Month: August 2020

Lester Spaulding, chairman of the RJR/Gleaner Group of companies in Jamaica…

first_imgLeader of the Opposition Peter PhillipsLeader of the main opposition People’s National Party (PNP), Dr. Peter Phillips said Jamaica and the media fraternity have lost one of its giants. “He was a patriotic Jamaican who always considered a free and fair press to be a part of good governance in the country.” He added that the local and regional media fraternity has lost a pioneer, devoted advocate and consummate friend.“He was a giant in the industry and the nation will cherish his legacy of building RJR into a multi-platform communication entity… [and] was central to the merger of the RJR/Gleaner Group. This vibrant entity, that he led up to the time of his passing, continues to be a leader in the industry, a bastion of credibility that faithfully serves Jamaicans at home and abroad. Lester Spaulding, chairman of the RJR/Gleaner Group of companies in Jamaica dies at age 76. RJR/Gleaner Communications Group  – the largest media conglomorate in the Caribbean J.A. Lester Spaulding, Chairman of the RJR/Gleaner Communications Group  – the largest media conglomorate in the Caribbean died on Friday, November 17.Spaulding, 76, who died in a Jamaican hospital became Managing Director of Radio Jamaica in 1978.He led the company through its expansion up to its recent merger to become the RJRGleaner Communications Group.Several tributesFollowing news of his death, tributes have been pouring in for Spaulding who has been referred to as a giant in the Jamaican and Caribbean media landscape,Prime Minister Andrew Holness Prime Minister Andrew Holness in his tribute expressed “deep regret at his passing.“Lester Spaulding was a shrewd businessman, his leadership in media and business was exemplary. He was unquestionably one of the most influential business leaders and media innovators in Jamaica’s history.” Minister of Culture, Babsy GrangeMinister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia “Babsy” Grange said Spaulding will be remembered for his “tremendous contribution to the development of broadcasting in Jamaica and the Region. His contribution stood out from the time he moved from the position of Chief Accountant to General Manager at Radio Jamaica and the work he did as head of the Caribbean Broadcasting Union, all of which preceded his leading RJR through its expansion up to its recent merger to become the RJR/Gleaner Communications Group. He also contributed to the development of the Caribbean News Agency (CANA) and nurtured the formation of the Caribbean Media Corporation being its inaugural Chairman in 2000.”Grange said another achievement of Spaulding worth highlighting is that he presided over the introduction of the worker participation structure at RJR which resulted in the company’s workers owning shares in the organization.She also remembers Spaulding as a keen sportsman, having  playing a lead role in the Port Antonio International Marlin Tournament for years, and did much to promote sport and Jamaican culture in the broadcast media.Grange noted that he was thoroughly deserving of all the honors bestowed on him, including the Order of Distinction, Commander Class; induction into the CBU Hall of Fame in 2001; the Caribbean Peer Awards Lifetime Achievement; the Caribbean Media Corporation Award of Excellence for Leadership and the Advertising Agencies Association of Jamaica’s Millennium Man Award.Spaulding started working at Radio Jamaica 53 years ago and rose through the ranks to become its managing director and chairman.He had signaled his intention to step down as chairman of the nation’s largest media group at the company’s annual general meeting in September.last_img read more

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Holder ends year in top 10

first_imgLONDON, CMC – West Indies captain Jason Holder end 2018 as the number two-ranked all-rounder in Tests and in the top 10 of the bowler’s rankings.In the latest rankings announced by the International Cricket Council, Holder had risen two places in the bowler’s rankings to 10, ensuring he heads into the New Year rated among the elite bowlers in the longest cricket format.As a result of his progress, he also jumped two places in the all-rounders rankings, and is only now behind Bangladesh captain Shakib-al-Hasan.His rise comes despite missing the recent tour of Bangladesh through injury.Holder had an outstanding year with the ball, claiming 33 wickets from six Tests at an amazing average of 11.87 – the best by any bowler in a calendar year for the last hundred years.The 27-year-old seamer picked up 12 wickets during Sri Lanka’s three-Test tour of the Caribbean and followed up with 16 scalps in a two-Test home series against Bangladesh.However, Holder was forced out of the return Bangladesh away series with a shoulder injury.He is one of two West Indies players in the top 20 of the bowlers rankings, with speedster Shannon Gabriel unmoved at 13th.Seamer Kemar Roach is the next best ranked Caribbean bowler at 24th with leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo lying 35th.In the batting rankings, meanwhile, opener Kraigg Brathwaite remains the highest ranked West Indies batsman but has tumbled to 33rd following his wretched form in Bangladesh that brought him 22 runs in four innings.Roston Chase is the only other Windies batsman in the top 50, lying 46th. Holder is ranked 59th.India’s Virat Kohli heads the batting rankings while South Africa seamer Kagiso Rabada tops the bowling charts.last_img read more

