Bolt confident of World Champs glory

first_imgDespite clocking pedestrian times in his two races this season defending 100-meters world champion Usain Bolt has expressed confidence in his ability to win a fourth blue-ribbon title in London next month.The Jamaican was speaking at a press conference in Monaco on Wednesday prior to his 100 meters race at the Monaco Diamond League meeting on Friday. This will be his final warm-up race before the IAAF World Championships in London starting August 4.“I am always expecting to win. If it’s one thing you know about me I am always confident,” said the world-record holder. He is yet to break 10 seconds this season after runs in Kingston on June 10 and Ostrava on June 28.Notwithstanding the slow times, the sprint King believes he will be ready to take on the world as he has successfully done in the past decade.No Stress“The moment you start having doubts it doesn’t make sense you show up at the line. For me, it’s all about winning. I am not worried about world records. I have it already so no stress.”Bolt, who has won 11 World Championships gold medals during his illustrious career spanning 15 years, said his goal in London this summer is a simple one.“My main aim is to just to win. I want to retire on a winning note. That has always been the goal throughout my career, just to continue dominating and to continue winning,” he said.To face off with Omar McLeodBolt will line up in Monaco against compatriot, Olympic 110-metre hurdles champion Omar McLeod. The hurdler is the only one in history to go below 10 seconds in the 100m and 13 seconds in the sprint hurdles. Bolt will also take on the likes of South Africa’s Akani Simbini who boasts a season’s best 9.92, Great Britain’s Chijinduh Ujah, and the USA’s Isiah Young and Christopher Belcher, all of whom have broken the 10-second barrier this season. Sprint King not worried about pedestrian timeslast_img read more

Caribbean moments from Super Bowl 52

first_imgBeyond the excitement on the field and the congratulations off the field of Super Bowl 52, there were some distinctly Caribbean moments you may have missed in the ads and the pre-game show. Here’s four moments that were truly Caribbean:  1: “Day-O,” the song written by Barbadian-roots song writer, Irving Burgie, was featured in the Super Bowl as part of the new E-Trade commercial, “This is getting old.”The BMG Rights Management company gave E-Trade the rights to use the song for reportedly 500,000, Burgie, 93, lives in Queens, NY. His mother hailed from Barbados. In the ommercial, elderly men and women sing the eerily applicable “Day-O” chorus, “I’m 85 and I want to go home,” as they pop in their dentures, hop on their scooters and head to work. One tired lifeguard runs along the beach in an homage to “Baywatch,” one old fireman struggles with the power of the water hose and a fur-wearing grandma works at a club under the name, “DJ Nanna.”According to E*Trade, one- third of Americans have no retirement savings and must find other ways to make ends meet. 2: Jamaican roots rapper, Busta Rhymes, was part of the Doritos commercial that featured on the Super Bowl.  In the commercial, Peter Dinklage spit flames delivering Rhymes’ tongue-twisting verse from Chris Brown’s “Look at Me Now” to promote Doritos Blaze as Rhymes popped up on the commercial to bless the proceedings, appearing as a moving portrait hanging on the wall.“It’s an incredible moment and I’m definitely proud of it. I think it’s the hottest commercial on the planet,” Busta told Billboard about the spot. “I feel that it’s one of the best commercials in Super Bowl history…Our culture of hip-hop is being properly represented. It’s a great bag of energy and vibes. I loved doing it — the experience on the set was incredible and watching people’s energy over it was even more fulfilling for me. I’m basking in the moment.”3: Norwegian Cruise Lines’ aired their commercial during the Super Bowl, featuring Cuban-American singer Pitbull’s new single “Freedom.”  The catchy track adopts the Stones’ “I’m Free” by way of The Soup Dragons. 4:  Jamaican reggae artist Shaggy and Sting went from the Grammys to the big pre-show of Super Bowl 52. The duo performed their song “Don’t Make Me Wait” song during the during the 6-and-a-half-hour NFL Tailgate Party before the kick-off.  The two have now released a video for the track. The clip features Shaggy and Sting hanging out in Kingston singing, dancing and shooting pool, while the local residents go about their daily business, flirt with one another, prepare yummy-looking food, hit the beach, and take to the streets for a huge party. “Don’t Make Me Wait” is the lead track from Sting and Shaggy’s joint album, 44/876, due out April 20. The album’s title refers to the international calling codes for Sting and Shaggy’s home countries, respectively: the U.K. and Jamaica. (NewsAmericasNow.com)last_img read more

