Month: August 2020

Controversial immigration bills Pending in congress could lead to mass deportations

first_imgIn the midst of all the controversy surrounding Donald Trump and his erupting daily scandals, the Republican held Congress is quietly busy behind the scenes devising legislation based upon Trumps mandate to crack down on Immigrants and reduce overall  immigration.With most news coverage focused on the Russian investigation and Trumps daily tweets, even controversial legislative efforts aren’t garnering much attention these day, which is the case with several Immigration Bills recently introduced into the House of Representatives.The Enforcement Act H.R. 2406, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Authorization Act, introduced by Republican Bob Goodlatte and the Davis-Oliver Act, H.R. 2431, introduced by Republican Republican Raul Labrador, while purporting to secure and  protect Americans from dangerous criminal Immigrants and “job stealers”, would among other things, criminalize “unlawful status”, making it a crime to be in the U.S. without current legal immigration status (even overstaying a visa), make drunk driving a deportable offense, and result in deportation of millions of Immigrants. The legislation would further substantially increase both federal and local immigration enforcement, encourage States and local law authorities to act as Immigration enforcement forces, mandate social media vetting for Visa applicants and increase Visa refusals. You can read the Bills and articles about the proposed legislation by visiting www.Immigratetoday.com and clicking on the Immigration Newsletter link.last_img read more

Mom Launches Prom Dress Drive To Honor Daughter Who Passed

first_imgJamaican Elaine Stewart, who currently lives in Pembroke Pines, lost her 24-year-old daughter, Brianne Ashley Stewart, tragically in a car accident on December 4, 2018. To honor her daughter’s life, the family has begun a movement – a Prom Dress Drive – to positively impact the lives of girls in the community.“My family founded the Brianne Ashley Stewart Foundation, with a mission to inspire, serve, and empower young ladies who have the greatest need for assistance, as they are poised to enter the next phases of their lives,” Stewart told CNW.Read More: 64 dead from road accidents in Jamaica in 2018“Under the auspices of the Foundation and consistent with its mission, we partnered with our church to create a program entitled Bri’s Glam Day. On that day, we will give away prom dresses, shoes, related accessories, and gift cards from major department stores – all at no cost to the participating young ladies.”The empowerment event will take place on Saturday, April 27, at Hope United Church in  Pembroke Pines at 1pm.About BriannaBrianne was a Pre-Med student at Florida International University, and was also the Chief Scribe and Head Trainer at Memorial Regional Hospital. On April 30 her family will receive her degree from FIU.Stewart says her daughter was an avid volunteer and had amassed close to 1,000 volunteer hours during her short time.“Brianne did not attend her own prom, but throughout high school she collected and donated prom dresses to those who were not able to afford them. Her passion for helping young girls is what led us to our foundation’s kickoff event, the 2019 Prom Dress Drive.”“The goal is to clothe a selected group of young ladies with a dress for prom. The dresses will be acquired through donations, and it is our goal to eliminate the burden of buying a dress for the young ladies who would have been unable to attend because of that obstacle,” Stewart explained.The Prom Dress DriveYoung women in attendance will participate in makeup and hair demonstrations, and will shop in a pop up shop where they will choose from a wide array of dresses, shoes, and accessories, at no cost. “We have partnered with some major department stores who will be giving away gift certificates for makeup, hair, corsages and a limo ride on the day of the prom,” says Stewart.So far, the organization has over 200 prom dresses to be donated to girls, but only has 70 girls registered. Their next goal is get enough girls on board to fill each dress.Stewart is requesting assistance in selecting girls in need, who can be identified through their teachers, guidance counselors or youth ministers. The foundation is accepting nominations via email by Sunday, April 21, with information on the nominee’s name, height, dress size, and the reason why she should receive the prom dress. Awardees will be determined by the foundation’s board of directors, and the final confirmation to the awardee will be announced by Wednesday, April 24.Nominations should be sent to the [email protected]last_img read more

Paddy Power splits regular tipsters on the latest leaderboard

first_img Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 RankTipsterRace WinsPoints Paddy Power came between Timeform and bettingexpert on the latest Tipster Challenge table after collecting 3.00 points from the returning Tara Mist at Ludlow.Timeform was the only double winner of the day after finishing with a flourish by backing Tara Mist and then the impressive Castafiore (5/4F) in the final race of the day.Stephen Harris of bettingexpert dropped a place to 13th behind Paddy Power, despite a 5/2 victory on Un Prophete. His average remained the same at 2.56 after 15 weeks of action.Race Winners at Ludlow:Brave Eagle – 11/2Ultimatum Du Roy – 8/1Just Joelliot – 10/1Un Prophete – 5/2Tara Mist – 3/1Castafiore – 4/5Tipster Challenge 2016/17 Leaderboard Sharecenter_img Submit Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share 1Alan Alger – Betway311.41 2Phillip Anderson – Before The Off36.17 3Ciaran O’Brien – William Hill35.29 4Ben Cleminson – Square in the Air14.50 5John Hill – Coral24.25 6Alex Donohue – Ladbrokes24.11 7Michael Shinners – Sky Bet24.00 8Stuart Tilly – Argyll Entertainment14.00 9Trevor Keane – Sportego23.50 10Matthew Hulmes – Betfred23.25 11Timeform1.813.23 12Paddy Power13.00 13bettingexpert1.252.56 14Charlie McCann – BetVictor11.75 15Stephen Power – @racingblogger21.69 16John Cruces – Dafabet11.25 17Michael Whittle – Team FA10.91 18Ed Nicholson – Unibet10.73 bettingexpert, Timeform and a rotation of guests will be providing expert tips for a specific Wednesday race meet.We will keep record of points won each week and the number of race wins for each.The guests will compete individually, with their points going up against the average totals for bettingexpert and Timeform.The new tips will be published on Wednesday ahead of the race meet, and the results will be available on Thursday.For the competition, we will assume that all selections are backed with 1 point.Lost tips will count as 0 and won bets will be added to the leaderboard at SP value.For example, if bettingexpert backs a winning horse at 8/1, they will get 8 points.last_img read more

Gambling.com strengthens board & guidance with Fredrik Burvall appointment

first_img Related Articles Gambling.com launches SlotSource.com July 30, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon Gambling.com maintains momentum against COVID-19 impacts August 19, 2020 Submit GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Charles GillespieUpdating the market, industry affiliate Gambling.com Group has informed that former Cherry AB Chief Executive Fredrik Burvall has joined its board of governance as the company undertakes an aggressive M&A led future growth strategy.  A seasoned industry executive, Burvall has held a number of executive positions at Cherry AB, guiding the company through a series of successful growth initiatives.Burvall oversaw major acquisitions such as performance marketing company Game Lounge in 2015 and Nordic-focused online operator ComeOn in 2016. Gambling.com informs that Burvall’s appointment was effective on December 1st.Speaking of his Gambling.com governance appointment, Fredrik Burvall said, “I’m thrilled to have begun a new chapter of my career with Gambling.com Group, one of the industry’s leading providers of performance-based marketing. The Group holds the industry industry’s #1 domain name, Gambling.com, and a state of the art publishing platform for affiliate sites, along with a proprietary business intelligence platform which gives the Group great opportunities for growth going forward.”Having stepped down as CEO of Cherry Group in January 2017, Burvall is now active on the boards of two Stockholm listed companies: AspireGlobal plc and myTaste AB as well as privately held Enteractive Malta Ltd.Gambling.com Group Chief Executive Charles Gillespie welcomed Burvall’s appointment “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Fredrik Burvall as our first independent director. Fredrik’s broad experience in the online gaming sector will certainly help the Group achieve its aggressive growth plans in the coming years.”last_img read more

Sandro Di Michele – Sky Betting and Gaming – Ceding control to the punter through interactive products

first_img StumbleUpon Interwetten targets €100 million GGR mark for 2019 August 5, 2019 Submit Share Neil Banbury: 32Red – Gambling operators can do more than just support a club’s performance on the football pitch April 17, 2019 Related Articles Share Golden Race launches La Libertadores virtual football cup April 30, 2019 A huge growth in the amount of data has preceded a surge in the number of betting markets made available by sports betting operators ahead of next summer’s World Cup, as the battle to keep customers engaged for longer heats up.Sandro Di Michele, Head of PR & Social Media at Sky Betting & Gaming, explained to SBC News how the operator ensures that it continues to provide one of the most dynamic sportsbook products in the industry, placing a specific focus on customer interaction through RequestABet and individual player bets. SBC: With promotions and price boosts a regular feature on modern betting sites, how important is the customer engagement that comes with ‘RequestABets’ and ‘Crowd boosted enhancements’Sandro Di Michele: At Sky Bet, we’ve moved over the last couple of years to give customer engagement a much bigger role within our business. By giving punters increased control over what they’re betting on with RequestABet or giving them an emotional attachment to the bet in the Crowd Boosted Acca, we’re aiming to enhance the customer’s experience from start to finish.SBC: Do you think giving the punter this level of control in the bet they are making is symbolic of how betting is evolving?SDM: In general, as our use of social media in day to day life increases, customers of all businesses expect more. Quicker and better responses to enquiries, engaging and entertaining content and breaking down walls in communication between customers and relevant people within businesses. Within the betting industry it’s no different.At Sky Bet, we like to think we’re pushing the boundaries of how social media can be used to engage with customers in ways that we haven’t seen before. RequestABet was groundbreaking in that it allowed our customers a direct route into our trading team that simply didn’t exist before. And it’s helped us by finding out exactly what customers want to bet on, in their own words.SBC: Is the popularity of the ‘RequestABets’ feature aided by the additional data that is available to fans in the modern day?SDM: Stats and data are so prevalent within the way the game is covered nowadays that they’ve had an effect on all types of betting, not just the RequestABet product. That said, it’s hard to get away from the fact that these bets often delve deeper into games than merely the results, and corners and booking points can be tracked and predicted in a much more statistical fashion than traditional markets. There always has been room in betting for those who like to study the form book and statistics religiously, just as there has always been room for those that are more instinctive. RequestABet has given both of them a much wider range of markets to pique their interest.SBC: Sky Bet are leaders in betting on stats and data, how popular do believe individual player bets will be at the World Cup?SDM: Match result accumulators will always have their place and are still going strong but RequestABets give customers the opportunity to land the big one within a single match instead of relying on multiple matches. A large proportion of RABs feature players but we also find there are customers who are more interested in other incidents like goals, corners & bookings.  Most punters like cheering on things to happen in matches rather than things not to happen, and players to score and/or get carded certainly fits this criteria. In past international tournaments we’ve seen an increase in individual player bets because people follow the players they know, rather than teams they might not be aware of. Take Iceland for example, customers know Gylfi Sigurdsson but may not be able to name another player in the team.  SBC: Lastly, how important is it that with the Crowd boosted enhancement there is a way to add an extra element to the betting journey for the punter, as not only do they have the excitement of placing the bet and potentially watching it land, they also can watch the popularity of the bet increase and the price go up?SDM: This is the key behind the Crowd Boosted Acca that we’ve trialed last year and have made regular during the 2017/18 season. The Crowd Boosted part is fundamental to the user experience, and knowing that the odds will increase the more people are involved adds excitement before the game has even kicked off. As important as the engagement between us and our customers, is the ability this format has for friends to encourage each other to join in the bet, with the goal of increasing the price for everyone. We will see friends tagging each other and commenting on the tweets as the price increments build up, potentially bringing us brand new customers or at least additional punters on that market. The CBA can be a risky for us as increased customers, plus a higher price means big liabilities build up very quickly, but we believe this is a price worth paying for great customer engagement and increased affinity with our brand.last_img read more

GVC secures investor approval of Ladbrokes Coral takeover terms

first_img StumbleUpon Share Submit Issuing a market update, FTSE-listed online gambling group GVC Holdings has confirmed that it has secured the outright approval by the majority of its shareholders to acquire Ladbrokes Coral Plc.Holding an ‘extraordinary general meeting (EGM)’ this morning, the FTSE gambling firm’s investors have approved the takeover terms set out by GVC governance in its deal prospectus (published 9 February 2018).Securing a 99% approval to back GVC governance’s leveraged £3.9 billion takeover of Ladbrokes Coral, GVC investors will support the deal’s structure including; the allotment of new enterprise shares, the authority to increase share capital and the amendment of GVC corporate articles.GVC governance currently awaits the transaction’s approval by Ladbrokes Coral shareholders, who will vote on the takeover today.Should the takeover be approved, the transaction will be forwarded to the UK High Court for final judgement, with a hearing set to take place on 26 March.Tomorrow Ladbrokes Coral Plc will issue a corporate update detailing the results of its shareholder vote relating to GVC proposed takeover terms. Related Articles Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020last_img read more

UKGC issues “call to action” in enforcement report

first_imgShare Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Submit Share The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has today published an enforcement report, in light of action it has taken against operators in the past year.Just last week 32Red were ordered to pay a £2m penalty package, for failing to protect a consumer from gambling-related harm and money laundering failures, following similar such actions against LeoVegas (fined £600,000 for self exclusion and ad failures) and William Hill (handed a £6.2m penalty package for social responsibility and money laundering failures).The report seeks to offer guidance to operators in order to strengthen strategies surrounding fair, safe and crime free gambling, with overall enforcement efforts seeking to minimise risks to licensing objectives, and put consumers interests first, as well as opening up a more fluid path of communication with the regulator.Neil McArthur, Chief Executive of the UKGC, said: “We want operators to pay attention to the lessons set out in this report. We want them to focus on ways to make gambling fairer and safer for consumers in Great Britain.“We also want gambling businesses to collaborate and to invest the same amount of resources into data, technology and research into building better protections for consumers, as they do to creating new products, or advertising and marketing campaigns.“This is a call to action to the leaders of operators to set the tone from the top, to lead a culture of compliance that puts doing the right thing for your customers first, and to strive to continuously raise standards for consumers.”The report is split into a number of key sections, namely anti-money laundering, customer interaction, self-exclusion, unfair terms and practices, marketing and advertising and illegal gambling, within which the UKGC states it has been most active during the past year.In the broken down topics the UKGC details four key aims of each:Provide an overview of the enforcement work in which we have been engaged.Highlight areas of regulatory concern within the industry.Bring together lessons that are frequently published in our public decision notices.Help those within the industry raise standards and improve overall regulatorycompliance. StumbleUpon UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

Polish restrictions hamper 2018 progress for bet-at-home

first_img StumbleUpon Fortuna completes Playtech IMS upgrade for Polish profile May 7, 2020 Related Articles Polish wagering report highlights STS market dominance  August 17, 2020 Frankfurt Xetra-listed online bookmaker bet-at-home has credited its strong marketing investment for reporting €66.6 million betting and gaming revenue for H1 2018. The operator also outlined that the elevated restrictions in Poland this year, led to its gross betting and gaming revenue declining 13.3% from the corresponding period in 2017. In spite of the World Cup group stage taking place in the first half of this year, the group also saw a decline in the volume of bets for the current period, something that it also stated was down to the heightened restrictions on foreign operators in the Polish market. Emphasising the current state of play in Poland, the group’s CEO Franz Ömer, told SBC earlier in the year that: “A modified gambling law came into force in Poland on 1 April 2017 under which sports betting licences are granted to foreign operators at unprofitable conditions. However, the casino offering is restricted exclusively to a state-owned company.“We consider this to be contrary to the laws of the European Union, and since July 2017 we have been faced with blocking mechanisms that are in breach of EU law. It is therefore of even greater satisfaction that we can look back on such positive growth over the last financial year.”Mapping out plans for the rest of 2018, the group outlined: “From the current perspective, and assuming an unchanged regulatory and tax law environment, the Management Board expects gross betting and gaming revenue increasing to €150 million in the 2018 fiscal year. Furthermore, the Management Board assumes EBITDA to reach a level between €36 million and €40 million in 2018.” Submit Share Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

bookies.com relaunches aiming to become US betting’s ‘top authority’

first_img Gambling.com strengthens US presence with Indiana launch December 19, 2019 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Share Gambling.com maintains momentum against COVID-19 impacts August 19, 2020 Submit Gambling.com launches SlotSource.com July 30, 2020 Charles Gillespie – bookies.comIndustry affiliate marketing publisher Gambling.com Plc (formerly Kax Media) has announced the relaunch of its bookies.com property as a new US-focused sports betting entity.Gambling.com informs that it has redeveloped and revamped the acquired legacy sports betting reviews and information portal with the aim of becoming the US market’s ‘most authoritative and comprehensive destination for legal and licensed sportsbooks’.Relaunching bookies.com, Charles Gillespie Group Chief Executive at Gambling.com Plc, details that the affiliate stakeholders should be eager to perform the vital task of informing US consumers on their legal and safe gambling options.“In complete contrast to the United Kingdom, the American sports betting market is today dominated by offshore operators who continue to illicitly serve US consumers” Gillespie details“Affiliates have a much more important role to play in the US market, that of educating the consumer about which operators are actually legal and which are not. We are happy to take the lead on this education effort,“At present, ten US states have approved legislation for sports betting, with vastly contrasting policies on services and provisions. Of those ten, four have elected to allow digital and mobile sports betting components.bookies.com represents Gambling.com’s first US strategic property, seeking to secure early traction as a trusted information source within the radically changed US gambling market.“The Group aims to capitalize on the tremendous momentum behind the expansion and regulation of sports betting in the United States with bookies.com and its other websites.The Group expects many more states to consider sports betting regulation in 2019 and for there to be an increasing focus on allowing mobile sports betting, due to the impressive mobile figures coming out of the New Jersey market and disappointing figures coming out of states which did not initially allow for mobile wagering.” Gambling.com details to investors.last_img read more

iovation report warns of prioritising SCA on inbound PSD2 directives

first_img EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share EGBA backs EU regulators demand for highest industry standards March 31, 2020 Submit Germany moves forward by presenting unloved framework to EU courts May 20, 2020 Related Articles Mark Weston – iovationiovation, the TransUnion owned fraud prevention and authentication solutions provider has published a critical report developed in partnership with consumer research advisory Aite Group titled “PSD2: Advent of the new payments market in Europe.” The report incorporates original research and analyses on the consequences for the global online payments and its wider stakeholders on the revised provisions of the European Union Payment Services Directive (PSD2). By September 2019 payment service providers in the European Economic Area (EEA) have to comply with the directive’s requirements for ‘strong customer authentication’ (SCA) and third-party access to bank accounts or risk getting their payment provider license revoked.Referring to a recent study by Mastercard, it was discovered that only 25 percent of European online merchants are aware of SCA requirements under PSD2. Since companies providing payment services in the EEA are subject to the regulation, businesses with headquarters outside Europe may also need to comply. “The zeitgeist of regulations with extra-territorial effect like GDPR continues with PSD2. This will have long-standing operational implications to companies wherever they are based,” said iovation Compliance Manager, Mark Weston. The report concludes the stricter requirements for fraud prevention in the EU will drive fraud to other regions such as the US – it also warns that most companies are unprepared for PSD2. Weston continued: “The merchants that succeed post PSD2 will be those that make consumer authentication as effortless as possible through methods like ‘invisible’ device-based authentication and biometrics. And with the likes of Facebook and Google becoming payment processors, merchants are going to have to compete with an ever-widening marketplace.”last_img read more