Month: August 2020

  • CDC clears Dominica of Hanta Virus

    first_imgThe Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in the United States says there is no positive case of the unusual Hanta Virus spread by rodents in hurricane-battered Dominica.Late last month, Dominica’s Chief medical officer, Dr. David Johnson said the authorities were awaiting confirmation of a preliminary test to determine whether the island had registered its first case of Hanta Virus even as an epidemiological investigation had not found similar cases on the island.Johnson said there had been no cases of the virus in the Caribbean in the recent past and “the studies we have seen and working with our other creditable buddies including the Pan American Health Organization, we were able to confirm that there is no case circulating in the region certainly between 1998 and 2017.”Transmitted by rodent infestationThe disease does not spread from person to person. The mode of transmission of the virus is similar to leptospirosis. Rodent infestation in and around the home remains the primary risk for the virus exposure.But Dr. Johnson, speaking on the state-owned DBS radio, said that “the way it is transmitted (is) through a special type of mice not found in the region.“That is why when we got preliminary results with regards to Hanta Virus we had to seek confirmation from a reputable source …the Centres for Disease Control in Atlanta and no one can doubt the reputation of CDC.“So I am happy to report that we got back results from CDC indicating that that case was negative for Hanta Virus disease. So we can say with absolute certainty now that there was no case, let me repeat no case of Hanta Virus circulating in Dominica,” Johnson said.SymptomsEarly symptoms of the virus include fatigue, fever and muscle aches, especially in the large muscle groups—thighs, hips, back, and sometimes shoulders. These symptoms are universal. There may also be headaches, dizziness, chills, and abdominal problems, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and abdominal problems, such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, and abdominal pain.last_img read more

  • TT Court of Appeal rules against Jack Warner

    first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – A Trinidad and Tobago  Appeal Court Wednesday ordered the former chairman of the Independent Liberal Party (ILP), Austin Jack Warner, to pay a former member of the party more than TT$600,000 in compensation over defamatory remarks he made.Justice Peter Jamadar, Gregory Smith and Prakash Moosai in a 73-page ruling said that Warner, a former government minister an international football executive, had to pay TT$650,000 to Faaiq Mohammed, a former councilor of the Chaguanas Borough, in Central Trinidad.In 2014, Warner was ordered by the High Court to pay Mohammed TT$220,000 after Mohammed had successfully that he had been defamed by statements made by Warner, who had accused him of accepting a bribe when he voted for in support of councilor of the United National Congress (UNC) for the post of presiding officer during the corporation’s first meeting that year.Mohammed had appealed the High Court award and the Court of Appeal in increase the quantum also said that interest would be added from the date Mohammed filed his claim.The Court of Appeal had found the conduct of Warner, who was not present in Court, to be “oppressive,” adding “it was outrageous by any standards, even given the permissiveness of the local political gayelle. “It was oppressive. It was intended to both ‘advantage’ the appellant, and gain political advantage for the respondent,” the Appeal Court noted.Mohammed said he was immediately expelled from the ILP by Warner. During the High Court trial, Warner admitted defaming Mohammed and accepted liability.last_img read more

  • Big Blow! Celtic Defensive Duo Suffer Injuries

    first_imgCeltic defenders Jozo Simunovic and Mikael Lustig have handed the Scottish champions a big setback ahead of what is a crucial month in their campaign this season.Simunovic, 23, has been ruled out of Bosnia-Herzegovina’s 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers with Belgium and Estonia after he picked up an hamstring problem while fellow defender Mikael Lustig has also suffered a knock before his Sweden side’s World Cup qualifying games with Luxembourg and the Netherlands.This news will come as a big blow to Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, who has had to deal with a lot of defensive injuries since the start of the new season.The next few matches would be pivotal to their season, especially in the UEFA Champions League (UCL) where they meet German champions Bayern Munich on October 18 in Germany in what isthe first of a double-header between the two sides, with Bayern visiting Celtic Park on October 31.Relatedlast_img read more

