Caribbean, Latin American exports increase for the first time in four…

first_imgExports from the Caribbean and Latin America have increased For the first time in four years exports from the Caribbean and Latin America have increased.In the first quarter of 2017, the value of exports increased by 17 percent, following a decline of 2.9 percent in 2016. The recovery was primarily driven by a rebound in commodity prices, according to an analysis conducted by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) using detailed data from 25 regional countries.“The trend reversal is positive news for Latin America and the Caribbean. Yet, in the current context, one should not overestimate the drivers of this export expansion, which remains unstable and still restricted to a few regional economies,” Principal economist of the integration and trade sector at IDB, Paul Giordano, said. Funding available to boost local small business exportslast_img read more

TT environmentalists probe oil spill

first_imgOil spill probeThe Environmental Management Authority (EMA) of Trinidad and Tobago says it is investigating an oil spill that has been spreading across Trinidad’s western coast on the weekend. The agency is appealing to persons with information to assist in the determination of the cause of, and those responsible for, the spill.Environmental nightmareEnvironmentalist and head of the Fisherman and Friends of the Sea (FFOS), Gary Aboud has described the oil spill off the coast of Chaguaramas as an “environmental nightmare” warning it poses a serious threat to both marine and terrestrial ecosystems.“The tide has changed but some of the residual oil remains in the bay. Fish can’t live in that, this is a national park, a Chaguaramas national park,” Aboud told reporters, dipping his hand into the sea to show the magnitude of the oil spill.Big ships discard waste“Every week the big ships discard their waste oil from their bilges and this is what we get,” Aboud said, adding that he feared that such widespread spillage could severely affect local fishing grounds placing consumers at risk of illness.He said that the spill should serve as a wakeup call to those in authority to implement proper legislation and policies as well as stiffer penalties for companies that disregard environmental safety and best practices.The EMA said it was also appealing to people with any information to come forward as investigations continue in identifying the potential source of the oily substance.Aboud also told reporters that “every year the Chaguaramas area suffers from massive oil spills, and no one has ever been prosecuted or fined.”last_img read more

Guyana’s Jagdeo issues warning on 2020 elections

first_imgGuyana’s opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has warned of “consequences” that could seriously “disrupt the kind of peace that we have now” if the 2020 general and regional elections are rigged resulting in the incumbent A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) administration of President David Granger being re-elected to office.There’s be consequences “There will be consequences if they think that they can rig the elections and have the kind of peace that we have now, they’re wrong; very, very wrong. I hope they are not thinking that in their calculation,” Jagdeo told a news conference.“I am making it clear about that and it is not coded language,” said Jagdeo, a former head of state, adding “the nature of the struggle changes.He told reporters “when you have a legitimate government, a government you accepted as legal there are acceptable forms of struggle. You know you can protest peacefully, you can go to the parliament, you use the rules.“But if they don’t live by the rules, they come to power without observing the rules then the other side should not be bound by any rules because it is a freedom struggle. It changes from struggle within a democracy, an established democracy to one of fighting for freedom…”Preparing to launch challengeThe statement by Jagdeo comes as the main opposition People’s Progressive Party (PPP) gears up to challenge the ruling of Acting Chief Justice Roxanne George-Wiltshire, who earlier this month dismissed an application that had called on the High Court to declare that the appointment of retired Justice James Patterson to chair the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) violated the constitution and is “accordingly unlawful, illegal, unconstitutional, null, void and of no effect.”last_img read more

AUDIO: MFM Coach Banks On Divine Intervention To Win NPFL Title

first_imgTechnical Adviser of title-chasing MFM FC Fidelis Ilechukwu has stated that his side needs divine intervention to claim the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) title on the final day of the current campaign.The Olukoya Boys sit second on the NPFL standings with 62 points from 37 matches, just a point behind league leaders and title-favourites, Plateau United, heading into the last Match Day of the 2016/17 season on Saturday.MFM intends to beat El Kanemi Warriors in Maiduguri on Saturday while hoping that Rangers will defeat Plateau United in Jos, so they can claim a first-ever NPFL crown.But in an exclusive chat with, Ilechukwu is refusing to accept that his side’s destiny is not in their hands.“If my destiny is not in my hands, why am I a member of Mountain of Fire and Miracles ministries?” Ilechukwu asked rhetorically. “Why are we praying, why are we shaking our heads when we are praying? So it doesn’t matter.“What happened to MFM Football Club is like a miracle. Nobody believed it would happen.“To me as head coach of MFM Football Club, our technical and tactical ability is not enough. It’s all about God’s grace and God’s grace can still make everything change for our good. That’s my belief.”Already guaranteed runners-up in the NPFL this term and a spot in next season’s CAF Champions League in only their second season in the topflight, ‘The Working One’ as Ilechukwu is fondly called, says MFM see themselves as ‘Champions’ even if they fail to win the title on Saturday but warned that the race is not yet over.“It’s a great one (for us) if at the end of the day we didn’t win the league. But to me, we are champions. We are champions already because we have gotten a continental ticket (CAF Champions League). We are champions; the boys and the management are celebrating.“I still believe that the league is still open. I told (Kennedy) Boboye (coach of Plateau United) that ‘you must not rejoice until after our game against El Kanemi and after their game against Rangers’ because to me, the league is still open.”To snatch the title on the final day, MFM will have to do what 18 other clubs have failed to do this season, that’s defeat El Kanemi Warriors in Maiduguri and pray that Kennedy Boboye’s Plateau United drop points in Jos against Rangers. However, the 39-year old gaffer believes he has a formidable squad capable of doing the unthinkable.“As far as MFM is concerned, there’s no tough team in the NPFL because we are the toughest. We are the best!“The most important thing is that the rejected stone is now the chief cornerstone. That’s number one.“And we are going into that game (against El Kanemi Warriors) with the intention of winning the league; which I know is very, very possible because who knows, Rangers may draw against Plateau United and MFM can win. It is possible,” he said.MFM FC are only in their second season in the Nigeria Professional Football League after gaining promotion to the topflight two years ago.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Relatedlast_img read more

You’re A Clown – NBA Player Blasts Trump

first_imgThe outburst from Beal is coming on the back of President Trump’s controversial comments at a rally on Friday where he said that players who demonstrate or kneel while the national anthem is being sung should be fired.Trump said: “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now.”“Out. He’s fired. He’s fired.” he added.In response to Trump’s comments, a lot of NFL players locked arms, knelt or didn’t even come out for the national anthem during Sunday’s games. Bradley Beal, a Washington Wizards player in the NBA, has blasted American president Donald Trump over his recent outbursts against the NFL and its players.Speaking earlier today, Beal referred to Trump as a clown adding that the job of the president is to bring people together rather than cause disunity. his words, Beal said: “To me, you’re a clown.” “That’s unacceptable. That’s not what a leader does. Your job is to bring people together. Everyone in the world feels like since you’ve got in office that hasn’t been the case. There’s a lot of issues going around in the world — like Puerto Rico doesn’t have water or power, like they are still a part of the U.S. — but you’re worried about guys kneeling during the national anthem.“If you actually look at the reason that they’re kneeling versus your own personal pleasure, then you’ll fully understand it. But until you do that, then you’re not going to understand it. I disagree with what he’s doing, I disagree with his thoughts. Hopefully as a nation we can come together and better understand what’s really at stake here and the disasters that are going on in everyday life.” he added. RelatedNew NBA season could see superstars join bandwagon of kneeling athletes during national anthemOctober 5, 2017In “BasketBall”2019 FIBA World Cup: D’Tigers Can Create History – Al Farouq Aminu (AUDIO)August 28, 2019In “BasketBall”Kobe Bryant: Shaquille O’Neal Reveals Regrets Over Kobe-Shaq FeudJanuary 29, 2020In “BasketBall”last_img read more

UKGC launches ‘Resolver’ consumer gambling complaints tool

first_img Related Articles UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Share UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Submit Updating the market, The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has announced the launch of its new consumer online support tool ‘Resolver’ to help players make complaints related to gamblingPlanned to be launched on 1 August, Resolver is a free, independent tool for consumers. It provides information about the issue the consumer wants to complain about, and support to help the consumer write emails and letters of complaint.The tool can help businesses to deal with complaints more efficiently when they receive them and manages customer expectations about their complaint issue.The Resolver tool will further help gaming consumers to store all the complaint information in one place and acts as an email service. This means the consumer’s complaint will be sent from a Resolver email address, rather than the customer’s usual email address. We expect operators to accept complaints customers send via a Resolver email address just as they would from other email services.The UKGC has worked with the team at Resolver to help develop the information that Resolver uses about gambling, though Resolver remains entirely independent of us.Industry stakeholders can find out more about Resolver from the Resolver website. Gambling operators might find the Resolver frequently asked questions section particularly relevantly.last_img read more

Nick Tofiluk departs UKGC to lead The Cyprus National Gaming Commission

first_img Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has informed that Executive Director and Regulatory Operations lead Nick Tofiluk has departed the organisation to become the Chief Executive of Cyprus’ National Gaming & Casino Supervision Commission.As a UKGC executive, Tofiluk has led the UK governing body’s regulatory operations since 2007, overseeing the implementation of a number of industry-wide UK mandates, regulations and best practices.Tofiluk joins the Cypriot gaming supervision commission, as Cyprus government seeks to modernise its national gambling framework for both retail and digital enterprises.2017, has been marked as a ‘year of preparation’ by Cyprus gambling stakeholders. At the start of 2017, the Cypriot Finance Committee asked regulatory bodies to review the ‘effective monopoly’ position of Greek gambling operator OPAP, which has acted as Cyprus’ lead betting operator since 1969.Further to a review of market conditions, Cyprus’ National Betting Authority opened its initial application window for online betting operator licenses, allowing international operators to indicate interest in joining its regulated market.At a retail level, Cyprus is proceeding with its planned €500 million Melco ‘casino resort enterprise project’ which will see the development of Europe’s largest casino resort based in the Capital City of Nicosia. Share Submit Related Articles StumbleUponlast_img read more

Take a walk in the Land of Ozz with InBet Games

first_img Submit Hot Swap delivers “instant win” for Inbet’s retail betting clients January 2, 2019 Inbet and Iforium join forces to create successful software deal November 13, 2018 Share Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Inbet to boost betting volume through Atomic platform December 20, 2018 Omni-channel gaming software provider InBet Games has confirmed the launch of Land of Ozz, a new slot game based on a famous American children’s tale.The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a children’s novel written by L. Frank Baum, which follows the adventures of a young farm girl named Dorothy, after she and her pet dog Toto are swept away from their Kansas home. It was subsequently reprinted for numerous sequels and became arguably the most successful film adaptation of all time. Land of Ozz players will experience a journey to the Emerald City with all the main characters from the book including Dorothy and Toto, along with the Tin Man, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, Winged Monkey, Glinda the Good Witch of the South and the Wicked Witch of the West.Winning combinations represent a set of three to five symbols of the same character drawn from left to right anywhere within three rows of the playing field.Each character is worth a certain amount of points. For example, three symbols of the Scarecrow are worth just two points, whereas five symbols of the Good Witch are worth the highest 750 points.For InBet, this represents a break from a virtual focus, having recently released greyhound-based 3D Dogs Race and 3D Tron Race, a high-speed race resembling the Light Cycles Match from the movie Tron.Pavel Korolev, Business Development Director for InBet Games, commented: “Land of Ozz is an enthralling new addition to the InBet portfolio, and one that is bound to drive high player engagement.“The game is notable for its eye-catching graphics, accompanying sounds and big prizes, while the other big perk is the Scatter symbol, which grants free spins if drawn in three or higher numbers anywhere on the reels. During free spins, all wins are multiplied by two.”last_img read more

Oddschecker: Assessing an extraordinary Russian World Cup

first_img Submit Related Articles Share SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Share France have prevailed for their second World Cup triumph, England surpassed expectations into fourth and big names exited early, as attention quickly turns to the upcoming domestic football season, Oddschecker is casting its eyes back to an incredible four weeks in Russia.A total of 166 goals spread over 64 games, including 22 penalties (six missed) in normal time and 12 own goals, not to mention the controversial video assistant referee (VAR), ensured plenty of drama, euphoria and heartache.Despite just one goalless draw (France v Denmark), and the favourites coming out on top more than 2014’s offering, Oddschecker details that bookmakers have still enjoyed a “relatively favourable tournament”.Priced more aggressively than last season’s Premier League, “with a tournament 1×2 OR of 103.7% (22 bps tighter than PL 17/18 avg),” it was also highlighted that the knockout stages “was priced marginally more keenly, 4bps, than the group stages”.It was also argued that high-margin request a bet type wagers “are being used to subsidise the more vanilla 1×2, FGS, BTTS offerings”.Marathonbet offered the tightest prices 1×2 sportsbook of all Oddschecker partner brands, as highlighted in the price vs clicks graph – which excludes bet365, who boasted a clickshare of 30 per share and tournament OR of 102.7 per cent.England’s exit, as well as the fact only three of seven meetings were won in ninety minutes, also boosted margins, whilst “VAR proved an expensive development, as bookies were slower than punters to realise this trend”.The increase rate of penalties “cost bookies dearly,” with a normal frequency of 0.2, one in every five games, rising to 0.35 in Russia.Concluding, Oddschecker detailed “pre-tournament France (fourth favourites) were best priced at 8/1 with Blacktype (while Croatia were as long as 40/1 with Sky Bet). “Interestingly France drifted before the knockout stages (most likely because they were in the tougher side of the draw), with William Hill and Betway offering 9/1 (on 29 June) about Deschamps’ men lifting the trophy.”last_img read more

International boost leads to early InBet extension for Altenar

first_img Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Global Gaming adds sportsbook extension to Ninja property August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share Share Submit StumbleUpon Sports betting software and services supplier Altenar has moved to capitalise on the success of its Inbet Games collaboration, just eight months after the first platform integration.Altenar has already seen a marked international improvement through integrating InbetV products, multiple variations of virtual fortune wheel and card games, and virtual lotteries such as 7 Keno games and 3D, as well as virtual sports and racing products including Penalty 3D and Greyhound Video.Eight months on, the new version of the partnership will see Altenar integrate Inbet’s ultimate Lima platform-for land-based retail operations and Inbet’s API based i-games for online operations.Altenar has therefore embraced another opportunity to take advantage of the profitable African market with over 120 Inbet’s Lima-based games and 47 API based online casino and slot games.The Lima platform includes games such as Bingo-Pilipino, video poker types  Deuces Wild, Joker Poker, American Jackpot, alongside a wide variety of slot games, while the API-based online solution features popular games Aladdin’s Lamp, Live Roulette and Bingo 37.Pavel Korolev, Business Development Director for Inbet Games, said: “Inbet’s Lima solution has already proved popular and lucrative on the African continent, so its addition to Altenar’s betting portfolio will serve as another great revenue booster and profit multiplier for the company.”A winner of SBC’s ‘Best Sport Themed Game’ award, a finalist for the IGA ‘Innovative Supplier of the Year’ and a nominee for other prominent awards with EGR, Inbet Games has earned international recognition for its extensive range of versatile software solutions.The growing portfolio includes almost 30 virtual games, and over 500 types of slots, casino, betting and lottery games on the omni-channel based white label platform, as well as 50+ types of lottery games made available through the Veles platform for self-service lottery machines and other solutions. Inbet’s gaming solutions can run as terminals, website plugins, or mobile/desktop applications.last_img read more