Minister of State in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, the Pearnel Charles Jr. (center), along with Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks flanked by heads of various Diaspora organizations. Minister of State in Jamaica’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Pearnel Charles Jr. says the Jamaican government is planning to more strategically harness the vast amount of resources available within the Jamaican Diaspora. Minister Charles pointed out there are tremendous resources and once a way can be found to pool them for the good of Jamaica, the country stands to benefit tremendously.Need to improve communication flows Delivering the keynote address at a reception given in his honor by Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States, Her Excellency Audrey Marks, at the Embassy of Jamaica on Tuesday, June 5, Minister Charles said there was need to improve the communication that flows from Jamaica to the Diaspora so that members can have access to more accurate information about what is happening in Jamaica and how the Government can facilitate Jamaicans who support their country. First meeting with DiasporaIn his first direct interaction with the Diaspora in the USA, Minister Charles, who was recently appointed state minister with responsibility for the Diaspora, told the large audience “I want to carve out a new dispensation to find ways to have a mutually beneficial exchange between members of the Jamaican Diaspora and my ministry. I believe that there is still this mindset that the Diaspora must be the only one to give. However, this giving must be a two-way street.” He argued that the country must also give back to the diaspora.Invest in the homelandThe minister urged the Diaspora to look at investing in their homeland. “Now is the time to invest in Jamaica as there are myriad investment opportunities that await you in your homeland, so I urge you to take advantage of this opportunity.”Minister Charles reiterated that one of his new responsibilities is to serve members of the Diaspora. We now need to focus on connectivity, partnership and facilitation so that Jamaicans living outside of Jamaica not only feel – but know – that they are not just seen as members of the Diaspora but that they are an integral part of the development of their homeland.The special reception was attended by Diaspora representatives from New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Delaware, Baltimore, Virginia and Washington DC. Minister Charles was in Washington to lead Jamaica’s delegation to the 48th Regular Session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), which ended on Tuesday night, June 5, 2018.
PHOTO CAPTION: Guyana’s Ambassador to Cuba Halim Majeed (left) and Dr. Mark Kirton (right) with Ambassador Carlos Zamora, Head of the Caribbean and Latin American Division of the Cuban Foreign Ministry. Havana, Dec. 5-Cuba and the member states of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will on Thursday celebrate here the 46th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations with a wreath laying ceremony at the Jose Marti Memorial at the Square of the Revolution followed by an official ceremony at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.Four Caribbean nations- Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados and Jamaica simultaneously entered into diplomatic relations with Cuba on December 8th, 1972. On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of these relations in 2002, December 8th was designated Cuba/CARICOM Day.Guyana’s Ambassador to Cuba, Halim Majeed will deliver the feature address on behalf of the CARICOM member states at the ceremony at the Foreign Ministry which will also be addressed by top Cuban government officials.The celebrations will also be attended by delegates currently participating in the 12th International Conference on Caribbean Studies which opened here today at the University of Havana. Guyana’s Dr. Mark Kirton is scheduled to address the conference Thursday morning.The ambassadors of CARICOM member states and delegates from the region were among those attending the formal opening of the conference.The celebration of Cuba/CARICOM Day is being celebrated this year as Guyana’s President David Granger is here for medical treatment and it is expected that Ambassador Majeed will take the opportunity to thank the Cuban government for its cooperation in this regard.
