St. Lucia celebrates independence anniversary – 40 years

first_imgFlag of Saint Lucia CASTRIES, St. Lucia, CMC – St Lucia celebrated its 40th year of political independence on Friday, February 22In his Independence Day message Prime Minister Allen Chastanet urged St. Lucians to reflect on the country’s journey. He said St. Lucians should “keep in mind the things that bind us together: our faith, our values, our community, our shared accomplishments, our families.”He urged the citizens to make the next 40 years count, noting that there is still a lot to be done in the areas of crime, education, health care, agriculture, housing, environment, and in the eradication of poverty. However, he said he was confident, now more than ever, that together the country will solve these problems.“As a grown-up nation of 40, we need to be bold and confident, to be disciplined, family-oriented, show maturity and above all remain humble.“On this 40th anniversary of our independence, let us as Saint Lucians make a solemn pledge to turn over a new leaf. Recognizing our ability as a small country to compete with the rest of the world.Innovators “When people think of St Lucia we must be seen as innovators, a country of excellence, a nation that is peaceful and God-fearing,” the Prime Minister noted.” Now at 40, we have no choice but to accept our responsibilities, the first being to guarantee ourselves, and those who rely on us, a better now and tomorrow—regardless of impediments; come rain or shine. We can no longer afford to be distracted by small-mindedness and selfish considerations,” Chastanet noted.At beginning of February, St. Lucia was already in   full Independence mode  – preparing for a year-long celebration under the theme: “All in, our journey, our future.”Some  of the planned activities   include calypso competitions, teen pageant competitions, ecumenical services and school rallies across the island.last_img read more

Reggae Girlz beat Panama prior to leaving for World Cup

first_imgIn an impressive performance at the National Stadium in Kingston on Sunday, the eve of their departure for the FIFA Women World Cup in France,  the Jamaica’s Reggae Girlz defeated Panama by 3-1.Khadija “Bunny” Shaw again played outstandingly scoring in the 29th and 49th minutes, with substitute Shakira Duncan scoring the third goal in the 79th minute.Captain Natalia Mills got the consolation for Panama in the 64th minute.South Florida invited to fete Reggae Girlz during week of activitiesThroughout the game the Girlz were dominant in possession, aggressive in attacking which saw them living in Panama’s half of the field for most of the first half.Panama showed signs of life in the 20th minute when Kara Riley got by defenders to force a strong right foot shot to goal only to be denied by Jamaica’s goalkeeper Sydney Schneider, diving to her right’The near goal by Panama seemed to immediately mobilize the Reggae Girlz and Dominique Bond-Flasza’s responded with powerful left-foot strike that skirted off the crossbar. And in the 26th minute Shaw just missed her first goal as the Panamanian goalkeeper diving full length pushed what seemed to be a certain goal out of the goal.However, Shaw and the Reggae Girlz were relentless in attack and two minutes later made no mistake as she scored Jamaica’s first of three goals.The score remained Jamaica 1, Panama 0 at half-time.Four minutes in the second half Shaw scored again on a low  cross from Olufolasade Adamolekun.Panama would score their only goal when their captain easily shot into an empty goal net after a defensive mix-up involving substitute goalkeeper Nicole McClure.As the half waned Shakira Duncan neatly collected a pass from Shaw and scored Jamaica’s third goal from close range.last_img read more

Marijuana conference to pitch investment ideas to Cayman Islands

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Cayman Islands – The Cayman Islands on Thursday, welcomed investors  healthcare professionals  and others working in the first CanEx Cannabis Investment Summit in this jurisdiction.The summit is part of a series of conferences around the region,  during which experts will be offering an overview of the legal ganja industry, examining both challenges and opportunities.The Cayman Islands’ Misuse of Drugs Law was changed in 2016 to enable doctors to prescribe cannabis oil for medical use in certain circumstances, but that is as far as legislators have been willing to go to date.However, global attitudes are changing rapidly with the legalization of marijuana use in Canada for both recreational and medical use; it has also been legalized in some US states at varying levels  and Jamaica has amended its laws and is seeking to become the central hub for the medical supply.This summit  – that ends on Friday, include a panel discussion, with investors speaking about the global opportunities as well as regional ones and how the industry is developing.last_img read more

