Grenada PM pleased with “Mr. Killa” victory in Trinidad Carnival

first_imgGrenada’s Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell ST. GEORGE’S, Grenada, CMC – The Grenada government welcomed the victory of Hollice “Mr. Killa” Mapp in becoming the first non-Trinidad and Tobago artiste to win the International Soca Monarch competition in Port of Spain last weekend as part of that country’s Carnival celebrations that end later on Tuesday. “I think the 2019 Trinidad and Tobago Carnival season is one Grenadians will remember for a long time, with five of our artistes performing in the International Soca Monarch competition and three of them earning top spots. It illustrates the significant growth of the local art form, with our artistes proving that they are among the best in the region,’ Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell said.Mapp, whose tune “Run Wid it”  had even the police warning people about committing criminal offences, last Friday night won the one million dollar (One TT dollar=US$0.16 cents) Soca Monarch titleIt was a good night for Grenadian artistes as they placed in the top three positions in the Power and Groovy sections of the annual Play Whe International Soca Monarch.Hector “Mr. Legz” Thomas was third in the power competition while Jevaughn John, also known as V’ghn, was third in the groovy category.In his congratulatory message, Prime Minister Mitchell said that the song by Mapp “was obviously a crowd favorite going into the competition and the outstanding performance by Hollice on the night clearly sealed the deal.“I am immensely proud of this talented young man who came from humble beginnings to achieve this notable feat. I hope this win is a fitting tribute to his work ethic and determination and that it serves to encourage or inspire others who have a dream. We look forward to him continuing to represent Grenada on the world stage; he is a true Grenadian ambassador,” he said.Mitchell said he was “very proud of all of them and extremely grateful for what their excellent representation means for promoting Grenada and our culture.”The government has said that it is planning a welcome home celebratory event for the artistes.last_img read more

Understanding The Importance Of The I-94 Arrival/Departure Record

first_imgWASHINGTON, D. C. – An I-94 is a small slip of paper, which until 2013, was issued to all international visitors and visa holders entering the U.S.Officially called the Arrival/Departure card, the I-94 contained the date of entry into the U.S. as well as the date by which the individual must depart from the U.S.Often, individuals do not understand how important this little card is until it is too late. In order to change immigration status inside the U.S. to any other immigrant or non-immigrant visa status, immigration regulations require that a copy of the I-94 be included with the application to establish eligibility.Foreign nationals must prove that they entered the U.S. legally and were inspected by an immigration officer in order to qualify to file for immigration status in the U.S. Those who did not enter the U.S. legally are generally not entitled to obtain any new immigration status in the U.S., even when married to a U.S. citizen unless a waiver is obtained.If you entered the U.S. before 2013, you can’t download your Arrival/Departure record online and must instead obtain it at your port of entry. If your I-94 card is lost, stolen or seriously damaged, you can apply to replace it by filing Form I-102, Application for Replacement/Initial Arrival-Departure Document.The USCIS filing fee is $445 and it generally takes about 60 -120 days or more to receive the I-94 replacement card in the mail.Under a new electronic I-94 system implemented in 2013, international visitors are no longer issued paper I-94 cards upon entry into the U.S. Instead, individuals are provided with instructions on accessing their I-94 records online and printing the I-94 card out from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency.last_img read more

Anthony Joshua Meets Challenger Kubrat Pulev In Cardiff.

first_imgRelated IBF/WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev met for the first time at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales – venue for their October 28 contest.It was a calm meet with both pugilists respectful and shared smiles accompanied with an unplanned handshake in the President’s Lounge in front of the assembled media to officially announce their heavyweight tussle.“I can tell you he’s more determined than ever to go on creating history and defend these titles against all comers, mandatory’s, unifications. What a great fight he has against Kubrat Pulev here on October 28th which is likely to house just under 80,000.” – Matchroom Sports Managing Director Eddie HearnSuccinct details on both fighters:Joshua – Started at 18 years of age – at 19 he won the ABA championships – at 21, he won silver at the World Championships which was shortly accompanied by a gold medal won at the London 2012 Olympics – at 23, he turned professional – at 25, he won the Commonwealth title – at 26, he won the IBF world title and at 27 he unified the division in front of 90,000 people at Wembley.Pulev – (25-1, 13 KOs), The Bulgarian fought at five World Championships throughout the 2000s. He represented his country at the Olympics in 2008. He won gold at the 2008 European Championships in Liverpool. He turned professional in late 2009. Currently No. 3 with the WBC, No. 7 with the WBA, No. 3 with the WBO and the No. 1 challenger, the mandatory for the IBF and No. 3 with the Bible of Boxing, THE RING Magazine.Tickets for the event are priced at £40, £60, £80, £100, £200, £300 and £500 – with VIP tickets priced at £1500.A reminder that it has been nearly a decade since the stadium was the venue for a boxing match, when it hosted the Joe Calzaghe-Mikkel Kessler super middleweight unification. Also, the principality was chosen as venue for the all-British heavyweight title fight between Lennox Lewis and Frank Bruno in 1993.last_img read more

