Month: August 2020

Rookies called up for Jamaica

first_imgSeven newcomers have been named in Jamaica’s netball squad to face Barbados in a three-Test series from May 19-22.Coach Jermaine Allison McCracken named Shimona Nelson, Mellisa Wright, Antoinette Stone, Zonasha Hinds, Tashike Salmon, Jodiann Ward and Latanya Wilson to the 15-member squad.Missing are top players Romelda Aiken, Jhanielle Fowler Reid and Malysha Kelly. They are playing in professional leagues in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.The newcomers were named less than two weeks after senior players Khadijah Williams, Shanice Beckford and Nicole Dixon were suspended from the national program. There is some experience in shooter Thristina Harwood, and defenders Shamera Sterling and Stacian Facey.The squad: Shooters —- Thristina Harwood, Rebecca Robinson, Shimona Nelson, Hasana Williams and Carlalee Tinglin. Centre Court —- AdeanThomas, Kerry-Ann Brown, Melissa Wright, Antoinette Stone and Zonasha Hinds. Defenders —- Shamera Sterling, Stacian Facey, Tashike Salmon, Jodiann Ward and Latanya Wilson.last_img read more

Former Miami-Dade cop sentenced for smuggling guns to Dominican Republic

first_imgFour-year sentence for unlawful export of firearmsA former Miami-Dade police officer who pleaded guilty in June to helping smuggle firearms to the Dominican Republic was slapped with a four-year sentence for unlawfully exporting firearms.According to a news release by the Department of Justice, Michael Freshko admitted that he used his position as a police officer to transport firearms past the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screening area at Miami International Airport and would hand over the guns to a co-conspirator near the departure gates.Prosecutors said the co-conspirator would store the guns in carry-on baggage.The same co-conspirator would travel to the Dominican Republic aboard a commercial flight and deliver the guns to an associate, prosecutors said.Department of Justice officials said Freshko confessed to smuggling one or more guns on October 5, 2012, and multiple guns on December. 7, 2012.Prosecutors said six guns were smuggled in total.Freshko faced a maximum sentence of five years in federal prison.He was hired by the Miami-Dade Police Department in September 2004 and was most recently assigned to the Airport District.last_img read more

Basel Open: Federer To Face Del Potro In Sunday’s Final

first_imgSwiss tennis legend will attempt to win his 8th Basel Open title when he faces Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina in the final of the 2017 edition after both players secured straightforward wins in their respective semifinal clashes.Federer saw off David Goffin of Belgium 6-1 6-2 to move into his 13th final at the Basel Open while Del Potro recorded a 6-4 6-4 victory over Croat Marin Cilic to book his place in the final.Roger Federer will make it an impressive 95 career title wins with a victory over Del Potro in Sunday’s final.RelatedFederer Secures 95th Career Title After Basel Open TriumphOctober 29, 2017In “Sports”Basel Open: Federer On Course For 8th Title Win With Mannarino TriumphOctober 28, 2017In “Sports”Nadal To Face Thiem In French Open Final After Del Potro WinJune 8, 2018In “Sports”last_img read more

Chelsea Striker Distances Self from ‘Negative London Comments’

first_imgChelsea striker Alvaro Morata has distanced himself from comments which insinuated that he does not like London.He further stated that he would “probably” pen a 10-year deal at Chelsea if possible.Earlier reports revealed that Morata had told an Italian newspaper that he did not see himself living in London “for very long”.When asked about the said interview during the pre-match press conference ahead of the game against AS Roma in the UEFA Champions League (UCL), Alvaro Morata said what he said was that he won’t stay in London after he retires.In his words, Morata said:“I’m really happy here and enjoying London with my wife.”“When I finish my career, I prefer to come back to my country. I prefer the place where I was born, that’s normal. When I say London is a stressful city, I’m talking about the traffic and a lot of people. It’s an incredible city.” he added.Speaking further, the former Juventus and Real Madrid star said:“If Chelsea proposed 10 years, I’d probably sign it,” he said. “I’m happy with everything. If I make good and improve, I can stay here more than five years.” Relatedlast_img read more

