Boys Champs going down to the wire

first_imgCalabar’s Kevroy Vernon and Rivaldo Marshall Boys Champs going down to the wireA battle royal is set to get underway when the final day of the Inter Secondary Schools Boys and Girls Championships gets underway inside the National Stadium in Kingston, Jamaica on Saturday afternoon.While Edwin All seems to be on the way to confirming pundits’ predictions that they will defend the girls title successfully, a different scenario is being played out in the boys’ section.In the weeks leading up to the championships Kingston College were installed as odds on favorites to dethrone five-time defending champions Calabar, but when the points were tallied at the close of the penultimate day, only seven points separated to the perennial rivals. Kingston College were ahead with 139 points, with a resolute Calabar lurking on 132.After 18 finals. The top five are completed by Jamaica College (JC) on third with 98 points ahead of St Jago High on 69, and St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) on 40 points.The top 10 is rounded out by Wolmer’s Boys on 37, Petersfield High with 31, Rusea’s High on 16, Munro College on 15, and Green Island High with 14 points.There are nervous moments in the KC camp as their top sprinter Jhevaughn Matherson is out injured, after false starting in the finals of the 100 meters Class One. They will have to pull out all the stops to fend off Calabar on the final day.A mouth-watering finale awaits with the momentum clearly in favour of the Michael Clarke-led five-time defending champions.The highlight of day was the Class two 1,500 meters in which Ugandan national, Aryamanya Rodgers, was expected to be a shoe in for KC, but Calabar’s  Kevroy Venson and Kimar Farquharson had other ideas.The pair came with a solid race plan and executed it brilliantly. They raced in front like scared hares for the first 600 meters and drew Ridgers with them. Midway the race the pair eased up on the throttle and Rodgers took over the lead to the cheers of the frenetic purple and white-clad KC supporters, but Venson was not done and joined the Ugandan teenager at the top of the stretch before motoring past him to win comfortably in a record time of 3:55.3. Farquharson was third in 4:00.13.last_img read more

Grenada warns against importing Africanized bees from Trinidad and Tobago

first_imgAfricanized honeybee (left), and European honeybee (right.) Grenada agricultural and custom officials have stepped up their surveillance amid reports that people were seeking to illegally import Africanize bees from Trinidad and Tobago.No bees should be imported“We want the general public to know especially those who are not registered with the Ministry of Agriculture as a beekeeper that bees should never be imported into the country, no matter which part of the world they come, no bee should be imported,” said Quasi Williams of the Veterinary and Livestock Division of the Ministry of Agriculture.He said the Division had received reliable information that an apiary operator was seeking to import the bees illegally from Trinidad.A statement issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands warned the general public that it is illegal to import bees from other regional islands as well as internationally.Stop immediately  “Persons seeking to bring in Africanized bees from Trinidad are asked to stop immediately as these bees would destroy our native bees and very harmful to the Grenadian population,” the statement said.Williams said that Africanized bees also known as killer bees “are very dangerous and shouldn’t be allowed into our island and the Ministry would treat this matter very seriously.”He urged persons with any information regarding the importation of Africanized bees from Trinidad to report the matter to the relevant authorities.Earlier this month, Barbados said it would become the second country in the Caribbean to establish an apiary lab geared at detecting diseases among the island’s bee population and to determine the extent of the Africanization of the bees.last_img read more

Bi-national group wants extension of deadline for regulating Haitian nationals

first_imgThe civil society group, the Haitian-Dominican Concertation Commission (CCHD), is urging the Dominican Republic government to reconsider an extension of the August 26 deadline for the regularization of Haitians in the neighboring Spanish-speaking country.The government has already extended the deadline for the National Plan for the Regularization of Foreigners (PNRE), but the CCHD, a binational group, has expressed “deep concern about the expiry of this second extension granted to Haitian migrants registered with the PNRE in order to complete their application for regularization.”Two failures notedIt has pointed, on the one hand, to the failings on the Dominican side in terms of communication and awareness of the people concerned and secondly the deep deficiencies of the Haitian state to provide the necessary identity documents to its citizens.The CCHD said that these two key factors provide a certain amount of uncertainty “and the likely threat of evictions after August 26, of tens of thousands of Haitians who are still not regularized.”Combined efforts being soughtThe CCHD has sent a letter to the heads of governments of both countries, recommending that the two countries “combine their efforts to revive the work of the bilateral joint commission as soon as the new Haitian government is installed to establish a frank and productive dialogue on the migration issue.”The CCHD said that this new dialogue space should also be open to civil society groups “whose work is dedicated to the different aspects of relations between the two countries.”last_img read more

