Dorian Scott wins Asst. Coach of The Year

first_imgDorian Scott Florida State University’s (FSU) Dorian Scott was last Sunday named the South Region’s Women’s Assistant Coach of the Year.Scott, a two-time Jamaican Olympian shot-putter, had an outstanding season with his throwers.He will be seeking to continue an outstanding year when the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships get underway at Hayward Field in Oregon on Wednesday.Scott has six athletes competing at the championships, who have been the driving force behind the Seminoles team.During the 2017 outdoor season three of Scott’s athletes – Kellion Knibb (discus), hammer thrower Veronika Kanuchova and Gleneve Grange (shot put) – established FSU records.Austin Droogsma (shot put) and Emmanuel Onyia (discus) also did well for FSU this season.They both reached number three in their respective events.Scott, 35, was born in New Jersey to Jamaican parents. He represented Jamaica at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics in Beijing, China and London, respectively. He won gold medals in the shot put at the 2005 and 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games.last_img read more

Child abuse bred by frustration

first_imgChild abuse bred by frustration from povertyLast week a video went viral of a half-naked woman holding and violently beating a young girl with a machete. Reports out of Jamaica later informed the incident took place in St. Thomas Jamaica, and the woman was a mother was beating her 12-year old daughter. The mother was arrested on child abuse charges, which occurred months earlier, after the video aired.The video has created much controversy. Some people side with the mother for disciplining, a young woman who admitted to having behavioral “attitude.” Others agree the woman should have been arrested.What the images of this video does indicate are two very serious problems, child abuse and poverty, existing not only in Jamaica, but several societies these days.Condoned within Jamaican cultureVery few can condone the nature of the beaten the young girl received. However, the Jamaican culture condones parents or guardians beating children for being disobedient, or misbehaving. Usually children are beaten with belts or whips, not machetes.  Beating a child with a machete which could have slipped and caused grave injury is ultra-excessive and cruel.Second generation Jamaicans can’t relateSecond generation Jamaicans who were born and raised in the US may be unable to relate to a Jamaican culture where beating of a child is acceptable norm. In the US to beat one’s child, even in the privacy of one’s home, is an illegal infraction, child abuse, which can result in a prison sentence.Older Jamaicans who were accustomed to beatings from their parents, or even teachers while attending Jamaican schools,  attest to having welcomed these whippings now they are adults. Often, these older Jamaicans express being ”thankful” for these  beatings made them more disciplined and responsible adults.Frowned upon as child abuseHowever, as Jamaica continues to be influenced by American  behavioral patterns, beatings of children, whether in the home or school, is being frowned upon as child abuse.But beatings like which the woman in the referred video gave her child is indicative of a deep sociological problem in poor Jamaican communities.More prevalent in poorer communitiesStudies have indicated that domestic and child abuse in Jamaica is more prevalent in poorer urban and rural communities.In these communities, unemployment is high, and so is frustration born out of financial need.Preponderance of unwanted pregnancies Usually, the more prevalent activity among people in these poor communities is sexual intercourse. This results in a preponderance of unwanted pregnancies, especially among, young women. In most cases these women are deserted by their baby fathers, left to raise children on their own, without steady incomes. Also, it isn’t unusual for a woman with a child or children, to turn to another man seeking financial support only to end up being pregnant for that man who also deserts her, and the cycle keeps rotating.Poor struggling motherThe mother in the video has four other children. Reports, and images from the video, portrays a poor struggling family. It’s not sure if the mother is working but an unemployed adult daughter  said the mother struggles to feed her family, often going without food herself. This type of poverty, where women struggle day-to-day to feed their children is the source of great frustration. It’s the type of frustration which a mother, or father, takes out on their children violently for the slightest infraction. It’s also the type of frustration that poor, unemployed men, unable to provide for their family, take out on their woman violently.Arresting women who commit child abuse may be a fitting punishment, but does not solve their frustration emanating from poverty. Counseling in parental skills may also help in the very short term, but will prove a waste of time when these women go back to their life of poverty unable to adequately provide for their children.Cry for helpThis woman action of beating her child so viciously with a machete was a cry for help, a cry that is representative of thousands of poor, frustrated mothers.The solution is not easy to find. It’s the responsible of governments, to alleviate the poverty that generates the type of frustration that can result in mothers seriously abusing their children. But how can a government solve this problem, when its resources continue to be limited, while poverty is increasing? Nonetheless, if child abuse and domestic abuse is to be averted, the entire society, not just the government, must find solutions, somehow.All cases such as this are handled in Jamaica by the Child Development Agency, which is under the purview of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.last_img read more