  • Football holds sway on bettingexpert despite domestic break

    first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Share Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 UKGC lifts Matchbook suspension August 12, 2020 Submit Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 The Confederations Cup final between Chile and Germany came out as July’s top match on bettingexpert, in a month dominated by football despite the absence of domestic league action.Surprisingly, the Champions League qualifier between Rijeka and TNS took second spot behind the final in Russia, ahead of the competition’s third place play-off between Portugal and Mexico.Unibet was the only bookmaker in the top three for tips made on each of the top three games (see below), with bet365, Interwetten, BetVictor and 188BET the others to make these exclusive lists.Meanwhile, Matchbook was the most popular bookmaker for the top tennis match in July on bettingexpert, featuring two top 50 players in Yuichi Sugita and Adrian Mannarino.Milos Raonic against Alexander Zverev was the only other top ten representative for tennis, which came in a distant second in terms of tips per sport with 22% against the 69% for football. Baseball (7%), basketball (1%) and MMA (0.02%) were the other sports to make the top five.Better Collective, the operator for tipster network bettingexpert, will be represented at next month’s Betting on Sports conference (12-15 September). CEO Jesper Soegaard will be speaking on ‘Super Affiliates’, and how the affiliate sector has become a primary gatekeeper for operators seeking new business.last_img read more

  • Industry heads unite behind Responsible Gambling Week

    first_img Related Articles Submit UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Share StumbleUpon BGC appoints Joff Cooke as first COO June 2, 2020 Share Christopher Metcalf, Leon House: Social barriers must be broken on gambling treatment June 25, 2020 Placing social responsibility at the forefront of the industry, the first ever ‘Responsible Gambling Week’ (RG Week – 12-18 October) has been met with great enthusiasm by sector stakeholders.Driven by the Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG), every vertical of the UK gambling industry (arcades, bingo clubs, bookmakers, casinos and digital) will take initiative in driving the message of safe and responsible play.The opening theme of RG Week is ‘let’s talk about responsible gambling’, which aims is to ensure consumers understand what tools are available to keep gambling safe, including knowing where to find help and support for those needing it.Sarah Harrison – UKGCBacking the industry-wide initiative Sarah Harrison, UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) Chief Executive, stated: “Problem gambling can have a devastating impact not only on those who are gambling but also on their friends, family and communities.“It is imperative that gambling operators meet their obligations and take every step to ensure gambling is safe so we’re pleased to see the industry coming together to raise awareness of responsible gambling.”At a consumer level, participating industry stakeholders will raise awareness of ‘gambling protection tools’, which will include posters and leaflets with responsible RG Week information made available throughout betting shops and gambling venues.The industry will further work with charities GamCare and GambleAware to establish dedicated information points around the UK that will be available to the general public throughout the weekMalcolm George – ABBSpeaking on behalf of industry operators Malcolm George, Chief Executive of industry trade body The Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) said: “Betting shops together with gambling charities launched the gamble awareness weeks just three years ago and each year has seen an increasing level of awareness among the public. We are really pleased that for the first time ever the whole gambling industry in the UK are coming together this year to promote responsible gambling week.”RG Week is the biggest ever social responsibility push undertaken by the industry, with a reported 10,000 gambling venues, multiple online sites and 121,000 employees set to take part in raising awareness of problem gambling and safe gambling behaviour.Marc Etches – GambleAwareMarc Etches, CEO of GambleAware, commented on the week ahead: “RG Week is a test for the industry’s commitment for putting customer welfare ahead of short-term profits. We look forward to seeing the results of the week’s impact, and hope the industry will build on this exercise as we continue to raise awareness of the risks of gambling and the advice available to customers.”To find out more information on Responsible Gambling Week, please visit https://www.begambleaware.org/last_img read more

  • FDJ France launches dedicated Esports hub with Sportradar

    first_img FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Share Jean-Francis BeaulieuFrance state-owned gambling operator Française des Jeux (FDJ) has expanded its services and profile within the burgeoning Esports market, by launching a dedicated ‘digital esports betting hub’ in partnership with leading sports data supplier Sportradar.Updating stakeholders, FDJ details that its Esports hub will be attached to flagship betting brand ParionsSport (ParionsSport.fdj.fr) portal.Sports data supplier Sportradar will power the hub with a range of dedicated statistics, content and data to engage Esports focused consumers.Jean-Francis Beaulieu, Business Unit Director of ParionsSport, said: “Sportradar’s reputation in the esports sector is impossible to ignore, they will bring us the content for this free esports betting offering and will undoubtedly support our mission to speak to a population of young adults with the principles of image and recruitment.”The agreement, further sees Sportradar deliver its Esports centric API, Stats Centre, as well as its Life Cycle of Odds andLive Odds offerings across all available titles to FDJ, while Sportsbook Cloud, a gold certified partner of Betradar, will provide FDJ’s web and mobile platform.Sportradar’s Head of Esports, James Watson commented on the partnership: “We are excited to be working on ParionsSport esports offering and to help deepen the connection between a range of esports titles and these savvy fans, who are looking for interaction and insight. This is an exciting time for esports in France.” Submit Related Articles Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

