So Much Things to Say: The Oral History of Bob Marley, is written by noted Marley archivist Roger Steffens.Released on July 11 by W.W. Norton & Company, the book revisits interviews Steffens did with a number of persons who were close to the singer before he became a superstar.They include Joe Higgs, his former mentor; Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Cherry Green and Beverly Kelso, Marley’s colleagues in The Wailers; his former manager/publisher Danny Sims; confidante Alan ‘Skill’ Cole and Cindy Breakespeare, Marley’s long-time lover.Jamaican people tell Bob’s story“My goal for the book was to let Jamaican people tell Bob’s story in their own words and make this the first book that people will turn to in the future to learn the true story of Bob’s incredible life and career. No made-up conversations by white boys who weren’t there. And deeply detailed observations of his final five years, which books like Catch A Fire race through as if under a fast-approaching deadline,” Steffens told Caribbean National Weekly.According to Steffens, ‘So Much Things to Say’ took him 15 years to complete. It is built around 44 years of research, 37 years of interviews with Bob and 75 of his closest associates.One of those associates was Sims, an African-American who first met The Wailers in Jamaica during the mid-1960s. He and singer Johnny Nash, his business partner, produced a number of songs, including Stir it Up and Guava Jelly which Nash also recorded.Mob ConnectionsSims, who had Mob connections, claimed Marley and Cole approached him in September 1980 for protection against persons who were threatening Marley’s life. Steffens said Sims disclosed the fantastic tale in an April 2012 interview; Sims died in October that year.Marley, who died in May 1981 from cancer, was in New York City to open for Rhythm and Blues group, The Commodores, at Madison Square Garden. Sims who didn’t give the source of the threats, said, “I took Bob and Allan to see a guy named Joey Armone, the head of the Gambino (Mafia) organization at a restaurant. Armone was my partner for 40 years before he died. Allan told Joey they wanted protection at Madison Square Garden,” Sims recalled.So, there were Gambino henchmen at Marley’s two Madison Square Garden shows. The Gambinos were one of the five Mob families that traditionally controlled New York City.Other revelations in the book include Marley’s challenge fighting cancer in Germany; details of how The Wailers split up in 1973; the assassination attempt on Marley’s life in December, 1976, and his relationship with Breakespeare, a white Jamaican who was Miss Jamaica World in 1976.The 75 -year-old Steffens interviewed Marley during his 1979 Survival tour of the United States. Over the years, he has amassed Marley/Wailers memorabilia at his Los Angeles home, considered the largest of its kind in the world
KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s national football team, the Reggae Boyz moved up five spots on the FIFA World Ranking to make the top 50 for the first time since 2005.This comes after securing back to back wins in the CONCACAF Nations League earlier this month, with a 6-0 win over Antigua and Barbuda following by a 4-0 triumph against Guyana. Jamaica moved up from the 52nd spot to number 47 on the list, becoming the best ranked Caribbean team.The last time Jamaica broke the top 50, they ranked at number 42 in 2005. The highest ranking that the Reggae Boyz has seen came in 1998 when the Boyz were ranked at number 29 in the world.In the CONCVACAF rankings, however, Jamaica is ranked fourth, with Mexico at number one followed by the United States and Costa Rica. The FIFA top ten teams in the world are as follows: Belgium, France, Brazil, England, Portugal, Uruguay, Spain, Croatia, Colombia and Argentina.Reggae Boyz coach Theodore Whitmore expressed his optimism for the team as they cautiously celebrate the milestone. “This is of course, positive for the team and the country and this is in keeping with the objectives that the players, technical staff and the federation set at the beginning of the Concacaf Nations League Group phase,” Whitmore said.“Our wish is for it to continue to get better and I will be lobbying with the federation to ensure that what is necessary to make this happen, is indeed put in place because we do not want to get complacent,” he added.Jamaica will need to remain in the top six in CONCACAF by the June 2020 edition of the rankings to fight for one of three spots in the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. The next assignment for the Reggae Boyz will be to tackle Aruba in League “B” of the Nations League on October 12 and 15.
