Month: August 2020


Best of the Caribbean

first_imgSteven ‘Jabba’ Beckford Steven ‘DJ Jabba’ Beckford has been in the music business long enough to know the importance of listening to your fans.After the 2012 Best Of The Best show at Bicentennial Park in Miami, he and co-founder Joey Budafuco decided they would cut back on hip hop acts.“In life, mi learn from my mistakes an’ people mistakes, an’ one of di mistakes mi mek was put to much hip hop artiste pon Best Of The Best,” he told Caribbean National Weekly.Best Of The Best 2017, which takes place May 28 at Bayfront Park in Miami, was launched Thursday at Club Iguana in Pembroke Pines.This year has a strong Jamaican dancehall lineup, complemented by acts from Trinidad and Tobago and The Bahamas. According to DJ Jabba, while 2012 was a commercial success, the fans were not pleased with the number of hip hop artistes.“We had Rick Ross, DJ Khaled, 2 Chainz an’ Young Jeezy an’ it draw a wicked crowd but wi core people neva like it,” he explained.Best Of The Best audiences, he noted, love to see a diverse Caribbean package. Which is what promoters are offering this year.In addition to current dancehall heavyweights Mavado, Aidonia, Masica, Christopher Martin and Dexta Daps, Trinidadian soca artistes Patrice Roberts and Lyrikal, and Bahamian performers Julien Believe and Dyson Knight, are on the bill.“The Bahamian people roll out an’ support wi, like the Trinidad people, so wi treat dis as a family business. Wi have to make everybody happy,” said Jabba.Best Of The Best was first held in 2007 at Bicentennial Park. It celebrated its tenth anniversary last year.last_img read more


Barbados sex worker Natalie Harewood gets support for parliament seat

first_imgThe Adult Industry Association (AIA) in Barbados says it will support sex worker, Natalie “Natlee” Harewood, in her bid to win a seat in the Barbados parliament when the general elections are held later this year.Despite Parliament being dissolved earlier this month, Prime Minister Freundel Stuart has not yet named a general election date, even though he has told supporters of his ruling Democratic Labor Party (DLP) he’ll do so within the stipulated 90-day period.The DLP is expected to face a strong challenge from the main opposition Barbados Labor Party (BLP) for control of the 30-seat parliament. The DLP won the last general election in 2013 by a two-seat margin.Contesting Bridgetown constituencyBut Harewood, 36, who gained notoriety two years ago with her explicit viral postings on social media, has said she will be contesting the City of Bridgetown constituency, coming up against the incumbent BLP candidate, retired Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, United Progressive Party (UPP) leader, former senator Lynette Eastmond, and DLP candidate, credit unionist Henderson Williams.Not turning back“I am going forward and I am trying to do my best to help the poor people in Barbados and I am not turning back. Nothing beats a try. It was too much fakeness all these years. I am the real deal right now for my people. It isn’t no more lies.The poor needs help“I am not a politician; I don’t know the first thing about politics, but I know Barbados is hard and my poor people want help, we want jobs. Too much crime in Barbados. Too much young people coming out on the streets to prostitute their bodies for money. We need help. That’s all I know,’ said the sex-worker.She has now gained the support of the AIA, whose president Charles Lewis, said the organization would be providing both moral and financial support to her.last_img read more


Ex Super Falcons Coach Slams Aisha Falode For Falconets’ “Tortuous Road Trip To Benin”

first_imgFormer Super Falcons coach, Ismalia Mabo has expressed his displeasure at the Aisha Falode led women football arm of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) following the Falconets’ road trip from their camp in Abuja to Benin City for today’s under-20 World Cup qualifier against Tanzania.Speaking to the Guardian, Mabo explained that “there are laid down rules and regulations by FIFA concerning the movement of teams for national assignments,”Ismaila Mabo led the Super Falcons to the FIFA Women’s World Cup quarterfinals in 1999 and also won the African Women Cup of Nations for Nigeria.He continued: “How come Falode who is the head of women football in the country allowed such thing to happen to the Falconets? I think FIFA’s rule says that any distance of more than 30 km, the teams have to travel by air and not by road.”“It is not fair for the NFF to treat the players and their coaches in such a way. If they don’t have the fund, why not allow the team to play the qualifiers in Abuja instead of such tortuous road trip to Benin City?”“And since Edo State government is hosting the match, Falode should have made it clear in her proposal to the governor that the team should be airlifted and not to travel such long distance by road.”Nigeria’s national under-20 women football team host Tanzania today in CAF’s first-round qualifier for the France 2018 U-20 World Cup. RelatedAUDIO: Aisha Falode Explains NWPL Super Four PostponementSeptember 8, 2017In “NWL”U-20 World Cup Qualifer: Falconets Sweep Past Tanzania In BeninSeptember 16, 2017In “National Team”Falconets Need Grade A Friendlies Ahead Of France 2018 – Izilien Tasks NFFMarch 20, 2018In “National Team”last_img read more


