Resurgent Gayle blasts Karachi Kings into PSL playoffs

first_imgChris Gayle Resurgent West Indian batsman Chris Gayle finally came good for Karachi Kings and led his team to a six-wicket win over Islamabad United in a rain-hit Pakistan Super League encounter at The Dubai International Stadium on Sunday.Gayle, who was dropped in the team’s previous must-win match against Lahore Qalandars on Saturday, looked in belligerent form after smashing 44 runs off 17 balls to help chase Islamabad’s 123 for 7 in 15 overs.His knock included five sixes and two fours. The Kings also needed to get to 111 to keep their net run rate above that of Lahore.After being sent in to bat Islamabad opener Dwayne Smith and Ben Duckett put on 37 runs in 4.3 overs before Sohail Khan had Duckett caught at mid-on by Kieron Pollard for 16.  The West Indian was joined at the crease by Brad Haddin and kept the score moving. Both were back in the pavilion in the 14th over from the bowling of Usman Khan.  Smith scored 49 from 36 balls with seven fours and a six, while Haddin’s added 20 runs off 12 balls.Pollard..steadied the shipIn the run chase Gayle got after the target in aggressive fashion after opening with the in-form Babar Azam.  He lashed Mohammad Irfan for two straight sixes in the fifth over and also took the attack to Saeed Ajmal, hitting three consecutive sixes but was snared in the same over at short third man.Gayle’s wicket prompted a slight collapse for the Kings.  Skipper Kumar Sangakkara scored a run a ball 10 before getting caught at long on, and Shoaib Malek, the next man up, was caught behind by Brad Haddin off Shadab Khan for 7. Azam who scored a run-a-ball 27 was dismissed by the very next ball from Shadab.  Like he had in the previous day, however, Kieron Pollard steered the Kings home as they seven runs were required off the final over.last_img read more

Jamaican government to review Supreme Court ruling on NIDS

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – The Jamaican government says it will be reviewing a ruling handed down on Friday by the Supreme Court on aspects of the 2017 National Identification and Registration Act (NIDS).The Court ruled that the NIDS act is null and void.Government respectful of ruling“The Government is respectful of the court’s ruling and will spend some time carefully reviewing the judgement, after which a more fulsome response will be forthcoming,” said a government statement issued shortly after the ruling.The Government also thanked the full court panel comprising of Chief Justice Bryan Sykes, Justice David Batts and Justice Lisa Palmer Hamilton for their considered judgment.Challenged by PNPThe challenge to the Act was brought by the General Secretary of the main opposition People’s National Party (PNP) Julian Robinson who argued that certain provisions of  the law infringe some of  his Constitutional rights.No legal effectsIn delivering the judgment, Sykes said the law has no legal effects.“Having declared some some of the provisions in violation of the charter, we are of the view that what was left could not stand because  – it was so bound up with the other provisions, that there was no way it could survive by itself and the other was – that what was left would still be in violation of the constitution. We were of the view that what was left, could not stand by itself, we are of the view that the National Identification Act be declared null and void and of no legal effect…. that is the decision of the court.”The full court panel ruled that aspects of  the NIDS Act were in violation of  the right to privacy.NIDS impacts information privacyThe Chief Justice also said the collection of  biometric data impacts information privacy.“So the legislation here in Jamaica makes provision here in some instances for iris scans, the literature tells us that you can glean information about a persons state of health, from an iris scan, you can determine what illness they are suffering from and other things that are very personal and private to them. So it’s not simply at matter of  – we are just collecting biometric information ….so hence the question of information privacy looms large in our considerations.”The NIDS bill was passed in November 2017 amidst much protestations and an eventual walkout by PNP Senators who also argued that it was being rushed through parliament.It was passed with more than 200 amendments.Meanwhile in responding to the ruling, the PNP’s General Secretary  said the court ruling is a wake up call for Parliamentarians to ensure that laws passed are consistent with the charter of  rights.He added that the ruling underscores the importance of  acknowledging the right to privacy.last_img read more

