Reggae Boy Giles Barnes to bolster Orlando City attack

first_imgGiles Barnes Reggae Boyz forward, Giles Barnes, has been acquired by the Major League Soccer (MLS) team, Orlando City and is being boosted as a welcome addition to the club’s attacking thrust.Barnes was acquired over the weekend, via the trade route from the Houston  Dynamo. In his four years as an MLS player, Barnes has played for the Houston Dynamo for three and a half seasons before coming to Vancouver in the summer trade window last season. He has netted 33 timess and earned 15 assists in his MLS career.He is expected provides experience up front and could be a good source of guidance for team regulars Cyle Larin and Carlos Rivas.Team manger, Jason Kreis, was optimistic that Orlando City had made a wise investment.Jason Kreis…confident in Barnes’ ability“Giles [Barnes] is a very exciting player. I would tell you that a couple of years ago I felt he was easily for me one of the best players in the league,” Kreis said. “He’s an attacking gifted player, has great pace, great strength on the ball, and typically makes really good decisions with it. These are the types of players we’re looking to add to Orlando City; the type of players who are always comfortable on the ball but are also willing to work for the team,” Kreis said during a press conference at the club headquarters to officially announce the player’s arrival.   Kreis would not say whether Barnes would start or warm the bench.“I do see Giles Barnes competing right away,” Kreis said. “For me, there aren’t starters and nonstarters. There’s a bunch of team members that are in contention to be starting on the weekend and that changes week by week,”  he said.Giles Barnes has scored three times for the Reggae Boyz including an equalizer on his senior international debut against Venezuela in a friendly at Montego Bay, Jamaica in May 2015. He also scored in the CONCACAF Gold Gup against the United States and Haiti that samew year to help his team advance to their first ever Gold Cup finals which they eventually lost to favorites Mexico.last_img read more

John Holt’s Grandson, Bamm, Emerges on the Musical Scene

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – As a youth, Bamm Holt keenly listened to the classic songs of his grandfather, legendary reggae singer John Holt. But though “Gramps” is one of his biggest influences, Bamm wanted to make his musical mark to a different beat.On October 25, reggae fans will get to hear Bamm officially for the first time on Money Problems. His debut song is produced by Gold and Goals Production, a Jamaican company.“Mi call my kinda music reggae-fusion. I was born in Jamaica but come to the US as a kid, so I got a taste of both cultures,” said the 27-year-old artist. “Mi love hip hop but mi can’t stray from reggae ‘cause that’s my heritage.”Money Problems, a blend of reggae and hip hop, is one of six songs from ‘Bolt’, Bamm’s EP, which is scheduled for release in November. It also contains ‘One Thing’, a hard-driving song that has a similar flavor.One Thing, which is expected to be released soon, is produced by Alan Ulisses from Spain.Born in Spanish Town, JamaicaBorn Scwayne Holt, Bamm Holt grew up in Spanish Town, a sprawling community on the outskirts of Kingston, Jamaica’s capital. From his early years, he appreciated the music of his paternal grandfather, whose lengthy hit list includes lovers rock standards like Stick by Me, A Love I Can Feel, OK Fred and If I Were A Carpenter. His father, Junior Holt, is also a singer.According to Bamm Holt, he idolized his grandfather who died in 2014.“Me is him first grandson, so wi had a strong relationship. Gramps was mi Dawg!”, he exclaimed.While John Holt is a major influence, Bamm also tuned into Bob Marley, a close friend of his grandfather, Peter Tosh and Sizzla. He also admires the work of heavyweight rappers Jay Z, 50 Cents and Nas.Refusing to tag himself as a singer or rapper, Bamm Holt began recording 10 years ago. He said patience was key in his development, as he refused to release any songs until the time was right.“One month I was doing hip hop and the next month it was reggae, and someone said to me, ‘Yo, that makes no sense’. About three years ago, mi finally find a flow,” he said.Managed by Tampa, Florida-based Rude Bwoy Spirits, Bamm Holt plans to release several songs in the next six months.last_img read more

Haiti Records Significant Increase in “Imported” COVID-19 Cases after Reopening Airport

first_imgCMC PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti – Haitian health authorities have confirmed that since the reopening of the Toussaint Louverture International Airport, the French-speaking Caribbean country has recorded a 73 per cent increase in the number of imported cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19). The Ministry explains that the increase of imported cases is attributable to an 86 per cent increase (36 cases) from the Dominican Republic and 14 per cent (six cases) from the United States. The Ministry of Public Health said that prior to the reopening on July 1, the country had recorded 57 “imported” cases of the virus, but that the figure has since increased to 99, an additional 42 cases in the first four days.center_img It said that the number of persons dying from the virus is 113 while 4,671 cases have been classified as “active” while there are 13, 638 suspected cases. The Ministry said that since March 19, the number of COVID-19 cases has totalled 6,333 with 59.1 per cent of the cases being male persons.last_img read more

