Concerns grow in Jamaica as another schoolgirl is found murdered

first_imgIn Jamaica, on Monday a human rights and advocacy group called for more protection for children, and a junior government minister condemned as “cruel, inhumane and barbaric” the murder of a 14-year old secondary school student.The authorities said the mutilated body of 14-year-old Raven Wilson, a third form student of Ocho Rios High School in St Ann, was found in a plastic bag, meters from her home on Sunday, three days after she had been reported missing.Cold and heartless criminals “I. am seriously disturbed by the killing of yet another promising young girl, whose life was cut short by cold and heartless criminals. There is simply no justification for such cruelty against our children. The level of violence being meted out against them needs to stop, because it is robbing them of their right to life,” Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Floyd Green, said in a statement. He said that there seems to be a worrying trend in the recent spate of child murders with the perpetrators dismembering their victims.No stone will be left unturned “We want to send a clear message to these perpetrators that there will absolutely be no safe-haven for them. We continue to work assiduously with the police and will leave no stone unturned in ensuring they are brought to justice,” Green said, urging the community to come forward with any information that can assist the police with their investigations.40 children murdered in 2018The human rights group, Hear The Children’s Cry, is calling for the prosecution of persons involved in carrying out criminal acts on children. In a statement condemning the murder of Wilson, the group said “we have not even gone ten months of the year and nearly 40 children have already been murdered during 2018. That is double the usual gruesome annual statistic.The truth is, children in Jamaica are at terrible peril and are at the mercy of vicious criminals on a daily basis. They are not safe in their homes, they are not safe at school, they are in danger in their communities and on the roads, they are at horrible risk on public transportation, not to mention being vulnerable targets of pedophiles when they are online,” said the organization’s founder Betty Ann Blaine.Call for Emergency Child SummitShe repeated an earlier call for the government to convene an Emergency Child Summit to devise a plan to protect the nation’s children.Meanwhile, the ministry said a team of first responders from the Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA) will visit the Ocho Rios High School to conduct counselling sessions with affected children, followed by a home visit during the course of the week.Wilson’s death followed the killings of Shanoya Wray and Yetanya Francis, both 14, in Kingston last month.last_img read more

State of Emergency Declared in Kingston, Jamaica

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – A second state of emergency (SOE) has been declared in Jamaica, this time in the capital city of Kingston.On Sunday during a press conference, Prime Minister Andrew Holness that an SOE is set for the Corporate Area police division of St Andrew South.Holness told journalists during a media briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister, that he advised the Governor-General Patrick Allen on the recommendation given to him by the heads of the security forces.“In St Andrew South the main cause of death is caused by gangs. Violence is at epidemic proportions in Jamaica … the main cause of death is gangs, dons and guns,” the Prime Minister said. Holness also added that 70 per cent of all murders being committed in Jamaica are gang-related.From January 1 to June 29, this year, there were 94 murders in St Andrew South, up from 79 for the corresponding period last year.Currently, there is a state of emergency in effect in the western parishes of Westmoreland, Hanover and St James.In January, a year-long state of public emergency expired in St James. The tri-state SOE was declared on April 30 of this year.In describing the overall crime situation nationally, especially relative to murders, Holness declared that “This is an epidemic and no one should tell that the country should be satisfied with it”.“The truth is that the level of crime is above the capacity of law enforcement to (effectively) respond. There have been 11,000 murders in the last eight years, and we do not have enough investigators,” said Holness.Many citizens have criticized the Holness administration’s decision to implement the State of Emergency, saying that move is just a cover for no real crime-fighting plan. But Holness has defended his decision, stating that “the Government is employing not just one strategy, but a raft of strategies that must complement each other”The measure will be in force initially for 14 days pending approval by the Houses of Parliament for an extension.last_img read more

“Tokyo Is My Last Olympics” Says Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce

first_imgPhoto: BBC Sports KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaican sprinting legend, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce says that next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo will be her last.In a recent interview with British newspaper, The Telegraph, the 32-year-old said that she is at peace with her decision to compete in her final Olympics in 2020. “I am always grateful for the opportunity to represent my country, my family, myself, but Tokyo is my last Olympics. I definitely know that,” she said.The sprinter did not confirm whether she would completely retire from athletics, but hinted at the idea. “It doesn’t make me feel anything. I will miss the sport, but I will be OK. I don’t think it will be hard to retire. Athletics is just one thing I do.”Fraser-Pryce currently has multiple businesses operating in Jamaica, including Shelly’s Cafe, Lady Shelly Beauty and the Pocket Rocket Foundation.Earlier this year, she made her return to athletics after giving birth to her son Zyon two years ago. The multiple world and Olympic champion said that knew that she had the fortitude and the ability to return to competition despite the long layoff.“I was nervous, taking all that time off, but I had the willpower, the fearlessness, because I knew from experience it was possible to come back,” she said.She capped off her comeback by becoming a four-time 100m world champion at the World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar, in September.The multiple world and Olympic champion demolished the field in a world-leading 10.71 seconds becoming the only woman in history to have four world championship titles, and further cementing her status as the greatest female sprinter in the world.last_img read more

