Month: August 2020

Guyana suspends flights to the interior

first_imgPolice and soldiers to monitor airspace Police and soldiers in the interior would be asked to be on the lookout for shuttle flights during the period of suspension. He warned that anyone found violating the temporary ban risked having the airline’s Air Operators Certificate revoked or the pilot suspended. The announcement followed a meeting earlier Wednesday with the private aircraft operators.He added that the procedures would require the airlines to state, among other things, refueling procedures qualified loaders, certified engineers, and dispatchers. He suggested that the authority has received unofficial information that each 45-gallon fuel drum is in some instances overloaded by five gallons, resulting in overweight of the planes.Field said the decision was made in the aftermath of the three recent air crashes involving shuttle flights in the mountainous interior. Two of those incidents resulted in the deaths of Pilots Collin Martin and Imran Khan. Flights suspended with “immediate effect” – Civil Aviation AuthorityThe Guyana Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) says shuttle flights between interior locations have been suspended with immediate effect until domestic airlines submit policies and procedures on such operations for approval.“As a result of the accidents and the authority’s preliminary analysis, the authority has now taken the decision to suspend all operations until the documented procedures and policies for shuttle operations are submitted, reviewed and approved by the inspectors of this authority,” GCAA Director General, Retired Lieutenant Colonel Egbert Field said.No specific time frame was given for the ban to be lifted, but he expected the domestic airlines to submit manuals and other documents to the authority very shortly.Field said the GCAA would match them against International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) documents and regulations following which inspectors would conduct physical checks at the locations. “When we approve those documents, indirectly we are saying to the operator ‘this is how we expect you to operate’ so that document is like a contract between the operator and the Civil Aviation Authority,” he said.last_img read more

Antigua Opposition questions firing of Asot Michael

first_imgThe small opposition party, the Democratic National Alliance (DNA), in Antigua has questioned the “haste” in which Prime Minister Gaston Browne revoked the appointment of Investment and Tourism Minister Asot Michael, following Asot’s arrest in Britain on Monday.Blow to country’s reputationWhile stating that the detention of Michael by police at the Gatwick International Airport is “another blow” to the reputation of Antigua and Barbuda, the DNA said, “It is a well-established principle that every accused is innocent until proven guilty, it is curious as to why the PM acted with “rapid fire’.”Release from custodyMichael, who was released from police custody on Monday, said in a statement, it was “unfortunate” Browne did not contact him before relieving him of his portfolio.“I fully accept and respect the Prime Minister’s right to appoint and remove Ministers in his Government. However, in the circumstances I consider that the Prime Minister’s decision in this case, to relieve me of my ministerial responsibilities, is likely to be due to a misapprehension of what has taken place, and second- hand information, indeed misinformation.“I do not consider that any justifiable question has arisen that I have failed to comply with the highest possible standards required of public office.” Michel added.No firm detailsPrime Minister Browne, who acknowledged that he had “no firm details of the reasons for Asot Michael’s arrest,” nonetheless said that he had advised Governor General, Sir Rodney Williams to revoke immediately Michael appointment “pending the outcome of his arrest Monday morning by the Metropolitan Police in London.“…The arrest itself is sufficient for me to revoke immediately his appointment as a Cabinet member and to relieve him of all Ministerial portfolios until this matter is resolved,” Browne said, adding “I have repeatedly stated that I expect every member of my government to comply with the highest possible standards required of public office, and while Mr. Michael might establish his innocence in time, the fact that he has been arrested, obliges me to relieve him of all government duties,” he added.Asot Michael said he will speak with the Prime Minister as soon as possible to explain the situation.last_img read more

Jamaica’s Chinese Embassy Accuses US of Tarnishing Its Reputation

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – The Chinese Embassy in Kingston has described a statement made by United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, concerning the Asian nation’s investment in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean as irresponsible.Pompeo made the comment on Wednesday, while addressing a policy discussion before ending his visit to Jamaica.Late Wednesday, the Chinese Embassy in Jamaica, in a message telegraphed to Washington D.C., likened the Donald Trump administration to that of a “trouble-seeking cowboy picking fights with trading partners”.“For some time, it seems that some US politicians cannot go anywhere without attacking China, tarnishing China’s reputation, starting fires and fanning the flames and sowing discord,” the message read.“They can go on talking the talk if they so wish, but we will continue walking the walk. The world will tell plainly who is stirring up trouble and who is trying to make a difference.”The embassy said that China has brokered cooperation pacts with Latin America and the Caribbean on the basis of respect, equality, and mutual benefit, and that China’s billion-dollar infrastructure and other investments had been welcomed by the region.“Latin America and the Caribbean countries, as independent sovereign countries, have the right to determine their own foreign relations, including choosing their trade and investment partners. Others are in no position to impose interference or coercion out of ulterior motives,” the statement noted.Pompeo, has urged regional countries to thoroughly examine investments from all countries, and pointed to the Chinese in his response to a question raised during the policy discussion.According to Pompeo, the Chinese Communist Party presents a grave threat to democratic values, adding that Jamaica and its regional neighbours should “just make sure the transactions are on the up and up and that the investment is made for economic purposes”.“We love the Chinese people. The US has enormous investments from China in our country and we have American companies that have invested in China, too,” Pompeo said. (CMC)last_img read more

US Tour: Ivorian Star Aurier, 2 Others Left Out Of PSG’s Travelling Party

first_imgIvory Coast defender Serge Aurier has been dropped from the Paris Saint Germain (PSG) squad for their US tour to further put his future with the club in doubt.Aurier has been linked with a move to several clubs this summer and PSG has moved to immediately strengthen his right-back position with the with the signing of Daniel Alves on a free transfer.Last summer’s acquisitions Hatem Ben Arfa and Grzegorz Krychowiak were also omitted from the team with both sides facing an uncertain future at the former French champions.French forward Hatem Ben Arfa joined PSG after an impressive season at OGC Nice but didn’t recapture that form last season and is expected to leave Parc des Princes this term. Polish midfield destroyer Krychowiak is almost certain to leave too having failed to nail down a starting berth. The former Sevilla man started just seven French Ligue 1 matches in his first season with Unai Emery’s men.During their US tour, PSG will play European heavyweights AS Roma, Tottenham and Juventus in Detroit, Orlando and Miami respectively in the International Champions Cup (ICC).January transfer signing Julian Draxler won’t travel to the US with the squad as well. He has been granted extra leave after he led Germany to victory at the FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia earlier this month. Relatedlast_img read more

Emirates FA Cup Trophy Tour: Super Eagles Legend Receives Heroes’ Welcome In Zambia

first_imgThe recent rivalry between the Chipolopolo of Zambia and the Super Eagles of Nigeria didn’t stop Zambian fans from trooping out in their numbers to welcome Nigerian football legend Kanu Nwankwo to their country as part of the Emirates FA Cup Trophy Tour of Zambia.London club Arsenal have won the trophy in three of the last four editions and it was appropriate for a former player Kanu, an African cum Nigerian icon, to headline the trophy tour as fans were given the opportunity to catch a glimpse of their idol.As part of the tour, the former Super Eagles captain visited the Zambian football community at Kamwala High School on a coaching clinic. He was also at the Radisson Blu on Friday night where he shared experiences from his football journey with clubs like Ajax Amsterdam, Inter Milan, West Brom and many more.At Radisson Blu, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Sports, Agness Musunga, presented Kanu Nwankwo with a Zambian national team jersey. Other dignitaries at the event include Zambia national team coach Wedson Nyirenda, 2012 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) winning captain Christopher Katongo and many more.Nigeria have had the better of the recent meetings between the two nations with Arsenal star Alex Iwobi getting the only goal of the game as the Super Eagles sealed a 1-0 victory over Zambia last week Saturday thereby securing a spot at next year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.RelatedKanu Nwankwo looks to return to Arsenal as ManagerDecember 27, 2018In “England”Nigerians Don’t Appreciate “Big Name” Mikel Obi – Wilfred NdidiApril 19, 2020In “Featured”Kanu: How Nigerian Players Can Rule Africa Again (AUDIO)August 6, 2018In “Africa”last_img read more

Betfair & Mirror Online host live Cheltenham 2017 Expert Preview

first_img Submit With two weeks to go until the start of the 2017 Cheltenham Festival (14-17 March), Betfair has partnered with the Mirror Online (Mirror.co.uk) to host a live expert panel webcast on this year’s races.Hosted tonight at the Trinity Mirror offices (Canada Square London), Betfair ‘Racing Ambassadors’ and renowned racehorse trainers’ Paul Nicholls and Gordon Elliot will discuss all things Cheltenham, giving viewers opinion, advice and tips on 2017 Festival runners.Nicholls and Elliot will be joined by racing broadcaster and author Kevin Blake, a contributor and tipster for AtTheRaces.com, with the panel being further supported by The Daily Mirror’s racing editor David Yates.The expert panel webcast will be chaired by Gary O’Brien from At The Races, with the Betfair broadcast beginning at 7.30pm. Viewers will be allowed to access the content via the Mirror Online sports hub (mirror.co.uk/sports).During the Cheltenham Festival 2017, Betfair racing will contribute further content to the Mirror Online Related Articles Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Sharelast_img read more

Playtech BGT Sports’ BetTracker goes from strength to strength

first_img Submit According to the leading supplier of Self-Service Betting Terminals (SSBTs), downloads of Playtech BGT Sports’ BetTracker product have more than doubled since the start of the football season.The app, which allows retail customers to track and cash-out bets on their mobile devices which have been placed on the company’s in-shop SSBTs, even without an account, is currently available in more than 2,000 shops around the UK and Ireland.Set to go live on the GooglePlay store, it has recently seen a surge in popularity with more than 30,000 bet tickets scanned and transferred to the app since the season began.John Pettit, Managing Director for UK, Ireland, Asia, and Australia at Playtech BGT Sports, said customers had been attracted to the convenience of managing betting activity on their own device without the need for an online account.“BetTracker has been very well-received since its launch and has really taken off in the last few weeks.“It’s a unique app that provides players with the ability to track their bets on the move and cash out if they choose. From an operator point of view, it increases the number of bets placed in shops by appealing to both new and existing customers. It also directly increases revenues as more bet tickets are ‘cashed out’ once they are transferred to BetTracker.“We were expecting it do well and haven’t been disappointed. We’re now confident it will be taken up be even more shop customers as we head towards the all-important World Cup next summer, with our operating partners reaping the rewards.”BetTracker was first launched with BetFred in May 2017, before going live with JenningsBet, Boylesports, and David Pluck in July.It has subsequently been deployed by independent operators Joe Jennings, Corbetts, Chisholm, and Sean Graham.The app, which is available on Apple and Android devices and is bespoke to each operator, allows customers to scan their sports bets to their mobile devices after placing them in-shop on a PBS SSBT.They are then able to monitor the progress of their bet tickets via visualisations and scoreboards and cash out if they choose, before returning to any of the retailer’s outlets to collect their winnings. StumbleUpon Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Related Articles Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Share Share BoyleSports signs Coventry City sponsorship August 21, 2020last_img read more

Liam Durkin – Sky Bet – NFL’s UK betting popularity and how it can be utilised further

first_imgShare Related Articles Share Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 Submit Liam DurkinTen years ago the National Football League (NFL) crossed the Atlantic to stage its first competitive game outside the Americas, with the New York Giants running out 13-10 winners over the Miami Dolphins.  What started out as a one game per year ‘International Series’ though quickly began to grow, seeing more games and venues being added.  This year London will stage four match ups, with two at Wembley being completed over the last two weekends and a further two to come at Twickenham later this month.  2018 will see a minimum of five games staged, as Tottenham Hotspur’s new home enters the mix. A franchise in the English capital remains the pipe-dream, but with an influx of games comes wave after wave of new fans and a surge in NFL’s popularity in the betting market.SBC caught up with Liam Durkin, the Head of NFL for Sky Bet, to discuss the betting popularity of American Football in the United Kingdom, and how more people can be persuaded to place a wager.___________With an increasing number of games being staged in London each year, what is the popularity of NFL in the UK? And how does it relate to the betting market?LD:  I think the NFL within the UK is hugely popular, I’ve seen the growth on my social media feeds with people slowly tuning into this great game year on year.The London games have definitely helped grow the hardcore fans, from being fans taking an outside interest into having a team and following them, but it’s also brought a new raft of fans that never thought about NFL as a good sport to follow to now at least having some sort of interest.In terms of betting markets, London games are always a highlight of the week’s schedule for us. There’s always more interest than the average weekly game, although I’m not sure whether changing the kick off to our afternoon and early morning in the US has helped, or whether it could be even bigger given it often clashes with Sunday afternoon Premier League.What steps can be made, from a betting perspective, to tap into the fan base further still?LD:  At the moment the game is still evolving within the UK, people like to know information and stats. I think giving people stats and information on previous meetings between two teams, or attempting to highlight, say, who Julio Jones is and how big of a player he is to new fans/bettors is a key process at the moment.Obviously everyone knows who Harry Kane, Cristiano Ronaldo and even some people will know who James Coppinger is – but they won’t necessarily know Julio Jones, Antonio Brown or Samjae Perine is. If this process can be executed correctly.I think if any company can make betting appealing to the masses of Fantasy NFL players, there’s a lot of potential for growth in the industry. How that can be done I’m not entirely sure, the search continues.Also, the NFL can often be a confusing game at times with the various rules and procedures, but allowing customers to bet on what they know and what they understand is a great step forward. Our RequestABet feature on NFL is as popular as ever, allowing people to request a specific bet and then wager on it.Will we ever reach a stage where American football is amongst the more popular betting sports in the UK?LD:  I can never, ever see American Football (or any other sport) gazumping football from the top of the UK sports betting tree – or at least not whilst the Premier League remains as strong as it currently is, plus Sky Sports & BT Sport are branching out new channels to show more and more non-Premier League Football too.last_img read more

Tote Ireland launches expansive affiliate programme

first_img Market leaders headline SBC Digital Summit’s Digital Marketing Day April 22, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share Related Articles Tote Ireland, the Ireland-based pool betting site, is aiming to launch a wide reaching affiliate programme after uniting with Paysafe’s marketing technology and services provider, Income Access. Tote Ireland is licensed by the Irish government as the sole operator of pool betting on Irish horse racing, and is also regulated by the UK Gambling Commission. The structure allows players to participate in bets with others, with the awarded amount determined by the number of winning tickets. The brand offers Tote bets from Ireland, the UK, USA, Hong Kong, France and Dubai. Tote Ireland also offers Colossus Bets pools for football and other sports, in addition to betting markets for Irish greyhound racing. Tim Higgins, CEO of Tote Ireland, commented: “We partnered with Income Access to reach the widest possible audience and to ensure that our programme meets and exceeds the required standards for betting and advertising. With our new customer-facing website and mobile app, extensive international pool betting and Tote Rewards loyalty programme, we believe we have one of the best online betting products on the market.”The affiliate programme, which will be managed by Income Access’ affiliate team will use the platform to maximise customer acquisitions globally. Rewarding the efforts of member affiliates, Tote Ireland employs a policy of paying commissions on both winning and losing bets. Additionally, affiliates will also benefit from the joint expertise of both Tote Ireland and the Income Access affiliate team, while a full-time designer develops creative materials to promote new account sign-ups and player bonus offers. Lorenzo Pellegrino, CEO of Income Access and Digital Wallets at Paysafe, added: “Tote Ireland is known as ‘the home of pool betting’ and has truly lived up to that standard. We’re proud that both our affiliate platform and management services have been trusted with supporting its continued growth and maximising player acquisition from all corners of the globe.”For the month of April, Tote Ireland will focus its promotional efforts on the major Aintree and Punchestown racing festivals. Tote will also offer regular promotions on Irish racing throughout the month. UK and Irish tote launch ‘single unified online betting pool’ July 16, 2020 UK Tote secures agreement with HRI and Tote Ireland April 28, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

David Lowden to depart role at William Hill

first_img SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Submit Share Related Articles Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 StumbleUpon William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 David Lowden, a non-executive director on the board of UK betting and gaming operator William Hill, is to leave his position with the company in March.Lowden (pictured) has accepted a position as chairman and independent non-executive director of London-listed healthcare and communications group Huntsworth. He takes on the director role on 1 January and will become chairman of the board of Huntsworth and of its Nomination Committee on March 6.As a consequence, Lowden is to step down from the board of William Hill on 4 March, 2019.Roger Devlin, William Hill Chairman, said in a statement: “On behalf of the William Hill board, I would like to thank David and acknowledge his contribution and service to the board over the last seven years, in particular his chairmanship of the Audit and Risk Management Committee.“David has been a valued member of the board and I am particularly grateful for his counsel and support since I took on the role of chairman.”A successor to Lowden as chair of the Audit and Risk Management Committee will be announced in due course, the bookmaker said.last_img read more