Hamilton Green Inter-Ward football set to conclude Sunday

first_imgThe annual Hamilton Green Birthday Anniversary Inter-Ward football tournament will conclude Sunday at the Den Amstel Community Centre ground. In the opening match at 17:00hrs, Wales will oppose Pouderoyen while Den Amstel will oppose Uitvlugt from 17:30hrs. West Side Spartans will then battle Stewartville at 18:00hrs while in the fourth match, Den Amstel Kings will engage Soesdyke at 18:30hrs.The respective winners will advance to the semi-final stage and eventual grand finale.The event, which is being played utilizing a 9-a-side elimination format, will commemorate the 85th Birth Anniversary of the former Georgetown Mayor. The first prize is $200,000, with the second, third and fourth place finishers copping $100,000, $60,000 and $40,000 respectively.Among the sponsors on board are: BK Tiwari Inc., National Sports Commission, Gafoors Ltd, Ministry of Natural Resources, Ministry of Communities, Ministry of Legal Affairs, New Thriving, Guyana Police Force, Techno Mills, Ready Mix Cement, Guyoil and AH&L Kissoon.last_img read more

Champion Djokovic digs deep to beat Struff in Melbourne opener

first_imgMELBOURNE, (Reuters) – Second seed Novak Djokovic was forced to work hard by Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff in his first match of the Australian Open yesterday before prevailing 7-6(5) 6-2 2-6 6-1 to stay on course for a record-extending eighth title at Melbourne Park. Playing against an opponent he defeated both times in straight sets in the past, Djokovic lost his serve four times in the match on Rod Laver Arena, where he beat Rafa Nadal in last year’s final to pick up a seventh Australian Open title.The 32-year-old, however, managed to play at a different gear in the fourth set and in the end appeared in control of the match against the big-serving German.“Overall it was a really solid start, especially in the second and the fourth set I played on a higher level. (I) served pretty good, lots of aces, high percentage of first serves in,” Djokovic told reporters. “I felt kind of in control of the match. Even when I lost the third set I just felt like ‘if I am on the right level, I have the upper hand’. I ended this match in a good fashion, in a right way and this is very positive.”Djokovic got off to a strong start for a 5-2 lead in the opening set but the German world number 37 fought back to level things at 5-5 before going down in a closely fought tiebreaker.The second set proved relatively simpler for the winner of 16 Grand Slam singles titles as he converted two breakpoints while showing the same kind of form that helped him lead Serbia to the inaugural ATP Cup title before arriving in Melbourne. Struff continued to persevere, breaking his opponent three times in the third set, but Djokovic wrested back initiative early in the fourth and closed the match out with the third break of the German’s serve.“I actually like tough first rounds in Grand Slams particularly,” said Djokovic.“Historically I had lots of success in Grand Slams where I had tough opponents in first round. Because it gets me going. From the beginning I have to be alert, I have to be on a high level. I think I was. Djokovic will meet either Japanese wildcard Tatsuma Ito or lucky loser Prajnesh Gunneswaran of India in the second round.last_img read more

Players at increased risk of mental health problems says FIFPRO

first_imgBERN,  (Reuters) – Professional footballers often live alone in a strange country, far from their families and work in a high-adrenaline profession where they can be heroes one day and forgotten the next. Not surprisingly, they are prone to mental health problems and the global players’ union FIFPRO says the uncertainty caused by the novel coronavirus crisis will make that worse, with women especially vulnerable.“Mental health is a huge consideration,” FIFPRO general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann told Reuters Television in an interview.“We have, from studies over the years, seen there are elevated risks for anxiety and different psychological problems for players compared to the general population because it’s a tense and precarious employment for most of them and (this) makes it worse.” Football around the world has been brought to a standstill by the pandemic with domestic leagues put on hold and the Euro 2020, Copa America and Olympic soccer tournaments postponed for one year.Top players have come under pressure to accept wage cuts to help their clubs through the stoppage, however FIFPRO says this is not an option for many outside the biggest leagues who often struggle to make ends meet.“We have many young individuals who are on their own, away from their home countries, they often have no family support in these countries and many of them literally have one-year employment contracts,” said Baer-Hoffmann. “That creates enormous distress about whether they will have any kind of income coming in at the end of this season.”In a survey published in 2015, FIFPRO found that 38% of active players and 35% of former professionals faced depression or anxiety problems at some stage.One issue at the moment, FIFPRO says, is that players are usually focused entirely on their profession and may find themselves with a void when they have no matches to think about. In a bid to help the players, FIFPRO has published advice under the title “Keep your mind sharp”.It remind them to maintain a healthy lifestyle and sleep patterns, stay connected via social media, follow a routine and take breaks, such as listening to music or watching a favourite TV show.It advises players to “focus on what you can control as we sometimes fixate on events outside of our control.” Players should follow the news, it adds, but not too much.“Avoid reading everything on COVID-19 in the news or on social media because this can unnecessarily amplify stress or worry,” it says.Some national players’ unions, meanwhile, have set up hotlines to help their members.Baer-Hoffman said women players might struggle more as their living conditions were often inferior to those of male players. “They are on their own, sitting in a small apartment that the club is providing with hardly any social interaction or family support nearby and that creates enormous pressure mentally,” he added.last_img read more

