Ninety-seven judges in Jamaica have called on Prime Minister Andrew Holness to retract statements he made recently regarding the appointment of a Chief Justice and to publicly acknowledge that the head of the judiciary is not answerable to him.Register grace concernThe judges from the Court of Appeal, the Supreme Court and Parish Courts said it was “necessary to publicly register our grave concern regarding some statements made by the Honorable Prime Minister, following the appointment of the Honorable Mr. Justice Bryan Sykes to act as Chief Justice of Jamaica as of February 1, 2018.”Holness is quoted as saying that “actions that brings results will determine the assumption of the role of chief justice,”But the judges said “by his unfortunate comments the Honorable Prime Minister, the head of the Executive branch of Government and a member of the Legislature, has sought to place the head of the judiciary, a separate and equal arm of Government, under his supervision, direction and control, and subject to a process of evaluation by him.Breach of separation of powers“This is clearly inappropriate and in breach of the fundamental doctrine of the separation of powers. We ask the Prime Minister to retract his statements and to publicly acknowledge that the Chief Justice is not answerable to him,” the judges said in their lengthy statement. Our concern is heightened as this is against a background of previous statements made by other members of the executive that have crossed the line of the separation of powers and have had the effect of undermining the independence of the judiciary.”The judges said they wanted to make it clear “we do not speak on behalf of the acting Chief Justice, and are acting independently of him and without his concurrence in indicating our disquiet.” They also said it should be clearly recognized that the safeguards of separation of powers and independence of the judiciary are not intended for the benefit of the judges who are the office holders.“Rather they are intended for the benefit and protection of Jamaican citizens and all others who come within our jurisdiction. For that reason, judges must be free to enforce the laws of the land, “without fear or favor, affection or ill-will”, which they are sworn to do.“For the judiciary to adequately and appropriately perform its constitutional functions and maintain its authority and legitimacy, judicial independence must be zealously safeguarded and preserved.”
The Urban Development Corporation (UDC), on behalf of the Government of Jamaica (GoJ), recently announced the official launch of the Houses of Parliament Design Competition. The launch was held at the National Heroes Park on Thursday 17th May 2018.Architects registered and licensed in Jamaica The Competition, which runs from 17th May 2018 to February 2019, invites qualified and eligible Jamaican architects who are registered and licensed in Jamaica to submit their best representation of what the new Houses of Parliament should look like. The concept, according to the Competition Design Brief, includes a parliament complex to be located within the confines of the National Heroes Park nestled amongst passive recreational spaces, gardens and green spaces, requiring the entire multi-purpose site to operate as a cohesive cultural and heritage environment.Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, during his keynote addressat the launch, said; “These discussions have been on the table for over fifty years, so today is truly a historic day for the redevelopment of downtown Kingston. Congratulations to the UDC; this is indeed a fitting milestone achievement to mark your 50th year anniversary.“Just imagine, that in a few years from today, our National Heroes Park and the wider downtown area could be transformed into a vibrant, enviable, iconic destination that compares to anywhere in the world. We have an opportunity today to create a better, brighter Jamaica for tomorrow where our children and their children can proudly and comfortably live, work, raise families and do business. That’s the vision that this competition will help us bring to life.”Economic and social benefitsPrime Minister Holness also said; “The construction of the new Parliament Complex will have significant benefits to downtown both economically and socially, which simply cannot be quantified. We are therefore looking forward to forging strong private/public sector partnerships to ensure completion, success and sustainability of this project. Competition has two stages The Design Competition will be executed in two stages. In stage one, all entries will be assessed by the evaluation jury comprising of industry experts and professionals, who will select the top five entries to advance to stage two. In stage two, the finalists are required to work with a lead architect, who is registered with the Jamaica Institute of Architects, to prepare and provide fully-developed design plans and models following the guidelines laid out in the competition design brief. Explaining a critical point in the design brief, Chairman of the UDC, Senator Richard Braham, said; “The King George VI Memorial Act allows for the allocation of up to 11.4 acres of space for the construction of the Parliament Complex within the Park out of the 50 acres available. This means, the vast majority of the space must be devoted to public use and green spaces, which is consistent with the design brief and which all competitors are expected to follow along with all other competition rules and guidelines.” Top 5 finalists to receive J$2 million The top five finalists will all receive an award of J$2 million for advancing to stage two of the competition. The ultimate winner will be selected by the judges and announced in February 2019. They will be awarded a further cash prize of JA$5 million and will get the opportunity to work alongside the contractor as part of the implementation team. Second place entry will be awarded J$4 million whilst third place will be awarded J$2 million. In closing, Senator Braham said; “I would like to thank everyone involved in bringing this project to life. Importantly, I would like to thank the competition’s Parliamentary Oversight Committee, the Evaluation Jury and the competition patron, Gordon Gill, a Jamaican-born, award-winning international architect who will be providing guidance throughout the period.” The construction of the Houses of Parliament Complex is a key step in the plan to re-develop downtown Kington. The vision for the wider project includes the construction of a Government Campus to fully transform the National Heroes Park and Downtown into a global iconic destination for locals and visitors and this competition marking the start of this journey.Keen interestSince the launch, there has been over 300 visits to the competition website and over 30 architects have completed pre-registration. Interested architects are encouraged to register their interest online at the UDC’s website from now to June 14th in order to officially enter the competition – no submissions are required at this time. While teams may consist of persons from other nationalities, the teams must be predominantly Jamaican as this competition is opened to Jamaican architects living in Jamaica and the diaspora.
The Nest of Champions in Uyo, Akwa Ibom has been picked as the venue for Aiteo Cup 2017 men’s final scheduled to hold on October 8, 2017.According to sources close to busybuddiesng.com, the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) arrived at the choice of Uyo as venue due to logistics.The same venue is the adopted home of the Super Eagles in recent times and it will play hosts to the crucial Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Zambia just a day before the Aiteo Cup final (on October 7).Also, the Nigerian Women Professional Football League (NWPL) Super Four tournament would start in Benin City 24 hours after the Aiteo Cup (from October 9 to October 14).The women’s final venue had earlier been confirmed by NFF’s 1st vice president, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi, who revealed that Bayelsa would be the centre for the final clash slated for October 2, 2017.RelatedAITEO Cup Men’s Final Venue RevealedOctober 2, 2017In “Nigeria”AITEO Cup: First Round Draw To Hold In Lagos On FridayAugust 10, 2017In “Nigeria”Female AITEO Cup Final To Be Played In Bayelsa – NFF ChiefJuly 11, 2017In “Competition”
Related Articles Share Share StumbleUpon SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Submit LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Stockholm-listed European online gambling group Betsson AB has detailed a strong six month opening to 2017, driven by ‘organic growth’ in its Scandinavian and Western markets, as the company continues to support its operations with strategic product investments.Presenting its H1 2017 trading update (period ending 30 June), Betsson would detail all ‘core metric gains’ on corresponding 2016 period performance, as combined H1 2017 group revenues surpassed the SEK 2.2 billion mark.Driven by strong revenue gains in its online casino portfolio (division up 26% ), Betsson would report H1 2017 operating profits of SEK 447 million (£41 million) up 10% on H1 2016’s corresponding SEK 408 million.Closing its H1 2017 performance, Betsson governance would declare a period group net income of SEK 400 million (£37 million), up 5% on H1 2016’s SEK 380 million.Detailing corporate highlights, Betsson governance noted that the company had recorded ‘all time highs’ within its Nordic market performance which saw a combined revenue increase of 28%.Updating investors Betsson governance stated that its strong H1 2017 opening, had been aided by strategic investments undertaken in 2016 focusing on improving digital functionality, player cash-out and aligning the overall framework of Betsson multi-brand assets.A Pleased Ulrik Bengtsson CEO of Betsson AB commented on H1 2017 performance“The revenue growth in the second quarter was 26 percent, with an organic growth of 15 percent. Betsson continues to gain market share, both in in the highly competitive Nordic region and in Western Europe. The continuous product development is clearly paying off as both casino and sportsbook have developed strongly. Operating Income (EBIT) grew by 31 percent.”“Operating income shows strong growth, despite increased betting duties, a continuing currency headwind and increased marketing expenses, again showing the scalability of the business model over time. It is also a good indication of the stability and balance of the business. Betsson is larger and a significantly more well-balanced business with higher growth rates, compared with a year ago. “Betsson AB H1 2017 – Performance Overview
Submit Share In an effort to eradicate mundane friendlies from international football, UEFA has announced that it plans on introducing a new international tournament called the Nations League. Should the tournament, which will run alongside Euro 2020 qualifiers elevate the levels of fan interest in international breaks as intended, it could also serve to heighten the value of international breaks as a betting product. SBC’s Bookies’ Corner investigates whether this is is the case.______________________SBC: From a betting perspective, can the introduction of the UEFA Nations League tournament increase the popularity of international breaks?Katie Baylis-( Head of PR – Betfair): Introducing a more competitive element to turn international ‘friendlies’ into more meaningful encounters seems a good move. However, as with the introduction of any new format or tournament, it will probably take time to build that tradition and fan interest. That will probably be the case from a betting perspective as well and we may not see an increase in punters betting more regularly or staking larger sums than they would normally on friendlies for a few years. There will, of course, be an opportunity for people to bet on more markets that will become available with a format like this, such as overall winner and goalscorer markets and promotion/relegation, so it will be really interesting to see the impact from a betting perspective when it kicks off next year.SBC: Alongside tournament expansions, can the Nations League tournament increase the interest in international football from countries that aren’t necessarily renowned for having overly successful national sides?Lee Price – (Head of PR Paddy Power): I think the Nations League is bound to increase interest in international football, at the very least from the intrigue of it being something new. It also means another trophy for England to fail to challenge for. A lot will depend on how seriously the big teams – Spain, Germany, Italy – take the Nations League.If they’re going hell for leather to win the