Reggae Boyz to face Saudi Arabia

first_imgJamaica’s national soccer team, the Reggae Boyz, will be play Saudi Arabia at the King Fahd International Stadium, also called Pearl of Stadiums, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on October 7.Qualified for 2018 World CupSaudi Arabia have already qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, The Saudi’s join Iran, Japan and Republic of Korea as the teams from Asia in the world’s top soccer tournament in Russia.Saudi Arabia finished second in their Group behind Japan. The team also qualified in the 1994, 1998, 2002 and 2006 FIFA World Cup.Seeking high quality games The new President of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF), Michael Ricketts, in agreeing to the game, said, “This is an indication of our intent to continue seeking high-quality international friendly games for the senior team. This level of opposition provides an opportunity for the players and technical team to continue the rebuilding of a successful Reggae Boyz team.”To the disappointment of Jamaican soccer fans home and in the Diaspora the Reggae Boyz were eliminated from competing in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in the qualifying round.Anticipate highly competitive gameThe Reggae Boyz coach Theodore Whitmore, also welcomed the opportunity for his team to play in Saudi Arabia, stating: “I anticipate a highly competitive fixture which is excellent for our plans moving forward.”The Reggae Boyz have played Saudi Arabia three times, winning one, losing one and drawing the other. The teams played to a 0-0 draw on May 4, 1998; Jamaican won the next encounter 2-1 on July 13, 1999 in the US, but lost the third game 0-4 two days later.The Jamaican squad to travel to Saudi Arabia will be announced later this week.About the Reggae BoyzJamaica’s Reggae Boyz gained worldwide popularity after they qualified for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. They have won the Caribbean Cup five times (1991, 1998, 2005, 2008, and 2010), finished second twice, and came third twice.Read more about the Reggae Boyz:Jamaica Reggae Boyz captain, Andre Blake, denied UK work permitlast_img read more

IDB provides Jamaica with funds for natural disaster preparation

first_imgThe Inter-American Development Bank Headquarters in Washington, D.C. The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is providing a US$285 million contingent loan to Jamaica to help the island bolster its response efforts to natural disasters and help protect its public purse.On Wednesday, the Washington-based financial institution said  the financing allows Jamaica to pay for “any extraordinary public expenses that could arise from emergencies caused by natural disasters. “The loan is intended to buffer the financial shock of a disaster on the Jamaica’s fiscal balance, thereby, increasing the nation’s financial stability and efficiency, as well as its disaster preparedness and response,” it said. Ranks 19th globally for exposure to natural disasters With a population of more than 2.7 million, the IDB said Jamaica ranks 19th in the world for its exposure to natural disasters, which include hurricanes, earthquakes and droughts. Between 1988 and 2012, the IDB said 11 named storms made landfall in Jamaica. It’s estimated that hurricane Gilbert cost Jamaica 28 percent of its gross domestic product (GDP), the IDB said.More frequent intense weather events expected“As the effects of climate change intensify, Jamaica can expect extreme weather events to become more frequent and more intense, resulting in greater impacts on the environment, economy and population,” it said. The IDB noted that Moody’s financial rating service lists Jamaica as among the four most vulnerable small-island countries, “when it comes to the credit implications of climate change.”last_img read more

Caribbean to benefit from hosting Gold Cup tournament

first_imgMIAMI, CMC – Football administrators are expecting Central America and the Caribbean to reap major benefits from the hosting of the CONCACAF Gold Cup matches for the first time next year.There will be an increase from 12 teams to 16 in the 2019 edition of the confederation’s marquee competition, and countries in the Caribbean and Central American zones will host matches in keeping with a promise made by CONCACAF President Victor Montagliani.Costa Rica has already been announced as the Central American host, however no host has been named for the Caribbean.The upcoming tournament , the 15th edition of the competition,  scheduled for June 15 to July 7. “The increase in the Gold Cup was not only a promise, but we delivered on it… obviously Central America is very happy to host, and that is basically a continuation of our One CONCACAF Vision, which is more than just a vision, but the implementation of that vision and delivering on it,” Montagliani told the Jamaica Observer.The Canadian businessman campaigned for the presidency two years ago on his One CONCACAF Vision manifesto which today shapes the foundation of the administration.last_img read more

