Its Monday, March 13. We are looking at some of the top stories across your Caribbean-American community.And in sports…Rock Island and Plantation scored similar 2-love wins over Team Haiti and South Florida Soccer School in the Caribbean American Soccer Association Super League at the Broward Sports on Saturday. In the Masters League Chapel Trail beat Creekers Masters 2-0.Here’s What’s trendingAnother Haitian beauty queen has scored big. Liliane Marie Lawrence Ulysse copped 3rd place in the Miss Canada 2017 pageant held at the Sheraton Hotel in Laval, Quebec, Canada on March 4. Ulysse’s achievement comes weeks after the success of Haitian beauty queen Raquel Pelissier placed second in the Miss Universe pageantMake sure to pick up your copy of the Caribbean News Weekly at your nearest Caribbean American outlet.
Dominican Prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit Lawyers for Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit of Dominica and two senior government ministers as well as a senior police officer have filed a lawsuit against disbarred US attorney Kenneth Rijock, local journalist Matthais Peltier and Q95fm Radio.The lawsuit was filed in the High Court on Monday after Rijock refused to retract, apologize and pay compensation for alleging that 2,000 blank Dominica passports were issued to Moroccan Ambassador to all of the East Caribbean States in 2016.On April 24, a demand letter issued to Rijock by Attorney Lennox Lawrence on behalf of Prime Minister Skerrit; Minister of Foreign Affairs, Senator Francine Baron; Minister responsible for National Security and Immigration, Rayburn Blackmoore, and Senior Police Officer in direct charge of Immigration and Passports, Inspector Pellam Jno. Baptiste stated that legal action could be taken if the demand was not met.In his emailed response to the demand letter, Rijock wrote: “Please be advised that I will neither retract my articles, nor any of my recorded statements. Florida law recognizes my [sic] as a journalist, and any suit you choose to file on behalf of your clients will be turned over the Reporters without Borders, and to the United Nations, and Organization of American States”.Accordingly, the lawsuit was filed with Rijock named as the first defendant while Matthias Peltier and West Indies Communications Enterprises Limited (Q95) named the second and third defendants respectively.The four claimants are seeking damages including aggravated damages, for slander for the words spoken, uttered, published and or caused to be published and broadcast or disseminated by the first and or second defendant and by the third defendant.They are also seeking an injunction restraining Rijock, Peltier and Q95 whether by themselves or through their agents, servants, directors from further publishing or causing to be published the said or similar defamatory words about the claimant; costs on the indemnity basis and or wasted costs against the defendants or each of them and further or other relief.The lawsuit will be served on Rijock, who is based in the United States, via email and an order will be sought from the court to serve him in person.Dominica welcomes CCJ ruling on case involving Jamaican entertainer Tommy Lee
The conference aims at identifying successful models and future initiatives of public-private partnerships to contribute to sustainable tourism development globally. It will also serve as a platform for leaders from the tourism sector, along with governments, donors and development and finance organizations, to put in place an international road map to promote inclusive economic and social development through tourism.The conference commenced with an introductory session on the future of tourism in the Caribbean region.“Tourism has the potential to contribute to all 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), yet we can only achieve our common objectives if we build strong partnerships. The Jamaica Conference will be a milestone in setting a new framework for collaboration in the promotion of sustainable tourism and an important legacy of the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017,” said Rifai.During the three-day event delegates are expected to discuss international technical assistance and financing for tourism development projects and donor-funded projects that balance scale, sustainability and inclusion among other topics. One of the largest global tourism conferences opened in Montego bay, Jamaica on Monday and will close on November 29.Global tourism conferenceA three-day international tourism conference began in Jamaica on Monday with delegates hoping to craft a global agenda to design collaborative approaches to mitigate shared tourism risks. The conference also seeks to strengthen resilience as well as build consensus around the strategies necessary to further position global tourism as a catalyst for promoting inclusive economic growth.The event, which is being held under the theme “Jobs and Inclusive Growth: Partnerships for Sustainable Tourism’, is hosted by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNTWO), the World Bank Group, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Jamaica government.Over 1,300 delegatesIt is being attended by more than 1,300 delegates. At the opening at the Montego Bay Conference Center on Monday, Jamaican Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett said that “it is indeed a great honor and tremendous privilege to be opening this very monumental UNWTO international tourism conference, which is the first of its kind in the Caribbean.…this conference welcomes global policymakers and leaders in tourism from over 157 countries, several international agencies of the United Nations, as well as large delegation of local stakeholders to the beautiful city of Montego Bay for three days of fruitful engagement and discussion about the future of global tourism.”Hoping for global agendaThe minister is hoping that at the end of the deliberations on Wednesday, a global agenda will be crafted aimed at collaborative approaches to mitigate shared tourism risks and strengthen resilience as well as build consensus.“At the end of this conference I am very optimistic we will be able to craft a global agenda that seeks to design collaborative approaches to mitigate shared tourism risks and strengthen resilience as well as build consensus around the strategies necessary to further position global tourism as a catalyst for promoting inclusive economic growth, sustainable livelihoods, environmental sustainability and social development,” he told the opening ceremony.Confidence and trustUNWTO Secretary General Taleb D Rifai said Jamaica’s hosting of the conference was “a sign of confidence and absolute trust”.
