Dominica gets World Bank funds for Agriculture

first_imgThe World Bank is providing the government of Dominica with funding of US$25 million to rehabilitate the agricultural sector following the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria in September last year.Plus $40 million for housingPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit said Dominica will also benefit from a US$40 million allocation for housing under a multi-million dollar package “and the World Bank has agreed with us to fast track or to advance those funds.”Skerrit said he is hoping the Ministry of Agriculture would hold public consultations very soon regarding the various components of the US$25 million allocated for the agricultural sector..“The funding is very extensive and if properly implemented…it could benefit agriculture dramatically in Dominica, because you are talking about the resuscitation and revitalization of the agricultural centers, where you will be propagating plants, providing tangible support to farmers.New structure in agriculture“You will be providing direct support to farmers on the farms. We are looking at the possibility of a credit scheme. So, there are a number of components to the agricultural initiative,” he said, adding “we are bringing in a new structure in agriculture to help focus on these components.”Skerrit said that the funds would also be used for infrastructure with US$1.8 million also being used for social intervention “to help households with some direct cash support and we would be targeting the most vulnerable communities and most vulnerable homes in Dominica.”He said the World Bank is assisting Dominica “in putting the framework together for that and we are hoping very soon that it will be in place and advanced to the benefit of the most vulnerable communities and households in our country.”last_img

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Jamaican given long jail term in US

first_imgA Jamaican national, who was twice deported from the United States, has been jailed for over 12 years after he was found guilty of breaching immigration laws.The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency said Ronald Greenland’s federal sentence includes 100 months that will run consecutively with his 40-year-to-life sentence on New York State charges for the attempted murder of a police officer. Greenland’s sentencing follows an investigation by its Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).Powerful reminder“Sentences like this one are a powerful reminder about the potential consequences that await those who blatantly skirt the nation’s immigration laws,” said ERO New York Field Office Director Thomas Decker. “Illegal aliens who knowingly break the law by re-entering the United States must be held accountable for their actions.”Entered legally initiallyAccording to ICE, Greenland, 55, initially entered the United States lawfully in 1972, but lost that status due to multiple criminal convictions in Connecticut, Florida and New York.On February 23, 2007, ICE said an immigration judge ordered Greenland deported to Jamaica.Two years later, ICE said Greenland was deported to Jamaica, but he “unlawfully re-entered the country at an unknown place, on an unknown date, following his deportation.”On April 21, 2011, Greenland was convicted in US District Court, Southern District of New York (SDNY), and sentenced to 60 months incarceration, and three years of supervised release.On April 30, 2015, ICE said it deported Greenland to his native country, for the second time.But ICE said Greenland again “unlawfully re-entered the US at an unknown place, on an unknown date, following his removal.”On December 9, 2016, Greenland was charged with illegal re-entry and he was convicted in October last year of attempted murder, attempted assault, attempted aggravated assault upon a police officer, as well as criminal possession of a weapon, and criminal possession of stolen property.Last November he pleaded guilty to illegally re-entering the country.last_img

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Roston Chase moves up batting charts, Roach on verge of top…

first_imgRoston Chase of West Indies hits 4 during day 4 of the 3rd and final Test between West Indies and England at Darren Sammy Cricket Ground, Gros Islet, Saint Lucia, on February 12, 2019. (Photo by Randy Brooks / AFP) (Photo credit should read RANDY BROOKS/AFP/Getty Images) Roston Chase’s fifth Test hundred has seen him make a significant rise in the latest ICC batting rankings.The 26-year-old climbed 10 places to 41st in the latest rankings released Wednesday, following West Indies’ 232-run defeat to England in the third and final Test in St Lucia.Chase made an unbeaten 102 out of the hosts’ 252 all out, after they were set an improbable 485 to win the match. He finished the series with 160 runs at an average of 40.There was little good news for the Windies players elsewhere in the batting rankings as opener Kraigg Brathwaite, who led the Caribbean side in the St Lucia Test in the absence of suspended captain Jason Holder, slipped further to 35th while Holder also fell to 36th.Wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich remained steady at 45th while Shimron Hetmyer lies 47th.Fast bowler Kemar Roach, meanwhile, has moved up one place to 11th, following his series haul of 18 wickets. He started the series in 24th spot and now stands on the brink of joining skipper Jason Holder in the top 10.New-ball bowler Shannon Gabriel lies 13th but is the only other frontline West Indies bowler in the top 50.As expected, Indian captain Virat Kohli heads the batting charts while South African seamer Kagiso Rabada sits on top the bowlers rankings.last_img

