Online campaign raises $19,000 for man to only listen to Nickleback for a week

first_imgCarey is giving updates about this test of endurance via Relevant Magazine: Oh, Nickelback, ever the source of comedic fodder for many of us. In the latest of absurd Nickelback stories (which range from two dudes being arrested for saying “Nickelback”, to crowdsource funding to prevent the band playing in London), Jesse Carey will listen to nothing but everyone’s favorite Vancouver, Canada band for one full week – that is 168 hours, just for the record – in order to raise money to build clean water wells for those without the most crucial element needed for life. The initial goal was to raise $10,000, but has reached almost $19,000 with 5 days to go. God Speed, Jesse!Here is some additional info from the charity:From February 16-23, Jesse will undergo the psychological endurance challenge of listening to the entire Nickelback catalog non-stop for a week straight in an effort to raise money for charity. Yes, that means while sleeping, working, even showering, he’ll be listening non-stop. Only a few days after announcing the idea, already thousands of dollars were raised to build wells through charity: water. Here the guys talk about why he’s doing it, and what he’s thinking now that the initial goals have been surpassed.You can get involved here: https://my.charitywater.org/NBChallengeCarey answered several questions with regards to the challenge, including the following:Question: Why 24/7 of Nickelback?Answer: Because it is the ultimate test of human endurance. I’m willing to put my personal health at risk for the challenge. Obviously, exposure to such a large quantity of Nickelback is very dangerous.Question: Jesse, have you consulted a doctor?Answer: Yes, several in fact. They have all said that such an endeavor could result in irreversible damage to my ears, brain, kidneys and soul.Question: Is listening to this much Nickelback even legal?Answer: To my understanding, most jurisdictions frown on listening to more than 4 Nickelback songs back-to-back. I have retained several lawyers in case some hot-shot prosecutor decides to press charges.last_img read more

Dominica on Business Insider’s best Caribbean islands list

first_img Share NEW YORK, United States, Monday February 29, 2016 – Business Insider described the Caribbean islands as “bursting with adventurous activities, clear waters, and stunning natural sites.” Yet while lauding the appeal of all the islands, the publication noted that “some have advantages over the others,” prompting it to rank them.The publication’s take on what constituted the best islands encompassed the cost of hotel bookings, the destination’s accessibility, and the range of activities available.The method used to rank the islands involved factoring in each island’s average hotel room costs using data from Hotels.com; the flight time from New York City; the number of attractions listed on TripAdvisor, and the amount of coastline offered per square kilometre, which Business Insider called the “beach density score.”In most instances, the publication defined a Caribbean island as a single country, republic, or territory in the region.Here’s how they placed:25. St Vincent and the GrenadinesDistance from NYC: 6 hoursAverage hotel room cost: $637 per nightLocated in the heart of the Caribbean Sea, the island chain of St Vincent and the Grenadines is made up of 32 islands and cays. The relatively deserted islands offer travellers a combination of rainforest adventures, water sports, luxury accommodations, and miles of powder-white sand beaches. Of the 115 activities offered to travellers, 59 of them are either stunning natural sites or parks. The island chain has a moderate beach-density score of 0.22.24. HaitiDistance from NYC: 7 hours and 45 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $107 per nightIn the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake, Haiti has undergone recovery efforts that have brought travellers back to the history-rich island. There are plenty of historic and picturesque attractions to see here, including the Musée du Panthéon National Haïtien and the Marche de Fer flea market. It has a low beach-density score of 0.06, indicating that it has relatively little beachfront compared to other Caribbean islands.23. AnguillaDistance from NYC: 5 hours and 2 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $412 per nightIn Anguilla, you’ll find miles of white sand and pristine waters — hence its high beach-density score of 0.67. With romantic beaches like Rendezvous Bay, this is a destination where you can swim and sunbathe year-round. Its list of activities range from swimming with dolphins to sailing on glass-bottom boats.22. GrenadaDistance from NYC: 6 hours and 10 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $206 per nightOnce the world’s most treasured source of exotic spices, Grenada aptly has earned the nickname of Spice Island. Today, it’s home to lush and mountainous terrain where you can fish, sail, hike, or bike. It has a modest beach-density score of 0.35 and 158 different