Cuba and Barbados Soaring to the Top with Elderly Populous

first_imgCuba’s population is expected to continue aging in the coming years while the amount of adolescent and young people are expected to decline.This according to a report by that country’s National Office of Statistics and Information (ONEI). The office revealed that there are more than 2,219,783 elderly people, 60 years of age or older, in Cuba. They represent 19.8% of the island’s total population.Population aging set to increaseAccording to the entity, population aging in the country is expected to steadily increase over the coming years, while the number of young people and adolescents is set to decline.The report also states that population ageing has increased from 11.3% in 1985, through to 2016, with this sector of society currently accounting for one fifth of the island’s total population.In just 31 years, the number of people 60 years of age or older risen by 8.5%, according to the study.Youngest Cubans found in Guantanamo and the Isle of YouthThe document notes: “From a territorial perspective, the ageing index stands at over 15% in all the country’s provinces, with Guantánamo and the Isle of Youth being the youngest, although 17.3% and 17.6% of their populations are 60 years of age or older, respectively.”Meanwhile, the report also revealed that the ageing index in the west and center of the country is higher than the national average, with the exception of Artemisa and Ciego de Ávila.On the other hand, the statistics seem to balance out in the east of the island, where the lowest rate of population aging has also been registered.According to the UN Population Division, Barbados and Cuba are soon set to be the countries with the most elderly citizens in Latin America and the Caribbean.In Cuba’s case, ONEI statistics reveal that the country’s birthrate falls below the population replacement level; meaning less than one daughter per woman of childbearing age, for the last 38 years.As such, the population between 0-14 years of age has been decreasing with regard to the total, while low birth rates have meant a rise in the proportion of people 60 years of age or older.last_img read more

Guyana’s AG welcomes court ruling, and says government is legal

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana, CMC – Attorney General Basil Williams Friday welcomed the Court of Appeal ruling that the motion of no confidence passed in the Guyana National assembly on December 21 last year was invalid. Meanwhile supporters of the main opposition People’s progressive Party (PPP) staged demonstrations across sections of the country in their quest for fresh regional and general elections.Business as usual for the government“The ruling of the Court today is business as usual for the government,” Williams told reporters as he emerged from the Court of Appeal building after the three-member panel had been split on their ruling by a two to one margin.Asked whether he would advise President David Granger on setting a date for the election, Williams replied “no, I really can’t get into a discussion….between myself and the President because I don’t want to pre-empt anything”.Dismisses Jagdeo’s arguments Williams dismissed arguments by Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo that the government was illegal, given that it had been 90 days since the motion had been passed in the National Assembly and that legislators had not voted to extend the deadline for when fresh general elections had to be called in keeping with the provisions of the Guyana Constitution when a vote of no confidence is passed.“What’s the sense in dealing with that,” he told reporters, adding “I am saying that because of the Court’s decision. The Court’s decision now prevails,” he said, adding that the government is legal.Advances to Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ)But former attorney general, Anil Nandlall, said while he was disappointed with the ruling, the matter would now go before the Trinidad-based Caribbean Court of Appeal (CCJ), which is the country’s highest court.“Understandably I am disappointed for we felt that 33 has always constituted a majority in our National Assembly since independence and that belief of ours supported by reality has been turned upside down.“So whilst we have won on all the issues of law as you would have heard  we have ,lost the maths and I never thought this to be a case of maths, I thought this was a case of law,” he told reporters.Nandall said it was always the intention of either party in the appeal to take the matter before the CCJ “and it will go there because this is an important matter.“Unfortunately one issue, just a singular issue has to be determined now. So this is a case that can e heard within a matter of days,” he added.Split decision In a split decision, the three-member panel of judges said that the motion had to be passed by 34 of the 65 members of the National Assembly in order to have been valid.Jagdeo had on December 21, last year, successfully tabled the motion of no confidence against the three and a half year old coalition government after he had received the support of then government legislator, Charrandas Persaud.The government later appealed the High Court ruling that the motion was valid and had refused to issue a conservatory order stopping the countdown to the 90 day period during which the fresh regional and general election had to be held following the passage of a motion of no confidence.Williams told reporters that he was grateful for the results, saying “it was a team effort and a lot of work had been put into it.“We really stretched the extremities of the law in this area and we are happy with the results. The proper principle was applied to the computation,” he said, adding “we always believed that that was the right computation.“All we had to do was find the road to satisfy the Court and I think we did that very well,” Williams said, adding he was confident about the whole issue of “absolute majority”.last_img read more

