“There is no basis for an appeal. If such an attempt is made it will go nowhere because the language in the Constitution is clear and unambiguous. I can’t say they will not attempt but the chances of them being successful are extremely slim,” Robertson said on a radio programme here. GEORGETOWN, Guyana – In the latest twist in Guyana’s election saga, Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfield, submitted his report to the chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) showing that the ruling coalition, A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), had won the disputed March 2 regional and general elections. In his letter to the GECOM chairperson, retired Justice Claudette Singh, the Chief Elections Officer said that he had “taken note of the guidance of the Court of Appeal…in the preparation of my report under Section 96 of the Representation of the People’s Act”. Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Senior Counsel, Basil Williams, who was one of the respondents in the constitutional matter, has also said that the CCJ cannot hear the appeal because of the enshrined law here. “In other words, approximately 55 per cent of all votes cast for general elections stand to be impacted due to either anomalies and/or voter impersonation or unreconciled ballot boxes. Specifically, 7.2 per cent of the votes cast were impacted by anomalies, 39.2 per cent were impacted by voter impersonation, 3.4 per cent impacted by both anomalies/irregularities and voter impersonation, and 5.7 per cent impacted by unreconciled ballot boxes,” he wrote then. Williams said the CCJ, while accepting its position as a superior court of record, has continuously recognised that it only possesses such jurisdiction and powers as conferred on it by the Agreement or by the Guyana Constitution or any other law of the Contracting Party. In its statement, the PPP/C said that the coalition has been doing “everything possible to thwart the will of the electorate and to prevent GECOM from declaring the true results of those elections”. According to Lowenfield’s new tabulation, the coalition received 171, 825 votes as compared with 166, 343 votes cast on behalf of the main opposition People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C). The CCJ has confirmed it has received the appeal filed by the opposition, but no date has yet been set for the hearing. The final report to the Chair and members of the Commission differ from the total vote recount. However, the three-member Court of Appeal did not grant all the remedies that had been sought by the private citizen, Eslyn David, in her motion and also agreed to a stay of three days on the judgement. Justice Reynolds in his ruling said Article 177 (4) confers jurisdiction over the Court of Appeal in respect to the validity of an election of a president or upon the interpretation of the constitution. The Trinidad-based CCJ is the country’s highest court, but attorney Mayo Robertson, who was one of the lawyers representing the private citizen, Eslyn David, in her constitutional motion against the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), said the chances of the opposition being successful at the CCJ are “ very slim”. Earlier, the PPP/C said that it has filed an appeal to the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ), appealing the Court of Appeal ruling. On Monday, the Court of Appeal ruled that it has jurisdiction to hear a motion regarding the election of a president, interpreting also that “more votes” cast in the election should in effect be “more valid votes” cast But in his minority ruling, Justice Rishi Persaud, ruled that the motion was “premature” and “wholly ill- conceived”: and that the applicant should have awaited to take the matter before the High Court, after GECOM would have announced the official election results. CMC “In fact, the Court of Appeal has wrongly ruled that these two challenges must be done separately and in different Courts. To bring clarity to the law and to guard against the Court of Appeal wrongly giving itself jurisdiction, again, to either direct the Chief Elections Officer to submit a fraudulent and perverted report, or to protect a fraudulent and perverted report submitted by the Chief Elections Officer to the Commission, we have decided to file an appeal to the Caribbean Court of Justice.” In its lengthy statement, the PPP/C, said that “moreover, the Court of Appeal in its pronouncement have plunged the law in total confusion and it is now no longer clear how an election of members of the National Assembly is to be challenged and how the election of the President can be challenged. He said that his report contains “a table showing the credible and valid votes cast in accordance with the Representation of the People’s Act”. In his first report to GECOM earlier this month, Lowenfield had claimed that the results did not meet the standard of fair and credible elections. Current President of Guyana, David Granger Based on his calculation, the coalition APNU will have 33 seats in the National Assembly, with the PPP/C gaining 31 seats and the parties on the Joined Lists gaining one seat. Justices Brassington Reynolds and Dawn Gregory ruled that GECOM had a responsibility to determine the final credible count based on quantitative and qualitative assessments of the observation report, in keeping with provisions of the original order and in the final paragraph of the amended order. David had mounted her challenge before the appellate court pursuant to Article 177 (4) of the Constitution, which states “the Court of Appeal shall have exclusive jurisdiction to hear and determine any question as to the validity of an election of a President in so far as the question depends upon the qualification of any person for election or the interpretation of this Constitution….” Following the June 9 national recount of the votes cast in the election, the PPP/C said it had won the polls by a margin in excess of 15,000 votes. In light of this, the Attorney General submitted that an Appeal cannot lie to the Caribbean Court of Justice in respect of matters determined under article 177(4) of the Constitution. The PPP/C said that it anticipates that “this appeal will be heard and determined speedily by the Caribbean Court of Justice to enable the true results of the election be declared and Dr. Irfaan Ali be sworn in as the next duly elected President of Guyana”.
