Month: August 2020

Bodies of Haitians wash ashore in TCI

first_imgBodies of Haitians wash ashore in TCISearch and rescue teams are resuming the search for persons, presumed to be Haitians on Wednesday, after 10 bodies were found in the Turks and Caicos Islands on Tuesday.A spokesman for the Turks and Caicos Police Force, Kevin Clarke, said that at least five of the bodies had washed ashore early Tuesday after law enforcement authorities were alerted “to people running in the bushes on the northwest point”.We know there are survivors, but none has been captured by the police,” Clarke added.A small fishing boat was found capsized along the beach and Clarke said the police have not yet confirmed whether it was the boat on which the migrants travelled.“It’s a very small boat (and) we still don’t know how many persons came.”Police said the circumstances surrounding the deaths of the illegal migrants are not yet clear, but the waters off the island’s northwest point can be treacherous especially during bad weather as had been the case on Tuesday.last_img read more

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2019 Independence Message from H.E. Audrey Marks, Ambassador of Jamaica…

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – The date, 6th August, holds a special place in the hearts of every Jamaican, regardless of color, creed or religious or political persuasion.This date has become a part of our national subconsciousness – planted since infancy – as we were exposed to the enormous struggles and tremendous sacrifices made by our forefathers which spawned the birth of independent Jamaica in 1962. The struggles for emancipation and ultimately independence, have contributed to our rich history and laid the foundation for the myriad achievements and benefits that we currently enjoy and which have engendered strong feelings of national pride in our people, for more than five (5) decades.The  commemoration of the 57th Anniversary of our country’s independence, under the theme “One Nation, One People” is a poignant reminder of our diverse ancestry, constituting afro-descendants, Indians, Chinese, Lebanese and Europeans; formulating a melting pot of cultures, ideas and behaviors which make us uniquely Jamaican. This is a distinction for which we stand proud; cohesion amidst diversity.  This year’s theme is also in keeping with our motto, “Out of Many, One People”, which is symbolic of the force behind our nation’s raison d’etre.  Despite our differences, we have recorded much progress as a nation.Our small country, although barely visible on the world map, continues to produce persons of high repute whose meaningful contributions transcend our 144 square miles to the world, in many areas including in the arts, sciences, culture and sports.  Regarded to be among the best destinations in the Caribbean, and indeed the world, more than four (4) million visitors take time each year to enjoy the spectacular beauty of our shores and the endearing warmth of our people.  The pulsating rhythm of our beloved reggae music which was recently designated by UNESCO as an intangible cultural heritage, continues to thrill the hearts of people across the globe, while our cuisine which has stimulated the palates of many, is widely recognized as among the best gastronomic delights internationally.In recent years, based on the bi-partisan efforts of the current and previous Administrations, the Jamaican economy has achieved macroeconomic stability which has earned us the respect of multiple international financial institutions. Unemployment has plummeted to its lowest levels in decades; the economy has been recording modest growth, coupled with an increase in consumer confidence, as we witness a period of unprecedented expansion.  Jamaica, the home of the best performing stock market for 2018, is also being positioned as a prime destination for investment, booking more than $500 million on local and foreign direct investment for the 2018/2019 period.It is clear that there is no limit to what we can achieve when we work together as “one nation, one people”. The theme must therefore be seen as a rallying call for all Jamaicans, both at home and abroad, to join forces to overcome the challenges we continue to confront, such as crime and violence, which impede further progress.As the Prime Minister, the Most Honorable Andrew Holness, indicated at the recently concluded 8th Biennial Jamaica Diaspora Conference, we remain grateful for the “immense contribution that the Diaspora continues to make to national development”.  Your solid support over the years in education, health and other key sectors, has formed the bedrock of our nation’s development.  I am pleased that your distance from the island’s shores has not diminished your love and passion for our beloved homeland and you continue to share our common bond as “one nation, one people”.I appeal to Jamaicans across the length and breadth of the United States, to continue to support the Government of Jamaica in its efforts to improve the welfare of all Jamaicans in our beloved homeland.Happy Independence 2019!last_img read more

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KANO Hosts Eagles For CHAN

first_imgThe Nigeria Football Federation has made official that the squad to execute the 5th African Nations Championship qualifying fixture against either Togo or Benin Republic will camp in Kano.Camping for the team will start on Monday, 24th July 2017.The Super Eagles’ delegation will depart for the away match on 11th August, and return to Kano to continue camping for the second leg, which will come up on 19th August.A reminder that Togo and Benin Republic ended their first leg encounter in a score draw (1-1) draw in Lome. The second leg slated for the Stade de L’Amitie in Cotonou on Sunday.Relatedlast_img read more