Sportech agrees to sell Football Pools for ‘£83 million cash’ to OpCapita PE

first_imgShare Ian Hogg joins RPM Gaming as Chairman May 5, 2020 Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020 Share Updating the market, Sportech Plc has confirmed that it has entered a ‘conditional agreement’ to sell its Football Pools division for £83 million to ‘FP Acquisitions Limited’ a newly created company controlled by the funds of London private equity firm OpCapita.Seeking deal clearance, Sportech governance will now present the cash offer to its investors for approval.The Sportech board details that the funds generated from the sale will be used to invest in long-term product and technology development. Furthermore, any net proceeds from the disposal will be returned to Sportech shareholders.Governance further points that the cash £83 million deal is an attractive proposition since the company is now primarily focused on expanding its US Racing & Digital services.Focusing on its US divisions, Sportech details that its Football Pools product may not have the ‘material synergies’ for the firm’s future growth strategy.Updating investors on the proposed disposal Ian Penrose, Chief Executive of Sportech, said: “The sale of The Football Pools Business represents an important strategic development for Sportech, having established a strong platform for growth, following completion of an extensive and successful modernisation programme. We have delivered our objective of stabilising earnings, and are delighted to have concluded this deal for Sportech’s shareholders, The Football Pools Business and its employees.”Potential new owner OpCapita stated that it had been reviewing the UK betting and gaming sector for a period of time, seeking for viable investment opportunities.The private equity firm detailed that it was drawn to the Football Pools by ‘its loyal customer base, providing a solid foundation on which to build, through new distribution channels, additional new games and fresh marketing’. John Von Spreckelsen, Chairman of OpCapita, said: “We are delighted to be acquiring The Football Pools, which occupies a unique place in British culture. Sportech has successfully modernised the business and we look forward to realising its significant growth potential. As part of that growth strategy, we plan to ensure existing loyal customers continue to enjoy the game and bring The Football Pools, already loved by so many, to an even wider audience”.“We look forward to partnering with Conleth Byrne and his team to help develop the company further and supporting the community with its commitment to charitable causes.” UK Tote gains international ‘commingling pool ecosystem’ with Sportech April 17, 2020 Related Articles Submit StumbleUponlast_img read more

Gavin Hamilton Paddy Power Betfair Gaming Director joins Red Tiger as MD

first_img Gavin HamiltonNew online casino games developer Red Tiger Gaming has moved to strengthen its senior management team by confirming the appointment of Gavin Hamilton as its new Managing Director. Hamilton, who will start in May, joins Red Tiger Gaming following a six-year stint at Paddy Power Betfair, where he held senior roles including Director of Gaming, Head of eGaming and several senior M&A positions in the operator’s corporate development team.Before entering the online gambling sector, Hamilton qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG and worked in corporate finance and venture capital in Dublin prior to joining Paddy Power in 2011.As new Red Tiger MD, Hamilton has been tasked with spearheading the supplier’s ambitious expansion plans across regulated European markets, which includes applying for licences across the continent.Commenting on his appointment, Gavin Hamilton said: “I am delighted to be joining Red Tiger Gaming at such an exciting time for the business. The company has fiercely ambitious expansion plans across regulated European markets and I am thrilled to have been tasked with driving those efforts forwards.The company has built a reputation for designing, developing and delivering innovative casino products that push the boundaries when it comes to theme, math, jackpots and bonusing. I am looking forward to working alongside such an impressive team.Red Tiger has enjoyed great early success, but I believe it has only just scratched the surface of what it can achieve.” Alex Gersh returns to betting as Sportradar CFO   July 13, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Share BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020last_img read more

