Caribbean players earn significantly less in MLS

first_imgCaribbean football players in Major League Soccer (MLS) are paid significantly less than their counterparts from other regions, despite the fact that many have been integral to their teams’ success. This, according to a report Wednesday in the Trinidad Guardian that said that no Caribbean player will be among the best paid in the league this season.In what has been an ongoing issue for some time, the Guardian reported, MLS clubs often point to the relative lack of experience among their Caribbean players, who are also believed to be hindered by the belief that they have no reputation of excelling outside the MLS.“I think when it comes to the Caribbean player it is all about market value perception,” said Damani Ralph, a Jamaican-born agent and former MLS player. “People will only offer you what you will accept. We have a right to say no to an offer, but if we say no, where else do we go? That is the problem for the Caribbean player.”According to the Guardian report, England-born Jamaica international Simon Dawkins, a designated player with San Jose Earthquakes, is the highest paid Caribbean national in MLS. His guaranteed compensation for 2017 is $800,000. Dawkins is followed by Orlando City SC’s Giles Barnes, another England-born member of the Reggae Boyz, who is assured $781,250 this season.Kaka…the highest paid player in the MLSTrinidad and Tobago’s Kenwyne Jones, who plays for Atlanta United FC, is guaranteed $413,333.33, while his compatriot Kevin Molino of Minnesota United FC is due $402,504. Rounding out the Caribbean’s top five is Jamaica’s Darren Mattocks of Portland Timbers. He will earn at least $316,666.67 this season.“Look in every one of the MLS teams where there is, and I’m being specific, a Jamaican player, three quarters of us that’s in a MLS team are starting in our team, and, you know, that alone says a lot about it,” said Jamaica international Kemar Lawrence of the New York Red Bulls.“So they respect us, but I don’t think the respect is where it needs to be same way. It has to do with salary. Because look at the way they pay any European player that is coming in.”The numbers support Lawrence’s claim. Toronto FC’s Sebastian Giovinco of Italy is guaranteed US $7,115,555.67 this season and the highest paid MLS player is Brazilian Kaka of Orlando City, who is guaranteed $7,167,500 this season.Ralph believes the environment has to change before Caribbean players can begin to benefit.“Once we can find a market to give the players an opportunity (things will improve),” he said.Meantime, the players will have to continue to endure until those opportunities become reality but it doesn’t make it easier for them to deal with.“It is what it is,” said Lawrence. “If it continues to change then maybe over time we can continue to be that big input that sparks the big changes. The league overall can do a lot better in the way, financially, they pay the players coming from the Caribbean. Because I think like if we compare what we get to some players that not even getting on the field sometimes, it’s a big joke.”last_img read more

READ MORE

Success of Big Ship Music Festival Generates 2020 Staging

first_imgPHOTO CREDIT – GAIL ZUCKER PORT CHARLOTTE, Florida – After an enthusiastic response to its maiden voyage, the Big Ship Music Festival will return to Port Charlotte in northwest Florida next year.Promoter Freddie McGregor has confirmed July 4, 2020, as the date for the second staging of the festival at Port Charlotte Fairgrounds.The inaugural show took place at the Fairgrounds on July 6 and drew an encouraging 1,000 fans. McGregor, fellow singers Marcia Griffiths, Everton Blender, Glen Washington, Hopeton Lindo and Perfect Giddimani were the performers.“There were many highlights, from the setting-up of the venue to all the performances. I think the real highlight was Everton Blender’s performance,” said McGregor.The veteran artist said he chose Port Charlotte as the location for his latest crack at show promotion, because of its closeness to Tampa, Fort Myers and Naples, cities with strong Jamaican and West Indian populations.In addition, Port Charlotte, which has a population of just over 50,000 people, does not see a lot of reggae activity.McGregor is no stranger to show promotion, having produced events in South Florida, Los Angeles and his native Clarendon parish in Jamaica.It was the second show within 10 days for McGregor and Griffiths, who live in South Florida. They performed at Lauderhill Performing Arts Center on June 29.Currently promoting the single, Jah Is on My Mind, McGregor is set to tour the United States East Coast and Canada in August.last_img read more

