Brazilian soccer legends in Jamaica to Share The Love

first_imgWalter BoysThe Brazilian team will match skills against retired Reggae Boyz Walter Boyd, Ian ‘Pepe’ Goodison, Andy ‘Bomber’ Williams, Theodore ‘Tappa’ Whitmore, Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardener, Gregory Messam, and Hector Wright, all heroes from the ’98 campaign, the only time Jamaica has ever qualified for the soccer’s biggest stage the World Cup.A number of young players including Alex Marshall, Ricardo Stewart, Gregory Messam Jr.,  Malik Powell, Dehaney Williams, Jahwani Hinds, the captain of the National Under-20 squad and Christopher Randall, will also suit up for the national squad to take on the Brazilians. Brazilian soccer legends Ronaldo, Dunga and Edmilson are part of a squad of players from the land of Samba who are currently in Jamaica to take part in the ‘Share the Love Tour’ match between Jamaica’s heroes of the 1998 World Cup and the legends from the land of Samba.The Brazil All Stars will take on the Jamaica All Stars at the National Stadium in Kingston on Friday night.The match was organized by former footballer Andre Virtue, as part of a collective effort to bring the nation together in a time when crime and violence have the country on edge,The tour is a spin-off of an existing team’s Tour of Love that has successfully touched the shores of Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Burundi, Madasgascar, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, Chile, Singapore, and Japan.last_img read more

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Jamaican government and police sign new wage agreement

first_imgFinance Minister Dr. Nigel Clarke and JPF chairperson Arleen McBean show off the new agreement (CMC Photo) KINGSTON, Jamaica, 15, CMC – The Jamaica government has signed a new four-year wage agreement with the Jamaica Police Federation (JPF).According to the new agreement, police officers will receive a five per cent salary increase for 2017/18, two per cent for 2018/19, four per cent for 2019/20 and five per cent for 2020/21.The accord was signed late Friday and followed months of negotiations.Finance and Public Service Minister Dr. Nigel Clarke told the signing ceremony that the accord would not only mean that the number of public servants who have now accepted the government’s four-year 16 per cent wage offer has now climbed to 91 per cent.He said there is also a likelihood that the ministry would also create a vacuum in which future negotiations between the police and his ministry will be conducted outside of the general wage negotiations for public employees.The main ingredient in the package is the decision to create a special commission to conciliate negotiations between the JPF and the government, which will make recommendations for compensation agreements.JPF chairperson Arleen McBean, said that she was pleased with the outcome and “appreciated and accepted” what the government eventually offered.She said that police officers will get retroactive payments for 2017/2018 prior to the end of the year.last_img read more

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CHTA hails Caribbean’s diversity, beauty and strength

first_imgMONTEGO BAY, Jamaica, CMC – The President of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA), Patricia Affonso-Dass, has hailed the diversity of the region as she called for it to be better known as the most welcoming region in the world.World’s most desirable tourism productAddressing the 37th annual Caribbean Travel Marketplace, the Caribbean’s largest tourism marketing event, in Montego Bay on Tuesday night, she said it was time to change the way the world references the region, “from the most tourism-dependent in the world to the world’s most desirable, most tolerant and inclusive, most welcoming, most hospitable, most facilitative and investment-friendly, and most environmentally sensitive region in the world.”Highly trained professionals The CHTA official said she wanted the Caribbean to be known as a region where genuine service is delivered by “regionally proud, highly trained professionals who understand the critical importance of their role and their importance to the success, sustainability and economic viability of the region.The Barbados-based hotelier, who has championed the theme of “people development” prior to assuming the role of president last year, said the people of the region are “our most important asset and our most marketable commodity.”She said in a world that often appears dominated by divisiveness, fear and uncertainty, her dream is for the Caribbean region “to continue to stand strong and united, to be synonymous with a genuine welcome, an authentic experience and excellent service delivered with soul and pride.”She told the 1,000 delegates attending the opening reception that “more and more of our customers are telling us what they are seeking is a personal connection with our people, a genuine experience, and an opportunity to feel that their being here makes a positive difference.Significant increase in buyers Caribbean Travel Marketplace is hosting the largest group of buyers in its history with the organizers stating that 60 new companies have joined the estimated 145 buyers this year.The CHTA said that it was also welcoming the largest contingent of Chinese travel buyers to date along with new buyer companies from Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, India, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Poland, Puerto Rico, St. Vincent and The Grenadines, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. “The diversity of buyers attending Marketplace from around the world ironically reflects the diversity of our Caribbean offerings – a united region with an incredible array of offerings with their own distinct natural beauty, history and culture. This is one of our core strengths,” Affonso-Dass said.last_img read more

