The curtains closed on yet another era in Jamaica’s rich political history when Portia Simpson Miller, a former Prime Minister and former President of the opposition People’s National Party (PNP) took her final bow and exited the building after being lauded by Parliamentarians on both sides of the house on Tuesday.During the special joint sitting of Parliament on Tuesday Simpson-Miller, who was first elected in 1976, said her journey was by no means easy but she is proud of her record, particularly in her constituency of St. Andrew South Western.An eldery resident of Majesty gardens chills outside his residence which is nestled in the former constituency of Portia Simpson Miller“I inherited a constituency with poor and inadequate housing, poor or no public infrastructure, poor health-care facilities, and limited access to special services,” she said, adding that the election of 1976 saw her “thrown into the deep enduring a period of extreme political violence”.She told colleagues that despite widespread criticism and the challenges, she fulfilled her mission.“In the early days, some said I could not read…. Is it not ironic, that now they say I read too much. While some judged me harshly I was determined to be who I wanted to be, not how others saw me. I speak of my harsh experiences, not with malice – that when the slings and arrows come at you, bind up your wounds, and focus on your dreams.”Prime minister Andrew Holness, in leading the tributes, pledged to ensure that Simpson Miller’s work as a champion of the poor, will continue to live on.“She is a metaphor of hope and faith . In her political carrier she has been placed against powerful personalities and has never been intimidated by a challenge. I am saying to you on your retirement, that there is a new defender of the poor people of Jamaica.”Simpson Miller, Jamaica’s first female Prime Minister and one of four Caribbean leaders, recalled her journey from the rural community of Wood Hall to Jamaica House.“I defied the odds…..and had a date with destiny.”In 2006, she took the reigns of government, when the baton was passed from then Prime Minister Percival James Patterson.The sitting was also the final one for Dr. Omar Davies, a former Minister of Finance under the People’s National Party.Omar Davies also bid farewellDavies, who represented the constituency of St. Andrew Southern since 1993, will, like Simpson Miller handed in his resignation on Thursday.The special sitting was attended by former Prime mInisters P.J .Patterson and Edward Seaga as well as the Speak of the House of Assembly in the Cayman Islands McKeeva Bush.A date for a by-election to fill the vacancies in Simpson Miller’s and Davies’ constituencies, is yet to be announced.
Caribbean Export has launched a program aimed at supporting Caribbean women in business by helping them to either start exporting or to increase their exports.According to Caribbean Export, applications are now being accepted for the program – Women Empowered through Export or WE-Xport.Exporting to the EUOn Wednesday, Caribbean Export, in Cooperation with the European Union announced the commencement of the program that will assist in exporting to the European Union and utilizing the benefits of the CARIFORUM-EU Economic Partnership Agreement.The European Union is therefore pleased to provide financial support to Caribbean Export’s efforts to assist the growth and development of female-owned firms in the Caribbean to increase their competitiveness in the local, regional and international markets,” said EU Ambassador, Daniela Tramacere.Executive Director at Caribbean Export, Pamela Coke-Hamilton, encouraged the regions female entrepreneurs to take full advantage of the WE-Xport program and the opportunity to grow their businesses, connect with others and make their mark in our region, “we know you have the potential to do great things with your companies and with the right mix of support we aim to provide”.Workshops and technical assistanceWE-Xport will address women-owned businesses access to finance through the provision of workshops and technical assistance in partnership with the Barbados based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB).The program will have an intensive business coaching program to build the participants capacity and also increase their access to export markets and networks.MOU signedA Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Caribbean Export and UN Women as their commitment to work together in raising awareness around many of the challenges women face in conducting business. Representative from UN Women, Alison McLean says the economic empowerment of woman is one of the mail of objectives of UN Women and they have developed the “women empowerment principles which offer practical guidance to the private sector on how to empower women in the workplace, marketplace and communities.”
