Causion Antigua’s Reggae artiste, Causion, is continuing on his upward spiral with the release of the song Cold Sweat produced by Maurice Gregory for MasTrak Music label.The single is a rendition of a track was originally recorded by Third World and featured the voice of late lead singer Bunny Rugs on the Journey to Addis album released in 1978.Causion’s new version has introduced the song to a whole new generation of Reggae lovers almost forty years later with a new sound, giving it new energy while still maintaining the universal message of the original.Cold Sweat has a lot of history attached to it; according to Stephen ‘Cat’ Coore of Third World, “It’s a song of poetry and an expression of a struggle against hardship, and it signifies a time when Bunny Ruggs was facing some difficult times in his life”. Cat points out that Cold Sweat was to be Bunny’s break out song to become not just a lead singer for Third World but also a solo singer.Both Cat Coore and Richie Daley are featured musically in this new version of the song and also play roles in the video for Cold Sweat.Richie has expressed his deep satisfaction with this newer version by Causion and was pleased that Causion, who he jokingly says he believes really comes from Jamaica, approached him to do a newer version of this famous song. Richie said, “I am glad Causion involved us in the project, he did a profound representation of the song”, he continues, “Causion is doing it in today’s sound, in his own way, I think he did an incredible job, I’m really pleased with how it came out”.
Antigua and Barbuda’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Charles Fernandez minister says Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries will along with countries in Latin America speak with one voice opposing plans by the United States to target their nationals to help President Donald Trump build the multi-billion dollar US-Mexico border wall.US politicians are seeking to impose a two per cent tax on all remittances sent by nationals of Belize, the Cayman Islands, Haiti, the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica, the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Dominica, Martinique, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados, Grenada, Guyana and Suriname to friends and relatives.These Caribbean countries are among a number of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean highlighted by the politicians to help fund the wall, a major campaign promise of Trump and estimated at US$21.6 billion.Fernandez, speaking on the state-owned ABS Television, said the new measures being advocated could result in the remittances system going underground.“Whatever tax you put on it even though it sounds like a little bit, two per cent it could cause a number of people to want to drive this outside of the regulatory banking system and that could be of concern…because you could get into all kinds of monies moving around in actual hard currencies.“As regards to the Caribbean, I think Jamaica probably will be the biggest one affected. In 2015, Jamaica had something like US$1.5 billion sent from America alone to Jamaica in remittances,” he added.Fernandez said that while the Gaston Browne administration has not yet officially discussed the new US measure, it is aware of the situation.The Border Wall Funding Act Introduced to the House of Representatives on March 30, seeks to amend the Electronic Fund Transfer Act to impose a fee for remittance transfers to certain foreign countries, and for other purposes.Last month, the proposed bill was referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security, and the House’s Committees on Financial Services, Foreign Affairs and Judiciary.The law is expected to have a five-year life-span during which the monies will be submitted to the US Treasury “to be expended for the purpose of improving border security.”
The Ministry of Agriculture in Jamaica says it will start sensitizing and training farmers to manage the Frosty Pod Rot (FPR) cocoa disease.Chief Plant Quarantine and Produce Inspector, Sanniel Wilson, said the first session will be held on Wednesday in the eastern parish of St. Mary.“We are starting with that parish because of the magnitude of the infestation there. The Government will be going out and assisting with the stripping and pruning of the cocoa trees to take back the parish,” she said.St. Mary is unique because it has the largest acreages of cocoa and it also carries the fine flavor cocoa that fetches premium price.”Intention is to stop diseaseWilson said it is the intention of the Ministry to stop the disease, which affects actively growing cocoa pods, damaging them and the seeds they produce. “We are trying to save over 8,800 acres of cocoa and the livelihood of more than 4,000 farmers,” said Wilson who also encouraged farmers to access the help that is being provided by the Ministry, explaining that the disease could result in losses of between 70 and 80 per cent of production, if not contained.Highly contagiousThe inspector pointed out that the disease is highly contagious. “The Ministry’s response is threefold, starting with public education, then training sessions, followed by visits to remove and treat infected cocoa trees. The first thing we are doing is to make the public aware of what is happening, what the symptoms of the disease are, how it is spread and what needs to be done.”Ministry published guidelinesShe said the Ministry also published a 2017 Frosty Pod Rot Disease Order, in an attempt to educate and guide persons on how the disease is spread, and the steps to be taken when persons come in contact with the pest.“This Order is to restrict inter-parish movement of cocoa from fermenting. Where there must be inter-parish movement, we ask that you write to the Ministry and we will provide you with a plant quarantine officer to assist with the process, to ensure that the protocol for movement is carried out.”Wilson emphasized that following sensitization sessions with farmers, it is important that they tell their neighbors, persons going to the fields to reap, higglers and vendors who are visiting the farms, so that they can take caution and clean up properly if they come in contact with an infested tree.She has also urged farmers to be vigilant and to report all cases, or suspected cases, of the disease immediately to the Plant Quarantine Unit, or other departments of the Ministry.The Ministry is receiving support from the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) to assist cocoa farmers across Jamaica.
