TT lifts corned beef ban

first_imgThe Ministry of Agriculture in Trinidad and Tobago has lifted the restriction on Brazilian corned beef and other meat imports.The temporary restriction, imposed last month, was put in place after it was revealed by Brazilian authorities that a private manufacturer was using rotten meat in the production of corned beef.On Wednesday, the Ministry made the announcement to lift the temporary restriction on both the import and retail sale of meat products from Brazil including corned beef, chicken patties and chicken nuggets.last_img

Taste of Jamaica Carnival at Wynwood Yard

first_imgMiami’s Wynwood Yard was recently transformed into a big carnival party, as the Jamaica Tourist Board and Caribbean Airlines, teamed up to give fans a preview of the 2018 Jamaica carnival.  Carnival performers, stilt walkers and the food of the Caribbean added to the ambience as Jamaica’s own DJ Marvelous and Papa Keith of 103.5 ‘The Beat’ brought the carnival vibes and kept the crowd swaying their hips. The event was part of a larger initiative to promote travel to Jamaica in March and April during the destination’s carnival season. The partnership with Caribbean Airlines also includes hosting travel influencers to experience the unique festival offerings, behind the scenes access as well as a contest that invites their followers to win a trip to Jamaica to experience carnival. For more information about carnival in Jamaica, visit carnivalinjamaica.comlast_img read more

NBA Round Up On Halloween Night; We got some cheering – Pacers Guard Victor…

first_imgIndiana Pacers 101 – 83 Sacremento Kings :A strong first quarter allowed the Indiana Pacers starters to rest for most of the second quarter.Bojan Bogdanovic scored 17 points to lead a balanced Indiana offense and help the Pacers to a 101 -83 out of the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night.The Pacers (4 -3 ) scored the first nine points and built a 55 – 30 lead.“We got to do some cheering today”  – Pacers guard Victor Oladipo said.Victor Oladipo who scored 23 points for the Pacers and Indiana second-year forward Domantas Sabonis, coming off a personal best; 22 points and 12 rebounds on Sunday, had a double-double in the first half with 10 points and 12 rebounds.He finished with a career-high 16 rebounds in addition to 12 points and five assists.Brooklyn Nets 114 – 122 Phoenix Suns :The Brooklyn Nets have lost three straight games and have yet to win a game on Halloween since the 2007-2008 season. Despite a 33-point effort from D’Angelo Russell, the Brooklyn Nets (3-5) lost to the Phoenix Suns (3-4), 122-114, Tuesday night at Barclays Center.The Nets stormed back from an 18-point deficit in the third quarter, but surrendered 35 points in the fourth and folded late.Rondae Hollis-Jefferson showed once again he can anchor the Brooklyn attack, scoring a career-high 21 points. Dinwiddie facilitated well and scored 15 points. He finished with one turnover to four assists. He’s leading the league in assist-to-turnover ratio.Bucks 91 – 110 Thunder :The Milwaukee Bucks weren’t in for any treats on Halloween. That much was clear early in Tuesday’s game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.The Bucks, however, did perform a trick. For long stretches, their offense disappeared in a 110-91 loss. The one-sided affair was reminiscent of Milwaukee’s 31-point beatdown at the hands of the Thunder in April in Oklahoma City.No other Bucks player reached double figures as the team shot 32 of 76 (42.1%) from the field, including just 9 of 30 (30%) on three-pointers to go with 15 turnovers.Lakers 113 – 93 Pistons :In the best team effort of the season, the Lakers routed the Pistons 113-93 to get their 3rd win of the season, which moves the team to 3-4 on the year, giving them a nice bounce back from consecutive defeats on Friday and Saturday against the Raptors and the Jazz.The Lakers racked up 9 steals and had 5 blocked shots, while only 14 fouls all night. Detroit only shot 3 FT’s all evening, and two of those were in garbage time. When you can defend without fouling while also extending your defense and pressuring passing lanes, you can do major damage on that end and the Lakers did just that. RelatedNBA: Harden Continues Historic Streak, Victor Oladipo Out of Action as 76ers Scale Tight HurdleJanuary 24, 2019In “NBA”NBA Results: Lakers, Thunder, Pacers Pick Up Impressive Wins On Halloween NightNovember 1, 2017In “BasketBall”Eric DierJune 30, 2017Similar postlast_img read more

