Andre Russell…Appeal against length of doping ban against him withdrawn The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) has withdrawn its appeal against the length of the ban slapped on West Indies cricketer Andre Russell due to an internal procedural error by its executive director Carey Brown.Chairman of the JADCO Board, Alexander Williams, said the decision to withdraw was made after consultation with Jamaica’s Attorney General, during a press conference at JADCO’s office in Kingston on Monday.Williams pointed out however, that despite the blunder, Brown maintains the full confidence of the board.Russell is rated one of the best T20 all-rounders in the game. He was banned for a year in January after an independent disciplinary panel found him guilty of an anti-doping violation in 2015. The exciting cricketer had, on three consecutive occasions in 2015, failed to notify JADCO as to his location for possible drug testing. Russell was warned about the breaches, and asked on each occasion to explain his filing failure and he failed to do so. JADCO appealed the length of the sentence but took an about turn due to the procedural foul up.Russell’s attorneys also withdrew their appeal of the one-year sanction before an appeals panel at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Downtown Kingston.
Tiger Woods Tiger Woods was found asleep in his car before he was arrested Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence, but he passed two Breathalyzer tests after the traffic stop.Woods claimed alcohol was not involved in the incident and that he had “an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications.”The two Breathalyzer tests seem to back up Woods’ claims.Woods was arrested about 3 a.m. Monday. He was put behind bars and released on his own recognizance a few hours later, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office’s online records.According to the police, Woods was found asleep at the wheel of his Mercedes-Benz in the middle of a bike lane. The car was running and his right blinker was flashing.Both of the driver’s side tires on the car were flat and there was minor damage to the bumpers.Woods originally told the officer that he was coming from golfing in Los Angeles and that he was unaware where he was. But Woods then changed his story and where he was coming from.The report claims Woods’ speech was “extremely slow and slurred, mumbled, confused.”In his statement, the golfer apologized to family, friends and fans.“I will do everything in my power to ensure this never happens again,” he said.Woods has a home on Jupiter Island.The 41-year-old has undergone multiple back surgeries and hasn’t played competitive golf since he was forced to pull out of the Dubai Desert Classic in February.
A United States national was arrested and charged following the seizure of a firearm, two magazines and several rounds of ammunition at the Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, St. James on Tuesday, June 20.Charged with the illegal possession of firearm and ammunition is 36-year-old Royce Isaac, general manager of Field Hallow Drive, Pearland, Texas. The St James police report that about 3:00 p.m., during security checks, one Beretta PX4 Storm, two magazines and fifteen 9mm cartridges were found in Isaac’s luggage. He was subsequently arrested and charged.Isaac is to appear in the Western Regional Gun Court on Thursday, June 22.
A documentary on the life of Jamaican singer Noel “King” Sporty is being produced by Canadian Noel Osborne, who knew Sporty for over 20 years. Sporty, who was a key figure in the development of the Miami music scene, died in 2015 at age 71.Sporty is best known to many as co-writer of the Bob Marley hit song Buffalo Soldier. Osborne said he wanted to introduce the unsung Sporty to new fans.Wrote lyrics for Buffalo Soldier“This is the man who wrote Buffalo Soldier and I don’t think many people know that; so how could I not do a film about King Sporty? He is one of the most influential figures in Jamaican music. I just figured that his story needed to be told to the world,” he told the Jamaica Observer.Now editing documentaryOsborne did not give a date for Journey Of A King‘s release. He said filming was completed last year and he is in the final stages of editing. Osborne interviewed Sporty, his wife Betty Wright, Ken Boothe, Earl Morgan of The Heptones, Bunny Wailer, Sizzla, Albert Minott of the Jolly Boys, Inner Circle, and Luther “Uncle Luke” Campbell of the 2 Live Crew.Born in Portland, King Sporty worked as a sound system selector and toaster for producers including Clement ‘Coxson’ Dodd during the 1960s. As an artiste, he is best known in Jamaica for the soulful Thinking of You.Ran with hip crowdIn Miami he ran with the hip crowd that included Henry Stone, flamboyant head of the multi-successful TK Records. That entity helped fashion the Miami sound that produced hits by Bahamian band Beginning Of The End ( Funky Nassau), George McRae ( Rock Your Baby), KC And The Sunshine Band ( That’s The Way I Like It) and Bobby Caldwell ( What You Won’t Do For Love).by Howard Campbell
