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Month: August 2020

Barbadian all-rounder named Player of the year

first_imgFirst full seasonArcher, in his first full season of County cricket following a handful of matches at the end of the 2016 season, finished with a remarkable tally of 638 runs and 61 wickets in the County Championship.Overall, he scored 764 runs and snared 84 wickets across all three formats during the season.Archer, who also qualifies to play for England in international cricket, was last week rewarded with a long term contract with Sussex which keeps him at the south-east club until the end of the 2020 season.For update on cricket in the Caribbean island of Barbados, click the following link: https://www.caribbeannationalweekly.com/sports/new-president-barbados-cricket-association/ Barbadian all-rounder named Sussex’s Player of the year Barbadian all-round cricketer Jofra Archer has been rewarded for an outstanding season by being named  Sussex’s Player-of-the-Year. He beat out strong challenges from his team batsmen Luke Wells and Stiaan van Zyl both of whom scored over 1000 runs during the recent County Championship.Also Young Player of the Year AwardThe 22-year-old, who has never played first class cricket for his home country, Barbados, also captured the Young Player-of-the-Year award. This was the second straight year he received the latter award. Both awards were made at the end-of-season function at the Sussex County Ground in Hove last weekend.Archer’s teammates Michael Burgess and George Garton were also nominated for the Young Player-of-the-Year honor.last_img read more

Former St. Kitts & Nevis PM appointed to PAHO Commission

first_imgSt. Kitts/Nevis Opposition Leader Dr. Denzil Douglas has been appointed a member of a high-level Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Commission that will propose solutions for expanding health coverage and access in the Americas, with the goal of leaving no one behind by 2030.Douglas, a medical practitioner, was appointed by PAHO’s Director Dr. Carissa F. Etienne to be a member of the recently launched Regional Forum on Universal Health in the 21st Century: 40 Years of Alma-Ata.The high-level Commission is headed by former president of Chile Michelle Bachelet.  The Assistant Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS), Néstor Méndez, will be the Commission’s co-president.Thirty-percent lack access to healthcareFour decades after the 1978 Declaration of Alma-Ata, which called for ‘health for all by the year 2000,” some 30 per cent of people in the Americas still lack access to health care for economic reasons, and 21 percent lack access due to geographical barriers,” said the Dominican-born Dr. Etienne.PAHO said in recent years, countries of the Americas have made progress in transforming their health systems to make them inclusive and accessible to their populations.The work of the Commission will include efforts to accelerate these transformations and ensure people are able to participate in the design, implementation and supervision of health policies and plans that are part of the process.2030 goalThe goal of achieving universal health by 2030 corresponds to the end date of the new global Sustainable Development Agenda, to which countries in the Americas and throughout the world have committed themselves.The Commission is expected to produce a report with recommendations on improving health systems performance, including those who are still excluded, and empowering communities and improving social participation in decisions that impact on their health, in order to advance universal health in the Americas.last_img read more

UKGC wants operators to get tough on customer ID checks

first_imgShare UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles Issuing an industry update, the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has reminded operators that if they only request identity documents when a customer withdraws their funds, they could be putting their business at risk of failing to meet anti-money laundering (AML) and social responsibility standards thus breaching the conditions of their licence.The UKGC details that it is concerned following a where they have found operators to only request IDs at the point of customer withdrawals. The commission states that operators need to engage further on security and compliance matters with their customer base, in order to minimise money laundering risks and improve social responsibility measures.Sharon McNair, Programme Director at the Gambling Commission commented on the matter: “Gambling firms must ensure customers are not disadvantaged by the operator’s approach to requesting customer information.“Different consumers have different levels of risk, and this must be managed by the operator. It is this level of risk that should drive engagement with the customer for both social responsibility and AML purposes.“We urge operators to review their risk assessments and processes to ensure they are meeting their AML and social responsibility obligations. This means assessing the ongoing risks as the relationship progresses with the customer, not just at withdrawal stage.”last_img read more

