Gay US tourist attacked during festival in Bahamas

first_imgA gay tourist from Atlanta was attacked on Friday during a festival in Bahamas.The injured man has been identified as Adrian Brown, a member of the U.S. Navy, Brown was reportedly attacked and beaten with bottles and rocks during the Bahamas Junkanoo Festival in Nassau, the Bahamian capital.The fracas started after Brown confronted the two men after they threw water at him. The men then pelted him mercilessly with bottles and rocks. Several onlookers came to the tourist’s aid and he was transported to hospital.No one has been arrested in connection with the assault.last_img

Andrew Gillum wins Florida Democratic primary for Florida Governor in stunning…

first_imgOn Tuesday, Democrat Candidate Andrew Gillum, Mayor of Tallahassee, defied all the odds to score a stunning upset in the Democratic primary race for Florida governor. The preliminary results had Gillum winning 34.23 percent of the votes with 511,126 votes. Although she was leading in the polls up to Tuesday, Gwen Graham finished second with 31.38 percent representing 468,494 votes. Finished third was former City of Miami Mayor Phillip Levine with 20.29 percent representing 302,964 votes.Gillum will now go ahead to compete against Republican Ron DeSantis, who easily won the Republican primary gor governor, in the November 6 general elections. DeSantis was endorsed by President Donald Trump. DeSantis won his race over former Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adan Putman with 56.47 percent of the vote representing 908,908 votes. Putnam received 36.56 percent of the votes from 588,415 voters.Should Gillum win in November he will become Florida’s first African American governor.Gillum victory is more stunning for he had a very limited campaigning chest, compared to his fellow Democrat candidates. However, he ran a masterful ground campaign criss-crossing the state in his bus. He received a surge in the polls as election day approached, and the surge obviously spiked on Tuesday. He won heavily in Broward and Palm Beach counties.On Tuesday night Gillum’s closest rivals, Graham and Levine, conceded victory, and gave assurance they would throw their support behind him in the general elections.last_img read more

Former Prime Minister appointed UWI professor

first_imgOwen Arthur Barbados, CMC – Former Prime Minister Owen Arthur has been conferred with the title of Professor of Practice: Economics of Development by the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus.The appointment, which it took effect at the start of this month, was confirmed at the University Appointments Committee meeting in October.Third appointee with this titleArthur, who thanked the university during an Alumni Symposium to mark the institution’s 70th anniversary, is the third person to be appointed Professor of Practice at The UWI Cave Hill, following similar conferral on CEO at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Dr Dexter James and former banking professional Ian DeSouza.With this title, he will deliver guest lectures in economics and related fields, as well as present public lectures, a release from the campus stated.He will also assist with research projects and interface with international agencies on behalf of the Department of Economics and the campus. Economics mentorArthur’s appointment will also see him providing mentorship to students of economics, as well as the Young Economists Association.Arthur, a noted economist, is Barbados’ fifth and longest-serving Prime Minister and an alumnus of The UWI Cave Hill and Mona Campuses. He also served as a Research Fellow at The UWI’s Institute of Social and Economics Research in 1982.last_img read more

Rank Group moves support teams to new Maidenhead office

first_img Share Related Articles Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Submit Rank Group extends support for Carers Trust July 28, 2020 John O’Reilly – Erratic orders have placed UK casinos on life support August 4, 2020 StumbleUpon Seeking to boost its operational capabilities, FTSE250 listed gambling operator Rank Group Plc has moved its support staff to a new office located in the TOR Building of Maidenhead.The migration of support staff to Maidenhead forms part of Rank governance’s ongoing ‘organisational restructure’, which was announced during the firms H1 2016/17 interim results.At present, Rank is undertaking group-wide changes to its management teams and corporate structures at ‘both club and central levels’.By migrating its centralise support functions to Maidenhead, the firm expects to deliver H2 group cost savings of circa £8 million, which equates to approximately 2.5% of the firm’s cost base.“The main driver for the move was to reduce costs of running two sites (leases were up) and encourage cross-channel working” Rank management detailed to SBC.Moving forward Rank’s Maidenhead will house the group support divisions of finance, HR, and legal (including compliance), as well as support teams for Mecca and Grosvenor retail divisions.last_img read more