activities that include diving with sharks and turtles.21. DominicaDistance from NYC: 5 hours and 55 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $134 per nightIn Dominica, visitors can do everything from relaxing in hot sulphur springs to swimming on black-sand beaches. The island’s volcanic terrain has created unique sites like the Champagne Reef, where geothermal bubbles make you feel like you’re swimming in a giant bottle of champagne. Plus, there are nearly 40 incredible diving sites to choose from, despite its relatively low beach-density score of 0.2.20. GuadeloupeDistance from NYC: 6 hours and 20 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $140 per nightGuadeloupe is an archipelago of islands where travellers will find 321 different activities to pick from. Its two main islands include Grande-Terre, where beach towns offer white sands and a variety of water activities, and the mountainous Basse-Terre, where you can visit the breathtaking Guadeloupe National Park. It has a low beach-density score of 0.19.19. British Virgin IslandsDistance from NYC: 5 hours and 29 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $278 per nightThe British Virgin Islands offer 204 different activities to travellers, with about 60 different islands to choose from. Check out the ruins and rum distilleries in Tortola, venture into underwater coves in Virgin Gorda, or enjoy a drink at a swim-up bar in Jost Van Dyke. You’ll also find some of the world’s best sailing spots in the British Virgin Islands, which have a high beach-density score of 0.53.18. Turks and CaicosDistance from NYC: 3 hours and 25 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $468 per nightTurks and Caicos has world-class hotels and stretches of uncrowded beaches. Providenciales is a popular travel destination for upscale vacationers, thanks to places like Grace Bay, which was just dubbed the best beach in the world by TripAdvisor users. Turks and Caicos is home to 118 outdoor activities alone, and it boasts a moderate beach-density score of 0.41.17. Trinidad and TobagoDistance from NYC: 4 hours and 55 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $185 per nightThe two islands that make up Trinidad and Tobago offer travellers top-notch bird-watching, diving, and rainforest-hiking opportunities. Trinidad is home to lush hills and a bustling nightlife, while Tobago has palm-lined beaches and a serene setting. In total, the islands boast 231 different cultural, natural, and recreational activities for travellers, despite their low beach-density score of 0.07.16. St LuciaDistance from NYC: 4 hours and 35 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $331 per nightIn St Lucia, you can experience modern sites and luxury resorts or delve into old plantations and hidden beaches. Its sulphur springs are ideal for DIY spa treatments, while intimate beaches like Anse Mamin give you the chance to experience your own private paradise. The island has 366 different activities and a low beach-density score of 0.26.15. MontserratDistance from NYC: 5 hours and 35 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $102 per nightIn Montserrat, you can explore stunning volcanoes, ruins, and pristine beaches. Check out all of its 19 attractions before enjoying a sunbath on one of its glistening beaches. The island also has the most affordable hotel rooms on our list. Montserrat has a moderate beach-density score of 0.39.14. Antigua and BarbudaDistance from NYC: 4 hours and 20 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $292 per nightIn Antigua, you’ll come across narrow roads and colourful villages filled with historic sites. Barbuda also has its charm, with reef-filled waters and a large bird population. There are 216 different activities to choose from and such a wide variety of beaches that you could visit a different one each day of the year and still not repeat yourself.13. MartiniqueDistance from NYC: 5 hours and 45 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $132 per nightMartinique is home to a striking variety of landscapes. Its capital, Fort-de-France, boasts a more urban feel, while its northern region has plenty of rain forests, mountains, and miles of beaches. It’s a paradise for outdoor lovers, with around 118 outdoor activities to indulge in. It’s also home to 25 historic landmarks, including the birthplace of Napoleon’s empress Josephine. It has a moderate beach-density score of 0.31.12. BarbadosDistance from NYC: 4 hours and 40 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $210 per nightWhether you’re in search of prime beach resorts, exhilarating nightlife, or breathtaking natural sites, you’ll find them in Barbados. Its capital, Bridgetown, is home to the Mount Gay Rum Distillery, which produces the world’s oldest brand of rum. On the west side, you’ll find calm waters ideal for swimming, while the east side boasts wild surf terrain. In total, there are 373 different activities for travellers, and it has a moderate beach-density score of 0.23.11. ArubaDistance from NYC: 4 hours and 20 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $270 