CDB provides relief for Hurricane Irma ravaged islands

first_imgThe Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has announced support for its Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs) affected by Hurricane Irma and for the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), which is coordinating the region’s response to the affected states.The CDB will provide Emergency Relief Grants of $200,000 each to Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, the British Virgin Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands. The funds are to assist with costs associated with damage assessments and the provision and transportation of emergency relief supplies, water and sanitation resources, roofing materials for emergency shelters and community buildings, and temporary shelter for displaced residents. Immediate response loans to be provided alsoIn addition, CDB has offered Immediate Response Loans of up to US$750,000 to the affected countries. The loans, available on highly concessionary terms, are designed to support the clearing and cleaning of areas damaged by Hurricane Irma and the emergency restoration of services.As the region anticipated the arrival of Hurricane Irma, the CDB had also approved a fast-tracked grant of US$150,000 to CDEMA to assist with preparations for mobilizing and coordinating disaster relief.CDB president Dr. Warren Smith noted the Bank’s commitment to providing assistance following the passage of Irma.“We reaffirm our support for our BMCs affected by this devastating hurricane. We very much regret the loss of life and infrastructure, and pledge to help the Governments and people of the impacted countries recover and rebuild in any way we possibly can,” he said.last_img read more

Cervical cancer NGO launched in Trinidad & Tobago

first_imgIn January, the family of cervical cancer victim, 32-year-old, Trinidad and Tobago national volleyball player, Ayanna Dyette, officially launched The Ayana S. Dyette Foundation for Cervical Cancer.Dyette passed away from cervical cancer approximately one year after her Stage Four diagnosis in July 2017, much to the shock of the athlete’s family and friends. Her symptoms began with heavy bleeding during her period, and quickly escalated to excruciating pain, which landed her in the  Port-of-Spain General Hospital. It was there that she finally received a pap smear and was diagnosed with cervical cancer. Addressing staggering prevalence According to the family, the non-governmental organization was formed to address the staggering prevalence of cervical cancer in Trinidad and Tobago. The foundation “is is focused on awareness, geared towards preventative action, by highlighting the importance of yearly pap smears, healthy sexual habits, medical advancements and information hubs for self–learning.” “Ayana’s story shows that she was just like many other women. She was young, outgoing, educated, athletic with abound opportunities in sport and her professional life as a financial planner, who just did not do her regular checkups. Sadly she became a statistic. Our hope is that other women will hear her story and take immediate action!”Caused by HPVAlmost all cases of cervical cancer are caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection. HPV vaccinations are now readily available in most countries, with public health programs focused on alleviating the growing prevalence of cervical cancer by promoting the vaccine as a proven preventative measure. If caught quickly through an annual pap smear examination, precancerous lesions can be effectively treated if diagnosed in its early stages. In a statement released earlier this week, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) noted that cervical cancer is third most common cancer among women in the Caribbean.last_img read more

Jamaica’s Opposition Leader Peter Phillips Undergoes Successful Cancer Surgery

first_imgThe medical team has also stated that Dr Phillips will be in need of further treatment over the next few months as he continues in his public duties.While he is currently on leave as PNP President, he will continue to provide direction and guidance to the party, and will increase his level of public duties.Prime Minister Andrew Holness and many other politicians have congratulated Phillips on a successful surgery and wished him a speedy recovery. KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s opposition leader, Dr. Peter Phillips was recently successfully treated for stage 3 colon cancer.The initial health evaluation of Phillips, made weeks ago, resulted in “a diagnosis of stage 3 curable colon cancer.”A statement by Phillips’ medical team revealed that the People’s National Party (PNP) president underwent “complete and successful surgical removal of the cancer on March 23 and is now recovering comfortably at home.”last_img read more

