Jamaicans warned against purchasing illegal pesticides

first_imgAccording to the Registrar of the PCA, Michael Ramsay, persons should be vigilant when purchasing pesticides, as the Authority has found many of the substances being sold are not authentic. Pesticides imported illegallyHe said his officers have also identified pesticides which have entered the country illegally. The public is urged not to purchase these pesticides they may contain harmful substances. Ramsay said the biggest offender is black mosquito coils, for which the Authority has not received an application for registration. The Registrar said the problem is further compounded by the inability of some farmers to afford expensive pesticides. This has resulted in some farm stores illegally opening the manufacturer’s container, then repackage for retail in smaller containers. Fake rat bait “Our officers recently purchased a product being sold as rat bait. Upon testing the substance, we found there was nothing in it that could kill a rat. Persons buying that particular product is only feeding the rats,” Ramsay added. Problematic to consumer’s healthHe pointed out that some of the illegal pesticides contain active ingredients that are known to be problematic to consumer’s health. As such, applications for registration of those products would most likely be turned down. Ramsay also disclosed that the popular mosquito repellant wristbands are also illegal as no application for registration of the product has been received by the PCA. He explained that the PCA must approve the label on every pesticide in the country before the necessary permission is given for its retail sale.center_img “People create their own concoctions and sell them. Persons who are buying them do not know what they are getting,” he told the Jamaica Information Service (JIS). Ramsay also indicated it’s illegal to take a company’s branded product and sell it as something else, and that persons who do so are breaking the law. “We don’t really know how much of a health risk the coil is, but we have received reports that children and people with respiratory problems have been affected.” “This is usually done with no label, safety information or instructions for how to use it. The users have no way of knowing if what they are buying is the real thing. It could be diluted or turn out not to be that product at all,” he warned. The Pesticides Control Authority (PCA) is warning Jamaicans against purchasing and using illegal pesticides.last_img read more

New legislation to fight crime in Jamaica – says PM

first_imgJamaican prime minister reveals his government is planning to introduce more stringent plans to combat crime in Jamaica.Combatting crime in JamaicaPrime Minister Andrew Holness, says his administration will be implementing new legislation that will inflict harsher penalties on perpetrators of crime in Jamaica.Administration concerned about crimeHolness, also leader of the ruling Jamaica Labor Party (JLP), made the statement on Sunday in addressing supporters at the party’s 74th annual conference at the National Arena in Kingston.The Prime Minister acknowledged his administration is concerned about the crimewave that has led to the murder of 1400 persons so far, this year.He told the crowd of supporters the recently implemented Zones of Special Operations in the communities of Mount Salem in the western parish of St. James and Denham Town in the Corporate Area, have been successful and disclosed the government is now focusing attention on 20 communities where the bulk of the violence occur.Fighting crime with law and intelligence“We hear the desperate cries for tough and extreme measures to deal with the criminals. Jamaica cannot go back to that, there are greater costs to Jamaica. We have to fight crime with law, with intelligence, with citizens cooperation by providing information and not giving in to criminals in your community,” the Prime Minister said.New gun laws to be introducedMeanwhile, National Security Minister Robert Montague who also addressed supporters said new gun laws will also be introduced to fight crime as security officials have found that guns are used in 84 percent of the crimes committed.He said while it is anticipated that the legislation will be challenged by the main opposition People’s National Party (PNP) and other groups, he urged Jamaicans to back the government.“When I bring that bill to Parliament, we are going to say that if you are charged with a gun crime – no bail. So far, this year 143 Jamaicans have been murdered by men who are on bail for other charges. We are going to put it in law that if you are caught with a gun or any gun crime, there will be mandatory minimum sentence that you know that when you get convicted you going to prison for 15-20 years.”Since the start of the year 795 illegal guns and 21,000 rounds of ammunition have been seized by members of the security forces.Montague also defended the administration’s efforts to implement an anti-crime plan.“We all want a safer Jamaica. Of the seven categories of crime, murder and shootings are up, but robbery is down by 15 percent. Aggravated Larceny is down by 28 percent and rape is also down by 15 percent. We are doing the work but there is no overnight solution. There is no instant cure. There is no quick fix and this government is working … we have put a $1 million reward on every wanted man in Jamaica. So if you have any information on a wanted man  – call crime stop and earn a million dollars for your Christmas,” he said.last_img read more

