EDITORIAL: Kudos to South Florida mayors for acting independently

first_imgThere is much local, national and international criticism of the recent White House decision for the United States to withdraw from the Paris Accord — the international agreement reached by all but two nations in 2015 to limit rising global temperatures by reducing greenhouse-gas emissions.The accord was reached, ironically, on the initiative of the US, under the Obama administration, based on scientific evidence of potential dangers of changes in the globe’s climate. It’s therefore bizarre and inconceivable that the US has made the decision to withdraw.However, the decision was made. Since January with the advent of a new administration, a series of executive orders have been issued from the White House countering the general interests of the nation, and, particularly, those of several states. These orders are pushing some states to act independently of federal policies.This includes states ensuring their residents are provided with affordable healthcare and sustaining Medicare for the poor; providing sanctuary for some undocumented residents and their families; provision of other social services like meals for seniors and affordable housing.Now, in reaction to the White House’s decision to leave an international agreement to cope with the negative aspects of climate change, there are very encouraging earlyindications that governors and mayors are emboldened to act proactively and protect their states and cities. Special kudos must be made to South Florida mayors including those of Lauderhill, Fort Lauderdale, Miami Beach, Miami, Delray Beach and West Palm Beach, who signed and submitted a letter to President Trump. The frank contents of the letter inform him that the mayors “will continue to lead,” and are committed to increasing investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency.“If the President wants to break the promises made to our allies enshrined in the historic Paris Agreement, we’ll build and strengthen relationships around the world to protect the planet from devastating climate risks,” portions of the letter stated.It’s hoped more South Florida mayors and elected officials will join in the recently founded US Conference of Mayor’s Climate Protection Agreement. It is extremely important that regional mayors act outside of the questionable White House policy where climate change is concerned.There’s no doubt the coast of South Florida is in danger from global warming. Almost every time there’s a full moon, the coast adjacent to the ocean reveals the effect of climate change. The phenomenon called King Tide, resulting from rising sea level, floods streets and properties along the coast from Palm Beach to Miami-Dade County.  The rising sea level has been particularly bad along the coastline in Miami Beach. Nonetheless, Florida’s Governorlast_img read more

CARICOM leaders to meet on CWI issues

first_imgCARICOM leaders will meet with the International Cricket Council, ICC, next month in London to discuss their recently adopted position on the future of West Indies cricket, as they step up pressure on embattled Cricket West Indies (CWI) to restructure its governance.Led by Ralph GonsalvesSt Vincent and the Grenadines Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves, chairman of CARICOM’s Prime Ministerial sub-committee on cricket, will lead a small delegation of regional leaders who will sit down with cricket’s world governing body in an attempt to convey the “desperate urgency” of the changes required.Rowley says CWI has a case to argueAccording to Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley, CARICOM leaders had adopted legal advice at the two-day Intersessional in Haiti earlier this week, concerning CWI’s right to manage the “public good” of West Indies cricket.Rowley had indicated last July that CARICOM had sought legal advice and had been assured there was a case to be argued on the basis of CWI, as a private entity, continuing to manage a public good.According to the meeting communique, a move was agreed towards “the development of a legislative framework for the governance of cricket which was consistent with international best practices and with the International Cricket Committee principles.”The CARICOM delegation will use the occasion of the Commonwealth Meeting in London from April 16-20 to engage the ICC.Discussions, Rowley said, would be held against “the background of this interpretation of the protection of the public good of West Indies cricket.”CWI and CARICOM have been at loggerheads ever since the regional grouping intervened in 2014 to help find a solution to the crisis following the Windies abandoned tour of India, which resulted in the Indian Cricket Board (BCCI) slapping the regional governing body with a US$42 million claim for damages.32-run victory for WI against UAWA five-wicket haul from Jamaican veteran spinner Nikita Miller helped spare the blushes of a struggling West Indies batting line-up in a 32-run victory over the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in a rain-hit ICC 2018 World Cup Qualifiers warm-up match, at the Harare Sports Club in Zimbabwe.Batting first the regional team was bundled out for just 115 in 33 overs after being badly shaken by UAE spinner Imran Haider, who claimed figures of four for 16. At the top of the order Chris Gayle was out for 16 and his opening partner Evin Lewis for 10.  Both succumbed to the bowling of pacer Mohammed Naveed. Shimron Hetmyer made 20 before being bowled by Rohan Mustafa and Marlon Samuels hit 15, but they were the last batsmen to reach double figures.In reply, however, the UAE fared even worse off as the team was dismissed for 83.  Only four batsmen reached double figures with No.7 batsman Adnan Mufti top-scoring with 14 runs. Miller did most of the damage with the ball by taking five for 20, but pace bowler Kemar Roach also played his part with three for 15.For the West Indies, the victory must have lifted their morale and confidence as they try to qualify for next year’s World Cup, but a few questions remain unanswered from the batting perspective.On Tuesday, the West Indies were bowled out by Afghanistan for 110 while chasing 140, and on Thursday they managed only 115.The West Indies will now open their ICC World Cup qualifying schedule against the UAE on Tuesday.  The UAE will in the meantime get things under way against Papua New Guinea on Sunday.  The Netherlands and Ireland are also in Group A.last_img read more