NPFL Champions Rangers Target Former Super Eagles Coach As Imama’s Successor

first_imgRelated Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) champions, Enugu Rangers, are ‘in the process’ of naming former Super Eagles assistant coach Sylvanus as their new head coach according to Club sources.Baring any last minute development, Okpala is expected to replace title-winning coach, Imama Amapakabo, as the new permanent coach. Chukwuma Agbo has been in charge on an interim basis since the exit of Imama.It was also revealed that the appointment would be finalised potentially on Thursday with an official announcement scheduled for next week If everything goes according to plan.Speaking with busybuddiesng. com, a club source said: “We’re in the process of appointing Okpala as coach.”“Everything would be finalised on Thursday if there are no issues with an official announcement expected next week.” the source added.Sylvanus Okpala had a very successful career with the Super Eagles of Nigeria. He was a member of the squad that won the country’s first African Cup of Nations (AFCON) title in 1980 and he was an assistant coach to the late Stephen Keshi in 2013 when Nigeria won the title for the 3rd time in South Africa.League champions Rangers would be hoping he is the man to turn their fortunes around with the club currently occupying 17th position on the log with 39 points ahead of Sunday’s clash with fellow CAF Champions League (CAFCL) campaigner Rivers United.last_img read more

Enyeama Finally Breaks Silence On Eagles Return

first_imgFormer Super Eagles captain Vincent Enyeama has finally broken his silence on the much talked about debate concerning his possible return to the team.Calls for the Lille Metropole FC of France goalkeeper’s return to the team intensified last week after South Africa-based goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi produced a forgettable performance in the first half of Nigeria’s impressive 4-2 comeback win over 2-time world champions Argentina at the Krasnodar Stadium in Russia.Enyeama broke his silence via his Twitter handle when a fan asked about his club and national team career though his response didn’t give much away. He said: “Thanks a lot but don’t worry, the future will take care of itself. ”Vincent Enyeama recently returned to full training at his French club Lille after a lengthy layoff prompted by the knee injury he suffered in April. RelatedEnyeama Exits Lille By Mutual Consent, Linked With AuxerreSeptember 1, 2018In “Europe”AUDIO: Enyeama Is Ready To Come Back To Super Eagles But… – RohrAugust 31, 2017In “National Team”Vincent Enyeama Set for Trials with French Ligue 1 Side DijonJuly 24, 2019In “France”last_img read more

FDJ extends French LFP football partnership

first_img Share Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Ligue de Football Professionnel (LFP), French football’s governing body has confirmed that it has extended its partnership with national lottery and gambling operator Française des Jeux (FDJ) for a further four years.FDJ has acted as official gaming partner of LFP leagues since 2009, and will now continue its sponsorship until the end of the 2019/20 French football season.Continuing its sponsorship, FDJ betting and gaming services will receive extended coverage throughout LFP’s cup competition ‘Coupe de la Ligue’, and will gain further exposure during Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 matches.Agreeing new sponsorship terms, FDJ marketing detailed that the operator would seek to push new online betting brand Parions Sport during the season.FDJ governance was pleased to continue its involvement with LFP one of its longest running sponsorships. The operator further stated that it would continue to contribute to French football grassroots and social initiatives. Submit FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 Vbet sponsors AS Monaco as Ligue 1 kicks off new season August 24, 2020last_img read more

