Energy minister Dr. Andrew Wheatley says the future of Jamaica’s bauxite and alumina sector remains bright and prosperous, with great prospects for further investments.Industry prospects are favorableWheatley, told delegates to the 24th Bauxite Alumina Conference that the industry’s prospects are increasingly becoming more favorable as aluminum and alumina benchmark prices have risen and are set to continue climbing as global demand strengthens.“Energy cost has also been trending low, well below the 2008 (pre-crisis) levels, and is looking to remain moderate into the future,” he added.He said that Jamaica’s ongoing economic reform program has also brought about a stable macro-environment, and, consequently, the critical variables, namely debt ratio, inflation and foreign exchange reserves, “are now heading in the right direction”.Wheatley said that Jamaica’s history in the sector has given rise to skilled workers who are familiar with industry activities, as well as communities and supporting government agencies.Fruitful industry developmentsHe said industry developments have, thus far, been so fruitful that the new owners of the Alpart refinery in Nain. St. Elizabeth, Jiuquan Iron & Steel (Group) Company Limited (JISCO) of China, have undertaken a projected US$6 million investment program.He said this initiative will involve the expansion of the existing plant, the building of a new refinery to boost Alpart’s capacity to four million tonnes, expansion of facilities at Port Kaiser, construction of an Industrial Park and Special Economic Zone, and the possible use of natural gas as an energy source.Chief Executive of Noranda Bauxite and Alumina, David D’Addario said his company continues to expand its markets and has opened up trade with new bauxite customers worldwide, including China and India.D’Addario said that aluminum has even been sold for use in non-metallurgical applications where Jamaican bauxite has never been used before.He said Noranda has utmost trust and confidence in the government and that this, along with its strategic customers and financial commodities partners, was among the factors contributing to the company’s productivity.
Haiti’s President, Jovenel Moise PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, CMC – Opposition political parties say they will resume anti-government protests next week to force President Jovenel Moise out of office, even as an opposition inspired attempt to impeach the head of state earlier this week failed to materialise.Secretary-General of the opposition party, Pitit Dessalin, Jean-Charles Moïse, who is also the spokesman of the Force of the opposition progressive (FOP), said that the protests would resume on August 14.Opposition legislators have been calling for the removal of Moise in the wake of allegations of embezzlement related to the PetroCaribe oil initiative with Venezuela and call fresh elections.But the head of state has defended himself against the report of the Superior Court of Accounts and Administrative Litigation (CSA/CA) into programmes and projects funded by the PetroCaribe, an oil alliance of many Caribbean states with Venezuela to purchase oil on conditions of preferential payment.In their latest move to remove Moise from office, 21 deputies had filed a motion accusing him of high treason, claiming that he had violated the Constitution and was leading the country to “the edge of the social explosion”.But the majority of the deputies, most of whom are aligned to Moise’s party, said that t it was up to those who are accusing to provide evidence of violations of the Constitution.Other legislators said they were disappointed that those who had been demanding for several months this special sitting so as to put to the vote a motion to impeach the Head of State, were not in a position to do so.Opposition deputies began to use megaphones to disrupt the Assembly when the Speaker of the Majority tabled a proposal to enforce the agenda, resulting in the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Gary Bodeau, to hold talks with the leaders of the three political parties.But after holding the discussions, Bodeau, said that no agreement had been reached and that the session would continue, a date for which has not been given.According to the Haitian Constitution “the Chamber of Deputies, by a two-thirds majority of its members pronounces the indictment…for the crime of high treason or any other crime or offense committed in the exercise of his functions”.Political observers say that the debate is aimed at prolonging the ratification of the new government, which would also delay the implementation of emergency measures to overcome the economic crisis that the country is facing.Last week, Moise called on Parliament to approve the nomination and government of Prime Minister Fritz William Michel, describing him as “a brilliant civil servant who has devoted his entire career to serving the people of Haiti”.Michel, a former executive in the Ministry of Economy and Finance, became the fourth prime minister of this French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country since President Moise became the head of state in 2017.He has since named an 18-member Cabinet, equally divided between men and women and is waiting to present his general policy statement to parliament.
