Damian Marley wins Best Reggae Act at MOBO Awards

first_imgThe MOBO – Music of Black Origin – Awards was established in 1996 to recognize artistes of any ethnicity or nationality performing music related to the black culture. 2018 Grammy nominee Damian “Junior Gong” Marley on Wednesday, walked away with the award for Best Reggae Act at the MOBO Awards.The MOBO – Music of Black Origin – Awards was established in 1996 to recognize artistes of any ethnicity or nationality performing music related to the black culture.The 22nd staging of the event took place at the First Direct Arena in Leeds, West Yorkshire, England.This is the second time that Marley, the youngest son of reggae legend Bob Marley, has won the award. He first won in 2005.Other nominees in the category this year were Aidonia, Alkaline, Chronixx and Popcaan, who took the trophy in 2016 and 2015.Marley and Chronixx are both nominees in the Best Reggae Album Grammy category. The awards are to be announced and presented at Madison Square Gardens in New York City in January, 2018.last_img read more

Jamaican Senator Matthew Samuda Sworn In As Cabinet Minister

first_imgNewly appointed Cabinet Minister, Senator Matthew Samuda, displays his Instrument of Appointment at the swearing-in ceremony at King’s House on Monday. Photo credit: Donald De La Haye/JIS. KINGSTON, Jamaica — Government Senator, Matthew Samuda, is now a Cabinet Minister. He was sworn in at King’s House, on February 17, by Governor-General, Sir Patrick Allen, on the advice of Prime Minister, Andrew Holness.Senator Samuda will fill the vacancy, left in the Cabinet by the resignation of former Minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Pearnel Charles Jr.Charles Jr. resigned to contest the Clarendon South Eastern parliamentary by-election, scheduled for March 2.The Governor-General congratulated Senator Samuda, noting that his contribution will help in the realisation of the policy programs and objectives of the government, particularly as they relate to the youth.Minister Samuda told JIS News that he is looking forward to his new role in government.“It’s an awesome responsibility to be entrusted to serve in the Cabinet. I’m excited at the opportunity. I pledge to give my best. All that I know, all that I can do, I will give to the people of Jamaica in service,” he said.“I thank the Prime Minister for the confidence he has placed in me,” he added.With the appointment, 35-year-old Samuda becomes the youngest minister in the Holness administration.last_img read more

Ravens’ Suggs thrives on being “bad guy” in Pittsburgh

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — You get the sense Terrell Suggs would have made one heck of a professional wrestler in another life, walking to the ring while playing to the crowd — the man everybody loves to hate.That hatred pulsates nowhere quite like it does at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, where the Ravens linebacker’s impact is very real, unlike the heel wrestler cutting a scripted promo or using a steel folding chair when the referee isn’t looking.Suggs is perfectly fine with the hostility and the crude gestures. In fact, he loves it all.“This is my Madison Square Garden,” Suggs said. “I love playing in this stadium. I love the way the people treat me, the welcoming they give me with the [No. 1 fingers] — think of it. I love it. We’re going on the road in probably the toughest stadium to play in in the NFL. We’re expecting a physical football game, and this is football. I guarantee you the NFL, the world will stop for this game, and everybody wants to see it.”Though not quite the Super Bowl — or Wrestlemania, for that matter — all eyes will be glued to the Ravens’ second meeting with the Steelers on Sunday night with Suggs figuring to play a prominent role as he always does against Pittsburgh. Past characters such as Shannon Sharpe, Tony Siragusa, and Chris McAlister have long moved on, but Suggs still carries the torch as the loudest talker on the Baltimore side of the biggest rivalry going in the NFL.And the 28-year-old linebacker expects an angry Pittsburgh team with the bad taste of a 35-7 beating the Ravens gave them in Baltimore less than two months ago still lingering in the Steelers’ mouths.“They’ve already declared war on us,” Suggs said. “We’re taking 53 men to the apocalypse and we ain’t bringing flowers. We’re going to make it as hard as we can for them to get organized.”If anybody can say whatever he wants to Pittsburgh, it’s the one-man wrecking crew Suggs has been against Ben Roethlisberger. Including the playoffs, Suggs has sacked the Steelers quarterback 15 1/2 times, the most any NFL defender has gotten to the two-time Super Bowl winner.Suggs has accumulated 13 1/2 sacks in 17 regular-season games against Pittsburgh, the most he has against any opponent and the most any active player has collected against the Steelers. The trend continued in Week 1 as the four-time Pro Bowl linebacker compiled three sacks and forced two fumbles to earn AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors in the dominating victory in Baltimore.His six sacks has led a renaissance in the Baltimore pass rush in which the Ravens have collected 25 sacks through their first seven games, the best start in franchise history and two fewer sacks than the defense had all of last season. While Suggs has likely benefited from improved outputs by other veterans and contributions from young players, there’s no doubt the Ravens’ leading pass rusher makes the job of everyone else far easier.“We’ve had more one-on-one wins,” coach John Harbaugh said. “Our pass rushers have done a better job of winning some one-on-one battles. That’s all those guys. You look at the young guys along with Terrell Suggs, all those guys have done a good job in one-on-one situations of beating the man over them.”In his last trip to Heinz Field, the Ravens’ 31-24 divisional playoff loss last January, Suggs tallied a playoff career-high three sacks, which trumped his previous two-sack performance in the 2008 AFC Championship game in Pittsburgh.Even with tremendous individual success against Pittsburgh, the hunger is visible in Suggs’ eyes as he talks about the Ravens’ aspirations to reach the Super Bowl, acknowledging the team standing in their way nearly every season. Metaphors and WWE promos aside, the facts are very real when it comes to the Ravens’ past failures against Pittsburgh when it matters most.Continue >>>last_img read more

