Month: August 2020


Trinidad and Tobago urged to call on FBI


first_imgWith more than 100 murders committed across the twin island republic so far this year, former attorney general Ramesh Lawrence Maharaj has called on the government to call on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI0 and Britain’s Scotland Yard, in an effort to help in the fight against crime.“This in my view will send a signal to criminals that they will be caught if they commit murders and serious crimes,” Maharaj told journalists at a recent news conference.“It is a time that calls for immediate action, but the present problem which strikes at the root of the criminal justice system and the rule of law is that murder and serious crimes are not being detected. The government must therefore focus on what is urgent  – which if not redressed, will subvert the rule of law,” he said.The former attorney general, who served in the Basdeo Panday administration – when the last execution of convicted murdered was carried out in 1999, said the government must come to grips with the situation as quickly as possible  – and if not, the rule of law could be threatened.Meanwhile, National Security Minister Edmund Dillon said the government believes a more “direct and strategic approach” is required to deal with the situation  particularly in Central Trinidad where rival gangs have been engaged in reprisal killings. He told the Senate on Tuesday that the principle of warfare calls for confrontation of force at the right time and place.Since the last weekend, at least four people were shot and killed in the centre of the island. Earlier this year, members of a group calling itself “the Unruly ISIS” appeared in a video on social media warning of reprisal killings and claiming to have sophisticated weapons in their possession.But Opposition Senator Wade Mark, says the government was incapable of dealing with the crime situation and said the National Security Minister “is incompetent and has to go”.last_img read more


Hope leaps into ODI top 10


first_imgLONDON, CMC – West Indian batsman Shai Hope’s back-to-back unbeaten hundreds in the recent one-day series against Bangladesh, has catapulted him into the top 10 of the ICC batting rankings.In the latest one-day rankings released on Sunday, the 25-year-old Hope jumped 17 spots and now lies at a career-best eighth place.Indian stroke-maker Virat Kohli continues in number one in an unchanged top five.Hope finished the three-match series against Bangladesh with 297 runs to be adjudged Man-of-the-Series, even though West Indies went down 2-1 in the rubber.He carved out a superb unbeaten 146 in the series-levelling four-wicket win in Dhaka before hitting 108 not out in the decisive third game which the Caribbean side lost by eight wickets in Sylhet.Hope now has four career ODI hundreds with three of them coming inside his last seven innings. He averages an outstanding 47 – one of the highest in world cricket among current players.Shimron Hetmyer is the next best-ranked West Indies player at 40th.The only other bright spots for the Windies were the fast bowling pair of Oshane Thomas and Keemo Paul. While Thomas jumped 28 places to 146th in the bowling rankings, Paul moved up 53 spots to be 179th.Both ended with four wickets in the series.Off-spinner Ashley Nurse, missing the tour of Bangladesh through injury, is the highest-ranked West Indies bowler at 38th, with India fast bowling star Jasprit Bumrah top of the charts.last_img read more


