Caribbean nationals from Jamaica, Cuba and Guyana are among scores of foreigners being held at the Aripo Immigration Detention Centre in Trinidad and Tobago.Some 200 foreign nationals were detained from June after they were deemed to be entering the country illegally. Some of the detainees have been deported and others have been released, but the majority of detainees are being held indefinitely.Suicide attemptA video has been posted on social media which suggested that a Chinese national had attempted suicide by cutting his wrist.The video shows a large number of foreign inmates surrounding the man and enquiring what happened as he was wheeled out, with one asking: “What he do? He cut he hand?”The majority of the detainees being held at the detention center are men.Some of the detainees also come from, Nigeria and Venezuela and have reportedly been held there for years.Forced to sleep on small mattressesThe inmates are forced to sleep on small mattresses, a number crammed into one holding bay.The treatment of some Jamaican who were detained and subsequently deported back to Jamaica threatened to sour relations between the two CARICOM countries. Officials in the land of the hummingbird have claimed Jamaicans were entering their country and becoming a burden on the state in addition to committing serious crimes.Jamaica has countered by claiming that the detention and deportation of its nationals is a violation of the revised Treaty of Chaguramas. The treaty allows for free travel between CARICOM nations by nationals who have no criminal record.Things came to head when a Trinidad and Tobago politician Ayanna Webster-Roy, was frisked by private security guards as she boarded a flight in Jamaica earlier this year.The Trinidad government complained bitterly about the incident which the Jamaican government claimed was not done by a state employee, but that of a private firm.
The Jamaica government says it is pursuing measures aimed at combating acquisitive crimes, where the offender derives material gain from the criminal activity.Revision of the Companies ActFinance and the Public Service Minister, Audley Shaw, said the measures include revisions to the Companies Act to incorporate the retention of beneficial ownership information; the designation of certain professions as reporting entities under the Terrorism Prevention Act; passage of the National Identification System Act; and the development of a system for capturing statistics related to trial matters.“We will also see, in short order, the Micro Credit Bill and amendments to the Companies Act and Trust Act as additional steps by the Government to improve our fight against (acquisitive) crimes and those who profit from it; to improve transparency and to be able to cope in the environment (of) increased de-risking arrangements by financial institutions,” Shaw added.Lotto scamming racket an exampleShaw speaking at a Financial Investigations Division’s (FID) conference, which ended on Friday, said that most career criminals who are “in the business of making money” are adaptive, flexible and “ready to switch to more lucrative forms of crime”, citing the lotto scamming racket as an example.He said it is important that measures are “aggressively” taken that will lead to the profits of these illicit activities being taken away from criminals, and that this is done expeditiously.He lamented that taking a case to trial can sometimes take between five to seven years and, unfortunately, even after the arguments are closed, litigants can wait as long as three years for a judgment.National Security PolicyShaw noted that the National Security Policy underscores that removal of the profits from crime is a key objective in tackling domestic and transnational organized crimes.He said that the Economic Growth Council’s goal of improving citizen safety and public security also points to the need for measures to take the profit out of crime.Take away illicitly gained property“It is full time that (illicitly acquired) property be taken away from criminals… and put to the public good,” Shaw said, adding that the FID sits at the center of the government’s efforts to take the profit out of crime.“If the (goals) of Vision 2030 (of) prosperity, peace and creating a society in which we can raise our children (are) to be met, it requires the FID, in collaboration with its partners, both domestic and overseas, to continue to work diligently to take out the profit from crime,” he said.British High Commissioner to Jamaica, Asif Ahmad, said the United Kingdom remains committed to working “relentlessly” with Jamaica and other Caribbean countries to implement measures in this regard.The FID, which was established in December 2002, is mandated to investigate and heighten public awareness of financial crimes and their impact on the society.