Scientific Games opens Krakow ‘development centre’ to support digital ambitions

first_img Xtremepush secures ‘OpenMarket’ supplier accreditation   August 26, 2020 Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Matt Davey – SG DigitalNasdaq-listed industry technology provider Scientific Games Corporation (SGC), has announced that it will open a ‘remote development centre’ in Krakow Poland to aid the growth of its SG Digital division.Updating the market, SGC governance expects to open its Krakow development centre this Q1 2018, with the new division working on all core SG digital products for its lottery, sports betting and igaming services.Confirming SGC’s Krakow development initiatives Matt Davey, Group CEO of SG Digital, details:“The Krakow opening will be our fourth centre in Europe as we accelerate our growth, underpinned by our product-led strategy. The advanced hubs are staffed by leaders in their fields and provide the platform to ensure that SG Digital remains at the forefront of technology in the digital gaming, lottery and sports industry.”SG Digital plans to staff the Krakow centre with over new 100 product-focused employees by the end of 2018.Chris Armes – SG DigitalThe new centre becomes SG Digital’s fourth major development hub in Europe and will complement its existing operations in London, Athens and Stockholm, demonstrating its commitment to product development across the region.Chris Armes Chief Technology Officer, at SG Digital; “Opening the new Krakow centre underlines our commitment to continuously boost our best-in-class offering. This location will be directly aligned with our other European technology hubs and form a great asset for the SG Digital business unit,”“Poland has a fantastic reputation when it comes to tech personnel. From experience, we know there is a well-trained, high-energy talent pool of people that have extensive industry and domain expertise.” Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance  August 17, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

Barry Fry charged by FA over alleged betting breaches

first_img StumbleUpon Greyhound Board of Great Britain announces prize initiatives February 14, 2018 Barry Fry, the current Director of Football at League One side Peterborough United, has been charged by the FA for allegedly breaching betting rules. The charges relate to claims that the former chairman-manager of the Posh had placed a bet during the 2017/2018 season, an action that’s forbidden for those involved in the game. Issuing a statement, the FA outlined: “It is alleged that he placed bets on the result, progress, conduct or any other aspect of, or occurrence in, football matches or competitions during the 2017-18 season in breach of FA Rule E8.”Peterborough Chairman Darragh MacAnthony has thrown his support behind the club’s director of football, emphasising his belief that the charge was a “storm in a teacup” in a comment issued on Twitter. “Myself and club fully behind Barry on this,” he said. “Storm in a teacup and will be resolved and full facts revealed once his hearing happens and finishes etc. Trust me on that.”The League One promotion challengers issued this statement on the club’s official website: “Peterborough United Football Club can confirm that Director of Football Barry Fry has been charged by the FA in relation to betting offences.“The football club are working closely with the Football Association on this matter. The club will make no further comment at this time.”The former Birmingham City manager and football veteran has until 6pm on 20 December to respond to the misconduct charge. Share Share Related Articles FA reveals new carding system for managerial misconduct August 2, 2018 Paddy Power takes BAGS live across its retail premises February 7, 2018 Submitlast_img read more

