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OAS to observe Grenada’s general election

first_imgThe Organization of American States (OAS), has confirmed that it will be sending a mission to observe the March 13th General Elections in Grenada.While the date of the team’s arrival is not yet known, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell, in submitting the formal request, indicated that Grenada would like the team to arrive earlier than usual.The Prime Minister has also written to the Commonwealth, the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), all of whom have sent observers to previous general elections.Opposition supports observersFollowing the recent announcement of the general election date, opposition leader Nazim Burke and his candidates has been calling for the OAS, the Carter Foundation and other organizations to send teams to observe the upcoming poll.However, Mitchell said that he had already contacted the OAS Secretary General and the request was submitted over a month ago.“The NDC is very late on this matter, the Government invited observers more than a month and a half ago telling them to send a mission and it’s not just the OAS. We have sent letters to the OECS, the Caricom Secretariat and to the Commonwealth secretariat to have an observer mission. We told them to not just come just before the election we want them long before and they all promised that to follow up,” said Mitchell who explained that OAS has to source funds for such an undertaking.Nomination day for the General Election is on February 20, and after that the voting population will know how many candidates and political parties will be representing the 15 constituencies.To date, only two of the active 18 political organizations have presented candidates for each of the 15 constituencies.They are the governing New National Party and the main opposition National Democratic Congress.last_img read more

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‘He Broke My Nose And Should Have Been Sent Off’ – Bonucci Furious With…

first_imgItalian defender Leonardo Bonucci has expressed his fury at the performance of Turkish referee Cuneyt Cakir during his side’s 1-0 loss to Sweden in the first leg of their 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying clash.The AC Milan stopper was particularly furious with the challenge of Sweden striker Ola Toivonen which left him with a broken nose.While speaking with Sky Sport Italia, the former Juventus defender said:“He broke my nose after 30 seconds and should’ve been sent off. There’s not much you can say other than that.”“A referee with greater character would’ve sent off at least one of the Swedish players.“We knew Sweden would play the long ball and flick it on, so they created very little, but we should’ve been quicker when moving the ball around.“We have to believe in what we’re doing to the last moment of the second leg at San Siro on Monday.” he added.Italy will need to overturn a 1-0 deficit to avoid missing out on the World Cup for the first time in 60 years (1958 edition).Related”It Was A Sad And Unpleasant Moment For Me” – Referee Regrets Costly ErrorJanuary 12, 2018In “FIFA”‘Aggrieved’ Evans Wants Video Technology After Controversial World Cup DecisionNovember 16, 2017In “FIFA”NI Left To Rue Controversial 1st Leg Decision After Playoff Defeat To SwitzerlandNovember 12, 2017In “FIFA”last_img read more

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FOBT research suggests simple stakes drop not effective in problem gambling battle

first_img The responsible gambling charity GambleAware (formerly the Responsible Gambling Trust) has produced research which suggests that the so-called £50 journey actually saw players increase stakes around the new limit of £50 rather than meet the restrictions imposed for those wanting to bet at the higher £100 stakes limit.The £50 journey was introduced by the government and the UK Gambling Commission in April 2015. Under the legislation, customers that wished to wager more than £50 per spin had to pay over the counter or sign up to an account which monitored play.In the initial wake of the introduction of the £50 journey, play at the highest stakes immediately dropped off. However, new research conducted on behalf of GambleAware by Professor David Forrest from the University of Liverpool and Professor Ian McHale from the University of Salford suggests this was replaced by more staking at £50.Says McHale: “The average session duration and number of plays per session increased following the regulations, and we found no evidence of a change to the increasing trend in the frequency of high loss session.“These findings suggest that future measures to protect vulnerable play may need to consider all dimensions of the gambling architecture including stake limits, prize sizes and speed of play.”According to the report, after a period of adaptation, the fall in total stakes for bets over £50 was almost exactly matched by an increase in total stakes from bets just within the new £50 ‘soft cap’.It added that there was evidence also that to compensate for the lower maximum stake, session times lengthened and the number of plays or spins per session also increased. As the report said, given this it seems unlikely the goal of harm minimisation was achieved.GambleAware suggested the new staking conditions were ineffective in reducing harm in those particular players.Still, the report warned against making any assumptions about what would happen were stakes limits to be lowered further. “The disappointing findings about what seems to have been the ineffectiveness of the last change do not necessarily imply that a future reduction would fail to mitigate harm,” the authors state. “A lower cap would affect a new group of players who might respond differently from those who favoured the highest staking levels.”It did conclude, however, that the focus simply on staking levels might be “optimistic” in hoping to affect problem gambling behaviour and that other measures such as speed of play and mechanism for playing should also be considered.Association of British Bookmakers chief executive Malcolm George was quick to point out some of the key points for the current debate waging around FOBTs, especially Point 14 of Executive Summary which suggested a lower limit “would make for greater volatility in returns and an increased frequency of very high losses over a session.  This could increase harm”.He said: “The findings of this independent report clearly conclude there is no evidence that cutting the maximum stake would reduce problem gambling. We have always said that the small number of MPs and others who have suggested lower FOBT limits should look at the evidence.“People need to be aware that some of the measures put forward by the casino and arcade industries would do more harm than good. We continue to work with GambleAware and others to help the very small number of customers who have problems with their gambling.” YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020 Share Share Marc Etches to step down as CEO of GambleAware in 2021 August 14, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