Hamilton Wins Again To Egde Closer to Fourth Title

first_imgVettel has suffered an unexpected dip in results since the summer break but hit an all-season low today as he cut a dejected figure on the sidelines as his car was parked after just five laps due to unreliability issues. The problem was detected before the race started but Vettel managed to get the car on the grid but as soon as the race started it was obvious the Ferrari couldn’t get enough power up and was woefully short of pace on the straights.The engine blew – so did his title chances. Lewis Hamilton won the Japanese Grand Prix this morning to put one hand firmly on the 2017 Formula One title as Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel had another race to forget in the sunshine at Suzuka.Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari suffered a second engine failure in as many weeks and was forced to retire after only five laps while Lewis Hamilton won by just a second after a late rampage by Max Verstappen who definitely felt he could have won a second race in as many weeks after his triumph in Malaysia last weekend.Lewis Hamilton is now 59 points ahead of Sebastian Vettel and could secure this season’s title as early as the US Grand Prix later this month if he can extend his lead by another 16 points. “It’s normal to be critical, especially if things go wrong because it’s part of our job,” Vettel told reporters. “But I need to protect them [Ferrari] – they’ve done an incredible job so far.” Ferrari’s sudden unreliabity comes in a season that started like they finally had a car that could rival the Mercedes but losing out again in 2017 is pushing the Scuderia’s title drought to a decade and the pressure is definitely on.Even as Hamilton and his W08 were in title winning mood, Red Bull’s Max Verstappen showed why he is regarded as arguably the brightest youngster in the Formula One for many years. He went past his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo at the first turn after showing bravery and exuberance then had it easy getting into second place as Vettel’s Ferrari struggled for power and eventually retired. Verstappen chased down Hamilton for the whole of the race and it became a close fight when he got himself clearly in Hamilton’s rear.Mercedes had to deploy Valterie Bottas as buffer against the rampaging Dutch youngster as he got too close for comfort. This barely change anything as Verstappen closed withing DRS range of Hamilton’s W08 which had already lost its tyres but Valterie Bottas once again showing himself as the master team player.Daniel Ricciardo finished third to earn his eighth podium finish of the season – the most in a single season in his career. Valterie Bottas finished fourth to cut the gap between Vettel and himself to a meagre 13 points while the other Ferrari was just behind Bottas.The two Force Indias finished sixth and seventh and Haas drivers Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean scored points in eighth and ninth while Brazilian Felipe Massa of Williams was the last driver to score points, just ahead of two-time world champion Fernando Alonso.All eyes will be on Lewis Hamilton as Formula One goes across the Atlantic to the United States. The US GP zooms off on October 22center_img “I could only have dreamed of having this kind of gap,” said Hamilton. “I was excited to have a good race with Sebastian here but he’s been incredibly unfortunate.” RelatedThe 2017 Formula 1 British Grand Prix PreviewJuly 15, 2017In “Sports”The 2017 Formula 1 Pirelli Magyar Nagydij PreviewJuly 29, 2017In “Sports”Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton Claims Canadian Grand Prix Victory Over Sebastian VettelJune 9, 2019In “Formula 1”last_img read more


