Caribbean National Weekly’s World Cup review

first_imgPortugal, Peru GROUP C Uruguay Egypt France Iran                                                       Saudi Arabia On Thursday June 14, the long anticipated FIFA World Cup tournament kicks off in Russia. Forty-eight teams from around the globule will compete for the vaunted championship trophy playing initially in eight groups.CNW sports desk has taken time out to provide its readers with an analysis of the teams paying in each of the eight groups. Tday we look at Groups A, B, and C. France is the class team in this group. They have a very strong young and talented squad led by Paul Pogba in midfield and the dangerous Antoine Griezman, along with teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe up front should provide the French with too much fire power for their group opponents. The expecting pairing of the too young central defensive superstars Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti should be strong especially with the tireless defensive midfielder N’Golo Kante covering in front. France is definitely one of the favorites to go all the way. Peru last tasted defeat in November 2016 against Brazil. Since then they have developed a solid team structure and have been good in both attack and defense. They however have been dealt a serious blow with their captain and team’s center forward Paolo Guerrero unable to participate after been found guilty and banned for drug used.  However, in Christian Cueva Peru has a gifted play maker in midfield. His presence and the all-round solid team structure should see them through.Denmark are not considered one of the top seeds they are good enough to have shot against Peru. Led by the technically gifted attacking midfielder Christian Eriksen, and the skillful Pione Sisto, Denmark possess a treat going forward in attack.They are strong in the air with 6.3 ft center-forward Nicolai Jorgensen and 6.4ft Andreas Cornelius up front they can be awkward to play against.However I will stick with Peru but will be wary of Denmark.It will be hard to see where Australia will get points from but I see then getting a point or three. Australia GROUP B Denmark European Champions Portugal led by FIFA World player of the year 2017, Cristiano Ronaldo, should advance. He will be supported by veteran defender Pepe along hard-working Andre Silva and silky Bernardo Silva. The Portuguese team is a balanced one built around a tight defensive unit and will look to hit on the counter attack.Spain will be Portugal’s main treat to top this group. The one-time world cup champions of 2010 will be led by the legendary talisman Andres Iniesta in midfield. They will also have what can be considered the most dependable central defensive pairing of Gerard Piques and Sergio Ramos. In David de Gea Spain possess in many pundit’s opinion the world’s number one goal keeper.Spain have an abundance of experience and emerging stars in this squad and should be considered as one of the favorites to lift the World Cup.Spain should take this group ahead of Portugal who should provide stiff competition that will serve both team well going into the round of sixteen.Morocco and Iran will find both Portugal and Spain too hard to compete against. It may be a challenge for both to keep the scores respectable when they meet these teams. The Iran and Morocco encounter will be exiting but I would give Iran the nod in their head-to-head matchup. Spain Morocco Russia GROUP A The host country Russia and Egypt should vie for the runners up spot. Host Russia should be given the edge over the Mohamed Salah led Egyptians. Especially now that there are doubts surrounding whether he will be fit enough to start the World Cup.The Russians will be led by 21 year-old defensive midfielder Aleksandr Golovin. The expectation of his nation will be weighing heavily on his tender shoulders. He is however quite a talented youngster with good passing skills. A lot is expected of Golovin and along with the large home crowd support, Russia should get by Egypt and make it to the round of sixteen. Saudi Arabia will find getting out of this Group extremely difficult. While two times champions Uruguay are expected to take top honors.Uruguay have probably the best striking partnership going into this world cup in Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani, The team is anchored at the back by veteran Diego Godin and Jose Maria Gimenez. They possess a well balance team and are expected to claim at least a quarter final spot in this year’s World Cup. Group C should provide much entertainment and also be interesting.France the one-time World Cup holders in 1998 are expected to top this group.But the battle for the second spot should come down to a battle between Peru and Denmark.The fighting Australians could also prove to be a spoiler for one of these teams battling for second spot.last_img read more

Odette Harris: The first Jamaican-American woman ivy league professor of neurosurgery

first_imgIt was almost a year ago that Jamaican-born neurosurgeon Odette Harris, MD, MPH was named Professor of Neurosurgery at Stanford University, becoming the first black, and Jamaican, woman to hold the position at an Ivy League school in the United States. Harris is also perform surgery at Stanford Health Care. In an article published by Stanford Medicine last year, Harris explained it was people who believed in her and gave her the fortitude to pursue her goals. Teachers, family members and even a nun are among those who she says helped fuel her fire to succeed, and imparted in her a love for science and mathematics. With her success deeply tied to community, support and love, Harris is passionate about mentoring others. Incredibly optimistic “I’m an incredibly optimistic person,” Harris told Stanford Medicine. “Yes, I’m very hopeful. I believe that hope has to be coupled with opportunity. We can’t just rest on hope. We can’t just say, ‘This is getting better. Things are getting better.’ We all have a responsibility to continue to make sure that those accomplishments and achievements continue and that there’s opportunity for people,” she said.However, Harris’ story has not been free from obstacles. Challenges due to race and gender As she explained to Stanford Medicine, “You’re black, you’re a woman, you’re in an all-white hospital – patients are constantly reminding you of that. I could list probably a hundred different experiences where I was asked to empty the garbage, or take out the trays, or clean out the toilets when I was just there to use the bathroom myself.” Multifaceted pioneer A multifaceted pioneer, Harris holds many prestigious and influential roles. For instance, since 2009, she has been the Associate Chief of Staff of Polytrauma at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System and the Site Director/Principal Investigator of the Defense Veterans and Brain Injury Center in Palo Alto. Much of her work delves into her interest on how trauma affects men and women soldiers differently. Harris graduated from Dartmouth College in 1991. She then went on to study medicine at Stanford University, where she was the only black woman in her class at medical school, and the only woman during her residency. She also completed a master’s degree in public health in epidemiology at University of California, Berkeley in 2001. By 2007, she joined Louisiana State University, where she worked on peripheral neuropathy, and went on to complete a fellowship at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica.Undoubtedly, Harris is an anomaly. Statistics from the Association of Women Surgeons indicate that in 2015, women comprised only 19.2 percent of all surgeons in the US. However, Harris is determined to assist in bulldozing the grossly lagging rate of women to men, and miniscule number of black women overall, in her industry. “I work really hard to make sure that in the next generation there’s representation for everyone at the table who wants to be there,” she explains.last_img read more

Jamaica May Soon Have Its First Openly Transgender Member of Parliament

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica may soon have its first openly transgender Member of Parliament, with 29-year old Political Activist Rich Richards already campaigning for a seat in the House of Representatives.The former PNP Political Activist, whose birth name is Richana, said that he will run as an independent candidate in the St Andrew North Eastern constituency in the next general election, constitutionally due in 2021. The constituency is currently represented by Delroy Chuck of the ruling Jamaica Labour Party (JLP).Richards, who has been a member of the People’s National Party since he was 15-years-old, announced his decision to run for MP as an independent candidate.“There has been a change of plan. As of today (July 1) I am in the process of putting together a campaign team. I’m going to be running as an independent candidate. It’s complicated; it’s very complicated and people [try] to be politically correct when it comes to LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning or queer) people speaking out. It gets challenging but I will be a candidate in the next general election,” Richards said in an interview with the Jamaica Observer.Richards said he began as a constituency representative for the PNP’s youth organisation, before moving on to a campaign officer for John-Paul White, who ran unsuccessfully in St Andrew North Eastern.“I was booted off that campaign by [someone] because of the obvious. I was a part of another campaign team, I was the front-runner on another campaign team organising the workers’ list and all of that. I’ve sat on the executive of the constituency for the party as the vice-chair and as the youth organisation’s representative.“Today I’ve taken a decision to run independently. I’m not bitter [nor want to] badmouth the party; I’m just not leaving my future up to a decision from the party,” he stated.Richards said running as an independent candidate will have its advantages. He pointed out, too, that he is familiar with the constituency and its constituents. He also said being born in the constituency has its advantages, as well.“I know North East St Andrew like the back of my hand — all 72 PDs (polling divisions) — having canvassed them. A man will not necessarily vote for you because he will say you’re a Labourite or a Comrade, but being independent does allow me access to boost voters [from the] JLP and PNP. It also allows me access to those young people because I’m also a promoter who has kept the party in the spaces in North East St Andrew. So, that will allow young people to vote for me because of my name,” he said.He said since his time in politics, he has implemented several programmes across the constituency, including special teaching classes at schools there.“I also had a programme where I assisted young boys who had fallen out of school to get back. So I have been here and I have been doing what needed to be done,” he noted.When asked if he thinks that being transgender will negatively affect his chances at the polls, he said no.“I think my sexuality gives me an advantage because LGBTQ persons aren’t naturally prone to voting and I live in upper St Andrew. [In] this constituency most of the communities are large so that will give me an advantage, whether it’s a familiar face or a person of said persuasion.“I also think it’s the right time. We’re at a place where we’ve left from Karlene Kirlew, who has done so much in her one term as Member of Parliament, to Delroy Chuck, whom the JLP rewarded as Minister of Justice. He has served so many positions in the JLP and, to be frank this constituency is the smallest constituency in terms of size across Jamaica and the constituency with the least lower level (poor) constituents and he has done very little. He is receiving the same amount of money as South St Andrew, East Kingston and East Rural St Andrew, which are big constituencies and there is no work done by Delroy Chuck in North East St Andrew. He has been here for almost 18 years and we don’t have a community centre. We don’t have any form of social activity geared towards children or at-risk youth. There is no stamp that the Member of Parliament has made in North East St Andrew and look and be non-partisan and say he has done a good job,” Richards stated.He said his main focus will be on the youth of the constituency if elected MP.In recent years, Jamaicans, specifically millennials and the younger generation, have become more tolerant and even accepting of the LGBTQ community. Organizations like TransWave Jamaica, established in 2015, and J-Flag, founded in 1998, have been actively working to educate, inform, and protect the human rights of the LGBTQ community in Jamaica.last_img read more

US Open Roundup: Venus Williams Wins Dramatic Tie Breaker To Set Up All American…

first_imgNext up for Venus Williams is fellow American, Sloane Stephens, who Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-4) to reach her first career Grand Slam semi final.Venus Williams, who won the US Open in 2000 and 2001, is having a remarkable 2017, reaching Australian Open and Wimbledon final.RelatedUS Open: Venus Williams Crashes Out As Unstoppable Madison Keys beats Vandeweghe To Reach FinalSeptember 8, 2017In “Tennis”Flashback Friday: Venus Williams’ First Grand Slam TitleSeptember 8, 2017In “Features”US Open 2017: Sharapova & Muguruza Out, Williams & Kvitova into Quaters.September 4, 2017In “Sports” World number nine, Venus Williams needed a dramatic final set tie breaker victory over Czech’s Petra Kvitova to reach her 23rd career Grand Slam semi-final.37-year-old Venus defeated Kvitova 6-3 3-6 7-6 (7-2) in two hours and 35 minutes to make her first US Open semi final in seven years.Speaking immediately after the game, Venus said: “I was so fortunate to win that match,”“It came down to the wire and I’m hoping we have more matches like that.”last_img read more

Overconfidence!  NFF Already Celebrating World Cup Slot Before Crucial Zambia Clash (Photo)

first_imgIf the above image is anything to go by, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) might be walking on egg shells ahead of the crucial 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying clash between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Chipolopolo of Zambia at the Godstill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on Saturday.The nation’s football body made the risky decision to print souvenirs which says Nigeria has already booked a spot at next summer’s tournament in Russia in addition to exotic wines customised in the name of the Federation to celebrate the success.The souvenirs also thanked the president, Nigerians and especially the Akwa Ibom State Governor as well as the people of Akwa Ibom for their role in the World Cup success.However this could come back to haunt the Federation with the Gernot Rohr-led Super Eagles still needing to win against 2012 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) champions Zambia to officially seal a spot in Russia 2018.Failure to achieve this over the weekend means that the NFF is sure to come under a lot of criticisms for being too overconfident and for trying to ‘count their chicken before they are hatched’.Relatedlast_img read more

Kambi – Leaders’ Insight: Delivering the Edge through Instant Markets

first_img Share Submit Highlighting industry innovation and effective product development combined with new operational disciplines, Kambi leadership details to SBC, a full product breakdown on delivering its Instant betting markets.Key stakeholders, Max Meltzer, Jonas Jansson and Simon Noy, detail Kambi’s fresh approach to developing instant markets and how this immersive product has tested all corporate dynamics of Kambi’s intricate value chain…___________________Max MeltzerSBC: As an executive team why has Kambi leadership chosen to emphasise Instant Markets for its product services portfolio. What gains does Kambi see in leading ‘instant market’ product and delivery?  Max Meltzer, Chief Commercial Officer (MM): Firstly, betting is a form of entertainment so we are always evaluating how we can provide even more excitement to players in new and engaging ways. We believe our Instant Betting product ticks this excitement box. The turnover it generates, as well as its positive impact on player retention, is why we have continued to improve the product to ensure it remains market-leading. Secondly, Instant Betting can be a very effective marketing and customer acquisition tool for our operators, particularly when combined with Kambi’s empowerment features.Jonas JanssonSBC: At a product-level, effective instant markets are hard to execute and deliver. During initial product inception what unique factors and dynamics did Kambi development research? Jonas Jansson, Chief Operations Officer (JJ): This is a reality, effective instant markets are indeed very hard to execute. The whole supply chain needs to be functioning in harmony: the quickest live score data, integrated into automated trading tools with models based on years of iterations, run by a trading team able to manage this in real time, as well as continually developing the offer. With Kambi this has been in our thinking from the very early days of live betting.We’ve been focusing on the quicker and more relevant markets, such as the tennis game winner in-play, since 2008. We soon started experimenting with Grand Slam finals by offering a market on each and every point. In this way, and in the years since the product inception has been an organic result of our approach to the UX in-play: what is most relevant to the game situation now?Over time we have combined this philosophy with a data-driven understanding of what drives player behaviour, looking at the comparative revenues of the most relevant offers. In recent years we have realised the potential in really owning this area and have launched into a systematic approach where we are offering something in every sport that satisfies our Instant Betting criteria.SBC: Kambi has placed a significant emphasis on making instant markets an immersive and personalised functionality. How have you developed these utilities to be effective with User in-play dynamics.Jonas Jansson: Again, it is our whole supply chain that enables the immersive experience you see. The frontend has to be smooth, quick and playable. It must have a low bet delay so that in these hectic situations, such as the moment a penalty is just about to be taken, the customer can receive the full exciting experience.Of course, our operators also play an integral role in generating the experience of instant betting, and it is together that we will continue to build the immersive and personalised functionality for our end-users that sets us apart from the competition. Simon NoyWhen developing Instant markets, how have you managed wider Kambi stakeholders with regards to concerns relating to Risk and data? Simon Noy, Head of In-Play (SN): We have always been aware that handling these kinds of markets is a major challenge. We have tested new markets with small incremental rollouts, using our most experienced traders and working in partnership with our live data providers.We have learned a lot of lessons in getting to where we are today – achieving the steady margins we have on such complex offers is not straightforward. A dedicated member in each of our internal teams has built expertise in this area to support the development of the product in a sustainable way for Kambi and our partners.SBC: As a new service, how has Kambi delivered Instant markets to its sportsbook client base. Is there a learning period for this product, and have you noticed interesting feedback for clients with regards to unique user in-play engagements?Simon Noy:  Absolutely. Different geographical markets have different preferences, and even the more generic casino type player prefers the Instant markets on some sports to others. These offers can also be positioned differently by our operators depending on their brand – some focusing more on the expertise angle and others on the fun and speed of Instant.SBC: Finally from a leadership perspective, how do you feel instant markets will change Kambi as an organisation and industry technology stakeholder? Max Meltzer: Instant Betting is just one example of how Kambi is pushing the user experience boundaries as far as possible to benefit the players, our operators and also Kambi as an organisation. The better the user experience the higher demand there is on our organisation. In Kambi’s view, this is great for us as it leads to further innovation and improvements of the product, ensuring our customers can offer the most relevant Sportsbook in the market.___________________Kambi Group Plc StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

DAREBS: The solution to recovering FOBT losses?

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Share William Hill pursues HMRC FOBTs rebate  May 20, 2020 GVC submits claim for HMRC FOBTs rebate May 21, 2020 GVC’s stand-out online division offsets inevitable UK retail decline March 5, 2020 The onus has been put on betting shop operators to replace the inevitable dip in revenues caused by the slashing of maximum stakes to £2 on fixed odds betting terminals and the now, effectively defunct, B2 profile. Pavel Korolev, Business Development Director at InBet Games, believes his firm has a product that could help stem the flow.“Fifteen years of dealing with regulatory issues across many countries has given us an edge in adjusting our offerings to suit the ins and outs of any jurisdiction we work in. In the UK, the quest to find alternative revenue streams to the FOBT has pulled into focus an existing InBet solution which emulates popular features of the much-maligned machines.Dynamically Animated Real Events Betting System (or DAREBS) are similar to FOBTs in that they also offer a wide diversity of entertaining animations, yet its players make bets on airplane positioning in real time mode, removing the random number generation (RNG).The point of RNG is of the utmost importance here. FOBTs are classified as types of slot machines that operate off RNG and fall under the category of games of chance. The fact that DAREBS is live events betting, in real time mode with no RNG, dictates that it falls into the category of betting on live events.This real-event mechanism makes it safe on a regulatory front as it can be operated on a bookmaking licence, without cannibalising the infrastructure that is already in use. And can continue to give the betting shop customers entertainment at a level they are familiar with.This means that by implementing DAREBS, an operator can retain the same profit-making capacity as with FOBTs pre-£2 ruling, while the entertainment experience for its players will be more engaging and exciting than ever before.In addition to betting on airplane positioning, DAREBS’ variety of 120 betting animations including Lemon Cherry, Columbus Deluxe, Book of Ra Deluxe, Dolphins Pearl, Book of Ra, Sizzling Hot Deluxe, Just Jewels Deluxe, Lucky Lady’s Charm Deluxe and many more.All DAREBS graphics possess an underlying rationale whereby each digit combination corresponds with a particular symbol and each symbol represents a graphic image.Every bet event is displayed as a graphic or sequence of images, while each outcome is denoted in a unique digit combination that is displayed on the screen in the betting shop.DAREBS versatility and variety of betting options will encourage operators to offer their players this brilliant alternative to FOBTs, and will be a win-win deal for everyone.” Submitlast_img read more

Paf collaborates with Colossus for Jackpot Pools launch

first_img StumbleUpon Share Paf pays additional €40m in dividends to ease coronavirus impact April 20, 2020 Nordic operator Paf has announced the online launch of its Jackpot Pools product in collaboration with pools betting innovator Colossus Bets.The launch includes the full Colossus sports offering with lotto-sized jackpots, Cash Out, Syndicates ‘crowdbetting’ and FreePlay functionality.Paf’s Chief Gaming Officer, Kim Johansson, commented: “Jackpot Pools complement our current offering with a ‘low stakes for big prizes’ proposition that fits perfectly with our responsible gaming ethos and creates a bridge between our lotteries and betting products. “The modern Cash Out element and generous consolation prizes mean players can win even when they have not succeeded with all their selections, while Syndicates is a social way for our players to play pools and maximise their chances at the big jackpots. We expect our Nordic audience to embrace the new product and with the new football season ramping up, the first big Paf Jackpot Pools winners should only be around the corner.”Colossus Bets’ Chief Commercial Officer, Eva Karagianni-Goel, added: “We are excited to welcome Paf to the Colossus network, especially as a partner with whom we share the same operating values. The partnership strengthens Colossus’ presence in the strategically significant Nordic market, where pools betting has historically had a particularly strong appeal, while it provides Paf with a modern proposition to engage their local audience.”The operator continues to focus on responsible gambling, its CEO Christer Fahlstedt underlined after reporting positive 2017 results: “We are extra proud of our good result in 2017 because we have invested heavily in responsible gaming measures at the same time. During 2017, we have made many concrete improvements in order to better support responsible gaming.“For example, we follow up our customers’ gaming patterns, and based on this we contacted a significantly higher number of customers than before in order to prevent problem gaming.” Colossus Bets backs Central Park sweepstakes March 20, 2020 Paf CRO Daniela Johansson wins SPER’s Swedish leader of the year  June 11, 2020 Submit Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Operator closures raise questions on voiding bets

first_img Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon David CliftonThe last month has witnessed the cessation of trading in the UK of two licensed betting operators, BetBright and 188BET, prompting questions that go to the heart of both (a) the contract between bookmaker and customer and (b) the role of the Gambling Commission, as regulator, when a bookmaker decides to void unsettled bets, resulting in a mass of complaints by dissatisfied customers.Circumstances behind the closuresFirst of all, it is important to note that different circumstances applied in relation to each of BetBright and 188BET.BetBright’s decision to cease offering gambling services arose from the acquisition of its sports betting platform by for just £15million suggesting, in the view of Regulus Partners, a “complete business failure rather than strategic realignment”. In the FAQ section of its closure notice on 5 March, BetBright stated in relation to unsettled bets: “As we cannot guarantee that we will have assets or personnel sufficient to settle bets whose outcomes are to be determined after [5 March], we have decided that it is in the best interests of customers to void these bets and refund stakes such that they are immediately available to be withdrawn”.By way of contrast, in its closure announcement on 26 March, 188BET described the decision to close its UK business as “a commercial decision in a very competitive marketplace”, explaining that it “was solvent and fully able to meet all its financial obligations which includes its customer funds that remain ring-fenced and safe”. As previously reported by SBC News, 188BET explained that, amongst other things, ante-post or pending bets would be honoured for all events occurring up to 23.59 on 30 June 2019, with single bets placed for events after then being voided and the stakes returned within 48 hours.In both cases, the closures resulted in regulatory inquiry by the Gambling Commission.BetBrightA Commission spokesperson has said: “We have carefully looked at the situation with BetBright. During our enquiries the operator highlighted the very real possibility of going into insolvent liquidation if it remained open. This would have resulted in customers receiving no winnings and no refunds on stakes which had been placed. This was a significant risk for BetBright’s customers and therefore we are content that the return of stakes, as part of an orderly closure of the business, is the best option available for the vast majority of customers in what is an unusual and difficult situation.” As matters transpired:on 6 March, confirmed that, as a goodwill gesture, all Cheltenham Festival ante-post horse racing bets placed by former BetBright customers would be kept alive and honoured by 888sport on their original terms andon 29 March, it was announced that Rich Ricci, former BetBright Executive Chairman (acting in his personal capacity), had partnered with BetVictor to announce a plan enabling former BetBright customers (choosing to do so by 4 April) to have their other ante-post bets reinstated and honoured via the BetVictor platform.188BETIn the case of 188BET, the Racing Post has reported that the Commission has stated: “We are making inquiries with 188BET into this matter, but we do not talk about ongoing cases. We advise all customers who are affected to carefully read the operator’s website.” A further statement by the Commission is awaited regarding the outcome of those inquiries but, given the contrasting background circumstances, it would be surprising if a more critical finding is reached than occurred in the case of BetBright.Nevertheless, grave concerns have arisen that a precedent has been set that may leave consumers without recourse in the event that similar closures (and consequential voiding of bets) occur in the future, without another operator stepping in to save the day, as eventually occurred in the case of BetBright.What is the position regarding the voiding of bets? Is it the case, as The Guardian has asserted, that it “is a principle that underpins the integrity of the entire gambling market and industry” that “a bet struck in good faith cannot be unilaterally declared void by one of the two parties to the wager”?In my view, for the reasons set out below, it is not as straightforward as that.In circumstances where a bet is “substantially unfair”, the Gambling Commission itself has power to void a bet, pursuant to section 336 of the Gambling Act 2005. Examples of this include where one or both of the parties to the bet:supplied information in connection with it that was insufficient, false or misleading, orbelieved, or ought to have believed, that the race or event about which the bet was made was, or would be, conducted in contravention of industry rules that apply to the event, orbelieved, or ought to have believed, that the offence of cheating had been, or was likely to be, committed in relation to the bet, orhave been convicted of the offence of cheating, as set out in section 42 of the Gambling Act 2005. Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 in its judgment, a manifest error has occurred in the terms of a bet or transaction placed by the customer,it becomes aware that the customer has “charged back” or denied any of the purchases or deposits that he or she made to their accountit is required to do so by law, ora customer’s account has been closed (seemingly whether closed by it or by the customer) and:the customer has placed any bets in relation to events which have not yet taken place at the time of the termination of the customer’s account, in which circumstances the stake would be returned to the customer, orthe customer has a bet with multiple legs and there are legs that have yet to settle, in which circumstances the bet will be settled as it stands by voiding the unsettled selections and re-calculating the odds accordingly. UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 In addition, the Gambling Commission requires all bookmakers to have rules covering the circumstances under which they will void a bet and how they will treat late bets.On its website, the Commission states in relation to late bets that “bookmakers’ terms and conditions will ordinarily state that. in circumstances where a bet is inadvertently accepted after the ‘off’ time (also known as the ‘no more bets’ time), the stake will be returned as the bet will be void”, adding for the benefit of consumers, “in the event of a complaint or dispute, you should contact the relevant bookmaker who should investigate in line with their internal procedure and inform you of the outcome.”  In accordance with the Commission’s requirement that bookmakers have rules covering other circumstances under which they will void a debt, it is relevant to note that BetBright’s terms and conditions contained a list of specific circumstances in which it reserved the right to void bets, including where:there are suspicions or knowledge of the misuse of inside information and/or manipulation of an event that jeopardizes the integrity of the event,there is a technological failure affecting the integrity of a transaction or the customer’s account,suspicions or knowledge exist of illegal or fraudulent activity by the customer while using its services,suspicions or knowledge exist of the customer’s breach of any of the terms and conditions or the rules governing a particular bet or transaction,suspicions or knowledge exist of the customer acting in a manner detrimental to the conduct of its business, for example:taking unfair advantage over it or any other player, orotherwise acting in an unfair manner by exploiting a fault, loophole or error in its software, orcheating, orcolluding with others Despite earlier rumours of legal action, the BetBright controversy seems to have been resolved without either (a) the fairness of its contractual terms (including, in particular, the final one set out at (10) above) being tested by the courts under the Consumer Rights Act 2015 or (b) the Gambling Commission invoking LCCP social responsibility code provision 4.1.1 by requiring evidence from BetBright about how it had satisfied itself of the fairness of that particular contractual provision.Changes AfootI suspect the Commission would have had greater concerns had the apparent “very real possibility” of BetBright’s insolvent liquidation ever been realised, with the consequence that customers would have received no winnings and no refund in relation to stakes-placed.This serves to underline the need for all B2C operators licensed by the Commission to ensure they comply with the changes to the protection of customer funds rating system that come into effect on 29 April.On the subject of change, just in case you need a reminder:new gambling advertising standards to protect under 18 year olds came into force on 1 April,the new National Strategy to Reduce Gambling Harms will be launched by the Gambling Commission on 25 April, andLCCP changes to age and identity verification requirements for remote gambling operators will come into force on 7 May.Two final remindersFinally, two further reminders:the deadline to respond to the Gambling Commission’s consultation on customer interaction and ADR (and its accompanying call for evidence on gambling website blocking software) is 9 May, andthe deadline to respond to the Commission’s call for evidence on (a) gambling with credit cards and (b) category B gaming machines and player protection is 16 May.David Clifton – Director – ‎Clifton Davies Consultancy Limited Share Share suspicions or knowledge exist of:difficulties on the part of the customer in obtaining credit,the customer having become bankrupt or undergone similar procedures anywhere in the world,last_img read more

Svenska Spel backs grassroots sports with SEK50m donation

first_img Pinnacle lays out high ambitions for Swedish sportsbook return June 16, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit Svenska Spel becomes 2020 eHockey Championship sponsor August 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Svenska Spel delivers on social mandate despite COVID-19 impacts July 20, 2020 Share Swedish gambling operator Svenska Spel has continued its commitment to youth sports across Sweden after donating more than SEK50m (£4m) as part of its Gräsroten initiative. The donation marks the seventh consecutive year that the operator has supported grassroots sports across the country, with football having received the most money. In total, over half a million Swedes have distributed the money to 8,556 associations across 71 sports.“Svenska Spels Gräsroten makes a real difference for sports associations in the country,” says Stefan Bergh, the Swedish Sports Federation’s general secretary, who made a donation to Piteå IF via the Gräsroten initiative.“Through their unremitting commitment, the associations are able to handle a lot themselves, but thanks to the Grassroots, they can do that extra that helps the sports family continue to grow as more children and young people get moving.”Among associations, Swedish football team Hammarby IF receives the highest level of donations, having received SEK 1.6m to date. They are closely followed by Allsvenskan side Djurgårdens IF FF which has received SEK1.3m and AIK FF with SEK1.25m. “We at Svenska Spel always look forward to this time of year, when we, through the Gräsroten, distribute more than SEK 50 million to youth sports,” added Patrik Hofbauer, CEO of Svenska Spel. “Enabling more children and young people to become part of the Swedish sports family and get moving is incredibly important. Grass root sports is one of the initiatives we strive to support.”By county, Stockholm receives the most money, having received SEK10.2m followed by Västra Götaland at SEK9.3m and Skåne at SEK8.3m.last_img read more