Celebrate Haitian Heritage Month In South Florida

first_imgMay is all about celebrating Haiti across the US and South Florida. There are a number of activities you can participate in during this Haitian Heritage Month.Here is a list of events in South Florida::May 1-31stLakou Lakay art exhibit at North Miami Public Library, 835 NE 132nd St., North Miami. Hours: 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 9:30 a.m– 5p.m. Friday and Saturday; Closed Sundays. Free.May 10thHaitian Heritage Day Celebration, 6 to 8 p.m., Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terr.May 11thScreening of “Kafou,” a dark-comedy with English subtitles directed by Haitian filmmaker Bruno Mourral, 7 p.m. at the Overtown Performing Arts Center, 1074 NW 3rd Ave, Miami, FL 33136. $5 for Overtown residents and $13 for general admission.Black Lounge Film Series Screening of “Liberty in a Soup” 4-5:30 p.m. at Culmer Overtown Braqnch Library, 350 NW 13th St. Free. RSVP here. SPICE IT UP! Miami Haitian Heritage Month Celebration “Real Men Cook” 7 p.m. Caribbean Marketplace, 5925 NE Second Ave., Miami. Cost $50. RSVP at 305-492-7868 or EventBrite.Performance: Jamilah Sabur “Beneath the rivers, there are no borders,” 8 p.m. Little Haiti Cultural Center, 212 NE 59th Terr.May 12thTap Tap Unveiling, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Caribbean Marketplace, 5925 NE Second Ave., MiamiMay 13thJoël and Mushy Widmaier in concert, 6 to 9 p.m., Amaturo Theater at Broward Performing Arts Center, 201 SW 5th Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets $23.58 – 35.00, available at Ticketmaster or Broward Center.May 16thPre-Compas Fest Unplugged, 7 p.m., Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terr. Cost $20. Call 855-736-7420 or EventBrite.May 17thA Conversation With…Diaspora Speaks, Caribbean Marketplace, 5925 NE Second Ave., Miami. FreeHaitian Compas Festival Kickoff Party featuring NuLook, Sweet Micky, T-Vice, Cafe Iguana, 8358 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines. Doors open 10 p.m. $40. For more information call 305 945-8814.May 18thSounds of Little Haiti – Haitian Flag Day edition — featuring former Haiti President Michel Martelly, aka “Sweet Micky” 6 p. m. Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terr., MiamiYouth art competition: Forever 1804, presented by Kultural Kontractors, 5 to 6:30 p.m. Little Haiti Cultural Complex visual arts building, 212 NE 59th Terr., Miami.Afrikin 2018| art, culture and fashion, 6 to 11:45 p.m., 144O Biscayne Blvd., Miami.Haitian Compas Festival All Black Affair featuring Nulook, Djakout  #1, Harmonik, KAI, and Mikaben, Cafe Iguana, 8358 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines. Doors open 10 p.m. $40. For more information call 305 945-8814.May 20thHaitian Compas Festival All White Affair After Party featuring Kreyola, Vayb, Djakout #1, Cafe Iguana, 8358 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines. Doors open 10 p.m. $40. For more information call 305 945-8814May 21stHaitian Compas Festival Official After Party featuring Roody Roodboy, 5Lan, Harmonik, Kai, DJ TonyMix, Cafe Iguana, 8358 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines. Doors open 10 p.m. Pembroke Pines $40May 25thPoetic Lakay, 7 to 11 p.m., Caribbean Marketplace, 5925 NE Second Ave., Miami.Best Nation Ayiti, 9 a.m. to noon. Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terr., Miami.May 26thAnniversary of the official naming of Little Haiti and Caribbean Market Day, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Caribbean Marketplace and Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 5925 NE Second Ave. Miami.May 28thThe Haitian Compas Festival sponsors a Mass in memory of departed Haitian musicians at 11 a.m. at Notre Dame d’Haiti Catholic Church, 110 NE 62nd St. Miami.May 30thLittle Haiti Senior Day, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Little Haiti Cultural Complex, 212 NE 59th Terr.May 31stLakou Lakay: In My Own Backyard – Mother’s Day edition. 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. Free. Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd.Haitian History Bee finale, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Stephen P. Clark, 111 NW First St., Miami.last_img read more

