Michael Holding, England v Pakistan, 4th Test, The Oval, Aug 06. (Photo by Patrick Eagar/Patrick Eagar Collection via Getty Images) West Indies bowling legend Michael Holding has been appointed president of English county cricket club Derbyshire.Holding, 63, will join local businessman Ian Morgan who will serve as the club’s new chairman amidst a number of several recent administrative changes.Holding, who had a six year contract with the club in the 1980s, is also a cricket commentator and International Cricket Council official.
Christopher ‘Dudus’ Coke Contrary to rumors circulating last week, Jamaican crime Don Christopher “Dudus” Coke has not been released from prison. However, the United States Bureau of Prisons (USBP) has confirmed he was transferred from a maximum-security prison in South Carolina on March 7 to the low-security Fort Dix Federal Correctional Institution for men in New Jersey.At Fort Dix, inmates have more privileges and do not have to contend with bars and locked cages in maximum security lock-ups.The USBP did not give reasons why Coke was transferred from the maximum-security prison, but Butch Lawford, a former Miami correctional officer told National Weekly, “When a prisoner is moved from a maximum to a low-security institution it is usually because that prisoner has been exercising good behavior. In a low-security institution the prisoner has much more liberties and privileges. Institutions like Fort Dix are more like secured camps.”The Fort Dix website describes it as fitted with community units without “bars, or locks on rooms,” where inmates are expected to display “a high degree of responsibility.”Indications are the institution provides services “required by policy in a consistent, humane, and a reasonable manner, treats inmates with courtesy while inmates are expected to treat staff likewise. It maintains a high level of sanitation and expects inmates to keep it that way.”The privileges inmates enjoy include access to TV from 11:00 am to 11:30 pm on weekdays, and to 2:00 am on weekends. Also, 300 minutes of monthly paid telephone calls, with each call being 15 minutes maximum; personal lockers in inmate rooms, use of microwave in the community units, and wake-up call at 6:00 am unlike 4 or 5:00 am in more secured institutions.Fort Dix has an honor system, where prisoners with good behavior can enjoy enhanced privileges including access to TV from 6:00 am.The facility currently has a population of 4,250 inmates, with an average age of 41 years. It is indicative that Coke could be released before his sentence terminates in July, 2030, as the average time served by inmates is 11 years, which would take Coke until March, 2028.Coke was extradited from Jamaica to the US in May 2010. Preceding his extradition, Jamaican law enforcement attempted to apprehend him in the West Kingston community of Tivoli Gardens, which he ran with an iron grip.Some 70 individuals were killed as residents resisted the incursion.In 2012, Coke pled guilty to drugs and firearm charges in New York federal court, and was sentenced to 23 years. Since his sentencing, Coke served time at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Brooklyn, New York, then the Edgefield FCI located on the South Carolina/Georgia border.
A 22-year-old Jamaican-American gymnast is shining brightly under the golden lights of the NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Championships.Toni-Ann Williams, who was born in Maryland but represents Jamaica as part of its national gymnastics team, last weekend won the NCAA All-America honors at the Gymnastics Championships held from April 20-21 at the Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, Missouri.Williams, who is currently attending the University of California, Berkeley where she is a member of the Golden Bears gymnastics team, also earned second-team All-America honors for the all-around. The wins make her only the fifth gymnast in school history to be crowned an All-American, with California’s seventh total All-America honor and adds to her legacy as the most decorated gymnast in the history of the university.Williams, who competed this season coming off an Achilles injury for which she required surgery, topped her previous high of a 39.225, 20th-place finish at the 2015 NCAA Championships.Williams was the best at UCal on bars (9.8875), beam (9.8625) and floor (9.8625) that helped her school to a ninth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. She also scored 9.8125 on vault. Her bars, beam and floor scores are Cal’s best individual totals at the championships in school history.“From a completely ruptured Achilles to NCAA All-American. This comeback year has been truly special. I can’t wait to be back next season for my 5th year,” she tweeted. Williams’ parents are both from Jamaica and she is a niece of Jamaican politician, Anthony Hylton. She has three sisters, Maya, Kristine and Zitafa. Her sister, Maya, is also a gymnast on the Jamaican National team.