“I Played With A Sense Of Joy” – Read Full Text Of Jay Jay…

first_imgCredit: FIFA.comRelatedWATCH: Jay Jay Okocha Declares Support For Former Club PSG Ahead Of UCL FinalAugust 23, 2020In “Europe””Jay Jay” Okocha Reveals Why He Failed To Win CAF Best Player And Ballon d’Or In His Hey DaysApril 30, 2020In “Featured”INSIDE AFCON 2019: Iwobi Outlines Differences Between Him and “Jay-Jay” Okocha Ahead of Cameroon Clash (AUDIO)July 6, 2019In “AFCON” Former Super Eagles of Nigeria midfield maestro, Austin Jay Jay Okocha, has given a hint on who he thinks would take over the reigns from Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo as “The Best”.Jay Jay Okocha, who appeared in three FIFA World Cups from 1994 to 2002, caught up with FIFA.com, and gave his opinion on this year’s FIFA world footballer of the year.FIFA.com: You were one of those players who managed to dazzle on the pitch while always seeming to enjoy yourself. Are those qualities sufficient to be crowned The Best?Jay Jay Okocha: Anyone aspiring to be the best or one of the best, needs more than that. You also need to be able to focus, work hard, and be consistent, as natural talent alone is not enough to elevate you to that level. If you understand that, and you have the raw talent, then you can compete at that level.Is there anyone today who resembles you as a player?I’d say the player whose style most resembles mine would be Neymar. That’s because I played with a sense of joy and you can see that he feels the same and really enjoys his own play. He doesn’t play for himself or just to entertain the fans – he plays for his team. He uses his quality and skill for the good of the team.Do you see him as a future successor to Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi?Yes, I think he will be the one to do it. Messi and Ronaldo have dominated world football for a decade and, given the nature of football, at a certain point the baton will have to pass to someone else. I think Neymar has a great chance of filling that role.Ronaldo and Messi have the shared the glory over the last decade, but do you favour one over the other?I have to be diplomatic here, especially as I’ve a lot of Portuguese friends, but I tend to lean towards Messi. He’s a more natural talent. Ronaldo is a fantastic player, one of the best I’ve ever seen, but he’s been a bit unfortunate to be of the same generation as Messi. Consequently, they have to share the limelight.Can you think of an African player with a chance of being among the final three for The Best FIFA Men’s Player Award?It’s hard to name one at present. If you’re talking about the top tier of players internationally, we don’t consider ourselves good enough to compete at that level. We have to change that attitude, and then we’ll be able to produce a player of the stature of the other top guys.last_img read more

Paddy Power Betfair strengthens governance advisory with Emer Timmons Non-Executive appointment

first_imgShare Submit BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Share Related Articles Alex Gersh returns to betting as Sportradar CFO   July 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Following this week’s group Annual General Meeting (AGM), the governance of FTSE100 listed Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) has confirmed the appointment of former BT Group executive Emer Timmons as a new Non-Executive Director.A ten-year BT Group leadership executive, Timmons will advise PPB governance on international development projects and commercial strategy and initiatives.Timmons currently serves as Chief Marketing Officer of Miami-based mobile technology systems provider Brightstar Corp. From 2006-2016, Timmons held a number of senior executive roles at BT Group focusing on international projects and business development.Joining PPB’s Non-Executive advisory, Timmons has been further appointed as a member of the firm’s audit committee.Gary McGann, Executive Chairman of Paddy Power Betfair Plc, commented on the appointment of Timmons: “We are delighted to welcome Emer as a non-executive director. She brings with her a wealth of global experience specifically in sales and marketing, retail and distribution and will serve as a great addition to the board.” FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020last_img read more

