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Month: August 2020

Sweet return for The Melodians

first_imgTrevor McNaughton, Taurus Alphonso and Winston Dias of The Melodians performing at the Skamouth Music Festival in England last month The Melodians released their latest album on May 5, one week after performing at the Skamouth Music Festival in the United Kingdom.Largely produced by Willie Lindo of South Florida’s Heavybeat Records, The Return of The Melodians Ska—Rocksteady—Reggae hears the trio covering rocksteady classics like Sweet Sensation and You Don’t Need Me.Trevor McNaughton, who started The Melodians in 1962 with Brent Dowe and Tony Brevett, is the only original member. Dowe died in 2006; Brevett passed away in 2013.Winston Dias and Taurus Alphonso are the other members of the current lineup. All live in South Florida.McNaughton is pleased with ‘The Return’ which also features a cover of The Drifters’ I’ll Take You Where The Music’s Playing.“The good Lord still shining on I an’ I and wi looking forward to taking this to the next level,” he said.The April 26-28 Skamouth event was their second major performance. In June last year, they performed on the This Is Ska Festival in Rosslau, Germany.In July, The Melodians are scheduled to appear on the Nowah Reggae Festival in Vilanova, Spain.last_img read more

Cayman Islands tourism launches luxury destination weddings publication

first_imgThe Cayman Islands Department of Tourism (CIDOT) has partnered with Cloud Nine Omnimedia (CNO) to launch ‘Cayman Vows’ Magazine. CNO is a U.S.-based media and publishing company and founders of WedLux. The magazine is the first-ever definitive resource for couples and wedding planners. It provides for inspiration and guidance to experience world-class destination weddings and honeymoons in the Cayman Islands.Now availableThe print and digital publication is now available for purchase online and on newsstands across Canada. It will be available at Barnes & Noble locations in the U.S. starting July 11, 2017.The magazine features real wedding testimonials; including the first glimpse into the intimate Grand Cayman nuptials of Grace and Trai Byers, stars of the Fox hit series, “Empire.” There are also high-end fashion shoots, personality spotlights and expert advice on topics from décor and venues to must-do experiences island-wide.Director of Tourism proud of partnership“The Cayman Islands is proud to partner with Cloud Nine Omnimedia to introduce ‘Cayman Vows’ magazine to international travelers across the U.S. and Canada,” said Rosa Harris, Director of Tourism. “It reinforces our position as one of the world’s most sought-after warm-weather destinations for romance. We couldn’t be more excited to share the strength of ‘Cayman Vows’ as a comprehensive romance destination guide with the world.”Under the direction of CNO partners and co-founders, Angela Desveaux and Bruce Patterson, the collaborative effort brings together the biggest names in the wedding planning industry. The magazine offers the Cayman Islands’ own distinguished event professionals and on-island providers to shine a light on the destination’s exceptional wedding and honeymoon offerings.Embodying the versatility, convenience, and memorability of hosting a special event in the Cayman Islands, the distinct glossy publication provides endless inspiration and trusted counsel for those embarking on one of life’s most important journeys: marriage.last_img read more

Liverpool Edge Leicester City In Five-Goal Thriller

first_imgLiverpool kept in touch with the leading pack in the English Premier League (EPL) after they defeated hosts Leicester City 3-2 in a thrilling contest at the King Power Stadium.The Reds had lost their last three games at the Stadium including their 2-0 midweek loss in the Carabao Cup but that didn’t stop Jurgen Klopp’s side from racing to a 2-0 lead courtesy Mohamed Salah and a superb Philippe Coutinho freekick.The home team however found a route back into the game on the stroke of halftime through Shinji Okazaki following some dodgy defending from the visitors. Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson added a third goal for his side before Jamie Vardy pulled a goal back for the immediate past EPL champions with 21 minutes left on the clock.Vardy was thereafter given a fantastic chance to get his brace and pull his side level to 3-3 but his penalty was saved by Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet who atoned for his mistake in conceding the penalty in the first place.The win takes Liverpool to 5th position on the log with 11 points from 6 games with the team now five points off the league summit.RelatedSupersub Iheanacho Goal And Assist Seals Comeback Win For Leicester In First EPL AppearanceDecember 1, 2019In “England”Premier League Review (Tuesday): United, Tottenham Experience Contrasting Fortunes In The Title RaceNovember 29, 2017In “England”Premier League Watch: Manchester City Extend Lead As United Drop Points AgainDecember 24, 2017In “England”last_img read more