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Jamaica Lose 3-1 to USA in CONCACAF Gold Cup Semi-Final

first_imgUnited States midfielder Christian Pulisic (10) moves the ball past Jamaica defender Michael Hector (3) during the first half of a CONCACAF Gold Cup semifinal soccer match Wednesday, July 3, 2019, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski) NASHVILLE, Tennessee – In a match interrupted by several minutes by lightning, and a rainstorm the USA defeated Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz on Wednesday night (July 3) in the CONCACAF Gold Cup in their semi-final at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.Weston McKennie first scored for the USA in the ninth minute. After which, Christian Pulisic scored in the 52nd and again in the 87th minute to put USA at three goals to one.The only goal from Jamaica came from Shamar Nicholson who scored in the 69th minute.The game was then held up for roughly 90 minutes because of the bad weather. This may have been a reprieve for Jamaica as the US repeatedly attacked the Jamaican goal, but was kept aby by excellent goalkeeping by Andre Blake.The Reggae Boyz appeared much more confident and aggressive when the match resumed but failed to capitalize on several opportunities. First Leon Bailey missed a shot at goal, then Mattocks fired wide from the top of the box, and in the 22nd minute US goalkeeper Zack Steffen valiantly saved a 30-yard scorcher from Junior Flemmings.The Jamaicans started the second half aggressively but were thwarted when Blake muffed a shot from Jordan Morris’ shot and Pulisic shot in the loose ball from close range.The Reggae Boyz rebounded and four minutes later, Bailey passed deftly to substitute Shamar Nicholson, who scored with a header.Jamaica, led by Bailey, then put the US under a wave of pressure, but again couldn’t capitalize. Just three minutes before the game ended, Pulisic scored his second goal and the third for the US.The United States will now face 10-time Gold Cup champions, Mexico in Sunday’s final in at Soldier Field in Chicago.last_img read more

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Italy’s World Cup Qualification Failure Claims Other Casualties

first_imgRelated Italy’s failure to qualify for a first FIFA World Cup in 60 years has claimed other casualties after the trio of Daniele De Rossi, Giorgio Chiellini and Andrea Barzagli confirmed that they would retire from international duty.National team captain Gianlugi Buffon became the first casualty of Italy’s epic failure after he emotionally said his goodbyes to the Azzurris immediately after the match.Italy played out a goalless draw with Sweden on Monday night to miss out on Russia 2018 via 1-0 aggregate scoreline.De Rossi, 34, moved past Andrea Pirlo into fourth place on Italy’s all-time appearance list with 117 appearances on Monday. He said scored 21 goals in those games.Speaking with RAI after the game, De Rossi said: “It’s a dark moment for our football, very dark for those of us who were part of this two-year era.”“There will be the time to evaluate everything, but I think the only thing I can say now — which is banal — is to build on the spirit the lads showed today and the desire to take part in this adventure.“We will begin again, just as we did after other desperately disappointing moments. I don’t believe we deserved to go out considering the 180 minutes, Sweden deserve credit for their performance, but it was fairly even.“Now the next generation is ready to take flight and we must begin again from them. It was almost an absurd moment to associate with a football match. There was a funereal atmosphere in the locker room, yet nobody died.“I’ve been wandering around Coverciano [the training ground] and all over the world with this shirt for over a decade, so to take it off for the last time is a strange feeling. The material is there and we can build for the future.” he added.The AS Roma midfielder also addressed the rumoured argument with Ventura during the game. He said: “We have this tendency to warm up three at a time, then after five minutes we change and another three go.”“I just said we were near the end and had to win, so send the strikers to warm up! I pointed to Insigne too.“It wasn’t up to me whether it was a tactical issue and the prof is a lovely guy, so I’m sorry if I offended anyone. At the time I just thought perhaps it was better that Insigne come on instead.” he concluded.For Juventus defender Gorgio Chiellini, it is time to embrace the next generation of players. The 33-year old, who has made 96 appearances and scored 8 times said: “We have many young lads who over the next few years will need this same love and support.”“It’s a long road ahead and after a fall like this there is much work to be done.“Over the last three years or so we have asked for this love to never leave the Nazionale. Italy will begin again from Marco Verratti and many other lads born in the 1990s who will be mature for the next Euros, which fortunately we’ll have some games at home.“I am certain that if what we saw tonight can be built on, it will be seen as a Zero Hour. Italy hadn’t missed the World Cup in 60 years, so clearly it is a sea change. Football belongs to everyone and we all want to create a new era.” he added.36-year old Barzagli said it was an “end of an era” after he appeared in 73 international games for the Azzurris. He said: “In football terms, it’s the biggest disappointment of my life.”“The Italy side gives you unique sensations. It gives you goosebumps, creates friendships between all the Italy fans, they are finally united. It’s a real shame to end like this.“I don’t know what we missed, all I know is we’re out of the World Cup, it’s a unique disappointment and leaving this group of lads is painful. Everyone has their own feelings, but it’s really hard to accept right now.“At least at Euro 2016 we were crying because we came so close, but not even qualifying is a heavy blow for my whole career. With Gigi and Daniele we had the adventure in the 2006 World Cup, but also had many adventures with Giorgio.“It’s immensely disappointing. I hope the younger players can take the situation in hand and do better than us. The era of four or five veterans comes to a close, the one of the hungry young players coming through begins and that’s how it should be.” he concluded.last_img read more

