November 16, 2020

Former TT Attorney General Ramlogan Arrested

first_imgAnand Ramlogan arrested early Tuesday Police have arrested former attorney general Anand Ramlogan for questioning as they continue their probe into allegations that had sought to pervert the course of justice by asking the director of the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) to withdraw a statement he had made in support of the then Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley in a lawsuit more than two years ago.Police officers descended on Ramlogan’s home in south Trinidad early on Tuesday morning and executed a search warrant.He was later taken to the police headquarters in the capital for questioning.A few weeks ago, his attorney, Senior Counsel Pamela Elder had written to the Deputy Commissioner of Police Harold Phillip informing him that Ramlogan was available at any time for questioning.Last month, Ramlogan told the Trinidad Express newspaper that he has “never been contacted by the police for an interview in connection with this matter.“The police are aware (from previous written correspondence) who my attorneys are. In accordance with the usual practice and procedure, they would make contact with them in the event they need to speak to me. I can confirm that no one has contacted them as well. This story is, therefore, a fabrication. It is fake news. There is simply no truth to it,” he told the newspaper.In 2015, then prime minister Kamla Persad Bissessar fired Ramlogan and her national security minister Gary Griffith over the allegations.The lawsuit followed statements allegedly made by Rowley during a news conference relating to the failed extradition involving businessmen Steve Ferguson and Ishwar Galbaransingh, who are reported to be financiers of the United National Congress, and are wanted to the United States on corruption charges.Ramlogan has denied that he asked David West to withdraw his witness statement in support of Rowley six days before the PCA director took up his new post.Persad Bissessar said that Griffith had failed to inform her that he had been allegedly asked by Ramlogan to telephone West asking him to withdraw the statement.She said those office holders, including the PCA director, preside over the administration of justice “and so they cannot remain in those positions whilst these investigations into allegations are being made”.last_img read more

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JWOF Health & Wellness Conversation – “Keep our Children Safe, Content…

first_imgThe annual Health and Wellness Forum hosted by the Jamaican Women of Florida (JWOF) will be held on Saturday, September 29, starting at 2:00 p.m. at the South Regional Broward College Library located at 7300 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, Florida 33024. The three hour Forum is free to the public, and is titled “Keep our Children Safe, Content and Self-Confident in Today’s World”.  Participants will be engaged in discussions about the well-being of our children in what seems sometimes like a hostile building society. A village to keep the children safeIn keeping with JWOF’s mission of personal development and healthy lifestyles, the President, Ms. Camille Edwards is encouraging the public to “come together to inspire and be inspired so as a village we can keep our children safe”.  She further reiterated the need for parents, youth, educators, law enforcement and legal professionals, faith-based among other community leaders to come together and share a wealth of information to be provided by a panel of assembled experts across the South Florida community who are actively engaged in safeguarding our children and our communities at large. PanelistsThe panelists will include Dr. Gregory Salters, transformational leadership and success coach; Ms. Shernette D. Grant, Director, Innovative Programs for Broward County Schools; Dr. Marsha Brown, psychologist; Ms. Cindy Arenberg Seltzer, President/CEO, Children’s Services Council of Broward County; and moderator, Judge Norman Hemming, Chief federal Administrative Law Judge for Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties. Attendees at the Health and Wellness Forum will hear from those community leaders who are at the forefront of identifying the impact of varying issues on our community and how our children are being affected emotionally, psychologically and physically. These leaders will also share solutions and resources to assist the children through their impact.  Some of the identified concerns are the rising number of school shootings, bullyism, families affected by drive-by shootings where children have been victims, suicide, changes in family structures, and academic choices among others.The annual Health and Wellness conversations are an agenda item on the JWOF’s mission of community outreach.  The event is now in its fifth year and continues to attract large audiences because of its meaningful exchange of information regarding the health and well-being affecting our families, adults and children alike.   According to President Edwards “our aim is to keep our families aware of the varying topics that affect the state of our health and well-being, and is detrimental to community building and family values, especially as it affect our children.”The forum will also include a question and answer period.  Information booths will provide clinical and legal advice and guidelines on all aspects of care and prevention and how the community can play a part in restoring family values and safeguard guidelines to protect the communities and the general welfare of this State.            Information regarding the Health and Wellness Forum is available at www.jamaicanwomenofflorida.com and www.facebook.com/jwoflorida  or by calling 561-320-1391last_img read more

