Lane Gibbs still adored by fans

first_imgGibbs still has a preference for Test cricket matches (played over five days). He, however, has no problem with the frenetic T20 format which attracts thousands of fans to matches in the Caribbean while support for the onger version has declined. Approaching 83rd birthday At the time of his retirement from Tests in 1976, Gibbs had taken 309 wickets, a record. This weekend, he will be at Central Broward Regional Park, more than likely cheering Guyana Amazon Warriors against St. Kitts And Nevis Patriots.Maybe he’ll turn his arm over for old time’s sake. Gibbs empathizes with players who have turned their backs on Test matches for the glamor of T20. “It’s more hip and the pay is not bad. You can’t blame them for looking out for their welfare. Look, when I was a world-record holder I was getting one pound (sterling) a day playing for the West Indies,” he said. Not much has changed in terms of the game’s popularity in the US, but Gibbs believes with the CPL making a mark in its debut South Florida run last year, the tournament can do even better in 2017.For cricket to take off in the US, he noted, nurturing its roots is critical. “You’ve got to start (promoting the game) in the schools. Look at soccer, you pass every park and kids are playing… It wasn’t like that one time. Now, soccer is huge!” he exclaimed. CPL motivating cricket in the US Amid the speeches at an introduction function at Central Broward Regional Park for the Jamaica Tallawahs on August 1, Lance Gibbs soaked-up adulation from fans. Gibbs, who is approaching his 83rd birthday, looks fit and trim. He is a vice-president of the Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) which bowls off at Central Broward Regional Park on August 5th. The South Florida leg concludes on August 6th.After retiring from first-class cricket in 1976, Gibbs migrated to the United States, not exactly a bastion of cricket. A West Indies cricket legend, the former right arm off spinner has lived in South Florida since 1979. The cricket scene here is a big contrast to cricket-hungry Guyana, his native land. The one-day game was starting to take off at the end of Gibbs career. He played only three One-Day Internationals, the last against Sri Lanka in 1975. Empathizes with T20 playerslast_img read more

Jamaican Opposition party saddened with passing of MP

first_imgDied suddenly Opposition leader expressed shock “Dr. Green committed his life professionally and politically to serving the Jamaican people. He was a dedicated servant of the people and a man faithful in his commitment to his family, his profession, his constituents and his party,” Phillips said, adding “Jamaica has lost a great son. Our heart-felt condolences to his children Ashley and Wade, his family, friends and colleagues. He will be truly missed.” PM Holness offers condolences Prime Minister Andrew Holness also extended condolences to the family of Dr.Green.In a release from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) on Monday, Holness said the news of Green’s death came as a surprise. The prime minister remembered Green as a competent Member of Parliament who sat on Parliamentary Committees.Dr. Green served on the Public Administration and Appropriations Committee. Up to the time of his death he was a member of Parliament’s Internal and External Committee.He was a second term member of Parliament, first elected in 2011 to represent the constituency of South East St Mary. Opposition Leader and PNP President Dr. Peter Phillips expressed shock and sadness at the death of Green, who contested the 2016 general election winning his seat by a mere five votes against the now ruling Jamaica Labor Party (JLP) candidate, Dr. Norman Dunn.center_img Green, 58, a dentist and the parliamentary representative for St. Mary South Eastern, died shortly after 5:00 am after he reportedly fell and hit his head at home. He was rushed to a near-by hospital where he was pronounced dead. The PNP in a statement said that Green’s passion for community development and working with Jamaicans to maximize their potential became the driving force that propelled his entry into politics. The main opposition People’s National Party (PNP) Monday described the late Dr. Winston Green as someone with a great passion for community development. A party statement said Dr. Green will be sadly missed.last_img read more

