Month: August 2020

Jamaica to honor tourism stalwarts

Jamaica to honor tourism stalwarts

first_imgThe Jamaican government will be paying tribute to trailblazers in the tourism industry later this year.According to Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett, they will be recognized for contributions of 50 years and more to the industry, in a function to be held on December 15, at King’s House – the official residence of the Governor General.Golden souls of tourism “We will be calling it the Golden Souls of Tourism. We will roll out the red carpet for these wonderful pioneers – persons like former Tourism Minister, Frank Pringle; and also Richard Salm, founder of Club Caribbean and a true stalwart in the industry,” said Bartlett, in an interview with the Jamaica Information Service (JIS).  “It is good that we can acknowledge, while they are alive, the sacrifices these persons have made on behalf of our beautiful country.”Bartlett said the industry could never have reached “this stratospheric level” without the hard work of “our golden-agers”, persons who “put country above self” and who saw the vision of how far tourism could go.He noted that 50 years ago, some 400,000 visitors came to the island and spent in the region of US$87,000 and in 2017, 4.3 million tourists came to Jamaica and spent approximately US$3 billion.Tourism sector consistently profitable“Last year, 20 per cent of the tax and earnings for the country came directly from the tourism industry,” he pointed out.“This is the one industry that continues to demonstrate a consistent level of profitability and dependability.”Meanwhile, Mr. Bartlett said there is every indication that 2018 will be another “special year for tourism” in Jamaica.The Minister said his optimism stems from what he has been seeing in the marketplace and the kind of interest that Jamaica has been generating from tour operators across the globe.“We have been going into markets that were once considered unapproachable. We have been venturing into Eastern Europe and Latin America, and we are starting to see the results. These are indeed the best of times for tourism,” he said.last_img read more

M-DCPS Releases Virtual Graduation Schedule for Class of 2020

M-DCPS Releases Virtual Graduation Schedule for Class of 2020

first_imgThe virtual commencement ceremonies will be followed by an in-person Class of 2020 celebration at each high school either in the summer or winter, once it is safe to do so under public health guidelines. In addition to the virtual ceremonies, the District has launched a marketing campaign to highlight outstanding seniors, and invite the community to celebrate graduates on social media on Senior Recognition Day May 20 using the following hashtags: #MDCPSGrad, #Classof2020, #MeetMDCPSGrads and #SeniorSpotlight. The ceremonies will be broadcast beginning Monday, June 8 through Tuesday, June 16. The live streaming of each virtual graduation, as well as a schedule of ceremonies and a video archive can be accessed by visiting Classof2020.dadeschools.net. The ceremonies will also be televised on WLRN Channel 17.center_img In an effort to ensure that the Class of 2020 graduates at Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS) receive the pomp and circumstance they deserve, the District will hold virtual graduation ceremonies for each high school. last_img read more

Palm Beaches County Requires the Wearing of Face Coverings in Gov’t…

Palm Beaches County Requires the Wearing of Face Coverings in Gov’t…

first_imgYoung woman shows self-made mask to protect against virus and bacteria Face coverings shall not be required for children under 2 years of age, public safety, fire, and other life safety personnel, and persons with medical conditions that are not compatible with masks. Under the modified order, all persons working in, patronizing, or otherwise physically present in grocery stores, restaurants while not seated, pharmacies, construction sites, vehicles for hire, and locations where social distancing measures are not possible should wear facial coverings as defined by the CDC. All persons accessing Palm Beach County governmental buildings for the purposes of conducting public business, visitation, contracting and maintenance, delivery, or any other activity requiring a presence in a county governmental building shall wear facial coverings as defined by the CDC at all times while present in the building. All persons utilizing the County’s Palm Tran transit services including fixed route, Palm Tran Connection, Go Glades, and any other transit service provided by Palm Tran, shall wear facial coverings at all times when entering, riding, or exiting the bus or transit vehicle, unless a medical accommodation is arranged in advance by contacting Palm Tran at (561) 841-4287. Palm Beach County has modified the executive order for facial coverings. Face coverings shall not be required for individuals participating in indoor sporting or physical fitness events provided 6’ physical distancing between participants can be maintained. Additionally, face coverings are not required while seated and dining in restaurant and other food service venues.last_img read more

William Hill strengthens governance advisory with 3 Non Executive Director appointments

