Jamaica approves two cannabis licenses

first_imgJamaica’s Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) has approved two ganja licenses for a Tier One Cultivators and a Tier One processor.Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Karl Samuda, made the announcement during his presentation during the Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives recently.Tier One Cultivator Licenses are for farms of up to one acre and Tier One Processor Licenses are for the processing of cannabis for medical, scientific and therapeutic purposes, including the manufacture of cannabis-based products. Both licenses represent the smallest scale of operation within the legal licensing framework.Samuda said the Ministry and the CLA are obligated to ensure that optimum due diligence is adhered to during the licensing process.“Our current position is that we will not be pushed into making hasty decisions which compromise the process. We will act in a manner consistent with the existing rules and regulations regarding medical marijuana,” he said.The CLA has received 212 applications from 86 applicants for licenses. Of that number, two applications were withdrawn and 70 are either awaiting documentation or payment of required fees from the applicant.last_img read more

Windies in Zimbabwe for qualifying bid

first_imgWest Indies received a rousing welcome at the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport in Zimbabwe on Sunday evening as they became the first team to arrive for the ICC World Cup Qualifiers starting next month.A traditional dance group put on a cultural extravaganza at the airport, with dozens of local cricket fans also on hand to greet the two-time former 50-overs World Cup champions.Members of the Local Organizing Committee and government representatives also welcomed the Caribbean side.Another batch of Windies players and officials are expected to touch down on Monday.The Caribbean side are one of 10 teams down to do battle in the March 4-25 tournament, as they vie for the remaining two spots at the showpiece in England next year.West Indies open their campaign on March 6 against United Arab Emirates, who won the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 last week, to book their spot in the qualifiers.They, along with Ireland, the Netherlands and Papua New Guinea comprise Group A while Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Scotland, Hong Kong and Nepal form Group B.The top three from each group will advance to the Super Sixes, where they will each play three matches against teams they did not meet in the preliminaries.The finalists will secure the final two berths at the ICC World Cup from May 30 to July 15 next year.last_img read more

Ravens’ Evans likely to wait another week for return to field

first_imgOWINGS MILLS, Md. — Wide receiver Lee Evans practiced for the third straight day on Friday, but it appears his return to action will have to wait at least another week.Prior to Evans being listed as doubtful on the final injury report released on Friday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh wouldn’t rule out the veteran wideout, but given his closed-lipped demeanor regarding injuries, his comments weren’t a ringing endorsement for Evans potentially playing for the first time since the Week 2 loss in Tennessee.“I think it’s an outside chance right now for that,” Harbaugh said. “He’s still working through it. If we had a situation where we needed him, he could go.”Evans was pleased with his progress on Thursday before taking the field for the second practice of the week. Given the nature of the left ankle injury — Evans has labeled it “stress” in the muscle and bone — the Ravens likely want to see Evans practice for a certain amount of time before running him back on the field at full speed.And factoring in the recent heroics of rookie wide receiver Torrey Smith and the emerging play of fellow first-year wideout LaQuan Williams, the Ravens would be better served being conservative with Evans. Three straight days of practice is a major step forward after dealing with the injury for the last two and a half months.“It definitely feels good,” Evans said on Thursday. “It makes you feel like a football player again — get out there, put the pads on, and run around a little bit. We still have a hill to climb, but it’s good to get that step out of the way and still be able to progress forward.”As he did in the previous two workouts of the week, Evans practiced on a limited basis on Friday.last_img read more

Alvaro Morata Reveals; Why I Refused To Join Manchester United

first_imgAlvaro Morata has finally revealed why he refused to join Manchester United.He disclosed that he still exchange texts, jokes and banter with old boss Jose Mourinho.The Spaniard, however, sees the Manchester United boss as his rival and is happy that he chose to move to London, not Manchester.Morata says he joined Chelsea ahead of United because of the presence of Antonio Conte despite receiving offers from the Red Devils.Having played second fiddle at Real Madrid to Karim Benzema, the striker said:“I came to Chelsea for Conte. For the first time in my career, I feel like the number one striker in a team. This is what I needed.”Morata also spoke about Jose Mourinho who was his first coach in professional football. He said:“It’s wonderful playing with Mourinho and winning with Mourinho now it’s time to try and win with Antonio and it’s a wonderful opportunity.”RelatedMourinho Not Intereted In Chelsea TransfersJuly 20, 2017In “England”Could the Bridge be falling?November 3, 2017In “Features”Antonio Conte Explains Why He Refused Mourinho’s Handshake, Says “It’s not Important”November 7, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