Guyana certifies new airline: Domestic Airways Incorporated

first_imgDirector General, GCAA, Lieutenant Colonel (retd), Egbert Field presents Captain for Domestic Airways Incorpoated, Orlando Charles and his wife Komal Devi-Charles with the Air Operators Certificate. The Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), has certified Domestic Airways Incorporated – the first airline to enter the domestic market in two years.On Monday, Director-General, Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) Lieutenant Colonel (retd), Egbert Field, presented Air Operators Certificate to the airline.“Before an operator can operate for profit and reward he is expected to display and to show that his operation has all the components required by ICAO and that he can ably and also safely conduct the operation as stated by ICAO,” Field said.He noted that the certification process involves five phases.“It’s a back and forth exercise because most times the applicant does not include all the documents in the manual so these corrections are made and sometimes it takes months with the documents,” Field explained.Prior to the certification, Domestic Airways Incorporated operated privately. According to the airline’s captain, Orlando Charles he is grateful that the airways can now operate publicly as well.“We have been using our aeroplanes for private, not for public or monetary gain or for charter. With the conclusion of the application process and the certification, we are now eligible for charters from individuals or companies. I am very thankful to the Civil Aviation Authority for this opportunity,” Charles said.Domestic Airways Incorporated has been in operation for approximately three years.last_img read more

OFFICIAL: Samir Nasri joins Antalyaspor

first_imgManchester City have confirmed that midfielder Samir Nasri has left the club to join Turkish side Antalyaspor after spending six years at the club.Nasri joins Antalyaspor on a two-year deal for a fee believed to be around ten million pounds.The creative midfielder spent last season on loan at Sevilla, and has always looked surplus to requirement at the Etihad despite Citizens manager Pep Guardiola severally expressing his admiration for his talent.The 30 year-old Frenchman joined Manchester City from Arsenal in 2011, making 171 appearances and scoring 26 goals for the Blues. He won the Premier League title in 2012 and 2014 playing for Manchester City. Relatedlast_img

The Man Responsible For Messi’s Absence Against Nigeria Revealed

first_imgArgentina coach Jorge Sampaoli has disclosed that he was the brain behind the proposition that Messi should miss the upcoming international friendly vs. the Super Eagles of Nigeria.He made this known at a press conference in Moscow on Friday. As monitored by TYC Sports, Sampaoli said:”Leo, I see him very mature and we can start a dialogue from coach to player, if have the possibility of taking a match, at a time when he has some muscular fatigue, we will do it.””We have to prove absolutely nothing, we have to prove it to the environment and we are on that path, I’m the one who proposed he does not play against Nigeria.”He has never proposed to stop playing because his happiness is in the game.” he added.Argentina will face World Cup hosts Russia on Saturday with Messi before a Messi-less team battle Nigeria at the Krasnodar Stadium in Russia on Tuesday.RelatedMessi Finally Speaks On Missing Nigeria GameNovember 12, 2017In “Features”Nigeria Showed Teams Don’t Fear Argentina Again – MaradonaFebruary 13, 2018In “FIFA”Sunday Oliseh: This Is The Time To Beat ArgentinaJune 25, 2018In “National Team”last_img read more

BHA panel finds trainer Jim Best guilty of stopping two horses

first_img Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Share Racing DiRSG launches LGBT+ awareness module for PRIDE  June 25, 2020 Related Articles Trainer Jim Best has been found guilty by a disciplinary panel of ordering a jockey not to win two races.However, the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has only suspended him for six months, after deeming that his original four-year ban until 2020 was ‘too substantial to stand’.The panel, chaired by Sir William Gage, concluded that Best was guilty of conduct ‘prejudicial to horse racing’. It found that he had told jockey Paul John to stop Echo Brava and Missile Man at meetings in December 2015. John rode Echo Brava at Plumpton on 14 December and Missile Man at Towcester three days later, with both horses finishing out of the places.Gage said: “We find that Mr John did intentionally ride both horses other than on their merits: that is, these were ‘stopping’ rides. We also find that is overwhelmingly likely that he rode in that way because those were Mr Best’s instructions.”The original verdict, chaired by solicitor Matthew Lohn, was quashed because of ‘an appearance of bias’. There was no suggestion that Lohn had been biased against Best, but the BHA did find the panel’s reasons for its findings were ‘insufficient to support its decision in this case’.Best’s legal team, led by solicitor Harry Stewart-Moore, have seven days to consider an appeal. However, they must also consider that any appeal board has the authority to increase the sentence as well as reduce it. Sharelast_img read more

