Guyana denies shipping “bad’ rice to Jamaica

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana – Guyana says it has not shipped any rice to Jamaica under the “Cinderella” brand for the year after media reports in Kingston said 70 metric tons of White Cinderella rice, had been confiscated by Jamaican authorities.The reports said the rice, valued at valued at approximately J$4.6 million had been confiscated after officials from the Ministry of Industries, Agriculture and Fisheries carried out a series of inspections and found the product had signs of mold, clumping, discoloration and wetting.No rice shipped this yearBut the general manager of the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB), Nizam Hassa, who has expressed concern over the claims, said no rice has been shipped to Jamaica so far this year, by the miller who packages under the Cinderella brand.“I am very disturbed by these reports. We have since reached out to the Food Storage and Prevention of Infestation Division in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries in Jamaica and are awaiting a response.“The situation is puzzling since the last shipment left Guyana on  December 15 and arrived in Jamaica on the December 19, 2018. Like any other shipment, the rice that was sent to Jamaica underwent a series of physical tests and was certified. The Board conducts such tests on paddy, rice and rice by- products prior to any shipment leaving Guyana,” Hassan said.GRDB export records also revealed that the supplier, to date, has not received any complaints from the buyer in Jamaica or any other of its markets and has been paid for all rice shipped.Export reports also indicate no one shipment from the supplier amounted to 70 tons.Hassan said that rice could develop mold if it becomes wet in storage.“It is very important that the rice be stored in a dry place. Mold and other bacteria can develop on the grain if the rice is exposed to moisture or becomes wet in storage,” Hassan said.The GRDB said it is urging all players within the industry to remain vigilant as the matter is being investigated.last_img read more

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T&T Health Minister worried at rise of anti-vaccine lobby

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Health Minister Terrance Deyalsingh Friday said the anti-vaccine lobby is gaining ground in Trinidad and Tobago and denied reports that HINI vaccines were in short supply in the country.“It is regrettable and I continue to say it, it is regrettable that Trinidad and Tobago has fallen victim, like the rest of the world to the anti-vaccine lobby which is putting millions of children’s’ lives at risk,” he told Parliament.“There is even a case now in the United States where an 18-year-old boy, who was not vaccinated as a child is now taking legal action against his parents for not getting him vaccinated as a child. That is how bad it is and I urge all citizens of Trinidad and Tobago to ignore the anti-vaccers that have a loud voice and access to main stream media in Trinidad and Tobago”.Deyalsingh, responding to a question from an opposition legislator,  said that contrary to the misinformation being peddled here, the supply of HINI vaccines “is not currently depleted in health facilities”.He told legislators that as of March 14 this year, all health facilities had vaccines in stock “and there are 13, 791 of these doses in circulation at the various health facilities”.“Currently at Central Stores there are 26, 400 doses available for distribution,” he said, adding that the anti-vaccine lobby worldwide has been gaining momentum.“Unfortunately Trinidad and Tobago has not been vaccinated against it,” he told legislators, saying recent media headlines worldwide have done little to help curb the situation.last_img read more

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How Have The Azzurri Fallen So Badly?

first_imgIn just over a decade, Italian football has suffered a lot of political, sporting, economic and socio-cultural hardships. The Calciopoli scandal of 2006 sent shock waves all over the Italian peninsula as three of the four biggest clubs in Italian football – Juventus, AC Milan, Internazionale and Lazio – were relegated and deducted points after being indicted for match-fixing. Only AC Milan managed to stay up with a 9-point deduction in the Serie A.Juventus was hit as much as a 30-point deduction to stay rock bottom in the second tier and they were also stripped of the 2004/2005 and 2005/2006 Scudetto titles as well as being banned from participating in the 2006/2007 UEFA Champions League. This led to the exits of big names like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Patrick Vieira, Gianluca Zambrotta and Fabio Cannavaro as Italian football surely hit rock bottom.Italians went to Germany in the summer of that year with little hopes of achieving anything at the World Cup but Marcelo Lippi and his team of MEN did a fantastic job of alleviating all the travails at home by defeating France in the final in Berlin. Italy were back on top of the world in just a matter of months but as they say, ‘The higher you climb, The harder you fall’.In 2010, On another stint as Italy’s manager after replacing Roberto Donadoni, Marcelo Lippi chose to rely on the old guard instead of bringing in fresh faces and it all worked to no effect. Cannavaro who was 36 at the time was a shadow of his old self and Italy could not get out of a group that had Paraguay, New Zealand and Slovakia.Cesare Prandelli’s Italy knocked out Germany enroute the final of Euro 2012 but were taught a footballing lesson by Spain who were at the peak of a world domination that started immediately after Italy’s last World Cup – a period where Italy could and should have tried to consolidate on the 2006 triumph.The U-21s though, led by David Mengia, were in a fantastic mood in the 2013 U-21 European championship in Israel. The core of the team had three youngsters from Pescara – Lorenzo Insigne, Marco Verrati and Ciro Immobile. It was not to be though as Spain’s productive youth system had produced the likes of Thiago, Alvaro Morata, David de Gea and Isco who once again found Italy’s number.The key point was that after a period of stagnation in the production chain, the second tier teams were beginning to produce young and exciting players who seemed ready to make the leap. But Antonio Conte came in after successive group stage exits and things did not exactly work as planned.Meticulous, fiery and no-nonsense mentality as was already shown in the now rejuvenated Juventus, Conte came in and made the hard decisions. Went to France and even though his heavily scrutinised 23-man squad were knocked out in the quarterfinals by Germany, the grits and the fight that came with Conte was evident in the team. He laid the foundations for the Azzuri to build on but the Federation chose to hand that over to a 69-year old Gian Piero Ventura.Renowned to be one of the biggest journeymen in Italian football, his greatest achievement in his 40 years of coaching was winning the Serie C title! He promised to blood in youth and give the remnants of the class of 2006 – Buffon, De Rossi and Barzagli – a proper send off in Russia 2018.Throughout the qualifiers he displayed tacid stubbornness and non-inventive coaching as should be expected of a manager with such a pedestrian resume. His failure to qualify the Azzuri for the World Cup – first time in 60 years – is definitely a call on the Italian football administrators to embrace the models that have brought successes to the likes of Spain and Germany.Serie A clubs need to embrace the idea of running professional B teams in the second and third tiers and to also enhance coaching at youth levels. They also need to allow for the progression of young and innovative managers as is being seen with the great work done by Eusebio de Francesco at AS Roma.The expected overhaul that was due after Calciopoli should begin with now as Year Zero as Italy need to take advantage of this setback to strategize and ultimately return to becoming a top footballing nation in the World – as is always expected.[tps_header][/tps_header]Related”Scared” Gattuso On The Brink After Napoli Lose 3rd Straight GameJanuary 19, 2020In “Italy”Pirlo Joins Sky Sports Punditry Team In ItalyJuly 23, 2018In “Europe”Italian Serie A Review: Juventus Go Top With Chievo Win As Atalanta Hit Top 7 With Big WinJanuary 28, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

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German Ice Hockey League unveils new approach to combat match fixing

first_img Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articles Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit Share Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020 This season, the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) will debut a radical new approach to eliminating match fixing and manipulation. The approach will involve the implementation of a brand new set of regulations related to match manipulation, a partnership with anti-match fixing experts Sportradar to cover the detection and investigation of suspicious betting behaviour worldwide, and a partnership with German sports law specialists SportsLawyers to independently drive any resulting prosecutions.The new regulations, developed by German sports law scientist Professor Martin Nolte and Dr. Anja Martin of SportsLawyers, aim to protect the integrity of the league and its matches. They cover all persons and officials who are involved in the match operations of the DEL. This includes professional players, but also coaches, referees, medical staff as well as player agents. The regulations will focus in on betting and the trading of insider information, whether knowingly or unknowingly.Gernot Tripcke, Managing Director of DEL said: “We think that it makes sense for the DEL to safeguard the independence of the steps in the process, starting with the regulations adopted, through the monitoring, detection and investigation, right on through to any resulting prosecutions before the German Court of Arbitration for Sports.“We genuinely feel that our cooperation with SportsLawyers and Sportradar could become a template for other German professional sports to follow. So far there have not been any concerns around the DEL or German ice hockey more generally. But we cannot be complacent. Betting interest in our matches is growing and so the potential risk of match-fixing cannot be ignored. We are confident that being proactive and setting up this process puts us in a strong position to prevent and deter integrity attacks.”Dr Anja Martin of SportsLawyer added: “We have spent a number of years advising national and international federations around a range of integrity issues and in recent years, we have seen some really encouraging steps as different stakeholders: state, sport, law enforcement and betting-related have started to assign resources and expertise to this particular threat. “The Council of Europe’s Convention in this area is another significant step in the right direction and Germany has signed up to it and has already introduced a criminal law against sporting fraud. There is momentum and I am excited that we can play a role in what looks like a new structure or process that could serve as an example for sports in other countries as well as right here in Germany.”last_img read more

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Three exclusive new events for Betting on Football 2018

first_img SBC’s Barcelona Summit to become digital-only event May 29, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Share Sam Cooke: ESI Digital Summit – “esports value is more than a pandemic anomaly” May 22, 2020 Related Articles Submit ESI announces first wave of speakers for Digital Summer esports event   August 7, 2020 Betting on Football 2018 will feature three exclusive new events targeting those involved in affiliate marketing, esports and football based sponsorship.To mark the fifth edition of the largest international football and betting trade conference, held at Stamford Bridge from 20-23 March, SBC Events will launch the Affiliate Insider Bootcamp, Esports Insider Super Forum and SBC Sponsorship Forum. The AI Bootcamp (21 March) is a set of sessions for delegates in the affiliate space, with content ranging from digital marketing hacks to the latest innovative technologies.Lee-Ann Johnstone, the Digital & Affiliate Marketing Jedi behind the AI Bootcamp launch, said: “The Affiliate Insider Bootcamp provides a mix of great networking, tangible insights and in-depth knowledge sharing that is generally unavailable at larger scale events. “Affiliates and Operators will come together to learn about digital disruption and how to harness this change within their own business to promote long term growth. This event provides intense learning and the ability to gain detailed commercial insight that will spearhead growth in any sports betting affiliate focussed business.”Featuring six panels and workshops comprising more than 30 esports experts, the ESI Super Forum has been confirmed for the second full day of #bofcon2018 (22 March).It has been designed to focus on the opportunities and challenges that exist within the worlds of traditional sports and esports, as the two become increasingly intertwined.Sam Cooke, Editor-in-Chief at Esports Insider, commented: “We’ve built on the success of the recent ESI Forum Series by focusing the ESI Super Forum on a key area which we feel has not been amply attended to in the esports conference space – that is the where traditional sports and esports meet.”The day two agenda will also include the invite-only SBC Sponsorship Forum, managed by former AC Milan Chief Commercial Officer Jaap Kalma, which looks to bring clubs and betting brands together to discuss opportunities in football.Kalma added: “Sponsorship is the main marketing expenditure for bookmakers, and betting has become the single largest sponsor category for football clubs. And things aren’t standing still; markets are being regulated, expenditures are growing, and the use of sponsorship has much evolved. “With such important shared interests, it is not surprising to hear there is a strong need for a dedicated forum where bookmakers and clubs can meet each other. To learn from best practice, to network with other experts, and to find business opportunities. The SBC Sponsorship Forum during Betting on Football has been organized for just that purpose.”The AI Bootcamp, ESI Super Forum and SBC Sponsorship Forum all double up as stand alone events and individual tracks as part of the wider Betting on Football conference agenda.The others five tracks are World Cup and beyond, Global Market Profiles, Leadership, Customer Journey and Betting on Innovation, a series of presentations by companies attempting to grow their business by bringing an innovative product to market.Don’t miss out on the current 25% Early Bird Discount on tickets for Betting on Football 2018 – Click HERE to get it!There are also still sponsorship and exhibition opportunities available – for enquiries about these please contact us on sales@sbcnews.co.uk.last_img read more

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Tough regulatory terrain sees William Hill review Australia business

first_img Related Articles GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Share StumbleUpon William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 FTSE bookmaker William Hill has this morning confirmed, that it is undertaking a strategic review of its Australian business, following new government regulations on credit betting and the likely introduction of further state taxes imposed on betting firms.Presenting its ‘unaudited 52-week trading statement’ (period ending 26 December), William Hill governance detailed strong 2017 progress, with the company expected to declare corporate profits of circa £290 million 11% up on full-year 2016 performance.As anticipated by industry analysts, the bookmaker benefited from favourable football results recorded during the Christmas period.The bookmaker would further highlight its corporate progress achieved under its ‘transformation programme’, with William Hill reporting stronger operating margins combined with UK and US market growth.However, new consumer protection measures imposed by the Australian government on ‘credit betting’ have impacted the performance William Hill Australia.Furthermore, Australian market conditions may become tougher as state lawmakers push for individual betting taxes and legislation for betting stakeholders.Updating investors Philip Bowcock, Group CEO of William Hill Plc, commented:  “We have delivered a strong result in 2017, reflecting our focus on rejuvenating digital assets, growing the US and building an attractive omni-channel proposition. At the same time, we are continuously improving how we enable customers to gamble responsibly.”“We are excited about the opportunities ahead in 2018 – a World Cup year – with our competitive position reasserted in the UK and with the potential for sports betting to open up in the US.” Share Submit SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020last_img read more

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VSoftCo expands virtual network with Virtus Sports content partnership

first_img SBC Digital Summit: A crash course in adaptability and resilience  April 27, 2020 Share SBC Webinars and Digitain present Finding Value in Untapped Markets July 14, 2020 StumbleUpon Marketing responsibly and using AI to unlock esports’ potential April 21, 2020 Simon Westbury, VSoftCoIndustry virtual sports content and systems provider VSoftCo Ltd has confirmed that it has entered a multi-year strategic partnership with Virtus Sports, in which both parties will expand their operating networks.The partnership will see VSoftCo integrate Virtus Sports entire virtual sports portfolio across its active partner platform.VSoftCo management details that its global VS network will be significantly amplified with Virtus content, which includes leading titles for virtual racing, greyhounds and motorsports, strengthening its all-around client VS inventory.Updating the market, Simon Westbury, Chief Commercial Officer of VSoftCo said: “This partnership is very exciting for VSoftCo and one that we have been working on for some time. We are delighted that Virtus has chosen us to partner with them in the distribution of their virtual games content. We cannot think of a better partner to expand our business with and I am confident that our customers will be very excited to deploy Virtus Games market-leading content.”Andrea Brecevich, Managing Director at Virtus backed the strategic partnership commenting: “We are excited to bring our new and innovative set of virtual sports games to market with VsoftCo. The partnership gives us a critical mass of virtual games content that will only grow with time. We hope to disrupt the virtual sports market with a new and modern product”. Related Articles Submit Sharelast_img read more

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Betclic spoofs Portugal’s stale Christmas advertising

first_imgShare Share StumbleUpon Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 EGBA responsible advertising code gains European broadcaster approval July 3, 2020 Submit Related Articles Betclic aims for highest French profile with Ligue 1 betting partnership July 1, 2020 French online betting group Betclic has launched its new Portuguese market multi-media marketing campaign to promote its Christmas offerings whilst parodying Portugal’s stale holiday advertising period.Competing for airtime and attention against Portugal’s biggest retail brands, Betclic launches its ‘Jinglebet’ campaign produced by Lisbon creative marketing agency Coming Soon.Seeking to expand its profile and coverage within Portugal, this summer Betclic marketing appointed Coming Soon as its lead creative account, tasked with developing Betclic’s new brand identity for Portuguese audiences.Repositioning its brand, last August Betclic launched ‘Censored’ – the bookmaker’s first integrated campaign for Portugal featuring popular comedian António Raminhos poking fun at state-owned betting operator Placard’s limited digital offerings.Backing Coming Soon’s work, Ricardo Domingues, Head of Portugal at Betclic, said  “Betclic has a huge potential for communication, and for a few months now it has been trying to make a difference with out of the box campaigns that have worked very well with players. . I believe Coming Soon, which has provided the creativity of a team that has been working very well for so many years, is the right bet to continue our bold and differentiating positioning as well as brand growth.”Betclic’s new executive team has earmarked growth within Portugal as a key corporate directive, a market in which the bookmaker has operated since 2016 with limited presence.At present, Betclic is one of four international bookmakers who have maintained a presence in Portugal following the government’s 2016 gambling reforms which saw a number of operators leave the market after the introduction of an ‘unworkable’ 8-16% tiered betting turnover tax.last_img read more

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SAZKA commits to ‘package deal’ safeguarding Casinos Austria concerns

first_img Share Submit Camelot secures six-month National Lottery operating extension June 22, 2020 STS completes takeover of Czech software provider Betsys July 7, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Czech gambling conglomerate SAZKA Group has agreed to terms on a ‘cooperation agreement’ with Austrian state fund Österreichische Beteiligungs (ÖBAG) related to the ownership structure of Casinos Austria.ÖBAG had come under fire from Austrian political parties for not using its ‘pre-emption rights’ to challenge SAZKA’s bid to secure a majority +50% stake in Casinos Austria.Last summer, maintaining a 37% stake in Casinos Austria, SAZKA governance agreed terms with Novomatic AG to acquire a further 17.2% stake in the Austrian gambling incumbent.ÖBAG and Novomatic was criticised for allowing SAZKA to take majority control of Casinos Austria – the operating firm of ‘Osterreichische Lotterien’ Austria’s national lottery.Challenging SAZKA’s motives, Austria’s Social Democrats (SPO) said that SAZKA had been given free rein to takeover Austria’s national lottery without any form of regulatory oversight and commitments to Casinos Austria’s 3,000 staff.This week, an under pressure Austrian Finance Minister Gernot Blümel stated that the governing Austrian Peoples Party (OVP) would deliver a ‘deal package’ satisfying all stakeholders.ÖVP is reported to have instructed ÖBAG to waive its pre-emption rights, allowing SAZKA to purchase its majority stake in Casino Austria, which the Czech conglomerate will limit to a 51.8% stake.Protecting ‘Osterreichische Lotterien’, SAZKA commits to jointly operating Casinos Austria lottery unit for a period of 15-years, in which SAZKA can service no rival to the Austrian National Lottery.Casinos Austria will maintain its headquarters and business functions in Vienna maintaining all current staff and operations. Share SAZKA faces scrutiny following appointment of Flint Global as National Lottery advisor August 20, 2020last_img read more

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Gfinity confirms Fnatic as new Elite Series org, and expands to ten teams

first_imgFnatic’s Bunkr and global HQ is but a short journey across London from the Gfinity arenaGfinity has today announced that its Elite Series will have a big new member in the form of city neighbours Fnatic for its third season. The London based org, which has been around since 2004, will join the next Gfinity Elite Series for its upcoming season which gets underway on March 2nd. It has also been announced that Tthe Elite Series will be expanded to ten teams for the new season. Season two saw eight take part, and Fnatic are the first to be confirmed as part of this expansion. There was another major bit of news where the Elite Series is concerned recently too after it was announced that FIFA 18 will be one of the new competitive titles. It’ll join Rocket League and Street Fighter V with teams competing for a prize pool in excess of £250,000. There is already a Rocket League team playing under the Fnatic banner, and via a much publicised partnership with AS Roma the team has FIFA players too. By confirming they’ll be a part of Gfinity’s competition this also means that Fnatic will be returning to the world of fighting games.Patrik Sattermon, CGO and Co-Owner, FNATIC said: “We have followed the Elite Series closely for some time and have been thoroughly impressed, in terms of the tournament but also in both the professionalism and vision of Gfinity’s team.“The new opportunities for our existing FIFA and Rocket League rosters are very exciting and a return to the fighting game scene with Street Fighter V is something we very much look forward to.”Neville Upton, CEO of Gfinity stated: “Having established the Elite Series as one of the leading esports tournaments in the world, we couldn’t be more excited by expanding and bringing in a team of FNATIC’s calibre. “With their inclusion, an already competitive roster and more announcements to come, this will be our most action-packed season to date.”Esports Insider says: Make no mistake this is huge new for Gfinity to have Fnatic as a part of the next Elite Series season. We’ll be keeping our ears to the ground for rumours of who will take the final tenth slot. Nice to see Fnatic back in the FGC too!last_img read more

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