Month: August 2020

Jamaican among ICE most wanted

first_imgA Jamaican immigrant is among 22 immigrants listed as Most Wanted by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, (ICE). The agency lists Chambers as being five feet, nine inches tall, 170 pounds Chambers, with a scar on his forehead and his last known locations were Maryland, Florida and Georgia.He is one of three Caribbean nationals who listed on the agency’s most wanted list. Chambers was ordered removed by an immigration judge on February 5, 1997 and was removed from the U.S. on May 10, 2000. He unlawfully reentered the U.S. at an unknown date and despite numerous attempts by ICE to locate his whereabouts, he currently remains at-large.center_img Fifty-two-year-old Desmond Hugh Chambers, who also goes by the names: Warren Michael Mullings and Gregory Lemuel Green, is wanted for removal from the United States following his conviction for possession with intent to distribute cocaine, second degree rape, first degree sex offense and false imprisonment.last_img read more

Jamaica’s Shekeema Cunnignham takes double gold at Kick Boxing World Championships

first_imgShekeema Cunnigham Jamaica’s Shekeema Cunningham won two gold medals at the 2017 International Sport Kick Boxing Association (ISKA) Amateur Members Association World Championships in Athens, Greece.Cunningham, who missed out on a spot in the team last year after not meeting the minimum training requirements, won gold in both points and continuous sparring.Cunningham went into the tournament in good form, having won two gold medals at the World Taekwondo Federation last month.Jamaica’s four-member team won four gold, three silver and a bronze medal at the tournament.last_img read more

Florida Ranks Third in the U.S. for Human Trafficking

first_imgCounty Commission and Nancy J. Cotterman Center staff SOUTH FLORIDA – Make no mistake about it. According to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, Florida ranks third in the U.S. in human trafficking cases reported by states, behind only California and Texas.The hotline received more than 41,000 calls and identified 10,949 victims of human trafficking in 2018 experiencing a 25 percent jump from 2017. In 2019, the Florida Abuse Hotline received 201 calls of suspected human trafficking cases of minors verifying 60 of those cases.January is National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, a time to call attention to the growing epidemic here in our community and worldwide. In support of a vision for a community free from human trafficking and to further support awareness, Broward County Commissioners presented a proclamation to the Nancy J. Cotterman Center proclaiming January 2020 as Human Trafficking Awareness Month.“We encourage individuals to speak up and for all communities to stand up for all victims of human trafficking,” said Carol Cook, Director of Crisis Intervention and Support Division.Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery by which traffickers profit from the control and exploitation of others. Under U.S. law human trafficking is defined as the transporting, soliciting, recruiting, harboring, providing or obtaining of another person for transport; for the purposes of forced labor, domestic servitude or sexual exploitation using force, fraud and/or coercion.If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, call the Nancy J. Cotterman Center at 954-761-7273 or the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888. The Nancy J. Cotterman Center is Broward’s only 24/7 Sexual Assault Treatment and Children’s Advocacy Center. Services provided are free and confidential. Visit Broward.org/NancyJCottermanCenter.last_img read more

Betting industry asks…How long can President Trump last?

first_img StumbleUpon Submit GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share Related Articles With President-Elect Donald Trump taking full US Presidential duties on 20 January (inauguration date), bookmakers are wondering whether ‘The Donald’ will survive a full four-year term as leader of the United States of America.  Trump who yesterday gave his first official press conference as President-Elect, having won the US Election on 8 November reemphasized to the world’s media that he would be the USA’s ‘greatest jobs president’ uniting a deeply divided nation.Nevertheless, Trump’s easy rhetoric will be tested in the first days of his administration. The brass New Yorker has faced severe criticism of his senior cabinet appointments, his neglect of US intelligence agency reports concerning Russian US election influence and for not divesting his business interests which may cause potential conflicts of interest.Updating US political markets yesterday, Ladbrokes Politics informed that odds had hit ‘evens’ for President Trump ‘to leave office via impeachment or resignation before end of 1st term’.Furthermore, Irish bookmaker Paddy Power has opened special odds of 20/1 on ‘Trump NOT to be inaugurated on 20 January’, following this week’s ‘unverified’ allegations of Trump participating in lewd sex acts during a visit to Moscow.Trump’s incoming Presidency has been met with a number of new US political betting markets, wondering what ‘The Donald will do’. From when he will visit the UK, which Obama act he will first repeal to whether he will stick a ‘TRUMP’ sign on the Whitehouse.Ahead of Trump’s inauguration, it would be wise for bookmaker’s to remember the US 2016 Elections, in which Donald Trump was continually written off at great expense to UK bookmakers. Put simply, when it comes President Trump its only safe to say…expect the unexpected!last_img read more

