August, 2020 Archive


Region mourns death of international umpire Clyde Cumberbatch

first_imgCricket West Indies, has led tributes to late former international umpire Clyde Cumberbatch, following his passing in his native Trinidad & Tobago on Saturday.The 81-year-old stood in 12 Tests in a 14-year career between 1981 and 1995, and also officiated in 26 One-Day Internationals.“CWI and Windies fans have lost a truly knowledgeable gentleman, who stood out among the crowd, not only for his knowledge but his stature and personality,” a CWI statement said Sunday.“He has certainly left a lasting legacy throughout the region with the knowledge and support he has given to cricket officials and players alike.”Following his retirement, Cumberbatch served 12 years as chairman of the West Indies Umpires Training and Examination Committee, before stepping down earlier this year.He was subsequently honoured with an Honourary Life Membership on the committee.Fellow Trinidadian and international umpire, Peter Nero, said Cumberbatch had been a friend and mentor.“If I’m travelling to go anywhere, he would call me to wish me well and tell me to keep focused,” Nero, who replaced Cumberbatch as head of the West Indies Umpires Training and Examination Committee, told the Trinidad NewsDay newspaper“If I stood in a match and perhaps he saw that I made an error, he would call and say ‘don’t bother with that, everybody makes mistakes, you’re still a good umpire.’”Azim Bassarath, president of the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board, said Cumberbatch had played a critical role in the development of officiating in the region.“He has been an integral part in the training of all our regional umpires and Mr Cumberbatch did play his part in the development of umpiring in Trinidad and Tobago,” Bassarath said.“He was an outstanding regional umpire and when you speak to any umpires now, they will say they gained a lot of knowledge and experience from associating with Mr Cumberbatch.”Cumberbatch fell ill at home and passed away at hospital after failing to recover.last_img read more

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BHTA welcomes reports of safe drinking water

first_imgThe Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA), is pleased with reports the island’s drinking water remains safe in the wake of travel advisories issued by the United States and Canada.Chairman of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA), Roseanne Myers, made the comment during a recent joint press conference by the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade and the Barbados Water Authority (BWA).’Water meets standards of WHO“This is very encouraging news for us especially as we get ready to promote the island at one of the largest marketing events, Caribbean Travel Marketplace in Puerto Rico from January 30 to February 1. Based on these statements we can take a message to our travel partners that our drinking water is safe and meets the standards of the World Health Organization (WHO).”However, she said the BHTA remained very concerned about the possible impact of a second health alert issued by the United States Embassy on the island.Unfortunate advisories“These cautionary advisories are unfortunate, especially in the peak of the winter tourist season. However, we are heartened by the fact that the south coast issues are now engaging those at the highest level as they seek to bring this problem under control. We know a solution to the wastewater issue is in progress and want to reinforce the urgent need for speed as well as the importance of keeping the public fully informed during the process.”“The BHTA will continue to offer support to the various agencies wherever feasible, as we have committed over the past few months. We will also continue to keep our members and partners informed and updated as information comes to hand,” Myers added.Last week,  the Public Health Agency of Canada, issued the safety and security warning, advising its residents to avoid the affected area, while the US issued a health alert telling its citizens to “avoid water activities in the affected areas” along the south coast and to “beware of sewage on the streets.”Last month, investigations conducted by the BWA and consultants from Trinidad and Tobago revealed that a breach in the south coast sewage network was responsible for overflows.The BWA then said it has been working assiduously to address the situation by flushing blocked lines, installing a sewage bypass and putting measures in place for the reactivation of the Lift Station on the outskirts of the capital, in order to facilitate the connection of the south coast sewage network to the one in the city.last_img read more

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Sean Paul Will Receive The Order of Distinction for his Contribution…