Why Cristiano Ronaldo May Be Past His Prime

first_imgShots from outside the penalty area (La Liga & UCL)2014/15 (Total/Per Game) – 126/2.92015/16 (Total/Per Game) – 114/2.72016/17 (Total/Per Game) – 74/1.82017/18 (Total/Per Game) – 12/1.2 Decline In Set-Piece For a man who scored more than 50 free kick goals (for both club and country) in his illustrious career, his return has been poor in the 2015/16 and 2016/17 La Liga seasons where he just scored only once in each season. Often Create Or Score Goals Ronaldo started his Manchester United career on the left wing and whenever he touches the ball, one can expect him to blast forward, weaving past the opponents with pace and trickery.He influenced the game from midfield, breaking down attacks and creating goals. After his move to Real Madrid, Manuel Pellegrini preferred to play him in a more central role.He became more of a goal scoring threat but often comes deep to influence the game. Should I say “Good things do come to an end”  and that could just be the case with Cristiano Ronaldo who has been at the pinnacle of football alongside Argentine rival, Lionel Messi. The Portuguese star has been a shadow of himself in a season that has seen Real Madrid lag behind Barcelona in the La Liga title race and even behind Tottenham in the Champions League. He also has the worst conversion rate of any player in Europe. Can we then conclude that his time at the pinnacle of world football is coming to an end? I think so. Total Assists, Key passes per game (La Liga & UCL)2014/15 – 19, 22015/16 – 15, 1.52016/17 – 11, 1.32017/18 – 1, 1.3 3 Goal Conversion Ratio Reduced DrasticallyThose days when Cristiano Ronaldo single-handedly rescued Manchester United and Real Madrid are over. With just one goal from 40 efforts on goal, Cristiano Ronaldo has the worst conversion rate (2.5 percent) of all goalscorers in Europe’s top five leagues. Set-piece Goals (La Liga & UCL)2015/16 – 92016/17 – 42017/18 – 0center_img Ronaldo and Messi successful dribbles (La Liga & UCL)2014/15 – Ronaldo 79 – 166 Messi2015/16 – Ronaldo 58 – 151 Messi2016/17 – Ronaldo 40 – 154 Messi2017/18 – Ronaldo 12 – 77 Messi It doesn’t take a footballing expert to understand that Cristiano Ronaldo is on the decline.The four-time FIFA Ballon d’Or winner, Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the greatest football players of this generation. He has scored 616 goals for club and country with 4 UEFA Champions League winners medal.He has won every possible honour in club football and led Portugal to the UEFA Euro title in 2016.After 15 full seasons with Sporting CP, Manchester United and Real Madrid, Cristiano Ronaldo seems to be slowing down a bit.For the first time in more than 10 years, he is going through a goal drought and his struggles are clearly visible.It is quite natural for any player who played 15 successful seasons at the top-flight to slow down.Now, let’s see some of the reasons below;Slow Runs And No Threats Outside Box :We rarely see the Cristiano Ronaldo of old who gets the ball anywhere on the field and just starts racing and dribbling his way past opponents towards goal. With age and injuries catching up with him, he is more selective about his runs. He is still one of the fastest in the world but a tad slower than he was a couple of years ago.His goals from outside the box reduced drastically over the last couple of seasons and he is not the threat he once used to be. He does not contribute a lot to the build-up play and the stats below clearly shows where he was once and where he is now. Goal Conversion Stats(La Liga)2014/15 – 21.33 %2015/16 – 15.42 %2016/17 – 10 %2017/18 – 2.5 Dribbles/Take-Ons Reduced Christiano Rolando took the Premier League by storm after he made his Manchester United debut in 2003/04 season.Primarily a left winger, Ronaldo became noted for his dribbling and flair, often displaying an array of tricks and feints such as the stopovers that became his trademark during his days in England. But recent stats reveal that Cristiano Ronaldo has lost his dribbling ability.It is being a little harsh on the player who plays more centrally these days and not as a winger. But his ability to take on the players has diminished over the last 2 to 3 seasons. He averaged over 100 dribbles a season in his first few years at Madrid but over the last few years, it had gone down to 50. RelatedCristiano Ronaldo Will Surpass Pele’s Goal Record – MendesOctober 16, 2019In “Europe”Mourinho Snubs Ronaldo and Messi, Names Football’s ‘GOAT’April 26, 2020In “Featured”Sarri and Chelsea Tested to The LimitOctober 22, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more