Help Shellora Lewin find a marrow donor

first_imgAfter completing her first year as a 2nd-grade teacher, Jamaican 26-year-old FIU Graduate, Shellora Lewin began to feel fatigued while preparing for her summer role as a Bible camp counselor. With swollen lymph nodes in the neck, Lewin was treated for a common cold and prescribed medicine that was ineffective in treatment. Shortly after, Lewin remained hospitalized for 30 days due to the diagnosis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.To save her life, Shellora will need a blood stem cell transplant. The challenge she faces is to find a match on a registry of 19 million that is only equivalent to roughly a 23% chance at survival. Many patients like Shellora endure the same challenge due to the lack of an ethnically diverse registry. It is crucial that supporters and donors of minority join the registry in order to improve the chances of fighting this disease for ethnically diverse patients. Shellora Lewin is undoubtedly an admirable example of a youth leader in her community. In addition to her education experience, she served as an Americorps City Year volunteer for one year after graduating from Florida International University. She has also done community service in the Dominican Republic. She loves her family and her church. Naturally quiet and calm, she prefers to spend her free time reading books. Shellora is joined by her mother, Denise Lewin, and older brother, who lives with down syndrome. Help save this family today, in addition to those similarly affected, by registering as a potential donor at join.bethematch/shellora or by texting the word Shellora to 6147About Be The Match® For people with life-threatening blood cancers—like leukemia and lymphoma—or other diseases, a cure exists. Be The Match® connects patients with their donor match for a life-saving marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. People can contribute to the cure as a member of the Be The Match Registry® , financial contributor or volunteer. Be The Match provides patients and their families one-on-one support, education, and guidance before, during and after transplant. Be The Match is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), a nonprofit organization that matches patients with donors, educates health care professionals and conducts research so more lives can be saved. To learn more about the cure, visit join.bethematch.org/saveshellora or text Shellora to 614-74.last_img read more

The Use Of Technology And Future Of Work Has Changed Because…

first_imgE-commerce, which is among the issues proposed for consideration in the World Trade Organization (WTO), needs to be properly addressed across the CARICOM region. This is where business is now being conducted especially among Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs). With lockdowns across the world and social distancing, technology is playing a central role in communication. Increasingly, people are participating in religious services and concerts online through live-streaming. Pope Francis may have been speaking over the Easter holidays in a mostly empty St. Peter’s Basilica or St. Peter’s Square, but he was joined by thousands, if not millions, of persons through the internet and more traditional means such as television and radio. In many ways, COVID-19 is accelerating the use of technology in our work and social activities. Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and senior officials have increasingly resorted to more frequent use of teleconferencing. In fact, recently the Heads of government have been holding emergency sessions on COVID-19’s impact on the region. Guest editorial adapted from CMC feature written by Elizabeth Morgan, a specialist in International Trade Policy and International Politics. While many developed countries have been using technology in the workplace and have adopted flexible working hours, this is not the case in the Caribbean and other developing countries. In general, these countries are  playing catch-up. The Challenges in the Caribbean Working from home has also raised again in Jamaica, and no doubt in other parts of the Caribbean region, the question of flexible working hours. People working from home, whether in the public or private sectors, are reported to be more productive and less stressed. Of course, this requires further study. In Jamaica, in 2014, the Employment (Flexible Work Arrangement) (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act was adopted but is yet to be fully implemented. COVID-19 is demonstrating that there could be merit in introducing some flexible working schedules where appropriate. The use of technology is also changing how diplomacy is being conducted, moving from face-to-face meetings and very formal diplomatic notes and saving-telegrams to teleconferencing, emails, and social media portals like Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, etc.  This is not to say that there isn’t still a place for diplomatic person-to-person contact, but diplomacy has clearly moved into the digital age. Within the Caribbean, and especially in its public sector, it is necessary to ensure that institutions and employees have up-to-date, properly maintained equipment and are efficiently trained in how to use them. The service providers in the Caribbean also have to iron out all the kinks to provide a high quality of service at a price that users can afford.center_img However, there are definite signs of improvement over the last 12 years, during which time Caribbean countries upgraded internet services and received teleconferencing equipment through a technical cooperation program. The CARICOM Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) Special Session on Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) has, for many years, been looking at creating a Single ICT Space allowing for ICT harmonization and other legislative frameworks in CARICOM. Increased use of ICT, it is said, would aid the realization of the long-awaited CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. In Geneva, Brussels, London, New York, Kingston, Georgetown, and other cities across the world, many people are now working from home using the internet and conducting local and international meetings through some form of teleconferencing. To be honest, Caribbean residents are not actually receiving the best quality telephone and internet services from their principal providers. Security is an important issue as well and, of course, across the region cybersecurity policies and legislation need to be completed. So, whether people are prepared or not, the future of work is evident as COVID-19 preventative is propelling the world more into the digital age and the related reform of working procedures. The flexible working arrangements also need to be seriously examined for implementation. The experiences forced on the region and the rest of the world in this COVID-19 period clearly indicates that the use of technology for communication in various scenarios is workable. A few weeks ago when CARICOM Heads met to share ideas and experiences on measures related to COVID-19, Barbados Prime Minister Mottley said the presence of the coronavirus “could be the region’s time.” Indeed, it could be the Caribbean’s time to implement the many CARICOM proposals which are outstanding including proposals on agriculture and food security, trade in services, and most importantly, ICT. Services, such as medical consultations, physiotherapy sessions, and exercise classes, are now being provided through various internet applications. It seems that e-commerce has also increased significantly. Thus, COVID-19 is forcing many people to become much more familiar with technology, and its various applications.last_img read more

