Trinidad cop charged for false claim that prisoner was bitten on…

first_imgA policeman in Trinidad and Tobago, who made an allegation that a prisoner was bitten on his genitals, was arrested and charged under that country’s Libel and Defamation Act.The cop, Constable Javaughn Ballington, a court and process officer attached to the Tobago Division, appeared in the Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.He was charged after posting a video on social media in which a prisoner’s genitals were shown and a claim made that he was bitten during a sexual assault, by a colleague..Ballington was charged with malicious publication of defamatory libel, following an investigation by the Professional Standards Bureau of the T&T Police Service, who began investigating the publication of a video on social media depicting a prisoner being medically examined with his genitals exposed.It was alleged in the video that the prisoner had been bitten on the genitals during a sexual assault, a claim that turned out to be untrue.Ballington, who will be suspended from the police service, was granted $40,000 bail by Magistrate Lucina Cardenes-Ragoonanan and ordered to return to court on May 16.last_img read more

Jamaica, Combined Islands to clash in Lauderhill Int’l T20 Finals

first_imgDaqza Hyatt The Combined Islands and Jamaica will meet on Saturday at Lauderhill Sports Park in the Lauderhill T20 Night Cricket final.They play for the Mayor’s Cup, starting at 6:00.Both teams easily beat their opponents, Trinidad and Tobago and Pakistan respectively, in the semi-finals which were also played at Lauderhill Sports Park last Saturday night.In the curtain-raiser, the Combined Islands  brushed aside defending champions Trinidad and Tobago by six wickets.Winning the toss and electing to bat, Combined Islands restricted the free-scoring ‘Trini’  batsmen to a paltry 92 in 17 overs. Timothy Surujbally (26) and Ken Singh (13) were the only batsmen to reach double figures.In reply, Combined Islands raced to 93 for 4 in 10.5 overs with captain Joey Pierre laying the foundation with 46 not out including seven fours and one six.In the feature encounter, unbeaten Jamaica easily defeated Pakistan by 126 runs. Batting first, Jamaica amassed 243 for 2 in their allotted 20 overs with Sherwyn Powell (75) and Omari Williams (48) sharing an opening stand of 114. Former Jamaica and West Indies all-rounder Danza Hyatt continued the momentum, smashing 58 not out including five fours and four sixes.Pakistan faltered for 116 from 19.1 overs.last_img read more

CCJ rules that St. Lucian professor must be allowed to vote…

first_imgThe Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) Sunday ruled that a St. Lucian-born academic should be registered as an elector to cast a ballot in the May 24 general elections in Barbados. The CCJ warned the Chief Elections Officer that failure to carry out the order by midday on Monday, May 14, could land her in jail for contempt of court or be fined.In an unprecedented hearing, the CCJ, which is the Barbados final court, said that Eddy Ventose, a professor of law at the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), had satisfied “the necessary legal and regulatory conditions for registration as an elector.”In the ruling of the five-member panel of judges, read out by the CCJ President Sir Dennis Byron, the court told Mrs. Angela Taylor, the Chief Electoral Officer she “Shall register or cause the applicant to be registered as an elector before 12 noon on Monday, the 14th day of May, 2018.”Sir Dennis said that if Taylor ‘does not comply with the order, “you may be held to be in contempt of court and you may be imprisoned and or fined.”Political observers had said the matter before the CCJ, has implications not only for the appellant but also for Commonwealth citizens, living in Barbados, who want to be registered to vote in the general elections.Ventose, who has lived in Barbados for several years, sought to be included on the Barbados electoral register. He had alleged that under the prevailing laws he is qualified and entitled to be registered.last_img read more

Jamaica’s Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Surpass 200; Borders Closed Until May 31

