Month: August 2020

Shelly Ann’s Joy is in Zyon

first_imgMultiple Olympic and World Championship gold medal winner, Jamaican Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has given birth to a bouncing baby boy. The child has been given the name Zyon.Fraser-Pryce made the disclosure on her Facebook page on Tuesday morning.“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are powerful, I know that full well. Welcome Zyon D. Pryce, August 7, 2017! To God be the glory for the things he has done, #HisWill #Chapter30 #PoiseandPerseverance#PrycelessJourney,” the post read.The social media post was accompanied by a photo of the sprint diva and her husband Jason Pryce.Fraser-Pryce burst on the international scene with a surprise gold medal run at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Since then, she ruled women sprints winning six Olympic medals and nine World Championships medals.Foot injury A nagging foot injury impeded her athletic career in 2016. Although she made the Jamaican team that competed in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and was touted to win gold in the 100 meters, she lost to her compatriot Elaine Thompson who won the gold. Announced pregnancy A few months after the Olympics as she underwent treatment for her foot, Fraser-Pryce announced that she was pregnant.She has been adamant that she will bounce back to the sprint track after giving birth.last_img read more

Ninjaman sentenced to life in prison

first_imgJamaican Dancehall artist Ninjaman, his son and another man receive life sentences for 2009 murder.Veteran Jamaican Dancehall deejay Ninjaman was sentenced to life in prison on Monday for the 2009 murder of Ricardo Johnson, plus 20 years for shooting with intent.Ninja Man, whose real name is Desmond Ballentine, must serve 25 years before he will be eligible for parole. His son, Janiel Ballentine and co-accused Dennis Clayton were slapped with life in prison for the murder. They will be eligible for parole in 15 years. The life sentences follow a unanimous guilty verdict from the seven member jury on November 20.The three were to be sentenced on Friday Dec 15; however ,their sentencing was postponed because the attorney representing one of the convicted men was late for court.When the sentenced was handed out, Ninjaman, gave the thumbs up. His attorney, Queen’s Counsel Valerie Neita-Robertson had earlier indicated the artist would be appealing the verdict.The seven-member jury deliberated for more than three hours in the Home Circuit Court before returning the guilty verdict against the singer, his son, Janiel, and Dennis Clayton. The three were accused of the murder of Ricardo Johnson, also known as “Trooper”, in March 2009.last_img read more

Grenada prosecutes first case of revenge pornography

first_imgA 25-year-old man became the first person to be charged for violating a section of the Electronic Crimes Act when he appeared in court In Grenada earlier this week.Yurber Phillip was charged with violation of privacy under the act based on allegations that he published nude photos of a woman on a social media website. Police confirmed that the female and Phillip had an intimate relationship.Section 10 (1) of the Electronic Crimes Act states that, “a person who, knowingly or without lawful excuse or justification, captures, publishes or transmits the image of a private area of a person without his or her consent, under circumstances violating the privacy of that person, commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding two hundred thousand dollars or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding three years or to both.”The legislation was approved in both houses of Parliament in 2013 as one in five electronic laws aimed at providing guidance to the police and the judiciary to deal with criminal matters committed using electronic and technological devices.Assistant Commissioner of Police Trevor Modeste said the Electronic Crimes Act is designed to protect the rights and privacy of individuals in this increasingly technological era.Modeste said the provisions of the legislation are clear and wants persons to become familiar with these provisions.“Ignorance of the law will not be accepted as an excuse. Violation of privacy is one of the offences identified in the legislation and as such, citizens must refrain from violating the rights of other persons when they record and share images of others, specifically images that depict an individual’s private area,” he said while explaining that the law refers to the genitals, whether naked or covered by undergarments as the pubic area, the buttocks or the female breast.Phillip returns to court on October 5.last_img read more