2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup Final – USA vs Jamaica

first_imgAfter 24 matches which produced a total of 51 goals (2.13 per match), the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup is into its final stage and will feature hosts, USA against Jamaica.Road to final:UNITED STATES – Grouped alongside Panama, Nicaragua, and Martinique.They were the number one candidate tipped to finish as group winners – a feat which was made manifest following their performance albeit starting on shaking grounds. Their campaign began with a surprise (1-1) draw against Panama, and then a (3-2) win against Martinique, before a solid (3-0) win in the final game against Nicaragua to finish top of Group B. In the Quarter-final, it was a familiar foe in Panama, this time they edged the tie (1-0), before dispatching Costa Rica (2-0) in the semi-final.JAMAICA – Grouped alongside El Salvador, Curaçao, and Mexico.The reggae boyz began their campaign with a (2-0) ease past Curaçao, before a (0-0) score line against Mexico and (1-1) draw in the final group tie with El Salvador. They defeated Canada (2-1) in the Quarter-final which setup a Group C re-match in the semis against Mexico. An 88th minute strike from Kemar Lawrence was enough to eliminate the defending champions.Heading into their 10th Gold Cup final, there’s a lot of pressure on Bruce Arena’s side; a defeat would be bitter pill to swallow for the locals who believe the reggae boyz shouldn’t be hard nuts to crack. This would be Jamaica’s second final in two years after finishing as Runner-up in the 2015 edition. A complete contrast when compared to their opposition who are five time champions.Players to Watch:Clint Dempsey (USA) > The experienced leg hasn’t played too many fixtures lately for the ‘The Stars and Stripes’ but his presence always counts when he’s introduced.Romario Williams (Jamaica) > The Charleston Battery forward has been responsible for helping the team pull the chestnut out of the fire’ all tournament long. If the USA defenders fall short in their duties on Wednesday, he’d likely add to his two tournament goals.The final would be played at Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, on July 26, 2017.My Prediction: USA 2-0 JamaicaPicture Credit: AP’Related2017 Gold Cup – Enters Semi-final PhaseJuly 21, 2017In “AFCON Insider”2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup: All You Need To KnowJuly 12, 2017In “AFCON Insider”2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (CONCACAF): Favourites US Miss Out; Panama QualifyOctober 11, 2017In “FIFA”last_img read more

Former Stoke City Defender Dies At 25 After Suffering a Heart Attack

first_imgRelated A former Stoke City defender Dionatan Teixeira has died at the age of 25 from a suspected heart attack.Teixeira joined Stoke in 2014 having had trials at a number of Premier League clubs including Manchester City. However, the Brazilian’s time in England was blighted by injury and he made only two substitute appearances for Stoke in three years at the club.Stoke City in a statement said, “The thoughts of all at Stoke City are with his family and friends.”After his arrival at FC Sheriff in February, Teixeira made 10 appearances for the club as he helped guide them to win the Moldovan National Division title.Teixeira was in his native, Brazil when he was taken ill and he died on Sunday after a suspected heart attack, according to his current club, FC Sheriff, a Moldovan team who are playing in the Europa League this season.last_img read more