“Folks, this could be the beginning of the pathway back to normal life, but please respect and follow these limitations,” Curry said in the video. “We’ll get back to life as we know it but we must be patient.”This comes a month after Florida officials received backlash for allowing beaches to remain open during spring break in March, which resulted in a spike in COVID-19 cases in the state. Most counties closed their beaches in response or kept them open under very restrictive conditions.At a news conference in Fort Lauderdale, DeSantis said that some municipalities should feel free to start opening up parks and beaches, but it would have to be done safely with distancing guidelines remaining in place.DeSantis said it was important for people to have access to the amenities that outside provides including sunshine and fresh air as well as an opportunity to exercise.“Do it in a good way. Do it in a safe way,” DeSantis said. Following President Donald Trump’s announcement that state officials can decide when to lift COVID-19 restrictions, Florida’s governor Ron DeSantis gave the green light today for some beaches in Florida to begin reopening.Beaches in Jacksonville will be among the first to reopen in the United States as the COVID-19 pandemic reaches its peak in the country with over 30,000 deaths.Jacksonville Mayor, Lenny Curry, said Duval County’s beaches were reopening Friday afternoon with restricted hours. Curry said the beaches can only be used for walking, biking, hiking, fishing, running, swimming, taking care of pets and surfing.The beaches will be open between 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Curry said in a video posted to social media. Gatherings of 50 or more people are prohibited and people must still have to keep their distance from one another.
WASHINGTON, D.C — Global remittances are projected to decline sharply by about 20 percent in 2020 due to the economic crisis induced by the COVID-19 pandemic and shutdown.The projected fall, which would be the sharpest decline in recent history, is largely due to a fall in the wages and employment of migrant workers, who tend to be more vulnerable to loss of employment and wages during an economic crisis in a host country.Remittances to low and middle-income countries (LMICs) are projected to fall by 19.7 percent to $445 billion, representing a loss of a crucial financing lifeline for many vulnerable households.Studies show that remittances alleviate poverty in lower- and middle-income countries, improve nutritional outcomes, are associated with higher spending on education, and reduce child labor in disadvantaged households.A fall in remittances affects families’ ability to spend on these areas as more of their finances will be directed to solve food shortages and immediate livelihoods needs.“Remittances are a vital source of income for developing countries. The ongoing economic recession caused by COVID-19 is taking a severe toll on the ability to send money home and makes it all the more vital that we shorten the time to recovery for advanced economies,” said World Bank Group President David Malpass.Within the Caribbean countries, money transfer agencies like Western Union have seen a spike in the number of people that have turned up at their locations to collect funds during the COVID-19 pandemic.Many Caribbean residents, including the newly unemployed, poor and vulnerable, have been forced to depend on income from their family and friends overseas to survive. The challenge is that many Caribbean immigrants and even seasonal workers now have no income and thus, little to no money to send back home.Remittance flows are expected to fall across all World Bank Group regions, most notably in Europe and Central Asia (27.5 percent) and Latin America and the Caribbean (19.3 percent).World Bank
Submit Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 The governance of Betsson AB has confirmed the appointment of Kaaren Hilsen as new Group Chief Financial Officer (CFO) replacing long-term incumbent Fredrik Rüdén who will depart the operator this coming August.Issuing a corporate communication, Betsson informs that Hilsen will join the firm’s executive team ‘no later than 1 November’.Hilsen joins the Stockholm-listed online gambling operator from Telenor Sweden, where she has served as CFO since 2013. As a Telenor executive, Hilsen has worked extensively in developing and expanding the telecoms operator within the new markets of Eastern Europe and Asia.Taking over CFO duties, Hilsen will be tasked with group financial planning and auditing as Betsson AB continues its European regulated market M&A growth strategy.Updating investors Ulrik Bengtsson, CEO and President of Betsson AB was pleased to have promptly found an executive replacement for Fredrik Rüdén, commenting on the appointment of Hilsen:“Kaaren’s very broad financial and general management experience, coupled with her international track record in regulated environments, will be great assets for Betsson. Our revenue mix is increasingly balanced, shifting from primarily Nordic to a panEuropean/Central Asian business with a broad mix of markets“
SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Submit Sportsbet.io becomes main club partner of Southampton FC August 25, 2020 Richard WalshUpdating the market, Bitcoin gaming operator The Coingaming Group has appointed ex-William Hill executive Richard Walsh as its new managing director.An industry veteran, Walsh spent more than 20 years at William Hill in a variety of senior management positions, and has relocated to the Coingaming Group’s headquarters in Tallinn, Estonia.As the firm’s new MD Walsh will oversee operations and strategy for Coingaming brands BitCasino.io and Sportsbet.io, furthermore he will lead the launch of an upcoming eSports-focused Bitcoin gaming brand.Reporting directly to CEO Tim Heath, Walsh becomes the third major industry appointment for the Coingaming Group, following Christopher Uren’s appointment as Director of Sportsbook and Dominic Bourke as Director of Casino.Tim Heath, CEO of the Coingaming Group, said: “I am absolutely thrilled to welcome Richard to the Coingaming team.“We have grown as a company extremely quickly, so it is critically important that we put a world-class executive team in place to ensure this development can be sustained.“Richard is an industry veteran who has worked for one of the most successful brands in gaming. His experience will be vital in taking Coingaming to the next level.”Richard Walsh, Managing Director of the Coingaming Group, commented on joining the firm: “After more than two decades at William Hill, I could not resist a new challenge at one of gaming’s most exciting and innovative companies. The Coingaming group is growing rapidly and I will endeavour to ensure that this growth continues in a sustainable way.” Cloudbet elevates UFC 250 offering with in-play markets June 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Share
Submit Share Chris Murphy, Editor of SBC Americas, takes a look at some of the political infighting happening in the UK around FOBTs and suggests that the industry should be working with each other rather than against. The fixed odds betting terminal. Crack cocaine of gambling or simply a misunderstood gambling prodigy? Whichever of those two you agree with, or perhaps it’s something in the middle, there can’t have been too many game styles over the years that have divided opinion with such force, such vitriol.At this point in the proceedings, I think it’s only fair to admit that I’ve written about the subject from both sides of the debate. As former Editor of the weekly coin-op title Coinslot it was my job to hound FOBTs, to publicly berate their very existence and highight things written in controversial tones about gamblers losing their kids’ shoe money on these insatiable, money-devouring machines.Now, wearing my Sports Betting News hat, the tone has been altered to a more moderate flavour. I can’t quite shake off total uncertainty about the FOBT, but I do understand the need for a balanced, less hysterical way of looking at the debate than was encouraged by some stakeholders from the high street gaming sector.In the grand scheme of things, it’s a pyrrhic victory in a war that will have taken the UK gaming and betting business backwards by some considerable distance.One view that I always held privately was that the coin-op industry should have just left the FOBT well alone. My theory was that as long as bookies retained access to higher stakes, there would always be a positive starting point when it came to negotiations over stakes for Category C gaming machines.But it hasn’t been left alone; quite the opposite. As a result, the event horizon could feasibly be the introduction of a £2 stake for FOBTs. The coin-op sector will undoubtedly view that as a victory and a levelling of the playing field. Perhaps some punters might even migrate back to the adult gaming centres from whence they allegedly came.But in the grand scheme of things, it’s a pyrrhic victory in a war that will have taken the UK gaming and betting business backwards by some considerable distance. The latest report by the regulator on FOBT stakes was equally scathing about the Cat B3 machines operated largely in the adult gaming centres.Let’s put that into context. Since the implementation of the Gambling Act 2005, the government has looked to the gambling industry to demonstrate exactly why it ought to be trusted with a more liberalised approach to regulation. Instead, it has squabbled and bickered, particularly over FOBTs. The debate may have been conducted in grown up tones, by men in serious suits. But all too often, the adult vernacular that is typically required when it comes to winning the hearts and minds of policy makers has been sorely lacking.So where does the UK gambling and betting industry go from here? Having run their socks off in a race to the bottom in the war over FOBTs, it’s vital that stakeholders look to reshape the narrative on gambling to become more collegiate, more thoughtful. It’s time to generate more light than heat.We work in a sector of business that has gambling at its core, yet is incredibly multi-faceted. If we are to convince the powers that be that we can be trusted with a less onerous regulatory regime, our approach must alter to clearly reflect that. StumbleUpon Share