Analysts cool on Ladbrokes Coral interest in Tabcorp

first_imgAustralian ASX analysts appear to be cool on the prospects of newly formed Ladbrokes Coral Plc acquiring Tabcorp Holdings for a reported + £2 billion offer.UK business news sources reported this weekend that Ladbrokes Coral governance had asked advisers to study a potential approach for ASX-100 Tabcorp.However, Australian business analysts have questioned the logic of Ladbrokes Coral’s approach for Tabcorp less than a month after officially completing it’s £2.4 billion merger.At present, it is understood that Tabcorp governance will pursue its planned AUS $11 billion merger with rival Tatts Group, creating an outright Australian market leader for gambling and sports betting.Furthermore, Australian news sources have reported that to date, Tabcorp governance has had no communication with Ladbrokes Coral or its advisers.Since this weekend’s news of Ladbrokes Coral’s interest in Tabcorp, industry analysts have questioned whether a £2 billion deal would deliver any substantial value for Tabcorp investors.Prior to its merger with Coral, Ladbrokes governance had stated the importance of growing the firm’s presence within the burgeoning Australian betting market, a sector heavily targeted by its UK competitors of Paddy Power, William Hill and bet365.Nevertheless, given Ladbrokes Coral’s position as a merged enterprise it may likely appear that a takeover of Tabcorp will be too big a bite for the FTSE newlyweds. Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Senet Australia appoints Paul Newsom as new client advisory lead  August 27, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Submit Tabcorp raises $371m through institutional entitlement offer August 24, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

City views tough Q2 trading outlook for FTSE bookmakers

first_img Related Articles Share Submit GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Industry market analysts are weary of FTSE listed operator stock performance, taking the position that ‘punter friendly’ sporting results, rising costs and a tough 2016 comparable period, will have hindered all-round Q2 trading.As FTSE-listed bookmakers prepare to announce their full H1 trading results this coming July and August. City analysts have placed a gloomy forecast for industry H2 performance, detailing that unfavourable sporting results in April and May will have likely impacted, William Hill, Ladbrokes Coral Group and Paddy Power Betfair.This week, trading houses Investec and Numis have slashed ratings and dropped target prices on William Hill, detailing that they expect the operator gross win margins to be significantly lower for the final two months of H1 2017.City analysts are further glum on whether industry FTSE-listed operators can recover their performance during the second half of 2017, as this summer holds no major football tournament to boost operator markets and punter incentives.Following a year of mass industry consolidation, in which the betting sector witnessed the merger of giant enterprises Ladbrokes-Coral and Paddy Power Betfair, 2017 has been marked as a ‘year of sector-wide readjustment’ for all stakeholders.last_img read more

Novomatic’s claim against EGT dismissed by District Court Berlin

first_imgShare Related Articles BetConstruct extends Eastern European presence with EGT partnership October 28, 2015 Novomatic AG’s claim against Euro Games Technology Ltd (“EGT”) has been dismissed by the District Court Berlin. It was initially announced in October 2016 that Novomatic AG would initiate court proceedings against EGT.The claim, made against Sofia based Euro Games Technology Ltd and German sales partner D-Systems GmbH claimed that some of EGT’s games systematically and unfairly utilised essential elements of its own games.The hearing on May 9th saw Novomatic’s claims for injunctive relief, information and damages dismissed by the District Court of Berlin, outlining that the claims may neither be based on trademark law or competition law.Vladimir Dokov, CEO of EGT, commented: “We were very confident that the District Court of Berlin would dismiss the claim. We considered the allegations as unfounded from the beginning, as our products are highly innovative and our R&D department focuses on current and modern technologies. We will continue to expand our market position on the basis of our own developments and advanced know-how.”EGT was founded in 2002 and is based in Sofia, Bulgaria. The company undertakes development, production and distribution of a wide range of gaming products.EGT products are operated in over 80 countries across Europe, North America, LATAM, Asia and Africa. The company employs over 1350 people across 20 foreign offices and distributors across the world. Novomatic charges Euro Games Technology with slot plagiarism lawsuit October 25, 2016 StumbleUpon EGT appoints Gregg Rathbone as sportsbook lead September 8, 2015 Submit Sharelast_img read more

