The Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston Jamaica is to be divested to a private owner by 2-19. Norman Manley AirportThe divestment of Jamaica’s premier airport, the Norman Manley International Airport (NMIA) is scheduled to be completed by June 2019. This was conveyed by the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Airports Authority of Jamaica and NMIA Airports Ltd, Audley Deidrick.Five potential biddersOutlining the stages that have been completed to date, he informed that, “earlier this year, eight bidders were pre-qualified for the transaction, and the bidding stage was launched in June. Since that time, we had a major bidders’ conference in September, where five of the eight bidders showed”.Deidrick explained that the bidders went through a series of presentations, and the enterprise team fielded questions from them and heard concerns and issues that they wanted to see contemplated in the transaction.Processing applications“Since then, they have submitted their formal requests for these matters to be considered. We are currently going through the process of assessing those requests to see what we will accept and what we will reject. Suffice it to say that they remain very actively and positively engaged,” he noted.Deidrick says the final draft of the concession agreement is being vetted by the enterprise team, to be sent back to the bidders after review by the team, the lenders and the Cabinet.Bid launch in February 2018 “We expect after this process that the bid launch will take place in February of 2018, and given a 30-day turnaround for the bids, by March they should have been returned. Within a month, the winning bidder will be announced by the Government. Based on this timeline, we expect to have commercial close by June of 2018,” he explained.He said that the chosen operator should be able to fulfil three critical requirements for qualification – financial strength to expand and operate the facility, technical competence to do the required construction and expansion, as well as airport operating competence and expertise.
MIRAMAR, FL – The Miramar Police department will become the 103rd police department in Florida to equip its officers with body cameras. The move announcement comes six months after Commissioner Alexandra P. Davis made the motion to implement the program in the department.On March 27, 2019, Davis posed the implementation of a body-worn camera program for the Miramar Police Department. The motioned was seconded and a majority vote led to the long-awaited body camera program becoming law in the City of Miramar. The body camera program was first proposed by Commissioner Alexandra P. Davis back in 2014, with petitions being signed subsequent to this, but though a study was conducted the program never came to fruition.Days later, a pilot program was established that began with twelve officers to develop operational processes and policy for a full camera program.Last month, a workshop was convened with the Commission to present the proposal of a full program for consideration and approval. The proposal consisted of outfitting 147 first-line officers and sergeants with body-worn cameras for a five-year period with a cost of $2,501,746.52, with none of the initial funds coming out of taxpayer dollars but from the Police Trust Fund.The Commission approved the proposed program and funding sources for the five-year period. The Department has already procured the camera equipment and infrastructure items.“I am happy that our City has joined the other cities around the country in the utilization of body camera technology. This technology will further assist in providing transparency in our law enforcement efforts within our community,” said Vice Mayor, Alexander P. Davis.“Just recently during the pilot phase of the program, we were able to see the value of the body-worn camera by one of our officers. A situation that could have been made much worse had it not been for the quick actions of our officer and the fact that he was wearing the camera. In this instance, there was no loss of life and the suspect was identified and apprehended,” Vice Mayor goes on to say.The City Administration feels it is a win-win for the Department and the residents of the City.Chief Dexter Williams stated that he will be making a Public Service Announcement video regarding the implementation of body-worn cameras by officers, with the full implementation expected to be completed and underway by the end of September 2019 . The video will be posted on the Department’s website and will be pushed out through the Department’s social media platforms. Community Resource Officers will discuss the implementation of the program at HOA meetings over the course of the next few months.Additionally, Vice Mayor Alexandra P. Davis will be hosting a ‘CommUnity and Cops’ forum on October 22nd which will include discussions on many topics of Law Enforcement to include the use of body cameras.
PRECIOUS TIMEThe stringent measures do have one clear benefit, however: They buy time.Jamaica has been using its measured response to buy ventilators, protective gear and hospital beds, explained Health Minister Christopher Tufton.“Early in the day we decided it was better to take fairly strong measures – starting with public education, and then graduating into other restrictions in order to at least contain it, even while we prepare our public health system to deal with the inevitable,” he told the Miami Herald. IS IT WORKING?Now, while Jamaica has *30* coronavirus cases, neighboring Cuba has 80 and the Dominican Republic has at least 580, according to Pan American Health Organization, PAHO.While health professionals say such draconian, isolating measures are the only true safeguard against a novel virus, it’s still too soon to tell if the strategy is truly working. KINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica has been noted by South Florida’s Miami Herald newspaper among countries that were most prepared to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.The island joins a small hemispheric club that includes Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Peru and a handful of others that responded to the crisis with forceful measures that seemed excessive just days ago but now seem prescient.Jamaica was one of the first countries in the Caribbean to react to coronavirus, after seeing its first case on March 10. The country barred flights from hotzones, restricted the movement of tourists, enforced quarantines for all new arrivals and canceled school, among other measures. It also put part of an entire town, Bull Bay, on lockdown.
Argentina striker Mauro Icardi was unarguably the star of the show as he netted a hattrick to help Inter Milan to a 3-2 league win over AC Milan in a very entertaining Milan Derby.Icardi had given Inter a first half lead before it was cancelled out by a 56th minute from Suso. The Argentine got his brace to edge Inter 2-1 ahead seven minutes later however AC Milan showed character to battled back again via a Samir Handanovic own goal nine minutes from time. The game then ended in dramatic fashion as Icardi got his matchball after converting a pressure penalty for Luciano Spalletti’s men on the stroke of fullttime.The win was enough to take Inter Milan into second position with 22 points from their first eight Italian Serie A games while rivals AC Milan slip further down the table into 10th position.RelatedSerie A Review: Icardi Misfires As Milan Derby Clash Ends In StalemateApril 5, 2018In “Europe”Italian Serie A Watch: Perisic Treble Propels Inter To The Summit As Rivals Milan Continue Monumental Struggle Against Lowly BeneventoDecember 4, 2017In “Europe”Italian Serie A Review: Napoli, Juventus Strengthen Title Bid With Wins As Inter Falter AgainDecember 24, 2017In “England”
Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 Related Articles Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 Share The European Commission (EC) has permitted the Danish government to open up its online bingo and horseracing wagering markets, ending the monopoly position of state-owned gambling operator Danske Spil.The Danish government, in accordance with European Union business laws, wants to liberalise its bingo and horseracing markets. The government had asked the EC for a review of its draft laws in preparation for opening bingo and horseracing to licensed European betting/gaming enterprises.In 2012, Denmark had passed its new gambling regulatory framework, allowing for licensed casino, poker and sports betting operators to compete within its new liberalised markets.Placing a 20% on gross gaming revenues for online gambling services, Denmark has been acknowledged as a ‘workable’ market by international operators. The Danish government now moves to fully open all of its gambling sectors adding online bingo and horseracing to its licensing portfolio.Updating stakeholders, the Danish government stated that online bingo would be better served by regulated enterprises, which could tap into a market demand twice the size of that offered by Danske Spil.With regards to horseracing, the government detailed that it wanted to reverse the decline in attendance and turnover of the sport. It details that following a review of market and stakeholder conditions, maintaining the sport of horseracing was deemed no longer a viable option.Morten Ronde, CEO of trade body the Danish Online Gaming Association, issued the following comment to iGamingBusiness: “We are happy that the monopoly on online bingo and betting on horse races is finally broken. This is something we have been arguing for since 2012. We feel that the new rules will bring further innovation and growth to the industry.”As the Danish government lessens the market influence of Danske Spil, debate has turned as to whether the country still needs a state-owned gambling operator. Members of the cabinet whether to break-up and sell Danske Spil assets to interested parties wanting to enter the lucrative Danish gambling market.In October 2016, Danske Spil appointed new CEO Susanne Mørch Koch, with a view of forming a new strategy for its services and charitable operations. Danish FA backs Danske Spil’s Safe Play campaign August 24, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit
Share Tabcorp expects $1bn hit as ‘COVID and retail contractions’ take effect August 3, 2020 Following this month’s Annual General Meeting, Amaya Inc shareholders have approved the corporate name change of the company to ‘The Stars Group’.The name change proposition was put forward by Amaya governance last May following the firm’s Q1 2017 trading update. Following a shareholder vote, Amaya governance details that The Stars Group name change has gained outright stakeholder backing.The The company will now move to implement a full corporate rebrand, with its new name and logo. Amaya leadership expects to unveil its new corporate identity by August of this year coinciding with the relocation to a new head office in Toronto Canada.Further to the name change approval, company shareholders also voted to approve continuance under the Business Corporations Act (Ontario), with Amaya to become an Ontario corporation.The online gambling group, detailed that it had proposed a name change to investors in order to better represent its corporate assets and future vision within the global gambling sector.Following a busy Q2 2017 period in which Amaya has undertaken an executive team overhaul led by Chief Executive Rafi Ashkenazi. The company has confirmed the leadership appointments of Brian Kyle as new Financial Officer and the appointment of Dr Jerry Bowskill as new Chief Technology Officer. Share ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 Submit BlueRibbon signs strategic partnership with The Stars Group August 18, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon
Share Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Seeking to expand its B2B operations and services, the Racing Post has confirmed the executive appointment of Alan Pepperell as new Head of Retail B2B. Leading the Racing Post’s B2B retail operations, Pepperell joins the racing publisher and data firm from FTSE bookmaker Ladbrokes Coral Plc, where he most recently served as Commercial Product lead for horse and greyhound racing.Confirming the senior appointment, The Racing Post states that Pepperell will be a key stakeholder in expanding its B2B retail operations for international businesses.Pepperell executive appointment will be supported by Daniele Alfonso joining the Racing Post as B2B International Manager. Alfonso joins the firm from media content publisher Flixmedia where he worked on lead accounts as Client Relationship Manager.Racing Post B2B Director Eugene Delaney commented on the expansion of the B2B division: “Having the experience and reputation of both Alan and Daniele is a great asset for Racing Post B2B. Retail and International are key aspects of our B2B business and both bring fantastic expertise and a wealth of knowledge.Alan Pepperell commented on joining Racing Post: “I am looking forward to working with a brand as respected as Racing Post and building on its current successes”. Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit Spotlight Sports takes over MansionBet blog June 18, 2020 Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season August 21, 2020
Submit Share StumbleUpon Share Rob Ripley is ready to bring “more and more amazing people” on board at Twin, after becoming the Malta-based casino’s new Talent Acquisition & HR Manager.We caught up with Ripley to find out what convinced him to make the move, how he will draw on previous experiences in his new role, what he sees as the biggest HR challenges in the iGaming sector, and maintaining the Twin buzz around the office.SBC: What was it about Twin that convinced you to make the move?RR: What can I say, I had the pleasure of working with Twin prior to the official launch of the brand when I was at iGaming Elite and working on another cool brand under their umbrella. I have always had a solid working relationship with Head of HR Aleksandra, who told me all about the company’s plans. It was at that point, I knew Twin was going to be something different, something I wanted to be involved in!After 18 months of recruiting skilled individuals across the business, the opportunity came up for me to move internal and officially become part of this awesome brand. I used to joke about going internal, but when you find a set up like we have here and get the trust of everyone you work with, you really can magic happened and that exactly what we are going to do!I am now settled, and ready to continue where I left off and bring more and more amazing people to our incredible brand that is Twin! We are a truly unique company, where we have fun, work hard and really get to enjoy this little rock we live on… Malta!SBC: Have you been guaranteed the resources to put your own stamp on the company?RR: As always, Aleksandra and everyone else has trusted that I know who we are looking for here, not just with the skill set required to do a fantastic job, but also with the Twinning personality, which I think is just as important. I have access to all the tools I need, and Twin are very much about supporting our guys, so if I was ever in need of something more, I can simply just ask.SBC: What do you see as your key objectives at Twin?RR: My main objective is to ensure that our work force is happy and has everything they need in terms of support, personal and professional development, and the tools to get their work done. I also want to bring in more quality all-rounder’s as our team grows and take care of in-house team building and fun events. Finally, to maintain the Twin buzz around the office and keep everyone updated on the company.SBC: What can you draw from your previous experiences in the iGaming industry?RR: I feel that with the experience, network and personal connections I have gained over the years within iGaming, I can continue to find exactly who we need to keep growing. I worked with some fantastic people since I first got into recruitment and can happily say that I have learnt some vital skills from everyone and not just from the iGaming industry.SBC: What are the biggest challenges for a HR manager in this sector?RR: As I am new to the internal HR function, I am fast picking it up and starting to realize just how important it is to ensure people and teams from several different backgrounds and cultures are happy and supported whilst under my watch.We have some real personalities in here and what is amazing is how everyone is here to help each other, making my job that little bit easier too. I have a mission and that is to make sure we stay as a unit and all my guys are appreciated for the great work they ALL do day in day out. I look forward to learning more myself, and I know my team want the same as me when it comes to OUR brand Twin!
Catena lauds ‘record’ Q2 as casino drives performance August 19, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Øystein Engebretsen – Catena MediaStockholm-listed industry affiliate marketing network Catena Media has moved to restructure its Board of Directors following the resignation of Anders Brandt.A board member since 2015, Brandt has voluntary resigned from Catena governance to pursue ‘personal interests and new assignments’.Updating investors, Catena Media Group Chairman Kathryn Moore Baker confirmed the appointment of Øystein Engebretsen as Brandt’s replacement on the company’s Board of Directors.Engebretsen is the current Head of Investment for Swedish insurance group AB Öresund.A seasoned leadership executive in enterprise management and financing structures, Engebretsen is currently a governance advisor to INSR Insurance Group ASA, Scandi Standard AB and Projektengagemang Sweden AB.“We thank Anders for his very well-accomplished and professional work on the board and welcome Øystein as a new member of the board of directors” Kathryn Moore Baker detailed to investors.Moore Baker and Catena Media’s ‘Nomination Committee’ will move to officially install Engebretsen as a corporate director at the firm’s next Annual General Meeting.In addition to Øystein Engebretsen appointment, the Catena Board of Directors will be composed of Kathryn Moore Baker (Chairman), Andre Lavold, Henrik Persson Ekdahl, Mathias Hermansson, Mats Alders and Cecilia Qvist as Corporate Directors. GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Submit Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020
Submit Share Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Winning Post: Third time’s the charm for England’s casinos August 17, 2020 UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service August 20, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 An unusually quiet news week for the betting sector has allowed strategic consultancy Regulus Partners to reach for its history books, detailing that under-siege incumbents can gain applicable learnings helping their operations overcome present regulatory complexities._______________General Ludendorff was one of the greatest practitioners of the operational art of war in modern times. He also did more than anyone else to shorten the First World War and lose it for Germany in the way that it did. His great Michael (and subsequent) spring offensives took huge swathes of land, many prisoners and (briefly) terrified the Allies. And yet 100 days later, it was all over. There are three big mistakes that the completely operationally focussed Ludendorff made: he didn’t measure success in a manner that led to strategic results (for example disabling Allied logistics); he expected momentum to carry itself forward rather than run into over-extension, and; he failed to take into account the resources and capabilities of his enemies. Any of this sound familiar? Sweden is the first market that springs to mind. Many licensed operators have been very keen to hit the ground running, take full use of sign-on bonuses and grab as much market share as possible. A good few public companies also suggested that ‘re-regulation’ was a growth opportunity. So far, revealed KPIs have focussed much more on positive active customer growth than the impact on revenue or the bottom line. Perhaps more concerningly for the sector, the Swedish government has told operators that “noticeable change” is required in the relatively self-regulated field of gambling advertising, or legislative action would follow – and this in a country used to aggressive gambling advertising. The operational motives of each of the licensees involved are pretty obvious and, on a standalone basis, pretty compelling.However, Sweden is a jurisdiction where it has taken just six weeks for the threat of a legislative backlash to emerge. The three lessons in this instance are pretty similar to those that finished the German army as an offensive force in 1918. Generating as many actives as possible in the first few weeks of trading is likely to be negative for profitability, neutral (at best) for a brand and almost irrelevant for long-term prospects, especially if bonuses were the main lure. Similarly, the huge splurge of domestic licensed marketing and sign-on bonus activity creates false momentum: the bonuses are a structural one-off but attempting growth with the sledgehammer of marketing budgets rarely (if ever) yields sustainable results. Finally, and crucially, if all operators aggressively market then not only does this activity become largely dilutive, but also invites regulatory intervention. This threat was obvious and preventable: “noticeable change” needs to be of operators’ strategic understanding of their environment, not just the symptom of aggressive marketing.The UK is also going to see two significant regulatory changes fairly soon. Late March sees the beginning of the end of the FOBT (in Birmingham, the home of the Commission), before a 1 April national ban. The summer sees the implementation of ‘whistle to whistle’ advertising. Many operators really feel like they have their ‘backs to the wall’ (as Haig said of the BEF at Ludendorff’s peak) and are likely to want to regain their fighting spirit. On many levels they should: innovation and confident operations management are vital to a functioning sector. However, many products and advertising options presented are likely to take operators very close to the wire. Whistle to whistle, for example, leaves lots of options around the edges as well as attempts to create contextual messaging within and around the events that are not ‘advertising’ per se. Similarly, there are already roulette alternatives that do not need B2 legislation which might be attractive in mitigating revenue losses but are likely to attract the public ire of a number of well-placed stakeholders.The UK sector has almost set a trap for itself: if it innovates, it could be castigated; if it doesn’t, it effectively accepts decline. However, if operators understand what their strategic end game is and play towards it, these issues can probably be effectively harnessed. Product and advertising must not only be responsible, but they must also appear to be responsible. In a period of heightened scrutiny, the regulatory framework must be not only obeyed to the letter but also in spirit. Equally, the concerns of potential critics should be addressed and, where possible ameliorated, not ignored.The problem is, on current form, senior commercial gambling executives in a number of jurisdictions would make even Ludendorff squirm in terms of their over-focus on operations, lack of strategic understanding and political missteps…UK: In Parliament – APPG joins the queue to reviewHow many parliamentary reviews does it take to sort out Britain’s gambling laws? As of this week, the answer is four, with the All Party Parliamentary Group for Gambling-related Harm (formerly the FOBT APPG) announcing details of its latest inquiry.The APPG, headed by the redoubtable Carolyn Harris (Lab, Swansea East) and backed by (amongst others) former Tory leader, Iain Duncan Smith (Cons, Chingford)and Scottish Nationalist firebrand Ronnie Cowan (SNP, Inverclyde) is to examine “the full impact of online gambling, the addictive and potentially harmful nature of some of the products on offer and their effect on the vulnerable, in particular, children.”Gambling advertising, the use of credit cards, age verification, stake and prize limits, use of pre-commitment tools and the legal status of loot boxes are among the subjects of the APPG’s scrutiny. A call for evidence has been issued with a deadline for submissions of 14th March 2019.Britain’s gambling companies thus face an APPG inquiry, Labour Party plans to overhaul the nation’s gambling laws and planned reviews of the Gambling Act 2005 by both the Church of England and the House of Lords. In addition, they must consider the Gambling Commission’s proposals for a new harm reduction strategy as well as several consultations or calls for evidence on mandating specific harm prevention measures (see below).Having laboured painfully (and thanklessly) for almost three years over its last ‘triennial review’, the Government is understandably reluctant to undertake the one parliamentary assessment that really matters; but pressure is building.Those who seek reform have a point. At the time of the last major review (carried out in 2000-2001 by the Gambling Review Body which authored the ‘Budd Report’), Britain’s remote industry was guessed to be worth roughly £100m a year and the smartphone was just a twinkle in the eye for Steve Jobs. In passing the Gambling Act in 2005, Parliament and the British Government decided to ignore two key recommendations of the Budd Report – with disastrous consequences. First, they dumped Budd’s proposal to restrict the country’s online market to domestically licensed firms; and second, they decided that a follow-up review process was not required.The current mess is thus at least partly the result of negligence by the political and regulatory establishment. Of late, there have been signs that the minister charged with sorting out the mess, Mims Davies (Cons, Eastleigh) agrees. Ms Davies is reported to have observed on more than one occasion that her department is now responding to events rather than dictating them. We must hope that recognition is the first step to recovery.The industry is, of course, culpable too. The need for reform has been painfully obvious for some years now; and yet the major market participants have largely chosen to ignore the signs. As a consequence the industry has forsaken the chance to help frame the debate around legislative reform, appears ill-prepared for what is to come and is increasingly likely to find itself written out of the review process.It is not clear that anyone in the regulatory-political establishment or within the industry has a plan to find a coherent way forward. However, if thoroughness is any guide, then the best hope for a sane outcome may be the Labour Party. The party’s leader, Tom Watson (Lab, West Bromwich East) was the first to identify the need for regulatory modernisation and his team has shown great diligence over the last year-and-a-half in engaging with stakeholders. In a little under a fortnight’s time, we will get a glimpse of Labour’s vision for gambling in Great Britain when Watson makes his address at the Institute for Public Policy Research. It is unlikely to be to everyone’s taste – but the simple act of being in position to articulate a vision is to be applauded.Elsewhere, the Government disclosed (in response to a PQ from the Conservative Lord Chadlington) further statistics on gambling-related harm – this time for hospital admissions in Great Britain where a“primary or secondary diagnosis of pathological/compulsive gambling” had been recorded. The number of ‘finished admission episodes’ increased from 65 in 2013/14 to 107 in 2017/18. The numbers may be small (and are likely to represent a degree of under-reporting) but it is through such statistics that the negative externalities of gambling are now being weighed.Lord Chadlington’s fellow Tory, Lord Smith of Hindhead fired in a hat-trick of parliamentary questions on the level of fines levied against gambling operators since 2010, the level of complaints about gambling advertisements and Government views on the activities of online affiliates. Lord Smith has shown intermittent interest in the regulation of gambling for a number of years now and – as the chairman of the Conservative Party’s own lottery – has spoken in Parliament on the benefits of “the occasional flutter”. Lord Smith and Lord Chadlington do appear to be a part of a growing Tory remote gambling-sceptic movement that ought to be taken seriously indeed.UK: Regulation – Commission consults…againRegulatory consultation may just be the fastest growing area of Britain’s gambling industry. In a week when lines closed for submissions on the Gambling Commission’s proposed strategy for harm reduction, the regulator also issued a call for evidence on measures “to make Britain’s gambling industry the fairest and safest in the world”. It is not clear who currently holds that title although Norway and Iran seem like good contenders (for very different reasons – the judging criteria are somewhat obscure) but it’s nice to have ambition.The specific areas for evidence gathering seem sensible enough – customer interaction; alternative dispute resolution; and the provision of blocking software (something that Gamesys and Kindred amongst others have pioneered in recent years by working with gamban and betfilter). However, it is a source of some bafflement to licensees that with each passing week, the overall harm reduction strategy appears to be overtaken by events – including the NHS Long Term Plan, revised age verification requirements and new Advertising Standards Association guidelines (also announced this week).One criticism of the Commission’s overarching strategy is that it is short on both detail and time (it comes into effect at the end of March – a remarkably short window to review and consider responses and develop detailed implementation plans). The not unreasonable suspicion is that the strategy has been kept deliberately loose in order to accommodate a series of further consultations.Already lined up for later this month are two further calls for evidence – in relation to gambling on credit cards and player protection measures on Category B gaming machines.Cynics may recall the definition of the verb “to consult” provided by the 19th-century American writer, Ambrose Bierce: “to seek approval for a course of action already decided upon”. We must be thankful that there are so few cynics in and around Britain’s gambling industry.________________Content provided by Regulus Partners