Credit: Ryan Mattis After being incarcerated for eight years, Reggae superstar Buju Banton delivered a historic performance at the first stop on his ‘Long Walk To Freedom’ Tour in Kingston, which was said to be one of the most anticipated reggae shows to ever be held in Jamaica. On Saturday, March 16, 2019, Buju Banton kicked off his ‘Long Walk To Freedom’ Tour at the National Stadium in Kingston. It was pandemonium as locals, as well as tourists and international celebrities, flocked to see his first show since his release in December 2018. At full capacity, the national stadium seats approximately 35,000 people, but the number of patrons at this first show exceeded capacity, leaving many persons to stand in walk-ways or sit in aisles.The gates opened at 4:00 PM and early performances included Ghost, LUST and Buju’s son Jahazeil Myrie. As the night went on, other reggae artists gave stellar performances; namely, Agent Sasco, Chris Martin, Romain Virgo, Etana, Cocoa Tea who was joined by reggae newcomer Koffee, and Chronixx.At about 11:20 pm, the man of the year graced the stage. Dressed in all white, with his locs long and flashing, an almost-spiritual Buju Banton began his performance asking “have mercy on me”.The crowd erupted, in one of the loudest roars ever to be heard from the National Stadium, as Banton opened with his hit song “Not an Easy Road”.Although there were a few glitches an technical difficulties relating to mic and sound, that still did not put a damper on the celebration. Buju was in his element, and it was clear. In his two-hour set, the superstar did not miss a beat as far as connection, energy and stage presence.Soul-wrenching classics like “Destiny” and “Untold Stories” had an emotional effect on many patrons in the audience, while the dancehall hits like “Too Bad”, “Champion” and of course, “Driver A” put the crowd in a frenzy.And he brought even more artists to share his moment. British-Jamaican rapper Stefflondon; Marcia Griffiths, whom he said was like a mother to him, Wayne Wonder; and the legendary Beres Hammond all joined Banton on stage.Buju’s performance ended much like the way it started, in a spiritual fashion. He shared the stage, for his last performance of the night, with Gramps Morgan, collaborating on “Psalms 23”.The historic night came to an end, shortly after 1:00 am, with fireworks that lit up the national stadium.
Edwin Okon, head Coach of Rivers Angels termed the other teams familiar foes but believes the better team would always carry the day. He also expressed gladness at the accomplishment of his team and expects them to continue the trend they’ve set for the past six years. His words:
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“Coach Edwin” “Rivers Angels are the defending champions of the league and as a coach you must be proud of your wards at that level of your players or your team getting to level. So asking me how proud I am, I think I’m the happiest person as at today. It has been like that for six years and I think this year shouldn’t be different. They are all known foes, every team is good but the better side always carry the day.” “The teams are good and for the fact that you are going to play amongst yourself, I don’t think there’s going to be any problem about the draws. Really we didn’t start well, the challenges were at the beginning but you could see that nobody expected that we would get there but the momentum in the last phase was fantastic I think with that we have a chance of winning it.” Coaches of three teams present at the Nigeria Women Premier League (NWPL) Super 4 have been talking tough and have each vowed to pick up the title come the final day of the competition.Speaking to busybuddiesng.com at different interviews, each coach spoke about their different expectations and other issues in relation to their different teams. Although each of the coaches tried not to undermine the strength of the other teams, they have each vowed to pick up the title.For Coach Clifford Chukuwuma, Head Coach of Delta Queens, he believes that the fact that each team would be playing against each other in the tournament means there is no cause for alarm. He explained that his ladies had it tough at the beginning of the league season but gathered momentum towards the final stages and believe this would help increase the confidence of the ladies to claiming the title. 0:46 While for Coach Michael Oluwaseyi Olaoye- Assistant Coach Nasarawa Amazons, his players are ready for the challenge and the lack of fans won’t deter them from playing well on the pitch. He explained that the team despite been the only Northern team are in Benin City for the sole purpose of winning.Audio Playerhttps://www.busybuddiesng.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/Coach-Micheal.wav00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“I don’t see any team as a threat this season, because with what we’ve imbibed in our players this season, we are a team to beat. This season we are here to win, we are here for the business and the business of winning. Football is played on the field and it’s not played by the fans. Fans can motivate you but football is played on the pitch so we are ready.We don’t look at maybe it’s a neutral ground, it’s a ball game that we just come to the field to prove ourselves and we would do it. We are very ready to play and this season we don’t want to go anyhow we are here in Benin for business and the business of winning.” Audio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. “Coach Clifford” Related 1.
