Karen Smith releases Rush

first_imgKaren Smith is one of Jamaica’s premier female jazz vocalists whose smooth vocals are always easy on the ear.Smith has been pleasing audiences around the globe for decades and is aiming to continue the positive trend with the released of her latest album entitled Rush.Coordinated by veteran producer, Willie Lindo, the musical offering is a combination of Smith’s personality and her vocal styling. According to Lindo the songstress is an excellent singer, whose personality shines through her music.Lindo said he had no regrets spending hours and  several nights in the recording studio recording the artiste who has earned the reputation of ‘Jamaica’s most versatile entertainer’.Rush is Smith’s third album, and of the 12 songs released, two are originals, the others are all-time favorites.The originals, Don’t Let the Children Cry and Something in the Water, are both written and produced by Lindo.Other popular renditions include the work of the late prince of reggae, Dennis Brown. The album is distributed by VP records. read more

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The Evolvement of Thanksgiving in America

first_imgMIAMI, Florida – In the United States, the modern Thanksgiving holiday is commonly associated with the celebration of English pilgrims that arrived at the Plymouth Plantation in Massachusetts in 1621. That year, the pilgrims held the Plymouth feast and thanksgiving prompted by a very good harvest. Pilgrims and Puritans who began emigrating from England in the 1620s and 1630s carried the tradition of Days of Feasting and Days of Harvest Thanksgiving with them from England to Plymouth.The Thanksgiving feast included the provisions, food, and livestock, including turkeys, grown and reared on the plantations.During the American Revolutionary War, various Thanksgiving proclamations were made by royal governors, John Hancock, General George Washington, and the Continental Congress, each giving thanks to God for events favorable to their causes.As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide Thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789, “as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God.”During the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln, proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day, to be celebrated on the final Thursday in November 1863.The turkey, the large bird that could feed several family members, remained the focal dish at the Thanksgiving feast. By 1916, Thanksgiving was referred to in the American media as Turkey Day due to the popularity of the bird at the traditional feast.In December 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed a federal law moving the date of Thanksgiving to the fourth Thursday of November.  Historians claim Roosevelt agreed to move the date up by a week to afford American retailers a longer Christmas shopping season as a strategy to recover from the then Great Depression.In modern times, the U.S. President, in addition to issuing an annual Thanksgiving Day proclamation, traditionally “pardon” a turkey, symbolically sparing the bird’s life, and allowing it to return to a farm.In former years, turkey, particularly wild turkey, became such popular culinary treat they were almost extinct. However, the federal government passed a law in 1991 to protect the wild turkey now found in almost every state.Some religious organizations are disappointed that over the years  Thanksgiving has lost its religious perspective. In 1896 and 1900 Presidents Grover Cleveland and William Mckinley, respectively, were the only presidents to express a specifically Christian perspective in their Thanksgiving proclamation.However, the tradition of giving thanks to God is continued today in various forms. Various religious and spiritual organizations offer worship services and events on Thanksgiving themes the weekend before, the day of, or the weekend after Thanksgiving.Also, in several American homes prior to the Thanksgiving dinner, it’s customary for the head of the family to lead prayers of thanks for blessings received, and for other family members and friends to also render thanks for their own blessings. Some families hold hands as a symbol of family unity while giving thanks.Originally, Thanksgiving Day wasn’t associated with shopping. It was primarily a day for family and friends to gather, share a communal meal, and give thanks. However, in the attempt to recover from the brutality of the 2008/2009 recession and boost sales, retail stores have usurped some of the hours dedicated to Thanksgiving Day for shopping. Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving was designated as “Black Friday” (black denoting profitability) with most stores opening at 5:00 a.m. However, since 2010 stores began opening at midnight on Thanksgiving Day. This year, some major stores will open from noon on Thanksgiving Day. This has created some controversy among families disgusted that the meaning of the day for family gathering and giving thanks to God has been increasingly commercialized.last_img read more

