May is Haitian Heritage month and the celebrations are underway here in South Florida, which is home to a huge Haitian population.Several cities are hosting events to honor the rich culture and heritage of the first Black republic. The City of North Miami launched its festivities Monday with an opening reception held at the MOCA Plaza. This year’s theme for the City’s celebration is “Nou Se Ayiti” which translates to “We Are Haiti”.“History books say it all. We’ve been through a lot, but we are a people of great resilience. For that reason we come together every year to mark Haitian Heritage Month in May with all out celebrations,” said organizer Linda Julien.The City of Miami is also hosting a number of events to honor Haitian Heritage Month. Miami will kick off its celebrations Friday with an Ayisyen Mwen Ye art exhibit at the Little Haiti Culture Complex.The City of North Miami Beach also announced its Haitian Heritage Month festivities Friday with an opening ceremony of an exhibition which will be open for the entire month at the North Miami Beach Public Library.The screening of the film Toussaint L’Ouverture will be held at O Cinema in Miami Shores on Friday. The movie is about the successful revolt that led Haiti to its independence from France.Here’s a list of events scheduled in South Florida this Haitian Heritage Month:City of North MiamiMay 1: Haitian Heritage Month Opening ReceptionMOCA Plaza – 6-9 p.m.May 12: “Through the Eyes of Malfini” Art Exhibition OpensNorth Miami Public Library – 6-8 p.m.May 18: Haitian Flag Day CelebrationMOCA Plaza – 5- 8 p.m.May 27: Haitian Heritage Month Closing CelebrationMOCA Plaza – 6-10 p.m.City of MiamiMay 5: Ayisyen Mwen Ye Art ExhibitLittle Haiti Cultural Complex – 10 a.m.May 6: Tour of Little Haiti – Taste the CultureCaribbean Marketplace – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.8th Annual ZakafestLittle Haiti Cultural Complex 1-11 p.m.May 7: Little Haiti Soccer Cup FinaleLittle Haiti Soccer Park – 4 p.m.May 11: Haitian Heritage Month ReceptionHaitian Cultural Arts Alliance – 6 p.m.May 12: Day of ServiceToussaint L’Ouverture Memorial Garden – 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.Sant La GalaHard Rock Stadium – 6:30 p.m. – MidnightMay 18: Haitian Flag Day Celebration130 NE 62nd Street – 7:30– 10 p.m.May 20: 19th Annual Haitian Compas FestivalBayfront Park — 3 p.m.May 25: Poetry SlamHaitian Heritage Museum – 7 – 9 p.m.City of North Miami BeachMay 5: Haitian Heritage Month Exhibition Opening CeremonyNMB Library – 6 – 9 p.m.Miami ShoresMay 5: Screening of “Toussaint L’Ouverture”O Cinema – 6:30 p.m.
Last Friday, Spice It Up Miami at the Caribbean Marketplace/Little Haiti Cultural Complex highlighted Haitian photographer Joe Wesley, whose work mainly consists of “Black Bodies Art.”He enjoys photographing the naked body because “it’s about being free, transparent, accepting of who you are, what makes you more interesting besides your body.”Wesley stated that when our culture looks at naked bodies they are trained to think about sex. He is trying to change that.“These pieces are to look beyond the sex. I want people to appreciate and look deeper in the art. I allow the models to express themselves. I enjoy doing it, it is creativity,” he said.Wesley, who was born in Haiti and grew up in Opa Locka, has been a professional photographer for 10 years. He got into the business after failing to qualify for Florida State University.“This is a prime example of every disappointment is a blessing,” he said
The organizers of Miami Carnival 2017 assure revelers that Hurricane Irma has not ruined the September 30 to October 8th schedule of the annual Caribbean-style carnival.For those getting ready to invite their non-Caribbean friends to the biggest Caribbean Fête in South Florida, Miami Carnival, these friends may hear some Caribbean words and phrases that they don’t understand.To help all the non-Caribbean people who plan to go out and enjoy Miami Carnival events taking place, the organizers have developed a list of words and phrases and their meaning to help these people out.Some of the phrases and words include:All Yuh: All of youBacchanal: A carnival. A large party or celebration, a wild partyBess: When something or someone is attractive, or amazingCalypso: This Afro-Caribbean music often involves a moral tale or a political commentaryCanboulay: A celebration of the abolition of slavery with costumes and drummingChutney: A type of sweet and spicy condiment that is used like salsa; a form of music indigenous to the southern Caribbean