Dancehall heavyweight Sean Paul Dancehall heavyweight Sean Paul has criticized Canadian rapper Drake for not giving the Jamaican genre and its artists credit even though his latest hit songs are inspired by them.In an interview this week with Metro on BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend 2017 festival, Sean Paul referred specifically to the Canadian rapper’s mega-hit, One Dance.Drake is ducking dancehall says Sean Paul“I think at the time when it was popping off, it would have been good for him to actually put accolades towards the whole culture. He’s friendly with a few people in the business in Jamaica and that’s good, I love it. But if he had given more accolades when he was actually making it and said ‘this is the music I love,’ it would have been cool,” he said.The Jamaican artist, known for hits like Gimmie The Light, Give It Up To Me and Temperature, has been critical of other big-name acts like Justin Bieber for not properly recognizing their dancehall influences.Drake’s album, Views, released last year, has a strong dancehall flavor. Jamaican producers Dwayne ‘Supa Dups’ Chin-Quee, Matthew ‘Boi-1da’ Samuels and Stephen ‘Di Genius’ McGregor worked on it.Too Good, his song with Rihanna, is a co-production between Chin-Quee and Toronto-based Jamaican producer Paul ‘Nineteen85’ Jefferies. It samples deejay Popcaan’s Love You Bad.
On Sunday, Florida recorded the highest one-day total in the country,with over 15,000 new COVID-19 cases. And over the 24-hour period from Monday, 132 new COVID-19 deaths were confirmed, the highest death record in the state so far. That includes full-time or part-time on campus as well as hybrid models that combine on-campus and virtual learning. BREAKING: Florida has set a one-day COVID-19 death record for the state with 132 which means a Floridian is dying every 11 minutes from COVID-19.— Daniel Uhlfelder (@DWUhlfelderLaw) July 14, 2020 “If conditions do not improve and continue to worsen, that is the only way we can educate our students while keeping them and our teachers healthy and safe,” Runcie told the School Board on Tuesday. “When conditions improve, … additional options will be introduced.” Broward Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said that if conditions do not improve, students will return to schools online on August 19. “[E-learing] is the only way we can educate our students while keeping them and their teachers healthy and safe,” he said. Miami-Dade officials have also said that if the county is still under phase two reopening in August, students will also do the same on August 21. This barring a dramatic decline in COVID-19 infections, within the next month. Broward County Public Schools likely will reopen on August 19 with virtual classes only, due to the spike in COVID-19 cases in the state.
Other Selected Results:Group A:Astana 1-1 Slavia PragueGroup G:Viktoria Plzen 3-1 Hapoel BeershevaGroup H:FC Cologne 0-1 Crvena ZvezdaGroup I:Konyaspor 2-1 Victoria GuimaresSalzburg 1-0 MarseilleGroup J:Oestersunds FK 1-0 Hertha BerlinGroup K:Lazio 2-0 Zulte WaregemGroup L:Rosenborg 3-1 FK VardarZenit 3-1 Real SociedadRelated English Premier League (EPL) side Arsenal made it two wins from two games after they served up a six-goal thriller in a 4-2 win over Bate Borisov at the Borisov Arena in their UEFA Europa League (UEL) clash.Arsenal raced into a two-goal lead courtesy a brace from England international Theo Walcott before compatriot Rob Holding added a third goal in the first half. The home side pulled one back to still give the Gunners a 3-1 lead at halftime.Arsene Wenger’s men made another fast start in the second half from the penalty spot with French striker Olivier Giroud converting it to notch his 100th goal in Arsenal colours for a 4-1 lead. The home side scored a second goal in the last third of the half but it turned out to be mere consolation.In one of the shock results of the night, Ukrainian side Zorya shocked their Spanish hosts Athletic Bilbao 1-0 in Group J with Ihor Kharatin getting the only goal of the game.
