Aljamain Sterling Jamaican Aljamain Sterling defeated Brazilian Augusto Mendes by a unanimous decision on Saturday at Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC) in Kansas City, Missouri on Saturday.The judges’ scored Sterling a winner by were 29-28 across the board.After a slow start Aljamain Sterling’s mixed martial arts skills were on point, as he feinted with kicks to keep his opponent on the backfoot.Sterling (13-2) won for the first time since a finish of Johnny Eduardo in Dec. 2015, which brought him to 12-0.Now back in the win column after a pair of losses, Sterling should be boosted by his all-around performance after admitting doubts about his style. Mendes goes back to the drawing board after an upset of Frankie Saenz in his previous outing.
PARAMARIBO, Suriname, CMC – The search was continuing Friday for survivors after a boat sank on the Coppename River leaving as many as 11 people dead and several others missing.The bodies of seven people, including four children have already been found amid fears that the death toll could rise with several others, including a mother and two children still missing.A villager pulls the body of a child from the Coppename River (CMC Photo)In a brief statement, the government expressed “condolences to the entire community” and said that it is “devastated by the incident”.The National Information Service (NIS) said that Corps Police Suriname, the district council, medical relief services and local residents are “doing their utmost” to assist in the search and rescue operations.Local villagers said at least 20 persons have so far been rescued and that the tragedy has cast a bleak cloud of mourning over Suriname’s usual end-of-the-year festivitiesNot much details have emerged as to what caused the incident during the early hours of Friday morning , but media reports are that the vessel left the village of Cornelis Kondre, located in the Sipaliwini district, heading towards toward Boskamp in District Saramacca around midnight, carrying at least 30 people, several of them children.The boat sank near the village of Kalebas Creek, about halfway to its destination. Boskamp is a popular transhipment point from where passengers can catch the bus to either Paramaribo in the east or Nickerie in the west, both bustling with year-end activities.The reports say that the boat’s departure time may have been unfortunate; it was pitch dark in the area and a strong wind had been torturing the river.Village Elder, Conchita Alcantara, at Kalebas Creek told local Radio ABC that the boat captain had chosen to set sail at that hour, because the river was too rough at night, but a “big wave” still caused panic. “Everybody shifted to one side of the boat, which caused it to capsize. They still tried to scoop the water out, but it was too late. And then a second big wave came that pushed everybody apart, with the dramatic result,” she said.Alcantra said she had been alerted of the incident around 5.00 am (local time) and that she sent out rescue teams to look for survivors.“We found several people alive, but we also found the first corpses,” she said, noting that by midday seven dead bodies had been found and “more than 20 people having been found alive”.A woman and three children are still missing.Alcantra identified the people on board the boat as the Village Elder of Cornelis Kondre, with his family and several other residents from that village.“It’s all one family. Everybody was from there. This is a disaster. It is also very emotional for me to experience. The village elder himself survived, but he lost many grandchildren today. He is here, together with other villagers, and you can see that he is suffering under this,” she said.The passengers had reportedly not been wearing swimming vests, a prerequisite for private passenger boats that work Suriname’s waterways.“A lot of people in these parts do not like to wear their swimming vests, but now they can see why it’s necessary,” said Alcantra.Residents of Kalebas Creek are continuing the search but Alcantra said any hope of finding more survivors was dim.“This concerns two children and a woman. It has been too long, and it would be a miracle if they survived out there all this time. They were not wearing vests. If they had been wearing vests, I would have had more hope,” she added.
