Christopher Martin debuts with Big Deal full length album

first_imgThere is no doubt that Christopher Martin has been blessed with a talent for entertaining and in his own words he is a Big Deal.In 2005 the brash young singer earned his place in the hearts of Jamaicans when he came out tops in the Digicel’s Rising Stars competition. Since then he has released a slew of popular singles.Surprisingly after 12 years in the mainstream, Christopher Martin, has just released his debut full length album. And it is aptly entitled Big Deal after one of his more popular singles.The album has debuted at number one on the Billboard Reggae charts in Japan and has by selected by MySpace as one of the top five album releases for the week ending February 11.The release of the Big Deal album is aptly timed as Martin was born on Valentine’s Day 29 years ago. The 16-trackshowcases Martin’s versatility and honeyed vocal range.The theme song “I’m A Big Deal” has received almost 4 million views on social media while the tracks Under The Influence Remix” featuring UK grime artist Chip, Magic and Love Distance Lover featuring the fresh Destiny Moriah are also creditable efforts.The ballads Distance and Better Than The Stars are also worthy of mention.last_img read more

Jamaicans cautioned to be careful of robbers posing as taxi men

first_imgPolice in Jamaica are warning the public, particularly locals and foreign visitors who travel using public transportation, about an emerging trend in Kingston and St. Andrew where several persons have been robbed by men posing as taxi operators.The Half-Way-Tree Police are reporting that two men traveling in a gray Mazda Demio motorcar have robbed several unsuspecting persons in the past few days. The men typically operate in morning and evening peak hours and frequent routes along Molynes Road, Papine, and Hagley Park Road, usually heading towards Half-Way-Tree in St. Andrew. The motorcar poses as a route taxi but uses white registration plates. There are similar reports in at least one other Corporate Area division—Kingston Central (downtown Kingston).According to reports, the men lure would-be passengers into the motorcar then deviate from the stated route. They then rob the passengers of cash, bank cards and any other valuables. They also demand PINs for bank cards.One man told CNW of a harrowing experience with the hoodlums.“I was at a bus stop on Hagley Park Road when this car drove up and said Half-Way Tree. I went in and after a while the driver said he was going to get gas at a service station. I was sitting in the back seat directly behind the passenger in the front when all of a sudden the man flicked back the seat pinning me in the car. He pointed a gun in my face and demanded my money and ATM card, all the while threatening to shoot me if I made an alarm. He took my wallet and removed $5,000 and my bank card, and ordered me to give him my pin number. I had no choice. They then drove out of the gas station and let me off near Half-Way-Tree before driving away,” the man said.The police are now hunting for the robbers and are reminding commuters in the Jamaican capital to:Use only registered public passenger vehicles, and as much as possible to avoid traveling with strangers.Always inform others of your whereabouts. Inform a trusted friend orAlways inform others of your whereabouts. Inform a trusted friend or relative give information about where you are going, who you intend to meet with and when you expect to return.Use your mobile phone to take a picture of the driver, the driver’s identification card or give a description of the driver to a friend along with the license plate information of the vehicle.Remember to download the Ministry of National Security “Stay Alert” Application from the Google Play Store.last_img read more

Miami march to focus on the issues of black and immigrant…

first_imgDr. Dorothy Bendross-Mindigall, a Miami-Dade County Public Schools board member, applauds during a session of the Miami-Dade School Board. A March for Black Women has been planned for Miami on September 30. The march organized by female activists in Miami is to bring awareness to issues affecting minority women.According to the Miami Herald, the march is to coincide with the March for Racial Justice this also planned for September 30 in Washington DC.The Miami March is to begin in front of the former women ’s detention center at 1401 NW Seventh Ave., in Overtown, Miami-Dade County, It’s scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m.Focus on several issues affecting black women The organizers held a news conference last week in Miami, in which they emphasized the purpose of the march is to draw attention to the social issues affecting black women whose voices are not being heard. The organizers said the prevailing issues to which attention is being brawn to by the planned march include lack of access to sexual and reproductive healthcare,  inequality in wages and low wages for women, lack of affordable housing and proper representation in the justice system, and the high rate of incarceration for black men and women.One of the organizers, Valencia Gunder of Liberty City from the activist group New Florida Majority said for too long balck women have been left out of the conversation related to these issues and that cannot be allowed any longer. She said it s necessary to remobe the perception that if someone is a woman, poor and bkack that person has three strikes against them. She said, poor, black women are “also voters and pay taxes.”Miami-Dade Public School board member to join marchAt the press conference Miami-Dade County Public Schools board member, Dorothy Bendross-Mindigall said she plans to join the march on behalf of all women, especially black women and girls. The school board member said she has been to too many funerals of kids whose skin color and zip codes prevent them from living in a safe have,Other organizations that are involved in the planning f the march include the Florida Immigrant Coalition and the Power U Center for Social Change, a group led by teenagers.last_img read more

