Love and Harmony Cruise 2018

first_imgLove and Harmony Cruise By Howard CampbellOrganizers of the second Love and Harmony Cruise have long launched their promotional campaign for the March 24-29 gig, but some of their best publicity has come without spending a dime.Ultimate Caribbean Experience“Advertising and marketing has really taken on the same approach as last year, but what we have noticed is that word of mouth has impacted our sales. So, people are recruiting their friends and family to come and be a part of the ultimate Caribbean experience aboard the Love and Harmony Cruise,” said Ronnie Tomlinson, the event’s publicist.Tomlinson told Caribbean National Weekly that the cruise is scheduled to leave Fort Lauderdale on March 24 and make stops in Montego Bay and Georgetown, Cayman.This year’s maiden voyage took place in February/March, and had stops in Miami and Ocho Rios.Targeting dancehall and lovers-rock reggae fansOnce again, promoters are eyeing markets that are strong on dancehall and lovers rock reggae as the main source of clientele.“We are trying to engage lovers of all music especially lovers of reggae and dancehall. Therefore, we know there is a vast array of people who love reggae and dancehall globally, so we definitely take that into consideration this year in our marketing and promotions as well as we target the Caribbean, US, UK and Canada,” she said.Beres Hammond the main featureLovers rock king Beres Hammond is again the mainstay. Vocal quartet, LUST, and deejay Elephant Man are also on the return trip which will have an added attraction for passengers who get restless at sea.“Last year we learned that the patrons loved the idea of playing dominoes and we didn’t have enough dominoes. Therefore, this year we will have the first official domino tournament hosted by Beres Hammond, and a winner will be declared,” said Tomlinson.Larger shipA much larger ship, the Caribbean X Summit, will host Love And Harmony Cruise 2018.Another diverse cast of acts will perform. They include Marcia Griffiths, Beenie Man, Sanchez, Mr. Vegas, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Kevin Lyttle, Rupee, Patrice Roberts and Kerwin Dubois. Comedy duo, Ity and Fancy Cat, are also billed.Brain child of DJ JabbaThe Love and Harmony Cruise is the brainchild of DJ Jabba, best known as a Disc Jockey and sound system selector alongside Bobby Konders in New York. His partner in the venture is Miami businessman Joey Budafuco.Following this year’s event, Jabba said the cruise was 90 per cent booked with most of the fans being Jamaicans who live in  the United States. Fans also came from The Bahamas, Bermuda, Haiti, Guyana, Canada, Nigeria and Australia.last_img read more

Usain Bolt and Longtime Girlfriend, Kasi Bennett Expecting First Child Together

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – Retired Jamaican Sprinter, Usain Bolt this morning announced that he and his longtime girlfriend, Kasi Bennett are expecting their first child.The eight-time Olympic gold medallist shared the happy news with his 9.3 million followers on Instagram, sharing a picture of his partner, Kasi Bennett, cradling her baby bump. The couple has been together for over five years, but it wasn’t until 2016, when Bolt confirmed their relationship, saying they had just “gotten really serious.”In 2018, the 33-year-old opened up about their relationship in an interview with Australia’s STELLAR Magazine. Bolt revealed that he was ready to start a family “in the near future”.“It’s never a good time to have kids. It took me a while to figure that out. You just have to buckle down and do it. It’s in the near future, so, hopefully. We’ll see”, he said.The athletics star, who retired from running in 2017, is the only male sprinter to win Olympic 100m and 200m titles at three consecutive Games.Following his retirement from Tracks, he went on to pursue his dream to become a professional footballer, training with Norwegian club Stromsgodset and turning down a deal with Maltese club Valletta before joining Australian club Central Coast Mariners.However, his A-League career lasted just eight weeks and in January 2019 he announced he was taking a step back from sport to focus on a business career.Since then, Bolt has dabbled in various endeavours including producing dancehall and now Soca music. He also has s string of partnerships with G.H. Mumm Champagne, Hubolt, Alpro, Xoom, among others.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo Names Rashford, Asensio As Potential Heir To World Best Throne