Barbudans to vote on Antigua

first_imgThe Antigua and Barbuda Electoral Commission (ABEC) said Barbudans will be allowed to cast their ballots in the March 21 general election on Antigua after the High Court ruled it was premature to challenge the electoral process regarding where constituents of Barbuda should vote.The leader of the Barbuda People’s Movement, Trevor Walker, had asked the High Court to prevent the ABEC from having the people of Barbuda cast their ballots on the island of Antigua.Barbuda was severely affected when Hurricane Irma passed through the Lesser Antilles last September, forcing the government to order a total evacuation of the island. But since then many of the 1,600 Barbudans have returned to their homes.But Walker, who filed the application, said, “We are asking the court for an interim injunction to prevent the Electoral Commission [from] allowing Barbudans to vote in Antigua.”But Justice Clare Henry ruled that the matter can only proceed by way of an election petition.In her ruling the judge said, “There was no claim properly before the court to grant an injunction, therefore the request has failed”. She added that the claim displays no cause of action.ABEC chairman Nathaniel “Paddy” James said the Commission “has the best interest of Barbudans at heart.”He said that discussions will continue with officials from the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) to discuss the transportation to Barbudans to Antigua.Tabor said that a petition will be filed after the election for the constituency of Barbuda, but only on one condition.“The plan is, if Mr. Trevor Walker loses on election day, then, of course, we will file an election petition to challenge the results because our position is, an election cannot be conducted outside of a constituency and that is a fundamental issue that the court will eventually have to pronounce on,” he said.In the last general election in 2014, the Antigua and Barbuda Labor Party (ALP) won 14 of the 17 seats with the remainder going to the United Progressive Party (UPP).last_img read more

Spiffx launches Take5Live product on Cardinal House and 21Bet

first_img StumbleUpon Stockholm listed betting exchange Spiffx has signed a joint venture agreement with leading Australian operator Cardinal House to roll out Take5Live and Spiffindex to the Australian and Asian market.Take5Live is an engaging game based on Spiffx market activity that allows customers to place bets on there being a goal within the next five minutes at pre-determined odds. Spiffindex is an alternative exchange on which the difference between a ‘lay’ and a ‘back’ can be obtained by using only a small amount of the bet to achieve the same result.Lennart Gillberg, Founder of Spiffx, said: “This strategic partnership will roll out Take5 as an acquisition tool and the Spiffindex alternative exchange in the Australasian market. With the Cardinal House network and Spiffx Group resources, we believe a strong foothold can be established quickly.”Paul Carroll, MD of Cardinal House, said: “The partnership with the Spiffx Group will without question add immense value to both companies. Joining forces with the NASDAQ listed group was a simple, clear decision to make.“At Cardinal House, we are assembling a specific portfolio of entertainment. The Take5Live and Spiffindex Alternative Exchange are technically fantastic, and both platforms offer the customer enhanced entertainment.“We will offer both platforms to our national and international customers focusing initially on the mobile call to action markets. It will be a pleasure working with the experienced Spiffx team, and we can anticipate an early first quarter 2017 launch for both products.”On Monday, the company also reached a separate agreement to launch Take5Live on 21Bet. Richard Hogg, CEO for 21Bet, said that it was a ‘conversion product which is attractive for new players, and for players who are less accustomed to playing sports’.Gillberg commented: “We are looking forward to going live with Take5Live next year on 21Bet, who are active and successful in several markets, including the UK which is one of the world’s largest and most profitable markets for sports betting in the world.” Share GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Share Submit LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Related Articles Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020last_img read more

