first_imgJamaica’s national women’s soccer team with team ambassador, Cedella Marley (bottom center). No one said it would be easy. Nor should it be, for this is the pinnacle of women’s football, the FIFA World Cup Finals.Jamaica, the first Caribbean country to qualify for the global showpiece, made their historic bow into the tournament in Grenoble on Sunday, and though the Reggae Girlz were brought down to earth with a 3-0 defeat, they left many of their supporters filled with joy at the manner in which they competed. Still, the reality is that the Reggae Girlz are some ways off, tactically and technically, from elite teams, such as defending champion United States of America, former winners Germany, Japan, China, the Scandinavian teams, host France, England, among others including Brazil, Australia, etc. Should take heart Nonetheless, the Girlz and the technical staff need not drop their collective heads, but rather take heart from their effort, remain humble and eager to learn and make the most of the two remaining preliminary group games against Italy on Friday (June 14) in Reims, and Australia on Tuesday, June 18 in Grenoble. Italy ranked at 16 on the FIFA list, and making a long-awaited return to the Finals, shocked the number six-ranked Australia 2-1 in the other Group C game on Sunday. Need to improve at the centerAs we have said in this space before, Jamaica’s team is quite soft through its spine (middle) and will need to drastically improve in that area if they are to harbor thoughts of seriously challenging the elite teams in the future. Additionally, the players appear too naïve and careless in possession, especially in the defensive third of the field, where such mistakes can be costly. It would be nice to see better communication between the back four and a more compact unit. Personnel and formation changes likelyInterestingly, assistant coach Lorne Donaldson has since told the media in France that the technical staff is tinkering with personnel changes for the game against Italy, as the team desperately seek a positive result in its quest to progress to the knockout stage. “Tactically we made some adjustments, formation wise. It looks good for the first day, so I like what I am seeing so far and I like the spirit of the players. Our movements were much better defensively, and we seem more coordinated now, so there is no need to second guess ourselves,” he told the Jamaica Observer newspaper after the team’s training session in Reims on Tuesday. He added: “We did some work and we are going to do more work on it and see if our cohesiveness can be a lot better in the game and we can connect a little bit more and get more compact defensively. We also want to spread ourselves out some more which would result in us being more dangerous in attack.” Donaldson also suggested that the team needed to change from its 4-3-3 formation as it had become ineffective and stale. The Italians appeared organized and compact and displayed the characteristics for which their male counterparts are renowned, which will make them difficult opponents for Jamaica on Friday, as they seek to consolidate their top-two place in the group. So, if the Girlz can make the necessary adjustments and learn from the mistakes against Brazil, though we believe those mistakes are intrinsic, then supporters would be satisfied, regardless of the result.last_img read more

first_imgBROWARD COUNTY, FL – At a news conference in Tallahassee yesterday afternoon, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced that health officials now report 24 cases of COVID-19 in Broward County. The majority of cases are linked to international travel, but not all of the cases are Broward County residents. Three of the cases are unlinked, which the Governor said may indicate that COVID-19 in Broward is now experiencing a “community spread.”According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), community spread means transmission of an illness for which the source of infection is unknown. Unlinked cases may have been exposed to a returned traveler who was infected; Florida Department of Health investigations are continuing.While the risk for COVID-19 across our nation is still believed to be low, federal, state and local emergency management activities are focused on prevention and containment, and Broward County is part of the nationwide coordinated response. The key to containment is appropriate preventive actions including “social distancing” which calls for 3-6 feet of personal space where possible, and avoidance of crowds.Late Friday, Broward County canceled all sporting events at County parks, including the last two weekends of the Renaissance Festival, and all public programs and activities at County libraries. However, Parks and Libraries currently remain open for resident use at their discretion. The County has stepped up sanitizing procedures at all of its government facilities. For the latest on Broward County cancellations, visit in the March 17 Presidential Preference Primary, and early voting which is scheduled to be open through Sunday, March 15 at several library locations, will continue as planned. Broward County has worked with the Supervisor of Elections Office to ensure that polling locations are properly sanitized in advance of Election Day, and during Election Day until the polls