Shannon Gabriel’s pace is a handful for any batsman, says Holder

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua, CMC – West Indies skipper Jason Holder has backed fit-again speedster Shannon Gabriel to rattle England in the second Test starting here Thursday.Gabriel got stuck into England captain Joe Root in a torrid spell after lunch on the fourth day of the opening Test in Bridgetown, before limping off with bruised toe.“I wasn’t surprised [by his pace]. It’s something that Shannon has done to many batsmen around world cricket,” Holder told media here Wednesday.“He carries pace and was really aggressive in that spell, which we asked of him, and it was really good to see him come out after lunch after we were probably a little flat at lunch with England two down and over a hundred as well.“We needed to break the partnership and Shannon really gave us that momentum. That was really good to see.”Gabriel has been passed fit for match at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, and is expected to share the new ball with seamer Kemar Roach.And Holder said regardless of the nature of the pitch, the barrel-chested Trinidadian had the ability to work up a fair turn of pace.“I don’t think the surface as much to do with Shannon. He’s genuinely quick and kind of awkward as well. We just expect Shannon to continue to run in,” Holder pointed out.“He obviously had a bit of a toe injury in the last game but that seems to have healed up quite nlast_img read more

Trinidad & Tobago Rattled By Second Earthquake This Week

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.4 rattled Trinidad on Tuesday (September 10) night, the second quake to have rocked the Caribbean island within a 24 hour period.The Seismic Research Centre (SRC) at the St. Augustine Campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) said the quake occurred at 9:31 pm (local time) and was located Latitude: 10.75 north, Longitude: 62.06 west and at a depth of 35 kilometers (km).It said that the quake was felt 61 km west of the capital, of Port of Spain, 86 km northwest of the southern town of San Fernando and 87 km west of Arima, east of here.As in the previous occasion on Monday, when the island and two other Caribbean countries were rattled by a 4.2 magnitude earthquake, there were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.last_img read more

McGregor Pledges To Knockout Mayweather “inside four rounds”: As The Pair Face Off Ahead…

first_imgConor McGregor has vowed to knockout undefeated Floyd Mayweather “inside four rounds” of their August 26 mega bout in Las Vegas.The fighters faced off last night for the first time at a press conference in Los Angeles to kick off the bout’s promotional tour.Addressing the press in front of 11,000 fans at the Staples Center, McGregor said: “There’s no other way about it. His little legs, his little core, his little head. I’m going to knock him out inside four rounds, mark my words.” “The movement, the power, the ferociousness – he’s not experienced this. He’s fought people who have shied away from him. I don’t fear this limited set of fighting. This is a limited set of rules that makes this half a fight, a quarter of a fight. If this was a true fight, it wouldn’t even take one round.”40-year-old Mayweather replied the UFC star, who has never boxed professionally, saying: “You going out on your face or you going out on your back. Which way you want to go? Which way do you want go?”“He looks good for a seven-figure fighter, he looks good for a eight-figure fighter, but I’m a nine-figure fighter.”“God only made one thing perfect – and that’s my boxing record.”The mega fight’s promotional events continue on Wednesday in Toronto, New York on Thursday before finally heading to London on Friday.RelatedMayweather v McGregor: Fight Will End Early And “Won’t Go The Distance”, Says MayweatherAugust 11, 2017In “Sports”McGregor Camp Confident Of Victory In The “The Money Fight”August 2, 2017In “Sports”VIDEO: Watch Floyd Mayweather Defeat McGregor To Make Boxing HistoryAugust 27, 2017In “Sports”last_img read more

Russia 2018 Playoffs (UEFA): Italy Handed Tough Sweden Test; Home Nations Get Tricky Opponents

first_img4-time world champions Italy have been handed a tough draw in the shape of Sweden in their bid to qualify for next year’s World Cup in Russia.The Italians found out about their opposition for the playoffs after the draw was conducted by Real Madrid and Spanish legend Fernando Hierro in Zurich earlier on Thursday.Sweden finished ahead of the Netherlands in Group A to qualify for the playoffs and will provide a stern test for Giampaolo Ventura and his boys.Still staying with the draw, the home nations namely Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland also got respective tricky tests in the playoffs.Northern Ireland will play Switzerland in their bid to qualify for the first time since the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. The first leg will be at Windsor Park in Belfast before  the return leg in Switzerland.The Republic of Ireland shocked rivals Wales to qualify for the playoffs and they have been drawn against Denmark. The fourth and final playoff tie will see Croatia and Greece battle one another for a spot in Russia.The first legs will be played between 9 and 11 November with the second legs scheduled for  between 12 and 14 November.Reacting to the draw, Northern Ireland boss O’Neill was quite optimistic about his side’s chances. In his words, he said:“The most important thing is we don’t concede an away goal. We’ll be prepared for Belfast. We’ve only lost one game there in four years.“We knew it was going to be difficult. They’ve had a good campaign, but we have a big opportunity to get to Russia. We know we’ll have to be at our best but we believe we’re good enough to do that.” he added.Speaking about the draw, Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill was pleased with the outcome,  he said:“Naturally, we’re just pleased to be in the draw. Being unseeded means it was always going to be a difficult tie.“If you ask most coaches, you want the second game at home. But with the rules like extra time, it gives the away team that chance to score in 120 minutes.“We have momentum and that’s important. We won our last two games to get here. I’m now concerned with the next couple of weeks and making sure my players don’t get injuries at club level.” he concluded.The 2018 FIFA World Cup will take place from June 14 to July 15.Relatedlast_img read more