Kiron joins Rombet Romania industry association

first_img Share Share Submit StumbleUpon Industry virtuals sports systems and content provider Kiron Interactive (Kiron) has joined the Rombet Association as an official member, Kiron governance stated that it will continue to support a regulated Romanian gambling industry.Rombet, Romania’s gambling trade association, works directly with the government to help develop the latest regulatory legal framework for both land-based and online operators and providers.Steven Spartinos, CEO of Kiron Interactive, said: “It has been an incredibly busy 12 months, and our membership of Rombet will help Kiron continue to grow and flourish as a provider.“We’re always looking to widen our appeal in new territories and markets, as shown with our two winter-themed games, and we look forward to continuing our growth throughout this year.”Kiron’s Rombet partnership comes just days after Kiron scooped the Best Online Content Provider award at The Casino Life & Business Magazine International Awards, also in Romania.The award recognises the company’s 17-game portfolio, which is the biggest and most varied in the industry, as well as its Betman Online RGS, which provides a rapid play betting experience. Betgenius expands virtual sports range with Kiron August 20, 2020 Romania’s ONJN adds 20 sites to blacklist August 14, 2020 Superbet doubles down on Lucky7’s challenger investment  July 27, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

Betcade returns to business having secured critical funding

first_img Share StumbleUpon Share CVC Capital braces Sky Betting and Gaming for stock market flotation January 30, 2018 FansUnite accelerates wagering ambitions by acquiring McBookie for $2m  May 20, 2020 FansUnite reaches partnership deal with Leicester City August 24, 2018 Related Articles Submit Betcade the ‘real-money’ dedicated gaming/gambling app store has returned to business having gained critical investment from Vancouver-based private equity firm Columbia Ventures Corporations (CVC). At the start of the year, Batcade management had issued a corporate statement informing industry stakeholders that the company had ceased its operations. At the time Betcade management did not disclose any specific reason as to why the company had shut down its enterprise.The Pasadena-based (California) start-up returns to business, seeking to become the ‘go-to mobile app store’ for betting and gaming consumers.  Betcade operations will continue to be led by CEO & Founder David Chang who commented on his firm’s return to business“Every start-up has a near-death experience, and in those trying times you learn a lot about the company and those that you work with. Throughout the process, we have done our utmost to treat all stakeholders with respect and sincerity.”Chang backs his firm’s revival with CVC as its new main backer. The CEO stated that Betcade would continue in its initial start-up strategy, focusing on facilitating ‘restricted’ Android app gambling/betting downloads, as well as delivering the industry’s best-in-class tailor-made mobile payment solution.“In the near term, we will be working with our current partners with apps on the Betcade store. We realise our recent close call may have left our current partners with many questions and we will work hard to answer them while continuing to make a positive contribution to the gambling industry,” Chang further commented on Betcade’s return.last_img read more

Kambi ranks in Financial Times ‘European 1000’ fastest growth index

first_imgShare Related Articles Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Share GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Stockholm Nasdaq-listed sports betting software and platform provider Kambi Group Plc (Kambi) has been ranked in the top 1000 fastest growing European business enterprises by The Financial Times.  Kambi specialist in sportsbook provisions placed 657 in the inaugural FT 1000 list, which was compiled alongside data provider Statista.Presenting the list, The Financial Times said of the list that innovative and fast-growing companies are the ‘driving force of the European economy in the 21st century’, generating jobs and sustaining Europe’s competitiveness.Kristian NylénThe ranking is determined by growth in revenues between the years 2012 and 2015, with only those companies generating revenues of at least €100,000 in 2012 and at least €1.5 million in 2015 qualifying.Kambi reported revenue of €19.1 million in 2012, and €47.7 million in 2015, an increase of 150%.Updating the media, Kambi CEO Kristian Nylén commented on his firm’s achievement: “To be named among Europe’s fastest growing companies by a publication as prestigious as the Financial Times is a real honour and further evidence of Kambi’s position as sports betting’s premium and secure choice.“I would like to thank every member of our hardworking team. Without their talent and dedication, this would not have been possible.”To see the full Financial Times Europen 1000 list, please visit read more

