Month: August 2020


Did Patriots Patrick Chung play with a concussion?


first_img The New England Patriots may have lost the Super Bowl last Sunday, but they are still in the news because of their Jamaican-born defensive safety, Patrick Chung? Questions are being asked whether the Kingston-born Chung played with a concussion in Sunday’s Super Bowl. Chung was removed from Super Bowl 52 in the fourth quarter with a concussion, per Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.  However, Chung was reportedly initially concussed during the third quarter while attempting to tackle Philadelphia Eagle’s running back Jay Ajayi.  The player stayed on the ground following the tackle and the team’s medical staff helped him off the field. But the New England medical staff evaluated Chung and he later returned to the game. However, with three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Chung went down again in the aftermath of another tackle and that is when the Patriots announced that he would be out for the remaining minutes of the game. New England went on to lose 41-33 to the Eagles in Super Bowl 52.  Now many are questioning the NFL’s concussion protocol even as more research is coming out about the impact of head injuries in football. Chung is set to recuperate over the break and hopefully return to play football next season. Jay Ajayi literally put Patrick Chung in the concussion protocol pic.twitter.com/6QHdrTaetI— Chris Spags (@ChrisSpags) February 5, 2018last_img read more


Jamaica Named Destination of the Year


first_imgOur country has been continuously creating innovative initiatives aimed at improving the destination, as well as bolstering our marketing efforts in new and emerging markets. I am very happy that we have been recognized for our hard work, during this event, among other leading destinations.”The Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA), a professional organisation of travel writers, which was founded in 1998, organizes the event. The awards recognize individuals and organisations that have excelled and/or are involved in the promotion of tourism from different sectors of the travel trade and service providers related directly or indirectly to the industry.The Minister also noted that locally, the industry continues to break records for arrivals and revenue earned, making it a critical industry in the country’s growth agenda.“Destination Jamaica has been performing exceptionally well. I am very proud to say that each year we continue to see an increase in the number of visitors to our shores – most of which have been to our island at least once before. This I am sure can be credited to our beautiful attractions and of course friendly people, who have also been able to earn from the industry,” he said.The total visitor arrivals for 2016 stood at 3,837,243 with 2,181,684 being stopovers. In 2017, total arrivals broke the 4 million mark to end the year at 4,276,189. The record-breaking streak continued into 2018 when the country welcomed 4,318,600 visitors.The statistics show that last year stopover arrivals exceeded the previous year by 5.1 percent but when compared to 2016, growth was a whopping 13.3 percent. The USA market in particular, grew by 7.5 percent in 2018 over 2017.Preliminary figures for airport arrivals for the period of January 1 to February 17 2019 show Montego Bay recording 275,902 and Kingston 44,400 for a total of 320,602. That is 31,172 or 10.2 percent increase in arrivals over the 2018 corresponding period.The country also welcomed 469,000 cruise passengers, last month, which is 43,000 more tourists compared to the corresponding time last yearProjected figures for the 2018/19 fiscal year show gross earnings at US$3.334 billion, an 8.8 percent increase over the last fiscal year. Stopover arrivals are also projected at 2.713 million, which is a 6.2 percent increase.The ceremony forms part of ITB Berlin, which is the largest tourism tradeshow in the world – the foremost business platform for global touristic offers and a prime marketplace and driving force behind the international tourism industry. It highlights hotels, tourist boards, tour operators, airlines among others related to the travel industry. ITB is also the ideal forum for establishing new customer contacts and conducting business. On March 7, Jamaica was presented with the Pacific Area Travel Writers Association’s (PATWA) International Travel Award for Destination of the Year, in Berlin, Germany.Speaking at the ceremony, Tourism Minister Hon. Edmund Bartlett said, “Jamaica is truly honoured to once again receive a prestigious award from the internationally recognized PATWA organization.last_img read more


