Month: August 2020

  • Miller-Uibo destroys crack Diamond League field

    first_imgBahamian 2016 Olympic champion Shaunae Miller-Uibo destroyed a quality field to win the 400 meters at the Diamond League meeting in Rabat on Sunday in a meet record 49.80s.The Bahamian, who is a heavy favorite to win the gold medal at the IAAF World Championships in London next month, controlled the race from the start and moved away from the field down the home stretch to completely shatter the meet record of 51.05s set in 2015 by American Allyson Felix, the world leader, and the Bahamian’s main rival for the gold medal in London.Winner of 10 straight 400mMiller-Uibo has now won the 400m at 10 straight meets since losing to Allyson Felix at the 2015 World Championships. Felix, who did not race in Rabat, is ranked No. 1 in the 400m this year. Miller-Uibo is planning to run the 200m and 400m in London.In Miller-Uibo’s wake was the American pair of Natasha Hastings 50.86 and US champion Quanera Haynes 51.08s, who were second and third respectively.Veteran Jamaican quarter-miler Novlene Williams-Mills was fourth in 51.18s while her compatriot, Shericka Jackson, the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist was fifth in 51.20 seconds.South Africa’s Caster Semenya, the Olympic 800m champion, was seventh in a season best 51.53.Elaine Thompson wins 100 meters in record time It was the first time in recent history, and perhaps ever, that the reigning 400m and 800m Olympic champions raced against each other in an individual race.Another Caribbean Olympic Champion Elaine Thompson of Jamaica extended her winning streak to 17 consecutive 100m victories by winning Sunday’s Diamond League meet a meet record of 10:87 seconds.last_img read more

  • Several Caribbean Human Rights Groups Beg Haitian President to Resign

    first_imgPORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – More than 200 foreign-based human rights groups are calling for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise whom the opposition has accused of corruption.In an open letter to the Haitian people, the human rights groups from more than 20 countries, including Guatemala, Honduras, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago, said they were expressing their solidarity and support in their quest for the resignation of Moïse.Among those signing the letter is the Argentinian Nobel Peace Prize winner, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, who won the prize in 1980 for his work on human rights in Latin America.“From the four corners and the most diverse sectors of our American continent, we wish to express our solidarity and support for the fight you are waging, both on the streets and in other ways, for just and urgent demand,” they wrote.“This is a claim that rises like a deafening cry, calling for the resignation of President Jovenel Moïse, his government and his parliament because they no longer have any legitimacy and ability to govern. We make your claim to the UN, the OAS, the governments of the United States and the entire Core Group,” the human rights groups wrote adding “we demand from these powers that they abandon their mistaken qualification and their demonization of Haiti and respect your right to self-determination”In addition, the human rights groups say they are opposed to the deployment of the United Nations Integrated Office in Haiti (UNHIB) a new special political mission from October 16.On Monday, the United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, named former United States State Department official, Helen Meagher La Lime, to head the new unit that is s expected to work on issues concerning elections, which have been delayed due to political turmoil.The opposition parties have accused Moise of embezzlement, but the head of state has defended himself against the report of the Superior Court of Accounts and Administrative Litigation (CSA/CA) into programmes and projects funded by the PetroCaribe, an oil alliance of many Caribbean states with Venezuela to purchase oil on conditions of preferential payment.The report found that significant shortcomings have been associated with the planning and implementation of development programmes and projects funded by the PetroCaribe Fund.Over the past five weeks, opposition supporters have taken to the streets in support of their demands for Moise, who came to power in 2017, to resign.last_img read more

  • CARICOM Urges Support For Community Based Organisations In Fight Against HIV/AIDS

