Meet director Donald Quarrie Some of the world’s top athletes will participate in the May 20 Jamaica International Invitational meet at the National Stadium in Kingston.Meet director Donald Quarrie announced Wednesday that the stellar lineup is led by Elaine Thompson, the double sprint champion at last year’s Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.Others confirmed are Olympic 400 meters champion Allyson Felix of the United States; 2015 World Championship 100 meters hurdler Danielle Williams of Jamaica; 2016 Olympic silver medalist Nia Ali of the US and her compatriot, Kristi Castlin, a bronze medalist in that event.Trinidadian Michelle Lee Ahye, a finalist in the Olympic 100 meters last year, and Morolake Akinosun, a member of the US gold medal sprint relay team, will also compete.In the men’s 100 meters, former world record holder Asafa Powell will take on a field that includes American Mike Rodgers, and fellow Jamaican 2014 Commonwealth Games champion Kemar Bailey Cole.Rising Canadian star Andre DeGrassi will run the 200 meters against American LaShawn Merritt and Alonso Edward of Panama. The latter won silver behind Usain Bolt at the World Championships in Berlin in 2009 and was a finalist at the distance in Rio last year.That event also includes rising star Zharnel Hughes of Great Britain and Rasheed Dwyer.The men’s 400 meters will have Grenada’s Bralon Taplin, Jamaica’s record holder Rusheen McDonald, Kevin Borlee, Javon Francis and Tony McQuay of the US.
Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana will miss the start of the new season after it was revealed that he’s facing ‘a couple of months’ out with thigh injury.This was confirmed by his manager Jurgen Klopp who said: “I think we can pretty much rule him out of August and September,”“This is certainly not news we would have wanted.”Lallana suffered the injury during the Audi Cup final clash with Spanish giants Atletico Madrid and he’s now a doubt for England’s World Cup qualifying games in September.Liverpool lost that final 5-4 on penalties after regulation time ended 1-1 to suffer their first defeat of what has been an impressive pre-season.The Reds will face another Spanish opposition in Athletic Bilbao in their final pre-season clash before their league opener against hosts Watford on August 12.RelatedLuke Shaw Makes England Squad For September GamesAugust 30, 2018In “England”Egypt Hopeful Salah Will Be Fit For World CupMay 27, 2018In “Africa”Chamberlain To Miss Russia 2018 World Cup After Sustaining Knee InjuryApril 26, 2018In “England”
Former Manchester United manager, David Moyes, has spoken of his resolve to save the floundering fortunes of London team, West Ham.Moyes was confirmed as the new manager of the club on Tuesday morning. If you missed it, please read it here.Moyes said, “I’m really looking forward to meeting the supporters, being in the stadium with them. I’m looking forward to seeing them getting right behind the team and my team also. We need the support, we need everyone with us. It’s a big job we have in hand now but I’m sure with everybody together we can get the right results between now and the end of the season.”Moyes replaces Slaven Bilic, who oversaw a difficult start to the season.The Croatian could only manage two wins from 11 Premier League matches and left on Monday with the club in the relegation zone.The Scot’s task is to establish the Hammers in mid-table. He is expected to appoint former England international Stuart Pearce as part of his coaching staff.West Ham’s Joint-Chairman David Sullivan said, “I would like to welcome David to West Ham United. This is a unique position for David Gold and myself – it is the first time in almost eight years at West Ham United that we have appointed a new manager during the season. We need somebody with experience, knowledge of the Premier League and the players in it, and we believe David is the right man to turn things around and get the best out of the players at the Club”,“He is highly regarded and respected within the game, and will bring fresh ideas, organisation and enthusiasm. He proved with Everton that he has great qualities and we feel that West Ham United is a Club that will give David the platform to display those qualities again.”RelatedWest Ham United Confirms David Moyes as the Club ManagerNovember 7, 2017In “Features”West Ham Sacks Manager Slaven Bilic and David Moyes Might Replace himNovember 6, 2017In “Features”Moyes: New Club, Same Result As Scot Starts Hammers’ Reign With DefeatNovember 19, 2017In “England”