US sanctions companies ‘enabling’ shipment of Venezuelan oil to Cuba


first_imgWASHINGTON, , CMC – The United States Department of State says the Trump administration has sanctioned two companies that it claims are “enabling” the shipment of Venezuelan oil to Cuba.The State Department said the US Government on Friday sanctioned Ballito Bay Shipping Inc. and ProPer in Management Inc., operating in Venezuela’s oil sector, and the vessel Despina Andrianna “used to transport oil” to Cuba. Additional vessels, in which Venezuela’s state-owned oil company, PDVSA, has interests, are being identified as “blocked property, pursuant to Executive Order 13850,” the State Department said. Enabling the Maduro regime“These actions target entities and vessels that have been enabling the former Maduro regime to continue undermine the prosperity and democracy that Venezuelans deserve,” the State Department said. “The former Maduro regime continues to line its pockets with the profits from natural resources that properly belong to the people of Venezuela,” the statement claimed. “Meanwhile, Cuba is propping up the former regime and facilitating its repression of the Venezuelan people, through its military and intelligence support to Maduro. US curtailing ”ongoing corrupt activities”“The United States is taking action to curtail this and other ongoing corrupt activities of Nicolas Maduro and malign actors,” it added. “We encourage companies, banks, and other institutions to refrain from providing services that support his repressive practices. “We also urge countries to take appropriate legal measures to deprive Maduro and his cronies of assets held overseas and to prevent travel to their countries,” the State Department continued. “We will continue to use the full weight of US economic and diplomatic power to complete the peaceful transition to a once-again free, prosperous and stable Venezuela.”Mar-a-Lago meeting with select Caribbean leaders Last month, President Donald Trump met with a select group of Caribbean leaders at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida as the US Department of Treasury announced that it was heightening sanctions on Venezuela.Trump met with the Prime Ministers of Jamaica, the Bahamas and St. Lucia – Andrew Holnes, Hubert Minnis and Allen Chastanet, respectively – and the Presidents of Haiti, Jovenel Moise, and the Dominican Republic, Danilo Medina.At the Mar-a-Lago meeting, Trump promised new investments in these five Caribbean countries as a result of their supporting Washington’s bid to oust Venezuela’s President Nicolas Madura.New US sanctions against VenezuelaThe US Department of the Treasury said it was imposing new sanctions on the South American country purportedly in response to the kidnapping of a top aide of Venezuela’s Opposition Leader, Juan Guaidó, who Trump is determined to replace Maduro.The Treasury Department said the new sanctions specifically target Venezuela’s national development bank, BANDES, and four additional subsidiaries that BANDES “owns or controls.”US Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin claimed that “Maduro and his enablers have distorted the original purpose of the bank, which was founded to help the economic and social well-being of the Venezuelan people, as part of a desperate attempt to hold onto power.”The US Treasury Department said that, as a result, “all property and interests in property of these entities, and of any entities that are owned, directly or indirectly, 50 percent or more by this entity, that are in the United States or in the possession or control of US persons are blocked and must be reported to OFAC.”last_img read more


Chelsea Midfielder Ruled Out Of Action For ‘Another Three Weeks’


first_imgChelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante will be missing in action for another three weeks according to the English Premier League (EPL) champions.The 26-year old star suffered the injury during France’s 1-0 away win over Bulgaria last weekend and has now been ruled out till next month.According to the Blues manager Antonio Conte, Kante need to undergo a scan. The Italian manager however confirmed that new summer signing Danny Drinkwater is “progressing well” from his calf injury though he still have to wait for his Chelsea debut.In what is a timely boost for Chelsea, star striker Alvaro Morata should be able to return as early as Wednesday in their UEFA Champions League (UCL) clash with AS Roma.He pulled his hamstring during the 1-0 defeat by Manchester City just before the international break.Speaking about the aforementioned Kante during his pre-match press conference ahead of the London Derby league clash with bottom club Crystal Palace, Conte said:“He is a big loss for us because we know very well the importance of Kante to our team.”“We don’t have another player with his characteristics.“We may have to adapt some defenders into midfielders.” he added. RelatedPremier League Clubs Suffer Big Blow On International DutyOctober 9, 2017In “England”Conte Accused Of Disrespecting RomaNovember 1, 2017In “Europe”Could the Bridge be falling?November 3, 2017In “Features”last_img read more


