At least 82 Venezuelan nationals were deported to their homeland on Saturday amid concerns that among them were people seeking asylum in Trinidad and Tobago.Voluntarily repatriatedThe Ministry of National Security (MNS) in a statement issued late Saturday said 82 Venezuelan nationals including 29 women “were voluntarily repatriated…to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela with the assistance of the Ambassador of Venezuela to Trinidad and Tobago, Her Excellency Coromoto Godoy.”The MNS said the TT government had held discussions with the Venezuelan ambassador on April 18 to discuss arrangements for the “Venezuelan nationals who were being housed at the Immigration Detention Center, Aripo, to return to their homeland.“At that meeting, Her Excellency offered to provide transportation by sea and air to ensure the successful repatriation of the Venezuelan nationals, and during that meeting the diplomat had requested that the nationals being held at the detention center “to process their travel documents.”Departed on April 20“This exercise was completed on the evening of Friday 20th April, 2018 where some 82 Venezuelan nationals were processed with the appropriate travel documents. It is to be noted that all 82 nationals volunteered to be repatriated and were placed on the aircraft provided by the Venezuelan Government.In its statement, the Ministry of National Security said that the Venezuelans who were being sent home comprise “nationals who would have breached this country’s immigration laws and those who have served time in the prisons and were awaiting deportation on the completion of their sentences.”It said these were the people placed on board the military aircraft from Venezuela noting “additionally over the last two weeks members of the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service, as well as Immigration Officers, have made several raids on the southern parts of the country at which time they detained a number of Venezuelan nationals who were in the country illegally.The committee was told that in 2015, there were 29 male Venezuelan detainees, but one year later the figure had risen to 125 including 97 females. Last year, there were 45 men and 82 women. She said that on a weekly basis, between 150 to 200 Venezuelans come here by sea, some of them, illegally.
US based oil giant, ExxonMobil has struck oil again this time at the Longtail-1 exploration well, making this the 8th successful discovery.In a press release ExxonMobil’s partner Hess Corp said this discovery creates the potential for additional resource development in the southeast area of the Stabroek Block.“The Longtail discovery is in close proximity to the Turbot discovery southeast of the Liza field,” said Steve Greenlee, president of ExxonMobil Exploration Company. “Longtail drilling results are under evaluation. However, the combined estimated recoverable resources of Turbot and Longtail will exceed 500 million barrels of oil equivalent and will contribute to the evaluation of development options in this eastern portion of the block.”ExxonMobil is currently making plans to add a second exploration vessel offshore Guyana in addition to the Stena Carron drillship, bringing its total number of drillships on the Stabroek Block to three. The new vessel will operate in parallel to the Stena Carron to explore the block’s numerous high-value prospects.Guyana gained world attention in May last year, when ExxonMobil announced the discovery of more than 90 meters of high-quality, oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs about 120 miles off its coastline.
The golden girl of Australian Athletics and four-time Olympic gold medallist Betty Cuthbert has died at the age of 79.She sealed his legendary status after winning three gold medals (100m, 200m and 4x100m relays) at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. Cuthbert went on to add another gold in the 400m at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.She died in Western Australia on Sunday night after a long and much publicised battle with multiple sclerosis.RelatedNew Orleans Pelicans Jahlil Okafor To Represent Nigeria At 2020 Tokyo OlympicsFebruary 24, 2020In “BasketBall”Usain Bolt Reveals First Pictures Of Daughter Olympia LightningJuly 7, 2020In “Athletics”I Rejected Foreign Offers Because I Want To Win For Nigeria – OborududuDecember 31, 2018In “Wrestling”
Related Articles StumbleUpon PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Share ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 Top 50 clubs suffer €751m decline in brand value July 31, 2020 Share Submit PokerStars has unveiled its new, fast paced ‘Beat the Clock’ tournaments, with Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo as the star of the advertising campaign.‘Beat The Clock’ games last just five minutes, and are held in Zoom Poker format at four-max tables. Players must remain in the game until the timer runs out, with the prizes then distributed in proportion to the players’ chip stacks at the end of the tournament.Ronaldo, the star of the campaign which features visually-stimulating television adverts, said: “Beat The Clock requires you to think and act quickly with a high level of skill, which gives me the same rush of excitement that I experience on the pitch. The timed element of this game makes it fun to play and means I can get that quick adrenaline fix on the move.”The timed tournaments are available now on desktop and mobile. Players who dodge elimination by the time the five-minute clock runs out will be quickly rewarded, which enables a short and fun poker experience. The concept will also prove popular with tournament grinders, who can complement the games they are already playing, rather than kick off more multi-table tournaments.Severin Rasset, Director of Innovation & Operations at PokerStars, said: “We are constantly looking to innovate at PokerStars, and believe Beat The Clock is a great new addition to our poker offering.“It’s the perfect format for those who want to fit in some quick, intense poker action and is ideal for mobile play, where, in just five minutes, players can experience all the emotions and excitement that only poker provides.”