Chinese Super League (CSL) officials have turned to foreign referees to take charge of league matches this weekend in response to recent controversies.Jonas Eriksson of Sweden will officiate the league match between Tianjin Quanjian and Shandong Luneng while French referee Tony Chapron will be in charge of the game between Shanghai Shenhua and Tianjin Teda.Video referees are also set to be introduced soon in the CSL on a trial basis.The introduction of foreign referees was conveyed in a statement from the Chinese Football Association (CFA). It read: “To improve the abilities of referees is a main part of the Chinese FA’s job.“Inviting high-level foreign referees will help further improve referee accuracy in key matches and provide domestic referees with opportunities for learning and exchange.”CFA vice president Zhang Jian had earlier admitted in August that “there were rather big controversies with the referees’ decisions in some games”.RelatedMarcelo Lippi Returns as China Coach Four Months after QuittingMay 24, 2019In “Competition”VAR: English Premier League Referees To Make More Use Of Pitchside MonitorsNovember 10, 2019In “England”Four Soccer Referees Banned In Malawi For ThisSeptember 27, 2017In “Africa”
David Baazov the former Chief Executive Officer of Amaya Inc, has penned a reported CAD $3.5 billion (US $2.56 billion) offer to acquire the Toronto TSX-listed operator outright.Baazov who is currently facing charges of insider trading by Quebec’s securities regulator Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) makes his formal approach to purchase Amaya assets outright.The former Amaya CEO who officially resigned as leader of the company this August is prepared to pay CAD $24 per share representing a premium of 30.9 percent to Amaya’s Friday close of CAD $18.34.Baazov who currently owns approximately 17.2% of Amaya equity, is reported to have his bid financing supported by four separate funds. Should his acquisition be successful, Baazov will move to create a new business entity holding Amaya’s core asset of PokerStars.The new entity is prepared to set aside $200 million until its deal with Amaya is approved, with Baazov further stating that if the deferred payment is due before the deal closes, the entity will release funds in advance.Amaya’s latest acquisition offer comes following last month’s failed merger negotiations with FTSE-listed bookmaker William Hill Plc. The merger which looked to create a ‘global gambling powerhouse’ failed to gain key investor backing from both operators.Since Baazov’s departure from the company, Amaya governance has created a ‘special committee’ reviewing the firm’s potential strategic options.In its latest trading update, Amaya reported a better-than-expected Q3 2016 performance with the operator declaring a net income of US $12.6 million boosted by increased player activity. StumbleUpon Submit ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Share Related Articles Canada’s sports betting hearings threatened by Trudeau’s ’emergency recess’ August 24, 2020
Share Related Articles Submit Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 Ray Wilson, AMLGS: Industry deserves praise for its reaction to a new normal July 23, 2020 StumbleUpon TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share Clarion Events has confirmed that a total of 91 gaming organisations from across 34 nations will be exhibiting at ICE for the first time in February 2017.Kate Chambers, Managing Director of Clarion’s gaming division, has described the large number of first time exhibitors as the ‘X Factor’ in the success story of the industry’s biggest B2B gaming event.For first time exhibitors, the most represented countries are the United Kingdom (17), Malta (13), United States (6), China, Cyprus and Taiwan (all 4). There are also three new companies from Spain and Serbia, along with two from Belize, British Virgin Islands, Curacao, Czech Republic, Poland, Russia, Slovenia, Sweden and Ukraine.Finally, there is a single new exhibitor from each of Armenia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Estonia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Lithuania, Malaysia, Moldova and Switzerland.Chambers commented: “Each year we undertake an extensive research programme amongst our customer base of visitors and one of the top quoted reasons for attending ICE is the opportunity it provides to meet and connect with new companies and potential new suppliers.“Large business to business events such as ICE provide a valuable opportunity to expand horizons and forge new contacts, as well as meet with the better-known innovators and suppliers in the business.“However, what I think makes ICE unique is that our first-time exhibitors, the X Factor in the ICE proposition, are drawn from throughout the gaming world, thereby providing visitors with an international perspective as opposed to a regional or a national one, in the process bringing a new dimension and vitality to the show floor.”