St Lucia Stars Booted Out of the CPL 2019 tournament


first_imgGROS ISLET, ST LUCIA – AUGUST 10: In this handout image provided by CPL T20, St Lucia Stars celebrate the dismissal of Shoaib Malik of the Barbados Tridents during Match 8 of the 2017 Hero Caribbean Premier League between St Lucia Stars v Barbados Tridents at the Darren Sammy Stadium on August 10, 2017 in Gros Islet, Saint Lucia. (Photo by Ashley Allen – CPL T20 via Getty Images) GROS ISLET, St Lucia, CMC – Controversy rocked the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) after organizers tossed St Lucia Stars from the tournament, just three weeks before the start.While giving no reason for the move, CPL said in a statement it had last Wednesday (August 7) “terminated the participation agreement” with the company which operated the Stars and stressed the entity “no longer has the right” to manage a franchise in the tournament.The release said, “As a result of that termination, Royal Sports Club, LLC no longer has the right to operate a team to compete in the Caribbean Premier League tournament, and the St Lucia Stars will not be participating in the 2019 Caribbean Premier League, which begins on 4 September 2019.”With the tournament set to bowl off shortly, organizers said they were already setting up a new franchise, the details of which would be announced shortly.“CPL Limited is in the process of establishing and operating a new franchise to be based in St Lucia that will participate in the 2019 Caribbean Premier League,” the statement continued.“More information about that new franchise will follow in due course. CPL Limited will be making no further public comment at this time.”The Philadelphia-based Royal Sports Club, headed by Jay Pandya, was announced as owners of the St. Lucia franchise three years ago in what CPL at the time hailed as a “landmark day” for the operations.Then known as St Lucia Zouks, the franchise name was changed to St Lucia Stars the following year, and they subsequently ensured a nightmare winless campaign losing nine of their 10 matches.Popular national figure and two-time T20 World Cup-winning skipper, Darren Sammy, was sacked as captain that season and last year, Kieron Pollard left Barbados Tridents to lead the franchise.With Pollard departing for his native Trinbago Knight Riders for the upcoming season, Sammy was expected to lead the Stars again.last_img read more


Haiti Worried About Hurricane Season During COVID-19


first_imgHaiti’s President, Jovenel Moise The Ministry of Public Health Tuesday announced that the country had recorded 102 new cases of the virus, bringing the total number of cases to 2,226 since the first case was detected on March 19. The officials said that even before the official start of the hurricane season two storms were formed increasing fears of an above normal six month period. “The Executive is concerned at the highest level about the hurricane season which begins and the health crisis which is raging with the Covid-19. The 2020 hurricane season will be active and difficult,” said Prime Minister Jouthe Joseph, calling on the population to adopt preventive measures to limit the damage that the season could cause. The Alliance for Risk Management and Business Continuity (AGERCA) said “while we are confronted with this global pandemic we must remain vigilant and follow up with the greatest pay attention to weather alerts and combine efforts. “Some temporary shelters are being used or planned to be used to isolate people who may be carrying the COVID-19. However, in the event of an alert, people who live in areas vulnerable to the risks of flooding, landslides… are received in the latter. It will therefore be necessary to quickly address the problem. Recalling that the Covid-19 pandemic and the hurricane season to manage simultaneously is a “real headache for Haiti”center_img PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti– Haiti says it is concerned that the country will be stretched tremendously over the next six months as the authorities deal with the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane season and the ongoing battle to curb the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The coordinator of the Hydro-Meteorological Unit of Haiti (UHM) and the Civil Protection, Marcelin Esterlin, said until November, “Haiti could experience this year between 13 and 19 named systems, 12 medium hurricanes and between three and six major hurricanes”. In addition, the health authorities confirmed that one person died in the west of the country, bringing to 45, the total of Haitians killed by the virus that was first detected in China last December and blamed for 370,000 deaths and the infection of 6.5 million others worldwide. CMClast_img read more


Trouble In Paris? Cavani Misses Out On Teammate’s Birthday


first_imgEmbattled forward Edinson Cavani was a notable absentee when his Paris Saint Germain (PSG) teammate Thiago celebrated his 33rd birthday on Friday in the company of other club players.Uruguay international Cavani has been in the news of late after a major public fallout with new summer signing Neymar in the penultimate league game against Olympique Lyon at Parc des Princes.The birthday party was a joyous one for those who were in attendance including majority of the PSG squad. Players like Neymar, Angel Di Maria, Maxwell, Marco Veratti and many more attended the party.Another new summer signing in Kylian Mbappe shared a group photo of the PSG players from the party via his Instagram account on Monday afternoon. All the first team players were in the photo except the previously mentioned Cavani.RelatedUCL Wrap: PSG Thrash Bayern As Chelsea Shock AtleticoSeptember 28, 2017In “Europe”Lazio Roma vs FC EmpoliJune 30, 2017Similar postCavani Brace Sends Uruguay Into World Cup Quarters At The Expense Of PortugalJune 30, 2018In “FIFA”last_img read more