Sanchez To Become Highest Paid Premier League Player With £300,000 Per Week New Arsenal…

first_imgArsenal forward, Alexis Sanchez will become the highest paid Premier League player with a new £300,000 per week Arsenal deal, according to Daily Mail.28-year-old Sanchez, who has refused to sign a contract extension with Arsenal, heads into the last year of his current Arsenal deal, having reportedly rejected a previous £275,000 per week deal.Reports have now suggested that the Chilean wants £300,000 a week before considering whether or not he will agree on a new contract at the Emirates.Alexis Sanchez’s future at the Emirates have been laden with speculations and uncertainties over the last few months, as the Chilean publicly expressed his quest for Champions League football, something Arsenal won’t provide next season.The Chilean will not feature in Arsenal’s Premier League season opener against Leicester City on Friday night due to an abdominal injury.Sanchez have been linked with moves to Man City and PSG all summer, with Arsene Wenger insisting the forward will see out his current contract at the Emirates, should he not sign a new deal. Relatedlast_img read more

Respected Ghanian Journalist Blasts WAFU Cup Organisers On ‘Rented Crowd’ Strategy

first_imgWhen he was asked how much the spectators were paid, Adjei said he had no idea. He tweeted: “No idea. Just know organising an atmosphere has been a concerted effort so commentator should stop saying how people are into this.”RelatedAUDIO: I Will Choose the Best Goalkeeper For Zambia Clash – RohrOctober 4, 2017In “Nigeria”Ezenwa Leads Home Based Eagles 18-Man List For 2017 WAFU CupSeptember 6, 2017In “National Team”NWPL Super4: THE UGLY SIDEOctober 16, 2017In “Nigeria” Highly respected Ghanian journalist, Michel Oti Adjei, has called out the organisers of ongoing 2017 WAFU Cup tournament in Ghana over their ‘rented crowd’ strategy.Adjei made this known via his Twitter handle as he faulted the organisers’ strategy of renting crowds to fill the stadium so as to generate an electric atmosphere during games.His tweet read: “Rented crowd has worked really well at #WAFU2017”last_img read more

Grosvenor Casinos launches new sportsbook with Kambi

first_imgShare Rank Group subsidiary Grosvenor Casinos has confirmed the launch of a new sports betting offering for its online and land-based players.Powered by Kambi following a deal made in January, ‘Grosvenor Sport’ enables punters in Grosvenor land-based sites or online to access various sports betting services and a range of special offers.The product underwent a soft launch this summer, but officially launched last Friday to coincide with England’s World Cup 2018 qualifier against Scotland at Wembley. It also has been integrated with Rank’s gaming platform, supplied by Bede gaming, and has the technology to coordinate with in-casino activities, at national and local level, to offer guests a personalised experience.Steve Munns, Head of Sport at Grosvenor Casinos, said: “We are committed to offering our customers the best in category for an all-round gaming experience. We have ensured Grosvenor Sport is a premium quality sportsbook product with the trust, security and prestige of the Grosvenor brand that our customers value and depend on.”Ahead of the soft launch in June, Adam Joseph, Director of Digital Operations for Grosvenor Casinos, had commented: “We can now offer our customers a comprehensive online gaming experience. With the Kambi sportsbook tools, coupled with the capability of the Bede Gaming Management system, we will be able to provide a full enhanced betting and gaming experience to our customer base.” Share Rank Group extends support for Carers Trust July 28, 2020 John O’Reilly – Erratic orders have placed UK casinos on life support August 4, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