TAMARAC, Florida – History was made on Wednesday night with another Jamaican ascending to higher office in South Florida.Marlon Bolton became Tamarac’s first Caribbean and African American Vice Mayor, by a 5-0 vote, to a room full of supporters from his church and district as well as “Bolton’s Army” a group of volunteers who often gets the message out about Bolton’s accomplishments in the community. He was sworn in by Bishop Anthony T. Pelt, the Church of God, Florida Administrative Bishop.Bolton, 34, relocated to the United States from Jamaica in 2006, possessed with burning ambition. Focusing on his educational development he pursued he soon earned Bachelor degrees in Communications, and also in Public Safety Management. Currently enrolled at Florida International University, Bolton is finishing his Masters’ Degree in Criminal Justice.Bolton works as a County Court Mediator, certified by the Florida Supreme Court and holds a position as the Lead Pastor at Praise Experience Church of North Lauderdale, leading a local following of over 300 members. A fast-growing non-denominational church in North Lauderdale Bolton leads 2 services on a Sunday, 9am and 5pm.As a former banker at Wachovia Bank/Wells Fargo, former volunteer for the University of Miami Law School, Board Member at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport and member of the Board of several Broward, Florida and National League of Cities Committees and a Board Member at the Broward County Action Agency, Bolton comes to the Table with a wealth of knowledge and is a breath of fresh air on the Tamarac City Commission.Vice Mayor Bolton, the youngest to serve in the role, will serve in the capacity for the ensuing year. Bolton says his theme for the year is “One Tamarac, One Vision, One Mission in Unity.” He plans to advocate for more transparency and community engagement initiative during his year as Vice Mayor.“I want Tamarac Residents to know that they have a friend at City Hall and I will continue to advocate for their interest. I will launch the ‘Tamarac First Initiative’. He explained that this is an initiative to revise the living wage ordinance for employees and one that will give Tamarac residents first preference for city jobs.Vice Mayor Bolton also made history in 2016by becoming Tamarac’s first black commissioner. During his tenure on the commission, he championed a City Ordinance granting low-Income Seniors an additional $25,000 tax exemption. He also advocated for first time home buyer grants, home rehabilitation programs and brought the First Light Up the East event to the eastside of the city, the city’s first major event on that side of town in over 57 years. Through Vice Mayor Bolton’s hard work, Caporella Park will see major improvements next year to the tune of almost $5 million.
Leonardo Bonucci, who is regarded by many as the best defender in world football, has won six league titles in seven years since his move to Turin in 2010. He also led the Old Lady to two UEFA Champions League (UCL) finals in three seasons. In one of the most shocking developments of the summer, AC Milan have reached an agreement with rivals Juventus on a 40m euros (£35.1m) deal to sign highly rated Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci.The news of the agreement was confirmed by the San Siro-based outfit with the 30-year old Italian international now expected to sign a five-year deal after he has passed his medicals. RelatedBonucci Rejoins Juventus In Swap Deal With Caldara, Higuain Moving To MilanAugust 2, 2018In “Europe”Moise Kean: John Ogu Lambastes Juventus’ BonucciApril 3, 2019In “Europe”Ronaldo, Other Juventus Signings In Funny Initiation (Video)August 17, 2018In “Europe”
Stoke City have secured the signing of Paris Saint-Germain’s Jese Rodriguez on a season long loan.The former Real Madrid winger, who joined PSG last year for £21m on a five-year deal, was loaned out to Las Palmas for the remainder of last season following hi failure to impress at the French Capital club.Speaking about the loan move, Stoke City Chief Executive, Tony Scholes said: “His pedigree speaks for itself,” “He hasn’t had the happiest of periods in his career in Paris but he’s still only a young man and is hungry to make a big impression in the Premier League.”“He will most certainly add to the firepower at our disposal.”The 24-year-old Spaniard becomes Stoke City’s sixth signing of the summer transfer window.RelatedVIDEO: Watch Stoke City Troll Arnautovic After Completing Jese Rodriguez SigningAugust 16, 2017In “England”Denis PetricJune 30, 2017Similar postCeltic Secure ‘Desperate’ PSG Forward on LoanJanuary 8, 2019In “Transfers”
Burnley midfielder Robbie Brady has been cleared by world football’s governing body, FIFA, of alleged headbutt on Everton defender Ashley Williams.The said incident happened during his Republic of Ireland team’s 1-0 win over Williams’ Wales in a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Group D.The football body had earlier launched an investigation after TV pictures showed Brady’s head colliding with Williams’ back during the aforementioned game.The incident took place in the 61st of the Monday’s match at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.FIFA’s verdict was contained in a statement as follows: “No action will be taken for such alleged incident.”RelatedFIFA ‘Gathering Evidence’ Over Alleged Headbutt By Premier League PlayerOctober 10, 2017In “FIFA”Serial Offenders! Everton Nab UEFA Fine AgainNovember 22, 2017In “England”FIFA Open Investigation Into Racist Claim During The U-17 World Cup FinalJanuary 4, 2018In “England”
