Another gold for swimmer Alia Atkinson

first_imgJamaica’s top swimmer Alia Atkinson won her second gold medal in as many days at the Doha Swimming World Cup Series meet in Qatar on Thursday morning, taking the women’s 50m breaststroke event.Atkinson sped to 29.42 seconds touching the wall almost a second in front of Rikke Pedersen of Denmark 30.32 and Austria’s Lena Kreundl 31.24 seconds.Atkinson later completed her campaign in Doha, with a second place finish in the 200m breaststroke in a time of 2 minutes, 26.10 seconds.Danish champion Pedersen won the gold in 2 minutes, 18.66 seconds, while Lisa Zaiser of Austria took the bronze in 2 minutes, 28.55 seconds.Atkinson, who ended the second cluster of the FINA Short Course World Cup with two gold and one silver medal, returns to South Florida Aquatics to resume training for the third cluster which begins in Beijing, China on November 10.On September 30, Atkinson also won a gold medal at the 2017 FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup in Hong Kong. She won  the women’s 100-meter breaststroke in 1:04:09, ahead of  second-place winner Rikke Pederson of Denmark and third-place winner Kierra Smith of Canada.Alia Atkinson, 29, is a multi-Olympian and breaststroke specialist. She Atkinson competed in her first Olympics at just 16 years old and competes in her fourth Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.Atkinson takes her role in Jamaican swimming very seriously, and even has a mission statement to her swimming career: “To place Jamaica on the world map of swimming; to agitate for the improvement of the infrastructural support for swimming in Jamaica so as to be able to take it to the next level; and to realize my full potential for myself, my parents, and my country.”last_img read more

Digital reggae film archive to be established at National Library of…

first_imgMinister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports Olivia “Babsy” Grange KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Jamaica’s Culture Minister Olivia “Babsy” Grange has announced a digital Reggae Film Archive will be established in an effort to preserve the island’s cultural heritage and reggae history on film.Grange, who made the announcement at the   screening of the film  –  ‘Legends of Ska’ said “The film side of reggae doesn’t get mentioned that often and this is mainly due to the fact there is very little early footage which is easily accessible of the founding reggae musicians.  Most of the footage that does exist is scattered across the globe in archives and private collections and is often difficult and costly to access,” Grange said.“A music as important as reggae needs to have its film history documented and preserved for future generations so that they can appreciate and have a good understanding of the music and the people who created it.”Grange also said several reggae legends have never been seen on film. “Some people will know their music but will only ever see photos of the artist, so to have moving images of them at work is of great importance.”The Culture Minister explained the database will be an innovation that will preserve the hundreds of documentaries, feature films and videos to enable study and research, as well as viewing of films that record Jamaica’s reggae music history.  More than 200 films collected during the staging of the Reggae Film Festival between 2008 and 2013 will be donated by film festival organizer Barbara Blake-Hannah to begin the database, which will be added to by films from Reggae Films UK archivist, Peter Gittins.Grange said it was her intention that “one day people will be able to come into the National Library of Jamaica and type in the name of any reggae practitioner and be able to view a long list of all the films that exist of that particular artist/musician to learn from, to teach about and to spread Jamaica’s musical gift to the world.”last_img read more

Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency and UNICEF sign MOU

first_imgBRIDGETOIWN, Barbados, CMC – The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, Monday, signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Barbados-based Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA). This will allow for cooperation on the development of more resilient communities, states and regional actors in preparation for disasters or emergencies in the region.The main purpose of the accord is to tackle the challenges facing vulnerable groups and affected populations, especially children, with a focus on the education sector, child and social protection systems and WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), as a pathway to resilience building.UNICEF and CEDMA say they will prioritize national responses in case of emergencies, ensuring support for children, youth, women and vulnerable groups. In this process, innovative data collection instruments will be used to improve the tools implemented for risk analysis.A statement issued following the signing said that climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction within regional and national education sector policies, plans and curricula, beginning at early childhood through secondary level will be applied through existing coordination platforms, strategies and programs. “Based on post Irma and Maria hurricanes emergency response, in 2018 UNICEF Eastern Caribbean (ECA) signed a new Memorandum of Understanding for prepositioning supplies with CDEMA and a new Programme Cooperation Agreement in 2019. CDEMA has the mandate, given by CARICOM (Caribbean Community), to mobilise and coordinate disaster relief in emergency situations in the Caribbean, and to adopt mitigation policies and practices at National and Regional Levels. “CDEMA coordinates the emergency operations system, and responds to emergency situations and humanitarian crisis in 18 participating states of the Caribbean.last_img read more