READ MORE

Grammy-Award Winners Morgan Heritage to Release New Album and Video

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – Gramps, Peetah and Mr. Mojo are the holy trinity comprising the iconic reggae based, Grammy-winning family band Morgan Heritage.Their brand new album, ‘Loyalty’, was created across several continents and completed in unorthodox fashion with the three brothers all in different locations – Mojo in Kenya focusing on the group’s philanthropic efforts, Gramps travelling the world healing people with the Masaya CBD products created by his wife Dr. Annabelle Manalo, and Peetah in Miami anchoring the production.This meant utilizing technology to bring them together virtually in one studio to orchestrate the finishing touches to their new masterpiece.Twelfth studio record‘Loyalty’ is the trio’s twelfth studio record and is set for release in August on their CTBC (Cool To Be Conscious) Music Group label in partnership with Membran.Known worldwide for their riveting stage presence and exciting showmanship, Morgan Heritage is scheduled to travel globally from Africa to Europe, North to South America and beyond during 2019 and 2020.Their itinerary not only embodies the group’s global citizenship but is a testament to the sibling’s embrace of unifying cultures that is prominent in their music, with the brothers stating: “The new album showcases the universal state of Reggae and Jamaican music today. Our music is not one dimensional and we’re not loyal to one dimension of the music, rather we’re loyal to our genre.”Eclectic fusion of sounds Personified by an impressive discography with each release displaying the eclectic fusion of sounds that have influenced each member, including Reggae, Rock, Hip-Hop, Jazz, R&B and Afrobeat, the common thread throughout has been authentic original Reggae.‘Loyalty’ can certainly be defined as a globetrotting work of art and offers 16 diverse songs produced by Morgan Heritage with co-production from fellow GRAMMY award winners such as Jerry Wonda, Jason ‘J-Vibe’ Farmer, Shane Brown and Aston Barrett Jr.The album also features star-studded appearances from African superstars Diamond Platnumz, Stonebwoy and Patoranking, Reggae Rock stars Pepper and Iration, Dancehall sensation Popcaan, plus the voice of Emmy Award-winning journalist and broadcaster Jeff Koinange on the album intro track.‘Loyalty’ truly delivers the Morgan Heritage sound that fans recognize as ‘Rockaz’, the outstanding production embracing instrumental breaks that allow individual artists to shine in their own right while still being geared towards further elevating the music.The lyrical prowess of the songs will also captivate listeners, touching on love on ‘All For You’, social commentary on ‘The Awakening’, relationships on ‘Pay Attention’, while also including motivational songs such as ‘The World is Yours’.They embrace and pay homage to their African and Jamaican roots with the hard-hitting ‘Africa x Jamaica’, while the gentle, acoustic ‘Home’ is an ode to all travelling parents who work hard for their families and was actually penned on Father’s Day by Mr. Mojo and his son Esh.The video – Beach and CountryTJugglerz, Haegi and Morgan Heritage produced the video related to the song, Beach And Country. The video was filmed on location in Sao Vicente, Cape Verde and directed by Mojo Morgan & Adilson Ramos.The group says; “‘Beach And Country’ is a song to take away musically any time of the year to a tropical oasis. Music has a way to contribute to our emotions and we hope our new single takes everyone on a journey down memory lane for those that don’t live in a tropical destination.” The new video for ‘Beach And Country’ with the album pre-order became available July 12.last_img read more

READ MORE

West Indies Captain Carlos Brathwaite Expects Stern T20 Test from India

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – West Indies T20 captain Carlos Brathwaite is expecting a stern challenge from India when the two sides meet in the US for their upcoming Twenty20 series.The Windies will meet India in the first T20 in Lauderhill, Florida on Saturday and then again on Sunday. The third and final T20 will be played on August 6 in Jamaica.In recounting the last time the two teams met in the US, Brathwaite said the contests were fiercely contested, with 400 runs being scored in one game.“I’m expecting similar fight, similar grit, similar competition between the two teams. Obviously, West Indies and India have had good battles in the past and I expect nothing less in the two games in Florida,” the skipper said.West Indies’ T20 skipper Carlos Brathwaite is expecting some fiercely contested matches against IndiaBrathwaite said he was excited to have the services of Sunil Narine and Kieron Pollard at his disposal and would be counting on their knowledge and experienceThe two Trinidadians were recalled to the 14-man squad after a hiatus from the regional outfit.“They are two leaders in the dressing room and it’s a joy to have them back with their vast experience and ability. They are winners – both have won the ICC T20 World Cup for West Indies and they have also won franchise tournaments around the world, including the Caribbean Premier League.“So, we are hoping to portray that positive flair and brand of cricket and for them to share their knowledge and ideas and also bring that energy to the team,” Brathwaite added.The skipper said he was also looking forward to the addition of newcomer Anthony Bramble.He said the exciting wicketkeeper/batsman was exactly what the West Indies were looking for.“We needed a second keeper … Shai Hope has been rested and Nicholas Pooran has been elevated to the lead keeper for this series … so, Bramble came into the reckoning and I’m happy to see him get an opportunity.“We wanted to find someone who is young and who can fit into the role. He led the West Indies B Team and he also plays all three formats. He had some performances in Canada and from all reports his performances were good. If he does get a chance to express himself and show the world why he was the man selected to do the job,” Brathwaite said.last_img read more