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – Every year, Jamaicans who have contributed positively to the country’s development and growth, or those that have displayed gallantry and goodwill in assisting follow Jamaican citizens are honored at Jamaica’s National Awards.Among the 143 persons that will receive national honors this year is Jamaican entertainer Sean Paul who will receive the Order of Distinction for contribution to the global popularity and promotion of reggae music.The Order of Distinction is given citizens of Jamaica who have rendered outstanding and important services to Jamaica. Past awardees include athletes Usain Bolt and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Journalist Ian Boyne, Musicians Shaggy, Gregory Isaacs, and Marcia Griffith.Sean Paul, whose given name is Sean Henriques, has been credited for helping to crossover Jamaica’s dancehall and reggae genres to international markets like pop and Latin, where they had very little presence before.His 20-plus year-long career began in 1994 when Jamaican manager and producer Jeremy Harding. Shortly after, he made a cameo in the film, ‘Belly’ and collaborated with DMX and Mr Vegas on “Top Shotter” which was on the soundtrack of the film.In the years following, Sean Paul managed to successfully crossover to the US music market, with six studio albums and three US number-one singles- “Get Busy”, “Temperature” and “Baby Boy”, which was a collaboration with Beyonce.Sean Paul’s second studio album ‘Dutty Rock’ earned him the Reggae Album of the Year at the 46th Annual Grammy Awards in 2004. “Get Busy” was also nominated for Best Rap Song in that year. He is currently an eight-time Grammy-award nominee.Sean Paul has also won a slew of other awards including American Music Awards, MOBO Awards, International Reggae and World Music Awards, Soul Train Awards, and a host of others. He has also collaborated with the best and most popular artists in the music industry including Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Sia, Damian Marley, Keyshia Cole, Eve, Estelle, Pretty Ricky, among others.He has also helped to not only put Jamaican music on the market but the Jamaican language as well. Incorporating patois in his popular rhymes has helped with the popularity of Jamaican Creole in foreign countries.Sean Paul continues to be in demand, with Singer Rita Ora, Idris Elba, UK rappers Wiley and Stefflon Don among his collaborations this year.Among the other honorees this year are Rita Marley, Julius Garvey, son of Marcus Garvey, politicians Mike Henry, Robert ‘Bobby’ Pickersgill, and Dr Horace Chang. All recipients of the Jamaican honors will be officially recognized in a ceremony on National Heroes Day, October 21.last_img read more

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Iheanacho Will Leave Us For Leicester City – Pep Guardiola

first_imgIheanacho have been reportedly named as Leicester’s top transfer target all summer, with the Foxes’ manager, Craig Shakespeare expressing his hopes of signing the Nigerian earlier last week, saying: “I’m hoping so, but I am like every other manager at the moment. I think we all find it frustrating but it is the current market,”“When he(Iheanacho) is in the door we can announce it.”The 20-year-old striker was left out of City’s Pre-season tour, joining midfielders Fernando and Fabian Delph, alongside Ivorian striker Wilfried Bony.Related The next club of Manchester City’s striker, Kelechi Iheanacho, have been confirmed by City’s manager, Pep Guardiola.The 46-year-old manager hinted that Iheanacho will possibly move to Premier League Club, Leicester City, but would remain with City if the deal doesn’t pull through.Speaking at a pre-season press conference, Guardiola said: “I think Kelechi leaves us in favour of Leicester,”“I think so, but I do not want to say anything wrong either. We will see. If that does not happen, he will be part of the group.”last_img read more

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Enyimba Board Members Pass ‘Vote Of Confidence’ On Chairman Anyansi-Agwu

first_imgThe board of CAF Confederation Cup representatives, Enyimba FC of Aba, has passed a Vote of Confidence on club chairman, Chief Felix Anyansi-Agwu during a board meeting which took place at the Club Headquarters in Aba earlier this week.Ahead of the new season, board members praised the good job being done by Anyansi-Agwu despite the team’s predicament of playing their home games at the UJ Esuene Stadium in the Cross River State capital of Calabar instead of the team’s spiritual home, the Enyimba Stadium in Aba.One of the club directors Obioma while speaking on behalf of the other Directors in attendance via Tribune said: “I confirm that the entire Enyimba board unanimously passed a Vote of Confidence on our Chairman, Chief Felix Anyansi Agwu. Without a man like him, it would have been very difficult, if not impossible, for Enyimba to escape relegation.“All the indices and precautions he put in place to ensure that was not the case proves that he is the man we need, and we equally give him all the support he needs for the club to achieve the next level.” he added.In his response, Anyansi-Agwu expressed his delight on the vote of confidence that he has received from the board members and vowed to continue to do more in the coming season and beyond. He said: “I am deeply grateful to our esteemed Directors for this honour they have bestowed on me. It is a privilege to lead, and a responsibility that I do not take lightly. With your support, I am confident we will actualize all our goals, not just in this coming season, but beyond.”RelatedCAF Champions League: Fans ‘Probably’ Return To Aba For Enyimba Vs Al Hilal – Anyansi (AUDIO)August 26, 2019In “Champions League”Aigbogun Quits Enyimba For ‘Personal Reasons’ – Anyansi Agwu (Audio)July 23, 2018In “Nigeria”Enyimba Goalkeeper Fatai Dauda To Be Fined For Akwa United DismissalMay 2, 2018In “Nigeria”last_img read more