  • UKGC warns sector of tougher LCCP consumer & advertising code

    first_img Related Articles Submit ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Share The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has reminded industry stakeholders of upcoming consumer protection policies, which will be implemented from 31 October 2018.Last August following an open consultation, the UKGC revealed that it would implement a new consumer protection framework, compulsory to UK gambling ‘Licence conditions and Codes of Practice’ – LCCP.UKGC governance focuses its new directive on two guiding principles, improving all-around industry advertising standards and safeguarding UK gambling consumers.Furthermore, the planned requirements will make it easier for the commission to take action against operators that break rules on advertising standards and consumer protections.Neil McArthur, Gambling Commission Chief Executive, had previously communicated to industry leadership:“Protecting the interests of consumers is a priority for us and needs to be a priority for gambling operators. These changes will protect consumers from irresponsible advertising and misleading promotions, ensure that they can withdraw their money more easily, and will mean that firms have to deal with complaints more swiftly.”The new consumer and advertising LCCP conditions will force all UK licensed operators toAbide to existing/established UK laws and policy on advertisingTake responsibility of third-party marketing and communications – Affiliates, agencies, publishing networks etc..Adhere to UK consumer protection standardsImplement a new betting/gambling consumer complaints processStop ‘spam’ advertising/communication practicesThis week, Ian Angus, UKGC Programme Director for Consumer Protections, and Pradeep Rajania, Senior Manager of Consumer Policy, issued a video explaining the commission’s upcoming LCCP changes. UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

  • Gbet: Where KYC is a self-imposed standard not a regulatory obligation

    first_img Share HooYu – SBC webinar to examine COVID-19’s impact on global gambling sector May 4, 2020 Related Articles Share ‘Know your customer’ is a phrase that almost always applies in the betting space to the person at the sharp end of the betting equation, namely the punter placing the bet. But it has equal if not greater importance further up the supply chain, especially if you’re a bespoke software supplier to those wanting to establish or enhance their sports betting business. A firm advocate of the “consultative” KYC approach is Conall McSorley, Business Development Director of platform and sportsbook provider gbet. Key to that process, he believes, is understanding. “It’s important to read the industry news – look beyond the headlines, listen to operators and understand what’s really happening with their businesses,” he said. “Then use that insight and knowledge to address specific needs and concerns that an operator might have. “An operator wants to know about your capabilities, sure, but only to the extent that you can resolve their pain points and ultimately significantly improve their offering…otherwise why bother considering migration?”He added: “The operator may want a player account management platform, a fully functional sportsbook, a betting exchange or all three – which gbet provides. “Perhaps they’re currently with a supplier that controls their risk management and they want the option of owning their risk function, or outsourcing it. Whatever they want, it’s vital that they have confidence in your ability and proven performance to deliver.” According to McSorley, a classic operator frustration is the inability to integrate quality 3rd party content to their offering. This is why gbet has almost 30 pre-existing integrations for operators to choose from, including identity validation right through to payment processing and fraud prevention. “We run through all of the integrations to the platform and ascertain which ones the operator wants,” he explained. “What we have seen though is that operators increasingly want the freedom to choose their 3rd party suppliers as opposed to being spoon fed 3rd party content or worse still, be force fed content on a glorified white label.“Capturing those requirements, and getting firm agreements in place, are the fundamentals to ensuring a smooth journey to product delivery. It can be a pain point for all parties if those things aren’t well documented and agreed early in the process.“A clearly defined roll out plan is vital. Where the process can fall down is when all parties involved aren’t in entire agreement about what role each of them has. “To counteract that, we get every customer to sign off technical requirements and mutual obligations and responsibilities even before we get to commercials. All parties must know exactly what each other is doing…and what the milestones for project management and delivery are.”For some operators, the need to take an open approach to the process can feel invasive, but with gbet NDAs are signed very early in the process and therefore operators have nothing to fear with being open. McSorley insists that there has to be transparency. He said: “We look at an operator’s current and projected transaction levels, concurrent user numbers and concurrent event/market numbers, as well as up time expectations. All of those components play into the end user expectation which we need to match and exceed from a technical perspective on behalf of the operator.”That level of transparency is vital in what McSorley described as a consultative business where, “the customer’s success is our success”. “We don’t dictate at all,” he said. “We don’t say you have to have a such and such feed provider for example. It’s completely open ended to the point where operators can have as many feed providers as they wish and they  control for example their own risk strategy whether in-house or externally.”McSorley concluded: “It’s really an open ended discussion where we as a tech provider are saying ‘…you guys operate, you know the market, tell us what you want and we’ll deliver it.” David Pope: HooYu – Betting needs to stay alert on temporary KYC actions June 23, 2020 Roger Tyrzyk, IDnow: Helping online operators stop the bad guys May 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Submitlast_img read more