Fredrik Elmqvist – Yggdrasil Gaming – A customer first approach that makes iSENSE

first_img Romania’s ONJN adds 20 sites to blacklist August 14, 2020 Related Articles Share Share CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Yggdrasil Gaming CEO Fredrik Elmqvist spoke to SBC News about building its own platform iSENSE, the challenges of local regulation and the thinking behind its slightly obscure company name.Fredrik Elmqvist, YggdrasilSBC: What does it take to take a gaming developer brand from an unknown entity and newcomer in the space to one that’s well known and respected?FE: Innovation, creativity and hard work. We’ve grown extremely quickly because we identified that taking a customer-first approach to slots provision would prove popular with operators.We understand what operators are looking for in their slots and accordingly have developed tools that help them market and promote games to their customers.This customer-centric focus, including our collection of in-game promotional tools BOOST™ and social sharing tool BRAG, has really set us apart from the competition. It is not enough to create great games anymore; operators are demanding a world-class promotional infrastructure alongside the titles. Our long list of industry-firsts has really powered this stratospheric growth.SBC: How integral has the use of the iSENSE 2.0 platform been to Yggdrasil’s growth?FE: Very early in the Yggdrasil journey, we decided to build our own platform that would smooth integrations and give us the flexibility to innovate. At the time, some considered this a risky move; most games developers didn’t bother with their own platform, and most were still developing games in Flash.We broke from the mould and were among the first to commit wholeheartedly to HTML5. We could only make that decision because of the deep, strategic understanding of the slots sector that we possess.Since then we’ve continued to develop our iSENSE platform. The most recent iteration, iSENSE 2.0+, features a new, minimalistic UI for both mobile and desktop and facilitates in-game deposits, allowing players to go to the deposit screen with a single click without leaving the game client. We will continue to innovate around iSENSE 2.0 as it is central to the Yggdrasil offering.SBC: Game certification is locally regulated and yet you aim to launch each game across your jurisdictions at the same time – how much of a challenge is this and why do you take this approach?FE: This has become less of a challenge and more a case of business as usual for us. We now have licences in the UK, Malta, Gibraltar and Romania, while also certifying games in Italy. We work with many major operators who are operating across multiple jurisdictions. It can be frustrating for these operators to see a game or feature working well in the UK but not be able to roll it out in Italy, for instance.That’s why we aim for simultaneous launches wherever possible, allowing operators to better coordinate marketing campaigns and budgets. Fortunately, we have one of gaming’s strongest legal and regulatory teams at hand to make this possible. We are particularly excited for the launch of our Jungle Books slot in September, which will go live at the same time in all our jurisdictions.SBC: Can you tell us about the choice of the company name – Yggdrasil? FE: We wanted a name that was easy to pronounce! If you look at the B2B gaming space, most opt for combinations of terms such as ‘Play’, ‘Gaming’ or ‘Net’. We felt we needed something more creative to reflect our approach to games.Yggdrasil is an immense tree in Norse mythology that connects nine worlds, and we felt it nicely reflected our Scandinavian roots. It also gave us the freedom to develop a strong brand and challenge conventions on how B2B gaming firms can be marketed.SBC: You were named Slot Provider of the Year for the second year running at the EGR B2B Awards; how important are such accolades? FE: These awards mean a lot because they are acknowledgment from our own industry that Yggdrasil is doing something different. I’ve long believed that if we as a sector do not constantly strive to push forward online casino, the whole industry will suffer.Obviously, our strong commercial performance is vindication that our model works, but these awards show that we are also fulfilling this mission. It is also fantastic that the hard work of the entire team is rewarded – none of this would be possible without the dedication and creativity of Yggdrasilians.SBC: You recently ran the Yggdrasil Coding Challenge in your Polish office – will you be going forward with more initiatives like this?FE: Recruitment is one of the major challenges both Yggdrasil and the broader gaming industry faces. We have grown quickly in Poland, and have recently opened a new office in Krakow city centre, on the site of an old brewery.To recruit the very best talent, we’ve realised we need to place Yggdrasil at the heart of the city’s technology and art communities. Events such as the Coding Challenge are a way of introducing Yggdrasil to these communities in a fun and creative way. These events have been well received so far, and we’ll certainly continue hosting similar functions. TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Submit StumbleUponlast_img read more

