Month: August 2020

Jay Z, Beyonce filming In Jamaica

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first_imgAward winning rap superstar Jay Z and his pop music celebrity wife, Beyonce, were in Jamaica filming for a new music video, much to the awe of many fans.The two were spotted on the streets of Trenchtown in Kingston, the old stomping ground of reggae legend Bob Marley, on Tuesday. Jay Z was riding a motorcycle and Beyonce was on the back as she blew kisses and waved at fans rocking pink boots and fishnet stockings. The superstars are apparently in the Caribbean island nation to shoot content for their upcoming joint venture.The Jamaica Observer reports that the two are accompanied by their three children and a nanny, and will be spending time at a private residence during their stay. The outlet also reported that the pair will be filming videos and songs while in Jamaica, likely for their ‘On the Run II Tour,’ which kicks off in June. The shoot is being directed by Melina Matsoukas.TMZ is reporting the two will also be shooting at Tuff Gong, Bob Marley’s home and studio. Jay Z last year recorded a single for his 4:44 album with Damian Marley.last_img read more

Director of PANCAP Dr Rosmond Adams Celebrates Women on International Women’s…

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first_imgDr Rosmond Adams, Director, PANCAP KINGSTON, Jamaica – As the world gears up to celebrate International Women’s Day on March 8, 2020, the Director of Pan Caribbean Partnership Against HIV/AIDS (PANCAP), Dr Rosmond Adams acknowledged and celebrated the role of women in today’s society.In a statement, he said:International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated annually on 8 March. This year, the theme is: “I am Generation Equality: Realizing Women’s Rights”. The theme is aligned with the United Nations’ Women’s new multigenerational campaign, Generation Equality, which marks the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action.International Women’s Day is a day set aside to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating women’s equality.In the Caribbean, women play an important role in community building, nurturing families, national and regional development, inter alia.Women live very progressive lives in some parts of the world. Their lives have, however, not been without certain struggles. In other parts of the world, they continue to struggle for equality and remain oppressed, and face specific issues, such as domestic abuse, gender-based violence, and the lack of access to education, jobs and health care.Women account for more than half the number of People Living with HIV worldwide. Young women (10-24 years old) are twice as likely to acquire HIV as young men of the same age. HIV disproportionately affects women and adolescent girls because of the vulnerabilities created by unequal cultural, social and economic status.As we celebrate IWD let us, therefore, reflect on the women in our lives: our teachers, our doctors, our nurses, our grandmothers, our mothers, our wives, our sisters, our aunts, our daughters, our nieces, our friends, and recognise the important role that they have been playing to make the world a better place for all of us.PANCAP recognises the importance of women in our society and their struggle for an equal world. We support their development and will work to ensure that the rights of women are addressed and advanced, particularly in areas related to HIV and AIDS, sexual and reproductive health and gender-based violence.PANCAP, therefore, salutes all women on this their very special day.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo Flaunts His Body As He Models New Range Of Boxer Shorts

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first_imgReal Madrid superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo showed off his enviable physique as he stripped down to model his latest addition to his CR7 boxer shorts collection, the “FW17” camouflage-inspired underwear.The soon-to-be father of four posed in front of backgrounds matching the designs and colors of the underwear.“It was fun to play about with the theme of camouflage. I often think about what I would do if I could completely camouflage myself and be totally invisible, I would definitely spend the day playing pranks on all my friends and teammates!” Ronaldo said, explaining the inspiration behind the new collection.“I’m naturally outgoing and adventurous, so if I was invisible for the day I would go to new places, try new things and really embrace the feeling of being spontaneous and able to do absolutely anything I wanted!”“I value boldness and playfulness in both professional and personal facets of my life and have created this collection to embody those themes. I take every opportunity to add more colour and extra spice into my day wherever possible, and I believe that vibrant underwear is a good place to start.”Since launching his own clothing line in 2006, the Portuguese has added various collections to his growing brand and frequently models them himself.RelatedHow Ronaldo Reacted To Teammates’ Messi TauntsNovember 3, 2018In “Europe”Cristiano Ronaldo Challenges Messi to Leave SpainDecember 10, 2018In “Europe”Why Cristiano Ronaldo May Be Past His PrimeNovember 7, 2017In “Features”last_img read more

Title Drought Is In The Past For This Belgian!

