August 2020

Jamaican Embassy in Washington Monitoring Flood Disaster in Houston Texas

first_imgNo notification of death, serious injury Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States in Washington, D.C., Audrey P. Marks, says that “to date, we have received no notification of death or serious injury of any Jamaican national resulting from this disaster.”She noted that with the tremendous outpouring of support and assistance from the Jamaican Diaspora, including individuals and Jamaican associations (notably the Jamaican Association of Houston), the Consul General in Miami and the Honorary Consuls in Texas have been working tirelessly to respond to the needs of affected Diaspora members, as well as the many others who have been displaced.Heartened by overwhelming support “I am truly heartened by the overwhelming offer of support received from other members of our Diaspora across the United States. This includes feedback concerning available shelters and the efforts underway to collect and distribute relief supplies to those impacted,” says Ambassador Marks.“We have also received information that where possible, cash donations would be preferred at this time, ” Ambassador Marks noted.She added that the Embassy has been coordinating with the Consul-General Franz Hall in Miami to put together an up-to-date list of shelters and contact information, which will be disseminated shortly.Hurricane Harvey is the most powerful hurricane to hit Texas in 50 years. When it made landfall last Friday Harvey brought record rainfall, which caused unprecedented flooding and extensive damage to property and infrastructure. The hurricane drove thousands from their homes and as many as 30 deaths have been reported. In the wake of the devastation wreaked by Hurricane Harvey in Houston and surrounding cities in the State of Texas, United States, Jamaica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, through its Embassy in Washington, D.C., is actively monitoring the situation.Jamaican Honorary Consul in TexasThe Embassy is closely liaising with the Jamaican Honorary Consul in Texas, Omari Fullerton, with a view to reaching out to the victims of the disaster, especially to affected Jamaican diaspora members.last_img read more

Former Chief Justice Of Jamaica, Sir Edward Zacca, Has Died

first_img“His contribution was certainly noteworthy as a high court judge, a Justice of Appeal, President of the Court of Appeal, Chief Justice of Jamaica and first Jamaican judge to be appointed to the Privy Council in the United Kingdom,” he recalled.Sir Edward also contributed regionally to the courts in the Turks and Caicos, Cayman Islands and the Bahamas.Mr. Leiba said those who appeared before Justice Zacca “have said he was an excellent judge, fair and balanced, a good, decent and honourable man who served Jamaica well.”Sir Edward is the father of Christopher Zacca, the president and CEO of Sagicor Group Jamaica. KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s former Chief Justice, Sir Edward Zacca, has died at the age of 88. Sir Edward died on Monday morning after a short illness.Both the Supreme Court and the Court of Appeal observed a moment of silence in recognition of the passing of former Chief Justice Sir Edward Zacca, while several members of the judiciary paid tribute to his memory.Edward Zacca served as Jamaica’s Chief Justice for more than a decade. He also acted as Governor-General between the retirement of Sir Florizel Glasspole and the appointment of his successor, Sir Howard Cooke, in the early 1990s.The Jamaican Bar Association has hailed former Chief Justice, Sir Edward Zacca, for his contribution to the judiciary in Jamaica and the region.Jamaican Bar Association President Emile Leiba remembered Sir Edward for the various roles he held.last_img read more

Two Cases of Cornoavirus Confirmed in Florida

first_imgFlorida Governor Ron DeSantis at an emergency press conference on March 2, 2020. MIAMI, Florida – On March 2, the first two cases of the novel coronavirus were confirmed in Florida by state officials, sending panic and worry across the state.At a press conference yesterday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis gave details on the conditions of the two confirmed patients, who are both in isolation.The first patient is a man in his 60s who is hospitalized in Manatee County, the governor said. That individual has pneumonia and is in stable condition at a hospital. He did not travel to any areas impacted, so it’s unclear how he contact the virus. He’s currently in isolation.The second patient is a woman in her 20s in Hillsborough County. That individual recently returned from northern Italy, where the virus is spreading at a rapid rate. She is in stable condition and remains in isolation at home.While the female patient is likely to have caught the virus while in Italy, the transmission of the virus to the male patient has been unexplained. The puzzling transmission of the virus has left local health officials worried that there could be more people in the state with the virus, undetected.While the anxiety about the virus grows in local communities, Governor DeSantis assured that there was no need to panic. “Despite these cases, the threat to the overall public remains low. With that said, we do anticipate that more will test positive and we have taken additional action to help contain the virus’s spread,” he said.DeSantis said a total of 23 people in the state have been tested. The state is currently monitoring 185 cases, and almost 800 have been monitored in total.As of March 3, 6 people have died in the United States from coronavirus, while the number of global deaths has risen pass 3000.last_img read more

