Messi…wins appeal against FIFA ban Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, will play in Argentina’s next three World Cup qualifying matches after winning an appeal against a ban by football’s governing body FIFA on Friday.Messi was slapped with four match a ban after being accused of insulting a referee’s assistant.Messi has already sat out one match when FIFA’s disciplinary committee made its ruling before Argentina’s 2-0 loss in Bolivia in March.FIFA said its appeal committee considered Messi’s behavior “reproachable” for verbally abusing a linesman late in a 1-0 win over Chile on March 23. But the panel concluded the “evidence available was not sufficient to establish to the appropriate standard” required for the disciplinary committee to impose the initial suspension.“The appeal committee nevertheless underlines the importance of always showing respect to the match officials, stressing that such a principle is essential in football and any unsporting conduct that may be contrary to the principles of fair play cannot be accepted,” FIFA said in a statement.Argentina’s next World Cup qualifier is at Uruguay on August 31.Argentina is fifth in the 10-team South American group with four games left.The 2014 World Cup runner-up is in line to advance to a November playoff against a team from Oceania, likely to be New Zealand.
The Annual International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA) is rebranding. Starting in 2019 it will be televised on Network television nationwide and globally. As a result, the 36th IRAWMA winners and ceremony originally set for September 30th will be revealed in conjunction with the 37th Chicago Music Awards (CMA) in February 2018.Nominations have begunCurrently through November, the reggae and world music experts are in the process of selecting the “Best of 2016/2017” nominees for the 36th IRAWMA. When the nominations ae completed, the nominees in will be released for the fans to vote for the best in all the categories.Televised broadcastThe rebranding announcement was made last week during an IRAWMA planning committee meeting. The committee is allowing adequate planning time to make the first time National TV IRAWMA broadcast one of the most coveted Awards broadcast. As a result, the team is targeting the best venue for the 37th IRAWMA. Venues in Jamaica, NY and South Florida are in consideration. The official venue will be revealed soon.Last year the event was held in the Ft Lauderdale area at The Coral Springs Center for The Arts. That landmark 35th Anniversary of IRAWMA was the 100th annual special event produced by founder – Ephraim Martin. Martin made history as the only person alive to have produced a 100th annual Event/Award/Festival.Ephraim said “the time for IRAWMA to be televised nationally is past due. It is time for the Caribbean/African business community, and those who care about the music and culture to get involved and take it to the next level. This is now happening”. When these industry leaders and others are fully in place with their commitments to take the annual IRAWMA to a greater level, Martin said he’ll be ready to step aside and just enjoy the annual Awards.
KINGSTON, Jamaica – In March, the enigmatic singer/songwriter Ginjah is scheduled to release Survival, his fourth album. The title, he says, sums up a challenging musical journey.The Rastafarian artist wrote all songs on the rootsy set which is produced by brothers Andrew and Sheldon Pennicott for their Young Veterans label.According to Ginjah, the title song is autobiographical, “because every time I lift my head above water someone want me to drown.”Ginjah began recording just over 20 years ago and has released three independently-produced albums. He was once affiliated with Beres Hammond’s Harmony House company for which he did a number of songs.He also toured with Hammond, opening shows for the singer in Brazil, Japan and Dubai. His songs, such as War Inna di City, Sweet Killer and Never Lost my Way have earned him a strong following in Jamaica but not as big as music pundits predicted.On Survival, he may have finally found the breakthrough. He stands out on songs like the title track, the resilient Jah by my Side and Fire Blaze.“I wrote all my songs. Writing is my thing, in my humble opinion all the songs address diverse issues,” Ginjah stressed“Writing these type of songs showed that I’ve come a far way. To God be the glory.”The 41-year-old artist was born in Hanover, a parish in rural Jamaica sandwiched by the resort areas of Montego Bay and Negril. He grew up in Central Village — a rugged area on the outskirts of Kingston — with a reputation for gang violence.His Central Village experience inspired several of Ginjah’s songs including War Inna di City. He credits music for keeping him from a life of crime.The Pennicott siblings recruited several top Jamaican musicians to work on Survival, including veteran guitarist Earl “Chinna” Smith, who has recorded and toured with Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Ziggy Marley and Dennis Brown.Ginjah believes Survival may be his strongest work to date. It reflects his commitment to making music and resisting the lure of delinquency.“That’s why I won’t get carried away, faith is all I have,” he said.
RelatedOriol RieraJune 30, 2017Similar postGranada CF vs Sporting GijonJune 30, 2017Similar postGhanaian Referee Reginald Lathbridge Banned For LifeMarch 20, 2018In “Africa” Popular Somali referee, Osman Jama Dirah has been shot dead on Thursday evening near his home in the Somali capital, Mogadishu.Osman Jama Dirah, who started his refereeing career in the 90’s, has officiated regional and international football matches and was formerly the head of Somali Football Federation referee committee.Anas Ali Mohamud, a former Somali National Team player, and friend of the deceased told reporters after the incident: “The sports officer was killed after leaving mosque on the way to his residence in Wardhigley district. Two men armed with pistols shot him several times,”“Somali sports figures and members of the Somali Football Federation have never been a target for the armed groups because they did not get involved into politics, they were entertainers. But the killing of this official has created a fear and uncertainty among us”However, the motives behind Dirah’s death are yet to be ascertained as no armed ghas have claimed responsibility for the killing.
