Jamaican Goal Keeper, Andre Blake, Survives Injury Scare

first_imgJamaica’s talismanic goalkeeping captain, Andre Blake, is not as seriously injured as was first feared.Blake was forced out of the Gold Cup final in Santa Clara, California, half after being kicked by U.S. midfielder Kellyn Acosta as both jostled for a loose ball close to the Jamaican goal. There were jitters as Blake looked like he might have suffered a serious injury involving a potentially broken hand or wrist. But X-rays taken at Levi’s Stadium revealed no broken bones.Cut between fingers“I’ve got a cut between my middle finger and my index finger,” Blake said after the U.S. team’s 2-1 victory over Jamaica. “I got seven stitches so that’s what it is for right now, so hopefully I can get back pretty soon.”Blake was awarded the Golden Glove as the tournament’s best goalkeeper while sporting a bandage on his right hand.Stitches to be removed in 10 daysBlake entered Wednesday’s final as one of the best players in the 2017 Gold Cup. On Wednesday night he indicating another good showing. He parried a rasping shot from Jozy Altidore before suffering the injury attempting to slap the rebound away as Acosta raced in to try and score.“I wasn’t sure what it was. I just knew I got hit so I took off my glove and saw it was a pretty bad cut. I knew I wasn’t going to be able to continue, but that happens sometimes. The stitches are going to be out in 10 days, so from there on in it’s going to be a day-by-day situation to see how it feels,” Blake said. “It was pretty painful, but it’s soccer.”Blake had three clean slates in five games and was only beaten twice throughout the whole tournament. His loss proved detrimental to Jamaica Reggae Boyz who had to settle for second place behind hosts USA.last_img read more

BOJ To Launch New Foreign Exchange Platform in 2020

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – The newly appointed Governor of the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ), Richard Byles, says plans are in place to implement a new foreign exchange trading platform in 2020.Speaking recently at a media briefing, Byles said that the platform will be tested and implemented by February.The platform will be used in trading operations at local commercial banks. It will also enable foreign exchange traders to see all bids on daily offers.Byles said that the new foreign exchange trading platform is designed to create ‘more transparency in the market’.The Central Bank already has an intervention mechanism, the Foreign Exchange Intervention and Trading Tool, B-FXITT, which is tailored to offset market volatility.The announcement comes two weeks after the Jamaican dollar hit its lowest point in history, trading at more than 141- Jamaican dollars to 1 US dollar in mid-November.With a booming stock market and steady inflation rate, Byles reassured the public that the drastic slide in the value of the dollar was not a crisis. The dollar returned to its normal $130-135 to US$1 range at the end of last week.last_img read more

CNW90 May 22, 2020

first_imgIn the meantime, The City of Miami Gardens has lifted its nightly curfew and the shelter-in-place order which have been in place since March. On May 20, the first day of reopening for the city of Miami, city officials announced that the curfew and order were no longer in effect. The city has however advised that residents with preexisting medical conditions should continue to shelter in place if possible. Facial coverings and social distancing are still required in public spaces and in stores, salons, barbershops and parks. Mayor of Miami Gardens Oliver Gilbert spoke to CNW Prime Time about the city’s reopening measures. Coming up in the newscast, Miami lifts COVID-19 nightly curfew, Bahamas government holds funeral service for Hurricane Dorian victims and Haiti now leads CARICOM countries with highest COVID-19 cases. In the meantime, Haiti has surpassed Jamaica, becoming the CARICOM country with the most COVID-19 cases. Since the beginning of this week, Haiti has seen a daily increase of over 50 cases. As of May 21, the country had 663 cases including 22 deaths, while all other countries in the region have began to slow the spread of the virus. 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. Now for the news in the detail With a look at some of the top stories making the news today, May 22 across your Caribbean-American community in South Florida, I’m…for CNW 90.center_img 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. The Florida Division of Emergency Management confirmed that almost 2,000 COVID-19 tests that were administered at drive-thru and walk-up test sites so far in May were damaged in transit. Officials said that more than 90,000 tests have been administered throughout the state this month so far, and of that number, 1,702 were damaged. Every patient affected will be contacted and will need to be retested, department officials said yesterday in a statement. Affected patients will also be prioritized for retesting at whichever site they had the first test done. In Caribbean News, Almost one year after Hurricane Dorian ravaged The Bahamas, the government has announced that it will host a non-denominational funeral service and burial for the victims. The service was initially planned for earlier this year but was postponed due to COVID-19. Last September, the category five hurricane had destroyed sections of the territory and claimed the lives of 74 people. In a final report on the Hurricane, released in April, the National Hurricane Center stated that over 200 people were still missing as a result of the hurricane.last_img read more

