St. Kitts and Nevis says carnage from hurricanes ‘unimaginable’

first_imgSt. Kitts and Nevis’ Foreign Affairs Minister Mark Brantley labels hurricane damages in the Caribbean as “unimaginable” St. Kitts and Nevis has described as “unimaginable” the “carnage in a wide swath of the Caribbean” caused by recent hurricanes.“Lives have been lost; homes and infrastructure destroyed; economies reduced to tatters; years of development wiped out. In the case of Barbuda, an entire island has been evacuated and rendered uninhabited and uninhabitable for the first time in 300 years,” said St. Kitts and Nevis’ Foreign Affairs Minister Mark Anthony Brantley in addressing the 72nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly on the weekend.“It is worthy of note that the carnage caused by Hurricanes Irma and Maria took but a few days,” he added. “In just a few days and in many countries a mere few hours, the world had front row seats to the most horrific destruction ever seen in our beloved Caribbean region.“We have, in this very Chamber, heard the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda speak solemnly to the utter destruction of Barbuda. We have only today, stood in anguished silence, as the Prime Minister of Dominica recounted the near total destruction of his beautiful country and the tragic loss of life,” Brantley continued. “Their first-hand accounts would move even the coldest hearts to tears.”Man-made disasters Brantley said the time has now come for the world to treat these phenomena not as natural disasters but man-made disasters, stating that the science is irrefutable.“Our oceans continue to get warmer due to our continued abuse of our Planet Earth,” he said. “Warmer oceans feed and create horrific storms, such as Irma and Maria. Now, more than ever, we bear witness to the compelling need to support the call for reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and all other actions and behaviors that aggravate the effects of climate change.”Brantley said climate change for the Caribbean is not a matter for academic rumination, stating the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Caribbean, in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, is “stark testimony that climate change is not only real, but poses an existential threat to our people, our countries and our civilization.”Global community urged to assist “We cannot continue to abuse our Planet and expect to remain unscathed,” he said. “The people of St Kitts and Nevis call upon the global community to pledge itself to pursuing renewable energy with greater alacrity. We must invest in better and stronger homes and buildings. We must grow our economies to allow us greater financial resilience and flexibility.“The people of St Kitts and Nevis and of our Caribbean deserve and demand the same fundamental right to life, and security of our way of life as others anywhere else,” he declared. “I ask the global community to lend their collective voices so that together we can create a glorious symphony for change. That change which ensures a sustainable planet for all.”Brantley called on the community of nations to mobilize the necessary resources to ensure the speedy reconstruction of those countries devastated by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Find out what Trinidad and Tobago is doing to assist Dominicans: read more

WI coach suspended by ICC

first_imgWest Indies head coach Stuart Law has been slapped with a two-match suspension by the International Cricket Council after being found guilty on a disciplinary charge of making “inappropriate comments” to officials. Also fined Law also received a 100 per cent fine in addition to three demerit points and with an accumulated four demerit points in a 24-month period, will now miss the first two One-Day Internationals of the five-match series in India which bowls off Sunday in Guwahati.Incident occurred during 3rd WI-India TestThe incident occurred on the third day of the final Test in Hyderabad on Sunday when Law entered the TV umpire’s room following the dismissal of opener Kieran Powell in the second innings, and made inappropriate comments.Law also visited the fourth umpire’s area where he also directed similar comments at the official, within the earshot of players.The Australian pleaded guilty to the charge and accepted the sanction set out by match referee Chris Broad.West Indies lost the match by 10 wickets inside three days to suffer a clean sweep in the two-match series.Law made headlines earlier last month when he announced his intention to quit the Windies side at year end, following two years in charge.last_img read more

Jamaican young athletes must improve preparation for intl. meets

first_imgThe fact that Jamaica returned from the recent Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina, with a paltry medal haul of two was unspectacular, but not unexpected. For to the keen observer, Jamaican junior athletes have long misunderstood the significance of international events except for the much revered annual Penn Relays in Philadelphia. So it was with much delight that we noted the charge from new Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) boss Christopher Samuda, his CEO Ryan Foster and head coach David Riley to their affiliates to start placing greater emphasis on preparing athletes for international competition. Condition athletes for international events Samuda told the media: “Going forward the respective sports are going to have to look at their calendar of events, and the coaches in particular. When we have international events such as the Youth Olympics you have to condition your athletes for the international stage. “We have done it at the regional level, we have done it at the local level, that is a novelty for us. What we must do is to concentrate on transitioning out athletes to the international stage; there’s nothing like a Youth Olympics 100m title. You go down in the annals of world history.” Aim for optimal performance He added: “So we have to get together, yes, the JOA has a responsibility. But the individual sports associations and federations must look seriously at their calendar in the interest of their athletes and see how best they could make the adjustment to ensure that they get the optimal performance on the international stage for their athletes.” At the recent Youth Olympic Games, Ackera Nugent won a bronze medal in the women’s 100 meters hurdles and Antonio Watson copped silver in the men’s 200 meters. Foster supported his boss. “The international stage is where it is and the Jamaican track and field calendar does not stop at CARIFTA Games or the Penn Relays, this is the international level and we should be training our athletes not just for these competitions, but even out of competition for conditions such as these because when they do transition into becoming professionals this is what they will be facing on a daily basis on the Grand Prix stage. Place more emphasis on coaching“So while we commend them, because the conditions are really bad, we need to place more emphasis at the coaching level and as administrations in ensuring that our athletes transition on the world stage.” Riley, who coaches at Excelsior High School, noted that while the frigid conditions affected “Peak performance”, prioritizing was the real issue. “There’s no question as to the competence of our coaches and their ability to get the athletes sharp and ready, it’s sharp and ready for which meet. And that will vary depending on the philosophy of the coach or the philosophy of the program that the athlete is a part of, whether they want local glory (whether), they want regional glory or international glory; that is where the whole issue is.” Instigating the necessary changes Well said gentlemen, but now you have to follow up by instigating the necessary changes because clearly inadequate preparation played a huge role in the below par performance of some of these athletes. How else could one explain the dismal performances of Calabar High School’s Evaldo Whitehorne, who entered the 400m event with a time of 47.15 seconds, but stopped the clock at 51.55 seconds in his Stage One heat? Or Vere Technical High School’s Daniella Deer, who entered the 400m event with a personal best of 53.06 seconds, but somehow registered a pedestrian 1:00.12 minutes in her Stage One heat? We concede that the weather conditions at the end of the South American winter was not ideal for sprinting and came at a time that was really the end of the athletics season for those from the northern hemisphere. But that is not an excuse to underperform if they were properly prepared.   It is full time the handlers of our elite athletes, particularly their coaches, realize that regional and global successes have far greater reach than those achieved at the much hyped Boys’ and Girls’ Champs. Problematic IOC formatBut even as we chide those in charge of our elite athletes for their lack of vision, it would be remiss of us not to express our frustration with the powers that be at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for the format adopted. Apparently for track and field events the winners are arrived at not necessarily for the one who ran the fastest time or measured the longest or highest distance, but on the aggregate times/distances of the two events. And based on how some of the Jamaican athletes performed in their Stage One heat, they either weren’t aware of or didn’t remember the format as they never gave everything in their Stage One heat. But why tinker with and employ such a format if the IOC is preparing these athletes for senior competition? Why not employ the traditional means to determine winners? Then we are told that neither the local governing body, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association, nor that of the others, selected the teams, but rather the regional body, North America, Central America and Caribbean. Do they know the athletes better than the local bodies? One explanation is that at this level the selection process, which is akin to an invitation, and the format employed, were to foster the “Spirit of competition”. But don’t they want the same “Spirit of competition” at the senior Olympics? It’s time to have one common format throughout the various age groups at IOC events. That would make the transition easier for all athletes. Think on these things IOClast_img read more

AITEO CUP: Enyimba, Rivers United, MFM Fall At First Hurdle

first_imgNigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) outfits Enyimba, Rivers United and MFM FC were on Wednesday knocked out of the 2017 AITEO Cup.Enyimba-four time winners of the competition- lost 2-1 to ABS FC in Ilorin, just three days after trouncing the same team 3-0 at home in the NPFL.In Lafia, Nasarawa United thrashed a largely inexperienced MFM side 3-0 to advance to the round of 32.The biggest shock of the round came in Port Harcourt where third-tier league side, J. Atete dumped out 4-time champions, Rivers United.The Nationwide League One side won 7-6 on penalties after regulation time ended goalless.NPFL leaders, Plateau United and Sunshine Stars are also through to the next round after respective wins over Wikki Tourists and Mighty Jets away from home.But the match involving Rangers and Kogi United in Lokoja was abandoned after fans invaded the pitch following a decision that went the way of the Flying Antelopes.AITEO CUP ROUND OF 64 RESULTS:Ngwa FC 6 FC Galadima 2Heartland 0 Insurance 0 (5-4 penalties)Katsina United Feeders 1 Aklosendi FC 0AITEL FC 0 Unicem Rovers 0 (3-5)Mighty Jets 1 Sunshine Stars 2Bayelsa United W/O FC ZamfaraEde United 2 Sakaba United 0FC IfeanyiUbah Feeders 2 Jigawa Golden Stars 1Ekiti United 3 Dolphins FC 2Rivers United 0 FC Atete 0 (6-7 penalties)Delta Warriors 2 Ayade Babes 0FC Yarmalight 1 FC IfeanyiUbah 3Shooting Stars 3 Dynamite FC 1Kogi United Vs Rangers International (Abandoned)Nasarawa United 3 MFM FC 0Doma United 1 Adamawa United 1 (4-3 penalties)Osun United 2 Coal City Youths 0FC Lokoja 0 El-Kanemi Babes 2Kwara United 4 Sokoto United 0Wikki Tourists 1 Plateau United 2ABS FC 2 Enyimba FC 1Samba Kurna 2 Wikki Tourists Feeders 0Abia Warriors 1 Crown FC 0FRSC FC 1 Potiskum Academy 0Almar FC 0 Spartan FC 0 (5-3 penalties)Moyero FC 0 Akwa Starlets 2 OUTSTANDING ROUND OF 64 MATCHES:Lobi Stars Vs Katsina United (Wednesday, 23rd August)Adamawa United Feeders Vs Cynosure FC (Wednesday, 23rd August)Niger Tornadoes Vs El-Kanemi Warriors (Thursday, 17th August)Halfa FC Vs Akwa United (Thursday, 17th August)Niger Tornadoes Feeders Vs FC Abuja (Thursday, 17th August)Yobe Desert Stars Vs Kano Pillars (Thursday, 24th August) The round of 32 draws will take hold on Friday, 18th August 2017.Winners of the competition will pocket N25m and also represent Nigeria in the CAF Confederation Cup next year.Relatedlast_img read more

AUDIO: Excited Okpotu Dedicates NPFL Golden Boot To God, Less-Privileged, Teammates.

first_imgLobi Stars striker Anthony Okpotu says he is thrilled after emerging top scorer in the just-concluded 2016/17 Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) season.Okpotu ended the season with 19 strikes (including three hattricks), one goal better than former MFM FC goal poacher, Stephen Odey who led the scorers chart for most part of the campaign.In an exclusive chat with , the 23-year old attributed his achievement to hardwork and perseverance.“I feel very, very happy that I’ve been able to score 19 goals,” he said.“Individually, it’s a great achievement for any player to become the highest goal scorer of the league.“I will just attribute it to keeping to God’s words, hardwork, dedication and perseverance.”The former Al Ittihad of Libya marksman also dedicated the ‘Golden Boot’ award to God and his teammates amongst others.“I will dedicate the Golden Boot back to God because if not for him, I wouldn’t have been able to achieve that feat.“Secondly, (I will dedicate it) to the less-privileged; the orphans all around the world. I have this strong feeling that I can do something for them.“Thirdly, (I will dedicate the award) to my teammates, because if not for their support, I wouldn’t have been able to score that 19 goals. I cannot do it alone.”Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Okpotu is part of the home-based Super Eagles squad representing Nigeria at the on-going 2017 West Africa Football Union (WAFU) Cup of Nations in Ghana.Relatedlast_img read more

Mr Green becomes first partner of Front Runner TV

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Aspire builds Q1 momentum through regulated market focus May 5, 2020 Related Articles European igaming operator Mr Green has become the first sponsor of new UK TV channel Front Runner (, a digital broadcaster which has labelled itself as the ‘UK’s only free-to-air sports channel’. Front Runner which is currently available on Freeview channel 91 and Sky channel 468 launched last October, publishing a catalogue of sports content combined with sporting documentaries and sports-focused reality TV-shows.Exclusive Front Runner UK content includes TV shows such as ‘M80’ (motocross), ‘ThrillBillies’ (reality stunt show), ‘The Adventures of Danny & the Dingo’ (snowboarding) and ‘Built to Shred’ (skateboarding).     Last Friday, Front Runner management announced its first broadcast partnership with newly Nordic Nasdaq listed Mr Green & Co, which will see the TV Channel promote the mobile and desktop services of primary igaming brand Mr Green.Adhering to UK advertising standards and marketing practices, Front Runner will only promote Mr Green services after the UK 9 pm watershed.Updating stakeholders and the media, Ryan Scarratt MD of Front Runner TV stated that he was pleased to bring Mr Green onboard as the sports channel first partner, and welcomed further advertisers to make contact with Front Runner. David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Gambling faces a pivotal moment March 31, 2020 Maxima Compliance – ‘Mastering technical compliance to grow your global footprint’ June 9, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more

Betsson promotes Abby Rachel Cosgrave to group General Counsel

first_imgShare TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Submit Share Abby Rachel CosgraveThe board of Stockholm-listed Betsson AB has confirmed the promotion of Abby Rachel Cosgrave to the position of Vice President of Legal for Betsson AB and General Counsel for Betsson Malta.Cosgrave has been an executive team member of Betsson AB since 2014, primarily acting as Group Legal Counsel as well as serving the operator as Acting General Counsel as of September 2016.Appointed as group General Counsel, Cosgrave will act as legal lead for Betsson operations and will be a key stakeholder in the firms licensing processes and regulatory strategy.Cosgrave has previously worked as in-house legal counsel for international media firm NBC Universal Networks and retailer JD Sports Fashion.Updating investors and corporate stakeholders Ulrik Bengtsson, CEO and President of Betsson AB commented on the promotion of Cosgrave;“With the increased regulatory complexity in the gaming market, legal affairs is a business critical issue. Abby has vast experience from the gaming and leisure industry and also a comprehensive understanding of Betsson. Her contribution to the business since she joined Betsson has been very valuable. I look forward to continuing working with Abby”. Related Articles Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

Better Collective moves into affiliate M&A space acquiring SportFreunde portfolio

first_img StumbleUpon Share Submit Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Related Articles MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Share Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Jesper SogaardBetter Collective, the operating company of leading European sports betting portal, has moved into the M&A space acquiring Austrian competitor Hebiva Beteiligungen GmbH, the owner of affiliate SportFreunde Informationsdienste GmbH (“SportFreunde”).The deal sees Better Collective acquire all SportFreunde’s existing affiliate portfolio, which includes popular German language websites,, and the deal, Better Collective management detailed that SportFreunde assets would significantly strengthen the firm’s industry inventory, as it sets itself the ambitious target of growing 50% year-on-year.A pleased Jesper Søgaard, Founder and CEO of Better Collective commented on the acquisition: “We are moving full steam ahead with our M&A strategy, and we are proud to announce that SportFreunde is joining us. This step reinforces our position as a leading affiliate in the industry.“What the team at SportFreunde has achieved with their approach to creating in-depth content is greatly appreciated by the German-speaking community, and we are looking forward to extending this approach to our other platforms to appeal to even more users.”Detailing further insights, Better Collective management stated that SportFreunde’s high quality content combined with daily in-depth journalism aligned with the core values that have made bettingexpert a leading industry portal.Heinz Patzelt, Managing Director of SportFreunde backed Better Collective as new owners: “We are incredibly proud of what we have achieved at SportFreunde, and are very pleased that Better Collective recognises the quality of our work.“We are excited to be joining the Better Collective family, and look forward to expanding SportFreunde and Better Collective’s reach by integrating our content to Better Collective’s well established global platform.”last_img read more

SportPesa launches new UK casino

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Kenyan sports betting group SportPesa has expanded its provisions for the UK betting market, announcing that it has launched it’s new online casino portal ( bookmaker’s new casino vertical will feature over + 200 games, from industry games provider Microgaming.Updating the market, SportPesa development stated that it had created an ‘uncluttered and easy to navigate’ online casino property, which is further mobile-compatible featuring ‘streamlined gameplay’SportPesa UK Marketing Manager Shaun Simmons commented on the casino launch: “We’re excited to be launching the new look SportPesa UK platform. Over the past few months, we have taken customer feedback on board and worked tirelessly to deliver a product that we feel will stand tall in this market. Not only will our customers have access to a decent sportsbook, but we can now also provide our valued customers with a first-class casino offering.”During 2017, SportPesa has undertaken a concentrated effort to increase its presence and operations within the UK online gambling marketing. This July, the African bookmaker announced that it had established its new European Headquarters on the Waterfront developments’ of Liverpool.Furthermore, in 2017 SportPesa has announced a number of high coverage English football partnerships with Everton, Southampton FC and Hull City Tigers. BtoBet refines African SMS payment options with Tola Mobile  August 20, 2020 Related Articles Betfred debuts new rockabilly TV campaign promoting ‘Nifty Fifty’ live draws July 31, 2020 Share Submit Top 50 clubs suffer €751m decline in brand value July 31, 2020last_img read more

SafeCharge restructures senior management team

first_img SuperBet partners with SafeCharge February 29, 2016 Submit StumbleUpon Rank smooths verification with SafeCharge’s ‘ID Manager’ November 20, 2019 Related Articles Share David Avgi, SafeCharge CEOUpdating the market, London-listed digital payments provider SafeCharge has announced that it has undertaken a number of changes to its senior executive team.The company has confirmed that Tsach Einav will retake his former position as Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Einav who until recently served as General Manager for SafeCharge Israel operations, will further join the company’s board this September.Updating corporate stakeholders, David Avgi, CEO of SafeCharge, commented on the update: “I am delighted that Tsach has been appointed as group chief financial officer; he is an ideal appointment as he comes to the role with an in-depth understanding of the enlarged SafeCharge business and its management.“In what is set to be a transformational year for SafeCharge, Tsach’s breadth of experience and strong financial expertise will be invaluable to us, particularly in relation to financial oversight and corporate governance.”Avgi would further detail the executive appointments of Delphine Bos as Vice-President marketing and Jean Beaubois as Head of Investor Relations.Bos will takeover marketing leadership initative joining from global payment firm EMS Card. A seasoned analyst Beaubois joins the payment technology firm having served as Senior Technology lead for Berenberg Bank.“I would like to welcome Jean and Delphine to SafeCharge’s management team; they bring a wealth of experience and knowledge that will be invaluable to the company,” Avgi commented on the appointments of Bos and Beaubois“SafeCharge is committed to actively communicating with the investment and analyst community, as well as with potential clients, and I look forward to working closely with Jean and Delphine to enhance this.” Share Sportito widens payment provisions with SafeCharge April 12, 2017last_img read more