This Day in History: Haiti’s Prime Minister Appeals For Help to…

first_imgThis Day in History: Haiti’s Prime Minister Appeals For Help to End RevoltOn this day in Caribbean history, on February 17, 2004, Haitian Prime Minister, Yvon Neptune, made a plea for international to help end the violent uprising against President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, which killed at least 57 people.Neptune made his plea after former soldiers joined the rebellion, resulting in the burning of a police station, killing three police officials, freeing the imprisoned, and seizing Hinche, a city 70 miles northeast of Haiti’s capital Port-au-Prince.Witnesses said Louis- Jodel Chamblain, a death-sentenced former soldier and leader of paramilitary group FRAPH, led the rebellion. FRAPH maimed and killed hundreds of Aristude supporters during the military dictatorship between 1991-1994.This Day in History: The 1991 coup d’etat in Haiti took placeColin L. Powell, Secretary of State during that time, told CNN reporters there needs to be a “political solution” and only then would nations offer police presence.United States in the past has staged three military interventions to the island nation.Dominique de Villepin, then French Foreign Minister, called a meeting to discuss the risks of sending peacekeepers to the former French Colony, which was home to 2,000 French citizens at the time.Ron Redmond, then spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, said representatives were meeting with U.S. and Caribbean officials to discuss how to handle the Haitian rebellion.last_img read more

Taiwan and Haiti sign new bilateral agreement

first_imgTaiwan and Haiti have signed an agreement aimed at further strengthening their bilateral relationship.President Tsai Ing-wen and the Haitian President Jovenel Moise signed the accord that both countries said would prove beneficial to their population.High-level taskforceThe agreement calls for the establishment of a high-level taskforce that will draft, within 60 days, new terms of collaboration on economic and infrastructure development in Haiti as well as potential ways to attract more Taiwanese investors.Haiti is among a handful of CARICOM countries that still maintain diplomatic relations with Taiwan that China considers to be a renegade province and during the signing ceremony, President Moise, who is on an official visit to the country, thanked Tsai and the people of Taiwan for their long-term support of his country’s development.To boost economic growthHe said this latest agreement would further boost economic growth and provide employment opportunities.Tsai responded by reaffirming Taiwan’s willingness to help on such mutually beneficial projects, and said she looks forward to communication and understanding being the foundation of all future collaboration.last_img read more

CARICOM, Cuba foreign ministers address issues affecting region

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – Caribbean Community (CARICOM) foreign ministers and their Cuban counterpart have ended a meeting here supporting efforts by the 15-member regional grouping to find a peaceful solution to the economic and political crisis in Venezuela.The foreign ministers who met here under the aegis of the Sixth CARICOM-Cuba Ministerial Meeting, also adopted a resolution urging that the region be declared a zone of peace, condemning the United States decision to tighten its trade and economic embargo against Havana, as well as criticise the European Union over its decision to list a number of countries as tax havens.In addition, the meeting agreed on the need to improve trade relations between CARICOM and Cuba, climate change, condemn the efforts of developed countries to dismantle corresponding banking mechanisms as well as the current “graduation” criteria for official development assistance so as to adequately reflect the reality and specific needs of Highly-Indebted Middle Income Countries, particularly Caribbean states.last_img read more

MDCPS Superintendent Reappointed to National Assessment Governing Board

first_imgMIAMI-DADE – Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho has been reappointed by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to serve as a member of the 7-member National Assessment Governing Board (NAGB) from October 1, 2019, to September 30, 2023. Carvalho has served on the NAGB since 2015 and is the only Board member to have been reappointed.“The theory of action behind testing kids cannot be simply to report data; the end goal must be to improve teaching and learning,” said Carvalho. “I am deeply proud to continue being a part of this great work, and I thank Secretary DeVos for the reappointment.”NAGB was created by Congress in 1988 as an independent, nonpartisan board to set policy for the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as The Nation’s Report Card. NAEP is the largest nationally representative, continuing evaluation of the condition of education in the United States. It has served as a national yardstick of student achievement since 1969. NAEP informs the public about what American students know and can do in various subject areas and compares achievement among states, large urban districts, and various student groups.NAEP offers to the public and to education policymakers at the national, state and local levels, objective data on student performance in nearly a dozen subjects. The information NAEP provides helps education stakeholders evaluate the progress of American education. The 26-member nonpartisan, independent Governing Board determines the subjects and content of NAEP tests, sets the achievement levels for reporting and publicly releases the results.Carvalho joined the Governing Board in 2015. As superintendent of MDCPS he leads the nation’s fourth-largest school system. During his tenure, MDCPS has become one of the nation’s highest-performing urban school systems, receiving systemwide accreditation from AdvancEd in 2014.last_img read more