Barbados Reports Shortage of COVID-19 Testing Swabs

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, – Barbados’ Minister of Health and Wellness Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bostic confirmed Sunday that while there is an adequate supply of COVID-19 testing kits on island, there is a shortage of swabs which has affected testing.However, he has sought to assure that supplies of swabs were expected “within a week or so”, and once they arrived, health teams would be able to increase the number of tests done on a daily basis.“That would then give us a better idea of where we are.  So, we will have a couple of weeks to go before we can say exactly where we are, but we are indeed encouraged by the last few days,” he said.As of Sunday, Barbados had carried out 1,035 COVID-19 tests and 75 of them were positive.Bostic also reported that the call by the Ministry for persons who travelled into Barbados between March 15 and 22 to make contact had seen a good response and some of those individuals were now among the confirmed cases.He said this was a continuous process and the Ministry was still reaching out and making every avenue available for persons to check in with the public health authorities so that they could keep abreast of that situation.“But we know within another two weeks or so we would be in a very good position in terms of making some determinations where those persons are concerned, based on the length of time they would have been on island and the length of time some of them would have been in quarantine or isolation, along with the contact tracing we have been doing in this regard,” Bostic said.He praised the public health teams for their dedication to the task and said that once Barbadians continued to cooperate and collaborate with authorities, the country would be able to arrest the situation.CMClast_img read more

UKGC outlines fairer and safer gambling strategy

first_img Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 Related Articles The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has set out a new three-year five-point plan, to build on its previous work and help shape a well-regulated gambling market.With 63% of people having gambled within the last year, the strategy states that “the risks are changing and evolving and the industry needs to move farther and faster to address them. A well-regulated gambling market, one in which consumers can have confidence can also contribute to sustainable business and growth over the longer term.”The first point highlighted within the new strategy is to ensure customer’s interests are protected, with operators expected to step in to make play safe and protect at-risk consumers.  Tough sanctions are due to imposed to operators, including lotteries, who fail to adhere to these points.Possible harm to the general public and consumers should also be prevented, this is to be achieved through the increased provision of gambling and its risks, in addition to better controls to manage gambling.The UKGC has also set out its expectation for more effective and independent arrangements to be put in place, regarding consumer complaints and disputes, therefore raising the overall standard within the gambling market.Returns to good causes from lotteries are also due to optimised, with regulation to be carried out in such a way that a healthy National Lottery is delivered, as well as planning for a new licence for the competition to be awarded in 2023.To conclude, an overall improvement on regulation by the UKGC has been outlined.  This is due to cover an improvement into the way it taps into consumer and public issues to inform action, aiding the industry to comply and taking precautionary action where necessary and providing independent and evidenced advice to the Government on gambling and its impacts.Bill Moyes, Gambling Commission Chair, said: “This is an ambitious strategy to deliver fairer and safer gambling over the next three years. We can only be successful in this by engaging with consumers and by working closely with all our regulatory partners and the industry. “In the same way that this strategy challenges the industry, we also challenge ourselves, as the regulator, to deliver effective, targeted and innovative regulation.“At the end of three years, we expect to see an industry that strives continuously to raise their standards, treat customers fairly, and protect vulnerable people.”  Gambling Commission strategy 2018 – 2021 Share Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Submit Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

Big on Boxing MansionBet backs ‘Ultimate Boxxer II’.