Super Eagles Eagles Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr says former captain of the team Vincent Enyeama is ‘ready to come back’ after speaking with the estranged Lille shot-stopper.Enyeama, Nigeria’s most capped player with 101 appearances for the Eagles, retired from international football in 2015 after falling out with the Nigeria Football Federation hierarchy and subsequently with former coach, Sunday Oliseh.But Rohr however, told a press conference in Uyo that the 35-year old must be fit and playing regularly before securing a place in the current Eagles side.“I spoke with him (Enyeama); he is ready to come back but he must be fit before,” the Franco-German said. “He knows that first of all now, it is a problem of health.“The past is the past. We have to look at the future.“If he is ready (if he is playing)…the problem now for him is to find a new club because Lille bought two other goalkeepers and it will not be possible for him to play again in Lille.“So he has to find another club in the winter transfer window (January) but first, he can play again with the second team of Lille.“I will see him playing and if he plays well, there are no conditions for him to come back (to the Super Eagles). He explained to me already on the phone.“I think he will fight for his country but first, he will have to win the fight against injury,” Rohr stated.Enyeama last featured for Nigeria on 13 June 2015 in a 2-0 win against Chad during the 2017 AFCON qualifying match in Kaduna.The former Enyimba goalkeeper won his 100th cap for Nigeria in a 1-0 loss to Uganda in Uyo on 26 March 2015.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/ROHR-AUGUST-31.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.RelatedGetting Ready For Russia! Super Eagles Goalkeeper Is Back In Training (Video)October 17, 2017In “Africa”Carlos SolerJune 30, 2017Similar post5 On 5November 14, 2017In “National Team”
“One thing with Fred is that he gives everyone a chance, whether you’re a millionaire or whether you’re skint. He gives you a chance to win, and that’s what the man’s about – value.” – Gary Wiltshire, pundit and bookmakerPart Two of the Betfred story (see part one here) looks at how the company flourished. Before long Fred Done’s bookmaking chain was fully established, and it was now time for Betfred to make a name for itself.One of the ways it did so was by offering a number of generous bonuses, to try and prise customers away from big-name rivals like Coral and William Hill. This soon earned it the nickname ‘The Bonus King’.These bonuses may have had an effect on Done’s profits, but he believes it was worth it to gain more customers from his rivals. “My growth percentage is 2% worse than everyone else,” he admits. “But I don’t worry about that.”But despite all its successes, one solitary day in September 1996 nearly wiped out the business entirely. The date was 28 September and Frankie Dettori had just run seven consecutive winners at Ascot. The bookies took a massive hit, but Done vowed to pay out all winners and even kept the same money-spinning bonuses on for the races the day after.“I’ve made mistakes in the past. I’ve opened businesses and had to then close them down. But let me tell you this, I’ve always paid everybody £1 in the £1 – nobody has ever lost a penny with me,” Done asserts, and this honesty and fairness has been central to Betfred’s success.Aside from bookmaking, Done’s other passion is Manchester United, and he has held a box at Old Trafford for almost 30 years.“If you ever watched the Busby Babes you fell in love with football,” he recalls. “They were the greatest team that I ever saw.”Despite owning the box, he admits he is rarely there, preferring to take a seat in the stands amongst the supporters. “I never, ever went in the box myself, because I don’t believe that’s football. I want to sit with my brother in the stands and argue with everyone, that’s what football’s about.”And he made history in 1998 by paying out early on his beloved Man U winning the league, when they were 11 points clear in April. Remarkably, they went on to lose the title to Arsenal by a point, and Betfred lost roughly £500,000. However, Done believes the publicity the act received was “probably worth millions to us in marketing terms”.Click here for part 3 of the Betfred story. Submit Share Share StumbleUpon
Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Share In The World Cup’s Finest we ask various individuals to delve into their own personal history of football’s quadrennial showpiece extravaganza, selecting a number of favourites as well as revealing what is their very first World Cup memory.Leading The World Cup’s finest into the final three is Jonathon Hurst, Kambi’s Head of Live Football, who reveals a soft spot for the 1998 hosts, a penchant for many of the great goals scored over the years and why his first World Game attended was a very memorable one indeed.Favourite World CupPlayer Ronaldo. In 2002 it was not a vintage tournament in terms of quality, but Brazil swept everyone aside with ease, and Ronaldo was untouchable. His haircut may have been questionable, but there were no such doubts about his position as the best striker in the world following a tournament where he helped himself to eight goals, including two in the final victory over Germany.Goal David Beckham (England v Argentina, 2002). It may seem crazy to pick a penalty, but David Beckham’s against Argentina in 2002 was so symbolic in nature having waited four long years for his redemption after the sending off in ’98. Other notable mentions must go to Dennis Bergkamp for his technique (also against Argentina in ’98), Joe Cole’s volley from 35 yards out against Sweden in 2006, and Tim Cahill against the Netherlands in 2014 – I like to think the bar is still shaking from that one.TeamFrance, 1998. Perhaps it’s because it was the first World Cup in which I was fully immersed, but I’ve always had a soft spot for the French side that won on home soil in ’98. Many of the players went onto, or were already, plying their trade in the Premier League and they were supported by the mercurial Zinedine Zidane, who just made it all tick. I’d like to think that Zizou is remembered more for his final winning goals in ’98 than his headbutt in the final 8 years later. A special mention must go out to the Romanian team of 1998 for their memorable bleached blonde haircuts!GameNetherlands v Spain, 2014. I was lucky enough to have been in Salvador for the Dutch destruction of Spain in 2014. It was the first World Cup match I’d ever attended and to see Spain, the reigning holders, beaten 5-1 was incredible. From the moment Robin Van Persie scored the outrageous header to start the rout, the whole stadium was united in support for the Netherlands. The Spanish were left shell-shocked and ultimately made an early departure from the tournament.KitBrazil, 1998. The current Nigeria kit has many admirers, but I’m going further back to the ’98 World Cup and the ‘Joga Bonito’ Brazil kit. It was the breakout tournament for Ronaldo and that yellow jersey with green trim and blue shorts teamed with his R9 boots elevated him to iconic status. It’s just a shame that his tournament was overshadowed by the drama and mystery around his non-performance in the final._____________________________________________First World Cup memory 17 July, 1994 (World Cup Final). Being sent to bed at half time of the ’94 final and waking up the next morning hearing about the Baggio penalty miss from my older brother. In my defence, I was only five years old!The World Cup’s Finest is to be a regular feature during the Russia World Cup, profiling a different individual each week day. FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Related Articles Share
Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020 YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020 Share Share Submit StumbleUpon GambleAware has confirmed it’s funding of Gamban to provide treatment services, following an evaluation that has been undertaken to assess gambling blocking software.It comes after the publishing of an independent review, conducted by researchers Winning Moves, which considered the technical and therapeutic benefits of three specialist gambling solutions, and a trio of more general products.Marc Etches, chief executive of GambleAware, commented: “Blocking software can be an effective tool to help those at-risk of getting into difficulties resist the ubiquitous gambling adverts and special offers that surround us these days. “This report reinforces the point that such tools work best as part of a treatment package tailored to the individual, rather than being effective in isolation.“This evaluation gives us the confidence we needed to fund the use of this software for anyone who is referred to our treatment services.”Anonymising each packed in its research, Gamban was found to be the most technically effective at blocking licensed and illegal gambling sites, however a key issue that also cropped up was the cost of the usage of such tools to the individual.Karl King, associate director of Winning Moves, added: “Based on the results of systematic testing, blocking software appears to be generally effective in restricting access to online gambling.“One gambling-specific package was found to block access to 99% of active gambling websites associated with UK Gambling Commission licences.“When gamblers experiencing gambling-related harm are not aware of blocking software it can come as a welcome surprise, particularly to those feeling that they had exhausted all other potential self-treatment methods available to them.“Blocking software was felt to work best as part of a treatment package tailored to the individual, rather than being effective in isolation.”GambleAware is to make the software available to clients of its national gambling treatment services, stressing a hope that by reducing cost they can potentially encourage more people who are at risk to use the app if they need it.People calling the National Gambling Helpline who are referred for treatment from GamCare, its network of regional partners, the National Problem Gambling Clinic and the Gordon Moody Association, will be given use of the software free of charge by Gamban.Jack Symons, CEO of Gamban, concluded: “Significant investment and dedication in the development of our software has got us to the point where we’re now world-leading in gambling blocking.“We’re delighted that this has been recognised by GambleAware, who will provide Gamban for free to those whose treatment they fund.” Related Articles GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020
Share Share Happy Valley hits ‘record’ turnover as racing season ends July 16, 2020 HKJC closes OCBBs amid rising public health concerns July 13, 2020 Sports betting systems provider Amelco boosted its Asian market presence earlier this month after securing a football trading partnership with the legacy operator Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC).Brandon Walker, Head of USA at Amelco, spoke to SBC about how the partnership has put them ‘on the map’, what opportunities could arise as the Asian market matures, whilst also highlighting the US as a key area for growth.SBC: Has your partnership with the Hong Kong Jockey Club increased Amelco’s presence in Asia? Brandon Walker: It certainly put us on the map, and the work we have done with them has been a real advertisement for just how much we can do for our partners here. In my view, the Club’s use of our industry-leading solution is a true endorsement of our ability to provide the best-in-class global operators with a modern and scalable operation bespoke to their needs. UK football betting has proved to be especially popular with the Club’s betting community, with its high performance, algorithmic driven pricing solutions set to provide for the operator’s unique needs for years to come.In line with that, I anticipate that we’ll be getting ready to increase our presence here as Asia gears up for its own PASPA moment, and we’re looking forward to bringing out the best of our toolkit, including introducing Quantum Outrights to the Asian market, the industry’s first football outright pricing model to harness machine learning technology. SBC: Why has Amelco earmarked the Asian market as an area worth investing into?BW: Our success with the Hong Kong Jockey Club speaks wonders in terms of the region’s potential. As we see it, the stellar growth of the Asian betting industry remains incredibly encouraging, as the international advance of sportsbook continues unchecked in most developing countries. As the market matures, there will certainly be room to expand our product. We understand the local requirements well, and we’re in a great position to deliver here. We’re familiar with betting behaviour and what customers are looking for when it comes to solutions, and we know exactly what we can do to ensure our partners really get ahead of their competition. SBC: In the interview at ICE (embedded below), there was mention of Amelco wanting to boost their presence across Africa, what products will best help you achieve this? BW: I can say with full confidence that we have the industry’s most comprehensive package of products available. We’ve been working there for a while, and being from South Africa myself, I take our plans for the continent very seriously. As many of our partners already know, the market is as dynamic as it is vast and understanding the needs of each region is a vital part of delivering a successful offering – none more so than in adapting technology to fit the continent’s fragmented infrastructure. Our Opera-mini mobile sportsbook has been created to crack this challenge for our partners. Designed with low internet connectivity, high distribution costs and the unique African challenges of platform scalability in mind, it can serve what environment it is in, no matter how underserved. Alongside that, our ‘spin and bet’ games have been a real hit, offering sports betting on casino-style slots, as well as unique shared jackpot style-games that add that social element, which have proven to be of very high value. SBC: And what are the key differences between European and African operator needs that Amelco has identified? BW: It depends where you are! Any operator looking to enter the market must first find a way around the significant connectivity and payment processing infrastructure gaps that isolate its regions. Of course, while major cities in South Africa certainly benefit from a more developed infrastructure, this is far less the case for