Jamaica’s tourism minister mourns passing of entertainment giant Walton Crooks

first_imgWalter Crooks KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s Minister of Tourism, Hon Edmund Bartlett has expressed sadness at the passing of Montego Bay entertainment entrepreneur, Walton “Walt” Crooks who died suddenly over the weekend.Founded Disco Inferno in MoBayMinister Bartlett remembers Crooks for his bold undertaking in the establishment of Disco Inferno in Rose Hall. “Walt Crooks stood out as a giant in the entertainment industry, going beyond the ordinary as he engaged top class international singers to perform at Disco Inferno,” said Minister Bartlett.“Walt was very passionate about his venture and this led him to successfully bring the internationally recognized Hal Jackson’s Talented Teens Pageant to Montego Bay, giving many young Jamaicans the opportunity to showcase their talents on stage and earning recognition,” Minister Bartlett added.Co-promoted SumfestAlthough Disco Inferno folded, Walt Crooks maintained his devotion to entertainment and tourism as a director of Summerfest Productions, working behind the scenes in the staging of the annual Sumfest shows in Montego Bay.In his tribute, Minister Bartlett expressed the view that Walt Crooks was truly ahead of his time and it is regretted that he was not able to fulfil the dream he had in expanding Disco Inferno into a world class entertainment complex.Expressing condolence to Mr. Crooks’ family, Minister Bartlett said the tourism industry and in particular the entertainment sector, mourns the loss of a true pioneer who was totally committed to the industry.last_img read more

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Liverpool Reject Barcelona’s £90.4m Second Coutinho Bid – Reports

first_img25-year-old Coutinho, who signed a five-year contract with the Anfield side in January this year, is reportedly keen to join Barcelona if a deal can be struck by the two clubs.The Brazilian joined Liverpool from Inter Milan in January 2013, becoming an integral part in Liverpool’s charge for success, scoring 13 goals and providing seven assists for Klopp’s men last season.Related Liverpool have reportedly rejected the second Barcelona bid worth £90.4m for Brazilian midfielder, Philippe Coutinho.According to Sky Sports, Barcelona has offered Liverpool another deal of £76.8m initial fee, with £13.6m add-ons, following Liverpool’s rejection of the first bid in July, believed to be around £72m.last_img read more

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Meet The Adidas 2017/18 UEFA Champions League Match Ball

first_imgUEFA has unveiled the Adidas designed official match ball for the 2017/2018 Champions League season.Featuring the Champions League trademark star shaped panels, the ball has a stunning light blue design on the star area depicting thunderbolts, a sharp contrast to last season’s handwriting-style messages in light grey colours.The ball, which will be used throughout the group stages has two versions, the predominantly white version and the orange coloured version that will be used during the winter in snowy conditions.Technology wise, the ball adopts all the characteristics of its predecessors, made for a perfect flight and seamless surface for less water uptake.Also visible on the ball is the ever-present Champions League and Adidas logo.The ball is now available for retail at 140 Euros.The 2017/2018 Champions League group stage kicks off next month as elite teams across Europe vie for a place in the Kiev final next year. Related”No Quality Match Balls In NPFL” – Anthony Okpotu Reveals Why Nigerian Clubs Fail In CAF CompetitionsApril 16, 2020In “Africa”VIDEO: Watch Lionel Messi Play Champions League Anthem On A PianoSeptember 12, 2017In “Europe”UEFA Sanction Everton And Hadjuk Split Over Crowd TroubleSeptember 22, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

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Carabao Cup Review: West Ham Stun London Rivals Tottenham In Comeback Win; Chelsea Survive…

first_imgWest Ham United produced their best performance of the season for embattled manager Slaven Bilic as they came from two goals down to stun their hosts and London rivals Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 at the Wembley Stadium in their Carabao Cup last 16 clash.Tottenham had raced into a two-goal lead through Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli before West Ham shocked them with a second half fightback. Two goals in five minutes from Ghanaian international Andre Ayew levelled matters for the Hammers before Italian international defender Angelo Ogbonna added a third goal with 20 minutes remaining. Slaven Bilic’s side thereafter held on for a big scalp and a place in the next round.Chelsea are also through to the quarterfinal after they survived a late scare from their visitors Everton. Antonio Rudiger gave Chelsea a first half lead before Willian added a late second. Young forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin pulled one back for Everton but the home side held on for a last eight spot.Carabao Cup Results (Wednesday):Tottenham 2-3 West Ham UnitedChelsea 2-1 EvertonRelatedPremier League Review: Toothless Chelsea Drop Points Again As Tottenham Close In On Top Four With Emphatic WinJanuary 14, 2018In “England”Tottenham Close Gap On Pacesetters With London Derby Win Over West HamSeptember 23, 2017In “England”Eden Hazard’s Goal Sends Chelsea into Carabao Cup SemisDecember 20, 2018In “England”last_img read more

