Injuries force South Africa to make changes to Women World T20…

first_imgDays before the start of the ICC Women’s World T20 begins in the Caribbean the South African team have been forced to make two changes to their squad.Saarah Smith has been named as a replacement for Moseline Daniels who sustained a proximal phalanx basal fracture on her pinkie finger during a practice session on Saturday, 27 October. The injury will take four to six weeks to resolve.The Proteas have also taken a decision to replace Raisibe Ntozakhe with off-spinner Yolani Fourie. Ntozakhe was withdrawn from the squad while she works on remodelling her bowling action.Head coach Hilton Moreeng said while the players would be disappointed about missing the upcoming tournament, their replacements would also add value to the team.“It’s very unfortunate. We feel her pain as one of our squad members who worked extremely hard through the winter to find herself in her very first World Cup. To end it so prematurely for her it’s very disappointing and we wish her a speedy recovery and we know that she will make a good come back. She’s got a strong head on her shoulders,” Moreeng said about Daniels.“Going forward now, after a discussion with the rest of the selectors the players coming in for her and Raisibe (Ntozakhe) are Moseline Daniels and Yolani Fourie. They are both suitable replacements, players who have both been to World Cups before so we will have that experience to fall back on and we know that they will be able to add value to the team from game one.”The sixth edition of the ten-team tournament will take place across three venues – Antigua, Saint Lucia and Guyana. It is also the first ever stand-alone women’s World T20.South Africa will play in Group A in St Lucia against defending champions West Indies, England, Sri Lanka and World Cup Qualifier winners Bangladesh. Group B comprises Australia, India, New Zealand, Pakistan and Ireland.last_img read more

Guyana court rules against government. Government to appeal to CCJ

first_imgThe Caribbean Court of Justice GEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – The Guyana government says it intends to challenge all the way to the country’s “highest court of appeal”, the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ),  the ruling of acting Chief Justice Roxanne George-Wiltshire that the motion of no confidence passed in the National Assembly on December 21 last year is valid.In a brief statement late on Thursday night, the David Granger-led coalition government said it had taken “note and respects” the ruling handed down earlier during the day.Due process continues “The ruling is not in favor of the Government’s position with regard to the vote on December 21st 2018 however due process continues and the Government will file an appeal in the Court of Appeal. The government continues to believe that the full adjudication of this issue is in the national interest,” the statement said.Under the Guyana Constitution elections must be held within 90 days of the motion of no confidence being passed.Justice George-Wiltshire delivered her ruling in the three matters regarding the validity of the successful opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) motion of no confidence.Last month she heard the arguments in the cases “Compton Reid vs The Attorney General, Persaud and The Speaker of the National Assembly; Christopher Ram vs The Attorney General and Speaker of the National Assembly and the Attorney General vs The Speaker of the National Assembly and the Opposition Leader.The matters arose after the then government back bencher, Charrandass Persaud, who holds both Guyana and Canadian citizenship voted with the PPP in the 65-member National Assembly where the coalition government had previously enjoyed a slender one seat majorIn a near four-hour ruling, Justice George-Wiltshire also said that anyone who holds dual citizenship as envisaged by Article 155 of the Guyana Constitution “should not and could not be” a member of the Guyana Parliament.Attorney General Basil Williams had argued there was a miscalculation of the majority of all elected members as required under Article 106 (6) of the Constitution for the government to be defeated on a vote of no confidence.He had also asked the court to determine  whether Resolution 101 is constitutional and effective and passed in accordance Article 106 (6) of the Constitution, arguing that the failure to obtain 34 or more votes breached article 106 (6) of the Constitution and was unlawful and the certification by the speaker by issuing Resolution 101 could not be conclusive.”But in her ruling in which she made the differentiation between a “simple” and “absolute” majority, the Acting Chief Justice said if all 65 members voted, the majority is 33.Status Quo remains In the statement on Thursday night, the government said “until the matter is concluded at the highest court of appeal the status quo remains and the business of government continues as usual”“The government reassures the Guyanese people that it will continue to act in accordance with the constitution of Guyana,” the statement added.In his submissions, the Attorney General had said that the framers of the Constitution in article 70 (3), having guaranteed an elected government, a five years term of office which five years term is protected by entrenchment by the requirement of 2/3 of all the elected members of the National Assembly voting to reduce that five years, could not at the same time have intended that a future Parliament were to be permitted to abridge or curtail the enjoyment of that five years, by introducing into the Constitution via a provision that is not entrenched at all a process called a ‘vote of confidence.”But in her ruling the judge disagreed with the argument. The coalition, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) came to office in 2015.last_img read more