Integrity Matters…BetStars joins ESSA membership body

first_img Europol warns of ‘greater risk’ of match-fixing during pandemic August 7, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Khalid AliInternational betting integrity body ESSA has been boosted by the addition of Amaya Inc online betting subsidiary BetStars to its increasing roster of members. The inclusion of BetStars, takes ESSA’s current membership to 25 regulated betting operators covering many of the leading international brands.Joining the programme, BetStars will work ESSA partners to help combat match-fixing cases and sports integrity concerns c0-sharing information and intelligence, helping the distribution of vital information to relevant regulators and sporting authorities to take any action oif deemed necessary.Khalid Ali, Secretary General of ESSA, stated: “BetStars’ decision to join ESSA is excellent news for all concerned and another important milestone for the association. Backed by Amaya, one of the world’s largest gaming groups with 108 million registered customers, the addition of BetStars brings clear advantages for ESSA and its alert platform. Whilst BetStars will benefit from access to a growing and effective operator run network focused on protecting its members’ businesses from fraud.”Zeno Osskó, Managing Director of BetStars, said: “BetStars is committed to keeping online betting fun and safe for our customers. The move to join ESSA underlines that approach and our determination to identify and tackle those that seek to manipulate sporting events against fellow consumers and responsible operators. We look forward to engaging closely with our partners within ESSA to maintain the integrity of sportsbook markets.”ESSA holds positions on match-fixing policy forums at the European Commission, Council of Europe and the IOC. player education programme with EU Athletes (seeESSA current programs include player education programme with EU Athletes (see here) and an international project, entitled “Keep Crime out of Sport”, led by the Council of Europe (see here); both receive funding from the European Commission.ESSA has recently released its Q4 and 2016 overview integrity report, available here. Share Related Articles Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

Tempobet nets Preston North End ‘Principal Partner’ sponsorship

first_img Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 European bookmaker Tempobet has increased its coverage within English football announcing that it has become ‘principal partner’ of Preston North End for the upcoming 2017/18 EFL Championship season. The partnership will see the Tempobet brand feature on the first team’s match shirts, with extensive advertising in place around the club’s Deepdale ground during the season.Tempobet marketing stated that partnering with the ‘Founder member of the English Football League’ will help raise the brand’s profile with UK customers.Tempobet CEO Tim Peters said: “This is a terrific opportunity to extend our horizons within football and are delighted to complete the deal with Preston North End.“English football is a crucial part of our business and given PNE’s historic standing in the game, it’s a perfect fit. We’re excited about growing our relationship over the next 12 months.”A Preston North End issued the following statement: “We are delighted to welcome Tempobet as our principle sponsor for the 2017/18 season and look forward to working with them to achieve their sponsorship ambitions.“It is a great opportunity for Tempobet to showcase their brand and important for Preston North End to be able to attract companies with an international reach like them.”The sponsorship deal with the Lilywhites will ensure Tempobet features on the shirts of two Championship clubs next season, following the renewal of their contract with Burton Albion. QPR names Football Index as new shirt sponsor August 21, 2020 EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Graham Cooke – Qubit – Straight shooting on AI as a technology and business matter

