Month: August 2020


first_imgCanadian flag in front of te snow capped Rocky Mountains, British Columbia, Canada. A senior Canadian diplomat has defended the decision not to grant visas to a number of St. Lucians even though her country would like more people to visit.The rate is very high because we don’t receive proper documentation for visas,” says Canadian High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, Marie Legault.Legaut…defended Canada’s visa requirement policy“Hopefully we can work on that and we can solve the situation in the future,” she said, adding that in addition to improper documentation, false information is also being provided to Canadian authorities.The Canadian diplomat stressed that St. Lucia and Canada have a strong relationship and it is important to recognize the issue of Canadian security.On September 11, 2012, the Canada implemented visa requirements for visitors to Canada including those from St. Lucia and St. Vincent.Canadian authorities were reported to be concerned that criminals from both countries could legally change their names and acquire new passports.last_img read more


first_imgA Trinidadian national is awaiting sentencing in the US after admitting to fraudulently applying for and obtaining more than US$3 million in home equity line of credit loans in the United States.Garth Anthony Gardner, 49, pleaded guilty on Monday to two counts of bank fraud, according to the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the District of Columbia.Plea agreementHe faces an estimated 51 to 63 months in prison and a fine of up to US$100,000. A plea agreement calls for him to pay US$3,165,294 in restitution to 24 financial institutions and a forfeiture money judgment in the amount of US$2,048,446.Sentencing in the US District Court for the District of Columbia is scheduled for September 24. Gardner remains in custody pending sentencing.According to the evidence led by the state, Gardner in October 2003 purchased a property in Washington, D.C., using the Social Security number of another person and falsely representing himself as a US citizen. In May 2005, he used a corporation that he owned to purchase a second property in Washington, D.C.According to the US Attorney’s Office, Gardner transferred ownership of the second property from the company to himself for US$10. He then applied for a series of home equity line of credit loans using the two properties as collateral.By settling these loans in close proximity to each other, the USAO said, Gardner “minimized the banks’ ability to learn about the other loans.”Obtained 12 home equity loans from 12 banks From August to October 2004, Gardner obtained 12 home equity line of credit loans from 12 different banks, secured by one of the properties, totaling about US$1.4 million; between March and April 2006, he applied for 13 loans and obtained 12, totaling about US$1.9 million, secured by one of the properties.Around February 2008, he stopped making payments and defaulted on all the loans.“The banks discovered Gardner’s fraudulent conduct after initiating foreclosure proceedings on the properties,” the USAO said.It said Gardner admitted that he used a portion of the proceeds from the fraudulent scheme to purchase 15 silver bars, which the government recovered and liquidated for about US$1.1 million.Gardner was arrested in Frankfurt, Germany in May 2017, and was extradited to Washington, D.C. in February 2018 to face the charges that had been pending since 2014.last_img read more


first_imgThe first leg of Sting and Shaggy’s 44/876 tour has earned US$10 million, according to Billboard Magazine’s Hot Tours.The publication reports that the duo grossed $10.8 million during the tour’s opening leg in Europe, playing to 132,155 fans in 23 sold-out shows. Some of these events were festivals.That was enough to earn them a number four place on the Hot Tours chart dated September 8. That table is led by Celine Dion.Billboard revealed that Sting and Shaggy also played theatres, parks and historical sites. The smallest and largest shows were in Italy: Trani (2,210) and Verona’s Arena di Verona (12,468).They also toured Slovakia, Greece, Bulgaria and The Netherlands.The 44/876 tour supports Sting and Shaggy’s much-touted collaborative album of the same name. The album has sold close to 400,000 copies worldwide.In April, it debuted at number seven in the United Kingdom with sales of 7,658 copies, and number 40 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart.To date, the set has made the Top 10 of national charts in Austria, Poland, France, Switzerland and Germany, where it went number one. 44/876 has been certified gold in France and Poland.Released by A&M Records/Interscope Records/Cherrytree Records, it is currently number one on the Billboard Reggae Albums chart.Sting and Shaggy’s 44/876 tour starts on October 14 in Jacksonville, Fl.last_img read more