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Bet365 retains Best Bookmaker title at SBC Awards

first_img SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share Related Articles Share Submit StumbleUpon Bet365 came out on top of its industry peers last night to take the SBC Bookmaker of the Year Award for the third year running. The Stoke-based outfit beat Unibet, Sky Bet, Pinnacle and 10bet to take the award, sponsored by Oddslife, which was voted on by industry professionals. Bet365 also picked up the gong for best Live Betting Product in a very successful night for the bookmaker. Yorkshire -based Sky Bet also had a successful evening, winning the Best Football Bookmaker Awards, being highly commended in another two categories, and seeing sister brand Oddschecker retain the Affiliate of the Year Award.400 industry professionals attended the awards at the exclusive Under The Bridge nightclub at Stamford Bridge and were given a Christmas welcome with snow, mulled wine and mince pies. Inside entertainment came in the form of a 138.com sponsored selfie competition – the entries of which can be seen here – and the Slots Million VR casino. The evening, sponsored by OPTIMA, was hosted by Sky Sports News presenter Hayley McQueen, thanks to sponsorship from BetOnBrazil, who announced the winners and highly commended entries in seven innovation award categories and seven overall award categories.The innovation awards winners were chosen by a panel of 30 judges, most of whom are leading CEOs in the business, while the overall awards were voted for by people who attended SBC’s two conferences, Betting on Football and Betting on Sports, or who receive the daily Betting Bulletin from SBC News.The evening also saw the launch of the SBC Sports Betting Hall of Fame, with Howard Chisholm of Chisholm Bookmakers, Carsten Koerl of Sportradar and FSB Technology chairman Mark Blandford inducted as inaugural members. The night ended with a set from Kellie Acreman, voted one of the world’s sexiest DJs, sponsored by EnergyBet. SBC managing director Andrew McCarron said: “Congratulations to Bet365 on winning Best Bookmaker again and all our winners. Thanks to everyone who made it to our Awards ceremony with a difference. And particular thanks to our sponsors OPTIMA, LeoVegas, Ganapati plc, Oddslife, InPlay Sports Data, BetBrain, Digital Fuel, SlotsMillion, Sportito, BetonBrazil, BetConstruct, Vermantia, 138.com, SBTech, Sportradar, Energybet, Mr Green and Golden Race.” Bookmaker of the Year  – Sponsored by OddslifeBet365 – WinnerSky Bet – Highly CommendedUnibetPinnacle10betAffiliate of the Year – Sponsored by 138.comOddschecker – WinnerBettingexpert – Highly CommendedThe FlashScore NetworkAt The RacesSuperscommesseRising Star in Sports Betting – Sponsored by Golden RaceEnergyBet – Winner BetOnBrazil – Highly CommendedLeoVegas SportsMr GreenTipbetFootball Bookmaker of the Year – Sponsored by InPlay Sports DataSkyBet – Winner Pinnacle – Highly CommendedUnibet10Bet138.comVBetFootball Affiliate of the Year – Sponsored by EnergyBetBetBrain – WinnerFootballtips.com – Highly CommendedFree Super TipsBookmakers ReviewWeekend FootballEsports Bookmaker of the Year – Sponsored by BetradarPinnacle – WinnerSkyBet – Highly Commended UnikrnDanske SpilVitalbetMarketing Campaign of the Year  – Sponsored by VermantiaLeoVegas – LeoVegas Sports launch – WinnerMarathonbet – Non-League Challenge – Highly CommendedSkyBet – Making Betting BetterLadbrokes – Betstation rebrandingUnibet – Unibet AffiliatesInnovation in Football Betting – Best Football Betting ProductBetBright – WinnerTXODDS – Highly CommendedSBTechBetgeniusBetBrain 4 BusinessColossus BetsInnovation in Sports Betting – Best Sports Betting Product  – Sponsored by Mr GreenBetConstruct – WinnerMetric Gaming – Highly CommendedArenaCubeOpenbetBetradarFSBTechInnovation in Live Betting – Best Live Betting ProductBet365 – WinnerSBTech – Highly CommendedInPlay Sports DataCommologicMetric GamingOptimaInnovation in Virtual Sports – Best New Virtual Sports ProductGolden Race – WinnerVermantia – Highly CommendedInspired GamingVSoftCoBetradarSISInnovation in Fantasy Sports – Best Fantasy Sports ProductOulala Games – WinnerPremier Punt – Highly CommendedMondogoal.comBrazil’s Fantasy FootballSportito ASAP ItaliaRunLastManInnovation in Affiliation – Best New Affiliate Product – Sponsored by LeoVegasBetter Collective – WinnerBet IT Best – Highly CommendedBetcadeFresh8 GamingAt The RacesWantMyBetInnovation in Retail Betting – Best Retail Betting ProductOptima – WinnerSIS – Highly CommendedRacing Post/BGTPerform GroupMediatechBetConstructlast_img read more

