Monthly Archives: August 2020

Barbados records reduction in unemployment

first_imgBarbados’ unemployment rate stood at 9.7 per cent in 2016, a decrease of 1.6 percentage points from the 11.3 per cent recorded at the end of 2015.This is according to official figures from the Barbados Statistical Service’s Continuous Household Labour Force Survey which note that the the unemployment rate among males stood at 9.3 per cent and 10.1 per cent among females.In the review period, the number of persons employed totalled 132,900, of whom 67,500 were males and 65,400 were females. The unemployed numbered 14,300,, while the number of persons in the labour force stood at 147,200. TAccording to the figures, the number of persons not actively looking for work was 74,000.In 2016, the Wholesale & Retail Trade sector generated jobs for the largest number of persons, employing 22,400, while 16,400 worked in the Accommodation & Food Services sector.The Construction, Mining & Quarrying sector generated employment for 14,000 persons and the Public Administration & Defence Sector generated work for 9,700 persons. Employment in the Manufacturing sector reached 9,400 persons and the Other Groups Sector reached 8,300 persons. The Administrative & Support Service Sector and the Transportation & Storage Sector employed 7,600 and 6,700 persons, respectively.The Human Health & Social Work sector employed 6,600 persons, while the Education sector and the Finance & Insurance sector generated employment for 6,100 and 5,800 persons, respectively.last_img read more

Bahamian government minister charged with extortion

first_imgThe other members include Kenred Dorsett, who is facing four counts of bribery, four counts of extortion and one charge of misconduct in public office. Frank Smith is facing 13 counts of extortion as well as one count of attempted extortion and one count of bribery. A Bahamian Shane Gibson was released on US$40,000 bail after he appeared in court. He is due to return to court on October 3. Granted bail Justice Cheryl Grant-Thompson granted bail to Gibson, who is charged with 16 counts of bribery, 15 counts of extortion, two counts of conspiracy to commit bribery. He is also charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit extortion and one count of misconduct in public office. Another magistrate had earlier denied him bail. Gibson is alleged to have extorted a total of US$610,000 during the period January 2 and April 30 from a private citizen. He is also accused of conspiring to extort US$500,000 from the same citizen. Gibson is the fourth former member of the Bahamas’ Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) government to be arrested following the May 10 general election. Fourth government member arrestedlast_img read more

Haiti’s Prime Minister Lafontant resigns over fuel protests

first_imgIn a new development on Saturday Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant suddenly resigned amidst calls for him to step down. Haiti’s parliament had scheduled a hearing on Saturday to fire Lafontant and his 18 cabinet members in the aftermath of the disturbances resulting from the unpopular fuel price increase.Since the violence erupted, and although Lefontant , there were calls from business and opposition groups for his resignation, which he had refused to yield to until Saturday.UN condemns protestsThe United Nations (UN) Security Council has strongly condemned recent violent protests in Haiti which were sparked by announced fuel price increases.In a statement issued on Thursday, the Council condemned “all acts of violence and attacks on civilians, which have resulted in several deaths, and expressed their deepest sympathy and condolences to the families of those killed.”The initial policy change sparked widespread looting in the capital, Port-au-Prince, and other cities last weekend, during which at least three people were killed, and all international flights were cancelled.Even though the Haitian Government backed away from the price hike and flights have resumed, protesters continued to clash with police earlier this week, according to news reports.The Council statement called for those responsible for the violence to be held accountable.Council Members called on “all parties in Haiti to remain calm, exercise restraint, and to avoid acts that could contribute to instability,” underlining the importance of “respecting the rule of law and democratic order and not resorting to violence or criminal activity.”The Council also expressed support for the Government to work with all key actors to overcome the challenges faced by the country.Its members recognized the important role of the Haitian National Police, with support from the UN Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH), in protecting the civilian population and maintaining public order.“The members of the Security Council reiterated their support for MINUJUSTH, working closely with the UN Country Team, in assisting the Government and the people of Haiti in their efforts to consolidate the security gains made in recent years, to promote the rule of law, and to bring lasting stability to their country,” the Council statement concluded.Prime minister resignslast_img read more