Playtech transfers Ron Hoffman to lead new financial services division

first_img Retail closures have ‘severe’ impact on Playtech August 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Share Alan Jackson – PlaytechFTSE-listed gambling technology provider Playtech Plc has this morning confirmed that group CFO Ron Hoffman will be transferred to the position of Chief Executive for its financial services division. The transfer will see Hoffman further step down from the board with immediate effect.Hoffman’s group leadership position will be replaced by current Head of Investor Relations Andrew Smith. Playtech governance detailed that its leadership restructure was needed in order to focus rapid growth for its new financial division following the completed acquisitions of Markets Limited and Consolidated Financial Holdings A/S.Updating investors, Playtech governance recognised the service of Hoffman to the company’s growth, stating that the CFO had played a key role in Playtech’s effective acquisition strategy and further helping the technology provider list on the London AIM in 2006 and on FTSE index in 2012. Alan Jackson, Chairman of Playtech Plc, commented on Hoffman contribution “I would also like to take this opportunity, both personally and on behalf of the Board, to acknowledge the contribution Ron makes to Playtech and specifically whilst having acted as both Chief Financial Officer of Playtech and as Chief Executive Officer of Playtech’s Financials division. Ron is a tremendous asset to Playtech. He has established a first class finance function, which Andrew will inherit, and I am sure Ron will continue to thrive within the Group for many years to come as he drives the Financials division forwards.”Hoffman’s replacement Andrew Smith joined Playtech in 2015 from European bank ABN AMRO, where he specialised in technology and leisure industry financing.“I am delighted to welcome Andrew as Chief Financial Officer of Playtech whilst at the same time thanking Ron for the skill and dedication he has brought to the role over the past four years.”  Alan Jackson added“Andrew is the natural successor to Ron, having played an increasingly important part in Playtech’s financial, operational and strategic performance over the past few years, becoming a key member of Playtech’s management team as well as an important contributor at Board level. Andrew’s breadth of experience will be invaluable over the coming years and I wish him every success.Moving forward Playtech investor relations will now be handled by new hire James Newman who joins the firm from communications agency Bell Pottinger, where he served as senior advisor for the gaming and leisure clients (2013-2016).Playtech will announce its full year results on Thursday 23 February 2017.last_img read more

Golden Race nominated for Virtual Sports Supplier EGR Award

first_img PBS launches virtual sports solution for SSBTs July 7, 2020 Golden Race’s virtual sports products get Swedish certification June 18, 2020 Share Share Related Articles Submit The industry wakes up to virtual sports potential June 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Virtual sports and betting solutions provider Golden Race has been shortlisted for the 2017 EGR B2B Award for Virtual Sports Supplier of the year.Since launching in 2006, Golden Race has focused on creating an authentic sports betting experience that customers can completely control, manage, and deliver to their players, regardless of whether they are playing on retail channels, online or via mobile access.CEO Martin Wachter commented: “Golden Race have been working extremely hard for years to create the best complete virtual betting experience on the market, and being nominated for this award is great recognition of that fact.”The industry provider has also targeted a realistic betting experience for players which they claim is “identical to real sports betting” – so that everything is familiar, there is nothing to learn, and players can simple enjoy their passion.Wachter added: “The judges will be looking in particular at how Golden Race opted to buck the trend of the industry and, instead of pre-rendering 3D virtual products, used live-rendering to avoid seeing the same games unfolding (unlike our competitors), and provide a huge advantage for any product updates, customizations, and even creating and deploying entirely new competitions, teams, kits, players, or branding.”last_img read more

