Two federal judges have ruled against a new executive immigration order being pushed by the Donald Trump administration. A judge in Hawaii issued a nationwide order on Wednesday evening, while a second federal judge in Maryland ruled against Mr. Trump overnight, with a separate order forbidding the core provision of the travel ban from going into effect. The rulings dealt a severe blow to the Republican Government who campaigned on banning Muslim extremists. A disgusted Trump has sworn to take the fight all the way to the Supreme Court to have the orders overturned.The Jamaican opposition People’s National Party (PNP) has described the J$13.52 billion tax package announced by Finance Minister Audley Shaw last week as devastating. Shaw announced a raft of tax increases to finance the budget which will see Jamaicans paying more for fuel, tobacco, alcohol and motor vehicle licenses to name a few. Phillips, a former finance minister slammed the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) for a “confusing” budget process.The Prime Minister of Barbados, Freundel Stuart has rejected a suggestion from former Prime Minister Owen Arthur that the island has no option but to go to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for assistance. Speaking in the Parliament on the debate of the 2017-2018 Estimates of Revenue and Expenditure Arthur, an economist, said that the move to the financial institution was inevitable and warned that the country could not tackle its BDS$3.3 billion dollar debt crisis on its ownIn SportsJamaica and Pakistan registered contrasting victories in the third round of the 2017 City of Lauderhill Internalional T20 Night Cricket Tournament at the Lauderhill Sports Park on Saturday. The Jamaican team trounced the Trinbago Red Force by nine wickets while the Pakistanis defeated arch-rivals India by six runs.Here’s What’s TrendingCome this Saturday and Sunday the Jazz in the Gardens Music Festival will bring renewed energy to Miami Gardens. Featuring a star-studded lineup, the event is expected to live up to its billing as one of South Florida’s premier festivals. With artistes of the ilk of Jill Scott, Herbie Hancock and LL Cool J featuring DJ Z Trip, booked to rock the house, the Hard Rock Stadium is set to come alight with excitement..For today’s weather forecastIt will be mostly partly cloudy in Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach Counties with a High of 72 degrees and a low of 59. For more information on these and other stories, visit us online at Caribbeannationalweekly.com. Make Sure to pick up your copy of the National Weekly at your nearest Caribbean American outlet.
German broadcaster, ARD has alleged that findings of tainted samples belonging to Jamaican athletes who participated in the Beijing Olympics in 2008 has gone unreported.ARD claims that trace samples of the banned substance, clenbuterol, had been found in retested samples from the games in Jamaican athletes.The broadcaster also alleges that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) were made aware of the findings from 2016 but made no move to continue investigations.The 2008 Olympic Games were a stellar year for the Jamaican sprint factory when Usain Bolt won three gold medals. In total Jamaica copped 11 medals.The country’s 4×100 meters men’s relay team was forced to return their gold medals from those games after Nesta Carter was charged with breaching anti-doping regulations after the banned substance, methylhexeanamine was found in his urine sample after a second test.In addition ARD quoted WADA director general Olivier Niggli, who said while the tests did show clenbuterol in some Jamaicans, the levels were so low that the findings could not point to cases of doping.“If the amounts found are relatively low compared to direct intake of the substance, WADA accepts that such cases are not announced,” said Niggli.According to a statement from WADA, samples from a number of athletes from a number of countries came up with the same findings. The contamination was listed as below 1ng/ml, which could be accounted for by the ingestion of tainted meat.
Dominicans will soon be able to keep their mobile telephone numbers when they change service providers.According to Telecommunications and Technology Minister Kelver Darroux ,this follows Cabinet’s approval for mobile number portability.In his contribution to the recent 2018/2019 budget debate, Darroux explained that this is another joined venture undertaken by all Eastern Caribbean Telecommunications Authority (ECTEL) member states.“That simply means that a customer would have no difficulty in keeping his or her same mobile number whether they change from one service provider to the other; their telephone number will remain the same so it will carry over.”He added that several pieces of legislation to deal with telecommunications will either be amended or put in place.The Telecommunications Act of 2000 is one such piece of legislation scheduled to be repealed and replaced which will provide for advancements made in that particular area since it was first passed in parliament over a decade ago.
Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Seeking to target accelerated corporate growth and industry innovation, Stockholm-listed LeoVegas Group AB has announced the launch of its ‘LeoVentures’ investment subsidiary.The new strategic division will be led by LeoVegas Co-founder Robin Ramm-Ericson, who takes up the position of Managing Director for LeoVentures. Ramm-Ericson will remain as a senior executive of LeoVegas advising corporate leadership and management.Developed as an investment unit, LeoVentures will target growth opportunities both internally and externally for LeoVegas as the company target multi-market growth within regulated jurisdictions.Current projects under the LeoVentures domain include; live casino games provider ‘Authentic Gaming’, next generation card games developer ‘21 Heads-up’ and player community ‘LiveCasino.com’.“The LeoVegas Mobile Gaming Group strives to be the most innovative, entrepreneurial and fastest growing company in our industry. To strengthen this momentum, we give increased focus to our venture business IMP (Independent Mobile Productions), and at the same time change the name to LeoVentures.” Commented Gustaf Hagman CEO of LeoVegas Group. “My co-founder Robin Ramm-Ericson now takes the role of Managing Director for LeoVentures, leaving the CXO role in LeoVegas’ executive management team, and remains as senior executives in the Group.”The creation of LeoVentures was announced during LeoVegas’ Q3 update, in which the firm announced that it had expanded it’s UK online gaming footprint by acquiring Malta-based operator RoyalPanda.com for an initial purchase price of €60 million.Further focusing on innovation and corporate development, LeoVegas Governance has announced that it is recruiting for a Chief Product Officer (CPO) to be part of its executive leadership team, TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share
Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 Share TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Lotteritilsynet raises NOK 30m for Norway’s distressed non-profits August 6, 2020 Submit This round up features controversy over the prolonged construction of a new casino in the United States, a Northern Irish publican appealing the court’s decision that he isn’t fit to hold a licence and a Maltese DFS summit, amongst others. Charity lottery launched in ScandinaviaZeal Group and Unicef have teamed up to launch Norway’s first digital only charity lottery, which will be powered by its Lottovate brand.Unicef-Lotteriet is to operate under a charity lottery licence, the first of its kind awarded by Lotteritilsynet, the Norwegian Lottery Authority, with millions set to be raised over the next nine years.Consumers within Norway could be set to win 2 million Krone, approximately €210,000, each week, with proceeds from ticket sales to be split three ways.Unicef is set to directly receive 30% of each ticket sold, 40% will be set aside for prize funding with the remaining 30% due to be used for the lottery’s operation.Susan Standiford, ZEAL CTO and General Manager Lottovate, said: “With charities increasingly facing ‘giving fatigue’, the UNICEF-lotteriet is an innovative way to generate more funds, at no cost. It’s very scalable and a great way for the charity to expand their supporter base. We’re thrilled to be partnering with UNICEF Norway.”Casino gets greenlight…..A decade laterA new casino due to be constructed near Omaha by the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska, has been backed by the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC), almost a decade after it initially gave the thumbs up.Larry White Jr, chairman of the tribe, has hailed the decision, which he says will provide significant new resources for the tribe and its members.The Ponca Tribe has had ideas of building a new casino in the area since 2003, however, where exactly the gambling facility would be constructed was subject of a legal question before the court.Under initial plans the casino will hold 2,000 slot machines, 50 table games and a 150-room hotel, creating 1,800 jobs in the process.The project still has objection however, with the states of Iowa and Nebraska said to be unhappy about proposals of another development in an area which is already home to several casinos.Betting costs republican licenceThe landlord of a public house in the Northern Irish town of Lisnaskea has been refused his licence, after a “covert, intelligence led operation” captured evidence of betting being carried out on the premises.Toal’s bookmakers objected to the application by Brian McGovern of Mac’s Bar, which became the first of some 20 similar applications that Toal’s and McLean’s bookmakers have objected to.A local magistrates court was shown footage, captured earlier this year on a camera built into a pair of glasses, in relation to the accusation.On balance of the evidence produced, a district judge deemed that McGovern was not a fit person to hold a licence, with the publican set to appeal the decision.Free rounds with NetEntDigital gaming solutions provider NetEnt has another addition to its engage portfolio, after introducing a free round widget.Designed to aid operators in player engagement and loyalty building, players will be able to take a spin at the lucky wheel with free rounds up for grabs as potential prizes.Being fully customisable, customers will be able to tailor the widget with their own branding and messaging, making each one unique.Henrik Fagerlund, Chief Product Officer of NetEnt, says: “Free Round Widget is a great addition to NetEnt Engage, which is packed full of performance-boosting products and features, and another example of how NetEnt is committed to driving the online casino market forward through better gaming solutions. We understand the huge value in placing player engagement at the fore and are constantly working on innovative and exciting ways to facilitate this.”Malta to host DFS summitA European Fantasy Sports Summit (EFSS) is due to be hosted this month, during the annual Summit of iGaming Malta (SiGMA) conference.EFSS is due to explore the popularity of fantasy sport and its role within gaming markets on Thursday 23 November.Ivan Filletti, Head of Operations and Business Development at GamingMalta, said: “Our island is experiencing significant growth and continues to attract foreign gaming companies. As part of this success story we are embracing new technologies and gaming verticals, such as Daily Fantasy Sports.“With this summit we would like to emphasise our dedication to further support the DFS sector, which I believe has a bright future in Europe.”
Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Submit GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Caroline PalmStockholm-listed online gambling group LeoVegas AB has confirmed the appointment of Caroline Palm to the executive position of Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO).Appointed as LeoVegas’ first ever group HR lead, Palm joins the online gambling operator from Swedish health and environmental technology conglomerate Serendipity Group AB, where she served as Group Head of HR (2013-2017).Palm, who will begin her executive role this February, will be tasked as a key stakeholder as LeoVegas pursues its ongoing recruitment drive within its Malta, London and Stockholm offices.Confirming the appointment of Palm as CHRO, Gustaf Hagman, Group CEO of LeoVegas, details: “Caroline Palm fits perfectly into LeoVegas and this new role within the management team. The overall responsibility and strategic mind-set about staff, recruitment and HR is important now when we are close to 600 employees.”“It has also become even more fundamental when we have started to acquire companies and have offices in several countries and cities. Caroline’s experiences from fast-growing and entrepreneurial companies in the tech sector means that she has broad expertise and is a strong additional contribution to Team LeoVegas,” Hagman added.Ending 2017, LeoVegas completed its €60 million acquisition of UK-focused online casino brand RoyalPanda.com, which will be integrated to the group’s current online gambling portfolio.Furthermore, focusing on developing new technology capabilities, LeoVegas launched its innovation and investment arm ‘LeoVentures’, a strategic division which is led by LeoVegas Co-founder Robin Ramm-Ericson. Share LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020
Lee Willows, YGAM: Education is central to gambling reform July 9, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Share Matched betting service Profit Accumulator has fallen fowl of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), with four issues being investigated and all being upheld.With a total of three complainants, the first issue related to a pair of reviews left on the www.matchedbettingcentre.com and www.matchedbettingbasics.com websites, claiming the Profit Accumulator service was superior to that of rival site OddsMonkey.Brought forward by OddsMonkey, a belief that both sites are owned by Profit Accumulator was stated, with a question hanging over the impartiality and independent nature of the reviews, and as such whether they are misleading. Also in question were statements made on its own website, www.profitaccumulator.co.uk, with a complainant first challenging whether the claim “Earn thousands with matched betting guaranteed” was misleading.The ASA itself also challenged the statement “The process can be repeated on new offers every day, generating a sustainable income,” questioning its irresponsible nature with a suggestion that gambling could be an alternative to employment or a way of achieving financial security.Finally, a member of the public questioned a paid-for Facebook ad which claimed “What would you do with some extra money?… I paid off my credit card,” which challenged that the suggestion gambling could be a solution to financial problems was irresponsible.Responding Profit Accumulator stated that the websites www.matchedbettercentre.com and www.matchedbettingbasics.com were operated by an affiliate, explaining that they “would ask the affiliate to attach an affiliate notice which disclosed the websites’ relationship to Profit Accumulator to the reviews on the website.” Reiterating the belief that they consider their service not to be gambling, they firm stated the words “extra money” implied added income and not sole means of financial security, whilst also issuing a document that detailed how a customer had won £1000 over the course of a few weeks.Upholding all complaints the ASA detailed that all adverts must not appear in their current form, and told Profit Accumulator “not to present themselves as a consumer in marketing communications and that all marketing communications must be easily identifiable as such. “We also told Profit Accumulator Ltd not to claim that their service could guarantee any level of winnings. Further, we told Profit Accumulator Ltd not to state or imply that their service could assist with financial concerns such as personal debts, that their service could provide a sustainable income or imply that it could act as an alternative to employment or a way to achieve financial security.”
Share Submit Share Ismail Vali, iGaming LeadersWriting in the first part of The Biggest Miss, Ismail Vali recognised the significant regulatory shift overseen by Sweden’s Lotteriinspektionen, but identified a lack of clarity on player protection, self-exclusion, bonusing and ‘moderate’ marketing as part of the new regulations.A week on and Vali, a senior consultant for iGaming Leaders, is back to serve his final analysis of pre vs post regulation in the country – which includes spelling out the ‘Phantom Menace’ in global gaming regulation, and issuing a warning not to place “too much margin-reducing burden” upon licensed operators whilst allowing a parallel “Wild West” online opportunity for the unlicensed.Until the new licensing regime kicks in, Sweden has best been characterised as a “make hay while the sun shines” regulating market. Every operator has tried their hand in the Swedish iGaming free-for-all over recent years, helped by some of the best affiliate marketing initiatives. Today, the market features more than 300 sportsbooks and over 500 casinos, producing more than SEK22 billion (€2.1bn) in revenues in 2017 (Source: Dagens Nyheter). In the penultimate quarter before regulation and licensing, how did Sweden stack up for iGaming operators in market share terms?There are four tiers of operator in Sweden today (as can be seen in the graphic – figures from Q3), and it is the fourth, with near 20% of total market share represented by “All Other Firms”, that should be focused upon for the potential risk it may contain for other operators across the soon-to-be-licensed Tiers 1-3, all featuring firms who have already applied for Swedish licensing.The more complicated and burdensome the impending licensing and regulation, and the more “bleeding edge” the type of new rules it seeks to impose with innovations such as no retention bonusing, the fewer of these hundreds of small presence and market share operators populating the All Other Firms bracket, will actually seek to engage with the regulatory regime.A recent Q&A session for stakeholders with the Lotteriinspektionen, held in Stockholm on 6 November, led to some clear illumination of what both the industry and regulator are going through on this particular market evolution from regulating to regulated, and signalled how easily some operators may fall through the cracks, to help create a new black market.Across a packed agenda for one of the Lotteriinspektionen’s first English-language Q&As, time for actual operator questions was somewhat curtailed by this statement from Katarina Abrahamsson (Lotteriinspektionen): “We can’t answer questions. We can say that there are no answers for them, today….because a lot of it is up to you (as applicants and operators) and how you meet the requirements. We’re not telling you how you can meet them, but you have to meet them.” Ms Abrahamsson is, in my view, only being honest and direct about the effect the legislation is having upon the practical roll-out. As mentioned earlier, vague and unclear laws impact upon subsequent regulation and will likely lead to the creation of unintended black markets. The Swedish Regulation has yet to be tested in practice, and it is clear that any lucrative gaming market, when colliding with regulation, will face taxation leakage from the system in the form of revenue accruing to unlicensed and offshore competitors. Particularly so when those competitors remain, for all practical marketing purposes, unblocked.This I would highlight as the core focus for study, dialogue and potential change in the nascent Swedish system, for the ‘phantom menace’ it clearly presents to the predictable, and sustainable, growth and operation of the Swedish iGaming marketplace.The phantom menace in global gaming regulationWhat the lack of monitoring, policing and enforcement means for Sweden is amplified across the world, throughout most regulated and regulating gaming markets. Governments want control of the gaming business for two reasons: social responsibility and taxation yield. They will be frustrated across both without a clear understanding and handle on the industry. Installing what is being referred to as “a level playing-field” in market after market that regulates has to be exposed, across the vast majority of existing regimes, as a desire but not yet a reality.The playing-field is not effectively levelled to the benefit of the licence holders who have paid, and negatively amended their profitable operations, to conform to compliance rules and guidance, taxation, limitations upon advertising, etc. What the regulated and regulating gaming world has to gain awareness of, and ultimately accept to work upon, is the ‘phantom menace’ dynamics of the following:There is an internal value to the Swedish licensed market – upon which the licence cost, compliance and payment of taxation is premised for operators who engage with that legal, licensed market.There is also an external value to that market for operators who choose to ignore the licensing, carry on targeting the market via affiliates, Facebook, Google and YouTube, and who, on the face of it, have a clear competitive advantage versus licence holders.No taxation means more revenue can be used for marketing and player bonusing No licence nor compliance with the same means bonusing for new, old and reactivating players, not just new depositing customersNo clear payment and IP-blocks (with criminal sanction for breach) for unlicensed, offshore sitesWhat does all this mean for the newly licensed marketplace? A taxation and treasury funding gap from regulated gaming: as a share of overall market activity and revenue enters the black market and simply escapes the gaze, attention and realistic control of the regulator.When it comes to the business of regulating gaming, whatever the forecasts projected by treasury teams of numerous governments over many years now, all have been frustrated across one number: taxation yield or value, as you move from a previously ignored, unlicensed, untaxed, “illegal” industry, to one under a regulated, and taxed, legal regime status. Put simply, any system of regulatory control is subject to risk for the operator – but also for the regulator and treasury. Nearly all countries implementing online gaming controls, and a “legal” marketplace, have suffered tax yield well below what they projected prior to creating the licensed market. In short, *not all* the business that was online, migrates to legal and taxed online business post the legislative shift, and a predictable movement in line with the law. Hence the urgent need for adequate consultation and Q&A alongside both legislator and regulator, followed by a licensing regime that ensures adequate monitoring, policing and enforcement. Without this, the playing field will become more uneven, and the licence fees, compliance and rising tide of government control, progressively less effective and less worth co-operating and complying with. I would even go so far as to suggest that regulators should proactively approach operators who have not applied for and conformed with licensing and insist that they apply for a licence, within a set time period, or face punitive fines and blacklisting, as well as IP and bank blocks to prevent their future market entry. Why would I sanction this? Simply to realise the optimal and best possible evolution for the internal value of any licensed market – and the profitability and sustainability of operations for those licensed brands within it.Ultimately, for me, and for many at the marketing face of our industry, player protection and responsible gaming are but facets of the player experience, overall – something I have written about in more detail for SBC News and CasinoBeats before over the following articles: Bricks vs Clicks and The Three Acts of Gaming – Act One, Act Two and Act Three.We can not gain and retain players without treating them to the most entertaining, engaging and rewarding offering available. This won’t be possible if we simply just comply with well-meant, but ultimately unrealistic, licensing and regulation models that place too much margin-reducing burden upon the licensed, whilst allowing a parallel “Wild West” online opportunity for the unlicensed. All regulated markets need the internal and external credibility that comes from monitoring, policing and enforcement, fundamentally to secure the sustainable future of taxed and regulated betting and gaming, that comes with a truly level playing-field. StumbleUpon
Share StumbleUpon UK Racing pushes for drastic levy reforms as deep recession looms August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share Submit On-course bookmakers return to UK courses in two-week trial August 17, 2020 HBLB gives £3.2m boost to UK racing August 13, 2020 The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) will be making changes to its Board composition, in a bid to increase industry involvement among its members.It comes as a move to improve its decision-making process at the BHA, including the ways in which it consults both the racing industry and wider stakeholders, in addition to strengthening collaboration between the sport’s leadership and the racing industry as a whole.The shake-up follows a review carried out by the BHA members, alongside the Racecourse Association (RCA), the three organisations representing the horsemen, the Racehorse Owners Association (ROA), the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association (TBA) and the Licensed Personnel.The objective of the review was to increase the wider industry’s involvement in the decision-making process while also trying to retain the independence of the BHA Board on regulatory and integrity matters. In the coming months, the sporting body will also be addressing a number of specific industry groups and external bodies on their views, and how they can play a role in governance.The BHA’s Chair, Atholl Duncan, commented on the changes: ‘We believe it is essential to develop a more collaborative relationship across the sport while maintaining the BHA’s independence from participants on integrity and regulatory matters.“The changes which we’ve agreed with the racecourses and horsemen strike the right balance between industry involvement and maintaining a robust independence in our decision-making.“I would like this to signal the start of a new era of better working together across the sport.”A consultation process will also be carried out between the members, analysing the ways in which the BHA deliberates issues with the industry that will affect them. This will also include ensuring that decisions made by the committees are fully representative of the industry.In addition to consulting BHA members, external bodies will be invited to contribute views on their involvement in consultations.RCA Chair, Maggie Carver added: “We believe that these changes will bring greater involvement from across the sport into the heart of the BHA’s decisions while maintaining its independence in the areas where that is essential.”The new Board will consist of the Chairman and Chief Executive, four independent Directors and four Directors who have been nominated by the RCA and the Horsemen. The process to appoint a new Chair for the BHA board is underway. Meanwhile David Armstrong, the new CEO of the RCA, has joined the BHA board. Maggie Carver and Nicholas Cooper, the President of the ROA, will join the board in March.The Chair of the TBA, Julian Richmond-Watson, who represented the horsemen on the Members’ Review concluded: “The regulation and governance of our sport has been continually evolving over the years and we believe that it is a natural and appropriate next step in the development of the BHA to make these changes to how our governing and regulatory body operates.”
Fortuna completes Playtech IMS upgrade for Polish profile May 7, 2020 Share Submit Share Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance August 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 BetFan has set a target of “three to four years” to secure its place in the top five for licensed online bookmakers in Poland. The Warsaw-based operator wants to stand out for its diverse offering of bets – up to 1.5 million different bets each month – and for innovative solutions that guarantee both fast payouts and a simple/automated registration process using OCR technology.In addition to bets on sports – both pre-match and in-play – and esports, BetFan is the “only firm in Poland” offering such a wide range of bets on entertainment, covering peri-sports topics, as well as markets for politics, showbiz, economics and even the weather.BetFan CEO Piotr Sienkiewicz said: “We want to change the perception of bookmaker bets. Therefore, we are not focusing solely on just sporting events and their results, we look closely to the surroundings and we try to offer our fans a variety of bets matching their various interests. “With us you can bet on almost anything. In order not to create additional barriers, we take on us payment of tax on games, and each new player can take advantage of the highest welcome bonus on the market, worth PLN 3,000.“We focus on continuous development of the offer to gain an ever stronger position on the market. However, we do not want to follow the usual patterns, but through modern forms of communication, speed, accuracy and professionalism; we want to provide players with unique impressions and emotions related to betting on various events. “We want to become the sportsbook of the 21st century on the Polish market.”The Betfan.pl launch comes just six months after the operator was added to the official list of locally licensed sports betting operators by Poland’s Ministry of Finance. Related Articles