Stratagem Technologies agrees partnership with Football Whispers to provide greater data accuracy

first_img Share Submit The data crunch: Battle lines being drawn over live sports data September 3, 2019 StumbleUpon GVC Holdings transfers corporate control to London HQ February 6, 2020 Share Related Articles GVC reprices and relocates its corporate debt holdings February 11, 2020 Stratagem Technologies has announced a partnership with sports technology company Football Whispers.The London based global digital football transfer predictor, Football Whispers gives fans an insight into the validity of transfer rumours with a developed index score. Their algorithm scans millions of internet sources for the frequency of mentions, authority of sources and recency of the rumour to give a predicted likelihood of the transfer materialising.Using fundamental data supplied by a team of worldwide football experts, Stratagem will supply Football Whispers proprietary football analysis across multiple leagues, globally. The level of detail and reliability in Stratagem’s raw data will help enhance the accuracy of Football Whisper’s core content.Vivion Cox, CEO of Football Whispers said: “The quality and integrity of our data is absolutely essential to delivering the highest accuracy transfer predictions for our audiences. Stratagem has a clear edge when it comes to data collection and processing which makes them the ideal partner for us.”Charles McGarraugh, CEO at Stratagem Technologies commented: “Data is at the core of our business and essential to how we operate. Our network of highly trained analysts  allows us to analyse data to an extremely granular level and gives us a unique edge. Football Whispers has a reputation for innovation and excellence in the industry, so we are thrilled they have partnered with us.”last_img read more

Ladbrokes Coral aims to close gender pay gap

first_img FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share The governance of FTSE-listed bookmaker Ladbrokes Coral Plc has stated that it will work to close its gender pay gap, following the publication of corporate statistics by the UK government.Under the requirements of ‘The 2010 Equality Act’, UK companies with more than 250 staff have to disclose yearly gender pay employee data.Ladbrokes Coral, the UK’s biggest retail betting operator is among the first 500 firms to disclose figures. The bookmaker reveals that its mean hourly pay for female staff is on average 15% less than for men.However, Ladbrokes Coral states that its 15% gender pay-gap disparity is significantly impacted by its senior-level executive pay structure, in which the FTSE bookmaker admits to having a ‘weak representation’ of female executives.Presenting its own research, Ladbrokes Coral details that it median hourly pay difference is currently at 2.5% which compares favourably with the retail sector median of 18.8% and the UK median pay gap of 18.1% across all sectors in April 2016.“The gap in both our mean pay and mean bonus shows there’s more work to be done. And while we don’t have an equal pay issue across the Group, we do need to take steps to reduce our pay gap. That means we’re having a closer look at the structure of our workforce and in particular what we can do to get more women into those senior roles.” Ladbrokes Coral detailed in its Gender Pay report statement. GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020last_img read more

The Stars Group moves to quickly expand Australian investment

first_img Share StumbleUpon Submit ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Share Tabcorp expects $1bn hit as ‘COVID and retail contractions’ take effect August 3, 2020 Related Articles BlueRibbon signs strategic partnership with The Stars Group August 18, 2020 Rafi Ashkenazi – The Stars GroupFollowing this morning’s news that William Hill has sold its entire Australian business division to competitor CrownBet for AUS $300 million (€185 million), Toronto TSX-listed The Stars Group Inc has moved to strengthen its Australian position.Issuing a market update, Stars Group informs that it will move to increase its equity in CrownBet from 62% to 80%.On 27 February, Stars Group executed its first play within the Australian online betting market, acquiring a majority 62% stake in CrownBet, from casino and leisure operator Crown Resorts Limited, for AUS $117 million (€95 million).Aggressively pursuing its new Australian agenda, Stars Group governance informs that it will up its equity in CrownBet and will further pay for the outright acquisition of William Hill Australia assets.Updating the market, Stars Group will undertake a purchase price for both transactions of approximately US $315 million, of which US $234 million will be payable in cash for William Hill Australia.Becoming the majority shareholder in CrownBet,  Stars Group governance has retained the services of Matt Tripp as CrownBet CEO. Australia veteran Tripp will continue CrownBet’s fast growth market strategy and combined with the integration of William Hill Australia assets.“These acquisitions will further increase our exposure to the attractive regulated Australian sportsbook market and create a player of scale and clear rival to the top two operators there,” said Rafi Ashkenazi, Chief Executive Officer of The Stars Group.“With complementary geographic profiles, we expect the combined business to leverage CrownBet’s operating and proprietary technology platform and be well positioned for growth and to navigate the ongoing regulatory and taxation changes in the Australian market.”last_img read more