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first_imgBelgium tennis player David Goffin won his second title within a week following his triumph in the Japan Open.Goffin had earlier won his first title in more than three years at the Shezhen Open last week and he followed it up with a 6-3 7-5 win over Adrian Mannarino in the Japan Open final on Sunday.He atoned for his loss to Nick Krygios of Australia in the final of the same event last year by winning it for his 3rd ATP title.Victory over Mannarino also extended Goffin’s winning streak to nine matches dating back to the Shezhen.He is well on course to qualify for the season ending ATP World Tour Finals in London. His 10th place would be good enough because Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka have been ruled out with injury meaning he currently stands at No. 8.RelatedBasel Open: Federer On Course For 8th Title Win With Mannarino TriumphOctober 28, 2017In “Sports”Biggest Career Win! Dimitrov Beats Goffin To Win ATP FinalsNovember 19, 2017In “Sports”Brad GuzanJune 30, 2017Similar postlast_img read more

Sad State Of The NPFL! Players, Coaches Drag Nasarawa United To Court Over Unpaid…

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first_imgNasarawa United players and coaches have dragged the Lafia-based club to an industrial court in the Plateau State capital of Jos over their unpaid salaries, allowances and signing-on fees.According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the Nasarawa State Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice was joined in the suit filed before Justice Kenneth Amadi.In the originating summons, Paul Hammachi, who is the counsel for the players and the five coaches, claimed that the club sacked them and refused to pay their entitlements totaling N182.54m (N136. 2m for the players and N46.35m for the coaches).The five coaches (Evans Ogenyi, Sylvester Ekoja, Michael Jatau, Bala Nikyu and El Shammah Inusa) were sacked in 2015.They disclosed that the aforementioned sum (N182.54 m) was scrutinised and awarded to them on September 10, 2015 by the Nigeria Football Federation Players’ Status and Arbitration Committee, Abuja.Via the affidavit, they said: “But, two years after this arbitration, the club and the Nasarawa State Government have not paid us.”The plaintiffs told the court to enforce the verdict since it was, in itself, equal to a judgement of the court.During proceedings on Monday, Ishaku Usman, the counsel for the defendants and the Solicitor General of Nasarawa State, pleaded with the court for extension of time.He thereafter requested for an adjournment and it was granted by Justice Amadi, who adjourned the case until January 24, 2018 for further mention.RelatedChineme Martins: Committee Recommends N10m Fine For Nasarawa United Over Player’s Death, Wants Player ImmortalisedJuly 23, 2020In “Featured”NPFL: Akwa United Chairman Tongue Lash Players and CoachesJanuary 31, 2019In “NPFl”NPFL: Plateau United Management Take Paycut Measures Against Players And Technical CrewFebruary 22, 2019In “NPFl”last_img read more

Marcin Sapinski – EnergyBet – My ICE 2017

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first_img StumbleUpon STATSCORE: Focusing on fully customised mobile betting services May 28, 2019 Related Articles Share Submit DATA.BET to make esports data debut in $250,000 ICE tournament January 15, 2020 #HeyHarry – BetVictor ups football knowledge by appointing Harry Redknapp as new Ambassador March 8, 2019 With ICE 2017 now less than a month away (February 7-9), EnergyBet MD Marcin Sapinski is getting ready for an action packed three days at the London ExCeL. Keep reading to learn more about his preparation for the event, favourite ICE memories and where to find him.How I prepare for ICEMS: Firstly, I make sure I’m feeling good, so I hit the gym at 6am and workout at least five times-a-week in the months before ICE. Then it’s mainly research to find out who’ll be there, and which potential partners I can meet at the show. This year is a little different though, because it’s the first time we’re also exhibiting, so there’s been a lot of planning too.What I am doing at ICE 2017MS: A lot of walking! ICE is huge, so it’s tough to fit everything into just three days. There’ll be lots of scheduled meetings, but I’m sure there’ll be quite a few opportunities that just present themselves spontaneously too. That’s what makes it exciting!What I’m looking forward to at ICE 2017MS: As it will be our first ICE as an exhibitor, it’s going to be more hectic and challenging, but our games and platform are generating a lot of interest, so I’m looking forward to establishing relations with some fantastic new business partners… and the open bars, of course.Where you will usually find me at ICEMS: The BeeFee stand is where you’ll be able to find me (because it’s the best place, obviously).Favourite ICE memoryMS: What happens at ICE stays at ICE. Seriously though, I’ve met some incredible people at ICE over the years, including Evander Holyfield and Michael Owen. Let’s just say many of my dinner party stories originate at ICE!Typical post-ICE activityMS: Following up on all the leads, catching up with a mountain of emails and generally getting back into a ‘normal’ frame of mind. It’s like recovering from an exhausting, but amazing, party. Sharelast_img read more

