Month: August 2020

Bank of Jamaica announces further reduction on interest rate

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica, CMC – The Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) is reducing the policy interest rate offered on its overnight balances, by 25 basis points, to 1.25 per cent in a move aimed at returning and retaining the inflation rate within the four to six per cent target range by December 2020.“The rate reduction is intended to stimulate an even faster expansion in private-sector credit, which should lead to higher economic activity, consistent with the inflation target,” the BOJ said in a statement.It said that its most recent assessment in February 2019, projected that inflation would fall below the target at several points over the next year, before gradually getting to the target’s midpoint range over the medium term.The BOJ, the country’s Central Bank, said it anticipates that the key sources of upward price pressure over the next eight quarters are likely to emanate from increases in domestic agriculture prices to more “normal” levels; some imported inflation resulting from moderate crude oil price increases; and improved domestic demand conditions consequent on the central bank’s accommodative monetary policy stance over the past 18 months.Current assessments suggest that the risks to the inflation forecast have shifted to the downside, indicative of a likely lower out-turn.The Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN) reports that annual inflation, as at February 2019, was 2.4 per cent, as against 2.3 per cent in January and 4.4 per cent in February 2018.But the BOJ noted that all underlying inflation measures, as at February 2019, “continued to be low”, noting that it suggests that recent economic activity improvements have not been adequate to propel inflation back to the target.The BOJ said inflation is likely to trend below the projected path, primarily as a result of expectations for a lower-than-projected pass-through of international oil prices to domestic energy costs.“In addition, the prospect of favourable conditions could result in lower-than-anticipated increases in agricultural prices,” the BOJ said in the statement.last_img read more

J$1 Billion in Revenue Generated from Reggae Sumfest says Ed Bartlett

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica’s Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett has indicated that J$1 Billion was generated at the recently concluded Reggae Sumfest music festival held at Catherine Hall in Montego Bay.Bartlett said “This year was arguably the largest Reggae Sumfest in terms of attendance from both local and overseas guests. On the visitor arrival side, we saw approximately 10,000 people coming to the island for the festival which is an increase of 3000 over last year.“More importantly we estimate the revenue impact from the festival to be $J1 Billion based on average room nights stay of locals and visitors and taxes,” said Minister Bartlett.Reggae Sumfest, which began in 1993, has been described as the largest music festival in Jamaica and the Caribbean, taking place each year in mid-July in Montego Bay. It attracts crowds of all ages from all over the world and locally, and has featured a variety of Jamaican reggae artists as well as international acts.Minister Bartlett added that, “The success of entertainment festivals such as Sumfest augurs well for tourism as it boosts arrivals and has a major economic impact in and around Montego Bay.Through these types of events, hotels both large and small, attractions and smaller players in the sector get to truly benefit from the extensive value chain of tourism.”The weeklong festival usually kicks off with the Sumfest Beach Party which is followed with a series of events including a free Street Dance. Then there are two nights of the main festival with live performances featuring some of the best Dancehall and Reggae Artists in the world.last_img read more

Broward County Public Schools Adds Four New Food Distribution Sites

first_imgBROWARD COUNTY – As part of Broward County Public Schools continued effort to ensure families are receiving the nutritional support they need through the coronavirus pandemic, the District has added four additional sites to its food distribution program beginning Monday, April 6.The four locations will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. twice a week – Mondays and Wednesdays. At these locations, families will be able to pick up meals for multiple days.The four new school sites are:Castle Hill Elementary, 2640 N.W. 46 Ave., Lauderhill 33313Palmview Elementary, 2601 N.E. 1 Ave., Pompano Beach 33064Margate Middle, 500 N.W. 65 Ave., Margate 33063Parkway Middle, 3600 N.W. 5 Court, Fort Lauderdale 33311For more information on the District’s response to school closures and available resources, please visit browardschool.com/coronavirus.last_img read more

