read more

Jamaica denies any case of measles

first_imgThe Jamaica government has denied there are any local or imported cases of measles in the country.Last month, the Ministry of Health said it supported an earlier statement made by Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton to Parliament that a patient had been treated recently at a local private hospital for complications “thought to be as a result of a recent measles infection experienced before visiting Jamaica.“At the time of stay in Jamaica, the person was several days out of the infectious period for measles. After investigations, the Public Health Department concluded that neither the patient nor relatives were having measles. Precautions were taken however to ensure that all whom came in contact with the patient were immunized against measles even while the investigation was being conducted,” the Ministry of Health said.It said Jamaica has a robust surveillance system in place for fever and rash and all cases are reported within 24 hours, while suspected measles are reported immediately.The Ministry of Health said it does receive a few notifications each year and that ‘these cases are investigated and patients are isolated, tested and treated, if they meet the case definition.“Additionally, contacts are vaccinated if they have not previously received immunization. Jamaica has had no local spread of measles since 1991. The last imported case of measles in Jamaica was in 2011.”Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie, said, “Most cases of measles are mild and symptoms usually appear 10-12 days after exposure to an infected person but may appear as early as seven days and as late as 21 days after exposure. Measles typically begins with a high fever, cough, runny nose and red, watery eyes.”The authorities said three to five days after symptoms begin, a rash breaks out, usually as flat red spots that appear on the face at the hairline and spread downward to the neck, trunk, arms, legs, and feet. Small raised bumps may also appear on top of the flat red spots.Dr. Bisasor-McKenzie further cautioned that “complications from measles include ear infection and diarrhea, while severe complications include pneumonia, swelling of the brain and death. Pregnant women may give birth prematurely or have a low birth weight baby.”Measles is a highly contagious illness caused by a virus that replicates in the nose and throat of an infected child or adult. In order to stop the disease from spreading, 95% of children in Jamaica need to be fully vaccinated with the two doses- MMR1 at 12 months and MMR2 at 18 months.Tufton during his presentation to Parliament took the opportunity to appeal to parents to ensure that their children are vaccinated.“Jamaica has seen a decrease in uptake of the vaccines over the last few years and we are appealing to all parents to visit the nearest health centre to ensure that their children are fully vaccinated as measles kills more children than any other vaccine-preventable disease,” he said.The Ministry of Health said it will continue to monitor the island for imported cases of measles given the recent increase in cases in the United States and across the region.last_img read more

Over 400,000 signatures collected as ‘Back Your Local Bookie’ campaign gets underway

first_img Related Articles William Hill pursues HMRC FOBTs rebate  May 20, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon GVC submits claim for HMRC FOBTs rebate May 21, 2020 Submit GVC’s stand-out online division offsets inevitable UK retail decline March 5, 2020 Aiming to reaffirm the status of bookmakers as a hub of local communities, The Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) are encouraging people to sign a petition in support of the ‘Back Your Local Bookie’ campaign. Citing the interaction between the staff and the consumers, the campaign aims to assert the belief of the ABB that ‘responsible gambling is at the heart of the day to day running of betting shops.’The campaign, which last year saw bookmakers deliver a petition signed  made up of more than 325,000 betting shop staff and customers to Downing Street. Comes in anticipation of further regulations for betting operators, as the government recently concluded its triennial review of gaming machines stakes and prizes with a 12 week period consultation.Nonetheless, in spite of the ABB’s constant warnings that it would lead to further shop closures and in turn job losses, it’s widely expected the government will not only increase regulations on the advertising opportunities for betting operators, but will also significantly cut the maximum stake of FOBTs. A spokesperson for the ABB commented: “The number of bookies in the UK has halved since the 1960s and there is now a real danger that the number will halve again if the government restricts stakes on gaming machines to the lowest level.“The singular focus on gaming machines in betting shops will not address problem gambling levels but it will  result in the closure of 4,500 shops, the loss of over 21,000 good jobs and the loss of £290 million to horse racing by 2020.”The campaign comes just weeks after the first ever ‘Responsible Gambling Week,’ which saw the industry united in ensuring that consumers were aware of the tools available to combat problem gambling.The ABB spokesperson added: “Over 400,000 people have signed a petition in support of local bookies, we would encourage people to visit the website www.backyourlocalbookie.org  and show their support before it’s too late.”last_img read more