Jamaican police probe bloodbath in western Jamaica

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Police are investigating eight murders over a 12-hour period after gunmen went on a rampage in Westmoreland, the westernmost parish in Jamaica.“We believe that we have a good idea of what is causing the problem, and we will be putting in strategies to stem this flow of violence,” said the Acting commander for the Westmoreland Police Division, Deputy Superintendent Carlos Russell.“We will be going at the perpetrators, and I just want to warn the criminal elements in the parish that we will not be leaving any stone unturned. We will be going at them.”Police have identified those killed between late Monday and early Tuesday as  34-year-old Corey Bankis,  23-year-old Koron Bert, a 25-year-old man, known only as Roman; 21-year-old Jamar Warren, 20-year-old Patrick Campbell, 19-year-old Renaldo Campbell and 18-year-old Eric Clarke.The authorities have not yet released the identity of one other person shot and killed.Police believe that the bloodbath began after Clarke was shot and killed on Monday night.Additional resources brought in Assistant Commissioner of Police, Donovan Graham, said additional resources have been brought into the parish as the police seek to arrest those responsible for the spate of murders.““We are strategizing and compiling our intelligence for us to carry out the necessary operational response,” said Graham.“I want to assure the residents of Westmoreland – and the country in general – that we have received additional resources in the parish and we intend to seek those who have caused the mayhem yesterday, and into this morning, as well as those others who have continued to bring violence to this division.”Westmoreland, which was the most murderous of the western parishes with 141 murders last year, has recorded 21 since the start of this year.last_img read more

Julian Marley and The Uprising Embarks on “As I Am” Tour

first_imgMIAMI – Still hard at work on the promotional trail of his successful top billboard charting “As I Am” album, GRAMMY nominated Julian Marley heads out on the road to deliver his music gift to the East Coast of the United States.On May 8th, 2019, backed by talented The Uprising band, the recording star will kick off the tour in Virginia and perform some of his classic hits amid music from his noteworthy hit album featuring such hits as “Are You he One“, “Straighter Roads” and “Hey Jack“.Known for his memorable stage presence reminiscing of his iconic father, the late great Bob Marley, Julian “As I Am” East Coast Tour journey will bring reggae vibes to New York, Massachusetts, Delaware, New York, DC and conclude in Connecticut. “I love music, it is my life, touring and performing for the fans is something natural for me. Having new music it’s only right for me to deliver it personally to them. I appreciate and love the support from everyone that streams my music, I don’t take it for granted, so this is a way for me to thank them in person, one by one. I pray that when I take the stage, they can feel my energy, they can feel my gratitude.” – Julian Marleylast_img read more

Perform’s Simon Denyer recognised as a leading ‘sports innovator’ for 2016 by SportsBusiness

first_img Insider Sport: On The Ball – DAZN & BeIN expand their UEFA profile January 10, 2020 Share Stats Perform backs IBIA call for new era of data collaboration May 22, 2020 Submit Business publication ‘SportsBusiness’ has ranked Perform Group CEO & Co-Founder Simon Denyer as one of the top innovators in sports commerce for 2016, following a ‘transformational year’ for his company and its services.Denyer who founded Perform in 2005, ranked in 5th place in SportBusiness list of the ‘Top 20 Sports Innovators in 2016’.The recognition of Perform’s leader follows the launch of the company’s ‘On-Demand’ international sports streaming network DAZN in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Japan.The DAZN network has seen Perform governance broker major streaming partnerships with a number of European football leagues including the Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Ligue 1 and Serie A as well as US pro-leagues the MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL.Perform and its investors have high ambitions for DAZN services stating on the launch of the streaming network that its new service will aim to become the ‘Netflix of sports’.Speaking to SportBusiness, Denyer commented on Perform’s 2016 and his firm’s future ambitions: “We have taken big steps into broader sports-rights management with the creation of WTA Media and FIBA Media, both of which are long-term deals – over 10 and 17 years respectively – to manage and help rightsholders fully optimise their broadcast output and prepare for the digital future.“DAZN is a product that we believe defines the future of sports broadcasting. The delivery of music and entertainment content has changed radically over the last five years and now it is time for sports to do the same.“The model is fair and open for rightsholders and creates new revenue streams and growth for the whole industry. For Perform, 2017 is all about expanding our content offering and expanding DAZN to a greater number of sports fans, rights holders and territories.” UK launch tops DAZN’s global billing March 3, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