Read More: Bond 25’ to Be Partially Shot in IMAX, a Franchise First James Bond or 007, the iconic fictional character that was created in the 1950s in Jamaica, has returned to the island for its 25th film: Bond 25.“Bond 25” was officially launched on Thursday, April 25 via a livestream on the official James Bond Twitter account, which featured Director Cary Fukunaga, Producer Barbara Broccoli and James Bond himself (Daniel Craig). Many of the cast and crew are currently in Ocho Rios, Jamaica at the GoldenEye Resort, the villa where James Bond creator, Ian Flemming wrote all 13 Bond novels.The producers and director revealed that at the beginning of Bond 25, 007 is not on active duty. He’s doing what most people do when they’re hiding out in Jamaica: just trying to have a relaxing vacation. No title has been released for the film yet, but it was revealed that Bond 25 will be Daniel Craig’s final time playing the character.Aside from Jamaica, filming locations include Italy, Norway, and London, with studio production based at Pinewood Studios outside London. Bond 25 is due out April 8, 2020.Read More: Jamaican Storm Saulter to release new film in the US, SprinterSpeaking on the return of the famous character to the island, Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett said that showcasing Jamaica once more in such an iconic franchise as James Bond will have an impact on Jamaica’s tourism industry, providing enormous eternal marketing for the island.History of James Bond in JamaicaIan FlemingJamaica has been heavily involved in all things Bond since the creation of the character in 1953. Not only were all the novels written on the island, but the first ever Bond film Dr. No. (1962) along with Live and Let Die (1973) were filmed in Jamaica. The Goldeneye estate, adjacent to James Bond Beach, is where Flemming lived and wrote in Jamaica for 12 years, before his death in 1964. In 2011, Fleming became the first English-language writer to have an international airport named after him: Ian Fleming International Airport, near Oracabessa, Jamaica.