Betgenius aims to stay ahead of the pack with new 2017 trading products

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Share 888 calls for Betgenius sportsbook makeover June 25, 2020 Sports betting technology and software Betgenius is helping sportsbook operators give greater control to their customers via a range of new trading products, set to be showcased at ICE 2017 next week.As punters demand more and more from their chosen sports betting operator, Betgenius is staying ahead of the game with a series of new product launches to complement its customisable, automated trading tools.Visitors to the ICE exhibition will be able to get a first look at Betgenius’ unique Cash Out innovation, which allows punters to access the function right until the final whistle, even on accumulator bets.The new Betgenius Cash Out product has been developed to solve the growing issue of frustrated punters being denied the option to cash out ‘winnings’ late on in sporting events – often causing damage to bookie’s reputation as customers voice their anger on social media.However Betgenius Cash Out creates up to 100% availability for the function across match day singles and accumulators, with the ability to configure suspensions to suit bespoke needs. Betgenius is also showcasing its brand-new Minute Markets product, which allows punters to bet across 12 in-game events in one, two, three, four or five minute periods.Uniquely, the market types are offered as binary yes/no options as to whether events will happen – adding a fresh and exciting element to the in-play betting experience.Matt Stephenson, Business Development Director at Betgenius, said: “At ICE this year, alongside our tried and tested trading products, we are showcasing fresh, innovative products designed to vastly improve the betting experience for punters. The trend of punters demanding greater control over their bets is here to stay, and these products are clear examples of how Betgenius can help its partners meet that demand.”Other trading products being showcased at ICE include:In-Play Manager: Now featuring over 150,000 live events per annum across 25+ sportsNEW PreMatch Manager: Our revamped console, with Pyramid Pricing, providing operators with optimised odds across all sports and eventsRacing Manager: Check out our fully automated trading and streaming solution designed to remove resource-heavy manual odds compilationeSports: Betgenius is the most experienced supplier of eSports trading services on the market, having launched the industry’s first comprehensive pre-match and in-play betting service back in 2015. Scott Longley – Confusion reigns over FDC’s second betting rights deal July 14, 2020 Betgenius expands virtual sports range with Kiron August 20, 2020 Share Submitlast_img read more


Mor Weizer- Playtech: Convergence to be dominant industry trend in 2017

first_img Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share Speaking to industry media, Mor Weizer CEO of market leading platform and technology provider Playtech Plc, has stated that 2017 will be the year of ‘cross channel convergence’ for industry stakeholders.Asked what will be the dominant industry theme/trend in 2017, Weizer did not hesitate to answer, by stating that convergence would see real B2B through to B2C progress this year, as tier 1 operators look to maximise their digital and retail (landbased) assets.A confident Weizer, notes that 2017 will not only see operators engage in true omin-channel capabilities, but that the industry will benefit from new ‘convergence-led engagement with players, who will continue their play anywhere and on any device.Pointing towards industry innovation, Weizer details Playtech’s recent release of new ‘cross channel’ game Tiki Paradise. Launched last week across all channels and devices exclusively with Coral, Tiki Paradise a five-reel, 10 win-line slot which Playtech governance claims is the industry’s first true cross-channel content.As Playtech CEO, Weizer notes the research and resources undertaken to develop Tiki Paradise, stating that Playtech is already ahead of competitors with regards to creating seamless multi-channel engagement.However, complex the challenges of creating omni-channel capabilities are for technology providers, Weizer states that online gambling is still a ‘simple game’, whereby the most efficient operator with the best brand and marketing acquires the best players, Playtech’s role is to simply service this business reality.However, complex the challenges of creating omni-channel capabilities are for technology providers, Weizer states that online gambling is still a ‘simple game’, whereby the most efficient operator with the best brand and marketing acquires the best players, Playtech’s role is to simply service this business reality. Related Articles Share Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Retail closures have ‘severe’ impact on Playtech August 5, 2020last_img read more