Submit SportCaller teams up with Coral for Racing Super Series launch August 12, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share In November 2016, Global Reviews tracked and surveyed 200 consumers to better understand their processes when it comes to finding an online casino site to play on.Before gamers conduct any research into the best site for them, as many as 75% have a preferred brand in mind. This is typically driven by having used them before in some capacity as reported by 68% of those with an initial preference. This is followed by 54% who said that they are a current customer and 49% who have trust in the brand. Brand loyalty and the comfort of using what you know are key influences in who a gamer is considering.However, there are factors along the research journey that can impact this initial decision.The first step for 91% of gamers when finding a site to play on is a search engine. For many consumers, search engines such as Google are a natural starting point for most, if not all, online activities. It is within the search results, gamers are then exposed to a range of brands and any specials/deals on offer. Whether they are driven by the brand name, the games available or available deals, gamers then move on to a brand’s website where the online experience begins to influence the decision-making process.They say that first impressions last. This rule applies to websites as much as anything else. In fact, 38% of gamers stated that the visual appeal of a brand’s website played a part in the final decision making process. If a website is not aesthetically pleasing and does not provide a layout and navigational path that is easy to follow, then gamers are going to find it too difficult to use and go elsewhere.Throughout the research and decision making journey, the online casino industry has many ups and downs as the balance of product, price and experience plays its part on the decision-making process. Each brand has its own strengths and weaknesses throughout the journey whether that be in revealing and detailing games on offer, explaining game play options or registering for an account online.So, how can casino game providers improve the customer journey and ultimately increase conversions? Here are our top tips:Encourage sign-up: Brand loyalty has a lot of influence in choosing a site to play on. By getting gamers to sign-up, brands can promote any upcoming offers and encourage return visits to their site.Show users WHY they should choose to game with you: For the most part, online casino sites offer very similar gaming options so it is important for brands to be able to distinguish themselves from the pack to give gamers a reason to choose them over someone else.Show users how EASY it is to play: If site navigation is complicated, chances are game play is too. The easier it is to use a site, the easier it is to keep consumers with you.Enable some FREE play on your site: Gamers can become reluctant to input personal details if they’re not 100% sure of what they’re getting in return. Free play enables brands to show how easy it is to play while at the same time gets gamers comfortable with the site and interested in the game.Use multiple navigation routes to get players to game quickly and easily – navigate by ‘types of game’, ‘level of jackpot’, ‘name’ and ‘ease of play’: Each gamer has their own set of criteria when it comes to selecting which games to play. By catering to the most common categories such as type of game or level of difficulty, it doesn’t matter what a gamer’s criteria is, they will be able to easily find what they’re after.Support channel selection by incorporating contextual help and support, including throughout the registration process: Supporting a gamer once they’re ready to sign-up is vital. It would be a shame to get them so far only to drive them away because the sign-up process lacks in the required online support.Each of these tips not only applies to online casino sites, but across all product and service websites. These are universal requirements to ensure a strong online customer experience and aid in online conversions. By implementing these elements, a brand can go from sitting in the middle of the pack, to creating an online experience that sets an example for the rest of the industry.Content provided by Global ReviewsAt Global Reviews, we help many leading brands in online Sports Betting and Casino, such as Coral, Betsson Group and William Hill solve the critical online customer acquisition questions that they face. More specifically, Global Reviews help them to understand why they are losing potential online customers, who are in-market to place a bet or to play a casino game on their site, to one of their competitors. GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share