    first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – The Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Irwin LaRocque is urging full support for the efforts to sustain community-led organizations which he said are critical to the region’s response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.“We cannot afford a reversal of all the substantial work done by governments, civil society and development partners to reduce the prevalence of HIV in the region,” LaRocque said in a message marking World AIDS Day being observed under the theme “Communities make the difference”.He said the Caribbean countries are facing “the daunting task of adapting their life-saving initiatives in an environment of reduced financing from development partners for HIV prevention, support and treatment” and the theme for the global event is “especially relevant as it turns the spotlight on the people and services which will truly make a difference in our race to end AIDS by 2030”.He said he was very supportive of the civil society leaders, community support groups, faith leaders, youth advocates, women and men’s groups and all those individuals who work at the grassroots level to reduce the prevalence of HIV in our region.“These are the people that will make the difference as donor funding is reduced. There is no understating the value and importance of Community-led organizations. In the HIV and AIDS response, this includes organizations by and for People Living with HIV or Tuberculosis and organizations by and for people affected by HIV, including groups most vulnerable to HIV such as people who use drugs, women and youth.”LaRocque said that key people-led organizations and networks and their expertise are anchored in their lived experiences, which determine their priorities and are an intrinsic part of the global HIV response and a clear illustration of the value and the leverage community-led organizations can bring to the cause of ending AIDS in our region.“These organizations shape our lives, and in the case of the HIV response, they are saving lives.  Through PANCAP’s work, we have seen how civil society groups, including groups that represent women and youth, have led responses that include advocacy, campaigning and holding decision-makers to account; monitoring of policies, practices, and service delivery; participatory research; education and information sharing; capacity building, and funding of community-led organizations, groups, and networks.”He said that community-led organizations have risen to the challenge of resource mobilization and that generating income to sustain their operations is no longer an alien concept, highlighting the work of PANCAP, the Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL), LIVE UP: The Caribbean Media Alliance and the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD Guyana), among others.LaRocque said that in the case of LIVE UP: The Caribbean Media Alliance, this community-based entity was able to create a unique private-public partnership with Scotiabank. This provides training and capacity building for local journalists and civil society groups from across the region on reducing stigma and discrimination.Recently, SASOD (Guyana) secured funding for the “Guyana Key Populations Viral Load Assessment” through the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), by way of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Global Fund to Fight Tuberculosis, AIDS and Malaria.  There was technical support from MEASURE Evaluation in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health’s National AIDS Programme Secretariat.He said the ground-breaking study has brought tremendous value to Guyana’s Public Health as it sought to ascertain the level of difficulty experienced by People Living with HIV when accessing health services.“This is a demonstration of how community-based organizations are now evolving to self-sustaining entities that mobilize finances that directly benefit the people they serve.”LaRocque said that regional governments have also recognized the importance of grassroots, community-led organizations and that recently, National AIDS Programmes from several Caribbean territories have commenced social contracting of civil society organizations and community-based groups.“This involves unique partnerships in which the national programs employ them to provide services for vulnerable groups such as HIV testing, treatment, care and support.  This partnership is critical for reaching the people who are most at risk.“For example, while drug users may not seek health information and services directly from a National AIDS Programme, it is likely they would seek assistance from a community-based drug rehabilitation centre.”But he lamented that not all of the critical community-based initiatives are benefitting from this type of partnership.“We need to acknowledge that community groups cannot stand alone in response to HIV.  Their sustainability is critical to the Region ending AIDS by 2030 and achieving the 90-90-90 Targets to diagnose 90% of all HIV-positive persons, provide antiretroviral therapy (ART) for 90% of those diagnosed, and achieve viral suppression for 90% of those treated by 2020.”.CMClast_img read more

  • Kano Pillars Complete Successive League Titles

    first_imgFor a second successive year, Kano Pillars won the Nigeria Basketball League, defeating Gombe Bulls 74-54 on Saturday at the Kofarmata Arena, Sani Abacha Stadium, in Kano.The league defending champions headed into the game on the back of a (3-1) record at the Final 8, coincidentally recording their only loss against Gombe Bulls in the group phase.Aided by their all-star lineup, Abubakar Usman-Tournament Top Scorer, Joseph Nwafor, Dele Ademola and the rest of the team, it was a closely contested first quarter, which Pillars emerged 13-12 winners.The second quarter saw Kano Pillars extend their lead 36-30, third quarter 53-40, fourth quarter 74-54. It was a befitting end to the tournament, as both teams picked up continental tickets to represent Nigeria next year at Africa Club competitions, as well as N20million and N15million for the winner and runner-up respectively.In the Third place game, Hoops and Read for the umpteenth time this season defied the form guide and pedigree, securing a 61-52 victory over Kwara Falcons.It was always a one-way traffic for the privately-sponsored debutant Hoops and Read team, who won all four quarters of the game, equally going home with N10million for finishing third at the competition.The first quarter ended 12-10 in Hoops favour, second quarter 25-22, third quarter 45-30, and fourth quarter 61-52.RelatedUpsets Headline Nigerian Premier Basketball League Final 8September 5, 2017In “Nigeria”Savannah Conference Confirm KPBL Superiority, As Kano Pillars, Gombe Bulls Qualify For FinalSeptember 8, 2017In “Nigeria”Basketball: National 3×3 Teams Depart for FIBA Africa Cup In UgandaNovember 6, 2019In “BasketBall”last_img read more