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Jamaica increased by 27 on Monday, bringing the tally to 223.This was announced by Health Minister Dr. Christopher Tufton during a press briefing at Jamaica House late Monday.Of the new 27 cases, 19 are female and eight are male and 26 of those are linked the Alorica – a business process outsourcing (BPO) entity in the central parish of St Catherine.The Ministry of Health says 34 cases were imported; six are local transmissions with no epidemiological link, 47 are contacts of confirmed cases and 136 are under investigation. There is also one additional confirmed death, which brings the total number of COVID-19 deaths to six.Of the 136 cases under investigation 120 are associated with Alorica.Meanwhile, Prime Minister Andrew Holness has tightened curfew hours islandwide as the country tackles the pandemic.Holness said the new daily curfew hours will run from 6:00 pm (local time) each day until 6:00 am the following day.The new 12-hour daily curfew will commence on Wednesday, at 6:00 pm and run for 14 days.The prime minister also ordered that work hours be restricted to 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.Supermarkets, pharmacies and corner shops will be allowed to close at 5:00 pm., while markets will operate from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm except on Sundays when they will be closed.In addition, he said it is now mandatory for all Jamaicans to wear a mask in public spaces.Jamaica’s borders will remain closed to incoming passengers until May 31. Prime Minister Holness said a protocol to allow the controlled re-entry of Jamaicans is now being undertaken. Jamaicans that will be allowed to enter the island will have to be tested and quarantined, more than likely in a state facility.CMClast_img read more

Bayern Beat Rivals Dortmund On Penalties To Win German Super Cup

first_imgGerman champions Bayern Munich have retained the German Super Cup after they defeated rivals Borussia Dortmund 5-4 on penalties at the Signa Iduna Park.The hosts took the lead through American international forward Christian Pulisic before Robert Lewandowski equalised for Bayern.Dortmund regained the lead through star man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang but Lukasz Piszczek’s late own goal levelled matters for Bayern the second time prompting the dreaded penalty shootout.Second-choice Bayern goalkeeper Sven Ulreich was the hero for his side as he saved two penalties during the shootout to help his side to a 5-4 win.With the win, Bayern retain their title for a seventh Super Cup triumph in total.Bayern will start the defence of their title on August 18 as hosts to Bayer Leverkusen while Dortmund travel to VFL Wolfsburg the next day.RelatedBundesliga Review: Bayern Edge Closer To Title With Dortmund ThrashingApril 1, 2018In “Europe”German Cup (Round of 32) Review: Bayern Overcome Leipzig Via Penalties To Secure Last 16 SpotOctober 26, 2017In “Europe”German Cup Watch: Bayern Edge Dortmund In Der Klassiker To Move Into QuartersGerman Cup Watch: Bayern Edge Dortmund In Der Klassiker To Move Into QuartersDecember 21, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

Ladbrokes Coral restructures senior legal executive team

first_imgShare GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Submit GVC ‘surprised’ at widening of HMRC’s Turkey investigation July 21, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Revenues down 11% but product depth helps GVC through lockdown July 16, 2020 Share Lindsay BeardsellFTSE-listed Ladbrokes Coral Group Plc has restructured its executive legal team, which will now be led by Lindsay Beardsell who joined the company as Group General Counsel last January.The company has informed that long-term Gala Coral General Counsel and Company Secretary Harry Willits has left the company, choosing not be part of the enlarged operators executive management team.Ladbrokes Coral confirmed that Annabel Tagoe-Bannerman, legal lead and General Counsel for Ladbrokes legacy operations, will remain with the company for a ‘short period’ helping Beardsell with the group’s transition.The legal restructure sees Lindsay Beardsell takeover combined group legal strategy and planning. Beardsell joined the company from UK highstreet fashion retailer SuperGroup Plc, where she served as Legal Counsel (2013-2016).Beardsell joins the operator as the company continues its group synergy strategy seeking to gain £60-70 million in combined short-term savings.last_img read more

McGregor’s punchy press performances proving popular with punters

first_img SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Related Articles Share Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Share Almost as anticipated as the fight itself, last week’s Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather vs ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor press conferences have evoked the imagination of punters.The tenacity of McGregor appears to have renewed faith from punters that he has something unpredictable planned for 26 August.Paddy Power’s Lee Evans told SBC: “We were forced to cut the odds on McGregor throwing a kick after a huge amount of interest from the punters. And, honestly, after the press conferences so far, could you really rule it out?”Whilst boxing pundits remain dubious about McGregor’s chances, the Irishman has promised to defeat Mayweather in four rounds, a promise, it seems, that punters have faith he’ll keep. Price said that he was ‘hardly surprised’ that punters have shown a ‘decent amount of interest in the fourth round knockout, because Mystic Mac gets it right more often than not – and certainly more often than the bookie’.William Hill also reported a huge surge in support for McGregor, revealing that 83% of all bets on the bout have been on a McGregor victory.William Hill Spokesman Tony Kenny commented: “Conor McGregor, with no professional boxing experience, should be a 100/1 shot to beat arguably the greatest boxer of all-time.“However, our punters seem believe McGregor could create one of the great sporting upsets on 26 August..”Evans is much more confident about the pricing of a certain market around the next publicity bash though: “Our next market will be the amount of times he says ‘f***’ in a press conference. We’re currently setting the bar at 50. And that’ll be odds on.”_____________________________________The Mayweather v McGregor fight will be one of the hot topics of conversation on the Boxing panel at SBC’s ‘Betting on Sports Conference’ (BOSCON 2017 – 12-13 September- Olympia London). To find out more about the conference click here. Use the discount code ‘JULY20‘ for a 20% discount throughout this month.last_img read more