Oil and Gas Manager at Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), Brian Richardson (left), speaking at a Jamaica Information Service Think Tank on Thursday (March 1) at the Agency’s Head Office in Kingston. Also pictured is Manager for Corporate Affairs and Communications at PCJ, Camille Taylor.Credit: Jamaica Information Service British multinational company Tullow Oil Limited, will conduct the first ever 3D seismic survey off Jamaica’s south coast this month, as the Government continues oil and gas explorations in the island’s territorial waters.The exercise is being carried out under a Production Sharing Agreement with the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) that was signed in 2014 and follows a 2D survey that Tullow conducted in 2016.Pedro Banks and Portland CottageOil and Gas Manager at PCJ, Brian Richardson, who made the disclosure during a Jamaica Information Service Think Tank last week, said the area of focus for the latest exploration is between the Pedro Banks and Portland Cottage.The process will entail a survey vessel capturing detailed 3D imagery of rock layers beneath the seafloor to identify potential oil and gas reserves.Richardson said once this exercise is completed, Tullow will be better positioned to determine whether they will undertake drilling “probably beyond the year 2020.”60 days explorationHe pointed out that based on the extent of work involved, the 3D survey is expected to last 60 days, unlike the 2D format, which takes two to three weeks.Richardson explained that the difference between the previous exercise and the latest is that “the 3D survey will be taking a lot more snapshots of the subsurface in order to get a more holistic view of (this, which) will be more reliable.”He said following the initial 60-day 3D survey, the data-processing exercise could take up to a year to be completed.OptimisticGroup General Manager for PCJ, Winston Watson, said based on what has evolved, “we are fairly optimistic that there is something out there.”The PCJ is the statutory body mandated by the Government to execute its energy program for Jamaica.This involves renewables and facilitating oil and gas exploration in pursuit of new energy sources for Jamaica as well as operating the State-owned refinery.
The Haitian government has condemned what it described as a “despicable act” after gunmen fired shots at the building which houses the central office of the Electricity of Haiti (EDH) last weekend. The Ministry of Communication said that the police and judicial authorities have been called upon to investigate the incident and to find “the actors of this terrorist act.”The government said significant damage had been done to the building and it “condemns with the greatest vehemence this despicable act perpetrated against a public building.”The authorities gave no reasons why the building in the heart of the capital had come under attack. They did not say whether anyone had been injured during the incident that occurred over two nights.
StumbleUpon Share Dafabet grows cricket portfolio with Durham and Sussex deals July 15, 2020 Asian-focused bookmaker Dafabet has boosted its football status by agreeing a two-year official betting partnership with the 2015/16 Premier League champions Leicester City.The partnership, designed to further Leicester City’s international presence, will see Dafabet branding across both LED advertising boards and interview backdrops at the King Power Stadium. The global betting brand will also be pushing special price boosts on all the club’s games this season.John Cruces, Head of Sports Marketing and Sponsorship at Dafabet, said: “As we enter the start of the 2017/18 season, we’re very happy to have now partnered up with Leicester City.“Everyone is aware the club are one of the six teams to have won the Premier League, the most watched football league in the world. What many won’t know is the level of support worldwide they’re now attracting is one of the fastest growing in the game.“With this in mind, and given our aim to continually grow our presence in sports sponsorship, we look forward to working together and achieving our common goals.”Harj Hir, Leicester City’s Head of Partnership Engagement, added: “We’re delighted to establish this partnership with Dafabet, who already have a strong presence in the sports industry.“We have a fan base of more than 10,000,000 supporters around the globe on our social media channels – the seventh largest in the Premier League. In partnership with Dafabet, we look forward to using this platform to work together towards achieving our collective goals through engagement.” Related Articles Share Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 Top 50 clubs suffer €751m decline in brand value July 31, 2020 Submit
StumbleUpon Ahead of Betting on Sports 2017 (12-15 September), Trustly Director of Gaming Samuel Barrett, part of the Innovation in Payments session at next month’s event, spoke to SBC News about digital trends impacting the sector, as well as the changing relationship between bookmaker and payment provider.SBC: From an industry perspective, has payments been overlooked as a key dynamic for sector innovation?SB: Absolutely not. The point of conversion is when a player makes a deposit. With many alternative providers supplying innovative solutions for the consumer to choose from, we are only strengthening the operator’s offering. If we do not continue to give players easier and more convenient solutions to make deposits, then the conversion will be more difficult.SBC: How are new digital trends impacting payment development; where is your team focusing with regards to new products?SB: We have to look at this from two angles: you have the operators that are concerned with AML 4 this year and you have consumers who want instant gratification. We have recently launched a KYC product across Europe that gives the operators the full KYC data on each player who uses Trustly.For AML 4, this is a great solution as the rules for clarifying players banking details are becoming increasingly strict. We have also just launched instant withdrawals in the UK, which allows players to receive their winnings into their