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Winning Post – The implications of Italian regulations

first_imgShare Submit Regulus Partners, the strategic consultancy focused on international gambling and related industries, takes a look at some key developments for the gambling industry in its ‘Winning Post’ column.Italy: commercial gambling – ad ban demonstrates failure to communicateFurther to last week’s reports, Italy’s council of Ministers approved the so called ‘Dignity Decree’on Monday which introduced a blanket ban on gambling advertising and gambling-related sports sponsorship from 1 January 2019 (excluding lottery). This will have far-reaching ramifications for gambling operators and directly impacts many sports, most notably football, whose teams rely on sponsorship, partnerships and gambling related advertising revenue to a greater extent in Italy than many other markets. It also highlights how brittle is the compact between commercial gambling and politics, and how quickly regulation can change when the mood swings. It might be tempting to think Italy is ‘different’; we would suggest it offers further valuable lessons to enter the ‘what not to do’ playbook (which is becoming something of a repetitive tome).A brief look at Serie A in Italy shows that 12 out of the 20 teams have partnerships with betting brands ranging from straight advertising to betting partner, with some clubs presenting live odds on screens in stadia (a lower penetration than the EPL, but with a higher club revenue mix from betting sponsorship, we believe). Current sponsors largely map the larger Italian sports betting operators, with only bet365 missing from the major non-lottery operators. Bwin (GVC) – Inter MilanEurobet (GVC) – Cagliari, Lazio, Sampdoria,Genoa and UdineseSNAI (being acquired by Playtech) – Rome, MilanBetfair (PPB) – JuventusPlanetwin365 – NapoliGoldbet – TorinoThe EGBA has estimated that betting companies spend around €120m pa in Italian sports sponsorships (c. 50% of total Italian betting-brand advertising, mostly football), suggesting both a significant loss to Italian football (likely hard to replace in one go at similar rates given the scale) as well significant disruption to Italian betting marketing budgets (given the central role of football sponsorship within that).Serie A has warned that this ban will directly impact on the competitiveness of the teams and will redirect money away from Italy to other overseas markets, though it is unclear that the government is listening: offers to participate in discussions to find solutions to gambling-related harm are likely to be seen as too little too late. The president of Genoa FC warned that the measures were likely to encourage illegal gambling and not likely to solve any issues. The question remains as to whether teams sponsored by the gambling sector which visit Italy for matches from overseas could also be affected by the ban, though given the maelstrom this is something of a secondary issue for now.Long experience has shown that nothing is certain in Italy from a legislative perspective, but it is probably wise to prepare for the worst. This ban is clearly far more severe than the English FA’s decision to sever commercial links with the betting industry and the UK DCMS position on sports advertising. But it comes from a country whose government was until recently routinely labelled as ‘pro-gambling’ and where football was considered very powerful. Times are changing and unless gambling companies offer much more compelling reasons why they belong in the entertainment sector and demonstrate how they are mitigating harm (both doable, neither done well), then more reactions such as this are likely, in our view.Please see our blog on gambling-related harm and the troubled pursuit of balance here: VIEW BLOGUK: In Parliament – the calm before the squallThis was a relatively quiet week in the politics of gambling. The DCMS is being kept busy by the steady flow of Parliamentary Questions on matters of gambling policy; but as usual the answers yielded little insight.The Tory peer and career PR man, Lord Chadlington has now got the bit firmly between his teeth on gambling-related harm. He pushed HM Treasury this week on how much it expected to pull in from FOBTs before stake reduction took effect; and also asked DCMS “what assessment they have made of the care available for families and individuals