Paddy McDermott: SportCaller – Racing coming out on top for retention

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first_img Related Articles SportCaller grows US footprint with Betfred USA Sports deal July 30, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share SportCaller teams up with Coral for Racing Super Series launch August 12, 2020 Submit SG OpenMarket approval sees SportCaller expand FTP distribution capacity August 18, 2020 Paddy McDermott – SportCallerSportCaller’s Paddy McDermott (Digital Performance Director) unpacks the rapid rise of free-to-play games, explaining how horse racing is reducing client churn levels and boosting customer value._____________ The free-to-play value proposition for bookmakers is happily a clear and provable one. Chiefly, the general perception is that they provide the mechanism to acquire players in great numbers at a low cost. However, the increasing and ongoing use of free-to-play by the major players in the industry reflects the degree to which players of games engage with the products – resulting in increased customer loyalty and value.This isn’t confined to one game, sport, or territory but is prevalent across all. Football games are the key drivers of new customer acquisition, as expected due to the mass market interest. Yet it is horse racing games which consistently drive the highest levels of engagement and resultant retention.Horse racing is where the SportCaller story first started, having originated the model of a free-to-play jackpot game with Sky Bet on Channel 4 Racing way back in 2014. This evolved into the ITV 7 game with William Hill, and more recently into their own product in Lucky 7. They are also currently running two concurrent horse racing FTP games with TVG in the USA.On average in this domain, over 70% of weekly game players are returning to play in the following round of a game – a figure which rises as high as 85% for daily returning players on high profile events such as Cheltenham. It is not only in the short term that players return. In fact, on any given round, approximately 50% of the player base have also played in each of the previous four weeks.This is a key element of our strategy for game-development over the coming months, not only to further understand retention benefits, but also how we can leverage that to improve on conversion to bet rates.Although acknowledging the fact that football games are the key drivers of player acquisition, it is not to say that horse racing FTP cannot fulfil this purpose. Events such as Cheltenham drive huge spikes in player numbers for UK and Ireland audiences, while TVG have successfully leveraged the acquisition potential of high profile events through offering increased jackpots.TVG’s regular Saturday game, Super 8, offers a jackpot of $100k for picking the winner of 8 races, and this has been a significant acquisition driver for them. In order to further boost the appeal to a wider audience, they increased the jackpot to $250k for the Breeders’ Cup then $1m for each of the Triple Crown races.Each of these jackpot boosts drove unprecedented levels of acquisition for TVG, and a huge positive is that they were not followed by massive spikes in churn – approx. 60% of players returned to play in the following weekend’s game. Each enhanced jackpot therefore served to drive a strong increase in the overall player base for the game.It is not just the appeal of life-changing jackpots that drives player engagement, however. TVG have launched a further midweek racing game, Super 5, which offers a jackpot of $5k for picking 5 winners. The appeal in this game is that it offers a much more winnable proposition. Although only running for a few months, compared to a year for Super 8, player numbers are at 75% of the larger jackpot game and closing rapidly.The common features shared by all current racing games, across all operators and territories, are that game-on-game retention exceeds 70% in all cases – while over 50% of the player base on each game round, in every game, is made up of players that have also played in the previous 4 game rounds.FTP has been the first uniquely new proposition in years. The games are fully compliant with tightening regulation while allowing operators to avoid the costs associated with generous sign-up offers.FTP games work incredibly well across a wide range of sports – we have seen huge success in everything from basketball to Australian rules football, but when it comes to retaining customers, it’s the horses that are still winning the race._____________________Paddy McDermott – Digital Performance Director – SportCallerlast_img read more

