Month: August 2020

  • UNICEF concerned about Jamaican children

    first_imgThe United Nations Children Fund, (UNICEF) has expressed grave concern about the level of violence to which Jamaican children are exposed, saying they are among staggering numbers of children across the world who are experiencing violence.This concern was expressed in a new UNICEF global report, “A Familiar Face: Violence in the Lives of Children and Adolescents”, released on Tuesday.Children experience violence globallyThe report uses the latest data to show that globally children experience violence across all stages of childhood and in all settings.Jamaican reportUNICEF Jamaica launched “A Familiar Face” to coincide with the global report. Two other reports were launched at the same event – “Global Report 2017: Ending Violence in Childhood”, presented by the UWI Mona Faculty of Medical Sciences, and a 2016 update of data on children and violence, presented by the Jamaica Crime Observatory, Ministry of National Security.Close to 300 million (3 in 4) children aged 2-4 worldwide experience violent discipline by their parents/caregivers at home on a regular basis; 250 million (around 6 in 10) are punished by physical means.The UNICEF report indicated the following:In Jamaica, 8 in 10 children ages 2-14 in Jamaica experience some form of violent discipline.Worldwide, around 15 million adolescent girls aged 15 to 19 have experienced forced sexual intercourse or other forced sexual acts in their lifetime.Only 1 per cent of adolescent girls who had experienced sexual violence said they reached out for professional help.In Jamaica, among 10-15 year-olds, 24 percent of girls say they were forced to have sex on their first sexual encounter.Twenty-five per cent of 15-24 year-olds who experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner sought help.Globally, every seven minutes an adolescent is killed by an act of violence.Homicide is the leading cause of death among adolescents in Latin America and the Caribbean.In Jamaica, according to Jamaica Constabulary Force statistics, for the period January 1-October 21, 2017, a total of 47 children were murdered, 29 males and 18 females. During the same period in 2016, a total of 32 children were murdered, 26 Males and 6 females. In 2016, 41 children were murdered: 33 males and 8 females.The report notes that more Jamaican children have been murdered to date in 2017 than for the year 2016, and significantly more girls.For previous article on the situation in Jamaica, click the link: Child abuse bred by frustrationlast_img read more

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  • Bolt’s football debut announcement falls somewhat flat

    first_imgMonths of hype surrounding triple Olympian Usain Bolt’s soccer debut with a major football squad fell somewhat flat for fans Tuesday after the Jamaican star announced that big entrance would simply be in the form of a charity match. Bolt, 31, announced on Twitter that he will be playing in a soccer aid match for UNICEF at Old Trafford. The match is set for Sunday June 10th and will feature a number of other celebrities and footballers.Robbie Williams will captain the team. Bolt’s announcement came are a tweet posted by South African club Sundowns on Monday hinted that the Jamaican star was primed to transfer his sprinting talents to professional football for them.last_img read more

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  • Enyimba Set To Return Home

    first_imgRelated Enyimba International Football Club is set to return to the Aba Township Stadium according to Monimichelle, the contractor in charge of laying new turf in the stadium.The Aba Elephants adopted the UJ Esuene Stadium in Calabar for their Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) home games last season following the reconstruction of the Aba Township Stadium.“Some of the materials we need to complete the job are already on ground in Aba,” Chief Executive Officer of Monimichelle, Ebi Egbe explained.“In the next few weeks we would get the other consignments in from Europe and immediately that is done the experts that would install it will come into the country for the final phase of the job to begin.”“The good thing is that the governor has resolved to personally supervise the project and ensure its completion without the involvement of any third party.”“Enyimba fans can be rest assured that the People’s Elephants would play their continental matches next season at home.” he added,Led by Coach Gbenga Ogunbote, Enyimba finished third in the NPFL last season with 61 points to claim the CAF Confederations Cup Spot.last_img read more

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  • Ezenwa Confirms Exit From FC IfeanyiUbah

    first_imgSuper Eagles goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa has confirmed his exit from Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) side FC IfeanyiUbah of Nnewi.Ezenwa also revealed that he would be moving to a new Nigerian club though he did not reveal not the team’s identity.He said this via the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Monday and that he took the decision to leave the Nnewi-based club “after making some consultations and putting considerations in place.’’In his words, Ezenwa also said: “The new club will be unveiled very soon in an occasion that I will sign a new jersey.”Ikechukwu Ezenwa is currently the no.1 Super Eagles and has played in goal for the last four competitive matches.Relatedlast_img read more

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  • BT Sport pays £1.2 billion for blanket UEFA football rights extension

    first_img Share Submit Share Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Sky Sports grows American football offering with NFL channel August 14, 2020 Updating UK media this morning, BT Sport has confirmed that it has extended its coverage of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League competitions until 2021 in a deal worth £1.2 billion.Agreeing new terms with UEFA, BT Sport will become the sole broadcaster of Champions League content which will include match day highlights. The decision sees UK terrestrial broadcaster ITV Sport lose its ‘Champions League Highlights’ show.BT Sport governance detailed that it had won a competitive ‘auction process’ to secure the UEFA ‘European football package rights’. In 2013 the digital sports channel owned by mobile and broadband operator BT, entered the UK sports market paying £900 million for European football coverage from 2015-2018.The new deal further sees BT Sport become the sole distributor of UEFA European match ‘clips & highlights’ on social media channels for UK viewers.BT Sports streamed both finals last year on YouTube for the first time, taking the number of people who watched BT’s live coverage of the finals to more than twelve million.John Petter, Consumer CEO at BT, commented on the UEFA broadcast rights extension  “We are delighted to have renewed these rights. The UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League are two of the best competitions in the world and we would like to thank UEFA for choosing us as their exclusive broadcast partner in the UK. The UEFA Champions League is due to get even stronger and we are delighted that fans will be able to enjoy two live matches a night for the first time.” EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020last_img read more

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  • Penta moves to buy Fortuna Entertainment outright

    first_img Eastern European investment group Penta Group Investments (Penta) has announced that it will move to buy outright the remaining shareholding of Czech-listed gambling operator Fortuna Entertainment (Fortuna).At present, Penta holds 68.25% of the corporate equity in Fortuna through gambling investment subsidiary Fortbet. Penta management will aim to turn Fortuna into a wholly-owned private company, removing the firm from its listings on the Prague (primary) and Warsaw stock exchanges.Publishing a market update, Penta management detailed that it wanted to undertake an ‘intensive development’ of Fortuna assets with a view to expanding the company’s presence with ‘Central and South-eastern Europe.’Penta’s move to acquire Fortuna outright follows a tough year for the Eastern European operator in which it faced higher taxes in its core Czech Rep market, and stringent regulations within Poland.Fortuna governance has entered 2017 pushing an M&A strategy to expand the firm’s portfolio within existing and new territories. In February the operator acquired Hattrick Sports Group gambling assets forging a presence in Croatia and Spain.This March, further M&A activity saw Fortuna consolidate its positions within the Romanian gambling market by acquiring Fortbet’s Romanian gambling assets of Bet Active Concept SRL, Bet Zone SRL, Public Slots SRL and Slot Arena SR, making Fortuna Romania’s largest operator.Czech news sources report that having aggressive expansion plans for Fortuna, Penta management is willing to sell assets in its investment portfolio to fund Fortuna’s ambitions.Penta management is expected to place a tender offer this April for the remaining shareholding of Fortuna Entertainment. As yet, Fortuna governance has made no comment on the matter. Submit Share SAZKA faces scrutiny following appointment of Flint Global as National Lottery advisor August 20, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon SIS lands exclusive Czech and Hungarian racing deals June 15, 2020 Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020last_img read more

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  • Continued realignment strategy sees Nektan hit high notes for Q3 2017

    first_img XLMedia completes takeover of 101GreatGoals.com July 17, 2020 London AIM-listed industry mobile B2B gaming solutions provider Nektan Plc has published its Q3 2017 trading update (period ending 31 March) reporting top-line growth across its core performance metrics.Updating investors, Nektan governance detailed the firm’s strengthened commercial pipeline which had seen the company sign and launch 13 new casino partners.Publishing its Q3 performance, Nektan would report total group transactions (bets or spins) of £132 million up 235% on corresponding Q3 2016’s £56 million.Q3 2017 cash wagering reached £99 million (Q3 2017: £56 million) as Nektan reported + 38,000 new players across its platforms. Closing the period, Nektan governance would report a group net gaming revenue of £3.7 million, up 66% on Q3 2016’s £2.2 million.Nektan governance would detail that its improved performance was a testament to the firm’s  continued ‘realigned strategy to leverage assets’ as the company expands its B2B network across the USA and Europe.Leigh Nissim, Chief Executive Officer of Nektan, commented on performance:“I’m encouraged by Nektan’s continuing improvements in trading and the continuing realignment of the Company to a leading international gaming solutions and services provider.The launch of our new B2B games and software licensing business in Q3 is exciting and will be an important focus for Nektan to support our growth.  The good progress of our North American business in signing new customers also positions the business well for future success.Nektan continues to make positive progress across our businesses in Europe and the US, powered by our proprietary core platform, Evolve, helping the Company to strengthen its position as an international gaming provider, offering solutions and services that are fresh, high quality and tangibly different from other suppliers.” Share Nektan ceases trading on London AIM May 18, 2020 Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon Share FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020last_img read more

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  • PKR Poker admits to financial woes

    first_img Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Delasport elevates online casino offering with Betsoft deal June 3, 2020 Submit Share Share StumbleUpon Soft2Bet: Why diversification of white label products is essential in complex times May 28, 2020 Related Articles It appears that the future of industry legacy online poker operator PKR is in severe doubt, following its confirmation that it has ‘experienced recent financial difficulties and is in the process of taking professional advice’.This week, PKR’s website (PKR.com) has been offline for more than 48 hours, leading to player speculation regarding the operator’s future and abilities to trade. This morning PKR platform partner Microgaming updated the market issuing the following statement:“Following a request from PKR on Wednesday 3 May 2017 at 17:32, Microgaming suspended gameplay on PKR.com. Microgaming is aware that their games remain offline and players are speculating about the reason for this. As soon as Microgaming has more information on the situation, it will be shared as soon as possible “.Launched in 2006 as a standalone 3D online poker room, PKR is one of the industry’s oldest poker operators.However recent years have been unkind to PKR which has a significant drop in its poker player liquidity, forcing the company to merge its standalone platform with Microgaming network provisions (March 2016).In 2016, under the leadership of new CEO Chris Welch and having secured new investment PKR management detailed that the company would diversify its product ranging seeking to add an online casino extension, whilst further studying the possibility of launching a sports betting product to support it’s services.last_img read more

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  • Scout Gaming appoints Joakim Renman as commercial lead

    first_img Share Submit Scout Gaming secures £6.5m through bookbuild July 17, 2020 Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Scout Gaming rolls out esports betting April 16, 2020 Norsk Tipping exploring fantasy sports option with Scout Gaming February 20, 2020 Joakim RenmanEuropean daily fantasy sports (DFS) solutions provider Scout Gaming continues to expand its executive management team, confirming the appointment of Joakim Renman as new Commercial Director.Renman joins Scout Gaming from Scandinavian mobile systems provider Wiraya Solutions, where he held the position of Commercial Director for the iGaming sector.A seasoned industry commercial lead, Renman has held senior business development positions for industry technology developer NYX Gaming Group (2013-2017) and games developer NetEnt (2011-2013).“Joakim will be crucial for our upcoming growth. His relations within the industry will be very useful when Scout now enters a more intensive commercial phase meeting the increasing market demand” commented  Scout Gaming Group’s CEO Andreas Ternström on the appointment of Renman. Renman joins Scout Gaming, as the company targets aggressive expansion of its DFS services through European partnerships.This October, Scout Gaming confirmed the appointment of former NetEnt Chief Executive Johan Öhman as its new Director of Business Excellence.“Scout has an amazing product supported by an experienced team of industry veterans. I’m really excited to lead the broad rollout among both media and igaming companies”, commented Joakim Renman on joining Scout Gaming.last_img read more

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  • Complaint filed against unlawful payment blocking scheme in Norway

    first_img Share StumbleUpon David Clifton, Licensing Expert: Has the die already been cast? July 15, 2020 EGBA: German Policy unfit to tackle black market threats July 16, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share The European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA) is seeking for an investigation to be conducted in Norway, “for serious breaches of the privacy of Norwegian citizens when conducting online payments.”The EGBA, who represent Europe’s leading online gambling operators, has asked the Norwegian Data Protection Inspectorate (DPI) to investigate a payment blocking scheme, established in 2010 by the Norwegian Gaming Authority (NGA).Since its inception, the scheme prohibits businesses from carrying out payments of bets and prizes in online gambling services, which do not have a licence in Norway. An investigation request follows a sudden imposition placed on Norwegian banks to block transactions to 7 identified account numbers, which the EGBA says was carried out following NGA analysis deeming the payment blocking regulation to be ineffective.According to the EGBA, privacy protection rules of Norwegian citizens, including those that do not have any financial relation with online gambling service providers, were breached by the manner in which the NGA obtained the account information.It details a belief that the information is obtained from the Foreign Exchange Register, “to which the NGA has no right to access according to Norwegian law.”Stating “to obtain the account information the NGA would have scanned and obtained login data of payment details belonging to Norwegians citizens that may or may not be not related to online gambling services – and this contravenes Norwegian citizens’ privacy rights as laid down by the European Convention of Human Rights.”Maarten Haijer, Secretary General of EGBA, comments: “Online data protection and the right to privacy are a major concern to all Norwegian and European citizens and rightly so. As more and more of our information goes online, we must be able to trust that our online data is protected.“The data protection rules for online gambling companies are very stringent, and these companies are rightly expected and forced to comply with those rules – but the law requires the same from public authorities like the NGA. “In this case we believe the NGA has made a clear breach of data protection rules which the Norwegian DPI should investigate and take appropriate action if necessary.Haijer added: “The underlying issue is that the current Norwegian online gambling law does not fit with today’s digital reality. “Rather than focusing on keeping the Monopoly model in place with increasingly repressive but ineffective enforcement measures, the regulation should focus on the actual needs of Norwegian consumers and provide a safe and competitive offer which enables consumers to play online in a secure and highly regulated environment based on Norwegian law.” EGBA – Black market looms on Spain if government proceeds with its advertising blackout July 14, 2020last_img read more

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