CNW90 April 15, 2020

first_imgWith a look at some of the top stories making the news today, April 15 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida.Today’s newscast is brought to you by the Florida Department of Health;To help stop the spread of COVID-19, The Florida Department of Health in Broward County reminds everyone to practice social distancing, wash your hands often with soap and water and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing.Coming up in the newscast, Florida food stamps recipients can soon purchase food online, Feeding South Florida begins weekly distribution of groceries and the Jamaican government raises millions through its COVID-19 telethon.Now for the news in the detailFamilies who use Florida’s Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) to purchase foods can soon order their groceries online. On Saturday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the approval of Florida’s request to provide online grocery purchases through the SNAP program. This means that SNAP recipients in Florida will be able to order food online through the authorized SNAP online retailers like Amazon, ShopRite and Walmart. According to the Department of Agriculture, Florida’s SNAP participation is nearly 3 million individuals, covering about 1.5 million households.In the meantime, “Feeding South Florida”, the largest food bank in the state, has launched a weekly grocery distribution effort at the Palm Beach Outlets shopping center.The drive-up distribution, which began this week, will take place every Monday morning from 9 to 11 a.m. until June 1. The program is operating on a “first-come, first-served” basis, available to anyone who needs food supplies. The distribution bags contain a week’s supply of fresh produce, milk, eggs and a protein, plus other essentials. The food bank said since the COVID-19 pandemic began in Florida, they have distributed over 9 million pounds of food to 160,000 households.In the meantime, President Donald Trump recently announced that visa sanctions be imposed on countries that deny or unreasonably delay accepting their citizens that are scheduled to be deported from the United States. President Trump said that the new directive is motivated by COVID-19 and will remain in place until December 31. The order comes just days after several South Florida Haitian leaders called for Trump to pause the deportation of immigrants to Haiti and other Caribbean islands. Many Caribbean islands like Haiti and Jamaica have closed their borders to all residents and tourists overseas.In Caribbean News, On Easter Sunday, some of Jamaica’s biggest names in music came together to raise millions to help doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers in the fight against COVID-19, with Jamaica’s first-ever government-led telethon. The six-hour concert featured appearances from Freddie McGregor, George Nooks, Richie Spice, Shaggy, Julian and Ziggy Marley, Capleton, Spice, among others. During the telethon, donations totalling millions came in from Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Finance Minister Nigel Clarke, Usain Bolt, and several organizations. The telethon has since received over 200,000 views from countries across the world.For more information on these and other stories, visit CNWNETWORK.com. Remember to pick up this week’s copy of our Caribbean National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean – American outlet.You’ve been watching CNW90last_img read more

Chelsea Star Hazard Reveals The Best Premier League Player

first_imgChelsea forward Eden Hazard has named the best player in the English Premier League (EPL) at the moment.The Belgium national team captain revealed that Manchester City playmaker and teammate Kevin De Bruyne is the best player while fielding questions ahead of their game against Mexico on Friday night.According to the Mirror, Eden Hazard said:“Kevin is definitely the best player in the Premier League at the moment.“City are the best Premier League team and Kevin is an important player in Guardiola’s system. It’s easy to play with Kevin because we’re good players.” he added.Hazard and his Belgium team have already booked their spot at next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia and manager Roberto Martinez is expected to use the upcoming friendly games against Mexico and Japan to fine tune his squad ahead of the tournament.RelatedHazard Pips City Star De Bruyne To Belgian Player AwardFebruary 8, 2018In “England”30-man Ballon d’or shortlist releasedOctober 10, 2017In “FIFA”Eden Hazard: Chelsea’s Target Is Not The Premier League TitleNovember 27, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