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AUDIO: The League Is Still Open – Dogo

first_imgTechnical Adviser of Nasarawa United Kabiru Dogo is of the opinion that the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title this season is undecided in spite of Plateau United maintaining a stronghold on the summit.With 10 Match Days left till the end of the current campaign, Kennedy Boboye’s side sit pretty at the top of the NPFL log with 51 points, 5 clear of second-placed MFM FC. The Jos-based outfit also has a healthy goal-difference of +22, prompting many to tip them as favourites to win their first league title this season.But Dogo, whose Nasarawa United side lost 2-0 to Abia Warriors in Umuahia on Sunday in a Match Day 27 encounter, believes nothing has been decided as far as the destination of the title is concerned, as well as the battle for relegation.“As far as the league is concerned, nobody has been given the trophy as a Champion and nobody has been given ticket for relegation,” Dogo stated.“So the struggle continues. The league can go any other way. Forget about the fact that Plateau (United) are leading; it’s football and anything can change. So you cannot predict anything.“All of us are fighting and at the end of the day, we’ll see where the fighting will take us to. But I believe that by God’s grace, we (Nasarawa United) are going to finish up in a responsible position,” the former coach of Abubakar Bukola Saraki FC said.The ‘Solid Miners’ as Nasarawa United are fondly called, are placed 9th on the NPFL standings with 38 points from 28 matches. Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Dogo-July-11.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.RelatedAUDIO: We’re Not Yet In The Title Race – DogoJuly 18, 2017In “Nigeria”NPFL MATCH DAY 34 WRAP: Plateau United inch closer to maiden NPFL title…August 14, 2017In “Nigeria”NPFL 2018/19 Season Promises Pulsating Fixtures in Opening WeekNovember 22, 2018In “Nigeria”last_img read more

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Highlight – Watch Man City’s Gabriel Jesus Miss Open Goal In Win Over Tottenham

first_imgVideo Credit: Twitter.comRelated Manchester City produced yet another commanding display to thump Premier League rivals, Tottenham, 3-0 in their International Champions Cup pre-season friendly.Following their 4-1 win over Real Madrid in their last game, City staged another three goal margin victory over Spurs in Nashville.English defender, John Stones, headed home the opener from a Kevin de Bruyne free kick in the 11th minute, for the only goal of the first half.MANCHESTER CITY VS TOTTENHAM #ManchesterCity #ManCity #Tottenham #Spurs #PremierLeague #ChampionsCup #cityvspurs #SpursInUSA #CityOnTour pic.twitter.com/5iyz5ueY8X— 90+ MINUTES ⚽️ (@90plusminutes) July 30, 2017Gabriel Jesus produced the miss of the game when the Brazilain forward failed to find the open goal, after a beautifully laid pass by de Bryne.Raheem Sterling and Brahim Diaz scored in the second half to complete the romp.Both teams will now travel back to Europe, with Manchester City playing West Ham in Iceland on Friday, While, Tottenham square up against Juventus at Wembley on Saturday.last_img read more

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McLaren To Dump Unproductive Honda For Renault

first_imgRelatedOlympique Lyon vs FC LorientJune 30, 2017Similar postF1: Ferrari Sign Sainz & McLaren Confirm Ricciardo For 2021 SeasonMay 14, 2020In “Formula One”McLaren Still Chasing Red BullMay 22, 2018In “Formula One” McLaren are expected to officially confirm the switch from Honda to Renault engines this weekend at the Singapore Grand Prix after three ill-fated years without a podium finish with Honda power.The new McLaren-Renault partnership is expected to convince two-time world champion, Fernando Alonso, to stay on for the 2018 season. Alonso had publicly stated his uncertainty at remaining with the team if nothing was done about the Honda engine.Honda remains in Formula one as they will now supply Toro Rosso. Carlos Sainz is widely expected to move on loan to Renault as part of an agreement that allowed Renault partner with McLaren but it still looks unlikely that he will be replacing under-fire British driver, Jolyon Palmer, who has failed to record a single point in the 2017 season.McLaren chiefs have repeatedly said they believe their car is one of the best in terms of chassis design and that they would be scoring podium finishes if they had an engine like Renault’s, also used by Red Bull this season. That thought is completely theoretical at the moment but 2018 will be their chance to prove their claims.While the McLaren-Renault deal is expected to be for an initial period of three years, Fernando Alonso will be looking out for just a year’s extension as there are expected to be major vacancies at Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull at the end of next season.last_img read more

