Month: August 2020

Haiti’s new PM takes oath of office

Haiti’s new PM takes oath of office

first_imgHaiti’s new Prime Minister, Dr. Jack Guy Lafontant, was sworn into office on Friday with President Jovenel Moise saying his selection was in keeping with his policies of placing competent people to oversee the future socio-economic development of the country.Moise, who was sworn into office on February 7 after winning the November 20 presidential elections last year, said that he chose Lafontant because he wanted the country to have “a hard-working, competent and united prime minister” who wanted change in Haiti.Lafontant, an academic, thanked the President for choosing him and promised to unite the country.“I will ensure that all the promises of President Jovenel Moïse at the electoral campaign are realized to the extent possible,” he said, adding “as promised by the President of the Republic, we will strive to make Haiti a land more than never conducive to investment and business.”Lafontant said that he was also looking for “frank, sincere and patriotic collaboration” with the Senators and Deputies for the successful implementation of development projects in Haiti.He said he hoped that parliamentarians will vote for the general policy he will present to them.Lafontant, 56, married and a father of three, is an unknown political figure. He has been pursing his medical career for 30 years and is also professor of gastroenterology at the University of Notre Dame of Haiti (UNDH) and a member of the American College of Gastroenterology.Under the Haitian Constitution, the next step for the new prime minister will be to select his cabinet and present himself before the Parliament in order to obtain a vote of confidence on his policy statement.last_img read more

Canada Says it’s Now Easier for Caribbean Nationals to Apply for…

Canada Says it’s Now Easier for Caribbean Nationals to Apply for…

first_imgOTTAWA, Canada (CMC) — Building on a government commitment made earlier this year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) says it is now easier for foreign nationals, including Caribbean immigrants to apply for temporary and permanent resident status within Canada.On Tuesday, the immigration agency said foreign nationals applying from within Canada for temporary or permanent residence, or to extend or renew their visitor visa or work or study permit, will need to have their fingerprints and photo taken and can do so at any of the 58 designated Service Canada locations across the country.“This means individuals will now save time and money by being able to give their biometrics within Canada,” it said in a statement.It said Canada has collected biometrics (fingerprints and photos) on most foreign nationals applying for temporary or permanent residence since December 31, 2018.“Having biometrics helps immigration officers verify people’s identity, which makes processing applications easier and simplifies entry for legitimate travellers,” IRCC said. “It also makes it easier for officers to stop individuals who pose a risk to the safety and security of Canadians.”IRCC said people can apply online or by paper as they have always done.Applicants who receive a biometrics instruction letter will be able to give their fingerprints and photo at designated Service Canada locations across the country by appointment.IRCC said the appointment must be made in advance through an easy online booking tool at canada.ca/biometrics.It said applicants, including those in Canada who will be travelling outside the country, can also give their biometrics at a visa application centre (VAC) in any country that they are legally allowed to enter.IRCC said Canada has one of the most extensive networks of VACs worldwide, with 160 locations in 108 countries.“Fingerprints and photo collection are recognised as one of the most reliable ways to identify people and are used by more than 70 countries worldwide. We will enhance the efficiency and integrity of the immigration system in Canada,” said Marco E L Mendicino, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.last_img read more

Hosts For 2024 And 2028 Olympic Games Revealed

Hosts For 2024 And 2028 Olympic Games Revealed

first_imgRelated The city of Los Angeles has agreed a deal to host the 2028 Olympic Games, the first time since 1984, while Paris will settle to stage the games in 2024.It was announced on Monday that Los Angeles has agreed on the deal with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to host the 2028 Games.Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said “we’re bringing the games back” in 2028, adding that “this deal was too good to pass up”Paris was the only other competition for the bid and will now host the 2024 Olympics. The French capital city has previously hosted the games in 1900 and 1924.“Paris and Los Angeles are two amazing global cities that are united in their support of the Olympic cause and we stand together now to help the Games thrive in 2024 and 2028.” – Paris Mayor Anne HidalgoHad an agreement not been reached by LA and Paris, the IOC will award the hosting rights based on votes at next month’s scheduled meeting in Lima, Peru.Under the terms of the Host City Contract 2028, the IOC will advance funds – potentially more than $2billion – to a Los Angeles Organising Committee in view of the longer planning period and to increase participation and access to youth sports projects in the city in the years leading up to the Games.last_img read more

