Monthly Archive: August 2020

Ruud van Nistelroy to tour Jamaica with Champions League trophy

first_imgRuud van Nistelroy Dutch football great Ruud van Nistelroy will tour Jamaica with the EUFA Champions League Trophy in tow later this month.The trophy is due to arrive in Jamaica in two weeks as part of the UEFA Champions League (UCL) Trophy Tour.  Jamaica is scheduled to be its first stop but it is also expected to tour Panama, Colombia, Egypt, India and Vietnam.  While in Jamaica the trophy will be hosted in the cities of Kingston, May Pen, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay.The 40-year-old retired player had an outstanding career as a forward at European clubs PSV, Manchester United and Real Madrid. Van Nistelroy is currently the fourth-highest ranked goal scorer in UEFA Champions League history with 56 goals. He is also a three-time Champions League Golden Boot winner.The UCL trophy will be on the island for four daysVan Nistelroy, is an ambassador for title sponsors Heineken.last_img read more

Jamaica denies Trinidadian Minister searched by airport officials

first_imgtrinidadian government minister ayanna Webster-Roy…claims she was patted down at Jamaican airport The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade of Jamaica has denied that Trinidadian Government Minister, Ayanna Webster-Roy, was searched by Jamaican Immigration, Customs officials or any security personnel at the Norman Manley International Airport.Reports emerged from Trinidad and Tobago last week that  Webster-Roy, Minister within the Office of the Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago was ‘patted down’, immediately prior to boarding an international flight on Friday, June 2, 2017.  The reports allege that the search was conducted by Jamaican immigration authorities notwithstanding their having been aware of Webster-Roy’s diplomatic status.Jamaican Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Kamina Johnson Smith, said “Our initial enquiries indicate that a search took place, but that it was conducted by a private security company retained by the international airline on which the Minister and her delegation were travelling.  Furthermore, we are advised that such searches are generally undertaken by the airline under international conventions, and are based on random computer selection for additional security screening.”“While we regret the Minister’s distress, our enquiries so far reveal that Diplomats and Ministers of other countries, as well as current and former Ministers of Jamaica, across political administrations, have in fact undergone this additional screening process, notwithstanding their status,” she added.Johnson-Smith said the Jamaican government is taking the matter seriously.“Even as we await a promised formal letter from my counterpart in Trinidad and Tobago, we are making further enquiries regarding the legal framework supporting such searches, as well as the specific circumstances of Friday’s incident.  We will write to the airline to make a formal request in this regard,” Johnson-Smith said.Minister Johnson Smith assured the public that the Jamaican Government wants all visitors to Jamaica, including colleague dignitaries from foreign and CARICOM countries, to be comfortable in their travel to and from Jamaica, notwithstanding any security protocols.  She also stated that it was important to highlight that even at this stage of enquiries, it was quite clear that the search was in no way related to the issue of free movement under the CSME, nor was it related to the Minister’s nationality.In closing, Minister Johnson Smith said she has informally asked, through the Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago, that her personal empathy be conveyed to Minister Webster-Roy, for any distress caused by the airline’s security screening process.last_img read more