Rohr Embarks On Player Scouting Mission Ahead Of Zambia Clash

first_imgSuper Eagles manager Gernot Rohr has embarked on a player scouting mission for the team ahead of the make or mar 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Zambia in Uyo next month.According to our sources, Rohr left the shores of Nigeria on Sunday night for a 4-day holiday trip to Europe with his family and he is expected to run the rule over Nigerian players plying their trades in various European leagues.The Franco-German tactician would be joined in Europe by newly appointed foreign goalkeeper trainer, Enrico Pionetti, on Monday with the search for a suitable goalkeeper for the Super Eagles high on Rohr’s scouting mission.Former Niger Republic and Gabon manager Rohr has led the Super Eagles to the brink of qualification for next year’s World Cup in Russia with 10 points from four games in Group B. A win against Zambia on Matchday 5 will seal a berth and this explains why the aforementioned Rohr is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that his team secure the much expected spot for Russia 2018.RelatedOFFICIAL: Eagles Coach Rohr Signs New Two-Year DealJanuary 17, 2018In “National Team”Rohr Confirms Poland Friendly, New Physical Trainer For EaglesDecember 11, 2017In “National Team”Rohr Has No Plans To Ask NFF For New ContractMarch 16, 2020In “Featured”last_img read more

Lewis Hamilton Eager To Extend Lead Over Sebastian Vettel In Japan

first_imgQualifying gets underway on Saturday by 8am while the Japanese Grand Prix zooms off 7am on Sunday morning.RelatedAnalysing How Ferrari Are Behind Impressive Mercedes in 2017October 20, 2017In “Formula One”How Can Lewis Hamilton Win The Formula One Title in The US?October 22, 2017In “Formula One”Hamilton Wins Again To Egde Closer to Fourth TitleOctober 8, 2017In “Formula One” Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton says he’s ready to extend his lead over Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel atop the Formula One driver’s championship as both driver’s resume hostilities in Japan this weekend.Lewis Hamilton currently holds a comfortable 34-point lead over his closest rival going into Suzuka.Hamilton though, insists he is not comfortable enough after he consolidated on his Monza victory with a win in Singapore and a strong finish over Vettel in Malaysia.Hamilton said“I am not comfortable at all. It is not that I’m not at ease either, but I want to win this thing. I might have the nail a little bit in, I’ve got to keep hammering it. It’s not done until there’s no more to push in.”Hamilton also feels that Ferrari and Red Bull especially have had stronger races in recent weeks because his car, the Mercedes W08, performs differently on every track. He affirmed though that his team at the Silver Arrows are the best in the Formula One this season.“It’s definitely dependent on track by track,” said Hamilton, who has seven race victories to his name in 2017.“You’ve seen so far in the season there have been races where we have been quicker than others, races where we’ve not had the best car and won.”“But you’ve got to look at the season: we’ve got more pole positions than anyone, we’re leading both championships and still are the best team. We are working hard as we can to continue to prove that.”last_img read more