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Daniel Sebag retires as CFO of Amaya Inc

first_img Submit Share Amaya governance proposes name change to ‘The Stars Group Inc’ May 12, 2017 The new betting ecosystem: sharks, fish, whales and the trawlermen – part 2 September 21, 2018 Further to today’s corporate update on its revised full-year 2016 guidance, the governance of Toronto TSX-listed Amaya Inc has informed stakeholders and the media that Daniel Sebag has retired from his leadership role as Chief Financial Officer (CFO).Sebag leaves Amaya following ten years’ service as Amaya’s first ever CFO. Announcing his departure, Amaya governance stated that Sebag had played a critical role during key stages in the firms history,  helping Amaya transition from a start-up to a global leading online gambling operator through its $5 billion acquisition of Rational Group assets in 2014.Amaya governance has informed that it has begun its executive search for Sebag’s replacement appointing Spencer Stuart as its recruitment lead, advising Amaya boards on candidate selection.Issuing a corporate statement Divyesh Gadhia, Chairman of the Board of Amaya Inc, commented on the departure of Sebag; “Daniel has been a passionate and dedicated steward of Amaya’s growth into a global gaming leader and helping to position it for the future. On behalf of the company”.I would like to thank him for his contributions over the years. We wish him all the best in his retirement.”“I would like to thank him for his contributions over the years. We wish him all the best in his retirement.” StumbleUpon Amaya promotes David Carrion to Director of Marketing for PokerStars June 26, 2017 Share Related Articleslast_img read more

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High Court approval of GVC terms signals closing time on Ladbrokes Coral Plc

first_img Share Share Related Articles Submit Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 The High Court of England & Wales has sanctioned the outright takeover of Ladbrokes Coral Plc by GVC Holdings, clearing the deals ‘recommended offer’ for investors.GVC governance clears another final hurdle towards securing its industry-changing takeover of Ladbrokes Coral, which this March received both its investor and UK Competition & Markets (CMA) approval.Updating stakeholders, GVC details that its deal is still on-time with the principal events calendar outlined in the scheme document published on 9 February 2018.Today’s update sees the High Court agree to investor provisions set-out in GVC’s combined Ladbrokes Coral corporate prospectus published on 9 February 2018.Ladbrokes Coral investors are guaranteed a 32.7 pence in cash and 0.141 new GVC shares for each share, representing a secured deal value of + £3.2 billion.Furthermore, GVC’s deal allows for an adjusted entitlement of up to 42.8 pence, dependent on the final judgement of the UK government’s Triennial Review on FOBTs wagering, which would increase the deal’s final transaction to + £4 billion.Securing High Court approval, Ladbrokes Coral will now move to delist/suspend its London FTSE main markets stock exchanging listing on Wednesday 28 March.GVC governance has reserved 273,000,000 shares at €0.01, for its enlarged trading on London’s main market on Thursday 29 March, incorporating Ladbrokes Coral investors. StumbleUpon GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020last_img read more

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ARC & partners outline Mental Health Awareness Week support

first_img Submit ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 The Arena Racing Company (ARC) and Royal Windsor Racecourse have pledged their support for Mental Health Awareness Week, which begins on Monday 14 May.In addition five ARC corporate partners, At The Races, Weatherbys Racing Bank, Racing Post, lawyers K&L Gates and sports branding agency Jigsaw, have also pledged their support via race sponsorship, which is to be donated to the Mental Health Foundation charity. Martin Cruddace, ARC Chief Executive, commented, “We are absolutely delighted to support Mental Health Foundation, particularly at the start of Mental Health Awareness Week.  “Promoting effective strategies for dealing with mental health issues is hugely important, and we hope that through this partnership we’ll be able to promote the excellent work of Mental Health Foundation and Racing Welfare to our audiences both on course and through At The Races.“Thanks must go also to our corporate partners Racing Post, Weatherbys Racing Bank, Jigsaw, K&L Gates and At The Races for their support of the evening and of this hugely important work”The Mental Health Foundation is to have an on course presence via At The Races during the Royal Windsor Monday night racing fixture, helping to raise awareness of the simple tools everyone can use to look after their mental health.Racing Welfare is to also be at the racecourse, in addition to all others racing next week, helping promote the work that they undertake.ARC is to also donate the equivalent of 50p for each ticket sold for Monday’s fixture, while racegoers will be able to further support the foundation by merchandise purchase, text and tap to donate and bucket collections.Mark Rowland, Director at the Mental Health Foundation, added: “More and more people are recognising how central our mental health is to just about every area of life. “We are delighted that the team at ARC have given us this opportunity during Mental Health Awareness Week, to take our message on the impact of stress to the racing community, and raise vital funds for our work. We can’t thank them enough for standing with us.” Share Related Articles Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020last_img read more

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GATE2025: How ECOMMPAY reimagined the payment gateway

first_img StumbleUpon Ecommpay’s Anthony Medica: How fast payouts are key to boosting customer loyalty April 22, 2020 Share Share Related Articles SBC Digital Summit Latinoamérica’s Land-Based 2.0 track to focus on casinos, lotteries & payments June 11, 2020 The desire to simplify the transaction process continues to drive innovation for ECOMMPAY, for whom GATE2025 has become the latest weapon in its payment service arsenal.Earlier this year, ECOMMPAY launched GATE2025, a processing platform which combines acquiring capabilities, 100+ alternative payment methods, mass payouts, and technological innovation within a single, seamless integration.It has been designed for fast, easy and convenient access, targeting increased conversion, enhanced security and more efficient operations for the various parties engaging with the platform, including eCommerce specialists, business owners and consumers.For the e-Commerce specialists working on behalf of business owners, GATE2025 features an intuitive interface with adaptable settings including a native software development kit (SDK) for mobile applications to create an omnichannel experience.As payment interfaces are integrated directly into merchant websites, there is no need for redirection to external payment pages or the use of iframe. The payment page itself can be branded in the merchant’s corporate style, facilitating an uninterrupted transaction process.Meanwhile, for business owners it facilitates easy access to crucial information including the quick generation of analytical reports, while the consumer is then free to enjoy a seamless customer journey across multiple devices.Paul Marcantonio, Head of UK/Western Europe at ECOMMPAY, said: “The groundbreaking software, built using microservice architecture, which increases performance by dividing responsibilities among various applications comprising a suite of interdependent elements, reduces transaction costs for merchants while ensuring a convenient, intuitive, omnichannel user experience for customers.“Furthermore, its architecture permits its capabilities to be continuously expanded by connecting additional services, meaning more opportunities for an increase in transaction volumes, as well as an improved quality of processing.”Prior to its launch, ECOMMPAY completed extensive load testing to improve performance. When compared to its predecessor, GATE2025 proved to be 3.8 times as powerful.Marcantonio concluded: “Though migration of clients to GATE2025 is still underway, the merchants already working with ECOMMPAY’s newest payment gateway have unanimously praised its speed, convenience, and capabilities.” Betting & gaming operators join line-up for SBC Digital Summit’s Payments Day April 20, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

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Jade Daniels: Degree 53 – UX the bridge between the industry & design standards

first_img UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Jade Sahota – Degree 53Jade Daniels Design Director at industry innovation, design and development studio Degree 53, details that as betting operators face higher regulatory and responsibility demands, incumbents have to be smarter than ever on UX guiding principals and strategies…____________The gambling industry is undergoing significant changes to improve the standards for responsible gambling. Besides advice and various initiatives, there are lots of technical requirements for operators that need to be implemented in their products to help customers gamble responsibly. However, with the increasing number of regulatory changes, the design and user experience of betting and gaming products are becoming as complex as the rules themselves. While they are there to protect customers, they also impact on the usability of the product and affect customer interaction.Operators need to be smarter about adding elements dictated by the regulators and merging them with the core product. Part of this challenge is educating customers about these rules. Many won’t be aware of them or care too much, but they will notice if these elements stand in the way of their journey. Operators need to help customers understand these rules and their purpose better.Lots of products are content and feature heavy simply because they have been built this way historically. Product owners have stuck to the same look for sportsbooks and casinos to avoid larger disruption to their customers as any dramatic change in the journey could be a risk of increasing drop-offs. By carrying on with the same design while adding more content, operators are risking overcrowding their products and making them less intuitive. Let’s review how this could be overcome.Using regulations to modernise the productA lot of clutter and bad user experience appears when landing pages are full of content that isn’t directly related to core services. Presenting new regulations doesn’t need to be dull or just plain text, as customers will likely ignore it or don’t like the experience. It can also make accessibility much harder. It’s more interesting to make a regulation into a feature and display it separately if possible. This could be a great opportunity for operators to be innovative and offer new services that go in line with the responsible gambling initiative.Operators want to prevent their customers from problem behaviour and they have all the data and tools to do so. Some of it has already been done and it shows that more can be done to bring out new features.For example, reality checks or just-in-time notifications pop up at the right time to distract the customer to remind them about the time spent with the product and to give them a break. They work really well to reduce the risk of gambling addiction, helping customers to manage their activity better.Similarly, showing a breakdown of winnings or spends could be done in an interactive way to help customers keep track of their money or bonuses. Sky Bet have already launched this feature as a visual graph. This is a great way of turning data into something useful and intuitive to help customers gamble responsibly.Operators could offer self-exclusion options based on customers’ spend. For example, if they gamble above a certain limit, they can be offered to self-regulate and log out until later. This would help them to save money and reduce gambling activity, enabling them to return at a later date and continue using the operator’s services in a responsible way. This would no doubt increase customer lifetime value, as well as preventing them from spending all their money and leaving completely.Regulators are keen on increasing responsible gambling functionalities on site. Having options like these would show how proactive the operator is in terms of looking after their customers, offering more interactive tools, as well as creating a trustworthy relationship and brand loyalty. Utilising any data available to product owners is key.Update the existing UX with new regulationsRegulatory changes to existing functionalities also mean that operators will need to update their user experience. Any significant updates will need to be thought through in order to manage customer expectations and behaviour.For example, a new regulation coming in May 2019 will apply to the Know-Your-Customer (KYC) process during the registration, changing the way customers will access gaming and betting services upon joining. Operators will need to prove their customers are over 18 and confirm their address before they will be able to deposit and place any bets or play. Currently, they have a 72-hour window and full access to services before verification.It’s a significant change that will likely turn away many customers and operators will see a big drop in first-time depositors. To prevent this, they will need to create a new onboarding process to clearly explain what customers need to do to successfully complete the registration process and access their services quicker. This is a regulatory requirement, however, a successful operator will increase conversion by utilising and integrating ID verification tools. They can also integrate additional databases or products that offer new methods as a fallback option. Moreover, there are great products that allow customers to scan their ID directly within the product to facilitate this process and maximise conversion.Finding out what works bestIt’s quite difficult to create something completely different when any big change could scare off customers and it becomes a catch-22 where products are replicated to avoid that. But changes don’t need to happen on a massive scale and we advise to take smaller steps instead. However, sometimes it’s necessary to try something new, and often, results can be surprising. What product owners might think is the best solution may not often be perceived as such by their customers.We strongly recommend A/B and user testing to trial different journeys and find out which performs best. It’s extremely useful to test something ahead of a release or determine if there are any obstacles during a user journey so it can be updated beforehand. Direct customer feedback helps guide operators to which route works best in order to prevent more drop-offs.Use regulatory changes to your advantageThe gambling industry is determined to increase the governance around responsible gambling and to protect customers from problem behaviour. It’s a positive initiative but comes with numerous regulations that have a strong impact on the user experience. Operators need to use that to their advantage to innovate and modernise their products to redefine how certain elements could be presented. Rather than shoe-horning something in last minute to pass compliance, why not find the best way to include regulatory requirements as part of the overall journey so customers still enjoy using the product?Some final thoughts…It’s important to base any changes on factual information, such as results from user testing and conversion analytics. The amount of content that sportsbooks and casinos have needs to be reviewed and updated, considering mobile and tablet use outweighing desktop. With so many regulations coming in, product owners need to reconsider how this information can be displayed to still offer a fun but responsible gaming and betting experience to customers.______________________Jade Daniels – Design Director @ Degree 53last_img read more

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Czech SPO ups blanket tax on all gambling verticals

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Reform of the Czech Rep gambling marketplace appears to be further than ever before, as the nation’s Ministry of Finance publishes 2019 plans to increase taxes across all ‘vice sectors’.On 4 April, the Czech Finance Ministry submitted its proposals to the Senate, seeking to implement new tax plans ‘increasing public budget revenues’.The mandate hits Czech gambling stakeholders hardest, as the Ministry moves to impose a blanket 30% gross-gaming-revenue (GGR) tax across all gambling/betting verticals (lottery, sports betting, bingo, casino games).The Ministry’s hardened tax stance will likely dash hopes of the Czech government reforming its national gambling framework in 2019, moving to make its marketplace friendlier and more accessible for foreign operators/investors.Since 2016, the Milos Zeman SPO social democrat government has sanctioned one of Europe’s toughest regulatory and operating codes for operating gambling services.Introducing a 23% GGR betting tax and 35% GGR slots tax in 2017, the SPO government saw a number of international firms such as Fortuna Entertainment, William Hill and GVC Holdings exit the marketplace, with betting leadership branding Czech Rep as ‘simply unworkable’.Furthermore, the SPO government continues to require that all Czech online gambling consumers register their personal details through its administration and authorisation program.At present, The Stars Group’s BetStars and GVC Holdings’ partypoker brands remain as the market’s only foreign-licensed operators. GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Share Related Articles SAZKA faces scrutiny following appointment of Flint Global as National Lottery advisor August 20, 2020 Submit Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance  August 17, 2020last_img read more

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