888sport’s Mullington steps up to challenge bettingexpert

first_imgShare Alex Donohue to head up Press Box PR June 25, 2020 StumbleUpon 888 calls for Betgenius sportsbook makeover June 25, 2020 RankTipsterRace WinsPoints Submit Steven Mullington, the lead horse racing writer on the 888sport blog, has stepped up to challenge bettingexpert’s Stephen Harris in the Flat Season Tipster Challenge at York.Last week, Harris started the new Flat Season competition, sponsored by Betting Gods, by collecting 29.50 points at Chester, which included winners at 16/1 and 15/2.Meanwhile, Mullington, who also writes for the online ‘Grand National Guide’ throughout the year, will be hoping to better the 2.00-point return for Alex Donohue from ODDSbible.____________________________________2:20bettingexpert: Erik The RedWas a very unlucky loser in this handicap last seen and should be spot on now after an encouraging seasonal debut.888sport: Erik The RedCame third in this race last year when it was sponsored by 888sport, and Kevin Ryan appears to have laid him out for this race yet again. A Newcastle all-weather opening run should have sharpened the five-year-old gelding right up.____________________________________2:55bettingexpert: Ninjago (Nap of the Day)Has been catching the eye in defeat and could be sharpened up by the refitting of blinkers.888sport: Out Do (Nap of the Day)David O’Meara and Danny Tudhope are a formidable pairing at this early stage in the season and their Out Do looks very strong in this contest. Listed winners running in handicaps are always of interest and Out Do should be on any shortlist.____________________________________3:30bettingexpert: SuedoisHas yet to win in seven runs for O’Meara, but he competed at the top level in sprints last season and should be primed for this return with ideal conditions.888sport: BrandoHopefully Kevin Ryan will be going for a double when it comes to this race and Brando can give him his second winner of the afternoon. A horse on the upgrade, Brando won first time out this season.____________________________________4:05bettingexpert: Shutter SpeedLooked a top-class filly at Newbury and the form got a major boost when the third there Enable won at Chester last week.888sport: Shutter Speed                             Very hard to oppose Shutter Speed here and she should give us a good indication to how she may run in the Oaks at Epsom.____________________________________4:35bettingexpert: MazyounHas run well in both handicaps this season and the Palmer stable is now back in the winners.888sport: BatteredRan three races as a two-year-old here, so will be no stranger to the demands of the track. He is very handily weighted and Ryan Moore is a positive jockey booking.____________________________________5:05bettingexpert: Rocket Man DanComes from the excellent Dalgleish stable and looked a winner waiting to happen when touched off by Black Orange last time out (winner has since run a blinder in defeat at Chester).888sport: SavalasMrs Angie Bailey appears to like having a runner named after a film star and her £100,000 purchase, Savalas, has every chance of opening his two-year-old account here. Kevin Ryan trains once again.____________________________________5:35bettingexpert: Red RannaghWell handicapped with bits of form; the booking of Spencer catches the eye after six months on the sidelines.888sport: ChanceryI will take a punt on the popular Knavesmire runner here. The nine-year-old appears to come alive at this track and if he can put his Ripon run behind him he can be a leading player today.____________________________________ Share ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 Related Articles 1bettingexpert429.50 2Alex Donohue – ODDSbible12.00last_img read more