LeoVegas gets excited about Danish prospects

first_img Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles Stockholm Nasdaq-listed LeoVegas Group (LeoVegas) has this week launched its mobile-centric igaming services for the regulated market of Denmark.The European igaming operator had previously secured a Danish online gambling license having met the remote gambling standard of the Danish Gambling Authority.Announcing its first stage launch within the Danish online gambling, LeoVegas governance stated that it was excited to be entering the estimated DKK 4.6 billion market (figure reported by  H2 Gaming Capital).Gustaf Hagman, LeoVegas Group CEO commented on the launch; “I see Denmark as yet another step in our continued expansion. Denmark is another market in which we will use our mobile position to offer the greatest gaming experience and be number one in mobile gaming.”Since listing on the Stockholm Nasdaq in March, LeoVegas governance has detailed to investors that it will focus its expansion strategy within regulated European markets.LeoVegas has committed to the Danish market by forming a localized team to help grow its brand and services. The operator further detailed that following its initial growth it would move to gradually increase its marketing coverage within Denmark Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Esports Entertainment bolsters tournament capacity by acquiring EGL August 27, 2020last_img read more

Pinnacle exits Slovenia market ahead of regulatory makeover

first_img StumbleUpon Share Updating its player base, Curacao and Malta-licensed online sports betting operator Pinnacle has informed that it has stopped its services for the market of Slovenia.As of the 3 March, the bookmaker has stopped processing wagers made by Slovenia players, and has moved to refund and close Slovenian customer accounts. Pinnacle has sent out a short communication of its decision to close the market to its affected players and marketing partners.The Slovenian government is set to introduce its new online gambling framework on 1 April replacing its 1995 industry laws. The Slovenia government has warned industry operators, that it will not tolerate unlicensed services targeting its national consumers.Operators deemed to be illegally targeting Slovenia players post 1 April, may risk approval of future licensing under the new national gambling framework. Pinnacle governance has not disclosed whether it will pursue to gain a Slovenia online gambling license.The confirmation of Pinnacle Slovenia departure follows last month’s announcement by the operator that it had suspended all services for the Polish betting market, due to a new regulatory regime being implemented by the Polish government. Submit Share ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articles Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020last_img read more

Ladbrokes – ‘First-timer’ George Saunders leads pack of American flavoured Man Booker 2017

first_img StumbleUpon Matthew Shaddick, LadbrokesEntering the final day of trading for its ‘Man Booker Prize 2017’ market, Ladbrokes has placed first-time novelist George Saunders ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ as 6/4 outright market leader to be crowned ‘best fiction novel written in the English language.’Saunders’ ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ has garnered high critical praise, telling the emotional story of Abraham Lincoln’s conflicting grief at the death of his 11-year-old son Willie, which would shape the historical President’s conscious and worldview.Pakistani novelist Mohsin Hamid’s tale of migrants’ journey through Europe, ‘Exit West’ is Ladbrokes current 7/2 second market favourite.Further to Saunders, there is a distinctly American flavour to 2017’s Man Booker Prize, with three American Novels featured in the final shortlist.  New York author, Paul Auster is perhaps the most recognisable name in the shortlist, featuring for Americana epic ‘4321’ (8/1). Auster is joined by Emily Fridlunds Midwest coming of age tale ‘History of Wolves’ (12/1).UK hopes are represented by Fiona Mozley’s ‘Yorkshire noir’ drama ‘Elemet ’ ( 4/1) and Scottish playwright  ‘Autumn’ (8/1) which has been described as the first classic novel on ‘post Brexit’ Britain.Commenting on the market, Ladbrokes spokesman Matthew Shaddick detailed:“At present, over half of all the money we’ve taken since the final shortlist was announced has been for Saunders. Having said that, the shortlist itself was a bit of a surprise as quite a few of the most fancied on the long-list didn’t make it; Lincoln in the Bardo was an 8/1 shot before that.”“Looking back at recent years, only one of the last five favourites has actually triumphed, so we’ll be hoping for another upset on Tuesday. Submit FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Related Articles Share Share Bakhshi and Shaddick launch ‘Art of the Possible’ podcast tracking US 2020 developments August 10, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020last_img read more

