OECS welcomes kidney transplant operation in Antigua and Barbuda

first_imgOECS welcomes kidney transplant operation in Antigua and BarbudaThe St. Lucia-based Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) has congratulated Antigua and Barbuda following the first kidney transplant operation to be done in the sub-region.“This operation had ushered in a new era of health care proficiency within the region driven by a whole of government approach in collaboration with local health authorities and regional health coordinating groups including the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) and the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA)” said OECS Director General Dr. Didacus Jules.He said the OECS Commission supports the call for a seamless regional organ donor registry in the wake of the operation and would work closely with all stakeholders to formulate a viable proposal.“The rise in chronic non-communicable diseases in the OECS such as diabetes, cancer and kidney disease require we work holistically across all strata of government and employ new and innovative ways of addressing these health challenges given the fiscal and other resource constraints of member states.“The OECS Commission’s Health Unit is working closely with Chief Medical Officers and other stakeholders to further strengthen our associations with our global health development partners and to support proposals for centers of specialized medical care excellence in each OECS member state”,’ Jules said, adding that “this would also include formalising the call by the OECS Health Policy Forum for establishing a national and regional organ donor database, because as we know in the case of kidney disease, a transplant is significantly cheaper and less traumatic than keeping someone on haemodialysis”.The eight-hour procedure was performed by a 14-member team consisting of four surgeons, two anaesthetists and eight specialist nurses on January 16.last_img read more

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Work pays off for Richie Stephens

first_imgSinger Richie Stephens and musician/producer Steven ‘Lenky’ Marsden were honored at the ASCAP Music Awards in London on October 16.Stephens walked away with two awards: Song of The Year and Top Digital Song, while Marsden earned a writer’s award for Luv, a song by Tory Lanez and Let Me Love You by DJ Snake and Canadian pop star Justin Bieber.A beaming Richie Stephens with his ASCAP Awards at the ASCAP Music Awards in London on October 16.Richie Stephens was recognized for his Sail Away rhythm, which he produced in 1998. The beat was sampled by Rihanna and Drake for their international hit song, Work.Once signed to Motown RecordsThe 50-year-old Stephens was once signed to Motown Records and is known for a number of dancehall hits including Fight Back (with Garnet Silk) and Maniac (with Bounty Killer). He had a big production 19 years ago with the album Sail Away which yielded several hit songs in Jamaica. This is his third ASCAP award for 2017.In May, Paul Williams, president of ASCAP, presented Stephens with a songwriter’s award for Work during the 34th annual ASCAP Pop Music Awards in Los Angeles.Biggest hit of 2016Work was arguably the biggest hit song of 2016. It was co-produced by Jamaica-born, Canada-based Matthew Samuels.Marsden has been one of Jamaica’s top musicians/producers for over 20 years. His biggest success came with the Diwali rhythm, also released in 1998. It drove several massive hits including Sean Paul’s Get Busy and No Letting Go by Wayne Wonder.last_img read more

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CHAN 2018 Participating Teams Confirmed

first_img16 teams including Kenya who qualified automatically as hosts have been confirmed as participants at the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN).A total of 48 CAF member national teams entered the qualifying rounds, split into zones according to their regional affiliations.In the final qualifying fixture played on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, Guinea overturned a (1-3) first leg defeat against Senegal by winning (5-0) a the Stade du 28 Septembre, Conakry, to advance (6–3) on aggregate. Sékou Amadou Camara recording a hattrick.Qualified Teams:Host – (Central-East Zone – Kenya)Central-East Zone – (Uganda, Sudan)Central Zone – (Equatorial Guinea, Congo, Cameroon)West Zone A – (Mauritania, Guinea)West Zone B – (Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso)Southern Zone – (Angola, Namibia, Zambia)Northern Zone – (Morocco, Libya)Tournament statistics:Matches played: 62Goals scored: 142 (2.29 per match)Top scorer: Guinea’s Sékou Amadou Camara (8 goals).DR Congo are the defending champions but failed to qualify for the first time ever after losing to Congo on away goals rule.Kenya, Equatorial Guinea, and Namibia would be making their debut at the biennial tournament.The competition is scheduled to take place between 11 January and 2 February 2018.RelatedThe chase for a place at the 2018 African Nations Championship intensifies.August 14, 2017In “AFCON Insider”Toulouse FC vs FC NantesJune 30, 2017Similar postCHAN 2018: CAF EXCO To Decide On KenyaSeptember 20, 2017In “Africa”last_img read more

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Watford Forward Cleared Of Simulation During Arsenal Game

first_imgWatford star Richarlison has been cleared of alleged simulation by the English FA after he won his London side a penalty during their 2-1 win over city rivals Arsenal on Saturday evening in what was an English Premier League (EPL) clash.The 20-year old Brazilian went down following a challenge from Arsenal’s Spanish right back Hector Bellerin to earn a spot-kick which club captain Troy Deene converted to equalise.When asked about the incident after the game, Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger called the penalty award a “scandalous decision”.The incident was taken to a Football Association simulation panel but they decided that the Brazilian forward had no case to answer.This represents the first time the panel has been used in the EPL this season.The new ruled to punish players for “successful deception of a match official” were introduced by the FA at the start of the season.A three-person panel, selected from 13 former players, managers and officials, reviews the footage to decide whether there is any simulation case to answer.RelatedNiasse Nabs FA Charge For Alleged SimulationNovember 21, 2017In “England”Lanzini Given Two-Game Ban For DivingDecember 20, 2017In “England”English FA Charge Premier League Clubs For This ReasonOctober 31, 2017In “England”last_img read more

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GIG, Better Collective, Easyodds and OLBG debate affiliate M&A at Betting on Football 2017

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Share Better Collective Spotlight: How Betarades.gr is driving engagement through YouTube July 30, 2020 Affiliate Leaders Panel, 3 MayThe CEO of Gaming Innovation Group (GIG), a M&A driver in the affiliate marketing arena, will be starring in the first day Affiliate Leaders panel at Betting on Football 2017.Group CEO Robin Eirik Reed will be discussing the M&A focused strategy for GIG, the relationship between bookmakers and affiliates, the scope for new market entrants and whether affiliates are now in a position to start challenging operators’ marketing strategies.Earlier this month, GIG confirmed the €11.5 million acquisition of online casino review portal Casinotopsonline.com, the biggest acquisition for its marketing subsidiary Innovation Labs. Last year, the Group acquired the assets of a Swedish-based affiliate network from Magenta Media and paid a consideration of €4.2 million for Dutch affiliate network Delta Markets.Reed commented: “There’s a lot of change in the affiliate side of the business, but at GIG we believe that the gambling industry should be more connected as part of a large eco-system rather than segmented as it tends to be at the moment. “We also believe that it is incumbent on the affiliate side of the business to reach out to new areas and new demographics and get them to recognise gambling as a fun leisure pursuit, which is why I’m pleased to be able to discuss this with my fellow panelists at Betting on Football.”Reed will be speaking at #bofcon2017 alongside Better Collective Board Member Henrik Lykkesteen, Easyodds CEO James Garmston and Richard Moffat, the CEO for UK-based sports betting affiliate OLBG who last year launched its international player referral services in Spain, Australia, Ireland and Romania. The session will be chaired by Income Access Vice President of Business Development and Marketing Lee-Ann Johnstone.Moffat added: “Having been a leading UK sports betting affiliate for many years, it’s important for us to attend international conferences such as Betting on Football to aid our expansion into global markets. I’m looking forward to exchanging views on M&A, regulatory bodies, advertising and new market entrants with GIG, Better Collective and Easyodds at Stamford Bridge.”Garmston commented: “For me there are two really interesting areas of discussion for Betting on Football 2017. Firstly, with the impending restriction on TV advertising, the bookmakers need to open up to more data sharing with affiliates to allow for a greater understanding of the users to help drive conversion rates. Secondly, the opportunity for affiliates to potentially make a better return than their standard affiliate terms on some users with a simple turnkey bookmaker solution.”Johnstone said: “The affiliate space is ever changing and it’s vital to keep your finger on the buzzer if you want to stay ahead of the curve. Whilst established affiliates such as Betting Expert and OLBG are becoming smarter – there is always room for an innovative game changer to enter the ring. Squawka, having recently secured a UKGC licence could lead to a number of similar moves by the bigger affiliates, and it will be interesting to see how this will affect their relationships with bookmakers over time.” “The affiliate leaders panel at Betting on Football is well timed and much needed to discuss this disruptive change. I look forward to chairing what is sure to be a lively discussion with some of the industry’s most experienced panellists GIG, Better Collective, OLBG and EasyOdds.”Click here to visit the event website and buy your Betting on Football ticket todayFor more information about the event, or to get in touch with the speakers, contact SBC MD Andy McCarron at andy@sbcnews.co.uk or SBC Founder Rasmus Sojmark at rs@sbcnews.co.uk.The list of registered affiliates for the three day event at Stamford Bridge (3-5 May) also includes 365scores, 90min.com, BadMan Tipsters, Baybets, bestbetting, bet2go, BetBrain, Bettingexpert, Bookmaker-Ratings.ru, Clever Advertising, Clever Connect, Digitonic, Dreamworx Online, Easyodds, Gazzetta dello Sport, Google, Itech Media, LiveSport Media, LuckyLabz, Moneta, Natural Intelligence, Oddschecker, Oddslife, OLBG, Perform, Racing Post, Rebel Penguin, Smartbets, Sport1Media, Sportlobster, SportsbookReview, Squawka, SuperScommesse.it, Weekend Football, Betgenius, WinDrawWin.com, Dugout and BetXpert. Related Articles Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020last_img read more

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GameArt content now available via iSoftBet

first_img Share StumbleUpon Submit Share Romania’s ONJN adds 20 sites to blacklist August 14, 2020 Related Articles CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 GameArt, the slot game developer for the online and land-based gaming industry, has announced that its slots content is now available via iSoftBet’s Game Aggregation Platform (GAP), with Italian and Romanian brand Netbet already live with its games.Longstanding partners, iSoftBet and GameArt have agreed for GameArt content to be made available through GAP, which boasts more than 1500 slots from over 35 suppliers, and features a powerful back office where operators can handle all marketing activity in one place.Maja Lozej, CEO of GameArt, said: “iSoftBet supplies some of the world’s largest and most successful gaming operators, and we are excited that GameArt’s portfolio will be available to iSoftBet’s network of operators to enter new jurisdictions in the coming months.”Michael Probert, Head of Business Development at iSoftBet, added: “GAP has emerged as a market-leading aggregation platform due to the variety and quality of games offered and the markets we can take Partners into, and this partnership with GameArt strengthens this position.“iSoftBet holds licences for the UK, Alderney and Romania, and offers certified content to multiple regulated markets which is why we have been able to open the door for GameArt into new markets such as Romania and Italy.”last_img read more

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Tax increases to hamper Ladbrokes’ Irish presence

first_img Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Ladbrokes could be about to terminate all its on-course bookmaking activity in Ireland, as a result of the country’s betting tax being doubled to 2%. Speaking to the Irish Independent, Ladbrokes Ireland Director Jackie Murphy also underlined that the tax hikes will likely mean that operator will cease its sponsorship of races where it currently holds on course betting operations. The operator currently has betting shops at eight racecourses: Galway, Limerick, Killarney, Punchestown, Listowel, Navan, Gowran Park and Clonmel. Murphy emphasised that these opportunities are unlikely to be seen as profitable for operators, after the tax hike. Murphy detailed that the only contract its likely to pursue the extension of is Punchestown, due to the high level of television coverage and exposure the course gets. The warnings of Ladbrokes come after Boylesports also responded to the increased taxation in the country by stating it would have to seriously reconsider its stance on sponsorships within Ireland. Boylesports has a significant sponsorship portfolio in the country, currently being partnered with  the Irish Grand National and Irish Greyhound Derby. Ireland’s second largest bookmaker also warned its staff that jobs are at risk following the government’s decision, which will inevitably have severe implications for the Irish gambling and racing sector. When the new budget was released, Sharon Byrne, Chairperson of the Irish Bookmakers Association warned of the potentially daunting implications: “We had 1,365 shops in 2008. We were down to 850 and it had kind of stabilised this year. Now, the 200 independents that were able to survive have no hope. I’ve taken calls from them all morning – they are distraught. I’m calling an emergency meeting of the association for Friday morning to see what we can do.“Fifteen minutes before the minister made the announcement he had just been talking about how important it was to save all the little jobs in the country and provide support to small companies, and then he wipes out these shops across the country.“It will force punters to off-shore operators and black markets. Most of these towns only have one shop and they are going to be gone, so punters will either go online or to the black market.” Irish bookmakers demand clarity on reopening orders June 17, 2020 IGRG to promote ‘open and inclusive conversation’ during Responsible Gambling Week 2019 October 1, 2019 Share Submit Irish bookmakers to reopen on 29 June May 28, 2020last_img read more

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Paddy Power upgrades 2019 terminal provisions with Playtech BGT

first_img Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 John Pettit – Playtech BGTUpdating the market, FTSE250 technology group Playtech Plc informs that its sports betting division Playtech BGT Sports (PBS) has extended its retail services agreement with Paddy Power expanding the bookmaker’s self-service terminal capabilities.New provisions for Paddy Power will include PBS new Tap2Bet functionality, which will allow customers to place bets directly onto the terminals with their debit cards.PBS upgrades and extensions will be rolled-out across Paddy Power’s UK and Ireland retail portfolio during early 2019.David Newton, Managing Director Retail at Paddy Power, said: “I’m very pleased to have extended our agreement. It is a critical time for LBOs and we had a long review of our options before concluding that Playtech BGT Sports was the best one for us.“Our partnership with them means we can continue to provide our customers with an increasing number of excellent in-shop betting options.”Updating the media, Paddy Power retail leadership detailed that PBS terminal extensions had been chosen to meet increased pressures placed on retail operators.John Pettit, Chief Commercial Officer at Playtech BGT Sports, said: “We’re delighted to have extended our deal with Paddy Power and look forward to providing their customers with the best product available over the next four years.“This partnership allows us to continue investing in innovation and demonstrates the faith we both have in the future of retail betting in the UK and Ireland.” Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Share Submitlast_img read more

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32Red – Blanket sponsorship ban will not prevent problem gambling

first_img ‘Pent-up demand’ for live sports drives gambling pick-up in June August 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Share UKGC lifts Matchbook suspension August 12, 2020 In response to the new ‘National Strategy’ on gambling harm reductions rolled out by the UK Gambling Commission, online casino 32Red has stated that “a blanket ban on sponsoring clubs will not stop problem gambling.”The statement follows the recent announcement that 32Red has penned a new sponsorship deal with Derby County Football Club, which sets out to sponsor the club, while also making a major investment into a new men’s mental health programme across the city.General manager of the gambling platform, Neil Banbury, commented: “We welcome the targeted, problem-specific measures in the Gambling Commission’s strategy that will help support the small proportion of customers who are problem gamblers.“We look forward to engaging with the Gambling Commission and others to ensure that we continue to identify and support those who have a problem while allowing those who simply enjoy using our products to continue to do so. We also welcome any efforts to make gambling safer.“But a blanket ban on sponsoring clubs will not stop problem gambling. 32Red have a keen commitment to all the football clubs we work with – underpinned by our group sustainability strategy.“Our new model of sponsorship means we invest in both clubs and communities – including our recently launched project with Derby County’s Community Trust that is helping men access mental health support who otherwise would be suffering in silence.”The new sponsorship deal with the football club will deliver a new mental-health support scheme to support men who are suffering from mild mental health issues, while also offering referral services to those who are suffering with more severe problems. EPIC and Whysup ‘continue to make real change’ with partnership renewal August 19, 2020 Share Related Articles Submitlast_img read more

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Basque Kirol denies Blackstone takeover rumours

first_img Submit Superbet seeks new Romania CEO following Ardeleanu exit February 24, 2020 Related Articles Blackstone reviews CIRSA options as pandemic wipes out IPO potential June 2, 2020 Share Basque Country operator Grupo Kirol operating firm of Kirolbet has moved to deny rumours that it will sell its flagship business to US private equity fund Blackstone Group.Yesterday afternoon, Spanish business news source El Confidencial reported that Blackstone had sanctioned a €100 million bid to acquire Kirolbet’s entire Basque Country gambling operations.The deal would see Blackstone expand its Spanish gambling portfolio, acquiring the Euskadi region’s biggest retail betting firm, which operates a network of ‘4,000 betting points across the Basque Country’.In its report, El Confidencial noted Blackstone’s desire to acquire one-of-three Euskadi sanctioned betting licenses.As a fully autonomous province, the Basque Country retains the right to establish independent business laws and taxes, which has seen the Euskadi government grant only three gambling licenses to Grupo Kirol, Codere SA and RETAbet.Replicating its investment strategy, Blackstone would likely move to absorb Kirolbet assets under its CIRSA domain, the PE fund’s €2 billion Spanish market investment, which seeks to be transformed into ‘the global leading Spanish language gambling operator’.Yesterday afternoon, Grupo Kirol governance published a corporate statement detailing that the ‘firm had no plans to sell any of its assets’ to Blackstone or any further investment group.Updating the market, Kirol governance stated that the group was committed to completing its 2019-2022 corporate strategy, strengthening its Basque country position whilst launching new international properties.European business analysts will continue to monitor Blackstone movements closely, as during H2 trading the US fund was reported to be eyeing a potential IPO for its CIRSA asset. StumbleUpon Share Superbet doubles down on Lucky7’s challenger investment  July 27, 2020last_img read more

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