Share Related Articles PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 Share David CarrionUpdating the market, Toronto-listed Amaya Inc has confirmed the promotion of David Carrion to the leadership position of Director of Marketing for its PokerStars division.Carrion has been involved with PokerStars marketing and operations since 2010, joining the online poker room under the management of Rational Group. Carrion has worked on a number of international expansion projects for the PokerStars brand, helping the operator become market leader in LATAM and Southern Europe.Prior to being appointed PokerStars Director of Marketing, Carrion served as Group Director of Performance Marketing, spearheading Amaya player acquisition strategies and initiatives.Amaya governance detailed that Carrion would take-up the executive position on 1 July. As Director of Marketing, Carrion will be responsible with the performance and reporting of all PokerStars international multi-market teams.PokerStars released the following statement on the promotion of Carrion “PokerStars has appointed David Carrion as Director of Marketing to lead the global strategy of the PokerStars brand, including advertising, digital, social media, content marketing and live events. Carrion joined PokerStars in January 2010 as Director of Live Poker Operations for Latin America. A background in poker and table games within the bricks and mortar industry served him well in growing and developing the Latin American Poker Tour, sponsoring the Brazilian Series of Poker and directing the PokerStars Caribbean Adventure through to 2015.Carrion will assume the role permanently on July 1 and will also be interim Director of Live Events until a new executive is appointed. Vadim Soloveychik, Director of Brand Marketing and Edgar Stuchly, Director of Live Events, will leave the company at the end of June. PokerStars would like to thank both Soloveychik and Stuchly for their dedicated service and wishes them well in their future endeavors.” UK drives Stars Group growth despite international ‘disruptions’ February 27, 2020
Share Submit Share Legacy Continues… Betway renews West Ham lead sponsorship May 24, 2019 Related Articles Real Betis selects Betway as its official shirt sponsor August 10, 2020 StumbleUpon Operator CEOs head Betting on Sports Europe speaker line-up March 16, 2020 The Betway Group has announced that its employees have raised over £70,000 for one of its charity partners, the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS).EFDS works to make active lives possible by enabling organisations to support individual disabled people to be active and stay active for life. The national charity looks to a better future where everyone can enjoy the opportunities available. Established in September 1998, EFDS has a vision that disabled people are active for life. The funds raised will go towards the EFDS Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI), which supports facility providers to improve their services to become more inclusive to disabled people. IFI relies on sponsorship and fundraising to increase opportunities for disabled people to be active in their local areas. Also, volunteering opportunities, that enable more disabled people to take part in events.In 2016, over 100 Betway employees participated in the Silverstone Half Marathon raising £25,000 for the same charity.Commenting on this latest fund-raising achievement, Betway CEO Anthony Werkman, said: “We are really pleased to have raised over £70,000 for the English Federation of Disability Sport, and are proud of all Betway Group employees who have contributed to this worthy cause. “We are always looking to contribute to different charities and in 2018, our employees will vote on which charities Betway should partner with.”The West Ham United sponsor also announced that it is to donate almost £16,000 to the Jessie May Children’s Hospice At Home. The donation relates to Betway’s sponsorship of the UK Snooker Championship in York that concluded last week, where £10 was pledged for every century break – plus an extra £10 for every point scored over 100.