Sportradar strikes first operator association MoU in Portugal December 16, 2019 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Share MotoGP the highest level of professional motorcycle racing will join Sportradar’s integrity programme starting in its 2017 season.Announcing a motorsport first, MotoGP has asked Sportradar to provide its integrity monitoring services and consulting for all syndicated races including the monitoring of Moto 2&3 races.Moving forward Sportradar will monitor sports betting wagering on all competitive races utilising its in-depth Fraud Detection System (FDS).In addition, Sportradar will deliver five Education and Prevention Workshops to a wide range of participants and stakeholders, as well as providing an e-learning program for all riders and teams.MotoGP governance welcomed Sportradar services, stating that it wanted to be proactive and resolute in maintaining the sports positive reputation and integrity.Andreas Krannich, Managing Director Integrity Services at Sportradar welcomed MotoGP to Sportradar services commenting“We do speak to sports who feel distant or immune to the problem of fixing. That is not MotoGP’s stance. They have been inquisitive, invested and definitive.They have sought the full suite of our Integrity Services to ensure that no stone is left unturned and that no compromises are made. We look forward to working with them and their stakeholder for the next few years and helping them keep MotoGP an example of best practice in the world of motorsports”. Sportradar: Football’s match fixers enter the betting early June 19, 2020 Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Submit
Share Related Articles Share William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit William Hill has claimed wagering growth across all four of its divisions in the first half of 2017, although profit before interest and tax was 11% lower than the corresponding period in 2016. However, given that there was some revenue growth (3% to £837.0m) against last year’s figures which had been boosted from the Euro 2016 tournament, and adjusted operating profit (profit before interest and tax, excluding exceptional items and other defined adjustments) was down just 1% to £129.5m, there were several reasons to be optimistic.CEO Philip Bowcock claimed the firm had achieved ‘good progress’ against its three strategic priorities: “Our product improvements combined with improved marketing have seen both existing customers respond positively and the number of new customers start growing again during the period. As a result we are seeing good momentum building in Online’s performance. “In Retail we made market share gains, with growth in both sports betting, despite the lack of a major international football tournament, and gaming revenues. Internationally, our US business continues to perform well and in Australia, with the upcoming Spring Carnival key to the full-year results, we are competing hard and diversifying our product range.”Bowcock said that one of the firm’s strategic priorities was to grow its UK market share. The firm’s retail estate provides 55% of group revenue although adjusted operating profit dropped 14% to £80.9m over the period, with increased staff costs and poor sporting results cited as a cause.While sportsbook net revenue was down 7%, removing the impact of Euro 2016 out of last year’s figures would have seen growth of 3%. Revenues from gaming machines was once again up, by 3% to £250.1m. FOBTs accounted for 54% of revenues in the retail space for the first half of 2017 and, given they are currently threatened by the DCMS’ triennial review, it is a bad time for the firm to be even more dependent on them. It is little wonder that the firm is investing in its own SSBT product and working on enhancing its omni-channel offering.The company added: “The gross win margin, towards the lower end of our guided range of 17% to 18% for the year as a whole, was impacted by volatile sporting results across horseracing and football. The period saw favourable results from the Tier 1 Cheltenham Festival and Royal Ascot, which softened the impact of the lower margin Tier 2 and Tier 3 results as well as a poorer Aintree festival. Football results were strong at the start of 2017 but very poor towards the end of the season across domestic and European leagues.”Online in the UK had a little more to be positive about. During the period, Online grew UK amounts wagered 13% and UK gaming net revenue 9%. Looking at the UK performance for the year up to Week 23 (prior to overlapping the peak prior year EURO 2016 trading period), Online delivered amounts wagered up 15%, gaming net revenue up 8%, new accounts up 5% and active customers up 7%. William Hill believes these are at or above market growth rates. Bowcock added: “Earlier in the year we targeted £40m of annualised savings as part of our transformation programme and we are on track to deliver this by the year-end. In addition to these savings, the programme has sparked initiatives to further improve our products and customer experience, accelerate our top-line growth and increase efficiency. We are confident about delivering a good outturn in 2017 and beyond.”