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New York fair planned to promote dream weddings in Haiti

first_imgPhoto by @preciousplanner on Twitter. Marnatha Irene Ternier, the Minister of Haitians Living Abroad (MHAVE) together with Marie Christine Stephenson, the Minister of Tourism, recently announced the holding of a major fair to be held in Brooklyn, New York, August 31st.The fair, which will take place around the theme “I DO HAITI”, aims to introduce participants to the beauty and splendor of Haiti and encourage the promotion of Haiti as a “Destination of Marriage” of choice.During this rent announcement Minister Ternier took the opportunity to recall the various achievements of her Ministry to facilitate the arrival of potential delegations in Haiti for wedding ceremonies and other activities citing in particular: the Coordination Service of the Diaspora, the Call Center of MHAVE, the awareness campaign by and for the Diaspora, the Fridays of the Diaspora…According to Guerline Emmanuel Telusma and Nadège Fleurimond, two major event organizers and tour operator managers, this fair is also an opportunity to promote the heritage of Haiti that offers great economic and tourism potential.For Minister Stephenson “Haiti is the soul of the Caribbean where the best kept secret gem” underlining that Haiti is the destination where nature, culture and history go hand in hand to make the country a magical destination for love and marriages.”last_img

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Tough December sees William Hill issue further adjustment on 2016 profits

first_img Related Articles Share Winning Post: Third time’s the charm for England’s casinos August 17, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Submit SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Philip Bowcock,A tough December has seen FTSE 250 operator William Hill Plc issue a second profit warning for its full-year 2016 guidance following a set of ‘customer friendly’ results in its football and racing markets.Publishing a trading update, William Hill governance detailed to investors that closing its full-year 2016 performance, the firm’s earning guidance would be ‘at the bottom end’ of its £260-280 million range.The bookmaker states that it had recorded a tough set of ‘unfavourable’ results during December’s congested football schedule, with Premier League favourites largely winning their respective matches.William Hill’s 2016 struggles have been well documented as the operator has been impacted by the decline of its digital verticals. William Hill governance has moved to fix its digital issues by announcing three tech-led advisory appointments to its board last November.As yet, the operator remains without a permanent leader following the departure of former CEO James Henderson last July.Commenting on the trading update Philip Bowcock, Interim CEO, of William Hill Plc stated“Importantly, the improvements we saw in wagering in Online and Australia in the second half have continued in recent weeks. However, all four divisions saw customer-friendly results at the back end of the year, which translated into profits being c£20m below our prior expectations. With key underlying trends continuing to be positive, the recent run of sporting results have not changed our confidence in a better performance in 2017.”Issuing a trading note, Industry analyst Regulus Partners detailed that William Hill’s negative December sporting results would likely be replicated throughout the industry.“A £ 20 million swing implies group [earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation] for December has been almost wiped out, an effect likely to have been repeated across the industry” Regulus Partners commented on results.William Hill governance will present its full-year 2016 results on  Friday, 24 February 2017. StumbleUponlast_img

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SBTech signs up two new European partners

first_imgShare Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Delasport clients get access to Kiron’s BetMan RGS platform April 27, 2020 Share Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 Two European bookmakers in the form of bet90 and Get’s Bet have revealed that they have established agreements to use SBTech’s omni-channel solution.Richard Carter, SBTechGet’s Bet is a Romanian operator which boasts over 500 retail outlets and was launched back in 2004. Its store customers will now be served by SBTech solutions which includes a single wallet across both self-service betting terminals and over the counter transactions.The arrangement will also incorporate the SBTech Infinite Account which links up customers’ mobile, online and retail accounts to ‘create a seamless experience across all touchpoints’.Get’s Bet CEO, Cristian Roman, explained: “As the Romanian iGaming market continues to mature, we have been planning to upgrade our operations to a full Omni-channel offering for some time. “Our choice of provider was an easy one – SBTech supplies systems built around flexibility and scalability, which will enable us to implement our aggressive growth strategy, while the Infinity Account will deliver a superior sports and casino experience to our rapidly growing player base.”German operator bet90 also penned a deal to go live with SBTech this week. This is aimed at executing both its online and offline expansion plans.Iosif Galea, bet90 Director, stated: “As proven innovators in the football betting space, and with a reputation for speed and expertise, bet90 has been planning to offer an Omni-channel experience for some time. “After extensive research, it was concluded that SBTech is the best partner to supply the necessary systems, due both to its reliability and its focus on rapid product development. We fully expect our new powers of personalisation to drive significant growth and increased turnover for bet90, especially in the online space.”Richard Carter, CEO of SBTech, commented: “SBTech’s Omni-channel offering delivers a unified and ubiquitous user experience for customers of companies in regulated markets worldwide, enhancing operator profits across the board. It gives me great pleasure to confirm that we will be supplying our industry-leading solution to bet90, contributing to their ongoing success.last_img

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Rough Q1 2017 opening sees mybet governance focus on future platform delivery & performance

first_imgShare Q3 bounce back sees bet-at-home recover its 2018 expectations November 5, 2018 bet-at-home maintains 2020 outlook despite dire opening  May 4, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Share Swiss drama sees bet-at-home ‘peak performance’ unlikely to be matched in 2019 March 4, 2019 Markus Peuler -mybet SEPublishing its Q1 2017 trading statement, Frankfurt Xetra-listed European sports betting operator mybet Holding SE has detailed continued negative declines in its corporate revenues and earnings.A tough Q1 opening, has seen mybet post group revenues of €8.9 million, down 29% on corresponding Q1 2016’s €12.5 million. The operator detailed that its online casino product, had been ‘out of operation’ during the period due to ‘complaints raised by authorities’.Adding to mybet’s woes, was the high number of sports betting customer wins accumulated during February and March, which had a significant impact on earnings as the firm posted a period EBITDA of – €2.2 million (Q1 2016: -€800,000).Issuing a statement Markus Peuler, CEO of mybet commented on performance “In the first quarter the existing trend in the development of the business basically continued since we have put our new platform into operation by the end of the quarter. However, the sports results and the high number of won bets by customers connected with them formed an additional burden which we had never experienced this way during the last years. But in total the quarter clearly shows why we did not forecast a large growth in revenue for the financial year 2017 despite the new platform. We firstly have to break the downward trend”Despite a turbulent opening to its 2017 performance. mybet governance points to upcoming improvements as the company fully integrates its new IT platform which was launched in March following two-years of internal development. Further relief for mybet was announced this May, as the firm won its ten-year German High Court battle against Westdeutsche ‘WestLotto’ Lotterie GmbH & Co gaining an €11.8 million settlement.Issuing a May update mybet governance detailed that proceeds would be used to its credit facility. The company has stuck by its revised full-year EBIT target of €4.5-5.5 million combined with a group cash position at the end of the year of € 1- 2  million.last_img

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Kindred exploring ‘mixed reality’ to stay ahead of changing viewer dynamics

first_img Related Articles Submit Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Share Share Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk  August 10, 2020 Kindred Group Plc’s innovation arm Kindred Futures, is researching the potential dynamics and capabilities of augmented ‘mixed reality’ technologies to drive new sports betting and data engagements, in partnership with London development studio Zappar.Zappar a specialist developer of MR technologies will work with Kindred Futures exploring how new immersive technologies can help Kindred better adapt to new sports viewer trends and data consumption when watching sports.This week, Kindred Futures and Zappar presented its first partnership prototype to industry media, showcasing MR led data engagements of the 2017 Champions League Final and a T20 cricket match between South Africa and England.Will Mace – KindredPresenting the tech initiative, Will Mace Head of Kindred Futures detailed that the bookmaker believes that in the near future ‘sports viewers will no longer be at the whim of the broadcaster’.“Kindred Futures has always been committed to seeking out the most interesting and innovative companies to explore the future of gambling. Our largest brand, Unibet, has the tagline “Luck is no Coincidence” and this exploration with Zappar allows punters to discover and interact with data like never before – leveraging Opta data to provide insights that can help them make more informed decisions. We’re very passionate about ensuring that audiences are given enough data to make sensible gaming decisions and think that our experiment with Zappar is an exciting step in the right direction.” Mace detailsFocusing on MR, Kindred seeks to be ahead of the competition as traditional TV/media sports broadcasting continues to be disrupted. The bookmaker wants to deliver accurate sports and betting data to a displaced viewer, who will have multiple verticals competing for his/her attention.Jeremy Yates – ZapparJeremy Yates from Zappar commented on the partnership “The main barrier to getting mixed reality to the mass market is the cost of new hardware. There’s an exciting future of data visualization, with mixed reality providing an immersive and engaging way to both views and interact with information. This exploration is all part of our goal of democratising this technology. We’re very excited about partnering with Kindred to see how we can drive innovation and bring the future closer to today.”Officially launched in October 2017, Kindred Futures acts as an innovation and R&D focused division for Kindred Group operations. This October the division announced its first major project to develop and deliver a ‘next generation’ tailored proprietary database solution in partnership with cloud infrastructure and engineering specialist Cockroach Labs. StumbleUponlast_img

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SportCaller and William Hill launch free-to-play Football21

first_img SG OpenMarket approval sees SportCaller expand FTP distribution capacity August 18, 2020 William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon SportCaller, the free-to-play sports game specialist, has struck a deal with William Hill to deliver a new game, Football21, in a move the operator hopes will optimise its customer base.Football21 is a weekly free-to-enter competition which asks players to compete for a £10,000 prize pot every weekend by selecting teams whose combined goal-count adds up to 21.The rules dictate that each selected side must score at least one goal, but players can choose from as many or as few teams as they wish to produce the 21-goal aggregate total.The easy-to-integrate game has already been proven to accelerate new-account acquisition and increase betting activity for William Hill customers, benefiting from other cross-promotional support for Football21 through popular social channels like UNILAD.Football21 has been uniquely tailored by SportCaller to drive retention across all operator platforms, boosting the user experience on a sport which always has a huge impact on revenues. This free-to-play game is available via desktop and mobile, and also as an app via Google Play and the App Store.In a largely homogenised market for sign-up offers and bonuses, SportCaller are offering a third way to enhance recruitment, reactivation and retention through deep engagement. SportCaller Managing Director Cillian Barry said: “We’ve been working with William Hill on the Lucky 7 horse racing game over the past 18 months, and are now delighted to extend that partnership on Football21.“It’s immensely satisfying for our games to have been integrated by such a huge name as William Hill, and it’s great to see that Football21 has rewarded their faith, producing genuine new-play engagement and customer loyalty. It’s just the latest game from our expanding team roster.”Tom Warren, Head of Marketing Planning & Strategy at William Hill, said: “It has only been live since the start of the year but Football21 has already proved a demonstrable success for account-acquisition, with its simple, quick-fire nature and logical gameplay clearly appealing to new clients, who can sometimes be put off by the perceived complexities of betting.“Looking ahead to this summer’s World Cup in Russia, where client retention will be at a premium, we are looking forward to working more closely with SportCaller.”SportCaller has recently released a range of World Cup “Predictor” games that also promote engagement through a series of betting-related questions, which have player-education and ensuing bet-conversion at their heart. All the games can be accessed on mobile, app and desktop. Share SportCaller teams up with Coral for Racing Super Series launch August 12, 2020 Submitlast_img

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SBTech eyes added personalisation alongside Fresh8

first_img Related Articles Submit Spotlight Sports Group enhances US content July 8, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Share Kambi and DraftKings agree on final closure terms July 24, 2020 SBTech has announced its latest technology partnership, teaming up with Fresh8, who is to integrate its marketing solutions to fully maximise the sports betting solutions provider’s messaging service.It is hoped that through the integration of the Fresh8 marketing technology, optimal advertising will be delivered to both bookmakers and users.Fresh8, the advertising automation platform provider to the sports betting sector, is already live with a number of SBTech operators delivering a whole host of services.Amongst them is the provision of fully automated and personalised multi-format display campaigns, designed to increase customer acquisition rates and improve the retention levels of their existing users. Ian Bradley, Chief Product Officer of SBTech, commented: “We’re delighted to be partnering with Fresh8, whose technology has already increased efficiency and returns for many of our operators. “This partnership aligns perfectly with SBTech’s work on personalisation and targeted CRM, with the aim of generating the most relevant advertising to match users’ unique preferences. We look forward to seeing Fresh8 develop its offering as we roll it out across our network.”Fresh8 utilises contextual content, CRM data, and sports betting product data in order to build the best and most relevant advert for users at any moment, achieved automatically, at scale and targeting customers in real time. The company details that this is “especially important for in-play betting,” where “conversions are maximised through hyper-responsivity to the game situation.”Andrew Sharland, CEO and co-founder of Fresh8, added: “We’re very happy to be partnering with one of the leading solutions providers in the sector. Fresh8 is all about enabling operators to significantly improve the efficiency of their marketing efforts by unlocking the value of their data. “Our platform powers the automatic creation of marketing assets, significantly improving ROI from digital media spend.”This follows further US-based development for SBTech earlier this month, which saw the firm makes its second major announcement alongside the Resorts Casino Hotel in Atlantic City, where it will act as lead betting systems provider.last_img

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