EDITORIAL: Black History Month doesn’t really reflect Caribbean History

first_imgIn the midst of the celebrations commemorating Black History Month at a Miami public school, a student asked a teacher, “Why is it Black History focus only on the history of Black Americans and not black people from other places like the Caribbean, for example?” Why Indeed? This isn’t an unusual question asked in an American school, or elsewhere in America. In fact, over the years, suggestions have been made to rename Black History month, “Black American History Month” because of the focus on Black American history. Black history originated in the Caribbean While African American history is usually traced back to the arrival of the first African slaves in 1619, slaves were brought from Africa to Spanish occupied West Indian Islands before then.  As the British seized ownership of the islands and focused on the development of sugar plantations the Africa-to-West Indies slave trade intensified. Some of these slaves, notably in Barbados, obtained freedom quickly and migrated to regions in Virginia and Massachusetts in the US to create the initial nucleus of free blacks in America.While black slaves in America, particularly the southern states struggled with the atrocities of slavery, spawning a civil war between the northern and southern states, blacks in Caribbean were seizing their freedom.After a thirteen-year rebellion, slaves led by Toussaint L’Ouverture and Jean-Jacques Dessalines completed the Haitian Revolution against the French to create the first western black independent nation in 1804. And, in Jamaica Blacks like Sam Sharp, Paul Bogle and Nanny of the Maroons strived to ensure the British emancipated slavery in Jamaica, and the rest of the Caribbean, by the 1860s.Influence on American slaves News of successful slave revolutions and emancipated slaves in the Caribbean served to influence similar revolutions and, ultimately, emancipation in the US.While blacks suffered humiliation from racial segregation and suppression in the post- slavery era, Blacks in the Caribbean were establishing themselves in their respective countries, and gradually seizing power from the British.Black self-governance In the early 1940’s several charismatic and intellectual leaders like Alexander Bustamante and Norman Manley in Jamaica, and Eric Williams in Trinidad and Tobago, formed political parties, which represented the rights of the people against British rule This led to local self-government in the 1950s, the establishment of a West Indies Federation in 1959, and after the break up that federation, the birth of political independent nations in the 1960s onwards.The solidification as Blacks in the Caribbean as their own political and economic leaders did not deter Caribbean nationals from migrating to the US. While these migrants shunned the segregated south, they were attracted by  opportunities presented in places like New York, where they perpetuated the Caribbean influence. Caribbean influence in New YorkFrom the mid-1930s Caribbean nationals like Marcus Garvey played a pivotal role in sowing the seeds of the Negro Advancement, later Black Power movement in America; and cultural icons like Jamaican author Claude Mckay was instrumental in the Black cultural revolution taking place in New York and other cities. Today the Caribbean through music and other cultural forms continue to have a strong influence on aspects of American culture, generally.America’s fear of Caribbean bred ideologyIt’s a fascinating aspect of Caribbean History that as regional nations asserted their independence new ideologies were spawned which sparked fear among the American establishment. Today, the US still hasn’t found means to stem the communist ideology that Fidel Castro introduced in Cuba in 1960. The success of Castro’s brand of communism in Cuba, made the US destabilize the Michael Manley administration in Jamaica in the 1970s when Manley, influenced by Tanzania’s Julius Nyerere,  boldly introduced Democratic Socialism. America also quickly snuffed out attempts at socialist regimes in places like Grenada in the 1980s.There are many other historical instances of the close relations between Black Caribbean and Black America, and the influence each had on the other.  Moreover, the influence of the Caribbean on the general history of America continues. Today, Caribbean Americans form the largest foreign black population in the US.  It’s commendable this population was successful in gaining national recognition with Caribbean-American Heritage Month commemorated in June, annually, Organize celebration of Caribbean historyBut, notwithstanding, Black History Month, at least as it’s commemorated in America, doesn’t sufficiently highlight the rich, eclectic history of the Caribbean and its people. Since it’s unrealistic to expect the Americanization of Black History Month to change, it’s therefore incumbent on the Caribbean community to collaborate on finding a unique format to periodically commemorate this unique history. American black history was original conceptTo be fair, it was the intent of American historian Carter G. Woodson to highlight Black American History when he founded Negro History Week in 1926. The week later evolved into Black History Month, but the focus remained the Black American history. However, in many instances the history of black people in the Caribbean and the USA is intricately woven.last_img read more