Ballr nets Asian DFS partnership with Juventus FC

first_img LiveScore celebrates streaming service launch with Serie A partnership June 17, 2020 LiveScore adds new leagues to streaming offering August 12, 2020 Submit Share Marek Suchar: “As esports betting grows, we will no longer speak about it as one sport” June 18, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Asian-focused live fantasy sports operator Ballr, has confirmed that it has reached a commercial agreement with Italian Serie A champions Juventus FC, becoming the Turin football club’s official ‘Regional Games Partner for Asia’.  The regional marketing deal, will see the Ballr brand promoted throughout Juventus’ Asian assets and initiatives, including the ‘Bianconeri’ future tours of Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia.The ‘mobile first’ dfs operator, boosts its football partnership portfolio which currently includes Manchester City and Spain’s La Liga.Ballr’s live fantasy sports game allows users to play against each other in real time during matches, choosing soccer players to earn points based on performance levels.Sam Jones, Founder & Chief Executive of Ballr, commented on the Juventus partnership: “Our mission at Ballr is to connect the world during live sports events.“Serie A remains one of the most watched leagues in world football. We are thrilled to have joined forces with Juventus. Not only are Juve one of the top clubs on the planet, they have been crowned Italian champions for the last five years running and are the pre-eminent brand in Italian sport.” Related Articleslast_img read more

Andy McGrath’s ‘Tom Simpson: Bird on the Wire’ wins 2017 William Hill Sports Book of the Year

first_imgShare StumbleUpon William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Submit Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Share Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Graham SharpeThe biography of British cyclist ‘Tom Simpson: Bird on the Wire’ by Andy McGrath has won the 2017 ‘William Hill Sports Book of the Year’, the most prestigious prize in English sports literature.The 29th winner of William Hill’s Sports Book of the Year, Bird on the Wire becomes the fourth cycling book to win the literature contest.The judging panel detailed that Andy McGrath’s biography had captured the complex being of champion cyclist Tom Simpson, the first Briton to wear the Tour de France Maillot Jaune.Furthermore, covering Simpson career highs and lows, judges detailed that McGrath had managed to bring new insight into cyclist’s relationship with family, friends and fellow riders.Cycling writer McGrath, the editor of Rouleur Magazine beat a Sports Book of the Year shortlist of; David Bolchover (The Greatest Comeback: From Genocide to Football Glory); Jonathan Eig (Ali: A Life); Ian Herbert (Quiet Genius: Bob Paisley, British Football’s Greatest Manager); Jenny Landreth (Swell: A Waterbiography); Declan Murphy and Ami Rao (Centaur), and Neville Gabie, Alan Ward and Jason Wood (Breaking Ground: Art, Archaeology and Mythology).Graham Sharpe, William Hill’s Chairman of the judging panel, commented on McGrath’s victory:“Rarely does a book meet its aim so perfectly. Innovative design, scrupulous research and stunning photography complement each other superbly to produce Andy McGrath’s outstanding and startlingly intimate portrait of a British sporting icon. Like another former Bookie Prize winner, Lance Armstrong, Tom Simpson was hugely talented and single-minded, but flawed. Tom Simpson’s tragic morality tale inspires awe and respect, yet also unease amongst those who have seen domestic cycling reach international heights he could only have guessed at.”The McGrath win sees the author receive a £29,000 cheque, a free £2,500 William Hill bet, and a day at the races courtesy of William Hill. Previous winners of the prestigious award include Nick Hornby, Lance Armstrong with Sally Jenkins, and Anna Krien.last_img read more

UltraPlay bolsters its esports betting portfolio

first_img Luckbox: How the return of live sport has affected esports betting July 10, 2020 Share Share Winning Post: UK racing must put its best foot forward … July 20, 2020 Related Articles Submit GG.Bet scores ESL Counter-Strike & Dota 2 global partnerships July 15, 2020 StumbleUpon Betting solutions provider UltraPlay has recently announced that GWENT, The Witcher Card Game is the title to be added to the company’s esports betting portfolio. It means that UltraPlay is the first online gaming provider to offer betting on the popular card game GWENT.  Peter Ivanov, Head of Esports trading at UltraPlay commented on the new offering: “Gwent is a perfect choice for a card game that offers endless fun to the players. The esports betting brands using UltraPlay’s products will be one step ahead of the competition providing another exciting option to their players. “We believe that the game holds a great potential to attract many esports punters with passion and experience in card games.”UltraPlay has recorded significant interest in the game, with positive player activity at the first event that the company covered during the weekend – the GWENT Challenger #2 (Dec 16-17), also as part of the official game’s tournament. Eight of the best GWENT players globally joined the battle for a piece of $100, 000 prize pool.   Gwent is a free-to-play, turn-based card game that is easily perceived by the audience. With its user-friendly features and gaming elements, GWENT has successfully built a solid fans’ base of more than 500 thousand players worldwide since its launch in 2016. Earlier this year, UltraPlay has added Heroes of the Storm Live, Kind of Glory also covering live betting of the game as well as FIFA Interactive World Cup.  Besides the diversified coverage of competitive games, UltraPlay is covering 3000+ eSports events monthly as well as 1500+ In-Play events.last_img read more