per nightDespite a moderate beach-density score of 0.38, Aruba is one of the most popular Caribbean destinations, thanks to resorts that offer prime package deals and more than 350 different activities for visitors. The main town of Oranjestad is filled with pastel facades, landmarks, and shops, while the island’s outskirts are where you’ll find hidden beaches and beautiful vistas.10. St Kitts and NevisDistance from NYC: 4 hours and 10 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $257 per nightThe two-island nation of St Kitts and Nevis abounds with palm-fringed beaches, soaring mountains, and lush jungle terrain. There are 173 different activities here, which range from natural sites to historic attractions like sugar plantations. St Kitts hosts a more bustling atmosphere filled with nightlife venues and resorts, while Nevis offers a calmer atmosphere. The sister islands have a high beach-density score of 0.52.9. US Virgin IslandsDistance from NYC: 4 hours and 31 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $246 per nightThe main islands of the US Virgin Islands — St Croix, St John, and St Thomas — are home to historic colonial buildings, prime sailing, bustling shopping and nightlife, and hidden coves to explore. Although it has a low beach-density score of 0.1, it has 779 different activities to choose from and ferries that make island-hopping easy.8. Cayman IslandsDistance from NYC: 3 hours and 50 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $281 per nightThere are 443 different activities to choose from on the three islands of Cayman Islands. Grand Cayman is the largest and has a cosmopolitan feel to it, thanks to its array of gourmet restaurants, malls, and the beautiful Seven Mile Beach. Cayman Brac has some fantastic diving sights and plenty of serene trails. Little Cayman has uncrowded beaches and one of the world’s best wall dives at Bloody Bay Wall. The islands have a high beach-density score of 0.61.7. Saint BarthélemyDistance from NYC: 5 hours and five minutesAverage hotel room cost: $305 per nightSaint-Barthélemy (also known as St Barts or St Barths) has a variety of designer boutiques, fine-dining restaurants, and breathtaking scenery, like stunning mountains, green hills, and glistening bays. Most of its beaches remain crowd-free, making them the perfect place to unwind after exploring all of the 51 activities on the island. The island also has an incredibly high beach-density score of 1.52.6. JamaicaDistance from NYC: 3 hours and 45 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $220 per nightDespite a low beach-density score of 0.09, Jamaica is home to sandy beaches, bountiful banana groves, and 763 activities that range from hiking and bird-watching to snorkelling and shopping. Sample authentic Jamaican cuisine before heading to Rick’s Cafe in Negril, an iconic drinking institution known for its epic sunsets and cliffside views.5. The BahamasDistance from NYC: 2 hours and 55 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $328 per nightWith around 700 islands and incredible beachside properties, the Bahamas is paradise waiting to be explored. It was recently dubbed the No. 1 Caribbean destination for wealthy travellers, with around 703 activities. It has a moderate beach-density score of 0.26.4. CuracaoDistance from NYC: 4 hours and 30 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $171 per nightA favourite destination for divers, Curacao is also home to beaches with calm waters and 253 activities to choose from. Of those 253 activities, 75 are water sports alone. If you’re not a water enthusiast, try exploring the Hato Caves, an elaborate network of stalactites and stalagmites, or hiking the trails of the Christoffelpark. Curacao has a high beach-density of 0.82.3. St Martin/Sint MaartenDistance from NYC: 3 hours and 55 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $202 per nightSt Martin is split into two sides: the Dutch half of Sint Maarten, which is filled with bustling nightlife, shopping centres, and gleaming beaches; and the French half of St Martin, which has a quieter ambience, with white-sand beaches and charming mountainside scenery. The island has a very high beach-density score of 1.09 and 388 different activities to enjoy.2. Dominican RepublicDistance from NYC: 3 hours and 40 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $184 per nightThe Dominican Republic is home to some of the Caribbean’s most diverse landscapes of mountains, desert terrain, colonial buildings, and beaches. There are a whopping 1,036 activities to choose from here, despite its low beach-density score of 0.03. Indulge in prime seafood at its beachfront bars or witness four of the five highest peaks in the Caribbean that rise above Santiago.1. Puerto RicoDistance from NYC: 2 hours and 40 minutesAverage hotel room cost: $183 per nightPuerto Rico takes the No. 1 spot thanks to its affordable hotel rates and a staggering 1,056 activities travellers can enjoy. Despite its low beach-density score of 0.04, it’s home to tropical terrain that has helped it earn its “Island of Enchantment” name. (Business Insider) Tweet Sharing is caring! 399 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share LocalNews Dominica on Business Insider’s best Caribbean islands list by: – February 29, 2016 Sharelast_img read more