TeamFA appoints e3creative Manchester as website redevelopment lead

first_img Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Checkd Media the operating company of leading UK sports betting portal TeamFA has confirmed that it has appointed Manchester-based digital creative agency e3creative to develop and design its new TeamFA website.Following an agency tender process, Checkd management selected e3creative to lead the redevelopment of the TeamFA website, with a view to gain optimal user experience and cross convergence throughout Checkd websites and social media assets.Seeking new dynamics, the new TeamFA website is set to display live market odds combined with in-play betting opportunities for TeamFA + 2 million loyal users.Key project stakeholder Michael Whittle Product Manager at Checkd Media, detailed that the firm’s tender focused on selecting an agency who could develop a website which could handle TeamFA peak activity.We’re delighted to be teaming up with e3creative on our latest innovative product. Working collaboratively with Jake [Welsh] and the team, we firmly believe Checkd Media will remain as the UK’s largest sports-betting community,” Michael Whittle detailed.Jake Welsh, e3creative MD commented on the project “We have been following TeamFA for some time now and are delighted to be partnering with such a cutting-edge and forward thinking brand. Our vision for user experience was aligned even from the first meeting, so it’s always great to work with partners who share the same ambitions,”“Our intent is to expand their reach in an innovative and unexpected way, ensuring all touch points are seamless and straightforward easing the process of multi-sport betting.” Submit Share bet365 continues Manchester expansion with new offices March 13, 2020 SBC’s Year In Review: October’s big betting news December 30, 2019 Degree 53 expands technical and product development teams   July 22, 2020last_img read more

Sportech confident of 2017 targets as company begins to hear suitors

first_imgShare Ian Hogg joins RPM Gaming as Chairman May 5, 2020 Submit UK Tote gains international ‘commingling pool ecosystem’ with Sportech April 17, 2020 Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Richard McGuire – SportechPresenting its Q3 2017 trading update (period ending 30 September), London-listed betting systems provider, Sportech Plc has detailed a strong continued momentum for its operations and services, as the company prepares to review initial bids for its outright sale.Driven by the growth of its ‘Racing & Digital’ division and international venue assets, Sportech would record a Q3 2017 group revenue increase of 7.6% to £18.3 million (Q3 2016: £17.0 million).Updating the market, Sportech governance is confident of hitting its full-year 2017 corporate expectations, as the company details year-to-date group revenues of £54.7 million.Detailing corporate highlights, Sportech governance noted the significant uptake of its ‘Bump 50:50’, US and Canada the in-stadia sports raffle product, which recorded increased revenues by 41.5% in Q3, vs Q3 2016, following further partnership signings.Sportech continues to expand its footprint within US racing, the company stated a strong opening to its enlarged Stamford Connecticut Sports Bar venue.Updating investors on its planned corporate sale (formal process triggered 19 October), Sportech governance detailed that it has begun to provide potential suitors of the company with access to due diligence information.Richard McGuire, Non-Executive Chairman of Sportech, commented on the trading update: “The Group has continued to trade well in the first few weeks of the current quarter and the outcome for the full year remains in line with Board expectations. During the coming weeks, we expect to provide a further update on the proposed distribution to shareholders and, at the appropriate time, provide further comments relating to the ongoing Formal Sale Process. Our financial position remains robust, and will benefit further from annualised cost savings of at least £2 million.”In its trading update, Sportech governance highlighted the firm’s strengthened cash-position, which at present stands at £68 million, with the company holding no long-term liabilities.Sportech governance aims to conclude opening acquisition discussions by the end of the year, with the company seeking to update stakeholders in January 2018.last_img read more