Second Week of Distance Learning Begins and Indispensable Services Continue at…

first_imgDevice Distribution: Six high schools throughout the district will continue to serve as distribution sites, utilizing a drive-through pick-up method. The distribution hours are from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and the list of locations can be found at covid19.dadeschools.net. In order to ensure that all students are able to participate in distance learning, principals will continue contacting parents to determine the mobile device needs of their children. For additional information, parents are encouraged to contact 305-995-3000. To date, more than 57,000 mobile devices have been distributed. Instructional Employees: Teachers will continue to engage with their students through various virtual means, and information on additional professional development opportunities related to distance learning will be provided early next week. WLRN At-Home Learning: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., WLRN will be airing At-Home Learning, a new educational programming schedule to complement the District’s ICP. To learn more about these innovative offerings, visit http://www.wlrn.org/athomelearning/. Free COVID-19 Testing: Employees enrolled in a District health plan will incur no out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 testing, if it is medically necessary. Information for M-DCPS Employees:Remote Workforce: In order to support local, state, and federal advisories, upon returning from recess on March 30, the entire workforce will be working remotely, with the exception of select personnel who may be called upon by their immediate supervisors to physically report for duty. Telephone Hotlines:(Monday – Friday, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.)District Emergency Operations: 305-995-3000Instructional Continuity Plan: 305-995-HELP (4357)Adult and Career/Technical Education: 305-558-8000Mental Health Services for students/parents: 305-995-7100Employee Assistance Program: 305-995-7111 Parent Academy Offerings: The District’s Parent Academy is launching two new Virtual Campus workshops entitled The Instructional Continuity Plan for Parents and Helping Children Cope During Forced Isolation. Please visit the Parent Academy’s Virtual Campus at https://parentacademymiami.com/ for these and other important workshops addressing issues such as online safety, vaping, Open Educational Resources (OER), anxiety, and mental health. You can also follow the Parent Academy on Twitter at @FamilySS_mdcps. Magnet Program Notifications: Notifications will begin on Monday, March 30.  Parents/guardians have until April 15 to accept offers of admission. If parents/legal guardians applied online or with a paper application, and provided a valid e-mail address, they will receive an e-mail notification and can accept their seat online on or before April 15. If parents/legal guardians applied with a paper application and did not provide a valid email address, they will receive the notification via U.S. mail and can accept their seat by calling the HELP desk at 305-995-HELP on or before April 15.  For questions regarding the Magnet acceptance process, please call the M-DCPS help desk at 305-995-HELP. Meal Distribution: “Grab-and-go” meals will be distributed at 50 select school sites throughout the district. On Monday, March 30th, meals will be served between 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m, and 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Beginning, Tuesday, March 31st, meals will only be served from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., times chosen to ensure that the virtual instructional day is not disrupted. For a list of all sites, please visit covid19.dadeschools.net/. Since the first day of school closures, M-DCPS has distributed more than 200,000 meals to families in need. MIAMI-DADE, Florida – Following a weeklong Spring Recess, Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) resumes its Instructional Continuity Plan (ICP), the District’s distance learning model that engages hundreds of thousands of students and their teachers in meaningful and innovative online lessons.“During these challenging moments, I am hopeful that students, employees and their families used this past week to spend quality time with one another, while staying home and finding comfort in knowing that we are all in this together,” said Schools Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho.“The M-DCPS team is refreshed and ready to continue providing distance learning to our students, with guidance and expertise from our dedicated teachers, and with the support of parents and caregivers.”Beginning Monday, March 30, we can expect the following:Distance Learning: Students and teachers return to their second week of distance learning, engaging with one another through a variety of virtual means based on the District’s ICP. As part of the established plan, the District has also adapted content to be accessible for students with special needs and English Language Learners. More information can be found at icp.dadeschools.net/ or by calling the Distance Learning Helpline (305-995-HELP) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  The Helpline will be available in English, Spanish, and Haitian-Creole. The next phases of Distance Learning, ICP 2.0,   will soon be announced. Childcare Centers for Medical Personnel: Understanding the importance of aiding  healthcare providers during this health crisis, M-DCPS and the YMCA will continue to assist in the operation of three childcare centers for children of essential medical personnel of Jackson Health and select University of Miami Health systems employees. The hours of operation will be Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Online Resources:http://covid19.dadeschools.net/ – Provides continual updates on M-DCPS actions connected to the coronavirus outbreak.http://distancelearning.dadeschools.net/ – Includes information on free Comcast Internet as well as digital tools and tutorials for educators and students.http://icp.dadeschools.net/ – Provides the M-DCPS framework for distance learning for pre-K-12 students.www.careerinayear.com and www.adulteducationworks.com – Provide information on adult and career/technical distance learning options.The District will continue to monitor all developments in this evolving situation and will communicate via the links above, as well as through automated messaging, media announcements and social media. Continuous Healthcare Coverage: Employees, retirees, and their dependents will have uninterrupted access to healthcare. Insurance coverage will continue, even if the ability to remit a premium is delayed. Once normal operations resume, arrangements will be made to collect outstanding premiums. Hourly Employees: Since school closings were announced, the District has been exploring all legally available means to compensate regularly-scheduled hourly personnel. Provisions have been made to compensate regularly-scheduled hourly employees and temporary instructors (substitutes). Additional details regarding eligibility and compensation will be communicated directly to hourly employees.  