Peter Jackson: PPB’s FanDuel to maintain DFS focus in US expansion

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Share Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Submit Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 US expansion was a key theme of Paddy Power Betfair’s (PPB) corporate update on Wednesday, with the FTSE100 firm outlining its mandate to maximise the FanDuel merger and develop as a household proposition for the US sports scene.Facing increased US competition, PPB detailed that it won’t disregard the fantasy sports element of FanDuel’s offering, as the vertical enhances the merger to ensure customer acquisition targets are met during the operator’s period of expansion.The DFS focus comes in spite of Paddy Power’s previous fantasy investment, PlayDraft experiencing a period of continued turbulence with PPB governance revealing that PlayDraft has suffered £3m in losses. Nonetheless, with FOBT regulations and the Italian advertising ban limiting options within the European betting sector, PPB will be hoping that DFS will be the gatekeeper to a profitable US market it so desperately seeks.   Updating investors, PPB Group Chief Executive Peter Jackson reaffirmed the importance of maintaining a key focus on FanDuel’s core offering.“A huge part of the DFS market is the NFL season, which is not many weeks long and last year I think they had four weeks before the season started where they found out that the planned merger with Draftkings had been called off. So actually, the plans and preparations that FanDuel had done, were pretty poor because they hadn’t expected to be operating as a standalone business at that stage.”Jackson further emphasises that DFS and building on the FanDuel product can aide PPB’s growth into States that are yet to legalise sports betting: “In terms of what’s going to happen going forward with fantasy and how important it will be, there are going to be a lot of States that sports betting isn’t allowed, and we will continue to be able to offer our TVG services and fantasy services in those markets.”He added: “I think where sports betting will be legalised and it will be fascinating to see what happens in New Jersey, I do think we are going to see a different market construct in the US to the ones that we see in Europe or around the world, there is going to be a bigger balance between free to play games, fantasy and sports betting. Things will work different to how they do in other parts of the world, the fantasy stuff will continue to be important even in States where sports betting is legalised, and of course, it will allow us to acquire customers in those States in advance of it becoming legalise.”Further affirming the idea that PPB has ambitions of utilising the already strong FanDuel footprint within US States, the operator also detailed that marketing expenditure in the US will be “significantly lower” than the £50-£60m that had been touted by many analysts. A move that further strengthens the firm’s faith in the FanDuel brand, especially given that its heightened marketing approach during the World Cup saw it report £45m revenue throughout the tournament, as well making the Paddy Power brand amongst the most popular brand in UK conversation for the duration of the tournament. ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020last_img read more