Winning Post – PASPA… One year on

first_img Brandon Walker: How Amelco is using technology to tap into new markets March 25, 2020 A year following PASPA’s downfall, Industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners details why the US market has delivered in value and expectations for all betting incumbents…________________A year on from the Supreme Court’s historic overturning of PASPA and there are no suggestions so far that expectations will be disappointed. On a run rate basis, the US sports betting market has already more than doubled in size to over US$650m, with another significant boost due shortly when Pennsylvania launches online and legislation passes in other states.More than one-in-ten US adults already have in-state access to regulated sports betting in some form and growth here is also set to continue. Federal and state governments are generating c. US$100m in additional taxes – mostly incremental at this stage – and every vaguely connected business and stakeholder is lauding the unfolding strategic opportunity. So what have we learnt, and what can we expect?First, and completely unsurprisingly except for some state budget expectations, mass distribution is key for scale – and in the absence of kiosks in every convenience store, this requires online/mobile. A big question, however, is whether states and operators have got the marketing and social responsibility measures right to keep the cat out of the bag. As demonstrated in Europe, aggressive exploitation of ‘new’ channels can cause regulatory backlash faster than US regulatory approvals can take….Second, having an engaged customer-base to convert provides a compelling strategic advantage. Again, this is pretty obvious, but so far the winners have been DFS operators and venues next to big urban conurbations. Obvious it may be, but this leaves a number of stakeholders – casino operators especially – dangerously exposed in terms of ‘easy’ access to market share, in our view.Third, US bettors like in-play too. Again, statements of the obvious continue, but this was against the predictions of some domestic incumbents and significantly ratchets up both the operational sophistication needed to develop a strong product. It also enhances the position of the sporting bodies, given that in-play requires data which needs to be as real-time as possible and this can be hard to get without their cooperation (a commercial lever that operates regardless of ‘integrity’ fees). US sports are also aggressively seasonal (see NJ April figures, and especially what is likely to come), meaning operators might look increasingly to ‘shoulder products’ (e.g. soccer and tennis) to fill the gap, especially for more engaged customers and where online gaming is limited or non-existent (nearly everywhere).Fourth, tax needn’t be taxing – so far. With a few exceptions, states are choosing the ‘Nevada / New Jersey’ model over the ‘Pennsylvania’ model (average tax rate of legislated states ex RI, PA, DC, MO and DE is 9.3%, 17.6% including Federal handle tax). While the short-term benefits of this to sports betting operators are plain to see, we believe that it (along with under-developed social responsibility measures) might be storing up problems for the future. Low tax rates in NV and NJ are based around taxing tourists (intangible exports) – if domestic consumption is the target, then low tax rates simply shift capture (after the black market is soaked up) rather than raise taxes. Should this occur visibly (or, worse, reduce lottery scratchcard / landbased revenues through cannibalisation which are in state budgets), then the betting lobby could start to lose important friends.The type of state that can easily regulate is also pretty clear (with inevitable exceptions): it has a material commercial casino presence (i.e. a ‘pro’ lobby) and either no Tribal presence or a retail-only approach. It also has no constitutional/public consultation barriers to expansion. Racing as a lobby has been curiously muted (and sometimes cut out unless ‘racino’, possibly due to a more ambivalent view of the ‘opportunity’). The consistency of these characteristics, especially when it comes to online expansion, is potentially significant as a material break on broader ‘second wave’ adoption (it is telling that the Seminoles are flexing their muscles on an unrelated topic this week: withholding US$7m of funds to the state per week over racino cardroom competition – this dwarfs anything commercial sports betting can offer).All of the above means that a year in, while there are now 12 sports betting states in the US, there are really only two functioning markets (one of which is pre-PASPA), with a third going onstream shortly (albeit with an eyewatering cost of entry). Equally, only two operators are clearly taking market share, but largely built on what could be short term competitive advantages. Further, there are considerable political-regulatory hurdles for many states to overcome, while the passage of legislation by no means limits fiscal-regulatory risk – indeed in some instances this could be being created.The US has made a lot of progress and promises more to come, but the signs of strategic salvation for any material stakeholder (commercial, supplier, state treasuries) are far from certain…__________________________Content provided by Playtech eyes US acceleration following NJ approval June 1, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit Share Join the PASPA Repeal 2nd anniversary online networking event May 13, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

IGRG to promote ‘open and inclusive conversation’ during Responsible Gambling Week 2019

first_img UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon Successful summer leaves Leadstar positive over industry’s recovery August 18, 2020 Share Related Articles maintains momentum against COVID-19 impacts August 19, 2020 The Industry Group For Responsible Gambling (IGRG) has outlined plans to bring the UK and Irish gambling industries together as part of this year’s Responsible Gambling Week 2019.The aim of the campaign, which will take place from November 7 – November 13, is to promote an industry-wide conversation regarding safer gambling methods, as well as the promotion of tools, advice and help available to punters.John Hagan, chairman of the IGRG, commented: “We are confident that Responsible Gambling Week, now in its third year, will be our biggest campaign yet, but this is not just about one week in the year, it is about promoting safer gambling all year round. “We want to make this an open and inclusive conversation, connecting with the widest possible audience, including those who do not think messages about responsible gambling are aimed at them. We want to take the message about safer gambling even further this year, through our own social channels, with the support of our partners inside the industry and beyond.”The week will involve over 120,000 staff from across the gambling industry, with further backing from gaming machine operators and pubs across the UK and Ireland.In the UK, the IGRG will spearhead the campaign while the Irish element of the campaign will be led by the Irish Bookmakers Association. The duo will focus upon delivering information on the initiatives that are available to punters.Neil McArthur, chief executive of the UK Gambling Commission, added: “The week’s strapline, ‘Let’s talk about safer gambling’, is an important message not only for customers but also for the staff and industry leaders whose role is to look out for their customers. “It provides an opportunity for people across the gambling industry, no matter what their role is, to focus on what part they can play to make gambling safer and reduce gambling harms”.Anna Hemmings, chief executive of GamCare, concluded: “Safer gambling is a key priority for GamCare, and we are pleased to support initiatives that promote and extend safer gambling messaging, such as RG Week. In particular, we are delighted to be offering training to youth-facing professionals through our national youth education programme: BigDeal. “This focuses on delivering education to young people directly, as well as the youth workforce to promote more informed choices about gambling behaviour and an understanding of the potential for harm. As usual, if anyone has any concerns about their gambling, they will be able to get in touch with us at any time for help and support via the National Gambling Helpline.”last_img read more