Permanent part-time food service personnel, bus drivers, and bus aides will also continue to be paid as supported in current contract provisions. Sanitization of Schools: Custodians will resume sanitization of schools. To date, the teams have thoroughly disinfected more than 49 schools using hospital-grade germicides and specialized equipment to clean floors, classrooms, cafeterias, gyms, all common areas and contact points; wiping and mopping down surfaces and fogging where needed. Adult and Career/Technical Education: M-DCPS launches its distance learning plan for adult, career and technical education. All teachers and adult students can access instructional lessons and resource content through active, program-specific links provided online. Adult Education students may visit www.adulteducationworks.com/. Career/Technical Education students may visit www.careerinayear.com/. For more information on either of these programs, please call 305-558-8000. Connectivity: The District will continue to collaborate with private and public sector partners to ensure geographic areas lacking Internet connectivity are addressed, eliminating any digital deserts that may exist. Employee Assistance Program: The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available to all M-DCPS employees who need additional support. Employees are urged to call 305-995-7111 to reach an EAP administrator. Assessments, Accountability, and Promotion:All remaining State assessments for school readiness, voluntary prekindergarten and K-12 assessments are cancelled for the 2019-2020 school year.Requirements for graduation and promotion, and final course grades will be evaluated as though those assessments, which were cancelled, did not exist.Eligibility for Florida Bright Futures scholarships shall be based on available data and results. Tests that were not available to be taken shall not be counted. Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country are available for free to anyone who needs them – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. A map of available hotspots can be found here. Comcast has also created new educational collections for all grade levels in partnership with Common Sense Media. Customers say “education” into their X1 or Flex voice remote to use.AT&T offers internet access for qualifying limited income households at $10 a month through their “Access from AT&T” program. They are also offering new “Access from AT&T” customers two months of free service. Learn more here.High school students can request a Samsung phone from their school, which can be used as a hotspot. So far, the District has distributed more than 11,000 hotspots/smartphones to high school students. The District has just received an additional 1,000 phones for student use.Visit distancelearning.dadeschools.net for more information about connectivity. External Testing Information:AP Exams At-Home Testing Option: The College Board is providing instructional support via a YouTube channel that offers free, live AP reviews for AP Courses. The channel can be accessed here.  The College Board has also announced a new, at-home testing option for Advanced Placement (AP) students. Traditional face-to-face exam administrations will not take place. Students will take a 45-minute online free-response exam at home. For each AP subject, there will be 2 different testing dates. The full exam schedule, specific free-response question types that will be on each AP Exam, and additional testing details will be available by April 3.  All registered AP students are encouraged to take the 2020 AP exam from home.  For more information, please CLICK HERE.IB May Exams Cancelled: The May 2020 examinations scheduled between April 30 and May 22 for Diploma Programme (DP) and Career-related Programme (CP) candidates will no longer be held. Depending on what they registered for, the student will be awarded a Diploma or a Course Certificate that reflects their standard of work. This is based on student’s coursework and the established assessment expertise, rigor and quality control already built into the programs. For more information, CLICK HERE.Cambridge May/June Exams Cancelled: Cambridge International has decided not to run their May/June 2020 examination series. This includes Cambridge AICE Diploma. We recognize that students have been working very hard towards these exams. We will be working with schools to assess students’ achievements using the best available evidence. Students will receive a grade and a certificate from Cambridge International, given the knowledge and skills they have acquired in their program of study. This will ensure students do not face a disadvantage as a result of these extraordinary circumstances. For additional information, please CLICK HERE.SAT Administration Changes: The College Board is canceling the May 2, 2020 SAT and SAT Subject Test administration. Students who already registered for May, whose March test centers were closed, or who do not receive March scores because of any irregularities, will receive refunds. In the coming days, College Board will share additional information and details directly with registered students and test centers. College Board will provide future additional SAT testing opportunities for students as soon as possible in place of canceled administrations. They have not yet canceled the June 6, 2020 SAT and SAT Subject Test administration and will continue to assess its status. They are also exploring the possibility of adding an international SAT administration later this school year. For more information, CLICK HERE.last_img read more

