Jamaica underline CARIFTA dominance with record-equaling 86 medal haul

first_imgJamaica once again underlined their dominance of the CARIFTA Games in Curacao by amassing 86 medals -39 gold, 28 silver and 19 bronze – in the three-day competition held between 15-17 April.The regional athletics competition for Under 18 and Under 20 athletes was attended by IAAF President Sebastian Coe, NACAC President Victor Lopez and fellow IAAF Council Members Stephanie Hightower and Pauline Davis-Thompson among other athletics dignitaries.The Jamaicans stamped their authority from the opening day where they broke two field event records. Roje Stona, competing in the Under 20 boys’ discus, launched his first attempt out to 66.41 meters, erasing his countryman Chad Wright’s seven-year-old record of 63.11 meters. Fiona Richards, threw 54.19 meters in the girls equivalent to smash the 15-year record set by Claudia Villeneuve of Martinique.In the Under 18 girls’ high jump, Janique Burgher and Lamara Distin collected Jamaica’s first two medals on the opening morning claiming gold and silver with clearances of 1.77 meters and 1.74 meters respectively.In the afternoon, the Jamaicans led by team captains Christopher Taylor and Junelle Bromfield captured three out of four of the 400 meters finals.Bromfield, the IAAF World U20 bronze medallist, looked in commanding form as she destroyed the field in 53.51. The battle for second between Barbadian Tiana Bowen and Jamaica’s Kimorla Mushette was extremely close after both athletes registered 55.62; Bowen got the nod by .001.Taylor, the 2015 World youth champion, made light work of the opposition registering his second sub-46 clocking this season as he cruised to victory in 45.97 in the Under 20 boys’ 400 meters. Caymanian Jamal Walton, Taylor, was a distant second in 46.46. In the Un der 18 boys’ 400 meters Jamaica’s Antonio Watson (47.86) and Ramone Lindo (47.99) copped the gold and silver respectively.Megan Moss of Bahamas halted the Jamaican winning streak in the quarter-mile events with a convincing victory over Kimara Francis (54.24) in the Under 18 girls’ 400 meters. Moss won in 53.69, a new personal best.The Jamaicans continued their gold rush winning all four 1500m finals.Trinidad and Tobago’s Tyriq Horsford continued his country’s rich legacy established at these games by 2012 Olympic champion Kershorn Walcott, when he set a new record in the boys’ Under 18 javelin, throwing 76.50 meters. Latia Saunders of Bahamas won the Under 18 girls’ javelin with 45.29 meters.Glenn Kunst of Curacao, who won the Austin Sealy award, sent the home crowd into raptures when he soared to 4.65m in the pole vault to erase the meet record (4.60m) set by Jamaica’s K’Don Samuels in 2008. He was involved in a keen tussle with Baptiste Thiery of Martinique who led, based on count back, up to 4.50m.Jermaine Francis of St. Kitts and Nevis etched his name in the record books when he raised the high jump bar to 2.22 meters and cleared it to replace joint record holders Damon Thompson (Barbados) and Jamal Wilson (Bahamas) who both cleared 2.20 meters in 2001 and 2007 respectively.Daniel Cope became the first Under 18 athlete to launch the shot put beyond 18 meters. The Jamaican did it with his final effort (18.17 meters). Cope returned on the final day to set another record (61.25 meters) in the U18 discus. Lacee Barnes won the Cayman Islands’ first gold medal when she threw 13.06 meters with her last effort in the Under 20 girls’ shot put to upstage early leader Sah-Jay Stevens (13.02 meters) of Jamaica.last_img read more