who are affected by suicides connected with gambling.”It seems likely that these questions are connected in Lord Chadlington’s mind – and that his weighing of the benefits of one versus the costs of the other may be somewhat different to HM Treasury’s. Elsewhere, a further eight MPs added their signatures to EDM 1440, which calls for the swift reduction in FOBT stakes (“to prevent any further gambling related harm or possible loss of life”). The Leader (and sole MP) of the Green Party, Caroline Lucas (Green, Brighton Pavilions) was among them as were six Labour Party MPs (until now this has been an SNP dominated motion). There are still 22 MPs who signed the original EDM on stake reduction (EDM 174) who have yet to sign this one, which indicates that support will continue to grow.Timing is everything – at least it will be next Wednesday when two debates on gambling policy take place in the Palace of Westminster. In the morning, the Bishop of St Albans will lead a discussion in the Lords on the timing of FOBT stake reduction (the noble prelate is likely to favour sooner rather than later); while in the afternoon, Clive Hawkswood of the RGA, Brian Chapple of Justice for Punters and a representative of the Gambling Commission will take up the question, “Should bookmakers have a regulatory time limit to pay out bets?”US: sportsbetting – beware Delaware?The revenue data from Delaware, covering 20 days of June, is the first we have of the newly regulated US sports betting sector. On the face of it, the stats are very encouraging: US$7m of handle and US$1m revenue suggests a c. US$17m annualised revenue market across just three landbased venues.However, it is almost certainly far too early to be so simplistic, in our view. First, it is unlikely that 14% margins are anything like sustainable – with 5-6% much more likely as a long-run singles market average. Second, there is almost certainly more “first mover” customer activity to strip out than long-term engagement to build in, suggesting that early over-trading is more likely than a growth curve. Third, it is telling that 75% of the revenue came from just one venue, demonstrating that not all venue partners are born (anywhere near) equal. Finally, with only US$125k of revenue accruing to the three providers (SG, GVC, WH), there is a clear demonstration of how relatively small B2B pickings can be. Spain: gambling duty – turning luck into opportunitySpain offered a rare nugget of fiscal-regulatory positivity in Europe last week, with a reduction in gambling duty by 5ppts to 20% passed in the 2018 federal budget. The tax change comes as Spain prepares to accept new licensees and is likely also a recognition that secular growth is driving receipts. The change will save operators c. €30m pa, which is not insignificant in a small crowded market dominated by a few large operators. If this windfall is recycled into better product, high-return marketing, innovation and harm minimisation then both the market and the government’s tax yield will sustainably grow – giving the remote sector a much-needed positive model to point to. If on the other hand the tax cut is split between more aggressive advertising and higher offshore profit margins, then the government is likely to revisit both the rate and the regulatory framework. The Spanish government has given its remote gambling sector a clear short-term positive; it is up to the sector to learn lessons from elsewhere and turn it into a long-term success story.Kenya: gambling duty – reductions proposed as operators flex musclesIt has been reported that the Kenyan Finance and National Planning Committee has also proposed reducing its gambling tax, following an operator backlash to a recent imposition of more significant increase in rates of duty. The government had become concerned with rising levels of problem gambling, in particular among young people, and decided to use tax hikes to help control the situation (as well as provide a handy boost to central coffers, no doubt). The rates implemented on 1 January this year amounted to 35% of revenue as well as 20% tax on customer winnings.However, the gambling lobby in the country is powerful, and reactions such as the ceasing of operations by a lottery operator, and the dominant SportPesa terminating its domestic sports sponsorships appear to have had the desired effect. The proposed new rates – 15% of revenue and 10% of