Fortuna continues Romanian expansion with €47 million deal for Fortbet assets

first_img SAZKA faces scrutiny following appointment of Flint Global as National Lottery advisor August 20, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Related Articles Submit Romania’s ONJN adds 20 sites to blacklist August 14, 2020 Fortuna Entertainment continues its M&A expansion within the licensed Romanian gambling market. The Eastern European bookmaker confirmed this week that it was closing in on the acquisition of Fortbet Holdings gambling assets.Updating the market, Fortuna detailed that it was in the final stages of negotiations for the Fortbet properties of Bet Active Concept SRL, Bet Zone SRL, Public Slots SRL and Slot Arena SR.Fortuna has put forward a combined deal of €47 million for the assets, offering Fortbet governance €32 million in cash with €15 million in added performance incentives. Furthermore, as goodwill, Fortuna governance has also promised to refinance around €3m of Fortbet’s loans.Fortbet is a subsidiary of Penta Investments Group, Fortuna’s current majority shareholder. Fortuna has a working relationship with Fortbet as Bet Active Concept and Bet Zone currently operate its ‘Fortuna brand’ a licensing arrangement.Furthering its M&A portfolio within Romania, Fortuna governance detailed that acquisitions would help it become the outright market leader for the region in betting and lottery services.This month Fortuna secured Romanian leading land-based bookmaker Casa Pariurilor by acquiring gambling group Hattrick Sports for €135 million.Entering 2017, Fortuna governance has detailed the importance of growing its assets away from the it core market of Czech Rep and Slovakia, having faced a turbulent 2016 due to increased levy on sports betting.last_img read more

Aston Villa makes promotion push in partnership with Unibet

first_img Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk  August 10, 2020 Share Related Articles Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Submit Share Unibet will be the official shirt sponsor for Aston Villa and Aston Villa Ladies from the start of the 2017-18 season, after becoming Principal Partner for the Birmingham-based club.Part of Kindred Group’s stable of gaming brands, Unibet has marked the start of the partnership by price-boosting Steve Bruce’s side to 10/1 to win this year’s Championship title.The gambling operator, which makes Jonathan Kodjia 7/1 to be the division’s top scorer, will also be giving fans an early chance to wear the new kit by playing in a tournament alongside club legends and celebrities at the club’s Bodymoor Heath training ground.Luke Organ, Chief Commercial Officer for Aston Villa, said: “We are very pleased to partner with Unibet. They made it clear from the outset how important our fans will be to this partnership and their planned level of emphasis that they will put on our fans will be exciting to see come to life.“The club’s size is reflected by this relationship with Unibet and we look forward to testing our data and digital abilities to drive value and provide a rounded partnership for us all to enjoy.”Sam Mead, Head of Marketing UK for Unibet, commented: “We are delighted to be partnering with Aston Villa in their push for promotion back to the Premier League.“Unibet and Aston Villa are two of the biggest names in our respective fields with a rich heritage; Unibet genuinely understand football fans and, working together with Aston Villa, will be ensuring we enhance the enjoyment of their fans in all aspects of the beautiful game.“We look forward to supporting Villa fans and the Birmingham area with unique content and special betting opportunities.” StumbleUponlast_img read more

European expansion sees Unikrn hire Andrew Vouris as operations lead

first_img Submit Tabcorp calls for leadership makeover as Attenborough ends CEO tenure July 23, 2020 Related Articles Share Rahul Sood, UnikrnSeattle-based esports betting platform Unikrn has confirmed the appointment of Andrew Vouris as new Chief Operations Officer (COO), as the company prepares for its upcoming ‘2018 European rollout’.A seasoned gambling executive, Vouris joins Unikrn leadership from Australian ASX gambling group Tabcorp Holdings, where he most recently served as Group Deputy COO for the firm’s media and wagering division (2016-2017).Vouris will lead Unikrn operations in a critical year for the esports betting platform, which plans to launch its services within 80% of regulated European betting markets, having recently been approved a Malta Gaming License.A pleased Rahul Sood CEO of Unikrn welcomed Vouris’ appointment; “We hope none of our competitors will hold a grudge that Andrew picked Unikrn. It was never a fair fight given our recent success and his long-established love of both esports and our company,”“With UnikoinGold and our European expansion, we have a busy year ahead of us. Andrew is going to bring the experience and discipline that we need to accelerate Unikrn’s path toward unprecedented success.”Sood detailed to the media, that Vouris has a deep knowledge of Unikrn services and operations, having served as a key stakeholder in Tabcorp Holdings 2015 enterprise investment in the esports wagering firm.As Unikrn COO, Vouris will lead wagering and gaming growth strategies, as well as overseeing the development of global teams in Unikrn’s four primary offices in Seattle, Las Vegas, Sydney and Berlin.“I first met the Unikrn crew back in 2014. That’s when I made the decision that Tabcorp would invest in them to help them build their business,” said Andrew Vouris on joining Unikrn. “Obviously, I fell in love with the team, the brand, the vision and the product — this company is the future, and I’m going to make sure we expose them to the world.” Tabcorp expects $1bn hit as ‘COVID and retail contractions’ take effect August 3, 2020 Share Tabcorp double burdened by covid and group impairment charges August 19, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