first_img Graham Cooke – QubitArtificial intelligence will revolutionise global business, but how should industry stakeholders approach this complex and often misunderstood technology? SBC speaks to Qubit CEO & Co-Founder Graham Cooke on the current context of AI and how to gain inclusive learnings on the subject matter without distractions or disruptions. Leading Qubit, Cooke has worked and consulted on a number of ‘Tier1’ industry Big Data and digital personalisation projects for clients including; Ladbrokes Coral, Betfair International, Sky Betting & Gaming and BetBright. _________________SBC: Hi Graham great to catch up, as a technology and data veteran, what draws you and Qubit to AI advancements and innovation?Graham Cooke: Firstly, I think it’s important to make a quick point that most of the concepts in the AI field, such as machine learning and deep learning, have been around for years. However, we previously lacked the economically and technically viable environment in which to apply these concepts at scale.Today the combination of increasingly powerful computers, decreasing data storage costs and the cloud computing delivery model has sparked a ‘renaissance’ period for AI.Pursuing AI was always a natural fit for Qubit. We’re a personalisation-focused business and the only way to deliver personalisation at scale is via AI. Furthermore, we knew we had the ingredients to push the boundaries of the technology. AI is only as good as the data you feed it, and our data pipeline processes and stores billions of digital interactions on behalf of our customers. You can only describe a system as a pipeline though if the data has a destination (or purpose). Qubit’s destination is digital personalisation and we always knew that whilst rules based personalisations are a great place to start, AI-driven personalisation would take us to the next level of scale.SBC: At present, AI has taken on a broad definition. As a technology leader, how do you look to specifically define effective AI innovations and processes?GC: AI is taking an increasingly broad definition, partly because new applications for AI are constantly being developed. However, there’s also an alluring, almost mysterious implication in saying that your solution or product is ‘powered by AI’. We’re seeing many features haphazardly painted with the AI brush for marketing reasons, even if they’re actually just traditional algorithms.At Qubit, we focus mainly on machine learning, employing algorithms that can learn from and make predictions on data in order to automatically improve programmes. For example, we use this in eGaming to spot key signals in customer behaviours, uncovering where the biggest opportunities for improvement may lie. The machine learning engine can identify these opportunities instantly, but it would take humans months to sort through the same data.Ultimately any application of AI can only be classed as effective if it improves your business KPIs and if you can prove that this uplift is caused by the AI element. Despite all the recent developments in AI, this is still my definition for effective use of the technology.That being said, I have noticed that we’ve become more patient when considering whether AI is effective. A Machine Learning algorithm needs time and data in order to learn and improve. The more data you feed the model the quicker it learns and so many organisations are learning that patience is required. It’s no use writing off a product as ineffective when it hasn’t been given time to improve, and the history of AI is littered with success stories that started out as abject failures.SBC: In the industry’s current context we are seeing a huge emphasis on producing omni-channel dynamics, bridging gaps between land-based and digital capabilities. How do you see AI changing these dynamics? GC: So much of the experience in land-based operations, whether in casinos or bookmakers, is dependent upon human interaction. In the early days of eGaming, this human element was completely lost. Whilst this may have been a good thing for a poker player with an obvious physical ‘tell’, for many people it made the experience less sociable and enjoyable. We’re now seeing companies striving to curate ‘human’ elements in their digital service, and AI-driven personalisation, which provides tailored and relevant experiences for each user, forms a big part of this.The emphasis on omnichannel strategies makes commercial sense. Ladbrokes has been at the forefront of this, promoting their multi-channel product during Euro 2016 and welcoming more than 13,000 new active customers over the course of the competition. Ladbrokes has found that retail customers who converted to multi-channel continue to deliver more value than digital-only customers.We’re also seeing efforts to try and treat customers more consistently across digital and social. However, while digital identification is easy, most land-based business is anonymous. I can see why the operators would like to change this, particularly U.S land-based business closely following developments in digital regulations.Looking into the future, the latest iPhone developments around facial recognition could potentially help here. If a user is unlocking their eGaming apps via facial recognition, it’s feasibly possible to match this land-based business using CCTV auto-recognition. However, to me this still feels like a bridge too far, and I’m not convinced that either regulators or players are quite ready for that level of ‘know your customer’. Share SBC: You have detailed changes at a consumer level, however from a leadership perspective, how will AI factors influence governance and future decision making for all industry stakeholders?  