READ MORE

Jamaican-Born Designer D’Marsh Couture Joins COVID-19 Fight By Donating Masks

first_imgDesigner Glenroy March (in black) pose with the frontline workers at Brooklyn Hospital after making the donation. House of D’Marsh had its genesis in Spring 2003 when designer Glenroy March launched his Spring collection during Caribbean Fashion Week in Jamaica’s capital city, Kingston. This start gave rise to the pursuit of a passion by a talented Jamaican who would later go on to stun audiences not just locally but internationally. With an eye for detail and perfection, the New York-based March, honed his design skills at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts, obtaining practical experience while working in the costume department.  With a constant pulse on trends and new innovative combination, House of D’Marsh, seeks to marry sophistication with a fashion-forward sensibility. The House of D’Marsh has received numerous editorials in a variety of local and international fashion and consumer magazines. NEW YORK, NY – Jamaican-born designer Glenroy March and his fashion brand D’Marsh Couture has joined in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The staff expressed their gratitude to the Jamaican-born designer adding that the fashionable masks will certainly add color and brighten their day. For every mask sold, they will produce and distribute a mask and head covering to healthcare workers. Additionally, with your donation, they will produce and distribute head coverings and masks for healthcare workers.  Here’s how you can help D’Marsh continue its support of the frontline workers. Visit their website: www.dmarshcouture.com/store as the designer is partnering with Av Norden to design, produce, and distribute essential protective gear for frontline workers. D’Marsh and his team will make another donation in the coming weeks to Brooklyn Hospital which will comprise additional masks plus head covering, before moving on to other hospitals in the tri-state. Recently, the independent fashion designer presented healthcare workers at Brooklyn Hospital with a donation of masks to thank them for their service. About House of D’Marshlast_img read more

READ MORE

Senior Welsh Players Urge Their Manager To Stay After World Cup Heartbreak

first_imgSenior Welsh players including Real Madrid star Gareth Bale has called on manager Chris Coleman to stay beyond his contract next summer despite the team’s failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in RussiaTheir World Cup hopes were ended on Monday night after a 1-0 defeat by the Republic of Ireland at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.Coleman, 47, had previously revealed that this World Cup qualifying campaign would be the last one for him before stating that he was “not thinking about” his future when asked after the loss to their home nations rival.The former Fulham manager has been in charge since 2012 and he led the country to their first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup during last summer’s European Championship. He led  the team to a semifinal place before losing to eventual winners Portugal.Speaking on the future of their manager, defender Chris Gunter said:“Everyone in Wales, fans and players, would want to see him stay on, 100%.“He’s been a massive part of what we’ve done and he is the man to hopefully take us forward.“If the powers that be can give him a really good contract and make him stay, he can carry on being the greatest Welsh manager of all time.” he concluded.RelatedColeman Names 23-Man Squad For Upcoming World Cup QualifiersSeptember 28, 2017In “World Cup”I Have To Travel Abroad To Achieve My Champions League Ambitions – ColemanNovember 14, 2017In “Europe”Lawrence Strike Boosts Wales’ World Cup HopesOctober 6, 2017In “FIFA”last_img read more

READ MORE

UK High Court greenlights Aspers Southampton super casino

first_imgShare UK betting commits to new ‘five core’ safer gambling measures November 6, 2019 William Hill sells UK racing trackside betting network October 22, 2018 BetVictor affirms commitment to horse racing with Newcastle sponsorship November 28, 2018 Submit Share Related Articles StumbleUpon The governance of UK gambling operator Aspers Group (Aspers), states that it will go ahead with plans to build a fifth casino in Southampton (Hampshire), following its High Court win against a challenge brought by Global Gaming Ventures.Aspers, a joint venture between the Aspinall Family and Crown Resorts Australia plans to build a + US $500 million (£400 million) ‘super casino’ development on Southampton’s Royal Pier Waterfront.Southampton City Council had awarded the casino project bid to Aspers in March 2016. However, London-based Global Gaming Ventures contested the decision, stating that its bid had been unfairly rejected by the council as unlike Aspers it had already secured building permission for its site at the Hammerson shopping development.Last week the UK High Court ruled in favour of the City Council’s initial ruling for Aspers to win the casino contract. The decision allows for Aspers to build its fifth casino enterprise, adding to its existing properties of Milton Keynes, Newcastle, Stratford and Northampton.Aspers’ new venue will feature approximately 150 slot machines with 30 casino game tables, a dining room area, live entertainment suite and multiple bars. Aspers details that it will create +200 jobs for the city of Southampton.last_img read more