Sky Bet steps up for Brighton fans travel woes against Cardiff City

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 Submit PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Share Share Sky Bet, the title sponsor of the English Football League (EFL), are sponsoring extra buses and coaches for Brighton & Hove Albion fans for the postponed fixture against Cardiff City.The original match day was due to be played on 30th December but it was rescheduled for ‪24th January after being postponed due to heavy fog. But with the new date affected by the industrial action of rail workers, thousands of Albion fans are having to arrange alternate ways to reach the game.Sky Bet, in conjunction with Brighton, have agreed to sponsor 12 contingency buses across two additional park-and-ride sites in Brighton & Hove, that will run fans to the Amex for the match.Cardiff City fans who made the 200-mile round trip left the south coast disappointed, but Sky Bet swiftly stepped in with an offer of free travel for the rescheduled game.Sky Bet sponsorship manager David Tweed said: “When we saw the rearranged fixture would be affected by the Southern Rail strikes, we thought it was only fair to help the Brighton & Hove Albion fans in the same way we’d helped Cardiff.“With both sets of fans catered for, hopefully the game will deliver a performance that is worth the wait!”Brighton & Hove Albion Chief Executive Paul Barber said: “We are very grateful to Sky Bet for their sponsorship. Due to the ongoing rail dispute it has been a really tough season in terms of travel for our fans; not to mention our operations team, who’ve done a tremendous job in terms of providing regular contingency travel around the rail disruptions.“This has been very costly for the club, particularly for the Cardiff City match – having already arranged and paid for contingency travel services for the original game – so this sponsorship is extremely welcomed by the club, and I’d like to thank Sky Bet for their support.”last_img read more

Playtech BGT signs three-year terminal & OTC agreement with Greek OPAP

first_img Submit OPAP delivers on Athens children’s hospital CSR projects July 6, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Dr. Armin SagederUpdating the market, FTSE-listed gambling technology provider Playtech PLC (Playtech) has informed its investors that it has secured a three-year services agreement with Greek gambling operator OPAP.Securing its contract under its new division Playtech BGT, the technology firm will become lead supplier of self-service betting terminals (“SSBTs”) and over-the-counter (OTC) provisions for OPAP, the Greek market’s largest gambling operator.Playtech BGT leadership confirmed that initial roll-out of SSBTs would commence in early 2017, with the division adding OTC provisions by 2018.Playtech governance was pleased to have secured its first major contract under its new BGT division. In November 2016, the firm announced that it unified its sports betting assets of Geneity, Mobenga, Unilogic with recently acquired Best Gaming Technology (BGT), creating a dedicated omni-channel sports arm Playtech BGT.Dr. Armin Sageder, Chief Executive Officer of Playtech BGT Sports, said:  “The agreement with OPAP is a milestone for Playtech BGT Sports and we are proud to be supplying such an important lottery supplier with our solutions. There are multiple opportunities to further develop our relationship as OPAP looks to enhance its digital retail offering and we believe today’s agreement marks the start of a long and successful relationship.”Commenting on this agreement OPAP Chief Executive Officer, Damian Cope said: “We are pleased to be cooperating with Playtech and we are looking forward to leveraging their in-depth expertise, as part of this new venture. The introduction of SSBTs is aligned with our strategic priority to build a world-class portfolio of products and services for OPAP. Our cooperation with Playtech will contribute to the considerable improvement of our retail sports-betting offering and the enhancement of our customers’ experience.” Related Articles SAZKA confident of European comeback as assets weather COVID-19 storm June 12, 2020 Share Greek retail closures rock OPAP Q1 performance June 11, 2020last_img read more