‘You’re Very Disrespectful’ – Pochettino Blasts Guardiola

first_imgTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has labelled the comments from his Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola as “very disrespectful” and “sad”.Pochettino was speaking in response to Guardiola’s comment which described Tottenham as the “Harry Kane team” when he was talking about his side’s title rivals.During his pre-match press conference ahead of his team’s weekend league clash with Bournemouth at the Wembley Stadium, Pochettino said: “[Guardiola] was part of the big success at Barcelona and I never said it was ‘the Lionel Messi team,’”While speaking earlier this month about the English Premier League (EPL) title Guardiola described Chelsea and Manchester United as his side’s rivals to win the league earlier this month, before adding: “We saw again the Harry Kane team scores every day two or three goals.”Speaking further on the matter, the Pochettino said:“It doesn’t affect me but in the reality it was very disrespectful for many people.”“Everyone deserves to be recognised. When many people took the words, it was very sad and for many players that are here it is strange but, in my case, I didn’t take it in a bad way.“It wasn’t disrespectful to myself. For a lot of people it was unnecessary. But we need to move on.” he concluded. Relatedlast_img read more

Jeevan Jeyaratnam – Oddsfeed – Piegate and Spot-Fixing vs Sunderland and John Terry

first_img Related Articles Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Submit Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Super Soccer Oddsfeed’s Jeevan Jeyaratnam spoke to SBC News about the Stamford Bridge swansong for John Terry, and how this compares to Wayne Shaw’s pie-eating antics.Jeevan JeyaratnamI’ve heard some sensationalist views this week regarding the, admittedly daft, stunt triggered on Sunday when the now ex-Sunderland boss David Moyes and his squad colluded with Chelsea’s wishes to force a break in play during the 26th minute.Retiring club hero John Terry, adorned in the number 26 shirt, had, it was later revealed, reached an agreement with his boss Antonio Conte that he would play just 26 minutes of the final game of his Chelsea career. In order for the substitution to be regarded as symbolic it had to happen in the 26th minute.As a substitution can only occur during a natural break in play, there is absolutely no guarantee this could happen without both sides ‘agreement’. To this end, Sunderland goalkeeper Jordan Pickford kicked the ball into touch during minute 26 to facilitate the somewhat farcical change.Let’s be clear here, the Premier League has not seen fit to investigate this acknowledged collusion and apart from belittling the already doomed Sunderland, little harm was done and there is no evidence to suggest this information leaked and led to any sort of betting activity.There have been calls from the less informed that this was akin to spot-fixing, the scourge of black market cricket fixes. The dictionary definition of spot-fixing varies somewhat but is essentially, “the pre-meditated engineering of an outcome within a sporting event.” The Wikipedia entry is perhaps more encapsulating in that it correctly suggests this engineering occurs to service a betting market.The fundamental difference between this event and traditional spot fixes is the stimulus. There isn’t an odds market for this kind of thing, nor is it likely that there ever will be, the very basis for allowing this to happen was not entrenched in a desire to profit financially. Spot-fixing has financial gain firmly imprinted into its DNA, it is the only reason it happens. This stimulus difference is critical but seems to have been conveniently ignored by those wishing to cause harm, cause controversy and sell papers.Revisiting the Piegate incident earlier in the year, we can draw parallels between Wayne Shaw’s pie-eating and spot-fixing; the incident occurred for financial gain through ‘manipulation’ of a betting market. This is, albeit not the worst case, very close to our definition of spot-fixing, as while not directly affecting the game or outcome, the act did occur in what is considered to be the playing arena.Crucially the Sunderland/John Terry incident had no basis in financial gain and reports of bets laid can be attributed to clever lateral thinking on behalf of punters, who remembered back to Didier Drogba’s last game in the royal blue. Though Drogba played most of his Chelsea career in the number 11 shirt he was carried off the pitch in the 30th minute, also against Sunderland, and punters requesting a price for Terry exiting in the 26th minute were merely being smart, not pre-informed.Paddy Power laid three bets at 100/1, it appears the maximum single stake £25. Clearly this is wholly different from both traditional spot-fixing and the Piegate debacle, where stakes alone were alleged to have been over £1000 and the outcome clearly considered to be “certain”.While neither incident shows the sport in the best light, it is inflammatory to suggest this was anything more than an ill-conceived ‘tribute’ to a rare breed of player, who stayed with the same club since age 14. StumbleUpon Share Share Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020last_img read more