“Thanks to wearing a seat belt…” Aguero opens up on Amsterdam car crash.

first_imgManchester City striker, Sergio Aguero has opened up about his lucky escape from a car crash in Amsterdam on September 29.The Argentina international was on his way to the Amsterdam Airport from a concert where he was a guest of Colombian singer Maluma, when the taxi in which he was travelling crashed into a lamp post, leaving him with a broken rib.The 29-year-old’s injuries were expected to keep him sidelined for close to six weeks and missed Argentina’s crucial World Cup qualifying game against Ecuador.“When I got to the hospital, I asked the doctor if I could play for City on the Saturday. He said, ‘I don’t believe so’.I took a moment to think and realised it’s thanks to wearing a seat-belt that I’m able to talk about this at all. Then one thinks, ‘Why did I go?’ But it’s difficult to imagine that something like that could happen.” Aguero said, thankful to be alive.Aguero seems to be recovering quickly as he is back in training with Manchester City and could return to action against Stoke City this weekend at the Etihad Stadium.RelatedManchester City’s Sergio Aguero Involved In Car CrashOctober 16, 2019In “Europe”Premier League Defences Beware! He Is Back After Horror Car CrashOctober 10, 2017In “Europe”Another Injury Blow For Manchester City! Striker Suffers Fractured Rib After Car Crash – ReportsSeptember 29, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

European League wrap: Serie A strikers on fire, Claude Puel off to winning start…

first_imgThe excitement in this seasons Italian Serie A continued on Sunday which saw goals scored freely across all match centres. Claude Puel recorded a maiden league win with Leicester City, who look to finally kick start their season following successive league triumphs.ENGLANDBrighton and Hove Albion played out a 1-1 draw at home to Southampton, a game which saw both goals in either half scored through headers. Sean Davis handed the Saints a seventh minute lead before ageless forward Glenn Murray equalised with a headed goal for Brighton, his third league goal in two games.A goal and a wonderful build-up from the impressive Demarai Gray set the tone for a Leicester City win on manager Claude Puel’s bow for the Foxes, a 2-0 win against Everton at the King Power Stadium. Gray was instrumental in the opening goal, a lightening counter attack which ended with Jamie Vardy finding the back of the net, the English striker extending his impressive scoring record of scoring in the debut league matches of Claudio Ranieri, Craig Shakespeare and Puel. Gray extended the lead with a deflected shot in the 29th minute to secure maximum points for Leicester City who are 11thon the log on the back of successive league wins.ITALYThird-place Lazio set the tone for the goals rain in Serie A with a comprehensive 5-1 away win at bottom place Benevento. The capital team were impressive, registering all goals with five different goal scorers. Bastos, Ciro Immobile, Adam Marusic’s first-half strikes handed Lazio a comfortable lead. Achraf Lazaar pulled a goal back for the home team in the 55th minute, but further goals from Marco Parolo and Nani sealed a dominant win for Simeone Inzaghi’s team.Napoli survived a first-half scare to win 3-1 at home to Sassuolo, as they returned to the top of the standings, opening a three-point lead to their closest challenger’s, Juventus. Allan handed the home team a 22nd minute lead, Diego Falcinelli stunned the home support, equalising with a header four minutes before the break. Jose Maria Callejon restored the lead with a shot from outside the box before Belgian forward Dries Mertens completed scoring with a tap in.Crotone recorded the upset of the day defeating Fiorentina 2-1 at home to ease early season relegation worries, moving into 15th-place. Two first-half goals within a minute from Ante Budimir and Marcello Trotta handed Crotone a shock lead. Marco Benassi pulled a goal back for Fiorentina in the 44th minute but it wasn’t enough to salvage a result for the Florence-based teamFRANCENabil Fekir netted a first-half brace to hand Lyon a 2-0 home win against Metz. It was a morale boosting win for Lyon who moved into third-place on the log.RelatedPremier League Review (Sunday): New Manager, Same Result For Everton As South Coast Derby Ends In StalemateOctober 30, 2017In “England”Stat Attack (Weekend Preview)December 30, 2017In “England”Premier League; Week Eleven PreviewNovember 4, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