customer winnings – will now go to the National Assembly and the President for consideration. It is understood that SportPesa has now signed new sports sponsorship agreements, suggesting it is content with where the tax rates have landed. This further demonstrates the power the large Kenyan operators hold and their importance to the economy, and also, of wider application – the value of effective lobbying…India: gambling regulation – Law Commission recommends urgent legalisationTwo years after being asked by the Supreme Court to study the possibility of legalising betting, the Law Commission of India has published a wide-ranging report recommending that government should legalise and regulate gambling.  The report, titled “Legal Framework: Gambling and Sports Betting including in Cricket in India”, identifies a number of benefits of making such a move, including (tax) revenue generation, employment creation, prevention of fraud and money laundering, and protection of vulnerable persons and sports’ participants. It also suggested several specific measures to promote responsible gambling and prevent problem gambling. The Commission recommended that match-fixing and sports fraud be made criminal offences with “severe punishments”.As attention now turns to see how the government responds to this report, it would be dangerous to assume that a recommendation turns into legislative progress, with India perpetually disappointing in terms of speed and offering more opportunities for in-fighting than even the US. However, India does have the benefit of being a very small ‘dark grey’ market relative to the country’s size, meaning that even small, fragmented regulated opportunities are likely to be a positive for the sector overall.  UK: Horseracing – tote-all recallThe in-house racecourse pool operation, Britbet, will begin trading at 55 racecourses next week – with more than a little help from prior arch-rival Betfred. The racecourse-owned partnership has struck a deal with Fred’s newly PE-backed tote to provide it with access to its pools and the infrastructure required to accept bets on course. The arrangement will see changes in that where racecourses formerly received a commission and rental fee from Betfred’s tote, they will now pay Fred for the use of the equipment and access to pools, leaving revenue (after costs) to be distributed back to the courses – effectively becoming a white label, and leaving all but three of Britain’s courses with access to the same pool. Racing has therefore taken more control, with Betfred reducing risk – how this plays out economically will depend upon whether historical declines can be transformed into growth.This is good news for tote customers, racing (and Fred!), at least in the short term, as one pool is far more attractive than a split (though for customers, this mitigates a risk they were mostly oblivious to rather than represents an improvement on its own). The key now is for courses to turn risk into better product and customer experience – or the reward will all be Fred’s…UK: Horseracing – broadening the gene poolThe BHA has announced a new initiative to make the sport more diverse and inclusive – both in terms of participants and consumers – with a published action plan and search for an executive to oversee its administration. Brainchild of the recently formed Diversity in Racing Steering Group – an eclectic group of racing’s administration and wider participants including BHA CEO Nick Rust and ITV Racing’s Rishi Persad – the plan is to make the sport of horseracing accessible to all with the long-term aim of removing all barriers to entry, participation and enjoyment on all levels.The horseracing ‘establishment’ has struggled to shed its label of ‘old boys club’ despite making fundamental changes to its management since the separation of The Jockey Club as regulator and key executive institution. There has inevitably already been some criticism of ‘box ticking’ and ‘fig leaf policies’; however, the more racing involves broader demographic and socio-economic groups, the greater the chance it will retain and enhance its relevance as a consumer product. The challenge is now to implement change in a way which not only meaningfully impacts stakeholders, but also noticeably improves the customer experience. StumbleUpon Share Related Articles CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020last_img read more