M&A hungry Better Collective expands UK presence acquiring CasinoLounge.co.uk

first_img Better Collective Spotlight: How Betarades.gr is driving engagement through YouTube July 30, 2020 Share Share Bettingexpert crowns TheTrollmanSha World Tipster Champion  July 2, 2020 Related Articles Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Michal Kopec – Better CollectiveIndustry affiliate marketing specialist Better Collective has expanded its presence within the UK online casino market acquiring casino review portal CasinoLounge.co.uk.Better Collective management did not detail acquisition terms, but stated that it had gained a trusted UK online casino review portal. Active since 2013, CasinoLounge.co.uk has grown its presence offering in-depth casino and games analysis.Heading up the acquisition Michal Kopec, Head of M&A at Better Collective detailed  “As an established affiliate, known in the UK market and with UK being a primary market for Better Collective we are happy to expand our portfolio with CasinoLounge.co.uk.“We believe this will be a good step in our M&A activity, and that we have found a right moment for the two parties to enter into such an agreement that will see both sides benefit from this contract.”In recent weeks the Copenhagen-based firm, the operator of leading sports betting player community bettingexpert.com, has increased its M&A activity adding new German language betting portals SportFreunde and WettPortal.com to its portfolio.Detailing future plans for CasinoLounge.co.uk, Better Collective will optimise its new asset with its dedicated development team focusing resources to gain best user experience and engagement.Maria Boelius, CEO at Cashmio operating company of CasinoLounge.co.uk commented on the sale : “CasinoLounge.co.uk was originally a hobby project, and we are very proud of what it has grown to be. It is bittersweet to say goodbye to our baby, but we are in a position where it is in everyone’s best interest to hand it off so we can focus solely on Cashmio.“We are happy to pass CasinoLounge on to an industry leader like Better Collective. We are sure that in their experienced hands, CasinoLounge will be able to develop even further.” Submit StumbleUponlast_img read more

Vigen Badalyan takes BetConstruct leadership following Vahe Baloulian departure

first_img New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020 Submit Share Share Related Articles Nuno Gomes joins BetConstruct and FeedConstruct as brand ambassador June 18, 2020 StumbleUpon VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 Vahe Baloulian, BetConstructIndustry platform and systems provider BetConstruct has today announced that Vahe Baloulian is to step down as Chief Executive Officer of the company.Baloulian will transfer leadership of the firm to BetConstruct founder and current Executive Chairman Vigen Badalyan, who is expected to takeover CEO duties effective 1 November 2017.An executive of BetConstruct since 2011, Baloulian first joined the company as a strategic advisor, taking over corporate leadership in 2015.As leader of BetConstruct, Baloulian has led a number of technology-led initiatives focusing on optimising BetConstruct’s industry services, product portfolio and client delivery.Baloulian will remain with BetConstruct for a short leadership transition period. Once complete Baloulian will continue to advise BetConstruct governance as a new non-executive director.In its corporate statement, BetConstruct detailed that Baloulian wished to work on personal projects. As yet, the company has made no official comment on its change of leadership.last_img read more

ABB defends Multi-Operator Self Exclusion Scheme

first_img BGC takes over The Senet Group’s duties and responsibilities April 6, 2020 StumbleUpon The Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) has defended the government’s current Multi-Operator Self Exclusion Scheme (MOSES), claiming that a recent  BBC Radio 5 Live investigation, which criticised the scheme “was conducted in artificial circumstances.”The scheme has come in for criticism after an undercover reporter managed to place bets in 19 of 21 Grimsby betting shops, even after he had signed himself up to the self-exclusion scheme. Nonetheless,  the ABB has retained that the current system of self-exclusions represents an effective scheme in helping combat problem gambling, an ABB spokesperson told the BBC: “This is a disappointing result, however it was conducted in artificial circumstances, involving a small sample, over a short period of time and the individual concerned was not a problem gambler or previously known to shop staff. By its very nature, those who self-exclude are normally known to the staff in the shops they exclude from.“In reality an independent review of the Multi-Operator Self Exclusion Scheme, revealed that 83% of participants agreed that it had been effective in reducing or stopping their gambling activity and 71% said they have not attempted to use their nominated betting shops since signing up. We accept that the current self-exclusion scheme is not without flaws however we are continually developing improved systems and seeking to reduce the reliance on staff to recognise those that have self-excluded.”Sarah Gardner, the Gambling Commission’s Executive Director, also commented: “The result of the BBC investigation is concerning and we’ll be making our own inquiries into what happened in this case.“We’re determined to drive improvements in behaviour across the industry in terms of the effort they put into reducing gambling-related harm, and it really is getting to the stage where there is nowhere to hide for businesses who don’t take this seriously.”She added: “What we would like to see is much more emphasis from gambling businesses on intervening at an early stage before there is a need to self-exclude.” Share Share UKGC outlines changes to society lotteries and LCCP conditions July 30, 2020 UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Related Articles Submitlast_img read more