which derives elements from soca and Indian Film songs.Das Meh Real Horse/Bredrin: That’s my good friendDingolay: To dance in a joyful, carefree mannerDoh Hot Yuh Head: Don’t worry about itDutty: Dirty in a standard or provocative wayEnt: Don’t you agree, RightFella: GuyFête: a celebration or festival, honor or entertain (someone) lavishly.Gyul: GirlHototo: More than enough; In great abundance;Jam: To be enjoy one’s self, particularly at a party or danceJump up: Get up and danceLeh Weh Go: Let’s GoLime/Liming: To Party. Hanging OutMake Style: To Show offMas: A carnival. Music played for a carnival, or a band playing thisPadna: Close FriendParang: Music played during Christmas time, with a lot of Spanish influencesPlay Mas: To participate in a parade, float, or troupe during Carnival.Pompasetting: Showing offSaga/Star Boy: a male who likes to “make style”; a male who is coolSoca: a type of music indigenous to TnT, derived from “soul calypso”Ting: ThingWhas de scene: What’s upWine/Whining: A dance, particularly one that involves gyrations of the waist, hips and buttocks. To dance in a suggestive manner. Signature events offered for the 2017 Miami Carnival season include:Junior CarnivalSaturday, September 30, 2017 – Noon – 10pmFantastic FridayFriday, October 6,2017 – Miami Broward Carnival Duck Work Lunch Time Bacchanal. Noon – 4pmFriday, October 6, 2017 – Miami Broward Carnival King/Queen/Individual/Panorama Competition. 4pm – 11pmJ’OuvertSaturday, October 7, 2017-Miami Broward Carnival Official J’Ouvert. 7am – 3pmCarnival DaySunday, October 8, 2017 – Miami Carnival Parade of Bands and Concert. 12noon -11pm
Protests ensue in Haiti following release of “harsh” 2018 budget and calls for the resignation of President Jovenel Moise arise.Haitian police used teargas to disperse hundreds of people demonstrating against the government’s 2018 budget presented to Parliament by President Jovenel Moise last month.The Parliament has approved the fiscal package, but Moise hinted at the possibility of reviewing some of the measures as demonstrators took to the streets again on Saturday, Sept. 30 in Pétion-ville demanding his removal from office.Planned by political partiesThe demonstration planned by the political parties, Fanmi Lavalas, Pitit Desalin, other organizations and students attracted thousands of people. Despite the presence of members of the Body of Intervention and Maintenance of Order (CIMO), the protestors broke storefronts and windshields of several vehicles.Stones and bottles were also thrown at some buildings even as the security agents fired gunshots into the air in a bid to disperse the crowd.The protesters also erected several barricades, blocking traffic and sporadic shooting was reported in the Juvénat neighborhood, with media reports indicating that the damage “seemed considerable.”Police used teargasThe police had to use teargas to disperse the crowd with reports of many people being injured. There were several arrests.Commissioner Frantz Lerebours, spokesman for the Haitian National Police (PNH), was however, unable to give details.Some of the demonstrators tried to reach the city center but were met with a strong resistance from the CIMOs on the Champ de Mars.The opposition parties condemned the violence saying that the demonstrations had been infiltrated by people who wanted to provoke trouble and accuse the opposition of disorder.Ultimatum givenLast week, the Haitian Customs Association (ADH), gave the General Administration of Customs (AGD), of the Ministry of Economy an eight-day ultimatum to meet their demands or face work stoppage island-wide from Thursday.Customs officers, whose salaries are 17-thousand Gourdes after nine-month of training are demanding an 80 per cent wage increase. The customs officers are also demanding special status because of the importance of their mission and responsibilities: fiscal, economic and security.Meanwhile, the Council of Ministers last week adopted a preliminary draft law to amend article 149 of the Decree of 29 September 2005 on income tax.President Moise has since announced he will convene an extraordinary session of the Chamber of Deputies, once the draft bill has been ratified by the Senate.More on Haitian protests around budget proposals: https://www.caribbeannationalweekly.com/news/caribbean-news/two-killed-haitians-protest-budget-proposals-continue/