VIDEO: Watch Highlights Of Jose Mourinho Goalkeeping Performance In Game 4 Grenfell

first_imgManchester United manager, Jose Mourinho switched from being on the sidelines to being in between the sticks as he played as a goal keeper in a charity match on Saturday.Jose Mourinho highlights at Game4Grenfell – fair playTEXT GRENFELL to 70007 to donate#Game4Grenfell #GameForGrenfell #mufc pic.twitter.com/t6TRbGHAne— YNFA (@ynfafootball) September 2, 2017With Les Ferdinand and Alan Shearer as managers of both teams, Game 4 Grenfell is a charity match organized to raise funds and pay tribute to victims of the horrible Grenfell Tower fire last June.Jose Mourinho’s team lost the game on penalties as the Portuguese failed to save any of the shootouts.Video Credit: Twitter.com – YNFA‏ RelatedMourinho In Bust-Up With Two United Players – ReportsFebruary 18, 2018In “England”Mirko EramoJune 30, 2017Similar postMourinho Blames Players For Starting Matches SlowlyNovember 27, 2018In “England”last_img read more

Estonia & Latvia growth offsets Olympic Entertainment closures in Poland & Belarus

first_img StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 Submit Share Olybet named NBA betting partner for the Baltics and Slovakia July 31, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Led by growth in its core markets of Estonia and Latvia, Eastern European gambling operator Olympic Entertainment Group (OEG) has reported full-year 2016 revenues (before tax) of €205 million (FY 2015: €177 million)Closing its FY 2016 corporate performance, OEG would declare net revenues of €161 million (FY 2015: €136 million), with its Estonian home market generating revenues of €45 million, and further supported by OEG Latvia attributing €66 million.Despite discontinuing its services in the markets of Poland and Belarus which cost the company a reported €9 million, OEG governance would declare an FY 2016 EBITDA of €53 million.OEG governance was pleased with the company’s performance, which had met investor expectations. During 2016 the company has undertaken some significant changes to its operations merging its Slovakian assets under the Olympic Casino and OlyBet flagship brands.The firm would discontinue its Polish and Belarus gaming services due to restrictive national gambling regulations which showed ‘poor prospects for growth’, OEG would close all of its betting enterprises.Moving forward OEG governance stated that the firm would concentrate its growing resources on the new markets of Malta and Italy.As of 2017, OEG operates 120 gambling premises in six European territories (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, Malta and Italy).last_img read more

