Popular dancehall entertainer, Alkaline is wanted by the Jamaican police for questioning in relation to murder.Detectives from the Criminal Investigations Branch Headquarters on Tuesday issued a release stating that they are seeking, the Champion Bwoy DJ, whose real name is Earlan Bartley.He is wanted for questioning in relation to the murder of Rohan Morris. Morris was killed in the Kingston community of Maverley weeks ago.Police in the island were tight-lipped about the details of the probe but said they believe he can assist them with the investigations.Bartley was ordered to report to the Area 4 Headquarters, Harman Barracks in Vineyard Town, Kingston 2 by 5:00 p.m., on Wednesday, February 8.Alkaline…wanted for questioning in relation to murder probeThe artiste enjoyed great popularity in the dancehall arena last year and was touted as the DJ who would finally unseat, Vybz Kartel as the leading dancehall artiste in the country.Vybz Kartel, real name Adidjah Palmer, is himself incarcerated after being found guilty of the murder of his crony, Clive ‘Lizard’ Williams. He was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole after serving 35 years.Fellow Entertainer Shawn ‘Shawn Storm’ Campbell as well as Kahira Jones, who were sentenced to serve a minimum of 25 years, and Andre St John, who can apply for parole after serving 15 years of a life sentence, were also convicted.
The President of Haiti, Jovenel Moise has led the country in expressing condolences to the families of those reported missing and presumed dead after a boat carrying 17 people sank in the Canal de la Tortue, off the northern coast of Haiti, over the weekend.“I express all my pain following the sinking of a sailboat on the route Saint Louis North / Turtle Island. A search is currently underway to find the bodies of the victims and the survivors of this tragedy,” Moise said.Media reports said that the incident occurred last Saturday evening in the waters between the Turtle Island and the coast of Haiti.At least 12 people, including a Roman Catholic priest assigned to the Sacred Heart parish on Turtle Island, are missing and feared dead.
Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries are expected to complete the phase out of the use of the old incandescent bulbs by September this year, the Guyana-based CARICOM Secretariat announced Wednesday.Objective is more energy efficiency The Secretariat said the regional countries are undertaking the project to become more energy efficient, on the basis of a mandate from the CARICOM Energy Ministers.Plans for the phase out program are now being developed by the CARICOM Secretariat and the CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality (CROSQ).The program will include a roadmap to reduce the import and sale of incandescent light bulbs within the region and guide and support countries in the establishment of regulations and actions for the phasing out exercise.Phase out period begins Jan. 2019“If all goes according to the plan, incandescent bulbs will gradually be phased-out as energy efficiency standards for lighting are phased-in. The phase-out schedule could begin as early as January 2019 with the 100-watt incandescent bulbs, with further restrictions on smaller lamp sizes entering into force in incremental stages over a number of years,” the Secretariat noted.The decision to develop the phase-out program was taken at the recently-concluded meeting of CARICOM Energy Ministers as part of the menu of quality measures that are being undertaken to steer the Community towards energy efficiency and sector regulation.Been around for over 130 yearsThe incandescent light bulbs have existed for 130 years and are inefficient because they waste most of their energy. They are very cheap to manufacture and purchase, but only five per cent of the input power is converted into visible light, with the remainder converted into waste heat.Cuba was the first country in the world to successfully complete the phase-out of incandescent bulbs. In 2007, the Caribbean country banned the import and sale of incandescent bulbs and implemented a program for their direct substitution with CFLs in households.
KINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – Jamaica has welcomed approximately two million visitors for the first half of 2019, earning an estimated two billion US dollars, according to the Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Pearnel Charles.Last year, the country had record arrivals of 4.32 million visitors with earnings of US$3.3 billion.Charles, piloting the Tourism Workers Pension Act 2019 in the Senate on Friday, said tourism drives nine per cent of Jamaica’s gross domestic product (GDP) and contributes, in revenue terms, 20 per cent of GDP.He noted, too, that the sector earnings have grown from US$369 million in 2017 to US$431 million in 2018 and that said the tourism industry’s continued growth and success is as a result of the hard work and dedication of the tourism workers.“It is the professionalism and high-excellence service of workers that have contributed to Jamaica remaining top of mind and boasting an enviable 42 per cent repeat visitor rate,” he said.The Tourism Workers Pension Act 2019 seeks to establish a defined contribution pension scheme for hospitality industry workers and Charles told legislators that an increase in visitors equates to greater demand for more trained workers.“The data shows that as at January 2019 there were 120,500 workers in the sector, which represented nine per of the labour force,” he said, noting that employment in hotels and restaurants increased by four per cent from January 2017 to January 2019.“This was approximately an additional 5,000 jobs over the two-year period,” he said.
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The Ivorian is currently away on international duty and has told Tottenham’s official website that: “This is a huge and exciting opportunity at a massive football club and I am determined to prove myself as a professional both on and off the pitch.”Serge Aurier joined PSG from Toulouse in 2015 and was an integral part of Ivory Coast’s squad that won the 2015 African Cup of Nations.Related Tottenham Hotspur has announced the signing of Ivory Coast right back, Serge Aurier from Paris Saint-Germain for £23m.The 24-year-old defender, who was also linked with a move to Manchester United and Chelsea, was granted work permit on Wednesday and signed a five-year deal with Spurs.