Riccardo Mittiga – Sportito – The DFS Dilemma

first_img StumbleUpon UKGC suspends two licences over failure to integrate GAMSTOP April 3, 2020 Share Italian DFS operator Sportito is focused on conquering the European market. The company believes there is a possibility for daily fantasy sports to take off throughout Europe, as it did in the States, and it has started its conquest by focusing on the UK market. Riccardo Mittiga, SportitoSportito is the Official DFS Partner of both Fulham FC and Burnley FC. The company is looking to show bookmakers why they should look to DFS as a customer retention and engagement tool, and CEO Riccardo Mittiga will speak on just that topic at the upcoming Betting on Football Conference in London in May (3-5).Prior to that we caught up with him for an interview about DFS, its growth and its potential in various regions globally.SBC: Why in 2017 are bookmakers increasingly looking to DFS products and why didn’t this happen last year?Riccardo: Most bookmakers do not have the ability for software development to devote to side projects such as DFS. The few bookmakers that have these internal resources dedicate them to the main channels such as betting, live betting or casino.Towards the end of 2016, some of the most innovative bookmakers found an agency or company to provide the DFS products to be installed on their platform. They opted to put it out and then see how their user-bases responded. Once this was underway, other bookmakers followed suit.Between the end of 2016 and the beginning of 2017 DFS also enjoyed much greater visibility thanks to the entry of several new players in Europe, other small players in Africa and South America, and especially the announcement of the merger between two of the main players, DraftKings and FanDuel.All of this is clearly positive to make the phenomenon of DFS known globally as well as it is in the United States.SBC:  BetStars recently announced a significant investment into DFS with its $1 million jackpot game…it seems a more ‘basic’ version of DFS than most products – is this what it takes to appeal to a mass market? And how important is such a sizable jackpot pool to gain attention?Riccardo: It’s normal that when there are major brands like BetStars (aka PokerStars) there are also marketing campaigns of this level.In my opinion, only offering the big prizes is not enough, you also need a dedicated product which is well oriented to the preferences of the DFS players. This is something a major brand like PokerStars must also learn.SBC: DFS is known in North America and it’s growing in Europe, but Latin America is regarded as a potentially highly lucrative region. Thoughts on LatAM for Sportito?Riccardo: Most of the Latin American countries have a huge interest in online gambling and most of them are regulating their outdated gambling laws. Many of the big names in the industry are already eyeing the Latin American market. It is a great opportunity for Sportito to expand the business into this region.Whilst it is starting to grow there, I think it will be a slow and gradual growth process when compared with Europe and North America. That said, there is definitely a potential user-base for DFS in that region.SBC: How important is it for DFS to be recognised as a game of skill away from sports betting? Do you think the new Maltese licence will be replicated elsewhere?Riccardo: DFS and sports betting are often mistakenly seen as the same concept and there are many arguments as to why they differ. Many argue that it’s a form of gambling which involves an element of skill and others argue the opposite.It is important for DFS to be recognised as a game of skill in times when the legislation of some countries maintain restrictions against sports betting. Recognising DFS as sports betting is sometimes difficult for the operators to handle when implementation occurs in a new market.When there are positive effects with the Maltese licence, usually they are also adopted in other countries. Share Related Articles Sportito gets green light to expand into Mexico January 9, 2020 Submit Sportito makes LatAm debut in Brazil October 30, 2019last_img read more

Aspire Global’s Karamba brand live with SBTech sportsbook

first_img Share Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Submit Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Aspire Global, the online casino and white label solutions provider, has announced its expansion plans across the firms global network, which has seen it enter into an agreement with SBTech.The online and retail sports betting and gaming solutions provider is to launch its sportsbook with the brand, in a move designed to expand Aspire’s range of iGaming products.Initially going live with the its flagship Karamba brand, the SBTech sportsbook offering is to complement its existing live casino, table games, slots, scratch and instant games verticals.Tsachi Maimon, CEO of Aspire Global, commented: “We are thrilled to add this new and engaging vertical to our solution, and are confident that the collaboration with SBTech will be a successful venture for both parties. “The decision to choose SBTech as our sportsbook provider was based on its ability to adjust its product offering to our unique solution and the needs of our operators. This partnership will enhance the diversity of our offering to our partners and will continue the positive trend of growth experienced over the past few years.”Aspire states that this sportsbook addition is to enable the firm to “broaden its product offering and increase revenues for its operators,” with its focus up to now being on “offering a complete online casino solution to operators and white label clients.”Richard Carter, SBTech CEO, added: “This launch confirms SBTech’s position as the leading supplier of sports betting solutions for the sector’s top operators. “We’re anticipating significant growth for all of Aspire Global’s partners, thanks to our expertise in deploying flexible trading and content solutions, with unique focus on cross-selling from casino to sports.”This follows news that Argyll Entertainment is to become one of the first operators SBTech platform, in the United Kingdom, to bolster its in-play sports betting via the Action Betting feature. Aspire builds Q1 momentum through regulated market focus May 5, 2020last_img read more

