National Training Centre to undergo transformation

first_imgGuyana Football Federation (GFF) President Wayne Forde said that the National Training Centre at Providence will undergo a transformation to be converted into a dormitory which will aid in preparation of the respective national programmes. This was disclosed at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston following the official signing of the developmental MoU with the Denmark Football Association.Speaking to media operatives Forde said, “The next phase of work at Providence will be the conversion of the building into dorms, we submitted the applications already to the FIFA Development Department, we are awaiting the approval and once that is done we are optimistic that we will have the approval before 2019 and you will see an aggressive construction programme take place which will see that building converted into a dorm.”Howard Mc Intosh He added, “The priority now is to convert the building into a functioning dorm with a kitchen, washroom and shower and all of that. We are putting in seating capacity, temporary portable seating capacity of  1000 which will subsequently move when we finalize the design for other MA grounds.  “I would say by the end of the first quarter of 2020 we should have the venue to the state which we would like to describe as functional to host competitions there.”The facility, which was official commissioned  May 13th 2019, is being constructed in two phases.  The first phase of the project was the installation of the artificial turf. The second phase will witness infrastructure such as stands, lights, beach, Futsal training pitches, mini pitches and an administrative centre for the headquarters of the GFF being erected. Former head of the GFF Normalization Committee, Clinton Urling, had brokered an agreement between the GFF and the Eccles/Ramsburg Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) for the location and was granted a 30-year lease for the land.  Meanwhile Howard McIntosh, CONCACAF Senior Project Manager, disclosed that the confederation is in the process of initiating several projects that will be beneficial to the region, especially the emerging nations within the Caribbean. He revealed, “The work has already started in terms of putting in place the way that many of the countries like Guyana will benefit. FIFA has already put an expensive programme in place through the FIFA Forward Programme and CONCACAF has put a programme in place through the One CONCACAF programme.“What is going to happen over the next couple of months will see strategic planning there for 2030 which will be taking you past the World Cup”, adding, “It clearly sets out all the plans CONCACAF has in relation to the World Cup and beyond. It’s not about going up to the World Cup it’s what takes place beyond and I cans say with confidence everyone will be happy in terms of many of the things that will be implemented for countries like Guyana and the rest of the region.”last_img read more

Harrell scores 34 as Clippers rout Pelicans

first_img(Field Level Media) Montrezl Harrell scored 24 of his 34 points in the second half, and the Los Angeles Clippers rolled to a 134-109 victory over the visiting New Orleans Pelicans last  night. Harrell, who also collected 12 rebounds, connected on 13 of 18 shots to tie a career-high in scoring. Kawhi Leonard had 26 points, Lou Williams added 19 and Paul George finished with 18 points as the Clippers captured their fifth consecutive win.Brandon Ingram scored 24 points to lead the Pelicans. Jrue Holiday had 18 points, while E’Twaun Moore contributed 17 points. Former Clipper J.J. Redick scored 12.A layup by Jaxson Hayes pulled the Pelicans within 86-80 with 4:53 remaining in the third. However, the Clippers closed the quarter on a 14-7 surge for a 100-87 lead heading into the fourth. Harrell had 12 points in the third. A 14-4 run to start the fourth allowed the Clippers to bury the Pelicans. New Orleans got no closer than 16 the rest of the way.The Clippers dominated the opening half. They raced out to a 40-27 edge after one quarter and increased the advantage to 62-37 after a 3-pointer by George with 5:55 remaining in the second. The Pelicans sliced the gap to 13 before the Clippers took a 72-56 lead at the break.Los Angeles converted 12 of 25 (48 percent) of 3-pointers to 8 of 22 (36.4 percent) for New Orleans in the first half. Overall, the Clippers hit 16 of 42 3-pointers (38.1 percent) to 13 of 40 (32.5 percent) for the Pelicans. Los Angeles committed just six turnovers to nine for New Orleans.The win allowed the Clippers to avenge a 132-127 setback on Nov. 14 at New Orleans in George’s season debut. Leonard sat out the contest to rest a sore knee.The Pelicans were playing the second end of back-to-back contests, falling 128-120 at the Utah Jazz on Saturday. New Orleans played without forward Derrick Favors (back spasms) and Josh Hart (ankle).last_img read more

Butcher expects Pride to play well

first_img(Barbados Nation) One of the Barbados Pride cricket selectors expects the team to do very well in the upcoming Professional Cricket League regional four-day competition. Roland Butcher, a former England Test cricketer, is confident about the team’s chances after observing the recent trial matches.“I am seeing a good blend of experience and some very talented youth players. I would expect that Barbados should do very well this year but they will have to play very well because every team will be trying to win the competition,” he told NATION SPORT.The 2020 first-class season will begin on January 9 with Guyana Jaguars defending the title they have won for the past five seasons.last_img