As reported in Vanguard NGR, Nigerian retired footballer who played as a left winger, and represented Nigeria at the 1994 World Cup has been appointed coach of Sudanese top division club Al Khartoum Watani after signing a two-year deal.Amuneke, who was unveiled Tuesday evening will work as the new head coach for the Al Khartoum Watani in the forthcoming season.The former Nigeria U-17 and U-20 coach will now be stepping into the shoes of Ghanaian coach Kwesi Appiah who took over the reins as Black Star’s head coach for the third time earlier in the year.Among other successes as a coach, Amuneke led Nigeria’s Golden Eaglets to a fifth title at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup title in Chile.RelatedEmmanuel Amuneke Denies Sack, Clarifies Role At El-MakassaMarch 2, 2020In “Africa”No Super Eagles Job For Emmanuel Amuneke – NFF SourceApril 10, 2020In “Featured”Amuneke Appointed New Tanzania Head CoachAugust 6, 2018In “Africa”
Leading international gaming solutions and services provider Nektan plc has announced its audited final results for the year ended 30 June 2017, with all key performance indicators (KPIs) showing a marked improvement from the year previous. Nektan also saw a decline in its losses, signifying a positive period and a firm step in the right direction.Most notably, revenue growth rose by a massive 124%, up to £13.3 million compared to £5.9 million the previous year. Furthermore, there was a 130% rise in net gaming revenue (up to £13.1 million from £5.7 million); 130,105 new first time depositing players (FTDs) compared to 49,176 last year; and total cash wagering up by 157% to £390.3 million (£151.9 million in 2016).The firm was also boosted by both reduced losses in adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) – down from £5.7 million to £3.4 million – and reduced operating losses – down to £4.6 million from £8.3 million the year previous. Looking towards 2018, Nektan can take further encouragement from the opening of a a further 19 casinos – taking the total to 94 from 52 partners – and Nektan’s B2B platform Evolve Lite that went live in November 2017, opening up new revenue streams for the company.Gary Shaw, Interim Chief Executive Officer of Nektan, said: “In Europe, Nektan will continue to focus on its core managed solutions business offering, whilst leveraging the infrastructure and capability to roll out its B2B business. In the US, we continue to see a number of opportunities to use Evolve with the mobile in venue casino system, in what is likely to be one of the largest global mobile gaming markets.“We have just signed our first platform deal and are focusing on leveraging our language capability, which we have built within the software, so that we would expect to be live in the US, Europe and Asia in our current financial year. As we have only one business line covering our central technology cost for Managed Solutions Europe, we expect to see significant margin uplift as we turn on and develop these new revenue lines.“We also would expect a similar growth trajectory to our European Managed Solutions business giving the business material scalability as we utilise the same software platform across additional continents, whilst at the same time being highly relevant for the localised marketplaces.“The Company is well placed to maximise revenue and margin growth across both North American, Europe and additional geographies.” Nektan agrees terms for vital funding October 28, 2019 Transformed Nektan eyes ‘break even’ comeback April 1, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share Nektan offloads white-label B2C unit to Active Win Group January 8, 2020 Share Related Articles
BtoBet refines African SMS payment options with Tola Mobile August 20, 2020 Share Related Articles Kenya Finance Bill carries tax rescind waiting on Kenyatta approval June 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Betsson sees strong prospects in disrupted Kenya June 19, 2020 Share Ronald Karauri, Chief Executive of Kenyan betting group SportPesa has moved to quash rumours that his firm will seek an IPO in 2019.On Thursday, citing unnamed sources, Bloomberg and Reuters Africa reported that Karauri and SportPesa investors were planning to list Kenya’s leading bookmaker as a Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) enterprise.Speculation had mounted within the Kenyan business community as SportPesa was reported to have hired private equity firm Kestrel Capital as its strategic advisor.With reported corporate revenues of KSH 100 billion shillings ($1 billion) per year, SportPesa would have likely made the top 10 enterprises listed on the Nairobi exchange.The news of SportPesa pursuing a Nairobi IPO, had caught the attention of East African business commentators, as the Nairobi exchange has not seen a corporate IPO since August 2016.Furthermore, fast-growth SportPesa would be the only technology-centric enterprise listed on the limited 63 company exchange.Responding to speculation, SportPesa CEO Ronald Karauri declared a firm no with regards to maintaining any IPO plans. New advisor Kestrel, released a communication stating that it did not comment on client matters.Following months of protest, this September the Uhuru Kenyatta government stated that it would not pursue its implementation of 35% blanket tax charge on all forms of gambling.Instead, the government will maintain its 15% duty on operators while charging a new 20% tax on consumer winnings.