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Haitian legislators receive first report on PetroCaribe probe

first_imgPORT AU PRINCE, Haiti  – The President of the Superior Court of Accounts and Administrative Disputes (CSC/CA), Pierre Volmar Demesyeux, recently presented a copy of the report on the management of projects financed by the PetroCaribe funds to the Speaker of the Senate Carl Murat Cantave.“It’s a new page, and I think posterity will enjoy this new page of history. The Senate will accompany and take all the necessary measures so that this file can lead without delay,” Cantave said when handed the report late Thursday.Cantave has since presented the report to Senator Youri Latortue, the President of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.“We will analyze the report before submitting it to the Assembly of Senators…who will send the 236-page report of the Court to the prosecution for the necessary follow-up action,” Latortue said.Opposition political parties have been staging street demonstrations in support of their calls for President Jovenel Moise to step down, after accusing him of not investigating allegations of corruption in the previous government over PetroCaribe, an oil alliance of many Caribbean states with Venezuela to purchase oil on conditions of preferential payment.But Moise has dismissed the calls for him to resign.As part of its audit mission, the CSC/CA reviewed various documents as well as data from various information systems in the management of Petrocaribe funds including transfers from the PetroCaribe Fund’s bank accounts at the Bank of the Republic of Haiti (BRH) and the National Bank of Credit (BNC).It also reviewed the disbursements of funds authorized by the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF) to sectoral ministries as well as autonomous agencies to implement projects.The probe also allowed for the analysis of investment projects and contracts related to the PetroCaribe fund, but not authorized by a resolution.last_img read more

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CARICOM Planning to Open Borders for Intra-regional Travel

first_imgGrenada’s borders as well many regional ports of entry and exit were closed in March as part of efforts to curb the spread of COVID19. This is according to Grenada’s cabinet minister with responsibility for CARICOM, Oliver Joseph. “We collectively agreed to start gradually relaxing the restrictions for travel, as the pandemic in the region has been largely contained. Governments, airlines, and hotels are now finalising the details of this phased re-opening. Assuming that the requisite protocols are in place, we expect to open our borders in the first week of June.” CMC ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada – Members states with the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) plan on reopening borders to intra-regional travel in the first instance, hopefully by next month. “These protocols will be informed by a regional public health policy which the heads have agreed is necessary to guide the criteria for reopening. The health policy is being drafted and will be submitted to CARICOM Heads of Government for final approval” said a news release from the Government Information Service. “Borders were closed to prevent the spread of the virus and to save lives, and for now, we must maintain that status quo…I assure you, fellow Grenadians, we will not move unless we are satisfied that adequate health and safety guidelines are in place.”center_img Mitchell who also holds the portfolio of Minister for National Security assured Grenadians that the health and safety of citizens remain a primary concern. During the virtual meeting, the COTED approved a strategy for the re-opening of economies in the Caribbean Community. The Council is made up of Trade Ministers and officials agreed to a framework centered on the development and adherence to defined metrics related to the Covid-19 virus, which will guide in the reopening process. At the 10th Special Emergency Meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government last week, a sub-committee was established to engage stakeholders in the tourism industry to agree on appropriate protocols that will ensure the safety of workers and visitors alike, once borders are re-opened. “What we are discussing is to first allow regional travel, that is travel within the islands such as travel between Grenada and Trinidad or between Trinidad and Barbados, we are not looking at having international carriers come to the island yet,” said Joseph who last week chaired at the fiftieth meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED). Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Mitchell, in a national address on Sunday night, said that reopening of borders was a topic of discussion at recent meetings of Caribbean leaders at both the OECS and CARICOM levels and a regional approach is being considered.last_img read more

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Isco Brace Helps Madrid Close Gap on La Liga Pacesetters

first_imgRelatedLa Liga Review: Real Madrid Put Pressure On Top Two With Malaga Win As Atletico Thrash Levante To Trim Barcelona LeadApril 16, 2018In “Europe”La Liga Review: Phenomenal Barcelona Put Six Past Girona To Go Ten Points Clear As Madrid Strengthen Top Four Bid With Big VictoryFebruary 25, 2018In “Europe”Malaga CF vs Deportivo La CorunaJune 30, 2017Similar post Spanish playmaker Isco was the star of the show as he helped Real Madrid beat Catalan club Espanyol 2-0 at the Estadio Santiago Bernebeu on Sunday night.Isco outshone Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo as he scored a brace either side of halftime to give the Los Merengues an invaluable three points in the race for the Spanish La Liga title even if the season is still 7 weeks old.League leaders Barcelona had earlier maintained their 100% record with a 3-0 win over Las Palmas meaning Real Madrid slipped further adrift to 10 points behind their arch rivals making it compulsory that they beat their guests Espanyol and that was what they did with Isco’s goals.The win takes the European champions back to within seven points of Barcelona with the team now in 5th position with 14 points.last_img read more