BREAKING: Barcelona sign Paulinho from Guangzhou Evergrande

first_imgThe Brazilian international’s move is subject to a medical which will be done on Thursday. His signing and official unveiling will also take place later that day.Paulinho’s buyout/termination clause has been set at 120 million euros.The 29 year-old previously played in Europe for Tottenham Hotspurs from 2013 to 2015, but his stay at the club was considered rather unimpressive.Paulinho made 94 appearances for Guangzhou Evergrande in three seasons at the club, scoring 25 goals and providing 5 assists.He becomes Barcelona’s third signing in the current transfer window after Portuguese defender Nelson Semedo & former boy Gerard Deulofeu. The Catalan giants are still looking to further reinforce their squad, with Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho and Borussia Dortmund’s Ousmane Dembélé very well within their sights. RelatedBarcelona Sign Brazilian Winger Malcom From BordeauxJuly 24, 2018In “Europe”Paulinho Returns To Guangzhou Evergrande On LoanJuly 8, 2018In “Europe”Official: Barcelona Unveils Paulinho, To Wear Jersey Number 15August 17, 2017In “Europe” Barcelona have confirmed they have reached an agreement with Chinese Super League side Guangzhou Evergrande to sign midfielder Paulinho for a fee of 40 million euros.last_img read more

Analysing How Ferrari Are Behind Impressive Mercedes in 2017

first_imgFerrari have refused to succumb and it surely is not over just yet, but the 2017 Formula One season looks to be a forlorn conclusion already after an incredible slump in results for the Scuderia since returning from the summer break.Lewis Hamilton will have his first shot at clinching his fourth driver’s championship when the Formula One goes to Texas this weekend, six weeks after Sebastian Vettel flew into Monza on top of the standings!A series of factors have culminated in the position Ferrari find themselves and I will be analysing the major topicsUntimely and Self-inflicted UnreliabilityFerrari’s procedures and inept attention to details helped them set a standard in the F1 in terms of reliability as they won 8 constructor’s championships and 6 driver championship at the turn of the century but recent hiccups with the SF70-H has put all that into question in a season they dominated from the start.Vettel and Raikkonnen have had just two mechanical-related retirements this season, but the timing of the failures in practice and qualifying have proven to be damaging, with Mercedes being so strong.Turbo problems left Vettel starting at the back in Malaysia while Raikkonnen didn’t even start and that was followed the next week by a €59 faulty spark plug which ensured Vettel’s race ended in Japan before it had even begun. Sergio Marchionne has admitted the team needs to rump up its quality control procedures.“It’s a problem we’ve probably ignored over time because it was never of much importance,” the Ferrari president said. “But now we’ve had at least three occasions where we’ve really seen the devastating impact on performance. We’ll fix it.”Not Taking Chances“We got a lot further than people thought.”Vettel said after the race in Japan. Rightly so, as Ferrari have won’t more races In 2017 than they did in the last three season combined. But for the SF70-H that has shown so much pace, 4 wins out of 16 is surely a miserly return. The less adaptable W08 from Mercedes has won 10 races while Red Bull who started the season over a second slower than the Ferrari are two race wins behind the Scuderia.Ferrari had the pace to win in Austria and Belgium but failed to do so and lost to Valterie Bottas in Russia despite having their two drivers on the first row from the start. 1 win in 10 races since they dominated Monaco says alot.Costly Driver mistakes Driver mistakes are inevitable over the course of a season as seen with Lewis Hamilton in the first half of the season when Bottas clearly outperformed him. By contrast, there hasn’t been any race where Kimi Raikkonnen outperformed Sébastien Vettel this season. But Vettel has also been as faulty as his car.Singapore readily comes to mind where he started on pole but crashed into Max Verstappen and team-mate Kimi Raikkonnen to effectively ensure that Ferrari left the Marina Bay with no points. If Vettel had kept his cool and finished on the podium ahead of Hamilton, he would have had an extra 38 points going into USA.In Baku he bumped into Hamilton’s leading Mercedes and with Hamilton subsequently having issues with his headrest, Vettel’s 10 seconds stop-and-go penalty for the unnecessary collision cost him the win in Azerbaijan.This errors have surely proven costly.Coming short in the ‘number twos’ battleThe Vettel-Hamilton battle for the title has relegated the contribution of the ‘second drivers’ for both of their teams. A little wrongly so, as their performances have been an understated yet important factor in the respective positions of the championship leaders.Ferrari’s last World champion has played a compliant role in the team’s desire to make their next champion. This was obvious in the tactics deployed in Monaco as Ferrari romped to victory. Raikkonnen was also immense in Hungary, playing the supporting cast role to perfection when Vettel lost his steering.Bottas’ results over the course of the season has proven crucial to the Silver Arrows dominance, by extension Lewis Hamilton. The Finn was just 19 points behind Hamilton when they went in for the summer break although his struggle for pace since Spa means his title challenge right now is purely academic.He has finished in front of Vettel (5) more times than Raikkonnen has Hamilton (3) and leads his countryman 10-4 on podium finishes. Even more crucially, Bottas’ two race wins in Austria and Russia were in front of Sébastien Vettel, costing the Australian an extra 14 points.Mercedes have a 145-point lead on Ferrari in the constructor’s championship and should wrap that up in the US this weekend, Bottas being very key to that haul as well. A fourth consecutive constructor’s championship for Mercedes and a largely expected title win for Lewis Hamilton will condemn Ferrari to a ninth consecutive season without a Formula One championship victory.As is aforementioned, Ferrari have made giant strides in 2017 but they need their car on the road more for next season and they need both drivers clicking on top gear.The home-stretch of the Formula One starts in Texas for the US GP from October 20 to October 22.RelatedMalaysia GP: Make Or Mar For Ferrari in F1 BattleSeptember 29, 2017In “Formula One”Formula 1: 2017 Summer ReviewAugust 9, 2017In “Sports”The 2017 Formula 1 Pirelli Magyar Nagydij PreviewJuly 29, 2017In “Sports”last_img read more