Winning Post – How 2017 shaped up for the gambling industry

first_img Regulus Partners, the strategic consultancy focused on international gambling and related industries, takes a look at how the gambling industry fared this year in its ‘Winning Post’ column.2017 in review: growing up?Three key themes dominated the changing shape of the online gambling market in 2017: continuing channel shift, the continued march of Point of Consumption regimes, and increased political scrutiny. Each of these drivers is creating dislocation as well as opportunity, especially for more ‘traditional’ operators with land-based or desktop.com roots. 2017 has therefore shown that mobile-first businesses with strong POC positioning and/or high margin .com revenues to reinvest have dominated growth. 2017 has also shown that the industry globally is dangerously ill-equipped for significantly increased political scrutiny, which is increasing legislative-regulatory risk to unprecedented levels.The key consumer theme that is continuing to develop is channel shift. Across Europe, overall land-based gambling has exhibited anaemic growth at best and decline has been more normal in betting. Conversely, remote gambling has continued to exhibit double digit growth, with substantially all growth concentrated into mobile (with desktop in decline in Northern Europe). Growth in domestically regulated markets has been broadly similar to the .com market, if anything outperforming. However, as smartphone penetration, mobile banking and reducing mobile data costs continue to evolve in emerging markets but stabilise in mature ones, this pattern may start to shift. From a regulatory standpoint, POC regimes have continued to advance. In the EU, Czech Republic and Poland have become domestically licenced, taking the total number of POC Member States to fourteen. Elsewhere, Colombia became the first Latin American country to adopt a coherent POC regime (discounting Mexico’s licences), while Australia (SA) has introduced POC tax, Pennsylvania has passed state POC online gaming laws and Vietnam tentatively licensed (land-based) betting and even POS-centre Malta is progressing POC reform. Europe is now therefore largely POC, with Germany, Sweden and Netherlands the key remaining states to shift (discounting Finland and Norway, whose monopoly laws are simply ignored by many operators, though there is evidence of tightening in both). While the rest of the world is overwhelmingly POS, this is slowly starting to change (especially, eg Brazil). The extent to which this will provide compelling opportunities or increase costs and dislocation remains to be seen, but short-term risk in Europe appears to be on the downside.Political scrutiny has also increased significantly in 2017. In the UK, the affiliate business has already been materially impacted, while reviews into T&Cs, advertising and – especially – FOBTs are likely to have a significant impact on the sector in 2018; lottery legislation is also under increased scrutiny. Moreover, this theme of greater political perlustration is progressively global: Australia has never had a quiet period in terms of anti-gambling and has tightened its anti-online gaming legislation; Italy has seen numerous local government attacks on land-based supply; Germany has seen its arcade sector dismembered; Greece has seen VLT rollout stymied; Japan is reviewing Social Responsibility and Turkey’s Directorate of Religious Affairs has proclaimed a fatwa on betting and lotteries… The EC has also turned its back on upholding free market commitments and only Integrated Resort casinos (Brazil, Japan) and US sports betting seem to be offering glimmers of political support. 2017 demonstrated very clearly that when gambling gets the limelight, it rarely does so positively; and is not ready with a positive dialogue to defend itself when it does. Given the onward march of mass market mobile penetration and POC regimes, this political vulnerability is likely to get worse before it gets better, in our view. UK: In Parliament – Commons Debate is Just the Ticket for Society LotteriesIt was a time to rub one’s eyes in disbelief and knock the sawdust out of one’s ears this week as MPs queued up to call for a relaxation of regulatory restrictions on gambling. In a House of Commons debate secured by Sir Henry Bellingham (Cons, North West Norfolk), a succession of Conservative Members spoke up on behalf of society lotteries and their attempt to secure an increase in the maximum jackpot for society lotteries to £1m (as well as substantial increases in draw and annual turnover limits).A total of 12 MPs (nine Conservative, two DUP and one SNP) spoke in favour of proposals to free up society lotteries. Jim Shannon (DUP, Strangford) managed to get in a pop at FOBTs and there was the odd suggestion that Camelot may have enjoyed its monopolistic position as operator of the National Lottery for too long; but generally speaking this was positive stuff, a debate replete with heart-warming tales of gambling and charitable good.On this issue however, the minister and shadow minister appear to be in accord in taking a cautious view of reform proposals. In referring to her attendance at this month’s GambleAware conference, Dr Rosena Allin-Khan (Lab, Tooting) asked the minister whether changes to lottery prizes might “increase or promote bad gambling habits”. Both Allin-Khan and her opposite number, Tracey Crouch (Cons, Chatham & Aylesford) made it clear that society lotteries formed a product set distinct from the National Lottery – and that this distinction should be