La Liga Review: Madrid Clubs Narrow Gap On Top Two

first_imgReal Madrid and city rivals Atletico Madrid have closed the gap on the top two teams in the Spanish La Liga (Barcelona and Valencia) after they recorded wins over Malaga and Levante respectively.European champions Real Madrid struggled to a 3-2 win over Malaga at the Estadio Santiago Bernebeu courtesy goals from Karim Benzema, Casemiro and Cristiano Ronaldo while Atletico Madrid forwards Antoine Griezmann and Kevin Gameiro scored two goals apiece to lead their team to a 5-0 victory at Levante.Both teams (27 points) have narrowed the gap to the top two (Barcelona 34 points and Valencia 30 points) though Atletico have moved ahead of Real into 3rd spot on goal difference as a result of their big win over Levante.Surprise title challengers Valencia and Barcelona meet later on Sunday evening at the Mestalla in what promises to be an exciting clash.Matchday 13 Results (Saturday)Alaves 1-2 EibarReal Betis 2-2 GironaReal Madrid 3-2 MalagaLevante 0-5 Atletico MadridTop Four (Standings):1. Barcelona 34 points2. Valencia 30 points3. Atletico Madrid 27 points4. Real Madrid 27 pointsRelatedlast_img read more

Done Deal…Scientific Games completes NYX Gaming acquisition

first_img Kevin SheehanIssuing a corporate statement, Nasdaq-listed gambling technology provider Scientific Games Corporation (SGC) has today confirmed that it has completed its acquisition of online gambling platform and software supplier NYX Gaming Group.SGC governance closes its pursuit of Toronto TSX-listed NYX Gaming, which began in September 2017, when the technology firm proposed a $630 million deal to acquire NYX assets outright.Seeking to bolster its digital betting/gaming operations, SGC governance would undertake an aggressive buyout of NYX’s shareholding.Gaining the deal approval of key stakeholders William Hill and Sky Bet, SGC governance called for final NYX shareholder vote this December, securing a unanimous 99% approval for its takeover.Updating stakeholders, Kevin Sheehan, Scientific Games Chief Executive Officer stated “Today, Scientific Games moves forward as a leading digital provider of sports betting, iGaming and iLottery technologies, platforms, content, products and services”.“As we look to 2018, we are truly excited by the opportunities that this acquisition presents to us.”In its deal prospectus, SGC governance announced that following the acquisition of NYX assets, the company would move to realign its digital services division, which would be now led by NYX CEO Matt Davey as SGC Group President of Digital Gaming.The deal completion, sees SGC boost its online gambling software securing NYX’s popular Open Gaming Systems. Furthermore, SGC will gain a significant foothold in the global online betting market, adding the OpenBet systems to its client provisions.NYX Gaming is expected to end its trading as a Toronto TSX enterprise on the 10 January 2018. Share Perelman fund reviews majority shareholding in Scientific Games July 16, 2020 Submit Related Articles Luckbox gears up for Toronto IPO May 21, 2020 Scientific Games confirms Michael Eklund as inbound Group CFO  May 22, 2020 StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

Comtrade gaming confirmed as partner for Superbet expansion

first_img Submit Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Superbet doubles down on Lucky7’s challenger investment  July 27, 2020 Share Sportal365 to power efbet’s multi-market content strategy April 30, 2020 Online sports betting and casino operator Superbet has confirmed a deal that will see it migrate operations to technology provider Comtrade Gaming‘s online platform.As part of the deal, Comtrade’s iCore gaming platform will serve as the technology behind Superbet’s digital expansion.Sacha Dragic, CEO and founder of Superbet commented: “Having the right platform technology is a key component for our growth strategy. We have been investing heavily in our own sportsbook technology and now combining this with Comtrade Gaming’s back-end platform gives us a market leading technology stack. Comtrade made a big promise on a very aggressive migration deadline and we have been very impressed with their commitment to deliver it on time.” Comtrade Gaming’s iCore platform manages multi-channel operations to integrate retail and online operations. From a single-back office tool, iCore’s platform capabilities include scalability for the highest player volumes and customisation properties for an agile market strategy. Customised along operator preferences to integrate all products additions and service providers, the online gaming platform manages multi-channel activity for an operator’s digital operating model.  Steven Valentine, Director of Interactive at Comtrade Gaming also spoke of the integration: “We are absolutely delighted to be chosen as Superbet’s platform partner. Superbet’s plans are some of the most ambitious I have seen and you only have to look at the calibre of the team they assembled to know they are building something very special.“At Comtrade we understand that operators want to be able to choose an individual elements that suits their business whether that be proprietary or 3rd party software. Our skill is being able to pull all that together to give the operator exactly what they want.Valentine continues: “Our commitment to excellence in platform technology continues to be our core business focus. iCore extends an operator’s multi-brand strategy with features such as automated bonusing, detailed player segmentation and reporting features to optimise player acquisition, retention and reactivation campaigns. Reporting modules consolidate management priorities and enable operators to create and monitor roadmaps for multi-channel and online strategies. Delivering on the promises we make to our clients is built into our company’s ethos and we look forward to a very successful partnership with Superbet. ” Superbet highlights integrity commitment with IBIA membership July 9, 2020last_img read more