Manchester United strikers, Romelu Lukaku and Marcus Rashford, scored two quick-fire first half goals to give United victory over “noisy neighbours” Manchester City, in a pre-season friendly Manchester Derby.In the first Manchester derby outside England, new signing, Lukaku, scored the opener in the 37th minute with a composed finish, getting past City’s goalkeeper Ederson before finding the net from a difficult angle.Pace – Yes. Touch – Yes. Goal – YesLukaku. pic.twitter.com/raf85rU8kP— Utd (@RantUtd) July 21, 2017Playing in front of over 67,400 spectators in Houston, Marcus Rashford added the second two minutes later to wrap up a 2-0 victory for United in the International Champions Cup pre-season friendly.Na the Goal wey Marcus Rashford score against Manchester City be this! See Mad finish! 2-0 #MUIP pic.twitter.com/wNw7FNSiWA— Man United In Pidgin (@ManUtdInPidgin) July 21, 2017Rashford and Lukaku now have five goals between them so far on the pre-season tour, giving United fans a glimpse of what could happen this coming season. Video source: MUTVRelatedLukaku Returns To Manchester United TrainingNovember 9, 2018In “England”Lukaku Scores First Manchester United Goal – VideoJuly 18, 2017In “England”Marcus Rashford: The Man For The Big OccasionsMarch 11, 2018In “England”
Publishing a corporate update, Stockholm-listed industry games developer NetEnt has detailed that its Q4 2017 results (period ending 31 December) will ‘lag behind market forecasts’.Updating stakeholders, NetEnt governance expects to deliver Q4 2017 corporate revenues of SEK 419 million (Q4 target: SEK 447 million), combined with a period EBIT of circa SEK 150 million (Q4 target: SEK 170 million).The games developer details that its revenue growth was impacted by changing regulatory requirements within the markets of Australia, Poland and the Czech Republic, which saw the company ‘phase-out’ delivery of its games portfolio to market clients.Furthermore, NetEnt governance detailed that underlying growth in certain markets had been lower than expected during the trading period.The firm’s revised Q4 2017 expectations, follows a bull run of trading results for NetEnt, which has delivered consistent quarterly growth throughout its history as a Stockholm-listed enterprise, focusing growth on regulated markets and expanding its commercial pipeline.NetEnt governance will announce its full Q4 2017 earnings results on Thursday 15 February, followed by the publication of its 2017 full-year results on Friday 2 April 2018. Related Articles Submit Tabcorp double burdened by covid and group impairment charges August 19, 2020 SAZKA faces scrutiny following appointment of Flint Global as National Lottery advisor August 20, 2020 Share Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon
Share Ascot adds three-year extension to Sky Sports Racing deal August 14, 2020 Racing has once again seen a variety of changes throughout 2018, with new partnerships being forged as well as betting operators offering to showcase more fixtures across a wider range of race meetings. 2018 saw Sports Information Services (SIS) unveil a partnership with Unibet, which allowed it to deliver horse racing and greyhound racing’s live pictures and data from domestic and international racecourses. The partnership set on providing the Kindred Group with its British and Irish greyhound services as well as offering Early Prices, and giving Unibet the opportunity to providing early access to open markets.Sandra McWilliams, Director of Sales at SIS, said: “We are pleased to be partnering with Unibet to help them launch their 24/7 racing product and our exclusive greyhound and horseracing content will provide their customers with round the clock competitive betting action.”In December of this year, they added Grupo Codere SA Latin American racing content to its programme, making the group act as a lead ‘live pictures and data distributor’ of Codere LATAM syndicated racing properties. Throughout the year, SIS have been strengthening their global racing presence, by securing content distribution deals on a global scale, striking deals with The Korean Racing Authority, and Hipódromo Argentino de Palermo. These deals are in addition to their existing deals with Singapore, Latin America, Dubai and MauritiusEarlier in the year, SIS continued to expand its greyhound racing content after having announced an addition of a further 2,800 races to its broadcasts.The SIS Greyhound Service, was launched on January 1 2018 and has provided the most comprehensive coverage of the British and Irish greyhound racing calendar, and with its extended coverage, has provided operators with over 30,000 greyhound races a year.After announcing the extended SIS Greyhound Service, they agreed to expand their greyhound service to seven meetings a day from Monday to Saturday as well as six meetings on a Sunday. The increase in meetings came in addition to two more British fixtures each week from Henlow and Central Park being added, as well as three more Irish fixtures from Youghal, Limerick and Curraheen Park. Joe Lewins, Director of Tote and Wagering at the Irish Greyhound Board, noted: “Their expertise and operator network will ensure our premium competition is seen by the widest audience in the UK, Ireland and