Share Related Articles Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Scott LongleyScott Longley details industry charity GambleAware’s bizarre criticism of Sky Bet’s English Football League (EFL) sponsorship extension, in which the online betting firm has placed consumer responsibility and safety at the heart of its marketing initiatives. _______________Sky Bet might be forgiven a measure of bemusement after the company found itself under attack from the problem gambling charity Gamble Aware following the announcement of an extension to its current sponsorship of the English Football League (EFL).After all, Sky Bet and the EFL appeared to go out of its way to foreground a responsible gambling message as part of the new arrangement. The press release from the Football League said that “responsible gambling messaging” was at the heart of the five-year partnership.In particular, the ‘when the fun stops, stop’ message will now feature prominently across online, print, radio and TV and will feature on sleeve patches worn by the players.A strange moment, then, for GambleAware chief executive Marc Etches to be pronouncing the deal represented a “tipping point.”Certainly, the new agreement deepens the relationship between the league and Sky Bet. The company now becomes the official betting partner for the EFL’s iFollow streaming service (itself launched earlier this year) with the right to stream 16-midweek matches on a watch-and-bet basis.It also has the right to stream exclusive content from the grounds on matchday, will be able to display branding at all football league grounds and adds the sponsorship of golden boot and golden gloves awards to its existing deal for the player and manager of the month baubles.Admittedly, the timing of the announcement might have been better. The day before, GambleAware had responded to a survey from BBC Sport which had suggested that more fans in the 18-24 age group had bet on the sport (44%) than played in a team (37%).The charity warned in its response to gambling being “normalised” for young people, a theme it picked up on in its criticism of the EFL/Sky Bet deal.Timing is all, perhaps, and certainly, the news of the extension comes when there are heightened sensitivities with regard to the sponsorship and advertising around football on the part of the gambling industry.Notably, the recent triennial review from the UK government saw plans put forward for a major two-year responsible gambling advertising campaign to be launched with the cooperation of GambleAware that will have a budget of between £5 and £7m.Alongside print and online, the effort will involve responsible gambling adverts being placed alongside adverts for gambling services in ad breaks around live sport.Turf warsIn foregrounding its own responsible gambling measures, Sky Bet is pre-empting this effort but there is more than a hint from GambleAware comment that it feels it has been sidelined by this high-profile campaign.While its response said it welcomed the “commitment to do more to promote safer gambling”, it suggested the messaging needed to be “more explicit about the risk involved.”Giving a nod to the new awareness campaign, it then said it would be writing to the EFL “to ask that any new messaging is consistent with a public health approach.”If the football authorities are at all confused at this point, they are not the only ones. The ‘when the fun stops, stop’ messaging specifically cited in the EFL press release is the agreed-upon standard industry messaging and by placing it on player shirt sleeves the body is going further than those clubs which have gambling companies as their own shirt sponsors.Moreover, Sky Bet is, in the parlance, one of the ‘good guys’. The Leeds-based firm’s record when it comes to responsible gambling is – as far as we know – spotless and its focus on the mass market means it has to date avoided the AML and related bear traps that have ensnared a number of its competitors.Richard Flint, chief executive at Sky Betting and Gaming, said in his comments on the EFL deal he believed the additional focus the two organisations were placing on responsible gambling showed that “well-run betting operators can play an active part” in raising problem gambling awareness.“By using our sponsorship and marketing capabilities to highlight how customers can gamble safely we hope to ensure that nothing gets in the way of people’s enjoyment of the sport, definitely not betting,” he added.The announcement of this deal extension has clearly run slap bang into the ongoing wider debate about the commercial relationships between gambling and sport. The usual anti-gambling suspects duly lined up to decry this deal as much as they would criticise any further examples of gambling advertising and sponsorships.In a sense, the storm in a teacup brewed up in this instance should be viewed as a backhanded compliment to the success of Sky Bet in leveraging both its brand and its association with English football. But it is doubtful that this is any kind of tipping point, and in its efforts to foreground the responsible gambling aspect, it might even come to be seen as something of a pioneer.__________________________Industry ‘Social Responsibility in-action’ will be a key theme and topic, discussed at the upcoming ‘Betting on Football 2018’ Conference (#bofcon2018). For more information Click on the banner below.