Greyhound racing to be shown on TRP’s channel

first_img Submit BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Related Articles ARC confirms Belle Vue closure August 3, 2020 ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share A new deal has been struck allowing 1,619 Greyhound fixtures to be shown on The Racing Partnership’s channel (TRP).The Bookmakers Technology Consortium (BTC) and Arena Racing Company (ARC) have reached the agreement for the races to be shown, which will commence on 1st January 2018, and will see greyhound racing being shown on ARC’s TRP channel. As part of a deal agreed when ARC set up TRP, the BTC has veto on any content being shown on the channel.Julian Knight, Managing Director at Jenningsbet and a Director of BTC, said: “The doubt surrounding the greyhound offering we will receive from the end of this year has been a concern for all independent bookmakers and we simply cannot afford to put our faith in what may or may not be available to us from 1st January 2018.  “The TRP greyhound service which BTC has agreed to include in the TRP channel comprises tried and trusted content for our customers. TRP have been absolutely clear throughout our discussions in terms of the content and costs of what they are going to provide enabling BTC to make a fully informed decision.”Mark Kingston, ARC’s Director of Media Technology and Production and Director of TRP, commented: “We are really pleased to have agreed this deal with the BTC to ensure that their members receive content from established and familiar greyhound tracks with a proven record on integrity and welfare issues.  “TRP is in discussions with other bookmakers who are also looking to secure greyhound content and protect the value of their over the counter business at what continues to be a challenging time for LBOs.” The 12 tracks concerned in this deal are Belle Vue, Kinsley, Newcastle, Nottingham, Perry Barr, Peterborough, Poole, Sheffield, Sunderland, Swindon, Towcester and Yarmouth, and a BTC spokesman added:  “We are delighted to reach this agreement with ARC which secures quality greyhound content for independent bookmakers who subscribe to the TRP channel. TRP content provides us with racing from tracks which our customers trust and have been familiar with for a number of years.  “The ongoing uncertainty surrounding the delivery of greyhound racing coverage to betting shops has been of great concern, and by securing an agreement with TRP, we have ensured important media rights are available to the independent sector at a critical time for the industry.”last_img read more

Perform Group’s John Harlow: “The game is the same, but the fan has changed”

Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Opta Sports, a leading international sports data and analytics provider, has been operated as a wholly owned subsidiary of Perform Group since 2013.We caught up with John Harlow, Perform’s SVP for Betting, who outlined how sportsbooks are leveraging fan awareness of Opta’s data to power innovative, entertaining betting experiences.Harlow also talked about compiling insight into changing fan preferences, and a new slogan driving the need for more detailed player data.SBC: You have described Opta as the “universal language” of sports statistics. Can you outline some of the opportunities that the data provides?JH: The English and Spanish words for ‘shot’ are different, but the number of shots taken by Messi against Real Madrid is the same whether John Harlow is reading about it on BBC.com or Juan Harlez is watching live on Univision Deportes, because Opta’s statisticians are trusted to record this information, and it’s pushed into TV screens, apps and newspapers and used in official sources in all the corners of the world. It really is like a universal language for sport.For 150 years football fans only really cared about the score; that was the only hard result that was reported and the only statistic that meant something. Now fans’ day to day chat also includes 5 shots on target, 3 assists, even 17 tackles and 320 passes, and the whole game narrative is being rewritten. Add in metrics that calculate the likelihood of a shot going in based on 30,000 previous attempts and the narrative changes even more!Of course, passes and tackles have all been happening for 150 years too, but until they started being collected and then importantly, appearing in our mainstream sports coverage, people didn’t really notice, hence didn’t really care. Now that fans do have a way of tracking the performance of every player, it means there are many other stories being told on the field which can be turned into new products to get more of their attention, in different ways.Fantasy is a classic example; custom bets and single-game accumulators rely on the data too: the new Opta-powered visualisation we released in 2017 is another. All these lock in fans much more deeply into the match experience and give them a reason to pay attention to players and events that previously might have passed them by.We’re just scratching the surface of what’s possible though, especially considering the scope for in-play engagement, player v player battles and customisation. Fans can choose their own adventure as the single game turns into many different stories. To summarise, the opportunities truly are limitless.SBC: Opta leads the way for player data, particularly as the provider for Sky Bet’s Player and Team bet features. Do you think the quest for individual player data now supersedes interest in the team?JH: We’re delighted to be working with Sky Bet, Kindred and others who are using our detailed historical and live statistics to help them capitalise on player bets and same-game accumulators. It’s very rewarding that they’re validating Opta’s efforts over the past 10+ years to collect the most detailed, accurate data, an investment which has helped us ensure it is trusted by fans as well as traders – something we knew would be critical.Perform Betting has access to a lot of insight into sports fans and how to engage them from our sister divisions within Perform Group, who run sports news websites, social media channels, live stream and live score products used by 60 million global fans monthly.A recent focus has been on how today’s fan has a short attention span, a need to feel involved and a growing affinity with individual players rather than just teams.Last July 12,000 of our football audience were surveyed and well over half reported that their favourite player doesn’t play for the team they support!Then consider Cristiano Ronaldo’s social media following: at 280 million it’s twice as large as Real Madrid and over 4x the population of Spain and Portugal combined… it’s not new for fans to have favourite players, but it’s insane when you start to research the scale.We also recorded a big increase in PSG match viewers from Spain and South America when Neymar moved to Paris (Perform’s Watch and Bet live streaming service for sportsbooks includes Ligue 1 rights).We’re now building products based on this insight, so our partners can benefit from the fact fans are following sport differently, looking at different players, interested in different things. It’s no longer about the traditional team v team.  What does it mean for our sports betting partners if ‘the game is the same, but the fan has changed’?John Harlow will be back next week to discuss how much of this changing fan behaviour is a derivative of fantasy sports, and tease Perform’s major product developments for 2018, some of which will be on show (with demos) at ICE London – Stand S1-240. PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Share Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk  August 10, 2020 read more

Red Sevens marks first Romanian launch for Altenar

first_imgShare Related Articles Share Sportsbook platform provider Altenar has this month powered the launch of Red Sevens, a first client for the company in the regulated market of Romania.Red Sevens (www.redsevens.ro) has subsequently become one of the first operators to launch with Altenar’s new responsive front-end sports betting client.Domenico Mazzola, Commercial Director at Altenar, said: “I’m delighted to announce that we are expanding our portfolio of regulated market customers. The fact that Red Sevens is our first Romanian operator makes this even more special.”The news marks the start of an exciting 2019 for Altenar, whose sportsbook platform helped Wplay.co – the first approved licensee for the regulated market in South America – grow to become one of the early leaders in the region throughout 2018.However, it follows a tricky start to the year for Romania’s 20+ licensed operators, who have been hit with a 2% gambling turnover tax – originally set at 5% before the government softened its stance – in addition to the existing 16% tax on gross gaming revenues (GGR).Mazzola also told SBC News that Red Sevens, which opened its ‘doors’ for new online customers from 1 January, is expected to be the “first of a few” Romanian operators to launch on the Altenar platform between now and the end of the year. Global Gaming adds sportsbook extension to Ninja property August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Romania’s ONJN adds 20 sites to blacklist August 14, 2020 Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020last_img read more

Better Collective Spotlight: ‘Lead generation’ white label gamification on Betarades