Joshua v Klitschko Rematch In Vegas

first_imgRelated There may be a ray of sunshine for the few who’ve eagerly anticipated a rematch involving heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and Wladamir Klitschko.Boxing promoter, Eddie Hearn is hopeful the bout which has been on the cards for a while will light up Las Vegas on November 11, 2017, at the T-Mobile Arena.According to Hearn, “We’ve got a couple of weeks to get everything over the line. November 11 is the date that’s penciled in.”Aside from the fans demand of having the heavyweight champion of the world fight for the first time in America, a large expected increase in pay-TV sales makes the rematch realistic.The pair first encounter took place at a sold out Wembley stadium in April, where Joshua’s flame burned the highest as he knocked out Wladamir in the 11th round with a devastating uppercut.If the 41-year-old Ukrainian astonishingly opts for retirement rather than having one last bite at the cherry, Kubrat Pulev, of Bulgaria who currently is the IBF mandatory challenger would be A.J’s next opponent.The proposed venue is also scheduled to host one of the most advertised bout in boxing history, Floyd Mayweather, against Conor McGregor in August.last_img read more

AS Roma Launches Totti’s Iconic Number 10 Shirt Into Space

first_imgItalian Club, AS Roma, have successfully launched Club Legend, Francesco Totti’s number 10 shirt into space on Tuesday.The shirt, which was worn by Totti in his last game as a Roma player against Genoa on May 28, was launched into space in French Guyana by Avio, a space travel company.?❤️? #Totti‘s final shirt successfully launched into space!➡️ https://t.co/FTNbfOYThn#ASRoma @Avio_Group pic.twitter.com/9huXIwkJSm— AS Roma English (@ASRomaEN) August 2, 2017The 40-year-old forward is a true “one club man”, as he spent his entire 24-year football playing career with Roma, scoring 307 goals in 786 appearances since making his debut in 1993 at the age of 16.Totti’s time with Roma is not over yet, as he will now assume a director role at the Italian giant.Relatedlast_img read more

Kenya Lose 2018 CHAN hosting rights

first_imgKenya have been stripped of the right to host the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) following a CAF executive committee meeting in Accra earlier on Saturday.The decision to strip Kenya of the hosting rights was revealed at a press conference after a one-day meeting of the African football “cabinet” chaired by CAF President Ahmad Ahmad and it was prompted by the slow preparation made for the tournament slated for January 12 to February 4, 2017.This is the second time Kenya would be stripped of the hosting rights after South Africa replaced the East African country as hosts for the 1996 African Cup of Nations (AFCON).The nation would have been the second consective east African country to host CHAN after Rwanda in 2016. Other hosts since the tournament include Sudan, South Africa and Ivory Coast.Morocco and South Africa have already been touted in the media as replacement for Kenya.Countries that have qualified for the tournament include Angola, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Congo Brazzaville, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda and Zambia.RelatedCHAN 2018: CAF To Inspect Kenya’s Readiness To Host Africa, Set Visit DateAugust 15, 2017In “Africa”CAF Reveal “Worthy Hosts” after SWOTJanuary 7, 2019In “AFCON”CHAN 2018 to get new host, as CAF withdraws tournament from Kenya.September 23, 2017In “Africa”last_img read more