GC: From a leadership strategy perspective, AI will naturally accelerate the decision-making process. A key strength of machine learning is the automation of the market segmentation discovery process, identifying priority customer groups for targeting, highlighting the monetary opportunities they represent, and creating new clusters of interesting potential customers for attention. This is all done instantly and without error, and so business strategies can be adapted very quickly indeed.With regards to governance, there is clearly a lot of talk around data protection regulation, which is clearly very important. However, there are also opportunities for AI to play a role in safeguarding potentially vulnerable customers. Behaviours commonly associated with problem gamblers can be analysed and flagged to operators in real time. AI will benefit the eGaming industry enormously and I believe it will provide even better, even more responsive services for eGaming customers too.SBC: Moving forward how would you advise to industry stakeholders to approach the discussion of AI with internal teams, in what can be a disruptive and often misunderstood subject matter?GC: Businesses need to understand what AI is and why they need it. As you say, it’s a misunderstood subject and it’s easy to imagine a generic AI ‘brain’ that can be applied to any problem, magically self-optimising websites and engagement wherever it’s deployed. In reality, algorithms need to be specifically calibrated to function effectively. I don’t think industry stakeholders need to be experts in AI, but they must know where their business can benefit from it, and internal operation teams will be best-placed to point out challenging areas such as missed opportunities to drive additional revenue.AI should be broached internally as an opportunity rather than a risk. Machine learning eliminates the need for labour-intensive, manual data collection and integration. This means that internal teams previously tasked with this will have far more time to dedicate to those areas that humans excel in, namely creativity and strategy.SBC: Finally, In your view, has the industry been enthusiastic/ambitious enough when experimenting with AI? How does it compare to other sectors in this regard? GC: eGaming has been particularly enthusiastic in experimenting with AI, delivering more personalised service at massive scale breeds loyalty in a market with very little. That being said, eGaming faces specific challenges. Harnessing AI to predict what might interest a customer is more difficult in this industry than any other. Big operators will have over a million potential options available to customers on any given Saturday, most of which will be gone by Sunday.Additionally, AI is often used in Retail & Travel to make tailored recommendations and help people discover new products. In eGaming this process is fundamentally different and product discovery is nowhere near as effective since customers already have an intuitive knowledge of the selections that will be available. Instead, our eGaming AI techniques focus on delivering improving navigation by predicting which markets and sports a user wants to get to, as well as deciding the next best action once users have placed a bet, surfacing other options that may tempt them, such as previous winners.Both of these areas have helped eGaming really push the boundaries of AI on mobile in particular. Whereas the mobile experience in retail or travel is still somewhat behind the desktop, eGaming is often able to provide a seamless, tailored mobile experience.We’ve found that there’s a bigger emphasis in eGaming on the operator owning the IP and algorithms to ensure differentiation from competitors. When Qubit develops an effective predictive model, we work to integrate that model into the client’s product and provide the data to train and constantly improve that model. This means that gaming/betting businesses often have a better grasp of the capabilities of the technology and can naturally be more ambitious in pushing the boundaries of AI._______________Graham Cooke -Co-Founder & CEO – Qubit Submit Share XLMedia feels strain of Google deranking July 23, 2020center_img GAMING1 uses AI to combat problem gambling August 4, 2020 Fonbet builds betting experience through ‘Alice’ voice assistant July 7, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articleslast_img read more