Colossus Bets boosts Športna Slovenia’s jackpot capacities

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first_img Colossus Bets delivers Jackpot dynamics to RaceBets daily coupons February 4, 2019 StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit British racecourses delighted with Colossus bets as new pool betting partner August 17, 2017 Colossus Bets, supplier of next-generation pool betting markets has expanded its European profile agreeing on a jackpot partnership with Slovenian state-owned national lottery and sports betting operator Športna Loterija.The agreement will see Športna expand its jackpot capacity, deploying Colossus entire multi-€ product portfolio. The agreed deal will see Colossus jackpot network will expand across Športna’s online and retail network.Športna loterija’s President of the Management Board, Dr Edvard Kolar, said, “Our partnership with Colossus reflects our commitment to provide Slovenians with the best and most responsible entertainment in sports betting. It is a natural fit for us as our customers can now shoot for lottery-sized jackpots with small stakes on exciting sports content. And it will also mean increased, de-risked revenue to continue to support the many great causes in our local ecosystem.”In addition, Sportna’s online sportsbook will now feature Colossus’ partial Cash Out functionalities, boosting player engagements.Colossus Bets’ COO, David O’Reilly, commented, “We are excited to welcome Športna loterija as our first lottery operator to the Colossus network. We believe that our pools product can uniquely bridge the gap between the lottery and fixed odds sports betting and therefore has the potential to appeal to both audiences and beyond. This partnership marks the beginning of a new era of expansion for Colossus in this space.” Colossus Bets unites with Pivit for NFL Fantasy pools July 12, 2018 Share Sharelast_img read more

BGC urges Welsh government to cover betting in relief programme

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first_imgShare ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has written to the Welsh government, urging for a rethink on the terms attached to its business relief programme, which have excluded bookmakers and gambling enterprises from retail reprieves.BGC CEO Michael Dugher has written to Welsh First Minister Rebecca Evans warning the government that more than 2,000 jobs will be placed at risk unless it expands its business relief programme. The Welsh government has chosen not to follow UK precedent, excluding bookmakers and gambling establishments from securing retail rate discounts – with betting shops expected to pay full rent during the lockdown period. “Without assistance with business rates relief, similar to that offered to other sectors in Wales, including other parts of the hospitality, leisure and entertainment industries, there is a real danger that betting shops and casinos will permanently close leading to the direct loss of over 2000 jobs in Wales,” Dugher wrote.“We represent the regulated betting and gaming industry and as a body are committed to driving up standards across the sector.”The BGC reminded the government of the 300 betting shops and four casinos operating across Wales, ‘all of which face financial ruin unless the government steps in’.Furthermore, the council reminded Senedd Cymru of the devastating knock-on effect that gambling closures would have on the Welsh hospitality, tourism and leisure sectors.Dugher continued: “Betting shops, bingo halls and casinos in England were thrown a lifeline when the UK Government announced it was extending its business rates relief scheme to cover their premises as well, recognising the contribution they make to the economy, to sport and the vital part they are playing in the national effort and in communities to cope with the virus.“I don’t for a single second think that the Welsh Government is saying that 2,000 workers in Wales who are employed in the regulated betting industry are less worthy of the support they get in England, but we urgently need a re-think on rates. These 2,000 jobs are hardworking men and women with bills to pay and families to care for. Their jobs are worth every bit as much as someone doing the same job in England.” Related Articles Share UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 BGC lauds success of whistle to whistle ban August 21, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

“Esports to them is just another X-Factor” – Will the OWL model ruin esports?