The Pharaohs of Egypt became only the second African nation to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia after they defeated Congo 2-1 in Alexandria.Liverpool forward Mohammed Salah was the hero for the Egyptians as he weighed in with a brace either side of Arnold Bakou Moutou’s equaliser for the Congolese.Ahead of the game, the Egyptians knew a win would be enough to seal a first world cup appearance since 1990. After a goalless first half, Salah gave Egypt the lead but the home side were dealt a huge blow following Moutou’s equaliser with two minutes left on the clock.They recovered from that setback as Salah held his nerve to score from a last gasp penalty thereby booking his team’s place in Russia next year.Group E:Egypt 21 CongoUganda 0-0 GhanaStandingsEgypt 12 pointsUganda 8 pointsGhana 6 pointsCongo 1 point Related
Share SAZKA faces scrutiny following appointment of Flint Global as National Lottery advisor August 20, 2020 SIS lands exclusive Czech and Hungarian racing deals June 15, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Share Tom Cregan,Eastern European betting group Fortuna Entertainment has expanded its player payment provisions by integrating EML Payments Europe (EML Group) ‘branded reloadable cards’ for its multi-channel operations.Fortuna the largest betting operator within Eastern Europe’s regulated markets, will initially roll-out EML cards access across its Czech Republic operations, with the potential to expand to other core markets in which the group operates.EML’s branded reloadable cards can be used by Fortuna customers to immediately access their winnings and have the added capability to remit funds directly into their online betting accounts.EML management details that the new payment option will aid Fortuna’s ongoing omni-channel strategy by bridging payment functions between the operator’s retail and online assets.Confirming the partnership, EML Group CEO Tom Cregan, commented: “This is an exciting development for the EML business and we thank Fortuna for selecting EML to partner with and be the first operator to launch these cards in Europe. We look forward to working on the program launch and demonstrating the customer demand for our solution across multiple countries and markets”.