Nishikori’s win over Raonic not enough to send Japan past Canada

first_imgJapan failed to book its second consecutive quarterfinal berth after beating the Canadians last year.Nishikori, in his second match against world No. 6 Raonic this season, was overwhelmed with the latter’s power early but pounced like a tiger at just the right moments. He was a picture of composure despite an avalanche of 29 aces by Raonic.“It was tough making returns, but I was able to keep my focus till the end and keep on the attack,” said Nishikori, who was downgraded from world No. 4 to world No. 5 with the release of Monday’s ATP World rankings. “Japan was in a tight spot (a 2-1 deficit) so I was happy I could fulfill my role,” he said.On Raonic’s second serve in the eighth game of the second set, Nishikori nailed a sizzling, down-the-line backhand winner, then served out the set at love in the next game to even the match at one set all. He broke the gangly Canadian with a cross-court forehand winner in the fifth game of the third set.Raonic refused to go quietly as he broke back in the fourth set, but his momentum petered in the fifth. In the tit-for-tat thriller, Nishikori patiently waited for Raonic to surrender again. Raonic obliged when serving at 4-4 and behind 30-40, he double faulted to give the Japanese ace all he needed to serve for the match.But Japan’s celebration was short-lived as the 86th-ranked Soeda, a replacement for Tatsuma Ito, was easily brushed aside by world No. 62 Pospisil.“It was difficult to make returns against my opponent’s serves. It would have been better if I could’ve devised more tactics on my returns in the first set,” Soeda said.“Compared with last year the Canadian team was airtight. I felt that we need to work on strengthening our doubles and our second player for singles ties,” said Japan coach Minoru Ueda.Switzerland crashes outLiege Belgium APPlaying without stars Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka, defending champion Switzerland slumped to a first-round loss to Belgium in the Davis Cup on Sunday, while Andy Murray scored the decisive point to lift Britain past the United States and Novak Djokovic led Serbia to victory over Croatia.After Federer and Wawrinka led Switzerland to its first Davis Cup title last year, the two top-10 players decided not to play Davis Cup this year, leaving Switzerland with a diminished team — and chances — against Belgium.Trailing 2-1 heading into the reverse singles on Sunday, Henri Laaksonen, ranked No. 344, managed to keep the Swiss alive by beating Belgium’s Steve Darcis 6-3, 3-6, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 in the first match to level the tie at 2-all.The 21st-ranked David Goffin then shook off a back injury to beat No. 321 Adrien Bossel 6-4, 6-0, 6-4 and send Belgium into the quarterfinals. Goffin made light work of the contest, hitting 15 aces and breaking Bossel’s serve five times.“It was tough to play the deciding match,” Goffin said. “But at the end I was really happy to win that last point.”It was just the ninth time since 1972 that the defending champions had fallen in the first round the following year.Elsewhere, Andy Murray beat John Isner 7-6 (7-4), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) to clinch Britain’s first-round victory over the U.S., jumping up and down with his jubilant teammates in a celebration huddle after the match in Glasgow, Scotland. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA – Japan failed to reach the quarterfinals in the World Group first-round tie against Canada, despite a five-set triumph by ace Kei Nishikori against world class rival Milos Raonic on Sunday.Nishikori prevailed 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 over the hard-hitting Raonic to even the tie at 2-2 before Vasek Pospisil downed Go Soeda 7-5, 6-3, 6-4, to orchestrate a 3-2 win over the visitors in Vancouver. KEYWORDS IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5center_img Carrying the load: Kei Nishikori hits a return against Canada’s Milos Raonic during their Davis Cup match on Sunday. | REUTERS RELATED PHOTOS Kei Nishikori, Davis Cup, Milos Raonic last_img read more

Industry excellence recognised at EGR B2B Awards