Sad! Falconets Beg NFF For Match Bonus Review

first_imgSource: Saharareporters Nigeria’s national u-20 team, the Falconets, have asked the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to do a match bonus review of the $100 per match that is presently being paid during the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup qualifying series.This new development comes days before the team play Morocco in Benin City on Saturday in the second leg of their qualifier. Both sides played a 1-1 draw in their first leg encounter in Morocco some two weeks ago.The girls have reportedly been paid a small amount of $300 in the three matches played in their World Cup qualifiers till date and they are adamant is not enough to meet their financial demands.The situation was corroborated by a source close to the team camp. The source said: “We are using this medium to appeal to the NFF to review the 100 dollars per game match bonus, it is not helping situation among the players. Even though the NFF has decided not to pay the age grade teams again, but that is not to say they can’t review the decision.”“Initially they used to pay the players like one thousand dollars or more per match, by then they had more money to take care of their bills.“Don’t let me lie to you some of the players are already bread winners of their families.“They owed the girls backlog of match bonuses after representing the country at the U-17 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Jordan, and the same set of players graduated to the U-20, instead of clearing it, they decided to pay just 300 dollars (one hundred dollars per match). That is absolutely unfair, but right now the players are only appealing for a slight review as things are not really looking good with the girls financially.” the source added.The girls are said to have decided to put their financial demands in camp to one side to focus on beating their opponents to honour Edo State Governor, Mr Anthony Obaseki for his financial support to the team.“We have all decided to come out and play for Governor Obaseki, who has been supporting us financially. We just want to win that game for him. But again, we are not just happy the way the N5 million given to us by the governor was being shared. We will appreciate if the money can be paid into our different personal accounts, in that way there won’t be any reason for anybody to complain,” the source concluded. RelatedU-20 World Cup Qualifer: Falconets Sweep Past Tanzania In BeninSeptember 16, 2017In “National Team”Ex Super Falcons Coach Slams Aisha Falode For Falconets’ “Tortuous Road Trip To Benin”September 16, 2017In “National Team”NFF Cancels Match Bonuses For National TeamsNovember 22, 2018In “National Team”last_img read more

Easyodds CEO James Garmston: The who’s who of the operator and affiliate world at #boscon2017

first_imgShare SBC Magazine Issue 8: International expansion and picking up the sporting slack April 7, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles Ahead of Betting on Sports 2017 (12-15 September), Easyodds CEO James Garmston, part of the ‘Improving the horseracing betting experience’ session at next month’s event, spoke to SBC News about what he’s looking forward to at #boscon2017, where operators and affiliates can work better together and what sports partnership has stood out over the last 12 months.SBC: Why is it important for you to speak at Betting on Sports?JG: The list of attendees is like reading through the who’s who of the operator and affiliate world, so it will be great to hear some genuine experts in their fields debate on how they are solving the real day to day issues we are all facing.In regard to ‘Improving the horseracing betting experience’, I’m really looking forward to sitting on this panel at #boscon2017 for an in-depth discussion with Will Lambe (BHA) and Bill Mummery (SBOBET) about what the industry collaboratively needs to do and just how realistic change is.SBC: What are you looking forward to at Betting on Sports?JG: With BOFCON (Betting on Football Conference) proving to be such as success at Stamford Bridge earlier in the year, now I’m really looking forward to being involved in another event by SBC which looks to be getting a lot of support, sitting in and listening to those with hands on experience getting stuck into some real debate, seeing who is presenting what in the exhibition hall, networking and naturally catching up with friends and colleagues across the industry.SBC: Where can operators and affiliates work together more closely?JG: It’s all about the data – although the operators are considering more collaboration in this space, with wallet developments now more in abundance, further efforts are still required regards the sharing in user data not only for retention but also for acquisition. Simply put, the more affiliates know the more they can refine their methodology and the better results will be for both sides.SBC: What sports betting partnership has stood out in the past 12 months?JG: The BetVictor and Liverpool partnership has impressed me the most with the standalone use of Klopp in some of their TV work. It’s given them some strong authority and associated the brand very tightly with the club, something other operators have failed to do with real people to which the everyday punter can relate. BetVictor have also made some significant product changes of late, so have backed up a good campaign with solid product development over the last 12 months.SBC: Describe your perfect sporting eventJG: Got to be either a day at Lords, the Amex Stadium, Twickenham or a couple of days down at Cheltenham (which I guess goes without saying). Any of these in any order for me, naturally a good lunch and good company being an essential component. All that said though, I think a pint and pie and a good game against a top-flight team at the Amex this season probably just edges it. Leeds United nets record breaking SBOTOP sponsorship for EPL comeback August 11, 2020 StumbleUpon UK granted ‘listed status’ to protect movement of horses October 15, 2019last_img read more