SBC Leader Profile: Matt Stephenson – Betgenius – Change & Logic…Bringing full service to new industry dynamics

first_imgShare Betgenius: The sound of silence… What impact does an empty stadium have on trading? May 26, 2020 Matt StephensonAhead of next week’s Betting on Sports Conference- (#boscon2017), Matt Stephenson new Managing Director of Betgenius speaks to SBC on his firm’s journey from sports data supplier to servicing all of the betting industry’s key components.  Leading Betgenius industry operations, which have placed a deep emphasis on innovation, expanding client data capacities and bridging operational knowledge gaps, Betgenius has built one of the most effective and efficient industry services portfolios…  _____________________SBC: Hi Matt, great to catch-up. In 2017 Betgenius has placed a significant emphasis on bringing new products to industry trading provisions. Why has Betgenius undertaken this approach to refreshing betting industry dynamics? Matt Stephenson: Sportsbook trading is always evolving, driven by external factors such as customer demands and behaviours, as well as internal factors like operational costs and advances in technology.   Our market-leading outsourced trading product has helped operators address the latter for well over a decade. However, more recently we have begun to put all this experience, along with our historical data and trading algorithms, to use in other areas. This is about helping operators offer engaging betting products to their customers, and driving up turnover and profits in the process.Most of this product development is focused on giving punters greater control over their betting options and journey, a move we believe is fundamental to the relationships bookies have with their customers.SBC: As a technology specialist, where does Betgenius feel that current betting operators are being underserved by legacy systems? MS: In terms of scalable sportsbook platform solutions, operators have been limited in terms of choice for a number of years. Having moved into this space just last year, Betgenius has the major benefit of being able to assess the marketplace, discover what operators really need, and create a solution which not only meets those needs but also addresses the emerging trends in technology and consumer behaviour.There are two main areas where we will stand out from the competition. The first is to give operators genuine flexibility and customisation when it comes to the platform they integrate. The guiding principle to all our products is that they can be tailored to meet a bookmaker’s specific needs – and with our sportsbook platform that includes everything from risk management and CRM to data feeds and bet management.Our other key point of difference is around how bookies view and engage with their customers. Betgenius is in a completely unique position in this respect thanks to our digital marketing credentials which we have built up through working with well over 100 online betting and gaming operators. This includes running the number one ad server in the betting and gaming sector.What this means is we can roll out a fully automated, fully personalised experience basing decisions on many different data points, from an individual’s trading activity, P&L and revealed interests. This unique personal data is then combined with the sporting calendar to transform the customer journey with little need for manual intervention.SBC: Founded in 2001, Betgenius now services all key components of betting’s operational value chain. How has Betgenius managed to develop competencies to serve all levels of industry stakeholders? MS: Having been a trusted supplier to licensed bookmakers for well over a decade, we have extremely strong relationships in the sector and that allows us to keep ahead of the curve when it comes to delivering value. We like to work in close partnership with our clients to understand their needs, rather than just assuming everyone thinks and acts the same.Also, being across both the marketing and trading functions for so long gives us a more complete view of the betting sector than arguably any other supplier. This is invaluable when planning our product strategy.SBC: Following mass industry consolidation in 2015/16, we are witnessing a period in which bookmakers are placing an even higher emphasis on operational efficiency, be it savings or margin control. How do Betgenius provisions and systems help operators achieve those goals? MS: Our products and services are all designed to vastly improve operational efficiency and to drive profitability. Running a comprehensive sportsbook is an increasingly expensive and time-consuming business and by outsourcing part or all of the trading function to us – but still retaining as much control over the pricing strategy as desired – our partners can accumulate massive overhead savings.Some partners rightly want to keep a proportion of trading in-house, for example, the top tiers of professional football or sports where they have a particular edge, but it’s a no brainer to outsource much of it.SBC: At BOSCON2017 Betgenius will be showcasing products and services to a number of new industry stakeholders. What should industry newcomers learn about the betting industry in 2017?MS: A major trend, which has emerged over the past couple of years, is about giving punters more control over what they bet on and how they do it. It is a trend that we have been tracking and are now actively driving by bringing several new and innovative products to market.BetBuilder is a perfect example. The fully-automated product takes single event accumulators – itself a major trend in sports betting – to the next level, by enabling punters to instantly build accumulators made up of dozens of different player, team and event markets within the same event.By combining a slick interface with instant pricing driven by machine learning, it gives maximum flexibility for customers and operators alike, as well as having a significant impact on revenue.__________________________Matt Stephenson –  Managing Director –  Betgenius Stephenson will be joined in a #boscon2017 ‘Betting on Data’ track session by Enetpulse Managing Director Simon Skarsholm and Andrew Ashenden, EVP Betting at Perform Group. ‘How live data is pushing back the boundaries for in-play betting’ will assess live betting’s dependence on live data, and whether the industry has fully exploited an explosion in the data available. StumbleUpon Betgenius expands virtual sports range with Kiron August 20, 2020 Share Betgenius: Spare change… how will the increase to five subs affect football trading? June 4, 2020 Related Articles Submitlast_img read more