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Mascherano Targets River Plate Return.

first_imgBarcelona star Javier Mascherano has talked up his desire to return to former club River Plate in a playing capacity.Mascherano, 33, spent two years in the Argentine team’s first team before joining Brazilian giants Corinthians. He moved to Europe from Brazil and has gone on to enjoy a decade of European football with three clubs namely West Ham United, Liverpool and present club Barcelona.The Argentina international player disclosed his River Plate wish in a chat with TNT Sports. He said:“I believe I need to give a chapter of my career to River Plate.”“My problem is this is not guaranteed and I could be a prisoner of my own words, if the move does not happen I may be accused of lying.“But the truth is that this is what I have thought about, but I have a good relationship with the club’s president Rodolfo D’Onofrio and we speak regularly.“My future has nothing to do with money, I used to make my own decisions but now they’re done by my family, I cannot forget my kids and their situation.“What will I be doing in January or summer? I have no idea.” he concluded.Any desire to play for River Plate might have to wait until the summer of 2019 with the former Argentina captain still contracted to his Spanish club until then.RelatedMascherano Is Off To China! Argentine Star Signs For Hebei FortuneJanuary 24, 2018In “Europe”Mascherano Rues Romero World Cup BlowMay 24, 2018In “World Cup”Mascherano Retires From International Football After France DefeatJune 30, 2018In “FIFA”last_img read more

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Genting Bet renews platform partnership with FSB Tech

first_img Submit David McDowell – FSB TechUpdating the market, industry sports betting platform provider FSB Tech (FSB) has confirmed that it has secured a multi-year platform renewal deal with Genting UK, its longest serving partner to date.Genting UK signed as an FSB client in 2013, integrating an FSB fully-managed sports betting solution. Renewing terms, the operator will now continue to work with FSB as lead betting services provider for the foreseeable future.Andy Bentley, Operations Director of Genting UK, backed FSB as platform provider as the operator seeks to expand its footprint within the UK online betting sector“Extending the relationship with FSB was an easy decision. Their platform, team and attitude are among the best in the industry. FSB are quickly establishing themselves as a major supplier and we are looking forward to our ongoing cooperation.”FSB continue its strong 2017 commercial momentum, in which the platform provider has secured new contracts within the UK and African betting market.A pleased David McDowell CEO of FSB Tech, commented: “Genting was the first client to believe that we could build and launch a sport betting service. Renewing the contract after four years speaks volumes about the relationship we have built together. I’m particularly happy to be extending our relationship with one of the biggest names in the business.” Related Articles GentingBet secures North American racing boost with XB Net July 22, 2020 Share Mark Wilson: How FSB is meeting the recreational cricket punter’s demands August 20, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

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New 1xBet promotions put different spin on deposit bonus model

first_img Submit European betting operator 1xBet has put a new spin on the outdated deposit bonus model by offering a selection of new promotions to its customers including Lucky Friday and x2 Wednesday.All those that make a deposit on a Friday will be treated to a repeat 100% deposit bonus on the same day, while those who deposit on the Wednesday claim the same reward, assuming they participated in ‘Lucky Friday’ the previous week and did not withdraw the money.The maximum bonus amount is $100, which will be credited to the customer’s account automatically after the deposit is made, but only if all the account details are fully completed. To be eligible for withdrawal, the bonus amount must be wagered at least three times with odds of at least 1.40.Meanwhile, 1xBet has also added another ongoing monthly promotion called Accumulator Battle. Long odds and a high number of selections is the name of the game, as the person who collects the most points from a single accumulator will land a prize.For each winning bet, which must be made on three or more selections with a minimum stake of €2, participants will be ranked on a live leaderboard according to the following formula: (number of events in the accumulator bet * overall odds) + stake amount /100.Eugene Kiryukhin, 1xBet’s Director for Development of International Partners, commented: “1xBet is known for its fantastic bonuses and an enticing loyalty program. The company has become an industry leader thanks to its selection of betting markets and variety of promotions and special offers.“1xBet regularly introduces new bonuses which are an instant hit with its players. There are short-term promotions which are active from one day to one month and long-term special offers which last for over a month. There are also limited availability bonuses and promotions dedicated to a particular sporting event or tournament.” Share Related Articles 1xBet defies COVID-19 disruption to keep 2020 plans in place April 3, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Why leading esports titles should not be overlooked as substitutes to real sports April 15, 2020 Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