  • D’Tigress Captain Aisha Mohammed Confirms Payment Of Cash Rewards From FG

    first_imgRelatedFmr. D’Tigress Captain Charged To Court By Teammate In National CampAugust 16, 2018In “BasketBall”NBBF Invites 28 Players To Atlanta Camp Ahead Of FIBA World CupJuly 14, 2018In “BasketBall”Family Over Basketball! Aisha Balarabe Poise to Roll the Years with D’TigressAugust 11, 2019In “Table Tennis” The national women’s basketball team, D’Tigress, have received the cash rewards promised by the Federal Government (FG).D’Tigress had earlier defeated Senegal 65-48 during the 2017 Women’s Afrobasket final in August to secure a 3rd title win prompting Federal Government’s cash rewards to both players and the technical crew. According to the team captain Aisha Mohammed, they (players and technical crew) have finally received their money from the FG.The players received N1m each while technical crew members were given N500, 000 per head.last_img read more

  • Farage at 14/1 to be named Time Person of the Year

    first_img Related Articles Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Submit Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon Paddy Power has put former UKIP leader and Brexiteer Nigel Farage in as a 14/1 shot to land the Time Person of the Year award.Nigel FarageFarage has been shortlisted for Time Magazine’s prestigious award alongside the likes of US President-elect and new best friend Donald Trump, and pop music queen Beyonce.Each year Time Magazine gives the title to the person, group, idea or object that “for better or for worse, has done the most to influence the events of the year”.As such it’s far from a vindication of the winner’s action in the past year, merely a statement that that person has made an exceptional impact.Former UKIP leader Nigel Farage is no stranger to upsetting the odds after successfully spearheading the drive for a Leave vote in this summer’s EU Referendum, and the bookmaker gives him an outside chance of scooping the award.Of course it’s Donald Trump who is heavy favourite to land the prize (2/5) after shaking-up global politics with his shock US Election win, while Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is next best at 10/1.The winner of the award will be announced tomorrow.A Paddy Power spokesperson said: “If the odds are right, then Donald Trump seems to have this one in the bag and regardless of whether Farage manages to upset the odds again or not, I’m sure he’ll be invited to The Don’s celebration bash.”Image Credit Bakhshi and Shaddick launch ‘Art of the Possible’ podcast tracking US 2020 developments August 10, 2020last_img read more

  • 32Red posts ‘Record Breaker 2016’ ahead of Kindred acquisition

    first_img The governance of 32Red Plc has declared a ‘record year for revenue and profits’ ahead of its £175 million acquisition by Stockholm-listed Kindred Group (deal confirmed 23 February).Presenting its full-year 2016 results, in what will likely be its last corporate update as a London AIM-listed enterprise. 32Red recorded corporate revenues of £62 million up 28% on corresponding FY 2015’s £49 million.Company 2016 EBITDA would double to £10.6 million (2015: £5.2 million), with the operator reporting 2016 corporate profits of £6.5 million up 511% on FY 2015’s £1.1 million.Detailing 2016 corporate highlights, 32Red governance noted the positive contribution of its regulated market performance which contributed 77% of net gaming revenues. The firm’s growth strategy was further supported by the successful launch of its new responsive ‘multi-platform’ website in H1 2016.Moving forward, 32Red gaming assets (32Red Casino, 32Red Sports and Roxy Casino) will be incorporated under the Kindred Group stable. The brands will form part of Kindred’s multi-brand European market strategy which includes Unibet, Stan James, iGame, Maria Casino and Bingo.com.Updating investors, Ed Ware CEO of 32Red stated that company would continue to undertake its effective growth strategy within regulated markets, until its acquisition by Kindred was officially completed.Commenting on FY 2016 performance Ed Ware CEO of 32Red stated“It is once again a pleasure to announce another record annual performance from 32Red. In 2016 the Group delivered continued strategic progress across the business with outstanding growth on mobile, further successful product enhancements and highly successful marketing investment, all the while maintaining one of the highest levels of regulated revenue amongst our peers. This outstanding operational progress has resulted in another hugely successful financial outcome with EBITDA* more than doubling and revenues rising by an impressive 28% to exceed prior records.”“The recommended offer for the business by Kindred Group plc post the Period end reflects the strength of the 32Red brand as well as its significant growth opportunities as a casino focused operator. We are confident that Kindred would provide the right fit both operationally and culturally to continue the Group’s growth.”“The Group’s outstanding performance in 2016 is, above all, testament to the efforts of our outstanding team. Their passion, skill and dedication continues to drive the business forward. 2017 is set to be another landmark year for 32Red and I would like to thank all of my colleagues for their continued dedication and hard work.” Share Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Kindred: Spelinspektionen has failed in its management of Swedish marketplace June 11, 2020 Submit Kindred launches new ‘Fair Sports 4 All’ educational programme with EFDN June 8, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