Rating The Signings Who Have Defined Klopp’s Two Years At Liverpool

first_imgVerdict: 7/10Lorius Karius£4.7m from Mainz18 appearances4 Clean sheetsLorius Karius was brought in to usurp Simon Mignolet in between the sticks but a string of high-profile errors at the start of last season saw his Belgian rival restored to the first team but Klopp has shown faith in his country man this season by playing him in big games against Arsenal and Sevilla in the Champions League.Verdict: 4/10Joel MatipFree from Schalke 0437 appearances1 goalThe Cameroonian defender was brought in on a free as he chose to not sign a new deal at the German club. He enjoyed a very good debut season in the Premier league last year but has also been suspect in alot of goals conceded by the club and is probably not the kind of defender for the level Liverpool want to be. Good signing in his own right.Verdict: 6/10Ragnar Klavan£4.2 from Augsburg28 appearances1 goalWhen the Estonian centre-back signed for Liverpool, he would not have envisaged that he would have started as many games as he has. Liverpool’s lack of numbers at the back have ensured he is a constant figure for the Kops though and against lower level teams, he has looked reasonably good.Against same-level or higher opposition though, he has been found wanting in terms of speed and decision making and is surely not a title winning defender.Verdict: 5/10Alex ManningerFree from Augsburg0 appearancesAt 39 years old, many wondered why Jurgen Klopp decided to bring former Arsenal and Juventus goalkeeper Alex Manninger to the club. He failed to make any appearances for the club but I will be recording a score for this transfer as I think the club had no business even engaging in this piece of business!Verdict: 0/10Mohammed Salah£34.3m from AS Roma11 appearances6 goalsAfter an underwhelming spell in England with Chelsea, Salah moved to the Italian capital and shot himself back into reckoning with good performances for Roma. Klopp paid big money to bring the Egyptian back to the Premier League and he has duly delivered with big performances so far since joining in the summer.He is surely competing very well for EPL signing of the 2017 summer.Verdict: 8/10Andrew Robertson£10m from Hull City2 appearances0 goalsLiverpool have not quite gotten it right with most of their left back signings in the Premier League Era save for John Arne Riise and maybe Fabio Aurelio to some extent. With James Milner having to play at LB for majority of last season, it was imperative the club brought in a real left back and with Moreno suddenly picking up form, he has not featured enough to praise or criticise him. He is 23 and surely there is room to improve and play.Verdict: 6/10Dominic SolankeFree (Compensation fee yet to be agreed)4 appearances0 goalsThe English youngster chose to move on a free to the northeast after being one of Chelsea’s best youth players over the last couple of seasons. He has shown signs of turning out to be a shrewd piece of business for the Kops and even though his youth records are signs of hope, the jury will be out soon.Verdict: 5/10Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain£35m from Arsenal6 appearances0 goalsAfter 6 seasons at the Emirates, Oxlade-Chamberlain snubbed Arsenal’s new contract offer and another bumper offer from Chelsea in a bid to achieve his dream of playing in central midfield instead of being deployed at right wing-back.Of his 6 games in a Liverpool shirt, he has been on the winning side only once, coming on after 78 minutes in the 3-2 win against Leicester City. He has struggled to perform in his new red jersey and with Naby Keita coming next summer and no defined position open to the Englishman, it is difficult to understand the rationale behind the £35m outlay. A no-no for me.Verdict: 4/10You think I was too harsh or too lenient with my grades? Let the conversation continue on twitter @TheWaleAgbede @BusyBuddiesNG On Sunday Jurgen Klopp celebrated being manager of Liverpool Football Club for exactly two years but it comes at a time when his job security is very much creeping into the minds of fans and pundits alike with questions being asked about how much progress the club has made under the German.Central to the criticisms against the former Borussia Dortmund manager is Liverpool’s obvious lack of solidity in defensive areas and why he hasn’t sorted that out in 4 transfer windows since taking over from Brendan Rodgers.There was the high profile chase of Southampton defender Virgil van Dijk this summer but it didn’t come to fruition and Liverpool’s defence is as it were. As he chose to not bring in another centre-back, I will be rating all 12 of Jurgen Klopp’s transfer dealings at the club. Steven CaulkerLoan from QPR5 Appearances0 goalsAfter spending the first 6 months of the season on the bench on loan at Southampton, Steven Caulker joined Liverpool on another loan from Queens Park Rangers in the winter of 2016 as Klopp’s first major signing in Merseyside. He was surely brought in as a backup to the regular back four as he made only 5 appearances with one of those being in a Striker’s position!Verdict: 2/10Marko Grujic£5.1m from Red Star Belgrade11 AppearancesTouted as one of the best youngsters from Eastern Europe, Liverpool paid £5.1m to sign the youngster but allowed him stay on in Belgrade as he helped Red Star win the Serbian Super Liga.He has been in England for just over a year now and having played in 11 games for Liverpool, he has simply not shown the potential Klopp and his scouting team probably saw before making him their first cash signing but at 21, there is time for him to still impress in the remaining four years of his contract.Verdict: 5/1Sadio Mane£36m37 appearances16 goalsSenegalese forward Sadio Mane is Klopp’s biggest signing of his 2-year reign in Merseyside in terms of price and performance. He shrugged off the heavily criticised tag of being Liverpool’s club record signing to hit a well taken solo goal on his debut against Arsenal with electric speed that has come to become a constant scene at Anfield.With the prices being paid for players over the last 12 months sky-rocketing to high heavens, Mane has surely proven to be a steal for Klopp and has duly repaid the club by scoring from a very impressive 30% of his shots on goal in the Premier League.Verdict: 9/10Georginio Wijnaldum£25m from Newcastle53 appearances6 goalsAnother quite expensive signing of 2016 after the capture of Sadio Mane, Wijnaldum has settled well into Klopp’s midfield after a good debut season in the Premier League with relegated Newcastle where he scored 11 goals from an attacking midfield position.Klopp has mostly deployed him as a box-to-box midfielder in Liverpool but he has certainly shown that he can play at a high level. Among his 6 goals for the Reds are important goals against Manchester City, Middlesborough and Arsenal.center_img RelatedLoris Karius Loan Deal to End Early as Beşiktaş Want Another Liverpool Player InsteadOctober 30, 2018In “England”Official – Liverpool Completes £35m Signing Of Oxlade-Chamberlain From ArsenalAugust 31, 2017In “England”Liverpool’s Sheyi Ojo Set To Join Fulham On LoanAugust 15, 2017In “England”last_img read more