T&T Cricket Board Cancels 2020 Season

first_imgIt said the decision was made following discussions on Wednesday with representatives of the National League, zonal affiliates and clubs, in light of government’s extension of COVID-19 restrictions on team activities, contact sports or any activity that encourages gatherings. As for the Under-17 Interzone tournament, the TTCB said that is likely not to materialize, but there has been no final word from Cricket West Indies (CWI) as yet. Additionally, the TTCB said, because of the incomplete status of all national cricket competitions, there will be no promotions or demotions for this season. PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad– The Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board (TTCB) has cancelled the remainder of the local cricket season which had already been curtailed by the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are waiting on CWI but I think that since we normally host the U-17 tournament and we cannot play cricket here, then they may call that off. The U-19 may be played because of the upcoming U-19 World Cup. If that is the case, then we may have to arrange an U-19 Interzone tournament or find some way to choose an U-19 national team to take part in that tournament,” it said. “We are going to just cancel the cricket and start afresh in January, next year,” it said. The TTCB noted that it had received the support of the Tobago Cricket Association, and the Trinidad and Tobago Women’s Cricket Association, which have also both decided to halt their cricket activities for the remainder of the year. There were still two rounds of matches to go in the main competition this season, but the TTCB has decided there will be no winners this year. “The TTCB was persuaded to make these decisions in the best interest of cricketers and the general public in the face of the pandemic. Also taken into account was the current state of grounds on which matches are played, as they are not prepared to host any cricket in the near future, even if the government eases its COVID-19 restrictions on team sports within the near future,” TTCB said in a statement. CMC It also called on all minor cricket leagues affiliated to the national organisation to immediately terminate their competitions in the best interest of public health and safety.last_img read more

Gallery – See Manchester United And Real Madrid Players Train Ahead Of UEFA Super…

first_imgRelated Manchester United and Real Madrid are set to do battle at the Philip II Arena in Skopje, Macedonia, as both teams prepare for their UEFA Super Cup game tonight.Europa League winners, Manchester United, who will be without Eric Bailly, Phil Jones, Rojo, Shaw, and Ashley Young due to injuries and suspensions, will hope to win their first UEFA Super Cup trophy since 1991, having lost their last two appearances in 1999 and 2008. Preparing for the #SuperCup!— Manchester United (@ManUtd) August 7, 20173-time UEFA Super Cup winners and Champions League champions, Real Madrid, will be making their sixth appearance in the season curtain raiser cup, as manager, Zinedine Zidane declares that his side “aren’t tired of winning”.center_img Zidane: “Every year it gets harder for us, but we have personality and hunger and we aren’t tired of winning.”#SuperCup #LaysUnited— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) August 8, 2017Just over two weeks ago, both teams faced each other at the International Champions Cup (ICC) pre-season friendly in the USA, with United edging Real on penalties after the game ended 1-1 in regulation time.last_img read more

Boylesports expands terminal partnership with Playtech PBS

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit BoyleSports signs Coventry City sponsorship August 21, 2020 Share Dr Armin Sageder,Industry omni-channel sports betting solutions providerPlaytech BGT Sports (PBS) has informed that it has secured an extended distribution arrangement of its existing self-service betting terminals (SSBTs) with Irish independent bookmaker BoyleSports.The agreement will see a further 325 of PBS terminals deployed within the Irish operator’s 225-strong estate, doubling its number to over 1,000 in the last 12 months.Moving forward individual shop SSBT density will increase once the additional terminals have been installed, with many of the operator’s best-performing shops hosting in excess of five SSBTs as they look to build upon their operating objective to offer their customers an all-encompassing service through a variety of modern mediums.A pleased Dr Armin Sageder, CEO of Playtech BGT Sports commented on the partnership expansion: “Our partnership with BoyleSports has been very successful since our initial deployment, and our second extension to the deal this year proves the strength of the product for the Irish customer base.“Many shops will host more than four terminals, which illustrates that customers are seeing the tangible benefits of the machines, which have been shown to greatly add incremental revenue and increased margins, without the threat of cannibalisation to the over-the-counter product.”Jenna Boyle, Head of Retail at BoyleSports, backed PBS as lead terminal supplies: “Customer feedback for the increased offering provided by PBS’ SSBTs has required us to greatly increase the number of them across our estate to keep up with demand.They have helped us generate record-breaking SSBT football betting turnover, and the significant incremental revenue each one generates has led to us making the decision to further increase the average density in our shop in order to further enhance our market leading retail offering.”This agreement comes just four months after a similar deal extension, which saw PBS provide an additional 200 terminals to BoyleSports. BoyleSports closes Irish retail estate in response to COVID-19 March 17, 2020 Countdown to Cheltenham: Wednesday racecard ‘not a worry at the moment’ says BoyleSports March 6, 2020 Sharelast_img read more reveals World Cup ambitions ahead of Azzurri absence