Stars Group sanctions full buyout of BetEasy Australia

first_img Submit Tabcorp expects $1bn hit as ‘COVID and retail contractions’ take effect August 3, 2020 StumbleUpon Restructured GVC sidelines Oddschecker affiliate services  July 8, 2020 Share Share The Stars Group governance has enforced its majority rights to acquire the remaining 20% shareholding in Australian market subsidiary BetEasy.Issuing a corporate filing, Stars Group confirms that it has agreed with minority investors to purchase BetEasy’s remaining shareholding for AUS $151 million (€93m) – with governance further agreeing to settle AUS $100 million (€60m) in previous performance incentives related to its 2018 acquisition of BetEasy assets.Moving to expand its sports betting capacity globally, in 2018 Stars Group governance sanctioned a majority investment in Australian bookmaker CrownBet for AUS $117 million.Seeking to swiftly establish a lead position within Australia’s online betting scene, the Stars Group would broker a buyout of William Hill’s loss-making Australia division for AUS $300 million, merging the business with CrownBet enterprise to form BetEasy.“I’m delighted to reach this agreement for our BetEasy business,” said Rafi Ashkenazi, Chief Executive Officer of The Stars Group. “The launch of BetEasy through our acquisitions of CrownBet and William Hill Australia in 2018 created one of the leading operators in Australia and increased our exposure to a high-growth regulated market.“Matt Tripp’s entrepreneurial spirit and vision has guided BetEasy since he founded the business and we are glad he will oversee the transition as non-executive President.”Matt Tripp, BetEasy’s CEO, will provide ongoing leadership as the non-executive president beginning 1 January 2020, with Andrew Menz, who previously served as BetEasy’s director of strategy and regulatory affairs, as his successor in the CEO role.“I’m pleased to see our long-term succession plan come to fruition,” added Tripp. “Andrew Menz brings deep commercial and regulatory experience which leaves BetEasy in a strong position to continue delivering profitable growth.” Related Articles Luckbox outlines final TSXV roadmap July 29, 2020last_img read more

A look back at the first ESI Super Forum, where sports met esports

first_imgWe hosted our first ESI Super Forum at Stamford Bridge last week, which it’s now safe to say, went off with a bang. The one day conference, which focused on the crossover of esports and sports, saw over 250 attendees, with seven panels (including one keynote session) and speakers of a notably high calibre, including James Dean, MD of ESL UK, Michael ‘ODEE’ O’Dell, the GM of Dignitas, Mark Cox, UK Head of Publishing at Riot Games, Ruud Gullit, Jakob Lund, Founder and SVP Sales at RFRSH, Seb Carmichael-Brown, Commercial Director at Hashtag United, Nicolas Maurer, CEO at Team Vitality and plenty more.Panels covered a range of topics in-depth including the opener, the (still much needed) introduction to the esports ecosystem. This one saw ESL’s Dean, Riot’s Mark Cox, ODEE and the CEO of Kinguin discuss a number of topics from Bugattis to building a community with Ian Smith, ESIC Commissioner, in the moderator’s chair. You can read more about this session and what was said right here. Other talks included dissections of the esports broadcasting and media rights landscape, the opportunities for sports clubs in esports and some idea of how they should and can go about being involved in esports, brands and sponsorships and more.There was also ample time set aside for networking and fun with a Tekken Showdown in support of SpecialEffect, casted by the FGC stars Ketchup and Mustard.Jonny Madill, Sports and Esports Lawyer at Sheridans, said of the overall event: “Great event and venue, and an excellent range of content and speakers. The content and panel discussions were equally engaging for organisations endemic to esports, as well as traditional sports rights holders and brands. Well done to Sam and the team for a great event.”You can watch the official event video below to reminisce about last week, or if you weren’t in attendance (shame on you) to see what you missed out on:-One of the highlights for many a football fan on the day was a keynote session with Dutch football legend Ruud Gullit. He has recently become involved with esports with his Team Gullit project, a FIFA esports academy which currently has three players on the books. You can read the Mail Online’s coverage of this session here. Gullit admitted he enjoys being in the EA title, especially with his Legend status: “For me it’s great to see that still people know you, it’s funny. When you also go to kids nowadays, they don’t know you anymore from football. They know you from PlayStation or they know you from FIFA game. They say yes I want you, you cost a lot of money, it’s difficult to get you, how do I get you…. I said ask my girlfriend.” In the coming weeks, we’ll be publishing a series of short interviews, including one with Ruud himself and with further key attendees and speakers from the ESI Super Forum. Be sure to give us a follow us on social channels; Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin and YouTube to ensure you don’t miss out!last_img read more