SBC’s On The Ball – Wembley sale moves a step closer

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles This edition of ‘On The Ball’ looks at the digital growth of Manchester United, the potential sale of Wembley stadium moving a step closer and a significant rule change for next season’s Champions League. Uninspiring performances not hampering Manchester United’s digital growth Despite a turbulent period on the pitch, Manchester United reported record revenue of £590m for the 12 month period ending on the 30th June 2018. The club was boosted by seven new sponsorship deals, including its first shirt sleeve partnership with Kohler, and five global partnerships with one financial partnership. This season also saw the launch of the first ever Manchester United’s Women’s Football Club. The club’s sponsorship revenue was £173.2 million, an increase of £1.7 million, or 1.0%, over the previous year. On the other hand, matchday revenue for the year was £109.8 million, a decrease of £1.8 million, or 1.6%, over the prior year.Ed Woodward, Executive Vice Chairman, highlighted: “Everyone at the club is working tirelessly to add to Manchester United’s 66 and Jose’s 25 trophies. That is what our passionate fans and our history demands. We are committed to our philosophy of blending top academy graduates with world class players and are proud that, once again, last season we had more academy graduate minutes on the pitch than any other Premier League club.  “Our increased revenue expectation for the year demonstrates our continued strong long-term financial performance which underpins everything we do and allows us to compete for top talent in an increasingly competitive transfer market.”Wembley sale moves a step closer In news that many English fans would have been dreading, the board at the FA have in principle approved the sale of Wembley Stadium to Fulham and Jacksonville Jaguars owner, Shahid Khan. The deal is thought to be around £600m and will include a number of stipulations, with various sponsorship limitations, that mean the naming rights of Wembley can’t be sold and the home of English football can’t partner with an official betting brand. An FA spokesperson responded to the developments: “The sale of Wembley stadium, the negotiated protections and an outlined plan to invest £600m into football community facilities, were presented and discussed at the FA board meeting today. Following on from this discussion, the FA board has agreed to take the presentation to the FA council to get its input now that the full facts are known.”Willkommen in Europa: Germany to host European Championship UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin has confirmed Germany as the host nation of the 2024 European Championships.The announcement came following the final presentations of the two applicants, Germany and Turkey, the UEFA Executive Committee deliberated and voted to select the hosts of UEFA EURO 2024, under the supervision of an independent notary.Further to the announcement of the successful bid, the UEFA President outlined: “Let me offer my congratulations to both the German and Turkish football associations for their excellent bids.“I am really looking forward to another celebration of the best of European national team football in 2024, and I know that Germany will be fantastic hosts and that we will see a wonderful tournament both on and off the pitch.”The president of the German Football Association (DFB), Reinhard Grindel, expressed immense gratitude at the decision: “I would like to thank the UEFA Executive Committee for its trust and confidence. I am fully aware of the responsibility and how much this tournament means to UEFA. Tomorrow we will start doing all we can to meet the high expectations you have of us.”VAR to be utilised in the Champions League After a lengthy meeting  at the House of European Football in Nyon this week, the UEFA Executive Committee opted to introduce Video Assistant Referees (VAR) in the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League.After much success at the World Cup, the technology as will be introduced at the play-off stage of the Champions League (August 2019). In addition, it was decided that VAR would also be used at the 2019 UEFA Super Cup. UEFA plans to subsequently extend the use of VAR at the final tournament of UEFA EURO 2020, in the 2020/21 UEFA Europa League (group-stage onwards), and in the 2021 UEFA Nations League Finals.Commenting on the introduction of VAR, UEFA’s Čeferin detailed: “We are confident that introducing Video Assistant Referees in August 2019 will give us enough time to put in place a robust system and to train match officials to ensure an efficient and successful implementation of VAR in the UEFA Champions League, the world’s flagship club competition.”EFL continues geographical expansion with beIN partnership The English Football League (EFL) has unveiled a new partnership with beIN MEDIA GROUP, that will see the broadcaster distribute EFL and League Cup matches in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), as well as Turkey, Australia, New Zealand and France. Commenting on the deal, which has been agreed until the end of the 2021/22 season, Shaun Harvey, Chief Executive of the EFL, said: “The extension to our previous relationship which includes new territories, is a very positive development for the EFL and our Clubs. I am delighted we have secured this commitment with beIN MEDIA GROUP through until the end of the 2021/22 season.“The EFL is developing an increasingly international audience, with Clubs recognised and followed in countries all around the world. As our most prominent overseas partner, beIN MEDIA GROUP is central to increasing our competitions’ exposure. beIN offers exceptional coverage across a number of key growth markets and this renewed agreement is a further sign of the trust we place in each other.”Yousef Al-Obaidly, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of beIN MEDIA GROUP, added: “We are delighted to extend our long-term partnership with the EFL and to continue growing its fan-base in the MENA region and across a number of additional territories. The EFL continues to grow as a global spectacle and the level of fierce competition on offer – broadcast on our state-of-the-art channels and OTT platform and supported by our world-class pundits – makes for an exceptional viewing experience. With this agreement complementing our recently announced exclusive rights deal with the Premier League, beIN SPORTS remains the undisputed home of English football for fans in the Middle East and North Africa.” QPR names Football Index as new shirt sponsor August 21, 2020 Share Bet-at-home maintains 2020 outlook as regulatory headwinds loom August 3, 2020 EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020last_img read more

