Former JFF physical trainer Andre Waugh takes up CONCACAF post

first_imgAndre Waugh Former Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) physical trainer and University of Technology (UTECH) lecturer, Andre Waugh, has taken up a new role as Caribbean Development Manager for CONCACAF.The former Portmore United Technical Director resigned from his JFF and UTECH posts to take up the offer. Waugh expressed the desire to help uplift the general standard of football in the region and believes his experience from both of his former jobs will serve him well in his new capacity.“I really want to make a mark. Money is rewarding but I want to lay in my bed at night and feel I have made a contribution and a mark,” he told The Gleaner.“It has always been my desire to serve at the highest level, so this opportunity from CONCACAF will allow me to pretty much put what I have been doing in both organisations, JFF and UTech, together and try to give back on a wider scale,” he added.As Caribbean Development Manager, Waugh will coordinate and supervise development activities specific to the Caribbean through CONCACAF. This includes coaching education programmes, women’s football, liaising with different technical directors of the region, and assisting with development programmes.last_img read more

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Caribbean real estate summit says market is booming

first_imgAt the first installment of the Caribbean Real Estate and Investment Summit, held on April 5 in the heart of downtown Boca Raton, it was made clear that the Caribbean real estate market is currently at a peak. The summit was held by the robust Boca Raton based real estate brokerage The Agency. The event brought together stakeholders who focus on the Caribbean region, including brokers, developers, investors and attorneys. The success of this first event, the organizers said, was a testament to the enormous interest around real estate in the region. Representatives from several Caribbean countries were present, including from the Dominican Republic, The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Saint Lucia and Cayman Islands. Main panel discussion at the conference were “Regional Market Trends” and “Selling the Caribbean”. Topics covered included a marketwide look at regional trends, and the nuts and bolts of purchasing real estate in various Caribbean destinations. Discussions underscored the Caribbean region as a booming market, fueled by citizenship-by-investment fueled development. Citizenship-by-investment enables the acquisition of citizenship via an exceptional economic contribution to a country. Such programs exist in Caribbean countries such as Antigua, St. Kitts, Dominica and Saint Lucia. According to Ian Hurdle, the owner of The Agency offices in Turks and Caicos, “It was great to meet with so many individuals in the industry from across the Caribbean. I think the number of attendees from so many different countries shows that the real estate market is in an incredibly healthy position across the region.”last_img read more

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Cuban Nurses Depart for Trinidad and Tobago to Help Fight COVID-19

first_imgCMC Edina Clara Byfield Cooper, a nurse with 30 years experience, said patients are like family, and she hopes that her work in Trinidad and Tobago will meet the expectations that Cuba and the Revolution have placed on it. The ceremony was attended by Marcia Coba Ruiz, Deputy Minister of Public Health, and Ana Teresita González Fraga, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Trade and Foreign Investment. She said among the objectives of those who leave for this internationalist mission are to return to the country healthy and with their duties fulfilled, as well as to share with the people of Trinidad and Tobago their experiences in confronting the pandemic. Ramírez Díaz has denounced the campaign of the United States government to discredit the value of Cuban health workers noting that the Cuban medical workers, who are also members of the Henry Reeve International Contingent, were saving lives. In Trinidad and Tobago they will have to work with patients in the intensive care services, according to Anabel González Miranda, a graduate in nursing and a pediatric intensivist.center_img HAVANA, Cuba – The first group of 11 female nurses left Cuba on Friday for Trinidad and Tobago as part of the efforts in helping the country prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus (COVID-19). Coordinator of the group, Yaquelín Ramírez Díaz, said that the nurses will work with the professionalism that characterizes Cuban medicine, and will face the pandemic together with the health professionals in Port of Spain. Teresa Amarelle Boué, a member of the Political Bureau and secretary general of the Federation of Cuban Women, in her farewell speech, emphasized the opportunities that the Cuban Revolution has given to women. She told the Cuban News Agency that is why they have received courses on how COVID-19 behaves, what the necessary protective measures are and the protocol for caring for the sick.last_img read more