Nektan Plc acquires Nektan Marketing Services from Betfred Founder

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Share Submit Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Nektan Plc, an international gaming solutions and services provider has announced the acquisition of Nektan Marketing Services in a deal with Fred Done (Betfred founder) and Warren Jacobs (ActiveWin Media).Nektan Marketing Services was initially a joint venture between Done, Jacobs and Nektan Plc and was announced back in September 2015. The company has traded as Nektan Marketing Services and was initially set up as a platform to combine Nektan’s gaming technology with Jacobs and Done’s acquisition and retention expertise to thus increase revenue for Nektan’s third party brands.Nektan Plc Chief Executive, Gary Shaw, commented: “With the evolution of our business, and strong growth in revenues, the timing was right to acquire full control of Nektan Marketing Services. The move will allow us to integrate a slick, full turnkey solution for operators in-house. The expectation is that we will build on the considerable knowledge base and success of NMS under the guidance of Warren and Fred.”Fred Done, founder of Betfred, added: “This joint venture perfectly demonstrates our ability to inject strong industry knowledge and highly effective marketing services to the gaming sector. We are delighted with the results for NMS and therefore, Nektan Plc and look forward to facing new challenges head-on in the global gaming arena.”The company was initially launched to manage online campaigns for Nektan’s in-house brands but has since added multiple white label sites to the extensive roster, including ‘The SUN Play’ and ‘Pots of Luck’ amongst other growing white labels.Nektan Marketing Services then was structured to provide aggressive acquisition tactics including PPC, affiliate marketing and media buying as well as player value extraction through CRM strategies for the Nektan brands; thus improving conversion, retention and bottom line profit.Nektan Plc will purchase the remaining shares in the business for £500,000 in cash.last_img read more


‘Technology First’ Paddy Power Betfair delivers solid H1 2017 performance

first_imgShare Share Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Submit ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Related Articles Breon CorcoranPresenting its 2017 H1 interim results, the governance of FTSE100 listed Paddy Power Betfair Plc (PPB) maintains that the company is ‘well positioned for sustainable and profitable growth’.Despite being set against a tough 2016 comparative period (featuring UEFA Euro 2016), PPB delivered a 9% increase on pro-forma revenues of £827 million (H1 2016: £759 million) combined with a group EBITDA of £220 million up 21% on H1 2016’s £181 million.Delivering a ‘solid’ H1 2017 performance, PPB governance would declare group operating profits of £180 million, combined with a group operating profit of £104 million (H1 2016: – £48 million).Updating investors PPB governance maintains that its group full-year EBITDA guidance remains at the £445-465 million range, which will include the recent M&A cost of US fantasy sports operator DRAFT for $20 million.Issuing a forward looking statement, PPB governance detailed that the company was on track to deliver on its ‘group technology integration projects’ which would deliver major corporate  ‘cost, scale and risk/trading benefits’.PPB CEO Breon Corcoran detailed: “The focus of this investment is to use technology to improve efficiency and minimise the cost of servicing our customers and to further enhance our customer proposition.”Having yesterday announced his departure as leader of PPB, a confident Breon Corcoran detailed to investors that the firm had prioritised ‘technology first initiatives’ that would maintain the firm’s position as the global betting market’s front-runner. Corcoran maintains that  PPB stakeholders will see the group advantages of its investment as  ‘long term structural advantages’“The integration of our technology platforms is on track for completion by the end of the year and will bring significant benefits including increased quantity and pace of new product development in 2018 and beyond,” Corcoran explained.“Ahead of that, our customers and shareholders are already seeing benefits from efficiencies and investments. In the first half alone, customers enjoyed approximately £30m of extra value through better odds, more generous offers and new loyalty benefits.”Paddy Power Betfair Plc – H1 2017 – Performance Overview. StumbleUpon Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020last_img read more


Cheap and deep Pokerstars MEGASTACK heads to Malta

first_imgShare ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Submit Related Articles TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Malta’s Portomaso Casino is to see a return of the Pokerstars MEGASTACK series, following a successful stop earlier this year.The addition to the schedule will see the grassroots tournament stage it’s €40,000 guaranteed main event between 19-22 October, with online satellites running from September 24 to October 18.Aimed at delivering live poker at a low cost, the appeal of an increased top prize is heightened with a buy in of just €170.Chris Moneymaker, Team PokerStars Pro, said:  “For a low buy-in of only €170, PokerStars MEGASTACK Malta is an event perfect for the bankroll of every beginner wanting a taste of live poker action. “Not only will players compete for their share of the €40,000 Main Event guaranteed prize pool, but it’s also a great proving ground for those with an eye on playing a PokerStars Festival or Championship tournament in the future.”With over 5,800 players contributing to a prize pool of €870,890 thus far, Pokerstars continues to see the MEGASTACK series grow in its inaugural year.David Curtis, Europe Live Events Manager at PokerStars, commented:  “We are very proud of the success of PokerStars grassroots initiatives which were introduced in March this year. “These tournaments have been highly anticipated by live and online poker players and have appealed to many players’ poker calendars. “It is thanks to our players and partners that we’re able to hold some of the biggest poker tournaments across Europe.” PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more