Flying High…strong 2016 sees 888 declare 82% profit increase

first_img StumbleUpon Share Related Articles 888 appoints VC expert Limor Ganot as a corporate advisor July 20, 2020 Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Share Submit 888 calls for Betgenius sportsbook makeover June 25, 2020 Driven by strong organic growth in its regulated market operations, the governance of FTSE250 online gambling operator 888 Holdings has labelled 2016 as ‘another fantastic year’.The continued growth of its B2C casino division, supported by a marked uplift in its sports betting wagering would see 888 declare group corporate revenues of US $520 million (FY 2015: $462million). Closing its 2016 performance, 888’s improved revenue performance would transfer to further core group metrics, as the company would declare a group EBITDA of $90 million, combined with full-year operating profits of $59 million.Updating its investors, 888 governance would declare a raised end-of-year dividend of 5.1 cents per share combined with a one-off 10.5 cents per share, bringing the total to 19.4 cents per share for FY 2016, representing a 25% increase from 2015.888 Holdings 2016 performance metric  overviewDetailing corporate highlights, 888 governance would point to a strong casino offering, backed by a dynamic mobile product which had led to a 27% increase in player activity.In 2016, the firm was able to improve its commercial pipeline, entering the regulated markets of Denmark and Romania. Furthermore, 888 revealed that it had added 23 ‘new skins’ to its Dragonfish white-label network.Itai Frieberger CEO of 888, commented on corporate performance:“2016 was another fantastic year for 888 during which we continued to deliver very strong organic revenue and profit growth. This was again underpinned by further outstanding progress in Casino, Sport and across regulated markets. 888′s further expansion in the UK, Spain and Italy is a strong demonstration of the Group’s ability to drive excellent growth and build leading market positions across regulated markets as the industry continues to head in this direction. These strong results demonstrate the truly outstanding underlying momentum in the business.”Offering a trading update, Frieberger, would further detail to investors:“Current trading since the start of the year remains healthy with average daily revenue more than 11% above the previous year at constant currency. Our Board continues to see a number of significant growth opportunities for 888 both in new and existing markets and we look forward to another exciting year of progress.”last_img read more