Share Related Articles StumbleUpon GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Updating the market this morning, the governance of FTSE-listed GVC Holdings declared that it expects corporate top line metrics of group net gaming revenues and clean EBITDA to be at the upper end of its FY 2016 forecasts.Issuing a short corporate statement, GVC governance moved to propose a 49% increase in its proposed 2016 special dividend to € 14.9 cents per share (settled in sterling and fixed at 12.5p per share).Boosted by its positive acquisition of bwin.party entertainment assets, GVC governance stated that the company was in ‘a positive momentum across the business combined with strong cash generation’, making the board confident of the operator’s future performance.Closing-in on the end of a transformative year for GVC operations, Chief Executive Kenneth Alexander, CEO, stated to investors“Momentum across the Group has continued to build throughout the year and is a reflection of the hard work of our employees, quality of our technology and strength of our brands. The integration of bwin.party is proceeding positively and ahead of our original expectations. We continue to look forward to 2017 with confidence and expect to achieve further significant progress.”Closing its corporate update, GVC governance stated that its special dividend would be paid out by February 2017. Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Submit Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile August 25, 2020
Share StumbleUpon Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Share The governance of Paddy Power Betfair Plc (PPB) has stated that it is confident of securing 2017 group targets and expectations following a strong start to its financial year aided by favourable results recorded at Cheltenham 2017.Presenting its Q1 2017 trading update (period ending 31 March), PPB declared underlying group revenues of £416 million up 23% on corresponding Q1 2016’s £339 million. The firm’s opening performance was further helped by the decline in value of pound sterling during the period.The FTSE-listed bookmaker would detail a strong performance of its sportsbook division which recorded period revenues of £326 million up 28% on Q1 2016’s £254 million.Boosted by its sports betting activity, PPB would declare a period underlying EBITDA of £111 million nearly doubling the earnings results of £58 million reported in Q1 2016, representing an EBITDA margin of 27% (Q1 2016: 17%)Closing its Q1 2017 corporate performance, PPB governance would declare an underlying operating profit increase by 114% to £91m (Q1 2016: £42 million). Paddy Power Betfair Chief Executive Breon Corcoran, commented on Q1 2017 performance“Reversing the trend of the past two years, results at Cheltenham 2017 favoured bookmakers and this contributed to good revenue growth. Combined with the annualisation of merger-related cost savings and continued focus on operating efficiency, this resulted in a doubling of operating profits in the first quarter.Since then, however, at high-profile events such as the Grand National, Premier League football and the US Masters, results favoured customers, and overall gross win margins were weak in April.A key strategic focus for 2017 is the integration of our technology platforms. This project is on track and we expect both our European brands to be operating on a common platform by the end of the year, at which point customers will start to benefit from increased pace of new product delivery.”Paddy Power Betfair Q1 2017 performance overview ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 Submit FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Related Articles
StumbleUpon Share Share Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020 Submit Sweden: Soft2Bet CEO Chaikin on prospering in igaming’s brave new world August 18, 2020 Related Articles TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 GoWild has announced the opening of its Malta subsidiary in June this year. The new office will house a dedicated team who will purely focus on the company’s continued growth in the Nordic market.The office in Malta is GoWild’s second physical office, which, until now, had been exclusively based in Bucharest, Romania. The company cites the huge boost in business as a direct result of its proprietary gaming platform’s performance.The platform, introduced in Q1 2017, features more than 1,500 games from 20 top software providers including the likes of Microgaming, Net Entertainment, Evolution Gaming, Scientific Gaming, Yggdrasil Gaming, iSoftBet, Play’n GO and plenty more.Through the proprietary platform, GoWild has been able to offer players great content from leading gaming providers thus giving consumers a truly personalised gaming experience. It comes just six months after GoWild relaunched its online gaming services through utilising industry tailored systems provider Finnplay as its principal development and operations platform.Back in January, CEO Itai Zak outlined to industry stakeholders that GoWild would compete by implementing a ‘multi-product, multi-brand and vertical’ strategy.“The introduction of our revolutionary new gaming platform was a tremendous success,” said Zak. “Our existing players love it, and it’s been extremely successful in attracting new players, especially from the Nordic market. As such, we’re excited for the opportunity to expand our operations to Malta, where we have an exceptional team in place, to serve the needs of our Nordic players and affiliates alike, with the highest level of professionalism and expertise.”
Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk August 10, 2020 Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity July 28, 2020 Submit Share StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Multi-brand operator Kindred Group has gone live with Relax Gaming’s table games, with further casino content to be integrated in the coming months. The supplier’s premium, cost-effective roulette and blackjack titles have been made available to the group’s brands, including Unibet, MariaCasino, and 32Red.Relax’s roulette sits on a proprietary RNG engine, and showcases accurate ball movement, while blackjack players will be able to play three hands simultaneously using the same random draw mechanism.Fredrik Kjell, Head of Gaming at Kindred Group, whose Unibet brand is already supplied with Relax Gaming’s award-winning poker and bingo products, said: “We’ve enjoyed real success with Relax Gaming’s products and are excited to be building on this now with further casino content.“Our brands pride themselves on providing a quality user experience to all casino players, which means integrating the latest titles from innovative operators such as Relax Gaming.”Patrik Österåker, Relax Gaming’s CEO, said: “Kindred has won numerous awards for their casino offering in recent years, so for them to incorporate our new table games is testament to the hard work our team is doing.“We want to build on our already-strong partnership by delivering more cost-effective titles which will appeal to various demographics and types of casino player.”Relax recently moved to strengthen their product distribution with the appointment of former NetEnt executive Simon Hammon as Chief Product Officer. He was joined by Andrew Crosby as Head of Account Management.
