Its Tuesday, March 28. We are looking at some of the top stories across your Caribbean-American community.And in sportsTrinidad and Tobago face a tough home World Cup qualifying match against group leaders Mexico at the Haisley Crawford Dtadium today. The Trinidadians are fifth in the six team group with three points and nothing less than a win will give them a real shot at qualifyiong for the 2018 World Cup in RussiaHere’s What’s trendingNearly 300 religious officials from the Caribbean and Guyana have urged the U.S. to no longer promote LGBT and intersex rights abroad. The 289 ministers who are from the Bahamas, St. Maarten, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana made the request in a letter they sent to President Trump recently.Make sure to pick up your copy of the Caribbean News Weekly at your nearest Caribbean American outlet.
The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is encouraged by the “strong” demand for registration at this month’s Caribbean Travel Marketplace to be held in Puerto Rico. The event is being held less than six months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria ploughed through the Lesser Antilles dealing a severe blow to the region’s tourism sector.Encouraging responseThe CHTA indicated following a meeting in Puerto Rico last week, that demand among travel industry stakeholders to do business in the region was encouraging, given the continued interest and registration response for the annual event.CHTA director general Frank Comito said plans for Marketplace 2018, to be held from January 30 to February 1, were now in the advanced stages. The association is on track to eclipse the 1,000-delegate mark before the start of the event.“This speaks not only to the resilience of the Caribbean’s bread and butter tourism industry but also to the fortitude of the Caribbean’s people,” said Comito.Puerto Rico on the aboundHe said Puerto Rico is on the rebound and “more than ready to host this year’s edition of Caribbean Travel Marketplace.It is remarkable what the good people at the Puerto Rico Convention Center District Authority, the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Meet Puerto Rico, and the Puerto Rico Hotel and Tourism Association have been able to accomplish as they prepare to welcome this marquee event to their island,” he said.The CHTA said an estimated 500 supplier delegates from more than 200 companies across 30 countries will join another 100-plus media representatives at this year’s event. More than 200 delegates from close to 100 buyer companies, 19 of which are new to the conference have so far registered. Buyer companies are expected from Argentina, the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States and Uruguay.“And there’s still more than a week to register,” said Comito.
Antigua and Barbuda’s Trade and Investment Minister Asot Michael has tendered his resignation from the newly formed Antigua and Barbuda government, amid speculation that he was among Caribbean politicians who had received bribes from a British investor.Resignation acceptedPrime Minister Gaston Browne indicated he has accepted the resignation and asked Governor General Sir Rodney Williams to revoke the appointment.Michael’s departure from the Cabinet is the second occasion within a seven-month period that he has had to forgo his ministerial position. Last October, he was arrested in London while on his way to a conference in France.Previously removed from CabinetBrowne subsequently removed him as the minister of tourism, economic development, investment and energy, but the 49-year-old rebounded to successfully contest the March 21 general election on behalf of the ruling Antigua and Barbuda Labor Party (ABLP).This time round, Michael, who was born in the French Caribbean island of Guadeloupe, has denied the accusation that unfolded in a British High Court last Friday in a matter involving British financier Peter Virdee, whose telephone conversations with his business partner, Dieter Trutschler, in 2016, had been recorded by German authorities.According to the transcript of the document revealed in the High Court, Virdee alleges that Michael had asked him for two million dollars to buy a car for his mother.But, in his resignation letter to Prime Minister Browne, the Parliamentary Representative of St Peter’s, said he had become “aware that recent media reports, emerging from Court proceedings in the United Kingdom, to which I am not a party, have caused anxiety in some quarters of our society and are being used by opposition political elements to seek to discredit me and the Government.” He was therefore submitting his resignation so as to allow “the Government to fulfill its obligations to the people, without any distraction.”
WASHINGTON, CMC – Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness will deliver the feature address at the one-day high level conference on building resilience to disasters and climate change in the Caribbean later this month, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said.The Fund indicated the November 26 event is a follow up on the 2017 high-level forum “Unleashing Growth and Strengthening Resilience.” The conference will be held at the IMF headquarters here and will bring together key stakeholders, including senior policymakers, multilateral development partners, and the private sector.According to the IMF, the delegates will “explore incentives to shift the focus of policies towards building resilience and innovative disaster risk financing policies and instruments that would help in the region”.The Washington-based financial institution said that the “one-day conference is structured mostly to thematic sessions that will be closed to the media, to allow for candid exchanges”.The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is co-hosting the high-level conference.