IWBF: Team Nigeria To Participate In The Tournament In South Africa

first_imgTeam Nigeria’s (men and women) wheelchair basketball teams will feature in the International Wheelchair Basketball Federation (IWBF) Africa World Championship Qualifiers 2017 scheduled for South Africa next month.The 7-day qualifiers, to be hosted by WheelChair Basketball South Africa, will take place at the Tongaat Indoor Sports Centre, KwaZulu-Natal from Saturday, November 18.The tournament will feature 8 African teams in the men’s section and 4 African teams in the women’s section. They will compete for only one spot for each section ahead of the world tournament scheduled for Hamburg, Germany in 2018.In the men’s section, Nigeria will face Ghana, Egypt and defending champions Algeria in Pool B, while host South Africa will face Morocco, Angola and Zimbabwe in Pool A.In the women`s section, Nigeria will compete against Algeria, Zimbabwe and South Africa.The finals of the tournament will hold on the 24th November, where the maiden 3×3 ActionBall Knockout Continental Challenge will be launched.RelatedRugby Africa Cup: Rugby Africa Launches RAC, To Serve As Qualifiers For 2023 Rugby World CupJune 15, 2019In “Rugby”2020 AWCON: Super Falcons Await Niger/Togo in Expanded QualifiersDecember 7, 2019In “Africa”Basketball: D’Tigers Get 2021 Afrobasket Qualification DateJanuary 20, 2020In “BasketBall”last_img

PMU promotes Paul Cohen Scali to Director of Group Operations & Systems

first_img France state-owned sports betting operator Paris Mutuel Urbain (PMU), continues the restructure of its retail betting network confirming the promotion of Paul Cohen Scali to the position of Director of Operations and Information Systems.A PMU operations veteran, Scali takes on the senior executive role having previously served as the operator’s Director of IT & Systems (2009-2017). An experienced IT engineer Scali will now lead all PMU integration and systems projects, as the firm seeks to revamp its retail betting offering.Scali will work alongside new PMU retail network lead Patrick Fontana, who last May was officially appointed Director of Commercial Properties, taking over full management of PMU’s + 13,000 retail betting points across France.Moving forward, the French legacy betting operator seeks to bridge consumer engagement between its commercial properties and online betting propositions, building new omni-channel capabilities.Scali will continue to work from PMU headquarters in Paris and will report directly to the firm’s governance. StumbleUpon Share ANJ takes charge of new French gambling era June 22, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit FDJ focuses on delivering ‘2020 savings plan’ as covid drains momentum July 30, 2020last_img read more

Timeline – How the fate of fobts became such a deep seated issue

first_img As the long awaited triennial review of gaming machines stakes and prizes looms, it’s seemingly becoming increasingly likely that the result will be a crippling clampdown on the maximum stakes on fixed-odds-betting-terminals (FOBTs).Since the introduction of the Gambling Act in 2005, the political maelstrom that has engulfed FOBTs has inevitably intensified the levels of tension, and decreased the levels of rationality that have surrounded the debate of how and whether the terminals can be used in a responsible and safe way. The introduction of the Gambling ActThe Gambling Act was passed by Tony Blair’s Labour government in 2005 and was enforced two years later. In an effort to safeguard against betting shops becoming mini casinos, the legislation restricted bookmakers to just four machines per shop. In reality, bookmakers had been voluntarily capping the number at four per shop anyway after an agreement between the industry and the then gaming regulator (and precursor to the Gambling Commission) The Gaming Board. In a fashion, the emergence of FOBTs helped the progression of the Gambling Act as the product demonstrated how unfit the current gambling laws, the Gaming Act of 1968 in particular, were for emerging global technologies.Interestingly, in a report issued in 2012 the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) argued that this led to an increase in clusters of betting shops on the high street and another report by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) suggested that if clustering was a problem, then one way to solve it would be to remove the artificial limit on FOBTs per shop. Unsurprisingly, this suggestion did not go very far.Although the act was aimed at encouraging increased levels of openness and fairness within gambling, critics perceived it as a complete deregulation of the industry. This is despite the fact that it brought bookmakers under the remit of a central regulator for the first time. However two pieces of deregulation – the permission of advertising and the removal of the demands test for new betting shops – were very visible changes.Despite this ‘legitimisation’, the DCMS ministers were fond of declaring that FOBTs were still ‘on probation’ and that any problems arising would see the then Labour government come down on them hard. However there was still no change in approach during all Labour’s time in power.A 2010 prevalence study showed that just 4% of people had used FOBTs, up from 3% in 2007, furthermore, the studies identified that levels of problem gambling hadn’t been greatly altered by the introduction of FOBTs or the enforcing of the Gambling Act. A 2007 report by the Gambling Commission stated that approximately 0.6% of the country suffered from problem gambling, the same levels as were recorded in 1999. In 2010, this number rose to 0.9%, before falling to 0.7% in 2016.Results affirm the importance of the machinesThe notion that revenue from FOBTs was of the utmost importance to bookmakers, was affirmed in the financial results published by Britain’s leading bookmakers. In 2011 William Hill found that a 1% decrease in OTC net revenue had been countered by gaming machine gross win growth of 13%, announcing its H1 results a year later, Ladbrokes’ machine revenue had gone up 20%.A motion put forward by Labour’s Tom Watson proposing that the maximum stakes on FOBTs be decreased was voted down, with 314 MPs voting against it as oppose to 232 MPs voting for it. Nonetheless, the morning following the debate when Prime Minister, David Cameron described the machines as ‘a problem’ and vowed to wait until the triennial report to make a decision on the terminals, shares in Britain’s leading bookmakers took a temporary dip.Osbourne’s budget hits bookies hard Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osbourne announced in his 2014 budget that the tax rate on the terminals would be increased from 20% to  25%. It was a move that resulted in the share prices of bookmakers taking a dramatic decline, with Ladbrokes shares falling 12% and William Hill shares falling 5%.Following up on a report from the DCMS, the government eased mounting pressure to lower the maximum stakes on the machines, by enforcing new regulations that meant if players wanted to stake more than £50 at one time, they had to inform shop members of staff, or create an account with the bookmaker.The DCMS stated that: “Account-based play allows players access to up-to-date information which can reduce biased or irrational gambling, and help people maintain control.“Making payments over the counter rather than onto the machine directly can provide opportunities for intervention which may give players a reality check.”Labour lays it on the line as snap election further delays reviewThe upcoming triennial review of gaming machines stakes and prizes was delayed after Prime Minister Theresa May called a snap election, further delays in the review meant that any alterations to the current act would be unlikely to come into place until October 2018.Amid much pressure and a pending government review, both The Labour party and the Liberal Democrats made a manifesto pledge to cut the maximum stake on terminals to just £2.The manifesto read: “These highly addictive machines in bookmakers across the country have become a problem for many families and communities.”As the political campaign of Labour and Jeremy Corbyn gathered momentum, the pledge inevitably caused a backlash from bookmakers, The ABB (Association of British Bookmakers) described it as a ‘bizarre and unjustified attack on betting shops.’Adding that: “The Labour Party whose members are among the millions who enjoy their leisure time at their local bookies,  have fallen for the spin of our commercial rivals who have a vested interest in destroying Britain’s High Street betting shops.“There is no evidence to show cutting stakes on gaming machines will help tackle problem gambling.“Independent research already shows that people lose more money more quickly on an arcade gaming machine than in any other gambling venue at current staking levels.“This flawed policy would destroy over 20,000 jobs, close thousands of betting shops, cost millions of pounds in lost taxes for the Government and end a popular activity for millions of people – all without helping a single problem gambler.”Hung parliament extends period of uncertainty With the Conservatives losing their majority government, industry fears grew that the looming review would result in a significantly more aggressive approach by the government on the machines, a fear that was exalted by the Conservatives newly formed alliance with the an ardently anti-FOBT Democratic Unionist Party.An analysis published after the election from Barclays Bank estimated that cutting the stakes on FOBTs to just £2 would have major implications on the annual revenue for bookmakers, with Ladbrokes Coral being hit the hardest losing £439m, William Hill losing £288m and Paddy Power Betfair taking a £58m hit.Nonetheless, this didn’t stop Paddy Power Betfair chief executive Breon Corcoran writing to the minister at DCMS, Tracey Crouch expressing his belief ‘that only a substantial reduction in FOBT stake limits to £10 or less will address societal concerns.’ It was a move that caused Greg Knight Managing Director of UK independent bookmaker Jenningsbet to question his motives, stating that  Corcoran was ‘deliberately undermining the UK retail betting sector.’ UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Submit Related Articles Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

Betting on Sports 2018 “a unique opportunity” for the PGA TOUR

first_img StumbleUpon Join the PASPA Repeal 2nd anniversary online networking event May 13, 2020 888 calls for Betgenius sportsbook makeover June 25, 2020 Share Submit Share Scott Longley – Confusion reigns over FDC’s second betting rights deal July 14, 2020 Related Articles The changing landscape of sports betting across the USA has been long debated by many quarters, since that monumental day on May 14, when the US Supreme Court found in favour of New Jersey and repealed the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA).As the writing, debate and speculation continues, acquisitions are made and new relationships formed, while the various leagues and governing bodies are busy educating themselves waiting for the boom.One such organisation is the PGA TOUR, who are making the trip to Betting on Sports 2018 at the London Olympia from September 18-21, delivering a 30 minute presentation titled “Betting on Golf: How the PGA TOUR is Driving into the Future” (in conference room one at 14.15pm on Wednesday September 19).Speaking that day are Len Brown and David Miller, The TOUR’s Chief Legal Officer and Vice President & Assistant General Counsel respectively, who see Betting on Sports on the perfect platform to get its message across, further its education and create key industry relationships: “The PGA TOUR’s business is growing increasingly international, and Betting on Sports 2018 provides us with a unique opportunity to deliver our message to a large and sophisticated global audience.   “We hope to educate the audience on the role that the PGA TOUR is playing in the world of integrity and gaming and on the potential for commercial opportunities with the PGA TOUR.”Adding: “We hope to develop new relationships in the gaming industry, inform others on the role the PGA TOUR is playing in the industry and further our own education as legal sports betting spreads in the US.”Amongst the many issues set to be addressed by the world’s leading golf organisation in London in September is one of integrity, which has seen the TOUR partner with Genius Sports to develop and implement its own dedicated program.Giving a brief insight into what attendees can expect at the Olympia, Brown and Miller commented: “We believe the leagues should play the leading role in protecting the integrity of their respective competitions.  The leagues have the most at stake, as merely one match-fixing incident can damage a league’s reputation for decades.    “Leagues should be implementing comprehensive integrity systems and procedures, as we have done through the PGA TOUR Integrity Program in partnership with Genius Sports.  We monitor all known betting lines on our competitions in real time for suspicious activity, and we educate our players, employees and other constituencies on corruption prevention.  “Also, we are advocating for important integrity protections in betting legislation, including requirements that operators share betting data with the leagues for integrity purposes, not offer bets designated by the leagues that are more susceptible to corruption, and not use data from sources like courtsiders and web scrapers that are more likely to be the source of corruption.”The PGA TOUR is to be present at Betting on Sports 2018, with a 30 minute presentation slot detailed as:Betting on Golf: How the PGA TOUR is Driving into the Future – The PGA TOUR, the leading golf organisation in the world, will present an overview of betting on golf. The presentation will cover, among other topics, the PGA TOUR’s Integrity Program, its ShotLink data collection system and opportunities for data distribution for sports betting, and its efforts to develop a best-in-class regulatory system for sports betting in the United States.To see a full agenda please click HERE.last_img read more

Matchbook becomes new sponsor of Limerick’s Novice Chase

first_img Limerick Racecourse has announced a three-year agreement with Matchbook Betting Exchange to become the new sponsor of its Matchbook Betting Exchange Grade 1 Novice Chase.An esteemed part of the racing calendar, The Matchbook Betting Exchange Grade 1 Novice Chase is the feature race on Boxing Day, the opening day of the iconic four day Mr Binman Christmas Racing Festival. The race, which will be shown live on RTE television, runs over a distance of 2 miles and 3½ furlongs, has been won by subsequent Grade 1 winners Sir Des Champs, Gilgamboa, Outlander and Bellshill in recent years and is the only Grade 1 race in Munster. Patrick O’Callaghan, General Manager of Limerick Racecourse, commented: “We are delighted to welcome Matchbook Betting Exchange to Limerick Racecourse as sponsor of The Matchbook Betting Exchange Grade 1 Novice Chase for the next three years. The Matchbook Betting Exchange Grade 1 Novice Chase has always been a distinctive race with notable winners in recent years.“Thanks to their very generous support we will be increasing the prize fund to €100,000 which will make it one of the most valuable races run in Ireland on the day. We look forward to working with the Matchbook team and making this a very successful partnership over the coming years.”Mark Brosnan, CEO of Matchbook, added: “We are delighted to further expand our sponsorship portfolio in Ireland with this high-quality Grade 1 Novice Chase at Limerick. It is important to us that our sponsorship makes a difference and we are thrilled that our contribution to the prize fund brings it up to €100,000. “The partnership is made extra special being Limerick’s first ever Grade 1 race and this three-year partnership further demonstrates Matchbook’s commitment to the horse racing industry.” Submit StumbleUpon Share UKGC lifts Matchbook suspension August 12, 2020 Share Related Articles UKGC suspended Matchbook licence over AML & Risk assessment failures April 8, 2020 Mark Brosnan ends Matchbook CEO tenure  May 19, 2020last_img read more

UKGC sets out key focus areas in 2019-20 strategy

first_img UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Related Articles Share The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has set out its key areas of focus for the next 12 months as part of its 2019-20 Business Plan, detailing the ways it plans to protect customers, prevent harm, raise industry standards and improving regulation.As the regulator moves into the second year of its 2018-2021 strategy, the UKGC intends to “secure a more sustainable funding structure for education, prevention and treatment – ensuring the outcomes are measured and evaluated.”Neil McArthur, chief executive of the Gambling Commission, said: “This business plan highlights the projects and milestones we will complete during 2019-20 as we move into the second year of our Strategy 2018-2021. “Our overriding objective is to make gambling fairer and safer for consumers, in what is a constantly developing market. I am proud of the progress we have made with our ambitious strategy, but I am also clear that there is much more to do.”Alongside the new Business Plan, the UKGC is also set to launch its National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms which will explore issues facing the industry at the minute such as the use of credit cards to wager bets. The plan detailed: “We put consumers at the heart of our approach, which requires us to strike a balance between the enjoyment people get from gambling and the risks that gambling can present. “Managing those risks is not just the responsibility of the individual consumer. That is why we assess risks by looking at the providers of gambling, the products that are offered and the places in which people gamble. “Our approach allows us to respond to emerging risks and issues, whilst constantly seeking ways to drive up standards. This is especially important due to the challenges and opportunities online gambling and smartphone technology are bringing and the effect that is having on consumer behaviour.” Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Efbet continues Bulgarian investment

first_img Bulgarian sportsbook Efbet is investing BGN25m a year into Bulgarian sports according to one of the founders of the company Tsvetomir Naydenov.The sportsbook currently sponsors CSKA 1948 of the Bulgarian second division whilst also sponsoring a host of top flight Bulgarian teams and the country’s First Professional Football League.  As well as being greatly involved within Bulgaria’s football competition, efbet also sponsors the Bulgarian national volleyball team and both the countries national basketball and volleyball leagues. The operator is now seeking to expand into Western Europe. Naydenov discussed the company’s formation and its plans for the future: “We started with ‘Eurofootball’ first in 1990. At that time our company was family – my father, me and my brother. Then 2003 – 2004 I saw the development of online sports betting and saw that Malta, as a member of the European Union, is the European sports betting hub. I went there, and founded the company which is today’s efbet. The brand “efbet” has always belonged to our family. “Ever since working with Eurofootball we have sponsored various sports clubs and federations, and we have expanded a lot more since efbet. There has been efbet Romania for two years, in one month we will start efbet Italy, we have already started efbet Serbia and efbet Spain. We are in the process of getting a UK and US licence. I have negotiated with the FCFB, Astra Giurgiu and CFR Cluj –  maybe our sponsorship interests in Romania will end up somewhere there. We will do the same procedure for Spain and Italy.”Naydenov, who is an avid CSKA fan, discussed his relationship with the club, concluding: “My whole family are fans of CSKA. From the age of 12 I started to go to CSKA matches alone. My favourite football player is Emil Kostadinov. The fans made an association, and I was made a member – one of two hundred.“I was fed up with CSKA going bankrupt. I submitted a recovery plan on behalf of the company, which was 100% owned by Vasil Bozhkov, but  he had no desire for it. When he does not want to rebuild the club, there is no way outside people can do it.” Submit Intralot rocked by Bulgaria Eurobet suspension  June 5, 2020 Sportal365 to power efbet’s multi-market content strategy April 30, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Bulgarian lottery dispute sees Kambi suspend service March 13, 2020 Sharelast_img read more