William Hill strengthens governance advisory with 3 Non Executive Director appointments

first_img Submit Related Articles Gareth Davies – William HillFurther to today’s trading update, FTSE-listed William Hill has moved to strengthen its governance advisory by confirming the appointment of three new Non-Executive Directors.Updating its investors William Hill governance confirmed that John O’Reilly, (former Managing Director at Coral Interactive), Robin Terrell (former Chief Customer Officer at Tesco PLC) and Mark Brooker (former Chief Operating Officer at Betfair) would join the company as corporate advisors in 2017.William Hill governance detailed that it was pleased with its experienced appointments, which would give the operator fresh industry knowledge and outside industry perspective.Gareth Davis Chairman of William Hill, commented on the appointment of the Non-Executive directors;“These appointments significantly enhance the Board’s digital, multi-channel and gambling industry experience. John’s, Robin’s and Mark’s collective expertise will strengthen the business as we implement our strategy of digital and international diversification.”This morning the operator stated that it was committed to the ongoing turnaround of its digital performance, with the bookmaker stating that it had identified £30 million in potential corporate savings. Share StumbleUpon Share William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Rank Group extends support for Carers Trust July 28, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020last_img read more

Casa Pariurilor upgrades MTS retail provisions with NSoft

Casa Pariurilor upgrades MTS retail provisions with NSoft

first_imgShare Submit Superbet doubles down on Lucky7’s challenger investment  July 27, 2020 NSoft adds virtuals onto EveryMatrix’s CasinoEngine June 5, 2020 Share Related Articles Romania’s ONJN adds 20 sites to blacklist August 14, 2020 StumbleUpon Fortuna Entertainment Romanian sportsbook subsidiary Casa Pariurilor has moved to upgrade its retail in-play wagering provisions installing the managed-trading-services (MTS) solution of NSoft.The partnership sees Casa Pariurilor expand its retail services agreement with NSoft, a partner of the Romanian legacy bookmaker since 2014, acting as lead supplier of Lotto-Six, Virtual Sports and further draw-based games provisions.Moving forward, Casa Pariurilor’s 700 Romanian betting points will be upgraded with NSoft’s customizable MTS solution, expanding the bookmaker’s in-play market offering to 25,000 live events per month covering +20 sports.Updating the market, Lewis Findlay, General Manager Romania, Fortuna Entertainment, detailed the NSoft MTS upgrade as a key project for Casa Pariurilor home market expansion: –“We have been working with NSoft for 5 years now and our cooperation is a role model of how B2B cooperation should look like. You know, you can buy a betting software anywhere, but the people make the difference. We witnessed the NSoft`s trustworthiness and reliability with excellent 24/7 support and great turnkey betting solution, thus the decision to use the advantages of NSoft`s Seven Betting Platform and its In-Play MTS solution in our retail network was a logical step forward”The Casa Pariurilor MTS agreement sees NSoft secure its third major Eastern European contract of 2019, having won lead MTS supplier contracts with CloverBet Romania and Orion Tip Slovakia at the start of the year. Karlo Kralj – NSoftKarlo Kralj, NSoft’s Regional Sales Agent announces: “I am delighted to confirm the continuation of excellent cooperation with our client Casa Pariurilor. It is one of the oldest and the most respected betting companies on the Romanian market. Casa Pariurilor`s experts have a profound understanding of their market and are great in deciphering the players’ needs. The partnership with Casa has helped us significantly by providing the essential market-insights and up-to-date knowledge about Romanian market trends.”last_img
BtoBet expands African presence through Innobet

BtoBet expands African presence through Innobet

first_imgShare STM Gaming, the first partner of the ‘White Label Certification Program’ from BtoBet, has struck the latest in a series of African-based partnerships with Ugandan operator Innobet.Operators across Uganda, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Chad, Guinea and Namibia, amongst other countries, are going live this year through “a lite and simplified version” of the BtoBet igaming platform.Innobet will provide its players with a range of betting markets on sports such as football, horse racing, tennis and cricket, alongside a comprehensive list of online casino games and jackpot offerings.STM Gaming CEO Alessandro Pizzolotto said that BtoBet’s White Label Partnership Program is “gaining momentum with African White Label Operators seeking to enter the local market opting for an approach based on knowledge coupled with simplified yet advanced and highly adaptable technology”.He also explained how the continent’s iGaming industry is becoming more appealing. A number of countries are moving towards embracing a regulatory framework, while significant investments are driving the local internet and smartphone penetration.Confirmation of the Innobet deal comes just a week after BtoBet released a new industry report, titled ‘Francophone Handbook‘, which references its new portfolio of dedicated content for the African market focused on sportsbook, virtual sports, novelty bets and casino. BtoBet grows LatAm portfolio with GlobalBet deal August 12, 2020 BtoBet grows Nigerian presence with Booster99 deal August 26, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles BtoBet refines African SMS payment options with Tola Mobile  August 20, 2020last_img read more

BOS Webinar Series continues with Luckbox – ‘Breaking The Esports Betting Barrier’