Duma approves overhaul of Russian sports betting laws July 23, 2020 StumbleUpon Ilya Machavariani, Dentons – CIS regional dynamics will come to play prior to gambling take-off July 31, 2020 Submit Share Share Boosting its profile and coverage within the Russian betting market, Panserve Limited European online bookmaker Marathonbet has announced that it has signed an official shirt sponsorship with FC Dynamo Moscow.Marathonbet marketing has announced that it has secured a three-year ‘shirt branding’ deal, which will see the bookmaker’s brand displayed on the back of Dynamo Moscow’s Russian Premier League matches, with the new 2017/18 season beginning on 18 July.The bookmaker was pleased to have secured a shirt sponsorship with one of Russia’s most successful and popular football teams. Confirming the partnership Marathonbet Russian market representative Ekaterina Zemkova, detailed that the bookmaker had added a further European football giant to its growing football sponsorship portfolio.“Dynamo Moscow is a club with a great history – it is the first Soviet champion, the first Soviet Cup winner. It is a brand recognised all over the world. I am confident that together we will achieve excellent results. We have been partnering with sports clubs for a long time, with a portfolio now including Manchester United, Malaga and Hibernian. We are pleased to have such a prominent club as Dynamo joining these names. We are thankful for the perfectly organised negotiations process.”Yevgeniy Muravyov, General Director of Dynamo Moscow FC welcomed Marathonbet as a partner, stating that the football club had partnered with a trusted name within the online betting sector.Muravyov further detailed that Marathonbet would form an integral part to season 2017/18 marketing for Dynamo Moscow. SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Related Articles
Xtremepush secures ‘OpenMarket’ supplier accreditation August 26, 2020 Share StumbleUpon The ‘Sport in Focus’ track at Betting on Sports (12-15 September) will culminate in a session dedicated to next year’s FIFA World Cup, as more than 120 operators and 80 high-level affiliates at #boscon2017 get on ‘The Road to Russia’.AC Milan Commercial Director Jaap Kalma will be joined by an industry quartet tasked with educating over 1,200 delegates at Olympia Conference Centre on how to engage with a wider audience during Russia 2018, a tournament played at European friendly times. ‘World Cup 2018: The road to Russia’ has been perfectly timed for operators and affiliates seeking to put plans and partnerships in place ahead of the global footballing event. Ideas discussed will be expanded on during more targeted sessions at next year’s Betting on Football, which has been moved forward to 20-23 March to accommodate industry plans for the World Cup in Russia.The rest of the panel is made up by BetStars Managing Director Zeno Ossko, Superbet Group Director of E-Commerce Jamie Hart, OpenBet Executive Vice President (Sports) Keith O’Loughlin and Shaun Simmonds, who heads up the marketing for Kenya based sports betting group SportPesa.Hart said: “Recent technological development provides massive opportunities for improved customer experience in all industries. In my opinion, the betting and gaming industry has only been scratching the surface over the last 20-years and I’ll be looking to bounce ideas around some like-minded souls at this important annual event.”The ‘Sport in Focus’ track, held in the auditorium on Thursday 14 September, starts with a tour of the topical betting issues in tennis, cricket, rugby, basketball, boxing and US Sports.Representing LeoVegas at the conference is Head of Sports Andreas Bardun, who will be sharing insight about the Swedish brand’s ‘Summer of Tennis’ campaign on the tennis panel. Bardun added: “I think this is a great event to get the betting industry together with the sporting community, so to be able to contribute to this is an honour for me.”The discussion will also tackle the continuing fight against match fixing, recently highlighted by suspicious betting patterns surrounding a recent defeat for Alexandr Dolgopolov.‘Tennis: Staying between the lines’ will be followed by a session designed to ‘break the boundaries’ in cricket betting, as the sport looks to capitalise on heightened interest in the short formats of the game, exemplified by Unibet becoming an Official Betting Partner for Warwickshire CCC.This diverse focus continues with a look at the disproportionately low level of bookmaker sponsorship in rugby union, when compared with its Northern-focused counterpart rugby league, and why LeoVegas has reversed this trend by partnering with 10-time English champions Leicester Tigers.Richard Crouch, Head of Rugby at Opta and a speaker on our rugby panel, said: “There’s certainly no lack of content and ideas to similarly engage and convert Rugby Union (and League) punters and having seen interest from Southern Hemisphere bookmakers to do exactly this, we’d expect European bookmakers to start following suit.”After lunch, the World Cup finale will be directly preceded by sessions around three headline sports, starting with a focus on how basketball, a US-centred sport with