Input wanted…UKGC launches 2017/2018 ‘key focus’ business plan

first_img Submit Related Articles Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Share StumbleUpon UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 William Moyes – UKGCUpdating the market this morning, The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has published its Business plan for 2017/2018 outlining its regulatory and industry focuses and priorities for key areas of the next financial year.The UKGC outlines that this year’s business plan will focus on five key areas:Empower and protect consumersRaise standards across all gambling sectorsBuild partnerships and understandingEnsure fair play on the National LotteryImprove regulation.At the same time as publishing the business plan, the Commission also invites key stakeholders including consumers, the industry and public bodies to contribute their views to help shape its three-year corporate strategy. Chair of the Gambling Commission, William Moyes encourages all with an interest in the work of the Commission to share their views:“By no means are we starting from scratch with our long term strategy, but we are calling on all our stakeholders to share their views about how we and our partners can have the greatest impact for consumers – who are at the heart of everything we do at the Commission.”“These highly valued contributions will help us to continue to improve how we deliver our core responsibilities. There is also a need to build and maintain consumer trust against the backdrop of changing consumer behaviour. To do this, we wish to encourage the industry to be increasingly innovative to continue to keep gambling safe, fair and crime free.’’last_img read more

British Horseracing receives 2017 boost reports The Jockey Club

first_img Share GVS targets ‘equine support’ with new finance service August 18, 2020 Share Submit Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020 EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 The Jockey Club has announced 2017 figures detailing a ninth successive year of growth, as well as a record contribution to British horseracing prize money.Welcoming four million people to its venues throughout the year, the group has reported revenues exceeding £200m for the first time, up 5.2 percent year-on-year to £201.1m, driven by increases in admissions, media, hospitality and commercial partnerships.As a result The Jockey Club also generated its largest ever operating profit before prize money of $44.8m, a 3.1 percent rise on 2016’s £43.4m.This in turn increased its own contribution to prize money by £2.1m, a 10.1 percent increase to a record £22.9m, resulting in prize money across its fifteen racecourse portfolio to £45.7m, up 4.5 percent.The group also details that it “chose to reduce its operating profit after prize money slightly,” with its 21.9m figure a three percent decrease from the previous years £22.6m.Simon Bazalgette, Group Chief Executive of The Jockey Club, commented: “I’m very pleased we were able to make a record financial contribution to British Racing in 2017 as a result of achieving a ninth successive year of commercial growth.“Looking ahead, we are increasing prize money further in 2018 and we are continuing to invest in the experience we offer to customers and participants, whether that’s recently completing Europe’s largest installation of free public Wi-Fi, further enhancing facilities for racehorse owners and trainers or launching the new Britbet betting service for our racing customers this summer.“We’re working hard to build The Jockey Club brand to create more value to benefit British Racing, including through the record partnership revenues we’re now achieving, and we’re now making some good strides in terms of our efforts to engage more people across the country in our sport, which is vital for the future.”The Jockey Club also details that over the last ten years group turnover has increased 99.3 percent, operating profit before prize money has risen 39.1 percent and its contribution to prize money has grown 74.8 percent. StumbleUpon Related Articleslast_img read more

David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Who are you & how old are you?