Hervé Schlosser: Sportnco – French experience will power growth in Spain with LATAM to follow

first_img StumbleUpon Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Submit Share Brazil appoints agencies to accelerate Sports Betting launch August 21, 2020 Share Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 Related Articles It is widely acknowledged that France is a tough market to operate in, but as Sportnco CEO and founder Hervé Schlosser explains, it is possible to be successful there with the right approach. He explains how his company has become the leading sports betting solutions provider in the country and how this experience is helping his group grow in Spain, with Latin America firmly on the radar.  _______________France’s igaming market is a key driver of Sportnco’s activity and the expertise we have acquired there since the market regulated in 2010 is driving many of our activities in other European markets such as Spain, with our eyes firmly set on Latin America.     The reference to France is not accidental. Sportnco is a French company and its head office is in the south-west of the country in Toulouse. But it is also no secret that the regulated French market is difficult and harder to operate in than other comparable European territories. And even though the tax framework is likely to change within the next 12 months, there are a number of key areas that make being an igaming operator or supplier in France particularly difficult. The technical constraints and requirements placed on suppliers and operators are demanding, notably the recording of all transactions between players and operators that must be transmitted to ARJEL. We have addressed these by developing our own proprietary solution and offer it as part of our global package. This enables us to control a complex and sensitive piece of technology that is essential to operating in the market.The list of authorised events and types of bets we can offer for specific sports means, for example, that French operators are not able to offer bets on friendly football matches for teams that are not in the Fifa Top50 standings or where there is no competitive result to play for. We handle this through our trading teams and our back office tools manage our offers according to the regulations they are subjected to in different markets.France’s tax on turnover is one of the toughest components to deal with for the sector. We have dealt with this key issue by setting up a system that guarantees operators can optimise their GGR to generate margins of between 16% and 19% according to their financial targets. In practice, this means offering only accumulator bets when the odds are below a certain level or ‘ACCA insurance’ promotions.French operators’ payout ratio is limited to 85% (as opposed to around 95% or more in most markets). This means modelling our odds and focusing our trading teams to ensure we generate a minimum of GGR margins of 16% on the market.  Working and being able to generate profits within such parameters is highly demanding for all stakeholders and requires hard graft. The fact that we have achieved this is a testament to the work we have put in as a group and in partnership with our clients, which in France include NetBet, ZEbet and Genybet.In practical terms, it means paying the closest attention to all the details that affect both ours and our operators’ revenues, ensuring the strategies we agree with them are achievable and integrating clients efficiently and to the highest standard.             Expanding furtherThe result is that since launching as a start-up B2B supplier in 2010, Sportnco is now the leading sports betting platform provider in the country, with close to 15% market share. This experience and success, which presented serious challenges that bigger and better-known suppliers were not able to overcome, has brought great discipline, a realistic vision of the market and, just as important, the confidence in our ability to apply this knowledge further afield.         We have already seen the benefits of this approach in Spain, where we have launched brands such as Suertia, Gran Casino Madrid, Casino Barcelona and very soon Golden Park; and most recently we announced the signing of Italian giants Sisal, for whom we will be launching a fully-customised dot es site in the summer.    These contract wins have also been facilitated by having part of our marketing, IT and trading teams based in Barcelona, where proximity and language have enabled us to build strong relationships with Spanish groups.Armed with this skillset we are already growing strongly in Spain and in a much shorter timeframe than we did in France, in a market that is dynamic and growing strongly. Spain’s growth levels are not at the same levels as this in France, but it is more varied as operators can work offline and we will be launching our own self-service betting terminals (SSBT) solution for Casino Barcelona later this year.    By comparison, the technical constraints, restrictions on offers or payout ratios also pose no specific problems to speak of in Spain; while the taxation at 20% of GGR, or 10% if a company is based in the Spanish-controlled territory of Ceuta or Melilla in northern Morocco, is hugely attractive when compared to France. New markets & new products With new SSBTs being made available for our customers this autumn we will offer the full omni-channel product range that combines online and land-based betting and that we know Spanish and Latin American punters enjoy. We anticipate the first releases to take place in September in Spain. And speaking of Latin America, we are in advanced discussions with a number of potential partners looking to launch betting sites in the region. Our presence at ICE 2019 has enabled us to follow up on and initiate discussions with operators acting or interested in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Peru.Our experience shows that true customisation, the ability to deliver strong GGR margins in a tough market and existing customer satisfaction have enabled us to grow in France and are powering our strong growth outside our home market. Our hard work paying off in France and Spain and we believe we will replicate this success in Latin America. _____________________Hervé Schlosser – CEO & Founder – Sportncolast_img read more