IAAF World Championships: ‘Medal Hopeful’ Okagbare Misses Out On 100m Final

IAAF World Championships: ‘Medal Hopeful’ Okagbare Misses Out On 100m Final

first_imgNigeria’s medal hopeful, Blessing Okagbare missed out on a berth in the Women’s 100m final on Sunday.The Moscow double medallist on Day 3 of the IAAF World Championships taking place in London, came short in a very tough field in Heat 2, clocking 11.08s to finish 4th behind Tori Bowie in 1st, Murielle Ahoure 2nd and Michelle Lee-Ahye in 3rd.It was always going to be difficult for the National champion against the likes of Ahoure and Bowie who have clocked sub 11 seconds on several occasions in the season. Okagbare’s 11.08s was bettered by 11.07s posted by Trinidad and Tobago’s Kelly Ann Baptiste who nicked the fastest loser slot into the final.This is a step backwards from her appearance at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing where she placed 8th due to an hamstring injury.Okagbare will now shift her focus to the 200m event which begins with the heats on Tuesday.Late arrival to London didn’t stop Nigeria’s 400m National champion, Patience Okon George along with Yinka Ajayi and Margaret Bamgbose from qualifying from their various 400m heats into the semi finals on Monday. RelatedIAAF World Championships: Oduduru, Okagbare Cleared To Compete, AFN Technical Director Sunday Adeleye Faces Axe Over MixupSeptember 29, 2019In “Athletics”Doha 2019: Raymond Ekevwo Shines as Oduduru, Okagbare Change Plans on World Athletics Championships Day 1September 28, 2019In “Athletics”2017 IAAF World Championships: Track Queen Okagbare Headlines 14-man ListJuly 26, 2017In “Sports”last_img read more

Codere ups Italian presence by acquiring 51% stake in Nori Games

Codere ups Italian presence by acquiring 51% stake in Nori Games

first_img Submit StumbleUpon CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Share Related Articles Share TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Spanish gambling operator Grupo Codere (Codere) has acquired a 51% stake in Italian gaming machines supplier Nori Games Services SRL through its Italian business subsidiary ‘Codere Italia’.Seeking to increase its presence within the Italian gambling market, Codere acquires its majority stake in Nori Games from the Cimmino family for an undisclosed sum.At present, Nori Games holds a portfolio of 400 gaming machines largely serviced in the region of Lombardy.Commenting on the investment Alejandro Pascual CEO of Codere Italia, stated that Nori Games fitted into Codere’s group long-term ambitions of growing its services within the Italian gambling market.Following refinancing of Codere operations in 2015 and 2016, Codere governance has formed a new strategic plan to refocus the group’s growth closer to its Spanish home market, following significant declines in South America.In its latest trading update, Codere governance outlined the importance of expanding its services in Italy as the company plans its recovery following years of consecutive decline in revenue and earnings.last_img read more