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IGT promotes Fabio Celadon as Gaming Portfolios lead

first_img IGT ‘prudent on recovery’ as company absorbs H1 losses of $291m August 4, 2020 Share Related Articles Share Submit StumbleUpon Brazil to issue initial plans on Caixa Loterias sale August 17, 2020 Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Fabio CeladonUpdating the market, New York-listed IGT Group Plc has confirmed the promotion of Fabio Celadon to the position of Senior Vice President of Gaming Portfolios.Celadon who formerly served the company as Managing Director of China and as Asian business lead for IGT International will take on the newly formed executive position reporting directly to Group CEO Marco Sala.IGT governance informed investors, that Celadon will be tasked with five key criteria within IGT’s Gaming division.Moving forward Celadon will lead IGT Gaming’s innovation dynamics, research & development of assets, delivery and maintenance of Gaming products, as well as the Gaming division’s planning and strategy.Marco Sala CEO of IGT Group commented on the executive appointment “Fabio brings more than 15 years of global gaming experience and expertise working in various management capacities at IGT and its legacy companies,”“His operational experience, coupled with his global perspective and in-depth knowledge of the gaming industry having overseen the Strategy, Competitive Intelligence, and Mergers & Acquisitions organisations for the Company, makes him ideally suited to lead the Gaming Portfolio group for IGT.”last_img read more

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LADbible hires former Ladbrokes PR man Alex Donohue as ODDSbible partnerships lead

first_img Alex Donohue, LadbrokesLadbrokes long-term PR Manager and Head of News Alex Donohue has joined the LADbible Group taking on the role of Brand Partnerships Manager for its ODDSbible vertical.Donohue leaves the UK bookmaker following seven years of service within Ladbrokes’ PR and media relations team.Joining the LADbible Group, Donohue informed SBC that he was taking on a ‘newly created role’ within the firm’s ODDSbible division, seeking to build and extend relationships with bookmakers through LADbible content assets.In 2017 newly merged Ladbrokes Coral Plc has moved to restructure its PR and communications team. This month the bookmaker confirmed the departure of long-term Media Relations Director David Williams.As yet the FTSE bookmaker has not confirmed whether it will retain its PR and media resources in-house, or whether it will choose to utilise an external agency. StumbleUpon GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Submit Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Related Articles Share Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020last_img read more

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188BET and Durham CCC extend links for 2018 season

first_imgShare Durham County Cricket Club has announced a one year extension to its contract with online betting operator 188BET, which is to see the firm retained as sponsor for the 2018 cricket season.Through the extension 188BET is to see its logo prominently featured around its Emirates Riverside home stadium, and the firm is to also continue its sponsor of Durham’s Twenty20 half-time activation.Tom Seymour, Sales Director at Durham County Cricket Club, said: “We’re delighted that 188BET will be with us next year and look forward to working closely with them over the 2018 cricket season.“The work we did in 2017, including the 188BET family zone at our England v West Indies International fixture in September worked excellently and we hope to continue to bring Durham fans a range of special offers and prizes.“188BET have worked hard to try and drive their audience to Emirates Riverside using competitions through their social media channels and digital communications. “Discussions have been ongoing since the end of the 2017 campaign about how we can develop the partnership and we’re delighted that 188BET were happy to commit to another year having seen the value of working alongside Durham County Cricket Club.”188BET continues its close association with sport, after continuing its links with Super League side Wigan Warriors for the current Super League campaign.It has also been detailed that the company has a wealth of family zone expertise, which will benefit Durham’s 2018 major match and T20 activation plans.Nigel Singer, Managing Director at 188BET, added: “188BET is committed to working with Durham to make this partnership a success for both brands. “The new partnership will allow 188BET to reach a growing cricket fan base and we sincerely wish Durham the very best for the 2018 season.” Peter Nolan joins Digitain as strategic consultant May 29, 2020 StumbleUpon Share SBC Roundtable: A new ‘Pace’ for live cricket trading July 8, 2020 Related Articles Submit Dafabet grows cricket portfolio with Durham and Sussex deals July 15, 2020last_img read more