preserved (thus protecting the state monopoly).Elsewhere, there were further signs of Labour’s New Year push on gambling-related issues. In a week that saw the publication of the Gambling Commission’s annual report on youth gambling, Dr Allin-Khan submitted a question to the Department of Health on rates of gambling addiction amongst 16 to 21-year-olds. The chair of the FOBT APPG, Carolyn Harris (Lab, Swansea East) asked whether the DDCMS would institute annual research on the level of gambling-related harm in the UK. Of course, the Gambling Commission does run quarterly online surveys to measure problem gambling rates (supplementary to – but not directly comparable with – the three-yearly Health Survey series); but harm is distinct from problem gambling. As we have observed before the shift of focus from problem gambling prevalence to harm may pose challenges for the industry; and companies should seek early engagement on these issues. Of course, it wouldn’t be Christmas without chestnuts roasting – and Danielle Rowley (Lab, Midlothian) became the latest MP this year to roll out the old one about FOBTs and gambling addiction in her constituency. We know the Government doesn’t know the answer, she knows the Government doesn’t know the answer; but it shows that while the scope of policy debate has broadened, the FOBT issue is unlikely to go anyway any time soon. Indeed, before Parliament adjourns for Christmas, we have the prospect of oral question sessions for both the Department of Health and the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport. It is odds-on that Labour and others will take the opportunity to get land a few more blows on Conservative gambling policy before a fraught parliamentary year for the industry finally draws to a close. The Labour Party’s review of gambling and public health is likely to be a key event for the industry next year. Deputy Leader Tom Watson’s (Lab, West Bromwich East) team is planning a series of visits and evidence sessions in the first quarter and the deadline for submissions is 31st March. To participate in the review, interested parties should visit www.tom-watson.com/gambling or contact the review team at action@tom-watson.com. Global: sports integrity – 2017 in review – from meat and potato pies to mince piesSports integrity has continued to feature prominently in global headlines in 2017 and, in our view, some themes have emerged which will merit close attention over the coming year. Much focus has understandably been directed at the Russian doping scandal and the governance of sport more generally (particularly in the UK). Those factors, along with betting-related issues, have, according to several public and athlete surveys, contributed to a general decline in trust in sport. The challenge for sports is to find ways to rebuild that trust, and that will be a key objective for 2018. We believe that the following important themes offer food for thought for the coming year:Novelty betting markets – the “piegate” case in UK football is a reminder that operators must think very carefully about their approaches to novelty markets, with unwanted regulatory attention a likely consequence of not doing so. Submit MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Related Articles Share Participants betting on their own sports – With such cases occurring in horseracing, NRL, snooker, and football (among others), this type of rule breach does not appear to be going away, and it raises other more worrying issues. With professional athletes being a category of person more at risk of engaging in problem gambling, the participant education in this area needs to be as much focussed on welfare as compliance with rules (and provides an opportunity for collaboration with operators, to show innovation and leadership). In our view, the rather blunt approach to enforcement is absolutely necessary, but calls for some sports to reassess sanctioning guidelines (and recognise at least the potential for welfare concerns) may be justified. StumbleUpon Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Relationship between sport and gambling – One of those participant betting cases, involving the footballer Joey Barton, led to increased scrutiny on this increasingly political issue (notably in Australia and the UK). The FA terminated early its partnership deal with Ladbrokes, although the EFL renewed its deal with Sky Bet (which included a commitment to a responsible gambling campaign). There is a delicate balance to be struck here, but we believe there are opportunities to innovate and find the appropriate relationship (which will always exist, one way or another).Tackling fixing – “match-fixing” continues to rear its head globally in many different sports (and games), with recent examples in chess and UFC, alongside the more familiar football (including a World Cup qualifier which had to be replayed), cricket, tennis (with two criminal convictions in Australia), and others. Never has it been more important to have, at an international level, greater collaboration, information sharing and coordination between all partners across sport, gambling, law enforcement and government. With an eagerly anticipated review into the integrity of tennis due to be published, we expect there will be plenty of work for the tennis authorities to implement the recommendations quickly, but also for other sports which would be well advised to closely analyse the report and ensure they cherry-pick relevant points to enhance their own efforts to protect their sports from corruption.last_img read more