  • Tailor made…Bet Arena Romania selects Comtrade Gaming as multi-channel platform provider

    first_img Romania’s ONJN adds 20 sites to blacklist August 14, 2020 Share Related Articles Share Submit Superbet doubles down on Lucky7’s challenger investment  July 27, 2020 StumbleUpon EveryMatrix promotes Samoil Dolejan to lead next phase of MoneyMatrix growth May 21, 2020 Steven ValentineIndustry tailored platform solutions provider Comtrade Gaming has confirmed that it will supply retail betting and gaming provisions for Romanian operator Bet Arena Interactive.With over 200 high-end shops, Bet Arena is a prominent operator in Romania and part of the industry leading Superbet Group.Comtrade Gaming’s online gaming platform manages multi-channel operations to integrate retail and online operations. Utilising a high degree of customisation, iCore specialises in identifying key player segments, automating multi-channel bonusing and contains a business intelligence back office to support management strategies.“We are very excited to be selected as Bet Arena’s long-term strategic partner,” stated Steven Valentine, Director of Interactive at Comtrade Gaming. “Bet Arena has ambitious plans for online growth and their business objectives will now be backed by our advanced platform capabilities. We are totally focused on platform technology and our ability to adapt to individual client needs proved to be a key factor in the deal.”Bet Arena management detailed that Comtrade iCore had been selected as lead multi-channel platform provider, following an extensive review of industry serves.Tudor Iliescu, Bet Arena Interactive’s CEO. “Comtrade Gaming not only anticipates industry developments on both player and business fronts, but is committed to a partnership style approach, which is essential to our continued success.”The Bet Arena deal is the latest in a string of recent contracts for Comtrade. Earlier this year, Dafabet, one of Asia’s largest online gaming operators, integrated the iCore solution, while Tatts Group implemented the company’s G2S technology to monitor up to 100,000 machines in New South Wales.last_img read more