first_imgRafael Nadal and Roger Federer will renew their rivalry in the Shanghai Masters final after both won their respective semifinal games on Saturday.World number one Nadal is looking for a seventh title of 2017 after he defeated Marin Cilic of Croatia 7-5 7-6 (7-3) in two hours 11 minutes and will now face world number two Roger Federer who showed great resolve to see off his stubborn opponent in the form of Argentine Juan Martin del Potro 3-6 6-3 6-3 in just under two hours.The Shanghai Masters final will be the fourth meeting of the year between the world’s top two players and the 24th time they have battled against each other in a final.Wimbledon champion Roger Federer is the form man if their recent meetings is anything to go by as defeated Nadal to win the Australian Open in January and has won the past four matches between the two tennis greats with 35 Grand Slam titles between them.RelatedCincinnati Masters: Federer, Djokovic Renew RivalryAugust 19, 2018In “Sports”Ageless Federer Beats Fierce Rival To Win Shanghai MastersOctober 16, 2017In “Sports”Federer Gets Difficult Semi-Final Clash in the Paris MastersNovember 3, 2018In “Tennis”last_img read more


first_imgShare Betting on Sports Europe to address industry’s looming crisis February 25, 2020 Europol warns of ‘greater risk’ of match-fixing during pandemic August 7, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Sports betting integrity body ESSA has welcomed the regulatory interest in tackling match fixing via The Group of Copenhagen (Network of National Platforms), which held its 4th meeting in The Hague this week at the Department of Sport at the Dutch Ministry of Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport.ESSA Secretary General Khalid Ali said the organisation: welcomed the increased focus on betting fraud and the manipulation of sporting events at regulatory authority level through the Copenhagen Group and the involvement of law enforcement authorities such as Europol. He added: “We clearly need to consider coordinated, practical and proportionate actions at both national and international levels; ESSA has been calling for this for years. As the party at the sharp end of this, it is fundamental to the success of any proposals that the regulated betting sector is fully engaged in any sports betting integrity policy considerations and their delivery.”Sixteen European countries participated in the meeting, illustrating the growing importance of the national platforms as key entities in the fight against the manipulation of sports competitions. Participants agreed to contribute to technical assistance missions to requesting countries, which will be organised by the Council of Europe within its project KCOOS+ (Keep Crime out of Sport).Those involved will also develop the exchange of information on potential manipulations of competitions during sports events. These activities, as well as the working tools that have been established, will increase the operational personality of the Group of Copenhagen with the aim of endorsing it as a major actor in transnational collaboration.During the working session on 4 July 2017 at the Europol headquarters in The Hague, the network of national platforms has moreover strengthened its co-operation with Europol in this field of work. This co-operation will look into possibilities to share  information collected and synchronised within the Group with Europol in an effort to provide a more efficient contribution to law enforcement actions against manipulations of sports competitions.The Group of Copenhagen was set up in July 2016, at the initiative of the Council of Europe. It involves the co-ordinators of national platforms that have been established in reference to the Convention for the Manipulation of Sports Competitions. Watch: Joe Lee on the importance of collaboration December 13, 2019 StumbleUponlast_img read more


first_img Share StumbleUpon Submit Share “The right tool for the job” is a popular adage in the online betting industry, writes Erlang Solutions CEO Stuart Whitfield. In seven years at Erlang, I’ve learned that there are three key reasons why Erlang and Elixir are often the right tool for the job in online gambling and betting: superior concurrency, scalability, and reliability.bet365 has more than 22m customers, making it the world’s largest online gambling company, with reports suggesting that up to three-quarters of its £1.5bn revenues come from international markets. Extreme scalability, concurrency, and reliability is a must to keep bet365’s engines turning. bet365 lives by the mantra the right tool for the job, and runs a mix of Erlang, Elixir, and Go in production. So when and where should you choose Erlang, Elixir or Go in your betting stack?ConcurrencyAt any one time bet365’s systems are serving many hundreds of thousands of users live odds and results, while managing multiple data streams on the backend. In peak times, like the Super Bowl or the Grand National, the number of users swells by an order of magnitude. This is an awesome feat of concurrent engineering. When it comes to concurrency, Erlang and Elixir, both built on the BEAM virtual machine, excel. They are both concurrency oriented functional languages, built to handle vast numbers of users at the same time. Users of Erlang across verticals as diverse as telecoms, adtech; financial payments; massive multiplayer online role playing gaming; and social media have all exploited its ability to provide impressive concurrency.Go also offers good support for concurrency, especially when comparing it to Ruby, Python, or C++. However, is not an alternative to Erlang or Elixir for backends where availability and low latency for high numbers of concurrent requests is required, as in online betting.ScalabilityModern betting infrastructures demand massive scalability, speed, and fault tolerance to run smoothly. Without scalability built into the system, operators can be left to rely on additional hardware to scale vertically, which is not a sustainable nor a cost effective approach. Erlang and Elixir’s abilities around concurrency go hand-in-hand with their massive scalability. If Erlang isn’t the best tool for every job your system has, a distributed architecture that can plug into Erlang-based products can make your betting system quick to deploy and scale elastically. Tools built in Erlang, such as Riak KV, scale out, up and down predictably. Say goodbye to the headache of emergency hardware and unpredictable system performance under severe load.When you pit Go’s requests per seconds against the likes of Ruby on Rails or Django, Go returns some impressive benchmarks performing three times better. Go can scale to hundreds of thousands with relative ease, in much the same way that Erlang and Elixir scale to millions. ReliabilityLike the stock market, downtime for an online betting operator has immediate financial and reputational consequences. For online sports betting the provision of a ultra-reliable, real-time service is now a priority for bookmakers and punters alike. Just look at the booming in play market for sports events. In this world, pauses of any kinds, for system failure, garbage collection, or queuing backlogs, are not acceptable. Online betting stacks must handle their constant torrents of data without impacting the system’s processes, or end users. Erlang and Elixir’s concurrency, no-shared memory architecture and built-in ‘fail and recover’ approach make them behave extremely gracefully and predictably under highly variable stochastic load. In fact, Erlang can support data changing at four times other languages’ rate. This makes Erlang and Elixir ideal to build critical gambling and betting systems on.Go is tooled very well, but some of its automated triggers can cause errors, jeopardising server code that is supposed to reply immediately. This in turn can harm its overall reliability in comparison to Erlang and Elixir.Join Chandru Mullaparthi, former Head of Software Architecture at bet365 and Chairman of the Erlang Industrial User Group at the London Erlang User Group, where he will draw on his experience to Build the ideal betting stack (Wednesday 11 October, 18:30 BST, Erlang Solutions HQ).Erlang SolutionsErlang Solutions specialises in giving business truly scalable solutions through the creation, integration, delivery, and lifetime support of products and services based on the Erlang programming language. Four of the world’s top bookmakers currently look to Erlang Solutions for technical know-how. Learn more about Erlang Solutions’ work in the online gambling & betting industry.last_img read more