Share Share ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual August 20, 2020 Submit Parimatch hails top talent of inaugural ‘Universal Sports & Games Hackathon’ August 14, 2020 StumbleUpon More than 90% of visitors to last month’s biggest ever Betting on Sports conference rated its networking opportunities as either very good or excellent.This came from a survey made available to the 2,500 registered delegates for #bosweek, which also found considerable praise for the party locations, speaker lineup and conference app, as well as the presence of so many industry leaders.In fact, this quantity of high-level and relevant decision makers was picked out as one of the conference’s best bits, which was significant given that 40% of those to complete the survey had never previously attended an SBC-organised event.Almost all of the sessions rated very well, but there was particularly good feedback for those held as part of the following three tracks – Betting on Americas, Innovation & Technology and the Future of Betting.In total, there were more than 250 speakers spread across six Betting on Sports tracks, ESI London, AffiliateFEST, SBC Sponsorship Forum and the CasinoBeats Summit.From this list of 250, Mark Blandford (Sportingbet), Sergey Portnov (Parimatch), Alessandro Fried (BtoBet), Benjie Cherniak (Don Best), Marco Blume (Pinnacle), Jacob Lopez (Optima), Howard Chisholm (Chisholm Bookmakers), Jason Robins (DraftKings) and Jesper Svensson (Betsson) were mentioned as favourite speakers.Portnov commented: “The Parimatch team had a very productive time during the Betting on Sports Week in London. We were lucky to meet and work with our partners which we only see during your events. “I’ve been participating in SBC events since you introduced them to the market. Since then our friendship lasts for many years now, and I must admit, I’ve witnessed a transformation from an ambitious project to an industry-changing influencer which SBC is today. “Moreover, Betting on Sports week is one of the essential high-level industry events which covers a variety of trending topics and gives a rare chance for C-level players to network, get valuable insights, meet new people and partners. And all of that happens in the heart of the betting industry – London, to where I love coming back.”As part of the agenda, Betting on Sports 2018 also debuted the series of ‘BOS Talks’, which included a session on transforming fan enthusiasm for darts, presented by PDC Chief Executive Matthew Porter, and an overview of betting on golf, delivered by David Miller, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel for the PGA Tour.Miller said: “Betting on Sports was a productive conference for the PGA TOUR. As sports betting spreads in the United States and opportunities arise worldwide, we were able to present our message to a global audience, further educate ourselves and develop relationships in the industry. The conference solidified for us that there is tremendous potential for golf in the gaming industry.”Simon Dunne, Chief Marketing Officer at Broadway Gaming, gave his take on the agenda: “Incredible conference. Content was far superior than anything I’ve experienced in my seven years in the Industry. Looking forward to future SBC events!”Dmitry Starostenkov, EvenBet Gaming CEO, added: “We were among the sponsors for Betting on Sports 2018. The conference is absolutely astonishing. Keeping the high level of speakers and topics, while tremendously growing the audience each year. Keep it going!”For the first time, SBC Events rolled out its new event planning app, SBC Connect, with feedback showing that those who downloaded the app welcomed the easy access it provided to the conference schedule and maps of the venue, as well as a full list of delegates and sponsors.Capital city venues Olympia London, Hilton Olympia Hotel and Altitude 360 impressed for facilitating the “right mix of networking, content and business generation”, but special praise was reserved for the closing party at the iconic Natural History Museum.Described by US gaming stalwart Sue Schneider as “wonderful”, the stunning finale leads perfectly into a big 2019 for SBC Events, which will see the introduction of Betting on Sports Americas (23-25 April), for which Schneider will act as Chief Advisor, as well as the return of Betting on Football (19-22 March) and Betting on Sports next September.Keith O’Loughlin, SVP for Sportsbook and Platforms at SG Digital, summed up the positive reaction to the event by commenting: “Great few days at Betting on Sports Week with lots of takeaways, networking and fun. Thanks to Andrew McCarron, Rasmus Sojmark and everyone at SBC for putting on a great show!” Related Articles Ukraine gambling bill enacted by President Zelensky August 11, 2020
UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service August 20, 2020 Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon Speaking at the UK Gambling Commission’s ‘Raising Standards Conference’ hosted at the ICC in Birmingham, UKGC Chief Executive Neil McArthur states that all industry stakeholders have to improve operational standards and cooperation in order to ‘know their customers better’.McArthur spoke to an audience of 170 executives from 100 gambling businesses, addressing public/political concerns during a disruptive year in which the UK gambling sector has generated national headlines following a number of compliance failures.McArthur told the betting executives that their businesses should look to collaborate and focus on solving three core areas of improvement: –Understanding the early signs of problem-gambling being developed by customersImproving staff training on interaction with problem gamblingRebuilding public trust by changing advertising strategies.The UKGC chief executive warns industry leadership to act fast on the above directives, which McArthur states have to be implemented across all levels of betting/gambling’s management structure.