Could Amazon become a game changer of Premier League broadcasting?

first_img Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Footstock signs Chris Kamara as new brand ambassador August 18, 2020 Share Submit Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Related Articles From the 2019-2020 season, it appears that Amazon is aiming to become a major new force in the world of Premier League TV rights. A whole host of digital media outlets are looking to test the waters with a bid for Premier League content, however after its purchase of the ATP tennis tournaments, Amazon looks more likely to succeed with an audacious football bid than Facebook, Google or Twitter. It’s anticipated that the next auction will take place in 2018, with speculation suggesting that  Amazon has signalled its intention to bid for a significant part of the rights.The move would follow on from approaches by Amazon and Netflix to host behind the scenes documentaries based around Premier League clubs.Significantly for English football is the financial capability of Amazon could lead to another hike in TV revenue for Premier League clubs, something that was unlikely to have happened had the bidding process remained a two horse race between Sky and BT.Having recently purchased Whole Foods for $13.7bn Amazon continues to go from strength to strength, the Seattle based company was even voted as the world’s third most innovative company by Forbes.Furthermore, Amazon has proven itself to be a capable streaming service with the success of Amazon Prime, which is in direct competition with Netflix to be the most powerful streaming service.The financial capabilities of Amazon mean that Sky and BT are unable to compete, which could lead to the Premier League broadcasting rights being blown wide open.In the first half of 2017, Sky’s operating profits were down 6%, which was largely a result of the 83% increase in its Premier League football bill that saw  Sky paying an eye-watering paying £11million a match.Unsurprisingly, it’s something that has left the broadcaster wary of going back into the market for Premier League rights, meaning that when the current deal expires there is a potential gap in the market for an alternative digital outlet. Sharelast_img read more

Yggdrasil enters Danish market with Jackpotjoy partnership

first_imgShare EGBA warns Danish tax hikes could boost offshore market June 8, 2020 With many existing Yggdrasil customers already regulated in Denmark, the supplier has received strong interest from operators looking to use the content to drive top line growth and grab additional market share. StumbleUpon Yggdrasil Gaming has made its first move into the Danish market with an agreement to provide its games and promotional tools to Jackpotjoy Group brands Vera&John and InterCasino.As part of the deal, both Vera&John and InterCasino will offer its customers in Denmark the full portfolio of Yggdrasil titles, including the latest slots release Jungle Book. “We always strive to offer the very best collection of games available to our players and adding the Yggdrasil portfolio really underlines that commitment.” The brands will also receive Yggdrasil’s collection of in-game promotional tools, BOOST™, including Cash Race and Missions, as well as the social sharing tool BRAG™. Share Victor Olinger, Head of Gaming at Jackpotjoy Group, said: “Yggdrasil slots are enjoyed by players across Europe’s regulated markets, so it is a major coup to be the first to agree to bring these titles to Denmark.center_img Related Articles Fredrik Elmqvist, CEO at Yggdrasil, commented: “We are committed to growing our footprint in Europe’s regulated markets, so it was a logical next step for us to enter Denmark with Vera&John and InterCasino. Spillemyndigheden adds technical requirements on game and wagering reporting June 23, 2020 “Denmark was one of the first European jurisdictions to introduce a sensible and workable regulatory framework. Our flexible platform and structured operation mean we welcome regulatory developments in Denmark and beyond, and are in a strong position to adapt to requirements. Submit Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 “The market is close to key Nordic territories so we expect our product to be quickly welcomed by players.last_img read more