NOTTINGHAM, England, CMC – Shai Hope and captain Jason Holder struck half-centuries, but a late batting collapse sent West Indies to a hugely disappointing 15-run defeat to Australia, squandering an ideal opportunity to notch their second straight win of the ICC World Cup here Thursday.Poor officiatingIn pursuit of 289 at Trent Bridge in a contest marked by poor officiating, West Indies were well placed at one stage on 190 for four in the 35th over but then watched as five wickets tumbled for 66 runs, as the Caribbean side paid the price for injudicious strokes late in the innings and ended on 273 for nine off their 50 overs.Hope top scoresHope top-scored with a patient 68 off 105 balls that included seven fours, and appeared to be steering West Indies to victory but his demise in the 35th sparked the West Indies slide, handing Australia their second straight win of the tournament.Holder struck 51 off 57 balls with seven fours and a six and hopes of a Windies victory were kept alive once he remained at the wicket. Mitchell Starc’s return for a final spell, however, sounded the death knell, as he knocked over Carlos Brathwaite (16) and Holder in the 46th over to quickly end the Windies bid.Left-hander Nicholas Pooran struck 40 while Chris Gayle and Shimron Hetmyer both got 21, but West Indies lost wickets at key moments which hurt their run chase.Aussie left-arm seamer Starc claimed five for 46 while fast bowler Pat Cummins supported with two for 41.Tail-ender Nathan Coulter-Nile had earlier struck a career-best 92 and stroke-maker Steve Smith, 73, as Australia recovered from 38 for four in the eighth over to reach 288 all out off 49 overs.Coulter-Nile, batting at number eight, struck eight fours and four sixes in a robust 60-ball knock which dug the Aussies out of trouble while Smith faced 103 balls and counted seven fours.Carlos Brathwaite got wickets at the back end of the innings to end with three for 67 while fellow pacers Andre Russell (2-41), Sheldon Cottrell (2-56) and Oshane Thomas (2-63) finished with two wickets each.
Soliu Adeyemo is a renowned Formula 1 Expert. Follow him @SolihuF1 on Twitter and Instagram for more updates and analysis.RelatedVettel ‘Lacks Confidence’ In His Car Even After Australia WinMarch 27, 2018In “Formula One”Hamilton And Mercedes Accuse Ferrari Of ‘Interesting Tactics’July 8, 2018In “Formula One”Analysing How Ferrari Are Behind Impressive Mercedes in 2017October 20, 2017In “Formula One” Ferrari lock out the front row at the 2017 Hungarian Grand Prix as Sebastian Vettel hung on to win a tense race despite problem with his Ferrari ahead of teammate Kimi Raikkonen who was used as a buffer for the larger part of the race by the team against the rampaging Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton. It is the Prancing Horse’s first one-two in Hungary since Michael Schumacher led home Rubens Barrichello in 2004.Vettel took the chequered flag on his 50th Ferrari start ahead of Kimi Raikkonen, who was clearly frustrated at being forced to spend the race behind his ailing teammate despite repeatedly urging Ferrari to let him past.Vettel celebrates his fourth win of the 2017 F1 seasonWith that second place finish, Raikkonen has now scored six second place finishes and eight podium finishes in his 15 races in Hungary. The race was not just a significant milestone for the Finn, it meant a lot for the race winner, Vettel too – it was the German’s second win in Hungary and 46th overall career win.On a day when the Silver Arrows had no answer to the Scuderia, Valtteri Bottas took third ahead of teammate Hamilton. The Mercedes drivers swapped places twice during the race. The last change of positions came on the final lap as Lewis Hamilton restored Valtteri Bottas to the final podium position. Bottas had previously let Hamilton by into third to attack the Ferraris.Lewis Hamilton’s sportsmanship ensured that Valtteri Bottas collected his fifth successive podium – the longest current streak on the grid. By contrast, Hamilton now has just one podium in his last four races.A chastened Max Verstapen took fifth place for Red Bull after collecting a ten-second penalty for hitting his team mate on the first lap. Daniel Ricciardo retired after the contact at turn two. The Red Bulls had both passed the slow-starting Lewis Hamilton in the opening moments, with Ricciardo undercutting both the Mercedes driver and Verstapen on the inside of Turn 1.Daniel Ricciardo was so furious that the Australian was convinced Verstappen simply did not like seeing the other Red Bull get ahead. Max Verstappen’s unnecessary clash with Daniel Ricciardo on the first lap meant that for the sixth time in 11 races Red Bull saw only one of their drivers score points.Fernando Alonso gave