bank account instantly from the moment they withdrawal.SBC: A high number of bookmakers are placing more emphasis on extracting payment data effectively. How has this changed the relationship between bookmaker and payment provider?SB: This goes back to innovation and remaining current within the market. With regulation changing in the market and AML 4 coming into effect, operators are increasingly becoming more reliant on service providers providing data. This is great for payment providers that can facilitate the data as it’s sometimes the main reason a commercial partnership is formed.SBC: What future technology do you feel will have the biggest impact on the payments sector and its services for betting? SB: There will never be one main and preferred method for the payments sector or gaming, as each year we see a fluctuation of preferred method types within a market. We know Germany does not prefer credit card, however, the UK is not huge on bank transfer. Africa is big on mobile money and within the Nordic market, players in Sweden, Finland and Denmark all have different preferences.Players want to be able to play their favorite games as quickly and as easily as possible and when they win, they wish to receive their funds as soon as possible. The providers that continue to focus on this will always have the biggest impact.SBC: You will be speaking at Betting on Sports 2017; what do you want delegates to take away from your session? SB: BOS is a great platform to present to the industry and by representing Trustly, I am hopeful that the delegates gain a better understanding of our business and products and services we provide. SBC Digital Summit: ‘Cashless’ environments to take centre stage when retail returns – Samuel Barrett April 30, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 8: International expansion and picking up the sporting slack April 7, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles Internet Vikings appoints ‘marketing pro’ Stefan Backlund as corporate advisor March 20, 2020 Share
StumbleUpon Paddy Power to reopen English & Irish betting shops in Royal Ascot week June 10, 2020 Independent online bookmaker BetBright has become a ‘darling of the Irish tech scene’, as it targets generating net-revenues of £25 million this 2018.Led by CEO and Co-founder Marcus Brennan with the support of former City ‘golden boy’ Rich Ricci as investor and Chairman, Dublin-based BetBright seeks to become the betting industry’s most disruptive player.Founded in 2013, a young BetBright has moved to establish itself as a top pedigree in betting technology and systems, competing against legacy operators in the UK and Ireland.BetBright’s enterprise founding team of the Brennan brothers (Marcus & Richard) and Tadhg O’Toole have built the company from the ground-up focusing on the in-house development of its proprietary ‘mobile-first’ betting platform.This weekend Brennan revealed to The Sunday Times that BetBright had taken approximately €350 million in wagers, combined with net-revenues of €14 million, a figure the CEO and its ambitious governance seeks to double this year.Sarne LightmanAiming high, Brennan has recruited new Managing Director Sarne Lightman, a former executive of PokerStars to lead corporate marketing and further strengthen the bookmaker’s commercial muscle.Furthermore, a ‘tech-first’ BetBright will be expanding its headcount to 150 staff as its tackles a critical World Cup year.Joining the bookmaker’s leadership in H2 2017, Lightman has been tasked with delivering BetBright’s first TV marketing campaign which will be launched in Spring 2018.As the global betting sector prepares for further consolidation, industry analysts should keep an eye on fresh-faced BetBright, which may mature into the new giant of online betting… Irish bookmakers to reopen on 29 June May 28, 2020 Share Irish bookmakers demand clarity on reopening orders June 17, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit
OPAP delivers on Athens children’s hospital CSR projects July 6, 2020 Submit Greek retail closures rock OPAP Q1 performance June 11, 2020 Related Articles Share SAZKA confident of European comeback as assets weather COVID-19 storm June 12, 2020 StumbleUpon Share FTSE-listed Playtech Plc has confirmed that its sports betting subsidiary Playtech BGT has successfully completed the roll-out and systems upgrade for OPAP, Greece’s largest gambling operator.Updating the market, Playtech BGT completes its OPAP terminal delivery and systems upgrade project first announced in September 2017.OPAP’s entire 4,000 Greek retail betting premises will be powered by Playtech BGT modules, supplying Service Betting Terminals (SSBTs) and over-the-counter (OTC) services.The systems upgrade will see OPAP significantly bolster its pre-match and in-play retail betting offering, whilst further optimising its day-to-day betting shop network management and in-store customer engagements.Damian Cope, CEO of OPAP, praised Playtech BGT for its delivery: “Playtech BGT Sports brings to OPAP a significant amount of relevant knowledge and expertise. The roll-out of the new OTC solution will add to the ongoing, successful rollout of our SSBTs and contribute to both the improvement of our retail sports-betting offering and the enhancement of the in-shop experience for our customers”.Armin Sageder, CEO of Playtech BGT Sports, was pleased to have completed one of the firm’s biggest technology projects to date, strengthening a legacy partnership for company stakeholders.“Our relationship with OPAP is growing impressively, and we look forward to helping the company further develop and transform its offer in Greece