Jacob Lopez – OPTIMA – A personal device in a retail environment

first_imgShare Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Share Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Jacob Lopez, OptimaJacob Lopez, Founder & CEO at OPTIMA, spoke to SBC News about the company’s new influx of staff, year-on-year revenue increases and its new engagement tool for retail betting shops.SBC: We understand that OPTIMA has hired 50 new employees in the last six months; what specific departments have you targeted with these appointments?JL: Yes, but we are still hiring. The development team and the project office are the teams that have received most of the increase of resources.SBC: Since being recognised for its retail betting innovation at the SBC Awards last December, OPTIMA has launched the MGS platform; how much has this product increased revenues in the first half of 2016?JL: We continue at a steady growth with 110% increase of revenues year on year. MGS platform, with the online and mobile channels are the ones that are showing the highest growth whilst retail continues its steady growth trend.SBC: You recently targeted increased market share in Spain; do you expect to significantly increase the amount of business in your home market?JL: Not necessarily; we have solid partnerships in Spain and we are looking forward to continuing with our existing strategy of growing together with a small number of partners in each region or jurisdiction. Our growth is expected in South America and Africa in terms of new partnerships where we are engaged and engaging with the best partners for OPTIMA.SBC: Figures released for Q1 2017 showed that 70% of sports betting turnover in Spain was spent on in-play wagers; does this explain your desire to promote iSHOP in this market?JL: iSHOP is being promoted worldwide, with success cases in Europe, and on-going trials in the UK and soon in Africa – we see iSHOP as an additional service that all retailers and casinos want to offer as a unique innovation, especially when talking about in-play betting and bringing together all the channels in terms of odds and other important factors like user experience.The iSHOP product, which saw its first version live back in 2015, is mature and meets all the regulatory requirements from the most exigent regulators, like in the United Kingdom.It is very important to remember that iSHOP can be offered with a non-remote betting licence, unlike SSBTs and other similar solutions that are now appearing in the market; this is a massive differentiation and a great help for retailers who don’t need to obtain an additional licence to offer innovation.It is also a fantastic way for bookmakers to attract new and younger customers. Not only does it enable access on your own device and not a terminal where you may have to wait in line for a chance to bet, but is also able to access the live feeds that we have integrated with.iSHOP is a personal device in a retail environment. The trials being run now are proving that this really is a step forward in improving and enhancing the customer experience in the retail market.The benefit to the operator in attracting and enabling new and younger customers is clear, but remember that the commercial model is even more compelling as there is no dependence on a third party for options, prices and trading as there is with SSBT’s. The bookmaker offers the same prices that are in the till and uses his already established trading arrangements.In short, there is no large percentage to be paid to the third party and control is firmly back with the operator. Once again, OPTIMA has raised the game.last_img read more

Jim Mullen – Industry is now in ‘burn the witch territory’

first_img UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Related Articles Share In an interview in the Racing Post, Ladbrokes Coral CEO Jim Mullen has again addressed concerns regarding this October’s industry review by the UK government of FOBTs wagering levels and advertising standards.As leader of the UK’s biggest retail bookmaker, Mullen admits to the Racing Post, that he has “probably invested far too much thinking time” on the outcome of the pending review.  From Mullen’s perspective, he details that it is a strange time for bookmakers, in which the industry has been made a public enemy by the media following a maelstrom of bad headlines.“We’re now in ‘burn the witch’ territory,” Mullen tells the Racing Post. “That’s where we are, verging on cabbages and heads in stocks.”Out of the UK’s ‘Big 4’ retail betting operators (Ladbrokes, Coral, William Hill & Betfred), Mullen has been the most vocal figurehead urging ministers for a ‘fair and balanced’ review of industry FOBTs wagering.Last March, Mullen detailed to UK media that a significant lowering FOBTs max-bet wagers (currently at £100) would likely wipeout Ladbrokes Coral retail presence within London, in which it operates 1,800 betting shops employing 9,000 staff.“The business side is if there is a cut in stakes based on no evidence, putting aside how morally incorrect that it is, then we’re putting our people’s jobs at risk,” Mullen states. “I just can’t-do that and go to sleep at night, particularly if I’ve been sitting across the table from someone who might want to do this just because ‘something has to be done’.”Adding further woes for industry leadership, are the increased political concerns relating to industry advertising practices and social responsibility standards which have been well publicised this September.With regards to advertising, Mullen states that Ladbrokes Coral is currently working with the UK Gambling Commission in improving promotional messaging standards used by its brands and marketing partners (media owners and affiliates).Ladbrokes Coral CEO will not be drawn into the gambling social responsibility debate, which hit national headlines this August following online rival 888’s compliance failures which resulted in a record £7.8 million UKGC fine.“We don’t sit here and judge any of our competitors, and I wouldn’t comment on 888 because we have to be careful about our own offers. But it’s an ongoing journey for our business to be more responsible and clearer in how we engage with the public. We welcome that.”Instead, Mullen states that industry stakeholders are better off focusing on creating ‘responsible businesses’, which can respond to times of political uncertainty, representing the fair-side of betting as a consumer proposition. Submit StumbleUponlast_img read more