From 2019/2020, Amazon has agreed a three year deal to stream 20 Premier League games a season after securing the league’s final broadcast package. The US tech giant has thrust itself onto the lucrative Premier League broadcasting stage, alongside Sky Sports and BT Sports, with it winning the broadcasting rights to the a first midweek set of fixtures in December, as well as the full round of games from the traditional Boxing Day ties. Commenting on the landmark deal, Premier League Executive Chairman Richard Scudamore stated: “We are extremely pleased that Sky Sports, BT Sport and Amazon have invested in these rights and all view the Premier League and our clubs as vital parts of their live sports offerings.” Although BT Sports and Sky Sports remain the dominant broadcasters of England’s top flight, Amazon’s acquisition will be seen as significant as it not only marks the first time a streaming service has acquired the rights to the league, but it’s also the first time a full round of games will be streamed live to a UK audience.Vice President of Prime Video in Europe, Jay Marine commented: “We are always looking to add more value to Prime, and we’re delighted to now offer, for the first time, live Premier League matches to Prime members at no extra cost to their membership,” he added.“The Premier League is the most watched sports league in the world. Over these two December fixture rounds Prime members will be able to watch every team, every game, so no matter which Premier League team you support, you’re guaranteed to see them play live on Prime Video.”Nonetheless, the news that football fans would have to subscribe to another platform to view the full amount of available live football in the country, triggered anger amongst some sets of supporters. The Football Supporters’ Federation outlined its belief in a statement after the deal was announced: “Fans are already of the view that there is too much live football on TV and this announcement concludes a deal that has pushed the number of broadcast games to record levels.“The main driver for this increase has been the 2016 ruling by Ofcom which has directly led to this increase. Introducing a third broadcaster into the mix just means more subscriptions for fans.“We are concerned that the number of broadcast games could have a negative effect on attendances by away fans in particular. It is vital that more of these television revenues are invested in guaranteeing the participation and contribution of match-goers.”Updating investors on the New York Stock Exchange, Manchester United Chief Executive Ed Woodward also reacted to the deal: “OTT platforms will be the future of content consumption, live, compelling content will be the key battleground. The influences of which are successful. Whichever way the rapidly changing media landscape unfolds, content generators are uniquely placed to be the beneficiaries. As such we continue to believe live sports content will be increasingly more valuable in the future.” Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season August 21, 2020 Submit Related Articles EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Share
BetOnChart has set about standing beside the “big guys” as the blockchain-based platform provider prepares to launch its unique twist on in-play sports betting. Designed to provide a gamified betting experience for its players, BetOnChart has utilised AI advancements to recreate a football match in the form of a chart.We caught up with the company’s founder Pavel Bykov to discuss the excitement of split-second in-play decisions, the simplicity of the CHART token, and why BetOnChart can help to counter a lack of transparency in today’s sports betting industry.SBC: Can you explain why BetOnChart will become an important product for the industry?PB: While offering a unique gamified betting experience, BetOnChart also provides an unprecedented level of transparency along with data storage in real time. This means that every bit of information gets stored in a blockchain, publicly available for review, so there is no way to cheat or be cheated. We feel that the lack of transparency in today’s betting and gambling industry is the main problem, which we’re aiming to solve with our platform and the blockchain technologies.It will also attract new people to betting due to the nature of our game, because it makes betting fun and accessible, and we’re expecting to see online traders, gamers, football fans, as well as seasoned punters among the users of BetOnChart. SBC: How did you conceive this unique live play and immersive concept for sports betting? PB: As a long-standing financial solutions developer, we experimented a lot with online trading gamification and came up with a type of a multiplayer game utilizing a betting pool system, where players need to place bets on the asset’s price represented by a fluctuating chart. The concept turned out to be applicable to many areas, and