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2017 WAFU Cup – Nigeria to Battle Sierra Leone, As Host Ghana Take On…

first_imgThe draw for the 2017 WAFU Cup of Nations took place on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at the Labadi Beach Hotel in Accra. This edition recognized as the fourth edition will feature 16 countries zoned into A and B.Full Draw:FIRST ROUNDZONE A (Takoradi)Ghana vs GambiaNigeria vs Sierra LeoneMali vs MauritaniaGuinea vs Guinea BissauZONE B (Cape Coast)Senegal vs LiberiaBurkina Faso vs NigerIvory Coast vs TogoBenin vs Cape VerdeNOTE: FIRST ROUND (Knockout) – SECOND (Group stage of two with four teams).The 16-team tournament is sponsored by FOX SPORTS, and will be held at the Sekondi Stadium and the Cape Coast Stadium from 9th September to 24 September 2017.RelatedNigeria To Host 2021 WAFU Cup TournamentJuly 18, 2018In “Africa”WAFU Nations Cup: Home-based Super Eagles in Dakar to Avenge Togo on SundaySeptember 26, 2019In “National Team”WAFU Draw To Be Held In Accra TodayJuly 27, 2017In “Competition”last_img read more

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Premier League: Will Manchester City Keep It Tall Until the End

first_img2016-17 Premier League Standings Week 11 – Champion: Chelsea FC 2ndChelsea11812269+1725 2014/2015 Week 11. Champion: Chelsea 1stArsenal1081125 PositionTeamPWDLGFGAGDPoints PositionTeamPWDLGDPTS 1stChelsea            1192028111729 2013/2014 Week 11. Champion: Manchester City Current Season: 2017/2018. Champion: Do you think Manchester City will keep it tall until the end? Let us have your comments below. PosTeamPLWDLGFGAGDPts 2015/2016 Week 11. Champion: Leicester City 4thTottenham Hotspur1062220 With the facts and stats, we realized that the Premier League might not be over yet. Though for the past five seasons, this has been the season with the most gap between 1st and 2nd positions after the 11th week. Also with the most goal per match ratio, goal difference that proves that Pep’s team could be on their route of becoming the EPL CHAMPION. 1stManchester City118122691725 2ndChelsea1062220 5thLiverpool11542+419 3rdTottenham Hotspur11722+1323 3rdManchester City1163222121021center_img 4thWest Ham United115331914518 3rdManchester City117312510+1524 3rdLiverpool1062220 Related 2ndSouthampton            118122351825 2ndArsenal118122181325 PositionTeam   PWDLPTS 1stLiverpool118213014+1626 4thManchester United11632158721 1stManchester City111010+3131 2ndManchester United11722+1823 PositionTeamPWDLGFGAGDPTS 4thChelsea11713+922 3rdLeicester City116412319422 4thArsenal117312411+1324 With an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League, Manchester City brilliantly created a record of the best start to a season by any team in the history of the league. The Citizens have drawn just one of their opening 11 matches of the season, winning their last nine scoring an average of 3goal per match.That change precipitated a record-breaking 11-match unbeaten that sent them to the Premier League’s Summit and there’s a possibility of no looking back.They are one of the few clubs in Europe to boast of an unbeaten streak this season.Indeed, Pep Guardiola Team have been topping the table ever since their city rival; Manchester United draw a game against Liverpool.Spurs, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal will try making a decent fist of challenging  Manchester City stronghold on top spot but history suggests the leader were never going to give it up easily yet.Stats from five seasons now have it that a club that tops till the end of the Christmas fixtures have always had their way to win the League. Yet we are still far away from Christmas with several mouth watery fixtures involving the table leader, Manchester City.With other contenders hoping ahead to Manchester City key fixtures against United (December 10) and Tottenham (December 16), the possibility of the citizens obtaining less than the maximum point is high but with their current form of defeating Liverpool 5-0, Chelsea 1-0 and Arsenal 3-1, we don’t need any more evidence.last_img read more