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Betting Gods amongst men at Doncaster?

first_imgRankTipsterRace WinsPoints Better Collective secures esports vision by acquiring for €35m February 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 Better Collective moves fast to mitigate COVID-19 as esports journey begins May 15, 2020 Share Submit Darren Moore of Betting Gods has provided his picks for Doncaster this week as he looks to prove his mettle in the Tipster Challenge. Darren Moore, Betting GodsMoore is the Director at professional sports tipster network and here he provides SBC readers with his best bets across six races. He will be going up against 10th placed Stephen Harris and the experts from Timeform in 14th. Harris, who represents leading affiliate bettingexpert, returned a Tipster Challenge record 15.72 points at Towcester last time out.____________________________________2:10bettingexpert:  apasionadoHad an excuse when disappointing three months ago and can bounce back to form on drying ground that will suit.Timeform: Charming ZenWas an expensive purchase having scored readily on his only outing in France during the autumn, and he gets the nod to make a successful start for the Dan Skelton team. Apasionado will be no pushover though, and is feared, as is Mister Whitaker.Betting Gods: Mister WhitakerHe doesn’t look like he’s been easy to train with 5-months and 4-months gaps between his first 3 races. However, he now returns just 12-days after his last run, and could strip much fitter here. His last run also showed plenty of promise in finishing third to the well-backed Chelsea Flyer. Top Doncaster Jockey Brian Highes taking the ride again is another plus, whilst the 8lb he receives off the two previous winners should hopefully swing things in his favour.____________________________________2:45bettingexpert: timoteoHas shaped well on all three runs for Alan King and can get off the mark in a race where only three runners hold claims on form.Timeform: Soldier in ActionShowed aptitude for this job whilst possibly needing the run when fifth at listed level at Musselburgh earlier this month. He looks sure to do better and gets the narrow vote to build on that effort now. Diable de Sivola, who chased home Defi du Seuil latest, is the chief threat, ahead of Alan King’s Timoteo.Betting Gods: Diable De SivolaLooked to take a big step-up when second to Defi De Seuil when last seen at Cheltenham in November and, with the stable in better form now, he’s fancied to see off Soldier In Action who didn’t seem to appreciate the jumping when finishing 5th of 6th on his hurdling debut.____________________________________3:15bettingexpert: rockys treasureHails from a yard back in top form and can make a winning handicap debut from a generous looking mark.Timeform: The TailgaterA really competitive heat. The Tailgater didn’t appear to get home on his only previous attempt over 3m but that was on soft ground and he’s worth another chance at this trip having shaped well in defeat over shorter here since. Wetherby novice winner Skipthecuddles likely has more to offer now handicapping up in trip and heads the many dangers along with Some Kinda Lama and Abricot de L’Oasis.Betting Gods: Skipthecuddles (NAP),Apart from being cheekily named, also showed plenty of verve when winning last-time out, though it’s his previous 5-length defeat by Keeper Hill that suggests he could be chucked in here off a mark of 128. Keeper Hill beat the highly-touted Messire Des Obeaux next time, and that looks rock solid form.____________________________________3:45bettingexpert: seventh skyHas slipped back to a good mark and can make all the running here if able to boss things from the tape.Timeform: Blue KascadeBlue Kascade isn’t a typical sort for an event like this as he’s looked better than ever this season and rates a big player back on quicker ground. Last year’s winner Saint Are has to be respected, while Seventh Sky is back on a handy mark.Betting Gods: Saint Are (NB)Looks set to make a bold bid to win back-to-back renewals of this race, after winning last year off a 1lb lower mark. More importantly, the weights have already been framed for his main target the Grand National, and he can win here without getting a penalty for the big-race. His stable is also in excellent form with 8 winners from 24 runners in February.____________________________________4:20bettingexpert: Paint the CloudsLooks a class above these hunters with decent ground and this track ideal.Timeform: Paint the CloudsThis horse has made a winning reappearance in this race the last 2 years and it will be a surprise if he doesn’t complete the hat-trick. Ardea looks the danger having shown improved form in a hunter at Wetherby this month.Betting Gods: Paint the Clouds It’s impossible to oppose in his hat-trick bid with everything in his favour, and is expected to take this with ease on his way to another appearance at the Cheltenham Festival.____________________________________4:55bettingexpert:  legal okHas joined an astute small yard after winning his Eire point and could go well if the market vibes are positive.Timeform: Sea SovereignThis looks a warm bumper. Sea Sovereign brings some solid form to the table and there’s a possibility this less-testing ground will see this strong traveller in an even better light. Previous winners Getaway Whiskey, Monty’s Award and Claimantakinforgan merit plenty of respect, while Black Op is a very interesting recruit from the Irish pointing field.Betting Gods: Black OpIs just a token gesture for the closing bumper, and the former point-to-point winner is just preferred to fellow ex point-to-pointer Lega OK, as both of them get 7lb from the three previous winners.____________________________________Where will Darren Moore enter on the Tipster Challenge leaderboard? Share 1Alan Alger – Betway311.41 2Jacob Johns – Easyodds37.72 3Phillip Anderson – Before The Off36.17 4Ciaran O’Brien – William Hill35.29 5Ben Cleminson – Square in the Air14.50 6John Hill – Coral24.25 7Alex Donohue – Ladbrokes24.11 8Michael Shinners – Sky Bet24.00 9Stuart Tilly – Argyll Entertainment14.00 10bettingexpert1.503.79 11Trevor Keane – Sportego23.50 12Matthew Hulmes – Betfred23.25 13Paddy Power13.00 14Timeform1.782.94 15Russell Yershon11.88 16Charlie McCann – BetVictor11.75 17Stephen Power – @racingblogger21.69 18John Cruces – Dafabet11.25 19Michael Whittle – Team FA10.91 20Ed Nicholson – Unibet10.73last_img read more