Authentic betting experience draws people to virtuals

Authentic betting experience draws people to virtuals

first_imgShare Related Articles Golden Race gains ISO certification May 29, 2020 StumbleUpon From a giant sand castle to cheerleaders, superheroes, sporting superstars and one of the world’s strongest men, the exhibition at ICE Totally Gaming never ceases to amaze.With a total net space of 40,925 sqm, representatives of 67 jurisdictions and sovereign states, and in the presence of 42 accredited media organisations, piquing interest and standing out from the crowd at ICE 2017 was harder than ever before.However, virtual betting provider Golden Race did just that. Its stand may have featured a Cristiano Ronaldo lookalike doing ‘keepie-uppies’, but CEO Martin Wachter and his team caught the eye with a passion for providing the best user experience and a focus on “product over pure flash.”Wachter commented: “At Golden Race we are known for a few things – innovation and passion are involved in everything we do, we always try to make things in the best way for our customers and their players. This year we chose to showcase our newest solutions – Golden Race Online, and our mobile specific platform.“We have designed our Online and Mobile platforms from the ground up based on a real sports betting sportsbook. Everything which players love from real sports betting, we have. Our interface is the same, so it is totally familiar, which means that players have nothing to learn. Players enjoy Golden Race products because they get a real betting experience, not only a pretty picture.”Having launched its unique MMA based virtual sports game, ‘Real Fighting’, at last year’s ICE, Wachter admitted that this year’s Golden Race exhibition was “less about a specific product and more about a general presentation of everything we offer.” Nevertheless, he was delighted with the company’s reception at the event, and the platform it has given them to “continue delivering the best solutions for the betting industry in 2017.”He concluded: “We had another very successful show; in fact, I would say it was our best. It is very encouraging to see the response and know that we are progressing in the right way.” The industry wakes up to virtual sports potential June 26, 2020 Golden Race’s virtual sports products get Swedish certification June 18, 2020 Share Submitlast_img read more

Operators charged over unfair bonus terms as CMA gets tough

Operators charged over unfair bonus terms as CMA gets tough

first_img Related Articles The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is launching enforcement action against a number of online gambling operators suspected of breaking consumer law with their labyrinthine bonus terms and conditions.As part of an ongoing investigation, the CMA is acting because it believes people aren’t getting the deal they expect from sign-up promotions and operators are unfairly holding on to people’s money. The identity of the operators facing enforcement action has not yet been disclosed.This follows a joint programme of work between the Gambling Commission and the CMA to tackle a shared concern about whether people are being treated fairly by online gambling operators.Nisha Arora, CMA Senior Director for Consumer Enforcement, said: “We know online gambling is always going to be risky, but firms must also play fair. People should get the deal they’re expecting if they sign up to a promotion, and be able to walk away with their money when they want to.“Sadly, we have heard this isn’t always the case. New customers are being enticed by tempting promotions only to find the dice are loaded against them. And players can find a whole host of hurdles in their way when they want to withdraw their money.“That’s why we are today launching enforcement action where we think the law has been broken. We are also asking people who have had difficulties withdrawing their money when they’ve gambled online to tell us about it, and help probe this issue even further.”The CMA is concerned that people often don’t get the deal they are expecting as sign-up promotions come with an array of terms and conditions that are often confusing and unclear and, in some cases, may be unfair. The CMA said that customers might have to play hundreds of times before they are allowed to withdraw any money, so they don’t have the choice to quit while they’re ahead and walk away with their winnings when they want to.Even when players haven’t signed up for a promotion, there are concerns that some operators are stopping customers taking money out of their accounts. The CMA has been told by customers that some firms have minimum withdrawal amounts far bigger than the original deposit, or place hurdles in the way of them withdrawing their money.Sarah HarrisonGambling Commission Chief Executive Sarah Harrison commented: “Gambling operators must treat customers fairly – but some have been relying on terms that are unclear with too many strings attached.“Whilst the CMA takes enforcement action on how consumer legislation is followed, the gambling industry should be under no illusion that if they don’t comply with consumer law, we will see this as a breach of their operating licence, and take decisive action.”The CMA opened an investigation into the gambling sector’s compliance with consumer protection law towards the end of last year after hearing about a range of concerns that suggested some operators were not treating their customers fairly. As well as hearing from around 800 unhappy customers, it has also demanded companies answer questions about how they operate, and closely examined the play on a range of websites.Having identified a number of operators engaging in practices likely to be breaking consumer law, the CMA is now taking enforcement action and has a range of powers at its disposal to bring any illegal activities to an end.This investigation is part of a joint programme of work with the Gambling Commission to tackle issues around fairness and transparency in the gambling industry. As well as the enforcement cases, the investigation may lead to further action, from the CMA or the Gambling Commission, to improve practices across the online gambling sector.In addition to this enforcement action, the CMA is now opening a new line of investigation into unfair terms and practices that could restrict customers’ rights to withdraw money in their online gaming and betting accounts. Gambling operators are required to check their customers’ identities to fulfil both their social responsibility and anti-money laundering (AML) requirements. However, concerns have been raised that some operators may be applying these requirements in a restrictive way, preventing consumers from legitimately withdrawing funds from their gambling accounts.Harrison added: “Identity checks are an important duty on the industry to prevent money laundering and to ensure responsible gambling. Where operators haven’t met those obligations, we have taken clear action.“However, those checks cannot be used as an excuse to unduly restrict legitimate customers from withdrawing their funds. If the CMA finds specific consumer protection failings in this area, it will add further cause for the Commission to review how fairly operators are treating consumers.”Among the areas that the CMA is specifically looking at include:terms preventing players from withdrawing any money they have deposited in their account unless they have wagered its value through in full once, or several timesrequirements for players to take part in publicity or advertising activity for a firm before the player can withdraw their winnings, for example, by posing for a photo with a ‘winner’s cheque’ which is then displayed on the firm’s websiteunreasonably high minimum withdrawal limits, for example, someone might add a £5 deposit but the minimum they can withdraw is £25, so they have to win 5 times their original deposit before they can take out their winningsdaily, weekly or monthly withdrawal limits that appear unreasonably low, for example, compared to the amount that can be deposited and bet over the same period, so someone might have won £10,000, but can only withdraw £1,000 a weekterms that place arbitrary deadlines on the time given to players to provide information to verify their identity as a condition of withdrawalThe CMA says it has also identified concerns with some firms where players do not make a withdrawal or place a bet over a number of weeks or months. In particular, some firms have terms which apply ‘dormancy’ charges to players’ accounts after a period of inactivity, or terms which remove all funds from inactive accounts, regardless of the size of the balance.It commented: “If we identify firms who we think are breaking the law in relation to these issues, we will take further enforcement action.” Betway to pay record £11.6m after Gambling Commission finds VIP customer failings March 12, 2020 Share Share UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Mr Green to pay £3m for failures in gambling harm and money laundering prevention February 27, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