close. There are some changes to polling locations, primarily to assist with voting by elderly residents. Visit for the latest location information.The Board of County Commissioners reminds all residents and visitors to follow these guidelines for personal protection:Wash your hands frequently, for at least 20 seconds, using antibacterial soap and water. Use hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol if soap and water is not available.DON’T TOUCH your face or directly touch public surfaces such as handrails, elevator buttons, restroom faucets, gasoline pumps, etc.Maintain a healthy lifestyle (i.e. eat properly, hydrate and get plenty of rest).If you are sick, stay home. If you have symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, dry cough, difficulty breathing and/or severe illness), call the Florida Department of Health at 954-412-7300 BEFORE visiting your health care provider, and follow their instructions.Be cognizant of the fact that COVID-19 is highly transmissible and seniors are among the most vulnerable. Take steps to help protect the elderly from the spread.While many residents are reporting limited supplies of certain products at grocery stores, state officials said that it is still important for residents to be properly supplied and that there are no supply chain issues in the state. Check back after resupplies to complete your shopping. The Governor also announced several initiatives to ease the need for public interaction at this time, such as temporary relaxation of driver’s license renewal requirements. The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has moved to a Level 1 activation. Broward County remains under a local State of Emergency and the Broward EOC is at a Level 2 activation. For the latest updates, visit, email [email protected] or call the FDOH Call Center at 866-779-6121. To learn what Broward County is doing, visit read more

first_img“We have to exercise some measure of caution because there is a natural tension between crowds and physical distancing,” Miami Beach Mayor Gelber said. “How do you manage that in a pandemic? The answer is carefully. We know that Memorial Day is a traditional time for everybody to go to the beach and if we saw hundreds of thousands of people on our beaches, it would be a disaster.” The announcement from county Mayor Carlos Giménez came after a virtual meeting between Giménez and city managers of the county’s coastal cities. While Broward County will reopen its beaches and hotels on May 26, Miami-Dade leaders said that they wanted to avoid any Memorial Day gatherings in the county. Giménez’s statement did not specify what additional travelers the hotels would be allowed to accept, only that restrictions would be eased. June 1 would also mark the opening date for the county’s beaches, which have also been closed since March, according to the announcement. Miami-Dade retail businesses, office buildings and salons, along with some other nonessential businesses, were allowed to open last week at limited capacities. Restaurants in Miami, Miami Beach and Miami Gardens, however, will not reopen until May 27.center_img Miami Beach hotels, meanwhile, have been closed to all guests since March. Since March, hotels across the county have only been allowed to accept reservations from essential lodgers. This includes first responders, medical personnel and those unable to stay in their homes for reasons beyond their control. Miami-Dade County officials have agreed on a June 1 target date to reopen the county’s beaches and hotels.last_img read more

first_img“History is written by the conqueror, not by those who are conquered. History is written by the people who do the harm, not by people who get harmed,” said the fast bowling icon. “At protests years ago, even when Martin Luther King was marching, you would have predominantly black faces and a few white faces. This time a lot of white people are involved in these protests and that is the difference,” said Holding. “We are all human beings so I hope that people recognise that the Black Lives Matter movement is not trying to get black people above white people or above anyone else. It is all about equality.” He stressed: “When people say ‘all lives matter’ or ‘white lives matter’, please, we black people know white lives matter. I don’t think you know that black lives matter. Don’t shout back at us that all lives matter.  In his illustrious career, the 66-year-old Holding took 249 wickets in 60 Tests. He holds the record for the best match figures in West Indies history – 14 for 149 runs against England at the Oval in 1976. Holding, who has built a successful media career as an international cricket commentator and analyst, said education was critical to enacting change. The former Jamaica captain’s testimony was combined with a powerful gesture from West Indies as they knelt and held clenched fists raised in a show of support for Black Lives Matter. They were joined by members of the England team and the match officials.  