UKGC publishes comprehensive Gambling Behaviour report

first_img StumbleUpon Share Submit Share Updating the market, The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) has today published its social research paper; ‘Gambling Behaviour in Great Britain 2015’.The report provides a comprehensive update on gambling trends across the UK, examining the rates of participation, at-risk gambling and problem gambling, and explores the associated characteristics and behaviours.Furthermore, the paper represents the first social update on UK gambling consumer behaviour since 2010. Headline findings from this report include;4% of gamblers were classed as problem gamblers (0.8% of the population), with 6.4% at-risk (3.9% of the population) – which is similar to the rate published in the 2012 report.Problem gambling was more prevalent among people who had participated in multiple gambling activities in the past year, than those that had just participated in one.63% of adults (aged 16 and over) in Great Britain had gambled in the past year.Men (66%) are more likely to gambling than women (59%).Most popular gambling activities were: National Lottery draws (46%), scratchcards (23%) and other lotteries (15%).Overall participation was highest among the middle age groups and lowest among the youngest and oldest age groups.Those in employment or training were more likely to gamble (69%). Participation by those unemployed was at 56% and 57% for those retired.Presenting the report Tim Miller, UKGC Executive Director stated: “For many, gambling is an enjoyable leisure activity. But for some people gambling can become a problem with serious consequences for them, their families and their communities.“Whilst overall problem gambling rates in Britain have remained statistically stable, our research suggests that in excess of two million people are at-risk or classed as problem gamblers, with very many more impacted by the wider consequences of gambling related harm.”“We have a clear commitment to make gambling fairer and safer and these figures show that this is a significant challenge. Success will depend upon us, the industry, government and others, all working together with a shared purpose to protect consumers. The pace of change to date simply hasn’t been fast enough- more needs to be done to address problem gambling.”Sir Chris Kelly, Chairman of the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board,the Commission’s expert advisor for research, education and treatment commented on UK trends“These new findings show that gambling continues to cause harm to a significant number of people in Great Britain. They underline the importance of the National Responsible Gambling Strategy being pursued with vigour by everyone with a role to play in its delivery.“The Responsible Gambling Strategy Board’s published assessment of progress with the first year of the Strategy identified a number of priority actions where more can and should be done. Gambling operators have a responsibility for leading a large part of this agenda and need to demonstrate they are making a positive impact through their work to protect customers and promote safe play.”last_img read more