KINGSTON, Jamaica – As they have done every year since August 6, 1962 Jamaicans home and abroad will over the next few days celebrate Jamaica’s independence anniversary, the 57th.People will celebrate in different ways – grand balls, house parties, street dances, church services, country fairs, flag-raising ceremonies, a variety of cultural performances, and a Grand Gala in Kingston, Jamaica. But throughout this variety of celebrations, a singular common element will remain – tremendous pride in Jamaica.Wherever Jamaicans live; no matter how long they have lived outside the country; regardless of the problems being experienced in the country, Jamaicans maintain a passionate, and warranted, pride in their nation.In humans, 57 years is a long time. At age-57 one is close to retirement and most likely has had significant accomplishments in one’s life. However, for a nation 57 years is a relatively brief time, a period of youthfulness for that nation.In these 57 years, Jamaica and Jamaicans have made great achievements. Jamaica athletes have successfully rivaled, and out-rivaled, athletes from First World countries like the USA, and other countries. Jamaican music – notably reggae, is now one of the more prominent and entertaining music genres internationally. The Jamaican cuisine has penetrated the kitchens and dining rooms of households and restaurants globally. Scholars from Jamaica rank with the best from any country. Jamaican professionals easily hold their own, and lead in certain areas, with professionals from everywhere. And, Jamaica, for a variety of positive reasons, is one of the most visited destinations internationally.Economically, Jamaica has experienced a “hill and gully” ride over these 57 years and has recently experienced remarkable economic gains. A recent article in a Miami newspaper referred to the phenomenal turnaround of the Jamaican economy in recent years.But among all these achievements; and gnawing away at the pride Jamaicans possess are serious, persistent problems.Despite the seemingly glorious economic gains, there still exist thousands of Jamaicans, men women, and children, who continue to live in deplorable poverty in urban and rural areas. Driving through the streets of Kingston leading to the resplendent upper St. Andrew middle and upper- class communities one still sees shanties and lean-to shacks made from tin, scraps of wood, and even cardboard, that has been in existence for years. One still sees shacks built perilously close to gullies, ravines and river beds. There are people who find it difficult to eat decently regularly; parents with difficulty finding funds to clothe their children for school or buy school supplies. And, too many urban and rural youth are unemployed, hopeless, having children they cannot afford to raise adequately. No, the heralded economic gains don’t extend to all Jamaicans.While most Jamaicans are somehow tolerating the economic and financial challenges, boosting their frustration with faith, prayer and worship at one of many places of worship, they are much less tolerant to the persistent scourge of violent crime and corruption that has engulfed the country.Both crime and corruption are serious blights on the country. But while people can protect themselves against crime by installing iron bars around their house; living in gated, heavily guarded, properties, and staying off streets at night, they find it more difficult to tolerate or accept public corruption.Across the country there’s evidence of corruption – in the church; in business; among legal professionals; within the civil service; among law enforcement personnel; and probably worst of all, among elected public officials including some holding ministerial positions.It’s devastatingly frustrating and demoralizing for people who desperately try to make financial ends meet to accept frequent reports of politicians gaining wealth through corrupt means; corruptly offering wealth to unqualified friends, relatives and associates; taking financial kickbacks for approving public service contracts; and interfering in the law enforcement and judicial systems to prevent the fair allocation of justice.The type of corruption seen in Jamaica today was rare prior to and immediately after independence but has gradually mushroomed since, affecting both People National Party and Jamaica Labor Party administrations. It’s disingenuous to make this cancerous corruption the theme of political debate. Both parties must collaborate assiduously to eradicate corruption among their members and throughout the country.So, at this 57th-year milestone, while Jamaica has achieved much in various areas, there’s also much to be corrected. There’s still a lot of work to be done by politicians, business sector, church, youth, and, yes, Jamaicans living overseas.Everyone wants their home, no matter how humble, to be clean, vermin free, and comfortable to live in. Jamaica is home, commonly called “yard”, to over six million people, half living in and half outside the nation. Those six million should be prepared to share in the responsibility of improving this home, to make it an undeniable truth that “nowhey nuh better than yard.”