first_img CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Submit TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Share Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Among the keen spectators at this Friday’s eagerly anticipated World Cup draw in Russia, will be betting operators looking to identify the more alluring narratives of the tournament.  Utilising tournament narratives to maximise the betting interest will undoubtedly be a tactic that is deployed by operators based in countries that haven’t qualified for tournament, Carmelo Mazza CEO of Italian operator, underlined to SBC that in spite of how big an event the tournament is, there is a need for ‘stronger narratives without Italy in order to keep betting interest high.’ He also revealed to SBC that the potential costs of the national team’s failure has been at the forefront of his thoughts since the goalless draw against Sweden. He added that: “We have no previous experience of Italy not qualifying for the World Cup, so by examining data and bets on Italy’s matches in the previous tournaments, we estimate a 10% turnover reduction compared with the potential betting turnover on the World Cup. “In a market like Italy, this could be somehow compensated by the existing growth of the regulated business. However there are two factors which are difficult to estimate: first, many punters who would have bet on Italy, will now of course bet on other teams.“The Italian team was not in the greatest shape, so moving turnover towards Germany, Argentina, Brazil might at the end increase the payout. Also, the World Cup and all the buzz around Italy’s matches creates an environment where people get together to have fun watching the World Cup. “This environment pushes betting also to people that wouldn’t normally bet. This will significantly decrease without Italy. It is difficult to estimate how much this is worth, but I can tell you that in summer Italy’s matches in the World Cup are a key opportunity for friends to meet and have fun. We, as bookmakers, will miss it.”last_img read more

Popular TV troll headlines World Cup ‘Hugo Goal’ for Play’n GO

first_img Share Share Kindred ups operating costs to accommodate for licensed realities July 24, 2019 SkillOnNet powers Royalbet’s Europe launch December 17, 2019 StumbleUpon Soft2Bet: Why diversification of white label products is essential in complex times May 28, 2020 Play’n GO has moved a “much-loved character” in TV troll Hugo into the world of football ahead of this summer’s showpiece in Russia.The iGaming supplier has embraced World Cup fever by releasing Hugo Goal, a 3-reel online slot featuring Hugo alongside his main adversaries, Afskylia and Don Croco, as well as the Goat.The third collaboration between Play’n GO and Hugo Games A/S, which comes with plenty of bonus features, will see its players try to match three symbols on any payline to win.Play’n GO Game Producer Tamas Ujszaszi said: “Hugo has such a diverse world of recognisable characters and he fits into so many different scenarios, it wasn’t easy to decide who we wanted to star in the game alongside him!“In the end we settled for Afskylia and Don Croco, his main adversaries; we also introduced Goat, who is one of the older characters from Hugo’s world, to give a classic feel.”Play’n GO CEO and co-founder Johan Törnqvist believes that the timing is just right for Hugo’s latest adventure. He added: “We wanted to build on our success with Hugo and release Hugo Games to operators at a perfect time, ahead of this year’s World Cup.“This game will appeal to a large player base. Play’n GO are looking forward to an exciting summer with lots of entertaining football, and the game will offer some alternative fun between matches. We can combine players’ interest in Hugo and the tournament, giving our partners plenty of cross-sell opportunities.” Related Articles Submitlast_img read more