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Year of corporate restructuring impacts Paf bottom-line

first_img Submit Share Paf CRO Daniela Johansson wins SPER’s Swedish leader of the year  June 11, 2020 Share Veikkaus calls for early introduction of Finnish age verification measures August 28, 2020 Related Articles Paf pays additional €40m in dividends to ease coronavirus impact April 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Finnish state-owned gambling operator Paf has announced that it will donate approximately €20 million to national charities and social initiatives, following its full-year 2016 financial update.A year of corporate restructuring, which saw Paf appoint former Tain Networks Executive Per Sahlberg as its new CEO. Paf would report flat-line corporate revenues of €113 million (FY 2015: €110 million).Nevertheless, Paf metric performance would be weighed down by a significant increase in corporate expenses to €34 million.Closing its full-year 2016 performance, Paf governance would declare a fall in group operating profits to €15.2 million down 22% on FY 2015’s €22.7 million.Updating investors Paf governance detailed that restructuring costs undertaken in 2016 would contribute directly to corporate growth in foreseeable future.Presenting his first results as Paf CEO Christer Fahlstedt, said: “We have been able to keep the momentum and deliver a relatively strong result, considering the circumstances.“Aside from a few non-recurring items, the operative result of 2016 is in line with the strong trend of the previous year. Paf’s product has gained competitive edge during the year, and we have many exciting innovations and new functions in the pipeline for 2017.“In addition, we are implementing some organisational changes to gradually create optimal conditions for moving forward even faster as an organisation and as a company.”last_img read more

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Berlin based Glück Games appoints Rafael Razim as Technology lead

first_img Share iGB Affiliate launches new website to connect the industry November 10, 2016 StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit Onefootball hits 35 million user milestone ahead of World Cup June 20, 2018 6 of the Best – BetterBetting’s Adriaan Brink April 26, 2018 Gibraltar and Berlin-based real money games developer Glück Games has confirmed the appointment of Rafael Razim its new Chief Technology Officer (CTO).A games development veteran joins Razim Glück Games senior management team, having previously served as Managing Director of multichannel retargeting solutions firm Remintrex (2014-2017).Furthermore, Razim previously co-founded Berlin-based GimiGames, a VC-backed multiplayer skill-gaming platform, and a real-money poker-company in Malta.The appointment of Razim is undertaken as Glück Games seeks to commercially expand its industry portfolio targeting the ‘lottery playing demographic’.“Our Berlin development team has expanded from just four people at the start to over twenty now. From a standing start, that team produced over 40 new games and our own, unique, Remote Gaming & Commerce Server (RGCS) in 2016”, said CEO, Robert Lenzhofer.“Throughout 2017 we are producing a further 100 games, our own game development kit and further enhancing our RGCS both in terms of new features and ever-improved levels of reliability. That level of ambition required a heavyweight CTO and, in Rafael, we now have that.”Rafael Razim commented on joining Glück Games executive team “I have been seeking my next challenge for some time now but it didn’t take very long, after talking to Robert and meeting the team, to decide that I had found that, here, with Glück. What they have achieved in such a short space of time and with so little resources is very impressive. The technology products and platform enhancements that we have planned will surely propel us to an even higher level and I am very excited to be part of the journey that lies ahead of us.” Sharelast_img read more

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Catena Media seeks new leader as Robert Andersson departs with immediate effect

first_img Submit Share StumbleUpon Share Henrik Persson EkdahlIssuing a corporate statement, Stockholm-listed industry affiliate network Catena Media has informed that Chief Executive Officer Robert Andersson has departed as leader with immediate effect.The company has moved to install Henrik Persson Ekdahl as ‘acting Chief Executive’. Ekdahl a former Betsson AB Executive and current partner at Malta-based venture capital firm Optimizer Invest sits as a board advisor for Catena Media governance.Optimizer Invest are a key backer of Catena, a leading industry affiliate network that has expanded its all-around services and portfolio through aggressive M&A.Catena governance has not disclosed the reasons behind Andersson’s departure, simply issuing a short statement detailing the change of corporate leadership.Kathryn Moore BakerKathryn Moore Baker, Chairwoman of Catena Media, commented on the update: “Catena Media has been through several growth stages in a short period of time. Robert Andersson’s assignment was to take the company through an IPO and later to introduce it to Nasdaq Stockholm’s main market, which he did with great results. Now, a new phase starts, which marks a new era in Catena Media’s success going forward. We are very pleased that Henrik Persson Ekdahl will take over as acting CEO. It sets the tone for what we want to achieve in the future. We will continue with our strong growth strategy and look for a permanent CEO in due time.”Robert Andersson had been appointed CEO of Catena Media in May 2015, taking over operational leadership responsibilities from enterprise co-founders Erik Bergman and Emil Thidell.Under Andersson’s guidance, Catena would undertake its aggressive European M&A expansion seeking to become the outright industry leader in player referrals and lead generation.Andersson’s two-year tenure as CEO of Catena would see the company execute a number of high profile affiliate acquisitions including popular casino review portals’ AskGamblers.com (€15 million April 2016), CasinoUK (£10 million – December 2016) and Slotsia Sweden (€5 million May 2016).During H1 2017, Catena governance would secure a maximum €100 million bond issue, detailing that the funds raised would be used to further its M&A expansion and improve its industry network capabilities.At present, Catena governance has not specified how long Ekdahl will serve in the interim role,  however, the firm confirms that it is actively seeking a replacement of Andersson as its corporate leader.last_img read more