In-race data a British Racing first at Wolverhampton

first_img StumbleUpon Submit Ian Hogg joins RPM Gaming as Chairman May 5, 2020 Related Articles Paris tracks face second shutdown as government changes coronavirus policy May 20, 2020 BHA extends racing suspension beyond end of April April 16, 2020 Share This week fixtures at Wolverhampton Racecourses became the first in British Racing to have sectional timing and in-race data shown on screen by At The Races.It means that viewers of At The Races are now able to see, in real time, a wealth of new information on the screen which includes, the speed of the leading horse, the time taken by the leading horse to complete each furlong and the total time taken for the race to be run.At The Races will now show on screen data for every race from Wolverhampton Racecourse as part of the channel’s coverage of season 5 of the All-Weather Championships. On screen data for races at ARC’s three other all-weather racecourses – Lingfield Park, Newcastle Racecourse and Southwell Racecourse – will follow shortly.For the last three years Arena Racing Company (“ARC”), At The Races and Total Performance Data (“TPD”) have been working together to develop this exciting field which has huge potential for British Racing.  Sectional Timing and in-race data gives new ways of analysing the sporting action and can highlight fascinating stories by shining a light on the way a race was run, rather than just the result. It also provides the opportunity for the racing industry to develop its relationship with bookmakers by creating information that can feed into existing and new in running betting markets.At The Races’ Executive Producer, Rob Dakin, commented: “This is an exciting step forward giving fans of the sport new information and insight about racing in a manner which is easy to appreciate and understand. The team at TPD are using the latest satellite technology to produce robust data which our team can now share with our viewers on our TV channel and website. We look forward to developing this further in the months ahead as we cover more action from the All-Weather Championships.”Total Performance Data’s CEO, Will Duff Gordon, added: “Our aim at TPD is to use data to bring horseracing firmly into the modern era by providing the added content and information which fans have come to expect from all sports.  This important development with At The Races gives us a new opportunity to showcase data to their viewers but is only the start of what can be achieved in the future. We are eager to bring on screen information to fans watching racing from ARC’s other all-weather racecourses, along with a range of other exciting initiatives. These include measuring horse stride lengths and frequency, as well as bringing sectional timing to jump racing.”ARC’s Director of External Affairs, Susannah Gill, said, “We are really pleased to be in partnership with TPD and At The Races in order to help bring sectional timing to British Racing. It is requiring significant time and investment from all involved but we fully believe it will make an enormous contribution to the sport in the years ahead.”TPD is the first company to develop a viable and reliable way to collect and distribute sectional timing and in-race data using only GPS.  The process is set out below:Each horse must carry the speed sensing device in their number cloths. This currently weighs 100 grams and has been officially approved by the sport’s governing body since December 2015 with the rules of racing amended to include in the race conditions the requirement for all horses to carry the speed sensing device;To facilitate this all number cloths across ARC racecourses were replaced in 2016 with new designs by TPD to ensure the timing device could be carried in the optimal position behind the saddle;TPD’s Race Pace positional data streams live racing calculations using the latest GPS technology. During the race, real time positions are transmitted within fractions of a second, facilitating speed and split time calculations in real time;Data travels from the horses back to the broadcaster in under 50 milliseconds. Sharelast_img read more

Endre Nesset: Delivering GiG’s ‘next level’ sportsbook platform

first_img Submit GiG ups code security oversight with Checkmarx July 10, 2020 Endre Nesset – GiGEndre Nesset, Director of Sports for Gaming Innovation Group (GiG) breaks down delivering a two-year project, launching GiG’s new sportsbook platform. Highlighting increased operator-to-consumer demands, Nesset details to SBC that GiG’s sportsbook platform had to develop as an ‘anything is possible’ proposition, beating the expectations set by ‘one-size fits all’ solutions.    _____________ SBC: Hi Endre, can you detail to SBC readers the development of GiG’s new sportsbook platform, from its initial concept, planning, through to its launch?Endre Nesset: The project was conceived because, like many of our peers, we were not satisfied with the flexibility offered to us by the previous system. So we decided to build something great of our own, creating a new platform from scratch, using the latest technology and making it future-proof.The project kicked off in January 2017 with a team of 15 people from our sports tech team. Today we are close to 100.Since Gaming Innovation Group occupies a unique position, being both a platform supplier and an operator, we’ve used this experience to create an optimal sportsbook for operators who need to compete with the best. It’s been a long journey and it’s very rare for a new sportsbook platform to be created from the first line of code upwards, but we’ve done it. We’re delighted with the results and excited about what the future holds for us and our customers.SBC: As an industry technology and leadership veteran, how has sportsbook platform development evolved? In 2018, what do operators want and what have suppliers delivered to date?EN: Operators are no longer prepared to take a ‘one-size fits all’ approach. Every operator deserves the freedom they need – freedom such as being able to choose their odds with unlimited flexibility and without restrictive dependencies. Platform and sportsbook providers need to understand that the power now sits fully with the operator.SBC: From your perspective, what should be the core functions of a sportsbook platform, as more operators seek greater flexibility and choice in inventory and data provisions?EN: Sportsbook platforms need to offer an ‘anything is possible’ solution, so we want to leave all doors open for the operators. We’re doing this right now, launching our odds aggregator where operators have the freedom to offer a unique end-user experience powered by GiG sports betting services.SBC: From an operational perspective, is it wise to launch new sports betting platform during a World Cup period, when a bookmaker has to cope with various multiple player and market demands? EN: It was a great time to launch for us, thoroughly testing the product in the most demanding sporting event out there. Even though we launched our new sportsbook with our in-house operator Rizk.com just the day before the World Cup kicked off, we had tested our proprietary outright feeds, and everything looked good.The outright markets performed well and we’re thrilled with how our odds feed performed margin-wise. It was a real experience for the team – we were very confident we had a strong product, and now the future looks bright.SBC: Can you give SBC readers further insight on GiG’s ‘never suspend’ betting markets?EN: We implemented ‘never suspend’ in our outright models for the main outrights for the World Cup where we were pricing this up proprietarily. The idea was to have all the markets open, similar to a live betting event, such as the tournament winner market. It was cool to see how it works, especially when you get to the knockout stages, when one favourite gets knocked out on a Monday and the other favourite is not playing until the Friday. We stayed open throughout because we’re confident in our models – if you want to be a force to be reckoned with then you have to take a stand.This is exactly what we did and in some cases, we saw a lot of action because we were out of sync with the market. We believe strongly in our models, enabling us to play it this way. It all worked out very well for us.SBC: Finally, as a team, you have delivered a 2-year project for GiG’s enterprise, what does this platform represent for GiG’s long-term business?EN: We are putting a lot of effort into sports as it’s the biggest vertical in iGaming. To offer a state-of-the-art sportsbook is one of our key focus areas where we see good potential for growth… You’ll see more from GiG’s sports betting services in months and years to come!__________________________ Endre Nesset – Director of Sports – Gaming Innovation Group (GiG)Betting innovation and technology development will be discussed at the upcoming ‘Betting on Sports Conference’ (#boscon2018 – Olympia London-18-20 September 2018). Click on the below banner for more information… Share Related Articles GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 GiG launches WSN Podcast hosted by Bill Krackomberger  June 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

Record H1 results see LeoVegas AB reap rewards of its enlarged capacity

first_img StumbleUpon Share Publishing its H1 2018 interim results, an enlarged LeoVegas AB declares record revenue and earnings, as the online gambling group benefits from marketing efficiencies and savings implemented during the trading period.  Integrating the new assets of Royal Panda and Rocket X, LeoVegas reports a 76% increase in H1 2018 corporate revenues to €165 million (€94 million)Through strategic M&A, LeoVegas has significantly increased its active customer base, reporting Q2 2018 depositing players of + 300,000 (170,000), representing an increase of 79%.The Stockholm-enterprise, further reports that new depositing customers hit the +130,000 mark (+84%), supported by with + 175,000 in returning players recorded during Q2 2018.Driven by its enlarged capacity, LeoVegas AB governance declares an H1 2018 EBITA of €24.5 million (H1 2017: 12 million), almost doubling the firm’s ‘adjusted’ operating profit to  €22 million (H1 2017: €12.4 million).During the period, LeoVegas revamped its group front-end operating platform and further relaunched its sportsbook product on flagship brand LeoVegas.com.Furthermore, the online gambling group has implemented its social responsibility and fair-play framework ‘LeoSafePlay’ across its active brand portfolio, which will be a guiding discipline for the firm’s enterprise 2020 vision.Gustaf Hagman, Group CEO and co-founder LeoVegas AB commented on performance:“A quarter with focus on sustainability and technology The second quarter was one of LeoVegas’ most intense quarters ever. We not only launched a new sportsbook and design in time for the FIFA World Cup – we also adapted to the GDPR, stricter demands for compliance, and the forthcoming regulation in Sweden. These are just a few examples of projects that we have been working intensively with. On top of this, we have worked hard and completed a number of initiatives that will be important over the long term for the Company’s continued growth, for sustainability, and for a new technical platform.” Related Articles LeoVegas demands Spelinspektionen clarifies rules on deposit limits July 13, 2020 LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Share Swedish CEOs challenge ‘unrealistic demands’ against threat of igaming becoming obsolete June 8, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