McLaren their best result of the season so far with sixth position. He overtook Carlos Sainz Jnr and set the fastest lap on the penultimate lap. Stoffel Vandoorne took his first point of the year in tenth place, separated by his team mate by Sainz and the two Force Indias. Stoffel Vandoorne’s hard earned point was his first since he scored on his debut in Bahrain last year during a one-race cameo substituting for Fernando Alonso.On a weekend that Vettel led from pole to the chequered flag and extended his championship lead to 14 points, the complexion of the championship remains relatively unclear as Formula One heads into its four-week summer break.Official 2017 Formula One Hungarian GP Full Race ClassificationFerrari [Sebastian Vettel, P1; Kimi Raikkonen, P2]Sebastian Vettel drove a magnificent race managing to keep the lead despite the problem with the steering wheel. The German spent more than half the race coping with a severe handling problem but was in the fortunate position of having teammate Kimi Raikkonen as a buffer between him and the threatening Mercedes.It was a difficult situation for Vettel, who after having led off the line, was staying off the kerbs and not driving at full speed, he had Raikkonen on his tail throughout, but despite the Finn’s many pleas to the team to be let through, they would not oblige and left their drivers to battle out on track.Vettel’s problem was a setback but it was far from debilitating. Ferrari faced a straightforward dilemma: Keep Vettel ahead through the pit stops or allow Raikkonen to jump ahead of his team mate? The former was obviously preferable from a championship point of view as Vettel arrived in Hungary with more than twice as many points as his team mate.Arguably it was also the sensible thing to do to give them the best chance of scoring a one-two in the race, as Raikkonen could protect Vettel from any threat from behind. Whichever argument tipped the debate, Vettel stayed ahead because Raikkonen was brought in to the pits immediately after him. “I had the speed to stay out,” Raikkonen grumbled on the radio, no doubt remembering this was exactly how Vettel had been allowed to beat him in Monaco.Vettel heads into the summer break leading Hamilton by 14 points in the drivers’ championship battleMercedes [Valtteri Bottas, P3; Lewis Hamilton, P4]It was no doubt a difficult weekend for the Silver Arrows. The defending constructors champion failed to capitalise properly on Ferrari’s troubles during the race. The failure has been attributed to loss of data at the pit wall.Drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas spent part of the race unable to communicate with their engineers when the team encountered technical difficulties during the race. With eventual race winner Sebastian Vettel encountering steering problems and Lewis Hamilton closing in on the Ferraris in the second stint it looked like Mercedes was ready to snatch a win, but the lack of data left both cars in a compromised position.The issue meant Mercedes had to rely on its sophisticated set-up at its UK bases who helped keep the pit wall informed of what was going on.However, talks within Mercedes garage have been dominated by Hamilton’s decision to ‘let his heart rule his head’ during the final lap of the race. The situation evolved in the second half of the race, as Mercedes found they had the pace to close on the Ferraris, who had dominated until the pit stops.Once the drivers had completed their first and, for the most part, only pit stops. Hamilton had regained his fourth position, and was rapidly closing on his team mate. Hamilton had wanted to extend his first stint but was unable to tell his team due to aforementioned radio problems.His pace remained strong after changing to the softs and now he was bearing down on Bottas. To his relief, Mercedes solved their radio trouble and Hamilton was able to urge them to swap positions between their cars.Mercedes allowed him through on the condition that he would give Bottas his position back. Hamilton quickly got after the Ferraris, taking up to seven-tenths of a second out of them per lap. Hamilton could not overtake Raikkonen and kept his word to let Bottas back through, doing so at the final corner to allow the Finn to claim the final podium spot.Mercedes heads into the summer break in pole position to retain their constructors’ championship titleRed Bull [Max Verstapen, P5; Daniel Ricciardo, Retired Lap 1]Verstappen will have some explaining to do after the race following the first-lap incident in which he took out