Italian Serie A Review (Monday): Atalanta Beat Hapless Benevento To Move Into Top 10

first_imgUEFA Europa League (UEL) campaigners Atalanta have moved into the top 10 on the Italian Serie A table after they defeated hapless Benevento 1-0 at home.Atalanta dominated the game but couldn’t find a way through until in-form striker Bryan Crisante broke the deadlock for the home side to take the three maximum points at stake.The victory condemns Benevento to a 14th defeat in 14 league games meaning that the club stay rooted to the bottom of the table with 0 point and a goal difference of -28 in addition to the fact that they are 10 points away from safety.On the other hand, Atalanta leapfrog Fiorentina and Torino into 10th place (19 points) as a result of the slim win.Relatedlast_img read more

GBGA dealt ‘one entity’ blow in UK tax challenge

first_img StumbleUpon Liverpool FC in agency dispute over £15m BetVictor sponsorship June 9, 2020 Share Share Mansion orders Playtech sports betting upgrade for casino properties June 5, 2020 EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 Submit Related Articles Maciej SzpunarEuropean Court of Justice Advocate General Maciej Szpunar has dealt a blow to the legal challenge brought by the Gibraltar Betting and Gaming Association (GBGA) against the UK HMRC’s 2014 new tax regime on online gambling duties.Detailing his opinion on GBGA’s ongoing challenge, Szpunar stated that British overseas territory Gibraltar and the UK should be treated as ‘one entity’ with regards to business services. Gibraltar can therefore not exempt betting operators from the UK government’s industry charges or related policies.The GBGA has brought its tax challenge to EU courts, stating that the UK government has breached EU laws relating to businesses being able to provide ‘free movement of services’, one of the four fundamental pillars of EU business policy.Defending its stance, HMRC has stated that GBGA cannot challenge its industry duty as business policy between the UK and Gibraltar is not covered by EU law. Whilst Gibraltar may be an independent state, it is represented within the EU by the UK and can therefore not challenge business policy on ‘free movement of services’.Issuing an opinion note on GBGA’s challenge, Szpunar backs the UK position stating: “I propose that the provisions of the New Tax Regime which are contested in the present case should not be regarded as a restriction on the freedom to provide services, given that they apply without distinction and on a non-discriminatory basis to gambling service providers located in the UK and elsewhere.”Should Szpunar’s opinion be upheld, this will likely cause Gibraltar’s government further concerns following this week’s confirmation by UK PM Theresa May that the United Kingdom would leave the EU Single Market and renegotiate commercial terms with the EU Customs Union.Gibraltar has become a digital and financial services hub for numerous European businesses. At present, the British overseas territory has over 4000 employees working in the online gambling sector as Gibraltar’s largest employer (population 32,000).Should Gibraltar be treated as an entity of the UK, it will face significant challenges in maintaining commercial and competition protections and its registered companies servicing EU member states post the UK’s exit from the Single Market.last_img read more

Paddy Power makes LGBT+ pledge for Russian World Cup

first_img Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Share As part of its campaign for the 2018 Russian World Cup, Paddy Power has revealed that for every Russia goal at the tournament it will donate £10,000 to causes dedicated to making football more LGBT+ inclusive.Working with Attitude magazine‘s Foundation, the operator has detailed that its funding will help numerous elements of the LGBT community by challenging LGBT+ prejudice on and off the field, supporting footballers and those in the game in coming out as well as funding educational programmes in schools and colleges.The initiative adds to Paddy Power’s strong marketing campaign for the Russian World Cup, with the firm already sponsoring the CONIFA World Cup in London and donating a five-figure sum to Polar Bears International, to fund a ground-breaking research project into Russian polar bears.A Spokesman for Paddy Power commented: “Given they invented Russian Dolls, you’d be forgiven for thinking Russia wouldn’t have an issue with women being into other women.“Likewise, their appreciation for bears is one shared around the world by the LGBT+ population, so it really is astonishing that they have not used their stewardship of this tournament to champion LGBT+ inclusivity.“As a result, we’ve stepped in to help. When Russia Put-in a goal, we’ll Put-in £10,000 to Attitude magazine’s Foundation, who will use the funds to make football more LGBT+ inclusive. I cannot wait to see the LGBT+ community get behind the Russians – or the Russians’ baffled reaction.”Furthermore, the group has detailed that to make up for the lack of quality in the Russian side, it will give away a minimum of £50,000 to LGBT+ causes. Darren Styles OBE, publisher of Attitude, said: “When Paddy Power approached us with this idea we leapt at the chance. The LGBT+ community has a long history of reclaiming and adopting behaviours, words and styles that were intended to discriminate against us, so for this tournament we’re adopting Russia.“The World Cup is meant to be about inclusivity, but thanks to the hosts – and those who chose the hosts – this tournament (and the next, in Qatar) is taking place in a nation with laws that discriminate against the LGBT+ population. “This is completely unacceptable and, therefore, we welcome the opportunity to benefit from Russia’s success and make unwitting allies of their national team. It will be hugely satisfying to see a goal from Russia send a message of equal love.” Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

Vereeni & RB Capital back Kalamba Games as new igaming hot property

first_img Submit Share StumbleUpon Share Kalamba Games appoints Tamas Kusztos as Head of Sales December 9, 2019 Related Articles Vereeni VC backs Megalotto for next stage of critical growth February 27, 2020 Venture capital fund Vereeni Investments has agreed on an investment partnership with industry brokerage RB Capital to acquire a 20% equity share in hi-definition igaming development studio Kalamba Games.The transaction is conducted for an undisclosed seven-figure sum and will seek to accelerate the introduction in game capacities for Kalamba partners, whilst accelerating the content provider’s commercial pipeline.RB Capital specialises in identifying the industry’s best value investments, across all functions of gambling’s value chain.Meanwhile, for Vereeni, the investment in Kalamba complements its existing market portfolio, in which the venture fund has invested in games content, business intelligence, software development, crypto and blockchain disciplinesTim Heath, founding partner at Vereeni Investments, said: “In less than two years, Kalamba Games has displayed the creativity and expertise required to make a major splash in slots development. By taking a significant equity share, we are confident that Vereeni Investments can help Kalamba Games reach the next level in its development.“We are also thrilled to have struck this deal alongside RB Capital, which brings an unmatched level of experience across the igaming space.”Steve Cutler, CEO and co-founder of Kalamba Games, added: “[Co-founder] Alex Cohen and I, as well as the whole team at Kalamba, are very excited that we have joined forces with Vereeni and RB Capital, who bring the financial resources and strategic capital, that match our vision for being a tier one supplier in the casino games industry.“The investment gives us the ability to scale up the development teams in Krakow, maintain our already aggressive velocity and build the Games Platform coupled with the engagement and retention tools, that the industry still desperately needs.“We will also be setting up the new head office in Malta, where we will continue to strengthen the business development, marketing and finance teams.”Backing the investment, Julian Buhagiar, co-founder, RB Capital, said: “It is truly a pleasure for us to be working with Steve, Alex and all the team at Kalamba. We’ve been watching them closely for a while now, and in a short time, they have built a very compelling games portfolio. It is very exciting to be supporting their efforts to acquire new territories with their disruptive content. We see significant opportunities for growth ahead for Kalamba.” Vereeni backs Indian DFS enterprise Nostragamus September 24, 2019last_img read more

Boris Johnson tipped as new Tory leader as May steps down

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit BGC: Government must ‘act fast’ and extend furlough scheme August 11, 2020 Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Share Boris Johnson is the bookmakers’ favourite to be the next Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland after Theresa May confirmed she is to leave 10 Downing Street on 7 June. May made the announcement this morning after meeting Graham Brady of the 1922 Committee, the influential group of backbench MPs from May’s Conservative Party, after it became clear that she had lost the support of its members.May had earlier this year confirmed that she would step down once Brexit had been ‘delivered’ so Conservative MPs have been jockeying for position for the past couple of months, if not longer, and Ladbrokes have the former London mayor as favourite. Matt Shaddick, Head of Politics at Ladbrokes, commented on the potential leadership contest: “Boris is overwhelmingly the punters favourite at the moment: 5/2 a week ago into 11/8 at the time of writing. If you are looking for a lively outsider, we are seeing a bit of money on James Cleverly at 50/1 to be the next leader.”Boris Johnson has made his intentions to lead the party vehemently clear since May took office, however some have tipped former-Brexit Minister Dominic Raab, and Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Michael Gove as a potential front runners. Shaddick told SBC that a general election appears to be more likely than a second Brexit referendum for 2019, a proposal that May suggested to her cabinet earlier this week. Shaddick added: “A general election is seen as a more likely outcome for 2019, in from 3/1 to 2/1. A further referendum isn’t out of the question as a way out of the current situation, but time is running out for it to happen this year.”Latest odds. pic.twitter.com/xGdk1frfuX— Ladbrokes Politics (@LadPolitics) May 24, 2019last_img read more

Highlight Games secures new deal with Fortuna

first_img Submit Highlight Games goes global with ComeOn deal June 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Share NSoft adds virtuals onto EveryMatrix’s CasinoEngine June 5, 2020 Related Articles Share Highlight Games goes live with MaxBet June 26, 2020 Video virtual sports supplier Highlight Games has secured a new pan-European framework agreement with the Fortuna Entertainment Group which will see the supplier deliver its virtual sports products online, on mobile and in retail locations across central Europe.Under the terms of the agreement, Highlight Games will deliver its ‘SOCCERBET’ flagship product in both league and single match formats, with plans to deliver the product in territories including Poland, Romania, Czech Republic, Croatia and Slovakia. Tim Green, CEO, Highlight Games, commented on the agreement: “I’m delighted to announce this partnership with Fortuna, which further extends Highlight Games’ presence in Europe.  SOCCERBET is already the number one performing virtual sports betting game in Italy, and we look forward to replicating this success in additional regulated territories with Fortuna.  “Highlight Games offer players a unique proposition; opportunities to bet on real highlights featuring real teams and real players and it is encouraging to see more operators recognizing the revenue-driving potential of these exclusive games.”Michal Hanák, Group Chief Sportsbook Officer at Fortuna, added: “Fortuna is pleased to be adding Highlight Games’ innovative products to its virtual sports portfolio.  Offering customers the opportunity to bet on archive footage featuring their favourite teams and players is an exciting one, and we are confident that both SOCCERBET and the much anticipated NBA Last 60 will prove popular both in retail and online outlets. “But most of all, we think, this product is the best one in the virtual sports market in recent years, and Fortuna offer only the best products for their customers.”last_img read more

Spain’s DGOJ sanctions autumn clean-up of licensee remits

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Share Related Articles Four Spanish licensed incumbents have had specific licensee provisions withdrawn ‘for inactivity’ sanctioned by gambling regulatory authority the DGOJ.This October, the DGOJ undertook a review of operators’ current market status, which forced the regulator to terminate specific licensee provision attached to Unidad Editorial Juegos, Beatya Entertainment, Paf Consulting ABP and Winamax Espana.Publishing its judgement, the DGOJ details that it has withdrawn the horseracing wagering remits of ‘Editorial Juegos’ – the operating company of MarcaApuestas.com, the online sportsbook domain of leading Spanish sports newspaper Marca.Meanwhile, Åland Islands operator Paf, who has operated in the Spanish online gambling market since 2012, has seen its online bingo B2C licence terminated for failure to activate its product.Of notable surprise, the DGOJ has withdrawn the B2C sports betting licence of French online gambling incumbent Winamax, who will now serve the Spanish market solely as an online poker operator.This summer, Winamax announced its first La Liga football partnerships with newly-promoted Granada CF (currently third in La Liga), in which the French operator detailed that it would advertise both its online poker and sports betting services.Winamax maintains the majority of its Spanish market presence as lead online poker partner for Marca, organising the sports publishers ‘Marca Poker’ national tour.DGOJ’s final sanction relates to Beatya Entertainment, operating subsidiary of online casino StarVegas.es which has seen its licensing provisions for Punto y Banca table games axed. Share Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020last_img read more