Svenska Spel agrees to IGT systems upgrade


first_img Svenska Spel delivers on social mandate despite COVID-19 impacts July 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Svenska Spel becomes 2020 eHockey Championship sponsor August 18, 2020 Share Submit Share Swedish state-owned gambling operator Svenska Spel has moved to upgrade its lottery and video terminal systems arrangement with principal supplier International Game Technology (IGT).The agreement sees Svenska Spel continue its systems partnership with IGT for a further seven years (partnership started 1996).IGT will now move to upgrade Svenska Spel systems for Video Lottery Terminals, site controllers, game services and centralised management functions.Walter Bugno Chief Executive of IGT International was pleased to upgrade the firm’s legacy partnership with Svenska Spel, stating“This contract will help to ensure that Svenska Spel continues to responsibly grow and remain competitive in a rapidly changing marketplace. It will help to increase player engagement, ensure the long-term sustainability of their offering, and provide a safe gaming experience for their players, which is the cornerstone of Svenska Spel’s program.”“Throughout the last two decades, we’ve successfully supported and enhanced Svenska Spel’s approach to protecting players while creating advanced solutions to meet their business objectives,”IGT governance was pleased to continue its recent form of global lottery services and provisions renewals. Entering 2017 IGT has confirmed that it has secured and renewed services agreements with Loto-Qubec (Canada), Coljuegos (Colombia) and Loterie Suisse Romande (Switzerland)last_img read more


Yggdrasil posts super start to 2017 as company strengthens product development & commercial arms


first_img StumbleUpon Share Presenting its Q1 2017 trading statement, the governance of Yggdrasil Gaming states that it is confident of achieving its full-year corporate expectations having recorded a very strong start to its financial year.Updating investors, Yggdrasil would declare an all-metric improvement, as corporate revenues increased by 134% to SEK 33 million/ €3.45 million (Q1 2016: SEK 14.2 million). The firm’s strengthened commercial pipeline has seen the industry platform and games supplier transactions (game rounds) surpass the 700 million mark.The increase recorded in player activity would see Yggdrasil post a period EBITDA of SEK 13.3 million/ €1.4 million (Q1 2016: SEK 7.9 million).Yggdrasil governance stated that it was happy to close a busy and productive period, in which the company had secured 10 new licence agreements with operators such as William Hill and Bwin as its first Italian market partner.The company continues to invest in its product development team, announcing a number of new technical hires to aid its industry games output. Furthermore, Yggdrasil was pleased to launch its newly revamped iSense 2 mobile platform.Comment on a successful Q1 2017 performance Fredrik Elmqvist, CEO of Yggdrasil stated“We began the year with organisational alterations on both the ordering and supplier side of the operation, with the intention of ensuring the correct foundations are in place to allow us to scale at a pace that matches our ambition, appetite and growth rate.”“Krzysztof Opałka was promoted to the new position of CPO, Andrew Pegler was named CCO Gibraltar and we have also created a number of new positions across all entities.”“Hiring Andrew to oversee our Gibraltar operation was a particular coup. We now have four Gibraltar operators live and there is more interest from the jurisdiction. Meanwhile, the UK remains a small but fast-growing market for us, and we believe that proposed regulations around how casino games are promoted will work in our favour.”“Elsewhere, there are also exciting times ahead for us in the Italian market. We expect our first customer, bwin, to go live during Q2.”“With the correct structure in place and encouraging growth in new markets, it is vital Yggdrasil continues to do what it does best: continue to disrupt the industry and search for game-changing innovations that have a commercial impact. We are now in a clear market-leading position when it comes to in-game promotional tools, but we continue to invest in both these and similar product developments to ensure we stay ahead of the chasing pack.” SBC Digital Summit: A crash course in adaptability and resilience  April 27, 2020 Related Articles Liverpool FC in agency dispute over £15m BetVictor sponsorship June 9, 2020 Share Submit Mansion orders Playtech sports betting upgrade for casino properties June 5, 2020last_img read more