Republic of Ireland have been dealt a huge blow after striker Shane Long was ruled out of their crucial World Cup qualifier against Wales.The news was confirmed earlier today by the Republic of Ireland. It was further revealed that Long will miss the Group D clash at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff with a hip injury.The 30-year-old Southampton star had featured for over 80 minutes of the team’s 2-0 home win over Moldova on Friday.With Long and Walters out for the Republic of Ireland, Nottingham Forest striker Daryl Murphy is set to start again after scoring a brace against Moldova.Republic of Ireland will secure a playoff spot at least with a win over home nations rival Wales.Related2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers: Republic of Ireland Boosted By Striker’s Return To TrainingOctober 4, 2017In “FIFA”Big Blow! Real Madrid Star Out Of World Cup QualifiersOctober 3, 2017In “Europe”Bale Injury Aftermath: Injured Welsh Striker Banks On Team To Prove Doubters Wrong AgainOctober 5, 2017In “FIFA”
Submit Workforce wellbeing leads GVC Holdings retail reopening June 9, 2020 Share StumbleUpon GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Coral’s sponsorship of the Sandown Park Group 1 contest known as the clash of the generations, has been extended for a further five years.The Coral-Eclipse is also to be run for a record £750,000 in 2018, with the £250,000 increase on 2017’s figure a direct result of investment by the bookmaker and and The Jockey Club.Seeking to preserve the appeal of the race on both domestic and international stages, it’s stated that the significant increase is due to the high quality of runners the race has attracted in recent years.Phil White, London Regional Director for Jockey Club Racecourses, commented: “We are delighted Coral have extended their partnership with us. This is one of the longest running sponsorship’s in British racing and we are hugely grateful to Coral for their long and continued support. “Their enthusiasm and commitment to the Grade 1 race has enabled us to increase the prize money for this year’s race to record levels. I am thrilled that this year’s running will be the richest Coral-Eclipse ever run and am pleased to say that in line with The Jockey Club’s prize money announcement at the end of last year, we continue to invest in prize money at all levels of the racing programme at Sandown Park. “The Coral-Eclipse is the pinnacle of Sandown Park’s flat racing calendar and we look forward to another exciting renewal this year.”The longest running sponsored Group 1 race in Britain, the Coral-Eclipse is set to see it 43rd running this year, being held on Saturday July 7, with the new extension running through to 2022.Simon Clare, PR Director for Coral, said: “The Coral-Eclipse is our flagship sponsorship, and we are incredibly proud of our longstanding association with the race and with Sandown Park that has spanned an incredible 43 years. “It is however vital to ensure that this prestigious and enduring Group 1 race maintains its pre-eminent and unique position in the Racing calendar and we are thrilled that the Jockey Club with our support is increasing the prize money by 50%.” SportCaller teams up with Coral for Racing Super Series launch August 12, 2020 Share Related Articles
Share SBC Roundtable: A new ‘Pace’ for live cricket trading July 8, 2020 Paytm First Games reveals two-tournament India esports launch April 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Submit Mark Wilson: How FSB is meeting the recreational cricket punter’s demands August 20, 2020 The idea that three England cricketers spot-fixed a test match in India 18 months ago has been described as “outrageous” by Head Coach Trevor Bayliss and captain Joe Root.Doha broadcaster Al Jazeera has alleged that Bayliss’ side deliberately batted defensively for a short passage of the fifth test against India, which took place in Chennai in December 2016.According to Al Jazeera, middle man Aneel Munawar, said to work for a syndicate that controls much of the $60 billion a year illegal market in India, spent 18 months posing as a wealthy businessman to speak to members of criminal gangs in India involved in spot-fixing. It says these gangs were filmed on a hidden camera giving details of how they paid professional cricketers to fix parts of matches.Names of those allegedly involved are only stated by Munawar after the event but, like the specific information regarding which overs were allegedly manipulated, these are redacted in the final edit. Munawar is confronted by Al Jazeera’s reporter at the end of documentary, but leaves the room without comment.Having been made public by the Qatar broadcaster in a ‘Cricket Match-Fixers’ documentary over the weekend, the allegation sparked a defiant response from ECB Chairman Tom Harrison.He said: “There is nothing we have seen that would make us doubt any of our players in any way whatsoever. The limited information we have been given has been discussed with all the England players.“They emphatically deny the allegations, have stated categorically that the claims are false, and they have our full support. Neither ECB nor the ICC is aware of any credible evidence connecting any England players to any form of corruption.”Bayliss, who took over as Head Coach of the team in 2015, told Sky Sports: “Outrageous. I knew a documentary was going to be coming out. I wouldn’t have a clue what’s in it yet, or seen it. But, having been there [at the Chennai Test], outrageous is all I can say.”Root, who only assumed the captaincy from Alastair Cook in early 2017, added: “I am aware that there is a documentary and it is outrageous that our players have been accused. All the players have the full backing of the ECB.”A similar claim of spot-fixing is also made regarding two Australia players during the third Test against India in Ranchi last year. Cricket Australia responded before the documentary’s full broadcast with a statement from their chief executive James Sutherland who, like the ECB, dismissed the claims by saying there was “no credible evidence”.