huge appeal across Europe, continues to reach an audience that other sports can’t reach.Just over two weeks after the ‘betting event of the year’ featuring Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor in Las Vegas, we will be assessing the value of sponsorship in boxing and the impact of ‘novelty bouts’ such as this on both the popularity and credibility of the sport.The penultimate session of the track will switch attention to sports betting across the pond, as representatives of Red Zone Sports, Digital Sports Tech and Don Best Sports combine to assess the appeal of the likes of baseball and American football, just a few months after the Supreme Court agreed to hear New Jersey’s challenge against PASPA.Right now, tickets for the event are available at a fantastic 25% Group Discount when buying 3 or more – get them HERE.Betting on Sports is organised by SBC Events, part of the SBC Global group of companies which works with industry leaders to develop the sports and sports betting industries. Services include news coverage, knowledge creation, marketing and product consultancy, conferences, seminars and industry awards. Related Articles Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 Share Submit
Submit Share Share StumbleUpon The bookmakers of the future may not be who you’d expect, writes Stuart Whitfield, CEO at Erlang Solutions.Stuart Whitfield, Erlang SolutionsChris Eaton, industry expert, integrity monitor and former investigator for INTERPOL is quoted as saying: “In 10 years’ time, I expect sports betting to be part of major telecommunications companies and data companies.“Technology and telecommunications companies deal with massive volumes of data and transactions in real-time, 24/7. As online gambling and betting itself moves into a realm of ever-increasing real-time, data-led transactions, success depends on being able to harness and deploy the appropriate technology and market data.In short, it’s time for those operating (or aspiring to operate) in the sports betting space to think and act like a data / telecoms / technology company. They can achieve this a number of ways, but the cornerstones of this approach are likely to share some common characteristics. To paraphrase G. K. Adams, to go forwards, we must first look back. Where has online gambling and betting come from, and what changes need to be made to go where they’re going?Here are some key considerations for those wishing to succeed in this burgeoning market:Traditional sports to esportsWith World Cup 2018 just around the corner, it seems unthinkable that football (or soccer, for the subjects of Trump) could be unseated as the world’s biggest betting draw. But that’s a very real possibility with the exponential growth of esports, which will both compliment and disrupt the traditional sports betting industry. Today’s kids who take part in and follow competitive gaming will be the punters of the future. This new breed of punter may like football, but they may play and wager on it through esports, together with a range of increasingly popular esports titles (Dota2, League of Legends, Counter Strike: Global Offensive, Street Fighter etc) . This shift will have a huge impact on the sports industry in the long term. And it already is; major esports events were broadcast on mainstream American cable networks for the first time in 2016. By 2018, esports is expected to be a $1B business1. With this, peak traffic will come more often, on a global scale. In this new phase of the industry real-time scalability, concurrency, and rock-solid reliability can make or break a betting operator, as in finance and telecoms. Monolith to distributed microservicesBetting systems have often followed the monolith model, where all services had a central governance, typically employed on a single platform and with many dependencies. Scaling up for peak traffic was an all-or-nothing effort. A canonical data model was normally used. Today, when considering scalability, maintenance, and innovation, this approach is not considered to be very effective.Monoliths are very hard to extend, mainly because of the huge codebase and long deployment process. In addition to this, because of the massive inertia of many big betting systems, it’s very hard to extend the monolithic system with technologies that might be better at serving certain features.The basic idea of a micro-services architecture is to have many small services that do one (and only one) thing well. Applications are put together by defining a group of distinct services and how they interact. For any given service we can vary how many instances of that service is running. Distributed microservices allow instances of services to be dynamically distributed across different servers for redundancy and/or to scale up/down to fit the capacity of the service. Instances can be moved between servers or even among competing server providers to reduce runtime costs. Hence scaling up or down at peak times isn’t just about computational capacity, but also includes savings in running costs.SQL to NoSQLThere were several competing databases (network dbase, graph dbase, even flat file) but relational databases were hugely popular