Innovation and technology hub announced by Ladbrokes Coral

first_img StumbleUpon Submit Ladbrokes Coral have announced plans to unite its sports and technology teams to bring customers an continually improved betting experience.Named LC2 and located at Here East, which formerly housed the London 2012 Olympic media team, on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, 140 staff of both brands are charged with delivering a range of products such as CRM, ePOS and digital sportsbook platforms.Graham Calder, Ladbrokes Coral CIO said: “With the creation of LC2 our goal is to deliver excellence for our customers by leveraging the best digital technology, to hire the best digital talent to build the best digital future.  “With our passion for sports, we can’t help but be inspired by the great sporting legacy that comes with being a part of the Olympic Park.” SportCaller teams up with Coral for Racing Super Series launch August 12, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020center_img Related Articles Share Share Gavin Poole, CEO of Here East, added:, “As Here East continues to draw in innovators from more and more sectors, Ladbrokes Coral’s new digital product development centre fits well within the campus. “Their newly joined up sport-technology team builds on Here East’s reputation as a centre of innovation for established companies and start-ups to collaborate, test new ideas, prototype new products and learn from each other’s expertise.”last_img read more

1xBet takes two stand approach to successful ICE exhibition

first_img Related Articles Why leading esports titles should not be overlooked as substitutes to real sports April 15, 2020 Submit Share 1xBet defies COVID-19 disruption to keep 2020 plans in place April 3, 2020 StumbleUpon Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 1xBet showcased its B2B product for the first time at last month’s ICE exhibition, before introducing its one-year old affiliate program to markets across Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America.Having hosted two stands at ICE (6-8 February), one for B2C and one for B2B, the European operator said the outcome of the exhibition had “exceeded all expectations”.The 1xBet press service said: “How does 1xBet stand out from the other exhibitors? 1xBet is one of the few companies that are successful on the B2C market, and it now has a high-quality product to offer affiliates of the company. We can say with confidence that customers will get exactly what they need.“The outcome of the exhibition exceeded all our expectations: there was a lot of interest in our product and useful contacts were made. This networking was beneficial not only for 1xBet, but also for other exhibitors and visitors.”Meanwhile, 1xBet backed up its ICE presence by exhibiting at the London Affiliate Conference (LAC). Specialists from the company met with current affiliates to discuss fresh ideas and new proposals to improve the quality of products and services within its Affiliate Program.The statement continued: “This year, affiliates from all over the world visited our stand. During the exhibition, we met with our established partners and made new business contacts with visitors and other exhibitors. We hope that these exchanges will grow into long-term mutually beneficial relationships.“Over a short space of time, we have introduced ourselves and our Affiliate Program to markets across the globe. A lot of successful work is being done to attract traffic from Asia, Africa, Europe, and Latin America. In addition, we are actively submitting applications and gradually getting licenses to operate in various countries.”1xBet will be back in London for next month’s Betting on Football conference (20-23 March) at Stamford Bridge (Stand #19).last_img read more

Diversified Catena delivers strong interim as governance targets US top spot

first_img Submit Catena lauds ‘record’ Q2 as casino drives performance August 19, 2020 GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Share Share Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Stockholm-listed industry affiliate marketing network, Catena Media maintains its strong 2018 momentum achieving a number of KPI ‘all-time highs’, as governance continues to diversify the company’s verticals and further seeks new market opportunities.Updating investors, Catena reports a group revenue increase of 65% to €50 million (H1 2017: €30 million), driven by growth across its organic and acquired network assets.Detailing a period of high network activity, featuring World Cup 2018 trading, Catena records growth across its core marketing/ player acquisition services of; search revenue, paid listings and subscription models.During the H1 period, new depositing customers across its network reached the + 270,000 mark representing an increase of 59%.Closing H1 2018 trading, Catena governance declares a corporate EBITDA increase of 67% totalling €22.5 million (H1 2017: €13.5 million).Presenting his first financial update as Group CEO of Catena Media, Per Hellberg stated that Stockholm enterprise would significantly ‘up its game in the US market’.‘”In May, the Supreme Court declared to regulate the sports betting industry in the US, opening up for a huge new iGaming market. Catena Media already provides new operators with quality leads in New Jersey and we are investing for a future with increased player influx and revenue. All the while, we intend to stick to our global game plan – developing the iGaming and Financial Services verticals through increased organic growth and acquisitions.” Hellberg details to investors.During H1 2018, Catena governance has secured a further €150 million bond to accelerate its acquisition strategy. Catena seeks to enlarge its network assets within the liberalised US market, whilst also expanding its new financial verticals.Seeking to become the leading player in US gambling media, Hellberg and Catena governance have recruited former GAN executive Michael Daly, to lead the firm’s North American expansion as US General Manager.last_img read more

Kirsty Gallacher and Peter Schmeichel to host SBC Awards 2018

first_imgShare SBC Summit Barcelona – Digital 2020 announces free ticket initiative July 21, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles SBC’s Barcelona Summit to become digital-only event May 29, 2020 Share SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Submit Former Sky Sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher and three-time UEFA Goalkeeper of the Year Peter Schmeichel have been confirmed as hosts for this year’s SBC Awards, held on Tuesday 4 December at the stunning HAC Artillery Garden.Having made her television debut in 1998, Gallacher has gone onto become one of the most recognisable faces in sports broadcasting, enjoying an illustrious 20 year career on Sky Sports. She was recently confirmed as Brand Ambassador of William Hill.Gallacher will be joined on stage by Schmeichel, the legendary goalkeeper who enjoyed a trophy-laden eight year spell at Old Trafford, and helped his native Denmark to unexpected success at the 1992 European Championships in Sweden.The ‘Great Dane’ lifted the Premier League in five of his eight seasons with Manchester United, as well as three FA Cup’s and a League Cup, before captaining the side to Champions League glory as the final part of the club’s infamous 1999 treble winning season.Schmeichel will be available for meet and greets throughout the evening, while there will be a Q&A on stage before the start of the awards, in which Gallacher will be asking the questions for Schmeichel to answer about his career.Schmeichel said: “It is a pleasure to be associated with the SBC Awards, an increasingly important indicator of the highest performing companies in sports betting – a sector that continues to play a significant role in the world of sports, and particularly football.”Gallacher added: “Having witnessed first-hand the excitement around SBC organised events, I can’t wait for the SBC Awards 2018. Given my long association with football, it is particularly exciting for me to share the stage with a true footballing legend.”This year’s Christmas-themed ceremony has been expanded to recognise excellence across 38 categories, which includes 12 Operator/Affiliate awards and 20 Supplier Awards, alongside five new Casino Beats Awards and the inaugural Leader of the Year Award.Rasmus Sojmark, CEO & Founder of SBC, commented: “We are very proud to have two such outstanding sports personalities hosting this year’s SBC Awards. Peter Schmeichel and Kirsty Gallacher will play a big part in delivering an unforgettable awards evening to close off a successful year in style.”To see the shortlisted companies for each of the awards, click HERE, or visit www.sbcawards.com. All attendees will also be treated to a champagne and cocktail reception, an exclusive three-course seated dinner and unlimited wine, beer, spirits and mixers on the table, and evening entertainment, including one of London’s top DJs.Anyone wishing to book individual tickets or tables for the SBC Awards 2018 (#sbcawards2018), please email sales@sbcgaming.com or call +44 (0) 161 367 1650 for more information.For those wishing to enquire about sponsorship opportunities at the event, please also contact our sales team using the same email address  or phone number.last_img read more

Monzo & Starling Bank launch in-app ‘gambling blocks’

first_imgShare Revolut suspends all UK gambling payments April 17, 2020 Share UKGC – Credit ban applies across all technology verticals June 10, 2020 Related Articles Leading UK digital challenger banks Monzo and Starling Bank have added ‘gambling block’ components to their mobile banking apps, allowing for their customers to stop engaging in transactions with gambling/betting services.Considered two of the UK’s fastest growing fintech firms, Monzo and Starling seek to revolutionise retail banking, disrupting traditional current account functions and transactions through their mobile-first platforms.Launched with their latest app updates, the fintech incumbents detail that they are not ‘anti-gambling’ advocates, but that they simply seek to support their customers with better safeguards on spending.Once activated, the gambling blocks will prevent users from engaging with online and highstreet betting/gambling verticals for a period of 48 hours.Unlike traditional banking services, Monzo and Starling Bank’s gambling block can be immediately activated at the behest of the user, without the desired action being verified or processed by bank customer service teams.Publishing its latest crowdfunding prospectus, fast-growth Monzo a digital challenger bank that has secured 1 million customers since its 2017, details that any new component its develops is focused on the ethos of treating its customers as individuals rather than business segments.Monzo and Starling’s gambling block functions have been praised by UK charity Money & Mental Health, which has called for UK financial services incumbents to follow the digital banks’ lead.The charity has called on UK  highstreet banks to improve safeguards on monitoring and controlling spending, as poor mental health can lead to impulsive behaviour with regards to money management. StumbleUpon Submit 223,000 customers activate Monzo gambling block July 22, 2020last_img read more

PokerStars decline see The Stars Group reduce IoM headcount

first_img The governance of Toronto TSX-listed The Stars Group Inc has confirmed that it will reduce employee headcount within its Isle of Man office, restructuring its flagship PokerStars online gambling division.Stars Group governance has chosen not to disclose specific figures with regards to staff being made redundant from its Isle of Man offices, which have served as the company’s operational headquarters since 2005.Issuing a short statement to press, the Stars Group governance detailed that the firm was ‘pursuing operational initiatives, including cost-optimisation opportunities’.In addition, the online gambling group cites a number if international headwinds, impacting the performance and expectations of its PokerStars division, which has been affected by market closures in Russia and Switzerland, combined with severe currency fluctuations impacts.“We believe the proposed reductions in headcount on the Isle of Man are a component of our overall plans to position us to deliver our mid-term growth targets and long-term sustainable growth. Apart from the personal impact on affected individuals today’s news will have little foreseeable impact on our overall operations in the Isle of Man, which has always been a critical operational hub for the Company and will remain so.” The TSX enterprise detailed in its statement. Share Share Tabcorp expects $1bn hit as ‘COVID and retail contractions’ take effect August 3, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Luke Campbell, Champion Sports: Modular thinking most play the lead role in sportsbook migrations August 26, 2020 Submit Related Articleslast_img read more

GVC in ‘robust’ position after halving COVID losses to £50m a month

first_img Share Submit Share StumbleUpon Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Related Articles GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 GVC Holdings has predicted that EBITDA could fall by £50m per month, a figure significantly smaller than the initial £100m predicted in March.The drop comes after the gambling group has continued to initiate a number of mitigating actions in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.GVC estimated the average monthly cash outflow would be limited to approximately £15m per month, while ‘further cost actions’ will allow the group to achieve its target of reducing the cash flow to breakeven.The group noted that despite a strong performance at the beginning of the year, the closure of retail outlets and the widespread cancellation of sports has ‘significantly reduced revenue from mid-March’.This strong start helped Group net gaming revenue (NGR) to grow by 1% and online NGR increase by 16% for January to March against the corresponding period of 2019, with strong growth across all key territories. UK retail like-for-like NGR saw a 19% drop, while European retail activity has fallen by 3%.Kenneth Alexander, GVC CEO, commented: “As our Q1 trading numbers once again demonstrate, GVC is a business that, in normal times, delivers an outstanding performance. However, while our global and product diversification is standing us in good stead during the current uncertainty, the COVID-19 pandemic is posing an unprecedented challenge to our business and our industry.“We are responding decisively, and have put in place a range of measures to keep our people safe, strengthen our financial position, limit cash outflow, preserve jobs and maintain a compelling customer offer.“I am confident that we will emerge from this period in a position of strength, and we will be well placed to take advantage of a range of attractive growth opportunities which we believe will be available to us.”GVC’s online division has also grown during the period, with the Group highlighting that the increase in gaming has been ‘encouraging’ as NGR increased by 20%. The growth is said to be ‘in line with the group’s expectations’.To offset the costs from retail closures, GVC has also confirmed that it has identified a number of opportunities to reduce costs.In the UK, GVC can qualify for the government grant towards employment costs to support staff members which have been furloughed. In addition, the gambling group can access the business rates relief. The combination of the two are estimated to ‘reduce costs by nearly ‘£20m per month’.In Italy and Belgium, GVC operates a franchising model where the store operating costs (rent, employment, utility and other costs) primarily reside with the franchisee. Other measures taken include reductions in online sports marketing, sports content and trading costs.Alexander continued: “We are also sensitive to the fact that at this time of economic stress and isolation, it is vital that we ensure a safe, responsible and enjoyable gaming environment for our customers and do everything that we can to minimise the potential for harm.“Accordingly, not only have we supported the Betting and Gaming Council’s 10 pledge action plan on safer gambling, but we have gone further and introduced a range of additional safeguarding measures to ensure that we are able to rigorously monitor and protect anyone who may be vulnerable at this time.“Finally, I would like to thank our outstanding teams around the world for the manner in which they have rapidly adapted to the challenge, and for their continuing hard work and commitment to ensuring GVC’s long-term success.”last_img read more