first_imgReal Madrid superstar, Cristiano Ronaldo has named six players including Marcus Rashford and Marco Asensio as potential successor to the world best player throne.The 32-year-old forward, who has four Ballon d’Or trophies to his name, looks set to add another to his collection following a very successful 2016/2017 season in which he won back to back Champions League, the La Liga and the UEFA Euro 2016 with Portugal.Asked about who could succeed him after he was named Uefa’s Player of the Year for 2016-17, Ronaldo said: “That is a very good question.”“I see some with great potential: [Marco] Asensio, [Kylian] Mbappe, Neymar, [Ousmane] Dembele, [Eden] Hazard, [Marcus] Rashford and some others.”“In the next generation, there are at least ten players with very, very great potential.”Ronaldo, who will not play in the La Liga until 20 September against Real Betis, was fined €3,005 following his five-match ban for pushing referee Ricardo De Burgos Bengoetxea in Real Madrid’s 3-1 Camp Nou win over Barcelona in the Spanish Super Cup. RelatedCristiano Ronaldo: Messi, Neymar “My Motivation”July 24, 2017In “Europe”Why Cristiano Ronaldo May Be Past His PrimeNovember 7, 2017In “Features”Cristiano Ronaldo Challenges Messi to Leave SpainDecember 10, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

Carabao Cup: Big Guns Pass Third Round Test

first_imgThe big guns have booked their spot in the 4th round of the 2017 Carabao Cup after they passed their various third round tests on Wednesday evening.Top teams like Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal and Everton all saw action in a goal-filled Carabao Cup night.Manchester City defeated hosts West Brom 2-1 in the battle of two English Premier League (EPL) sides courtesy a brace from German star Leroy Sane either side of Claudio Yacob’s goal for the home side. City rivals Manchester United are also through to the next round after they thrashed English Championship side Burton Albion 4-1 with goals from Marcus Rashford (2), Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial while Lloyd Dyer got the away side’s consolation goal.London clubs Arsenal and Chelsea will also be in the 4th round following wins over Doncaster Rovers and Nottingham Forest. Arsenal defeated Doncaster Rovers 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium through a 25th minute strike from Theo Walcott while Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi netted a hattrick to help Chelsea beat Nottingham Forest 5-1. Kenedy and youngster Charly Musonda got the other goals for the EPL champions with Tendayi Darikwa getting the lone strike for the away side.In the final clash of the night, teenage forward Dominic Calvert-Lewin netted a brace to help underfire Everton to a 3-0 win over visiting Sunderland. substitute Oumar Niasse got the third goal for the Toffees. RelatedFA Cup Draw: Merseyside Derby Clash Headlines Third Round FixturesDecember 5, 2017In “England”Liverpool, Chelsea Drawn Together In Carabao Cup Third RoundAugust 31, 2018In “England”FA Cup 4th Round Draw: Top Teams Handed Easy FixturesJanuary 8, 2018In “England” Results:Chelsea 5-1 Nottingham ForestArsenal 1-0 Doncaster RoversManchester United 4-1 Burton AlbionWest Brom 1-2 Manchester CityEverton 3-0 Sunderlandlast_img read more

EiG and BAC return to Berlin for 2017 conferences

first_imgShare Mobile Carrier Billing: Gambling operators could be losing up to 70% of revenues July 8, 2020 Submit Share Clarion Gaming and iGaming Business the organisers of EiG and BAC industry conferences have confirmed that both events will once again take place in the German capital of Berlin, following successful 2016 events.First up EiG 2017 will be returning to the Arena Berlin, and will take place on Monday 30th October – Wednesday 1st November.As usual, BAC will back onto EiG and as such the Berlin Affiliate Conference will take place on the 1st – 4th November 2017 – with the expo and conference days being Thursday 2nd November and Friday 3rd November.The news comes hot on the heels of hugely successful 2016 events. EiG had over 2,000 delegates registered, and a total of 3,056 delegates attended BAC, including 1,695 affiliates and introducing brokers.iGaming Business’ Head of Operations, Shona ODonnell commented on the schedule: “Following such a successful 2016 event, there was no question that BAC would be returning to Berlin next year.“Affiliates and operators alike have consistently told us that the conference is one of the highlights of the gaming calendar, and we plan on making the 2017 event bigger and better than ever. With EiG remaining in Berlin too, we hope that the igaming industry can join us once again for a week in Berlin.”Event director for EiG, Rory Credland: “EiG brings together key decision makers from the igaming industry from all across Europe – and with its central location and reputation as an innovation and tech hub, Berlin is the perfect location for the 2017 event.“We are excited to once again join forces with the team at iGaming Business to ensure that the industry benefits by having both events in the same city.”The next major events on the gaming calendar are ICE Totally Gaming, taking place on the 7th – 9th February 2017, and the London Affiliate Conference which is moving to join ICE at ExCeL, and will take place on the 9th – 12th February 2017. Better Collective Spotlight: Early signs of success for first Greek Bookmaker Awards November 21, 2019 Stoiximan dominates first-ever Betarades Greek Bookmaker Awards January 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articleslast_img read more