markets further north, such as in Kenya and Uganda – and needs to be mitigated. To say this part of the world is unique when it comes to retail would be an understatement. Luckily, we’ve got the toolkit required to deal with both agency and retail sales models, both of which are key to operator revenue in most of Africa’s markets. Our product sits on handheld terminals as well as via any other point of mobile, laptop and the like. We’ve also spent the time setting up unique integrations with telecom providers, which enables direct sports and lotto betting paid via phone credit, which, as anyone who has spent time there will agree, is a very common way of transacting on the continent.Any operator looking to make their mark here needs to take these unique requirements in mind, luckily, they have us here to guide them through the process with one of the most advanced solutions around. SBC: Amelco has continued to increase its foothold in the US, having secured deals with Atlantis Gaming Corp as well as being awarded a licence in Pennsylvania. Are there any plans for further expansion across the US in 2020? If so, what are they?BW: We’re definitely going to be expanding. As a partner of choice for some of the largest retail and online networks across the U.S., word is getting out as to how much we can bring to the table. Testament to our US-focused efforts, we have been given a vote of confidence as the technology supplier that will power FOX Bet across the US. As well as rolling out across New Jersey and Pennsylvania, we’re now looking at expanding with them across a further 16 states over the year ahead. Alongside a raft of deals signed across Tennessee, Indiana and Colorado, we’re really excited by the growth we’ve seen for the past two years post-PASPA. Regulated online betting is only getting started and we’re here to help operators build their brand with them. We’re unmatched when it comes to efficiency and cutting-edge technology, and our pioneering work with U.S. customer data and automation ensures we can deliver the most efficient price differentiation and segmentation models available on the market. SBC: What are the key regulatory challenges that Amelco faces when it comes to the US market?BW: The US is a unique proposition in that we have so many states, all of which have their own spin on things. We have dedicated the past two years to ensuring our US platform and sportsbook caters to exactly what our customers need and given it so highly modular – we can adapt to any jurisdiction’s requirements. Of course, that doesn’t come without its challenges. Each state has its own process, board, personnel and time-zone, all of which needs to be factored in. Throw in the pressure to meet aggressive time frames, and you have a raft of moving parts that needs to be taken into account. Thanks to our market-leading tech, we’re able to deliver a truly multi-market, multichannel operation across any bet entry point, from retail to mobile and everything in between. Whether for online and mobile only in Tennessee or Washington’s three types of licences across lottery, sports venues and bars, we’re able to deliver a customised, segmented solution that can be immediately operable and compliant for the regulatory challenges of each state. Amelco solidifies US presence with Continent 8 deal August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles
Motorola of Sweden and ESL Nordic announced their partnership in hosting a $10,000 (£7,655) mobile esports tournament called MSPORT NATIONALS.The tournament will feature Hearthstone, Power Rangers: Legacy Wars and Modern Combat 5 and will take place at DreamHack Winter on December 3rd. Four qualifiers will be held on ESL Play, ESL’s online tournament platform, sometime in November.The MSPORT NATIONALS tournament will also be used as platform to show off the new Moto Gamepad, “a device that adds an analog d-pad, joysticks, and face buttons to smartphones for ease of use.”“Smartphones are becoming increasingly powerful, making them eligible even as a gaming platform,” Joakim Liljedahl, Nordic Marketing Manager for Motorola at Lenovo said. “I truly believe that Moto Z2 Force, in combination with Moto Gamepad, makes out the best mobile gaming experience in the world.”Image courtesy of Motorola/ESL Earlier this week, OnePlus partnered with Fnatic and Razer announced the release of their brand new smartphone so it’s a pretty big week for mobile esports. It is fairly strange, however, that ESL would include games such as Power Rangers and Modern Combat but ignore titles like Vainglory and Clash Royale which have arguably considerably bigger fan bases.Esports Insider says: This is significant for the growth of mobile esports for a well-known telecom company such as Motorola to actively get involved in tournament hosting with a company with as large of a foothold in the industry as ESL.