Legacy continues… Kambi secures Kindred contract extension

first_img Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk  August 10, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Kristian Nylén – Kambi GroupStockholm-listed betting software provider Kambi Group Plc has today confirmed that it has successfully renegotiated its lead platform partnership with Kindred Group Plc.The agreed long-term contract extension will be put before shareholders at Kambi’s forthcoming Annual General Meeting (Stockholm on 31 May), including revised terms for a convertible bond between the two enterprises.The parties renewed contract agreement is set to become effective on 1 January 2018, as Kambi maintains its longest-running lead platform partnership with Kindred Group and its subsidiary sports betting verticals.This Q1 2018, Kambi successfully delivered the ‘Stan James player migration project’ for Kindred flagship brand Unibet – completing a key 2018 initiative for the online gambling group.Kristian Nylén, Kambi Group CEO, commented: “We are delighted to continue developing the successful partnership we have had with Kindred over the last five years and look forward to further contributing to its future success.“During this time, Kindred has gone from strength to strength with its Sportsbook, demonstrating the quality of the service provided by Kambi.“This contract extension is evidence of the quality, relevance and stability our scalable Sportsbook offers our customers as we continue to develop the best Sportsbook in the market.”Should the contract extension receive shareholder approval, Kambi will have extended contracts with five of its largest customers within the last 12 months, securing key sources of revenues for the foreseeable future.Backing Kambi as platform supplier, Henrik Tjärnström – Kindred Group CEO – stated: “With the extension of Kindred Group’s strategic relationship with Kambi, I am confident that we will be able to continue to build on our strong positive momentum and continue to take market share.”last_img read more

Circus.be – The importance of correct brand alignment

first_img Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 Sports Sponsorship is hardly a new phenomenon, with plenty of industry brands globally aligning themselves with a huge swathe of teams, leagues, individual stars et cetera.One such example is Belgian online casino and sports betting specialists circus.be, with the Ardent Group operated brand containing a number of such examples as part of its own portfolio. Alongside football sponsorships however, Circus counts a significant presence amongst cycling circles, including that of Dutch cyclist Mathieu Van Der Poel.What appeals about what could be considered a relatively niche offering? And what factors are addressed when contemplating who or what to align your brand alongside? Thomas Dusart, Director of Marketing at Ardent, helped to shed some light on this and more.SBC: How did the sponsorship of Mathieu Van Der Poel come about? And how is it representative of the circus.be brand?Thomas Dusart: We started cyclocross sponsoring in 2017 with ERA-Circus team which was owned by the same managers than the formal team of Mathieu (Beobank-Corendon). As Beobank wanted to leave CX and that Corendon and Circus wanted to increase their presence in CX as well, we took the opportunity, this year, to become the second naming sponsor of Mathieu and his team (Corendon-Circus). As cyclist fan and ex-competitor, I was also totally convinced that Mathieu would be one of the next cycling phenomenons, and I did not want to miss this unique chance for our brand.SBC: Could you tell us a little about what in particular appeals when discussing sports sponsorship opportunities? TD: They are 3 main factors regarding sponsoring:Brand visibility and brand outfit position. For cyclocross, shoulders are the best spots while back of the short is the best one for cycling.Activation: In the past, this factor was not considered as important but it changed a lot in the last few years because of social media. In partnership with a sponsored team, we create exclusive branded content (behind the scenes, funny competitions, etc) that we ask to publish on team and athlete social media, in order to increase the audience for our brand.Hospitality: We use events such as the Tour de France, football and cyclocross competitions to invite our partners, clients, colleagues, etc…  in VIP accommodations.SBC: Sponsorship with sports and sports stars are far from a new phenomenon, but why was it chosen to align this brand with what us a relatively niche offering?TD: The Circus Brand is very famous in the French speaking community of Belgium (Wallonia and huge part of Brussels) but less in the Flemish speaking community (Flanders). Even if cyclocross is indeed a niche sport on international level, it is one of the favourite sport in Flanders with very large TV audiences (about 1,000,000 viewers for best competitions) and huge brand exposure thanks to the exceptional results of Mathieu.SBC: Do any plans exist to extend sponsorship deals across either this sport or any other? Are there any sports that you don’t currently have a brand presence that would appeal? TD: In addition of Corendon-Circus, we are shirt sponsor of two first division football teams (Standard de Liège & Waasland-Beveren), short sponsor of a pro-continental cycling team (Wanty Groupe-Gobert) which just finished its second Tour de France.As we are internationally extending the use of Circus brand, we could consider extending our cycling sponsoring to a first naming sponsoring, which delivers huge brand awareness on an international level. Share Submit Belgium BAGO adopts EGBA code of conduct on advertising  May 18, 2020 EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUponlast_img read more