Betting on Football conference sharpens agenda around key sports betting topics

first_img Share SBC’s Year In Review: March 2019’s big betting news December 23, 2019 Submit StumbleUpon Share SBC continues to grow media operation with SlotBeats addition January 31, 2020 Related Articles PE Forum: The payout partner challenge in emerging markets October 16, 2019 The latest agenda has been revealed for the sixth edition of the Betting on Football conference, being held at Chelsea FC’s Stamford Bridge from 19-22 March, which provides an insight into some of the key topics to be discussed at this year’s event. Betting on Football is the only trade conference that brings together decision makers from international operators to discuss the future of sports betting. The operators are joined by key industry stakeholders that understand the necessity of coming together once a year to discuss the opportunities and threats the industry is facing.Although football is by far the most important sport, SBC has widened the focus of the conference agenda and speakers to address a number of key topics pertaining to the entire value chain of the sports betting industry. Over 200 industry experts are ready to share their knowledge and opinions over six tracks, 40 sessions / panels and four expert forums.Conference Day One (20 March)Leadership & Vision Looks at stagnation in the betting industry, advertising over-exposure, the future for retail betting, how new operators can compete in a saturated market and gain a share of established players, challenges for new brands and a CEO panel discussing future strategy.  You will hear from speakers such as: Jesper Karrbrink (CEO, Mr Green), Anthony Werkman (CEO, Betway), Paris Smith (CEO, Pinnacle), Sergey Portnov (CEO, Parimatch), Sadok Kohen (CEO, BetBull), Martin Lycka (Director of Regulatory Affairs, GVC Group), John Hagan (Chair, Industry Group for Responsible Gambling (IGRG)), Jari Vähänen (SVP International Business Development, Veikkaus Oy), Francesco Gaziano (Chief Marketing Officer, SKS365), Jens Nielsen (Sports Betting Director, Danske Spil), Keith O’Loughlin (SVP – Sportsbook and Platforms, SG Digital), Vahe Baloulian (Strategic Adviser, BetConstruct), Troy Cox (Chief Commercial Officer, SKS365), Betting on InnovationA series of presentations will take place where multiple companies will be showcasing their latest innovative products on big data, maximising in-play betting behaviour through personalisation and identifying at-risk gamblers using predictive modelling.Presentations from: Bill Demakakos (Group Director of Betting, Intralot), Brendan O’Kane (Founder & CEO, OtherLevels), Thomas Koller (Managing Director, Friends4media), Motti Colman (Director of New Business, Optimove), Nicholas Tucker (Head of Sales, Trustly), Alex Kornilov (Managing Director, Betegy).Betting on MarketingFollows the discussion around effective and safe sponsorship, a CEO panel of super affiliates exploring their role in the supply chain, and the challenges of reaching an audience and keeping it through social, loyalty and personalisation. Learn from experts speakers like: Carmelo Mazza (CEO, OIA Services / Betaland), Joe Petyt (Head of In Play Football, Sky Bet), Jesper Soegaard (CEO, Better Collective), David Da Silva (CEO, EasyOdds), Richard Moffat (CEO, OLBG), Mike White (Head of Football, Sky Bet), Elliot Hackney (Head of Social, Ladbrokes Coral), Dan Towse (Head of Brand, Marathonbet), Eitan Gorodetsky (Head of SEO & PPC, Betsson Group).Conference Day Two (21 March)Product in FocusAddresses the following key topics: symbiotic state (how omni-channel makes online and retail co-operate), platform technology (the jumping off point for innovation), let’s get digital (where now for virtual sports?), plugging the gap (what is the next step for bet builders?), esports (the challenges of inplay) and data (do you get what you pay for?).Speaker preview: Omer Efraim (CTO, Olympic Entertainment Group), Marco Blume (Director of Trading, Pinnacle Sports), Steen Madsen (Head of Sportsbook, Nederlandse Loterij), Mattias Eriksson (Chief Product Officer, Kambi), Jamie McKittrick (Head of Commercial, GVC Group), Martin Wachter (CEO, Golden Race), Jacob Lopez (CEO, OPTIMA), Carlo Di Maio (Sportsbook Director at Eurobet, GVC Group), Matt Stephenson (Global Partnerships Director, Betgenius), David Lampitt (Managing Director – Global Operations, Sportradar), Alexey Sinyushkin (COO, Olimp Bookmakers), George Athanasopoulos (CEO, Novibet).The Science of ComplianceIn partnership with Gambling Compliance – deals with the latest problem gambling strategies, sporting integrity, payments, fraud and dealing with regulators. Speaker preview: Richard Flint (CEO, Sky Betting & Gaming), Ludovico Calvi (President, Global Lottery Monitoring System), Laura Da Silva (Founder, WePlayFair), Bill South (Group Security Director, William Hill), Gilles Maillet (Director of Sport Integrity, FDJ), Hillevi Stuhrenberg (Manager for Responsible Gaming & CSR, Betsson), Steven Armstrong (Group Money Laundering Reporting Officer, William Hill), Sergey Kot (Head of Business Development, Parimatch), David Williams (Director of Public Affairs, Rank Group), Mike Kenward (Development Director, GamCare), Ali Hawa (Director of Risk & Compliance, Mansion.com).Global MarketsWill focus on the impact of regulation and the attractiveness of different markets including India, Africa, USA, Italy, Sweden and Spain, as well as the impact Brexit will have for the UK & Gibraltar.Global industry speakers include: Mark Blandford (Founder, Sportingbet), Niklas Lindahl (Managing Director – Italy, LeoVegas), Peter Stagles (Group Operations Director, BetLion),Chris Duncan (Head of Product, Black-op Gaming), Joe Saumarez Smith (Chairman, Bede Gaming), Sam Behar (Global Head of Marketing, Marathonbet), Morten Ronde (CEO, Nordic Gambling), Joe Lee (Head of SAS, Paddy Power Betfair), Mikel Lopez de Torre (Chairman of Jdigital Spain & Director of Sportium), Carlos González, (Sportsbook Director, MARCAapuestas).PaymentExpert ForumAlongside these six tracks, SBC will be debuting a pair of exclusive forums across the two days. On 20 March, the PaymentExpert Forum has been designed to provide payment professionals working for both operators and payment suppliers with a platform to discuss opportunities in the betting and gaming industries.It will include sessions focused on interpretation of the Wire Act, payment trends in Africa, meeting new anti-money laundering directive (AMLD) rules, Brexit fall-out and the ‘duty of care’ for payment providers in the fight against problem gambling.Payment expert speakers include: Isabelle Delisle (Head of Group Payments, Pinnacle), Nick Izmaylov (Managing Partner, Parimatch), Charmaine Hogan (Former International Business Development, Bet365 & European Commission), Ciaran Carr (Payments Manager, Paddy Power Betfair), Richard Leather (Chief Content Officer, ComplianceOnline), Marc Wood (Global Gaming Sales Director, Pay360), Samuel Barrett (Gaming Director & Payment Specialist at Trustly), Manish Ganatra (Payment Director, Black Op Gaming), Ali Hawa (Director of Risk & Compliance, Mansion.com).Digital Marketing ForumThe day two agenda will be complemented by the inaugural Digital Marketing Forum, after SBC collaborated with AffiliateINSIDER to gather expert digital content for #bofcon delegates.The increased political pressure on high profile marketing such as television advertising and sponsorship, especially in Italy and the UK, means that brands will have to be even more adept to reach new customers. Mass market advertising will always be seen by those under the under-age of 18, so operators need to be actively engaged in minimising this exposure. The Digital Marketing Forum will give them the tools and insights to do this more effectively.Speakers include: Eitan Gorodetsky (Head of SEO & PPC, Betsson Group), Benjamin Cronin (Head of Content, Pinnacle), Sam Behar (Group Head of Marketing, Marathonbet), and many more digital marketing experts.For more information about all the speakers and sessions, CLICK HERE. To book your full event ticket for Betting on Football, CLICK HERE.last_img read more