Britbet unites with Tote to significantly enhance UK pool betting

first_img Related Articles Share John Williamson to oversee UK Tote Group’s international growth August 28, 2020 The Tote consortium and Britbet have reached a £50 million seven-year agreement to significantly elevated pool betting in the UK.The deal which will commence immediately, follows constructive discussions between the Tote consortium, made up of Betfred and Alizeti who are the current owners of the UK Tote, and Britbet, marks a significant landmark in progress for Tote betting within the UK betting sector.The 55 racecourses which are part of Britbet will receive over £50 million over the course of the next seven years and the agreement will see the Tote and Britbet combine to offer a single pool on races run at these racecourses.Fred Done, Founder and Chief Executive of Betfred, commented on the new agreement: “This deal builds on the hard work and achievements of the Betfred team in the seven years of our ownership of the Tote. We look forward to continuing this work as part of a new era for the Tote alongside our existing partnership with Ascot.”As part of the agreement, the Tote brand will be maintained on the 55 racecourses which are part of Britbet. The Tote consortium will continue to develop the Tote online and in betting shops, whilst also being responsible for the digital offering and marketing of the iconic brand.  In addition, the management team will explore future international co-mingling and business opportunities in order to grow pool betting.Neil Goulden, Chairman of Britbet, also spoke of the breakthrough: “Our primary focus has been to ensure our 55 partner racecourses maximise the returns available through pool betting, and this has now been realised. We now look forward to working with the Tote consortium to deliver the innovation and investment that will allow pool betting to flourish and, in turn, serve the sport we love.“The rollout of our new technology across the 55 racecourses along with the operational control we have been exercising since 13 July remains central to the Britbet vision. This agreement now gives us scope to deliver an even richer experience for our racecourse customers.” The agreement also sees British racing’s media rights holders designate the Tote as the official global pool betting provider for the sport for the next seven years. This agreement will see At The Races (‘ATR’), the Racecourse Media Group (‘RMG’) and GBI Racing working together with the Tote to promote British racing around the world.Simon Bazalgette, Chairman of Jockey Club Racecourses stated: “Today’s announcement comes on the back of months of collaborative discussions with Alex Frost’s team and due diligence to ensure a pool betting agreement between the Tote consortium and Britbet is in the best interests of British racing and racegoers. We are very pleased to support this deal on the basis that Alizeti’s approach involves significant and vital investment in the Tote, designed to grow pool betting and its returns for our sport.“This long-term agreement means that the Tote will continue to supply the pool and betting products offered to customers at our racecourses, and Britbet will deliver the on-course service provided to those customers, meaning for the first time we will be able to manage and invest in that experience to the benefit of the customer. I would also like to thank Neil Goulden, Nigel Roddis and their Britbet team for all the hard work they have put in over many months for Britbet’s 55 racecourses.”Martin Cruddace, Chief Executive of ARC, said: “ARC very much welcomes this deal and we are committed to developing a strong and engaging pool betting product that will be attractive to our customers.  Equally, it will allow us to maximise the opportunities that a strong pool betting operation offers British racing. “This is a landmark deal for British racing and we look forward to working with our colleagues at The Jockey Club, the other Britbet stakeholders, Alizeti and, of course, the Tote to build on this collaborative approach. Today represents a significant step forward for British Racing, and I would like to thank all involved for working together to make it possible”.Alex Eade, General Manager of Goodwood and representing the Independent Racecourses of the Britbet partnership detailed: “This is an exciting deal and an exciting time for the industry as it demonstrates the power of the racecourses coming together to work on a particular issue. We very much look forward to the new future of the Tote with improved customer experience reinvigorating the oncourse market leading to greater revenues from both our customers in the UK and new ones abroad; revenues which will now largely stay within the sport.” Share StumbleUpon Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Submitlast_img read more