Yggdrasil hails ‘accelerated performance’ securing 24 new clients during H1 2017

Yggdrasil hails ‘accelerated performance’ securing 24 new clients during H1 2017

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Share TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Submit Presenting its H1 2017 interim results, industry games provider Yggdrasil Gaming has detailed a strong momentum to its commercial operations driven by ‘accelerated growth’ as the company has secured 24 new partner operators during the period.Updating the market, Yggdrasil governance would declare a 116% increase in corporate revenues to SEK 74 million (€7 million – H1 2016: SEK 34 million).The higher revenues combined with an improved operating margin of 42%, would see Yggdrasil declare a corporate EBITDA of SEK 31 million (€3.1 million) up 76% on corresponding 2016’s SEK 17.7 million.Detailing further highlights, Yggdrasil governance noted the significant growth of its gaming inventory on its client platforms with, the number of its player transaction (rounds) increasing by 99% to 1.5 billion rounds.Closing a busy period for Yggdrasil development teams, the games provider has launched seven new titles during H1 2017.A confident Fredrik Elmqvist, CEO of Yggdrasil commented on H1 2017 performance “Yggdrasil has been expanding its regulated footprint in recent months, and investments in new markets, including the UK, are now generating revenues. It is exciting to see that these investments have proven to be bang for our buck, and it underlines our commitment to these markets as part of our wider corporate strategy.”“In June, we were honoured to win the prestigious ‘Slot Provider of the Year’ award for the second year in a row at the EGR B2B Awards in London. This unprecedented achievement highlights just how well respected we are within the industry. It also shows how far we have come in a short space of time, triumphing in this category over several much larger companies.”“The investment was the focus during Q2, and we continue to invest in new markets, new games, new product features and new infrastructure, including the establishment of Yggdrasil Gaming Sweden AB. We have also focused upon the reorganisation of the company to allow us to scale, with our CSO, CPO and CTO functions now restructured to clarify responsibilities and duties. This work has been fundamental in highlighting necessary recruitment.”“On the subject of recruitment, we continue to look for new, talented people to join our world-class team, with several vacant positions waiting to be filled. During the second quarter, we successfully recruited or contracted 23 people, boosting the Yggdrasil team to 143 by the end of June, with more to follow in the coming months.”“Costs are growing, which is necessary for us to deliver upon our ambitions, but to be able to deliver an operating profit of more than 15 million SEK for the second quarter shows that we remain focused on the bottom line.”last_img read more