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Super Soccer Oddsfeed: The slow death of the FA Cup

first_img Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Successful summer leaves Leadstar positive over industry’s recovery August 18, 2020 Share Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles Jeevan Jeyaratnam, Super Soccer OddsfeedJeevan Jeyaratnam, a partner at Super Soccer Oddsfeed, says he is concerned by the approach of the biggest clubs to the FA Cup, the world’s oldest cup competition.There were a number of high profile ‘shocks’ in last weekend’s FA Cup 4th round. Is this just the ‘magic’ of the FA Cup, where the unlikely becomes more likely due to the passion and history of the world’s oldest cup competition, or is it something rather more opaque…Closer examination brings into question the use of the word ‘shock’, for many of the favoured, stronger, sides fielded noticeably weaker starting XI’s than usual. The thirteen Premier League clubs made an average of 7.50 changes per team from their previous line-ups. By way of comparison, Premier League sides have made an average of 2.06 changes from one fixture to the next so far this season. The top championship sides also made a raft of changes, with Leeds making ten, while both Brighton and Newcastle made nine. All three championship teams lost to lower ranker opposition. Liverpool, Watford and Hull were other losing favourites. The problem lies not just with the managers, but perhaps with the fixture list itself. There is a heavy mid-week Premier League and Championship programme following hot on the heels of the 4th round. With no winter break to rest players, allied to the loss of stars to the African Cup of Nations, squads have been stretched. Personally I feel that there is just too much football in the UK; the 24 team Championship division features more games than any of the other European leagues. The recently agreed Premier League TV deal means that promotion to the Premier League is such a valuable prize that it forces a huge pressure on those sides who have a chance of winning promotion; who can blame the Championship clubs for making wholesale changes. The total prize purse is ‘just’ £3.4 million for a club progressing from entry at the 3rd round to winning the competition.This has devalued the competition greatly, no wonder it’s taken lightly by managers. A cursory glance at the forecasted Premier League prize fund breakdown for season 2016-2017 shows that even the bottom placed side will collect circa £98 million. There just isn’t a comparison when it comes to importance. Money has taken over.At Super Soccer Oddsfeed, we’re very experienced in dealing with weakened line-ups to provide accurate goalscoring pricing, especially since the League Cup has been like this for years. That said, it still takes some thinking about, and even then there isn’t a guarantee that all bases are covered. For example, Man Utd introduced Axel Tuanzebe in their 4-0 win over Wigan. He is a product of their youth system, he’s played 14 times in the Premier League 2 at centre-back, scoring once, but not featured for the first team.Although he was in our database, he wasn’t on the radar as likely to make the step up this early in his development. Youth team players slipping through the net are a relatively small issue; most punters wouldn’t be aware of them, and a young defender like Tuanzebe isn’t likely to feature very highly on many punters’ lists of viable goalscorers. A far bigger matter is making sure we don’t leave ourselves exposed when high profile goalscorers are left out. Diego Costa, for example, is by far Chelsea’s most likely scorer in the Premier League. We have to approach the pricing slightly differently for domestic cup games as he is unlikely (but crucially, not ruled out) to start. Michy Batshuayi, normally a substitute in the league, suddenly becomes more likely to start, and therefore score. While we must always price players as if they were starting, naturally we do take into account the most likely starting XI and taper other players accordingly. For an FA Cup tie, the ‘gap’ between our ratings of Costa and Batshuayi is reduced.last_img read more

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Microgaming opens new ‘environment & energy efficient’ Isle of Man HQ

first_img StumbleUpon Share Share Microgaming has declared its new purpose built HQ ‘open for business’, following the completion of the building’s construction on 31 July 2017.Developed adjacent to its existing office, its new Isle of Man HQ named ‘Sixty Two’ began construction in April 2015. The 5-storey office houses over 100 employees, with a unique sky bridge joining the new and existing building, creating a business campus for the company.A delighted John Coleman, CFO of Microgaming, commented on the new HQ: “Following a number of years of hard work and commitment, it’s incredibly satisfying to see SixtyTwo open. A lot of time was spent understanding the needs and wants of our employees so that a building could be designed specifically with them in mind. All involved, including staff and suppliers, should be incredibly proud of what they have achieved – I can’t thank them enough.”Microgaming governance detailed that the building had been built to ensure environmental and energy efficiencies. The building will include functions such as smart lighting that automatically dims to reduce consumption, air quality and temperature monitoring, as well as centralised recycling facilities on each floor.Roger Raatgever, CEO of Microgaming, commented on Sixty Two “It’s incredible to think that when we set up Microgaming on the island back in 2001 there were just six staff. Now we are a campus in the heart of Douglas, with two large offices, and best of all they are connected by a sky bridge, which was a must for me! It’s an exciting new chapter for Microgaming and I’m immensely proud of what we achieved in our home.” Submitlast_img read more