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Unibet tops gambling operators for TV advert spend in Sweden

first_img Svenska Spel becomes 2020 eHockey Championship sponsor August 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Figures released by Sifo Advertising Measurements showed that Unibet was the top gambling operator for TV advertising spend in Sweden during the first 11 months of 2016.Produced in conjunction with Dagens Media, the figures show that online gambling companies, including state-owned monopoly Svenska Spel, spent big on Swedish advertising platforms.However, Unibet topped the lot with an outlay of SEK 270m (US $30m), ranking fourth overall across all industries and accounting for 1.5% of all TV marketing. Svenska Spel ranked fifth on the TV chart, with a total spend of just under SEK 243m.The data is in line with figures covering the first half of 2016, which showed that gambling companies accounted for 10% of all Swedish TV advertising spending, a figure up from 3% in 2013.The ‘Streaming TV’ category was also dominated by gambling operators, led by UK operator Bet365 with just under SEK 11m (3.8% of total streaming ad spending). Mobile specialists LeoVegas ranked third with SEK 9m, followed by Unibet in fourth with SEK 7.5m and Svenska Spel in eighth place with SEK 5.4m.In terms of radio advertising, Svenska Spel comfortably outspent its international rivals, ranking second overall with an outlay of SEK 30m. Unibet was the only other gambling operator to make the radio’s top-10, spending SEK 17.3m.Finally, LeoVegas was the only operator to make the top ten on the ‘mobile’ advertising chart, ranking 10th with a total spend of SEK 17.6m. No gambling operators appeared in the categories of cinema, unaddressed direct mail, rural press, ‘internet’ and outdoor advertising.Sweden is expected to update the industry in March regarding a plan to liberalise its gambling market. These changes are expected to include curbs on the ability of operators not holding a new Swedish license to advertise via Swedish media outlets. Related Articles Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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Danske Spil, Mr Green and LeoVegas CEOs to profile Scandinavian market at Betting on Football conference #bofcon2017

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 The Scandinavian star-studded CEO panel at Betting on Football 2017 will be focused on what industry operators and suppliers across the globe can learn from their Nordic counterparts.As part of the largest international football betting trade conference (3-5 May), a C-level executive panel featuring Danske Spil CEO Niels Erik Folmann, Mr Green CEO and former Svenska Spel CEO Jesper Kaarbrink and LeoVegas CEO Johan Styren will deliver special insight on how the industry can learn and benefit from Nordic disciplines and deal with the local challenges.Nordic stakeholders have chosen to break ‘industry norms’ by creating dynamic brands, whilst overcoming industry challenges through innovation and fresh thinking. The successful mobile focus for Swedish-based LeoVegas is typical for a region known to be amongst the most ‘tech savvy’ places in Europe, while Danish companies have posted excellent results since the licensing process for international iGaming operators was liberalised in 2012.Danske Spil CEO Niels Erik Folmann said: “It is important that the betting industry has the opportunity to discuss the major issues it faces on a global scale, and I am pleased to take part in this by addressing all the challenges and opportunities we are facing in the Scandinavian market.”Mr Green CEO Jesper Kärrbrink commented: “Betting on Football is a great platform for discussing the latest developments in the betting industry, and I’m excited about the opportunity to address the Scandinavian market on the panel.”LeoVegas CEO Johan Styren added: “We are pleased to be involved with Betting on Football this year as it looks like a great opportunity for the betting industry to connect and debate the latest trends and developments. I am particularly looking forward to our session on the Scandinavian market and discussing why the region is so innovative within our sector.”The expert panel, who will be presenting to delegates on the Market Profiles track at Stamford Bridge, will also debate current Scandinavian industry propositions, entering the Scandinavian market, building effective in-house development teams and executing engaging marketing campaigns.Click here to buy your Betting on Football ticketContact [email protected] for more information Share Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Submit Related Articleslast_img read more

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Exploring innovation in payments at #boscon2017

first_img Betting on Sports to deliver biggest ever exhibition space June 14, 2019 Related Articles The booming business opportunity for online gambling merchants October 17, 2018 StumbleUpon Submit Share Preparing for Remote Gaming Duty increase: Should operators be looking beyond the UK? June 25, 2018 Share At this week’s Betting on Sports conference, eMerchantPay will be launching a new payment efficiency programme that allows online gaming operators to assess areas of their payment infrastructure to realise efficiencies.Speaking to SBC News ahead of the event, which takes place at London’s Olympia from September 12-15, Chris Smart, vice president of gaming and FX Markets for eMerchantPay, said it is now more important than ever for operators to ensure they get the results they need from their payment operations.“The ever-existing challenge for any payment operator is to make sure they have the right payment methods with the right payment processes to enable the best possible customer journey, with the maximum possible success rate of converting a transaction,” Smart said.“As gambling operators grow and we see more consolidation and acquisitions, the payment infrastructure within gambling organisations starts to become quite complex, with multiple providers operating on the multiple platforms.”He added: “It is vital for operators to re-examine their customer journey and ensure their customers get the best possible experience with their payment method of choice.”Smart, who will be speaking at the Innovations in Payments session at #boscon2017, said eMerchantPay has successfully repositioned itself within the gambling vertical during 2017.“We have seen the fulfilment of some recent product enhancements internally, which have allowed us to realign our product offering and define our positioning in the market,” he said.“We will be launching our payment efficiency programme at the show next week, enabling both new and existing customers to re-evaluate their current payment infrastructure to identify areas which can be improved, not only to increase efficiencies but to also realise cost saving and revenue opportunities.”last_img read more