Kindred moves to new Stockholm HQ with commitment to hiring 250 new employees

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Share Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk  August 10, 2020 Henrik Tjärnström – KindredKindred Group Plc has today moved to its new ‘state-of-the-art’ headquarters, located at the ‘AMF Urban Escape’ building in Central Stockholm.First announced in November 2017, Kindred’s relocation sees 350 Stockholm employees staffed in a purpose built, innovation-enabling 7,000 sqm office designed by AMF Fastigheter.Kindred has taken over two floors at the Urban Escape’s ‘Regeringsgatan 29 building’ starting April 8th, with other tenants in the new tech cluster including EQT, Netlight, and Microsoft.Updating stakeholders, Kindred Group Chief Executive Henrik Tjärnström, marked the office relocation as a major corporate milestone and operational initiative completed.“It is very exciting to finally move into new premises in the middle of Stockholm where we can continue to grow at a fast pace. Since the birth of Kindred more than 20 years ago, it has been important for us to create a work environment that reflects our culture and our values”.Further, to the office relocation, Tjärnström and Kindred governance outlined the betting group’s commitment to hiring a further 250 employees, consolidating its position as one of Stockholm’s largest tech employers.“We are in an expansive phase right now and the new premises will allow us to grow rapidly. Several hundred new employees will be recruited to the Stockholm office in order for Kindred to secure its position as a digital gambling company at the forefront of technology development and sustainability”, Henrik Tjärnström, detailed to media. Submit Sharelast_img read more

SG’s OpenBet sees Aintree traffic grow on a “monumental scale”

first_img Submit StumbleUpon SG ramps up digital expansion with Nederlandse Loterij deal August 24, 2020 Xtremepush secures ‘OpenMarket’ supplier accreditation   August 26, 2020 Related Articles Share Share SG OpenMarket approval sees SportCaller expand FTP distribution capacity August 18, 2020 Betting-based transactions for Scientific Games around last week’s Randox Health Grand National more than doubled that of the world’s leading online retailer on Cyber Monday. The sportsbook platform provider saw more than 37.4 million bets placed throughout the three-day festival, with 14.5 million of those bets placed via Scientific Games’ product suite OpenBet on the showcase Grand National race.Scientific Games has credited the growth in bets placed to the stability of its OpenBet platform.Keith O’Loughlin, SVP Sportsbook of SG Digital, said: “The Grand National consistently showcases the power and scale of the betting industry, as evidenced by the top-notch performance of our teams and technology. “Our sportsbook gives customers the assurance to continue growing their offering and player base while maintaining a stable solution that offers unmissable player experiences. This is monumental scale in comparison to peaks seen by online retailers through key shopping events such as Black Friday and Cyber Monday. “Our transactions outpaced the performance by the world’s leading online retailer on Cyber Monday, as reported by Hitwise, by more than twice – a testament to our solid technology platform. We’re thrilled to support our customers with a world-class product during such massively popular events.”Over the festival, Scientific Games’ sportsbook customers processed more than 239 million account transactions, representing an increase of 8% over 2018. Bets per minute also saw a significant uptick over 2018 at 25,000, which will be a 25% increase.last_img read more