The SBC Awards provides the perfect Christmas party in London

first_img Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Share The sports betting industry is gearing up for its annual celebration at the SBC Awards, held on Tuesday 5 December at The Artillery Garden in central London, which doubles up as the perfect Christmas party for everyone involved in the sector.The presentation of 17 Supplier awards, 11 Operator/Affiliate awards and three SBC Sports Betting Hall of Fame inductees might take centre stage, but all delegates will also be treated to a sparkling wine and cocktail reception, an exclusive three-course seated dinner, Christmas themed snacks, and a renowned London DJ.The evening’s entertainment will extend to a bespoke ‘Boogie Wonder Nights’ show created by Full circle, while The Artillery Garden at The HAC, the latest in a line of stunning capital city venues used by SBC Events, even comes complete with in-built dodgems.Paul Mills, Chief Operating Officer at SBC, said: “Attendees can expect an amazing night at the SBC Awards with the champagne flowing on arrival at the welcome reception, free bar all night, superb three course meal and spectacular entertainment. “The Boogie Wonder Nights festive theme will create an electric atmosphere for guests to celebrate a great year for the sports betting industry and kick off the Christmas celebrations in style. As well as the DJ, we have the fantastic Boogie Wonder Nights dance act to wow the audience, while we must not forget the dodgems ride which will prove to be a big hit.”OPTIMA and Golden Race have been confirmed as headline sponsors of the #sbcawards2017, while the list of companies to book a table already includes VSoftCo, Racing Post, HiPay, Perform, Square in the Air, Trustly, InBet Games, Vermantia, FavBet, bet365, Sporting Solutions and Jeton.All companies interested in joining this Christmas themed industry celebration are being encouraged to act quickly to avoid disappointment, while there is an even greater level of urgency surrounding the nomination phase, which draws to a close on Friday 6 October.Once this deadline has passed, the Operator/Affiliate Awards will be put to a vote by anyone that attended this year’s Betting on Football and Betting on Sports conferences, while nominees for the Supplier Awards will be assessed by a hand-picked panel of experts.This judging panel features the CEO’s from Bets10, Better Collective, OLBG, Superscommesse, Betaland, BetBright, BetCris, FavBet, Fortuna, Mr Green, Mybet, PariMatch, Pinnacle, SNAI, Spiffx, Sports Interaction, Star Sports Bet, TopBetta, BetConstruct, Golden Race, OPTIMA and Don Best.To submit nominations please click HEREAnyone wishing to book a table to celebrate an outstanding year for the sports betting industry and invite colleagues or contacts to a great early Christmas party, email sales@sbcnews.co.uk for more information. StumbleUpon Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Share Related Articles Submitlast_img read more