Easy Payment Gateway CEO Alex Capurro: The evolution of the payments sector at #boscon2017

first_img Submit SBC Awards caps ground-breaking 2017 for SBC Events December 20, 2017 Alex Capurro: Easy Payment Gateway – Revising alternative payment options for US conundrums July 4, 2018 Easy Payment Gateway CEO Alex Capurro is speaking about Innovation in Payments at next month’s Betting on Sports conference (12-15 September).We caught up with him for an interview ahead of his eagerly anticipated session, which will look at how the payments sector has been using technology to provide a smooth and safe user experience for both customers and operators.SBC: From an industry perspective, has payments been overlooked as a key dynamic for sector innovation?  AC: Yes, it has evolved not only from the technical side but also from use point of view. Now we have wallets, pre-paid cards, we have vouchers that automatically create a virtual pre-paid card, etc.But not only this. Payment solutions have become part of the marketing strategy of companies, as a way to reach new players on new markets. So, payments are very important for operators right now.SBC: How are new digital trends and user dynamics impacting payment development; where is your team focusing with regards to new products?AC: Easy Payment Gateway focuses on creating technology so that operators manage and host their own cashier without the need of being PCI. These makes the operator control 100% of the cashier, which is the most important thing when it comes to the experience of paying. I think only a few operators have understood the power of this and they are the ones having huge success.SBC: A high number of bookmakers are placing higher emphasis on extracting payment data effectively. How has this requirement changed the relationship between bookmaker and payment provider?AC: For Easy Payment Gateway, this is not new. Our platform was created in a way so we can extract all data and return it to the bookmaker, operator or anyone who needs it. The flexibility of our API makes this possible. Decisions must be taken based on data – we have seen this since the beginning.SBC: What future technology do you feel will have the biggest impact on the payments sector and its services for betting?AC: I think it will not be necessarily the technology, but how things are done. Payment must be quick, easy and seamless to the player. The payment solutions with these qualities will succeed.SBC: You will be speaking at BOSCON 2017; what do you want delegates to take away from your session?AC: Yes, we have a nice session with some old friends. I would like people from take away my view on what is the best payment strategy. Ronnie O’Sullivan signs up for Betting on Sports snooker session May 1, 2018 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Sharelast_img read more

Sarah Harrison – UKGC – Diversity can help tackle the industry’s ‘ugly side’

first_img UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Submit Related Articles Issuing her final industry address as Chief Executive of the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), Sarah Harrison reflects on her two and half year leadership tenure, stating that she has seen ‘the good, the bad and ugly’ of the sector.Speaking at today’s ‘World Regulatory Briefing’, ahead of ICE 2018. Harrison seeks to breakdown the current industry priorities, that UK betting leadership must tackle in order to regain consumer trust and confidence, following a disruptive 2017.As UKGC leader, Harrison states that she has moved to broaden the commission’s reach and input from wider industry stakeholders.“I’ve tried hard to not be a regulator that sits in an ivory tower, and pontificates from on high. I’ve sought to get out there and meet both consumers and the people that work in this industry.”Outlining ‘the good’ of the sector’s progress, Harrison states that from the shop floor to the boardroom, there is a genuine desire to change the industry and create fairer and safer gambling initiatives.Harrison details that the commission has had success, at highlighting industry concerns put forward by smaller consumer groups on safer gambling, which have been made aware to UK betting leaders.“I’ve been grateful for the opportunities to meet consumers and those seeking to promote their interests. The industry may not always welcome their messages but groups in GB like Justice for Punters, the Horse Race Bettors Forum and others should be listened to. Seeing consumers trying to drive positive change makes for a healthier industry and we should all encourage more of it”.Pointing to ‘the bad’, Harrison is clear that UK operators have underfunded industry charity GambleAware, for its much-needed research into problem gambling, and its prevention, treatment and education.“Just £3.50 is raised for every consumer who is at risk or is a problem gambler. This compares badly with many other countries and it is lamentable that Britain is towards the bottom of this particular international index.”Furthermore, Harrison states that industry operators are not helping their cause, through poor customer services, which are unaware of problem gambling prevention/support schemes and processes.“The area that I really wanted to highlight are the examples of extremely poor customer service that we hear about through our contact centre, from consumer groups and on social media. Some of these are quite basic issues, like not responding to complaints”.Harrison states that industry-wide operator-to-consumer standards on problem gambling supports must improve. However, when detailing the sector’s  ‘ugly’ side, Harrison points to tacit issues which she feels have brought  ‘short-termism’ and short-sightedness’ to the industry’s current agenda and context.“The tone of the debate, most frequently demonstrated in the discussion about Fixed Odds Betting Terminals has been unacceptable.”“It is perhaps nevertheless unsurprising when the nature of the debate between different parts of the industry is often no better than what you might find on the playground. The spectacle of different sectors ripping chunks out of each other does nothing to improve a lot of consumers, or the industry and its reputation. Moreover, it represents a shameful waste of energy, a massive missed opportunity among industry leaders to take control and responsibility for this industry’s long-term future, on behalf of their customers and staff.”Seeking to tackle, this deep-rooted issue for UK betting industry stakeholders, ahead of ICE 2018 Harrison urges for wider diversity in the sector’s representation.Departing the UKGC, Harrison warns UK betting leadership, that failure to broach diversity matters, could see the industry lose its connection with the general public and its changing social attitudes and thinking.“A push for a more diverse industry – not just on the basis of gender – is not about a desire for political correctness. An industry that has diversity in all respects and at all levels, will better understand its consumers and the wider public and will be more inclusive and open to different and new ideas. Armed with this, a business can better meet the needs of their customers, respond to the worries of society and be innovative in the way it meets challenges and seizes its opportunities.”_______________Click on the below link to download the full transcript of Sarah Harrison’s UKGC speech at World Regulatory Briefing 2018. Is responsible gambling enoughlast_img read more

Sportingtech raises the Pulse with new Retail Solution

first_img Related Articles Submit Wes Himes, RGA: How the industry can play a role in driving Safer Gambling September 6, 2019 Share iGB Live postponed due to COVID concerns July 31, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Sportingtech has bolstered its product portfolio with Retail Solution, a web-based application that opens up opportunities in multiple markets across LatAm and Africa.The gaming platform provider has chosen this year’s iGB Live conference in Amsterdam (17-20 July) to present the newest addition to its Pulse Platform, which combines sports, technology, casino games and betting into a single solution.Designed to enhance productivity and efficiency in the betting shop, Retail Solution is said to be characterised by “stability, speed, impeccable functionalities, adaptability and constant innovations”.It is a completely web-based application, so there is no installation required for its virtual gaming content and full range of sports betting markets, both for pre-match and in-play.Elvis Džombić, Head of Business Development at Sportingtech, added: “We always look forward to bringing innovations that will generate added value for our clients and enrich the product portfolio within our Pulse platform solution.“Retail solution is all about that, application designed for markets where people enjoy going to betting shops to place their bets and spend time. This opens up plenty of opportunities for multiple markets in Latin America and Africa.”The Pulse Platform is already packed with risk analysis features, content management, sportsbook management, customer management and in-depth reporting, along with powerful CRM and CMS, complete modularity and flexibility in business, design and integrations. Sportingtech to show Pulse power in Uganda through BetOn August 15, 2019last_img read more

Spanish leaders commit to CAJR advisory promoting ‘health & responsiblity’

first_img Spanish gambling executives have formed a new ‘advisory committee for responsible gambling’, with Spain having revamped its online gambling framework this year, and expanding its market to new incumbents in 2019.The ‘Consejo Asesor del Juego Responsible – CAJR’ advisory has been approved by Spanish gambling regulatory body DGOJ, and will act as the betting industry’s point of contact with Spain’s Treasury and Health departments.Presenting the directive, the DGOJ details that it wants participating industry stakeholders to collaborate with the Spanish government and health organisations, maintaining a socially responsible and sustainable gambling sector.In its initial mandate, the CAJR advisory has placed a strong emphasis on betting leadership being advised by Spain’s national health bodies on treatment, addiction and engagement with high-risk gamblers, thus supporting a comprehensive framework on combatting problem gambling ills.The foundation of CAJR follows September’s ruling by the Spanish Assembly on the re-classification of gambling-harm as a drug addiction, a decision backed by the Spanish Drugs Council seeking to revamp the nation’s addiction support and treatment structures.Spanish industry news source Azar Plus has revealed that industry executives Francisco Feijoo Legal Counsel for Luckia, María José Gallardo VP of R.Franco Spain and Alberto Eljarrat Chief Executive of Sportium have commited to representing the Gambling industry as CAJR members.Alberto Eljarrat (Sportium) commented to Azar Plus: “The creation of the CAJR (Advisory Board for Responsible Gaming) is good news. The working group represents all the sectors involved and will allow to collect all the sensitivities with the aim of promoting a responsible game, and a socially sustainable activity. We are honored to participate and collaborate with the other agents involved. “ Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Share Related Articleslast_img read more