the rest of the world.”The move to expand followed the company’s announcement that it had secured an exclusive deal to provide retail and online operators with live pictures and data for the 2018 Irish Greyhound Derby that took place in August and September at Shelbourne Park.The deal with the Irish Greyhound Derby allowed SIS to provide live pictures to consumers as well as information about runners, recent forms, race meetings as well as race day data, results, betting shows and starting prices. This year has also seen reforms implemented by the government to the levy system generating positive returns for racing stakeholders, as published by the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) in The Horserace Betting Levy Board (HBLB) annual reports and accounts 2017-18. The new system generated the highest yield in over a decade coming in at £94.7 million which was up from the 2016/17 figure of £65 million.This represents the highest income generated by the racing levy since 2007/08’s £115 million, with Paul Lee, Levy Board Chairman, commenting: “I am delighted to report that the first year of the operation of the new Levy Scheme has been successfully implemented. Levy reforms were also attributed to the 2018 prize money being the subject of a huge boost,rising to £57.6 million from £48.1 million. The reform, introduced in April, forced licensed land-based and remote bookies to return ten per cent of their gross profits on racing wagers to the sport’s central system. During the year, Sky UK’s decision to create a dedicated racing channel was also announced, which is set to replace At the Races. Sky Sports Racing, which will be the company’s eleventh ‘dedicated sports channel’, will launch in 2019 and seeks to ‘deliver the strongest vehicle promoting the sport of horse racing’.The creation of a dedicated Sky Racing channel will give consumers access to over 700 UK fixtures across approximately 14 million homes without need for a subscription to Sky UK. Sky sports’ May announcement that it is set to launch ‘Sky Sports Racing’ as a replacement channel to ‘At the Races’ made headlines in 2018, promising to bring customers UK racing fixtures as well as access to exclusive international racing content, differentiating them from any competition. Matthew Imi, At the Races Chief Executive, stated: “We believe Sky Sports Racing will be a game changer for the sport with a significant investment in production raising the bar for daily coverage of horseracing. “Importantly, broad distribution and cross-promotion across Sky Sports’ broadcast and digital platforms will deliver significant exposure and audience for those domestic and international fixtures we will be covering.”The new channel will diversify the races customers are able to view, and will hopefully attract a wider audience to racing as a sport as more meetings are shown. It is expected that more racing channels will make the decision to offer a wider range of races both internationally and domestically, which can only be a positive step for the industry. StumbleUpon Share Related Articles UK racing remains hopeful for crowd pilot events August 14, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Submit
Brazil appoints agencies to accelerate Sports Betting launch August 21, 2020 Submit Sportsbet.io becomes main club partner of Southampton FC August 25, 2020 Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 Related Articles Share Share StumbleUpon Sportsbet.io, the flagship online sportsbook property of Coingaming Group, has become the latest industry incumbent to secure a Brazilian football club partnership with CR Flamengo.Updating the market, Sportsbet.io marketing confirms that it has secured a ‘one-year agreement’ to become a ‘digital partner’ of the ‘Big 4’ Rio de Janeiro football club.The digital partnership with Flamengo follows Sportsbet.io’s signing of World Cup-winning former Brazil player Denilson as a Brand Ambassador earlier this year.Joe McCallum, Director of Sportsbook at Sportsbet.io, said: “Flamengo is one of the biggest names in Brazilian football and as a forward-looking, global club, it was the perfect match for Sportsbet.io.“We are committed to delivering fun, fast and fair action to players around the world, and Flamengo’s history, ethos and commitment to the beautiful game will help us achieve precisely that.“Brazilian football fans are among the most passionate in the world, and that makes this partnership another important milestone for us, both in Brazil and beyond.”Flamengo becomes the ninth Brazilian football club to commit to a betting partnership in 2019, following CasadeApostas.com partnering with Santos, Botafogo, Cruzeiro and Bahia.Meanwhile, European operator NetBet partnered with Fortaleza and Vasco de Gama, with 188Bet announcing last month a ‘referral partnership’ with Atlético Mineiro.Maurício Portela, Marketing Director of Flamengo, added: “We were hugely impressed by Sportsbet.io’s approach to gaming and how it has quickly grown to become one of the most innovative and exciting brands in the space.“Sportsbet.io immediately understood the passion and importance of football to supporters of Flamengo and we are proud to enter a partnership that will bring immense value to both our club and our fans.”
