A federal appeals panel has maintained the freeze on President Trump’s controversial immigration order, meaning previously barred refugees and citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries can continue entering the United States.In a unanimous 29-page opinion, three judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit unanimously denied arguments made by attorneys for President Trump’s administration for reinstating the ban on immigrants from seven mostly Muslim countries.The travel ban was originally imposed on travelers to the US from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen in an executive order signed by President Trump last month.Attracting strong domestic and international opposition from its inception, last week a court In Seattle, Washington, placed a stay on the executive order. The Trump administration appealed the Washington court’s order to the 9th Circuit Court in San Francisco, California. After hearing arguments for and against the travel ban last Tuesday, the 9th Circuit ruled against the Trump administration. This means the hold on the travel ban remains in place.In a response to the announcement of the appeal court’s ruling on Thursday evening, President Trump tweeted, “SEE YOU IN COURT, THE SECURITY OF OUR NATION IS AT STAKE!” He later told reporters the judges made “a political decision.”In its ruling the judges countered the argument made by the attorney for the Trump administration that the ban should be lifted for national security reasons, and any argument that the courts could not rule against the president on immigration policies “runs contrary to the fundamental structure of our constitutional democracy.”On the other hand, the court did not support arguments made by the Washington court that the ban was one against Muslims entering the US. In its ruling the court stated it was premature to make such an assessment.Although the Trump administration has not made their immediate plans following the 9th District Court ruling, the opinion by most legal analysts and observers is that the administration will advance the matter to the US Supreme Court for its ultimate ruling.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley is in the United States for talks with officials of multilateral lending institutions, including the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on her administration’s foreign debt program.She will also hold talks with US lawmakers explaining the government’s new financial services laws.“Over the next two days I will have meetings with the Inter-American Development Bank’s Caribbean grouping, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, along with the US Congress and the Financial Services Commission.“We wanted to make sure we had as many people on board with the changes we have made,” she said, noting that talks will be held in Romania with the European Union “to discuss how these changes will affect our relationship with them”.Speaking on a radio program here, Mottley said talks were continuing with overseas creditors and on reducing the level of indebtedness.“The public will be advised shortly on what we will be doing regarding our foreign debt situation. This is now the smallest part, but we know we will have to bring resolution to that in the next few months. Others have recognized this as well and have not made this a prerequisite to anything we have now signed.“We have to stay the course and remain focused. The country was suffering for a decade, so we need to give things a chance. The medicine being applied is far less bitter than it would have been. There were those who thought we should not have restructured our local and foreign debt, but in the end we will save millions in the amortization of the principals of those loans,” she told radio listeners.Mottley, whose Barbados Labor Party (BLP) came to office in May last year, said that her administration’s policy since then has led to an improvement in the state of the economy despite the loss of hundreds of jobs.She said the government had been consulting with the tripartite Social Partnership on aspects of the restructuring process, she also backed the restriction of overtime pay in the public sector as a job-saving exercise.“The restriction of overtime in an effort to save jobs came from the Social Partnership, not the Government, and in all honesty, if we can restrict overtime so we don’t send more people home this is a good thing.,” said Prime Minister Mottley, adding that the economic recovery program is going well and suggested that Barbados is regaining its reputation for social and economic stability.
LAUDERHILL, Florida – Eight amazing musicians, lights and lasers… performing the music of Pink Floyd. A must-see show at the LPAC on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at 7:30 PM.Pig Floyd is one of the most exciting Pink Floyd tribute shows performing in the USA today. Accurate, highly talented and with an energy that will electrify, Pig Floyd delivers the music of Pink Floyd in a way that their fans “want” to hear it…a driving rock rhythm that can be felt in their core.The band strives to perform accurate recreations of the music of Pink Floyd but brings an edge to the stage like no other Pink Floyd tribute in the USA. In addition to their musical performance driven by Ron Howard’s cutting edge vocals, and also delivers a noteworthy show which immerses their audience in lights and lasers.