Aintree & Channel 4 push back Grand National to 17:15 start

first_img Playtech BGT Sports tops Grand National turnover record April 8, 2019 Submit Ben Keith, Star Sports: racing must be diverse, fun, and welcoming January 22, 2020 Share Officials of Aintree Race Course have confirmed that the 2016 ‘Crabbies Grand National’ will be run at 17:15 UK Time – 9 April.The one hour push back will aim to help TV scheduling for the race during a busy UK sporting weekend. Having examined 2015’s  Grand National audience figures, Aintree officials and UK broadcaster Channel 4 decided to push back the start of the race to 17:15 with the aim of maximising viewer interest.John Baker, Regional Director of the Jockey Club North West, commented on the decision“This is a very positive move for the Crabbie’s Grand National and we’re excited about the possibility of showcasing the greatest chase in the world to a wider national and global audience.“The Crabbie’s Grand National is in a great place and we’re already delighted to be Channel 4’s biggest audience of the year at 8.9m viewers, which is a fantastic figure, but any increase is also good for the sport.“We’re always keen to explore ways to grow and enhance this superb three-day Festival and we believe that in collaboration with our broadcast partner, Channel 4, and with the backing of the BHA, this is another extremely positive step forward for the ‘People’s Race’.”The change means a handicap hurdle for conditional and amateur jockeys will now be the only race which will follow the Grand National while in previous years there has also been a bumper at the end of the card. Virtual Grand National success sees bookmakers donate over £2.6m to NHS Charities April 6, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

Betfair’s Ed Wray invests in Curve Fintech seed stage

first_img Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Ed WrayBetfair co-founder Ed Wray has been named as one of the leading backers in London Fintech start-up Curve, which has secured $2 million (£1.4 million) in seed stage funding.Curve an early stage Fintech start-up aims to replace the mechanisms of the retail banking sectors bankcard, giving customers greater visibility and ease management of their day to day accounts.Led by CEO and Founder Shachar Bialick the company has released its first Beta version, welcoming test users to its product.Ed Wray who in October was reported to have sold +2.5 million shares in Betfair at a value of £90 million, continues to diversify his personal investment portfolio in technology, with a concentrated focus in the UK Fintech sector.At present Wray serves as a Non-Executive Director of leading crowdfunding platform Funding Circle Ltd. Joining Wray in the seed investment round are London enterprise fund Seedcamp and TransferWise co-founder Taavet Hinrikus.The Curve team will utilise the $2 million investment to develop its 2016 Beta version. Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Kiron Interactive expands global virtual portfolio with Betinvest partnership

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Kiron extends Nordics presence with Complianza deal July 22, 2020 Share Kiron goes global with AGTech deal May 12, 2020 Share Submit Betgenius expands virtual sports range with Kiron August 20, 2020 Steve SpartinosVirtual games specialist Kiron Interactive is to offer its portfolio of virtual sports products on the platform of fellow supplier Betinvest.The new agreement will see Kiron’s portfolio of games rolled out to sports betting clients of the international supplier on a single wallet, omni-channel basis.Using its combined Betman online and retail game servers, Kiron will provide their suite of games to Betinvest’s customers in Eastern Europe, Africa and Latin America.Steven Spartinos, co-CEO of Kiron, said: “We’re very pleased to have signed with Betinvest and are excited about the opportunities that the partnership presents us both.“Betinvest have a number of customers, particularly in the CIS, who we believe will benefit from the deployment of a cost-effective yet premium virtuals product.Sergei Efimenko Betinvest’s COO, said: “Kiron’s games are a great addition to our platform and will offer our customers and their players even more choice in this increasingly important vertical.“The seamless integration into Betman will ensure they will be able to plug their games in straight away to both drive additional spend and improve retention rates.”last_img read more

Genting UK undertakes executive shake-up as company aims for compelling multi-channel offering

first_img StumbleUpon Submit Safer Gambling Forum: Building relationships to more effectively tackle problem gambling November 12, 2019 Share Share Peter Nolan joins Digitain as strategic consultant May 29, 2020 Mark SergeantAnnouncing a new corporate strategy focusing on developing multi-channel capabilities, Genting UK President Paul Willock has announced a restructure of the operator’s executive team.Focusing on delivering a compelling multi-channel offering to its customers, Willock confirmed the appointment of Mark Sergeant as Managing Director of Genting Casinos UK ‘Home Markets’.Sergeant the former Managing Director of Gala Coral UK Casinos, will take over responsibilities of Genting UK’s provincial casino estate and online gambling business – Genting Alderney.As a result of its executive restructure, Peter Nolan, Managing Director of Genting Alderney, has left the business with immediate effect.Commenting on Genting’s new corporate strategy, Paull Willock stated“Our strategy is to develop a compelling multi-channel experience for our customers across our retail estate, online and mobile platforms.  I would like to thank Peter Nolan for the great work he has done building our on-line business. We are now focusing on converging the two businesses together under the guidance of Mark Sergeant.” Related Articles SBC Webinars and Digitain present Finding Value in Untapped Markets July 14, 2020last_img read more