He added: “Everybody has heard about this lady in Central Park in New York (Amy Cooper) who was asked by a black man to put her dog on a leash, which is the law. She threatened this black man (Christian Cooper), saying that she was going to call the police and tell them there was a black man threatening her. CMC “White lives matter, it is obvious; the evidence is clearly there. We want black lives to matter now. Simple as that.”center_img “If the society in which she was living did not empower her or get her to think that she had that power of being white and being able to call the police on a Black man, she would not have done it.” “What people need to understand is this thing stems from a long time ago, hundreds of years ago. The dehumanisation of the black race is where it started and people will tell you that is a long time ago, ‘get over it’,” Holding said. SOUTHAMPTON, England – West Indies legend Michael Holding gave one of the most powerful speeches in the game’s history on Wednesday, articulating the widespread disgust with the ills of racism and outlining how education could be used to eradicate the menace in society. Holding said he believed the large number of white people who have taken part in protests supporting the Black Lives Matter movement could help bring about change, and has urged all people to fully understand what the movement stands for. Speaking on Sky Sports ahead of the start of the first Test between West Indies and England at the Ageas Bowl here, Holding’s powerful words on unity, justice and equality resonated across the globe, as rain forced a delayed start to the contest behind closed doors. “What they saw [happen to George Floyd] was disgusting and people thought to themselves ‘enough is enough’. Everyone is recognising it, coming alive and seeing the difference in treatment of people.  “We need to go back and teach both sides of history. Now, until we do that and educate the entire human race, this thing will not stop.” “No, you don’t get over things like that and the society has not gotten over things like that.”last_img read more

first_img Submit Share StumbleUpon Swipe supports NHS by launching FTP predictor on ‘Stay INtertoto Cup’ April 20, 2020 Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 Bookee confident of future outlook despite platform setback September 26, 2019 Related Articles Share Adam Kalmanson, BookeeBookee has built on its ‘Tinder for betting’ mobile app by introducing Splitbet, an Uber-style split fare concept which allows friends to share the risk and reward of placing a bet.On Splitbet, users can choose to share a stake with a list of contacts already using the app, or choose the option to invite a friend to download the app and accept the bet.Those already using the app will receive a push notification request to split the stake, while those without it will received a personalised SMS message, including the details of the request and a link to download Bookee from the App store.Adam Kalmanson, Bookee co-founder, said: “The app is already very different from anything else on offer within the sports betting market and this feature is yet another industry first.“We are constantly thinking of ways to develop Bookee to enhance the user-experience and having learnt from apps like Uber, we see the Splitbet facility as being something our users will value and enjoy using.”Launched in November 2016, the Bookee app offers users a randomised ‘deck’ of suggested small-stake bets on a range of sports, with the opportunity to swipe left to discard or right to accept the bet.last_img read more

first_img Speaking to national media, Lega MP Giancarlo Giorgetti – Italy’s current undersecretary for sports – has stated that the Lega-5Star coalition government will likely implement a ban on amateur sports wagering.Giorgetti underlines that Lega-5Star’s ‘Dignity Decree’ mandate on reforming Italian society has solely impacted betting/gambling operators at a market level, but that tougher policies are needed to wipe-out sports corruption.The sports secretary’s comments follow an investigation by the Corriere della Sera newspaper, which revealed that wagers had been accepted by ADM-licensed bookmakers on markets involving ‘amateur classified’ and underage athletes.Corriere della Sera’s investigation comes as Lega-5Star pressure Italian Economic Minister Giovanni Tria to place the ADM as Italian gambling regulator under review.Updating the media, Giorgetti states that coalition government is ‘ready to take action’ on the matter, further outlining that Lega-5Star have consulted the Magglingen Convention to draw provisions on preventing, identifying and punishing sports manipulations attached to sports betting.“The issue is particularly close to my heart,” said Giorgetti. “We have partially faced the problem by adopting the Dignity Decree. I aim to ban the bets on amateur sports because amateurs and young people are more vulnerable.“Do consumers want to bet? That’s fine, but only on professional sports, for obvious reasons. I am in touch with Benedetto Mineo, Managing Director at the Agency of Customs and Monopolies, to set up new rules on this issue. I am convinced  that we will achieve a result, but of course, it is a rocky road.”Moving forward, Italian betting and sports representatives will likely demand that Lega-5Star clarify the board terminology attached to defining amateur sports and athlete classifications. Share StumbleUpon TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share Italian bookmakers face cruel summer as ADM sanctions shop closures July 27, 2020 CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