At The Races – Innovative ways of utilising data in racing

first_imgShare Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Submit Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Related Articles Tabcorp double burdened by covid and group impairment charges August 19, 2020 As the consumption of sports betting in the UK continues to develop, racing has retained its status as a stalwart amongst the nation’s most cherished betting events.Nonetheless, in 2018 the importance of the continued evolution of racing can’t be understated, SBC spoke to the Commercial Manager at broadcaster At The Races, Joe Andrews about why the future remains positive for racing and how the broadcaster continues to reach new audiences.SBC: At The Races shows an extensive amount of racing to a UK and Irish audience. Can you detail some of the key factors in ensuring that you maximise the viewership for these events?Joe Andrews: At The Races broadcasts almost 60% of all UK & Irish fixtures as well as racing from South Africa, USA, UAE and Australia, with a monthly reach of 1.6 million. The coverage is very much targeted to the punter, but we try and make it fun, informative and engaging. Shows like ‘Get In’ on a Friday evening have built a strong following due to the entertaining nature of the show and the banter between Jason Weaver and, recently crowned Horse Racing Broadcaster Of The Year, Luke Harvey. The growth of our social media platforms over recent years has also played a big part in engaging with our viewers in real time, which is crucial for a live sports channel like At The Races. Free to play competitions like the Jumps season ‘Stable Stars’, the All-Weather tipping challenge, and the new ATR Selector also help add interest to the racing we show.SBC: With a continued focus on ATR’s mobile app, how important is it that you place an emphasis on appealing to viewers on multiple platforms?  JA: The App is a very important part of our digital offering, and has been a big success, but it’s just one part of our comprehensive digital platforms. Consumers want quick and easily accessible information and the App delivers that, with so much data and betting advice available to racing fans the desktop version of the site is essential and gives that extra detail that is difficult to fit in to an App. We have also been working on a new mobile version of the desktop site which we hope will be launching in Q1 2018 which will bring all the information of the desktop site on to mobile and tablet platforms. We know that a lot of our viewers watch the channel while using our app and/or desktop site so we have also ensured that as well as having information to bet, users are able to place a bet through the integrated betting on the App or website so At The Races offers a full rounded service to punters, and a fantastic acquisition and retention tool for bookmakers.SBC: In all sports the desired levels of data have increased immensely, has this forced you to adapt your coverage of racing?JA: We are always looking for innovative ways to use the data in racing both on the TV channel and across our digital platforms. One of the challenges you have with horse racing is trying to appeal to and inform your seasoned punters, while at the same time breaking down the data and making it easy to understand for recreational horse racing viewers. At The Races recently launched a British first in having sectional times and in-race data displaying the speed of the leading horse, furlong by furlong splits, and total time of the race. This has started at Wolverhampton and is being rolled out across the other all-weather tracks soon. This data is also displayed on the At The Races website with easy to understand icons and charts.SBC: Do you anticipate that the impending government regulations on betting operators could have any impact on the racing?JA: We will have to wait and see what happens before we know if it will have an impact, and if so how far reaching it will be. We can all speculate about what will happen if stakes on FOBTs are reduced, but I’m of the opinion that stakes on horse racing and greyhound racing will increase as a result with people choosing to put their money back in to live sport rather than in to the machines. As a broadcaster, streaming provider, and affiliate I do not expect there to be too much impact on us directly unless there is regulation around TV advertising. We started taking bookmaker spot advertising in October this year which is proving very popular with bookmaker and gaming brands, and if the government decide to reduce or ban adverts during certain hours then of course we will comply with that.SBC:  How important is it that safeguards are put in place to protect racing should funding from betting operators decrease in the new year?JA: Horse racing continues to be a very important part of a sportsbook offering in the UK & Ireland. Bookmakers need racing, and racing needs bookmakers. It will be very interesting to see what the levy payment for the 17-18 year will be with the new system that came in to place last April where by all operators taking bets on British racing will have to contribute, even if they’re based offshore. One would imagine this will boost the dwindling numbers of previous years significantly.As a business, we work with over 30 bookmakers and they are very important to us. We speak to them on a regular basis to ensure that we are maximising the marketing opportunities that we can provide them, and also that we are delivering the content they want, and as long as we keep doing this we hope that they will continue to see At The Races as a valuable partner. Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

