Retirement on hold for Veronica Campbell-Brown

first_imgDecorated Jamaican Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown says she is willing to play the game of wait and see as it relates to bringing an end to a storied career.Campbell-Brown, who has earned 27 gold medals while representing the Caribbean country, could certainly be excused for looking to follow in the footsteps of compatriot Usain Bolt who called time on his career last year.Despite a few performances in recent years that have typically fallen below previously lofty held standards the 35-year-old remains confident that there is plenty left in the tank.“Right now, I’m working on 2018 and I’m hoping to be at the Commonwealth Games and to run a couple Diamond League races,” Campbell-Brown told SportsMax Zone. “So I’m taking it season by season and at the end of 2018 I’ll re-evaluate and see what I want to do but right now I’m focused on 2018.”Campbell-Brown, who can boast of six individual major gold medals split evenly between the World Championships and Olympics Games, last claimed a bronze medal in the 200m at the Beijing World Championships in 2015. Campbell-Brown missed out on an appearance at last year’s World Championships in London after withdrawing from the national champions with an injury.  Her last appearance at the Commonwealth Games came in 2006 in Melbourne.last_img read more

Golden teen

first_imgA Jamaican American, South Florida teen has turned the CARIFTA Games upside down and put the eyes of track and field on her, after winning triple gold for Jamaica over the Easter Weekend and claiming the standout honor.Oakland Park Northeast Florida High sophomore, Briana Nichole Williams, running for her parents’ homeland of Jamaica at the just concluded 2018 CARIFTA Games in Nassau in the Bahamas, walked away with the three gold medals for her adopted country. Williams won the Girls 100-meter Under 17 Dash in the fastest time for a 16-year-old and also win the 200-m under 17 dash on Monday, in a time of 23.11. She then helped Jamaica to a gold in the Girl’s 4×100 Meter Relay Under 17 Monday, in a time of 44.95. Wins Austin Sealy AwardFor her stellar performance, Williams was presented with the Austin Sealy Award, the top honor for any athlete at the Games. The teen is the first Jamaican to win the award since Yohan Blake in 2007.“Words can’t even express the joy I feel right now. All the work all the doubts all the pain all the pressure. Totally worth it!!!,” Williams, who also lives in Oakland Park, posted on Instagram Monday. Coached by Ato BoldenWilliams is coached by Ato Boldon, who, was full of praise for the sprinter. “I’m thrilled for her,” said Boldon shortly after Williams received her award Monday evening from Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Alexander Minnis. “Last year, she left Carifta with one bronze but we knew we’d be back. She’s a different athlete this year – a year older in age, but she’s grown as an athlete by leaps and bounds. She’s close to world class.”Also full of praise for the young star was Irwine Clare, founder of the Diaspora group that supports Caribbean athletes at the Penn Relays. Williams, according to Clare, is also one of the beneficiaries of TJB’s work at Penn.“Congrats Briana Nichole Williams, triple gold medalist at the Carifta Games in the Bahamas. Team Jamaica Bickle salutes you,” Clare posted on Facebook minutes after the third win.  With Williams’ help, Jamaica finished with a massive medal haul of 80 medals, the most of any country at the Games. The CARIFTA Games’ win comes on the heels of Williams’ win on Saturday, March 17th, when she won the 100-m at the Bob Hayes Invitational in Jacksonville, Florida in 11.13s, a world age group records for 15-year-olds. In doing so, she broke a 27-year-old record of 11.17s set bylast_img read more