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GiG confident of 2018 targets as company strengthens commercial & product pipelines

first_img Share Related Articles GiG ups code security oversight with Checkmarx July 10, 2020 Submit Share Oslo-listed online gambling firm Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) is confident of achieving its full year 2018 expectations, as the company reports strong interim results, driven by growth across its B2C and B2B verticalsYear-to-date, GiG has recorded corporate revenues of €74 million (H1 2017: €50 million), as the gambling group continues to strengthen its commercial pipeline combining organic and acquired assets.In its update, GiG governance details that the company is making headway on its corporate mandate of becoming the leading industry platform servicing all core functions of igaming/betting’s value chain (technology, media services, games development, operations).Closing a busy Q2 2018 trading period, in which GiG has launched its new sports betting division, expanded its footprint in Germany and secured its first US partnership with Hard Rock International GiG records a group year-to-date profits of €61 million (H1 2017: €41 million).Updating the market, GiG governance declares an H1 2018 period EBITDA of €6 million, with the Oslo enterprise confident of achieving its €16-20 million full-year guidance target.GiG CEO Robin Reed details a strong outlook for the company, as it prepares to launch its first in-house developed games, as well as securing new further contracts (Veikkaus – Finland) and licences (Sweden) within regulated European markets.“GiG has invested significantly to achieve this vision. We are now approaching the home straight. In Q3, we will put our first in-house developed casino game live; we are then present with an offering across the entire value chain. While we have pursued this vision, we have reached several strategic milestones.In Q2, we entered the largest category in iGaming: Sports betting, with a portfolio full of products. These were launched with good results at our internal brand Rizk.com. Subsequently, we are in the process of reaching agreements to sell these B2B services to the first external customers.” StumbleUpon GiG launches WSN Podcast hosted by Bill Krackomberger  June 18, 2020 GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020last_img read more

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‘True in-play personalisation’ – Graphyte AI founders seek to crack betting’s toughest nut

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Share GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Revenues down 11% but product depth helps GVC through lockdown July 16, 2020 GVC ‘surprised’ at widening of HMRC’s Turkey investigation July 21, 2020 Damien Evans – Graphyte AINew industry data science and engineering development studio ‘Graphyte AI’ seeks to solve online betting’s ‘in-play customer personalisation conundrum’,  a key dynamic for sector leaders in 2019.Graphyte AI is founded by the enterprise team of former Ladbrokes Coral sports data and customer insights directors’ Damien Evans (CEO) and Rob Davis (CTO), delivering relevant personalised experiences administered within betting’s live environment, optimising end-to-end customer engagement.In its corporate mandate, Graphyte AI states that the sheer complexity and volume of sports betting transaction undertaken within a live in-play context has rendered standard off-the-shelf solutions created for E-commerce unfit for betting personalisation purposes.“As a former marketing analytics director, I noticed that the capability to solve for personalisation in an industry as fast-paced and complex as Gambling didn’t exist. I was determined to fix this when I left the operator last year” Graphyte AI Chief Executive Damien Evans tells SBC.Heading into 2019, Graphyte AI’s founding team highlights the combined pressure placed on industry marketing, product and retention teams to develop further personalised brand experiences.Rob Davis – Graphyte AIFocusing on integration, CTO Rob Davis believes that in 2019, industry technology stakeholders have to enhance analytics and business Intelligence systems/frameworks to effectively support multiple day-to-day operational divisions/units.“We recognise the pressures that operators face with their technology stacks, often working with large 3rd party monolithic applications that are difficult to integrate with and not built for real-time data usage. Our platform has been built from the ground up to suit the unique data requirements of the industry and always with performance and stability in mind.” Rob Davis details on Graphyte AI foundations. Share Submitlast_img read more