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Panserve promotes Natalia Zavodnik to CEO of Marathonbet

first_imgShare Submit Share StumbleUpon Marathonbet nets Man City upgrade to become training kit sponsor December 8, 2019 Related Articles SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Marathonbet secures official partnership with Real Madrid November 28, 2019 Natalia ZavodnikUpdating the market European online betting group Panserve limited, has informed that it has appointed Natalia Zavodnik as new Chief Executive of its Marathonbet division.Panserve Limited appoints Zavodnik as new leader of flagship brand Marathonbet, following the departure of former incumbent Viktor Hoffman to industry start-up Addison Global.  Zavodnik is promoted to CEO of Marathonbet, having previously served as Group Head of Finance for Panserve Limited.Zavodnik has served as financial lead for Panserve since 2011, and has recently acted as deputy Chief Executive with regards to Marathonbet marketing initiatives with Hibernian FC, Spain’s Málaga CF and Russian Premier League side Dynamo Moscow.Issuing a corporate statement, Panserve limited commented on its leadership restructure: “The business reluctantly accepted Viktor’s resignation as CEO of Marathonbet for personal reasons, but extends its sincere thanks for his expertise and vision during more than a year at the helm.”Panserve has yet to disclose who will serve as Head of Finance following the promotion of Zavodnik as new CEO.last_img read more

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Kindred Group promotes Fredrik Kjell to Chief Product Officer

first_imgShare Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk  August 10, 2020 Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Submit Related Articles Fredrik KjellStockholm-listed online gambling operator Kindred Group Plc has confirmed the promotion of Fredrik Kjell to Chief Product Officer (CPO).Kjell takes leadership of group product development, management and delivery from former incumbent Daniel Eskola, who this month departed Kindred’s executive team, joining industry software supplier Relax Gaming as new Chief Executive.A Kindred senior executive since 2016, Kjell has previously served as group Head of Gaming, leading Kindred verticals for online poker, casino and bingo verticals.During his tenure as Kindred Head of Gaming, Kjell was a key stakeholder in the development and delivery of the new Unibet mobile casino app (2016) and the expansion of Kindred’s casino suite games portfolio.A seasoned industry executive, Kjell has held further senior product developments positions at NYX Gaming Group and Amaya Inc.Kjell will be based out of Kindred Group’s Stockholm office, and will report duties to Kindred governance.last_img read more

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Sportradar hits back at Italian media report

first_imgShare StumbleUpon TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share Related Articles CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Submit Major industry supplier Sportradar has come out strongly against a report in the Italian media which links the firm to the long-running Galassia criminal investigation.The company has issued a statement strongly refuting the allegations made within the article published by Business Insider Italia and said it regards many of the allegations and statements made to be incorrect, untrue and defamatory. It continued: “Sportradar acts, and has always acted, in full compliance with local and international regulations, legal requirements and regulatory bodies, and has never been involved in any alleged illegal activities. “Sportradar provides services to hundreds of sporting authorities both in Italy and globally, and actively supports and works alongside local and international police and law enforcement authorities in their fight against corruption and crime. “Our work has uncovered some of the most high-profile illicit practices aimed at manipulating sporting competitions in Italy, Europe and worldwide.“The article in question is wholly inaccurate and misrepresents our work both in Italy and globally. Sportradar completely rejects its content and the allegations made and may be taking appropriate legal action to protect its business and reputation.“While we will not be making further comment on this at this time, we take these allegations very seriously and they will be appropriately addressed.”last_img read more