Cherry Q2 “characterised by expansion and investment”

first_img NSoft adds virtuals onto EveryMatrix’s CasinoEngine June 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Highlight Games goes live with MaxBet June 26, 2020 Highlight Games goes global with ComeOn deal June 19, 2020 Share Related Articles Share Submit Scandinavian affiliate group Cherry AB has described its Q2 2018 period as being “characterised by expansion and investment”.The statement, made by Cherry’s Acting President and CEO Gunnar Lind, came as the Stockholm-listed online gambling group recorded a revenue increase of 41% (SEK 753 million, up from SEK 536 million), an EBITDA increase of 78% (SEK 165 million, up from SEK 93 million) and improved profitability for the three-month period.Results for the first six months of 2018 (January to June) were similarly positive, with group revenue up 33%, an EBITDA rise of 103% and profit for the period up from SEK 51 million to SEK 180 million.Cherry also completed the acquisition of 44% of the shares in affiliate firm Game Lounge, totalling 95% of shares outstanding, and 7.5% of shares in online gaming company Almor Holding, which gave Cherry a total of 90% of shares outstanding.Notable highlights for the two-months following on from the recorded period include being granted a sports betting licence in Poland and Game Lounge acquiring two premium domains in North America – betNJ.com for sports betting and casino in New Jersey and the Mexican domain OnlineCasino.mx.Lind added: “With a revenue increase of 41 percent, of which organic growth amounted to 39 percent, the quarter was characterized by expansion and investment. Investments during the quarter were made primarily in the marketing of existing and new brands, and of games developed in-house by Yggdrasil and Highlight Games. “Cherry has strong and broad operations meeting the market’s demand for quality in everything we deliver, and it is gratifying to note that July demonstrated that our investments have generated returns in line with our expectations.“The second quarter of 2018 was characterized by a focus on growth, in the short term as well as long term. Investments in marketing were significant and effective. Online Gaming is expanding and strengthening its position in key markets, while the business area’s new brands are also rapidly building awareness and establishing a good customer base. “Game Development and Online Marketing have also acted proactively through increased investment in game development, acquisitions and a clearer presence in Sweden. To me, as acting CEO, this is a secure situation providing opportunities to continue strengthening Cherry in its core markets and, in parallel, to assess complementary growth alternatives.”last_img read more

“Everybody suffers” – BOS panel delivers FOBT fallout update

first_img Submit Share Share StumbleUpon David Webb, BetConstructDavid Webb, UK Product and Compliance Manager for BetConstruct, said that removing the need to prove there was a demand for a betting shop when applying for a local authority premises licence has contributed to today’s perception that there is a “proliferation of betting shops” – something the government wants to stamp out.Webb was moderating a Betting on Sports panel which revisited the FOBT fallout, just four months after the government rejected advice from both the Gambling Commission and the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board to cut stakes on B2 Gaming Machines from £100 to £2.Citing new laws passed in 2007, he said: “It became very easy for betting shops to pop up all over the place. For me, you should still have had to go in and prove there was demand for a betting shop. If that would have happened, we wouldn’t have the scenario of several betting shops on the same street, which is where I think a lot of the bad feeling has come from.”Paul Leyland, Partner of Regulus Partners, maintained that May’s FOBT ruling will bring about “a hit on profits for good shops and a closure mitigation for poor shops”, within a new retail landscape in the UK where “everybody suffers”.He predicted that there would be a 60-70% EBITDA hit for the top 20% of shops and mass closures for the bottom 40%, with a new “break even paradigm for the remainder”.Corbett Sports Director Wayne Stevenson agreed that the impending regulation, now expected to take effect sometime in 2019, will lead to a ‘who blinks first’ scenario where operators either move quickly to break shop leases or wait to see if they can profit from less competition.He bemoaned the reduced choice for punters on the high street having shut three Corbett Sports shops in the last two months, while admitting it is difficult to invest in shops, and embrace new technology that could potentially recover FOBT losses, if you think they might ultimately have to be closed anyway.Howard Chisholm, Managing Director of Chisholm Bookmakers, shared his own experience of the new retail reality, which has forced him to reduce his shop count from 50 to 43 over the last five years.He admitted that 41 of the 43 remaining Chisholm Bookmakers shops are now trading without SIS, which includes data, live streaming and pricing around UK horseracing, simply because they cannot make up the combined cost of the media rights, taxes and levy in over the counter (OTC) takings on those races.“It’s not a situation you want,” Chisholm explained. “You want to put UK horseracing in front of the customer, but economically it doesn’t make sense as it stacks up at the moment.“You’ve got a levy system which was changed so that each company has a levy free slice; the silliness of that is when you look at the costs for your smaller marginal units, you have to add levy to those because those are the ones that if you close you would stop paying levy.“So, you’ve got a small shop that’s just breaking even, one that’s making £30,000 a year on UK horseracing and paying £3,000 levy. Conversely, your big shop, which you’ll never close is paying no levy because it’s part of the levy free slice – that’s a bit daft.”last_img read more