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Winning Post – Industry finds its cost of virtue

first_img Related Articles Share Industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners reviews a week of industry ‘virtue signalling’, as debate on the need of a ‘safer gambling levy’ is now finely balanced…___________UK: Regulation – GVC learns that there’s no pleasing some folk.Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the most virtuous one of all?Could it be Kenny, could it be Phil?Or could it be ol’ Commissioner Bill? UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020center_img Perhaps it was the Easter spirit, but piety and self-sacrifice were in plentiful supply this week in Britain’s gambling industry as operators took a few steps further down the long road to redemption. On Thursday morning, GVC announced its intention to make a substantial increase in funding for problem gambling treatment along with research and harm prevention measures. The group’s commitment to raise contributions (in addition to internal spending on safer gambling initiatives) to 1% of UK revenue creates the prospect of a much-needed expansion of counselling and treatment services.A number of other major licensees have been thinking along the same lines and are likely to join the owner of the Ladbrokes, Coral and Gala brands in stepping up to a greater quantum of contributions. In addition, the decision to join Kindred, Gamesys and Stars (Sky B&G) in making Gamban blocking software freely available suggests that the industry may be learning how to resolve rather than resist regulatory concerns.All of this ought to have been welcome news to the Gambling Commission’s chairman, Bill Moyes. In unveiling the new National Harm Reduction Strategy, Moyes indicated that funding for treatment (as well as research and harm prevention measures) would need to rise over time to at least £70m. The GVC commitment represents a big step towards this target, yet this was not mentioned (possibly due to his licensee’s announcement occurring on the same day as the speech). Looking backwards (rather than forwards as his CEO, Neil McArthur had urged) the chairman of the regulator focussed on the issue of funding being “nowhere near enough” and that a levy was now needed to replace the traditional voluntary mechanism.Few people would dispute the fact that there is a need for a significant expansion in treatment, counselling and support services for those affected by gambling disorder; but the fact is that industry funding has been broadly in line with the budgets set within the National Responsible Gambling Strategy and way above what is required under the regulator’s Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice. If funding has been insufficient (and so far, no detailed budgets on what is required have been published) then this is as much the result of poor guidance from above as it is corporate parsimony.Indeed, industry funding for treatment – both voluntary and coerced via regulatory settlements – has never been greater. Given the GVC announcement and the assumption that the Commission is still working its way through a glut of enforcement actions, it seems likely that in the near-term funding will continue to grow via both mechanisms. What is missing (for now) is a clear plan for how these funds should be expended, what governance measures need to be put in place and how the effects should be evaluated.The Sports Minister Mims Davies has so far shown in her ministerial career a refreshing willingness to recognise the positive as well as to criticise the negative. Davies believes that a voluntary system can work – and the fact that major operators are increasing funding of their own volition suggests that she could be proved right. Her endorsement of the GVC announcement is likely to have a positive influence on other major operators and she deserves the opportunity to make her plan work.The debate over the need for a safer gambling levy is finely balanced. It would – as the Gambling Commission contends – provide a level of independence and sustainability to funding arrangements (regulatory sanctions, after all, cannot be considered a sufficiently predictable source) and give them a semblance of equitability. However, levies can also tend toward the bureaucratic, costly to run and subject to undue political influence (interestingly, a number of treatment providers are fairly lukewarm about the idea of a levy precisely because they fear it may result in politically-motivated decisions about where the money goes). Also, while there are entirely valid concerns about direct industry funding of research (which informs policy), the same is not true of treatment (where there is a general view that operators should pay).Perhaps the greatest argument against a levy came in the speech given by Professor Tim Kendall, the NHS England’s national clinical director for mental health. His claim (based upon little more than parliamentary hearsay) that one-in-ten suicides in Britain may be linked to gambling will give very little confidence that his organisation is fit to make sound decisions about the distribution of funds for treatment. As we have written before, sound policy is unlikely to arise from lazy interpretation or misapplication of research findings.There was a modicum of frustration amongst peers that GVC acted independently rather than waiting for a more comprehensive and collaborative plan to address harm. Such angst is understandable – but given that the industry has a track record of dithering in such matters it is easy to see why GVC decided on swift and decisive action.There is a sense that a growing body of stakeholders wishes to resolve the issues surrounding Britain’s gambling industry. The meeting between the Culture Secretary, Jeremy Wright and a number of leading industry CEOs on Wednesday night was a constructive affair, according to Mims Davies. Meanwhile, the National Harm Reduction Strategy has been repositioned as a far more collaborative and positive exercise than had been feared – and the Gambling Commission should take credit for many of the operator-driven reforms that have emerged in recent years.  While it may be morally satisfying to knock lumps out of the gambling industry and government policy, now is the time to focus on effective solutions rather than continuing to wallow in the problems.___________________Content provided by Regulus Partners Submit Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020last_img read more

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EGBA warns Germany not to follow the Niedersachsen ‘blocking order’