LeoVegas rides compliance challenges to post 41% revenue gains


first_img LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 LeoVegas has emerged from a “challenging quarter” for its two largest markets – UK and Sweden – to post a year-on-year (YOY) revenue increase of 41% to €78.6 million, despite a focus on compliance measures to facilitate the next steps in the company’s development.Reporting on the three-month period from 1 July to 30 September 2018, the mobile gametech group also recorded EBIDTA of €9.0 million, which corresponds to an EBITDA margin of 11.4%, up 13.7% from the same period in 2017.LeoVegas believes it has made great progress with regards to responsible gaming and compliance – particularly in the UK and in preparation for new regulation in Sweden – which includes more proactive measures to combat anti-money laundering and the implementation of extended SOI (source of income) routines, delivering a more in-depth review of a customer’s financial situation.According to the Group’s CEO and Founder Gustaf Hagman, this will help to provide LeoVegas with the “best opportunity to work effectively and sustainably in a regulated environment”.This should set up the company to increase the portion of its net gaming revenue (NGR) from regulated markets, which now stands at 35.5% of the total, up from 25.3% in 2017.Hagman said: “The third quarter was a quarter of transition for LeoVegas as a Group, during which we have focused on compliance measures, completion of platform development projects and other long-term investments to enable the next major steps in the company’s development.“The work on meeting compliance requirements in the best way possible has been necessary and will give us a major competitive advantage. We are now at the forefront in this area, ensuring long-term sustainable and profitable growth for the Group.”As a consequence of its compliance focus, LeoVegas saw a drop in average player value, which it was not able to mitigate in the short term by 318,189 depositing customers – a new record for a quarter.LeoVegas’ Rocket X brands – including new sports betting brand BetUK – were hit particularly hard in the short term by these compliance requirements, similarly to the recently acquired Royal Panda, which derives nearly half of its revenues from the UK.“We will see the effects of these first in the longer term, while they have also locked up resources that we have not been able to use for other growth initiatives,” added Hagman.“In parallel with the progress of certain long-term technical projects that are still ongoing, the organisation has now been able to return to more growth-focused projects. We have also launched a number of new initiatives during the autumn focusing on products and the customer experience which are expected to gradually generate positive effects.“The results of this work have been confirmed by positive customer KPIs during the start of the fourth quarter. This, in turn, bodes well for a return to higher growth figures going forward.”last_img read more


Two consultations launched on high prize machines and online credit card use


first_img Submit Betway to pay record £11.6m after Gambling Commission finds VIP customer failings March 12, 2020 UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 UKGC gambling statistics highlight retail declines May 29, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Share The Gambling Commission is inviting members of the public, gambling businesses and other stakeholders to provide their views on two key issues as part of its work to prevent gambling-related harms. The Commission is requesting views and data on the issue of gambling online with credit cards and, separately, on improving player control measures on all Category B gaming machines, the high prize machines with a typical top prize of £500.Paul Hope, executive director at the Gambling Commission, said: “We are exploring measures that could help reduce the risk of harm to consumers who use their credit cards to gamble online, and to those who play on all Category B machines. We want consumers, gambling firms and other interested parties to have their say and provide evidence that will help us make gambling safer.”Last year the Commission backed the principle that consumers should not gamble with money they do not have – gambling with borrowed money is already well-established as a risk factor for harmful gambling. Now it is seeking meaningful input to help determine if restrictions, potentially including an outright ban, are necessary to limit risks to consumers.The other call for evidence gives an opportunity for gambling businesses to outline how they will meet the challenges set out in the Government’s Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures over the protections for players using Category B gaming machines.In April, the maximum stake on Category B2 gaming machines (Fixed Odds Betting Terminals) will be reduced from £100 to £2. Category B1 machines in casinos and Category B3 machines, sited in arcades, bingo halls and betting shops, offer maximum stakes of £5 and £2 respectively, but at up to eight times the speed of play of B2 games.Data indicate that the risks associated with Category B1 and B3 machines are broadly similar to the risks with B2 machines at a £100 maximum stake – the reason why the Commission said last year in its advice to Government that it wanted to explore player protection options further. Those options include tracking play, using time and monetary limits and alerts, and communicating messages about gambling safely. The Commission also said it wants to hear about industry efforts to evaluate harm prevention measures.Both calls for evidence will be available on the Gambling Commission’s website from 10am.Payments and the future of retail betting are just two of the topics that will be address at next month’s Betting on Football conference. Find out more here.last_img read more