Catena reports ‘best ever quarter’ as company eyes new market expansions

first_img Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Catena lauds ‘record’ Q2 as casino drives performance August 19, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Stockholm-listed industry affiliate marketing network, Catena Media has detailed its ‘best ever trading quarter‘ as the company homes in on full-year 2017 corporate targets.Presenting its first trading update as a Nasdaq Stockholm main market enterprise, Catena would record Q3 2017 (period ending 30 September) corporate revenues of €17.2 million up 61% on corresponding Q3 2016’s €10.7 million.Focusing on organic growth combined with strategic M&A for its expanding network, Catena would report a period EBITDA of €8.8 million (Q3 2016: €4.9 million).Further reporting that new depositing customers during the period had surpassed +100,000, Catena governance would declare operating profits of €7.5 million (Q3 2016: €4.6 million).For its year-to-date performance, Catena revenues total €47.5 million, combined with a corporate EBITDA of €22.3 million. The affiliate network further details that it has increase YoY operating profits to €19.6 million.Issuing a forward-looking statement, Catena governance details that it will open a Tokyo based office to aid its Asian expansion during Q4, whilst bringing new innovations to market to support its established market operations.Updating investors, Henrik Persson Ekdahl, Acting CEO of Catena Media commented on Q3 2017 performance:“Casino and sport both performed strongly in Q3 and this trend appears to continue through Q4. Preparations ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics and the FIFA World Cup are in full swing. We are expectant and optimistic about our strategic, operational and financial performance, and we eagerly anticipate the new, forthcoming challenges that await.”“One of the opportunities for 2018 is the opening of Pennsylvania as a regulated state for online gambling.  On 25th October the Senate approved the bill, followed by the house on the 26thand the final signing by the governor that took place on 30th October. Catena Media expect a gradual development of the Pennsylvania business and to be live within 9-12 months. We also have very strong domains like PlayUSA.com, PlayPennsylvania.com and USPoker.com. Following this opening, Catena Media will continue to strengthen its presence on the US market in line with the company’s growth strategy.last_img read more

Ader’s SpringOwl demands a Playtech ‘clean break from Teddy’

first_img Related Articles Submit According to The Times, US activist investor Jason Ader has called on Playtech Plc to sever all ties with Israeli enterprise founder Teddy Sagi.During the course of 2018, Ader’s New York hedge fund SpringOwl Asset Management has been building up its investment in struggling FTSE250 Playtech Plc – demanding that the governance undertake a group-wide shake-up, boosting returns for investors.Meanwhile, in recent years Playtech founder Teddy Sagi has diminished his shareholding to 4.8% in the gambling technology group, which he founded in 1999 and listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2006.The Times reports that SpringOwl and Ader have pressed Playtech governance to undertake a ‘clean break’ from its relationship with Sagi as founder.Ader’s Springowl hedge fund is a specialist in activist investments, targeting underperforming listed corporations and applying pressure on governance to undertake major structural changes with the aim of improving shareholder value and corporate options.From its peak June 2017 trading high 0f 1,020 GBX, Playtech Plc has seen its share price slump below 500 GBX, with the FTSE technology group’s corporate market cap valuation stagnated at circa £1.5 billion.Undertaking his first moves on Playtech this summer, Ader demanded that the board return to focusing the company on operating its gambling verticals.   This September, Playtech offloaded its 10% stake in Israeli ‘contract-for-difference’ online brokerage Plus500, securing £180 million for the transaction.Ader’s increased influence has seen speculation mount on the future of long-term Playtech Chief Executive Mor Weizer (CEO since 2007), with SpringOwl reported to be seeking a fresh face to drive Playtech’s aggressive US growth strategy.Furthermore, investor pressure is mounting on Playtech to enact changes, with a significant number of shareholders (35%) opposing the re-election of Alan Jackson as Chairman. Late to gambling’s US party, City analysts anticipate big changes to be delivered at Playtech Plc in 2019. Plus500 named as the main sponsor of Legia Warsaw August 10, 2020 Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Sharelast_img read more