IZIBET partnership sees Kiron Interactive launch first Virtual Sports games for Malta

first_img StumbleUpon Betgenius expands virtual sports range with Kiron August 20, 2020 Submit TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share Share Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 Kiron Interactive has become the first industry supplier to service Virtual Sports provisions in Malta through its partnership with licensed retail betting operator IZIBET.The industry virtual games provider is set to service 30 IZIBET branded retail points, including the bookmaker’s flagship store at the Dragonara Casino dedicated Sports Lounge.Virtual Football was launched initially to coincide with the end of season football calendar. This will be followed shortly with Kiron’s range of virtual racing titles including horse racing, dog races and other cutting edge virtual sports events.A pleased Steven Spartinos, CEO of Kiron Interactive, was happy to announce an industry first with IZIBET “We’re delighted to team up with Gaming Operations Limited in launching our virtual sports in the Maltese market via Malta’s most extensive sports betting retail network.”“We are confident that our virtual games will prove to be as popular in Malta as they have been in other European markets such as Italy. We expect that our diverse portfolio will appeal to a whole range of players in IZIBET’s retail shops.”Franco Degabriele, Business Development Director at IZIBET, added: “We’re always looking for ways to add to our already-rich portfolio of sports betting products. We feel we’ve just added a great product with the Kiron range of Virtual Sports titles.“Our aim is to provide our punters with the best range of products possible. We are extremely excited to have brought these games to Malta and are confident that the take up for this type of sports betting will be great. To stay one step ahead of the competition, it’s important we continue to give our players fresh and new content, and we know our players will be quick to enjoy the thrills that virtual sports offer.”last_img read more

Sportradar forms audiovisual & integrity partnership with Fortuna Esports

first_img James Watson, BetradarEuropean esports tournament organiser Fortuna Esports has announced that it will enter a multi-year audiovisual and integrity partnership with Sportradar.Forming the partnership, Sportradar will act as the exclusive global provider of betting and audio visual streams and transmissions for Fortuna syndicated matches and competitions.Fortuna, one of Europe’s leading esports tournament organisers, hosts events such as the new ‘Esports Balkan League’, which has a total prize pool of 23,000 EUR on offer – the largest prize funding in the history of esports within the Balkan region.Updating the media, Fortuna Esports CEO Mihajlo Jovanović Dzaril said the partnership came at an opportune time in the lead up to the launch of the all-new Balkan League: “This is a ground-breaking partnership for us in what is a very exciting time at Fortuna as we get set to launch the Balkan League. Sportradar are global leaders in their field and share our enthusiasm and passion for gaming. Their streaming, data and integrity services will offer crucial support in our efforts to promote the best professional players from our region whilst providing enthusiasts worldwide a truly enjoyable and credible esports experience.”Further to boosting its audio visual capabilities, moving forward Fortuna competitions will be monitored by Sportradar’s Fraud Detection System, which will monitor global betting activity across all the matches.James Watson, Head of esports at Sportradar, commented on the agreement: “This new relationship will allow us to add to our growing coverage of esports games and tournaments across the world. We are experiencing a real momentum in the market now, as tournament organisers are really engaging with our suite of services and realising how we can amplify their competitions in their region but also further afield. What Fortuna are driving is a real sea-change in the way esports is organised and promoted around the Balkans and we are really excited that we can do our bit to help and protect that growth.” Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Share Submitlast_img read more

Industry marketing expert Natalie Lees joins AffiliateINSIDER

first_img Related Articles William Hill US CEO to feature in Official Sports Betting Guide to G2E September 24, 2019 AffiliateINSIDER supports BetShah affiliate programme launch August 13, 2019 Share StumbleUpon AffiliateINSIDER, the multi-faceted business resource for gaming affiliates and operators, has strengthened its team with the appointment of Natalie Lees as Marketing Manager.Lees has joined the company after more than ten years as Head of Marketing and Sales Manager at Intergame, where she worked on the Intergamingi, Intergaming and Intergame publications and websites.Lees has subsequently joined forces with AffiliateINSIDER founder & CEO Lee-Ann Johnstone, who has been spearheading the direction of the company since its January launch, overseeing its development as a news, events, training and affiliate management consultancy for the iGaming space. Johnstone commented: “I’m delighted to be able to welcome Natalie to the AffiliateINSIDER family. She has all the qualities we are looking for here: she’s bright, she’s driven, knows the industry well and is very popular. “Her network will help promote what we are achieving with AffiliateINSIDER, with AffiliateFEST,  AI Bootcamp, and our new African Business Retreat in 2019. Her experience building content will supplement the news website Affiliateinsider.com and help promote our affiliate programme management services.”Lees added: “AffiliateINSIDER is an exciting new business and I am thankful to Lee-Ann for giving me this opportunity to help make such a difference in promoting skills development and best practice within the affiliate sector.“It’s been a period of great upheaval for affiliates and operators alike in recent years, which is why the time is right for AffiliateINSIDER to help firms develop and implement their business strategies. We have a lot of exciting, disruptive things planned in 2019 for affiliates and operators alike to benefit.”Explore the AffiliateINSIDER site here. Submit AffiliateINSIDER to host Betting on Sports webinar, Reality 2019: Survival of the Fittest August 12, 2019 Sharelast_img read more