KINGSTON, Jamaica – As the Caribbean region faces the possibility of food scarcity due to COVID-19, there has never been a better time for regional agriculture to thrive, and for Caribbean nationals to “eat what they grow”.Just recently, the Director-General of the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), Manuel Otero, urged the region to prepare against a regional food storage. Simultaneously, scores of Jamaican farmers were complaining that they have too much produce and no buyers.Since the first COVID-19 case reported in the Caribbean on March 1, all islands, to some extent, have implemented a series of measures that have left farmers unsure about income. Many restaurants, markets, hotels and other food suppliers have reduced their operations out of fear of the spread of the virus. But while many industries take a hit, one fact remains: people will always need food.The temporary restriction of many businesses, which are a primary market for community farmers, presents a unique opportunity: for more Caribbean people to eat more locally produced food and lessen food imports.A Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) report noting that its “estimated US$4.75 billion 2018 food import bill [for the Caricom region] is expected to increase to US$8-10 billion by 2020.”“Guyana, Haiti, and Belize are the only Caricom member countries producing more than 50 per cent of the food they consume. The present food import figure for the region represents upwards of 60 per cent of total food consumption for almost all Caricom members, with half of them importing more than 80 per cent of the food they consume,” the report outlined.Jamaica is among those listed with a hefty food import bill which currently may be well over the US$1 billion seen in 2019. Ironically, the “eat what you grow and grow what you eat” campaign was started by the Jamaican government in 2003.The Caribbean region has an advantage that many international countries do not: fertile lands and a tropical climate that allows the growth of numerous crops. There is no reason why a region, known first for its local food, should be importing foreign foods instead of eating more of its own.Richard Pandohie, president of the Jamaica Manufacturers and Exporters Association (JMEA) recently called on the Jamaican Government to get more creative with the requisite policy frameworks so that the island can begin to ‘grow what we eat, eat what we grow’ and even supply other markets where possible.This global pandemic has many industry stakeholders considering the possibility of an economic reset; the chance to invest more in buying and building local produce versus depending on foreign goods for survival.A thriving regional agriculture industry is one that the Caribbean needs to take advantage of, especially in this time on uncertainty. There is more than enough to feed locals, neighbouring islands, and export to the rest of the world with the surplus.
The coach of the Super Falcons of Nigeria, Florence Omagbemi, has been nominated for #TheBest FIFA Women’s Coach 2017 award.42-year-old Omagbemi, who started her coaching career with American based youth teams before being named Super Falcons coach, won the Africa Women Cup of Nations in 2016 to became the first and only person to lift the trophy as a coach and as a player.#TheBest FIFA Women’s Coach 2017 award nominees (2/3)??Nils Nielsen??Florence Omagbemi??Gérard Prêcheur pic.twitter.com/KF1W6aeh8c— FIFA.com (@FIFAcom) August 17, 2017Omagbemi was nominated alongside 9 other coaches for the prestigious award as voting starts on Monday 21 August 2017.RelatedAUDIO: Omagbemi Overwhelmed With Nomination For The Best FIFA Football AwardsAugust 20, 2017In “National Team”Super Falcons The Unwanted ChildNovember 1, 2018In “National Team”AUDIO: Omidiji Looks To Play Alongside Onome EbiSeptember 7, 2017In “National Team”
SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles Strategic insight agency Opinium has compiled a report looking at the ‘changing face of the UK punter’ is the first in a new series from the company.The findings were that ‘retention, cross-selling and building brand loyalty are the key challenges facing operators in the UK’.The new paper is titled “Gaming’s not so quiet revolution: the changing face of the UK punter” and it saw Opinium conduct a survey of 1,500 people who gamble at least once a month online.The report made a number of specific findings which’ll be of interest to bookmakers such as the importance of a good introductory bonus or offer. The report found that this ‘was the most important factor for 42% of sportsbook customers when signing up to a new brand’ whilst 25% said best odds was the most important factor.Of those surveyed 33% of those gambling online once a month exclusively play sportsbook, 11% play bingo exclusively and 8% play casino exclusively. Significantly, the gender split between casino only players is closer than many think with 57% male and 43% female users. UK gamblers are more likely to come from the 35-54 age bracket, the Opinium sample showed the figures to be 43% against 29% of the general UK population. Finally, one major takeaway was that casino players are the most proliferate when it comes to brand loyalty, with 49% switching from their most commonly used brand, versus just 27% of bingo players.Steve Looney, Research Director at Opinium, said: “An understanding of the customer is absolutely critical to success in a market as competitive as the UK, and we are proud to publish this insightful report giving the industry a glimpse of exactly what the modern gambler looks like.