Submit Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Share StumbleUpon MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Related Articles Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Share The German Ice Hockey Federation eV (DEB) has announced its partnership with digital sports betting company LV BET. While the national team is currently playing in South Korea, LV BET and the DEB have agreed on a mutually beneficial media cooperation. During the one-year agreement, LV BET will be the official partner of the German National Ice Hockey team and the DEB.Conversely, the LV BET brand will gain exposure through televised sporting events, as well as on billboards, video displays, and promotional areas within all DEB arenas. Furthermore, LV BET will be granted a number of match tickets and an official presence on the sponsor wall.Robert SchÜtt, Head of Marketing at DEB commented: “Through this partnership with LV BET, we acquire a first-class, well-known ally in the sports betting market. LV BET’s commitment to us is testament to the steady rise in popularity of the national ice hockey team in recent years. The DEB provides advertisers from all industries with excellent customised packages to make use of our legacy and history as one of the leading nations in ice hockey. We couldn’t be happier with this latest development.”Just like the DEB, LV BET is synonymous with the thrill, excitement and emotions of live sports. As a site that covers all major sporting events around the globe, LV BET has become a trustworthy betting option for sports fans. That is why LV BET is a participant in the TÜV-certified code procedure of the German Association for Telecommunications and Media e.V. and guarantees the highest level of control and security.Marek M. Czekalla, Business Development Manager DACH at LV BET added: “LV BET is extremely proud to be an official partner of the DEB. As a leading sports betting site, LV BET aims to be a global brand that represents excellence in gaming and sports. That’s why this agreement with the German Ice Hockey Federation is yet another step forward for us. “LV BET prides itself on providing a quality sports betting product that players can enjoy safely. As such, we take our responsibilities seriously as German sportsbook taxpayers and being members of the German Association for Telecommunications and Media e.V. We look forward to continuing to build our brand within the regulated German market.”
StumbleUpon Share Related Articles OtherLevels: Brendan O’Kane – Customer expectations will be the driving force for innovation March 19, 2019 Submit Share Genius Sports Media & OtherLevels strike omni-channel marketing partnership January 23, 2020 OtherLevels launches personalised real-time solution January 31, 2019 An operator whose in-play messaging isn’t personalised to bettors or tailored to the circumstances of the game is leaving revenues on the table, according to OtherLevels CEO Brendan O’Kane.With this summer’s football World Cup set to generate record turnover for the sports betting industry, the race to capture the hearts and minds of bettors around the globe will be fiercer than ever. Now that a significant amount of that turnover is generated in-play, it is natural that operators will target more of their offers and marketing initiatives towards the live action.Yet according to Brendan O’Kane, CEO of multi-channel messaging platform OtherLevels, communicating these offers is often either restricted to a few high-profile sports and matches, or the combination of the live trigger, the target audience, the market and odds, and the communication content are not optimised.O’Kane, who will be addressing delegates at next week’s Betting on Football at Stamford Bridge, said: “We have seen some real progress from operators like Sky Bet, who are innovating in the way they communicate and engage live with customers, but as an industry we cannot afford to rest on our laurels.“With industry consolidation, it is particularly important to keep moving so as to grow revenues, reduce costs, and remain competitive. Customers need to be engaged with personalised, contextually-relevant messages that prompt the latest in-play odds on what they are seeing on their screens.Brendan O’Kane, OtherLevels“Doing that manually is prohibitively expensive even for larger operators as teams of marketeers are required, and more often than not out of office hours. Yet with more thoughtful in-play messaging now available, there has never been a better chance to communicate compelling and compliant content.OtherLevels’ solution automatically sends out messages, triggered by a live event such as a goal or red card, to a target audience based on previous betting preferences. As a result, operators can now send in-play messages across a wide-range of sporting events, providing bettors with personalised content to increase engagement, conversion rates, and revenues.O’Kane added: “The likes of app and web notifications give customers an immediate call to action, but they need to be relevant to the circumstances and excitement of the game, rather than generic. Just as importantly they need to be personalised and consider a customer’s betting history and interest.“An automated solution allows you to reach the long-tail of customers who engage not just with football, but with sports and markets across the globe. The combination of an automated, cost-effective platform is the sweet-spot and will ensure operators make the most of revenue opportunities.”Looking beyond the World Cup, O’Kane sees this level of service expanding across 10+ sports and not just football. With one of their clients reporting that it has already been responsible for an increase in average in-play stakes from £11 to £22, it is clear that it is a winning strategy.Brendan O’Kane will be leading a presentation on the complexities of contextual marketing for in-play, held as part of the Betting on Innovation track at next week’s Betting on Football.