Video: Watch Super Eagles Arrive Cameroon Ahead Of World Cup Qualifier Return Leg

first_imgThe Super Eagles of Nigeria has arrived in Cameroon ahead of the 2018 World Cup qualifier return leg against the Indomitable Lions on Monday.Nigeria moved up to 9points after goals from Odion Ighalo, Mikel Obi, Victor Moses and Kelechi Iheanacho helped the Super Eagles to a convincing 4-0 win against the African Champions in Uyo on Friday.The @NGSuperEagles have landed in Yaounde. They are lodged at the Hilton Hhonors. #SoarSuperEagles pic.twitter.com/JIH8r1efHE— The NFF ?? (@thenff) September 3, 2017Cameroon, who have just 2 points from three matches of the ongoing 2018 World Cup qualifier, host Nigeria in the reverse fixture in Yaounde on Monday, 4 September.Video Credit: Twitter.com – Nigeria Super EaglesRelatedVIDEO: Watch Super Eagles Bus Celebrations After Cameroon DrawSeptember 5, 2017In “National Team”FIFA Clears Chelsea Youngster To Represent NigeriaSeptember 2, 2017In “National Team”VIDEO: Watch Super Eagles Observe Traditional Team Walk Ahead Of Cameroon ClashSeptember 1, 2017In “National Team”last_img read more

Betway continues its Esports sponsorship expansion

first_imgShare Share Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon Esports sportsbook operator Betway has announced it will be the primary sponsor of the ESL Pro League 2017.The longest running league in professional CS:GO, commences its sixth season today, with 14 European and North American teams battling it out online for a $1m prize pool.The league’s online phase will see matches held three times per week on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, continuing until the ESL Pro League finals, to be held in Odense, Denmark, from 8 – 10  December.Betway’s sponsorship follows on from its  successful previous partnership with ESL One Cologne earlier in the year.The operator will be adding live odds to the tournament broadcast, compiled by its team of esports traders, as it did previously at ESL One Cologne.Anthony Werkman, Director of Marketing and Operations at Betway, said: “We are very excited for the next few months as some of the world’s best CS:GO players will battle it out for its biggest prize, the ESL Pro League, as well as the seven-figure prize pool.“Our experience sponsoring ESL One Cologne was a huge success, and the feedback we received from our first-of-its-kind live odds feeds into the broadcast has inspired us to increase our involvement across tournaments and teams in the coming months and years.”Betway has been pro-active in the esports community over recent years, with a sustained effort in increasing its quality and amount of betting content, as well as obtaining membership of the Esports Integrity Coalition (ESIC) last year. Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 Real Betis selects Betway as its official shirt sponsor August 10, 2020 ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020last_img read more

Caliente expands Playtech BGT terminals across entire Mexican estate

first_img Mexican gambling operator Corporación Caliente, a subsidiary of Grupo Codere España has announced that it will upgrade its entire sports betting provisions utilising Playtech BGT systems and terminals.Agreeing on new terms, Caliente, Mexico’s leading gambling enterprise, will move to launch Playtech BGT Self-Service Betting Terminals (SSBTs) across its estates and premises.Playtech has acted as lead casino systems supplier for Caliente since 2014, the new agreement sees the partnership expand its omni-channel dynamics, adding sports betting services to Caliente’s inventory.Armin Sageder, CEO, Playtech BGT Sports, said: “Our partnership with Caliente has gone from strength to strength and we continue to experience significant growth. The extension of our relationship into Retail reflects the success we have achieved to date and the opportunities we both see lying ahead.”“Mexico is a fast-growing, regulated market and a strategically important territory for Playtech.”Playtech initial SSBT roll-out will cover a dozen Caliente casino properties, representing a significant LATAM expansion for the FTSE technology group.Backing Playtech as technology lead, Victor De La Fuente, Business Development Director at Caliente, added:“This is an exciting moment for Caliente as we further develop the experience we offer those who visit our casinos. We are continually looking for ways to improve customer engagement and this represents the latest development as part of this strategy.” Related Articles Codere secures €250m credit lifeline on aggressive interest rates  July 14, 2020 Share Submit Mozzartbet sets sail in South America taking over Meridianbet Colombia July 22, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Codere merges Italian fruit machine units forming CODWIN July 3, 2020last_img read more