SB Betting Software – Building a global presence to maximise World Cup impact

first_img Share Claus Rasmussen: Currently I hold the role of Chief Executive Officer, I set the general strategy and direction in which SB Betting is going as well as create and maintain strategic partnerships with other companies in the industry. SB Betting has unique roles in the sports betting and gaming industries – we are the bridge that connects the gaming operators with companies offering gaming products which gives the former additional exposure in various markets all over the world and the latter high quality products for their players.In addition to that we are a springboard for new operators who are looking for bespoke software to differentiate themselves from existing competition and for established operators who either want to promote their brand in new market like Africa or Europe or are looking for software that gives them a lot of customisation to choose from – which is crucial these days when there are hundreds of similarly looking online and retail operators across the world. With over 8 years of experience as a software provider and over 20 years on sports betting market in general we have a lot of experience and ideas to share with our clients.SBC: Can you expand on your work with existing clients, including your commitment to servicing those signed in 2018?CR: At the moment we work with over 20 different clients, mostly from Europe and Africa. They are different in size of their operations as we have big operators like Europebet (part of Betsson Group), forBET and PremierBet (part of Editec) and offer regular betting online but also in retail shops, via mobile applications, betting terminals and USSD technology. Our oldest clients have been with us since 2011 thus making us one of the pioneers in the African sports betting market. It has been a busy year for us so far due to World Cup in Russia. We have helped two new clients to launch their operations already and we plan to double this number before the start of World Cup. Of course we are not forgetting about our current partners as we have new website layouts and new betting features ready for the most important sports betting event this year. StumbleUpon SBC: What has been your approach to the emerging African market? Which countries hold the greatest attraction for SB Betting?CR: African market is absolutely unique. In most of the countries the sports betting revolves around retail shops where people meet to discuss the sports, the bets they place and watch their favourite teams playing. They can spend whole day like this which confirms the famous quote that soccer isn’t like a religion in Africa, it is bigger than religion – and we have experienced it firsthand numerous times. The people in African market are very passionate which poses a lot of challenge for us as a software company. We have to constantly look for innovations to ensure that the betting experience is as seamless as possible and to offer as many betting options as possible. Currently we are present in over a dozen of African countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda and Tanzania to name few but we are always open for new opportunities that can offer different challenges related to either betting customs or technological obstacles but also different rewards. Related Articles Submit SBC: How important is your presence in Eastern Europe, particularly in countries such as Poland, Georgia and Ukraine, ahead of this summer’s World Cup? Ilya Machavariani, Dentons – CIS regional dynamics will come to play prior to gambling take-off July 31, 2020 Amidst a plethora of exciting and engaging football storylines, the FIFA World Cup in Russia is ready to provide an unrivalled opportunity for global betting operators. Claus Rasmussen, CEO for leading platform provider SB Betting Software, explained his company’s focus on developing a robust bonus and loyalty system, and why allowing clients such as Europebet and forBET to combine multiple bonuses will drive them to success at this summer’s eagerly anticipated tournament. SBC: We’d like to begin by inviting you to briefly describe what it is you do, and what role SB Betting has to play in the sports betting and gaming industries? Share RTSmunity extends partnership with forBET August 7, 2020 Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance  August 17, 2020 CR: The fact that this summer’s World Cup is in Russia makes us concentrating especially on our mobile solutions. Even if Georgia and Ukraine do not participate in World Cup this time, a lot of their citizens will be travelling to Russia to watch the matches live at the stadium, pub or designated fan zones. This leaves them to place bets from their online accounts using smartphones, tablets or laptops and we want to make the betting experience to be as smooth as possible so they can place their bets quickly and enjoy the match. And if they can’t watch it for some reason we also want to give them as much information about the World Cup as possible by integrating live event trackers and statistics centres.SBC: Can you disclose any of the unique custom features you are developing for clients?CR: This year we have been focusing a lot on the general aspect of risk management. For months we have been gathering feedback from our clients in terms of player segregation, liability limits, monitoring of betting patterns to develop new tools that will help them in their daily work. Also as the competition between operators is rising and a simple first deposit bonus is no longer attractive to the players, we have developed a robust bonus/loyalty system where the client can virtually set any bonus conditions, allow combining multiple bonuses and create various loyalty programs both long-term and event specific.last_img read more