Playtech wins Totalizator Sportowy Casino & Games contract

first_img Submit Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Retail closures have ‘severe’ impact on Playtech August 5, 2020 Share Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance  August 17, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Mor WeizerPoland’s national lottery operator Totalizator Sportowy has selected Playtech Plc as the lead systems supplier for its online casino platform and games portfolio.The FTSE250 industry technology firm won the exclusive contract following a competitive tender process by Totalizator Sportowy governance.Moving forward, Playtech will integrate its complete online casino platform and games suite, with the technology further providing digital marketing and gaming consultancy services for Totalizator Sportowy.Confirming the Totalizator Sportowy deal, Playtech Group CEO Mor Weizer was pleased to welcome a further established tier1 regulated market operator to Playtech stables.“Totalizator Sportowy has been supplying lottery and gambling products for more than 60 years and is the largest operator in Poland. We are thrilled to have been selected as its new online casino partner and I’m delighted to be able to announce this agreement today,” Weizer stated.The Totalizator Sportowy agreement forms part of Playtech’s ‘local heroes’ strategy to partner with the leading land-based brands and institutions in newly regulated online markets.Weizer continued: “Given the scale and flexibility of our gaming platform Playtech is the partner of choice for leading land-based operators that are best placed to lead the online growth of newly regulating online markets.”last_img read more

BetVictor enhances #PriceItUp market with two fresh features

first_img Share BetVictor has announced the delivery of two exciting new features within the operator’s popular #PriceItUp market.#PriceItUp Builder gives customers the opportunity to browse and combine thousands of possible outcomes as they build their own #PriceItUp bet whilst the introduction of an ‘Edit’ feature will allow customers to tweak and build upon existing #PriceItUp outcomes to create a personalised bet.All pricing and technical development for these new features have been carried out in-house, in keeping with BetVictor’s strategy of maintaining full control of the key product features within their Sportsbook.These two new features will play an integral role in BetVictor’s product offering for the end of the current European football season and will be central to the firm’s marketing strategy for this summer’s World Cup in Russia.Eoin Ryan, Head of Sportsbook Product at BetVictor, commented: ‘’We are delighted to be able to launch two exciting new features to complement our already very popular #PriceItUp market.“#PriceItUp Builder will allow customers to combine up to 10 individual selections in a single match accumulator bet, making it the most powerful builder feature on the market.“We are very excited about the introduction of an ‘Edit’ feature into this product. We see this as a perfect gateway into the #PriceItUp Builder, as it allows a customer the ability to easily edit an existing outcome in a simple and straightforward manner.”He added: “We are especially proud to have developed these products in-house and we see them as key additions to our Sportsbook as we look ahead to the World Cup in Russia this summer.’’ BetVictor boosts casino portfolio with EveryMatrix’s CasinoEngine June 25, 2020 Related Articles BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 EveryMatrix ups CasinoEngine gamification tools with CompetitionLabs June 29, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submitlast_img read more

bwin launches blockbuster campaign for Russia 2018

first_img Related Articles Share Submit GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Share Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 GVC Holdings’ European sports betting subsidiary bwin, has announced the launch of its World Cup Russia 2018 multi-vertical marketing campaign ‘Who Stole the Cup?’Continuing its ‘blockbuster approach’ to promoting its sportsbook product, bwin marketing details that ‘Who Stole the Cup?’ is the sequel to 2017’s European-wide ‘The Race’ campaign.bwin latest marketing campaign is produced by Spanish director Pedro Martin-Calero and features football legends Maradona, Cafu and Stefan Effenburg, alongside former Real Madrid manager, Vicente del Bosque.“Each of the football legend suspects, feature across all channels of the campaign from TV, out of home and online. From the teaser phase all the way through to the reveal of who the dastardly thief was, the audience will be left guessing” details bwin marketing launching ‘Who Stole the Cup?’.The new campaign will run across bwin core territories of Germany, Austria, Greece, Spain, Italy, France, UK, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden, with bookmaker releasing behind-the-scenes interviews on bwin.combwin’s campaign has been developed by international creative agency BBH Sport and will form part of its wider ‘Live the Action’ brand marketing initiatives.GVC Holdings Chief Marketing Officer Adam Lewis commented on the campaign launch:“Being smart, creative and bold is in GVC’s DNA and again our teams have delivered with this blockbuster World Cup campaign, it will entertain and engage our players and audiences globally, plus reinforce bwin’s position as Europe’s leading and most innovative sportsbook.”last_img read more