team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.The Australian had passed Verstappen on the outside on the run to Turn Two, after the Dutchman was forced wide by Bottas on the exit of Turn One.But although Ricciardo was clearly ahead, Verstappen left his braking too late on the inside, and slid into his team-mate, smashing his radiator. Ricciardo spun into retirement on fluids from his own car at Turn Three, bringing out the safety car.Ricciardo accused Verstapen of not being able to accept seeing teammate get ahead of himRicciardo said: “It’s frustrating. It’s not even an overtaking move. It’s an emotional response – sees me pass him, wants to make it back and messed it up.’’Verstappen’s move earned him a 10-second penalty, served at his pit stop, which made it more difficult for him to challenge the Mercedes at the end. Further punishment may follow for the young Dutch.McLaren [Fernando Alonso, P6; Stoffel Vandoorne, P10]The two-time champion Fernando Alonso delivered another bravura performance to claim ‘best of the rest’ honours at a track where the disadvantage of McLaren’s Honda power unit was minimised. He spent the first half trying to get past Carlos Sainz, then followed the Toro Rosso into the pits for their only pit stop. He pounced once they rejoined the track, sweeping around Sainz on the outside of turn two.Stoffel Vandoorne ran long in the first stint in a fruitless bid to get in front of the Force Indias. He nonetheless claimed his first point of the season with tenth place, taking the chequered flag right on Esteban Ocon’s tail.Toro Rosso [Carlos Sainz Jnr., P7; Daniil Kvyat, P11]Carlos Sainz had a very good start, went around the outside of both McLarens into Turn 1 and held onto his position into Turn 2. He attempted a pursuit of the Mercedes, but decided to play it safe as the work was already done for him. From then onwards it was a very tough task to defend from Fernando, who was much faster. In the end, Sainz was able to hold on to seventh position after being eventually passed by Alonso.Daniil Kvyat was in a very difficult situation; starting from P16 after the three-place grid penalty he was given before the race. He started on the soft tyres and gained two positions straight after the start. He was left out for as long as possible on those tyres while the other cars, racing on supersofts, were coming in to pit. This allowed Kvyat to race in free air, even though he did find traffic at times – especially at the end with Magnussen, who was on the supersoft and it was therefore difficult to overtake him. In the end, Kvyat finished in eleventh position – which was the best possible result for him.Force India [Sergio Perez, P8; Esteban Ocon, P9]It was a competitive Sunday for both Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon as they both secured six points for the team.The two drivers had solid race pace and made the most of an aggressive first lap which brought them into the top ten. From there it was a routine afternoon with both cars executing one-stop strategies.The team has scored points in ten of the eleven races so far this year and had double-point finishes in nine of those races. Force India heads into the summer break edging over the 100 points mark.Renault [Jolyon Palmer, P12; Nico Hulkenberg, P17]Fortunes did not smile on Renault on a hot Sunday afternoon in Budapest with Jolyon Palmer finishing twelfth and Nico Hulkenberg returning to the pits three laps shy from the chequered flag, following a contact with Kevin Magnussen.Jolyon Palmer started the race from P10 on a new set of Supersoft tyres. After running as high as P8, he pitted from P11 on lap 46 for a new set of Soft tyres.Nico Hulkenberg started the race from P12 on his qualifying Supersoft, pitting from P6 to change to a set of new Soft tyres on lap 45. His pit stop was slow due to a recalcitrant wheel gun. Contact late in the race from a subsequently penalised Kevin Magnussen pushed Hulkenberg off track and he subsequently retired due to issues with his brake and gearbox. Hulkenberg was classified seventeenth at the finish.Haas [Kevin Magnussen, P13; Romain Grosjean, Retired Lap 20]Romain Grosjean lost places at the start after contact with Hulkenberg forced him wide. He had to pit ahead of schedule for a slow puncture but worse was to come when he was sent back out on track with one tyre incorrectly fitted. He was ordered to pull off track, for his first DNF since Russia.Kevin Magnussen did not fare much better – he too was battling Hulkenberg, but at one stage defended too