Yggdrasil plans to “revolutionise” table games sector

first_img Related Articles Gamesys halts UK advertising during lockdown April 23, 2020 Enlarged Gamesys returns to UK growth eyeing FTSE250 spot  March 17, 2020 Submit Share Share StumbleUpon SBC Digital Summit: A crash course in adaptability and resilience  April 27, 2020 Yggdrasil Gaming has outlined plans to shake up the table games vertical, when it debuts in the sector during Q1 of 2018.Currently developing several multiplayer table games using REDUX, its in house technology, the product is also set to feature sidebets and a range of powers available to each dealer.Blackjack is the first game set to go live, with Roulette and Baccarat to follow, while dealer characters being developed are set to feature “detailed hand movements and facial expressions” to better interact and communicate with players.Yggdrasil CPO Krzysztof Opałka, said: “Our table games provision, starting with Blackjack, is set to break new ground in online casino gaming. The table games vertical has been fairly static in recent years. But our product’s combination of social interaction and high-end playability is unlike any other currently on the market.“It won’t just be a single player trying to beat the house, but instead thousands of real players from all over the world, who are all able to join the game simultaneously with the aim of hitting big hands and bigger wins.“We have a packed roadmap of innovative new games and features. Our aim is to innovate table games in a similar fashion to slots, where a constant product cycle of new variations built on familiar mechanics drives growth.”Alongside a standard branding package, is an option for exclusive customised tables and dealers, allowing operators to tailor the game “according to their visual identity or special themes.”The Yggdrasil table game offering is first set to go live with Vera&John and Intercasino, a part of the Jackpotjoy Group portfolio, in a beta partnership, with a view to being fully operational later this year.Victor Olinger, Group Head of Gaming at Jackpotjoy, said: “Yggdrasil is a well known name across the industry that has become a byword for innovation in the slots sector. It is fantastic news to hear they are turning their attention to table games.“It is a major coup to be the first operator to go live with Yggdrasil’s table games, and we look forward to bringing this exciting new product to our full customer base this year.”last_img read more

GiG offers Pay n Play to boost UX and compliance

first_img GiG launches WSN Podcast hosted by Bill Krackomberger  June 18, 2020 Share StumbleUpon SBC Digital Summit: ‘Cashless’ environments to take centre stage when retail returns – Samuel Barrett April 30, 2020 GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) is now offering an instant registration and payment option for its operators using Trustly’s Pay N Play system. The system allows players to optionally register and pay through their online banking accounts in Sweden and Finland, with Germany soon to be offered. The simple system will allow GiG’s customers to further boost acquisition, build loyalty and stay compliant.The technology is offered to operators on the GiG Core platform, with GiG’s in-house brand Kaboo live from today, alongside external brands Omnia and the newly-launched Dreamz. GiG’s in-house brand Thrills is to become a purely Pay N Play operator in Finland, Sweden and Germany.  The new system enables instant customer sign-ups without the significant registration churn that the igaming sector has historically experienced as a symptom of the more drawn out registration processes currently in place. New customers can register and deposit funds quickly and safely with no cumbersome account registration process necessary. Login is also made simpler, with players having the option to use Bank ID as a quick way to log in.Both deposits and withdrawals will become instant transactions with Pay N Play, giving players more control and simplifying their experience, while retaining the strongest registration and security protocols through KYC requirements which are fulfilled with data direct from a player’s bank. The need to scan any documents for upload as part of the registration process will become a thing of the past.GiG CEO Robin Reed commented: “Pay N Play will revolutionise the registration experience for players and enable higher conversion and retention while reducing churn. “With instant deposits and withdrawals, this new system makes our promise “to provide fair and fun gaming for all” stronger.”last_img read more