Maro Itoje’s agent handed 22-month ban for betting infractions

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles SBC Roundtable: A new ‘Pace’ for live cricket trading July 8, 2020 Share Submit Share Matt Hart, the agent of Saracens and England international Maro Itoje, has been suspended for 22 months after placing 1,476 bets, via a bet365 account, on rugby matches over the course of a three and a half year period.The Rugby Football Union (RFU) registered agent who works for the Stellar Group Limited, was found to have placed the bets between 7 January 2013 and 31 July 2016, and was also guilty of failing “cooperate fully and accurately” when requested by an RFU Anti-Corruption Officer. Referencing a sample of ten bets placed between 6 March 2016 and 23 April 2016, the independent disciplinary panel found each to exceed £10,000, the highest of which was placed on the final day of the Six Nations in 2016 and valued at £16,234.59.Alys Lewis, RFU Anti-Corruption Officer, said: “This decision unequivocally demonstrates that any activity which undermines the integrity of our sport, and exposes players and rugby to potential integrity issues, will be treated seriously by the RFU.“The sums of money involved and the frequency and duration of the betting, coupled with the lack of cooperation with the RFU’s investigation, have all contributed to a substantial suspension from rugby union which is welcomed by the RFU.”Hart, who was under no suspicion of using inside information or trying to influence a match or its outcome, argued that the bets were placed on behalf of his father David.However, the panel found that “ it appears that the account was very substantially funded from elsewhere, as well as stating that Hart was “evasive and unclear in answers”.With the independent panel stating:  “We conclude that it is implausible that Matthew Hart was so naïve and never even questioned whether he should be conducting himself in the way he did.”Adding: “Despite the absence here of inside information used to make the bets there remains an obvious and significant damage to the integrity of the game. Matthew Hart was, through his role as an agent, linked to a number of first class rugby players. “His betting on rugby matches and on some occasions on games which involved some of those players, exposed both the players and the game of rugby to potential integrity issues.”The suspension will begin with immediate effect and end on 11 February 2020. Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Oddschecker: ‘Unusual circumstances’ fail to hinder Royal Ascot traffic July 23, 2020last_img read more

MustardBet – Enhancing the in-play experience

first_img MustardBet shuts down business October 14, 2019 Share Submit Share Golden Race launches La Libertadores virtual football cup April 30, 2019 StumbleUpon Interwetten targets €100 million GGR mark for 2019 August 5, 2019 Related Articles The world of online sportsbooks is becoming an increasingly saturated environment, so much so that the team at MustardBet took the decision to completely rethink the sports betting experience, and develop their own bespoke platform.Believing it has now developed an attractive product, the overall aim to make Mustardbet stand out by doing “things a little bit differently to the other bookies” has been stressed, in addition to appealing to bettors of all shapes and sizes.Engagement and retention are undoubtedly the key factors here, something the firm’s Head of Marketing Tom Brew highlights as being integral: “Our key difference to the customer will obviously be the betting interface. It’s been said that it looks a bit more like a betting exchange, a bit more like a trading platform than a traditional sportsbook.“It’s a dynamic interface, it catches your eye but it also informs you. And I think this focus on key metrics like price movement and market liquidity will appeal to high volume bettors. Our speed of bet placement has been measured at under half a second too so it’s pretty fast.“The speed of our in-play is actually very impressive. In some cases it’s ahead of the TV broadcast”“Price changes are communicated with each selection flashing either red or blue, depending on whether the price is lengthening or shortening. And those movements are happening instantly based on every bet placed on that event by all customers across the sportsbook. It’s this speed, and transparency, that will help our customers react quicker.”A roll-out of an in-play product took place before the World Cup, following months of testing; “The speed of our in-play is actually very impressive. In some cases it’s ahead of the TV broadcast. There’s also no bet delay for the vast majority of the game.” MustardBet achieves this through the implementation of a feature they have dubbed Dangerball.The concept will be similar to those familiar with asian sports betting: “Whenever there’s an increased possibility of a goal or game changing event, the match enters a pending state called Dangerball. If nothing significant happens, all bets requested during Dangerball will be confirmed, if not then bets placed during this period will be voided. We’re essentially creating a level playing field between the customer and us,” explained Brew.However, the interface and betting experience forms just a small part of what Brew believes stands MustardBet out from the crowd: “Our prices are very competitive, of course you will hear all bookies saying that, but the combination of our in-house traders’ expertise and bespoke market making technology allows us to offer very tight margins.”“If you’re better than us, then well played. We’ll see you again next time”“And these prices are available to all, even successful customers. It’s this approach to bookmaking that I think will appeal too, we are happy to accept the high turnover players, the winners. Our max-bet feature allows customers to bet the maximum stake available at that time, then instantly re-bet the max amount. We hear a lot of stories of people having accounts closed by the big boys, because they’re winning, but our approach is that we’ll take them on. If you’re better than us, then well played. We’ll see you again next time.”Not encapsulating a traditional sidebar betslip throughout the MustardBet experience, is a UI feature that is to be carried through to its next crucial development: “The next big thing for us is our accumulator product, and we’ve got some really good ideas on that.“As with everything we do, we’re aiming to make the whole process of betting on multiples much quicker. Our multiples product will adopt a similar UI approach to our current betslip – ie inline controls straight from the selection itself but with a new way to visualise your bets that we think makes more sense to the modern bettor.”An online desktop offering only composes one arm of a sportsbook however, with the instantaneous nature of everyday life meaning the MustardBet app is now live and available on both Apple and Android.“We are looking how we can communicate value to our customers as fast as possible”“It’s been a big debate for a while now whether native mobile apps or mobile optimised sites are the best way to go from a UX point of view. So while there remains no convincing case either way, for us, we just see it from the customer’s point of view. If they prefer standalone apps on their device rather than accessing betting sites via a browser then we should give them the choice of doing so.”“We’re well aware of the trends when it comes to mobile gambling and are committed to developing our mobile experiences further across the whole usage spectrum,” continued Brew. “From a marketing point of view we are looking how we can communicate value to our customers as fast as possible, price or event updates, in the most relevant way too – whether that’s app notifications, social media or other channels.”last_img read more