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German Bundestag strengthens sports integrity laws against match fixing

first_imgShare Related Articles Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Share StumbleUpon The German Bundestag (lower house of parliament) has strengthened the nation’s code on match-fixing and sports corruption by introducing new laws that make it a ‘crime to conspire to fix sporting events’.Passing its new regulations which set tougher sentences for individuals found guilty of attempting to unlawfully influence an event, Bundestag laws may hand out sentences of up to five years for match-fixing and sports integrity charges.“Because other measures have not worked, we have to confront such methods with the instruments available through criminal law,” German Justice Minister Heiko Maas said in a statement to reporters.“In this way we will ensure that sports stand only for that which makes them so special; integrity and fair competition.”The German Football Association (DFB) and Bundesliga have released statements supporting the Bundestag’s new laws, stating that the new policies will help maintain sports integrity standards.Germany continues to be leading nation in sports integrity policy creation. Last year Chancellor Angela Merkel personally pushed the legal agenda for ‘sports doping’ to be classified as a ‘crime in Germany’.  Germany’s regulatory stance in with regards to doping, match-fixing and betting fraud is being examined by a number of nations seeking to strengthen national sports policy.“Any move to punish match-fixers is a welcome development for betting operators who are the intended victims of betting related fraud in sport. It is, however, vital that the German authorities also establish a modern licensing and regulatory system for betting, which brings all of the major operators within its network and facilitates partnership working and the exchange of information that is crucial to identifying and punishing such corruption,” said Khalid Ali, Secretary General of international betting integrity association ESSA. MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Submit Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020last_img read more

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Malcolm George ABB – Industry must fight for fair narrative on problem gambling

first_img Malcolm George the Chief Executive of the Association of British Bookmakers (ABB), has stated that the industry trade body is committed to cleaning up gambling’s image but warns that the ‘frenzied debate’ on problem gambling does not help any stakeholders.Speaking to PR-Week, George details that the UK betting industry has suffered ‘from a lack of quality debate’ and ‘media panic’ surrounding problem gambling.Leading the ABB, George and senior staff have to counter weekly misguided and misinformed news columns, driven by hysteria-led headlines, using terms such as ‘epidemic’ to describe UK gambling’s current context.“Where my concerns come is when, occasionally, media outlets either wilfully – or through poor journalism, an inability to do maths – come up with figures relating to the issue or supposed evidence that are wholly inaccurate.”Entering 2018, a critical year for the UK betting, George notes that sector stakeholders have to fight for a fair PR and news narrative reflective of the industry as a business.Taking charge, the ABB has set-up a ‘mythbusters’ section on its website, which will be further supported by betting shop reports highlighting the industry’s economic benefits, social responsibility initiatives and balanced/fair reporting with regards to problem gambling.As ABB leader, George is aware that a number of publications will take a fixed editorial stance on gambling. However, George is adamant that for the benefit of all stakeholders and policymakers, the subject matter of problem gaming should never be driven by myths StumbleUpon ABB anticipates further shop closures during 2019 September 12, 2019 William Hill confirms 700 shops to close following FOBT losses July 4, 2019 BGC appoints Joff Cooke as first COO June 2, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Sharelast_img read more