PGA Tour pens new partnership with partypoker

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Share GVC to meet shareholders to discuss executives pay plan June 6, 2019 Sportradar supports snooker’s Championship League with data deal June 2, 2020 Betfred extends World Snooker Championship sponsorship May 2, 2019 Submit Related Articles Online poker brand partypoker has confirmed a new sponsorship agreement with the PGAEuroPro Tour to become the official partner of the golf brand in 2019.The deal sees partypoker gain branding rights at EuroPro Tour events taking place next year and across EuroPro Tour promotional material, in addition to social media campaigns.In addition, partypoker will send four teams to participate in the EuroPro Tour 2019 circuit, with each team comprising one PGA EPT professional alongside three golfers chosen to represent partypoker.Tom Waters, partypoker managing director, commented: “We are excited to come on board with the Euro ProTour for the forthcoming season and further strengthen our relationship with Matchroom Sport.“The tour hosts some of the most exciting events across Europe, and we look forward to supporting Matchroom in their quest to unearth the next generation of golfing stars.”Matchroom Sport and PGA EuroPro Tour chairman Barry Hearn added: “I am delighted to welcome the support of partypoker with the PGA EuroPro Tour, with whom we have had a fantastic relationship over many years at Matchroom.“Our developmental golf tour has become one of the leading circuits for young professionals looking to become tomorrow’s superstars of the sport,” he said.“I am really looking forward to building on an already strong relationship with partypoker and can’t wait to see the benefits it will bring to all involved in the PGA EuroPro Tour.”last_img read more

Swedish adjustment sees GiG report Q1 2019 revenue dip

first_img Share Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 StumbleUpon LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Issuing its first trading statement as a Nasdaq Stockholm-listed enterprise, Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) details a tough opening to 2019 trading, as the company undertakes Swedish market adjustments.Updating investors, GiG records a 13% group revenue decline to €32 million (Q12018: €37m), attributed to anticipated Swedish market costs following the re-regulation of the market.Swedish adjustments impacted GIG’s revenue segments for both B2B €14.2 million (Q12018: €15.3m)  and B2C €20.2 million (Q12018: €25.4m) segments.Adjusting to new Swedish conditions, GiG governance details that the company ‘tightened its cost control’, reducing its period cost of sales and marketing expenditures.Despite its revenue slowdown, GiG maintained a positive EBITDA of €4.1 million (Q12018: €4.3m) in-line with corporate expectations.Robin Reed, GiG CEO, commented: “The Company delivered an EBITDA of €4.1m in Q1 and the key highlight was all-time high revenues and EBITDA in our media business. It is a performance I am reasonably satisfied with in light of the loss of a major B2B customer which we announced in Q4-18, and the new regulation in Sweden which is impacting both our B2C and B2B revenues. We had anticipated this and managed the impact by careful cost control.“The business is robust with cash flow from operating activities of €2.6m. GiG has become better and more competitive as the Company matures. Our leadership has never been stronger, our processes are more robust, and our strategic understanding and intent has evolved. I am looking forward with confidence to the growth opportunities for the rest of the year.”last_img read more

BetShah brings player-led approach to new sportsbook

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Stoiximan and Betano to provide DFS platform from Scout Gaming May 22, 2018 Related Articles AffiliateINSIDER supports BetShah affiliate programme launch August 13, 2019 Share PAOK FC sponsors two signed shirts at BiG Sports Dinner auction September 27, 2016 BetShah believes it has created an online environment where players can find the widest variety of markets, ease of navigation, instant payments and ‘second to none’ customer support.The team at BetShah, a new sportsbook and casino operator which sponsored this year’s Betting on Football conference, includes former PAOK FC pair Ilias Petrogiannis and Jotis Panagiotas.The duo are joined by Project Manager Ioannes Lagos, who has held senior industry roles with the likes of Favbet and Novibet.“Our aspiration is to become the No 1 Sportsbook in Gaming and Mobile Gaming,” said Lagos. “At BetShah, we are not just experienced professionals under one roof, but also players ourselves, who eat, breath and sleep sports and betting.“We have created an online environment which players can understand and appreciate. The widest variety of markets and live betting, ease of navigation, instant payments, and second to none support are what we always wanted – and could seldom find – as players. We are now offering this to our players.” Lagos explained: “Our goal is to obtain licenses in as many countries as possible and then target these, and only these markets.”last_img read more