robustly, forcing Hulkenberg onto the grass. The stewards awarded him a five-second time penalty for his trouble, and he came home outside the points.Williams [Lance Stroll, P14; Paul di Resta, Retired Lap 60]Williams had not looked on the pace all weekend and so it proved come race day. Lance Stroll kept out of trouble in the incident-filled start, and drove a lonely race ahead of the Saubers from there on.Paul di Resta who was a late replacement for the unwell Felipe Massa was cautious in the first few laps but soon got into the swing of things, battling with Wehrlein before being forced to retire late on with an oil pressure issue.Sauber [Pascal Wehrlein, P15; Marcus Ericsson, P16]It was a difficult Hungarian Grand Prix weekend for Sauber as Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson struggled to finish the race in P15 and P16 respectively.The team was forced to put the two drivers on different strategies after both drivers’ forced pit-stops. Ericsson was the first to come in for an early pit stop due to a flat spot during the safety car period, before Wehrlein was also forced to pit due to a slow puncture.They kept the fight clean though and late second stops did not help them take the fight to Williams’ Lance Stroll ahead.My Take on the WeekendThe pressure had built on Ferrari ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix. Hamilton had reduced Vettel’s lead to a single point.But at a track which suited the Ferrari well Vettel shrugged off his handicap and took maximum advantage. While Ferrari demonstrated a clear preference for the contest between their drivers, Mercedes showed an even-handedness which could come back to haunt them.Hamilton gave up three points in Hungary. He lost last year’s title by five. But after the summer break come a pair of high-speed tracks where he surely expects his Mercedes can overwhelm the Ferraris.Ferrari and Vettel need to be wary of this win in Hungary. The last Hungarian Grand Prix winner to win the world title in the same year was Michael Scumacher in 2004.It remains to be seen if Vettel, whose victory was his second in Hungary, his fourth of the year, his first in five races and his 46th overall, will break that streak this year!
Paddy Power guarantees Hector’s Arsenal tree pledge June 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Paddy Power: Maintaining brand identity with daring marketing campaigns July 27, 2020 Related Articles Share The English Football Association (FA) and the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) are investigating Sutton United reserve goalkeeper Wayne Shaw for breaching football betting rules during yesterday’s FA Cup Fifth Round match against Arsenal FC.Before the match, which was broadcast on BBC1, new UK bookmaker Sun Bets had offered an 8/1 price on ‘Wayne Shaw to eat a pie live on air’. In the 86th minute of the game, Shaw obliged – being filmed eating a match pie.Shaw whose match day antics have now gone viral, may have landed himself, Sutton United and Sun Bets in hot water, as the FA does not allow registered players to bet “either directly or indirectly, on any football match or competition that takes place anywhere in the world.”The Sutton reserve goalkeeper has so far stated that neither himself or his teammates had placed the 8/1 pie wager with the bookmaker. The 23-stone goalkeeper states that his antics were simply ‘a bit of banter’.The episode is likely to cause embarrassment to Sun Bets marketing, who had secured a ‘one-off’ sponsorship of Sutton United and its football ground for the televised FA Cup game.This morning, UKGC Enforcement & Intelligence Director Richard Watson stated that the authority would not take the incident lightly. “Integrity in sport is not a joke and we have opened an investigation to establish exactly what happened.“As part of that we’ll be looking into any irregularity in the betting market and establishing whether the operator has met its licence requirement to conduct its business with integrity.”At present, Sun Bets management has made no official comment on the matter. However, the bookmaker made the following tweet referencing a ‘five-figure’ pay-out on Shaw’s munch.COST US A BELLY FULL: We’ve paid out a five-figure sum after @WayneShaw70 finishes his pie with glory! #YouBetcha #FACup pic.twitter.com/XrBCL3psOZ— Sun Bets (@SunBets) February 20, 2017 FavBet’s Alex Hleb deal: “When contract is just a piece of paper” June 19, 2020 Share