The Jamaican diaspora is mourning the tragic passing of Jodian Fearon, a pregnant woman, whose controversial death has gained local and international attention since last week. As reported by her family, the 23-year-old expectant mother went into labour on April 23 and was admitted to the Andrews Memorial Hospital (AMH) in Kingston, where she was already scheduled to have her C-Section. Fearon reportedly had flu-like symptoms including shortness of breath – a symptom of labor. She was denied services at the hospital after the medical staff feared that she had the highly contagious COVID-19. The hospitals and medical professionals involved have received widescale backlash from Jamaicans at home and abroad. The hospitals have also been accused of negligence, which ultimately resulted in Fearon’s death. Via social media, her mother, a Jamaican living in New York, had begged for the ministry of healthy to investigate and aid her a day before her death, but her requests went unanswered. A medical source at the UHWI told the Gleaner, “UHWI was consulted, and our team of specialists here were in talks with Andrews. We were told that the baby would be delivered at Andrews and the patient sent to us in the morning. UHWI was never asked to admit an expectant mother”. The following morning, on April 25, Fearon passed away from cardiac arrest. A day later, Fearon’s test results came back negative for COVID-19. As the doctor and family continued searching for a place for the woman to have her baby, Spanish Town Hospital, St Catherine offered to accept her. Fearon was forced to go through with natural birth although her personal doctor had concluded that she wouldn’t be able to do so, hence the scheduled C-section. After giving birth to her daughter, she was transferred to UHWI because of complications. Hospitals Playing The Blame Game While her family and friends in Jamaica and Florida mourn her passing, they have asked the diaspora for privacy. On Sunday night, the family said it intends to have an independent pathologist at her autopsy. They also asked that Fearon’s name not be used for partisan political means. Photo via Jodian Fearon’s mother on Twitter. “I have asked for a thorough investigation to take place and as soon as the results are available, which I hope will be very soon, we will make the information public. In the meantime, we will give whatever support is necessary to the newborn child who I understand is stable and in hospital,” Tufton said. She was then referred to the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) but that facility also said they were unable to take her. The story of the woman came to light in a TVJ news broadcast on Friday night, April 24. Jodian’s death has confirmed shortcomings of the Jamaican healthcare system and has put the vulnerability of pregnant women during the pandemic at the forefront of the national news. In a statement, the Andrews Hospital has denied the accusations of negligence, saying that the UHWI is to be blamed for not answering appeals for assistance. Andrews has also blamed a team of anaesthesiologists working with Fearon’s gynaecologist for refusing to engage because of fears that the patient might have had COVID-19. The story, as reported by TVJ, said the pregnant woman who was in labour was taken to the country’s largest maternity facility, Victoria Jubilee Hospital (VJH) but they advised her doctor that they did not have room there to admit her. Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton expressed condolences to family and friends of Fearon. He says an investigation regarding her untimely passing was ordered. As an investigation is launched in Fearon’s death, two hospitals involved in her passing are now tossing blame back and forth regarding which medcial staff should be held responsible. The family has been urged to make no further comments, as it is now a legal matter. Jodian would have celebrated her 24th birthday on April 28.
GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile August 25, 2020 Related Articles ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 FTSE-listed Paddy Power Betfair Plc (PPB) is the latest industry operator to fall foul of punter-friendly results recorded during Q4 2016.Issuing a trading update ahead of its full-year 2016 results on 7 March, PPB governance detailed that an unkind Q4 2016 closing had cost its operations revenue losses of £40 million on European football results and a further £5 million on Donald Trump’s US Election victoryDespite the ‘adverse results’ impacting Betfair’s 2016 earnings performance, PPB governance would detail to investors that its FY 2016 EBITDA guidance would fall around the mid-point range of £390-405 million, notwithstanding worse than expected gross win margins in November and December.Seeking to close its first full year as a FTSE-100 enterprise, PPB governance highlighted the firm’s strengthened revenue performance, which has seen an 18% group uplift to £1.55 billion.Paddy Power Betfair trading statement overview Company growth has been further supported by strong growth in its Australian betting division led by its Sportsbet brand which displayed a revenue growth of 18 % and a 25% rise in wagering.Looking forward to its 7 March results presentation, PPB investors will be seeking for further updates on the enlarged firm’s integration of assets and operations, as PPB looks to meet post-merger corporate targets. Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share