BOS Webinar Series continues with Luckbox – ‘Breaking The Esports Betting Barrier’

first_img Luckbox: How the return of live sport has affected esports betting July 10, 2020 Recapitalised Luckbox calls for a recruitment drive  June 30, 2020 Luckbox outlines final TSXV roadmap July 29, 2020 Share Submit SBC’s fortnightly ‘Betting on Sports webinar series‘ continues on Wednesday 24 July 2019 with ‘Luckbox – Breaking the Esports Betting Barrier’, an exclusive in-depth look at the development and launch of the new esports betting platform.As a start-up aiming to conquer a discipline that has proved challenging for established bookmakers, Luckbox is perhaps the industry’s most intriguing ventures.The Luckbox enterprise team will host this webinar and give the inside track on their two-year journey to take the product from initial concept, through development and on to the official launch. Team Luckbox will further detail how its tailored platform and web portal seeks to bridge esports and betting dynamics, and discuss how they hope to become the breakout success for esports wagering.The Luckbox panel consists of:Lars Lien – CEO & Co-founderBoris Mihov – Chief Product OfficerSujoy Roy – Director of EsportsLars Lien – LuckboxLuckbox CEO & Co-founder Lars Lien said: “We’re aiming to serve esports fans with an authentic, purpose-built product and understanding of the space that most major sportsbooks just don’t have, while bringing the gambling industry expertise and high levels of regulatory compliance that the esports betting space has been badly lacking.“We look forward to presenting SBC audiences our platform and our future ambitions.”Register for Luckbox – Breaking the Esports Betting Barrier, (5:00PM GMT/ 1:00PM EST) – July 24th 2019The Betting on Sports webinar series is designed to provide stakeholders from across the industry with regular updates about current issues and opportunities, with input from high-level specialists. It is run by SBC, the team behind Betting on Sports, the world’s largest sports betting industry event. Betting on Sports 2019 takes place at Olympia London on September 17-20, with more than 3,500 delegates from operators, affiliates, suppliers, payment providers, regulators and sports clubs set to attend.It features the event’s most extensive content offering yet, with some of the highest-profile names in the industry sharing their knowledge of the latest developments in the European, US and emerging markets, regulation, technology and payments.Delegates can also learn about the newest product developments and innovations in the exhibition area, and take advantage of valuable networking opportunities at some of London’s most inspiring venues. Register for Luckbox – Breaking the Esports Betting Barrier, 5:00 PM GMT July 24th 2019. _______________ StumbleUpon Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

Argentine woes see Codere issue profit warning

Argentine woes see Codere issue profit warning

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Related Articles Mozzartbet sets sail in South America taking over Meridianbet Colombia July 22, 2020 Submit Closing Monday 26 August trading, Bolsa Madrid gambling group Codere SA has issued a profit warning after admitting that a further Argentine Peso devaluation has impacted the firm’s 2019 expectations.Codere cannot escape Argentina’s economic volatility caused by the nation’s shock primary election results as voters turned against President Mauricio Macri’s government, backing the ‘Frente de Todos’ Peronist coalition.The firm has accounted for a number of Argentine impacts, detailing that it anticipates a 29% decline in ARG market earnings as its biggest operational division fails to hit the €100 million revenue mark during Q2 2019 trading (projected €80 million).The statement read: “Faced with recent events in Argentina following the results of the primary elections, which have generated a significant devaluation of the Argentine peso, as well as a deterioration in the valuation of the country’s sovereign debt and the majority of shares listed on its stock market, the company makes public information regarding the contribution of our local business unit to the group’s results as a whole and to the impact of the devaluation of the peso on our expectations of results in 2019.”Mitigating Argentine economic realities, in 2018 Codere governance was allowed to adjust the firm’s corporate auditing frameworks by separating its ARG division impacted results from its core business reporting. Despite its continued Argentine woes, Codere still expects to deliver improved results on 2018 trading. It anticipates an adjusted EBITDA of €70 million (Q2 2018: €65m), with the firm detailing solid LATAM performances registered in the markets of Mexico, Colombia and Uruguay. H1 results will be published on 13 September. Codere secures €250m credit lifeline on aggressive interest rates  July 14, 2020 Codere merges Italian fruit machine units forming CODWIN July 3, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