first_img Share StumbleUpon Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Maarten Haijer – EGBABrussels-based online gambling trade body, The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), has warned Germany against implementing the payment processing blocking order sanctioned by the regional ministry of Lower Saxony.Last week, Boris Pistorius, Lower Saxony’s minister for home affairs and sports, ordered a cease-and-desist order against a “large, international payment service provider from participating in payment transactions in connection with illegal gambling in Germany”.The Niedersachsen government seeks to implement its payment blocking order across Germany, restricting the markets active incumbents to offering sports betting services only, complying with the transitional mandate of Germany’s State Treaty on Gambling.The EGBA warns German regulatory stakeholders that ‘payment blocking’ should hold no part in German gambling’s re-regulation.Maarten Haijer, EBGA Secretary-General, details that a ‘more fundamental rethink is needed’ to develop an effective regulatory framework and bring the country’s gambling policies into the 21st century.“Restrictive or prohibitive measures, such as payment blocking measures, are an attempt to create artificial walls around online markets and can be ineffective and detrimental to player protection,” he said.“That’s because online gambling is, like any other online consumer market, consumer-driven and players can easily search around the internet for alternative products, brands or the payment means they prefer.“Trying to limit the options available to players will not change this reality and – by restricting their choices – might be counterproductive because it will push players towards unlicensed or unregulated websites, where they might be exposed to inadequate consumer protections and chances of redress.“To remedy this, the German authorities should establish an attractive and modern online gambling regulation which acknowledges that many Germans play online casino games and ensures they – and all other players – can play within a safe and regulated environment.” Share Submit Related Articles MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020last_img read more

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BGC calls for continued flexibility from government as lockdown relaxed

first_imgShare Related Articles Share UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 BGC lauds success of whistle to whistle ban August 21, 2020 Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon The Betting and Gaming Council (BGC) has urged Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak to ‘keep being flexible’ following the latest update to the Government’s COVID-19 furlough scheme.Welcoming Sunak’s extension to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, the standards body acknowledged that a number of its members ‘will be forced to operate at a reduced capacity for the foreseeable future’.Sunak has already confirmed that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue until October, which is expected to support the 64,000 people who work in the retail betting and gaming industry.In May, Sunak revealed that the current furlough scheme, which sees the Government pay 80 per cent of wages up to £2,500 a month, would run until the end of July. In August, employers will have to pay their employees’ National Insurance and pension contributions.In September, employers will need to pay 10% of their furloughed staff’s wages, with the Government continuing to pay the other 70%. That will rise to 20% in October, with the Treasury contribution falling to 60%.BGC chief executive Michael Dugher urged ministers to continue to show flexibility in their approach to the crisis, emphasising that companies within the hospitality and leisure sector may require further assistance in the future.He said: “Any help for businesses from the Government at this time of global crisis is of course welcome, and we thank the Chancellor for providing more clarity on how the furlough scheme will operate until the end of October.“Even though the lockdown is easing, many of our member companies – and in particular in casinos and bingo halls – will be forced to operate at a reduced capacity for the foreseeable future because of the need to maintain strict social distancing.“Given the significant contribution the hospitality and leisure sector makes to the UK economy, we would urge Mr Sunak to keep being flexible and acknowledge that it will continue to need support from the Government as the country emerges from the pandemic.“We have had super engagement with the Government up until now, and we look forward to that continuing so we can ensure the betting and gaming industry can play its full part in getting the UK back on its feet.”last_img read more

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Betradar launches League of Legends live odds with DOJO Madness

first_imgJames Watson, SportradarBetradar has officially launched live odds for League of Legends, developed in conjunction with esports data specialists DOJO Madness. DOJO’s service has developed models based on the analysis of over 450,000 rounds and 18 million individual data points. This has enabled the generation of reliable real-time probabilities for both live betting as well as pre-match betting events, allowing Betradar to provide its operator clients with a credible in-play offering.Leveraging DOJO’s API, Betradar has stated that it will now be able to offer ‘a significant amount of new, high-quality betting events across a whole range of League of Legends tournaments and competitions’.Betradar’s Head of Esports James Watson said: “We are delighted that we can now offer our League of Legends in-play odds to the market. LoL is the number one esport title played globally with over 100 million unique players per month. It has an established tournament structure with events held all the way through the calendar year, while the recently announced franchise model showcases the stability and sustainability of the LoL ecosystem. “This is all good news for operators looking to offer a highly attractive esports betting product. What makes the news even better is that our clients can now enjoy unbeatable up-times, the best array of markets with more to follow, including a range of live player markets. “We appreciate that some have experimented with esports and have not seen the returns they should have earned, but with Betradar and DOJO Madness having invested significant resources into creating a best-in-class product and with interest in Betradar esports products at an all-time high, our clients have another reason to feel confident about their offering to these highly discerning customers” added Watson.DOJO Madness CEO Jens Hilgers added: “One of the reasons we partnered with Betradar is that we wanted to bring our unrivalled expertise in aggregating and interpreting esports game data into the betting ecosystem with a partner that stands for integrity and accuracy. Providing the odds for the most popular esports title combined with the future markets we already have in the pipeline, including live player markets, is another contribution of our partnership to the exciting esports ecosystem.”Esports Insider says: Betradar’s continued expansion into esports is a positive step for esports betting. By partnering with DOJO Madness we expected good things would come of this arrangement and lo and behold, this live odds offering for League, the most popular esports title in betting volume, seems to be just that.last_img read more