first_img StumbleUpon Share iGB Live postponed due to COVID concerns July 31, 2020 Share Submit TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Related Articles Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 All-in Translations will relaunch as All-in Global next week to highlight the company’s range of language services including multilingual SEO and creative content writing. The official rebrand will take place at iGB Live in Amsterdam.As reported by iGaming Business, the company said that having the word ‘translations’ in the company name had made it difficult for all of its services to get the proper market attention.All-in Translations is a global language service provider for game developers, operators, sportsbooks, casinos and affiliates. One advantage it believes it has over the competition is an extensive selection of languages, which stretches to more than 70.The firm’s CEO Tiago Aprigio said: “Our name used to be All-In Translations, but we wanted the gaming industry to understand that we don’t just provide translation and localization services.“We also provide content writing, SEO and audiovisual services. We want to help gaming companies go global so we thought that the best name for us would be All-in Global.”“With us, the old “Creativity or SEO?” conflict is no longer around,” added Content Manager Valentin Stanga. “We’re baking the whole pie by providing well-written and search optimised content.”Stanga has been running the content department from Malta for five years now, while SEO Manager Vasco Albuquerque operates from the new All-in Global office in Porto.“We have a unique set of expertise across all languages,” he explained. “As specialists in link building, SEO content, keyword localisation and content outreach, All-in Global is a natural partner to improve search ranking and reach new audiences for a multilingual website.”last_img read more

first_img Submit Related Articles UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 Share Michael Dugher, the new Chief Executive of Betting and Gaming Council (BGC), has stated that the ‘single industry’ representative body is determined to work with the government in its imminent review of the 2005 Gambling Act.Writing an open letter in Parliamentary news source ‘’’, Dugher underlines that collaboration between the industry and Westminster can deliver the most effective and far-reaching package of reforms for UK gambling.Closing 2019, governance of the newly formed BGC surprised industry observers by confirming the appointment of Dugher – the former Labour Shadow Secretary for DCMS as the standard body’s first Chief Executive.Dugher, who departed the comforts of leading the ‘UK Music’ trade group to head up the BGC, acknowledges the surprise at his appointment, in which his friends questioned why he would ‘drop the Brit Awards to represent the gambling sector?‘.“One cabinet minister texted me to say they thought I was “ very brave”. Sadly, I could tell they meant it in the same way Sir Humphrey, in ‘Yes Minister’, famously described a potentially stupid or reckless decision,” Dugher recalls.However, the former Labour MP for Barnsley East states that his decision was undertaken on the ‘clear understanding that that industry was committed to making big changes’.Supporting the BGC’s appeal for collaboration, Dugher points to industry directives undertaken during a transformative 2019 which saw incumbents introduce a ‘whistle-to-whistle’ ban on advertising, increased funding of gambling harm education and treatment and further enforced customer ID and age-verification requirements.For 2020, Dugher stresses that the betting industry has accepted its upcoming credit card ban from April and that UK betting immediately withdrew its exclusive streaming rights of FA Cup games following political and media backlash.Dugher added: “Whereas the NHS has always had to pick up the bill for Britain’s alcohol problems, for more than 20 years the betting and gaming industry has been the sole funders of treatment in the UK.  Importantly, the largest BGC members are committing an additional £100 million to research, education and treatment (RET) over the next four years.“I’m also pleased to see that new age-verification and ID checks have resulted in literally hundreds of thousands of accounts being closed recently, where the customer was unable or unwilling to meet the new strict criteria.”In his letter, Dugher states that the betting industry is prepared to do much more, but requires government collaboration on distinct factors which will help develop robust regulatory frameworks supported by a ‘consistent evidence-led approach’.Leading the BGC, Dugher underlines that tackling problem gambling will require honest dialogue between stakeholders with regards to understanding its complex social dynamics in which regulation is inconsistent as it standsHe continued: “At the moment, you can gamble at 16 or use your credit card to bet on the National Lottery in a high street shop like WH Smith’s or your local Tesco… Yet BGC members have a zero-tolerance approach that stops under-18s gambling and you have never been able to bet with your credit card in a licensed retail betting shop.”The BGC makes it pleas for collaboration following criticism of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) by members of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Gambling Related Harm, for allowing UK gambling leadership to establish the terms on a ‘Code of Conduct on high-value customers’ (VIP programmes).Amid criticism, Dugher notes the UKGC’s complex regulatory role overseeing a sector in which ‘46% of the UK population bets at least once a month’, and in which distinct social and economic factors have to be analysed.