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles For this month’s Better Collective Spotlight, we returned to Betarades – a provider of sports insights and free betting tips in Greece – to look at its Tipster League product launched in February.Edward Fowler, Marketing Automation Specialist at Better Collective, shares his insights on the product which lets users guess the outcome of events and compete for attractive monthly prizes. Each week, new competitions are added – targeted at the Greek audience – for users to challenge the communities or their friends. SBC: What are the key benefits for Betarades working with the Tipster League?EF: For us, it’s mainly about user retention and not relying on search engines too heavily. The key benefit for Betarades is having ‘lead generation’, which means getting users to complete a sign-up. This allows us, in addition to the great editorial content on the site that drives our traffic, to bring users back to the site through gamification. Additionally, the interactivity of the Tipster League invites users to utilise our fresh content to inspire them with their predictions. This creates increased engagement across the entire site. In this way, we can go beyond bookmaker reviews and bonus codes. We want to build sites and establish brands where users have a reason to come back to, and the Tipster League does this.SBC: How close is this in design and functionality to what you see on, for example, a site such as bettingexpert.com?EF: On bettingexpert, we have tipsters predicting the outcome of events and competing for prizes for those, but it varies across any sports and markets. The predictor differs in that it offers a much more targeted angle for the country and the local teams.The Tipster League could be best compared to the Premier League Fantasy Football, where as a football fan from the UK I’m more likely to engage in purchasing my dream team for clubs I know, rather than reading about NFL tips.SBC: Is this white label being used by other brands too? Is there a standard tipster game layout that works on a global level?EF: The product itself is built to be flexible enough to work in any country, so we can scale it to any target audience. But generally, it’s aimed at all sports fans who want to make use of their knowledge in competitions, or show off to their friends. However, we know that no sports fan or culture is the same, so we have prepared this product to be adaptable to any relevant segment audience. The fundamental concept and mechanics remain the same, but aspects such as sport, market, UX, etc, can all be tweaked to reach the highest level of appeal.SBC: Are there plans to roll this out in other markets?EF: We’ve piloted the product in the Greek market, and have currently not rolled it out into other markets. However, it’s due to be added to one of our Romanian sites soon, and the plan is to steadily continue implementation across a variety of markets and sites. SBC: In terms of marketing automation, are there any campaigns for the Tipster League that have worked particularly well?EF: We have some built in campaigns to reduce churn that have performed well. These automatically identify users that haven’t made a prediction during that competition week and send reminders with countdown timers to make their predictions, relevant to that specific week and the players inactivity. This has reduced churn by over 30%. It’s still early days with the product, and we are steadily getting more data to help guide our ongoing implementations. The great thing about including Marketing Automation from day one is the ability to continuously gather information, learn, implement, and repeat to create an ideal user experience. SBC: What can we expect to see during the rest of the year?EF: We’re constantly optimising and creating new marketing automation campaigns. I imagine we’ll be able to create a ‘stickier’ product and see more loyalty through these, so we’ll see an even more polished marketing retention machine later this year. Better Collective Spotlight: How Betarades.gr is driving engagement through YouTube July 30, 2020 Share Bettingexpert crowns TheTrollmanSha World Tipster Champion  July 2, 2020 Submit Share Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020last_img read more

Kindred supports mental health charity with EHF rights donation

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Submit Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk  August 10, 2020 Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Related Articles Share Kindred Group has confirmed a new partnership with the European Network of Active Living for Mental Health (ENALMH) which will see the gambling group donate all exposure rights during games played in Norway for Men’s and Women’s 2020 EHF Euro.ENALMH is a network that is aiming to promote active living in order to prevent and address mental health problems.Jan Drobny, vice president of ENALMH, commented: “By being connected to a major European sporting event as the Men’s and Women’s EHF EURO 2020 the Active Living for Mental Health movement acquires the dimension that it really deserves.“Thanks to the opportunity provided by Kindred Group the European Network of Active Living for Mental Health will be in Norway to support the spirit of the sport, to meet the Norwegian community of sport or mental health, to discuss with the sport industry and to share our ‘move to balance’ message with the big audience.”Via its Unibet subsidiary, Kindred sponsors the men’s European Handball Championship, which takes place in Sweden, Austria and Norway from January 10 – 26 January/ Meanwhile the Women’s EHF Euro to be held in Denmark and Norway from December 3 – 20 December 2020.“Donating our exposure rights during EHF Euro matches played in Norway to ENALMH follows our efforts to raise awareness of mental health across Europe,” added Timo Mastelinck, global head of sponsorships at Kindred Group.“If we can contribute to raise awareness of how to prevent mental health problems by this donation, then it is a win-win situation. We are proud to support ENALMH in their important work.”last_img read more