Better Collective goes for Goal in Poland

first_img Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Submit Share Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance  August 17, 2020 Related Articles Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Super affiliate Better Collective is extending its presence in the regulated Polish market by picking up the assets of the popular Goal.pl Group, marking the eighth major acquisition achieved by the company in 2017.Better Collective says that this particular acquisition helps further its long term strategy of expanding its presence within regulated markets. The firm is particularly interested in boosting its reach in the Polish market, due to its growing economy and recent regulation of the sports betting market.Goal.pl was an attractive prospect thanks to its alignment with Better Collective’s core competencies relating to sports betting. Founded in 2002, the Goal.pl Group consists of over 15 domains that attract over a million visitors per month thanks to its engaging approach to sports content.Run by CEO and sports journalist Cezary Brzuzy, the Goal.pl group’s assets are all built around sports journalism and high quality sports content. Its biggest site, goal.pl with domains including PrimeraDivision.pl and seriea.pl, has become one of Poland’s biggest and most trusted sources for European football news. Another major site in the Goal.pl Group’s inventory includes wislakrakow.com, which is the biggest news site for fans of the top tier football team Wisła Krakow.As part of the deal, Brzuzy will remain on board with his editorial team to continue their journalism work, while working in close co-operation with Better Collective’s office in Copenhagen.He explained: “We have decided to sell our assets to Better Collective because we believe that together we will be able to further develop the websites belonging to Goal.pl Group. I am convinced that with the support of specialists working for Better Collective and their industry experience, our sites will become a more attractive place for both football fans and our business partners, including the legal bookmakers present on the Polish market.”Michal Kopec, Head of M&A at Better Collective, commented: “We are very excited to announce this acquisition. We see a lot of potential in the sports betting sector in Poland, and we are confident that with the 2018 World Cup around the corner, and new operators applying for Polish sport betting licences, we will be able to drive this business forward.“Goal.pl Group’s previous owner has done a great job in developing their network, and we are keen to add our own expertise to bring the sites to the next level. Plus, after making seven other acquisitions across Europe in 2017, I’m personally very happy to close out the year with a deal being reached in my home nation of Poland.”Kopec will be discussing the M&A environment at this year’s Betting on Football Conference, held at Stamford Bridge across 20-23 March. He will be part of a panel looking at investment in the gambling and affiliate industries. To find out more, click here. Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