Captain Barrington Irving lands in Lauderdale Lakes

first_imgCaptain Barrington Irving landed in Lauderdale Lakes on Friday  for the unveiling of a plaque in his honor at Barrington Irving’s Bridge of Educational Excellence which connects the Vincent Torres Park with Park Lakes Elementary School.Captain Irving is renowned for becoming the youngest pilot to fly alone around the world in a single-engine airplane at the age of twenty-seven in 2007. He flew 30,000 miles in the plane named “Inspiration.” Captain Irving was inspired by a Jamaican airline pilot (who became his mentor) and decided to pursue a career in Aviation. He has since become a motivation for young students who aspire to be in the aviation field and those who have dreams that may seem impossible to obtain.Marching band and water saluteStudents from Boyd Anderson High School Marching Band played for the Captain during his arrival with Mayor Hazelle Rogers while Lauderdale Lakes Broward Sheriff’s Office Fire Department provided a water salute. After the unveiling, Mayor Rogers accompanied Captain Irving to Park Lakes Elementary School, Lauderdale Lakes Middle School and Central Charter School within the city. “Need role models like Captain Irving,” Mayor Rogers“The children were so excited to be visited by the Captain,” said Mayor Rogers. They were fully engaged and excited and also full of questions. These are the strong young professional that we need to become mentors to our youth and I’m so proud to have Captain Irving in our city.”  “Awesome visit,” IrvingIrving interacted with kids in their science classes and engaged them just like “The Flying Classroom” where instructional activities make learning content easier. “Today was an awesome visit for me!” said Captain Irving. “With today’s technology moving so fast, we are certainly in need of more professionals in so many different fields like aviation, marine biology and agriculture.  These children represent our future.”last_img read more

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce Named Among Finalist for IAAF Female Athlete of the…

first_imgPhoto: BBC Sports KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has been named among the five finalists for the 2019 Female World Athlete of the Year.Fraser-Pryce brought her 2019 season to a successful close by winning two gold medals at the IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, Qatar in September.She became the first woman to win the 100 metres at four World Championships when she clocked a stunning 10.71 seconds to take the gold in the women’s 100-meter final.Following the win, Fraser-Pryce paraded the track with her two-year-old son Zyon, who she said gave her “superpowers” to win her first global medal since giving birth. Fraser-Pryce is among other exceptional female athletes such as Sifan Hassan (Netherlands ), Brigid Kosgei (Kenya), Dalilah Muhammad (USA) and Yulimar Rojas (Venezuela).Voting for the Female World Athlete of the Year closed on November 5.The male and female World Athletes of the Year will be announced live on stage at the World Athletics Awards 2019 in Monaco on Saturday, November 23.If she wins, the award will become Fraser-Pryce’s second title, having won the Female Athlete of the Year award in 2013.last_img read more

Reggae Boyz to Face Bermuda in Jamaica

first_imgMONTEGO BAY, Jamaica – Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz will continue their preparation for the Hexagonal round of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers, with two practice matches in March.According to the latest FIFA rankings, Jamaica, USA, Mexico, Costa Rica, Honduras and El Salvador are the countries that will be vying for three automatic spots to the Qatar World Cup, later this year.The Jamaican men’s senior football team will face Bermuda in the first practice match at the Catherine Hall Sports Complex in Montego Bay on March 11.President of the JFF, Michael Ricketts, says this will give the technical team a chance to scout local-based players.Both countries are using the upcoming matches to continue preparations for the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup qualifiers as well as the resumption of the CONCACAF Nations League later this year.Reggae Boyz’ second match will be against Catalonia in Spain on March 30.Meanwhile, Cedella Marley and the Bob Marley Foundation have forged another partnership with the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF).Marley said she is committed to assisting the marketing and sponsorship generation for the men’s programme in their quest to qualify for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Cedella is already known for giving huge support to the Reggae Girlz, especially last year when they qualified for the FIFA Women’s World Cup.last_img read more

Video: Nigerian Legend Backs South African Goalkeeper For Puskas Award

first_imgCredit: FIFA Related Former Super Eagles of Nigeria captain, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha has backed South African goalkeeper Oscarine Musuluke for the Puskas Award for this year.Video HereNigerian legend Okocha said this during an interview with FIFA media as he highlighted the rarity of the goal.In his words, the former PSG, Bolton and Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder said: “I think they are all amazing goals but the one I will put forward is the goalkeeper because it was very rare.”“Not just rare, for a goalkeeper to score a bicycle kick last minute of the game.” he added.South African goalkeeper Oscarine Musuluke scored an equaliser for his Baroka with an overhead kick against Premier Soccer League (PSL) giants Orlando Pirates in the last minute. He was thereafter rewarded with a Puskas Award nomination following the announcement of the nominees for the upcoming FIFA Football Awards in London on Friday.Musuluke has been nominated alongside Kevin Prince-Boateng (Ghana), Alejandro Camargo (Argentina), Deyna Castellanos (Venezuela), Moussa Dembele (France), Olivier Giroud (France), Aviles Hurtado (Colombia), Mario Mandzukic (Croatia), Nemanja Matic (Serbia) and Jordi Mboula (Spain).last_img read more