first_img Share Poker softwareMicrogaming Poker networkPlaytech In-play betting softwareSBTech Innovation in slot provisionNetEnt CategoryWinner Sports data providerBetradar Skill games supplierGamevy Virtual sports supplierInspired Gaming Group Marketing and PR providerSquare in the Air Share Corporate services providerKPMG Isle of Man & Gibraltar Innovation in mobileNetEnt Recruiter of the yearEyeSpy Recruitment Bingo supplierBede Gaming Live casino supplierEvolution Gaming Related Articles RNG casino supplierNetEnt White label partnerEveryMatrix Services rising starFresh8 Gaming Social & freeplay gaming supplierFlowPlay Innovation in payments solutionsSecure Trading Affiliate softwareIncome Access Data analytics partnerHARMAN Connected Services Mobile supplierRealistic Gamescenter_img IT supplierArdenta SBTech picked up Best In-Play Betting SoftwareHosted at the Pavilion at the Tower of London on Wednesday 1st June, the 2016 EGR B2B Awards celebrated the best in industry services, recognising a total of 38 disciplines critical to online gambling’s day-to-day operations.Rewarding service categories for software, platform provisions, payment processing, IT development, data analytics, marketing and operational services the seventh EGR B2B Awards details the make-up of online gambling’s diverse and complex value chain.For tech-based categories, NYX Gaming took the honour of ‘Platform of the Year’, with the awards night holding further highlights for the Canadian firm as its recently acquired firm OpenBet would win ‘Sports Betting Supplier’.NYX Gaming Group CEO Matt Davey commented: “The NYX Gaming Group acquisition of OpenBet was designed to ensure that our customers have access to the very best platforms and content across all verticals, and to be acknowledged in this way by the industry is confirmation that we are doing exactly that. We are committed to investing further in our content and technology to ensure we continue to deliver new and exciting opportunities for our customers.”OpenBet CEO Jeremy Thompson-Hill added: “OpenBet has long established itself as the leading supplier of sports betting and platform solutions and there is no higher praise than to be recognised as such by our peers. We are already seeing the huge benefits which come from being part of the NYX family and we look forward to continue building upon this success.”The B2B night would see familiar faces win as Playtech would retain its ‘Multi-Channel Supplier’, with EveryMatrix retaining its ‘White Label Partner’ award.Ebbe Groes, CEO of EveryMatrix, said: “This major award comes as a recognition of our company’s efforts to create better solutions for the iGaming industry and our constant work to support our clients with high-quality products necessary for building successful gaming websites.”SBTech took home the award for best In-Play Betting Software. CEO Richard Carter commented: “Over the past 12 months we have acquired numerous major operators, powering some of the most successful online gaming brands.“The in-play betting element is the icing on the cake of our Sportsbook offering. We are delighted to be recognised as the best supplier of Sportsbetting software and services to the global online gaming market.”The awards night would see a first time winner in Swedish games content developer Yggdrasil Gaming which won the accolade of best ‘Slot Provider’.Fredrik Elmqvist, CEO at Yggdrasil Gaming, said: “Winning Software Rising Star at last year’s EGR B2B Awards was absolutely fantastic and we could only dream that a year on we would be voted Slot Provider of the Year. This really is a huge award for us to win – you just have to look at the other nominees to see what an important category it is.“I’d like to thank everyone who has worked so hard to make this possible. We’ve got an absolutely brilliant team and this award will only spur us on to work even harder to create the very best products for our customers.”Operational services’ recognition would see BetConstruct win the industry’s ‘Best Customer Service’ award, with SafeCharge taking home top payments honours for ‘Payments Company’ and ‘Fraud & Compliance’.BetConstruct CEO Vahe Baloulian remarked: “This award, which we are receiving second year in a row, simply shows that for BetConstruct customer service is not what we do but who we are.“BetConstruct team excels year after year in its compassionate, relentless and unending effort to give our partners more than they are expecting. By doing this we show our appreciation for their hard work. My colleagues and I are deeply humbled and encouraged by this significant recognition from our industry.”Highlighting data competencies,  top awards would be awarded to Betradar for best ‘Sport Data Provider’and HARMAN Connected Services for industry ‘Data Analytics’.Marketing disciplines would see Irish start-up Element Wave win ‘Acquisition & Retention Partner’ with Income Access retaining its title of best ‘Affiliate Software’.EGR B2B Awards Winners 2016  Innovation in RNG casino softwareQuickspin Submit Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Innovation in sports betting softwareColossus Bets VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 Best customer serviceBetConstruct Slot providerYggdrasil Gaming Online lottery supplierIGT Live streaming supplierPerform Group StumbleUpon Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Datacentre of the yearContinent 8 Technologies Payments companySafeCharge Multi-channel supplierPlaytech Fraud and compliance solutionSafeCharge Mobile gaming softwarePlaytech Acquisition & retention partnerElement Wave Software rising starLOTTOTECH Mobile services providerElement Wave Sports betting supplierOpenBet Platform of the yearNYX Gaming Group (Open Gaming System)last_img read more