Barbados opposition party selects new leader

first_imgThe opposition Democratic Labor Party (DLP) in Barbados, has elected attorney Verla DePeiza as its new leader as it seeks to rebuild following the defeat it suffered during the May 24 general election in Barbados.Elected unopposed“If nothing else gives us the impetus to move forward it must be the fear of failing. This party is bigger than us. This party has a responsibility to this country and we are equal to that task. I say we because there is, without doubt, a mammoth task ahead of us,” DePeiza said Sunday as she was elected unopposed to guide the affairs of the party that was swept out of office by a 30-nil margin in the general election.“We have to repair breaches internally and externally and because I have no interest in wallowing in the wilderness for longer than is absolutely necessary, we must step up and act and address these matters frontally without fear, without favour,” she told DLP supporters at the party’s 63rd annual general conference.Defeat still hurting Earlier, former prime minister and DLP president, Freundel Stuart said the party should not be used by persons to climb “the career ladder” even as he acknowledged that the defeat in the general election was still hurting.“The electoral wound is still fresh and where we in circumstances like these… relax our vigilance and…manifest symptoms of vulnerability. I feel it is, therefore, my duty to warn that for some time now there has been a species of predators stalking the party political environment in Barbados in search of career advantages to exploit.“To this type, values are not important, philosophy is not important, commitment is not important, love of people is not important and a vision of the future is not important. All that matters to this type is an opportunity for career advancement as a party, we must be on guard for this brand of abuse.”Stuart said that the 63-year-old party does not allow itself to be used specifically as a mere vehicle for the realization of an individual’s personal ambitions.He said the party was not looking for a savior or “messiah” to clean its tarnished reputation and that the loyalty of members must be tested as the party moves to rebuild.last_img read more

ICS to honor Jamaican comedian Oliver Samuels

first_imgThe Washington-based Institute for Caribbean Studies (ICS) plans to bestow the Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award on Jamaican comedian, actor and playwright Oliver Samuels during its 25th Caribbean-American Heritage Awards Gala, on November 16.One of Jamaica’s thespian luminaries “For his outstanding body of work and for bringing ‘Brand Jamaica’ to the performing arts locally and internationally, Samuels will be awarded the Marcus Garvey Lifetime Achievement Award at the Caribbean American Heritage Awards Gala, which has as its theme, ‘A Celebration of Excellence and Service,’” said Dr Claire Nelson, ICS’ Jamaican-born founder and president. She said Samuels is “widely considered to be one of Jamaica’s thespian luminaries.”Born on November 4, 1948, in Harmony Hall, St Mary, Jamaica, Nelson said Samuels grew up on a banana plantation, where his father worked as a casual laborer and his mother sold items on the estate.“His involvement in drama began at the age of seven, when he and the other children on the plantation would sing and recite poetry on Friday nights,” Nelson said. “It was to be the beginning of a lifetime love for all things dramatic for the poor boy who made good by adopting his mother’s belief that with hard work he could make it out of poverty.”Trained at the Jamaica Theatre School from 1971 to 1973 where he participated in various productions, Samuels has appeared in no fewer than 13 national pantomimes, playing major roles, Nelson said.Writing his own playCurrently, Samuels is dedicating his time writing his own theatrical material. “His latest piece, ’56 East Avenue’ opened in Miramar , Florida, on September 1 to very enthusiastic response,” Nelson said.She said other honorees will include Reggae Foundation Grammy Winning Inner Circle Band, widely known for their song “Bad Boys”; Jamaican microbiologist and current president of the J. Craig Venter Institute, Dr. Karen Nelson; Rising Star of the Opera, Alyson Cambridge, who is of Guyanese heritage; and Sherry Herbert, vice president of Black Enterprise, who hails from Nevis.last_img read more