first_img Related Articles Share StumbleUpon FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Esports betting platform Unikrn has confirmed that it has been approved a Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) licence, allowing the company to service regulated European betting markets.Unikrn will now launch new European enterprise ‘Unikrn EU’, a joint venture with France-based RBP. Securing its market entry, the Seattle-based technology firm aims to become the outright leader for esports wagering for European consumers.Rahul SoodRahul Sood, CEO of Unikrn, said:  “For a little over a year, Unikrn EU has been working with the Malta Gaming Authority to acquire our new license.“Malta has some of the highest regulatory requirements and processes; they are by every measure the gold standard and one of the most respected authorities for responsible and ethical wagering.”The firm’s pending European launch follows the conclusion of its ‘UnikoinGold; crypto token sale which has helped the firm raise +$30 million to date. Unikrn governance believes that its crypto token the ‘single most successful and widely distributed token in the esports and gaming industries’.High profile backers of the UnikoinGold token include US tech investor Mark Cuban and Brock Pierce, plus Crypto VC’s CoinCircle, Blockchain Capital, Pantera Capital, and Draper Dragon.Joining Unikrn European venture, Emmanuel de Rohan Chabot, CEO of Zeturf and Zebet and co-founder of RBP backed long-term plans   “RBP has over 300,000 loyal registered customers, and our sites receive over a million unique visitors per month, making us (the) leader in France when it comes to online betting.“RBP will be a strong partner to Unikrn to help bring regulated, safe, and legal esports betting in markets across Europe, and we look forward to working with their exceptional team.” Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more


first_imgShare Submit Share StumbleUpon Tabcorp expects $1bn hit as ‘COVID and retail contractions’ take effect August 3, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Related Articles BlueRibbon signs strategic partnership with The Stars Group August 18, 2020 Rafi Ashkenazi – The Stars Group IncUpdating the market, Toronto TSX-listed The Stars Group Inc has confirmed that it has acquired a majority 62% holding in Australian online betting operator CrownBet Holdings, for an aggregated sum of $117 million (€95 million).The Stars Group, acquires its controlling stake in CrownBet, from Australian casino and leisure operator Crown Resorts Limited, who had placed the online bookmaker up for sale last December, choosing to focus its business on its Australian casino properties.Launched in 2014, by industry executive Matthew Tripp, CrownBet currently ranks as the second largest Australian online bookmaker with reported 2017 unaudited revenues of AUS $200 million (€125 million).    “We are excited to enter the regulated Australian sportsbook market with CrownBet,” said Rafi Ashkenazi, Chief Executive Officer of The Stars Group.“CrownBet has become one of the fastest growing online sportsbooks in Australia through its strong management team, proprietary technology, mobile app, unique partnerships and market-leading loyalty program.”Confirming the deal, Ashkenazi and Stars Group governance detailed that they would retain the services of Matthew Tripp as CrownBet Chief Executive.Updating investors, Stars Group governance informs that it will acquire its 62% equity in CrownBet through an all-cash transaction, from funds attributed to the firm’s current balance sheet.The Northern Territory Racing Commission has approved the transaction subject to The Stars Group satisfying certain standard conditionslast_img read more