first_img David CliftonWe all knew it was coming. Back in March, the Gambling Commission published its “Review of Online Gambling”, expressing the clear opinion that “progress by the online industry to minimise harm has been significantly slower than we expected and required”. I wrote about it in my “No surprises from UKGC’s review of online gambling” article for SBC  that month.So it should equally have come as no surprise that, in the Commission’s recently announced consultation, it explains its intention to strengthen existing LCCP age and identity verification requirements.It proposes to do so by requiring remote betting and gaming (and some lottery) operating licence-holders to:verify the age of all customers, not only before they can deposit money or gamble, but also before they can access play-for-free versions of gambling games,verify the identity of (and obtain more information about) their customers at an earlier stage in the business relationship, andensure that the name associated with any payment method used by a customer matches the verified identity of that same customer.It is proposed that these new requirements will take effect from April 2019. However, we can expect earlier next year a yet further consultation by the Commission, this time on strengthening requirements for customer interaction, that will include its proposal that remote licence holders must set limits on their customers’ gambling activity that can only be changed once further information about the customer has been verified to establish whether signs of problem gambling exist. I am going to comment below on each of these developments.Age verificationThe new age verification requirement would abolish both (a) the current 72-hour rule for completion of such checks (which the Commission believes provides an opportunity for children and young people to deposit money and gamble undetected for up to three days) and (b) the current exception to that rule that presently allows random age verification testing only amongst credit card users.The requirement to verify age before a customer can access play-for-free versions of gambling games arises from the Commission’s concern that play-for-free games may encourage children to attempt to gamble, coupled with its belief that there is “no legitimate reason” why such games should be available to children at all.One of the motivations behind the proposed changes to age verification requirements is the very considerable improvement in technology that has taken place since the LCCP first came into force in 2007 and now enables age verification to be completed within a matter of minutes or seconds. However, such technology does not come cheap and, even though the Commission has no intention to prescribe how operators should go about completing age verification, smaller operators, in particular, may find the added expense prohibitive.On that score, the Commission is inviting licence-holders to provide estimates of (a) the time that would be needed to implement any required technological developments and (b) the one-off, annual and ongoing costs that might be incurred by operators in implementing the proposed age verification changes. These costs could include, for example, software development and associated staff time, familiarisation costs in terms of staff training and other business impact expenditure.From a practical perspective, affected operators should take note that age verification would not necessarily need to be completed at the point a new customer account is opened and registered. However, verification would need to be completed before that customer is able to deposit or gamble online, and before they could access any free-to-play versions of games made available. In this respect, the Commission states that its proposals would mean that:“if a customer can access free-to-play games before depositing any of their own money into their account, then the licensee must complete age verification pre-deposit and before the customer can access free play games” and“if a customer can register and gamble for a prize using free bonus funds provided by the licensee without having to first deposit cash funds,then the licensee will need to complete verification earlier than the point of deposit (ie at the point of account registration or the point where the free bonus can be used by the customer)”.Identity verificationThe Commission also identified concern in its “Review of Online Gambling” that licence-holders do not know enough about their customers at a sufficiently early stage of the business relationship.As is apparent from the Commission’s recently published Enforcement Report 2017/18 (about which I wrote in July in my “Pointing to the next stage in gambling-related harm” article), inadequate identification and insufficient knowledge of customers from the start of a relationship can lead to all sorts of regulatory problems from both an anti-money laundering and social responsibility perspective.It has also led to suggestions that operators are treating customers unfairly by requesting additional identity information only at the point where, after the customer has potentially spent significant amounts of money gambling, he or she requests to withdraw funds from their account. This ties in with last month’s Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA”) announcement that remote operators must make it easier and fairer for customers to withdraw money from their online gambling accounts by, amongst other things, no longer confiscating their money if they do not meet their identity check rules within a specific timeframe.The proposed new licence condition would require remote operating licence holders to obtain details (and verify the identity) of customers before they are allowed to gamble. Those “basic identifiers” should at least include the customer’s name, address, date of birth and email address.However, the requirement would go further than this in circumstances where, for example, further information is needed by an operator to (a) allow a customer to promptly withdraw funds from their account, or (b) apply gambling management tools or self-exclusion consistently across multiple accounts held by a customer with it (or with other licence-holders in the same group structure). In such circumstances, the new licence condition would require the operator to obtain and verify, where practicable, further information (in addition to the above-mentioned “basic identifiers”) before the customer is permitted to gamble.This will need very careful consideration by operators because the proposed new licence condition will require them to make clear to their prospective customers before they deposit funds into a new account, the forms of identity documentation that the operator might require them to provide, and when. Operators will also need to (a) consider what steps they can take to reassure their customers as to the security of the identity-related data and (b) place appropriate limitations on its use and retention.They will also need to take account of the Gambling Commission’s expectation that, in addition to verifying the identity of new customers, they will verify the identities of their existing customers to the standards required by the proposed new licence condition. As the Commission points out, this will be necessary for any event to delivery effective multi-operator self-exclusion under the GamStop scheme.Payment methodsThe proposed new payment methods licence condition arises from concern on the part of the Gambling Commission that:some operators might not routinely ensure that the name associated with any payment method used by a customer to fund their account matches the verified identity of that same customer andthis could have the possible consequence that a customer will use their partner’s debit or credit card (or perhaps a stolen card) to deposit funds into their own gambling account.This said operators who experienced the rising role of the consumer to the centre of Gambling Commission policy during Sarah Harrison’s time as CEO will not be surprised to learn that the Commission is also keen to ensure that consumers are not adversely affected by this specific proposalMandatory account limits on customers’ gambling activityThe Gambling Commission also flagged up earlier this year in its “Review of Online Gambling” its intention to consult on requirements for licence-holders to set limits on customers’ gambling activity which could only be changed once the licence-holder has further verified information about the customer.However, the Commission is not consulting at this stage on introducing a specific licence condition or code about account limits. Instead, in what it describes as “an opportunity for respondents to influence any future specific proposals”, it is asking for “any information or evidence of good practice that helps licensees and customers to ensure gambling remains fair and safe …. both in terms of existing practice and what is possible, and which could later inform specific proposals on mandatory account limits to strengthen provisions for preventing gambling-related harm”. It suggests that such further information might include:financial indicators to assess whether a customer can afford their current levels of gambling (that could be with reference to customer-specific data such as their credit profile information, or socio-demographic indicators that are not specific to the customer, such as postcode deprivation indices),behavioural indicators or markers of harm (such as time spent or intensity of gambling, which a licence-holder can monitor from the start of the customer relationship) which might inform the basis of account limits to prevent harm, providing as possible further examples: failed deposit at first attempt since registration, use of high interest credit cards, choice and number of payment methods at account opening, bonus requests, void requests, patterns of deposit or loss in the first few weeks of relationship and deposit and loss levels in the first few days after registration, andproblem gambling self-assessment screens completed by customers.The Commission has long denied that the current Annual Assurance Statement (“AAS”) requirement for larger gambling operators (under which they conduct a self-assessment of the risks to the licensing objectives posed by their business, how well they are managing those risks, where they need to improve and how they intend to do so) is necessarily to be extended to smaller operators. However, it seems that at least that element of the AAS that relates to the manner in which operators support at-risk and problem gamblers will come even more under the regulatory microscope once the LCCP requirements on customer interaction are beefed up next year. All operators – regardless of their size – would be well-advised not to disregard the 15 questions that are posed on mandatory account limits, merely because they refer to the subject-matter of a future consultation.QuestionsThe age and identity verification consultation runs until 27 November 2018. It takes the form of an online survey and poses a total of 38 questions which the Commission describes as a “non-exhaustive” list, adding that respondents should provide any other information that they think may be relevant.In my view, the survey is far from easy to navigate, particularly if you want to read through it all before starting to answer every one of the 38 questions that are posed within it. In the hope that it will assist, I have set out on the Clifton Davies website every single question that is posed in the online survey so that you can read through those now to get a better advance understanding of what the Commission wants to know. However, it is crucial that all operators wishing to respond to the questions do very carefully read through the entire consultation proposals before doing so.PostscriptUnsurprisingly, a question not posed in the Gambling Commission’s current consultation is: “Are regulators the biggest threat to the industry?”. I suspect that either way, some readers of this article will have their own strong view. If so, I encourage them to attend the “Betting on Sports” panel session on this very same topic, that will be moderated by my business partner Suzanne Davies and will be taking place at the Olympia Conference Centre in London at 4 pm on Thursday 20th September. See you there!___________________________David Clifton – Director – ‎Clifton Davies Consultancy LimitedThe Betting industry’s regulatory agenda and current context will be discussed at the upcoming ‘Betting on Sports Conference’ (#boscon2018 – Olympia London-18-20 September 2018). Click on the below banner for more information… StumbleUpon Share UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Submit Related Articles Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Sharelast_img read more