thing, then maybe it’ll feel like a legitimately interesting tournament, of the ilk of an international Champions League. But then you’d have to worry about the point of future European Championships if that were the case.And for the tourist boards of places like Dubai – who will no longer see the influx of superstar footballers, what with an international tournament taking place every summer.Alan Alger, BetwaySBC: The new international tournament, The Nations League will lead to ante-post markets such as outright winner and top league goalscorer for international breaks, can this make out of tournament international football more attractive as a betting product?Alan Alger – (Head of Communications Betway): We tried to look into how the Nations League will work a few weeks back, but the info we got from UEFA site sort of contradicted itself. It does look it will add a bit of competitiveness to the lower teams, but not sure the bigger teams will – or need to – take it seriously.All will hopefully become clearer when the rankings are confirmed after the World Cup Playoff Fixtures. There seems to be some sort of draw also on the 24 January._________________ Share StumbleUpon
Related Articles CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach August 27, 2020 FTSE-listed gambling technology supplier Playtech Plc has confirmed that it has expanded its lead systems supplier partnership with Olympic Entertainment Group (OEG), Eastern Europe’s largest gambling operator.Securing a long-term partnership, OEG governance has selected Playtech’s Neon casino management system to deliver on ‘connecting more than 100 casinos in five countries, covering approximately 3,500 electronic gaming machines combined with 150 gaming tables’. Playtech Neon will move to replace OEG legacy systems across its multi-market portfolio operating within the Baltic states Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and with further land-based casino enterprises in Slovakia, Italy and Malta.Updating the market, Martin Sykes, Managing Director, Playtech IGS, said: “We have worked closely with the Olympic team for many years and look forward to completing the rollout and activating Neon’s premium functionality. Olympic is one of the world’s most successful, innovative and professional operators and we are very proud to have been chosen as the group’s long-term strategic partner.”Prior to the pending rollout, Playtech’s Neon system has been successfully launched within OEG’s flagship Olympic Park Tallinn Casino.Oleg JurtšenkoThe OEG casino systems upgrade will be delivered as HTML5 applications, requiring no footprint in the casino and offering unprecedented flexibility for how users and players can interact with the system.Oleg Jurtšenko, Chief Information officer of Olympic Entertainment Group said: “We are looking forward to taking full advantage of Neon by operating the system across all of our international operations. We evaluated all the leading systems and selected Playtech because of their understanding of our requirements, modern architecture and willingness to adapt Neon to our needs.”Playtech has begun its Noen implementation and targets an OEG systems completion in 2018. StumbleUpon Share Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Share Submit TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020
StumbleUpon Submit New mobile betting and gaming brand, MoPlay, is looking to expand its global presence by signing a multi-year partnership with Manchester United. MoPlay has emphasised its promise to provide its audience with a fast, simple, personal and secure service, aimed at enhancing its player’s mobile gaming experience. This partnership with Manchester United, the world’s most iconic football club, will see the two create exclusive collaborative content for fans, as well as engage in innovative co-branded activations around the world.MoPlay’s CEO, Juergen Reutter, commented on the new partnership: “We are immensely proud to partner with what we regard as the biggest sports club in the world. Engaging in such a high-profile partnership so soon after our inception truly puts our exciting new brand on the map. As we embark on the first steps of our journey, it is our ambition to create the kind of successful dynasty Manchester United is renowned for. “We look forward to working closely with the club’s vast array of talent – from all areas of the organisation, on and off the pitch – in order to reward the passion of the fans and deliver them an enhanced betting experience across the globe. Our motto is to #MoveOnUp, and we aim to make that ethos a reality, alongside the team, for the seasons ahead.”MoPlay boasts a bold, modern design tailored for a new generation of tech savvy sports fans and is purpose built to bring them a more entertaining way to play. MoPlay’s offering focuses on live in-play experiences for the moments that matter most across its product portfolio of sports, casino and games.Manchester United’s Group Managing Director, Richard Arnold added: “MoPlay are an innovative and dynamic company looking to further enhance our fans’ gaming experience. They are an exciting new brand that aims to modernise and improve the betting industry and we are delighted to be part of this journey.” Share MoPlay declared insolvent following licence suspension February 24, 2020 David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Gambling faces a pivotal moment March 31, 2020 GLA suspends Addison Global licence over solvency issues February 20, 2020 Related Articles Share
Share Related Articles GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Submit SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share GVC Holdings has responded to the news of William Hill’s shop closures by outlining that 900 of its own Ladbrokes and Coral shops could face closure, which is ten per cent lower than its previous estimates made in April. Similar to William Hill, GVC has attributed the potential closures to the FOBT stake cut brought in on 1 April of this year. In a statement from GVC, it explained: “We now expect up to 900 shops to be at risk of closure, affecting up to 5,000 roles, over the next two years as a result of the reduction in maximum stakes on FOBTs to £2 that came into force on 1st April, and there are a number of shops that have been identified for closure as part of this process.“This is not a decision we are taking lightly and we will be working hard to minimise the number of redundancies through redeployment within the business, whilst offering redundancy terms enhanced beyond the statutory requirement.”GVC has previously stated that the initial impact of the FOBT legislation had not been as severe as first predicted. The group first predicted that it would take a £145m hit to revenues in 2020, and £120m in 2021, however it is now thought that the impact would instead be £120m and £105m respectively.As it stands, Ladbrokes currently owns 1,849 retail premises, while Coral holds a further 1,540. GVC has stated that it ‘will provide more detail when we announce our H1 results in August’.The announcement comes at a time when the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has stressed that the gambling industry has had ‘ample’ time to prepare for the impact that the FOBT legislation would have. A DCMS spokesperson said: “The gambling industry has had over a year to make preparations for this change, including to mitigate job losses. We now expect them to provide the right support to any staff affected by planned shop closures.“By cutting the maximum FOBT stake from £100 a spin to £2, we are helping to stop extreme losses by those who can least afford them.”Sharing his views on his personal Twitter account, Chief Communications for William Hill Ciaran O’Brien expressed that the announcement of closures was ‘one of the saddest in my career.’He anticipates that the gambling industry will ‘move on’ from the closures, however recognises that the industry has come under heavy criticism.7. The benefits of gambling in terms of social interaction, mental stimulation, fun, controlled risk etc. are undervalued / appreciated and the politics is focussed on emotion and extreme cases. That said we should, can and will evolve safer gambling.— Ciaran O’Brien (@ciarano2) July 5, 2019 StumbleUpon GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile August 25, 2020
Code Red, the established esports agency has announced the addition of six South African talent to their ever-growing roster.The six members of talent will be taken under the wing of co-founders and world renowned esports broadcast talent Paul “Redeye” Chaloner and Austin “Capitalist” Walsh. The company will look to develop the talent and utilise them in future talent sourcing deal with South African esports events and tournament organisers. It’s not Code Red’s first foray into the South African esports scene, with the talent roster including Sam “Tech Girl” Wright, DGL Telkom’s Chanel “Succubus” Van De Merwe and Mettlestate organiser Barry “Anthrax” Louzada. Additionally, Code Red’s consultancy arm are working with five companies in the South African space. Bringing the ZA talent on Code Red’s roster up to nine in total, the following talent are now officially on Code Red’s books:Jack “KimJongJack” Mostert (CS:GO)Shaun “Profeci” Murrell (CS:GO)Matthew “Haze” Stott (CS:GO)Adam “Wham” Postepski (CS:GO)Dylan “Dib” Brown (Hearthstone)Andrew “PenguinZA” Hodkinson (Hearthstone)“Code Red is already hugely active in promoting and providing opportunities for South African esports talent, and I’m very happy to be able to add even more future stars to our roster” explained Managing Director Paul Chaloner. “With our strong connections and history in ZA esports, we’re now firmly positioned to be an integral part of the development of the industry. Esports is currently a volatile sector to work in but, for these new signings, we are a stable hand to guide them through all the ups and downs they may encounter in their careers.”Code Red will be working on sourcing talent for future South African esports events, beginning with a partnership with Kwese (organiser of ESL Africa) to provide broadcasters for an upcoming tournament.Esports Insider says: More expansion from Code Red as their talent roster grows ever bigger. With the ZA scene growing rapidly, having local talent working and learning with the likes of Redeye and Capitalist will go a long way to developing the ZA scene.
Three more players have joined the Black Stars training base in Dubai for the team’s pre-tournament camp ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey, Torino’s Afriyie Acquah and Deportivo Alaves’ Mubarak Wakaso have all linked up with their teammates after missing Monday’s session.Kwasi Appiah now has 26 players overall who took part in Tuesday’s beach and gym fitness sessions as they step up work for the tournament in Egypt.Appiah’s men are expected to play two friendly games against Namibia and South Africa during their 3 week stay in the Middle East before flying out to Egypt for the Afcon.