Seven World Cup legends will assist former England international striker Gary Lineker for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup Draw in Russia.According to world football’s governing body, FIFA, World Cup greats such as Fabio Cannavaro, Carles Puyol, Cafu, Laurent Blanc, Diego Maradona, Gordon Banks and Diego Forlan will assist Gary Lineker at the 2018 draw scheduled for the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow on December 1.World Cup greats Diego Maradona, Laurent Blanc, Gordon Banks, Cafu, Fabio Cannavaro, Diego Forlan and Carles Puyol will assist Gary Lineker at the 2018 draw in Moscow on 1 December— SuperSport Blitz (@SuperSportBlitz) November 21, 2017The line-up for the tournament is complete and the 32 qualified countries (5 from AFC, 5 from CONMEBOL, 5 from CAF, 3 from CONCACAF and 14 from UEFA) will know their group stage opponents when the draw takes place in 10 days time. RelatedLineker To Conduct World Cup Final DrawNovember 18, 2017In “FIFA”World Cup Draw: Host Lineker Reveals Nigeria In Group Of Death In Mock VersionNovember 24, 2017In “National Team”Gary Lineker Brands Maradona ‘A Laughing Stock’ After Celebrations Against NigeriaJune 27, 2018In “FIFA”
Jesper SogaardLeading industry affiliate marketing firm Better Collective continues its European expansion announcing this morning that it has acquired French digital media network Pull Media.The acquisition of Pull Media’s inventory significantly increases Better Collective’s presence within the regulated French online gambling market. Furthermore, Better Collective management has stated that it will use its new Pull Media assets to expand its presence within Southern European territories.Jesper Søgaard, Founder and CEO of Better Collective commented on the acquisition: “Better Collective is really excited to acquire Pull Media and we see it as a great fit for both companies. Pull Media showed some impressive growth in the last few years and now we are looking forward to drive it even further.“We are certain that with the existing resources and synergies we will be able to effectively grow the whole of Better Collective’s network becoming one of the strongest players in the highly competitive affiliate market.”Better Collective which has developed one of the industry’s biggest affiliate marketing networks, details that it has acquired +200 high-quality content-led portals operated by Pull Media. This September Better Collective has expanded its industry affiliate and player acquisition services acquiring German language affiliate WebbPortal.com and leading UK casino review site CasinoLounge.co.uk.Joining Better Collective operations John Samson, CEO of Pull Media commented on the sale “Following 7 years of steady growth internationally, Pull Media needed to go to the next level. With the help of Blueprint Partners we looked for consolidation partners and Better Collective came as the perfect fit for us, notably in terms of working synergies and company cultures. Our team is really excited to share best practices, tools and betting services within the new group.” StumbleUpon TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach August 27, 2020 Submit Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Share Related Articles
SBC Webinars and Digitain present Finding Value in Untapped Markets July 14, 2020 Share Submit Share Related Articles Delasport clients get access to Kiron’s BetMan RGS platform April 27, 2020 SBC Digital Summit: A crash course in adaptability and resilience April 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Simon Westbury, VSoftCoThis week, VSoftCo announced one of its biggest Virtual Sports delivery projects for Italian betting giant Sisal Matchpoint. Working in partnership with competitor Kiron Interactive, VSoftCo will launch its new football leagues product for Sisal’s +4,000 betting points. Simon Westbury, Chief Commercial Officer of VSoftCo, details the Sisal Matchpoint partnership, and what can be learnt and gained from working with competitors… ______________ SBC: You have teamed up with Kiron Interactive to offer Sisal Matchpoint its new Virtual Betting Leagues channel. How was this strategic partnership developed?Simon Westbury: Our successful strategic partnership with Kiron has been developed over many years, with the first agreement being signed way back in 2011. In short, the relationship works with VSoftCo providing our market leading Fantastic League product to Kiron to resell and Kiron providing their products for us to resell. The relationship was born out of the need to offer a full suite of products to the market and the two companies came together to achieve this.SBC: How hard is it to develop effective products for Sisal Matchpoint, a bookmaker with a portfolio of 4,000 betting points?SW: I think the question needs to be answered in a wider perspective; the product that we have developed and delivered to Sisal, was developed due to the change in regulations in Italy. Sisal have been the first to adopt the product but we have signed deals with other operators in the market and look forward to launching with them in the very near future.Anyone who works in this space understands that developing a new product to meet new regulation is never easy and you have to overcome many bumps in the road. Once the product is developed the next challenge is getting the game through certification and approved to go live and again there are always curve balls that are thrown at us however well you plan. I think the biggest challenge we faced was meeting the point of regulation which outlined that every ‘betable’ event had to be displayed and when you are offering over 300,000 betting markets across a five minute window this is no small challenge.The challenge was magnified by the fact we are the only supplier who truly uses real-time technology so we were not able to rely on a library of pre-rendered clips to show these betable events. At VSoftCo, we are very happy with the development of the product and we are delighted to be working in partnership Kiron to deliver Sisal Matchpoint a market leading product.SBC: Why is Football Leagues such an important product for VSoftCo and Kiron; what does it bring to market?SW: Football Leagues, is an important product as it takes virtual football past the traditional single