StumbleUpon EveryMatrix ups CasinoEngine gamification tools with CompetitionLabs June 29, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Share BetVictor boosts casino portfolio with EveryMatrix’s CasinoEngine June 25, 2020 Gibraltar-headquartered bookmaker BetVictor has announced plans to give all customers the opportunity to win up to £500 on every UK & Ireland horse race – irrespective of the grade.As of today, when placing a single bet as normal, customers will be presented with the option of selecting Guaranteed Bet, a new market which will give customers the chance to win up to £500 on the ‘win’ part of a single bet. The market will appear alongside existing ‘extra markets’ on any race.Guaranteed Bet is only available on ‘win’ and ‘each way’ single bets only from 11am on the day of the race until the race starts. Thus, a £50 ‘each way’ bet on a horse at 10/1 would qualify.Both ‘First Past the Post’ and ‘Official Result’ will be paid on the market, however, BetVictor horse racing initiatives such as Best Odds Guaranteed, Run for Your Money and additional ‘each way’ place terms will not apply to Guaranteed Bet.Guaranteed Bet comes following discussions with the Horseracing Bettors Forum (HBF). As a business with a strong and proud horse racing heritage, BetVictor strives to be best-in-breed to ensure all horse racing bettors are given a fairer and better service.BetVictor Director of Sportsbook Matt Scarrott said: “We are pleased to launch Guaranteed Bet, which once again shows our commitment to giving horse racing bettors the best possible value.“We entered dialogue with the Horseracing Bettors Forum earlier this year and this project is something we have been keen to implement for a while. We believe our guarantee to include ‘each way’ bets and all race classes makes it a leading industry initiative.”“Once we have trialled Guaranteed Bet for a short time, our plan is to review it with the intention of increasing limits and extending the timescales going forward.” said Scarrott.HBF Chairman Matt Bisogno commented: “HBF welcomes the news that BetVictor has introduced a Guaranteed Bet provision. For the first time with a major operator, punters will be able to back any horse to win a minimum of £500 regardless of the class of race. “Having discussed a number of issues with the team at BetVictor earlier in the year, HBF was heartened by their commitment to a fairer betting environment. Of course, actions speak louder than words, and today’s announcement is an extremely positive step forward for British and Irish racing bettors as well as a palpable demonstration of BetVictor’s commitment.“HBF believes the Guaranteed Bet provision represents a forward-thinking approach, and we further hope it encourages other operators to enhance their offering to horse racing bettors.” Guaranteed Bet is also available to customers that have previously held BetVictor accounts (subject to evaluation).