GiG goes all in with diversity commitments

first_img StumbleUpon Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) has become the latest firm to join the All-in Diversity Project, becoming a founding member as it underlines its commitment to the sector.Currently in its inaugural year, the industry driven initiative aims “to benchmark diversity, equality and inclusion for the global betting and gaming sector.”Highlighting an ongoing strategy to the improvement of diversity in the gaming sector, the new partnership builds on an existing link up with Girls in Tech focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of girls and women who are passionate about technology.  Robin Reed, GiG CEO, said: “GiG’s vision is to open up iGaming to make it fun and fair for all. By attracting a more diverse workforce, the gambling industry can not only improve its performance but make better decisions. “Through All-in, we will become part of a bigger conversation involving more organisations to work on improving the joint diversity challenge faced by the industry.” Kelly Kehn, Co-founder of All-in Diversity Project, commented: “It’s clear that Gaming Innovation Group has always had diversity and inclusion at the heart of their company culture. It’s evident in everything they do. “We believe that ‘diversity’ is not a one-off initiative, but rather should be embraced at all levels and as part of how we move our industry forward in terms of image, product and talent. GiG shares those values and is truly walking their talk. We are proud to have them as a Founding Member of the All-in Diversity Project.” GIG, celebrating its fifth anniversary, is next week hosting an internal conference titled ‘GiGsters Connect,’  featuring guest speaker, Apple Co-founder Steve Wozniak.Tomas Bäckman, GiG CMO, added: “Attracting strong female candidates to fill product, commercial and tech-related leadership roles is key”“From a commercial point of view, GiG needs to speak to its female audience just as well as the male audience when thinking about the personalisation of our online casino products. Attracting strong female candidates to fill product, commercial and tech-related leadership roles is key,” GiG launches WSN Podcast hosted by Bill Krackomberger  June 18, 2020 Related Articles Share GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Share GiG ups code security oversight with Checkmarx July 10, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

InCrowd continues to elevate fan engagement in football

first_img OurLeague Predictor player closes in on £20,000 jackpot prize October 5, 2018 StumbleUpon Submit Share Related Articles Share InCrowd: Our League – Delivering on Rugby League’s ‘Tribal Demands’ December 6, 2018 Our League exceeds first year expectations for InCrowd and RFL November 2, 2018 InCrowd are continuing to enrich fan engagement for supporters of Leeds United, with the launch of a new mobile app available to download on the Apple Store and the Google Play Store.LUFC fans have access to a new two-way channel between themselves and the club. The Official LUTV mobile app enables fans to engage with a host of different features no matter where they are. Features include: Full LUTV including highlights, all the latest news supported by the InCrowd push notification system, a full 2017/18 campaign fixtures and results list, official player and club Twitter feeds and access to ticket purchasing and merchandise.Commenting on the deal, Aidan Cooney, CEO of InCrowd stated: “We are extremely proud to be in partnership with one of the most prestigious football clubs in the UK. This new venture with LUFC means InCrowd now work with over 20 rights holders across four sports.”Emanuele Montoneri, Head of Media at Leeds United FC added: “From a media perspective, providing content to our fans was one of our biggest challenges. However, this has been a smooth process as a result of the perfect cooperation between Leeds United FC and InCrowd. The LUTV app currently holds a 4.5/5 rating across both the Apple and Google Play app stores.“Furthermore, the app has over 170 five-star reviews. From the point of view of the club, Leeds United will now be able to: Segment, target and send personalised messages to fans, utilise rich behavioural and location-based fan data, as well as widening sponsorship opportunities and showcasing official club content on a much improved digital platform.”last_img read more