Golden Race’s virtual sports products get Swedish certification June 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Martin Wachter, Golden RaceAn event that has been described as the “gateway to Africa’s gaming market” was always likely to attract interest from expansion-seeking virtual betting provider Golden Race.CEO Martin Wachter made the trip to the Kampala Serena Hotel in Uganda for the Sports Betting East Africa Summit from 10-11 April, alongside salesman Christoff Sattler, and partner and client for Uganda Shamir Hirani.The event was focused on trends, challenges and opportunities that exist in the growing African market due to variable cultures and the sheer size of the continent.The two-day agenda also saw gaming experts embrace a growing level of transparency within the African sports betting market, examine the impact of the Lotteries and Gaming Act in Uganda, and discuss the rise of mobile as a game changer for the sports betting business in the region.Wachter commented: “The Sports Betting East Africa is an important show for us – I love returning to Africa – we have so many great customers and friends here, and every time we see new retail locations springing up with our range of products. We have a number of products tailor-made for this continent and its unique challenges and infrastructure, and it is very pleasing to see all our hard work pay off for our customers here.”The CEO has also expressed his interest in the African market profile panel at Betting on Football 2017 (3-5 May), which will touch on how the industry is dealing with increased digitalisation of the customer and whether African bookmakers can follow SportPesa’s lead to compete with both Asian-based and UK bookmakers for a share of the football marketing real estate.He added: “There are a few market profile sessions at Betting on Football which catch my eye this year – the ones regarding the potential of Spain & LatAm, the exploding African market and football betting, and the Asian market place in the industry – Golden Race have strong growth in all those areas, so are particularly interesting to me.” Related Articles Share Share The industry wakes up to virtual sports potential June 26, 2020 Submit Golden Race gains ISO certification May 29, 2020
Related Articles MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit Share PartnerMatrix drives user engagement with two new deals August 13, 2020 Erik Nyman joins EveryMatrix as US lead August 6, 2020 EveryMatrix has announced an integration of its real time affiliate and agent system, PartnerMatrix, with its payment processing company, MoneyMatrix.The industry platform and software supplier state that this marks a significant step for client satisfaction, as it strives for continuous improvement.Before taking this step, affiliates had to register in EveryMatrix’s standard gaming platform in order to access their commissions, which often imposed restrictions as per compliance requirements.Through this integration affiliates can withdraw commissions directly from the PartnerMatrix system interface, whilst also providing access to a variety of payment withdrawal methods available in MoneyMatrix.In addition, since the payment can also be disengaged from the platform, clients can also have and pay affiliates in countries where player accounts are blocked for legal reasonsLevon Nikoghosyan, PartnerMatrix CEO, commented: “Our affiliate system is an ever-evolving solution that is under constant improvement and we are delighted to announce that this integration allows us to provide so many ways for affiliates to withdraw their commissions. “After launching real-time data reporting, this is another major step towards providing one of the most powerful affiliate systems in the iGaming market.“Our affiliate and agent system includes everything you need in order to run a successful performance based marketing campaign.”PartnerMatrix offers operators an easy to use interface, with a variety of features allowing them to manage affiliates’ data, payment plans, marketing tools, reports and user settings from a single location.Adaptable for different markets and regions, the system also boasts continuous updates.