Like Spurs, Sevilla, And Borussia Dortmund, AS Roma Are Serie A Selling Club

first_imgSerie A club, AS Roma finished the 2016/17 season as runners-up behind eventual champions Juventus, who claimed a sixth successive Scudetto title.The season was notable for been club legend Francesco Totti’s last, as he confirmed his retirement from football after spending his entire career at his boyhood club, ensuring one of football’s last ‘One club’ men had hung his boots.It was expected that following Edin Dzeko’s feat last season, where he won the Capocannoniere award finishing as the league’s top scorer with 29 goals, the club would improve the playing squad to push for a title challenge this coming campaign.Alas, that entire dream seems to have been blown up in the air even before the commencement of the season. The departure of erstwhile manager Luciano Spalletti to Inter Milan, paved way for the arrival of Eusebio Di Francesco, who must now be overwhelmed at the amount of work that has to be done in the board room, to prevent his team from further being depleted.Roma faithful’s were still yet to fully understand and forgive the club for selling prized jewel, Miralem Pjanic, to rivals Juventus at the start of last season. Bizarrely, following the retirement of Totti, AS Roma have failed to fill the legend’s void but have rather embarked on a selling spree to deplete a lightweight squad.Mohamed Salah, the clubs best player over the last two seasons was sold to Liverpool for £34.3million. Defensive stalwart, Antonio Rudiger also followed suit, putting pen-to-paper for Chelsea on Sunday. Added to that, the transfer rumour mill is intense with speculations that Radja Nainggolan is the subject of a transfer bid from Chelsea, and the club might appear helpless in preventing the hard-working Belgian midfielder from swapping Rome for London.Wojciech Szczensy, on-loan from Arsenal for the past two seasons, has returned to his parent club following the expiration of the temporary deal, and as expected Roma failed to exercise their option on making it a permanent transfer, despite the cash flow from player’s sale.Di Francesco recently stated his desire to strengthen the squad with five additional signings comprising, one left back, one central defender, one centre forward and two wingers.Maxime Gonalons has arrived from Olympique Lyon, joining a fairly decent midfield that already parades Daniele De Rossi, Kevin Strootman, and Nainggolan. In attack, young Nigerian Umar Sadiq might be given an opportunity to back-up Dzeko, after auditioning at last year’s summer Olympics football event.Roma must ensure they replace Salah in the wide area, considering the duo of Alessandro Florenzi and Stephan El Shaarawy both lacks the consistence, and abilities to replace the highly rated Pharaoh. Failure to strengthen the squad and further sanctioning sale of players, will ultimately lead to a rather frustrating season for the Giallorossi. RelatedRanieri On Mission To Save Sampdoria From RelegationOctober 15, 2019In “Italy”Roma Legend Totti Confirms Retirement From Football; Set For Director RoleJuly 18, 2017In “Europe”AS Roma Bid Farewell To One Of Its GreatsMay 14, 2019In “Europe”last_img read more

Lionel Messi Sends Warm Farewell Message To PSG Bound Neymar

first_imgLionel Mesi took to his Instagram page on Wednesday to wish Neymar “good luck in this new stage of your life”, the caption which was in Spanish read: “It was a huge pleasure to have shared all these years with you, friend,” Argentine superstar, Lionel Messi, posted a heartfelt farewell message to soon to be ex-teammate, Neymar Jr, ahead of the Brazilian’s world record £196m move to PSG.Earlier today, 25-year-old Neymar was permitted by Barcelona’s manager, Ernesto Valverde, to miss training and go “sort out his future”, as Neymar edges ever closer to signing for PSG. “I wish you good luck in this new stage of your life. See you soon, I love you very much.”Neymar and Lionel Messi, alongside Luiz Suarez, formed the deadly MSN attacking trio, which scored over 364 for Barcelona.RelatedVideo – Watch Neymar’s Emotional Farewell Message To BarcelonaAugust 4, 2017In “Europe”Lionel Messi Goes Public With Neymar Return WishFebruary 20, 2020In “Spain”Famous Quotes Of 2017 (Part 3)January 1, 2018In “England”last_img read more

Premier League Giants Set To Recall Nigerian Forward?

first_imgEnglish Premier League (EPL) giants are reportedly planning to recall forward Henry Onyekuru back to the club ahead of the January transfer window.Onyekuru, 20, joined Everton in a £6.8m deal in the summer and was promptly see the on loan to Belgian side Anderlecht because of work permit issues.The Nigerian forward has been in impressive form with four goals in the last four league appearances including a late winner against Standard Liege in his last league outing. In addition, the former KAS Eupen star has made two appearances in the UEFA Champions League (UCL).According to sources, Everton are thinking about bringing him back earlier than expected to further provide the Merseyside club with options in attack.Work permit might prove to be an issue but the club can use the “special talent” clause to get it sorted out since he has not met the requirement of featuring in 75% of Nigeria’s national team fixtures over the last two years.The player heightened the reports of an Everton return by sharing a video on his Instagram story which had him tagged in Liverpool city centre while in the passenger seat of a car. RelatedNigerian Forward Henry Onyekuru Signs Loan Deal With GalatasarayJuly 13, 2018In “England”Atalanta Bergamasca vs Turin FCJune 30, 2017Similar postAndrea FulignatiJune 30, 2017Similar postlast_img read more

Sad! Jana Novotna Loses Cancer Battle At 49

first_imgFormer Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna has passed away at the age of 49 after she lost her battle with cancer.According to the Women’s Tennis Association Novotna “died peacefully, surrounded by her family”.The former Czech tennis star had lost in the Wimbledon final in 1993 and 1997 before beating Nathalie Tauziat to win the 1998 edition.On her painful exit, WTA chief executive Steve Simon said: “Jana was an inspiration both on and off court to anyone who had the opportunity to know her.”“Her star will always shine brightly in the history of the WTA. Our condolences and our thoughts are with Jana’s family.” she added.Apart from her Grand Slam win at Wimbledon, she also claimed 12 Grand Slam doubles titles and four in mixed doubles.Jana Novotna, who reached a career high no. 2 in the WTA rankings, was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 2005. RelatedBartoli Set To Return To WTA After Four-Year AbsenceDecember 20, 2017In “Sports”Tennis: Barty Battles To Beijing Semis, Osaka Halts Andreescu’s Win StreakOctober 5, 2019In “Tennis”Kim Clijsters To Return To WTA 2020 TourSeptember 12, 2019In “Tennis”last_img read more