European League Wrap: Record setting Manchester City hammer Palace for five; Ancelotti, Montella under-fire.

first_imgRelatedEuropean League wrap: Top guns dominate European leagues, Borussia Dortmund stumble yet againOctober 28, 2017In “England”European League wrap: Manchester clubs holds the ace in England, big five win in ItalySeptember 18, 2017In “England”Why Final Day Could Mean MillionsMay 12, 2018In “England” European League games took place across the weekend, and as usual it was excitement all the way. We roundup the weekend matches from England, Germany, Italy and France.ENGLANDManchester City were in total cruise control in a 5-0 home win against Crystal Palace at the Etihad Stadium. Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero, Fabian Delph and Raheem Sterling’s brace were the goal scorers on the day. The Citizens became the first team in Premier League history to score five or more goals in three successive matches, while Crystal Palace have failed to net a league goal after six games.Chelsea aided by Alvaro Morata’s master-class hat-trick secured a 4-0 away victory at Stoke City to maintain third-place on the log. Pedro was the other goal scorer for the Blues; on a day the Spaniards dominated and grabbed the headlines for Chelsea.Liverpool secured a hard-fought 3-2 away victory at Leicester City on Saturday evening thanks largely to Jamie Vardy’s missed penalty. Mohamed Salah and Philippe Coutinho gave the Reds an early two-goal lead, before Shinji Okazaki pulled a goal back for the Foxes just before half-time. Jordan Henderson increased Liverpool’s lead but Vardy struck moments later, before missing a spot-kick which failed to complete the comeback.GERMANYBayern Munich were completely disappointing at home, throwing away a two-goal lead in an eventual 2-2 draw at home to Wolfsburg. This latest setback could lead to the departure of Coach Carlo Ancelotti sooner-rather-than-later from the Bayern hot seat.Borussia Dortmund were unruffled in a 6-1 home success against Borussia Monchengladbach on Saturday evening at Signal Iduna Park. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the standout player, netting a hat-trick for the league leaders who remain unbeaten this season. ITALYLeague leaders Napoli secured a 3-2 away victory at newly promoted SPAL 2013, who impressively made life difficult for their more illustrious opponents. Lorenzo Insigne, Jose Marie Callejon and Faud Ghoulam netted for the leaders in a tense victory.Juventus defeated 10-man Torino 4-0 in the Turin derby to maintain the pressure on the leaders. The champions won the bragging rights thanks to goals from Paolo Dybala-brace, Miralem Pjanic and Alex Sandro to keep up in second-place.AC Milan’s title bid suffered yet another setback as the Rossoneri lost 2-0 away at Sampdoria on Sunday afternoon, defeat leaving under-fire manager Vincenzo Montella’s position uncertain at the helm of affairs.FRANCEMonaco were in ruthless form as they secured a 4-0 win away at Lille on Friday night. Radamel Falcao netted a brace to continue his impressive goal scoring form this season.Neymar-less PSG were held to a 0-0 draw at 13th-place Montpellier.  It was a disappointing result for the leaders who maintain a one-point lead over their closet challengers, as they struggled to break down the home team in the absence of world record signing, Neymar.last_img read more