Winning Post: Hard lessons to be learnt in Kenya

first_img StumbleUpon Share Share Opening the week, industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners offers its insight into some of the topics facing the gambling industry over this last week, including SportPesa’s decision to withdraw from Kenya, the closure of Towcester racecourse, and the privatisation of FDJ.Kenya: taxation and regulation – hard lessons from a game overKenya’s tempestuous few years of gambling ‘reform’ has now apparently permanently driven out its erstwhile posterchild and market leader. SportPesa (until recently a c. €200m net revenue business, sponsor of Everton and Hull, F1 Racing Point team partner and official partner of Chester Racecourse) has stated that it is not going to seek to reapply for a licence as the government announced a further tax hike (an additional 10ppts to a 20% Excise Duty on stakes, voted through last week) – this is now much more than posturing, with the group laying off over 450 employees in Kenya (only two months after stating it would not be shut down or driven out of the country). Betin, another major market participant, has also reportedly given up and opted for closure and redundancy.Kenya’s rise demonstrates the power of online betting in an emerging market where payments are not a problem – in this case due to M-Pesa (mobile money), a mass market solution to the banking crisis. The Kenyan betting sector reached reported stakes of over KS200bn in 2018, implying revenue  – pre disruption – of c. €500m (including player winnings taxes collected by operators) – a very significant market given the country’s size (50m) and relative wealth (US$1.8k GPD per capita). In this context, understanding local connectivity and ecommerce provides a clear commercial guide to success. However, the issues that led to Kenya’s volte face on a once strong sector are even more instructive, in our view. We identify four key takeaways.The most obvious issue – sometimes too obvious to notice –  facing Kenya was the very rapid nature of the growth. This meant that the key operator (and others), regulator and government were constantly playing catch-up. While rapid growth might be highly attractive on some levels, it is too easy to ignore the systemic risks that are typically built up – especially for the operators enjoying the success (nobody welcomes a voice of caution within a business until it is too late, especially in ‘entrepreneurial’ cultures). Equally, while there was ample evidence that the government did not fully think through its fiscal or social policies when applied to the burgeoning betting sector, this is only to be expected under rapid growth circumstances. The minute the understanding and expectations of the government and regulator diverged from the operators, risk was created – a risk stoked by an increasingly confrontational attitude. Preventing or bridging this gap can be extremely tough – but the failure to do so can be much more painful.Aggressive marketing goes hand in hand with rapid online-led growth. In an environment where gaming is limited or landbased, marketing too tends to be niche and so broadly out of sight for those not looking for it. Conversely, online gambling tends to want to be as mass market as possible, with a full panoply of advertising and sponsorship to drive this. Gambling operators should always bear in mind that even when commercial online gambling reaches truly mass market status (c. over 10% of adult participation), that still leaves 80-90% of adults either uninterested or anti- and big concerns for children and vulnerable groups. Gambling will never be an FMCG or insurance – marketing it as if it has mass acceptance is likely to create the opposite effect – in Kenya and elsewhere.The rise of online betting in Kenya was creating visible problems, in terms of youth participation and personal debt. While these issues may be complex and the gambling sector may not have been as contributory (to the latter) as was sometimes portrayed, it is hard to shake of the criticism that the Kenyan gambling sector was more about growth than responsibility. The combination of aggressive marketing and social concerns made the sector an easy fiscal-regulatory target. This was probably exacerbated in SportPesa’s case by a high degree of foreign ownership (an understandable bugbear of many emerging market countries that struggle with investment inflows) and perhaps a belated sense that mobilising community support could mitigate this.There has been a tendency among some operators and suppliers to see emerging markets as the growth solution to maturing Western markets. On a secular and operational level, there is undoubtedly much merit in this, as Kenya until recently helped to demonstrate. However, at least one emerging market has demonstrated that it is not scared to take on and drive out