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Sharon Byrne, Irish Bookmakers Association: Securing the future of Irish betting shops

first_img Share IGRG to promote ‘open and inclusive conversation’ during Responsible Gambling Week 2019 October 1, 2019 In recent years, the Irish retail betting industry has strengthened its commitment to ensuring responsible gambling, with various initiatives including its Responsible Gambling Week. However, potential tax rises from 1% to 2% could lead to a turbulent 2019 for the sector. SBC spoke to Sharon Byrne, Chair of the Irish Bookmakers Association (IBA) about how the future can be secured for Irish betting shops, as well as why the sector will continue to put responsibility at the heart of what it does. SBC: How can the Irish betting sector ensure that it is best prepared to deal with the tax rises of this year?Sharon Byrne: The betting sector is still hopeful that the review currently being undertaken by the Department of Finance will highlight the unintended consequences of the 100% increase in betting tax on the retail sector, because it will lead to hundreds of shop closures. When loss of taxation from job losses and shop closures is taken into account the Government will yield a lot less tax than the estimates quoted in the budget. The model proposed by the IBA will save most of those jobs and yield the Government more money than the 100% increase would have done.  Submit Share SBC: What can be done to secure the status of independent bookmakers despite this year’s tax rise?The outlook for Independent bookmakers is stark if the proposed 100% increase remains in place. Closures have already started and will no doubt escalate. Value for consumers will also decrease as operators will have to pare back on added value given to customers, just to try to survive.SBC: Do you anticipate the tax increases will have impact on responsible gambling amongst Irish bettors?I have no doubt that responsible gambling measures and processes inside licensed betting shops will be unaffected, but as shops close, business in those areas will no doubt filter to illegal operators who have zero customer monitoring or protections in place.SBC: How important is it that the Irish betting sector continues to focus on improving social responsibility? Related Articles Irish bookmakers to reopen on 29 June May 28, 2020 Irish bookmakers demand clarity on reopening orders June 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Focus on Social Responsibility has been to the fore of the IBA and it’s members’ business and strategy for a long time now. However, technology is providing new ways of presenting information and trends.   This can help us to improve our core aim which is to ensure that gambling is a fun, adult leisure activity, but must accompanied by measures and supports for those people that it could or has become a problem for. Provision of the best training for staff and information and support services that are readily available for people affected is critical. Our members will continue to fund provision of professional services in this area and to develop their own codes of practice relating to customer protections in line with any improvements or recommendations made by the IBA or new regulator.SBC: How much could Irish racing be impacted by the government’s decision to increase taxes on betting shops?Irish racing will be very anxious about the number of closures looming in both Ireland and the UK. We estimate 300-400 Irish shops will close if the 100% increase remains in place. Apart from the fact that there will be much less shops promoting Irish racing as a product because they are closed, the commercial revenue for Irish racing pictures and data is dependent on shop numbers, so it will be affected once a certain level of closures is reached.last_img read more

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Simon Trim: Sporting Solutions – Automation as a corporate discipline