“I am determined to drive big changes across the industry and to help the Government deliver the most far-reaching package of reforms as part of their review of the Gambling Act,” Dugher states concluding his letter.“Going to the BGC might not be quite as much fun as going to the BRIT Awards, and I might be swapping the Glastonbury Festival for the Cheltenham Festival this year, but I think we can make a real difference for people’s lives and I’m looking forward to help lead important changes right across the industry.” UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

first_img StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Industry affiliate marketing publisher Catena Media has cited a struggling performance across its core business units after recording a 2.1% drop in revenues during full-year 2019 trading.Publishing its end of year report for the period January – December 2019, Catena revealed that revenues were down from €105m in 2018 to €102.8m in 2019. Catena also recorded a 1.8% year-on-year decline in search revenue, falling from €89.9m to €88.3m.A breakdown of segments performance sees paid revenue fall by 15%, recorded at €11.9m, while subscription revenue dropped by 57.7% to €2.6m.Losses before tax were recorded as €10.3m for the year, down from a profit of €33.1m in 2018. The losses came after paying €178,000 in taxes. Losses for the year stood at €10.5m, marking a sharp decrease from the €30.8m in profit recorded during 2018.“As the efforts we have put into our products now show a positive growth trend, we also saw challenges with some of our previously acquired assets not performing as planned,” Catena’s chief executive Per Hellberg said.“In our strategic review, operational efficiency programmes and evaluations of previously acquired products, we are writing down the value of certain assets acquired in the period 2016-2018, which simply can’t perform under today’s market conditions.“Now, with only two earn-out commitment to be settled, and with a strong operating refinancing of the company; we will communicate further details as soon as we have information to give.”Impairment costs also hindered Catena Media revenues throughout 2019, with the affiliate giant recording costs on intangible assets as €32.1m for the year. This has been attributed to ‘assets acquired between 2016 and 2018′.According to the end of year report, the impairment costs are said to relate to a write-down of €17.9m related to intangible financial assets primarily focused on the European marketplace. It also relates to casino assets acquired by Catena in 2016, valued at €13.2m, as well as €900,000 in sports betting assets.New depositing customers (NDCs) also took a hit during the year, with the figures totalling 436,706 (539,475) – a decrease of 19% compared to 2018. EBITDA also decreased by 15% and totalled €40.5m, down from €47.8m. Catena lauds ‘record’ Q2 as casino drives performance August 19, 2020 Share Catena forecasts ‘record results’ ahead of August interims July 20, 2020 Raketech names Karlsten as new COO May 27, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Share ARC confirms Belle Vue closure August 3, 2020 Arena Racing Company (ARC) has confirmed that greyhound racing at Belle Vue greyhound stadium has been temporarily suspended.The racing group revealed that the lack of crowds has meant that fixtures have become ‘uneconomical’ to operate during the pandemic. As a result, Belle Vue’s existing BAGS fixtures will be moved to sister tracks within the ARC group.Rachel Corden, Greyhound Operations Director, stated: “The suspension of greyhound racing throughout the national period of lockdown has had a significant impact on many businesses involved in greyhound racing, as it has across all sports.  “Whilst we are pleased to be back racing behind closed doors, having reassessed the short-term financial requirements, it is simply uneconomical to operate fixtures at Belle Vue at this time. She continued: “We know how much local and national support there is for racing to continue at Belle Vue but, as a large site that relies heavily on the leisure crowd and without footfall it is just not viable to operate at this time.“This decision will be reassessed at the end of August, and we would like to thank all of the staff and trainers for their ongoing support. We will be continuing to support those greyhounds, trainers and owners attached to Belle Vue with a similar support package that we have operated during the last ten weeks until we reassess the situation.Yesterday,  the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) confirmed that tracks that have successfully completed Phase Two will be able to fast-track to Phase Four from 15 June, giving tracks the green light to run unlimited races with gaps of 20 minutes. SIS greyhound service returns to pre-lockdown levels June 25, 2020 Related Articles ARC continues financial support for greyhound trainers during COVID-19 shutdown April 15, 2020last_img read more