Tipbet evolves cash out feature for new season

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Tipbet expands Greek coverage with Iraklis 1908 sponsorship April 2, 2018 Platin Gaming appoints Matthijs Vogelenzang as Commercial lead July 17, 2018 Share Submit In time for the upcoming football season, Platin Gaming has rolled out its partial and auto cash out functionality with Tipbet.Tipbet, which is powered by the Platin Gaming sportsbook platform, is aiming to elevate its player experience to the next level with its new offering, delivering even more excitement and betting opportunities to punters.The addition of partial and auto cash out builds on Tipbet’s standard cash out offering, which launched in April 2017. The new functionality puts more control in punters’ hands and delivers increased flexibility across single bets and multi-bets.Philippos Naskos, Head of Product at Platin Gaming, commented: “We are delighted to have flicked the switch on our Partial and Auto Cash Out functionality with Tipbet. Players want more flexibility and control, and this puts the power very much in their hands.“We are particularly pleased with our innovative Auto Cash Out functionality; it means players can take advantage of cash out even when they are unable to monitor the progress of game or keep an eye on their betslip.“We believe Partial and Auto Cash Out will be a huge hit with Tipbet players, and look forward to receiving their feedback.”Partial Cash Out can be accessed via the customer’s betting slip. The amount offered is based on how the bet is performing and the likelihood of a win. Punters can choose a percentage or specific amount to withdraw; the reduced balance remains live in the bet.Auto Cash Out allows punters to set a limit for cash out. Once that limit has been hit, the bet will automatically pay out. This is particularly useful for those who are unable to monitor their betting slip as events unfold during the game.Partial and Auto Cash Out is available to Tipbet players across all platforms, devices and operating systems, and in all languages. Tipbet upgrades in-store systems & software September 4, 2017 Sharelast_img read more

SBC Awards: The secret of success…Stoke Style!