Racing Post – Darren Mohan – Using customer interaction to constantly improve


first_img Related Articles Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Spotlight Sports takes over MansionBet blog  June 18, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Submit Racing Post B2B has grown to become one of the world’s leading syndicated content providers, with an international customer portfolio spanning 25 different countries and multiple different languages. The business wing of the iconic British horse racing publisher has had a strong 2017 – topped off by winning Best Multi-Channel Supplier at the recent SBC Awards – and plans are in place to continue this moving into the new year.Darren Mohan, Racing Post’s Head of B2B Commercial Projects, spoke enthusiastically about the company’s victory at the Artillery Garden earlier this month: “We’re delighted to win the award for Best Multi-Channel Supplier, it’s always nice to be recognised for all the hard work we’ve all put in across the last year. We’d like to think we were chosen due to the rapid growth of our products across multiple channels and how we’re constantly improving the quality our products via customer interaction and feedback.”Perhaps the Racing Post’s biggest success of the year has been the pioneering of new betting prompts that can be downloaded onto shop gantry systems. Unveiled in October, the systems have been developed to give customers snapshots of stats, helping them to make an informed decision when deciding on a bet. Mohan described them as faring “incredibly well” in their first few months of implementation, adding: “We’ve rolled them out to over 3500 betting shops in the UK and Ireland, with even more planned to adopt them. As always we’re working very closely with our customers to enhance the product to increase the effectiveness within the betting shop.”Looking towards the new year, Mohan outlines a number of plans in place to ensure continued growth, including an expanded product range tapping into a number of other sports. “We are thoroughly looking forward to next year as the B2B team continues to grow at Racing Post due to the increased demand for our products and services. “We also have a solid roadmap and plan in place for 2018 and beyond and we hope to share to fruits of our hard work at Betting on Football, Betting on Sport and ICE amongst others.”SBC’s Betting on Football event is due to be held at Stamford Bridge, the home of Chelsea Football Club, from March 20-23. You can get all the information about the fifth edition of the largest international sports and football trade conference at this link.last_img read more


Andrew Morgan: ICS – Leveraging content to maximise Cheltenham


first_imgShare StumbleUpon BHA extends racing suspension beyond end of April April 16, 2020 Submit Related Articles Andrew Morgan, international manager and senior editor at Independent Content Services, suggests ways bookmakers can leverage content to get the jump on their rivals during and after the upcoming Cheltenham Festival.With the Cheltenham Festival just a few weeks away, sportsbook operators will be putting the finishing touches to their battle plans as they do their utmost to stand out from the crowd. The usual methods will be deployed from quirky/outrageous television ads to overly generous welcome offers via special odds. While these techniques can be highly effective at driving new player sign-ups during the Festival, they do little to ensure they remain loyal after the event. It must be remembered that bookmakers are no longer just facilitators of odds and markets; they must be information hubs that provide news, features, data, analysis and insights to their players. This content takes the form of written, audio, and visual, and allows players to remain constantly connected to a betting brand. So how can bookmakers use content to get the jump on their rivals during the Cheltenham Festival, and keep them engaged after? It’s important to understand that horseracing fans are, almost by definition, likely to be punters. As such, they are invaluable to bookmakers, but they are savvy and tend to have many bookmaker accounts which is why differentiation – particularly via content – is vital to win them over and drive long-term loyalty. One way this can be achieved is through racing commentary radio. Punters like to be informed and experience the thrills and spills associated with their bet, and audio coverage is the most effective way of doing this. This takes the form of a radio broadcast which provides all of the build-up and prices, as well as live commentary of all races. In addition, broadcasts from key events such as the Cheltenham Festival  can include big-name interviews with riders and trainers as well as general paddock observations.It is about transporting the punter right to the heart of the action, adding an additional level of interaction and engagement with their bet. Of course, broadcasts must be available across desktop and mobile platforms – the latter is particularly important as it allows the punter to remain connected to the bookmaker while out and about (doing chores around the house, sat on a train, driving to work, walking the dog, etc) or while second screening. Operators must also acknowledge the difference in content that horseracing punters are seeking compared with fans of other sports. A key consideration is stats and data; racing bettors like to study the form and get tips from a reliable source. While some operators do offer this type of content, the way information is presented is often hard to decipher. This led us to develop and launch beforetheoff.com (BTO), which provides data, stats and analysis via easy to digest visual pointers in an innovative new-style of racecard display.This includes a brilliant media centre which delivers dynamic infographics and banners for each race and even for each horse running in all races, plus we use the data to deliver hand-crafted comments, verdicts and tips along with preview videos.Beforetheoff.com can be white-labelled to great effect – we recently launched a branded version of the website for The Telegraph – which crunches thousands of pieces of information to produce ratings, trends and statistics that give punters a vital steer when it comes to making their wager. It also identifies value as it produces odds for each runner which can be compared against live prices. Other features include star ratings and other key indices. In addition to audio and written content, bookmakers should also launch visual broadcasts from their sites. This can include previews of major events broadcast from a studio environment similar to Sky Sports Gillette Soccer Saturday. Pundits can discuss the event, the form of the horses and riders entered, as well as the latest odds and markets. These broadcasts are ideal for sharing on social media, providing another platform through which to engage punters. These are just three ways in which horserace betting operators can leverage content to not only attract and retain players during blockbuster events such as Cheltenham Festival, but also to ensure they keep coming back for more in the long-term. Sure, operators also need to look more closely at product and marketing, but the power of content should not be overlooked. Share Irish racing cancelled as Varadkar increases COVID-19 measures March 25, 2020 Paris tracks face second shutdown as government changes coronavirus policy May 20, 2020last_img read more