YGAM launches Parent Hub education service

YGAM launches Parent Hub education service

first_img Related Articles RSPH brands YGAM’s ‘ParentHub’ as an essential education resource   July 24, 2020 Deputy Speaker praises work of YGAM founders July 10, 2020 YGAM calls for diverse perspectives on regulatory change August 3, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) has committed to boosting education surrounding gambling-related harms with the launch of a new ‘Parent Hub’.The new service will provide families with ‘resources, information and activities to help build digital resilience and safeguard their children’.Amanda Atkinson, Head of Parental Engagement at YGAM said: “The enormous variety of games and in-app purchases available can make it confusing for parents to keep on top of safety controls.“Through our educational resources, we are focused on providing crucial information to parents so they can identify changes in behaviours and understand the effects that gambling and gaming may have on mental and financial well being.”In addition, YGAM will also offer a two-hour workshop for parents of primary and secondary school children which can be delivered in schools or local communities, providing information, through activities and videos to boost understanding of online gambling.Parent Hub will support parents in understanding why loot boxes appeal to children, while also addressing risks associated with gaming, including mental health and financial implications.The advice also shows how parents can take important steps to safeguard their children, including the use of parental controls and identifying potential signs of gambling-related harm.YGAM has also teamed up with researchers from Newcastle and Loughborough Universities to provide further information on loot boxes, offering advice that ‘builds on research at the universities which explores children and young people’s experiences of in-game purchases and the effects this has on their wellbeing’.Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the research will look at ‘the blurring’ between gaming and gambling in digital games, specifically around the purchase of loot boxes.“For some children, the act of opening a loot box is as important as what it contains,” explained Dr James Ash, Reader in Technology, Space and Society at Newcastle University, who is leading the research. “Feelings of surprise and suspense lead to repeat purchase of loot boxes. But this is often short-lived.“Children and young people have told us how they feel disappointment, frustration, anger, and regret at loot box purchases, yet they are still driven to purchase again. This is concerning, given the deliberate design of these mechanisms – the visual stimulus, the randomised contents, and the very unfavourable odds for unboxing rare items – which can lead to repeat loot box purchases.”Dr Sarah Mills, Reader in Human Geography at Loughborough University and Co-Investigator, added: “This research values children and young people’s first-hand experiences, and reveals how they make sense of these gaming systems in their everyday lives at home.“These views are important to capture, especially when working with relevant charities that support children, young people and families directly. The educational work of charities such as YGAM is more important than ever during the current challenges of lockdown.” Sharelast_img read more

ESI Super Forum: Esports team ownership – Panel Assessment

ESI Super Forum: Esports team ownership – Panel Assessment

first_imgAmongst the plethora of talent and expertise that took to the stage at our ESI Super Forum on March 22n was the five pictured below. They sat down to discuss esports team ownership in front of an engaged audience. With plenty of sports stakeholders buying stakes in esports teams, we looked at whether it was a good investment and what goes into this decision making.The panel was comprised of (from left, pictured) Co-founder of Code Red Agency, Ben Woodward, Team Vitality CEO Nicolas Maurer, Method Co-owner Scott “Sco” and Managing Director of exceL Esports, Kieran Holmes-Darby.Following their introductions, moderator and freelance esports journalist Mike Stubbs asked the question: How do you take an esports team from start up to a commercially stable organisation with its own players and staff?Holmes-Darby started off the answers, explaining that naturally it all started as a hobby, but “we came across these tournaments that were happening in the UK, and saw that in the UK it was happening quite poorly and not very professionally. We saw a gap in the market for someone to come in and have a bit of business about them and create a team that is sellable and get to a commercially stable position.” As Holmes-Darby stated later, it is important for people getting in to esports to look at it as a business just as much as a passion or marketing ploy.“Sponsoring a team gives a much more engaging audience”Mike then asked what the advantages are to brands in sponsoring a team as opposed to a tournament, an area each of our panelists certainly had a vested interest in. Maurer stated that the value will lay within the teams, and if you look at traditional sports “only the top teams really get the value that’s created in esports when it comes to sponsorship rights and investment.”Sco supported Maurer’s sentiment, saying that although a tournament may provide more reach short-term, “sponsoring a team gives a much more engaging audience”, which is imperative to long-term growth for these brands both endemic and non-endemic.Mike continued the session by looking at traditional sports teams and their impact on esports, asking the panel: “Do you think that all these big sports teams with loads of money are a good thing for the industry or stunting the growth of endemic organisations?” A loaded question, but one that the panel had a range of experience with, especially with Sco, Holmes-Darby and Maurer all running successful endemic esports teams.Here, opinions were many and varied. Holmes-Darby stated that though many would think he is against it, he is a huge fan of the involvement of big names providing exposure to esports, though argued that there is “a right way to do it and a wrong way to do it”, reiterating the importance of going about the situation correctly, commending FC Copenhagen’s North on how well they have done to create a natural, organic esports brand.The panel further discussed the global nature of esports, what sports teams can (and do) achieve in esports and franchising in esports before opening the panel to audience questions. Here, the panelists were asked how to start their organisation without big investment, the dangers of allowing a publisher to control an entire esport and who is expected to invest in tournaments and esports teams in general.The panelists were very honest in their views, providing information that is incredibly difficult to come by outside of events like these, and the video (as well as those from all other panels) will be available soon to watch in full.last_img read more