Isha Johansen has publically expressed her desire to seek re-election as president of Sierra Leone Football Association despite saying she was a victim of intimidation and discrimination during her first term.“I have decided to run for a second term in office – after careful deliberation. I would like to finish what I started. There is unfinished business.” – Johansen told BBC Sport.Increase in coaches, both male and female; improved national teams and better playing surfaces she ascribes as part of her first term feats.She is Africa’s only female federation president, a feat achieved in 2013 which culminated on the 3rd of August, 2017.Her decision surely will be surprising to the few who would have expected her not to seek re-election with her reign blighted by controversy, infighting and the Ebola crisis.Last year, Johansen spent a night in custody when detained by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) after failing to attend a hearing, whereupon ACC officials and armed police raided the SLFA secretariat.A new date for the election is yet to be made official, but Sanusi Bruski Kargbo, a former ally remains her stiffest opposition in her quest for re-election.Related
CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach August 27, 2020 Submit Share TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service August 20, 2020 Sportito CEO Riccardo Mittiga has welcomed a ‘great opportunity’ to work with Fulham FC, after the DFS operator signed a deal to become the club’s first ‘Official Fantasy Sports Partner’.Fulham FC will introduce their fans to the new Sportito fantasy sports platform, which hosts daily winning contests rather than season long contests, and promote the opportunity to connect with the team and other players through networking on social media.The new format has also freed up fans when choosing players to draft for their teams, after removing salary cap restrictions which proved irritating for fantasy players. Cash prizes and high quality real time data are also key features of the company’s innovative approach to traditional fantasy sports.Casper Stylsvig, CRO at Fulham Football Club, said: “Sportito is an innovative new gaming brand and one that I am happy to welcome as an official partner of Fulham.”He added that it’s ‘an exciting collaboration, which can be mutually successful’. Moreover, he said ‘we are confident that we can assist in Sportito’s objectives and drive Fulham FC fans and the wider football community to sign up to and play the game online’.Riccardo Mittiga expressed his confidence in bringing success to the partnership: “We are more than happy to partner up with Fulham FC, one of the oldest Football Clubs in the UK with a fan base spread throughout the UK and worldwide. It is a great opportunity for us to introduce Sportito to Whites fans and engage with them to show how exciting it is to play fantasy sports and win real cash on Sportito.”Having launched in August 2016, Sportito is a DFS site launched with a gambling license from the UK Gambling Commission, which offers fantasy sports contests across all major tournaments and leagues including the Premier League, Championship and World Cup.
Share Scottish football club Glasgow Rangers FC has confirmed that it has extended its shirt sponsorship deal with UK online casino and betting operator 32Red.32Red has acted as Rangers lead shirt sponsor since season 2014/15. The online gambling company will extend the sponsorship for a further two seasons, as Rangers FC challenges for Scottish Premier League glory.Rangers management detailed that the football club had been offered a number of lucrative shirt sponsorship options, but decided to remain with 32Red maintaining the position. Rangers Managing Director, Stewart Robertson commented: “We are delighted to announce an extended shirt sponsorship deal with 32Red”Updating the media, 32Red’s Matt Booth Chief Commercial Officer detailed that the company was already working with Rangers on new social and fan initiatives for season 2017/18, as 32Red seeks to boost its brand coverage and visibility.“We have enjoyed three fantastic years as the official club sponsor of Rangers FC and we are thrilled to confirm a further two year agreement that will see the 32Red brand feature on the front of the players’ shirts.“Everybody at 32Red would like to thank the staff at Rangers for all their help leveraging the 32Red brand over the past few years and we are excited about the journey ahead.” Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Wayne Rooney speaks from experience to support 32Red’s ‘Know Your Limits’ campaign April 8, 2020 Submit Rangers FC and Ladbrokes end betting partnership April 14, 2020 32Red brands reports of educational data breach as “untrue and unfounded” January 20, 2020
Share BoyleSports signs Coventry City sponsorship August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Louth, the smallest county in Ireland, has the highest concentration of betting shops in the country with 2.6 outlets per 10,000 population.As reported in the Irish Examiner, the county’s 33 betting shops puts it 50% above the national average of 1.8 bookies per 10,000 population. The other counties with the highest concentrations of betting shops are Carlow, Westmeath, Longford, and Meath.Conversely, Sligo has the lowest proportion of bookies with just eight in the county, a ratio of 1.2 shops per 10,000 population, while Cork has the third-lowest concentration of shops (1.4) despite having 78 shops, the second-highest amount behind Dublin on 259.Paddy Power has the largest presence across the country with 264 of the 862 shops equating to a 30% share. In fact, Paddy Power, Boylesports (249), and Ladbrokes (143) combined account for 72% of all bookmaker shops in the country.Only a select number of other operators have more than 10 branches, including Bar One Racing, Bruce Betting, Harrington Bookmakers, Tully Bookmakers, Track Sports, and Bambury Bookmakers.According to the Irish Bookmakers’ Association (IBA), more than 500 betting shops have closed in the past decade, which has contributed to a decline in the total stakes wagered from €3.6 billion in 2007 to €2.8 billion last year, a drop of 22%. Submit Related Articles Share