Everest, UG register wins

first_imgEverest Cricket Club (ECC) and the University of Guyana (UG) yesterday registered season-opening wins in the New Building Society (NBS) forty overs second division tournament.   Everest hosted Bel Air Rubis and got around the visitors by 136 runs. Everest batted first and made 300 – 4 from their allotted 40 overs with Richie Looknauth (93) falling seven short of a century.Former West Indies youth player Amir Khan (72) and Ushardev Balgobin (57) also posted half-centuries in the runs feast.  Bel-Air in response was restricted to 164-7 when their overs expired. Arvinda Gainda (58) notched up a fifty in the unsuccessful run chase. He got support from Krishna Deosarran (34) as Ariel Tilku nabbed 3-24 to complete the win.   Meanwhile, over at the Queen’s College ground, UG defeated Diplomats by six runs. UG batted first and made 134 before being dismissed in the 20th over. Yoginda Singh (54) led the batting effort as seamers Shane Browne (5-22) and Rayson Gill (4-56) shared six wickets between them. Diplomats were then dismissed for 128 in response with skipper Nigel Simpson making 38 as crucial spells from Pravindralall Persaud (4-24) and Yekini Favourite (4-28) sealed the win.last_img read more

High Court quashes appointment of Cricket Ombudsman -says Gossai

first_imgHigh Court Judge Justice Fidela Corbin yesterday quashed the appointment of Stephen Lewis as Guyana’s Cricket Ombudsman. “This is a significant milestone for the better administration of cricket in Guyana,” attorney Arudranauth Gossai told Stabroek Sport following the ruling at the Georgetown High Court. Attorney Gossai, who represents the Berbice Cricket Board, hailed the ruling as a triumph for those concerned cricket stakeholders who have long called for a swift resolution to the administrative cricket impasse locally. “It means that the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) cannot hold an election until the appointment in a proper and fair manner of a Cricket Ombudsman,” Gossai emphasised. Lewis was initially appointed as the Cricket Ombudsman in May 2018 by the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) but his appointment was challenged in the High Court by the Berbice Cricket Board.However, Lewis, an attorney by profession, was reappointed to the post by Minister with responsibility for Sports, Dr George Norton in March 2019 under section 17 of the Act. Lewis’ bias was called into question since it was established that he works with the same law firm which represents a fraction of cricket stakeholders who are involved in a number of ongoing court matters. Earlier in the year, Justice Fidela Corbin granted an interim injunction barring Lewis from executing his duties following reports of an election by the Guyana Cricket Board. The application was filed in the High Court in April 2019 by Gossai who was later forced to approach the High Court with a supplementary affidavit in Berbice after the Cricket Ombudsman issued a notice in one of the local newspapers on January 1, 2020, that he will be performing his duties. Now that all avenues have been legally exhausted in the Cricket Administration Act, Gossai advised that “the Minister of Sports and the President of the Cricket West Indies would now have to appoint a new Ombudsman.  “But at the moment the Act has been suspended by the Court of Appeal by consent between the Attorney General and Messrs Sanasie and Kalladeen.” Gossai has since filed submissions to quash that consent order and is awaiting the decision of the Court of Appeal.last_img read more

Raina calls on BCCI to lift overseas T20 ban

first_imgMUMBAI, (Reuters) – India’s 2011 World Cup-winning batsman Suresh Raina has called on the country’s cricket board (BCCI) to lift its ban on players participating in overseas Twenty20 leagues. The BCCI does not allow active players to sign for franchise-based leagues outside the country in a bid to protect the prestige of its own Indian Premier League (IPL), which attracts many of the world’s top cricketers.Raina said there were many active Indian players left on the sidelines of the lucrative annual T20 tournament who were also being denied the chance to play abroad.“I hope the BCCI can get together with the ICC (International Cricket Council) or with franchises and allow players who don’t have BCCI contracts to play in overseas leagues,” Raina said during an Instagram chat with his former India team-mate Irfan Pathan. “I feel there are a lot of players, including Yusuf (Pathan), myself, Robin Uthappa – a lot of quality players who can go overseas and learn a lot, no matter which league it is.”Once considered an automatic selection for India’s limited-overs sides, Raina played 226 one-dayers and 78 T20 internationals but has not worn the blue jersey since July 2018.An aggressive left-handed batsman and a part-time off-spinner, Raina is also known for his electric fielding and was part of the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side that won the 50-overs World Cup at home in 2011. The 33-year-old is also a key member of Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings side in the IPL, which has seen its 2020 season postponed indefinitely due the novel coronavirus outbreak.“We aren’t in the BCCI contracts list, some of us don’t have IPL contracts, we aren’t playing international cricket, and the competition in domestic cricket isn’t what it is at the international level,” Raina said.“If we can get three months of quality cricket, whether it’s the CPL (Caribbean Premier League) or the Big Bash (League) or any league, it can help us stay ready. Players from other countries are able to play in these leagues, and a lot of them have made international comebacks after doing well in them. “We play the IPL, but if these people (BCCI selectors) have a pool of 40-50 players, they think those outside it aren’t good enough or are past it, and neglect them. We don’t have a Plan B.“If we go overseas and perform, our cricket will improve and we’ll get to learn a lot.”last_img read more