Share StumbleUpon Submit Betsson strengthens diversity commitment with AIDP membership May 7, 2020 Related Articles Payment Expert brings together industry leaders to conclude Digital Summit Payments track April 29, 2020 In this week’s edition of 6 of the Best, Kelly Kehn, Co-founder of All-In Diversity, tells SBC about her babymoon trip to Barcelona and San Sebastian, and which John Hughes movie tops the list as her best film.Best HolidayThere are so many good ones, I think the best one was when I was about 7 months pregnant with my first child — our ‘babymoon.’ We went to Barcelona and San Sebastian, Spain. Barcelona has always been one of my favourite cities and, if you don’t know, San Sebastian has the most Michelin stars per capita of any place on Earth… and I love food. It was my first (and only) 3 star Michelin dinner, but every meal was an experience. This holiday was a week full of great weather, art, food and lots of siestas! Perfect.Best BookI have to say one of the books that had the most impact on my general view on life was Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly. I had just moved to NY when that book came out and he was the “it” chef. It was hard for me to turn any invitation to any restaurant down — I was single, on my own in a huge city and wanting to experience it all — sometimes in one night! That booked flipped my view of the NYC restaurant scene on it’s head… I still hesitate to eat the bread from the basket. (Don’t read if you are going to Betting on Sports America!) It also opened my eyes to how sheltered most of my life had been and how privileged I continue to be. Anthony Bourdain will always be one of my favourite storytellers of all time.Best AlbumSo much of what I say here has everything to do with my childhood and nostalgia. Hands down, the best album is Rumours from Fleetwood Mac. I know every word to every song. It used to play on the radio station my mom listened to in the car when we were little all the time. It’s the soundtrack to so many of my memories. I still think Stevie Nicks is a total legend. (Now you also know how old I am!!)Best Sporting ExperienceMy first job was working for The Jockey Club in Kentucky and every May I worked on the press team for the Kentucky Derby. In 2006, there was a horse running called Flashy Bull owned by Chris Therien — an NHL player. While sitting in the press box, everyone started buzzing around looking for their photographers. It was the first time in history, the Stanley Cup was going to be in the same room as the KY Derby Trophy — brought because Chris Therien was a Stanley Cup winner — and we had to get the shot. I sat and waited hoping for my glimpse of history. Finally a man in white gloves asked me to please get up because I was SITTING on the crate of the Stanley Cup. (For an image of said white gloved gentleman, google “keeper of the cup”)Best FilmBack to the nostalgia here and likely showing my American stripes as well… Anything directed by John Hughes but my favourite is Breakfast Club. What an iconic movie with an all-star cast!“You see us as you want to see us—in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain…and an athlete…and a basket case…a princess…and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely, The Breakfast Club.” Cue the iconic fist pump from Judd Nelson. Classic.Best BetI don’t gamble a lot but I’ll always get involved with an NCAA March Madness bracket. I take the University of Kentucky (my Alma mater) to win the NCAA championships every year and I always bet against Duke University during that tournament. I always bet on the Queen’s horses during Royal Ascot (if she’s got one). The best bet I ever made was a £50 bet on number 18 in roulette that came in. My friend tried to cash all my chips for me and push me out the door (take the money and run!!) after that win but the adrenaline and alcohol where no match for his voice of reason. The casino kept most of that win that night but the memory is priceless. Share DraftKings CBO – Industry ‘only just scratched the surface’ of US sports betting July 16, 2020
StumbleUpon Submit Angel Calderon – SISRacing content and data services provider Sports Information Services (SIS) has moved to boost its Spanish and Latin American commercial development, confirming the appointment of Angel Calderon as a Digital Sales Manager.Calderon joins SIS’ commercial team, following a successful 11-year stint at Bolsa Madrid gaming firm Grupo Codere, where he was a key figure in the firm’s B2B business development across Operations, Commercial Sales and Marketing for new marketsIn his new remit as Digital Sales Manager, based in Madrid, Calderon will be responsible for driving the growth of SIS’s presence in Spanish speaking markets both online and in retail.Angel Calderon, Digital Sales Manager at SIS, said: “I am thrilled to have joined such a professional and passionate team at SIS and I am thoroughly looking forward to helping to drive our 24/7 betting channels offer to operators in both mature and emerging markets, increasing their betting revenues.”Sandra McWilliams, Sales Director at SIS, said: “Angel is a welcome addition to our growing Sales team His experience in both American and European horse racing, coupled with significant omnichannel knowledge of the Betting & Gaming sector within Spanish speaking markets, will be invaluable in helping SIS to further broaden its international footprint.” Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 SIS inks new partnership with RETAbet August 4, 2020 Richard FitzGerald steps down as RMG CEO August 6, 2020 Share Share