Malta MGA wants industry stakeholders to get smart on new EU-wide anti-money laundering rules.

first_img StumbleUpon Share Submit TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Related Articles Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020 Share Issuing a market update, the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) has published a joint industry consultation with the Financial Intelligence Analysis Unit (FIAU) detailing forthcoming changes to EU-wide business policy relating to ‘anti-money laundering and combatting the funding of terrorism (AML/CFT) requirements’.The document highlights provisions set by the European Parliament and Council on new regulations relating to the prevention of financial systems and processes for the purpose of AML and terrorist financing.The MGA warns that industry stakeholders will now have to meet EU AML/CFT requirements in order to maintain their MGA approved licensees. The new directives will be forced directly into the Maltese law of Directive (EU) 2015/849. Working with the FIAU, the MGA has published its stakeholder consultation detailing new an initial outline of how licensees will be expected to comply with these obligations.This consultation document will serve as the basis for a more detailed sector-specific guidance document that will be issued at a later stage following due consultation with the remote gaming sector. The document is divided into five main sections, each of which corresponds to what is considered by the FIAU and the MGA as being the main AML/CFT obligations of subject persons.The MGA has requested for industry stakeholders to submit questions and feedback regarding the document at [email protected] (feedback openuntil the 11th of August 2017).Document can be downloaded at read more

Giancarlo Tottoli – Jacktime – Committing the time and resources to achieve true cash-out potential

first_img Share StumbleUpon Round table – BetConstruct: The future of sportsbook personalisation June 10, 2019 Related Articles Submit Jacktime, the Bronze Sponsor for the upcoming Betting on Sports conference (12-15 September), provides disruptive real-time betting software, centred around its Cash-Out feature.Just three weeks before the event, we spoke to the Jacktime Co-Founder Giancarlo Tottoli about the company’s headline product, plans for the coming months, and what he expects #boscon2017 delegates to learn about its services at Olympia Conference Centre.SBC: What is the biggest thing that Jacktime is bringing to the sports betting market?GT: The best cash-out and partial cash-out product, with innovative features that allow players to apply changes to their open bets while enabling the bookmaker to earn a second, individually manageable margin.These are accompanied and in alignment with our advanced auto cash-out tool, which includes different possibilities for punters to define different types of limits – not only bound to the stake – automatically triggering a full or partial cash-out.Then there is Re-Bet, which is a great tool to recycle stakes faster as full and partial cash-out amounts are directly wagered again without any interruption.  On top of all of that, we also have a fully customizable, restriction free ‘edit my bet’ tool. Just to mention a few features and yet more exciting ones are to come.All our features cover all player demographics and jurisdictions and traders will also be happy as they are offered a very extensive set of also unprecedented configuration parameters.SBC: As a development team, where do you feel that industry operators/stakeholders are being under-served?GT: There are a few exceptions of course, but in general when it comes to R&D, most operators lack specialist know-how. As a bookmaker’s development staff is so busy and must deal with overloaded roadmaps, it is rather impossible to achieve the level of dedication and excellence that is required.It either takes a long time to get a project live, and in most cases its then only a simple version that still needs to be further developed, maintained and so on, for which there are no resources and time.And with regards to Cash-Out, we will most likely see and face a similar evolution as the one for live betting – the more established it becomes in the future and internationally amongst punters, the higher will be the competitive pressure and the demand by players to have a state of the art product.SBC: How does the Jacktime cash-out product differ to traditional industry cash-out modules?GT: Current cash-outs can be very restrictive. And, often calculations are erroneous to the bookmakers’ and/or player’s disadvantage, with a second margin or additional cash-out transaction leading to an additional margin. The bottom line is, true cash-out potential cannot be exploited due to a non-optimal, erroneous and incomplete product offer.The detail of the product matters. We have the time and resources to focus on our feature-rich solution and product availability; our Cash-out is available for all betting types and markets, alongside moving line betting markets and markets with cash-back (i.e. all varieties of handicaps).The product also comes with a high degree of customisation and the most advanced edit my bet product, where customers can increase stake or add/remove selections at any time for any combination of markets.In the mid to long term, we will also improve our margin management by introducing machine learning algorithms to control the, customizable to yield the highest additional margin possible for each operator.SBC: How do you see your company and services developing in the coming months?GT: Growing and thriving – our edge is also that we are niche partner. We will constantly focus on improving and advancing our products so our customers have continuously added value.We have a dedicated team of highly qualified developers and mathematicians that solely focus on advancing the Jacktime BETCORE Product and delivering new innovations to be integrated into any sportsbook. Jacktime does not want to become distracted as a “busy” platform provider, but rather focus on its niche and constantly invest in improving its BETCORE engine and be your R&D partner.SBC: What do you want delegates to learn about Jacktime services at the upcoming Betting on Sports conference?GT: That Jacktime is a great software partner, can bring any operator or platform supplier to the next level, and shouldn’t be viewed as competition by in-house IT teams. Jacktime helps to generate more turnover and profit. Through an exclusive cooperation with one of the world’s and Europe’s leading application oriented research institute for IT system solutions and services, it will always be on top of the game. Colossus Bets confirms cash-out collaboration with bet365 October 1, 2019 Altenar targets cash out edge for Italian market February 20, 2019 Sharelast_img read more

Lindar Media joins Income Access for affiliate programme launch

first_imgShare Transformed Nektan eyes ‘break even’ comeback April 1, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Share Paysafe hires former Barclays UK platform lead Sujit Unni as new CTO February 14, 2020 Related Articles Income Access has announced a fresh partnership with Lindar Media, which is set to see a new affiliate programme launched for the UK-based iGaming firm.Utilising the Income Access affiliate software, affiliates are to be enabled to promote each of Lindar’s managed brands, which specialise in the bingo and casino verticals.The white label operator, founded in 2014, currently has multiple brands within its portfolio, including Circus Bingo, Oink Bingo, Wild Spins, and Pixie Bingo, as well as the Nektan powered Rich Ride online casino.Lindar also manages, “the country’s only dedicated bingo portal offering cashback to players,” with the company also preparing for the release of Mr.Q, its new online bingo software.Lorenzo Pellegrino, CEO of Income Access and Digital Wallets at Paysafe, said: “We’re excited to begin our partnership with Lindar Media, and look forward to playing a role in the growth of their brands. Their innovative approach to the online bingo and casino verticals will make them a dynamic partner for affiliates to work with.”Currently working with every partner to offer “fair and sustainable commission deals,” Lindar states that it’s currently expanding its offerings to include a wider variety of revenue share and CPA deals.Through the Lindar programme members will benefit from its Business insights tool, automating marketing messages tailored to user behaviour, as well as its Business Intelligence Platform, helping gather a deeper understand of traffic and how it can be optimised.Savvas Fellas, Managing Director at Lindar Media, added: “We chose to partner with Income Access as it offers us a level of agility that satisfies our own objectives as a publisher site, particularly with the tracking of dynamic sub IDs. There is also an excellent integration with, which allows us to create both HTML5 and GIF banners. The account management service is also second to none.”last_img read more

Bryan Blake: Hexopay – Wire Act needs a cautious approach by all gambling stakeholders

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Steven Armstrong, William Hill: Betting is the lead actor in combating high risk AML threats April 22, 2020 Share Payment Expert brings together industry leaders to conclude Digital Summit Payments track April 29, 2020 Submit Share SBC Charity Boxing Championship packs a punch for Oliver’s Wish Foundation January 20, 2020 Bryan Blake – HexopaySpeaking at last week’s PaymentExpert Forum, Bryan Blake Founder & CEO of Hexopay gave SBC audiences a detailed breakdown of the current US payments landscape for gambling incumbents, and the challenges stakeholders face in interpreting and accommodating the mandate of the 1961 Wire Act… ________________SBC: Hi Bryan thanks for speaking at SBC’s PaymentExpert Forum. As a payments industry executive, what has caught your attention with regards to the betting industry’s first steps within the liberalised US wagering market post-PASPA?Bryan Blake (Founder/CEO Hexopay): The US Holy Grain of legal Sports Betting, albeit on a state by state basis, is now available our industry and it’s been long in coming with the state of New Jersey finally winning its US Supreme Court case in May 2018, with a majority of justices declaring that the US federal ban on sports wagering is unconstitutional.After the US Supreme Court’s May 14, 2018 decision to strike down the federal ban on single-game real money sports betting within the United States outside of Nevada, effectively unlocking the legislative key for states that wish to legalize and regulate sports betting within their borders to proceed and do so immediately.  What this means: According to the text from the SCOTUS decision, “Congress can regulate sports gambling directly, but if it elects not to do so, each state is free to act on its own.”Potential implications of the US 1961 Wire Act, without online sports betting the market size lack luster and the payment providers volume and predominant business is obtained via online or mobile sports betting channel.  In addition, if the new DoJ Wire Act opinion is upheld by the courts, or actively enforced by the DoJ, the implication for the payment providers could lead to exclusion as by definition most payment processing traffic has traditionally been performed via interstate routing.There remains an issue with US Visa and Mastercard credit and debit card issuers blocking MCC 7081 (7995) entirely, some 50% of all card transactions are blocked thereby forcing Operators to educate their customers to use alternative funding methods such as:ACH, eWallet, prepaid card, cash loaded via prepaid card at retailers like 7/11 and cash at the casino/track cashier.To date, American Express and Diners are not permitting any card transactions for gaming and the word is that Discover is seeking to enter the gaming market soon.SBC: Can you detail for SBC readers, how US digital payment services are monitored/regulated, and how this current set-up clashes with the arcane mandate of the 1961 Wire Act?BB: Some history re US Sports betting (land-based and online), iPoker and iGaming:The Wire Act, also known as the Interstate Wire Act of 1961, was drafted on the recommendation of then-Attorney General Robert Kennedy to make interstate gambling illegal in a bid to tackle organised crime in the US. His brother, President John F. Kennedy, signed the act into law on September 13, 1961.The main then a breakthrough in communication technology was the copper cable land line telephone, this predates the US putting a man on the moon by nearly a decade…. The Wire Act is archaic and in essence at the time sought to check the then typical mobsters operating sports betting operations across the United States, specifically utilizing telephone communication across state lines.US gambling is regulated on a state basis, and where a state permits legal gambling at terrestrial casinos, race tracks or via Tribal Casinos, there are well entrenched, established and strictly enforced gambling laws and regulations.  The original digital service providers started by providing services to the terrestrial casinos by placing ATM machines on the casino floor (note there are some states with specific laws whereby the casino is not permitted to allowed gambling on credit thus these ATM’s dispense cash to be utilized on the casino floor and are supplied and operated by 3rd party suppliersMore recently until 2016, with the spread of the popular online poker explosion originally by online operators like PartyPoker fueled by large nightly or weekly poker tournament prizes and followed by poker players and enthusiasts and television programs popularizing the WSOP and other major poker competitions taking place in US casinos in Nevada.At the time many online poker sites offered large online play for money tournaments with prizes including a player winning an all-expenses-paid and entrance ticket to the WSOP in Las Vegas.  The popularity of online poker and online casino, being supplied to the US consumer by predominantly offshore providers led to the passing of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act (UIGEA) in 2006 and thereafter Black Friday in 2011.  The thrust of these US acts was to primary stop the US consumer having access to illegal offshore betting operations and focused on the online payments aspect to stifle the flow of US consumer money to these deemed illegal websites offering no consumer protections or other problem gambling related services normally offered by regulated casinos in the US.UIGEA 2006 is United States legislation regulating online gambling. It was added as Title VIII to the SAFE Port Act which otherwise regulated port security. The UIGEA “prohibits gambling businesses from knowingly accepting payments in connection with the participation of another person in a bet or wager that involves the use of the Internet and that is unlawful under any federal or state law.” The act specifically excludes fantasy sports that meet certain requirements, skill-games and legal intrastate and intertribal gaming. The law does not expressly mention state lotteries, nor does it clarify whether inter-state wagering on horse racing is legal.SBC: How much of an actual obstacle do you believe the Wire Act is for US gambling incumbents? After all sports betting has been approved by the Supreme Court of Justice – the highest US law court… BB: The new 2019 opinion from the DoJ’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) broadens the scope of the 1961 federal law to include interstate transmissions involving all forms of gambling. The previous, 2011 DoJ interpretation had restricted the language to sports betting — a view judicially upheld in more than one court.On January 15th 2019 Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein subsequently issued a memo indicating that the OLC should refrain from enforcement for 90 days. Under that directive, operators would have until April 15 to bring their systems into compliance. Subsequently, On March 4th, 2019, the DoJ extended Wire Act non-enforcement window in which it will not enforce its revised interpretation of the Wire Act by an additional 60 days, as the original 90-day non-enforcement period was due to come to an end on April 15, 2019.The risk of the Wire Act prevails regarding:barring any gambling business from using wire communication facilities to transmit “bets or wagers” or “information assisting in the placing of bets or wagers on any sporting event or contest”.barring companies or persons from transmitting wire communications that could allow them to “receive money or credit”, either “as a result of bets or wagers” or “for information assisting in the placing of bets or wagers”.Thus, any land-based (or terrestrial) offering on a casino property or at a horse racing track or the like, a fully licensed and regulated facility can offer sports betting legally according to the specific state laws and regulations as long as all the data, servers and the like remain fully within the confides of the state.  The complications are squarely pertaining to any data which crosses state lines, for instance multi-state lottery, multi-state poker compacts (like NJ, DE and NV), and the provision payment processing where data crosses outside of the specific state akin to online payment processing as the customer funds their account online (with data flowing across state lines) and not just at the cashier located on the property of the casino or race track.SBC: With regards to Wire Act interpretations, should a legislative mandate that is 58-years old, and conceived before the digital age be interpreted by any stakeholder?BB: Online sports wagering and mobile sports wagering – both within state lines – would be endangered. Daily fantasy sports, however, wouldn’t be impacted.In 2001, Nevada legalized online gaming and several sites went live. However, the Justice Department issued a warning saying the activity was in violation of the Wire Act. The sites were quickly shut down.To do the same thing now, shut down everything, would cause real complications for the gaming industry… this is a tough callSBC: Beyond the Wire Act debate, is US gambling in need a rethink in terms of regulatory provisions governing payments for betting and protecting consumers?BB: Yes… since US issuing banks of credit and debit cards are restricting/blocking MCC 7801 (7995) transactions, their rationale for this to date has been that the US iGaming sector is too small a percentage of their business to really be concerned re the required due diligence and compliance, thus just easier to ignore the situation and block the 7801 (7995) transactions.However, in light of the legalisation of sports betting on a state by state basis, the US payments industry is renewing its interest in the sector.I feel that the US payments sector should add services for the location of players, In addition, the bolstering of anti-fraud is another aspect to be reviewed, as the US cards scheme setup does not currently facility anti-fraud and card security measures like in Europe, 3DS, for instance, is the exception and not the norm.This reshuffle will definitely help the longevity of a very stable sector while doing its utmost to mitigate risks…____________________Bryan Blake – Founder & CEO – HexopayContent provided bylast_img read more