Yggdrasil secures William Hill ‘full suite’ partnership

first_img StumbleUpon SBC Digital Summit: A crash course in adaptability and resilience  April 27, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles Share Liverpool FC in agency dispute over £15m BetVictor sponsorship June 9, 2020 Fredrik Elmqvist, YggdrasilIndustry games and platform provider Yggdrasil Gaming (Yggdrasil) has secured a direct integration deal with FTSE-listed betting operator William Hill, conducted through its Gibraltar gaming division.Securing a further partnership with a ‘UK Tier 1’bookmaker, Yggdrasil’s full suite of games will be integrated within William Hill’s platform. The partnership will further see William Hill utilise Yggdrasil unique in-game promotional tool BOOST, and social sharing function BRAG.The deal is the fourth signing for Yggdrasil Gibraltar, having been awarded a licence in June.Fredrik Elmqvist, CEO at Yggdrasil Gaming, commented on the partnership: “William Hill is one of the most respected names in gaming, so it is obviously a huge thrill to add such a trusted and successful tier one operator to our ranks.“Since gaining our Gibraltar licence six months ago, we have secured several major operators, and working with the very best in the industry is driving us forward and keeping us at the very top of our game.”Graeme Powrie, Gaming Commercial Director at William Hill, added: “We have been hugely impressed by Yggdrasil’s commitment to innovation, and their collection of games is amongst the strongest in the casino sector.“We have opted for a direct integration so we can take full advantage of the in-game promotional tools and offer our players the exceptional experience they have come to expect from William Hill.” Mansion orders Playtech sports betting upgrade for casino properties June 5, 2020last_img read more

Martin de Knijff – Metric Gaming – Should we be betting on a “third way”?

first_img StumbleUpon Martin de Knijff – Metric Gaming Metric Gaming CEO Martin de Knijff suggests that operators no longer have to accept the costly or same platform options of the pastI have never cared much for convention – always looking instead for that proverbial “third way.”  It’s a trait likely shared by most entrepreneurs, and, simply put, a prerequisite for true innovation.The current betting platform market is in dire need of a third way. Today’s choice is either (i) a proprietary bespoke system or (ii) a standardised white label solution. Let’s consider the pros and cons of each:ProprietaryProsPossibility for first-to-market innovationCompetitive differentiation It feels like a zero-sum game – pay less on set-up but a fortune on marketing, or save on marketing (by offering a unique platform that doesn’t require the same promotional “frills”) while paying dearly for ongoing development.Of course, looking no further than the many successful operators in the market, either approach can work. Case in point, Bet365 invested enormously in building its platform from scratch, making it today one of the largest and most respected gaming companies in the world. But for every such success story, there are hundreds of failures – those who made the massive up-front investment only to find themselves unable to support ongoing development costs, and winding up with a platform that’s virtually obsolete in only a few years’ time. We are seeing this today, where converting legacy technology to be seamlessly compatible with smartphones is, for many operators, not commercially feasible.The standardised, one-size-fits-all platform is therefore the safer option – a product that will tick most of the “satisfactory” boxes for your average consumer. But to maintain long-term success, those operators must ultimately ensure their marketing strategy is more exciting than their service.Is there a solution?When it comes to betting platform options, I believe the “third way” is outsourcing third-party source code. An operator can secure a perpetual license to code that powers both the front-end (client) technology as well as the back-end transaction engine, all integrated into the operator’s own or third-party server. These integrations can further be streamlined via well-defined APIs, providing a distinct advantage over existing solutions that rely on legacy technology.The outsourced-code solution, which has been developed by Metric Gaming, offers an attractive alternative to the “zero-sum” pros and cons of today’s conventional options.  The costs and time needed to get to market are slashed.  The overhead required for a large in-house development team are eliminated. And there’s the opportunity to offer a truly individualised product – a far more compelling competitive arena than the ubiquitous “battle of the bonuses” among today’s while label operators.Because Metric’s unique betting products are incorporated into the client source code, this solution creates a one-stop shop for the company’s first-to-market products. The Metric platform is further designed for flexibility, leveraging Metric’s existing relationships with third-party suppliers to ensure best-of-breed content and broad optionality, while further granting operators the freedom to integrate any other third-party content they wish.I’m betting this solution will prove to be a winner for those who want to give their customers an experience to remember.___________________________Martin de Knijff – CEO – Metric Gaming Share Related Articles Wiraya and A GAME ABOVE: Partnering to produce full lifecycle potential July 1, 2020 ConsLittle differentiationHigher marketing costs Submit StandardisedProsLow set-up and development costsQuick to market Share BetConstruct offers support to land-based casinos amid COVID-19 pandemic March 18, 2020 Scientific Games leadership commits to salary cut to navigate COVID-19 headwinds March 31, 2020 ConsHigh up-front development costsLengthy development cycleslast_img read more