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Matt Hancock leads DCMS in critical year for UK gambling sector

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Related Articles West Suffolk MP, Matt Hancock has been promoted to Secretary of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) following yesterday’s Conservative government cabinet reshuffle.Hancock (39), has served DCMS as Minister of Digital & Culture since 2016 and will replace Karen Bradley as leader of the department overseeing UK media and culture; standards, promotions, regulatory policies and social practices.In its remit, DCMS oversees the implementation of gambling laws regulated by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC).The appointment of Hancock as DCMS leader should be viewed positively by industry leaders. Hancock has been a staunch supporter of  UK racing in Parliamentary debates as a Junior Minister.Furthermore, the MP has been a key policy stakeholder in 2017’s reform of the Horseracing Racing Betting Levy, reducing a number of administrative costs for the sport.Hancock takes leadership of DCMS, at a critical point for the UK gambling industry, which currently awaits the final judgement of its delayed triennial review on FOBTs machine wagering levels and sector-wide advertising standards.Industry governance is in-acceptance, that the UK government will reduce the current £100 (per 20 seconds) max-bet level on machine betting, but wish to avoid the ‘nightmare scenario’ of a reduction to under £20.Following a 2017 marred by industry high coverage social responsibility failures, sector commentators expect tougher marketing policies and standards to be introduced on UK gambling operators, in what has become a politicised debate.As DCMS leader, Hancock will continue to be supported by Tracey Crouch as Sports & Civil Society Minister, overseeing development and funding for UK sports.last_img read more

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Tech focused 888 confident of delivering on 2018 expectations

first_img 888 calls for Betgenius sportsbook makeover June 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles 888 appoints VC expert Limor Ganot as a corporate advisor July 20, 2020 The governance of London-listed online gambling group 888 Holdings, has issued a ‘pre-close 2018’ trading statement detailing that it is confident of achieving its full-year corporate targets and expectations.“The second half of the financial year has seen 888 deliver further progress against the Group’s strategic objectives. Consequently, the Board remains confident that adjusted EBITDA for the full year will be in-line with its expectations” details 888 governance in its corporate update.2018 has been marked as a year of alignment for 888 operations, as the company modifies its structures to adhere to a stricter European regulatory environment on anti-money laundering processes and customer due diligence/protections.Last March, closing full-year 2017 accounts, 888 governance revealed that the company was forced to absorb $45 million in exceptional costs relating VAT penalties for it German market operations (prior to 2015), alongside a UKGC penalty charge of a $5.5 million for social responsibility failures.In its pre-close statement, the LSE enterprise details that momentum was maintained for its sports betting and casino products across European markets.Furthermore, 2018 performance has been aided by investment and enhancements of its proprietary technologies, with governance noting the launch of ‘Orbit’, 888’s new online casino platform.Closing 2018, 888 moved to acquire the remaining 53% equity in the All American Poker Network, a joint venture established in 2013, for $28 million, helping expand its US profile, in which the group launched its 888sport venture in New Jersey this during Q3 trading.Updating investors Itai Frieberger, Group CEO of 888 Holdings, said: “888 has maintained its strong momentum in casino and sport, particularly in continental European markets. In the UK, we are pleased to update that the initial positive trends in revenue reported at the time of the group’s half year results have continued.“888 remains very excited by the significant long-term growth opportunities in the US market and, throughout the year, we have made significant operational progress in the region. The recently announced acquisition of the remaining stake in AAPN places 888 in an even better position to take advantage of the significant growth opportunities in the US and create additional value for our shareholders”. Share Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

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