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Philippines Football League signs Sportradar in multi-year deal

first_img Submit The Philippines Football League (PFL) has announced a multifaceted agreement with Sportradar, ahead of the association’s second season, which kicks off at the start of march.As part of the deal the sports betting solutions provider is to become the PFL’s official and exclusive global audio-visual, data distribution and integrity services partner. Utilising the Sportradar over-the-top (OTT) solution, the PFL is to also build its own video streaming platform viewable across all mobile devices, desktops and smart TVs.Commercialised through advertising, sponsorships, subscription or pay-per-view opportunities for ‘live’ matches, it is hoped the platform will develop the league’s following worldwide.Mariano Araneta, PFF President and Chairman of the LFI Board of Directors, commented: “2017 was a fantastic first year for the PFL, and we believe that 2018 will be the year we take the league to the next level with Sportradar. “We are delighted to have a trusted global brand such as Sportradar join our journey, a company that shares our passion and sees the potential of the league.”As part of the deal a number of educational and prevention workshops for clubs and players are to also be undertaken by Sportradar, complementing its current partnership with the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).Focusing on the dangers and consequences of match-fixing, it is also detailed that Sportradar Integrity Services will monitor, identify and analyse suspicious activities relating to the league through its fraud detection system.Biplav Gautam, Director of Business Development in Asia for Sportradar, added: “As our first OTT partner in Asia, the PFL joins a rapidly growing group of federations and leagues globally that have taken a decisive step towards delivering an innovative digital strategy that will provide value and engagement for its sponsors and advertisers, as well as to the delight of its fans.“We are particularly encouraged by the PFL’s commitment to keeping the league clean, and we are confident that the engagement of our Integrity Services will safeguard the league against match-fixing”. Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Share Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020last_img read more