first_imgShare Submit StumbleUpon Share Romania’s ONJN adds 20 sites to blacklist August 14, 2020 Related Articles Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Kristian NylenStockholm-listed, betting platform and software provider Kambi Group Plc, has expanded its presence within the regulated Romanian gambling market in partnership with Stanleybet.Updating the market, Kambi leadership confirms that it has secured the lead omni-channel platform supplier agreement for Stanleybet Romania’s digital and retail properties.The agreement follows an extensive tender process undertaken by StanleyBet governance, seeking a sportsbook platform provider able to service its ‘+300 Romanian betting shops and fast-growing digital presence’.“As one of the strongest sports betting brands in Romania, I’m delighted Stanleybet Romania has chosen Kambi and our market-leading Sportsbook to springboard the company to its next phase of growth,” Kristian Nylen, Kambi Chief Executive, said.“The agreement reflects the strength of our multi-channel offer, as well as the flexibility of the Kambi Sportsbook, with Stanleybet keen to offer their customers a unique and differentiated sports betting experience,”Kambi development teams have begun the integration of systems and the full migration is expected to be finished in a matter of weeks and ahead of this summer’s football World Cup.StanleyBet Romania governance detailed that its choice of Kambi as lead omni-channel sportsbook supplier was determined by the firm’s ability to scale products for both retail and digital disciplines, in-line with the firm’s long-term Romanian growth strategy.Sorin Georgescu, Stanleybet Romania Chief Executive, commented: “This partnership is a key milestone for Stanleybet Romania’s evolution in the local market. During the tender process, it quickly became clear Kambi not only had the best sportsbook in the field but also possessed the most sophisticated proprietary technology in the industry.“Our mission is to offer our customers the best sports betting experience possible and by partnering with Kambi we will be able to do exactly that, with the added flexibility to differentiate and stay true to the strong Stanleybet Romania brand,” Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020last_img read more


first_img GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Related Articles GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Share Submit FTSE250 gambling group GVC Holdings has confirmed that industry risk-management and insurance specialist RISQ will act as lead betting jackpot supplier for its online betting properties.Updating the market, GVC will move to enhance its betting promotions with RISQ B2B Jackpot solutions.The partnership has begun with RISQ acting as lead insurer of GVC’s European sportsbook Bwin’s World Cup 2018 flagship promotions ‘Maradona’s Millions’, which forms part of the bookmaker’s multi-million € ‘Who Stole the Cup?’ campaign.Maradona’s Millions has been developed utilising RISQ’s ‘Wallchart Jackpot’ prediction game which features a potential €11 million top prize payout.Claus Hansen – GVC HoldingsBacking RISQ jackpot solutions, Claus Hansen, Head of CRM at GVC Holdings, stated that the betting group wanted to broaden its capabilities on customer acquisition-to-retention dynamics.Partnering with RISQ has helped up to set new standards in delivering promotions at GVC. Combining their cutting-edge B2B platform with our broader marketing assets has enabled us to create a standout promotion in the intensely competitive landscape of the World Cup.“The elasticity they offer provides multi-product flexibility (whether it be lottery, RNG or FTP sports games) giving us a unique chance to employ jackpots in a scalable, tailored fashion across the entire group of brands.”Moving forward, RISQ is set to provider GVC full flexibility to deploy lottery and RNG capabilities across its betting inventory/markets, enhancing its multi-brand properties.Tom Mitchell – RISQA pleased Tom Mitchell RISQ’s B2B Director commented on the partnership:“It’s incredibly satisfying for our jackpot solution to have been integrated by such a huge name as GVC. Incorporating an intuitive free-to-play game with any sportsbook generates a proven benefit across a number of KPIs – especially as reliable cross-selling techniques and user-engagement become ever more elusive commodities for operators.“Our research overwhelmingly suggests that participation in free-to-play games exponentially ramps with higher jackpots. So with our game-changing Jackpot RNG raising the bar on these prize funds across the board – and up to €11 million for GVC – the possibilities are endless for boosting new accounts and fostering a loyal customer base across all platforms and devices.” Sharelast_img read more