MustardBet shuts down business


first_img Submit StumbleUpon Share Related Articles IoM Digital appoints Chris Kissack as esports lead  July 22, 2020 Share Luckbox outlines final TSXV roadmap July 29, 2020 Luke Campbell, Champion Sports: Modular thinking most play the lead role in sportsbook migrations August 26, 2020 Isle of Man licensed online bookmaker MustardBet has informed customers that it has ceased trading by issuing a notice of closure across its digital platforms.The bookmaker confirmed that it has begun returning balances back to customers, which it aims to fulfil within the next 72-hours.Closing its wagering markets, MustardBet has been praised for confirming that ‘all unsettled customer bets will be settled as winners’ unless a customer has multiple bets on the same event, in which case the bookmaker will reward the wager on ‘best possible outcome’.MustardBet also revealed that it plans to keep its website open for a further 28 days until 11 November, allowing customers to clear their accounts. Those with queries have been advised to contact MustardBet’s live support or email questions to support@mustardbet.comLaunched in 2018 by former Cantor Fitzgerald executive Andrew Garrood, MustardBet aimed to become the industry’s leading low-margin bookmaker proposition – operating under the tagline of ‘Winners Welcome’.The Isle of Man outfit would invest significant resources building-up its ‘Mustard Systems’ proprietary sportsbook platform, seeking to deliver a low-margin sportsbook capable of adjusting and scaling the saturated conditions of the UK online betting marketplace.last_img read more


SportNation.bet expands racing capacity with SIS


first_img Argyll orders full compliance makeover with TruNarrative  August 17, 2020 StumbleUpon The Argyll Entertainment brand, will offer its UK and Irish customers with extensive live fixtures from major international tracks including the likes of Meydan and Jebel Ali – which will have 200 races each year.There will be over 10,000 annual races from the likes of Spain, Italy, Germany, the US and Latin America as part of a move to bolster their racing product offering.  Related Articles Richard FitzGerald steps down as RMG CEO August 6, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Sharecenter_img Phil Bell, Commercial Director of Argyll Entertainment said: “We are delighted to become the first operator on the SBTech platform to offer live streaming of major international racing and domestic greyhound racing to our customers.  SportNation.bet has become the first sportsbook operating on SBTech platform provisions to offer live streaming of international racing and domestic greyhound racing, following the signature of a major deal with SIS. Submit The move comes as the firm launches a new above the line marketing campaign in Ireland, focusing on racing customers.  SportNation will also be able to offer customers 33,000 live race streams per annum from UK and Irish tracks such as Crayford, Central Park, Doncaster, Harlow, Henlow, Monmore, Romford, Mullingar, Limerick and Cork.The partnership will mean SportNation.bet customers can also make more use of their unique Reward Points scheme with upcoming top class international and domestic meetings across both sports – with points added for every bet placed. “Given the top class international racing action on the horizon the deal comes at the right time to ensure our customers have the best possible experience when it comes to being able to watch both horse and dog racing from around the world at any time, which is key for our continued expansion into territories where racing’s popularity remains high.”last_img read more


NC Special: ‘Brave’ Safiu gets huge praise from C.K. Akonnor


first_imgKotoko forward, Abdul Fatawu Safiu, has made the team’s coach, C.K. AKonnor, a very happy man and he did not hide his excitement after the team’s 2-0 win over Berekum Chelsea on Wednesday in the Normalisation Committee Special Competition.Safiu scored a delightful Panenka penalty in the second half of the game to seal the result and take his tally to 6 in the competition.After the game, Akonnor shared his opinions of the player to the media.“He is doing well. He is brave and he has shown his qualities and he is telling that we did a good thing to bring him here to Kotoko. We are very happy to have him.”Safiu is currently leading the scorer’s chart in the competition after having scored against 2 against Eleven Wonders and AshGold respectively and single strikes against Bechem United and Berekum Chelsea.The expectations are that he will continue his scoring ways in the second round with Kotoko playing at Berekum Chelsea.Kotoko currently lead the Zone A table of the Special Competition with 13 points from 6 matches played.last_img read more