BetRegal diary: Making the trip to London to meet the BOS

first_img Related Articles 6 of the Best – Mark Jarvis Racing’s Paul Graham June 20, 2019 Share Share GVC reprices and relocates its corporate debt holdings February 11, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit GVC Holdings transfers corporate control to London HQ February 6, 2020 Aly Lalani, Head of Marketing at BetRegal.com, reflects on his company’s Betting on Sports debut, sharing expertise to the tune of a ‘Latin Beat’ and finding folks with a focus on “getting things done”.It’s now been almost a month since the Betting on Sports conference took place in London, and I thought it would be a good time to reflect on that week. This was actually my first Betting on Sports conference (I was scheduled to go last year but wasn’t able to make it). Overall, BetRegal had a very productive week at this year’s conference.If nothing else, this conference served as a great excuse for a general catch up of the ownership and senior management group of BetRegal. We all speak fairly often on Skype chats, but the value of actually being able to meet face to face, have dinner and/or a drink, and have a personal conversation is undeniable. If nothing else, the trip was worthwhile for that reason.Fortunately, there was a lot more value to be had at this conference beyond just a meeting place. Again, as my first time here, I had no real frame of reference. My only real comparison for a gaming show in London would be ICE.Betting on Sports turned out to be quite a different experience. ICE, because of its tremendous size, is great for casting a wide net looking for contacts, and then engaging in an aggressive follow up (or potentially dodging an aggressive follow up).Conversely, I found the Betting on Sports audience to be much more targeted. The folks I was speaking with seemed to have a genuine interest in getting things done, rather than loosely discussing future plans. It seemed to be that the people in attendance were decision makers of their respective companies and had come with specific agendas in place.To be honest it was refreshing. I am in no way discounting the value of general networking with a broader audience, of course that has its own value, it just seemed that this show was much more targeted. I can say personally that we left with contacts for a couple of different product-based companies that I am excited to explore a further relationship with.Looking at these types of products wasn’t on the radar going into this show, so it was nice to depart with some unexpected value. Isn’t that what conferences should be all about?I would like to join all the others I have seen on LinkedIn congratulating Rasmus, Andy, Luke and all the good people at SBC for putting on a great conference. I can’t imagine how much work and planning goes into putting on a show of this quality.However, what was even more exciting for me personally was that I was able to participate in my very first panel as part of the ‘Latin Beat – Opportunities Further South’ discussion.This was especially interesting for me not only to provide my insight as a new operator looking at establishing a brand presence in key Latin American markets, but also to hear the opinion of the other panelists, who all represented different components of the LatAm iGaming corporate structure.I can honestly say that I left that panel experience with a greater knowledge, and a couple of great contacts which I anticipate will pay immediate dividends in terms of our short-term future planning.I think it was important to put the BetRegal brand alongside more developed brands such as Sportradar and BtoBet. Let’s hope that sharing the stage with these guys is a sign of things to come.last_img read more

SB Betting strikes the right retail balance with forBET

first_imgShare Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Submit SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 SB Betting has put the early success of its self-service betting terminal (SSBT) rollout in Poland down to finding the right balance between retail and online betting.In August, the Malta-based sports betting software provider concluded nine months of development by releasing a new two-screened SSBT for one of its Polish clients, forBET – one of just six sports betting licensees in the country operating in both the retail and online space.The two-screened terminal, equipped with cash and coin acceptors, barcode scanner and a thermal printer, allows customers to place bets on pre-match, in-play and virtual markets.The top screen is used to display live streams – for both real-life and virtual sports, while the bottom half is a touch screen enabling customers to monitor latest odds and place bets.SB Betting has used this design to demonstrate its desire to boost retail returns by incorporating key aspects of the online user experience (UX), and, according to the firm’s COO Michal Glowacki, position the SSBT as a “product that finds common ground between retail betting and online play”.This is partly because the retail vs online breakdown for bets placed has been reversed in the last 12 months, from 60-40 to 40-60. Therefore, some of the other desirable online components factored into the new SSBT UX include ease of deposit and payouts, as well as the ability to save a session – and use the deposited money later.“The first few months since launching the SBBT have been very promising,” said Glowacki. “A futuristic design, combined with lots of betting options including a wide selection of virtuals, statistics and live match streaming, makes it a complete betting product.”Glowacki did admit that unlike retail customers in Poland, often 50+ and not so price sensitive, SSBT punters – mostly under the age of 40, are likely to be comparing retail vs online via mobile.Therefore, it makes sense that the SSBT strictly produces the odds you would find online, in this case with forBET, to avoid becoming something of an internal competitor for the operator.This particular arrangement is an interesting one in that forBET has no shops, in comparison to the country’s other retail operators Fortuna, Milenium, Star-Typ Sport (STS), Totolotek and Etoto, with forBET instead focusing its presence on the placement of these SB Betting terminals in pubs and sports bars – a strategy hailed by Glowacki as the “natural way to call customers to action”.This legal placement of terminals has attracted a lot of attention from retail slot players, who had previously been restricted to playing slots owned by government-controlled Totalizator Sportowy.Glowacki concluded: “The SSBT from SB Betting has given this group the opportunity to feel the spirit and comparable joy to playing on monopolized slots.”It will be interesting to plot the progress of SB Betting, and particularly its partnership with forBET, in a tricky market hindered by a 12% turnover tax on both retail and online gambling, which last year led to a spate of high profile withdrawals including William Hill, GVC and Pinnacle.last_img read more