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Alessandro Fried – BtoBet – Changes of the bettors

first_img Share Alessandro Fried, Chairman for BtoBet, has published a new white paper on the changing habits of bettors and a technological revolution in both daily and gaming life.The wide-ranging report, which details the evolution of the bettor, the 3D view of the consumer and an increased level of automation in the industry, also questions whether the sports betting sector is fully harnessing the power and accessibility of the mobile.For example, Fried suggests that more “corrective actions and incentives to dissatisfied players can help maintain players’ loyalty towards the brand”.He also concedes that because players are now more tech-savvy and becoming ever more demanding, “they are pushing firms towards effective strategies and technology to improve their service, boost player confidence and increase player lifetime values”.Fried goes on to describe a new reality which requires “continuous development of the omnichannel platform” to enable operators to deliver the right product at the ideal time for every customer.He said: “The possibility exists now for operators to utilize deep-dive data analytics, automation and personalization of offers while creating meaningful experiences for users through a clever omnichannel platform.“That will inevitably be a big plus for attracting to a brand and retaining their loyalty. For example, BtoBet’s recommendation engine collects and analyses large amounts of information on players’ behaviour, activities, preferences, predicting what they would like to receive.“Through its Artificial Intelligence and sophisticated algorithms, it enables operators to track players’ behavior to provide perfect suggestions, for the best odds and bets for each player or segment of players. At the same time, technology is helping licensees to detect any suspicious and fraudulent behavior to instantly check and correct anomalies.”Fried concludes that the sports betting ecosystem is highly developed and technology has helped provide opportunities to fulfil the wants and needs of the consumer. However, it is fundamental for a software provider such as BtoBet to guarantee a continuous process, with a flow of information, analysis and suggested bets that can be offered to each player regardless of channel.To download ‘Change for the bettor: New scenarios for betting on sports‘, click HERE. Share Submit StumbleUponlast_img read more

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GIG targets ‘Sports expansion’ following strong 2018 opening

first_img GiG ups code security oversight with Checkmarx July 10, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit GiG launches WSN Podcast hosted by Bill Krackomberger  June 18, 2020 Related Articles GiG strengthens sportsbook profile as recovery blossoms May 5, 2020 Share Publishing its Q1 trading update (period ending 31 March), Oslo-listed online gambling firm Gaming Innovation Group (GIG) has detailed confidence in hitting its full-year targets following a strong opening to 2018.Driven by strong organic growth across its online gambling brands, GIG reports period group revenues of €37 million up 62% on corresponding Q1 2017’s €23 million.Updating the market, GIG details a strong product revenue mix, between its B2C (€21 million) and B2B (€15.3 million) verticals, as governance declares a period EBITDA of €4.3 million (Q1 2017: – €400,000).“I am very pleased to present yet another strong quarter for GiG. Our 12 months rolling revenues have reached €134m and an EBITDA of €17.2m. The similar figures last year were €69m and €5.5m. It comes on the back of a 62% annual revenue growth, which makes Q1 2018 one of our strongest quarters ever, only beaten by the remarkably strong Q4 of 2017.” detailed Gaming Innovation Group Chief Executive Robin Reed.Reed and GIG governance detail strong corporate progress and the development of assets despite the company facing regulatory constraints within its Dutch market during the Q1 period.Further to the update, GIG reveals that it will now move to expand its presence within sports betting, launching its new ‘GIG Sports’ solution this May, ahead of World Cup Russia 2018.    During Q1 2018, GIG obtained a German sports betting licence, completing its €500,000 acquisition of Nordbet limited.   “We are preparing to launch our full suite of enterprise software for Sports betting after nearly 30 months of development, on Rizk.Com, ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2018. GiG Sports will see our company achieving full control of the sports betting value chain through proprietary products. It is built on the most modern tech architecture and pave the way for upgrades to scalability, performance and cost control in which we can achieve across our entire technological architecture” Reed added.Closing its Q1 trading update, GIG governance announced that it has started the ‘process towards a possible listing on the larger NASDAQ Stockholm’, potentially opening its enterprise to a wider investment pool. Sharelast_img read more

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