one of its biggest taxpayer companies as social (and other) concerns mounted and the issues got politicised. The tobacco sector has given gambling plenty of warning that treating emerging markets principally as a source of growth and cash can go wrong at the regulatory layer. Kenya should teach gambling operators that growing an emerging market presence needs to be done sensitively if it is to be sustainable. In this context, the .com playbook can be left offshore…UK: horseracing – Chester flexes its mussels, but its toast for TowcesterChester and Bangor has stepped in to run Musselburgh (28 fixtures, c. 55k annual attendance, flat and jumps), but Towcester (down to 12 fixtures, c. 20k annual attendance, jumps) is now officially no more, with its rump fixtures going to ARC. Towcester’s demise was quite course-specific (selling off its best fixtures to invest in a dog track) while Musselburgh’s governance and management woes are also something of a course-specific saga. It would be easy therefore to consider these changes as of low relevance to the overall health of racing.However, the changes come at a time when racing is in a more precarious position than recent history might suggest, further evidenced by reports that RMG and TRP are looking for turnover-based increases to media rights deals. The cause of this issue is fairly obvious: the loss of media rights that will be caused by the closure of LBOs after the B2 ban, which is now starting to happen. However, the reductions, while relatively small in the scheme of racing’s income and costs, are likely expose three significant fault-lines, in our view. The first is that costs look variable on the way up but can appear horribly fixed on the way down – especially dangerously politicised costs like Prize Money (which has been a materially bigger beneficiary of media rights inflation than racecourse profits). Second, with the partial exception of JCR, the structure of GB racing is very much split into the ‘resilient’ (large independents: high quality racing, high attendance volumes) and the ‘fragile’ (everybody else: lower quality racing on average, much lower attendance, therefore much higher dependence on media rights), but with the partial exception of ARC, the ‘fragile’ are all individual courses which cannot share or mitigate risk as a group. These two fault lines could make what should be a relatively minor adjustment (c. 6% revenue, c. 3% total costs – even the upper end impact of £50m represents less than 2 years’ overall top-line growth) a much more serious crisis. For us, the key question now is not so much who is going to plug the hole (the conceptually easy solution which kicks the underlying productivity can down the road and likely picks more fights with the hand that feeds), but how racing’s organisation and output should respond to improve the attractiveness of the product: bookmakers and racegoers might be more willing to pay for the right answers to these questions. The tough task here, in our view, is to pivot a very supply-led industry into a demand-led one, while the supply (horsemen) is still footing most of the bill…France: gambling regulation – RNG pays out for FDJ (and the French government)?France is to see a major shake-up of its online gambling regime prompted by the privatisation of FDJ, leading to ARJEL being replaced by a new regulatory body: the ANJ. The ANJ will have reinforced powers (including in marketing) across online commercial licensees (betting and poker) and a role to combat ‘excessive gambling’ in (landbased?) casinos. The new regulation also potentially gives FDJ the exclusive right to offer ‘Article-D (321-13)’ RNG (slot) games outside casinos (FDJ has over 30,000 points of sale across France) and online (undoubtedly a significant sweetener to the market for the government’s selling of c. 70% of FDJ shares if not clearly restricted). If this squares with combatting ‘excessive gambling’ in a very French way by simply favouring a (newly privatised) monopoly, it will give FDJ massive (and potentially challengeable) commercial advantages over its rivals, as well as probably growing gambling overall in France materially (albeit to the benefit of one operator and the relative, potentially absolute, detriment of all the others). French casino associations have already registered their concern, but it is unclear yet how (if at all) the government intends to address them. Hopes that the changes will bring about a revenue (vs. turnover) tax model and commercial product liberalisation (including online casino) are possible – but feel some way off to us unless forced by an increasingly distant (in gambling matters) EU.Content provided by Regulus Partners Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Submit Winning Post: Third time’s the charm for England’s casinos August 17, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