“This has been an extensive study utilising a robust methodology, and we hope the results inform both operators and suppliers to make better, more customer-centric decisions.”The report includes a foreword from betting and gaming PR and marketing specialists Square in the Air. In the coming months we can expect plenty more insight from Opinium as they publish additional reports taking an in-depth look at the sportsbook, casino and bingo verticals. 6 of the Best: Square in the Air’s Romilly Evans October 17, 2019 StumbleUpon 6 of the Best – Square in the Air’s Robin Hutchison August 9, 2018 Share
Related Articles Submit Intralot accelerates Nederlandse Loterij retail transformation July 29, 2020 Intralot strengthens U*BET offering with virtual sports addition August 6, 2020 Updating the market, Athens-listed lottery and gaming systems provider Intralot has confirmed that it has secured a three-year extension to its lead lottery provisions arrangement with leading Greek market gambling operator OPAP.Intralot will continue to act as the main supplier of OPAP’s ‘numerical lottery products’ and related services.The partnership extensions will see Intralot upgrade OPAP’s lottery management platform, as well as delivering a range of commercial improvements for OPAP sales partners.OPAP Chief Executive Officer, Damian Cope commenting on the partnership renewal: “I am pleased to be announcing the extension of our cooperation with Intralot, which remains one of our strategic partners. Our technology strategy is progressing well as we continue to establish greater control and flexibility over our digital and technological environment. We are working closely with all our technology partners in order to deliver our 2020 Vision and transform the role of technology within the organisation for the benefit of the company and our customers.”OPAP details that Intralot improvements form part of the company’s wider ’2020 vision’ focused on ‘leveraging the latest digital and technology capabilities’ and ‘building a world-class portfolio of products and services’.Antonios Kerastaris Group CEO of Intralot was pleased to extend lottery services to long-term partner OPAP“We are very pleased about the continuation of our relationship with OPAP. This allows INTRALOT to provide to one of our most valued customers our latest innovations in lottery products and services. I would like to thank OPAP for the trust in our company. Our experienced team will closely cooperate with OPAP in the new period to help the company meet its strategic objectives,” Share Share StumbleUpon Intralot enhances Malta games offering with E*SOCCER launch July 13, 2020
Schmitt joins Schmeichel for STS ‘Bet with the leaders’ campaign November 22, 2019 StumbleUpon STS signs Peter Schmeichel for ‘Bet with the leaders’ campaign November 6, 2019 Rounding off November in style, we have a special edition 6 of the Best featuring Kirsty Gallacher – one of the star co-hosts for next week’s SBC Awards at The Artillery Garden in London.Gallacher, one of the most recognisable faces in sports broadcasting, will be joined on stage by Manchester United and Denmark goalkeeping legend Peter Schmeichel.Keep reading for more from Gallacher – confirmed as a brand ambassador for William Hill in July of this year, including the “incredible performer” taken too soon, and the “unique” biennial contest that she believes stands above other sporting events.Best HolidayHolidays at our house near Seville. It’s home from home, and the children adore time spent there!Best Film An old classic ‘Ghost’, haunting in many ways but brilliant and a fantastic cast avid sound track!Best AlbumIt’s a difficult one but I do love ‘The very best of Prince’! I was so upset when he passed, gone far too soon. I so hoped to see him live again as I went years ago, and he was an incredible performer.Best BookI am reading and loving ‘Oscar’ by Matthew Sturgis. I enjoy reading about Oscar Wilde and have read many books about his life, but this is by far the best in my opinion!Best BetI am not a lucky winner in general. However, at the King George at Ascot this year I surprised myself and came away with more cash than I’d started with that day!Best Sporting ExperienceI’ve been so lucky to work at so many fabulous events, but it would have to be the Ryder Cup! It’s so unique and a great team event. Related Articles Share Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020 Share Submit