INTERPOL & IOC strengthen cooperative networks against sports corruption

first_imgShare ICSS ‘integrity hotline’ gives snapshot of global reach of sports corruption October 31, 2019 IBIA boosts platform ranks as Kambi joins integrity body December 3, 2019 IOC emphasises stakeholder cooperation protecting sports integrity in critical 2020 December 10, 2019 Submit StumbleUpon Share Related Articles International police cooperation agency, INTERPOL has extended its joint-capacity arrangement with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) expanding its provisions to protect sports integrity.INTERPOL and IOC renew their cooperation partnership until 2021, with both parties focusing on building training programs which will enhance sports stakeholders’ capacity to recognise corruption and facilitate effective investigations into ‘competition manipulation’.‘As part of the first period of their partnership (2015 – 2017), INTERPOL and the IOC organized 30 tailor-made capacity building training events involving 46 different countries, with some 1,100 participants trained’ details the joint agreement.INTERPOL believes that the IOC training programs with further strengthen existing operational networks such as the IOC Integrity Betting Intelligence System or its Match-Fixing Task Force, extending its cooperative capacities.Paul Stanfield – INTERPOL“Competition manipulation remains a global concern, with organized criminal syndicates operating on a large transnational scale, and targeting an ever wider range of sports,” said INTERPOL’s Director of Organized and Emerging Crime, Paul Stanfield.“Despite national efforts to respond to competition manipulation, the solution lies through a coordinated approach, between the sports movement and law enforcement, at all levels. Our on-going partnership with the IOC sets the example of an effective strategic partnership at the international level,”As part of the partnership, INTERPOL and the IOC established mechanisms to exchange information to protect the integrity of the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, in February 2018. with INTERPOL acting as a hub for law enforcement in order to successfully facilitate and coordinate the exchange of data for issues related to integrity in sport and integrity of sports competitions.Girard Zappelli – IOC“Protecting the clean athletes from all forms of corruption and manipulation is our top priority,” said Pâquerette Girard Zappelli, IOC Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer.“Our strong collaboration with INTERPOL serves to safeguard the integrity of sport. We are very satisfied with the outcomes of our partnership during the last three years and are looking forward to continuing our close teamwork with them.”last_img read more

Curtains for Corbyn? Paddy Power cuts odds on Jezza’s 2018 resignation

first_img Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Submit BGC: Government must ‘act fast’ and extend furlough scheme August 11, 2020 Paddy PowerIt appears that the Labour Party cannot escape charges of antisemitism, as this week Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu released pictures of party leader Jeremy Corbyn ‘supposedly’ attending a wreath-laying ceremony for the 1972 Munich Olympic Games terrorists in 2014.The Labour Party has defended Corbyn’s position, stating that its leader was ‘visiting a Tunisian cemetery to honour innocent victims killed in a 1985 Israeli military air strike’.The event has seen Corbyn face a week of opposition attacks and internal criticisms, as Labour continues to be marred by antisemitism allegations.Updating its UK political markets, Paddy Power makes it 3/1 (from 8/1 last week) – ‘that Jezza leaves before the end of 2018’, as Labour’s leader continues to face questions as to why he visited to an event at a Palestinian Martyrs Cemetery in 2014.Furthermore, Paddy Power Politics has lengthened the odds on Corbyn becoming next PM, replacing to Theresa May from 9/2 to a 6/1, becoming second market favourite behind former Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson (currently 5/1).Updating the media, Spokesman Paddy Power said: “As pressure mounts on Corbyn again over antisemitism claims, our traders think he will be laying a wreath on his own leadership career before the end of the year, and have been forced to cut the odds.“But doing or saying something questionable hasn’t impacted on Boris Johnson’s popularity – he’s still our most popular selection to take over from May, though Corbyn has slipped down the betting.”Paddy Power Jeremy Corbyn Specials3/1        Corbyn to leave before the end of 20185/1        Boris Johnson to be the next Prime Minister6/1        Corbyn to be the next Prime MinisterCease to be  Party  Leader First:1/3        Theresa May3/1        Jeremy Corbyn Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020last_img read more