Earners Alliance signs exclusive B2B deal with Lotto Warehouse

first_img Earners Alliance Ltd has signed an exclusive deal with lottery betting B2B provider Lotto Warehouse. The Malta-headquartered solution firm owns a number of leading gaming operations, including Casino Wilds, Betify, Loco Joker, Winner Resort and Slot Champ. They also specialise in white label solutions, offering their services to clients from across the globe. Lotto Warehouse CEO Thomas Biro says the new deal reveals how his company is now recognised as a leader in the lottery betting B2B market. Lottery letting has evolved over the course of the last 18 months or so from being a new and upcoming vertical to one that’s increasingly viewed as an essential component of any well-rounded igaming offering.“We are in an excellent position to offer an easy to integrate solution, creating margins that surpass those available in any other vertical. “Operators and other B2B providers are looking to us because they know that as a subsidiary of NYSE listed 500.com we are strong and reliable, while we also have serious expertise having powered lottery betting leader Multilotto’s platform for years.” Lotto Warehouse is the only provider to have both UK Gambling Commission and Malta Gaming Authority Class 4 licences. The company offers operators the chance to add a catalogue of the world’s biggest lottery betting products to their platforms, with all higher tier payouts protected by a jackpot coverage model. Submit Successful summer leaves Leadstar positive over industry’s recovery August 18, 2020 Share Gambling.com maintains momentum against COVID-19 impacts August 19, 2020 Share Related Articles UKGC data reveals ‘notable recovery’ for sports betting July 6, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

Daniel Corcos – Why 10Bet is Backing Blackburn All the Way

first_img Share Submit Share Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Successful summer leaves Leadstar positive over industry’s recovery August 18, 2020 Daniel Corcos – 10Bet10Bet, one of the world’s fastest growing online sports betting operators, has signed a major three-year partnership agreement with EFL Championship side Blackburn Rovers, becoming the club’s Official Principal Sponsor. 10Bet Marketing Director Daniel Corcos explains the thinking behind the deal.__________________________10Bet’s deal to become the Official Principal Sponsor of EFL Championship side Blackburn Rovers marks our first foray into the UK football sponsorship arena, and is a major step forward in the brand’s expansion strategy.The partnership significantly enhances 10Bet’s profile, allowing us to promote our class-leading sports betting product to a much wider audience.As founder members of both the Football League and the Premier League, Blackburn are the perfect fit for 10Bet, one of the longest-running online bookmakers. Rovers are a club with an illustrious history, having famously won the Premier League title on the final day of the 1994-5 season, and after achieving promotion back to the Championship last season, have a bright future ahead of them.We are looking forward to supporting both the fans and the local community, building on the feel-good factor generated by the team’s recent success, as Tony Mowbray and the lads campaign to get back in the top flight where they belong.Fresh New Visual IdentityThe new 10Bet visual identity will now feature on the front of Blackburn’s famous blue and white shirts for the next 3 seasons, around the club’s historic Ewood Park stadium, and on all commercial and consumer communications distributed by the club. 10Bet will also supply exclusive match programme editorial content.With uniquely knowledgeable and passionate punters and a decades-long history of nationwide licensed sports betting, the UK market is undoubtedly the benchmark for the global online betting industry.As such, we are determined to expand our UK market share as the basis for our wider international growth strategy, with the Rovers fanbase as a core element of our membership.This deal comes at the perfect time for 10Bet, just a few months after the launch of our totally revamped responsive website and the addition of a raft of cutting-edge betting features which illustrate our position as an innovation leader.Massive In-Play OfferingUnique features like Pulse Bet, offering jackpot-style rising payouts on in-play football bets, and Action Betting, a quick-fire bet suggestion tool powering the fastest placement in the industry, offer UK customers a range of options that will deliver true standout value in a crowded marketplace.These mobile-first options are designed to appeal to fresh demographics, who bet exclusively on their smartphones and who are crucial to the future success of the 10Bet brand. In-play provides players with the most accessible and exciting form of betting, and 10Bet is already known around Europe as the leader in the field.Looking around the top divisions in England, it is clear that the online betting sector is becoming increasingly competitive – 17 of the 24 teams in the Championship are sponsored by online betting or casino companies.However, we are confident that as 10Bet is exposed to a far larger pool of potential customers, the savvy British player will appreciate the quality of our offering, its user-friendly interface, unique features and an industry-leading number of pre-match and in-play markets.A hugely successful World Cup for 10Bet has already proved the value of a superior sportsbook product, and in the coming months we intend to take this to the next level, providing Blackburn fans, football supporters and sports bettors across the UK with the most reliable and rewarding online betting experience. Related Articleslast_img read more