CUBE announces esports division with HeatoN involved as Senior Adviser

first_imgCUBE has announced that the marketing agency is adding an esports division with the addition of Peter Stromberg as CEO, Esports Agent Erik Askered and former Counter Strike player Emil “HeatoN” Christensen as Senior Adviser.These additions come with a vast resume in esports as all are former employees of fellow agency Orlando John. Stromberg, as former CEO, now takes his title to CUBE while Christensen, who has been an Orlando John client since early 2017, will now apply his esports experience as an Adviser.From left: Olof Lindblom, Emil “HeatoN” Christensen, Christoffer Bergmann, Erik Askered, Peter Strömberg. Credit: CUBE E-SPORTSCUBE E-SPORTS CEO Peter Stromberg said he’s excited to continue working with Emil Christensen: “CUBE’s engine gives us an even better opportunity to keep producing qualitative content and their multi-platform-setup fits us perfectly. Emil has a unique network and is one of the largest names in the esport industry. To be able to continue working alongside him in this business investment is incredibly exciting and he will have a key role when it comes to our goal becoming the leading agency for esport in the Nordics.”CUBE currently represents top influencers in Scandinavia and now adds esports to their repertoire. As part of the announcement, it will reportedly release podcasts ‘E-Sportpodden’ and ‘NiPCast’ at the end of the month.CUBE CEO Olof Lindblom stated: “The esport community is extremely attractive and we will be taking a clear role as an agency, just like we have previously done within fashion, lifestyle and music. Peter, Erik and Emil are all truly dream recruitment’s when taking this step, and we have high ambitions having three of Sweden’s greatest experts join our team, also with the numerous strong formats they bring in overnight.”Speaking to Esports Insider, Senior Adviser Emil “HeatoN” Christensen added: “As a former pro player I’m well aware of the amount of hours you have to put into your practice, and tending to your own brand is not always something you have time for. That’s where we come in. I’m very excited to continue alongside CUBE and help both esport professionals and influencers improve their brand and collaborations through their multi-platform setup. “Esports Insider says: A solid esports division launch for CUBE as they’ve brought on prominent names to head the new department. It’s curious to see numerous members, especially the CEO, leave Orlando John to join, but with a veteran player and personality like HeatoN on board, we’ll be keeping our eyes on the goings-on at CUBE E-SPORTS.last_img read more

Tim Masters appointed as Luckbox’s Head of Esports Content

first_imgTim Masters, an esports writer and editor, has joined the ranks of esports betting startup Luckbox as its Head of Esports Content. Formerly occupying roles such as Editor-in-Chief at GosuGamers and Assistant Editor at EsportsHeaven, Masters has also written for the likes of Ginx TV and VPEsports.This isn’t Masters’ first time working Luckbox, having worked for the company on a “consultancy basis for the past few months”, helping it to shape its news output. The responsibilities of his new, permanent role include producing much of the writing and editing that comes from the site.Tim Masters, Head of Esports Content at Luckbox discussed his new role: “I’m officially Luckbox’s resident editor and writer, so my role involves words of all kinds, but mainly focussing on reporting on esports, both the games and the industry. To be honest, it’s why I got into journalism and esports, because I naturally love to know what is going on, to speculate and to listen to my own voice, and that makes it something of a dream job.”Luckbox was founded by Lars Lien and Mike Stevens, two former colleagues at PokerStars. It’s described as an “esports betting and casino platform, offering players a safe and sociable environment to engage with their favourite games.In May, the UK’s first professional gamer Sujoy Roy joined Luckbox as its Director of Esports, working towards strengthening Luckbox’s connections in the industry and “fostering grassroots communities.”Esports Insider says: Tim Masters has ample experience writing and editing content that’s esports-specific, so his new role of Luckbox seems well-suited. We look forward to seeing where the platform’s content goes under his direction.Sign up to our newsletter!last_img read more

Paa Kwesi Fabin named Uganda U-17 and U-20 coach

first_imgUganda have named Ghanaian coach Samuel Paa Kwasi Fabin as new coach of their national U-17 and U-20 sides.The 60-year-old has joined the east Africans on a one-year contract, his first assignment set to be next month’s Africa U-17 Cup of Nations in Tanzania.He comes with wealth of experience, having guided Ghana to silver at the 2017 Africa U-17 Cup of Nations in Gabon and to the quarter-finals of the Fifa U-17 World Cup in India same year.“Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has confirmed the appointment of Samuel Fabin Kwasi as the head coach for the national U-17 and U-20 teams for a period of one year,” the football federation announced via their official website on Wednesday.Samuel Paa Kwesi Fabian has been appointed the new Uganda youth (U17, U20) teams coach.— FUFA (@OfficialFUFA) March 20, 2019“FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo, flanked by the second vice president Darius Mugoye and CEO Edgar Watson officially introduced Kwasi before the media.“Kwasi’s immediate task at hand will be to handle the team at the 2019 Total Africa U-17 finals in Tanzania.”Fabin’s rich profile also includes coaching Ghana’s two biggest clubs Asante Kotoko and Hearts of Oak, as well as Inter Allies and Heart of Lions.“I am here for a mission,” said the coach at his unveiling on Wednesday.“First, I want to guide the Uganda U-17 team at the Afcon U-17 finals.“The time is very short but I will give it all my best shot.“The youth need patience to work with and develop to their best.”Uganda will face hosts Tanzania, Nigeria and Angola in Group A at the U-17 Afcon.–Source: Goal.comlast_img read more