sports betting was the next logical step. We only had to teach our algorithms building charts out of football match data, which is now accessible thanks to many technological advancements in today’s sports.SBC: In building a ‘split-second’ immersive product, what key concepts and factors did your team have to research?PB: First of all, we had to find a stable source of real-time football data, because it’s important to visualize the game as it goes, with minimum delays. We’ll be getting our data from several independent providers such as Sportradar and historical data providers, namely Opta Sports and Stats.com. As our platform develops, we will be employing other data providers as well. It is important for us to deliver only objective information to the users.This is also the first time we’re dealing with blockchain in our product, but thanks to Ethereum platform, that is full of ready-made solutions, the implementation is going smooth. We are going to rely on such technologies as Raiden and Plasma, which will help us to establish a child-chain of our own and automate transactions, and in the future we will deploy our own EVM for maximum efficiency.SBC: It’s always hard to deliver new products to the betting market; where do you see BetOnChart’s position on the current value chain?PB: BetOnChart is basically an online bookmaker with a twist, and we’re aiming to be recognized as one of the major betting platforms. The uniqueness of our mechanics will hopefully allow us to stand beside the “big guys” of sports betting as an equally valuable, but different, betting experience.SBC: Why did you choose to go down the token path for crowdfunding?PB: The CHART token is actually useful and it simplifies a lot of the aspects of our platform. For instance, there is a multiplayer mode of BetOnChart, where can meet users from all over the world, and they all can have accounts in various currencies. A betting pool only works with a single currency, so that’s where CHART comes in handy and serves as an in-game currency. It is a way to equalize all the players, no matter where they’re from.Besides that, CHART is going to be used for marketing purposes, client attraction and retention etc. It’s a highly versatile tool for this kind of business.BetOnChart has been confirmed as a sponsor for Betting on Sports 2018, the 3rd edition of the largest international sports and betting trade conference, held at Olympia London from 18-21 September. BETR launches multi-cryptocurrency betting February 22, 2019 Submit Share Related Articles MannBenham forms ‘specific advisory’ for transforming global gambling marketplace August 27, 2019 Share BETR sportsbook app gets design and navigation uplift December 12, 2018 StumbleUpon
StumbleUpon Lee Willows, YGAM: Education is central to gambling reform July 9, 2020 Submit Share Related Articles UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 Share AG Communications, trading as Karamba.com, has been reprimanded by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), after two issues put forward by one complainant were upheld.Related to a webpage regarding the online slot Starburst, featured under the title “Tips and tricks on how to Win at Starburst,” various aspects of “The Starburst Strategy” were featured following a “the top 5 tips for winning” statement.It was also detailed that text on the advert contained a link to a further web page titled “How to Choose a Winning Slot Machine,” featuring further tips on increasing the chances of winning slot games.Issuing two complaints, it was first challenged that it could be misleading due to the implication that particular strategies would increase the chances of winning.Furthermore it was challenged that it “was socially irresponsible because it encouraged gambling behaviour that could lead to financial, social or emotional harm”.Responding AG Communications stated that the web pages were uploaded by human error, with its usual internal procedures of approval to ensure compliance with regulations, nor training regarding marketing guidelines, not followed by the personnel responsible for claims in the ad.Also stressing the low levels of user traffic attracted, Karamba emphasised that it had withdrawn the ads, commenced a full internal review and reiterated approval procedures to staff. Concluding that claims had not been substantiated, were misleading and that it was irresponsible, the ASA ruled that: “The ad must not appear again in its current form. “We told Karamba.com to ensure their future marketing communications contained nothing that was likely to encourage irresponsible gambling behaviour that could lead to financial, social or emotional harm. “Additionally, future marketing communications must not misleadingly imply that particular strategies improved a consumer’s chances of winning Starburst when that was not the case, and Karamaba.com must hold adequate substantiation in support of such claims.”
Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 Submit Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2019, the UK National Lottery plans to launch a nation-wide campaign highlighting the funds it has raised for vital community initiatives and good causes at a ‘local level’.Camelot, operator of the National Lottery has tasked its new creative marketing agency Adam&Eve London with delivering the campaign’s leading message and concept, which will showcase the Lottery’s numerous achievements in successfully developing community projects.Speaking to PRWeek, Jonathan Tuchner Director of National Lottery Promotions, stated that the organization’s success stories were little known beyond its major projects such as funding the 2012 London Olympics, Team GB, and the UK Arts Council. “The 25th anniversary is a moment in time for a step change to make people more aware of the positive contribution and the extraordinary things the National Lottery does across the country,” Tuchner commented onDisclosing further information, Tuchner who is a key stakeholder in the campaign’s development, details that the National Lottery aims to tell ’emotive local level stories’, whilst presenting killer facts on fundraising and benefits the organisation has delivered.Seeking to revamp its UK marketing strategy, last March Camelot management confirmed the appointment of DDB Worldwide subsidiary Adam&Eve London as its new creative marketing agency replacing 14-year incumbent Abbott Mead Vickers (BBDO).This September, Adam&Eve launched its first nationwide campaign ‘The Fisherman’ revamping the National Lottery’s, messaging launching the new strapline ‘Amazing Starts Here’.‘The Fisherman’ would receive mixed reviews within media circles, being branded as ‘Turkey of the Week’ by CampaignLive, for its blinkered depiction of the working class. Related Articles National Lottery Community Fund issues £14m in Climate Action grants August 24, 2020
Share StumbleUpon Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Share Betfred has optimised its retail-to-digital customer engagements after becoming the first bookmaker to roll out Racing Post’s ‘sports content package’ across its website and mobile properties.The update sees the bookmaker ‘amplify’ its existing relationship with the Racing Post, following a number of successful product launches enhancing Betfred’s retail and digital betting platforms.Lewis McMillan, Head of Digital Product at Betfred, describes Racing Post’s ‘high-quality and original’ sports content as a ‘powerful tool’ which has delivered the bookmaker improved ‘dwell time, customer engagements and improve retention metrics’.“We have worked closely with Racing Post for a number of years on horse racing, greyhounds and football products and this is the next chapter in a great partnership,” he said.“Our online customers now have access to stat-rich betting tips across the biggest events spanning the full sporting calendar. This product breaks through the humdrum approach of delivering raw sports data to customers and blends data with expert opinion to offer a truly compelling customer proposition.”Expanding the partnership, Racing Post will supply Betfred verticals with a content API covering ‘all major global sports from golf to basketball’.Racing Post’s debuted its newly revamped ‘sports content API’ at 2018’s ‘Betting on Sports Conference’, seeking to drive consumer-to-client engagement and improved retention across multiple betting verticals.Racing Post Key Partnerships Manager Jack O’Reilly detailed: “We’re really excited to continue our partnership with a brand like Betfred on our full sports product. The content that is produced across all sports rivals the content we produce for horse racing and it is great that punters will now have the opportunity to be informed across an array of events.“With access to our expert content, combined with a slick betting journey, Betfred really has created a product that engages the sports betting audience.” Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season August 21, 2020 Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 Submit Related Articles
GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Share Related Articles Ross Parkhill – GiGStockholm-listed Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) has appointed industry full-service marketing agency Mediacle Group to expand its localisation capacities for emerging markets.The agreement will see Mediacle work on optimising emerging market campaigns for GiG’s flagship online casino property Rizk (Rizk.com).Operating as a specialist industry marketing agency, Mediacle offers in-depth customisation and localisation provisions, helping its clients develop effective campaigns for developing/emerging markets.Ross Parkhill, Director of Casino for GiG’s in-house B2C brands, said: “We are pleased to have tied up with Mediacle and look forward to working with them to support our marketing strategy and expansion into new markets. Mediacle will help our flagship brand Rizk provide a localised offering for our players, improving player acquisition and retention.”Santosh Jain – MediacleThe GiG agreement sees Mediacle announce its second major partnership of the summer, as last June the marketing agency was recruited by London AIM mobile gambling group Nektan to bolster its affiliate marketing programme for B2C brands.Backing the GiG partnership, Santosh Jain, the CEO of Mediacle, stated: “We are thrilled to have signed such a leading name as GiG and we are looking forward to working with its team. We have certainly emerged as one of the most successful digital media and IT solutions companies offering dynamic and cost-effective marketing solutions to highly renowned brands in the gambling industry. The agreement with GiG is a testament to our commitment, growth and deliverability.” FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 GiG ups code security oversight with Checkmarx July 10, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share
Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Related Articles Share Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 GVC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka revisits the online gambling laws in Germany and sees what the ‘sixteen kings’ have in store for the industry.____________________Habemus State Treaty. After years of thick black smoke, white billow has spewed out from the tiny little chimney perched on the roof of the German Gambling Chapel. The sixteen cardinals dispatched by the once accursed sixteen kings have after long deliberations elected how to regulate online gambling in their land; a compromise has been reached between the pragmatists and the naysayers, the years of competing antipopes might be coming to an end in the foreseeable future. Following an oral hearing of the gambling folk, the new regulatory “charter” will now be presented to the sixteen kings for their signatures on 12 March 2020 and subsequently circulated amongst the Imperial scribes of Brussels for review. Once back from the Imperial court the sixteen Parliaments of the enlightened gambling monarchies will be invited to ratify the new charter so it can enter into effect on the first day of July of our Lord 2021. That day will mark the beginning of the implementation era of the charter, at first by means of establishing the noblest regulatory body that will be entrusted with the task to give life to the new regulation. The regulation, as it stands at the time of writing, treads a very fine line between market liberalism and puritan conservatism that reflects the widely divergent views on online gambling at its heart. The regulation permits all categories of online gambling products, including sports betting, online slots, poker as well as casino table games. However, most of the products are proposed to be subject to rather invasive restrictions, some of which are novel in their design and yet to be tested in terms of their efficiency. One could go as far as arguing that not all of them are suitable to contribute towards achieving the intended objectives of the State Treaty, especially in terms of steering the existing online gambling offer into licensed channels. Some of the regulatory constructs could also be seen as potentially at odds with European Union law. The 2021 State Treaty puts forward changes to the 2012 regulation of sports betting. The statutory wagering limit will be replaced by a statutory deposit limit of one thousand euros a month that can be increased dependent on individual customer’s affordability. Additional markets are expected to be permitted for in-play, going beyond the currently existing restriction modelled around the final score and markets connected to it. Yet, the in-play markets may end up being hard-coded into a catalogue of permitted sports and market types subject to supervision by the future gambling authority, i.e. a concept that for example, the Spanish regulation let go for lack of flexibility and efficiency years ago.Online slots and poker are proposed to be licensed on a Germany wide basis; both product categories will be subject to regulatory restrictions. The slot related ones, in terms of the average minimum duration of the spin and maximum wager are set out in the draft State Treaty, which at the same time grants the future regulator discretion as to increase the maximum spend per pop on the basis of affordability. Applicable poker requirements will be determined in individual poker licences when issued in the future. Online casino games have turned out to be the main battlefield between liberalism and conservatism; as a result, their detailed regulation will have been left in the hands of the individual German states that will have a large variety of options to choose from. The options will range from a state monopoly to a local concession system, with several shades of regulatory grey in between. An additional twist to the casino tale is the fact that the individual states will acquire a right to enter into collaboration agreements in relation to casino table games, effectively extending the territorial scope of the future licence. The regulatory twist needs to be seen as an opportunity for the liberal corner to fish these games out of the regulatory shadows. The 2021 Treaty intends to put several restrictions on cross-selling and simultaneous play, including some that are seemingly designed to replicate distance and other restrictions that exist in the retail gambling world. I have to admit that I struggle to see how in the modern days of sophisticated online audit trail such restrictions can help achieve safer gambling objectives. I would even suggest that the restrictions may not only prove to be dubious from the EU law perspective but also end up being grist to the mill of the true black market operators; the operators who have no interest in applying for German licences and are bound be on a lookout for any opportunity to lure customers in, owing to the onerousness of the future regulatory regime. All in all, the smoke belching out of the German Gambling Chapel chimney should rather be tinged with darkish grey as opposed to being pure white. Germany will finally become a regulated market, but the cardinals would perhaps be best advised to call yet another conclave to debate how productive some of their proposals will be in practice. Martin Lycka is Director of Regulatory Affairs at GVC Group. Before that he spent nearly ten years at Paddy Power Betfair working on international markets. Views expressed are personal and not necessarily those of GVC Group. MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020