Month: August 2020

Haiti fears deportations will see increase in child servitude

first_imgNow child advocates in the hemisphere’s poorest country are bracing for yet another increase of youngsters like Watson driven into unpaid servitude.The Trump administration is weighing an end to a humanitarian program that has protected nearly 60,000 Haitians from deportation since that earthquake — a “temporary protected status” based on the assumption their homeland could not absorb them following the disaster. If the program known as TPS is not extended, people could be sent back to Haiti starting in January.Such mass deportation would cut off remittances that keep many Haitian families fed in a country where deep poverty is the primary force behind the restavek practice.“There’s no doubt an end to TPS will create far more restaveks,” said prominent Haitian child advocate Gertrude Sejour.Social researchers in Haiti say the cultural practice is complex, even though it’s often decried as a form of modern-day slavery. A 2015 study commissioned partly by Unicef found that roughly 25 percent of Haitian children between 5 and 17 live apart from their parents, though most live with relations and not all are child domestic workers.An estimated 30,000 children also live in residential centers in Haiti. Though often described as “orphans,” the vast majority of the children have at least one living parent and have been placed in the often poorly regulated centers because their families cannot support them or pay for their schooling, child welfare advocates say.“In some regions of the country it’s even considered an honor to send their children to the city,” said Mariana Rendon, protection officer with Haiti’s office of the International Organization for Migration.Glenn Smucker, a cultural anthropologist known for extensive work on Haiti, said that children staying with people other than their parents are more vulnerable to abuse and heavier workloads, but that their treatment varies a great deal.“The longstanding practice of placing children outside the home generally includes an understanding that the receiving household will send the child to school in exchange for doing household chores, in a social and cultural context where children are expected to do work whether they live at home or with others,” Smucker said.For some kids, the arrangement works out. They’re treated well, often with extended families, and caretakers pay their school fees. Studies indicate the population Haitian of child domestic workers rose from some 172,000 in 2002 to roughly 286,000 in 2014 — four years after an earthquake flattened much of Port au Prince and outlying areas, killing as many as 300,000 and leaving some 1.5 million people homeless.last_img read more

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Buju’s next stop is T&T on April 21

first_imgAfter thrilling audiences in sold out concerts in Jamaica and The Bahamas last month, Jamaica’s reggae sensation Buju Banton’s next stop is Trinidad and Tobago at the Queen’s Park Savannah in Port-of-Spain on April 2 in the “I Am Legend” concert.It will be the Grammy Award winner’s third concert appearance since his freedom from a US prison on December 7th, 2018. It’s been exactly 10 years since Buju performed in Trinidad- a place many Jamaican reggae artistes refer to as their second home. Just added to the I Am Legend cast of intriguing reggae crooners, is young Jamaican female sensation, Koffee. Her music has been like a breath of fresh air on the reggae circuit in the past few months, many applauding her positive effect. She was first brought to the stage when acclaimed reggae heavyweight, Cocoa Tea introduced her at Rebel Salute- this after her first single, ‘Legend’, a tribute to Jamaican and international sprint icon, was released in 2017.Koffee is small I stature, but the impact she has made on Jamaica and its reggae scene iin a few months has been describes as “mighty”.last_img read more

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AUDIO: We Will Fight Till The End-Plateau United boss, Boboye

first_imgTechnical Adviser of Plateau United Kennedy Boboye has said his side will continue to challenge for the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) till the last day of the season after seeing the Tin City outfit draw 1-1 at home against Rivers United on Sunday.A victory for ‘The Peace Boys’ at the Rwang Pam stadium on Sunday would have guaranteed them a maiden NPFL crown considering their healthy goal difference over second-placed MFM FC. Despite the draw, Boboye’s men still lead the standings with 63 points, four clear of MFM with just two Match Days till the 2016/17 season comes to a conclusion.The former Sunshine Stars and Abia Warriors coach was left to rue his side’s missed chances after Peter Eneji’s late goal cancelled out Emeka Ogbugh’s effort for Rivers United early on in the encounter. — My Recording 0:27 My Recording 1. Audio Player00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Plateau United will next confront relegation-threatened Wikki Tourists in Bauchi on 3 September before facing defending Champions, Rangers at home on the final day of the season, six days later.center_img “We Will Fight Till The End-Plateau United boss, Boboye” read more

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International Friendlies: Germany Preserve Unbeaten Record With Late Strike As Lukaku Makes History With…

first_imgRelated International Friendly Results (Tuesday):Belgium 1-0 JapanPortugal 1-1 USAWales 1-1 PanamaGermany 2-2 FranceAustria 2-1 UruguayArgentina 2-4 NigeriaHungary 1-0 Costa RicaRussia 3-3 SpainRomania 0-3 Netherlands World champions Germany took their unbeaten run to 21 games after Lars Stindl scored in added to snatch a 2-2 draw with France at home in what was an international friendly clash.Arsenal striker Alexander Lacazette had earlier given the French team a first half lead but that advantage was wiped out by Timo Werner’s goal 11 minutes after the interval. Lacazette completed his brace to edge his team ahead again only for Stindl to pop up with the vital goal that preserved Germany’s unbeaten record.In the pick of the other friendly games, Manchester United star Romelu Lukaku became Belgium’s highest goalscorer with 31 goals after he scored in the 72nd minute to give his side a 1-0 win over Japan. The win also take Belgium’s unbeaten run to 15 games dating back to September 16, 2016 (vs. Spain).The Three Lions of England played out another goalless draw with Brazil to add to the one they had with Germany last week. Manager Gareth Southgate introduced some young players and they battled admirably but failed to turn their endeavour into goals against Tite’s Brazil.last_img read more

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Roskomnadzor demands Russian search engines delist & deny ‘unlicensed’ bookmakers

first_img Duma approves overhaul of Russian sports betting laws  July 23, 2020 Submit The Russian government continues to enforce stringent measures in order to block its national consumers from accessing unlicensed international betting operator services.Last week, the government authorised media regulator Roskomnadzor to demand all leading Russian search engines including Yandex, Mail.ru, Ultika and Sputnik to delist and deny access to remote operators deemed to be ‘blacklisted’.  At present, it remains unclear whether Roskomnadzor will ask foreign operated search engines such as Google and Yahoo to follow suit and deny access.Throughout 2016 and 2017,  Roskomnadzor the agency in-charge of monitoring the online gambling sector, has stepped up its policy and restrictions against foreign bookmakers targeting Russian consumers.This year, the media regulator has placed a ban on all Russian banks and online payment processors from carrying out transactions with foreign IP bookmakers. Furthermore, Roskomnadzor now demands that all online betting payments with licensed operators be carried out using centralised payment system TSUPIS.The media regulator has further targeted Russian language affiliates and sports media owners, who have promoted sports betting services with steep fines and threats of blocking IPs access by Russian users.To date, Russia has only seven licensed online betting operators, Liga Stavok, Winline, 888.ru, 1XBet, Leon.ru, Marathonbet and BKfon.ru who have agreed to comply with all Roskomnadzor provisions and government regulations.The tough measures imposed by the Russian government on online gambling services, has seen a number of European operators such BetVictor and Unibet exit the market. StumbleUpon Related Articles Ilya Machavariani, Dentons – CIS regional dynamics will come to play prior to gambling take-off July 31, 2020 Fonbet builds betting experience through ‘Alice’ voice assistant July 7, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more

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EveryMatrix launches ‘next generation’ bonus system live with PlayFrank

first_img MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Related Articles Share PartnerMatrix drives user engagement with two new deals August 13, 2020 Ebbe GroesIndustry platform and software developer EveryMatrix has announced the launch of its next-generation bonus system, which has gone live with client PlayFrank.comEveryMatrix development details that its new Unified Bonus System (UBS) ‘is a modular bonus system to create, manage and report on promotions for casino and sports products’ helping operators combine rewards programs and promotional content which are activated through various triggers.UBS aims to deliver better flexibility on bonus planning, whilst maximising client retention programmes with deeper reporting of player incentives and the value generated through incentivised promotions.Presenting UBS, Ebbe Groes EveryMatrix CEO stated that his company was committed to developing ‘perfect gaming environments’ for its partners to operate in;“At EveryMatrix, clients are always at the centre of everything we do. Seeing our latest developments through their experience, offers us a new perspective of the services that we offer. The launching of the Unified Bonus System solidifies and enhances our position in the industry, by providing our clients, like PlayFrank, a very comfortable service encounter in order to serve it further to their audience.”As first UBS client, PlayFrank launches its gamification-based player ranking system in which its customers can decide how they will be rewarded.Creating a unique playing experience as they move up the PlayFrank ‘Reward Tracks’, which have been developed to give all PlayFrank customers multiple choice on rewards incentive types.Commenting on UBS, Sam Smit PlayFrank Head of Marketing detailed “We recently launched our new gamification features based on UBS. UBS provides us with innovative tools which we use to reward players based on their gameplay. The innovative technology and flexibility contribute to tremendous Bonus possibilities. With easy API triggers, we can instantly reward our players while playing their favourite games and extend their gameplay.” Share Submit Erik Nyman joins EveryMatrix as US lead August 6, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

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Bricks vs Clicks: Why the gaming industry should never be divided

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Scientific Games leadership commits to salary cut to navigate COVID-19 headwinds March 31, 2020 Gaming market expert Ismail Vali has produced a short film about why the gaming industry should never be divided by Bricks vs Clicks.Upon releasing the film (see below or click here), Vali was asked about the trip that gave him the betting business bug, how online promotions have evolved by replicating a land-based focus on what he terms “The Experience”, and how important it is that the audience see themselves as ‘players’, rather than traditional gamblers.I wanted to work in the betting and gaming business because of a trip to Las Vegas, just before my career began. What was clear from that exposure to branded casino properties was one constant – they did not sell gambling.Playing at roulette, blackjack, and betting on sports was inherent in everything they did…but it was never marketed or pushed to you as a potential consumer.“The Experience” was what the brick and mortar gaming business thrived upon – a lifestyle that you could embrace, engage with and even profit from, as a player.Over time, I took this lesson of creating “The Experience” with the teams and brands I’ve been fortunate to work with during my career, to try and achieve what the brick and mortar elders in our industry suggested as the route to sustainable and successful gaming businesses.Online, one of few ways it is possible for us to replicate The Experience is via promotions – not simply meaning new customer deposit and reload bonuses, to be clear, but developed, meaningful and fun online events and entertainment.Coming from many years in the Poker sector, with insane levels of competition from the early 2000’s when I experienced the shift from one operator – ParadisePoker – to hundreds in a matter of months, we learned to dedicate our marketing to “Must Play Promotions” – similar to the concept of “Must-See TV” that networks like HBO and Netflix have perfected.Analogous to US TV Networks, operators have to create in online betting and gaming, within their core markets, one of the biggest branded “TV Channels” around, in order to matter in the market and survive the post-regulatory shift.As an industry, what we need to focus upon now, I would suggest, is the quality and event status of our “Shows” – in other words, our promotions are key.Every day, on every dot country variant of their sites, across all products, operators promotional offering needs to feature “must notice”, “must be able to find”, and “must play” potential, in the same way that shows like Game of Thrones are classed as “must watch TV”.Players have to feel they are, potentially, missing out on “something” by not locating, logging on, staying connected to, and playing with your brand.It’s not just about the cash they could win or lose…it’s about the culture they take part in by playing with your brand, and the cultural phenomenon you’re building with, and for, your growing audience.This commitment to the mass market, with free to play offers and promotions to encourage audience awareness, trial and engagement, and segmented offers and incentives for the players, was the only way to gain and retain “membership” of your brand.I use the word “membership” deliberately – seeing the audience as just potential “customers” encourages the “get and go” attitude from many of today’s online gamblers, and our industry response to them as “new depositing customers”, valuable only for their first month’s activity, and largely seen as “lapsed or lapsing” thereafter.Seeing them as “members” of your branded entertainment offering, across any and all products, shifts the manner in which you meet, greet, gain and retain them…for the long term, and their critical lifetime value. During the online poker boom, it was clear that we were, as an industry, recruiting people who did not see themselves as traditional “gamblers”.They wanted to be, and became, “players” – an important distinction as it makes the difference between a constrained, and competitive, market; and, one with sustainable room for growth and the “little but often” revenue players that form the backbone of brands like PokerStars.Over time, the online and brick-and-mortar betting and gaming businesses will become one hybrid business – as such, I feel “The Experience” lesson from the land-based business will become ever more essential to all our shared operations going forward.Recently, I worked with the talented team at Betsson, on the eve of its fifteenth birthday, to undertake a brand reboot for what used to be a Nordic Pioneer brand – NordicBet.The Brand Reboot, much like revitalising an old Hollywood movie, took place across 2017. The kick-off campaign was an idea called “TransferWindow” – an idea so obvious I should probably have come up with it many years ago – whereby players who moved to NordicBet during the Transfer Window, could get bonuses on their betting, all season long.This campaign aimed to re-announce NordicBet to the markets it most appealed to – the Nordics – and take ownership of a phenomenon in sports – the transfer market for professional footballers.The players are the stars. Just for betting at NordicBet, you are getting a “Transfer Window” deal that values you outside of the one-time only new customer deposit bonus, common across all other operators we competed against. It values you “all season long” just like the pro footballers.To gain this TransferWindow reward throughout the season, players must bet to a defined, but easily achievable, threshold every month. This creates, in itself, a core CRM communications platform to each player – effectively providing them with a Career Path Plan with the brand.Your betting and gaming is not simply “transactional” anymore – you are “playing” and have moved from being a gambler, or customer, to being “a player” who, most importantly, is tied to a particular brand, given the on-going nature of this type of promotional scheme.The success of the promotion was instant, and like the real-world transfer market has returned each January and July/August – with stand-out recognition, reactivation and ownership of core recruitment periods in the sports calendar.Ismail Vali can be contacted at ismail.vali@icloud.com. Related Articles Wiraya and A GAME ABOVE: Partnering to produce full lifecycle potential July 1, 2020 Submit Share BetConstruct offers support to land-based casinos amid COVID-19 pandemic March 18, 2020last_img read more

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Scout Gaming and 1xBet strike DFS deal in time for World Cup

first_img StumbleUpon Submit Andy McCue returns to betting with Betsson AB June 22, 2020 Scout Gaming secures £6.5m through bookbuild July 17, 2020 Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Scout Gaming has signed an agreement with European operator 1xBet for delivery of Scout’s DFS platform.The agreement will see 1xBet offer Scout Gaming’s platform to its customers, with full integration into the 1xBet product range expected to come in time for the start of the World Cup next month.The deal further reinforces Scout’s ambitious growth plans, and follows on from a deal with Norwegian broadcaster NRK AS earlier this month. The firm has been charged with delivering NRK broadcast properties with a free-to-play World Cup DFS product.Prior to this, the Swedish firm entered into a deal with Nordic Leisure, similar to that struck with 1xBet, enabling NL to offer a complete DFS solution across its subsidiaries and to all of its customers.Scout Gaming CEO Andreas Ternström said: “1xBet is a fast-growing international gaming operator with presence in many parts of the world. The fact that they have chosen our product for their DFS offering, clearly shows that we have the market leading product. In conjunction with the launch of 1xBet, Scout Gaming will go live in several new geographic markets.”1xBet has now become part of the global liquidity network established by Scout Gaming. The network includes, or intends to include, Betsson, Bethard, Nordic Leisure, ComeOn, Starpick, Gofantasy, Fanteam and PAF, of which the last four are live with Scout Gaming’s products. Share Related Articleslast_img read more

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Inbet’s White Label platform gets Spinomenal content boost

first_img SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Inbet Games has added more than 100 online games to its white label platform through the integration of content from Spinomenal.Spinomenal is a Maltese-based gaming software aggregator that provides suppliers and operators with hundreds of online games from trusted third-party content providers through a single integration.Every month, Spinomenal’s fast growing portfolio, which includes new releases Demi Gods II and Lilith’s Passion alongside the likes of Divine Forest, Reviving Love, Tiki Rainbow and Hunting Treasures, will be updated with at least one newly released game.All games will immediately become available for Inbet’s online casino partners including PariMatch, Fonbet, Vbet, Altenar, EvenBet Gaming, Digitain, BetConstruct, VSoftCo, Marathonbet, Novibet and 1xBet.Inbet’s Games’ constantly growing Turnkey and White-Label solution for online operations now comprises more than 600 types of slots, casino, betting and lottery games.Pavel Korolev, Business Development Director for Inbet Games, said: “We view this business deal with Spinomenal as a great opportunity that will enrich our online gaming portfolio, and one that will boost our customers’ revenues by attracting more players with a highly diversified, entertaining gaming content.”All Inbet’s games are tailored with a unique mathematical engine to provide their clients with a cutting-edge product to meet their specific market requirements. Related Articles Share Submit Global Gaming adds sportsbook extension to Ninja property August 25, 2020 SBC Awards: The key to an effective submission August 28, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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UKGC reminds licensees of expectations when leaving the market

first_imgShare UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has reminded all licensees that it should have measures in place to ‘make sure that consumers are not unnecessarily disadvantaged’ if the licensee leaves the market.The reminder comes a little over six months after Irish sports betting operator BetBright’s closure meant that a number of customers were left in limbo as to the status of their bets. Explaining that “one of the principles of our regulation is that gambling should be fair and open,” the regulator highlighted a trio of expectations to all licence holders, stating: “we expect licence holders to: conduct their business with integrity; maintain adequate financial resources and have due regard to the interests of consumers and treat them fairly.”The regulator stated: “We are aware that, from time to time, gambling businesses leave the British market. This may be for a variety of reasons, ranging from insolvency to personal retirement. We are aware that businesses have been taking a variety of approaches to dealing with their consumers in these situations, and we want to make our expectations clear.”Outlining the expectations, the UKGC emphasised that licensees must be made aware of their liabilities and have sufficient plans in place to cover these. Licence holder must also ‘warn consumers placing long-term bets that their stakes and winnings are not secured in the event of insolvency.’Consumers should also be offered further information regarding the level of funds protection in place, which is already a precondition to gaining a licence. The UKGC also issued further advice on expectations should a business decide to close:Provide clear and concise information to consumers.Show they are in control of the situation by keeping consumers updated and giving information on any potential routes for redress. Communication should include all available means including direct contact and wider messages on social media.Discharge all their liabilities to their consumers whenever possible.Issuing further comments on its advice to industry businesses, the authority stated: “Even where a business becomes insolvent, we still may act against both the operating licensee and any relevant personal management licensees if there have been failings.“We will also consider a licensee’s conduct in any future licence application they make. If we consider there has been wrongdoing, such as fraud or illegal trading, we can refer this to the relevant enforcement agency.  “We expect all gambling businesses to have plans in place and take steps to make sure that consumers are not unnecessarily disadvantaged if they do have to close for whatever reason. The best outcome for consumers will depend on the specific circumstances. If a business is insolvent (unable to pay its debts) then it cannot legally carry on trading.”last_img read more

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