Share StumbleUpon A new agreement between British racecourses and platform providers BoscaBet, is to ensure that both new and current customers benefit from enhanced digital pool betting displays.The new pool betting service is to become available across 55 British racecourses, with Irish based BoscaBet hoping customer experiences will be heightened when the displays are delivered in July of next year.Nigel Roddis, Managing Director of the new pool betting entity, said: “The information provided to racegoers has been a key element of the project so far and we are delighted to have teamed up with BoscaBet to deliver what promises to be a significant enhancement for racegoers.”BoscaBet are aiming to bring a live digital source of content to racecourse pool betting, through information such as live pricing, racecard data, premium form content and sponsors’ ads.Fergal Downey, CEO of BoscaBet, said: “We’re delighted to be working with so many leading British racecourses in delivering such an exciting change in the industry.“Our goal is to deliver a product that enhances the experience for seasoned racegoers and first-time visitors alike, through great content and dynamic digital display.“The combination of remote management and automation will offer the perfect mix of control for the pool betting service and the associated racecourses. We are confident that our solution will bring new levels of excitement and engagement for punters.”BoscaBet was recently endorsed by the Bookmakers Technology Consortium (BTC) as an authorised digital betting shop display solution for its members, which now stretches to some 500 independent betting shops across the UK and Ireland.The content delivery on the new displays is to be automated by BoscaBet, however, racecourses can also be enabled to manage the network centrally and at a local level.Earlier this year BoscaBet unveiled its ‘Live Race Centre,’ designed to aid independent shops rival large chains by placing an emphasis enhancing customer engagement and experience. Share The Tote, Jockey Club Racecourses and Britbet launch ‘Tote Guarantee’ March 4, 2020 Related Articles Leader of the Year kicks off Sport in Focus at Betting on Sports July 4, 2019 The Tote and Britbet to sponsor Racehorse Owners’ Sponsorship Scheme November 29, 2019 Submit
Share StumbleUpon Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Submit LeoVegas has strengthened it core group management team, as the gaming operator also intensifies its focus on responsible gaming via its LeoSafePlay system.Firstly Richard Woodbridge joins as the new Chief Operating Officer, joining from the COO role at Ellos Group, and will have overarching responsibility for operations at LeoVegas’ offices in Malta.Taking up the new role on 7 January 2019, he takes over from current incumbent Marcus Nylén, who is to remain until he joins before leaving to focus entirely on his role as head of LeoVegas’ global expansion.Commenting on the appointment, Woodbridge commented: “LeoVegas is the leading GameTech company in the industry, and I have a passion for working with fast-growing tech companies. “I am looking forward to being part of LeoVegas’ continued journey of growth and optimising LeoVegas’ operations, with sustainability as a guiding principle.”Louise Nylén is to also join the firm in the newly created role of Deputy CEO of LeoVegas Mobile Gaming Group, working alongside Group CEO Gustaf Hagman with strategic issues such as sustainability and value-creating projects.Finally is the departure of Rikard Ljungman as Chief Commercial Officer, with focus solely shifting to to responsible gaming and LeoSafePlay, which is to be run as an entirely separate business.Rikard was one of the initiative-takers behind LeoSafePlay, and with his strong product background, including as CPO for the software company Episerver, he has the exact right expertise to take the next step to make LeoVegas the leader in responsible gaming technology and strengthen our position as a GameTech company,” commented Hagman.Woodbridge will take over Ljungman’s CCO related duties in Malta. Related Articles LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share
Related Articles UK racing remains hopeful for crowd pilot events August 14, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Betfair has been named as the official sponsor for both the Northumberland Plate Festival and Fighting Fifth Hurdle after signing a new deal with Newcastle Racecourse and the Arena Racing Company (ARC).Listed as the feature race, the Betfair Exchange Northumberland Plate is due to be broadcast live across ITV 1 and Sky Sports Racing. Other feature races run across the three-day meeting will also include the Group 3 Betfair Exchange Chipchase Stakes and the Group 3 Betfair Exchange Hoppings Stakes.Brand Director for Betfair in Europe, Stephen Mault, commented: ‘’To add such an historic Heritage Handicap like the Northumberland Plate and the Grade One Fighting Fifth Hurdle to our ever evolving and increasing Horseracing sponsorship portfolio clearly outlines our commitment to the sport. “Our own heritage is steeped in Horseracing and we strive to give racegoers a very unique experience when they attend a Betfair sponsored race day. That is something we, in conjunction with the team at Newcastle, will be focusing on delivering in the coming weeks and months.’’ In addition to sponsoring the Northumberland Plate fixture, Betfair is also due to become the headline sponsor for the Grade One Fighting Fifth Hurdle. Run at the beginning of December over two miles, the race has been won in the last two years by two-time Champion Hurdle winner Buveur D’Air.Executive Director of Newcastle Racecourse, David Williamson, added: “We’re delighted to welcome Betfair on board as the principal partner of two of our feature meetings at Newcastle Racecourse. The Northumberland Plate is a race very much embedded in the history of the area and we look forward to a new era with such a prestigious new sponsor.”“The Fighting Fifth often attracts some of the top two-mile hurdlers from Britain and Ireland and the clash between Buveur D’Air and Samcro was one of the most anticipated clashes of last season.” Submit Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020