BVI government urged to expedite recovery process

first_imgTORTOLA, British Virgin Islands, CMC – A senior British government official ended a visit to the British Overseas Territory urging Premier Dr. D. Orlando Smith to “expedite the recovery” of the hurricane battered island.A government statement said the director for the Overseas Territories in the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Ben Merrick, ended a visit here after “a full program of meetings and visits” including holding talks with Smith, the opposition as well as members of the private sector.Merrick’s visit followed an earlier one by Lord Ahmad in July “to assess the progress of recovery following the devastating hurricanes of 2017”.The island was among several Caribbean countries battered by Hurricanes Irma and Maria when the storms hit the Lesser Antilles last year, causing deaths and widespread damage.The statement said that Merrick’s visit was also to discuss recent international requirements on the financial services industry and the long-term vision, and to ascertain the progress on implementing the governance measures to which the government has committed itself.Merrick said had “the privilege to meet many committed people during my time in the Virgin Islands and have been struck by both the beauty of the Territory and the determination and resilience of its people to work towards its reconstruction.“I am humbled by the commitment of the many public servants who continue to work and live in very difficult conditions, whilst they work towards rebuilding the Territory.  The extent and breadth of the work needed to rebuild the Territory cannot be underestimated.“There are though evidently many challenges which remain, and I have urged the premier and his Cabinet to expedite recovery,” Merrick said, adding that the United Kingdom “remains ready to support the Virgin Islands through the £300 million (One British Pound =US$1.29 cents) loan guarantee.”Merrick said the Parliament giving approval to the Recovery and Development Plan, he hopes that “we will see rapid progress as the government tasks the Recovery and Development Agency to implement the Government’s priorities as outlined in the Recovery and Development Plan”.He said he was also pleased “to see the government’s progress towards transparency and accountability.“Publication of Cabinet decisions had been an important first step,” he said, welcoming Premier Smith’s commitment to publishing a new Ministerial Code before the end of the month.“This would show the Virgin Islands leading the way,” the statement said, adding that he was welcomed the positive engagement of business leaders and the financial services industry and their commitment to the Territory’s economic development.last_img read more

Toots, Buju Banton, Freddie McGregor Among Finalists for Jamaica’s Festival Song…

first_imgThe virtual reveal and launch of the Top 10 finalists for the Jamaica Festival 2020 song finals, saw big names such as Buju Banton, two-time festival song winner Toots and the Maytals, Freddie McGregor, LUST, Papa Michigan, along with Shuga and TV host Sakina Deer, the only two women among the group. Additionally, Jamaicans around the world have been encouraged to join in voting for their favourite festival song, for the first time ever. Jamaica’s Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange earlier announced that this year’s Grand Gala, Jamaica’s annual independence celebration, will be held virtually due to COVID-19. The massive promotion behind this year’s festival song competition is due to the scaling down of other independence and emancipation day celebrations this year. center_img A number of popular reggae entertainers have joined to reignite Jamaica and its diaspora, through the 2020 Jamaica Festival song contest. Voting for the festival song competition began on Sunday, July 12 and ends on Sunday, July 26. The public will decide the winner of the competition by text-to-vote. last_img read more

D’Tigers Beat Cameroon To Reach AfroBasket Semi Finals

first_imgPoints Per Quarter1st: Nigeria 25-18 Cameroon2nd: Nigeria 27-25 Cameroon3rd: Nigeria 23-27 Cameroon4th: Nigeria 31-21 Cameroon More to follow shortly…RelatedD’Tigers Defeat Senegal To Reach AfroBasket FinalSeptember 15, 2017In “National Team”2017 Afrobasket: D’Tigers Edge Past Côte d’Ivoire To Begin Title Defence With A VictorySeptember 8, 2017In “National Team”D’Tigers Get Date For 2021 Afrobasket Qualifying CampaignAugust 21, 2020In “BasketBall” D’Tigers of Nigeria have defeated Cameroon 106-91 to reach the semi final of the 2017 FIBA Afrobasket championships.Team captain, Ike Diogu yet again led the scoring with 28pts, while the pair of Ikechukwu Nwamu and Bryant Mbamalu provided 25pts and 22pts respectively.Nigeria proved too strong for their Cameroonian counterpart as the coach Alex Nwora led team became the first side to reach 100 points at the 2017 AfroBasket.last_img read more

Spanish La Liga Review (Monday): Deportivo, Espanyol Secure Important Victories

first_imgDeportivo La Coruna and Espanyol recorded vital victories in their quest to preserve their league status at the end of the season.Deportivo came from a goal down to beat Las Palmas 3-1 courtesy goals from Celso Borges (2) and Lucas Perez (penalty) after Loic Remy had given the hosts a 7th minute lead while Gerard Moreno scored the only goal of the game to give Espanyol a 1-0 win over Real Betis.The win was enough to take Espanyol six places upward into the top 10 while Real Betis stay in 8th spot despite the defeat. Deportivo on the other hand also stay in 16th position despite their win over Las Palmas, who remain in the relegation zone.ResultsLas Palmas 1-3 Deportivo La CorunaEspanyol 1-0 Real BetisRelatedlast_img