READ MORE

Betcartpartners offers new commission structure for affiliates

first_imgShare Betcart agrees new content partnership January 30, 2018 Share Ready for Amsterdam! Betcartpartners relaunches on Income Access July 12, 2017 StumbleUpon The ‘Real’ deal: Betcart teams up with the European champions September 26, 2017 Related Articles Submit Betcartpartners has demonstrated its commitment to long-term affiliate partners by introducing a ‘build your own commission’ structure.Introducing the new structure, Betcart said that partners will have the chance to “tell us what they want in terms of structure”, to support a unique ‘power program’ within the industry.Betcartpartners, which operates the newly upgraded sportsbook Betcart.com, will also assist affiliates with anything marketing related, for example with copying, design and dynamic banners.“Betcartpartners is serious about its affiliates and program, so we want to make sure that our affiliates have the best experience with all our products,” said Hamest Safaryan, Affiliate Manager.“Our strategy has been to introduce exclusive features, such as build your own commission structure, as well as build your own marketing material. With our multi-platform verticals, powered by the most trusted suppliers in the industry, our partners will get the best affiliate program tailored just for them.”Head of Marketing Natalie Berenato added: “We have collaborated with some of the most trusted and hi-tech suppliers in the industry to introduce new brands and verticals to the program.“The most important part that we want to put across is that we are serious about affiliates, so we are seeking for affiliates that are serious about working with us long term, not just for a ‘one off’ big promotional effort.”Betcartpartners was recently confirmed as the sponsor for the networking drinks at the first edition of the SBC Betting Forum, which will take place on 12 July at this year’s iGaming Super Show in Amsterdam.last_img read more

READ MORE

Betway backing AJ to unify the heavyweight division

first_imgShare Submit StumbleUpon “The New Zealander is viewed as a slightly easier bout than the Wilder one, though Carlos Takam showed that there are certainly no walkovers at this level, and we think Joshua will take on Parker before moving on to Wilder.“It’s 3/1 for Joshua to skip a shot at the WBO belt versus Parker and meet Wilder next, while a rematch with Dillian Whyte isn’t to be dismissed at 4/1. Related Articles “Though Wilder, who is expected to successfully defend his WBC title against Bermane Stiverne this weekend, looks more likely to take on Whyte before moving onto Joshua. Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020center_img Share Real Betis selects Betway as its official shirt sponsor August 10, 2020 ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 After successfully defending his World heavyweight titles on Saturday night, by stopping the admirably game Carlos Takam in 10 rounds, the speculation about what lies ahead for Britain’s Anthony Joshua has already begun. Whilst the latest videos of Tyson Fury in training will fuel the imagination of British fight fans that a 2018 super fight is possible. It appears that AJ is on a mission to unify the division, with WBO champion, Joseph Parker his likely next foe. Betway’s Alan Alger told SBC: “Though the Deontay Wilder fight is one that ‘has to happen’ according to Anthony Joshua, we think Joseph Parker is next on AJ’s hitlist at 6/4. “At the bigger prices, David Haye and Tyson Fury are both 20/1 shots. The Fury bout faces a few obvious hurdles, while Haye is some way down the pecking order for Joshua. Yes it would be a big money fight, drawing big crowds, but AJ needs belts at this stage of his career not one off paydays.”last_img read more

READ MORE

Intralot posts ‘steady’ 2017 trading eyeing new contract growth

first_img Intralot strengthens U*BET offering with virtual sports addition August 6, 2020 Intralot accelerates Nederlandse Loterij retail transformation July 29, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Intralot enhances Malta games offering with E*SOCCER launch July 13, 2020 Submit Presenting its year-to-date trading statement (period ending 30 September), Athens-listed industry gaming and lottery systems supplier Intralot SA has reported a strong corporate momentum, as the company reports growth across its core metrics.For its YTD performance, Intralot reports a consolidated group revenue increase of 13% to €1,085 billion.The company reported a strong Q3 sales performance in the US, assisted by growth within its new markets of Jamaica, Poland Morocco and Azerbaijan.Intralot reports a 10% increase in its YTD EBITDA of €137 million, despite the company recording a 12% decrease of its earnings % margin impacted by ‘lottery contract’ changes.Closing its trading period, Intralot governance declares total consolidated YTD group profits of €190 million. The company updates that as of November 2017, its corporate debt stands at €497 millionLast May, Intralot governance detailed that its was reviewing its strategic options to accelerate its growth in the markets of the USA and TurkeyUpdating investors INTRALOT Group CEO Antonios Kerastaris stated “Financial Results for the 9M2017 demonstrate steady progress in all three strategic goals set by the company, namely gains in Operational Performance, the implementation of M&A strategies to improve the profitability of our offering mix while facilitating investments in new products and projects, and Financial Profile Restructuring to secure long-term visibility. INTRALOT’s market potential has been manifestly recognized by the success of a 3x-oversubscribed €500m bond offering with 7 year maturity period in September 2017. This issue allowed INTRALOT to fully repay its syndicated loans to the Greek banking sector while the diverse mix of investors includes the majority of the highest caliber international investment houses and generates additional confidence and credibility for INTRALOT’s prospects.” Share Related Articleslast_img read more

READ MORE