Scott Longley – William Hill chief: ‘Drop TV ads’

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Share Philip Bowcock, chief executive at William Hill, suggests that his company has the brand presence to withstand the loss of TV advertising, writes Scott Longley._________________________Philip Bowcock, chief executive of William Hill, said he personally would like to see the gambling industry reined in when it comes to TV advertising and suggested his company would benefit from the general lack of available airtime due to its existing brand recognition.Bowcock was speaking after the company released its well-received half-year results which showed the online business managing a partial turnaround led by a 10 percent rise in gaming revenues while the UK retail results were solid despite the comparator period from last year which included the Euros.The results came on the same day as The Times newspaper launched another attack on the industry which broadened out on previous attacks regarding FOBTs to point to perceived government failures with regard to online stakes and ads for gambling on TV.Bowcock said the industry needed to “get back to being on the front foot” in defending its right to do business but suggested it should be prepared to cede ground on advertising. “My personal view is that there is too much gambling advertising on TV,” he said. “But from a business perspective, we think we already have the brand recognition. It is an additional barrier to entry.”He added that he felt the sector was working towards solutions with regard to concerns over the numbers of people that are resorting to self-exclusion in the UK. Pointing to the soon to be fully-introduced national self-exclusion scheme, he added that the sector now “has the algorithms, we can see the markers of harm.”Presenting the results to analysts, Bowcock said the UK high-street sector was awaiting the recommendations of the government’s triennial review but he made the point that whatever was said about staking levels for FOBTs, the industry would likely have a year to get to grips with the situation ahead of full implementation.“There will be a 12-week consultation period after the announcement which we expect in October and then a six to nine-month implementation period,” he said. “In effect, it is a year away so we will have time to get organised.”Should the review come up with a £2 stake limit for B3 machines in betting shops, it would crater William Hill’s retail profit. Paul Leyland, partner at gambling consultancy Regulus Partners, pointed out that depending on substitution levels across the machine types, it could more than wipe our retail profit and substantially hurt total group profit where retail represents 82 percent of the total.Leyland added, though, that the company is “no longer in an operational tailspin”, a fact recognised by investors who helped push the share price up 8 percent on the day. Bowcock said the company was being rewarded for “doing what we said we’d do.”The self-help saw the online net revenues rise 5 percent to £290m helped by a 10 percent rise in gaming revenues. Sportsbook was down 1 percent due largely to a four basis points fall in gross margin to 6.9 percent. Stripping out last year’s Euros, the sportsbook amounts wagered was up 15 percent while active players rose 7 percent.In retail, net revenue was down 2 percent with OTC revenue down 7 percent and gaming up 3 percent. Bowcock admitted that when it came to the introduction of self-service betting terminals (SSBTs) William Hill was slightly off the pace in terms of numbers but he said the proprietary terminals it was installing were better than the competition in terms of product.The company is also introducing a new ‘Plus’ loyalty card for SSBT customers which it said that 80,000 customers have signed up to but he admitted the company “didn’t have an awful lot of omni-channel customers.”In terms of international operations, Bowcock said the Australian business had been concentrating on improving the product ahead potential regulatory change. The government is set to introduce a ban on credit betting and it is also considering following the lead of South Australia and introducing a point of consumption tax regime.A brighter regulatory situation exists in the US where William Hill has hopes that the Supreme Court decision on sports-betting in New Jersey could open up the wider US market.Analysts welcomed the signs of a reversal of fortunes. Simon Davies at Canaccord Genuity said it was a “reassuring performance”, adding that the “key positive” was the online revival. Ivor Jones at Peel Hunt added that the overall results – which saw pre-tax profit fall 7 percent to £93.5m – “made a step backwards appear like a step forwards.”“Today’s interims seem like progress; wagering was in growth across the business, which appears to have gained market share in the UK,” Jones added. 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