(Michael Wyke/AP) HOUSTON, United States, CMC – Haiti came from two goals down to stage a spectacular 3-2 comeback win over Canada and advance to the semifinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup for the first time on Saturday, June 29.Trailing 2-0 at halftime and with the match firmly in Canada’s favour, the Haitians produced a performance for the ages to stun their higher-ranked opponents and book a place in the final four.They will place Mexico on Tuesday (July 2) night.Haiti’s coach Marc Collat praised his troops for their tremendous effort after the game. “The players all have certain qualities and they know that as long as the match is going on, before the final whistle they have to fight on the field, not only for themselves but also the team.“We just looked at the fact that we had goals that could have been avoided and, despite the fact that Canada was dominating, we had opportunities we had created. If during the second half we were more serious, we could be more difficult for them and I think that’s what happened and we came back and that’s when Canada started to doubt,” Collat said.Canada was the more aggressive from kickoff and after 18 minutes they found themselves in front through a set-piece when Alphonso Davies quickly passed a free kick to Jonathan David, who gained momentum down the right wing before firing a powerful shot past Haiti’s custodian Johnny Placide.Lucas Cavallini then doubled the lead ten minutes later by splitting the defense, rounding Placide and easily slotting home into an empty net. But five minutes into the second half Haiti’s miraculous comeback began, courtesy of a defensive lapse by Canada.Defender Marcus Godinho’s lazy back pass to his goalkeeper Milan Borjan was quickly pounced upon by Haitian forward Duckens Nazon who comfortably placed the ball in the back of the net.In the 70th minute, the game was on level terms after Godhino brought down Herve Bazile inside the penalty box. Bazile stepped up to convert the penalty kick, his thunderous shot to the keeper’s right, sending him the wrong way.Wilde-Donald Guerrier then scored the historic winner for Haiti, showing excellent skill and composure to round the goalie in the 76th minute and finish with the utmost of ease. It looked as if Atiba Hutchison had scored an 84th-minute set-piece goal to give Canada new life, but he was ruled offside on the play.
West Brom have rejected Manchester City’s bid for defender, Johnny Evans, Tony Pulis has confirmed.Speaking to the press ahead of West Brom’s Premier League game away at Burnley, Pulis said: “We’ve turned down an offer for Jonny,”“We don’t want to sell Jonny and we don’t need to sell him. It would have to be a very, very good offer.Manchester City reportedly offered £18m transfer deal for the Baggies captain on Thursday, an offer West Brom didn’t consider as good enough.“Jonny understands the situation and where everything is. He is happy here and wants to get on with his football.” Pulis added.RelatedLeicester City Sign Jonny Evans From West BromJune 8, 2018In “England”West Brom Completes Gareth Barry Signing from EvertonAugust 15, 2017In “England”West Brom Appoint Pardew As New ManagerNovember 29, 2017In “England”
The 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between South Africa and Senegal will be replayed according to the FIFA bureau committee ruling.The decision is in effect to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upholding the lifetime ban of Ghanaian referee Joseph Odartei Lamptey over unlawfully influencing South Africa vs Senegal match results last year November.Referee Lamptey was found guilty of breaching art. 69 par. 1 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code following South Africa 2-1 victory over Senegal in the World Cup qualifier last year.The replay will now take place within the November 2017 international window with the exact date yet to be determined.RelatedBurkina Faso Drags FIFA To Court Over World Cup Qualifier ReplaySeptember 19, 2017In “Africa”South Africa Accept FIFA Ruling, To Replay World Cup QualifierSeptember 12, 2017In “Africa”Disgraced Referee Finally Speak Out On ‘Big Error’October 1, 2017In “Africa”
UEFA Europa League (UEL) favourites AC Milan were largely unconvincing as they needed an injury time goal from teenage striker Patrick Cutrone to secure a slim 3-2 home victory over stubborn Rijeka in their Group D clash.New summer signing Andre Silva had earlier given the hosts a first half lead before another summer signing in Mateo Musacchio added a second goal after the interval. That prompted the fightback from Rijeka as Ghanaian footballer Boadu Acosty halved the deficit paving the way for a late leveller from Josip Elez before the last gasp goal showing from Cutrone.In Group E, English side Everton continued their faltering start to the season after they were forced to a 2-2 draw by 10-man Apollon Limassol of Cyprus. Wayne Rooney and Nikola Vlasic scored for the hosts to overturn Spanish forward Adrian Sardinero’s 12th minute strike but Apollon battled back with a leveller two minutes from time courtesy another Spanish player Hector Yuste. Their equaliser came just two minutes after French defender Valentin Roberge saw red and he would be very pleased that his teammates more than coped in his absence.French side Olympique Lyon played out a 1-1 draw with visitors Atalanta in the other game in Group E. Bertrand Traore gave the home side the lead on the stroke of halftime but Alejandro Gomez equalised for the Italian side in the second half.Other Selected ResultsGroup A:Maccabi Tel Aviv 0-0 VillarealGroup B:Partizan Belgrade 2-3 Dynamo KyivSkenderbeu 1-1 Young BoysGroup C:Sporting Braga 2-1 Istanbul BasaksehirLudogorets Razgrad 2-1 TSG HoffenheimGroup D:AEK Athens 2-2 Austria WienGroup F:Locomotiv Moscow 3-0 ZlinFC Sheriff 0-0 FC CopenhagenRelatedEuropa League Wrap: Italian Sides Milan, Atalanta Qualify For Knockout Stage After Dominant Win As Cologne Stun ArsenalNovember 24, 2017In “England”UEL Review: English Sides Arsenal, Everton Suffer Contrasting FortunesOctober 20, 2017In “England”UEL Review: English Teams Finish Group Stage With FlourishDecember 8, 2017In “England”
StumbleUpon Submit BtoBet refines African SMS payment options with Tola Mobile August 20, 2020 BtoBet is sponsoring the fourth edition of the largest international football and betting trade conference at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge.Kostandina Zafirovska, BtoBetKostandina Zafirovska is the Chief Executive at BtoBet. Ahead of the 3-5 May event, we spoke to Kostandina, about why football is such an attractive sport for betting and how the market is changing from a consumer perspective. SBC: Why is football such an attractive sport for betting?Kostandina: With over 3.5 billion of fans and counting, football is undoubtedly the most popular sport in the world. Its consolidation and inevitable advance in countries like United States, China and India will almost certainly drive further huge increases in the number of passionate fans.The popularity of the sport is helped by its accessibility and the ease with which people unfamiliar with the sport can quickly gain an understanding of its rules. It is a truly intuitive sport without many of the more complicated rules and procedures that accompany other sports such as American Football, rugby and cricket. Football not only creates heroes – and villains – it also stimulates the fans to get involved, by watching the games at either the stadium or on television. In particular, the game stimulates betting like no other. To have an opinion in football is everything; whether it’s about a team, a player or the referee. And from opinions we get betting opportunities as fans pit themselves against the bookmakers. Football is the perfect medium for betting; even if a football fan doesn’t support either team in any given match, they can still get involved by having a bet.SBC: From a consumer perspective, how is football betting changing?Kostandina: Football betting is going through an evolutionary period. Technology can help operators reach the final customer with ease – indeed, the biggest danger for many operators is the speed with which a customer can be overloaded with messages, offers, bonuses and the like. The end scenario here is that many consumer-facing propositions can end up lacking differentiation and any level of personalisation. However, with the technology available today, we can know much more about the consumer than was previously the case. We know much more about their habits, their likes, what they bet on and when, their favourite bets and which devices they prefer to use. With this data at their disposal, operators can offer the right bet, at the right time and in the right way, making the customer feel valued and increasing their loyalty to the brand.The technology evolution ensures operators interact with consumers in a fast and effective way. Smartphone push notification and promotions, for example, can provide the customer the chance to bet immediately or in the nearest geo-positioned shop during an important football match. It is a process which suits the modern bettor; they are tech-savvy people who have expectations of technology that are far beyond their predecessors. It’s the millennial audience and to get their loyalty football-betting brands have to cater to their needs.SBC: How can betting & football stakeholders work better and more effectively together?Kostandina: Football and betting are a strong binomial. Every football field is framed by advertisements for betting companies, many football shirts bear the name of betting companies and the odds of the betting companies are promoted before and during a game on TV. But it shouldn’t be just an economic relationship; it should be a combined effort towards product development. Football must provide useful data for new gaming markets to develop. Data can be provided, for instance, about the ball possession, or the number of assists. This kind of information will help create new offers that can be offered in real time. Football has certainly helped with the growth of betting. At the same time, betting and football can collaborate to meet the challenges of ensuring the game is free of corruption and the threat of match-fixing. The entire system of the betting management can report any anomalous action to the responsible authority to avoid any potential fraud and betting can also help with the education of the football players aimed at preventing any potential fraud.SBC: What new technology do you feel will have the biggest impact on football betting?Kostandina: Online and mobile betting is very challenging in the iGaming business. Players are turning more tech-savvy and becoming ever more demanding. They are pushing firms towards effective strategies and technology to improve their service, boost player confidence and increase player lifetime values. I firmly believe technology plays a key role in the football betting industry: the possibility exists now for operators to utilise deep-data analytics, automation and personalisation of offers while creating meaningful experiences for users – through a clever omni-channel platform – that will inevitably be a big plus for attracting to a brand and retaining their loyalty. For example, BtoBt’s Recommendation engine collects and analyses large amounts of information on a player’s behaviour, activities, preferences, predicting what they would like to receive. And through its Artificial Intelligence and sophisticated algorithms, it enables operators to track players’ behaviour to provide perfect suggestions, for the best odds and bets for each player or segment of players. At the same time technology is helping licensees to detect any suspicious and fraudulent behaviour in order to check and correct any anomaly in a very short time. SBC: What key agenda, debate or discussion do you want to hear at BOFCON 2017?Kostandina: I personally will be a speaker in the Supplier CEO panel ‘Operating in a multi-asset marketplace’ on the 3rd May at 4.30 pm, talking about effective strategies and product developments. Share Share BtoBet grows Nigerian presence with Booster99 deal August 26, 2020 BtoBet grows LatAm portfolio with GlobalBet deal August 12, 2020 Related Articles
Share Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Global Gaming adds sportsbook extension to Ninja property August 25, 2020 Share Altenar increases global scale with new sports betting platform May 14, 2020 Related Articles Submit Malta-based sports betting solutions provider Altenar has announced a new partnership with Klondaika, with the Latvian gaming brand set to roll out its new sportsbook today.Altenar’s sport betting platform will operate with Klondaika’s existing brand to deliver a tailored sports betting service to its customers.The new sportsbook will offer betting options for over 600 different markets, including in-play betting with more than 18,000 live events each month. With 21 sports available, it’s hoped that this extensive betting solution will engage customers ahead of the World Cup.Other benefits of the partnership include multi-lingual support, which Klondaika will now be able to offer through the Altenar-developed product, along with real-time data solutions for advanced data management.Krisjanis Kravis, Head of Online Casino Project of Klondaika.lv, said: “Klondaika is a rising star of the Latvian gaming market, so it was vital to partner up with a proven provider like Altenar for one of the prized jewels in the sporting crown.”“Their suite of CIS-facing partnerships and rapid-fire integration only bolsters our confidence for a successful World Cup 2018 in Russia, running on the back of the industry’s most detailed sports data systems. Altenar’s top-quality software solutions speak to the heart of what sets Klondaika apart.”Domenico Mazzola, Commercial Director at Altenar, added: “I look forward to working closely with Klondaika and to building the success of this exciting new brand. This partnership is another major milestone for Altenar as it establishes itself as the leading provider of fully managed Sportsbook platform solutions and services to major operators in regulated markets worldwide.”
ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual August 20, 2020 The founder of Betfred Fred Done has strengthened his commitment to esports after it was confirmed that he has made an investment into the Manchester-based esports news, entertainment, and media focused business, GGIntel.The start-up firm, which is focussed on achieving its goal of becoming a world-leading esports publisher, is set to provide bespoke content, global event and tournament information as well as breaking industry updates to the esports community.Done commented: “Esports is only going one way and that’s up, and I’m really excited to be involved with GGIntel. I’m looking forward to working with this small but passionate team to create a unique business in an emerging sector.”GGIntel Managing Director Chris Young added: “I am delighted to have launched GGIntel in one of the most rapidly growing and exciting industries in the world. The aim of GGIntel is to be the global leader in providing transparent, in-depth esports information and education through engaging content written and produced by experts in the field. We are already off to a blinding start, and we’ve only just begun.”Esports has continued to grow in popularity over recent years, with brands such as Red Bull and ESPN becoming sponsors of multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) and real-time strategy (RTS) streamed events featuring titles such as League of Legends, Super Smash Bros, Counter-Strike, and Overwatch.This rise in popularity within the sector has seen the total global audience of esports grow to 454 million viewers, with revenues of over $1bn also being registered. It is estimated that viewership figures for esports are expected to exceed 600 million in 2020. Submit Share Related Articles Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 StumbleUpon Share
Share HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Mark Moisley joins GBGB as Executive Commercial Director August 6, 2020 The Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) will work towards a 1 June resumption date after the publication of the UK government’s roadmap out of COVID-19 lockdown.Responding to the latest government guidance, GBGB Managing Director Mark Bird confirmed that the sport is already working towards a timetable to restart racing, beginning with a two-week trial period already mooted to start from 18 May.Bird said: “With the release yesterday of the government’s road map to recovery, it is clear that – as we had hoped and anticipated – there is light at the end of the tunnel following what has been a long and challenging cessation of racing.“We do not underestimate the cost to anyone across our sport, in particular owners, trainers and promoters who we know have keenly felt these measures on their daily routines and livelihoods.“What is also evident in what is being announced, however, is that the measures for a phased return to greyhound racing announced in our policy were not necessarily overcautious and reflected the fact that the coming weeks and months will not see a rapid return to any sense of ‘normal’.“Things will need to change – primarily at stadia, but also in the way that each trainer, owner, kennel hand, stipe and member of racecourse staff will need to act to ensure their safety and that of others.”UK greyhound racing has been postponed since 18 March, following the UK government’s decision to implement Phase 1 of national lockdown procedures.Reviews of both social distancing and hygiene measures are also being carried out to ensure they remain in compliance with the most up to date government guidelines.Earlier this month, GBGB published a five-phase approach to restarting the sport, which included the steps being taken to move from hosting trial meetings behind closed doors towards the sport return to normality, subject to government guidance on social distancing and public gatherings.Bird continued: “Assuming that the government’s five tests can be met satisfactorily between now and then, the government has set out its intentions for sporting events to begin taking place again – behind closed doors – from 1st June. We are working towards this timetable and are hopeful that, with a two-week trial period already mooted to start from Monday 18th May, everything will then be successfully in place for the racing calendar to resume from 1st June.“As guidance continues to be released this week on ‘COVID-19 Secure’ workplaces, we will be reviewing all the social distancing and hygiene measures contained within our Operational Policy to assess their ongoing suitability. Where practices can be relaxed safely in line with the most up-to-date advice from government, they will of course be.“We will also be keeping under review the decision not to include open racing within the first phases of our Operational Policy. This will be wholly dependent on the information released by government between now and 1st June but, recognising the comments and feedback from open race owners and trainers across the sport, we will be doing everything reasonably and within our power as regulator to reinstate open racing opportunities as soon as possible in June.” Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Submit