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Familiarity is key to Sportradar’s Simulated Reality schedule

first_imgShare Sticking to the sports calendar and playing a part in the regular football fan’s ‘ritual’ is key to the setup for Sportradar’s Simulated Reality, said the firm’s MD for US Betting Werner Becher.Sportradar launched the AI-driven product at the end of March, making it immediately available to customers as part of its existing portfolio of betting events.The product draws upon Sportradar’s historical football database and statistical output to provide match data, offering both pre-match and live betting markets for top-tier football leagues in England, Germany and Spain.With many people currently living in lockdown or furloughed from work, you might argue that scheduling has lost importance for sports bettors. Unless you are still living your normal life, why would your appetite for placing a bet be highest at the ‘normal’ time?Yet for Becher, developing a product that aligns with real matches, and the schedule to which they would have been played, was a “clear goal” for the Simulated Reality project.He said: “With Simulated Reality it was our clear goal to develop a product that is very similar to real matches and provides sports fans with what they are missing: scheduled sports matches. “Customers are used to placing bets, on football matches in particular, at specific times during the week. It’s a familiar part of a fans football ritual and it’s that familiarity that is part of Simulated Reality’s appeal.”In keeping with this theme of “familiarity”, Becher explained that all matches that were originally scheduled between the final games actually played and the launch of the Simulated Reality product will be simulated in mid-week – “as would be the case in the real world”. For the Premier League, that covers all matches lost in the three weeks that followed Leicester vs Aston Villa on 9 March.He added: “Where possible, we plan to fulfil the remaining fixtures of each league and crown a champion on each country’s final day of the season as per the original schedules. If that’s not possible, due to the sheer volume of games on offer, we’ll schedule them as close to the final fixtures as possible.”As things stand, there is obviously a lot of uncertainty around when football’s biggest leagues will resume. Germany’s Bundesliga is reportedly closing on a return, so what would happen if the real thing is back before the simulations are due to conclude in mid-May?“There’s still much uncertainty about the return of live sport,” said Becher. “If live football was to come back tomorrow, we would expect them to complete their remaining fixtures at a later date than originally scheduled.”Simulated betting markets will, therefore, be available to customers until the original end of season dates – regardless of how quickly the leagues can return. This could actually provide a real credential test for the Sportradar modelling, should postponements continue or re-emerge in the future.Becher agreed by saying: “By the time the leagues return, the Simulated Reality leagues – having followed the original fixture list – will likely be completed. It will be interesting to see, when they do return, how realistic the outcomes of our Simulated Reality games are when compared to the real games, and if the same teams came out as champions.”Launching the product three weeks ago, Sportradar said it planned to extend its Simulated Reality product to several other leagues and competitions. So what are the other sports involved? Becher concluded: “We have recently launched Simulated Reality cricket and offer T20 matches from Australia, England and India. We will very soon launch a tennis product and offer events each week covering tournaments in London, Madrid, Paris and Rome as scheduled. Looking to the future, we are developing a basketball version and evaluating some other sports as well.” Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

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Knicks Gaming and Turtle Beach reveal NBA 2K League esports partnership

first_imgThis comes off the back of the NBA 2k League confirming a deal with Twitch, which sees Twitch as the exclusive streaming platform for the newly formed league. The league has also acquired both Dell and Intel as big-name sponsors for the inaugural season. Knicks Gaming has confirmed their partnership with Turtle Beach for the upcoming NBA 2k League.The deal will see Knicks Gaming use the audio brand at the teams gaming facility, while the two companies plan to produce a variety of content during the inaugural season.The inaugural season kicks off from May 1-5 with a tip-off tournament and runs through August 2018. The season will include up to 199 games; this includes weekly matches, three in-season tournaments, playoffs and the season finale.Juergen Stark, CEO, Turtle Beach had this to say on the partnership: “We’re thrilled to be an integral part of the Knicks Gaming organization during the founding year of the NBA 2K League.Our headsets deliver a distinct competitive advantage through pinpoint accurate audio and clear team chat. Having the Knicks Gaming players using Turtle Beach audio equipment to train with and then dominate in their games will be a joy to watch.”Kristin Bernert, General Manager, Knicks Gaming, added that: “Turtle Beach gaming peripherals are unmatched in their ability to provide a clear advantage for our players, which makes Turtle Beach the perfect partner for Knicks Gaming.”  Esports Insider says: Another big deal in the NBA 2K League sees the league become a real big hitter in esports. This just the latest in a string of big sponsor pickups for teams will certainly put the league on a solid foundation for success.last_img read more

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