ECOMMPAY: Busting the proverbial dams in the payment stream

first_img Ecommpay’s Anthony Medica: How fast payouts are key to boosting customer loyalty April 22, 2020 Share StumbleUpon International payment service provider ECOMMPAY is helping operators to navigate the highest profile events for sports betting through routing and cascading, two payment features designed to reduce the pressure of high volumes.Paul Marcantonio, Head of UK/Western Europe for ECOMMPAY, explained to SBC News how both features, already “busting the proverbial dams in the payment stream”, have lent an invaluable hand to “some of the largest sports betting operators in Europe”.Let’s start with a simple working description of routing. Routing is a technological solution that analyses transaction variables to determine the most cost-effective merchant identification number (MID) and increase the likelihood of facilitating a successful payment. The analysed variables are configured individually per client to account for audience specifications.So, what’s the benefit? Routing transactions via specific channels can decrease the cost of facilitating a successful transaction. For example, when a player makes a deposit in EUR, the payment is routed to a MID in EUR rather than GBP, thus avoiding the dreaded spectre of double conversion.Processing a payment from a local customer in a local currency by a local acquirer is cheaper for all parties involved, as well as more likely to ‘convert’ for the operator through successful payment.This works similarly for other variables, such as device type. If a player uses a mobile phone to pay, the transaction must be routed to a corresponding mobile MID.GATE2025, a processing platform launched by ECOMMPAY earlier this year, applies the technology to automatically assess these payment variables – including more than 20 filters such as currency, country, device, payment method, and transaction amount, to route the transaction to the channel most likely to successfully process the payment.Moving swiftly on to cascading, a solution which ‘steps up’ (metaphorically) if one channel is not able to conduct a payout through cascading it to another.Originally perfected to support ‘business continuity and player satisfaction’, you can imagine how important it is for an operator to support a high volume of payout requests during a Gold Cup at Cheltenham, Grand National at Aintree or Champions League final.If one provider can’t cope with the high volume – eminently possible during high pressure events such as these, or struggles to process a payout for any other reason, the system automatically cascades the payout request to another so that the player still receives the requested funds.Not only does cascading ease the pressure on high volume channels, it also ensures players receive their funds as soon as they request them. Enabling timely payouts encourages repeat transactions, thereby increasing overall turnover and operator revenues. Simultaneously, this service nurtures greater player satisfaction and positively impacts brand reputation.The routing and cascading technologies are underpinned by a dedicated team of regional experts spanning offices in the UK, Latvia, Mauritius, Russia, Belarus, Singapore and Cyprus. Its specifics can be finely-tuned to match the exact requirements for a sport betting operator.These requirements can define the routes that are chosen for your transactions according to filter settings, cascading capabilities and payment percentage split between client accounts.For sports betting operators looking to improve efficiencies, but remain confused about processing payments through the appropriate channels, ECOMMPAY’s team of payment experts is happy to help. We will be exhibiting at this week’s SiGMA at stand S169 or, alternatively, you can catch us at ICE Totally Gaming in February 2019. Betting on Sports to deliver biggest ever exhibition space June 14, 2019 Submit 6 of the Best – ECOMMPAY’s Paul Marcantonio January 31, 2019 Related Articles Sharelast_img read more