Mediatech Solutions (R. Franco Group) – Sponsor Profile – #bofcon2017

first_img Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Related Articles Submit Mediatech Solutions (R. Franco Group) is sponsoring Betting on Football 2017, the fourth edition of the largest international football and betting trade conference at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge.Ahead of the 3-5 May event, we spoke to Mediatech Executive Director Daniel Graetzer about why football is such an attractive sport for betting, how the market is changing from a consumer perspective and how betting and football stakeholders can work more effectively together.SBC: Why is football such an attractive sport for betting?DG: In Spain, where Mediatech Solutions – R. Franco is based, we are fortunate to have two of the biggest clubs in world football – Real Madrid and Barcelona – so it’s no surprise to learn that football is by far our most popular sport. Like any other region, football and betting go hand in hand and Spain is no exception. For an audience so in love with the beautiful game, betting offers an additional form of entertainment alongside their favourite sport. Fans always want to get themselves even more involved in the action, and betting is the perfect medium for that.SBC: From a consumer perspective, how is football betting changing?DG: In-play software has completely revolutionised the way customers bet on football. Pre-match markets will always be popular, but to be able to bet on who will win the next corner or score the next goal during an actual live football match has certainly been a game changer. In Spain, we have also seen a huge rise in the number of people betting in sports in general. According to figures released by the Spanish regulator, sportsbook revenue rose 32% in 2016 on the previous year to €238.2 million. The popularity of sport, in particular football, will undoubtedly grow in the region and we expect more operators to enter the market as a result.SBC: How can betting & football stakeholders work better and more effectively together?DG: In my experience with the gaming side of the industry, the football betting sector needs to work closely alongside regulators and other stakeholders, and seek a mutual understanding of each other’s requirements. Lawmakers’ have the unenviable task of determining what’s best for a newly-regulated territory such as Spain, and balancing the political needs with the practical desires of the sports betting industry and its customers can be difficult. We have found that an honest and open discussion is the best for all parties.SBC: What new technology do you feel will have the biggest impact on football betting?DG: As mentioned earlier, in-play betting has made a huge impact on the football betting industry and this will continue as suppliers look to further innovate by offering more markets than ever.However, operators on a flexible platform run by those with local expertise will be the ones at an advantage, especially in Spain.This allows for operators to engage in marketing specific to the target audience, alter user experience and prioritise the product offering based on demand and regulation.SBC: What key agenda, debate or discussion do you want to hear at BOFCON 2017?DG: I’m hugely looking forward to representing Mediatech by speaking on the panel discussing the potential of the Spanish and LatAM markets. There is great optimism within the Spanish online gambling market at the moment after recording record-breaking revenues and turnover last year. There is definitely an appetite for further growth in the market, not just with sports but with casino. With a solid and evolving regulatory framework in place, the challenge facing Spain now is to push forward with innovation across areas such as server-based retail gaming, where we are now able to create a full omni-channel experience, and expand into new verticals such as virtual sports.I wouldn’t be surprised to see more of Europe’s major operators make moves in Spain in the coming months and years. Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

#MoggMentum…Bookmakers cut odds on Jacob Rees-Mogg taking over Tory Party leadership

first_img Submit Share Related Articles As Parliament heads towards its summer recess (20 July – 5 September), rumours swirl of a leadership contest for the divided and embattled Conservative Party.A cruel summer for PM Theresa May, who has made little to no progress on her Brexit mandate, has seen UK media report that Brexit secretary David Davis and foreign secretary Boris Johnson are seeking to take the throne.However, with the conservatives in dire need of a fresh face UK bookmakers have placed North-East Somerset MP Jacob Rees-Mogg at 10/1 to become next party leader.Rees-Mogg who has been described as one of the ‘spiritual leaders of Brexit’, has recently gained a cult following on social media, with his followers calling for the Tory Party to implement a #MoggMentum.The vocal support by of Rees-Mogg by hardline Brexiters has seen bookmakers cull the MPs odds from 50/1 to its current 10/1 price, sitting behind Boris Johnson and Philip Hammond at 6/1 with David Davis as the current front runner at 3/1. Speaking to SBC, Ladbrokes’ Head of Politics Matthew Shaddick commented on the market“The Moggster has gone from 50/1 to just 10/1 to be next Tory leader in the space of two weeks. He’s on the telly a lot at the moment, and put in a decent performance on Question Time the other day but I must admit to being a bit baffled by the move. I suppose if Theresa May is replaced anytime soon, the party will likely be looking for a pro-Brexit leader with some popular appeal; not so long ago Boris would have been that person, but nobody wants to back him anymore. Perhaps Rees-Mogg is the man, but I’m more than happy to lay him at 10/1.” Winning Post: Political flip-floppery leads to uncertainty for casinos August 3, 2020 StumbleUpon John O’Reilly – Erratic orders have placed UK casinos on life support August 4, 2020 Share BGC: Government must ‘act fast’ and extend furlough scheme August 11, 2020last_img read more

Best Rewards… Argyll Entertainment launches ‘universal customer loyalty programme’

first_img Share Argyll orders full compliance makeover with TruNarrative  August 17, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon Esports Entertainment Group to finalise Argyll acquisition by 31 July July 8, 2020 Related Articles Esports Entertainment appoints Jeff Cohen as IR lead  July 28, 2020 Stuart Tilly – Argyll EntertainmentOnline betting group Argyll Entertainment, the operating company of SportNation.bet and RedZoneSports.bet has confirmed the launch of its new industry-first ‘universal customer loyalty programme’.Developing an in-house loyalty model, Argyll will be able to reward customers across its active cross-brand portfolio, each time players wager on Argyll product verticals.The betting group have further made ‘more loyalty points available for wagers placed on traditionally higher margin products.’Updating the market, Stuart Tilly Chief Executive of Argyll Entertainment details that the ‘universal loyalty programme’ is a major release for the betting group and its long-term growth strategy.“Our objective is to make every minute spent online with us a rewarding one for our customers and the release of our rewards programme does just that.We wanted to offer our customers a simple and genuinely rewarding loyalty scheme, where every bet on our site, win, lose or draw, earns points to redeem in our store. No turnover requirements, no minimum odds conditions, no new customer or single-use restrictions…you play, you earn, you redeem…as familiar to our customers as earning points for a weekly shop, filling up with petrol or booking a flight on holiday.”Supporting the programme, Argyll has launched a new unified reward store which will be powered by industry player rewards/prizes specialist Initial Rewards.Partnering with Initial Rewards, Argyll details that it wants to create a store which will cater for all levels of its customer base. The unified reward store will be stocked with a wide of player prizes, including; merchandise, shop vouchers, electronic gadgets, match day tickets and luxury experiences.Joe Hall, Chief Commercial Officer at Initial Rewards commented: ‘We’re delighted to be working with Argyll Entertainment across their brands, delivering loyalty to their customers in an efficient and affordable manner. We’re firm believers in Argyll’s strategy and look forward to working with them this year and beyond!”last_img read more

Marc Wood: Pay360 – Meeting 2018’s compliance demand…

first_img UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Share UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Related Articles Marc WoodAs industry operators are being further pressured to improve their AML and compliance disciplines, all stakeholders face a tough balancing act in servicing betting consumers’, verification, customer services, payment and UX options. Speaking at BOFCON2018, Marc Wood Head of Gaming at Pay360 details how industry leaders should approach 2018’s AML and Compliance conundrum_____________________SBC: Hi Marc. In 2018, why has AML and Fraud Prevention become the prevalent topic for all industry stakeholders?  Marc Wood: AML and Fraud protection has always been a fundamental part of running an effective online gaming business. What has changed over the last couple of years is the impact of massively increased regulatory scrutiny by the UKGC, new data protection legislation such as GDPR and the recent multi-million-dollar fines of not having robust enough policies, systems and procedures in place.Another recent relevant industry issue not specifically AML and Fraud related, but associated, has been under the scrutiny of the gaming affiliate networks and operator responsibilities in a general “compliance” context.I think that there is a genuine industry concern that in 2018 we may see not just fines being levied, but licence suspensions could be on the cards and it may be a significant sacrificial lamb operator(s), to make the point. SBC: Are the industry’s recent AML failures a social responsibility or operational matter. Is it essential to make a clear distinction when labelling AML procedures?  MW: Yes it is correct to make a distinction, there is a fine line between aggressively growing the business and encouraging people to gamble more from a social responsibility perspective, but also being able to stop potential money laundering or fraudulent activities. They are separate problems and require different policies, procedures, data and systems to solve.For example, not being able to flag up a situation where a player who maybe earns £30k a year, is stealing money from their employer and spends £100’000 plus playing Bingo makes the industry look rather foolish.Similarly, being able to distinguish between a fraudster and someone who is just in over their head and is a Problem Gambler has to be solved. So the issue is understanding who the player is, their social and economic background and having auditable automated systems in place to be able to help operationally.SBC: As a digital payments specialist, how does Pay360 work with industry stakeholders to create AML and Fraud Prevention best practices? MW: Our strategy over the last two years has been to work with gaming stakeholders to expand our pure payments processing and legacy fraud detection making available a wide range of over 60, third-party data assets. This creates a flexible decision-making platform called Optimise to enable the automation and audit of AML, Fraud, Bonus Abuse, Source of Funds and Problem Gambling issues. SBC: What prevalent factors, values and dynamics, would you advise industry operators to research when planning AML procedures? Where do you feel industry stakeholders are currently blindsided?  MW: I think the industry suffers from the use of legacy backend platforms that do not make the automation, monitoring, triggering and investigating of potential breaches easy. Sadly this results in a significant expense in manual processes needed in place to execute the AML policy and procedure which can be error-prone.It is important also to note that it’s not only the problem of legacy systems but also of internal legacy processes. Due to perhaps lack of support and flexibility to adapt to what is needed operators can be blindsided by the legacy tools, processes and data they use. To truly tackle the problem operators need to be open to new approaches and not try and squeeze a new process into the wrong structure.As for researching, in my view the current situation will only get more difficult, the UK has been particularly aggressive, but other licencing authorities throughout the world will follow and soon. The issue outside of the UK and to be understood, is what can actually be done in particular countries especially with the availability of third-party data and information sources to help in ensuring the execution of AML etc procedures.  SBC: The industry’s AML concerns, take place during a period when consumers are more aware of their personal data and online profile. How does Pay360 create effective payment services/solutions that do not breach customer data concerns?  MW: Pay 360 has a wide range of online, physical payments, fraud & risk management solutions designed to ensure compliance with current and future data protection legislation. Our goal is to enable our customers to implement appropriate payment solutions that either minimise or in some cases remove the likelihood of breaching data protection laws entirely. As an aside across other industry sectors we serve we have seen a massive focus in the last year of the impending GDPR legislation, surprisingly this does not seem to be taken as a real problem in the gaming sector, and that deadline is only a couple of months away on May 25th. SBC: You are speaking on industry operational disciplines at the BOFCON 2018 conference. What do you want delegates to learn about effective AML procedures? MW: To provide a discussion forum, which enables delegates to understand what is and importantly what is not possible to do to improve their AML, Fraud and Compliance needs. Using data and analytics-driven approaches to reduce the likelihood of breaches and avoid the resultant bad PR, brand damage, cost of fines and protecting gaming licences.______________Marc Wood – Head of Gaming – Pay360 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020last_img read more

Rightlander “will significantly improve our affiliate compliance”, says Argyll director

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Share Share Argyll orders full compliance makeover with TruNarrative  August 17, 2020 Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Rightlander tackles ‘bad actors’ with new compliance tool August 12, 2020 Online operator Argyll Entertainment insists that its latest agreement with compliance tool Rightlander will significantly improve “affiliate compliance processes and procedures”.Argyll, which operates the RedZone, SportNation and GiveMeBet brands, will now use Rightlander’s advanced solutions in an attempt take its compliance procedures to the next level.  Rightlander will scan Argyll Entertainment affiliate websites, monitoring all activity which mentions or links to their brands for compliance related breaches, whilst also searching for certain events and conditions defined by the operator.Argyll Entertainment Commercial Director Philip Bell explained: “Affiliates are a significant source of new player traffic to our sportsbook brands, but we want to ensure they are engaging this traffic in a responsible and compliant manner.“Rightlander will significantly improve our affiliate compliance processes and procedures and ensure all of our partners are playing by the rules.”  Ian Sims, founder of Rightlander, added: “We are delighted to have joined forces with another big-name operator to help them improve their affiliate compliance initiatives.“Argyll Entertainment is among a growing number of gambling operators that are prioritising affiliate compliance and our tool is a great way for them to do this. It takes on much of the heavy lifting making it easy for operators to ensure affiliate compliance.”last_img read more