StumbleUpon LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 LeoVegas has pointed to the tax rate in Denmark as evidence that a 21 per cent remote gaming duty on games of chance will not impact the sustainable running of its UK business.This week, Chancellor Philip Hammond confirmed to Parliament that UK Remote Gaming Duty would rise from 15 per cent to 21 per cent, effective from 1 October 2019 – the same time that the long-awaited stake reduction on B2 machines (FOBTs) will come into play.Details released by the Treasury following Hammond’s announcement have forecast a £1.22 billion increase in income for the government across the first five years.Irena Busic, Communications Director at LeoVegas, said: “We are active in other regulated markets with a tax rate in that region, for example the 20% tax in Denmark where we are still able to run a sustainable and healthy business.”The revised RGD rate, brought in to make up for the huge shortfall from cutting FOBT stakes to £2 in the first place, has been criticised because the true fiscal impact of the B2 ban will not have been established by the time of its introduction.However, the government has at least given gaming operators a 12-month period to find ways to “absorb this increased tax”, while sparing the sports vertical from a similar ruling.“The decision to increase the tax was no surprise since the discussion has been ongoing for quite some time,” Busic admitted. “It is also a year ahead before the tax is implemented, which is good since the market dynamics have some time to settle – for example the suppliers, affiliates and media partners take their part of the tax – meaning it is not just the operator that take the full effect of the tax.“Of course, we want to use our size to find economies of scale to absorb this increased tax. For sports, it is the same level of tax as before so that product vertical will not be affected.”The point here is that while LeoVegas has built a business to offset this tax hike, the UK market will become less attractive to small operators hoping to turn a profit through low-expense differentiation, and in all likelihood increase the pace of consolidation.It is also possible that this penalty increase could pre-empt a player leakage to the black market if licensed operators are forced to squeeze margins on prices, reassess bonus incentives or pull back on affiliate marketing.LeoVegas uses the word channelisation to define the proportion of online gambling that occurs within the licensing system. Two years ago, a report commissioned by the Swedish government found that 15-20 per cent was the optimal tax rate for high channeling and favourable tax returns – which perhaps explains its decision to adopt an 18 per cent tax on gross profits within the country’s new regulatory framework from 1 January.“There is a clear correlation between channelisation and tax rate,” explained Busic. “A high tax rate means a lower level of channelisation. We believe a high channelisation is very important in order to retain an attractive market for professional and sustainable operators, and one in which player protection is high up on their agenda.” Share Submit Share Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articles
Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Gustaf Hagman – LeoVegas ABStockholm-listed online gambling group LeoVegas AB has detailed a positive opening to 2019 trading, as the company adjusts to new regulatory conditions within the UK and Sweden.Publishing its Q1 2019 trading update (period ending 31 March), LeoVegas reports a 12% increase in corporate revenues to €86 million (Q12018: €77m), as the company records double-digit growth in customer metrics related to – ‘depositing players’ up 23% to 370,000 (Q12018: 300,000) and ‘returning customers’ up 26% to 196,000 (Q12018: 155,000).“LeoVegas has had a good start to the year – customer loyalty and the inflow of new customers has never been better,” said Gustaf Hagman, Group CEO LeoVegas AB.A marquee quarter would see LeoVegas begin its new services for the re-regulated Swedish online gambling marketplace, in which LeoVegas increased marketing investment to maintain its position as a leading brand.In its update, the Stockholm enterprise details that it has undertaken wholesale changes in customer service, marketing adjustments, gaming duties and player management provisions to service Swedish customers.Away from Sweden, LeoVegas details that the UK online gambling marketplace has become ‘challenging in the near term’, as the company adjusts to the ‘regulatory tightening’ which took place at the end of 2018.Seeking to comply with new regulatory requirements, LeoVegas has implemented a new action plan, aligning operations, routines and processes for its UK acquired Rocket X and Royal Panda assets.Pointing towards its earnings results, LeoVegas details that during the period gaming duties increased to €11.5 million, an increase of EUR 4.3 m compared with the preceding quarter, which impacted the firm’s operating margins.Closing a busy Q1 2019 trading period, LeoVegas would post a group EBITDA of €7.2 million (Q12018: €9.5m), reflecting an EBITDA margin of 8.3% (12.3%).“We are seeing positive effects from our highlighted focus on efficiency and cost control within the Group,” Hagman continued. “We continue to work on renegotiating supplier agreements in gaming, payments and marketing, among other areas, where we are benefiting from our size and position as one of Europe’s leading casino operators.“At the same time, we are continuously reviewing our internal operating costs and processes. The effects of this work are expected to begin showing gradually in 2019 in the form of increased scalability on a growing revenue base.” Share LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit Related Articles Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020