RelatedU-20 Women’s World Cup Qualifiers: Falconets Thrash Tanzania To Qualify For Next RoundOctober 2, 2017In “Africa”Ex Super Falcons Coach Slams Aisha Falode For Falconets’ “Tortuous Road Trip To Benin”September 16, 2017In “National Team”Falconets Teach Morocco Footballing Lessons To Set Up Meeting With South AfricaNovember 19, 2017In “AFCON Insider” The Super Falconets of Nigeria have defeated the Dar Girls of Tanzania 3-0 in the first round of 2018 FIFA under-20 World Cup qualifier.Despite traveling by road from their Abuja camp to the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin City, the Coach Christopher Danjuma led team produced a brave performance to earn Nigeria a 3-0 comfortable lead ahead of the return leg in Tanzania.It took Nigeria just 22 minutes to open the scoring when Lilian Atule found the net from a freekick to end the first half 1-0 in favour of the Falconets before second half brace from Rasheedat Ajibade put the game to bed.Tanzania will host Nigeria in a fortnight in Dar-es-Salaam for the return leg, as the winner of the tie will face either Morocco or Senegal in the next round of the African qualifiers.Two teams will represent Africa at the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup scheduled for 7-26 August 2018 in France.
Super Eagles forward Kelechi Iheanacho made his second start for new club Leicester City in the English Premier League (EPL) for their home game with West Brom but struggled throughout the his stay on the pitch.Iheanacho, who recently played a part in helping the Super Eagles of Nigeria qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia, failed to impose himself on the game and even got a harsh yellow card in the second half.He played for 74 minutes and left the field of play with his side trailing to a superb freekick by Belgian winger Nacer Chadli in the 63rd minute. His replacement, Islam Slimani of Algeria, however made the assist for his compatriot Riyad Mahrez to level proceedings for the home side some six minutes after his introduction.Leicester City piled up more pressure after the equaliser but West Brom held on for a point which takes them into the top 10 with 10 points from their first eight games of the season while Leicester City stay in the relegation zone with 6 points.Related
Bethard exits UK online gambling scene June 17, 2020 Veikkaus calls for early introduction of Finnish age verification measures August 28, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Gunnar Lind – Cherry ABStockholm-listed online gambling group Cherry AB continues its strong 2018 momentum, reporting a further trading quarter driven by organic growth, delivering double-digit increases across its core metrics and KPIs.Publishing its Q3 trading update (period ending 30 September), Cherry reports a group revenue increase of 58% to MSEK 899 (Q3 2017: MSEK 567), with the firm delivering year-to-date revenues of MSEK 2,332 up 42% on YTD 2017’s MSEK 1,644.“Investments in marketing and operations strengthen the Group’s development both short and long-term. Cherry’s strategy of maintaining proximity to all parts of the gaming market and end customers is crucial to our continued growth. This allows us to act quickly and invest resources where we see that such measures will provide the best return” details Acting Cherry AB Chief Executive Gunnar Lind on the trading update.Cherry maintains a diverse commercial pipeline, with its Yggdrasil B2B gaming content, ranked amongst the highest performing inventory for its European customers.“Yggdrasil’s games are market leaders in terms of quality, resulting in agreements with several major gaming companies, including 888 Holdings and Tipsport and, in October, national operators Svenska Spel, ATG and Veikkaus” details LindYggdrasil momentum is supported by Cherry’s ComeOn B2C division which continues to improve under a new business strategy and restructure brought into effect just over a year ago.The Group-wide improvements would see Cherry Profitability and EBITDA increased by 130% to MSEK 258 (Q3 2017: MSEK 112), with the company delivering a YTD earning of MSEK 615 (YTD 2017: MSEK 288).“There are several bright points in development in the third quarter, and I particularly want to highlight the favourable development in Online Gaming. ComeOn has succeeded very well with the broad plan of action that was brought into effect just over a year ago. All employees are making a tremendous effort and the company is now able to use more of its time and energy to establish even stronger positions in existing and new markets like in Poland, as well as with new brands such as Blitzino and PZBuk”Confident of delivering on its full-year 2018 corporate expectations, Cherry governance declares Q3 profits of MSEK 188 combined with YTD profits of MSEK 367.Moving forward Cherry AB, will seek to restructure its governance team following the Q3 directorial departures of Anna Bergius and Claes Ruthberg, as the company seeks to enter its re-regulated Swedish home online gambling market, whilst eyeing international expansion opportunities within Europe and the US. Share Related Articles Share Veikkaus seeks new wagering lead as Kauhanen departs to lead Finnish Hippos June 12, 2020
Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Submit Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Share This week’s 6 of the Best comes from Ryan Lazarus, Chief Executive Officer of Revolver Gaming.Continue reading to discover music and move dilemmas, high hopes for a Premier League side to end a long barren spell and what is described as “nothing better or more refreshing”.Best HolidaySnowboarding – nothing better or more refreshing and fun, than merging with the silence and beauty as you cruise down the mountain. It’s an active holiday without feeling active. Probably one of the most therapeutic ways to spend your time. You also feel more energised than any other holiday on your return to work.Best Book Depends on whether it’s fiction or non-fiction and there are many, but an awesome read that comes to mind is Perfume by Patrick Süskind. Non-fiction (or kind of) that I recently read and is very profound – The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer.Best Album I have many, it really depends on my mood, but let’s look at the ones that may have defined the era for me. My favourite from my youth are say, Joshua Tree by U2 and Thriller by Michael Jackson. 90’s rave scene probably Blue Lines – Massive Attack and too many great trance tracks to choose from.Best Sporting ExperienceWhenever South Africa are playing rugby or Spurs are playing football. SA rugby have won a few championships which is nice but I’m still waiting and hoping for Spurs to win something. Best FilmThere are many and it depends on the genre – best gangster film GoodFellas, best horror The Evil Dead, best thriller The Usual Suspects and best Animated film The Incredibles.Best App Got to be Uber for transport, LinkedIn for business networking, YouTube for instant videos on subjects on your mind, Facebook for wasting time!If you would like to participate in 6 of the Best, please email [email protected]
Submit Share Suren Khachatryan – DigitainIndustry multi-channel platform and systems supplier Digitain has bolstered its sportsbook capacity by launching new betting engine ‘Bet Generator’ – a fully customisable vertical tailored for player preferences.Announced as a major product initiative, Bet Generator has come to market with a host of unique features and innovations, such as allowing players to set desired wagers and potential returns on their ‘risk appetite’ – which in turn sees Bet Generator automatically generate a customised bet.Additional functionalities see players able to select a total number of events on their bet, ranging from 2-30 – with Digitain’s algorithmic driven betting system then compiling the chosen bets at random via a customised bet slip.Launching Bet Generator, Suren Khachatryan, CCO at Digitain, said: “Our latest innovative betting functionality is set to offer a completely new betting instrument for our operator partners – and we’re delighted to be delivering something so unique.”In its product notes, Digitain details that its new engine has been developed to optimise all core functions of a bookmaker’s operational value chain, meeting scale demands of live betting environments within a fragmented legislative landscape.Furthermore, Bet Generator is backed by Digitain’s proven rapid deployment capabilities and centralised control systems, powering a sportsbook engine which comprehensively covers 65 sports and 7,500 leagues, added to more than 3,000 betting markets and 35,000 live events per month.“The latest generation of player is looking for operators to provide a betting experience tailored to them, and it’s our job to provide our partners with the tools to do so,” added Khachatryan. “Bet Generator caters to that need and more – delivering a market-leading betting engine that meets all appetites for risk.” Digitain and LSports double up for simulated tennis roll out June 30, 2020 Related Articles SBC Webinars and Digitain present Finding Value in Untapped Markets July 14, 2020 StumbleUpon Why reliability of service is an integral part of TVBET’s strategy August 6, 2020 Share
Source: ESPN Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard made the first Game 7 buzzer-beater in NBA history after his fadeaway jumper bounced four times on the rim before falling through the net as time expired in Toronto’s 92-90 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.“It was great,” Leonard said. “That’s something I never experienced before — Game 7, winning shot. It’s a blessing to get to that point and make that shot and feel that moment, and it’s something I can look back on in my career.”With the game tied 90-90 and 4.2 seconds remaining, the ball was inbounded to Leonard, who was guarded by 76ers guard Ben Simmons. As Leonard dribbled along the right side of the perimeter, Sixers center Joel Embiid pursued him along the right sideline. With less than a second remaining in regulation, Leonard elevated in the right corner over Embiid’s outstretched arm and launched the shot.“We ran a similar play in the [Orlando] Magic [first-round] series, and I ended up just catching and shooting the ball,” Leonard said. “Embiid was guarding me. He’s taller and longer than me, so I ended up finding a spot that I work on, and I just knew that I had to shoot it high.”The final horn sounded as the ball reached its apex before caroming off the rim several times. As it did, Leonard squatted in the right corner, tongue between pursed lips, awaiting the shot’s fate. After the ball bounced through the iron, Leonard rose with his arms in the air and let out a scream before being rushed by teammates.“It was crazy,” Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said. “It was one of those moments where it’s just like a real-life game winner, Game 7, like, count it down when you’re back home, and everyone was celebrating like that. It was a pretty awesome moment.”The decisive shot was the final basket of a historic night for Leonard, who scored a game-high 41 points, and only the second buzzer-beater in a winner-take-all game in the postseason, after Michael Jordan’s iconic shot to defeat the Cleveland Cavaliers in the first round of the 1989 Eastern Conference playoffs. Leonard’s 39 shot attempts on Sunday are second to only Elgin Baylor’s 40 in 1962 as the most in an NBA Game 7.The Raptors next travel to Milwaukee for the Eastern Conference finals. They face the top-seeded Bucks in Game 1 on Wednesday.