Share SBC Events has reacted to the huge success of last month’s Betting on Football conference by scaling up the exhibition space to drive innovation and product display at Betting on Sports 2017 (13-15 September).The Olympia Conference Centre in Kensington in London will now be hosting up to 50 exhibitors across the first two days of #boscon2017, which will include operators, suppliers, service providers, sports clubs, media companies, affiliates, payment providers and regulators.Betting on Sports 2017 is the second incarnation of the largest international sports and betting trade conference, which is focused on everything related to sports and betting, including esports, tennis, rugby, basketball, and golf.Featuring 35 sessions and eight conference tracks across three conference rooms, the event is expected to attract more than 1,000 senior executives and up to 135 leading industry speakers. The half price early bird ticket promotion will expire in two weeks time, so people are encouraged to book now for the best value conference pass in the industry. Click here to pick up your Betting on Sports 2017 ticket.Rasmus Sojmark, SBC Founder & CEO, commented: “We’ve had such a good response to Betting on Football that it made sense to widen the opportunities for companies wanting to exhibit at Betting on Sports. It gives us the chance to help showcase an even wider variety of product and services to the leaders of the global betting industry.”Just last month, a survey carried out by SBC Events found that no less than 100% of the Betting on Football 2017 exhibitors that responded were interested in returning for Betting on Sports, while 97.4% said they would recommend the event to a colleague. Operators and suppliers were unified in their praise of the event, which will be replicated on an even bigger level for Betting on Sports.Sergey Portnov, CEO of Parimatch, said: “This type of event from SBC plays an inherent part in industry life, and can change the destiny of your company.”Niels Erik Folmann, CEO of Danske Spil, commented: “I had two amazing days at Stamford Bridge. The event offered the perfect mix of great sessions and relevant business meetings. It’s probably the best industry event I’ve attended to date.”Jesper Kärrbrink, CEO of Mr Green, added: “SBC Events are driving innovation and the development of an industry like ours.”Martin Wachter, CEO of Golden Race, concluded: “We have had some very interesting meetings, and now we are moving forward with the biggest players in the industry. I can’t wait for Betting on Sports.”Click here to pick up your Betting on Sports 2017 ticket. The early bird 50% off discount is available until 15 June.If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at #boscon2017, please contact us on [email protected] Share StumbleUpon Danske Spil calls for esports makeover with Pinnacle Solution August 25, 2020 Submit Danish FA backs Danske Spil’s Safe Play campaign August 24, 2020 Parimatch hails top talent of inaugural ‘Universal Sports & Games Hackathon’ August 14, 2020 Related Articles
Share Share Italian bookmakers face cruel summer as ADM sanctions shop closures July 27, 2020 StumbleUpon CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach August 27, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Related Articles Submit Italian bookmakers and wider industry stakeholders are making adjustments to the daunting reality that Russia 2018 will feature no Azzurri!For the first time since 1958, there will be no Italian representation at a FIFA World Cup tournament. Italy now faces a summer of soul searching for its downtrodden Calcio, as business analysts estimate a + €1billion hit for the Italian national economy.Marco Castaldo – MicrogameItalian betting prospects were discussed at SBC’s Betting on Football 2018 Conference (#bofcon2018), where Marco Castaldo, Chief Executive of Italian betting software supplier Microgame commented on summer adjustments that Italian betting stakeholders may face.