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African Games 2019: Deputy Sports Minister and team visit athletes in Games Village

first_imgDeputy Sports Minister, Perry Okudzeto, and other officials paid a visit on Tuesday to Ghanaian athletes taking part in the 2019 African Games in Rabat, Morocco.The visit came a day after the Games officially commenced in the North African country.The Deputy Sports Minister was accompanied by the International Games & Competitions chairman who doubles as the Director General of NSA , Prof. Peter Twumasi, Ghana’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco, HE Stephen Mahamudu Yakubu , GOC President, Ben Nunoo Mensah and a member of International Games & Competitions Committee, Magnus Rex Danquah.The Deputy Sports Minister and his team encouraged the athletes to give off their best and try to win medals for the nation.Ghana will be taking part in 14 disciplines with a total of 91 athletes.Already, the team’s campaigns in beach volleyball and men’s judo have fallen short of winning medals after losses.Speaking after the interaction with the athletes, Prof. Twumasi, said that the meeting provided the chance for the major stakeholders like the Ministry and the athletes to speak to each other on various subjects of importance to the campaign in Morocco.“We wanted to whip up the morale in camp among the athletes with the meeting and the athletes too had some challenges they wanted to put across.It was an open forum and some of the issues have been addressed. Others are being taken care of. For instance, they were issues of kits that were not with the team but that had been resolved.I can say that everything is fine here.  These Games provide the chance for some of these disciplines to generate interest and create awareness of their existence in the minds of Ghanaians.”Ghana will hope to learn key lessons from Morocco as the nation will host the next edition of the Games in 2023.last_img read more

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UCL: Gabriel Jesus scores hat-trick as Man City beat Dinamo Zagreb

first_imgManchester City forward Gabriel Jesus says he has to “keep scoring” after his hat-trick inspired the Blues to come from behind to win their final Champions League Group C game at Dinamo Zagreb.The Brazil forward, 22, who is spearheading City’s attack with Sergio Aguero out injured, has now scored five goals in his last five starts for the club.And his form is likely to be key for City, who are third in the Premier League, 14 points behind leaders Liverpool.“Now the goals are coming so I’m so happy but I cannot stop – I have to keep scoring,” Jesus said.“I have to do my job. My job is to score goals and help the team, without the ball and with the ball. Last month, I was not scoring and I felt so bad because I have to score and help my team-mates.”City, who qualified prior to their trip to Croatia, finished top of Group C, with Atalanta qualifying in second after their 3-0 win at Shakhtar Donetsk.Dani Olmo had opened the scoring for the hosts, with a sparkling volley from Damian Kadzior’s right-wing cross which found the top corner.But Pep Guardiola’s side dominated possession throughout and levelled before the break, with Jesus heading a Riyad Mahrez cross into the top left corner.Jesus then put City ahead early in the second half, placing an effort into the bottom right corner after a one-two with Phil Foden and some neat footwork.The Brazil forward tapped Benjamin Mendy’s cross into an unguarded Dinamo goal four minutes later but he was then substituted. Foden rounded off a fine display from the visitors, prodding in Bernardo Silva’s cross, to give the score an emphatic feel.City advance to the knockout stages unbeaten in the competition this term and will be one of the seeds in Monday’s last-16 draw.Dinamo’s defeat, coupled with Atalanta’s victory, sees the Croatian champions finish bottom of the group to miss out on a place in the Europa League. Source: BBClast_img read more

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