StumbleUpon PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles Share EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 Seeking to gain improved all-around scalability combined with peak operating performance, Sky Betting & Gaming (SB&G) has informed that it has migrated its Sky Bet trading engine onto Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing systems.Having recently built new trading and pricing provisions/components for SkyBet.com, SB&G’s in-house development and engineering teams had trialled Amazon serverless computing modules.By migrating its Sky Bet engine onto AWS systems, SB&G engineering details that the company will gain a number of benefits including; faster speed/load times, lower operating costs, improved deployment resources and better product testing environments, which will be supported by a number of AWS tools.SB&G’s full decision to migrate its bet engine onto AWS systems is fully detailed by ‘Sky Bet Trading Tribe’ Software Engineer Leanne Jagger in a recent company blog posted on engineering.Skybettingandgaming.com.As an industry operator, SB&G continues its focus of building its in-house platform capabilities and expanding its digital infrastructure. The operator has previously detailed that on its busiest days it can record + 53 million player transactions across its online gambling portfolio.In order to sustain its operations, SB&G has undertaken numerous recruitment drives adding resources to its Leeds HQ and Sheffield development hub, making SB&G one of Yorkshire’s leading tech recruiting enterprises.
UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share Submit UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Related Articles ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 Share UK regulatory and licensing stakeholders have sent a joint-letter to online gambling operators demanding that adverts ‘appealing to minors’ be ‘immediately removed’ from websites and active marketing inventory (media, affiliates and third parties).The joint-letter was published by the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC), and supported by UK advertising bodies the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) and The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).The demand relating to minors protections against gambling exposure has been further supported by industry trade group The Remote Gambling Association (RGA).On Sunday 8 October, The Sunday Times published an investigative report titled ‘Peter Pan hooks children on web gambling’, in which the newspaper claimed that ‘lax industry regulation’ had allowed betting operators to use cartoon characters to promote a number of casino games.The newspaper detailed that the ‘freely accessible’ images breached UK advertising codes set by CAP with regards to child (under-18) protections relating to gambling services.“Recent articles in the UK national press have highlighted a number of freely accessible ads on gambling operator websites, which feature images that are likely to appeal particularly to under 18s. This is unacceptable.”“Gambling operators are required by the UK Advertising Codes and the conditions of their Gambling Commission licence to advertise responsibly with particular regard to the protection of under 18s and others who are vulnerable to being harmed or exploited by gambling advertising.”UK media reports that the letter has been sent to 450 online gambling firms, further warning that those who failed to adhere to current ASA standards would likely face sanctions.The subject matter of child protections was reviewed by industry legal expert David Clifton (Clifton Davies) for SBC this month, detailing that sector stakeholders be ‘mindful of protecting children’. StumbleUpon
Submit Share StumbleUpon Share Guy Cohen, VP B2C Casino at 888casino.com talks about current live casino trends, and what the future holds for the vertical.The live casino sector is enjoying a major rise in popularity and play right now, with no signs of slowing down. According to H2 Gambling Capital, by the end of the decade the market will be worth more than €1.9bn per year in Europe as more players are drawn to the authentic and interactive experience it offers.In order to achieve, or even surpass this, operators and suppliers will have to work closely together to ensure the live casino experience is constantly improved. This needs to be done via innovative new games and formats, as well as operators designing more studio/gaming environments that deliver variety to players.In recent months, we have launched a number of new games including Speed Roulette as well as an entirely new game variant via Evolution Gaming’s live money wheel game, Dream Catcher. Double Ball roulette is scheduled to follow in a few weeks’ time.Suppliers have also upped the ante when