“We expect to lose some turnover versus the last World Cup. How much is difficult to estimate. Margins will be impacted too, as bets that would have been made in Italy may move to more favoured contenders. But the industry also loses a classic customer acquisition opportunity: getting new punters to try betting by leveraging loyalty to their national team.”However, seeking to drive Russia 2018 engagement, with Italian football fans, Castaldo reveals that Microgame will launch its new network daily fantasy sports (DFS) product this June;“To help compensate, we will be launching our Daily Fantasy Sports network to coincide with the World Cup. The idea is to provide players with a different type of engagement with the tournament since they won’t have their team to support. We are merging with an existing network and are working to put all the leading operators together to create significant liquidity, which is what has been missing. With sufficient liquidity, Daily Fantasy Sports is an interesting game on its own. But we also see it as an effective cross-selling tool into Sports Betting.”Although the Italian betting will have no Azzurri support this summer, Castaldo and Microgame remain confident on the sector’s long-term digital prospects and growth.As leader of Microgame, a supplier of tailored betting/igaming software, Castaldo is buoyed by the positive response to the Italian governments new national tender for online gambling licenses. Castaldo welcomes further foreign participation within the Italian sector, as new blood will drive competition and innovation between market new incumbents and legacy players.“In general, I expected interest but the number is a bit surprising: more than 40 new operators, net of the renewals. Observers believe the market will consolidate but after this licensing round, we could have over 110 operators, more than 4 years ago. ”“Probably, this reflects the underlying and persistent growth trend in the online segment, leading to significant interest from the last international operators who are not present. After all, Italy is one of the largest regulated markets out there. I believe we will also see a significant number of new operators from the local land-based gaming industry, who have finally decided that multi-channel is the way to go. Put simply this may be the real news…”
Related Articles Share The tables have turned yet again for all Italian betting stakeholders, as the coalition of Lega and Five Star Movement, have been sworn in as Italy’s new government.On Friday new Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte convinced Italy’s constitutional President Sergio Mattarella, to accept a Lega-5 Star government, having restructured the populist coalition’s executive cabinet and finance ministry.Conte will now lead as PM of western Europe’s first populist government, made up of anti-establishment Five Star and the right-wing Lega Nord members.The formation of a Lega-5 Star government, was the least preferred outcome for Italian betting stakeholders, as both parties have publicly taken an anti-gambling stance.Presenting their joint coalition mandate, Luigi di Maio leader of Five Star and Matteo Salvini head of Lega Nord, had agreed to push through severe restrictions on the Italian gambling sector, seeking to create a ‘stronger social contract against the ills of gambling’.Within the joint mandate, Lega-5 Star have presented a breakdown of potential betting/gambling restrictions, which the populist government seeks to deliver;“Total advertising and sponsorship ban, financial transparency for gambling companies, exit strategy from “machines gambling” (such as Slot machines, video lottery) through tools such as the authorization to install slot machines – VLT only in dedicated outlets (no bars, distributors, etc.), limitations in gambling times and increase of the minimum distance from sensitive places (schools and youth aggregation areas)” reads the Lega-5 Star document on gambling.Both di Maio and Salvini have talked tough on further restricting Italy’s betting sector. However, as Italian commentators point out Lega-5 Star are novices at political governance, which may impede the coalition from executing any effective mandate.Furthermore, though both populist, Lega and 5 Star differ on a number of policy goals and ideologies, with regards to tax, immigration, government expenditure and Italy’s EU relations.Though a coalition government has been accepted, the question remains on whether Lega-5 Star can govern effectively or else Italy will head back to voting stations in 2019.The populist coalition’s first policy test will come this Autumn when the new government announces its first budget, which all sector stakeholders will be eagerly anticipating.Facing the reality of governance combined with Italy’s debt bond repayments, can Lega-5 Star afford to handicap a tax-efficient betting industry? Put simply… reality now bites for di Maio and Salvini’s populist agenda. Share AgiproNews Italian View – Who can save la ippica? May 13, 2020 New ADM chief: Italy to keep strictest monitoring on gambling incumbents July 6, 2020 ADM reveals horror show March for Italian betting May 4, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon