Trinidad and Tobago’s Police Public Information (TTPPI) Officer Michael Jackman has reinforced information he provided last week that it’s an assault to touch someone without their consent and could lead to arrest. This policy is to be enforced during the upcoming carnival celebrations which peak on Tuesday, February 13. He cautioned fete goers not to heed soca star Machel Montano’s advice to disregard the police advisory.Jackman cautioned anyone, especially those with influence over others, to be cautious when saying things that can mislead the public and thereby create disorder in society.During his Carnival 2018 stage debut at Tribe/Red Ants’ Stumped at Queen’s Park Oval, on Saturday night Montano told the crowd: “They say yuh could get lock up for thiefing a wine. Allyuh forget that, find somebody to jam. This is Carnival. They will have to lock up the whole of Trinidad and Tobago.”Jackman noted he was not privy to what was said by Montano, but cautioned anyone looking to incite disorder to breach our laws.He said, “Gyrating on someone is also considered touching the person. Whether it’s a Carnival function, or any other function in or outside of the Carnival season, and someone says no by word or by action to a typical type of behavior then the other person who is about to, or is already engaged in that sort of behavior, should cease. If continued, the behavior is an assault.”Jackman said, “I want to make this clear. It’s important to respect any female’s right to say no to any physical touching in or outside the Carnival season, and that is the position of the T&T Police Service.”Several people on social media expressed opposition to the police advisory.Irresponsible says WomantraMachel Montano and Kernal Roberts are currently seeking to have a 2012 assault conviction overturned.The founder/co director of the T&T activist group Womantra also condemned Montano’s advice. “It was completely irresponsible for one of our most talented and recognized soca artists to use his platform not only to disregard provisions in the law that grant individuals protection from unwanted physical advances, but to suggest that a man’s ‘right to wine’ is more important than a woman’s consent,” she said.“It would be wise for Mr. Montano to remember his own brush with the law for physical assault before he advises anyone. His own distaste for strangers approaching him at Carnival for wine, conversation, autograph or otherwise is also well known. We can no longer allow rape culture to masquerade as national culture. A woman’s body is her own, on Jouvay morning and on Carnival Monday and Tuesday too. I have already committed to personally handing out Permission Slips when on de road for Jouvay this year. I’ve been inspired to add the title, “YA COULD GET CHARGE FAH WINING LIKE DAT, YOU COULD MAKE A JAIL!”
HAMILTON, Bermuda, CMC – The PGA Tour has added the Bermuda Championship to its 2019-20 schedule, officials announced on Tuesday.The event will be held at the government-run Port Royal Golf Course from October 31 to November 3, the same week as the World Golf Championships-HSBC Championship in China.The Bermuda Tourism Authority (BTA), the official destination marketing organization for the island, and the PGA Tour announced the tournament during a news conference at Port Royal, ranked one of the world’s best public golf courses.Port Royal played host to the now-defunct PGA Grand Slam of Golf, featuring the year’s four major winners, from 2009-2014.The BTA has signed a five-year agreement, through 2023, as the title sponsor of the Bermuda Championship. The tournament, with an anticipated field of 120 professionals, will carry a purse of US$3 million and offer 300 FedExCup points to the champion. It will be broadcasted on the Golf Channel. “We are excited to add the Bermuda Championship to the PGA Tour beginning next season,” said Ty Votaw, executive vice-president and chief global communications officer for the PGA Tour.“Bermuda is an appealing year-round destination, and the players will love visiting in the fall, plus we will be hosted by an outstanding golf course.“It promises to be a wonderful opportunity to showcase Bermuda – a beautiful island destination that embodies genuine hospitality – to the world.”BTA chief executive Kevin Dallas added: “The Bermuda Tourism Authority is thrilled to have secured this pinnacle event in golf for Bermuda’s tourism industry and community.“We’ve had our sights set on a PGA Tour partnership because of the significant economic benefit the event itself will generate for Bermuda’s economy as well as the worldwide exposure to their audience that perfectly aligns with Bermuda’s visitor targets.”
Related D’Tigress of Nigeria cruised into the semi final of the 2017 AfroBasket Women Championships in Mali defeating Côte d’Ivoire 43 – 98 in the quarter final.Evelyn Akhator, who provided 21 points and 11 rebounds, was once again the star man as the Nigerian ladies ran riot over the Ivorians to book a semi final clash with the host country, Mali.Points Per Quarter1st: Nigeria 23-13 Côte d’Ivoire2nd: Nigeria 23-2 Côte d’Ivoire3rd: Nigeria 25-17 Côte d’Ivoire4th: Nigeria 27-11 Côte d’Ivoire
GVS targets ‘equine support’ with new finance service August 18, 2020 Related Articles Jockey Club donates 10,000 Grand National tickets to NHS April 3, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share Share ITV Racing to host virtual Grand National March 30, 2020 The Jockey Club has announced a record £4.2m increase in prize money contributions in 2018, with Jockey Club Racecourses (JCR) also set to commit £27.1m to prize money from its own resources, at all levels of the sport and subject to abandonments.Total race values spread across its 15 strong racecourse portfolio is set to exceed £53m, another record, and representing an £8m rise year on year.Paul Fisher, Chief Executive of Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “This is The Jockey Club’s largest ever commitment to horsemen and we really hope that will also translate into good news for racing fans alike.“I’m very proud of our people who have worked hard to achieve the commercial results we need to be able to offer this. Because we already put all of our money back into the sport, we can only increase our prize money contribution if we create the commercial returns to do so.“Some people might think that our prize money is all about the highest race classes or at one or two racecourses, but these figures demonstrate another step forward in our commitment to supporting British Racing at all levels.”The Jockey Club has also announced record race values of £153,000 per fixture across its 348 offering for next year, a 15% year on year increase on 2017s £133,000. Philip Freedman, Chairman of The Horsemen’s Group, which represents racehorse owners, trainers, stable staff, breeders and jockeys, said: “Horsemen are obviously delighted by the increase in The Jockey Club’s prize money contribution for 2018. “The minimum guarantees at every fixture, and at enhanced levels on Sundays, should ensure that these fixtures are attractive not only to owners, but also to race goers and the betting public, to the benefit of all those whose livelihoods depend on the health of the sport.”The Jockey club has broken down its headline figures, explaining what the record numbers will offer: Every JCR fixture will offer at least £40,000 in total race values. Every Sunday fixture run at JCR will offer at least £65,000 in total race values. Every JCR fixture will include at least one race worth £10,000 or more, while 83% of the group’s fixtures will have at least two per fixture, up from 58% in 2017. Every JCR ‘small course’ will have at least one fixture previously worth c£55,000 boosted to £80,000 or more from 2018, meaning that every JCR small course will stage at least four fixtures worth £80,000 or more next year (2017: 22 JCR small course fixtures worth £80,000 or more; 2018: 91% increase to 42 JCR small course fixtures at that value). Despite the significant reduction of the industry’s Divided Race Fund, Jockey Club Racecourses will continue to invest to divide all races that reach the required number of declarations and are eligible to divide, creating a second and equal prize money opportunity and helping to reduce eliminations.
Share Submit EGBA opens industry consultation on GDPR code January 29, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon The first year for ad:s – Sportradar’s marketing service built for betting February 4, 2020 Share NSoft or strict rules: Outcome-based vs prescriptive regulation March 10, 2020 Entering 2018, industry full-service marketing agency Digital Fuel has launched a new marketing platform for the online gambling sector, developed to be compliant of forthcoming regulations set by the European Community’s ‘General Data Protection Regulation’ (GDPR).Toby Oddy Founder & CEO of Digital Fuel, details why he has placed data compliance at the forefront of his agency, and how GDPR will impact industry marketing practices and relationships between acquisition stakeholders. ____________SBC: Hi Toby great to catch up. From concept to launch, can you detail to SBC readers Digital Fuel’s development of a GDPR Compliant industry-specific marketing platform?Toby Oddy: Our platform is really borne out of a wider customer acquisition requirement. Our team are constantly looking to find new ways to engage relevant audiences and optimise the conversion flows to maximise marketing budgets. One area that we believed could be significantly improved within our sector was the end to end capture and optimisation of user data in the traditional Lead Generation model. The 2018 GDPR, and associated compliance requirements came as a timely coincidence to a project that Digital Fuel had already identified as an opportunity for our clients. Ensuring best practice across the board was always going to happen, we now just have an updated set of requirements within which we can work.SBC: As an industry veteran how will GDPR demands change industry marketing and player acquisition. Where do you feel stakeholders are currently blindsided?TO: The GDPR has already improved how the industry considers and works with marketing partners across all gaming verticals. We are still a couple of months from the enforcement of the regulations but we have seen some really positive steps taken by operators to clean up their marketing activities whether that be internal or via affiliates – putting a real focus on the consumer and their needs. Given the hype both within our sector and the wider digital community over the last year, there is certainly no reason for any operator to be caught short when it comes to setting up their marketing workflows to cater for the changes.SBC: GDPR comes as industry marketing teams face added pressure to be more socially responsible? In terms of player acquisition, what do you define as responsible framework for all stakeholders? TO: From our perspective, the framework is fairly simple – Consumer ownership. At every point in the journey, the user is one click or call away from understanding what data is being held, why that is the case and how they can change that situation if required. Operators and marketing partners, be that agencies or affiliates, need to be transparent within their own relationships and work closer to make sure that the end user is in control. I believe that as an industry (on the whole) there has always been a desire and willingness to meet social responsibility requirements and it is a shame that often the whole iGaming sector gets tarnished by the actions of a minority of rogue operations looking for a quick win.SBC: Do you worry that the demands of GDPR and Social Responsibility will enclose operator marketing functions away from outside parties (agencies, affiliates and media partners)? TO: Absolutely not. Affiliates and agencies that embrace the GDPR and show a commitment to social responsibility will flourish. Affiliate operations will continue to develop ground breaking products and provide an independent voice that consumers want and need – removing your brand from legitimate affiliate partners would be extremely short-sighted. From an agency perspective, we can speak first-hand knowledge that there is such a wealth of knowledge within them.Agency staff should have a skill set that is constantly developing through campaigns run both within and outside of the industry. Understanding how best to develop and optimise under a new regulatory framework may be possible within some of the biggest operators with big resource and even bigger budgets but for the majority, tapping into partners that already have experience will continue to be important.SBC: Finally, as a sector marketing stakeholder, what debate and context do you feel should be fully debated and examined in 2018?TO: Acquisition bonuses. We have heard people talk of the race to the bottom for years now yet things haven’t really changed. The welcome bonus is such a key part of the armoury when it comes to competing on the acquisition front. We see time and time again, operators entering with a product led strategy, ultimately getting sucked into a promo focus to meet ambitious acquisition targets. A framework for fair, sustainable and responsible bonuses needs to be seriously discussed. I think as marketers, we all want to focus on brand and product to differentiate and this is what the user is ultimately searching for.______________Toby Oddy – Founder & CEO – Digital Fuel
The British Esports Association has announced that it will be bringing a children’s after-school esports club to Maida Vale library in London. It will run over the next month as a pilot scheme and is the UK’s first free esports training club supported by a local authority. Credit: British Esports AssociationThere will be four sessions each week, beginning on June 20th and running through until July 11th. The two-hour sessions will be open to ten children from local schools between the age of 10 and 13 as well as their parents.Children attending will be able to compete in Rocket League as well as try their hand at casting and coaching. There’s set to be eight gaming systems and a casting workstation – all supplied by London-based custom PC builder DinoPC. In addition to the frivolity of playing Rocket League, members and volunteers from the British Esports Association will be giving talks on careers in esports. Notable names include Ceirnan “Excoundrel” Lowe, a British Esports Advisory Board member and professional caster. The British Esports Association has suggested that the pilot scheme will allow British Esports to instruct schools and libraries as to how best to set up their own clubs in the future. British Esports Content Director Dominic Sacco commented: ““By engaging with children, we are looking at the bigger picture with the goal of creating more British esports talent in the long-term.“This pilot scheme will help children, parents and teachers learn about esports and the career paths it offers, while at the same time demonstrate the benefits of playing esports, such as team-building and cognitive benefits.“The findings from the pilot scheme will also help us instruct schools how to set up their own extracurricular esports clubs, and other libraries may be inspired to run their own sessions in the future. We’re delighted to be teaming up with Westminster City Council and DinoPC for this initiative.”Cllr David Harvey, Cabinet Member for Environment, Sports and Community, Westminster City Council, added: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to receive training in one of the fastest growing international sporting arenas. But this isn’t just about helping support a generation of world class cyber athletes. As part of the pilot we are encouraging children to take the strategic skills and team management expertise they’ll develop online out onto our playing fields, and make healthy choices around playing a physical sport.“The UK, and London in particular, has a global reputation for innovation and excellence in interactive creative media. I’m pleased Westminster City Council can be the first authority in the country to support a type of professional competition that is becoming a global phenomenon.”Finally, DinoPC Marketing Manager Nic Carnelutti revealed: “We believe the educational aspects of what the British Esports Association aims to achieve are highly beneficial to children and younger audiences.“This scheme encourages young people to learn teamwork and participate in a challenge – building up their social skills which can then be used in other aspects of life.“They couldn’t have decided on a better choice of game either. Rocket League emphasises each of the aforementioned traits and remains enjoyable throughout. We are very proud to support this event and be part of this from the very beginning.”Esports Insider says: Great initiative from the British Esports Association. Dom & co will be hoping that the sessions educate both children and parents alike about esports and the opportunities there. If the UK want to compete with the best, talent needs to be carefully nurtured from a young age.
Technical Advisor to the Minister of Youth and Sports, Dr. Emmanuel Owusu Ansah, says the ability to win medals was the main consideration when Ghana’s contingent was being put together for the 2019 African Games in Morocco.The nation will be represented by 91 athletes across 14 disciplines in the Games which start on August 16.Dr. Owusu Ansah believes that Ghana has what it takes to pick up medals at the Games and that is why the 91 athletes were chosen.“I am very satisfied with the type of athletes we have. This time, we are concentrating on the quality of the athletes and not the quantity of athletes we are taking to the Games.All the chosen athletes are going to to lift the flag of Ghana high. We expect everybody to be in the finals of their respective events and win a medal.Previously, we would see athletes going out in the early stages of their events.However, we want to Ghana in the finals and winning medals and that is our target for the Games in Morocco.”Dr. Owusu Ansah visited the team over the weekend on behalf of the Sports Minister, Isaac Asiamah. The team is expected to leave Ghana on Tuesday, August 13, for the event.In which events is Ghana taking part?Ghana will take part in volleyball (2 participants), karate-do (5 participants), weightlifting (5 participants), boxing (10 participants), tennis (6 participants), judo (5 participants), table tennis ( 6 participants), cycling ( 2 participants), badminton (4 participants), fencing (4 participants), tae-kwon-do (5 participants), athletics (16 athletes), swimming (3 participants) and football (18).
The Ghana Football Association have called on current kit sponsors of the national team Puma to provide assistance to the country’s various aged restricted national teams through sponsored competitions.The new FA administration have made it clear since taking over, that Ghana’s national soccer program must be synchronized to ensure a smooth transition to the national team.Grass root football and youth football have been prioritized and thus a new national U – 15 team has been established as part of those plans.In his interaction with officials of Puma on his trip to Germany, GFA President Kurt Okraku urged Puma to invite Ghana’s youth teams to Puma sponsored tournaments in Europe.Puma gave the FA assurances that the various proposal put forward will be deliberated on and considered.
All sport in Italy has been suspended until at least 3 April because of coronavirus, the country’s prime minister Giuseppe Conte has announced.This includes Serie A but not Italian clubs or national teams participating in international competitions.Serie A – Italy’s top flight – had already said all games would be played behind closed doors until 3 April.Conte extended a series of strict quarantine measures, including a ban on public gatherings, to all of Italy.Earlier, Italy’s Olympic committee (CONI) recommended the move to suspend all sport at all levels after hosting a special meeting of sporting federations on Monday.Italy has been the European country worst hit by coronavirus so far, with over 9,000 confirmed cases and more than 450 deaths.“This situation has no precedent in history,” a CONI statement said.The announcement from CONI came just after Sassuolo v Brescia kicked off in Serie A. The game carried on and Sassuolo won 3-0.It was also confirmed on Monday that Serie A side Roma’s Europa League tie at Sevilla on Thursday will be played behind closed doors.In rugby union, England’s men’s and women’s Six Nations matches against Italy, which were scheduled to take place on 14 March and 15 March respectively, were postponed last week.At the weekend, Italy’s sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora accused Serie A of being “irresponsible” for ignoring his calls for football to be suspended because of the outbreak.He said it made “no sense” for football to continue when, at that stage, up to 16 million people had been placed in quarantine in northern Italy in a bid to contain the spread of the virus – but the weekend’s games all took place behind closed doors.Parma’s fixture against SPAL on Sunday kicked off 75 minutes late as they awaited a decision on whether the match would go ahead after Spadafora’s comments.There have been reports on Monday that the French sports ministry had decided matches in Ligue 1 – the country’s top-flight football competition – should be played behind closed doors or in front of no more than 1,000 spectators as a measure to limit the spread of the virus.Paris St-Germain’s Champions League last-16 match against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday will be played without fans because of coronavirus. Source: BBC