Hennie Blaauw: How Yggdrasil keeps pushing the boundaries on game design

first_img Related Articles Share Hennie Blaauw, Yggdrasil Gaming’s Creative Art Lead, discusses the process of creating a brand new title for the slot market and the freedom that the team has in the development.What’s the process for the design of a brand new game at Yggdrasil? How much input do you have? Does the design fit around the mathematics?Every game starts with the design of features and mathematics in mind. Some games will have a loose concept or theme attached to it when it gets handed over to our team.We have a lot of input and freedom when it comes to the visual design of each game. We look at the features and find the best way to bring them to life, in the most visually exciting way possible. Our graphics department consists of talented individuals with a wide variety of art styles, so we start by creating concept art in various styles and then we select the final look for each game. Once the static art has been approved, we start the animation process.Our team in Poland then begins the development process. We are able to play the games while we build them, creating visual effects and seeing those animations in-game just moments later. That allows us to make adjustments and improvements very quickly.What are you particularly pleased at with Monkey King? Has anything surprised you during its development?From a visual perspective, Monkey King is one of our most beautiful games to date. We were able to take the Chinese-inspired theme and put our own spin on it, and came up with something that makes our game stand out from others in the industry. The game features a lot of visual effects and both 2D and 3D animation. It was a huge achievement from our development team to incorporate all the FX and animations into the game.What role does sound play in the game design?The sound design for Monkey King is our favourite to date. Music contributes heavily to the overall gameplay experience, sound effects convey action, and the music expresses emotion. Monkey King is based on the Chinese legend Journey to the West, and the music contributed to the epic feel of the game.How do you approach the challenge of designing for different sized screens? Desktop/tablet/mobile?When we start the design process we take into account that our games will be played on all devices, so we try to design interfaces and game panels that will be able to work in portrait and landscape modes. For the most part, our graphics and animations stay the same. We simply design new control panel elements for mobile devices.In addition, we try to design visual effects that will be able to run on mobile. Our experienced development team helps us overcome these obstacles.Do people underestimate the power of a well-designed game?A successful online slot features amazing gameplay, exciting features and stunning graphics and sound. These should all combine to give the player a fantastic experience. We are only as good as our last game, and the whole team works hard to raise the bar on every one we design.Our games are getting bigger and bigger and it’s a challenge for our designers, artists and animators. But we embrace this challenge and we keep pushing the boundaries of our HTML5 network. We design games that can rival any type of game, not just slots, so we approach our concept art and animations like we would if we worked on an AAA title.Monkey King is a game that combines exciting features with stunning visuals and it features an amazing soundtrack. It raised the bar for us, and we hope for the industry in general.Yggdrasil Gaming is currently recruiting, with many opportunities in the field of graphic design. To discover the current vacancies, click here. StumbleUpon UKGC launches public consultation on slot design July 10, 2020 Share Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance  August 17, 2020 Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

iGaming Business appoints Square in the Air as PR lead

first_img Share Submit Mobile Carrier Billing: Gambling operators could be losing up to 70% of revenues July 8, 2020 Stoiximan dominates first-ever Betarades Greek Bookmaker Awards January 24, 2020 Shona ODonnellIndustry news publication and events organiser iGaming Business, has announced that it has a signed public relations and marketing agency agreement with Square in the Air to lead PR for its corporate events portfolio.The communications led agreement will see Square in the Air become official PR partner for leading iGaming Business events including the iGaming Super Show, as well as the iGB Affiliate event series which includes the Berlin Affiliate Conference, the London Affiliate Conference and the Amsterdam Affiliate Conference.iGaming Business’ head of operations Shona ODonnell commented: “We are delighted to have signed Square in the Air as the official PR partner for iGaming Business’ biggest events.“We know the SITA team well, having worked alongside a number of their clients, and formalising our relationship with the industry’s leading PR agency is certain to be beneficial for both sides.”Square in the Air director Robin Hutchison added: “iGaming Business is one of the most respected information sources in the industry, while its events are some of the few must-attend dates on the gaming calendar. Share SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUponlast_img read more