Share The launch of the bespoke Affiliate Manager Coaching Academy from AffiliateINSIDER means that affiliate managers in the iGaming sector now have an opportunity to access over two decades of affiliate marketing strategies, tactics and expertise.Founded by Lee-Ann Johnstone, the CEO of news, training and events business AffiliateINSIDER, this new academy aids skills development for affiliate managers and graduates entering the digital marketplace.Delivered in exclusive training venues to provide bespoke and tailored classes, it is built around proven strategies for helping affiliate programmes grow. Only up to a maximum of 10 delegates are permitted to enable significant 1 on 1 time within an intense learning schedule.The advanced one-day program is tailored according to a pre-course questionnaire designed to customise content delivery to the delegates in the room. It is then backed up with a 90-day action plan from the tactics learnt on the day and includes a 30-minute personal Skype coaching call, while a detailed workbook and course notes are available to take away.Johnstone commented: “The affiliate coaching academy is an extension of the strategy and skills I’ve learnt working in this industry for almost two decades. It’s about helping promoting best practice and continued skills development coupled with a practical implementation of affiliate marketing techniques.”She continued: “Our course content gives candidates the skills they need to grow their affiliate programme reach, negotiate the right commercials and build successful affiliate relationships.“Affiliate marketing is an exciting fast-changing digital medium, but one that has predominantly been led by on the job training, which means skills are passed down and can become dated. It’s therefore vital that we create content and course structures that promote skills development and digital learnings for affiliate managers to remain at the top of their game!”Rasmus Sojmark is the founder and CEO of SBC, a leading news and events company for the sports betting industry that joined forces with Johnstone in November of last year to launch the AffiliateINSIDER.Sojmark added: “The Affiliate Coaching Academy is a natural extension of the AffiliateINSIDER ethos to promote skills development and knowledge sharing in the affiliate space. For this reason, launching this exclusive academy made sense on so many levels.“Our clients and partners can now benefit from tailor made learning opportunities and access a level of skills development not offered anywhere else. Lee-Ann has a vast amount of experience working across a wide range of industries, which is what makes this opportunity so unique.“We are very excited to offer this service to both individuals and companies who wish to grow their affiliate business and improve their affiliate partnerships .”For more information about the course content and booking dates, please contact AffiliateINSIDER sales team: email@example.com SBC’s Barcelona Summit to become digital-only event May 29, 2020 Submit Global audience gears up for opening day of SBC Digital Summit April 26, 2020 StumbleUpon SBC Summit Barcelona – Digital 2020 announces free ticket initiative July 21, 2020 Share Related Articles
Share Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Submit The chair of the new Responsible Affiliates in Gambling (RAIG) trade body Clive Hawkswood is already making meetings with key stakeholders to discuss the necessity for affiliate-specific regulations, as the marketing sector looks to protect its image.In an interview with AffiliateINSIDER, Hawkswood was asked if gambling affiliates and affiliate marketing practices were misrepresented within existing UK advertising codes.“There are probably two points here,” he commented. “The first is that the affiliate sector in general has been misrepresented and there is a real risk that the reputation of every affiliate has been tarnished by the activities of outliers, who in some cases have acted appallingly.“The second is whether there should be regulatory provisions that apply specifically to affiliates. That remains to be seen and I have arranged meetings with, among others, the ASA, Gambling Commission, and DCMS to get a better understanding of where their thinking is on this before we formulate a long-term work programme.”RAIG was launched last week with former RGA CEO Hawkswood at the helm and initially comprises three major players in the UK gambling affiliate sector; the Racing Post, Oddschecker and Better Collective.The purpose of the association is to promote social responsibility within the affiliate marketing sector to create a safer environment for online users, with the hope that the association will grow, and other like-minded companies will join in due course.Hawkswood explained that it was something he was keen to see during his time at the RGA: “Having an association for affiliates was something I had been a supporter of for some time, and had sat on conference panels with people like Tom Galanis for the last two or three years to say exactly that. So when I was approached recently about getting involved it was really a case of putting my money where my mouth was.”He conceded that it had taken a while to get things together, but that in itself was not unusual for these types of bodies: “This is not unique to the affiliate sector. Companies are commercial entities that are competing in the marketplace. Getting over that natural hurdle is not easy and even then it requires a degree of consensus on a range of complicated issues. There have been some really good people grappling with this for a while and so it was always more a question of when, rather than if it would happen.”Read the full interview on AffiliateINSIDER here.
ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Share Successful summer leaves Leadstar positive over industry’s recovery August 18, 2020 MySportwetten: What German players want from a bookmaker July 10, 2020 Share The amount of popular sporting events in March is, as usual, quite staggering, leading everyone in the betting industry to expect, or at least hope for, the customary increase in bets placed. That’s the view of affiliate Leadstar Media, which said it is looking to build on a great start to 2020 by cashing in on some of the major sporting events in March including the Cheltenham Festival in the UK, Indian Premier League (IPL) and Swedish Hockey League playoffs.“January was a record month for us, and February is looking healthy too, across all markets,” said Eskil Kvarnström, Founder and CEO at Leadstar Media. “We’re especially excited for what comes in March, traditionally one of our best months.”Having websites in 16 geographical markets, the affiliate is well positioned to benefit from many different events. Interestingly, given the trio of March events mentioned above, it is still football that holds the biggest influence for Leadstar Media.“Football is the big sport for us, as it is the sport that influences all markets,” said Kvarnström. “To have European football dominating the event calendar is therefore fantastic of course. But also boosting it with other big events for specific markets is a nice addition.” Needless to say, expanding into more geographical markets and appealing to a more diverse set of sports fans, is a big part of the success for Leadstar Media. Kvarnström explained: “Having a presence in many markets is hugely beneficial to us in terms of reaching the right audience. For example, you will not notice a Cheltenham-effect in Sweden, or a Swedish Hockey League-effect in Germany.”The direct effect of the big March events will be most noticeable on Bookiesbonuses.com, a site that has become a go-to for punters looking to compare betting sites and betting offers. And since it is in English, it is attracting prospective punters from all over the world.For example, Kvarnström is keen to follow the activity of its Indian visitors during the start of the IPL, for which Leadstar has also developed a comprehensive IPL Betting Page on MyBetting.in – the company’s India-focused website with a core following of local sports enthusiasts.“We have not created any specific content for Cheltenham in the UK, or Swedish Hockey League in Sweden,” said Kvarnström. “That’s because to a large extent, people interested in betting in those countries already know how to. However, in India the level of betting knowledge is smaller, and informing all those curious about betting on the IPL is our priority.”It remains to be seen how the month will unfold for Leadstar Media, but Kvarnström remains confident. “Comparing the supply of great sports held in March to those in January, the difference is significant,” he said. “For that reason, I am convinced it will be a record-breaking month.”
Share Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020 The French government has withdrawn its approval to allow racing to resume in areas still affected by the coronavirus outbreak, resulting in a suspension of racing at tracks including ParisLongchamp, Auteuil and Saint-Cloud.To mitigate the impact of COVID-19, the French government has recently classified different areas of the country into red and green zones – red being assigned to areas heavily affected by the coronavirus.As a result, France Galop has been forced to reorganise its fixture list, and is currently looking at rescheduling meetings at alternate venues. It has been reported that France Galop is considering moving French 2,000 and 1,000 Guineas could switch from Longchamp to Deauville in the north-west of France in accordance with the announcement.The racing body revealed that it would issue a revised racing programme as soon as possible, with the suggestion that races could soon return to their original locations once certain areas become green on the government’s coronavirus map.A statement from the authority said: “After obtaining permission to resume racing on Monday, May 11, the parent companies learned during the day that a government decree specifying the terms and conditions for the opening of the racecourses would be published in the next few days.“This decree should specify that horseracing is indeed carried out in the departments located in the green zones but not in those located in the red zones. The regions in red are Ile-de-France, Hauts-de-France, Grand-Est and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté.“While the resumption of racing is reinforced by this decree to be published, the parent companies and the Fédération Nationale des Courses Hippiques deeply regret that the racecourses located in the red zones cannot operate as they have done since May 11.“The reinforced closed-door protocol and all sanitary measures have also been scrupulously respected since the resumption of racing on May 11. Regular controls have been carried out and have not revealed any problems.“However, the parent companies take note of this decision, which regulates the conditions for the resumption of horseracing, and will apply the new directives from Thursday.“Some prefectures, such as Paris, have already anticipated the publication of the decree by notifying France Galop and LeTrot this morning of the decision to prohibit the opening of their racecourses.“The teams are working on plans to rearrange the May and June calendar and will announce as soon as possible where the races that were scheduled in the red zones will be held. This calendar will be subject to changes as soon as a red department turns green.” FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Related Articles Share Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon