The Government of Jamaica is set to ink a Sister Airport Cooperation Agreement between the world’s busiest airport, the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) in Atlanta Georgia, and Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ).According to Director of International Business at the Hartsfield –Jackson Airport Mrs. Alrene Richards Barr the purpose of signing this memorandum of understanding is to establish a Sister Airport Cooperation Agreement, for the purpose of promoting and sharing industry best practices, ideas and information. Focus will be placed on growing cargo and passenger industries, airport planning and development, as well as sharing market research. Through this agreement, both airports will work together to promote air traffic and other aeronautical and non-aeronautical commercial and marketing processes and activities. These goals will be realized through the formation of technical working groups and the facilitation of exchange educational visits, and more, in order to ensure the mutual success of this program she said.The cooperation agreement follows the Atlanta City Council’s authorization of the creation of a ‘Sister Airport Programme’ on April 20, 2015, along the lines of the much heralded Sister Cities Programme.Atlanta has been a Sister City to Montego Bay for just under forty years.The signing of the MOU will take place at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, where the Minister of Transport and Mining Mike Henry; The President of the Airports Authority of Jamaica Audley Deidrick , and Consul General of Jamaica to the Southeastern United States Franz Hall are expected to represent Jamaica.Atlanta’s airport will be represented by its Acting General Manager Greg Richardson and Mayor Kasim Reid’s Chief of Staff Candace L. Byrd.
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Barbados Central bank launces an App to enable residents to verify the validity of the nation’s currency and prevent counterfeiting.The Central Bank of Barbados (CBB) on Monday launched a currency application as part of its efforts to combat counterfeiting.The CBB said the mobile application known as “Barbadian Banknotes: Are Yours Real?” can be downloaded free from Google Play or iTunes.Authenticate currencyWith this App Barbadians have the information they need to authenticate their money right at their fingertips,” said Octavia Gibson, Deputy Director, Currency at the CBB.“We’ve always stressed the importance of checking your notes as soon as you receive them, and this is an on the spot counterfeit detection guide.”Gibson said the App works by choosing the denomination the person intends to examine “and it not only shows you where the security features are on that note but also how they work. So, if you’re looking at the BDS$100 note you can select the hologram and it will show you it is changing color. With this App you know exactly what you should be looking for on your notes.”Created in collaboration with De La RueThe new App was created in collaboration with Barbados’ banknote printer, De La Rue, which also helped produce Bank of England’s currency App. Several other international central banks, including Switzerland’s, Pakistan’s and Australia’s have also introduced similar apps.Fight against counterfeiting“This is only the latest resource available in our fight against counterfeiting. We continue to have a wealth of information on our website, we still have printed materials available free of charge for those who want them, and we also offer free training sessions to companies and groups upon request,” Gibson Said.“What’s unique about this is the convenience. I encourage everyone to download the App and to use it to protect themselves,” she added.For recent news on the Barbados currency, visit the link: Barbados records over 2% economic growth so far in 2017
Community : Jamaica Diaspora Conference launch & Medical Marijuana in BrowardCommunity : Jamaica Diaspora Conference launch & Medical Marijuana in Broward
BROWARD COUNTY, FL – The Medical Marijuana Advisory Board will host an Educational Summit on Wednesday, April 17th at 9AM at the Anne Kolb Nature Center, Mangrove Hall, in Hollywood to discuss the legal issues of medical marijuana and the financial impact to the State of Florida. The summit is for elected officials in Broward County and the keynote speaker is Commissioner of Agriculture & Consumer Services, State of Florida, Nicole “Nikki” Fried. Broward County Medical Marijuana Advisory Board. Speakers include Commissioner of Agriculture & Consumer Services, State of Florida, Nicole “Nikki” Fried, Advisory Board Member Seth Hyman, Representatives from Trulieve, Surterra and Knox Medical and Evio Labs Eric Stevens. Medical Marijuana Educational Summit The Jamaica Consulate General , Miami, will host the launch of the Eighth (8th) Biennial Diaspora Conference next Tuesday (April 16) at 6:00 p.m., at the City Hall of Miramar (Commission Chamber) located at 2300 Civic Center Place, Miramar, FL 33025.The event is free to the public and continues the conference launch series taking place across Jamaican Diaspora communities.The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith will be guest speaker at the event which will bring together nationals and friends of the Diaspora across the Southern USA. Referring to value of the Diaspora in Jamaica’s economic development, the Consul General, Oliver Mair, has reiterated the call to action to build further on collaborative efforts and partnerships in this regard. “We are excited about this year’s conference and look forward to our launch on Tuesday”, he added.The Launch event will be streamlined on www.irielivestream.com;Tuesday’s launch event will focus on discussions pertaining to the National Biennial Conference to take place in Kingston (June 16 – 20). The theme of the Conference “Jamaica and the Diaspora: Building Pathways for Sustainable Development”. Details regarding the Conference logistics are available at www.mfaft.gov.jm/conferenceMajor sponsors and partners of the national event will also be present and include representatives of JN Group; Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS); Grace Kennedy Ltd.; Jamaica Tourist Board, Caribbean Airlines and JAMPRO.
DCMS existing levy to continue in 2017/18 – just in caseDCMS existing levy to continue in 2017/18 – just in case
Share Share The Department of Culture, Media & Sports (DCMS) has informed that the provisions of the current Horserace Racing Betting Levy will be rolled over into 2017/18 as no progress has been made on the terms of a new levy scheme.Updating industry and racing stakeholders, Karen Bradley Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport announced the government’s decision to continue with the 56th Levy Scheme.She said: “Having considered the arguments put forward by both betting and racing, I have decided to direct that the current Levy scheme should continue to have effect for 2017/18. In making this Determination I have had regard to the offer made by the Bookmakers’ Committee and taken into account the racing members of the Board’s reasons for rejecting this offer. Any discussions or negotiations about voluntary Levy contributions in respect of offshore remote betting operators are outside the scope of my statutory role in making this Determination.”In essence the DCMS has laid down these terms just in case it doesn’t hit its own deadline. In last March’s 2016 UK Budget, the government had set out a timetable aiming to replace the provisions of the current Horseracing Betting Levy by April 2017, a target date that DCMS states it is still committed to despite an intense split between UK racing and betting industry leadership.The Horseracing Betting Levy, which has been in operation since the 1960s is a statutory instrument which essentially transfers money from bookmakers to the racing industry, currently 10% of a bookmaker’s gross profits on the sport. However, it does not cover the increasing share of wagering carried out through offshore-based bookmakers’ websites.The current levy scheme generates a yield of circa £70 million for UK racing via a 10.75% gross profits tax, however all UK racing stakeholders suggest that levy funds are insufficient, but betting companies point out the amount of funding they provide to the sport via media rights is far greater.The UK government finds itself in a cross-fire, as betting and racing industry stakeholders refuse to cooperate on terms for new levy provisions, in what has become a public battle with betting and racing leaderships critical of each others’ positions. As the Levy needs to be renegotiated every year with a hard deadline on 31 October, brinkmanship has characterised negotiations in recent times, meaning that quite often the decision has ended up on the Culture Secretary’s desk.“Having concluded the determination I would like express my disappointment that the HBLB and Bookmakers’ Committee were not able to agree the Levy scheme and that it has been necessary to refer this matter to Government,” Bradley noted in her closing statement. UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Related Articles Submit UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service August 20, 2020
Penultimate week sees just three race wins at CheltenhamPenultimate week sees just three race wins at Cheltenham
RankTipsterRace WinsPoints 1Sarah Shannon – AppBet313.69 2Alan Alger – Betway311.41 3Jacob Johns – Easyodds37.72 4Phillip Anderson – Before The Off36.17 5Ciaran O’Brien – William Hill35.29 6bettingexpert1.624.53 7Ben Cleminson – Square in the Air14.50 8John Hill – Coral24.25 9Alex Donohue – Ladbrokes24.11 10Michael Shinners – Sky Bet24.00 11Stuart Tilly – Argyll Entertainment14.00 12Darren Moore – Betting Gods23.66 13Conor White – BetBright33.62 14Trevor Keane – Sportego23.50 15Harry Lang – Pinnacle13.50 16Matthew Hulmes – Betfred23.25 17Timeform1.853.20 18Paddy Power13.00 19Russell Yershon11.88 20Edward Rycroft – LeoVegas21.82 21Charlie McCann – BetVictor11.75 22Stephen Power – @racingblogger21.69 23John Cruces – Dafabet11.25 24Michael Whittle – Team FA10.91 25Ed Nicholson – Unibet10.73 26Gerry Murray – 32Red10.44 27Bradley Gibbs – Bookmaker Ratings10.20 28Ged Colleypriest – Ball Street00.00 After proving to be an unhappy hunting ground for our experts at the Festival five weeks ago, Cheltenham threw up just a trio of winners across seven races in yesterday’s Tipster Challenge.In the penultimate week of the 2016/17 challenge, sponsored by Betting Gods, Ball Street Partnerships Director Ged Colleypriest failed to find a winner, while bettingexpert’s Stephen Harris returned an untimely low score of 1.63 points to harm his chances of finishing in the top five.Timeform did at least record a pair of victories, including a 3/1 win for Doing Fine, for a week-high total of 3.53 points. They will be looking to overtake the likes of Betfred and Pinnacle in next week’s finale.Race Winners at Cheltenham:William Henry – 8/15Henryville – 7/1Political Quiz – 9/1Doing Fine – 3/1Iora Glas – 8/1Mick Thonic – 13/8Silverhow – 7/2Tipster Challenge 2016/17 Leaderboard Better Collective moves fast to mitigate COVID-19 as esports journey begins May 15, 2020 Share ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 Share bettingexpert, Timeform and a rotation of guests will be providing expert tips for a specific Wednesday race meet.We will keep record of points won each week and the number of race wins for each.The guests will compete individually, with their points going up against the average totals for bettingexpert and Timeform.The new tips will be published on Wednesday ahead of the race meet, and the results will be available on Thursday.For the competition, we will assume that all selections are backed with 1 point.Lost tips will count as 0 and won bets will be added to the leaderboard at SP value.For example, if bettingexpert backs a winning horse at 8/1, they will get 8 points. Better Collective secures esports vision by acquiring HLTV.org for €35m February 28, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit
Standing out from the crowd: LeoVegas delivers SEO advice to affiliate partnersStanding out from the crowd: LeoVegas delivers SEO advice to affiliate partners
LeoVegas has encouraged its affiliate partners to stand out from the crowd by connecting better with long-tail keywords, improving load times and making regular checks on website rank.As part of its Affiliate Academy, launched in December of last year, the Swedish-based gaming operator promoted the value of long-tail keywords to establish better communication between a website or blog and its customers.Citing an example of turning a list of specialist areas into a long-tail keyword, LeoVegas commented: “Let’s take the iGaming industry as an example, if someone searches ‘online casino’ they are going to get a vast amount of results. So how do you stand out from the crowd?“If your page specialises in Live Casino information for new players, you can use keywords like ‘Live Casino game play made easy’. Long-tailed keywords are all about establishing better lines of communication between your website or blog and customers who are already out there, actively searching and shopping.”The latest in a series of articles published by the academy, ‘Tips of the trade: SEO, optimisation, content and more’ also suggests that website owners must focus on improving load times by optimising images, compressing code, minimising redirects, maximising server response times and utilising browsing cache.LeoVegas said: “If your website is slow, it can seriously damage your optimisation and thus, result in less converted page views. The more efficient your page, the higher your changes are of received a good conversion rate as it is more likely that readers will be impressed with your site and visit again.”Formerly known as Webmaster Tools, the use of Search Console is an important way to measure the impact of SEO efforts on keyword ranking, click through rates (CTR) and conversion.As LeoVegas explains: “You can run for a whole day, but if you don’t track how many miles you have covered, you have no proof of what you have accomplished and no stats to compare with next time you run. The same goes for your website; if you keep making all the efforts to include SEO, but never check where you rank, how will you know how you are doing? And what you can do better?”Click here to read the full Affiliate Academy article. Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020
VSoftCo strengthens Tain’s market position with multi-year dealVSoftCo strengthens Tain’s market position with multi-year deal
Share Submit Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Software developer VSoftCo will integrate its complete portfolio of virtual games for Tain, a multi-vendor platform provider for the industry.A multi-year partnership will include the integration of VSoftCo’s leading virtual football products such as Fantastic League and the new Spot the Ball casino game.Simon Westbury, Chief Commercial Officer of VSoftCo, said: “This partnership is very exciting for VSoftCo and one that we have been working on for some time.“We are delighted that Tain has chosen us to partner with them in the distribution of our virtual sports and casino content. We cannot think of a better partner to expand our online business with and I am confident that we can support Tain and their customers in growing their existing business.”Christian Hellman, Sales Director of Tain, added: “This addition of VSoftCo content and long-term partnership will further strengthen Tain’s position in the market and expand our portfolio of products even more. I am pleased to be working closely with VSoftCo and am certain this partnership will give our operators additional strength and assist them to further serve their players.”This announcement signals a return to a virtual sports focus for VSoftCo, a sponsor at this week’s Betting on Sports conference, after making its first market entry outside of virtual sports last month via an integration agreement with Link2Win’s portfolio of ‘Linka’ games. SBC Digital Summit: A crash course in adaptability and resilience April 27, 2020 SBC Webinars and Digitain present Finding Value in Untapped Markets July 14, 2020 Marketing responsibly and using AI to unlock esports’ potential April 21, 2020
GambleAware receives £5.4m in donations for Q1 and Q2GambleAware receives £5.4m in donations for Q1 and Q2
Submit Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share StumbleUpon GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 Related Articles Share According to recent figures released by GambleAware, UK operators Bet365, GVC Holdings and William Hill have again topped the list of donations received by the industry charity, for the period between 1 April 2019 – 30 September 2019.The charity had received £5.4m in pledges and donations for Q1 and Q2 of this year, however this does not include funds received through regulatory settlements.GVC Holdings, the umbrella group for Ladbrokes and Coral, had pledged £1.46m to the charity while William Hill was recognised for a pledge of £1m. Bet365 was also commended for a donation of £868,000 during the period.The list of contributors consists of operators and suppliers in the industry, in addition to donations in the form of unclaimed winnings, dormant accounts and other funds.The funds are used by the charity to help the development of initiatives targeted towards the prevention and treatment of problem gambling across the industry.Gambling operator The Rank Group was also among one of the highest donors to the charity through its Grosvenor Casino and Mecca Bingo brands, donating £284,450 to GambleAware.Online bookmaker Betvictor was high on the list of donations, having pledged £160,000, closely followed by Betway with a £153,500 donation.The charity currently asks those in the industry to make an annual donation of 0.1% of their annual Gross Gambling Yield (GGY) directly to GambleAware, requesting that those with an annual gross gambling revenue of less than £250,000 per annum to donate a minimum of £250.During Q1 and Q2, the charity also received £1.29m in regulatory settlements from LeoVegas and Gamesys (Gibraltar) Limited. LeoVegas was penalised by the Gambling Commission for failings relating to misleading advertising and the handling of customers at the end of their self-exclusion period, and agreed to pay £600,000 to the charity.Gamesys was reprimanded by the UKGC for failing to prevent gambling harm and breaching money laundering regulations, and agreed to make a payment of £690,000 in lieu of a financial penalty.
Kwiff charges racing markets with Racing Post contentKwiff charges racing markets with Racing Post content
Share Spotlight Sports Group enhances US content July 8, 2020 Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season August 21, 2020 Mobile bookmaker Kwiff has optimised its racing audience capacities by integrating Racing Post content solutions. Starting this week, all Kwiff racing markets will feature in-depth Racing Post analysis and insights provided by the publisher’s ‘data-filled racecards’.Agreeing terms on a comprehensive content package, Kwiff’s UK and international racing markets (South Africa and UAE) will be supported by Racing Post’s high-quality editorial to drive audience interactions.Kwiff branded this integration as a critical development for its mobile app. The company has been seeking new features and functions to better personalise experiences for users engaging with its supercharged odds. Charles Lee, CEO of Kwiff, said: “Racing Post is one of the most famous brands in racing and we are absolutely delighted to add it to our native mobile and web app. The content sits perfectly with our offering and we hope our customers will use it to make more informed decisions.” The Kwiff partnership sees Racing Post secure a further B2B client, having rebranded and changed its corporate identity to Spotlight Sports Group.The rebrand, announced during Q1 trading, was completed to better represent its four core divisions – Racing Post (news & media), Apsley (affiliate marketing), ICS (content services) and ANZ Bloodstock (stud breeding). Spotlight Sports Head of B2B content sales Rob Black added: “Kwiff is one of the most innovative betting apps in the industry. We are delighted our digital content will sit on their racing book. The combination of our expert analysis and their supercharged odds will enhance their customers’ betting journey.”
Mansion orders Playtech sports betting upgrade for casino propertiesMansion orders Playtech sports betting upgrade for casino properties
Submit Mansion Group has expanded its lead technology supplier agreement with Playtech Plc, adding a further sportsbook platform for its Casino.com property.The product and services extension follows Mansion renewing contract terms with Playtech as its lead technology and platform supplier for a further five-years.Updating stakeholders, Mansion confirmed that it seeks to expand Casino.com’s capacity by adding new sportsbook components, alongside further Playtech sports-related inventory including the firm’s HD Virtual Sports inventory.Karel Manasco, Chief Executive Officer at Mansion, said: “We are very excited to grow our long-standing partnership with Playtech, their proven expertise enables us to offer the ultimate experience for our players. The addition of their digital sportsbook will provide our customers with a seamless, multi-gaming platform; the very best in online gaming, all under one roof.”Further partnership developments will see Playtech supply a sportsbook product extension for Mansion’s flagship MansionCasino brand later this year.Shimon Akad, Chief Operating Officer at Playtech, said: “We are delighted to continue to support Mansion in their position as market leaders. This is a further step in the evolution of our strong long-term partnership, and we are excited to be part of their growth. Together, we can support them in delivering an even more personalised, responsible player experience, and look forward to seeing continued success across markets in the coming years.” Retail closures have ‘severe’ impact on Playtech August 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Share Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Share