Barcelona apologize over tweet mocking Real Betis after 5-2 win

first_img Source: BBC Sports Barcelona has apologized for mocking Real Betis following a 5-2 win over their La Liga rivals on Sunday.Following the victory at the Nou Camp, Barcelona tweeted a photo of defender Junior Firpo holding up five fingers with the caption ‘Junior knows’.The La Liga champions signed Spain Under-21 international Firpo from Real Betis in August.The club tweeted: “Barcelona wish to sincerely apologize for any offense caused to Real Betis.”“No disrespect was intended, but we were wrong to publish it on a night that was very special for Junior.”Firpo made his Barcelona debut during the 5-2 win, coming on for Brazilian midfielder Rafinha after 81 minutes.The 23-year-old featured in 29 games for Betis last season and was part of Spain’s U21 European Championship-winning side in June.last_img read more

PL on Citi: Leicester City grab 4-1 win at Aston Villa

first_imgJamie Vardy scored twice as Leicester City thrashed Aston Villa to make it a club-record eight Premier League wins in a row and keep alive their hopes of catching leaders Liverpool.Brendan Rodgers’ side reduced the deficit on top spot to eight points once more with a clinical display at Villa Park, in which former England striker Vardy netted for the eighth successive match.Vardy linked up with Kelechi Iheanacho to open the scoring after 20 minutes, skipping round Villa keeper Tom Heaton and finishing at the second attempt.Iheanacho added the Foxes’ second from close range as the visitors looked to have taken control before the break, only for Villa captain Jack Grealish to whip an effort into the bottom corner on the stroke of half-time.The hosts’ comeback was short lived, however, with Jonny Evans heading in from a corner shortly after the interval.Vardy then dashed clear with 15 minutes remaining to slide an effort beyond Heaton and put the game out of Villa’s reach.Leicester remain second in the top flight, but now have a six-point advantage over Manchester City after Pep Guardiola’s side were beaten by Manchester United on Saturday.Foxes make it eight on the bounceThe last time Leicester City visited Villa Park they were en route to the most remarkable of Premier League triumphs, while the hosts were heading towards the Championship.Four seasons on and, while no bookmaker will give you odds of 5,000-1, a repeat of those league-winning heroics would seem almost as unlikely, despite their lofty position.Liverpool’s dominance means any talk of Leicester’s name being etched on the trophy again has been little more than a whisper, but is it time to start shouting about the Foxes’ chances?This victory means Rodgers’ side have now won more top-flight games in a row than at any time in their history and have more points at this stage of the season than when Leicester won the league.In fact, in 15 of the past 27 Premier League seasons they would be sitting top of the table after 16 games with such a tally.Rodgers, who signed a new contract this week, is leading a side in ruthless form.Vardy pounced for his first after a neat ball from Iheanacho, making the most of the space left behind by a limping Tyrone Mings to open the scoring – after which the Villa defender was immediately replaced.He might have had another moments later after another neat Iheanacho pass, but instead it was the Nigerian who bundled home from close range to double the Foxes’ lead.Leicester seem to have a knack of scoring in timely fashion this season, too.Evans’ header from a deep Maddison corner stemmed Villa’s fightback after Grealish had struck before the break and Vardy’s second from Dennis Praet’s assist ensured a club record-breaking eighth successive win in the top flight.Many might be writing them off but no-one has told Leicester, who face their title rivals as part of a packed Christmas schedule. Source: BBClast_img read more