The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced that advertising on British racecourses will join other major sports by featuring digital LED (light-emitting diode) displays on the landing side of fences. The move to expand the sport’s sponsorship opportunities comes following a consultation with the courses, the Racecourse Association (RCA) and participants including trainers and jockeys – as well as trials of equipment developed by sports marketing agency Priority Sports Marketing. The LED displays, which are battery powered and therefore carry no electrocution risk must be static when runners are in the vicinity of the fences – i.e. going to post or competing in a race – but otherwise they will allow for more creative visual advertising and the opportunity to switch between advertisers and sponsors for different races on a card.Richard Linley, Senior Inspector of Courses for the BHA, stated: “LED displays are used widely in other sports and provide for a more modern appearance and greater flexibility for racecourses, which we hope will help them generate greater revenue from advertisement and sponsorship.“The proposals have been tested extensively and received the support of racecourses and the participants who will be riding over the fences and whose horses will be competing in races. The displays are on the landing side of fences so will not affect participants and will be static during races so the viewing experience for those watching the races will not be impacted.”Caroline Davies, Racecourse Services Director for the RCA added: “I am pleased to see LED screens arrive to British racing and look forward to seeing these introduced in the coming months. They will unquestionably enhance the raceday experience and also will open up valuable opportunities for our sponsors and supporters which in turn open new income streams for our members. The technology is state of the art and will add a further layer of engagement, both on-course and for the television audience.” AllSported launches international trading service to cover racing shortfalls March 31, 2020 StumbleUpon UK Racing- Reduction in prize-money ‘inevitable’ once season resumes May 1, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit Share UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020
Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Share Share Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Celebrating 30-years in business, Paddy Power has confirmed that it will open a ‘Museum of Mischief’ in its hometown of Dublin, showcasing its most effective, controversial and engaging marketing campaigns.Working with Dublin-based audience engagement specialist agency Catapult, Paddy Power marketing plans to open its ‘Museum of Mischief’ on 18 September.The live and interactive concept will showcase Paddy Power advertising throughout the firm’s 30-year history, in which the bookmaker has broken away from standard advertising principals, commenting on social and political contexts.Unafraid of challenging complex issues, Paddy Power marketing has developed high-coverage campaigns on a number of topics including; Irish abortion, LGBTQ rights, Brexit and sports corruption, securing plaudits and criticisms for the Irish legacy bookmaker.During World Cup Russia 2018, Paddy Power raised £170,000 for LGBT and equality/inclusivity causes through its ‘ Rainbow Russians’ campaign challenging prejudices and homophobia in football.Planning for the opening of its ‘Museum of Mischief’, Paddy Power detailed that it wanted to showcase the internal processes of developing its marketing campaigns.
Share Submit Share IMG Arena nets major media extension with Brazil’s Liga Nacional de Basquete August 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 Brazil appoints agencies to accelerate Sports Betting launch August 21, 2020 Related Articles Following seven failed attempts to sanction an effective tender process, BNDES – Brazil’s national development bank – has confirmed the sale of state-owned instant win games (scratchcard) operator LOTEX to ‘Consórcio Estrela Instantânea’ – a 50/50 joint venture consortium formed by IGT and Scientific Games Corporation (SGC).The IGT-SGC vehicle secures a 15-year concession, having been the only entity to bid on BNDES reformed LOTEX auction which took place at the Sao Paulo Exchange on 22 October.Paying an initial R$97 million (€21m), Estrela Instantânea will replace CAIXA, Brazil’s federal bank, as the operator of LOTEX which has serviced all of Brazil’s lottery contracts since the 1960s.Agreeing to BNDES’ reformed terms, IGT-SGC are set to pay a further seven instalments of R$103 million (€22m), valuing the LOTEX contract at R$ 820 million (€180m) for Brazil’s ‘PPI Partnerships & Investment Program’.Operational terms will see the IGT-SGC consortium pay 17% of revenues to the Brazilian government, which targets generating R$19 billion (€4bn) in funds during the 15-year concession.The IGT-SGC concession is expected to begin by mid-2020, with both technology groups issuing a joint statement: “The award of the Brazilian Lotex concession represents an important step towards the privatisation of lottery instant games in Brazil, the world’s eighth-largest economy.“This business partnership will benefit the people and government of Brazil and brings together the vast experience and market leadership of global leaders in the instant game market to help position Lotex for success.”