PGA Tour aims for ‘comprehensive gambling policy’ with Genius Sports

first_img Related Articles Share Submit Scott Longley – Confusion reigns over FDC’s second betting rights deal July 14, 2020 888 calls for Betgenius sportsbook makeover June 25, 2020 Share StumbleUpon DraftKings CBO – Industry ‘only just scratched the surface’ of US sports betting July 16, 2020 Golf’s PGA Tour has announced that it will implement a ‘comprehensive gambling policy’ for its tournaments and operations assisted by sports data supplier Genius Sports.This week PGA Tour governance announced that it aims to launch a new ‘Integrity Program’ by January 2018. The professional tour organiser wants to create a complete betting monitoring system which will monitor all stakeholders associated with professional golf.The PGA states that a new program is needed in order to maintain its sports integrity amid changing consumer demands and technologies impacting betting on golf markets.“To maintain integrity and prevent and mitigate betting-related corruption in PGA Tour competitions—ensuring competitions always reflect, and appear to reflect, the best efforts of the players, while protecting the welfare of the players and others involved with the PGA Tour—through clear policies and regulations, ongoing education and training, and effective and consistent monitoring and enforcement functions.” The PGA detailed to US media.Genius Sports has been consulted by the PGA on the development of its new program. Both parties will work together with Genius Sports training PGA stakeholders on data collection, bet monitoring, identifying sports corruption and creating best practices for Golf integrity.The PGA aims to rollout the integrity program throughout all its syndicated Tours (North America, Europe, China, Latino America, LPGA) unifying guidelines and policy for the protection of golf.“The bedrock of PGA Tour competition are the inherent values of golf and the honesty and integrity of our members,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.“We recognize, however, that no sport is fully immune from the potential influence of gambling. So, we felt it was important to move forward with an Integrity Program to further protect our competition from betting-related issues. Genius Sports will provide essential support as we roll out the Program across the entire PGA Tour.”last_img read more

Paddy Power prices down ‘Referendum Part Deux’!

first_img StumbleUpon Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Related Articles Share BGC: Government must ‘act fast’ and extend furlough scheme August 11, 2020 Submit Share Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Paddy PowerThe UK government’s struggle to finalise terms on a 2019 Brexit arrangement, has seen Paddy Power Politics price down its odds on a ‘Second UK-EU Referendum’.Updating its UK political markets, Paddy Power now rates the chances of a second referendum before April 1st 2019 at 9/4 slashing down its previous odds from 3/1.This week the EU’s Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier stated that member states would reject PM Theresa May’s White Paper presenting the UK stance on a future EU customs arrangement.Whilst at home, May faces a Conservative Party divide relating to EU-exit negotiations and Brexit red-lines.Furthermore, with just eight months of exit negotiations left, the heads of UK industry and enterprise are adding pressure on May to deliver clarity on the terms of the UK’s leaving the European Union.“If that second referendum were granted – presumably with some kind of terms of exit outlined – Paddy Power make Remain the overwhelming favourite to succeed (1/7) with Leave the rank outsiders (4/1). Though we’ve heard that before.” details the Irish bookmaker!Spokesman Paddy Power said: “After more than two years of careful negotiation and strategising, the best thing achieved by the Brexit process has been to remove David Cameron and Boris Johnson from positions of power.“With virtually no opposition, the Prime Minister has been able to dilly-dally and perform a prompt change of hearts regularly – so why wouldn’t she produce an EU-turn now?“Such indecision should’ve been clear the moment she took charge, though. Because… Theresa May but, then again, Theresa May not.”Paddy Power – Brexit Specials        1/2      No Deal to be reached by Brexit deadline10/11    A Tory leadership contest to take place in 20189/4         A second EU membership referendum to be held before the Brexit deadline5/2         The UK to apply to re-join the EU by 202710/3       A General Election to be held this year Second Referendum Results 1/7         Remain4/1         Leavelast_img read more