  • John Pettit – Playtech BGT – New Tricks…Servicing Independents

    first_img Share Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Submit Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Retail closures have ‘severe’ impact on Playtech August 5, 2020 Related Articles Share John Pettit, PBSJohn Pettit, Playtech BGT Sport’s UK, Ireland, Asia and Australia Managing Director speaks to SBC on his firm’s detailed approach to servicing independent bookmakers. Having secured new terminal contracts with a number UK independent bookmakers, Pettit details how Playtech BGT services and provisions can help ‘independents’ continue to make their mark within the ultra-competitive UK retail betting sector.   __________________________SBC: Hi John, great to catch up. As an industry technology provider, why has Playtech BGT made a concerted effort to service independent bookmakers?John Pettit: We believe our turnkey product offering is ideal for all bookmakers, irrelevant of size, and so targeting independents is a logical step in our growth strategy. Our SSBTs are easily integrated into independent operators with either one shop or fifty, and we will look to continue expanding in the area in the coming years.Independent operators have a significant part to play on the high street, driving custom with local expertise and a sense of community, and our products will be able to further aid their success by providing a competitive edge.SBC: From a supplier perspective, how do you build effective terminal solutions for independent bookmakers who operate much smaller retail networks…what is the main challenge for PBS services?JP: Our scalability is key to providing effective solutions. The installation of each terminal is straightforward for any bookmaker, and this allows for a flexible approach to the number of SSBTs in each shop and across an entire estate. We work with each customer on a case-by-case basis to ensure we are providing the right products, to the right scale, and this is no different for independents or larger operations.One of the significant issues with supplying independents with our SSBTs is that margins can be more erratic due to lower turnover. Chain operators generally have the benefit of mitigating risk across their stores due to their vast number of customers, who bet on different events and outcomes. However, a small number of players can affect independents’ bottom-lines quickly. Fortunately, our centralised risk management team and high proportion of accumulator bets result in such high margins, that even a 5% downturn is manageable.SBC: Can new PBS terminal services introduce Independent bookmakers to new technologies which can engage customers?JP: Without a doubt! Our products have been digitising the high street shop for years, enhancing the betting experience for customers. Our focus has always been on driving the digitisation of the retail space by finding ways of bringing the choice of online to the shop floor, and this is no different with independent bookmakers.Our SSBTs offer a wider range of sports, competitions and bet types, all easily-accessible on wide screens and in coupon formats which help the player build accumulators with ease. Not only are most of the events we offer not available over-the-counter, but they are also around the clock, in-play and pre-event ensuring players can bet on their favourite sport when they want, rather than being confined by major fixtures which can be at unsociable times.Along with our BetTracker app, which allows customers to transfer a terminal bet onto their mobile device to track and cash-out, we are very confident that customers will engage with this new era of retail betting, improving the UX and boosting bookmakers’ turnover and margins in the process.SBC: Independent bookmakers have declined in number in recent years, do you think they need to re-evaluate their market position or are the larger chains too strong to compete?JP:It’s a sign of the times that larger-scale operators with greater marketing budgets and geographical reach will edge out some independents lacking these economies of scale. This is certainly not specific to betting though, with a similar process occurring in various industries.However, I believe independents can certainly remain competitive and fight back against the bigger players with the right targeting of customers, product range and customer service. On the face of it, retail shops are fairly homogenous, with very little differentiation between them, so if independents can utilise the latest in affordable technology then they will remain competitive.I don’t think they need to have a complete review of their market position or process, but just an open mind to how the retail sector is evolving and how they can stay at the forefront of its development.SBC: Having secured new services contracts, how do you see your partnership with Independent bookmakers progressing in the coming months?JP: Independents still play a key part in the retail sector and I can see a very positive relationship developing in the coming months as our products help to increase their customer base, as well as profits.We will continue to work with independent operators to address their needs and highlight potential marketing opportunities for our SSBTs. As they become embedded in their estates, consistent with what we have seen with larger operators, I would expect to see a greater number of terminals deployed in each shop to satisfy the increased customer demand that follows as customers become familiar with our product.SBC: When servicing independent bookmakers, what considerations, factors and dynamics do suppliers have to understand with regards to their client’s day-to-day operational realities? JP: Independent operators generally have smaller management layers compared to larger operators and so the day-to-day decision-making process is often spread between shop managers and the executive level.Often shop managers may have to flag up issues themselves, as opposed to coming from a head office data centre, and it is this personal touch that can help our servicing teams to operate with a greater understanding of the needs of the customers.________________John Pettit, Playtech BGT Sport’s UK, Ireland, Asia and Australia Managing Director StumbleUponlast_img read more

  • Ladbrokes seeks Belgian data boost with STATSCORE products

    first_imgShare Share SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Related Articles STATSCORE chosen as the main sponsor for Futsal Ekstraklasa August 11, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit SBC’s Year In Review: August’s big betting news December 27, 2019 STATSCORE, a data provider for bookmakers, sports clubs and news sites, has announced that two of its products, LivematchPro and Prematch Center, have been implemented on Ladbrokes.be.LivematchPro, which comes with “bet stimulating tools” for a sportsbook, provides in game visualisations and detailed statistics for match incidents in real time.Ladbrokes users in Belgium will gain access to these “match trackers” for more than 10,000 events a month across 16 sports.Meanwhile, Prematch Center supplies information including league standings, form tables, top scorers, assist leaders and yellow cards. Designed for “any company and any individual who wants to seek statistics about a sporting event”, it is expected to boost pre-match turnover for Ladbrokes.be.Ladbrokes has been a leading sports-betting provider in Belgium for over thirty years. The company combines a vast horseracing offering with a huge range of bets on the likes of football, tennis, basketball, volleyball, ice hockey, F1 and cycling.STATSCORE has been shortlisted for ‘Rising Star in Sports Betting Innovation’ and ‘Best Sports Data Product’ at the SBC Awards, held on Tuesday 5 December at the Artillery Garden in London.The prize winners, split into 11 Operator/Affiliate awards and 17 Supplier awards, will be announced by hosts Matt Lorenzo and Luis Garcia, a former Champions League winner with Liverpool.last_img read more