  • Betclic aims for highest French profile with Ligue 1 betting partnership

    first_img FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Related Articles Submit Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Betclic has announced its biggest sponsorship commitment to date after becoming the official betting partner of French football’s Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 championships.Confirmed this morning by France’s Ligue de Football Professional (LFP), Betclic will join French football’s roster of marquee sponsors, which includes UBER Eats as headline sponsor Ligue 1 and BKT tyres as lead sponsor of Ligue 2. Securing a three-season agreement, Betclic will commence its betting partnership arrangement of Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 in September, with a start date yet to be confirmed. Last April, the LFP was forced to cancel all 2019/2020 football leagues and competitions on direct orders of the French government, which deemed that France would hold no major sporting and entertainment events until September.  Announcing the partnership, LFP Director-General Didier Quillot described Betclic as a ‘generational brand’, expanding the Ligue 1-and-2’s appeal to target audiences aged 18-35.He said: “We are very pleased to welcome Betclic as a partner of Ligue 1 Uber Eats and Ligue 2 BKT. The arrival of this new partnership demonstrates the attractiveness of our two competitions. Alongside Betclic, a modern and strong company for young people, we find the best partner to support us in our recruitment and digital engagement challenges.”Meanwhile, Betclic CEO Nicolas Béraud, underlined the importance of the partnership at a critical time for French football as it prepares to restart its professional leagues following lockdown.Béraud added: “We are very proud to partner with Ligue 1 Uber Eats and Ligue 2 BKT. These 2 competitions are very appreciated by our players, Ligue 1 Uber Eats being in particular the most wagered competition on Betclic. “The offer that we are going to deploy as part of this partnership will allow all French football fans to live their passion even more intensely. “last_img read more

  • McDan Amateur Boxing competition thrills fans in Tamale

    first_imgA spirited boxing display characterized the McDan Amateur Boxing competition in Tamale yesterday.Arranged by McDan Foundation in collaboration with Twellium Foundation, the well attended event was the first in the series of fights in the region which climaxed Ghana’s 62nd independence anniversary celebration.CEO of McDan Group, Dr Daniel McKorley after the bouts expressed gross satisfaction about the demonstration of quality boxing by the boxers.” We will raise champions from this region, the youth here are strong and tough in character, what they need is the technical know-how and infrastructure. Plans are underway to construct a gym in the region to produce more champions,” said Dr McKorley.And per juvenile boxing rule, all the three bouts involving Joseph Mensah vrs Elisha Mensah, Emmanuel Mawuli vrs Emmanuel Commodore and Amadu Mohammed vrs Theophilus Amarquaye ended in majority draws.Mohammed Fuseini overpowered Prince Amarquaye with a 3-0 results in the elite division, with Sule Mohammed also recording a 3-0 over Michael Dadzie. Abraham Mensah defeated Bernard Ankrah with a 2-1 result.Odartey Lamptey surrendered 1-2 to Moses Adjei, while overall best boxer Mohammed Aryettey dominated Philip Ajum with a 3-0.Africanus Neequaye handed Eric Asante a 2-1 win, while Gabriel Coffie defeated Stephen Coffie with a 2-1 results.Akai Nettey stopped Ebenezer Korlibie with technical knock out.All the boxers left the Jubilee Park with special cash prizes, medals and products from Twellium Foundation.Officials of Ghana Boxing Federation expressed satisfaction about the quality of boxing and thanked Sponsors-McDan Foundation (Title sponsor) and Twellium Foundation for putting together the event.–Citi Sportslast_img read more