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RMG appoints ‘sports & entertainment pro’ Roger Lewis as new Chairman

first_img StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles College OTT FloSports secures Gold Cup coverage with HBA Media February 26, 2020 Share Richard FitzGerald steps down as RMG CEO August 6, 2020 ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 tweet Racecourse Media Group (RMG) has today confirmed the promotion of Roger Lewis as new Chairman, leading governance initiatives for the umbrella organisation representing 37 racecourses.Lewis the former Head of BBC Radio 1, had previously served RMG as a senior independent non-executive advisor (2012-2018) and is expected to take full Chairman duties from January 2019.Updating stakeholders, RMG governance backs the appointment of Lewis as Chairman highlighting the executive’s extensive experience, leading public and private institutions, combined with his knowledge of managing government and regulatory relationships and procedures.Lewis has held Managing Director roles at EMI, Decca, Classic FM and ITV Wales before moving into sport, where he held positions as Group CEO of the Welsh Rugby Union and the Millennium Stadium plc.He has further served as a governance advisor for the European Rugby Cup, the British and Irish Lions, and the Council of the Six Nations.Roger Lewis published the following statement on becoming Chairman of RMG:“The RMG story is a remarkable one and shows what can be achieved via collective enterprise and ownership of content. The racecourse shareholders’ commitment to this business and the work of the executive team at RMG means that the company is forecasting to deliver record media licence fees in 2018, payments which are channelled directly back into racing.“Over the course of my six years on the Board, it is clear that the professionalism, experience, insight and horseracing passion of the executive team at RMG, supported and challenged by a strong Board, has resulted in the delivery of a high-quality racing product.“I thank and congratulate Simon Ellen for his leadership and friendship over the past six years and for all that he has done for horseracing.“The RMG business continues to develop as we welcome the content set from all 26 Irish racecourses in 2019. I look forward to working with the RMG executive team and my fellow RMG Board members in contributing to the company’s future success.”last_img read more

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William Hill appoints Robin Terrell as corporate Audit & Risk chair

first_img StumbleUpon FTSE bookmaker William Hill has moved to restructure its governance executive frameworks, confirming that Robin Terrell has been promoted as new chair of the firm’s corporate Audit & Risk Management Committee.Effective from 4 March 2019, Terrell will replace current Audit Chair David Lowden, who as previously announced will step down from the bookmaker’s board by March 2019.A commercial retail and leisure strategy and transformation expert, Terrell is the former Chief Customer Officer of Tesco Plc (2013-2016) and Managing Director of John Lewis UK (2008-2011).As an executive, Terrell has served in further as a governance advisor to Tesco Mobile, Lazada Group and Amara Living.Appointed as a William Hill non-executive director in 2016, Terrell has been a member of the bookmaker’s Audit & Risk Management Committee since 2017.William Hill enters a critical 2019, in which the FTSE enterprise will move to significantly expand its European online presence, having secured regulatory approval to acquire Stockholm-listed MRG Group this January for €270 million.Stateside, William Hill governance has committed to undertaking major recruitment and resources drive bolstering its William Hill US division led by North America Chief Executive Joe Asher. William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Share Share Related Articles Submit Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020last_img read more

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Andy Hornby steps down from GVC to join The Restaurant Group

first_img StumbleUpon GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Submit Share Share SportCaller teams up with Coral for Racing Super Series launch August 12, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Related Articles Co-chief operating officer of GVC Holdings, Andy Hornby, is to step down from his position at the gambling giant to join The Restaurant Group as its new CEO. Hornby will be replacing the outgoing CEO, Andy McCue, at the Restaurant Group once an official transition date has been confirmed. Originally joining Gala Coral in 2011, Hornby has previously held positions including CEO of Coral, chief operating officer of Gala Coral and then Ladbrokes Coral (following the 2016 merger) and, most recently, co-COO of GVC.GVC CEO Kenneth Alexander said: “Over the last eight years Andy has been instrumental in the turnaround and growth of the Ladbrokes Coral businesses. The business has genuinely been transformed under Andy and I have really enjoyed working with him, and would like to thank him for his valuable contribution to the Group.“We congratulate Andy on his new role and wish him well for the future.”“I am delighted to be joining The Restaurant Group as CEO at such an exciting time,” Hornby added. “This is a great business, with strong brands, committed colleagues and tremendous potential to grow.”Prior to GVC, Hornby spent time as the group chief executive of banking group HBOS. He has also acted as the chief executive for Alliance Boots, the umbrella group behind the highstreet pharmacist Boots.Seemingly GVC only learned of Hornby’s departure when it was announced by his new employer. “GVC notes today’s announcement by The Restaurant Group that Andy Hornby will be joining as its CEO in due course,” the company said in a statement this morning.last_img read more

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