Inspired announces Greek VLT rollout with OPAP in 2017

first_img Share Share Submit Greek retail closures rock OPAP Q1 performance June 11, 2020 OPAP delivers on Athens children’s hospital CSR projects July 6, 2020 SAZKA confident of European comeback as assets weather COVID-19 storm June 12, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Inspired has announced that it will be soon be starting the rollout of its video lottery terminal (VLT) cabinets with Greek betting and lottery operator OPAP S.A (OPAP).Following the formal announcement of new VLT regulations by the Hellenic Gaming Commission, OPAP has deemed that all appropriate conditions are now in place to allow it to restart plans for the operation of VLT products in Greece.The new regulations have established a comprehensive institutional framework that secures public interest and public revenues, and at the same time allows the economic viability of the VLT business for OPAP and its partners.As one of only four VLT suppliers to OPAP, Inspired Gaming Group will provide 3,960 VLT cabinets across the extensive OPAP retail network in 2017. OPAP holds an exclusive 10-year license to operate in the country, which started in 2011.Luke Alvarez, CEO of Inspired Gaming Group, commented: “Inspired is delighted by this week’s announcement that a fully regulated VLT operation is now in place in Greece. This news will enable us to commence the rollout of our VLT cabinets in 2017; a significant and exciting moment both for the landscape of the gaming market in Greece, and for Inspired.“We are proud to be one of only four suppliers to OPAP, one of Europe’s most established and respected operators, and look forward to a successful and long-term business partnership.”last_img read more

Harbaugh not ready to anoint Rice ‘the guy’ in 2014

first_imgThe hiring of Gary Kubiak as the Ravens’ new offensive coordinator has been overwhelmingly praised by most experts, but what it means for veteran running back Ray Rice remains to be seen.Known to prefer bigger backs with better downhill ability in his days with Houston and Denver, Kubiak didn’t go out of his way to single out the three-time Pro Bowl selection with praise at his introductory press conference as Rice will need to rebound from the worst season of his career. The former Texans head coach didn’t say Rice wouldn’t be his feature back, either, but 2014 will clearly be a crossroads in the 2008 second-round pick’s career.“If they’ll get downhill, we’ll do fine,” said Kubiak when asked to describe what kind of back he prefers in his system. “[They’ve had] some great running backs here that have been very successful. We told John [Harbaugh] we think they fit what we do very well. It’s our job now to go teach our system and get them comfortable with it. But, it always gets back to doing what your players do best. We’ve assured John that’s what we’ve got to do; that’s what we’ve got to go find out.”Harbaugh made it clear on Friday that he expects to see a lighter Rice after he rushed for just 660 yards and averaged a career-worst 3.1 yards per carry this past season while dealing with the effects of a hip flexor strain suffered in Week 2. Of course, Rice wasn’t the only Baltimore running back to struggle as Bernard Pierce averaged just 2.9 yards per attempt in his second NFL season and underwent rotator cuff surgery earlier this weeek.Entering the third season of a five-year, $40 million contract signed in 2012, Rice is assured of a roster spot in 2014 because cutting him would be more costly to the salary cap in dead money than it is to keep him, but the 27-year-old will need to prove himself worthy of being the starter like virtually everyone on an offense that finished 29th in the NFL last season.“I think Ray’s determined to be the best he can ever be, and I know Gary likes Ray,” Harbaugh said in an exclusive interview with WNST.net. “It’s going to be up to all our players. Everybody’s going to have to come in and prove themselves. I’m not going to sit here and anoint anybody ‘the guy.’“Ray Rice is a heck of a back in this league, but Ray has said — and I totally agree — that he can’t be playing at 216 pounds. He was 207 [pounds], I think, his first year. He’s not gotten fat, [but] he’s gotten thick through all the weightlifting. We’ve got to find a different way to train Ray.”Rice vowed at the end of the season to come back in the best shape of his life, but it’s difficult to explain how much his poor production can be attributed to health and poor conditioning, the struggles of the offensive line, and even the reality of Father Time as he enters his seventh season at a position where the shelf life generally isn’t very long.The Rutgers product also carried the ball an incredible 910 times in three seasons for the Scarlet Knights, which is additional wear on his legs that can’t be dismissed when looking at his entire body of work. Rice often dealt with defenders in the backfield as soon as he took the handoff in 2013, but he wasn’t able to show the same overall elusiveness while averaging a career-worst 5.5 yards per reception and ranking 34th in the NFL in yards after contact.Harbaugh knows Rice has plenty to prove in 2014, but the head coach isn’t doubting the back’s ability if he puts in the work this offseason.“Was he in the greatest shape of his life? No, he said he wasn’t,” Harbaugh said. “That’s on Ray. You’ve got to come back in the greatest shape of your life every year, especially as you get older. The older you get, the harder you’ve got to work. That’s just the way to keep even and give yourself a chance. Ray knows that. He’s going to have to come back in the greatest shape of his life. If he does that, I would not bet against Ray Rice.”To listen to the entire interview with Ravens coach John Harbaugh from Radio Row in New York, click HERE.last_img read more