GiG unveils esports sponsorship expansion

first_imgShare GiG strengthens sportsbook profile as recovery blossoms May 5, 2020 Share Related Articles GiG ups code security oversight with Checkmarx July 10, 2020 StumbleUpon Rizk.com has expanded into the esports, unveiling its latest sponsorship deal with the globally operating Finnish ENCE esports team.The iGaming operator flagship brand of Gaming Innovation Group (GiG), has outlined that the partnership is a natural fit for the group, with both firms sharing a very similar ethos and understanding. Additionally, with the rise in popularity of esports in general and the recent launch of Rizk sportsbook, the timing for this branding opportunity couldn’t have been better.Robin Reed, CEO of GiG commented: “ENCE is very happy to be working with Rizk, paving their way to the wonderful world of eSports. With a rapidly changing and growing industry, we are here to support Rizk to take the right steps in getting involved in esports. Rizk is a tremendous partner for ENCE as it’s backed by a forward thinking and innovating iGaming company.”ENCE is a professional Finnish esports team. Players compete in online gaming tournaments worldwide which include games such as Starcraft 2, Hearthstone, Rainbow Six: Siege, Overwatch and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive. The Rizk logo will appear on ENCE’s website and merchandise. Since online gambling is illegal for under 18s in many countries where fans are based, the two jointly decided that it was appropriate not to include the Rizk logo on any merchandise worn by Sergej (Jere Salo), who is a player aged under 18, as a measure to encourage responsible gambling.Commenting on the partnership, Joona Leppänen Marketing Director at ENCE outlined: “The team is playing at ESL One Cologne this weekend  which will host players, talents and fans for a whole weekend of esports.” GiG launches WSN Podcast hosted by Bill Krackomberger  June 18, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

The World Cup’s Finest with Scout Gaming’s James Camilleri

first_img FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Share CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 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.Joining The World Cup’s Finest in its penultimate edition is James Camilleri, Head of Sales and General Manager at Scout Gaming Group, who emphasises an Italian love, admiration for a young Michael Owen and states which country the biggest tournament in sport cannot do without.  First World Cup memory8 June – 8 July 1990 (World Cup, Italy). I was still very young at that time and I knew little about football. I remember the hot summer nights though, where all the family used to gather to watch football.Favorite World Cup:PlayerFabio Cannavaro.  I almost admired what a great leader and a role model he is. Besides that, for me he is a very intelligent defender. He was crucial for the Italian team in winning the 2006 World Cup.TeamSpain, 2010. Although they’ve won the tournament, what I always remember is the way how they played. They managed to entertain football fans and by far they were the better team for me.GoalMichael Owen (England vs Argentina). I remember I watched this goal multiple times. His fast pace and dribbling skills were incredible. After that goal, he went on to be one of the best players!  GameItaly vs France, 2006. I remember this was a very close game with both teams playing very well. Italy won by penalties however the talking point of that game was Zinedine Zidane. It was his last-ever match and was sent off! Definitely not a good way to end his football career.KitBrazil. You can’t think of the World Cup and not think of Brazil and their bright yellow kit. What makes it special is the world class players that wore that kit and won.  The World Cup’s Finest is to be a regular feature during the Russia World Cup, profiling a different individual each week day. StumbleUpon Submit TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

The Special Ones! Sport Industry announces its 30 ‘NextGen Leaders’ for 2019

first_img Submit Share Alex Coulson – Sports IndustrySports publishing group Sport Industry has announced its next ’30 rising professionals’ working within UK sports, who will form part of its ‘NextGen Leaders 2019’ development program.Announcing its fourth annual cohort of young sports business professionals under the age of 30, Sport Industry details its most diverse development program to date with 43% of women making up ‘NextGen Leaders 2019’.The young professionals are set to benefit from a year-long ‘Leadership Package’ which includes business training, personal development alongside high-value networking opportunities.Sports Industry’s business development program is supported by official partner Howard Kennedy and Loughborough University London and as well as Leadership Package Partner Inspirational Development Group (IDG).Announcing 2019’s NextGen Leaders, Alex Coulson Managing Director of Sport Industry Group said:“It’s vital to support the engine room of the industry as they continue their journey to the very top. It’s also of huge benefit to the wider industry to hear the fresh thoughts and ideas from those at the forefront of sport business, not just opinions from the boardroom. Reciprocal learning is a common thread that runs throughout Sport Industry NextGen and that is why it continues to go from strength to strength and proving huge benefit to the Leaders, Coaches, partners and the wider industry.”Sport Industry ‘NextGen Leaders 2019′ – #SINextGen Share StumbleUponlast_img read more