Betsson Group pushes for new DFS platform with Scout Gaming

first_imgShare Submit Betsson teams up with Banach for football Flash Markets launch July 24, 2020 Andreas Ternström – Scout GamingStockholm-listed European online gambling group, Betsson AB has announced that it will broaden its product portfolio adding a new daily fantasy sports (DFS) platform powered by Scout Gaming Group.The partnership sees Scout Gaming provide its fully customizable DFS solution, which will be made available to all Betsson AB subsidiaries.Project stakeholders detail that the Scout/Betsson DFS platform is expected to be fully integrated by early 2018.Updating investors, Scout Gaming governance was pleased to have secured a further ‘Tier1’ betting operator in Betsson AB. This November Scout Gaming announced that it would move for a December Stockholm First North market listing.“I’m delighted that Betsson Group, one of Europe ́s leading online operators, has chosen Scout Gaming as their supplier. The agreement confirms that Daily Fantasy Sports is rapidly gaining ground and is expected to be the next online gaming growth vertical” says, Scout Gaming CEO, Andreas Ternström.In its update, Betsson details that following a review of DFS technology suppliers, it has chosen to partner with Scout Gaming a DFS provider that can scale services for Betsson’s multi-market / multi-brand’ strategyAndy Broughton Braithwaite – BetssonAndy Broughton Braithwaite, Betsson Group’s Director of Gaming commented on the partnership“We have evaluated how to extend our sports offering and in particular the possibilities related to Daily Fantasy Sports. Broadening our target audience as well as increasing loyalty among existing players are two key demands we can address with DFS. Scout Gaming not only offers a wide selection of sports but is also able to support local and niche events, which is important to us. Scout also offer the largest European liquidity network, which was an important consideration in our selection process, ” Related Articles GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Share Betsson rolls out new Group Affiliates site August 7, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

David Clifton: Licensing Expert – No surprises from UKGC’s review of online gambling