Ivory Coast’s World Cup Bid Suffers Dent With Mali Draw

first_imgIvory Coast face a big battle to qualify for Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup after they were held to a goalless draw by Mali in their Group C clash in Bamako.Marc Wilmots’ men knew a win would take them to within reach of a place in Russia however that appears to be more complicated for the Elephants ahead of the final game against the Atlas of Morocco at home following the draw at Mali.The draw takes Ivory Coast two points clear of second-placed Morocco who face hosts Gabon on Saturday while bottom Group C team Mali remain rooted to the basement with 3 points.Current Standings:Ivory Coast 8 points (5 games played)Morocco 6 points (4 games played)Gabon 5 points (4 games played)Mali 3 points (5 games played) Related2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (Africa): Senegal, Tunisia Record Important Wins In Race To Join Nigeria In Russia.October 8, 2017In “FIFA”CAF #WCQ Match Day 5: Nigeria, Tunisia, and Egypt one win away from Russia 2018.October 5, 2017In “Africa”CAF #WCQ Roundup: Four Teams Eliminated, Others Continue 2018 FIFA World Cup Ticket ChaseSeptember 6, 2017In “Africa”last_img read more

UCL Review (Early Kickoff): 1-1 Scoreline Dominates Proceedings As Besiktas Secure Last 16 Spot

first_img1-1 scoreline turned out to be the theme for the early kickoff games in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) on Tuesday evening.In Turkey, Besiktas secured a spot in the last 16 despite playing a 1-1 against visiting side FC Porto in their Matchday 5 clash in Group G.Brazilian defender Felipe gave Porto the lead after 29 minutes before former Benfica forward Anderson Talisca levelled matters for the home side with four first half minutes remaining. Neither side could add to their respective goal tally after the interval leading to Besiktas’ qualification for the first knockout stage.FC Porto will however need to wait to confirm qualification in the last group game against AS Monaco at home. A win would be enough to see the former champions through to the last 16.In the other early kickoff, Spartak Moscow’s qualification hopes took a massive dent after they were held to a 1-1 draw with Slovenian side Maribor at home in their Matchday 5 clash in Group E.Maribor held off their more illustrious opponents till the last 10 minutes before Cape Verde striker Ze Luis broke the deadlock in the 82nd minute only for Jasmin Mesanovic to earn a rare point for the Slovenians in added time.The Slovenian side have already been eliminated from Matchday 4 but Spartak Moscow face a battle to qualify for the first knockout stage and will need to beat Liverpool at Anfield on Matchday 6 to have a chance to secure a last 16 place. Relatedlast_img read more

BtoBet and iSoftBet team up and target market expansions

first_img Submit StumbleUpon BtoBet grows Nigerian presence with Booster99 deal August 26, 2020 Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020 Share Related Articles CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Share BtoBet, voted Rising Star in Sports Betting Innovation at the SBC Awards 2017, and iSoftBet are to join forces in a bid to expand into regulated markets.The new partnership is aimed at ‘offering a wide range of exciting games to the ever demanding i-gaming players,’ with the European, Latin American and African markets very much the target.Maja Janevska, Integration manager at BtoBet, said: “Our robust platform and technological intelligence, combined with iSoftBet’s games provide operators the possibility to elaborate unique offers, tailored for every single market, integration easily more than 3,000 games. “Additionally, our sophisticated recommendation engine enables operators to suggest players their preferred games, at the ideal time and on their preferred device. We also maintain progressive operation with true technology innovation and assure a close collaboration to achieve mutual satisfaction.”Sportsbook and iGaming platform provider BtoBet are also to see an integration of the iSoftBet portfolio onto its platform, including branded content based on Hollywood movies and TV series, as well as original slots and table games. Michael Probert, iSoftBet’s Head of Business Development, added: “We are always looking to increase the distribution of our games, and this deal with BtoBet helps us to enter new markets, in particular Africa and Latin America. “While these markets are still evolving, we believe they offer huge potential for the iGaming industry as more countries move towards regulation. “We aim to assist operators by providing them with our high-quality, top-performing titles through BtoBet’s advanced platform, who, in addition, understand the market and regulations in place very well.”iSoftBet, an online and mobile casino game supplier, currently enjoys operations within Belgium, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Romania.last_img read more