it comes to mobile live dealer; games can now be played seamlessly across all devices, with no downtime or significant differences in the quality of the live experience offered whether on desktop or mobile. This has opened live casino to a new demographic of mobile-only players.In addition, it is now possible for players to play games (including blackjack) in both portrait and landscape modes. This may not sound like a major breakthrough, but it has significantly improved the mobile experience for those who are playing while doing something else. Given the size of some smartphones it is much easier to hold the device in portrait mode.When it comes to designing and developing new casino environments, we have recently pulled back the curtain on an entirely new live dealer studio setting. The 888casino Elite Lounge has been designed for the VIP player.888casino understands that in order to ensure the live casino vertical continues to grow at its current pace, it is vital to provide tailored experiences that meet the various preferences and demands of the players.Obviously it is not just new studio environments that will be key to unlocking growth. Players flock to live dealer because of the authenticity and atmosphere they offer. Studio-based environments certainly provide this, but nothing beats the real thing. As such, we now offer games streamed live from the gaming floors of three prestigious land-based casinos, including the Dragonara Palace Casino in Malta with more planned.This takes the live experience to the next level. It means players are streaming from real roulette tables, located on the floors of real casinos, with real croupiers and most importantly other players that are real. These are people who have walked through the casino door. In addition to transporting players straight to the heart of the action, it has the added benefit of strengthening their trust in the game because the tables are being run by land-based operators.Dual-Play (as it is known) is an incredible experience and showcases just how powerful and cutting-edge live technology is. The big question is where it will go next and how the player experience can be enhanced even further. Some believe augmented and virtual reality hold the key to this, but at present I am undecided.This is partly because it is still early days for VR technology and it has yet to be adopted in mainstream online gaming, let alone with live dealers. In addition, I am unsure exactly how it will improve the experience, other than perhaps immersing players deeper in the digital/real-world casino environment.For the time being, I think that the major growth is going to come from the new formats and variants being developed and from operators designing new and exciting live casino studios and environments.It is certainly a hugely exciting vertical and one 888casino believes will become substantial in its own right over the next few years
Submit StumbleUpon Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Share LeoVegas has pointed to a near six million audience for Norwich’s FA Cup clash with Chelsea last season to explain its heavy sponsorship focus on Championship sides in 2018/19.The mobile gametech group now has an involvement in front-of-shirt sponsorship for four of the league’s sides, with LeoVegas branding adorning the kits of Norwich and Brentford, while LeoVegas owned Royal Panda and Bet UK act as lead sponsors for QPR and Swansea respectively.Tom Jacobs, UK Sport Marketing Manager for LeoVegas, said: “Championship football is one of the most watched leagues in the world and has helped LeoVegas to win loyal customers by showing long term commitments to their clubs.“The exposure from being front of shirt has been huge, peaking with an audience of nearly 6m people watching Norwich’s FA Cup game with Chelsea last season on the BBC.“Access to sponsorship rights such as player access allows LeoVegas to generate rich and relevant content that both fans of the club can enjoy but also the wider football audience.”The Championship season got underway last weekend, with LeoVegas using these significant sponsorship assets to drive an increase in the number of downloads for its iOS and Android apps.“We want to encourage our customers, both new and existing, to play with us via our app,” said Jacobs. “It was built for in-play betting and remains the best way to experience the LeoVegas award winning product.”The early buzz around English football’s second tier has also boosted interest in the operator’s month long competition, set to conclude on 3 September, in which three “ultimate home football survival kits” will be drawn out between all those who have placed a £10 qualifying bet on LeoVegas for the outright winner of any of the top four leagues in England.The prize bundles include an ultra HD TV, sports channel subscription, Fitbit wristband, gift cards and replica match ball for Russia 2018, as well as an English football shirt of your choice.However, it’s not just football at the forefront of LeoVegas’ strategy, as shown by the imminent launch of the LeoVegas Bet Club, which will see players rewarded with weekly free bets for in-play betting activity around football, tennis, darts and rugby.As part of this rugby focus, LeoVegas has committed to a new two-year deal for official betting partner status and shorts sponsorship of Leicester Tigers, England’s most successful rugby union club. QPR names Football Index as new shirt sponsor August 21, 2020 Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articles