game to add more realism to the punter, offering more matches and more bet types. It is quite funny as the development of the league product has taken VSoftCo back to our routes as we first developed a virtual football league product back in 2010, but the market demanded a single game version.So we adapted our original product to meet client needs and we have now gone full circle. The Fantastic League product also marks an evolution, as I indicated recently when I spoke on the SBC track at the iGaming Super Show, that virtual suppliers have traditionally focused on retail but we are now all developing products that transcend the channel they are delivered and we have seen exponential growth in the online sectors, with one of our new clients taking 75% on their bets on mobile.SBC: What do you feel you have learnt from your partnership with Kiron and how do your organisations work together to provide services?SW: I think it is important to say up front that we enjoy a good working relationship with Kiron; we have been in partnership for a number of years now and hope this partnership continues to grow stronger in the future. I think we have learnt to adapt to different cultures, with influences coming from South Africa, Spain and the UK. In doing so, I believe we have come together to offer a robust and appealing full portfolio of virtual games which I think when combined is the largest offering of virtual sports in the marketplace.SBC: In the casino sector we have seen a number of corporate partnerships focused on cross-licensing and games development. Do you think Virtual Sports suppliers will follow this model?SW: Yes I do think this will happen and I believe that VSoftCo is at the forefront of this with our branded virtual Striker game which is developed in partnership with the writers of the Striker comic strip, which appears in The Sun newspaper and has opened up differing casino game potential for us. Additionally, our core strategy at VSoftCo is to become the home of sports gaming content and we have entered into agreements with suppliers such as Link2Win to provide their casino content through our RGS.Moving forward, we have some exciting deals lined up to deliver sports based casino content to the marketplace which we believe will merge together nicely with virtual sports to allow cross-selling between sports and casino customers. The first example of this has been the development of the Spot the Ball casino game which combines pre-rendered virtual football clips with roulette that has resulted in a hybrid casino / virtual game.So our move into the online space has not been solely based on the delivery of virtual sports, but a combination of sports-focused casino games and virtual games themselves.
Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles In the third instalment of SBC’s Better Collective Spotlight series, we spoke to Philip Trampe, PR Team Lead for Better Collective, to get the inside line on bettingexpertLIVE.Trampe was on hand to tell us more about the site designed to showcase what the world is betting on in-play, including how punters can create tipster lists to shadow the top performers, and why the integration with bet365 provides a validation of the odds on offer.SBC: This live app is an extension of bettingexpert.com. What does it hope to bring to the world of sports betting?PT: The vision of bettingexpertLIVE is to be the ultimate second screen tool to enhance the experience of anyone who is watching a game live. The true fun of bettingexpertLIVE is that it can be a fun way to compete with friends to see who can achieve the highest yield during games, which is why the app is ideal for times of major tournaments. We originally launched the app in conjunction with the EURO 2016 tournament, and we were happy to see that our users were actively engaging with the product.SBC: How will it stand out in an already saturated market?PT: Our industry has always looked to how to optimise user retention after major tournaments. Users jump in out of curiosity, place basic bets in the spirit of the tournament, and don’t really continue on after they’ve had their fun. It was this idea that drove the idea of bettingexpertLIVE – not necessarily in trying to retain punters, but more in educating those who were completely new to the idea of sports betting on how different markets works and how odds fluctuate during the game. It became a secondary tool to use during live matches that people were able to play around in a sandbox without necessarily spending actual money. The engaging UX allowed for novice punters to sit with their friends who were more experienced punters, who likely already sat with existing accounts with bookies, and play along at their own pace. Of course, we also monetised the app so people could bet directly with bet365 if they wished to back their tips (or those from others with proven yields), but the true purpose was to create a safe space that introduced the aspects of betting, as well as how to bet intelligently based on the advice of others rather than just put down money based on gut instincts.SBC: bet365 is one of the world’s most recognisable betting operators. How valuable is the integration of the firm’s live odds?PT: With their strong global brand, having a partner like bet365 was definitely valuable. As mentioned, the app was created for novice punters to be able to simulate a real betting experience without actually putting any money in. Anyone who has heard of betting has heard of bet365, and with their logo sitting next to the live odds, a validation of the odds was created. This way, the novice user knows that the odds are real, if their bets were not. SBC: Does this mean bettingexpertLIVE only target novice punters?PT: Not at all. bettingexpertLIVE is a great place for novice punters to test the waters for their first betting experiences, but it is also a the ideal playground for experienced punters to test new strategies. In-play betting sets different parameters for betting, so this allows betting experts to work on their own betting techniques, while novice punters can be inspired by them through observing them on the platform. Better Collective Spotlight: How Betarades.gr is driving engagement through YouTube July 30, 2020 Share Share Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020