first_img Submit Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 David CliftonIt can surely have come as no surprise that, after all that has happened in recent months, the Gambling Commission has announced proposals designed to provide greater protections for children, reduce problem gambling risks to vulnerable customers and act on its long-held perception that operators have not been doing enough to properly know their customers and to intervene at an earlier stage before consumers experience harm.The proposals should help those operators who have been saying to the Commission – too defensively in my view – “tell us what to do and we will do it”. My personal view is that the industry should have preferred the lighter regulatory touch that originally led to the outcomes-focused style of regulation that originally dictated the Commission’s approach. That provided a greater degree of flexibility than a prescribed set of rules that necessarily limits innovation and provision of choice. However, it is too late to ask the regulator to turn back the pages and what has been announced today is the result of (a) the rapid growth in the online gambling sector since the shift to point of consumption regulation of remote gambling on 1 November 2014 and (b) what the Commission considers to have been repeated serious failings in terms of consumer protection in that time.Indeed the “Review of online gambling” published today drives home the Commission’s opinion that “progress by the online industry to minimise harm has been significantly slower than we expected and required”.The Commission acknowledges that it has started to see signs that online operators “are beginning to take their responsibilities as seriously as we expect and that they are making this an integral part of their business culture”, but unfortunately this is a case of “too little, too late”. As long ago now as November 2016, the then CEO of the Commission, Sarah Harrison, called on the industry to accelerate the rate of change in raising its standards. The newly announced proposals are designed to force such an outcome. They are based on the following seven principles that have been put forward by the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board:In the absence of any restrictions on game characteristics, the package of protections which surround a product must be significantly and demonstrably, stronger.Gambling with borrowed money, including through the use of a credit card, is a risk factor and therefore consumers’ ability to gamble with credit should be restricted.To the maximum extent possible, consumers should be able to withdraw funds as easily as they are able to deposit them.Gambling operators should ensure their customers are 18 or over at the point of registration, not some later point.Encouraging a consumer to take greater gambling risks is not the same as upselling in other retail and commercial contexts.Responsible gambling information should be accessible, prominent and engaging.Operators should dedicate as much energy and creativity to player protection as they do to their commercial activities and should commit resources to it in sufficient quantity to reflect its importanceCertain of the following Gambling Commission proposals will be subject to consultation, so any operators reading this who object to what is proposed should not do so silently. They should respond to the forthcoming consultation putting forward cogent and carefully considered reasons why a different approach should be adopted by the regulator, ideally supported by some evidence.1 Age verificationThe Commission proposes to remove the current 72-hour window to carry out age verification checks (with a dispensation applied if a customer is using a credit card) during which it is possible for someone to register an account and deposit funds for gambling, meaning that all customers will in future have to be age verified before they are able to deposit money and gamble.In addition, the Commission has concerns about the availability of play-for-free games, that whilst not constituting gambling, may encourage young people to gamble. As a result, it will be consulting on only allowing access to such games to those who have first been age-verified.2 Customer due diligenceOn the basis that age verification alone does not confirm that a person is who they say they are, the Commission proposes to extend to all online gambling operators the requirement for CDD checks that are presently applicable only in the case of casinos within the context of AML obligations. This would mean that the identity of all customers has to be verified before they are allowed to gamble. The modern technology exists to provide very considerable assistance in this respect but it requires equally considerable financial investment. The forthcoming consultation will also propose that mandatory account limits are imposed until operators have further verified information about their customers.3 Unfair terms adviceIn a news item posted on 23 March 2018, the Commission made clear its expectation that by 3 April online operators will remove unfair bonus promotion terms that:require customers to play multiple times before allowing them to withdraw their own money,prevent them from withdrawing their full balance by minimum withdrawal limits orcould oblige players to take part in publicityand that they will instead prominently flag any significant restrictions to customers.The Commission is confirming that it will continue to work with the CMA to raise standards in the area of unfair terms and conditions and that, once further investigations and enforcement action by the CMA is completed, it will publish advice for industry, consumers and ADR providers.4 Customer InteractionThe Commission has recently published customer interaction guidance for remote gambling operators.  Whilst acknowledging that a significant amount of work is being undertaken within the industry to develop and implement more effective approaches to this subject, including the use of data and development of algorithms to ensure that customer interaction is well-targeted, the Commission wants to speed up progress. It will, therefore, be consulting on the effectiveness of the present LCCP customer interaction controls in order to “embed good practice”.  The Commission has also set out the following areas of further work that it intends to carry out:Assess the effectiveness of the current tools available to consumers to manage their gamblingReview gambling product characteristics to identify whether particular features pose greater risk of harm than othersReview its requirements on the protection of customer funds and consider whether there are sufficient protections around dormant accountsConsider whether gambling on credit should continue to be permittedConsider whether it needs to make changes to ensure that consumers can withdraw funds more easily.The “Review of online gambling” runs to 63 pages. However, it should not just be regarded as just a list of yet more regulatory burdens to be cast upon an already beleaguered industry.It contains some potentially very useful intelligence for both betting and gaming sectors in its section 2 “Online gambling market overview”, with:pie charts showing both online betting market share and online casino market share,Paddy Power Betfair and bet365 emerging as clear overall winnersevidence suggesting some shift from land-based gambling to online gambling.a steadily narrowing difference between online and in-person casino participation splitno clear trend for bingo (although there has been a slight narrowing of the gap between online and in-person participation)a significant increase in online participation in horse races (correlated with a fall in in-person participation)very limited information on spend but an inference from the combination of participation rates and GGY is that online consumers, in general, spend more than land-based consumers.It also sets out the Commission’s findings in relation to the main characteristics of online betting, casino, bingo and slots participants using its December 2017 telephone survey data showing, amongst other things, an “overrepresentation of people seeking work” that it suggests operators should be used to support their customer interaction policies and procedures.___________________David Clifton – Director – ‎Clifton Davies Consultancy LimitedThe Betting industry’s regulatory agenda and current context will be discussed at the upcoming ‘Betting on Sports Conference’ (#boscon2018 – Olympia London-18-20 September 2018). 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