mainly due to SQL. SQL gave a structured means of creating, inserting and querying the relational database. SQL became the lingua franca of data modelling and was embraced by many established betting shops.The initial NoSQL servers were simple caches of previously computed values to reduce redoing fix calculations. These caches were quickly expanded over a network of servers to account for the needs of web applications. It was found this was simpler and cheaper to achieve compared to relational SQL databases. As more data was moved into these caches the first formal NoSQL databases took form.The best tool for the jobThe software development community is going through a revolution of diversity and inclusion as more developers move away from the biggest programming languages in search of the right tool for the nuanced challenges of our new, technologically-literate world. The result: it’s becoming rarer for there to be de facto programming languages that organisations are forced to use because that’s what their developers community uses. One-size-fits-all stacks will never scale indefinitely. The most important lesson we’ve learned working in the gaming industry has been realising that a silver bullet for solving every problem simply does not exist, and it’s important to pick a proper tool for the job. Erlang and Elixir are superb at scaling reliably and efficiently when betting operators need it to, but also complement other tools and languages which are better suited to other aspects of a system. One needs to look no further than bet365, whose Systems Development Manager for Middleware, Andrew Deane, recently went on the record to say “When I joined bet365 4 years ago, the company was in its second wave of Erlang development. Having proved the model with Erlang, the door was open to explore other languages. Continuing the mantra of the right tool for the right job, we’ve found use cases for Google’s Go in our notifications systems and testing tools and more recently for Elixir in our application tooling.” We are trusted partners to some of the world’s leading and most innovative online gambling and betting operators. Learn more about Erlang Solutions and download our eBook: A Guide to Handling Massive Spikes and Loads.
Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Share Submit Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season August 21, 2020 The UK Chairman of Bloodstock sales group Goffs, Henry Beeby, has warned MPs that allowing a no-deal Brexit to occur will have adverse effects on the breeding and racing industries in the UK.Prime Minister Theresa May’s proposed deal suffered an overwhelming defeat in the House of Commons on Tuesday, which has dented hopes for a secure future in the industry. Horse racing is currently a part of the tripartite agreement between France, Ireland and the UK which facilitates the free movement of horses between the three countries. If the UK were to leave the European Union with no deal, the deal would cease to exist, and the movement of horses would be hindered significantly. Not only would thoroughbreds face numerous quarantine checks at the borders, but there would likely be significant delays in their transfer – which ultimately will have knock-on effects for the welfare of the animals. The lack of clarity over the single market, more specifically free movement around Europe, could have a significant impact on bloodstock traders such as Goffs. Beeby told The Racing Post: “The members of parliament in the House of Commons, to a man and woman, should be thoroughly ashamed of themselves for leaving the country in such a complete and utter state of disarray“A no-deal scenario could be very detrimental for the racing and breeding industry, certainly in the short to medium term. The racing and breeding authorities in Britain, Ireland and France have in place arrangements to replace the Tripartite agreement but that hasn’t got political agreement.“In the long term the free movement of horses should be able to continue, but it creates uncertainty in the short term and could be very damaging.”Beeby warned that the future of traders may no longer be in the UK, revealing the possibility of relocating elsewhere in the European Union. He added: “At Goffs and Goffs UK we rely on the free movement of horses between Britain and Ireland for a whole range of sales on both sides of the Irish Sea. It could be very disruptive in the short and maybe medium term and we would be deeply concerned from our point of view, and for the wider racing and breeding population.“The only thing we can do at Goffs is look at what we have rather than what might happen. We have an auction house in England and Ireland so there may be scenarios where we have to shuffle the sales and certain categories at an alternative venue, but the problem with all of this is a lack of clarity. We just don’t know what to plan for.”Wednesday’s vote, which resulted in May gaining confidence in the house – albeit a small majority – has meant that the government has opened a cross-party consultation to form a new brexit plan. The new strategy could have a number of knock-on effects, all of which provide no clarity for stakeholders in the UK racing industry.The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) released a statement following the vote on Tuesday night, preempting further uncertainty. It read: “British racing, through the cross-industry Brexit Steering Group, which is chaired by the TBA and includes representation from the BHA and Weatherbys, has been preparing for a range of outcomes and remains in dialogue with government.