12BET to sponsor London-hosted Table Tennis Team 2018 World Cup

12BET to sponsor London-hosted Table Tennis Team 2018 World Cup

first_img StumbleUpon Rory AndersonAgreeing terms with Table Tennis England and the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF), Isle of Man and Philippines online bookmaker 12BET has confirmed that it has agreed on terms to become the ‘Official Betting and Gaming Sponsor of the ITTF Team World Cup 2018.The ITTF Team World Cup 2018 table tennis tournament will be hosted at the Olympic Copper Box Arena in London from February 22-25 2018.Table Tennis England Head of Commercial Mark Taffler said: “We’re delighted to be working with a brand of the size of 12BET on the Team World Cup 2018.“The profile of table tennis globally was a key factor in 12BET coming on board, and they also wanted to work with us to help deliver a superb event in London which table tennis fans all over the world can enjoy.”12BET spokesman Rory Anderson commented on the sponsorpship: “Everyone at 12BET is delighted to be add the Team World Cup Table tennis tournament to our growing sponsorship portfolio.“We will have extensive branding at the event that will be picked up by an impressive number of global broadcasters. We are looking forward to seeing the best players in the world compete at the Copper Box Arena in February.”In 2017 12BET has an expanding portfolio of sports sponsorship, including recently becoming the first shirt sleeve sponsor of Premier League team West Bromwich Albion, and has also put its name to world-level snooker and badminton events.The 2018 Team World Cup will feature 12 of the world’s best table tennis teams in both men’s and women’s events, including continental champions as well as all the world and Olympic champions. 12Bet strengthens ITTF partnership February 27, 2019 12Bet backs UK Taekwondo development sponsoring Manchester World Championships February 12, 2019 12BET to sponsor YONEX All England Badminton Championships July 26, 2018 Submit Share Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

Juventus tie up F66.com partnership

Juventus tie up F66.com partnership

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon LiveScore adds new leagues to streaming offering August 12, 2020 CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 Share Share Submit Italian football giants Juventus, the 35 time champions of Italy, has agreed a regional sponsorship deal with Asian online betting firm F66.com.The three year deal will run until 2020, with part of the agreement giving F66.com use of the Turin club’s brand and image for the promotion of its services in Asia, with the exception of China, Vietnam and Thailand.Giorgio Ricci, Co-Chief Revenue Officer at Juventus, said:  “This is a new and important regional sponsorship in the areas where we are experiencing the most significant growth for our club. “F66 will be a benchmark partner to develop activities for our Asian fans.”F66.com has also confirmed it is to organise competitions exclusively for the Asian public, one such example ‘Fly with the Team’ will give fans the chance to travel with the squad for a European matchBianconeri legend Fabrizio Ravanelli is also to host an exclusive video blog of The Old Lady’s league games.Simon David, an F66.com representative, added:  “Serie A is well-followed in Asia and through this partnership we are confident that we can reach new heights this season.”This follows a deal earlier in the year with Ballr, in which the Asia focussed live fantasy sports operator became Juventus’ ‘Regional Games Partner for Asia.’A deal which saw Ballr’s brand promoted throughout the club’s Asian assets and initiatives, including future tours of Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia.Juventus, who have won six successive Scudetto titles, currently sit third in the Serie A table, five points behind league leaders Napoli. TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020last_img read more