Related Articles Share Share Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 StumbleUpon Spain’s Consumer Affairs Ministry has recommended that gambling-related content be limited to a ‘four-hour advertising period’ implemented federally from 1-5 am across all Spanish communities.The Ministry’s strict advertising window follows a meeting with the leaders of Spanish gambling trade associations CeJuego (retail) and Jdigital (online gambling).The ‘after-hours’ restriction will be initially implemented across TV and radio formats, forming the ‘first-round’ of significant changes to overhaul Spain’s federal advertising code – a mandate overseen by Alberto Garzón, Spain’s new Minister of Consumer Affairs.The gambling watershed provision will be attached to long-awaited Royal Decree on advertising, with Garzón seeking to enforce these new requirements by summer 2020 following a transition period allowing Spanish media and broadcast stakeholders to adjust to new conditions.Beyond TV and radio formats, Spain’s Consumer Affairs Ministry is reported to be drafting new restrictions on online advertising verticals, which will be published separately to the Royal Decree.Jdigital Chairman Mikel López de Torre stated that discussions had featured a ‘positive assessment’ of Spanish gambling, but that the online gambling trade association would not comment on changes until it reviewed the full proposal. Submit Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020
Share Related Articles Share Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Submit Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Spain’s Professional Footballers Association (AFE) is working with centre-right political party ‘Ciudadanos’ (Citizens) to revamp Spanish football’s ‘Quiniela’ (pools) by enhancing coupons featuring women’s football matches.The collaboration aims to present Congress with a draft proposal which will introduce Liga Futbol Femenino (LFF) ‘Primera Iberdrola’ matches, Spain’s top tier of women’s’ professional football, to Quiniela matchday coupons.The joint proposal would represent the most significant change to the Quiniela’s matchday format since its inception in 1946, in which to date matchday coupons have only listed matches for Spain’s La Liga and Segunda division matches.The leadership of Ciudadanos will require support of its proposal from the PSOE-Podemos coalition government, having seen its congressional representation dwindle to 10-seats following a turbulent 2019, in which Spain hosted two consecutive General Elections.Cross-party support will be further needed to change the Quiniela’s format, as the pools product is operated by Spain’s federal lotteries agency reporting to the Ministry of Finance.Meanwhile, the AFE details that it has begun discussions with LFF governance to pursue a collective agreement which will compensate all female football stakeholders.AFE and Ciudadanos maintain that funds raised by a new Quiniela would be distributed to Spain’s individual provinces, raising money for women’s football at a formative level.“This initiative aims at the growth of women’s football in Spain, which is currently in full negotiations to address a collective agreement and professionalize it,” the AFE detailed in a statement. StumbleUpon
BITKRAFT Esports Venture, the esports specific VC fund set up by Jens Hilgers last week made its first investment. The fund has chosen to invest in Tier One Entertainment, gaming and esports talent agency launched by cosplayer Alodia Gosienfiao and esports veteran Tryke Gutierrez. Credit: Tier One EntertainmentTier One Entertainment aims to develop gaming talents in Southeast Asia, with particular focus on shoutcasters, streamers and professional teams in the region. It also hopes to enable brands to work with top esports influencers thus allowing them to reach the millennial audience. The investment received will go towards equipment for production, as well as expanding the team and building a studio for talents. “We are fortunate that BITKRAFT has shown faith in the region,” commented Tier One Co-Founder, Tryke Gutierrez. “We have always believed that Southeast Asia has what it takes to take off in the international arena. With BITKRAFT on our side, the investment will fast track our plans.”Alodia Gosiengfiao added, “There are still limited opportunities in the esports and gaming world, particularly in the Philippines. With BITKRAFT’s investment, we now have the power to create real careers in the esports industry by investing in talented people and supporting their growth.”“South East Asia is the fastest growing esports market and we feel that Tryke, Alodia and their team are outstanding entrepreneurs with great passion and undisputable esports experience. We are proud to support the Tier One team,” said Jens Hilgers.The South East Asian region is home to some of the most fanatic esports followers around. Having seen the raucous reception esports players and talent receive in the likes of the Philippines, there’s definitely huge space to grow there. Tier One look well placed to help foster that growth.Esports Insider says: BITKRAFT Ventures showing they mean business with an investment already taking them into South East Asia. On paper this seems like a great fit, and we’re looking forward to seeing how the capital injection is to be used by Tier One.