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Colossus Bets signs landmark cash-out agreement with AmWager

first_img SIS pens new partnership with Colossus Bets October 8, 2019 Nelson Clemmens – AmWagerColossus Bets, a supplier of next-generation pool betting markets, has announced a further major US coup, after confirming that simulcast racing services provider AmWest Entertainment (AmWager) will become the first US-licensed racing incumbent to offer cash-out capabilities.Maintaining multiple US racetrack partnerships, AmWest offers an extensive range of ‘Advanced Deposit Wagering ADW’ provisions for US racing customers.Beginning with UK and Irish racing pools, AmWest is to introduce ADW tailored ‘leg-by-leg’ cash-out functionalities, powered by Colossus Bets systems.Customers on the AmWager platform will receive Cash Out offers for their live British and Irish racing pools tickets after each race in Colossus multi-leg pools. Players can decide to do nothing and hope that the ticket goes on to win, or sell all or a portion of their live ticket to lock in a guaranteed immediate payout.Nelson Clemmens, AmWager CEO, said: “Our partnership with Colossus will give our players access to the most modernized pools and features available. I am especially pleased that AmWager will be the first ADW to enable players to take control of their multi-leg betting via the Cash Out feature on Colossus-hosted pools.”In addition to securing its initial cash-out capabilities, the partnership will see Colossus Bets provide AmWager with its lotto-sized jackpots and crowdfunded Syndicates for North American racing.The Colossus Bets’ British and Irish horse racing pools consist of a series of multi-leg Pick ‘n’ pools with consolations, Place Pick ‘n’ pools and correct order pools. Guarantees on these pools often exceed $100,000.The AmWager partnership sees Colossus Bets further advance its US position, bringing new innovations to the North American racing scene.Entering 2019, Colossus Bets won the contract to revamp entirely the racing totalizator network granted by the Oregon Racing Commission (ORC).Colossus Bets’ CEO Bernard Marantelli added: “We are excited to welcome AmWager as the first North American operator to the Colossus network. US horseplayers will now be able to experience the benefits of the Colossus innovations that have been so popular in other markets.” Submit Related Articles Share Colossus Bets backs Central Park sweepstakes March 20, 2020 Share Colossus Bets confirms cash-out collaboration with bet365 October 1, 2019 StumbleUponlast_img read more

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Lottstift warns Norwegian media on advertising responsibilities

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Lotteritilsynet raises NOK 30m for Norway’s distressed non-profits August 6, 2020 Norway’s Ministry of Culture seeks to end gambling’s triple guardianship  June 30, 2020 Norway’s gambling authority Lottstift has written to national media operators, warning incumbents that it will not tolerate the publishing of betting odds or promotion of online betting brands towards the general public.Writing to national media stakeholders, Lottstift emphasises news publishing as a specific concern which it seeks to address, stating that publishers have allowed newspapers to print odds in articles referencing unlicensed bookmaker odds and markets.Lottstift Regulatory Director Henrik Nordal reaffirms that Norwegian media owners whether knowingly or not are breaking the law if they continue to reference unlicensed bookmakers.“Getting Norwegian newspapers to write about their gaming offers is one of the methods illegal gambling companies use to gain publicity and create a brand,” said Nordal. “We will not intervene in editorial decisions, but we will urge Norwegian editors to be aware of this, and critical when they write cases that deal with illegal gambling companies.”Lottstift’s spring statement saw Director-General Gunn Merete Paulsen address Norwegian banks and internet service providers, underlining that it would demand them to enact tougher enforcement on its behalf, ensuring that the government’s ‘toughest stance on unlicensed gambling actors’ is undertaken.With regards to media, Paulsen has stated that Lottstift will help redraft Norway’s advertising codes, moving to end the promotion of betting advertising by both national and international media owners.Lottstift governance has issued warnings to TV3, ViaSat, MAX, VOX and Eurosport, warning the international media operators to cease broadcasting ‘cross border’ advertising featuring betting adverts deemed to be targeting Norweigian audiences.It said: “When the media writes these cases, they help to legitimise illegal gambling companies their illegal activity aimed at Norwegians. The company is mentioned without the reader being informed that they are illegal players in Norway, and it is already true that 6 out of 10 Norwegians do not know or are unsure of who can offer money games in Norway and not.” Share Norsk charities launch study on ‘sensitive area’ of market models May 11, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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