Sportsbook trading & currency impacts see Betsson AB issue Q2 profit warning

first_img SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Related Articles Issuing a preliminary Q2 2016 trading update Stockholm-listed online betting operator Betsson AB has detailed that its corporate performance has been impacted by lower sportsbook revenues and continued exchange rate fluctuations.Updating investors ahead of its full Q2 2016 performance breakdown, Betsson governance detailed that it expected to post group revenues between SEK 920–945 million, with the company targeting a Q2 earnings range of SEK 140-175 million.Detailing performance impacts, Betsson revealed that the period had seen a lower betting volume for its sports betting division which had been negatively impacted by the company’s decision to withdraw from several European markets, following regulatory and tax concerns.Readjustments to its group sportsbook performance have been further impacted by continued currency impacts, which will likely affect the periods net revenues and earnings results by circa SEK 30 million.As Betsson AB prepares to publish its full Q2 corporate update on 21 July, Ulrik Bengtsson, President & CEO of Betsson AB commented on the company’s update.“April and May were challenging months for us in terms of sportsbook margin, but June looks better and activity is in line with expectations. The strong inflow of new customers during the UEFA Euro 2016 will benefit us going forward. Betsson’s ambition to increase the share of revenue from locally regulated markets and continue to grow our business long-term, organically and through acquisitions” Share Submit Sharelast_img read more

Eder’s goal makes Birmingham punter an overnight millionaire

first_img Share BetVictor boosts casino portfolio with EveryMatrix’s CasinoEngine June 25, 2020 BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Submit One lucky BetVictor customer became a millionaire overnight thanks to Eder’s winning Euro 2016 strike in the final. Daman Chick, 32, from Birmingham, correctly predicted the Portuguese substitute would open the scoring, and duly won BetVictor’s Million Pound Goal competition.Unsurprisingly the Lille striker was far from the most popular player to score the Million Pound Goal, with Golden Boot winner Antoine Griezmann leading the way (36.5% of predictions) followed by Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo (18%) and Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud (15.8%).Daman Chick said of his win: “It all started from when The Million Pound Goal was live. I was offered an entry by placing my first bet and the sixth bet I placed happened to be the winner.“I went out of my way to make sure I earned as many predictions as I could with the money I could afford to play with.“If I had properly sat down and analysed the goal scorer with the exact minute, I don’t think I ever would have gone for what I did!”BetVictor’s Director of Sportsbook, Matt Scarrott, said: “As it happens, Eder’s extra-time goal for Portugal has indeed made one happy punter an instant millionaire – a life-changing sum of money, and we are thrilled for Daman.“When it eventually came, The Million Pound Goal was a thing of beauty; Eder might not have looked a £5m player when at the Liberty Stadium, but you try telling that to Daman.“Sunday’s final marked the biggest day in our history in terms of new customers, bar the Grand National. We are thrilled with the campaign and how it has been received by customers old and new, and look forward to similar campaigns going forward.” StumbleUpon Related Articles Share EveryMatrix ups CasinoEngine gamification tools with CompetitionLabs June 29, 2020last_img read more

Unibet launches Commologic BetUP Instant game

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Kindred: Spelinspektionen has failed in its management of Swedish marketplace June 11, 2020 Tamir Berler, CommologicStockholm-listed European sports betting operator Unibet has deepened its relationship with industry UX developers Commologic, confirming the launch of its latest product BetUP Instant.Unibet was the first industry operator to integrate Commologic’s BetUP product, allowing its players to participate in instant pool-betting games predicting events within live football matches.Commologic’s BetUP Instant product update will provide Unibet with up to 30 additional betting opportunities per football match.BetUP Instant acts as a micro-pool on the next BetUP question. This increases game turnover with a fixed and guaranteed profit margin for the operator. With the new instant bets, BetUP becomes an even more engaging game, giving players an enjoyable experience from kick-off to final whistle. Players can now join a BetUP instant game without a BetUP ticket, or can still enjoy BetUP Instant even if they are behind on the core BetUP game or missed the game start.Erik Bäcklund, Head of Sports Betting at Unibet commented on integrating the BetUP Instant product“Once again we are excited to be rolling out another great product from Commologic. BetUP Instant satisfies customer demand for an instant gaming experience within the longer engagement of the game. We have seen BetUP work well in parallel to our in-play product and we hope BetUP Instant should make the product stickier, increase revenues, and educate the mores casual customers to bet in-play”.Tamir Berler, CEO of Commologic, backed Bäcklund statement, commenting “We are always trying to innovate the in-play experience for sports fans. BetUP Instant now allows for a fan engagement experience at any time of the game. We are learning together with our partners and delighted they are backing the evolutions of our products. We are looking forward to rolling out more innovations together”. Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Submit Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more