“We continue to monitor the situation closely and detailed guidance for participants around planning for the various scenarios has been posted on the BHA website.”The potential for a no-deal brexit raises significant concerns for Gibraltar-based bookmakers and their ability to maintain continued access to betting markets in the EU. Leaving without a deal would leave bookmakers without access to free-trade. However, as a number of those based in Gibraltar have bases in Malta, it can be assumed that most will relocate their businesses as soon as possible. Share Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles
NetBet.fr, the French online sportsbook property of GIMO Ltd, has extended its existing sportsbook platform agreement with Sportnco – the B2B division of France Pari.Updating stakeholders, NetBet.fr management confirms that it has renewed Sportnco lead sportsbook supplier provisions until February 2025, a contract which France Pari’s B2B subsidiary has served since 2010.Sportnco sportsbook systems will service NetBet.fr for key disciplines related to wagering platform provisions, player account management, front-end UI design, iOS and Android apps and risk and trading management services.Kenny Ibgui, CEO of NetBet.fr, said: “Our partnership with Sportnco has helped NetBet.fr generate good market share and margins in one of the toughest regulated markets in Europe. This growth is a clear sign of the productive partnership that we have developed since 2010 and we are very happy to renew our partnership with Sportnco until 2025.”The latest figures from the regulator ARJEL showed gross gaming revenues for sports betting had risen 36% to €650m for the nine-month period to the end of September 2019, despite a lack of a major football tournament during that time.Hervé Schlosser, founder and CEO Sportnco, added: “I’m delighted to confirm the renewal of our partnership with NetBet.fr, the first operator we launched our B2B network with in 2010. The continued development of the Sportnco and NetBet.fr brands is testament to the hard work we have accomplished over the past decade, with attention to detail and expertise in trading and risk management enabling us to generate strong margins for our sportsbook partners.” Xtremepush: Why real-time messaging is key to maximising revenue from live betting September 16, 2019 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Sportsbet.io continues Brazilian drive with CR Flamengo digital partnership July 16, 2019 Share France Pari nets BNP Paribas venture support for Sportnco B2B ambitions June 28, 2019 Submit
Submit Mirroring European counterparts, Ukraine’s Rada (parliament) has had to undertake radical adjustments to counter COVID-19 impacts, affecting its legislative resources and timetable.Facing a backlog of legislative readings, Rada’s situation is further undermined as President Volodymyr Zelensky ordered a sweeping senior cabinet reshuffle in March, having fallen out with influential first minister Oleksiy Honcharuk.Nevertheless, Zelensky’s SoP Party has maintained its 2020 schedule of finalising provisions attached to Bill-2285D, and returning regulated gambling to Ukraine by the end of the year.The last reading of Bill-2285D ‘Gambling Law’ was undertaken at the end of January, as MPs reviewed much-criticised tax drafts alongside unsatisfactory counter amendments.Silence was cast on the bill’s progress until this week, when Danylo Hetmantsev – Head of Rada’s finance committee – stated in an interview that Gambling Law readings would be fast-tracked by a Parliamentary committee.Hetmantsev underlined that the committee’s actions did not favour approving Bill-2285D into law. Instead, the minister highlighted that the Bill had been swamped by over 3,500 amendments submitted to its draft proposals on developing Ukraine’s federal gambling framework.Hetmantsev, a key economic advisor to President Zelensky, expressed his confidence that SoP would finalise Gambling Law legislations by the end of the year, maintaining a key pledge to revitalise Ukraine’s business and enterprise.Despite this confidence, Ukraine observers remain sceptical as the government has yet to meaningfully define key provisions related to licensing conditions, tax arrangements, industry standards and competition rules.The approval of Bill-2285D was hailed as SoP’s first Rada victory. Nevertheless, it now appears that the bill’s bare framework’s passage into law will be a much tougher journey. StumbleUpon Share Ukraine gambling bill enacted by President Zelensky August 11, 2020 Ilya Machavariani, Dentons – CIS regional dynamics will come to play prior to gambling take-off July 31, 2020 Andrey Astapov, ETERNA LAW: Ukraine faces critical choices as gambling finish line nears August 21, 2020 Related Articles Share