ICE 2017 Competitions’ take centre stage from 7-9 February

first_img StumbleUpon Share Submit ICE London confirms double digit attendance increase April 10, 2018 Share Clarion Gaming the event organisers of ICE 2017 (7-9 February at London Excel), global gaming’s biggest industry conference have set up a number of ‘challenges’ for attending show delegates in order to maximise coverage of product, services and new technologies.Following the popularity of last year’s ‘Operator Challenge’ and ‘Game To Watch’ Competitions, Clarion Gaming returns the format, adding a further new ‘ICE VOX Prophet’ competition.Parties interested in competing in these challenges have been asked to submit applications to Nicola Mackay ([email protected]) by 9 January (entry closing date).Below is the official breakdown of ICE 2017 CompetitionsSupplier ChallengeThe Operator Challenge is back for the third year! A panel of operators will discuss the top 5 iGaming challenges and 5 selected suppliers will each have 5 minutes to present their solutions to those challenges.Think you have solutions to one of the top iGaming challenges? Suppliers who would like to enter are asked to submit proposals to address one or more of the Challenges.Download the entry form hereICE VOX Prophets (NEW!)As part of the ICE VOX 2017 BetMarkets programme, Clarion Gaming introduces this brand new challenge. What will the future of betmarkets look like? Got your own ideas? Submit your proposal to become an ICE VOX Prophet!Five ICE VOX Prophets will be selected to make their predictions for the future of the gaming industry in just 5 minutes. Clarion Gaming invite the audience to give their opinion and then they will vote on which predictions they believe most likely to come true.Download your entry form hereGame to Watch Competition Our annual Game to Watch Competition is back! Entries are open to indie game developers from around the globe. Accompanied by Happy Hour Drinks, the competition will take place right on the exhibition floor with the winner announced live at the show!Have you developed (or are you in the process of developing) the next big thing in gaming? This is your chance to be one of only 5 developers who will get 5 minutes to pitch to the world’s gaming decision makers!Download your entry form here Related Articles OPTIMA – the choice for those who want to lead and be different February 16, 2018 Dan Towse: Marathonbet – Trust fading as brands turn to influencers November 21, 2019last_img read more

Matchbook secures Jockey Club multi-race title sponsorship

first_img UKGC lifts Matchbook suspension August 12, 2020 Share UKGC suspended Matchbook licence over AML & Risk assessment failures April 8, 2020 Mark Brosnan ends Matchbook CEO tenure  May 19, 2020 Submit Share Mark BrosnanOnline betting exchange Matchbook ( has expanded its presence within UK racing by agreeing a multi-race title sponsorship with British racecourse operaor The Jockey Club.Announcing the partnership, Matchbook marketing detailed that the exchange had secured title sponsorship of 16 fixtures at Sandown Park and Kempton Park racecourses. Furthermore, Matchbook will sponsor a number of Jockey Club syndicated races at Kempton throughout 2017.The blue-chip sponsorships under the terms of the deal are the Imperial Cup day at Sandown Park on 11th March, and the Brigadier Gerard Raceday at Sandown Park on 25th May, which features the Group Three Brigadier Gerard Stakes and Group Three Henry II Stakes.The Jockey Club has been allowed to sanction Matchbook as a title sponsor for its racing events, as the operator is part of UK racing’s ‘Authorised Betting Partner’ (ABP) scheme.Mark Brosnan, CEO of Matchbook, commented on the sponsorship: “These sponsorships are part of Matchbook’s commitment to be the betting exchange for horse racing with consistently standout pricing on favourites every day in UK and Irish racing.“It’s important to us, and our customers, that every horse racing bet with Matchbook contributes to the future growth of British Horseracing and being an ABP is just one of the ways we can demonstrate our commitment to the sport.”Phil White, London Region Director for the Jockey Club backed Brosnan positive comments, stating;“We warmly welcome Matchbook as our new partner for these important fixtures at Kempton Park and Sandown Park Racecourses,”“We were delighted to be able to sign this deal and expand our relationship on account of their status as an ABP of British Racing and look forward to exciting renewals of these prestigious races.” StumbleUpon Related Articleslast_img read more