Time Management: A crucial tool to succeed as an entrepreneur

first_img5) Exercise and eat wellIt may seem unrelated but taking care of yourself has a direct impact on your mood and concentration. A healthy diet with regular exercise increases dopamine in the brain, making you feel better and more alert. Sitting at a desk all day can really take a toll so it’s important to get moving when you can. The golden rule of business says that effective time management is the key to success. Today’s entrepreneurs will say it’s all about the “grind” and the “hustle” – working long hours and through the night with little or no pay. It’s well known that if enough work is put in, it will pay off in the end. That’s the recipe.Despite vast amount of research, studies and tools available suggest creating a successful start-up from scratch is hard. However, new research has revealed that the biggest obstacle that small business owners are constantly facing is poor time management. It’s suggested this contributes hugely to a large portion of the 90 percent of start-ups that fail within the first 5 years.The findings come from Instantprint’s survey to 500 small business owners, and the results are staggering. In an average week, a typical business owner finds only 12 hours to pursue activities dedicated to the growth of their business. Over half (53 percent) find most of their time is allotted to work admin and report writing.Although these are necessary tasks, they veer away from the focus of growing their business.Lack of time is also forcing businesses to turn down opportunities. A number of senior decision makers claim they’re often forced to turn down opportunities to concentrate on existing customers leaving them with no time to grow their consumer pool and build new relationships.Given the research findings, fellow entrepreneur and co-founder of Instantprint: James Kinsella, said: “We all know how it feels to fight the clock. There are only so many hours in the day to get everything done and SMEs are feeling the squeeze. It is interesting to see from the research that it’s the management of our hours, minutes and seconds that have the biggest effect on the running of a successful enterprise. Every business is unique, but improving time management and optimizing working hours can only bring positive outcomes.”Here are some tips to use time more effectively:1) Find out your most productive work hoursFifty-one percent of surveyed business owners claim they’re most productive between the hours of 9am and 12pm compared to other hours of the day. Finding your most productive time is crucial. Things that kill productivity include: routine activities and continuous work that demotivate you. Go a maximum of two hours and then tune out to tune back in.2) Just say noMany of us are just too polite, but sometimes it’s important to simply say no. Distractions steal your time from important tasks. People may ask you to do a quick thing here and there, but suddenly your hours disappear. If you’ve got an important task, keep at it and don’t let anyone interrupt, you’re busy.3) Go step-by-stepDon’t think of your to-do list as one huge item to complete. It’s overwhelming and will only put pressure on you. Take one thing at a time and this will allow you to give each task the attention it deserves. As a bonus tip, make sure you establish a method to classify tasks that need to take priority.4) Know what gets you throughSome days you’ll need a boost to power through your workload. Whether it’s because you had a bad night sleep or you’re especially busy that day, find what gets you through. Some get through with coffee or tea breaks,last_img read more

Jamaica seeks investors for onion project

first_imgThe Jamaican government says it is in discussions with two major investors for the planting of over 2,000 acres of onions as part of a project to boost supplies for the domestic and export markets.Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Karl Samuda, said one investor has “almost committed” to financing between 400 and 500 acres of land in the parish of St. Catherine, adding that the other is being “encouraged” to take up an additional 1,000 to 2,000 acres.Samuda noted that with less than 15 per cent of the domestic demand for onion currently being filled by local farmers, the government is encouraging major investors to “look at the big acreages that we have to offer” for cultivation in order to “help us to get away from the dependency on imported onions.”Major production effort projectedWhile acknowledging various ongoing onion production initiatives island wide, he said the Ministry is looking at embarking on a major project “to get over this dependency on imports. “We want to produce at a scale… in excess of (domestic) demand and export the balance. That forms part of our objective, which is to make agriculture a net foreign exchange earner,” he added.Samuda said that Jamaica has a “long way to go” in terms of achieving this goal, but said he is particularly encouraged by the level of heightened interest in cultivating onions, and how this will help.“Land is available… and I am encouraging everybody to do onions,” he added.last_img read more

EDITORIAL: Healthcare is a key general elections issue

first_imgSeveral issues critical to voters are being addressed and promoted by the several candidates seeking office in the November 6 general elections. But, as the election approaches, universal healthcare has emerged, including here in Florida, as a key issue to voters and candidates, especially Democratic Party candidates.Democrats ads focus on healthcare In recent weeks, over half of the ads of Democrats running for governors, US Senate and House of Representatives, have focused on universal healthcare. The preponderance of healthcare ads coincides with a “Washington Post” report that 75 percent of congressional districts across the country had the term ‘healthcare’ as the top Google search this year. The search was higher in districts currently held by Democrats, and in 44 percent of Republican districts considered likely to flip to the Democrats.Concern over coverage for pre-existing conditions Voters interest in healthcare, and the response by candidates, is largely fueled by attempts made over the past two years to dismantle the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, signed by President Barack Obama. Although Obamacare remains, its impact on national healthcare has weakened. Particularly concerning to voters is the threat to remove one of the pillars of the ACA – insurance coverage for preexisting medical conditions. Recently, Republicans headed by President Trump have tried to assure Americans in op-eds and ads that even if Obamacare is repealed coverage for preexisting conditions will remain. But, meanwhile, there’s  a pending Republican filed lawsuit in Texas to erase coverage for preexisting conditions.Most Americans are concerned about their healthcare as costs continue to rise. Clearly there’s need for something to be done. Several Democratic candidates agree this “something” is Medicare for All, a solution initiated by Senator Bernie Sanders during his 2016 presidential campaign.Medicare for AllThe Medicare for All proposal is one supported by President Obama, although the initiative would create major changes to Obamacare.Entering the 2018 general election campaign in September, Obama criticized Republicans for attempting to remove Obamacare, while offering his support for “Medicare for All.”  He stressed that Americans were buoyed by the need for universal health coverage, and commended Democrats for running not only “on good old ideas like a higher minimum wage, they’re running on new ideas, Medicare for all.” In primary elections held this year in several states candidates who supported Medicare for All won their races against seemingly unsurmountable odds These candidates included Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, Democratic candidate for Florida governor. Increasingly, national polls are showing support by voters for a universal healthcare policy similar to the popular national healthcare program for seniors over age-65.During the raucous debate over the ACA, several experts suggested Obama should consider expanding Medicare which offers comprehensive healthcare to seniors for affordable rates, as the national universal healthcare plan. However, these suggestions went unheeded.Govt. administered plan for Americans The Medicare for All plan proposed by Senator Sanders, supported by several Democrat candidates is a government administered plan for all Americans.The proposed plan requires consumers to pay a fixed premium, and unlike current private insurance policies would not require them to pay deductibles, and co-payments, and would cover preexisting conditions.To meet operational costs, under Medicare for All employers and individuals would pay a monthly fee. It is also proposed that federal funds spent on Obamacare insurance premiums and other federal healthcare programs would be redirected to Medicare for All.It’s also proposed under Medicare for All:Doctors and healthcare providers would receive reimbursement from the government at a rate set by the Department of Health and Human Services. These rates would be set at the current Medicare levels.The current Medicare benefits would be expanded to include coverage for vision and dentalcare.The age of eligibility for coverage would gradually fall every year for four years from the existing 65-years age for Medicare to include all Americans. Importantly, newborn infants would be automatically enrolled in the program.Some Medicare for All proponents want a public option where individuals will have the ability to purchase and keep private insurance plans.Strong public support A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll indicated 85 percent of Democrats, 52 percent  of Republicans, and 70 percent of Americans, overall, favor Medicare for All. A March 2018  Kaiser Family Foundation poll found some 60 percent of Americans favor a national health plan administered by the government. But despite this popularity Medicare for All is sternly opposed by Republicans. The opposition includes the cost of the program, likelihood of low reimbursement rates for providers, and possibility of longer wait times for care.Clearly, voters want universal healthcare, but such a policy can only be implemented if voters elect candidates that support it. There’s a real possibility this could become national policy, but only if there’s unusually heavy voter turnout in this crucial general election.last_img read more

Gov. DeSantis Seeks Public Input On How To Reopen Florida

first_imgBefore Florida’s State Re-Open Task Force submits its final report on how to reopen the state’s economy, the committee is requesting the input of Floridians. In making the announcement, the governor’s office said “public feedback will be a critical component” of the task force’s final report to the Governor. On Saturday, the task force launched a public comment submission portal where Florida residents can make their own recommendations. As of Sunday morning, the state reported more than 30, 800 COVID-19 cases including 1,055 deaths. The 22-member committee, which includes Broward Mayor Dale Holness, spent last week deliberating and putting together recommendations on which businesses can reopen and how soon.center_img Governor Ron DeSantis did advise, however, that no movie theaters and sports venues will be open in May. DeSantis said the first phase of reopening may not correspond with the ending of the state’s stay-at-home order, which will expire on Thursday, April 30. Residents may submit feedback on any topic related to the re-opening of Florida’s economy, including the impacts to small business, healthcare, education, tourism, agriculture, retail, recreation, sports and construction. The submission portal can be accessed here.last_img read more

Ghana’s Asante Kotoko Involved In Road Accident

first_img©Christian Thompson/BackpagePixGhana’s most successful football club, Asante Kotoko SC, have been involved in an accident on their way back from a Ghana Premier League game against Inter Allies.The Porcupines were returning to Kumasi after they lost 1-0 to Inter Allies when the team bus conveying the players ran into a stationary vehicle around 9:45 pm Ghanian time at Nkawkaw, the club’s Twitter handle said.Players and officials on our team bus returning to Kumasi after our game with Inter Allies in Accra have been involved in an accident.— Asante Kotoko SC (@AsanteKotoko_SC) July 12, 2017The injured members of the team are now receiving treatment at the Holy Family Hospital at Nkawkaw, as the club urges fans to remain calm and pray for those involved.Management is on top of the situation and will appropriately brief supporters and the general public in the coming hours.— Asante Kotoko SC (@AsanteKotoko_SC) July 13, 2017 Please, please, please, GOD! Do not let this news we are hearing about our brothers Asante Kotoko be true. #PrayForKotoko. #TogetherWeStand pic.twitter.com/MUtjTUnnFX— #PrayForKOTOKO (@HeartsOfOakGH) July 12, 2017However, the number of casualties is not yet ascertained. The club’s management would release an official statement about the incident in due course.Relatedlast_img read more

Betcade confirms that it will cease operations this January

first_imgShare Submit Share Ladbrokes backs Irish boxing champion Jason Quigley July 18, 2019 David ChangIssuing a corporate statement, David Chang the CEO & Founder of dedicated ‘real-money’ gaming/gambling app store Betcade has informed stakeholders and the media that his firm will cease operating by the end of January 2017.Updating the market, Chang did not detail specifics as to why Betcade has chosen to stop its operations. Chang thanked all stakeholders associated with the Betcade project, further stating that he remained excited about the ‘future of the gambling industry’.Launched in December 2015, Pasadena start-up Betcade aimed to become the go-to destination for ‘real-money’ apps for the gaming and betting sectors, where consumers may have faced download restrictions from native mobile system providers (Apple & Android).By May 2016, Betcade had opened its app store seeking app submissions from industry operators. Furthermore, the start-up had opened a European hub with aim of boosting its profile to licensed operators and real-money games developers.The news of Betcade’s closure will have surprised a number of industry observers, who had marked Betcade as one of the sector’s most unique start-ups.Chang detailed in his statement: “Start-ups seek to positively influence the industry which they are in however this comes with considerable risk as a business. After evaluating our options, it was determined that the best course of action for the company was to close the business in an orderly manner and look after our people the best we can.” Winning Post – US regulation… Are we California Dreamin? November 25, 2019 Related Articles StumbleUpon 6 of the Best – Gamban’s Daniel Umfleet June 13, 2019last_img read more

RakeTech Group strengthens M&A drive with new board chairman

first_img Share XLMedia streamlines executive team in strategy overhaul May 11, 2020 Related Articles Oskar Mühlbach chosen as Raketech CEO December 12, 2019 StumbleUpon Share ‘Volatile’ Swedish regulations see Raketech grow global focus August 19, 2020 Submit iGaming affiliate RakeTech Group has strengthened its 2017 M&A drive by confirming Christian Lundberg as the new chairman of the company’s board.Christian LundbergA former Nordic Regional Director for Microsoft, Lundberg currently works as a strategic advisor to several corporate leaders in both publicly listed and private companies through his own business A Force 4U.His experience with international organisations such as Microsoft and Fortum qualifies him to oversee a period of high growth for RakeTech, who bought BetXpert and Turtle Gaming in April, before continuing its pursuit of Scandinavian assets with the more recent acquisitions of Agonas AB, Astro Media, Pokernet.dk and Odds.dk.Michael Holmberg, RakeTech Group CEO, said: “With Christian joining, we will sharpen RakeTech’s leadership. Christian has vast experience from building winning cultures where everyone works towards the same goals and meets market demands with a focus on long-term values and profitability.“He joins in an intense period where we among other activities recently have acquired several assets in Denmark. In addition, we have just reached our 100th employee, from being just some 30 people a year ago. I look forward to working together with Christian and the rest of the board members to take RakeTech to the next level.”Lundberg added: “RakeTech is a company with high operational capacity and advanced technical solutions, active in the fast-growing European iGaming industry.“I believe RakeTech has real possibilities to drive the continued development of the sector through responsible affiliate services with a focus on user value, and consequently secure a long-term and sustainable growth. At the same time, we will continue to pursue our active acquisition agenda, where we target assets of high quality with leading market positions.”last_img read more

Winning Post – GVC hit with heavy fine for misleading adverts

first_imgShare TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share Regulus Partners, the strategic consultancy focused on international gambling and related industries, gives an insight into some of the key developments in the gambling industry as part of its ‘Winning Post’ column.UK: advertising regulation – tough loveAmongst the organisations likely to lose out if ever a ban on gambling adverts is instituted is the fines department at HM Government. This week on Valentine’s Day, the government raked in £350,000 in fines from GVC at the same time that the Advertising Standards Authority potentially made such fines more likely in the future.The fine was levied in respect of repeated breaches of social responsibility codes in relation to the advertising of free bets. In addition, GVC received a warning for not applying for a Personal Management Licence for its marketing director – a warning that will stay on its file for consideration should the company fall foul of regulations again. While always serious, GVC’s UK regulatory risk profile is likely to be under even greater scrutiny currently as it seeks to acquire the UK’s largest online gaming business (#4 overall).The announcement raises a couple of interesting questions, including why in this case a fine was levied (in the past, the Commission has preferred voluntary settlement) and whether GVC should have disclosed the fact that it was undergoing a licence review (as 888 did when it faced the scrutiny of the Commissioners last year). The identity of the five online operators facing licence review in relation to anti-money laundering and social responsibility failure is also obscure.Also on Valentine’s Day, the Advertising Standards Authority sent its tough love to the gambling industry with updated standards designed to discourage the promotion of repetitive or impulse gambling (no more “bet now!”, to highlight what is probably the UK’s most ubiquitous, successful and longest running betting ad campaign), and to require operators to make material terms and conditions attached to free bets or bonuses clearly visible to the consumer.Regulators often have to walk a tightrope between principle and prescription. Overly precise regulations can become outmoded and prone to circumvention or unintended consequences; while principles often require subjective judgement (and a degree of trust between the regulator and the regulated), which may lead to ambiguity. While the ASA has been very clear about certain matters, grey areas persist. Operators will need to tread carefully and engage closely with the regulatory community as they work out exactly where the borders have been redrawn.In the meantime, it seems likely that the steady drip of fines and voluntary settlements will continue.US: sportsbetting regulation – state of playProgress is continuing with State-by-State US regulation of sportsbetting in the hope of a favourable PASPA decision in the spring. Encouragingly for operators, Iowa (pop. 3m) has rejected the sports leagues proposal 1% handle, though the NBA has by no means given up. The 1% fee has also appeared in draft Missouri (pop. 6m), while Massachusetts (pop. 7m) is debating whether to make temporary DFS legislation permanent and also requesting the study into online betting; perhaps significantly within the context of international sportbetting operator hopes, a pro-DFS Senator explained it was worthy of support as a “homegrown” industry (rather like moonshine).The latest news points to three key themes. First, the US position is evolving rapidly and stakeholders need to be as prepared as possible (especially in terms of sensibly shaping the dialogue), without over-committing to any assumed outcome. Second, the landscape following a clear overruling of PASPA is likely to be a fragmented and contradictory patchwork, where (rather boring and limited) super-local solutions are likely to trump grand hopes and promises. Finally, we continue to be sceptical that the federal government will necessarily allow such a mess to evolve and anticipate some important caveats to any repeal (potentially evolving into certain permissions, taxes and integrity fees at a federal level).France: Q4 remote revenue – distorting growthThe domestically regulated French market grew 39% in Q4 to €295m, driven by an 83% increase in sportsbetting (to €163m, 55% mix); horseracing and poker converged at €66m, with the former growing at 6% and the latter an encouraging 8% after years of decline. Significantly, French sportsbetting growth was volume (+32%) as well as margin (+6.4ppts) driven. Unsurprisingly, football was the key driver (turnover +34%, 61% mix), though breakdown by league and sport also confirms the sources of volume growth: Premier League (+53%), LaLiga (+50%) and Serie A (+109%) materially outfperformed domestic leagues (+20%), Champions League (+25%) and Bundesliga (+6%); volleyball and handball also performed strongly (+52% and +60%, albeit at only 1% of turnover each). Poker growth was all tournament-led (+11%, 62% mix), with cash games broadly flat (although with the potential for growth in 2018 with cross-region liquidity sharing: Stars has started and Winamax is entering the Spanish market).Growth for FY17 was a less strong 18% to €962m, with 35% growth in sports (€472m, 49% mix), 5% growth in horseracing (€245m, 25% mix) and 7% growth in poker (also to €245m). The French market has therefore finished very strongly, but medium-term trends are less impressive. Moreover, very high turnover tax rates deliver a very unattractive betting RTP (81% for 2017 vs. c. 92% in .com / GW-led markets) and casino remains banned. Consequently, the majority of the French online gambling market is very likely to remain black. However, strong sports betting growth and a return to growth in poker demonstrates that an emerging online mass market is less price sensitive (or resourceful in accessing supply) than the traditional heavy user: the French model might work for a large and growing number of players, but it still does not work in capturing the majority of revenue.Spain: Q4 remote revenue – a marathon not a sprint The Spanish online market grew 38% in Q4 to €173m, similar growth to France and 84% of the spend per capita. However, the composition of Spanish growth was very different. Sportsbetting growth was ‘only’ 49% to €104m (60% mix), with casino growing at 37% to €49m. Strong casino progress was delivered in a period of high sports margins (benefiting pre-match mix), while Spain’s online product mix is also ‘normalising’, with slots growth to 52% casino mix suggesting more effective channelling as well as underlying growth. Poker also moved into growth: +5% to €16m (9% mix). While still small, bingo also delivered strong growth: +30% to €3m. On an FY basis Spain grew overall revenue by 31% to €562m, with 33% growth in betting (€317m, 56% mix), 39% growth in casino (€185m, 33% mix – including bingo) and 4% growth in poker (€60m, 11% mix).On the face of it, Spain’s relatively liberal online regime has generated frustrating results relative to the higher spend per head of a highly restricted France (albeit a 38% higher GDP per capita) and a similar one to restricted Portugal. However, with France growing at 18% in 2017 and Portugal’s betting market not growing at all since launch (Q316 – Q317, -26%; Q417 level with Q316), Spain’s broadly based 38% growth suggests significant medium-term divergence driven by a much more effective regulatory model.Malta: remote regulation – mafia.com?The MGA is reportedly broadening its investigations into the potential or alleged mafia connections of its Italy-facing licensees (10 licences out of 200). The Italian high-street gambling market has had a long history of mafia connections, and while this is unlikely to affect the majority of businesses (anymore), it has claimed some of the biggest (eg, B Plus: once Italy’s biggest VLT concession). Moreover, since high-street gambling morphed into remote (eg, via CTDs, often Malta-based), the connection has been a hard one to shift and hasn’t always required evidence for politicians and commentators to make some pretty sweeping claims (although there have also been enough cases to provide continuing fire for the smoke).The danger for businesses with current or even legacy Mafia issues is pretty obvious: getting kicked out of Malta leaves very few tax efficient options within the EU and is likely to jam up banking and payments near fatally regardless of any criminal proceedings. However, there may be a wider issue for Malta-based licensees: this is a recurring stick with which to beat the jurisdiction and responses such as tightening up AML enforcement (just announced) may not be enough if there is an underlying political agenda. The attitude of many of the larger Member States (and EU institutions) to POS regimes is frosty at best, and the irony of a more integrated post-Brexit EU is that it may mean a much tougher one for the ‘EU offshore’ model.UK: horseracing – The right sort of innovation?The announcement of plans for a ‘Formula 1’ style competition for horseracing caused much discussion within the industry this week. The brainchild of Jeremy Wray (former Swindon Town FC chairman, and brother of Betfair co-founder Ed) is for 12 ‘blue chip’ company-branded teams to compete in 48 races over 8 weeks during the summer, for £100,000 prizemoney per race. The contest will require one trainer per team, 4 jockeys and 30 horses. It promises to “distance this incredible sport from the public perception that its complicated, elitist recreation inextricably linked to gambling.” While a number of high profile people within the industry have given the idea their approval, the news was greeted largely negatively by racing’s core customer base on social media.Horseracing has a relatively poor track record when it comes to innovation, not helped by a disparate stakeholder base, a sometimes elitist culture and an often acrimonious relationship with bookmakers  – a key conduit to a vital customer-base. However, while efforts to attract “a whole new audience” to the sport, to do so in such disparaging terms to what is a largely successful product and symbiotic relationship (“wewill let betting take a back seat”) is in danger of creating more division than progress, especially if key stakeholders appear to back opinions as well as products. Sometimes big, glitzy innovation works and fresh thinking should always be encouraged, but far more good can be done by inclusively improving the base. These two drivers do not have to be mutually exclusive, but in too many cases they are. Bookmakers have one piece of silver lining to the cloud of distaste: more high-profile 12-runner fields is just what the industry needs…UK: sports betting integrity – Kindred steps upKindred has been announced as the latest member of the Sports Betting Integrity Forum (SBIF), in the same week that it signed an information sharing MOU with the RFU, with whom it also agreed to collaborate on “prevention and educational projects”. These positive steps may have featured among the actions recommended in Kindred’s recent integrity audit carried out by Ethisport. Following that audit, Kindred itself stated that it needed to further improve cooperation between operators, sports regulatory bodies and law enforcement.Ethisport describes its audit as involving 500 questions, with answers weighted and put through an algorithm to produce a rating. It is not clear how many other operators it has audited, which casts some doubt on the basis on which Ethisport claims that Kindred “leads the pack on sports betting integrity” and is “for sure part of the Top 5 leading betting operators fighting against the manipulations of sports competitions”. However, Kindred has proactively sought out a third party to audit its systems and processes and taken visible steps to strengthen its efforts through collaboration, which should be applauded. With Kindred now among its membership, the SBIF, the UK’s national platform for sports and sports betting integrity, should be more effective to the benefit of all stakeholders. Related Articles ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

Arena Racing Company makes Ffos Las acquisition

first_img Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Share ARC continues financial support for greyhound trainers during COVID-19 shutdown April 15, 2020 ARC confirms Belle Vue closure August 3, 2020 Submit Arena Racing Company (ARC) has announced the acquisition of Ffos Las Racecourse, with the Carmarthenshire course becoming the fifteenth racecourse in the ARC portfolio.The Carmarthenshire course opened in 2009 and was, at the time, the first new racecourse in Britain in over 80 years. A flat oval, a mile and a half around, Ffos Las hosts a total of 19 fixtures in 2018, six flat and thirteen jumps.  Feature races include the Ladbrokes Welsh Champion Hurdle in October as well as the West Wales National, which takes place during Easter.ARC Chief Executive Martin Cruddace said: “We are delighted to welcome Ffos Las Racecourse into ARC, and that Dai Walters will stay on as Honorary Chairman of the racecourse. “As racecourses face escalating costs, together with uncertainty in retail media rights, we believe scale is now more important than ever.  Equally, we will continue to closely consult with horsemen to make sure our expanding business continues to increase the value of the stakeholder experience.”Dai Walters added: “My association with the creation and delivery of Ffos Las Racecourse is something that I am very proud of, and I will continue to support the further development of the facility by remaining as the Honorary Chairman.“Ffos Las has provided a stage for Welsh racing to display their racing excellence and encouraged people to visit this beautiful part of west Wales. The facility has provided employment to the area and boosted the local economy. Ffos Las achieved record attendances in 2017 since opening in 2009.“The acquisition by ARC will allow Ffos Las to expand through utilising the knowledge and expertise gained from its other racecourses. They will be able to draw on other fixtures which have always been an issue for us, and provide more non-racing opportunities, through staging large music concerts.“This is a very exciting new chapter with many opportunities for Ffos Las Racecourse to pursue.” ARC temporarily suspends ‘uneconomical’ Belle Vue meetings  June 10, 2020last_img read more