Share Golden Race targets new reign in Spain after online certification February 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Keeping it real: Golden Race takes basketball game online February 19, 2020 Submit Related Articles WATCH: Scientific Games delivers sports betting aggregation first with OpenMarket February 18, 2020 Share As a provider of online fraud prevention and authentication solutions to eight of the top 10 gambling platform providers worldwide, iovation is well placed to combat the growth of fraud and abuse reports across the industry.SBC News caught up with Angie White, the firm’s Product Marketing Manager, to discuss the key findings from its ‘2019 Gambling Industry Report’ and glean fresh insights into differentiation drivers for players throughout the rest of this year.SBC: Was there a hypothesis you were trying to prove or disprove with the report?AW: No, we really come at it from the perspective of trying to look at it objectively to see what insights we can pull out that will be valuable to our clients. This is the third year we’ve done the report, so it was just about looking at the data and what it’s telling us. If you look at 2018, we processed 518 million gambling transactions and prevented 9.2 million that were fraudulent. It was interesting that we’re starting to see some longer-term trends.It helps that we’ve done it in past years so we looked at last year’s report, pulled this year’s data and then compared it to see ‘are we still seeing the same type of growth?’ One of the top fraud factors for our gambling clients over the past three years – and something that continues to rise – is bonus abuse. It’s a really lucrative target for fraudsters, so it’s imperative that we work with our operators to help secure them against this.SBC: What were the biggest ‘take aways’ from the report?AW: I would say that number one is player experience, I can’t over emphasise how important that is. How can you reduce friction for players? On average, only 1 percent of your transactions are fraudulent, so if you get too focused on stopping fraud you can forget about creating a good experience for the 99 per cent that aren’t fraudulent. Our whole philosophy is, how can you stop fraud in a way that’s not going to degrade the experience for all your ‘good’ players.Our major theme for ICE London is ‘Accelerate players, not fraudsters’. There’s two ways that the gambling industry can use our device intelligence which fits into the report theme that 1) we stop fraud (we have done so for 15 years) and 2) we can use the same technology to decrease the time to bet.So, when someone sees an advert or a push notification you can use device authentication to skip elements of the login process (because you already know they’re a trusted player) and take them straight to your offer.SBC: Do operators take an all-in-one package of iovation products, or do they have a choice over which individual components to adopt?AW: We can implement these products at any risk point. With device-based authentication a player’s device is paired with their account so when they go to login the next time we just do that device check in the background looking for any kind of risk signals. For example, if it’s the device that ‘Joe Smith’ logged in with before and we don’t see any risk signals, he can go through without ever realising that those types of checks were going on in the background. Conversely, if we see risk we can do a FraudForce check where we look to see are there any reputation reports associated with the device or with this account.We have also seen a lot of our operators adopt our machine learning solution, SureScore, which does predictive insights based on our history of reputation reports, scoring the likelihood of a transaction point becoming fraudulent. This is particularly beneficial for operators at account setup. There’s a lot of risk when taking on a new account, giving them a line of credit, letting them into the game. It can really speed up the process of onboarding a player and getting him into the game faster if you can see that the risk associated is low.SBC: How important was the timing of such a report around safeguarding players, particularly as the industry faces a fight to restore the public’s trust?AW: I think it’s very important, particularly on the self-exclusion side and how that works to counter the growth of problem gambling. We’ve been working with operators for a number of years now to help manage player self-exclusion. The way that works in our system is that if a player self excludes with one of our customers, they submit a report which is associated with both the account and the device. We’re then able to say ‘oh well, this account has been accessed by these three different devices, and these three different devices have accessed these six accounts’. We had 223,000 self-exclusion reports placed by operators in 2018, linked to 795,000 devices which means you have each of those reports were linked with three to four devices. And those were associated with 965,000 accounts, so you can see that you have players across multiple sites, using multiple devices associated with a self exclusion report. We’re able to show those linkages so that you can more effectively shut down players to protect your business and the player. Something I found really interesting when we looked at the data was that we saw almost a million attempts by accounts associated with self-exclusion try to access one of our gambling operator sites. That’s over four times the number of reports we saw, so we see that these people aren’t self excluding and leaving, they are actively trying to get back into the game. Talking to some of our operators, self exclusion is also a tool that fraudsters exploit. They come in, set up a fraudulent account, cash out, then before it can come back as a charge back they’ll self exclude because then it makes it harder for the operators to pursue them.SBC: What key market drivers do you expect to shape the gambling industry in 2019?AW: The three key market drivers identified by the report were ‘player experience as a market differentiator’, ‘convergence of fraud prevention and authentication’ and ‘managing regulatory uncertainty’.With player experience, we’re definitely seeing a tremendous growth in mobile – in fact, we have for the last six years. We’ve seen our number of transactions go from 6 per cent in 2012 to 70 per cent in 2018, and that’s exclusively for our gambling operators. When we look at all of our subscribers, that number’s closer to 55 per cent, which tells you that mobile adoption is even faster in gambling than in some of the other sectors that we help protect. That’s really the way players are going; they prefer to be on their phones and prefer to play through the mobile experience. I think the operators that are going to win in the market will look at that holistic player experience – how can they reduce friction, make the game safer and provide a better experience for the players. That is both for existing markets, and new markets, for example in the US. New markets come with a slew of regulations, so for the US – where gambling is opening on a state by state basis – operators will have to consider how you meet regulations such as limiting play by geographic boundaries, and how to implement age verification, KYC and document verification in a way that won’t cause too much friction for customers.The convergence of fraud prevention and authentication also plays into that whole player experience, right? Because you’re getting fraud not just at one point, you’re getting it when somebody is setting up a new account, when bonuses are being abused, at withdrawal etc. You’re seeing it throughout the whole life cycle.And finally, in terms of regulatory uncertainty. In the UK, we saw tremendous appetite from regulators to levy huge fines in 2018. It was over 10 times the amount of fines from 2017 (£1.6 million to £18 million), so there has to be an increased importance on making sure you are compliant with regulations.The full report will be available to collect for free from iovation’s stand at ICE London (N9-500).
Submit Following a number of trial periods, GVC Holdings’ online betting exchange property BETDAQ has introduced 0% commission on the majority of sports on its exchange.The change will see all sports adopt the new commission structure, with football, horse racing, greyhound racing and cricket the only ones not included.BETDAQ managing director Shane McLaughlin said: “Having trialled a 0% commission structure on several occasions earlier this year and seeing how successful it was in terms of liquidity generation and customer retention, we’ve decided to roll it out permanently on the majority of sports.“We have seen really impressive growth in tennis markets over the past 12 months and by introducing this new commission structure we continue to reward customers with a fantastic betting experience whilst our new commission-free initiative means they will increase liquidity and have access to the best price on tennis in the industry.”The exchange has opted to offer 0% commission on the majority of sports following ‘a number of hugely successful trial periods’ carried out during the US Open 2019 and Wimbledon.During the Wimbledon tournament, the exchange saw a 307% year-on-year increase in matched bets, while active users were boosted substantially by 89% in comparison to 2018. Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile August 25, 2020