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Paddy Power to reopen English & Irish betting shops in Royal Ascot week

first_img StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Submit Paddy Power has announced that it will reopen all betting shops in England, plus 150 Irish estates from Monday 15 June – ‘just in time for Royal Ascot’ (16-20 June).The bookmaker stated that its betting shops in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland remain closed until further notice by regional governments.Helping its retail staff work under unprecedented circumstances, Paddy Power has launched its new in-store ‘Do Your Brit‘ campaign informing customers of hygiene and safety procedures to follow.Paddy Power details that it will limit the number of customers in betting shops at any one time, with all shops providing 2-metre floor markings to ensure social distancing between patrons.Retail staff will recommend that all customers use hand sanitisers available when they enter the shops, with the use of contactless payments as the preferred payment option.In addition, Customers will be asked to take bet-slip pens with them once they have placed their wager.Accommodating for pandemic circumstances, Paddy Power has reminded its retail customers that they can still cash-out previous winning in-store bet-slips to their online accounts by emailing their bet-slip and further player information to shopwinnings@paddypower.com.“As our shops reopen, our number one priority is keeping our customers and team members safe. So, all our shops will follow the latest government guidelines on social distancing,” it said in a reopening statement.“This news is the latest ray of light in these dark times after horse racing returned in the UK and Ireland earlier this month. The Premier League is expected to start next week and you can get involved with the action in all stores in England and 150 across Ireland.”last_img read more

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Esports Entertainment Group finalises Argyll takeover

first_imgShare Esports Entertainment bolsters tournament capacity by acquiring EGL August 27, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Submit Argyll orders full compliance makeover with TruNarrative  August 17, 2020 Esports Entertainment appoints Jeff Cohen as IR lead  July 28, 2020 Esports Entertainment Group has finalised its acquisition of online sportsbook and casino operator Argyll Entertainment AG for an undisclosed sum.As part of the takeover, Esports Entertainment Group has purchased Argyll’s parent company LHE Enterprises in addition to its operating subsidiaries.“Acquisitions are an important component of our growth strategy and completing our first acquisition as a NASDAQ company is a tremendous milestone for us,” commented Grant Johnson, CEO of Esports Entertainment Group.“Argyll generated $12 million in revenue in 2019, and with its base of more than 100,000 registered users, combined with the deep domain knowledge of its accomplished team, we have a strong foundation to build upon as we seek to capitalize on the wealth of opportunities ahead in this rapidly growing market.”The group had previously expressed its intention to acquire Argyll back in May, with the move forming part of Esports Entertainment Group’s expansion into the traditional betting space.Argyll CEO Stuart Tilly and CFO Dan Marks joined the Esports Entertainment Group senior leadership team in June as Corporate Secretary and Chief Financial Officer, respectively.Earlier this week, Esports Entertainment Group strengthened its executive leadership ranks after confirming the appointment of Jeff Cohen as Vice President of Strategic Planning and Investor Relations.last_img read more

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Team Liquid has entered the Rainbow Six: Siege Pro League

first_imgTeam Liquid has added yet another game to its ever-expanding portfolio by acquiring MOPA Team and entering the Pro League for Rainbow Six Siege.Team LiquidThe former MOPA Team is made up of players from Black Dragons and BRK Esports, and will represent Team Liquid in the 2018 Pro League. The roster includes players Leo “ziG” Duarte, André “neskwga” Oliveira, Lucas “yuuk” Rodrigues, José “Bullet1” Victor, and Thiago “xS3xycake” Reis.This roster came together and achieved impressive placements, second and fourth, in the May and August World Finals respectively. The team also won the Latin American Finals and the Brazil Championship. Liquid will be hoping this roster can continue to find success in the up-and-coming esport.In 2017 alone, Rainbow Six Siege reached 25 million players across all platforms. Ubisoft, the developer, used a lot of resources last year to improve various aspects of the game – including the matchmaking system, the recoil system, and adding a ranked game mode entitled Operation: Health. This level of support is impressive, and proves that the developer is serious about the game – which is reassuring for organisations such as Team Liquid that want to get involved in the action.Team Liquid will compete in the LATAM region of the Pro League for 2018, and the organisation states that it is now a “long-term franchise partner of Ubisoft and Rainbow Six Esports.”Esports Insider says: Team Liquid entering the scene is promising for the esport. This could have something of a domino effect, and we wouldn’t be too surprised if other big orgs follow suit.last_img read more

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