August 2020

Four Venezuelans arrested in TT

first_imgFive men, four Venezuelan and one Trinidadian, were arrested and charged with illegal firearm and ammunition possession during a raid in San Fernando on Thursday.During the raid that took place along King’s Wharf around 3 p.m. police also uncovered large amounts of marijuana and cocaine.The officers of San Fernando CID and Southern Division Task Force and Customs and Exercise Divison searched through several shacks, boats and abandoned buildings in the area.Police found two Taurus pistols and six rounds of ammunition in a wooden shack and .357 Magnum revolver in another building.Police seized a total of 94 grams of cocaine valued at $45,000 and 1.2 kilograms of marijuana valued $70,000, no arrests have been made in connection to the drug find.last_img read more

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Haiti’s prime minister Céant calls for truce ahead of Christmas celebrations

first_imgPORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – Prime Minister Jean-Henry Céant has called for a truce to street demonstrations by opposition parties as the country prepare to celebrate the Christmas holidays.Appeal to patriotism“I appeal to the patriotism of all, to surpass ourselves so as to offer the population a climate of lull to allow him to approaching these feasts with more serenity,” Céant said.The opposition parties have been staging street demonstrations in support of their calls for President Jovenel Moise to step down, after accusing him of not investigating allegations of corruption in the previous government over PetroCaribe, an oil alliance of many Caribbean states with Venezuela to purchase oil on conditions of preferential payment.Several people have died as a result of the protests and western countries, including the United States have authorized the departure of non-emergency government personnel and their families from the country.Last month, Canada’s Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau in a joint statement said the North American country “is very concerned about the … civil unrest in Haiti and is deeply saddened by the loss of life.In making his call for the truce, Prime Minister Céant said “our divergences, whatever their motivations and legitimacy may be, have basically very little weight against the harsh reality of our collective dismay”.Joint declaration signedHis statement follows a similar call made last week by 40 political parties closely associated with the government that adopted a joint declaration signed in Pétion-ville, a suburb in the capital, calling for a Christmas truce.The parties said they hoped their call would contribute to creating a climate of peace and provide an opportunity for an environment where the talks with the various stakeholders could take place.“UrbAyiti” programMeanwhile, government and the European Union have launched the “UrbAyiti” program aimed at supporting urban development in the country.The government said it is hoped that the EURO 52.5 million (One Euro=US$1.29 cents) program over the next four years will result in a better urban environment, risk mitigation works, better access to water and new urban infrastructure such as roads, drainage, public spaces or bridges.“The European Union is supporting the government in a two-pronged approach : to improve living conditions in the city center by helping to revive the Haitian capital and bring hope to the cities of Les Cayes, Jérémie, Dame- Marie and Beaumont to create places of life that allow the people of the province to live well at home rather than indignity in Port-au-Prince,” Prime Minister Céant urging the end to the demonstrations.The EU Ambassador to Haiti, Vincent Degert, said “after the earthquake of 2010, the European Union, with its partners, sought to re-develop nine neighborhoods in Haiti, through a global approach to improve, in addition to homes, the entire living environment of a neighborhood with access to water, electricity and new collective infrastructure, among other things.last_img read more

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CHTA says Caribbean tourism sector robust and resilient

first_imgMIAMI, CMC – A senior official of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) has sought to reassure investors that it is a great time to be in the regional tourism industry, which continues to be the major economic driver for the Caribbean.Unprecedented growth modeCHTA director general Frank Comito told delegates attending the Caribbean Hotel & Resort Investment Summit (CHRIS) that tourism is in an unprecedented growth mode with investments in new hotels and upgrades in existing properties contributing to more than one in every five new jobs being created globally.500,000 news jobs by 2028Comito, who is also the CHTA chief executive officer, said that at the current pace, the tourism sector is expected to contribute to the creation of over 500,000 new jobs in the Caribbean alone by 2028.According to CHTA’s 2019 Industry Performance and Outlook Study, the profitability gap for Caribbean hotels is improving with four out of five hotels reporting a net profit in 2018, up from three out of four several years ago.Comito said in addition to an improved global economy other factors which are stimulating the industry include growing destination investments in airport infrastructure, a steady supply of new room inventory, and increased investments by existing hotels in capital improvements.Recovered well from 2017 hurricanes The CHTA official said that the region had recovered well from the twin hurricanes that hit some Caribbean destinations with devastating consequences for the sector in 2017.However, while recovery was quick and strong in many destinations, he lamented that the region has more than 80,000 vacant hotel rooms every night.Need to boost bookingsComito said there was a need to boost bookings, noting that filling just 10 per cent of the vacant rooms “would inject nearly two billion US dollars annually into the region.”The CHTA official said year-to-date performance data from six of the region’s destinations recovering from the 2017 twin hurricanes points to a faster than anticipated turnaround, with most hotels upgraded and reopening and international air arrivals approaching pre-hurricane levels.“This exceeds our expectations and speaks well to the industry’s resiliency,” he said, noting that overall, the Caribbean has experienced an exceptional 2019 thus far with air arrivals and hotel performances exceeding the global average.Collaboration emphasizedTo speed up recovery and to strengthen its resilience, the CHTA head said all industry stakeholders, public and private, need to work together “to protect and enhance investments through collaboration on public relations and marketing around the Caribbean brand.“We’ve seen the results of collaboration, most recently last fall with the success of the ‘Rhythm Never Stops’ public relations, social and digital promotional campaign led by CHTA and the public sector-led Caribbean Tourism Organization.“A handful of major companies and Caribbean destinations invested in promoting the region out of a down period. The entire region benefited. We really need to get to the point where all beneficiaries are helping to promote the region all the time. It makes us all stronger and quite frankly it’s unfair for a few to shoulder the burden when all benefit. We can do better. We shouldn’t wait for a crisis for people to come to the table,” Comito said.Advocating investment for the long term, Comito emphasized the importance of taking a big picture approach to Caribbean investments.last_img read more

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Arsenal Confirms Jens Lehmann Return

first_imgRelatedLehmann Shades Unai Emery After Arsenal ExitJune 19, 2018In “England”Kanu Tips Emery To Succeed As Arsenal Manager (AUDIO)July 16, 2018In “England”Arsenal Manager, Unai Emery Calls Out Mesut OzilFebruary 20, 2019In “England” Arsenal’s official twitter handle has confirmed the return of former Arsenal goalkeeper, Jens Lehmann, as a first-team assistant coach.The former German International made 200 appearances for the Gunners, winning two major trophies across two spells. Speaking about the new addition, Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, told the club’s official website: “He has a demanding attitude and can give his desire to win to the players, to help them achieve their targets…That’s what you want from these players.”“He can also give good advice because he has gone through periods where it was not easy for him, where it wasn’t all going well, and I believe his rigorous attitude to his career is similar to Per Mertesacker. It’s important that a team is surrounded by people like that.“He enjoys being involved in training as well, and to experience the pleasure he had when he was giving his best for Arsenal Football Club again. He’s still highly motivated and that motivation never goes. When you want to do things well, I don’t think that ever changes.”last_img read more

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Camelot moves to secure board strengthening

first_imgShare UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Related Articles Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 Ministers expected to raise National Lottery age limit August 17, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon Camelot UK Lotteries Limited has announced a duo of executive appointments, strengthening its board “in accordance with the Board Governance Review process that the company is currently undertaking”.Incoming is Sir Hugh Robertson as the new Camelot Chairman with immediate effect, the current Chair of the British Olympic Association (BOA), with a number of senior roles previously held, including serving as Minister for Sport and the Olympics during London 2012, responsible for the construction of a 560-acre Olympic Park.This was followed up with becoming the Minister of State at the Foreign Office, responsible for the Middle East, North Africa and Counter Terrorism.Commenting on the appointment, Sir Hugh explained: “I am delighted to be joining as Camelot’s Chairman. I have been privileged to see first-hand the enormous difference The National Lottery makes to the fabric of the UK, not least through its funding of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as the 2016 Games in Rio, and its ongoing support for our elite athletes. When I heard that Camelot was seeking a new Chairman, I actively sought the role – and am delighted to be joining a business that plays such an important role in today’s society.“However, Camelot’s role in running a national institution can never be taken for granted. I look forward to working with the current management team, as well as my fellow Board colleagues, to further build on the company’s long tradition of commercial innovation – growing National Lottery sales in a socially-responsible way – while looking to ensure there is an appropriate policy and regulatory environment which allows The National Lottery to flourish.”Also joining is Robert Walker, current Chairman of Enterprise Inns, as Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director, with prior experience including Chairman roles at Travis Perkins, WHSmith, BCA Europe and Williams Lea.Jo Taylor, Camelot’s outgoing Chairman, added: “It’s been a pleasure and a privilege to serve as Camelot’s Chairman for the past two years. In Sir Hugh and Robert, we have appointed two individuals of exceptional calibre who will bring extensive commercial and stakeholder experience to further strengthen Camelot’s Board.”last_img read more

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GLMS collaborates with Europol on combatting sports manipulations

first_img Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon GLMS monitors North American integrity with Montreal Hub June 23, 2020 The Global Lottery Monitoring System (GLMS), the integrity unit of the World Lottery Association (WLA) has announced a cooperation agreement with Europol, the law European Union’s law enforcement agency.Signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at The Hague, GLMS and Europol entities have agreed to share data and information on sports competitions and related organised crime investigations.GLMS and Europol will also cooperate in running joint activities and implementing relevant projects, notably in the field of education and capacity building.Updating the market, GLMS President, Ludovico Calvi, stated: “We are delighted to consolidate our long-lasting and fruitful relationship with Europol and strengthen our joint efforts. Europol has played a significant role in recent years in the fight against organised crime involved in sport competitions manipulations with concrete results in relevant investigations.”Europol is the European Union’s law enforcement agency. Headquartered in The Hague, the Netherlands, Europol supports the 28 EU Member States in their fight against terrorism, cybercrime and other serious and organised forms of crime.Europol Deputy Executive Director of Operations, Wil van Gemert, commented on partnering with GLMS: “With organised crime infiltrating sport, the phenomenon of sport competition manipulations is, unfortunately, an active threat to EU citizens. Europol has been taking this matter very seriously and has successfully supported far-reaching investigations over the past years. We are delighted to count on the relationship with GLMS, which thanks to its strong global network and local presence will further support us in this challenging task. Share Europol warns of ‘greater risk’ of match-fixing during pandemic August 7, 2020 Share GLMS report flags 178 suspicious betting alerts in Europe July 9, 2020last_img read more

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WATCH: SG Digital – The sports betting experience of the future

first_imgShare Share Xtremepush secures ‘OpenMarket’ supplier accreditation   August 26, 2020 SG ramps up digital expansion with Nederlandse Loterij deal August 24, 2020 Related Articles SG OpenMarket approval sees SportCaller expand FTP distribution capacity August 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Keith O’Loughlin, SVP of Sportsbook at SG Digital, has predicted a future for sports betting where a majority of bets placed will be created uniquely. In an interview completed at the ICE exhibition, O’Loughlin tracked the evolution of sports betting, specifically in terms of events, markets and prices provided to the end customer.He said this journey, which started with traders writing prices on the wall, then moved to the use of overall digital solutions but with “very manual” components, before arriving at today’s largely (fully in some cases) automated, algorithm-driven models. O’Loughlin suggested that there has been a “180 degree change” for the sports betting operator and platform provider partnership, to a point where the focus must be on what the customer wants to bet on, rather than the markets that can be provided. He thinks the unrestricted opportunity to ‘build a bet’, however varied this might be, is what the future betting experience looks like “both from an online app and retail perspective” – a future which will bring about a complete rethink around risk management.O’Loughlin also touched on the “embryonic” nature of the US sports betting market which, once it has evolved, will likely be the benchmark for other jurisdictions in terms of how to combine traditional bet placement with the right entertainment experience. SG Digital has already gone live with Managed Trading Services (MTS) for Caesars via Don Best Sports – the sports betting data provider it acquired in Q4 2018. The company is looking into how it can replicate this service, both across the US and for the rest of the world.To see the full interview with Keith O’Loughlin, click here.last_img read more

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SG Digital launches ‘next level’ scorecards Match HQ

first_img Related Articles SG ramps up digital expansion with Nederlandse Loterij deal August 24, 2020 Esports Entertainment bolsters tournament capacity by acquiring EGL August 27, 2020 Share Share Submit Xtremepush secures ‘OpenMarket’ supplier accreditation   August 26, 2020 Delivering new ‘player first engagements’ and dynamics across its sportsbook network, SG Digital – the interactive arm of Nasdaq-listed Scientific Games Corporation (SGC) – has launched new live score product ‘Match HQ’.Match HQ offers a diverse range of match tailored scoreboard cards for US and European sports audiences. It has been developed by SG Digital’s innovation studio Red7, offering sportsbook clients deep data ‘scoreboard widgets’ which display real-time match information, driving further audience engagement through ‘play-by-play animations, commentary, and in-play team and player statistics’.The Nasdaq technology group details Match HQ as a major product launch for the OpenEngage branch of its OpenSports division, which aims to deliver new immersive engagements strengthening audience interaction across its multi-channel sportsbook network servicing digital and retail disciplines.The launch, said SG Digital, expands the offering from its Red7 studio, well-known for its innovation in established betting markets like the UK. Match HQ also offers a great fit for the burgeoning U.S. region, presenting live data on some of the market’s biggest sports, including football, basketball, baseball and tennis.Keith O’Loughlin, SVP Sportsbook for SG Digital, said: “We’re ramping up our U.S. sports betting presence with the launch of Match HQ under the OpenSports umbrella, and this is a big win. More importantly, we’re shaping the betting experience to be seamless and intuitive for the end-user. When punters have this information at their fingertips, it makes for a better experience, plain and simple.”Match HQ scoreboards are now live with Caesars Entertainment, with SG Digital expecting more partners to follow suit in the coming weeks. StumbleUponlast_img read more

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Jesper Søgaard: Stage 1 – Establishing Better Collective’s US profile

first_img Acquisitions and media drive 2019 growth for Better Collective March 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit Market leaders headline SBC Digital Summit’s Digital Marketing Day April 22, 2020 Share Jesper Søgaard – Better CollectiveLast May, Stockholm-listed Better Collective A/S moved to significantly advance its US profile by acquiring US legacy betting publisher the RotoGrinders network for $21 million.Branded as a transformative deal for Better Collective’s organisation and growth strategy, Chief Executive & Co-Founder Jesper Søgaard details to SBC why his firm is ready to gamble on the US betting market’s undefined agenda for marketing incumbents.___________________SBC: Hi Jesper thanks for this interview. Can you detail the significance of Better Collective acquiring the RotoGrinders network… Where does this acquisition sit with your existing industry portfolio?Jesper Søgaard (Better Collective CEO): The acquisition of RotoGrinders Network sets us in a strong position in the US market. RotoGrinders owns a strong network of platforms for sports betting and daily fantasy sports (DFS) in the US, among others including rotogrinders.com, sportshandle.com, usbets.com and pennbets.com that will be a great supplement to our existing US portfolio.We have had US-focused products up and running for some time, leading to revenue streams from online sports betting since last year. Building a presence and taking part in this new market opportunity is now boosted by the acquisition that will strengthen our presence even further as the new organisation constellation is also built for future growth – this will contribute to our goal of being the number one sports betting affiliate in the world.SBC: Does the acquisition see Nashville become the home of Better Collective for its US market operations?JS: RotoGrinders will remain headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee and be the centre for operating US-focused products and business. In addition, we have opened an office in New York, which will coordinate all of Better Collective’s activities in the US, including sales and marketing activities.SBC: As we see a number of US states move towards regulation. Are you witnessing a clear agenda being formed on industry marketing practices, does this dynamic concern you as an affiliate stakeholder?JS: We are not witnessing a clear federal US agenda being formulated. Instead, we have learned we need to look at each state independently as we, state-by-state, see an incredible amount of differentiation when it comes to regulation. Whether that be tax rates, marketing restrictions, rights fees, geolocation, licensing requirements etc.All of these variables are big hurdles – especially for operators to overcome when scaling and launching in States 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 etc. From my perspective, the main concern surrounds the end-users in each individual state. The fewer hurdles there are state-by-state, which could be solved by a more uniform approach to regulation, the safer it will be for the end-user, as it leaves much less room for error for affiliates and operators alike to enter the new markets.We are fortunate to have reached a size where we have the resources to be on top of the developments of the regulatory landscape, but smaller affiliates may not have the same, which can endanger the local users’ experience.SBC: Acquiring the US market’s biggest gambling/betting publisher, how will you maintain a balanced network between RotoGrinders and your US ‘organic portals’?JS: We have carefully evaluated the RotoGrinders Network’s products that have the right visions and which are really well-positioned. Therefore, we are confident they will supplement our existing US-facing products strongly. RotoGrinders has mainly focused on DFS while the organic Better Collective US products have targeted sports betting. We have found that it is incredibly important to have feet on the ground in the markets we are active in, and, together with our newly-opened office in New York, we have secured the foundation for this.In terms of resources, RotoGrinders and Better Collective are going to supplement each other as we now have specialists on each site. At Better Collective we have strong sets of skills when it comes to the monetization of affiliate traffic and commercialisation of sites e.g. in terms of SEO optimization and rankings while RotoGrinders are experts in DFS and American sports culture. Combining our efforts, we can benefit from synergies and create a larger and stronger network that will increase the experience for sports passionate American tipsters and bettors.SBC: At a marketing level, where multiple competitors are seeking to gain their US footholds – do you worry that you have triggered a US affiliate arms race?JS: Undoubtedly that’s the reality of the market, the competition will increase also amongst affiliates, since more and more states are legalising online sports betting. However, we expect the US market will become so big, there will be room for more than one winner in this market.We do not worry we have triggered a ‘US affiliate arms race’, since we are excited to take part in the competition in this interesting time, as feel confident about our strong organisational setup and future prospects.SBC: Finally and most importantly, a year since PASPA repeal what do you feel you have learnt from the US betting market’s early stages?JS: We have learned that it is difficult to exactly predict the future of the market. However, it is really interesting to see the approach by, for instance, Tennessee that will only open up for online and mobile betting. Tennessee is one of the few states to not actually have any brick and mortar operations within its borders, so to see the state’s interest in opening up via the online option illustrates that more states could move towards legislation based on the positive results they are seeing from others, rather than relying on their own experience from land-based establishments._________________Jesper Søgaard – Chief Executive & Co-Founder – Better Collective A/Slast_img read more

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Genius Sports Media takes lead on Admiral Group’s sportsbook marketing campaigns

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Scott Longley – Confusion reigns over FDC’s second betting rights deal July 14, 2020 Submit Related Articles Winning Post: Football data rights… the first shots of a revolution? March 9, 2020 Share 888 calls for Betgenius sportsbook makeover June 25, 2020 Genius Sports Media, the publishing and advertising arm of Genius Sports, has agreed to support Admiral Group with customer engagement by launching a series of customer engagement-focused sportsbook marketing campaigns across multiple European markets.The partnership will see Admiral Group hand responsibility to Genius Sports Media for the creation, design and execution of bespoke acquisition and retention campaigns. The campaigns will focus on promoting betting markets on relevant sporting events in each territory.Celebrating the new agreement, Josh Jolliffe, Sales Director – Europe & Africa at Genius Sports Media, said: “Our partnership with Admiral has started strongly with campaigns beating their CPA target by approximately 10%. We look forward to helping them grow and sustain their respected brand across Europe.”The new campaigns will feature live odds and odds comparison data, in addition to match-specific and head-to-head statistics. It will allow customers to customise their bets including selection and stake, and see live returns instantly.Felipe Ludeña, Managing Director at Admiral Sportwetten, added: “We selected Genius Sports Media as the digital media partner for this important launch due to the company’s many years of experience of working specifically within the iGaming industry.”Earlier this month, Genius Sports Media secured a new partnership with marketing optimisation platform OtherLevels to develop a unified, omni-channel and personalised marketing solution for betting incumbents.The partnership will see Genius Sports Media become the exclusive distributor for direct sales of OtherLevels in-play messaging components for the betting sector.last_img read more

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