ASA issues warnings over fairytale themed adverts


first_img UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Share Submit The Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has sanctioned gaming operators over the publication of adverts that could specifically appeal to children.The complaints were made by the campaign group, Fairer Gambling relating to promotions by Fun88.co.uk, Letou.co.uk and ProgressPlay owned m88.com.Three of the complaints were in regards to m88 and were about Fairytale Legends Red Riding Hood, Fairytale Legends Hansel and Gretel, as well as Fairies Forest.The ASA cited part of its decision for upholding the complaints was because the games were available to play on demo mode before signing into the site. However, moving forward as part of its response m88.com ceased the availability of demo mode on the games without going through age verification checks and a sign in process.Further responding, m88.com stated that it was part of its policy that prior to launching any game on their website, the game and its graphics were thoroughly reviewed in order to ensure that there was nothing within it that was likely to have particular appeal to children.The group also stated that addressing all responsible gambling issues with their business partners was an essential and substantial part of their commercial agreement, and included ensuring that ads for their games would not have particular appeal to children. Any breach of that policy, authorised m88.com to terminate the agreement with their business partners.Although the ASA welcomed the response of m88.com, it also deemed that “The ads must not appear again in their current form. We told m88.com to ensure that their gambling ads did not have particular appeal to under-18s.”Also feeling the wrath of the ASA for a similar offence was both Fun88.co.uk and www.letou.co.uk, with the campaign group Fairer Gambling once again complaining that the site had gambling content that could be of a specific appeal to children.A total of eight complaints were received about the operators, with both emphasising that the demo version of the games were only available after the consumer had logged into the site.In conclusion, the ASA upheld six of the eight complaints ruling that they must be removed from the site as they had a specific appeal to youths and appeared on unrestricted parts of the site. StumbleUpon Related Articles ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 Share Fun88 drives cricket engagement through CPL deal August 4, 2020last_img read more


SG Digital appoints Karolina Pelc as casino innovation lead


first_img Submit Why reliability of service is an integral part of TVBET’s strategy August 6, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Related Articles SG Digital (Scientific Games Corp) has confirmed the appointment of Karolina Pelc as Vice President of Casino Innovation.Pelc joins SG Digital’s executive management team from Stockholm-listed online gambling group LeoVegas AB, where she served in a number of online casino leadership roles (2015-2018).Taking on VP responsibilities for casino development, Pelc is set to focus on enhancing SG Digital’s casino and games proposition across all digital verticals.Furthermore, the VP role will further focus on the development of new games and engagement concepts, as SG Digital seeks to deliver the industry’s leading online casino/games inventory.Pelc has confirmed to online casino news source CasinoBeats.com that she will relocate from Malta to London to take over the executive role.I am really excited to join SG Digital at such a momentous time for our industry and the US market,” Pelc told CasinoBeats.“Having spent the last three years at LeoVegas where product innovation was key, it feels like the right move given Scientific Games’ market-leading position and strong focus on delivering a product and player experience-led strategy.” Share StumbleUpon Share Xtremepush secures ‘OpenMarket’ supplier accreditation   August 26, 2020last_img read more