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first_imgA guest piece written by Mark Mantle. Follow him here.The Overwatch league: a behind the scenes look at how big business is done, whilst putting an end to the ‘free for all’ open playground that once was esports.Bobby Kotick and his billionaire friends are building their own fantasy electronic sandpit while simultaneously taking control and influence of everything that once was open to all.“From meritocracy to the biggest, crony, check.”Not too long ago; players, teams, tournament organisers, sponsors partners, broadcasters, journalists, artists, heck everyone in the esports industry would compete to put on their best show at the highest level possible and everyone had a chance to stand out. Now it’s “kiss the hand with the ring” if you ever get the opportunity, or simply go do something else.For those who already control considerable amounts of interests in what we like to call the mainstream, esports wasn’t to be taken seriously due to its low numbers on financial PowerPoint presentations over the last decade. But congratulations are in order as esports are finally legitimate and accepted by the business norms of today. By that, I mean that the industry as a whole is being sucked into the fat cat top down model we see all over the world. It used to be about competition, now it’s only business.Endemic organisations would rise to the top of the pecking order by skill, passion and reasonable management. Money has always been hard to come by but if you were demonstrably the best then you would understandably get more of the spoils. You could build something, compete in some way, get recognised and progress upwards.  But all you have to do now is follow the startup 101 by coming up with a brand, get investment, slapdash the execution, market the sh*t out of everything (Blizzard’s only option now), all with investor money and then sit back relax or pray.“Esports to them is just another X-Factor or random country’s got Talent TV show, with sporting elements, backed by a heavy dose of reality TV. The dream.”That, or like with what’s happening with the OWL, buy a spot in the league and become part of the fraternity. Help the men in the ivory towers lock it down, control the narrative and act like you’ve done something great for esports. All this regardless of history and legacy.  Just look at all the teams that have dropped out of competitive Overwatch and those who have been allowed to remain. Just look at how none of the true endemic organisations, that built esports over the last 20 years are anywhere to be seen in the Overwatch space.But isn’t it wonderful to finally have daddy recognise us by giving his approbation and patting us on the back? Imagine him whispering gently into your ear: “Well done, I’m proud of you, you have built something remarkable, but now, let daddy and his friends take over little one. It’s time we take over and make sure things are done our way from now on and that we keep you little freaks under control. You can have your fun as long as daddy and his friends get the control, the influence, the power. Sure you can have some pocket money here and there, it’s chump change anyways. But be nice, or you’re grounded.” The original gamers in esports — those who scraped by, weathering endless insecurity, doubt, and hardship, driven by passion and love of the beautiful competition that esports has to offer are now the ones getting brushed aside, forced to watch in fear as the reigns are in rich but ignorant, condescending and proud hands.OWL commissioner Nate Nanzer talks about his best in class.  They are the new breed of brands put together by businessmen, funded by other men in suits. So yes they are probably the “best in class” of the school you and your partners went to. Definitely not the school of hard knocks the rest of the esports industry comes from, however.There’s been a radical shift in how esports is perceived recently. The fresh investors and businessmen that are flowing into the scene are as interested in esports genres, the games, and the fans as much as they are about any random TV show, concert or play. People watching other people play videos games on stages around the world, how is it different to people watching other people sing on stages around the world? Esports to them is just another X-Factor or random country’s got Talent TV show, with sporting elements, backed by a heavy dose of reality TV.“The dream”All of these genres brought together in one single activity, gazed upon lovingly by the coveted demographic of newly spawned millennials. No wonder they are flocking in by the dozens and locking everything down with franchises, under NDA’s, behind closed doors. It’s so fresh yet ripe for the taking. Better to wall things off now before others get wind of it. During the next couple of years, these men of distinction will invest and grow the scene to its critical mass and upon its crescendo will come the overwhelming advertising, mind-crippling garbage, that has seen every other entertainment activity become an endless ad roll until people stop watching and move on.Hence is the prophecy; make of that what you want.  The change in power is happening, the hostile takeover is in full effect, and we are accepting it with open arms. Because to resist the narrative results only in becoming blacklisted, ignored, forgotten… but not being part of the group results in the same outcome.Best of luck going forward to those involved in the OWL and LOL franchises alike. You are part of the narrative now and must stick to the program. Just know that when things go south, you can turn around and count on family and friends. We will be here watching, waiting. Ready to pick up the pieces and start over.last_img read more