“This is a call to action to join the race to the top,” he said. “A race to put your customers, their enjoyment and their safety at the top of the agenda for your management meetings, your board meetings and meetings with your investors.“A race to approach the minimum requirements we impose as exactly that: minimums not maximums. A race to look for real solutions to the public health issue of gambling-related harm.”In his speech, McArthur recognises that industry incumbents have had to adapt to changing conditions and further regulatory demands imposed by the government.However, McArthur states that the tougher operational requirements are necessary for Britain to become the fairest and safest gambling jurisdiction in the world – the guiding principle of the UKGC as a regulatory organisation.“I want consumers in Britain to be able to enjoy the fairest and safest gambling in the world… and to achieve my aims I need your support: I need you to work together to make sure you are the best – the fairest, safest – gambling operators in the world.”__________________Read Neil McArthur full ‘Raising Standards Conference’ speech. Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share Share
Top 50 clubs suffer €751m decline in brand value July 31, 2020 StumbleUpon Share ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 Submit Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Related Articles As the European football season enters its knockout stages, Betfair has announced the launch of its latest integrated marketing campaign ‘Play Smart’, developed by London creative advertising agency Leo Burnett.‘Play Smart’, sees Betfair utilise its existing football partnerships with Arsenal, FC Barcelona and Juventus branding the online betting exchange as the ‘go-to-place for smart players’.The campaign, which will be distributed across Betfair’s social media inventory ( Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitter), will feature renowned footballers; Bernd Leno (Arsenal FC) Leonardo Bonucci (Juventus FC) and Philippe Coutinho (FC Barcelona).Liam Hopkins, Board Account Director at Leo Burnett London said: “Betfair have managed to navigate a whole series of parameters to deliver a pioneering campaign in under one hour for each club shoot. They have positioned themselves as the place for people who ‘Play Smart’ and showcased their fantastic football sponsorship portfolio at the same time in this truly collaborative effort”.Publishing the campaign, Leo Burnett details that ‘Play Smart’ is the ‘sponsorship evolution’ of the Betfair campaign ‘Where Gut Instinct Meets Smarts’, building on the cognitive process of blending instincts, intelligence and competitiveness and the ability to ‘Play Smart’.Backing the campaign Stephen Mault, Brand Director at Betfair said: “We set out to create a digital-led campaign, that would leverage our high-profile partnerships with FC Barcelona, Juventus and Arsenal to support our international growth. The creative positions the brand as the destination for the smart bettor, while building an association between the brand and our high-profile partners. We’re delighted with the creative and the output is testament to the combined effort of brand and agency.”
StumbleUpon Submit FDJ focuses on delivering ‘2020 savings plan’ as covid drains momentum July 30, 2020 Share Share Related Articles ANJ takes charge of new French gambling era June 22, 2020 FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 France’s Senate has revealed that it will review the proposed sale of state-owned assets Française des Jeux (FDJ) and Aéroports de Paris (ADP) this April.The decision follows the approved passage of the ‘PACTE Loi’ mandate, which seeks to implement the En Marche government’s headline ‘Enterprise and Innovation’ programme, which will move to privatise a number of French public firms and services.Alongside ADP, France’s national airport management firm, national lottery and sports betting operator FDJ will become the first state assets to be reviewed by the Senate.The French government owns a 72% stake in FDJ, with En Marche reported to target a +€3 billion sale of the company, offloading all equity in the gambling enterprise.Nevertheless, opposition to En Marche has declared that the French government should maintain a significant stake in both firms, which will assure that ADP and FDJ maintain their employment rights and civic purposes.En Marche has previously been reported to seek a full divestment of both assets, yet it is unknown whether President Emmanuel Macron, will fully commit to the PACTE mandate, as his popularity has plummeted, rocked by En Marche’s handling of the ‘Gilets Jaunes’ movement.The stakes are high for President Macron, who is currently undertaking a two-month ‘listening tour’ of French provinces seeking to engage with France’s disgruntled citizens.Despite En Marche leaders stating that the privatisation programme will deliver France’s economy the means to ‘innovate, transform and create new jobs’, several French employment unions have threatened to strike should a deep sale be carried forward.Furthermore, in relation to the gambling sector, the French Assembly has stated that an FDJ sale can only be permitted if the government forms a new regulatory body which will monitor all disciplines of French gambling.The demand would see En Marche move to split the responsibilities of ARJEL, monitoring French online gambling services, the French ministry regulating betting enterprises and France Agricultural supervision of horseracing laws.