BHA debuts new Jump technology at Cheltenham Festival

first_imgShare The British Horseracing Authority (BHA), in collaboration with Cheltenham Racecourse and Racetech, has launched its new official Jump race timing technology, set to be rolled out across this year’s Festival.The new technology aims to met the demands from bookmakers for accurate and consistent timing data from Jump fixtures. Developed by Racetech, the system will use break-beam technology. Emma Marley, Head of Racecourse Operations at the BHA, said: “The new electronic Jump timing technology has been trialled extensively and will provide more consistent, reliable and centralised data for the sport’s participants and customers at Cheltenham this week and for their future fixtures.”“We will look to make the Jump timing technology available for roll out to all Jump courses over the next 12 months.”Break-beam technology works by sending an invisible beam across the width of the track from a tripod stand located close to the starter’s rostrum approximately one metre from the starting tape. Once the beam is broken by the first horse crossing it, a signal is sent to the judge’s box to begin the timing function.The timer will stop once the nose of the winner crosses the finish line, which will then calculate a winning time for the race – made available via the results section of the BHA site. Times and distances for individual finishers afterwards are then calculated through the photo finish system and also displayed on the results section of the BHA website, as is the case currently.Simon Claisse, Regional Head of Racing, South West & Clerk of the Course at Cheltenham, added: “We are delighted to be working at the forefront of technology with enhancements to race timing that will help deliver the most accurate outcomes.”John Bozza, CEO of Racetech concluded: “RaceTech is delighted to have worked with the BHA and our racecourse stakeholders to develop this new informative technology, supporting our vision to be the technical service provider of choice for UK racing. It is especially pleasing to launch this week at the Cheltenham Festival.” Related Articles Matt Hancock publicly defends Cheltenham Festival decision April 29, 2020 ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Share Coral relaunches cinematic campaign for racing’s return June 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Submitlast_img read more

Racing industry pulls together for community engagement project

first_img SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Related Articles Share William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Over 50 organisations from the British racing industry came together for the Racing Together Community Day which saw over 250 employees dedicate time to engaging with the local community. Employees volunteered at a number of locations across the country such as Age UK in Camden and Riding for the Disabled in Cheltenham. The Racing Together Community day comes as the racing industry has moved to both change its image and attract a new demographic of racers. Naomi Wood, Hospitality Coordinator at Cheltenham Racecourse, said: “It was an amazing chance to see what the wonderful people at Riding for the Disabled do, and to see how their hard work impacts on the lives of the riders and their families. We feel very lucky to have been able to participate in this day and have now signed up to volunteer with them in the future.”Lucy Saunders, Community Engagement Manager at Racing Together, explained that the initiative has successfully showcased the racing industry to those that may not usually be involved. She said: “Racing Together Community Day is just a small part of wider, year-round unprompted community, charity and volunteering work of people within the racing industry, but the day showcases it to an audience that may not usually see it.“As the UK’s second largest spectator sport, racing cannot rely on team loyalty to attract its audience as other sports do (such as football), and community activities are an important way to show that the sport cares about its neighbours and wishes to support a range of charities and causes.”Among the 58 organisations involved in the community day, however, it was noticeable that racecourses were among the most prominent participants. While bookmakers are involved in similar community-focused schemes, there is arguably more scope for their engagement with local areas. Saunders, when asked about whether bookmakers can play more of a role in facilitating further engagement between horse racing and the wider community, added: “The simple answer is: yes. William Hill is committed to a project in Scotland alongside Scottish Racing to support people living with dementia, for example, and some of their Yorkshire regional team took part in a litter pick as part of Racing Together Community Day alongside racecourse staff, trainers and jockeys. “Retail bookmakers interact with their local communities, while online businesses can offer promotional support for the event. There is plenty of scope for bookmakers to embrace and promote Racing Together Community Day as it continues to grow.“The local community represents a key audience for racing, and other commercial activity that is staged at racecourses. Racing’s image is so often defined by a handful of races or issues – often focusing on negative issues – so to highlight the reach and commitment of the sport playing its part in society is an important message.”last_img read more