Oddslife signs up betFIRST for ‘BetSurvivor’ World Cup game

first_img Oddslife has teamed up with Belgian operator betFIRST to launch a last man standing social betting game ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Russia.BetSurvivor has been produced by Oddslife, the tech company behind the recently launched SportKenya, to find the sharpest predictor at this summer’s tournament.This new venture will help to establish another network for betFIRST, part of the largest media group in Belgium, as the operator targets new ways to acquire and monetise its media traffic.The aim is to stay in the game by predicting the result of every match, starting with Russia’s Group A opener against Saudi Arabia in Moscow on 14 June. The winner for each 16-match round is the player that gets the furthest.Throughout each round, there will also be opportunities to earn ‘survival kits’ to stay in the hunt for a €2000 prize, while the overall winner, the player with the most amount of correct predictions across the 64-match tournament, will take home the equivalent of a year’s salary.Post World Cup, the deal will continue through the 18/19 football season and offer the users a way to predict on football matches from top European leagues.Rasmus Sojmark, CEO & Founder of Oddslife, commented: “It is a real coup for Oddslife to work with such a respected operator, and one that forms a key part of the largest media group in Belgium. This follows the SportKenya launch as another example of our strategy to launch engaging and rewarding social-based betting products in high-growth markets.Alexis Murphy, CEO of betFIRST, added: “Using our influence across Belgium, we are confident that BetSurvivor will quickly become an established brand. It will help us to engage and entertain our traffic and convert new players to the betFIRST platform.”Oddslife Group Business Director David Knight will be speaking about the potential of the Oddslife platform at the Betting on Sports Conference on 18-21 September at Olympia London. He will be speaking on a panel on the Innovation & Technology Track, entitled Gamify my sportsbook and will be joined on the panel by Alex Kahn, CMO of BetBright and George Athanasopoulos, COO at Novibet.………..Interested in learning more about Oddslife’s line-up of sports prediction games and how they can benefit your organisation? Please contact Oddslife Chief Product Officer Alexandru Teodorescu at act@oddslife.com Related Articles Share Submit Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 StumbleUpon Belgium BAGO adopts EGBA code of conduct on advertising  May 18, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Yggdrasil plotting casino revamp with Sonya Blackjack

first_imgShare SkillOnNet powers Royalbet’s Europe launch December 17, 2019 StumbleUpon A reinvention of casino has been promised by Yggdrasil Gaming, as the game developer unveils its first ever table game ‘Sonya Blackjack’.Vowing that the product “will open extensive cross-selling possibilities for operators,” Sonya Blackjack features intuitive gameplay and a motion capture 3D dealer, with the aim of creating “the ultimate immersive playing environment”.The product allows operators full customisation, including both the dealer and wider casino environment, whilst alternatively an option for a standard logo package could appeal, with it also detailed that operators will be able to go live with a custom branded skin from launch.Sonya Blackjack offers all standard options including insurance, even money, split, double and double after split, in addition to a selection of special features unique to the title.Up to three players can sit a single table, while more have the option to stand, with users also able to watch others, including seeing how much they are betting and winning. Krzysztof Opałka, Yggdrasil CPO, commented: “Yggdrasil has a track record of ripping up the rulebook to deliver products that reinvent online casino and Sonya Blackjack is no different. We’ve witnessed unprecedented interest in the product since we first introduced it at ICE.“Never before has a table game product been so customisable. With our 3D modelling, operators have unlimited opportunities to create brand-and event-specific environments, at a significantly lower cost than with live dealer.“We look forward to seeing Sonya in action and will continue to drive forward the table games vertical over the coming months, in much the same way we have with slots.”Sonya Blackjack is built on Yggdrasil’s proprietary tech platform REDUX that combines the best aspects of both live and RNG casino, using motion capture technology to model the movements of the dealer. Related Articles SIS launches esports live betting at ICE February 7, 2019 Share Submit Yggdrasil Gaming expands Betsson deal May 9, 2018last_img read more