first_img As betting incumbents seek greater independence, flexibility and individual customisation from standard platform provisions, Simon Trim, Chief Executive of Sporting Group / Sporting Solutions details to SBC that automation should be treated by leadership as a core corporate function._______________________SBC: Hi Simon, great to catch up on this intriguing subject matter. Can you explain ‘betting automation’ to SBC readers? From your leadership perspective what key functions in betting’s value chain can or should be automated?  Simon Trim (CEO – Sporting Group / Sporting Solutions): Put simply, automation involves embracing technology to deliver solutions which require no manual, or human, intervention. While automation of the risk function is well-established in other industries – such as the financial sector, which utilises automated algorithms to manage the risk of portfolios – adoption has been muted in the sports betting industry.This failure to adopt automated risk solutions means the industry now has a systemic weakness in a fundamental part of its value chain.  Manual risk management is not fit for purpose in the modern market landscape as the exponential increase in the number of events offered means operators can no longer manage exposure efficiently.  Currently, the only risk management undertaken by many operators is to simply restrict the size of bet customers can have, unless they are sufficiently “recreational” in nature.While other managed, or manual, trading solutions (MTS) give operators the opportunity to outsource the risk function, swapping one manual head for a cheaper one doesn’t address the underlying issue. That is why we at Sporting Solutions have developed our automated Risk Adjusted Pricing (aRAP) to address this missing link of the operator’s value chain.The dynamic pricing function of aRAP has been developed using risk management algorithms to underpin a solution which is scalable (able to manage the whole book effectively), objective (highly configurable settings vs. subjectivity of manual risk managers), and real-time (vs. latency of manual price moves).Given the increasingly harsh commercial environment in which sportsbooks must operate, risk management is a core area in need of automation to help operators not only survive, but thrive in tightening market conditions.SBC: At a product level, bookmakers have pursued deeper front-end customisations as a means to differentiation and engagement. Can these desired dynamics be achieved with legacy risk management functions?  ST: While front-end customisation can deliver short-term boosts to customer acquisition and engagement, initially innovative developments – such as cash out or build-a-bet – quickly become standard fare across the industry. The inherent absence of IP in the product sphere, combined with a legacy pricing and risk management function capable of producing only homogenised pricing, has resulted in a uniformity of offering, with expensive marketing and bonusing increasingly the ”blunt weapon” for operators looking to attract and retain customers.Our aRAP solution drives differentiation which is tangible and sustainable through price. It is bespoke to each operator, as our automated tooling analyses individual operator liability (and customer data, where applicable) to adjust prices based on both total exposure and the risk preference of the operator. SBC: As a subject matter, to what extent does automation conflict with traditional betting stakeholders?  ST: The growth of in-play betting – which we have pioneered since 1992 – has been largely powered by automation.  As such, automation should not be viewed as incompatible with traditional betting stakeholders, but viewed as complementary.At Sporting Solutions, events are initially priced and traded via a combination of Sporting Solutions established algorithms and expert trading teams, utilising trading insight which can’t be automated, to deliver the best “base prices” in the market.However, automation is necessary with a view to embracing trends in big data, artificial intelligence and behavioural economics – all of which are important themes for the industry and none of which can be carried out via a manual trading service.By way of example, to enhance aRAP, we developed Profile – automated customer analytics tooling built to query reams of anonymised information and “grade” the client base. Profile provides a basis for objective risk management based on the skill level of the customer placing the wager and can be integrated alongside aRAP, allowing for real-time price optimisation based on specific consumer activity rather than just total exposure.SBC: Do you worry that a reliance on automation by bookmakers could lead to generic market propositions for betting end-user (same product and same pricing)? ST: Over the last 10 years there has been a market move to homogenised pricing, which worked for operators when cost of operations and taxation levels were lower.  As I touched upon earlier, automation of the risk function is a means to greater differentiation in pricing, which we see as the solution for operators to be successful in today’s much harsher market conditions.The biggest threat today to a unique customer experience is the adoption of white-label or “turn-key” solutions. These “one-size-fits-all” propositions typically rely upon scraped pricing – generic by definition – with limited customisable front-end technology, which is why you can visit the website of two “different” white-label sportsbooks and the only difference you will see is the colour.Sporting Solutions’ Risk Management Services (RMS), of which aRAP is a key vertical, has been designed to be agnostic to the bet engine, and to allow the operator to retain full control of its front-end, brand and tone of voice, as part of a specialised, best-of-breed solution.Furthermore, RMS’s in-built “self-trade” mechanism enables operators to maintain a local pricing strategy for their own market – be that AFL in Australia, or Handball in Denmark – to further customise and differentiate their offering.SBC: Overall what do you feel automation will deliver to the industry in terms of innovation and new processes? Why should we bank on automation as a new discipline? ST: When compared to current manual solutions, the advantages of an automated risk function are clear. Increased objectivity, scalability and minimised latency translates to greater turnover, improved margins and enhanced profit certainty.By addressing and investing in automated risk management technologies, operators can secure and build upon their market position, giving them the freedom to pursue a long-term innovation strategy, rather than the constant battle to merely stand still that characterises the industry today._____________Simon Trim – CEO – Sporting Group / Sporting Solutions StumbleUpon Submit Frankie Dettori rides with Sporting Index  May 29, 2020 Related Articles Share Share The Premier League is back: How will the betting market react? June 16, 2020 How Stats Perform is taking CONMEBOL betting to the next level June 17, 2020last_img read more

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