Matchbook Betting Podcast repeats best in show performance

first_imgShare UKGC lifts Matchbook suspension August 12, 2020 StumbleUpon For a second consecutive year, online betting exchange Matchbook’s ‘Matchbook Betting Podcast’ has been recognised as the ‘Best Betting Podcast’ by members of tipster community the ‘Smart Betting Club’.Securing 24% of votes, Smart Betting Club members acknowledged the Matchbook Betting Podcast for its ‘Consistent expertise and insight on football, horse racing, the NFL, and a wide range of other sports’.Launched in 2016, as part of online exchange’s marketing revamp, the Matchbook Betting Podcast delivers expert previews and tipster insights on all major sporting events, hosted by Ali Maxwell (Weekend Football), Tom Stanley (Horse Racing), Aidan O’Sullivan (NFL) and Phil Kitromilides (Champions League).Peter Ling, founder of Smart Betting Club said: “With their blend of experts and professional gamblers discussing the big value betting opportunities across a popular range of sports it’s easy to see why the public have voted Matchbook as the Smart Betting Club’s Best Betting Podcast of the year.”During  2019 Matchbook added live broadcasts to their podcast output which has added an extra community element with subscribers interacting live with hosts and guests.Further Matchbook highlights saw Mark O’Haire, a regular contributor on the Matchbook Football Betting Podcasts and Insights page, scoop the ‘Gold for the Best Free Tipster’ Award.A pleased Matchbook CEO Mark Brosnan said: “One of our key goals at Matchbook is to bring our bettors closer to their favourite sports and keep them up to speed with the latest news and insights. We are delighted that the betting public have once again enjoyed our content by voting for us to win this award for the second consecutive year. We hope to build on this success again in 2020 by continuing to evolve and improve our Podcasts. Related Articles Submit Mark Brosnan ends Matchbook CEO tenure  May 19, 2020 UKGC suspended Matchbook licence over AML & Risk assessment failures April 8, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

ESL reveal wide-ranging plans for live event streaming on Facebook

first_imgMany dubbed 2017 as the year that esports broadcasting rights would be propelled to the forefront of people’s minds. ESL has already made moves in that regard, with ESL Pro League moving to YouTube Gaming exclusively as competition continues to mount on Twitch. Now the tournament organiser has revealed it will be significantly upping the content it pushes through the world’s largest community network, Facebook.Credit: ESLIn a release published on their website, ESL reveals that all IEM and ESL One events will be broadcast in up to six different languages on ESL Facebook pages as well as multiple National Championships and online leagues. It also reveals that exclusive backstage content from ESL’s stadium events will go on Facebook Live where fans have the chance to interact directly with their favourite players and casters through AMAs. Additionally, there will be a completely new and exclusive weekly stream focused on ESEA Rank S, in which viewers can follow the highest level of EU and NA ladder play in a show that mixes commentary with team audio. In addition to the 30 hours of weekly Rank S streaming, there will be a weekly half an hour show hosted by Mark “Boq” Wilson focused on Rank S and current occurrences in ESEA and CS:GO in general. Johannes Schiefer, VP of Social Media at ESL commented: “This is a huge step toward expanding the reach of esports among mainstream audiences. Last year, ESL content generated over 2 billion impressions and reached over 200 million users on Facebook globally. Now, with the addition of live streaming for all major ESL events, as well as exclusive content around CS:GO and ESEA, we are excited to expand our reach to more audiences and build strong local communities by providing them with content they care about.”Patrick Chapman, Gaming and Esports Partnerships at Facebook, added: “Rank S is defined by the world’s best CS:GO gameplay and it’s fueled by a knowledgeable, passionate fan base that craves great live matches, news and analysis. Delivering original video content to this audience ties directly to Facebook’s commitment to build the world’s community for people to play, watch and share games they love.”Esports Insider says: ESL content on Emirates Airlines, Twitch, YouTube, Twitter and now Facebook. This is an exciting partnership and should help ESL’s reach grow even further.last_img read more