Blackstone eyes tricky Codere Spain buyout

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Spanish business news source OK Diario has reported that US multi-national private equity firm Blackstone is preparing a bid for Grupo Codere, Spain’s largest gambling operator.The private equity firm, seeks to create the world’s leading Spanish-language gambling/betting group, merging its recently acquired Grupo CIRSA asset with Codere’s enterprise.In its report, OK Diario details that Blackstone executives have turned their attention to acquiring Codere, following the PE firm’s failure to secure a buyout of Luckia Egasa, Spain’s third largest retail bookmaker.Last April, Blackstone which holds multiple investments within the European gambling sector, made its entry into the Spanish market, acquiring legacy operator CIRSA  for a reported €2 billion valuation.Spanish analysts believe that it may be the optimal time for Blackstone to make its move on Codere, as the company has recently restructured its debt-capacity, operations and governance make-up reducing the influence of the enterprise founding Martinez Sampedro family.Entering 2018, Codere’s new Chief Executive Vicente di Loreto quashed rumours, that his firm would look to merge with CIRSA, stating that M&A formed no part of Codere’s ongoing recovery.Merging Codere and CIRSA assets, Blackstone will create the outright gambling leader in Spain and multiple LATAM territories (Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Dominica and Costa Rica).However, whilst the proposition will likely gain the support of shareholders. Spanish insiders believe that Blackstone’s merger will face several regulatory hurdles, having to convince Spain’s competition authority and South American labour courts of the deal’s all-around viability. Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

888 secures Swedish expansion

first_img Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit Online gaming operator 888 has been confirmed as the latest operator to secure a Swedish expansion after it landed a online gambling licence, which will allow it to offer casino, poker and sports betting in the country.The agreement was confirmed with a statement by 888, to its shareholders, with the operator now being listed among the licence holders on Lotteriinspektionen’s site.The full list of licensees can be viewed here. The operator joins rivals including bet365, Betsson, LeoVegas and Mr Green, which have all been awarded licences in Sweden in recent weeks.888, which sees the 888.se, 888casino.se, 888poker.se and 888sport.se URLs listed, said the licence has been granted for a five-year period and will be effective from when the new regulated Swedish regime launches on January 1. The operator now holds licences in 11 online gaming jurisdictions.Itai Frieberger, CEO of 888, commented in a statement: “Continued expansion in regulated markets is central to 888’s growth strategy, so we are delighted to have been granted a licence in Sweden, ahead of the market’s regulation coming into force in January 2019.“Sweden is a significant online gaming market and we look forward to further developing our casino, sport and poker offerings for our Swedish customers, so they can enjoy our innovative gaming products responsibly.“Underpinned by our proprietary technology platform, marketing strength and CRM expertise, 888 has an outstanding track record of driving growth in newly regulated markets,” continued Frieberger.“During the first half of 2018, the vast majority of the group’s revenues were generated in regulated and taxed markets. We expect this to further increase over the coming years, as more markets regulate online gaming and we continue to leverage our core capabilities to gain market share.”last_img read more

Peter Woodfine, Vermantia: Why retail can still rival the solitary world of online betting

first_img George Fotopoulos, Vermantia: The future for retail betting April 30, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles George Fotopoulos, Vermantia: Decoding the customer engagement enigma June 30, 2020 Share Submit Share SBC Digital Summit Latinoamérica’s Land-Based 2.0 track to focus on casinos, lotteries & payments June 11, 2020 On the eve of next week’s Betting on Football conference at Stamford Bridge, Peter Woodfine – Business Development Director at Vermantia – says in-shop betting is changing. But he is a firm believer that retail will always be detail.There’s been a lot of talk in the media about the death of retail, but to paraphrase Mark Twain – it’s been greatly exaggerated. While online giants like Amazon have changed how we buy things forever, when it comes to the betting industry there will always be the four walls of a betting shop. Customers thrive on live action, and when you put a television on the wall, you instantly cross into the world of shared entertainment, something which will never be achieved in the solitary world of online betting. While we can be confident that these shop-goers will always relish the thrill retail can provide, this is not to say change isn’t needed. It is. The retail industry needs to adapt to survive against the competition of online. There are many ways it can, of course, both by meeting the evolving demands of the new generation of customer and by reducing the cost of operation. For retail betting the digital experience is both a threat and an opportunity. The tech-savvy customer of the new generation is far different to their predecessor. They want the same convenient, digitised, and cashless retail experience that they are used to in other areas of life, with a user experience that is personalised to them. If retail can provide the benefits of digital while also offering the thrill that physical betting provides, the future will certainly be bright, and more exciting than ever before. Supplying customers with the right live pictures and data and giving them an incentive to engage with exciting live action is going to be an essential proponent of that successful retail offering. Live content is what draws them in, and the better the quality of data and content that we can provide operators with, the more engaged the customer will be. As any of our partners will tell you, the holy trinity for customer engagement is good quality data, readily available markets, and live pictures. Content-driven technologies, like ultra-low latency have a big part tο play here too.However, this trinity isn’t enough on its own to compete with online. Delivery needs to be around the clock, instantaneous and tailor-made for every corner of the world. We’ve created an end-to-end solution to provide for this, with a complete odds service, adaptable data feed, automated channel production platform, and the latest in broadcasting and streaming technologies. But there’s one final piece missing from retail’s evolutionary jigsaw: the sale itself. The digitisation of retail betting needs to be a complete ecosystem, and as part of the next generation of the retail experience, the SSBT will have a key role to play. As we already know, younger customers want their user experience to be as simple, convenient, and frictionless as possible. Our new breed of self-service solutions V-POS and FLAVOR cater for that demand by merging premium gaming content with cashless payment options. By remodelling the player journey, our award-winning FLAVOR offers infotainment and a self-contained betting environment, while V-POS, our complete betting ecosystem, will act as a shop within a shop for businesses of all shapes and sizes. Unlike the larger cabinet-based SSBTs, our solutions offer a compact desk top self-service with a complementary printer, integrated bank payment POS and mobile app, as well as a decoder, with which to coordinate the on-screen live action in-shop. This unique combination of retail solutions is here to unlock a cashless and cardless world full of opportunities, bundled with both card and mobile payment solutions. The future of retail is far brighter than many think – and as the key provider of every aspect of the physical betting experience aside from the walls themselves, we’re excited to be there to meet that demand. From our modern SSBT solutions that provide customers with the convenient, digitised and cashless retail experience to our expansive content portfolio that ranges from our ultimate live racing and sports channels, we’re here to deliver on a localised, content and data-driven future that is customised for every corner of the world.Held from 19-22 March, Betting on Football is the only trade conference that brings together decision makers from international operators to address the recent issues and opportunities in the sports betting industry.Stamford Bridge provides the perfect setting for 200 expert speakers across 40 sessions, including high level business and networking opportunities for key suppliers, top affiliates, sports clubs and organisations to meet with the operators.For more information about Betting on Football, please click HERE.last_img read more

Daniel Grabher: Global Bet – Strong prospects for virtuals post-FOBT reduction

first_img Related Articles Parimatch secures ‘premium VS’ content with Global Bet July 24, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon Share BtoBet grows LatAm portfolio with GlobalBet deal August 12, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 As all betting incumbents make tough adjustments to their operating frameworks post the FOBT stake reduction, Daniel Grabher – Founder & Chief Executive of Global Bet – details that bookmaker virtual inventories are more important than ever at driving much needed retail engagements.  ______________SBC: Can you tell us more about what sets Global Bet’s virtual offering ahead of other virtual suppliers?Daniel Grabher (Global Bet Founder & Chief Executive): We have seen over the course of the recent years that the betting sector has never been more competitive. With marketing budgets stretched as operators fight fierce pricing and bonusing wars, the product is once again emerging as a genuine way to stand out from the crowd. This is why we decided years ago to make the product perfect for the next generation of players.Advanced 3D visualisations and a complex AI take the gap between real life sports and virtual sports to a new level. This is what keeps players glued to the screen on your website, in your retail channels or on mobile devices. When people see our latest games, they instantly realize what brings Global Bet´s virtual offering one step ahead of the competition.Our mission is to attract and deliver to millennials, as they are already familiarised with high-quality graphics and video games. Both Generation Y and Generation Z can be called “Millennials”, with the primary difference between the two being technology. Generation Y grew-up on personal computers, cell phones, and video game systems, while Generation Z has grown up on tablets, smartphones, and apps. Yet, the common ground between both generations is that both have been transforming and altering the way we place bets online, not just in the UK, but globally.SBC: How big a role do you think virtual sports betting could play in replacing fobts in the UK?DG: The fact that the latest UKGC report includes virtual betting for the first time, outlines the importance of this niche product. Next month’s reduction of the maximum wager on fixed odds betting terminals from £100 to £2, will hit the profitability of the majority of shops operated by big chains and independents alike. Operators are already looking for new revenue sources.Lost FOBT revenue will be made up by increased sports betting facilitated by the introduction of self-service betting terminals (SSBTs) which allow punters to gamble on new betting products. The role of virtual sports within these terminals is to fill the void, particularly on days with less sports events. Integrating the benefits of virtual sports into their operations is a logical step for UK operators for maximizing revenues and minimizing expenses. Data published by the UK Gambling Commission shows that virtual sports revenue totaled £170 million pounds, which was £40 million pounds more than real tennis brought in and represents roughly 8.5% of overall online betting revenue. I personally think that this numbers will be increasing massively after 1st of April.SBC: In terms of social responsibility, why are virtuals a better option than fobts were for UK retail betting operators?DG: Take a walk down any busy street in London and pop your head into one of the many betting shops. You are likely to see several fixed odds betting terminals (FOBTs) complete with addicted punters feeding them with money.In terms of social responsibility virtuals allow a person to play a couple of games only to be excited by the adrenaline rush. Whether he or she wins or loses does not matter. The thrill of the game leads them to play again in the future more for entertainment without them eventually losing all their money.SBC: How significant can virtual sports be for betting operators in the summer with the absence of a major football tournament?DG: Many see virtual sports as the perfect ‘gap-filler’ in the absence of a major football tournament. This is because the presence of virtual sports offerings in physical and online locations had the sole function of retaining punters’ interest before the next live sports event begun.This is no longer the case; virtuals are fast becoming a critical part of any modern sportsbook offering. The main reason for the rise of virtuals beyond the instant gratification that these games offer is the fact that punters are blown away by the sheer amount of entertainment virtuals offer them on a daily basis.SBC: How crucial do you think virtuals will be in the newly regulated US market?DG: Virtual sports are big business in European markets, accounting for 25 percent of all sports betting handle in Italy for instance. That’s a number that surprises many people who are unfamiliar with the product. In many states, virtual sports will act as filler content during seasonal and time lulls and stand out as an appealing gambling product. But in New Jersey for instance, instead of gaining a foothold and piggybacking as “filler” content during lulls in live sports, virtuals will probably act as a substitute for them. That being said, in newly opened markets lacking legal sports betting industry like the US, many things might work in virtual sports’ favour. Instead of piggybacking on sports betting, virtuals can be an alternative.Sports and entertainment are two very important parts of culture in the United States so products like our Virtual Basketball that already have massive success in Europe, are a perfect fit for the vast U.S. market. ___________________Daniel Grabher – Founder & Chief Executive – Global Betlast_img read more

French casino trade union demands ‘hard games protections’ on FDJ sale

first_img Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Share Submit Share Related Articles FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon French casino trade union ‘Casinos de France’ has written to the En Marche government demanding that its planned sale of state-owned gambling/lottery operator Francaise des Jeux (FDJ) be undertaken on specific terms which do not hinder national casino incumbents.The trade union, which represents staff working across forty French private/independent casino operators including Groupe Barrière, Partouche and Tranchant, states that FDJ’s sale must not include any terms allowing its buyer to service ‘Article-D (321-13)’ games.Under France’s current gambling code, Article-D games reference casino-style inventory and slots machines, making no clear distinction between land-based and digital verticals. Furthermore, these games are classified as ‘hard content’ regardless of player % payouts.Writing to En Marche, the governance of Casinos de France demands that its sale terms stipulate that the buyer of FDJ cannot service hard games content across FDJ terminals and its network of outlets.The trade union highlights ‘FDJ’s +30,000 retail point network’, underlining that without this written demand 200 French casinos would be exposed to ‘encroachment by a new buyer’, who could simply add casino content to FDJ terminals, threatening the outlook and performance of its members.Casinos de France closes its statement by detailing that it will challenge any threat to France’s land-based casino sector, reminding En Marche of the employment, commercial and cultural benefits of French Casinos.“45,000 jobs including 15,000 direct, 60 million visitors, 500 cultural events supported financially, 350 bars and 300 restaurants in the casinos as well as 300 performance and reception halls employing 20,000 intermittent performers, 50 hotels, 35 discotheques, 34 bowling / cinemas, financial support and active development of tourism sector,” it said.This August, Bruno Le Maire – France’s Finance Minister – expressed confidence that En Marche would deliver on its schedule to sell FDJ by the end of 2019, fulfilling a key directive of the government’s ‘Pacte Loi‘ enterprise mandate.last_img read more