first_img Related Articles Share Submit MansionBet adds Bristol City to sponsorship portfolio August 20, 2020 Shelly Suter Hadad – MansionBetGibraltar-based online bookmaker MansionBet continues to expand its presence within the sport of boxing, confirming that it will act as headline sponsor of ‘Ultimate Boxxer II’.  Developed by combat sports agency PBE Manchester, ‘Ultimate Boxxer II’ sees eight of the highest rated UK light-heavyweight talents compete in a knockout tournament hosted at London’s O2 Indigo Arena (2 November).The event showcasing UK boxing’s future talents is set to be broadcast on UK digital TV channel 5Spike and will be further supported with exclusive online content, developed by UniLad.Shelly Suter Hadad, COO & Managing Director of Mansion, commented: “We are passionately invested in supporting UK-grown talent across the sporting world, and with the growing popularity of British Boxing, we are delighted to get involved with this innovative tournament.”Additional entertainment for will Ultimate Boxxer II will be delivered by boxing legends Paulie Malignaggi, Ricky Hatton, Anthony Crolla and BBC 1xtra DJ Charlie Sloth.Benjamin Shalom – PBE ManchesterIn 2017/18, MansionBet has become one of the highest profile supporters of UK boxing events, acting as lead sponsor of athletes George Groves, Lee Selby and Dillian Whyte.Backing MansionBet’s commitment Benjamin Shalom, Managing Director of Ultimate Boxxer, commented: “We are really looking forward to developing Ultimate Boxxer as a strong gambling proposition. Mansion’s values and forward-thinking make them a perfect brand to develop this with us and we are really excited about the upcoming campaign.” StumbleUpon Share Spotlight Sports takes over MansionBet blog  June 18, 2020 COVID-19: How the virus is impacting sports events across the globe March 13, 2020last_img read more

Betway strengthens racecourse presence with Cork sponsorship

first_img Related Articles Share Betway has bolstered its position in the Irish racing market after penning a new deal which would see them named as the new sponsor for Cork Racecourse’s Grade 3 Chase on Easter Sunday.The valuable £40,000 prize will be run as the Betway Chase this weekend, set to be broadcast across RTÉ in addition to live coverage on Racing TV.Betway’s Alan Alger praised the new sponsorship deal: “We are delighted to be the new sponsor of Cork’s Grade 3 Betway Chase this coming Easter Sunday. It’s a valuable prize that looks set to attract a talented field of runners.“We’ve had success already in Ireland with sponsorships at the Galway Festival and Punchestown’s Winter Festival and are very much looking forward to another big day of racing at Cork this Easter Sunday.”Andrew Hogan, General Manager, added: “We are delighted to welcome Betway to Cork Racecourse Mallow for our Racing Home for Easter Festival as title sponsors of the feature race. We look forward to working with the Betway team and making this a very successful partnership.”The announcement comes at the same time as Betway’s announcement that they have committed themselves to a further three years of sponsoring the All-Weather Championships.The Middle Distance, Marathon and Sprint categories of the UK’s all-weather Flat season will be added to the bookmakers portfolio, strengthening its already extensive on-course branding.Alger commented: “After a highly successful three seasons sponsoring the All-Weather Championships, we’re really happy to be extending our involvement for another three.“The All-Weather Championships provides great racing from October to April, not least this Friday’s Finals Day where there is £1 million in prize money on offer, and we’re proud to be a part of it.”Arena Racing Company’s Group Director of Partnerships, David Leyden Dunbar concluded: “Betway have been fantastic supporters of the All-Weather Championships and we’re delighted to extend the relationship over the coming seasons. “We’ve enjoyed working with the Betway team to develop the Championships over the last three years and we’re looking forward to building on this success over the coming years.” ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Submit Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 StumbleUpon Real Betis selects Betway as its official shirt sponsor August 10, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

UKGC cracks AML whip issuing £4.5m penalty packages for ‘weak controls’

first_img The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has imposed £4.5 million in penalty packages on four online casino operators in relation to failed AML procedures and maintaining inadequate consumer safeguards.The penalty packages form part of the Commission’s ongoing investigation into the UK online casino sector.In its update, the UKGC confirms that InTouch Games will pay £2.2 million in lieu of financial penalties for failing to meet proper AML customer risk assessments and failure to comply with UK gambling’s ‘Social Responsibility Code’ in relation to customer interactions.In its executive summary of InTouch Games, the UKGC detailed it had ‘identified weaknesses in the operator’s (ITG) anti-money laundering and social responsibility controls’.Further action sees the UKGC announce payments in lieu of financial penalties for Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) subsidiaries Betit Operations of £1.4 million and MT Secure Trade of £700,000 for a failure to maintain AML controls and undertake customer due diligence procedures.In its assessment of Betit, the operating company of and brands, the UKGC stated that it had numerous failures with ‘requirements around personal management and key event notifications’.In its assessment of Betit and MT Secure Trade, the UKGC informs that both companies must maintain the appointment of a qualified ‘Money Laundering Reporting  Officer (MLRO)‘.Completing its round of penalty charges, the UKGC has fined BestBet Limited £230,000, having identified ‘multiple weaknesses’ attached to the operator’s AML controls.Over the past 18 months, the UKGC has conducted assessments of 123 online operators – and of the 45 told to submit an action plan to raise standards 38 have already shown signs of improvement.In addition, a further 34 were compliant with standards expected by the Commission or had minor issues which have been remedied.Richard Watson – UKGCRichard Watson, Gambling Commission Executive Director, said: “We have been working hard to raise standards in the online industry to ensure that gambling is crime-free and that the one in five people in Britain who gamble online every month can do so safely.“But our work will not stop here. As a regulator, we will continue to set and enforce standards that the industry must comply with to protect consumers.“We expect operators to know their customers and to ask the right questions to make sure they meet their anti-money laundering and social responsibility obligations.” UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

SAZKA confirms OPAP takeover intent

first_img Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon SAZKA faces scrutiny following appointment of Flint Global as National Lottery advisor August 20, 2020 Related Articles Czech gambling conglomerate SAZKA Group has clarified its intentions to secure ‘full control’ of Athens-listed OPAP SA, Greece’s largest lottery and sports betting operator.On Monday, the Athens Securities Exchange temporarily suspended OPAP’s listing, announcing that the gambling group anticipated a ‘major imminent corporate event’.This morning, Reuters disclosed that SAZKA governance had submitted a formal Athens Exchange filing detailing its intentions to acquire OPAP outright.At present SAZKA maintains a 33% holding in OPAP, which is secured through its Emma Delta subsidiary and co-owned with Greek shipping tycoon Georgios Melissanidis.The Czech conglomerate, which operates one of European gambling’s biggest investment portfolios, secured its original holding in OPAP during 2013, as the Greek government was forced to privatise a number of state-owned enterprises, required under the terms of Greece’s IMF bailout. In its filing, SAZKA governance has propositioned an opening ‘€9.12 per share’ offer to OPAP investors (transaction value €2.10 billion),  significantly below the speculated ‘40% premium of €14-per-share’ offer reported on Monday by Greek business news sources.Having restructured its ownership, SAZKA is controlled by Czech billionaire Karel Komarek Jr KKCG fund which is reported to aggressively expanding its holdings in established European gambling enterprises.Having received SAZKA confirmation offer, The Athens Exchange will resume trading on OPAP shares today. Share Share STS completes takeover of Czech software provider Betsys July 7, 2020last_img read more

Flutter and Stars Group agree takeover deal

first_img Tabcorp expects $1bn hit as ‘COVID and retail contractions’ take effect August 3, 2020 Related Articles Share In the latest mega-merger to hit the gambling industry, The Stars Group (TSG) is to be acquired by Flutter Entertainment, operator of Betfair, FanDuel and Paddy Power via an all-share combination. Immediately following completion of the Combination, Flutter Shareholders would own approximately 54.64 per cent and TSG Shareholders would own approximately 45.36 per cent of the share capital of the Combined Group.Entering 2019, FTSE rumours circulated that Flutter governance had broached merger plans with Toronto TSX-listed Stars Group, seeking to develop an optimal multi-brand enterprise to dominate a disrupted global gambling sector.Upon completion, it is intended that the Combined Group’s Board will comprise of:  A 14-person Board drawing on expertise and experience of Flutter and TSGGary McGann, currently Chair of Flutter, will assume the role of Chair of the Combined Group Divyesh (Dave) Gadhia, currently Executive Chairman of TSG, will assume the role of Deputy Chair of the Combined Group Peter Jackson, currently CEO of Flutter, will assume the role of CEO of the Combined Group Jonathan Hill, currently CFO of Flutter, will assume the role of CFO of the Combined Group Rafi Ashkenazi, currently CEO of TSG, will assume the role of COO of the Combined Group  In addition, nine non-executive directors comprising five nominated by Flutter, three nominated by TSG and the appointment of Richard Flint, former CEO of SBGThe approval of Flutter and TSG Shareholders is expected to be sought in the second quarter of 2020. Completion is expected to occur during the second or third quarter of 2020 dependent on multi-market regulatory approval. Chair of Flutter Gary McGann said: “This is an exciting and transformational combination that will bring together two strong, complementary businesses to create a global leader in the fast-growing online sports betting and gaming industry. Under Peter Jackson’s leadership, we will bring together a management team with the experience required to ensure successful integration of the businesses, with minimal disruption, during a time of unprecedented change in the sector. The Combined Group will be a strong voice in the promotion of responsible gaming worldwide and will lead industry standards on the protection of customers, whilst building sustainable relationships with them.” In its initial merger prospectus, the combination of Flutter and Stars Group seeks to deliver ‘pre-tax cost savings of £140 million per annum’, combined with lower financial costs to exploit exponential growth across multiple territories.Dave Gadhia, Executive Chairman of TSG, commented: “The Board of TSG and I are delighted to recommend this exciting combination of TSG and Flutter, which we believe will create significant value for TSG’s shareholders. Over the past four years our team, led by Rafi, has been working relentlessly and passionately to stabilise, grow and establish TSG as one of the clear leaders in our industry. We seized new opportunities in poker, significantly grew our casino business, acquired one of the UK’s most notable sportsbook brands in Sky Bet, built a significant presence in Australia through BetEasy, and teamed up with FOX Sports to launch FOX Bet to position ourselves to become a leader in the U.S. We have long had respect for Flutter, and believe the combination is a natural next step in the evolution of the business, creating a leader in online betting and gaming with trusted brands, diversified revenues, stand-out technology and the best operational and managerial talent in the industry. With TSG appointing a significant portion of the new Board, we look forward to working together with Gary, Peter and the Flutter team to continue and contribute to the success of our combined business.” Peter Jackson, CEO of Flutter, said: “The combination represents a great opportunity to deliver a step-change in our presence in international markets and ensure we are ideally positioned to take advantage of the exciting opportunity in the US through a media relationship with FOX Sports as well as our development of US sports betting through Flutter’s FanDuel and TSG’s FOX Bet brands. We are committed to these two high-quality brands to drive the growth of the Combined Group in the US. The combination will turbocharge our existing four-pillar strategy and provide world-class capabilities across sports betting, gaming, daily fantasy sports and poker, as well as greater geographical and product diversification. We believe the combination of Flutter and TSG will deliver substantial value for shareholders. We will have an exceptional portfolio of leading recreational brands and best-in-class products on industry-leading technology platforms.” Rafi Ashkenazi, CEO of TSG, added: “This exciting combination will allow us to enhance and accelerate our existing strategy. In recent years, we have transformed TSG from a single product operator in poker to a diverse global leader with multiple product offerings across poker, gaming and sports betting. The combination with Flutter will further enhance our company’s core strengths and position us strongly for the future in this rapidly evolving industry. I’m delighted to be joining the Board of the Combined Group and to serve as its COO.”US market growth is central to the merger’s prospects, as Flutter governance details that it has entered into ‘third party’ arrangements with Fox Sports, Fastball Holdings and Boyd Interactive Gaming, conditional on the deal being completed.Further US deal provision, will see Stars Group media partner Fox Sports gain the right to acquire an 18.5% stake in Flutter’s FanDuel subsidiary from 2021.Meanwhile, Lachlan Murdoch, Executive Chairman and CEO of Fox Corporation said: “Our FOX Bet partnership is off to a great start, and teaming up with Flutter and FanDuel will allow us to build on that strength and jointly capture the significant market potential ahead of us. We’re excited to be able to expand our partnership into FanDuel, which together with FOX Bet, will be a leader in sports wagering in the US.” Richard Flint, only recently inducted into the Sports Betting Hall of Fame, commented: “I have a lot of admiration for what Rafi and Dave have achieved in first stabilising, and then building one of the most successful gaming companies in the world through the acquisition of great businesses in both the UK and Australia. In addition, the growth of TSG’s online casino operations points to the success TSG has had in cross-selling casino product to its traditional poker customer base. I am excited about the prospect of joining the Board of the Combined Group as a Non-Executive Director following completion of the transaction and believe that the combination of TSG and Flutter will create a compelling proposition in global sports betting and gaming.”On a proforma basis, the Combined Group’s annual revenue would have been £3.8bn in 2018, making it the largest online betting and gaming operator globally. The companies said that the combination is anticipated to deliver ‘substantial value creation for shareholders from pre-tax cost synergies of £140 million per annum, along with potential revenue cross-sell in international markets and lower finance costs’. Share Submit BlueRibbon signs strategic partnership with The Stars Group August 18, 2020 StumbleUpon ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020last_img read more