Australian esports organisation ORDER is launching a crowdfunding campaign that would allow gaming fans to have a small amount of ownership in the brand.Beginning February 20th, the organisation will be giving first access to gamers ahead of any other potential investors that show interest. ORDER already boasts some proven success after winning the World Electronic Sports Game 2017 APAC regional finals, and the CS:GO team is set to compete at both IEM Katowice and the WESG World Finals in March.Jake Tiberi, General Manager, ORDER explained the venture in a statement: “ORDER exists for esports fans first and foremost which is why we are prioritising the gaming community to be our owners. We are gaming fans ourselves and want to remain authentic and connected to the people who keep the sport alive.Gerard Murphy, Owner, ORDER also discussed the campaign: “We’ve been clear from the start that we’re an organisation for the gaming community. We don’t ever want to compromise on this, and what better way than to let gamers become owners of the brand – to have their say and to share in our successes.”The funds that ORDER receive from investors will reportedly be used to help expand the organisation, helping to build its own headquarters in Melbourne – entitled The House of ORDER. The building would include three floors and include offices, a studio for events, and multiple gaming lounges. Intriguingly, it’ll also be open to any gamer who wishes to visit.Already competing in League of Legends, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, and Call of Duty, ORDER plans to expand into Rocket League and Street Fighter later in the year.Esports Insider says: This is a very interesting move for an esports organisation, especially one that’s already proven to be successful and would likely find investors should it so please. We’ll be keeping an eye on the campaign to see if there’s enough interest from gamers and fans. Great to see esports initiatives like this down under.
Universal Open Rocket League, the annual competition run in collaboration between NBC Sports Group and FACEIT, will return for the second consecutive season this summer. The tournament uses FACEIT’s competitive gaming platform and livestreaming production, and makes use of NBCUniversal and Comcast’s vast regional, national and international pull and assets. The result is a competition in which ‘gamers of all skill levels’ can compete in a 2v2 Rocket League tournament for a prize pool of $100,000 (£73,000).The tournament features open qualifiers that allow all players in both North America and Europe to get involved. FACEIT will manage all operational phases of Universal Open Rocket League, from the open qualifiers to the Grand Finals. Registration for Universal Open Rocket League is now underway, and you can bravely put yourself forward here.Psyonix’s Rocket league has been making some more noise recently, with the announcement that the finals of the RLCS Season Five will take place in London over 8-10th June. Iced tea brand Brisk, which has been a partner of the RLCS, must be loving its involvement with the game too as it has signed up as the sponsor of the Universal Open Rocket League.“For the second consecutive year, NBCUniversal and Comcast will leverage their unparalleled multi-platform portfolio to host Universal Open Rocket League,” commented Rob Simmelkjaer, Senior Vice President, NBC Sports Ventures. “This year’s tournament welcomes a presenting sponsor, Brisk, expands our Open qualifiers to Europe, and will be highlighted by the transformation of Studio 4 at NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center into the ideal setting for the Universal Open Grand Final. We’re proud to once again partner with FACEIT and Psyonix as we build off of the success of the inaugural Universal Open Rocket League and continue to expand our presence in the esports ecosystem.”“The inaugural Universal Open Rocket League proved that 2v2 Rocket League matches could be a compelling competition that plays perfectly on livestreams and broadcast. Most importantly, it gives the community, from the aspiring grassroots players to established powerhouses, an opportunity to take part and showcase their skills and dedication to a huge audience,” said Michele Attisani, Co-founder and Chief Business Officer of FACEIT. Michele Attisani – FACEIT“This year promises to be bigger and better, with greater production level, more livestreaming and broadcast content. We look forward to players proving once again that the Universal Open Rocket League represents the future of esports.”Open qualifying rounds will kick off on May 28th. Closed Qualifiers will be held in North America and Europe and will be produced, hosted and livestreamed from FACEIT’s London studio.Notably, the Regional Finals will take place on-site at four NBC Sports Regional Networks’ studios across the USA. These are NBC Sports Washington (East Regional; July 28), SNY (Northeast Regional; July 29), NBC Sports Chicago (Central Regional;August 5), and NBC Sports Bay Area (West Regional; August 11.The three day Grand Finals will be held at NBC Sports Group’s International Broadcast Center in Stamford, Connecticut., on the weekend of August 24-26th. There will be live streaming of the Regional Finals and the Grand Finals on NBCSports.com, the NBC Sports app, and ‘additional platforms’. NBCSN will also televise the “Road to the Universal Open,” featuring both the Regional Finals, and the Universal Open Grand Finals.Esports Insider says: So Rocket League again for the Universal Open. It’s great to see NBC Sports Group fully involving itself and making use of its own considerable facilities. Nice to see the Psyonix title get some more love too, and let’s see if Gale Force Esports can hold onto their crown come August!