Betaland returns to business having been granted Galassia concession

first_img StumbleUpon CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Share Submit Share Related Articles TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Italian bookmakers face cruel summer as ADM sanctions shop closures July 27, 2020 OIA Services LTD, the Malta-based holding company of Italian betting operators ‘Betaland’ and ‘Enjoybet’ has been allowed by magistrates to unfreeze its business verticals.Both Betaland and Enjoybet brands had been placed under investigation by the joint ‘Galassia’ taskforce formed by the Italian police and financial authorities’ investigating multiple charges of corruption, fraud and money-laundering.Since November 2018, the digital portals of Betaland and Enjoybet have been placed offline, in accordance with orders demanded by the Prosecutor Office of Reggio Calabria.This week, Calabria judges granted OIA Services a concession to remove restrictions/limitations on its business, allowing the Malta enterprise to restart its digital services.In a further update, Calabria magistrates would allow OIA’s flagship Betaland domain, to restart its retail betting portfolio, which has been allowed to re-join Italy’s national tote network.‘The Magistrates’ decision confirms that the company has been operating in compliance with the provisions and within the current legal framework’ – OIA noted in its market update.The ‘Galassia’ investigation is yet to conclude; however, its repercussions have been far-reaching, as it appears apparent that Italian Mafia networks in the coastal cities of Catania, Reggio Calabria and Bari knowingly used betting services as money laundering vehicles.Closing 2018, the populist Lega-5Star coalition government ordered Italian Economic Minister Giovanni Tria to undertake a full investigation of Italian gambling regulatory body – Agenzia delle Dogane e dei Monopoli (ADM). Lega-5Star stated that ADM’s trademark and monitoring of gambling services had been tainted by the Calabria investigations.last_img read more

OtherLevels: Brendan O’Kane – Customer expectations will be the driving force for innovation

first_img StumbleUpon BtoBet: Personalizing UX for the European player June 25, 2019 Ahead of this year’s Betting on Football, we have turned our attention towards everything innovation, catching up with OtherLevels Founder and CEO, Brendan O’Kane. We spoke about the acceleration of innovation in recent years, and the importance of personalisation for a sportsbook experience.At this year’s event, Brendan will be speaking as part of our Betting on Innovation track, where he will be discussing the potential for “maximising in-play betting behaviour through personalisation”. Panellists will be discussing how events alter and odds change, in-play messaging can provide operators with new opportunities to segment customers against markets to drive more intelligent betting choices, and improve the customer experience.SBC: How important a role does your In-Play Release 2 play in elevating personalisation? Brendan O’Kane: Real time decision making is crucial to personalise sportsbook experiences. The OtherLevels In-Play release enables sportsbooks to trigger messages at scale in real time based on a range of data points including match and event state, real time odds changes, past betting behaviour and propensity to bet. We bring all those together to enable us to dynamically segment players and deliver highly relevant and personalised messages in real timeSBC: How important is technological innovation in customer retention?BO: Customer retention is becoming more resource heavy and operators will need to utilise technology to reduce cost and complexity if they want to address the omni channel and highly personalised experiences that customers are calling for.SBC: What innovation trends do you anticipate will capture attention in 2019? BO: Customer expectations will drive innovation. We are already seeing operators respond to trends like next best bet and build a bet and these innovations will only increase as customers drive operators to innovate around highly personalised experiences.SBC: Will the lack of tournament this summer lead to a spike in innovation? BO: We are not sure that tournaments will drive innovation. Tournaments tend to lock down developer road-maps so instead it might give operators a window to move existing projects further alongSBC: What marketing approaches can help betting be perceived as a form of entertainment that is compatible with sporting events? BO: It is a good question. Perhaps it is time for the betting industry to make it clearer to Governments that sporting entertainment and betting are naturally compatible and relevant and that operators are a positive force in the sporting calendar and mutually beneficial to sporting events globally. Share Submit Genius Sports Media & OtherLevels strike omni-channel marketing partnership January 23, 2020 Related Articles Share Round table – Kambi: The future of sportsbook personalisation June 21, 2019last_img read more