first_img StumbleUpon Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Related Articles SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Last year, Stoke-based bookmaker bet365 dominated the annual SBC Awards, walking away with three gongs – Football Bookmaker of the Year, Mobile Bookmaker of the Year and for the fourth year running, Bookmaker of the Year. SBC asked bet365 marketing team how the firm continues to excel…___________________SBC: You scooped three awards at last year’s SBC Awards, including the much coveted ‘Bookmaker of the Year’ title. What do you put your success down to? bet365: 2017 was a great year for the group undoubtedly, but much of the success we enjoyed was simply down to following the same approach which has served bet365 so well in the past. At its core, the group is an innovator and it sets itself from the crowd with the continual evolution, and revolution, of its products.The group continues to lead the way in regulated markets with a heavy focus on ensuring regulatory compliance right across the board and the structure of the business has evolved to reflect that focus, with new departments, tools and initiatives being implemented throughout the group.To ensure the continued growth and development of bet365 well into the future, we invest in the technology arm of the group, which is already paying dividends in terms of attracting top quality talent to come and work with bet365 to deliver the outstanding online betting experience that our customers have come to expect from us.SBC: It was the fourth consecutive Bookmaker of the Year Award for bet365 – how does bet365 stay ahead of the competition?bet365: As a company that embodies the spirit of innovation from top to bottom – at every level there is continuous innovation in terms of both process and product. Consistently the group is right at the front of the pack and 2017 has seen sweeping changes to the website and apps offered by bet365.Features such as Edit Bet and Auto Cash Out are offering our customers more flexibility than ever and continual tweaks to the UI have ensured that bet365 offers the most complete betting experience out there.SBC: You also picked up the ‘Football Bookmaker of the Year’ award – what do you think football punters are looking for in a bookmaker?bet365: This is a really interesting question because I think 2017 has been a significant year for football betting in terms of what customers now expect from their betting experience. Increasingly customers expect not just a well-rounded betting experience, but also a single platform capable of delivering scores, statistics and entertainment as well. To this end bet365 have worked very hard on optimising the In-Play product in particular, to deliver a service that provides extremely accurate information in a concise and effective way.The other key trend of 2017 in my view has been the personalisation of football betting bookmakers and handing control of the betting experience over to the customer. To that end, we have worked hard to deliver powerful tools to customers such as Auto Cash Out and Edit Bet which offer a degree of flexibility that would have been unprecedented up until recently. The group has also worked hard to deliver improvements to the In-Play product in particular, with improvements being made to the speed, accuracy and quality of the Match Live and Live Streaming elements of the In-Play portion of the product.SBC: You also scooped the Best Mobile Bookmaker Award – what’s the key to providing a good experience on the mobile device?bet365: Overwhelmingly now as a society we are moving toward a mobile-first internet and the most important thing to most customers is a fast, reliable and convenient product which allows them to place a bet and get back to enjoying the game.Mobile has long been a focus of ours and we feel that we have delivered a mobile betting experience which is unrivalled. The app is simple to use, extremely fast and offers the functionality of a desktop class product in an attractive and simple layout.The shift to mobile is something we anticipated some time ago and with that in mind we made a very conscious decision to uncouple the mobile site from the desktop one. Through detailed analysis of data we designed a mobile product that clearly presents key information initially, with layers of detail added underneath, whereas the aim of the desktop site is to display as much pertinent information as possible within the confines of the display. I would absolutely say that this divergence of the two websites has been vital to the success of bet365’s mobile offering.SBC Awards 2018: Nominations for this years SBC Awards are now open and there is less than a month to submit entries! To submit your company for one of the 33 highly prestigious awards go HEREAnyone wishing to book a table to celebrate an outstanding year for the sports betting industry should email sales@sbcgaming.com for more information.For enquiries about sponsorship opportunities, contact sales@sbcgaming.com_______________________ Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

In time for Lakeside! BDO secures Eurosport as primary broadcaster

first_img Lottstift warns Norwegian media on advertising responsibilities September 10, 2019 Share Submit Gunn Merete Paulsen: Lotteritilsynet will continue its toughest stance against remote actors March 19, 2019 Share Related Articles The governance of the British Darts Organisation (BDO) has confirmed the appointment of Eurosport as its primary broadcast partner.Updating stakeholders, BDO informs that it has agreed to an extensive three-year partnership with Discovery Inc’s Eurosport channel, which has previously broadcast BDO syndicated competitions.Today’s announcement sees the BDO end concerns that the governing body would not have a TV partner to broadcast its showcase ‘BDO 2019 World Darts Championship at Lakeside.Further to the announcement, BDO has agreed with Eurosport to broadcast free-to-air coverage of its upcoming World Darts Championship on its sister channel Quest TV (Freeview channel 57).Backing Eurosport as new primary broadcast partner, BDO Chairman Des Jacklin commented: “Even with the tight time constraints and the on-going pressure to announce details of the upcoming BDO World Professional Darts Championships, both myself and my team weren’t looking for a quick fix. We have been committed to securing this long-term broadcasting contract so we can focus our attention on further improving the BDO for the players and supporters alike. ““Eurosport has for many years been a great broadcast partner and supporter of the BDO. It is fantastic to see them get the opportunity to show the BDO World Professional Darts Championships in the UK for the first time and to give us a 9 event 3-year commitment to the UK, Netherlands and Australia” StumbleUpon Facebook focuses on developing its ‘niche sports’ capacity October 30, 2019last_img read more