Caribbean Examination Council launches mobile app

first_imgThe Caribbean Examinations Council’s (CXC) has launched its first mobile App – CXC Connect – as the agency continues to incorporate technology to make learning relatively seamless.Moving at rapid paceAt the recent ceremony to launch the app, the Education Minister in Barbados, Ronald Jones said CXC is moving at a rapid pace.“As Minister, I am trying to stay apace of what you are doing – e-marking and submission of e-SBAs in a preliminary way. You now have CXC connect, a mobile app, e-testing, e-books, e-syllabi…This is a dizzying pace but you have to stay current. CXC as the leading provider of examinations within the Caribbean has to be in concert with what is happening in the wider world…. You have to be on the cutting edge,” he said.Director of Operations at CXC, Stephen Savoury, said 19 territories in the region deals directly with CXC daily, and its services were wide and varied.App provides new territoryStating that the App aimed to provide a new avenue for the territories to engage the Council, he said: “In addition to the hundreds of thousands of students preparing for exams, CXC also interacts with about 10,000 stakeholders across the region and the world during the year. This App allows us the opportunity to provide what we call a ‘ubiquitous experience’ for these our stakeholders.”IT- intelligent organizationMeanwhile, CXC’s Public Information Officer, Cleveland Sam, noted that in 2011, CXC declared itself as an IT-intelligent organization. This meant it was using modern information and communication to work more effectively and efficiently. He said the launch of its first mobile App was therefore “a logical step in the progression forward” on the ICT journey of the CXC.The five main features of the App are: a news feed, Frequently Asked Questions, live chat, events and examinations results.It also has the potential to give information on registration and exam dates. Plus, it also offers a chat feature with five categories, namely learning support resources, general examination results, e-testing, transcripts and certificates.Additionally, persons can send voice notes, attach documents and explore upcoming events.CXC Connect is designed for Android and iOS devices, including mobile phones and tablets. It can be downloaded from the Apple Store and the Google Play Store.last_img read more

Fewer Jamaicans denied entry into T&T

first_imgPiarco International Airport in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago The number of Jamaicans being denied entry into Trinidad and Tobago continues to decline.Jamaica’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kamina Johnson Smith, disclosed that 289 Jamaicans were refused entry by Trinidad and Tobago in 2017, a reduction from the 416 persons refused in 2016. “According to the Passport Immigration and Citizenship Agency (PICA), 63 Jamaican nationals were denied entry (to Trinidad) in the first quarter of 2018, and while we can’t predict what will happen by the end of the year, certainly, if this trend continues, then the reduction continues,” she said.Training seminars for immigration officers The minister was addressing journalists at a recent press briefing.She said immigration officers’ training seminars implemented by Trinidad and Tobago have also helped to reduce the number of complaints from Jamaicans about their treatment while in Trinidad.Travel tips for Jamaican travelersAdditionally, she informed that the Ministry has been sharing important travel tips to Jamaicans visiting CARICOM countries, “so that they could take responsibility when they travel…..This cooperation between public information as well as training and governmental responsibility among member states will reduce some of the friction that exists.” .The CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME) facilitates hassle-free travel for all CARICOM nationals.The CSME is built on five core regimes: free movement of capital, free movement of goods, free movement of skills, the provision of services, and the right of establishment.Johnson Smith said there is still a great level of disparity among CARICOM member states in the implementation of the five regimes.She noted that a protocol to treat with community nationals being denied entry at the borders is being finalized.last_img read more

Trinidadian Olympian Michelle-Lee Ahye Slapped With Two-Year Ban

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Reigning Commonwealth Games gold medalist Michelle-Lee Ahye has been slapped with a two-year ban over a “doping whereabouts” violation.The Trinidadian sprinter, provisionally suspended last August when the matter first emerged, will now miss this year’s Olympics in Tokyo from July 24 to August 9.“[World Athletics] Disciplinary Tribunal has banned Trinidadian sprinter Michelle Lee Ahye for two years for Whereabouts Failures with effect from 19 April 2019,” track and field’s world governing body confirmed by Twitter yesterday.Ahye missed three drugs tests during a 12-month period between 2018-19, which constitutes a violation of anti-doping regulation and carries a mandatory two-year suspension.The World Anti-Doping Agency requires international athletes to disclose their location for one hour every day in order to facilitate out-of-competition testing.Ahye, who missed last year’s World Championships in Doha, will now also have her results between April 19 to August 30 last year scrapped.Trinidad and Tobago’s national record-holder in the 100 and 200 metres, Ahye won her first major title at the Commonwealth Games two years ago when she raced to victory in the women’s 100 metres.The 27-year-old subsequently captured silver at the Pan American Games in Peru last July, behind Jamaican star Elaine Thompson.Ahye was also a member of T&T sprint relay team which took bronze at the World Championships in Beijing five years ago.last_img read more

The OAS Calls Current Guyanese Government to Move Out

first_imgHe said approximately 55 per cent of all votes cast for general elections stand to be impacted due to “either anomalies and/or voter impersonation or unreconciled ballot boxes. “OAS reiterates that there is no reason not to support the results of the recount process. OAS further takes note and wholly supports the findings of the CARICOM team of scrutineers that the results of the recount were transparent and credible, and nothing prevents the Chair of the Guyana Elections Commission from now declaring the election, based on these results,” it added. “Following the very irregular occurrences in the tabulation process for District Four, which undermined the credibility of the results for that electoral District – the largest in Guyana – a national recount of all ballots was deemed the best approach to ensure a result that was acceptable to all stakeholders.” CMC “Specifically, 7.2 per cent of the votes cast were impacted by anomalies, 39.2 per cent were impacted by voter impersonation, 3.4 per cent impacted by both anomalies/irregularities and voter impersonation, and 5.7 per cent impacted by unreconciled ballot boxes,” said Lowenfield, whose report, like that of the three-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Observer team that observed the recount, will be discussed by GECOM before an official announcement of the election results are given. In its statement, the OAS said that the decision by GECOM to proceed with the national recount and the eventual initiation of the process on May 6, were welcome developments in the ongoing electoral process in Guyana. The OAS said that on June 4 it issued a statement in which its observers present on each day of the national recount have reported that the process was conducted in a “professional, transparent and impartial fashion, which allowed GECOM, political parties and other stakeholders to accurately determine the results for each polling station. WASHINGTON – The Organization of American States (OAS) Monday called on the Guyana government to “to begin the process of transition, which will allow the legitimately elected government to take its place” as the country awaits the official announcement of the winner of the disputed March 2 regional and general election. “OAS notes that the report submitted by the Chief Elections Officer on June 13, records multiple “allegations” of irregularities by a contesting party in each District, which are then used as a basis for determining that the electoral process in each of the ten Districts was not credible.” The OAS said that I has noted that the decision to proceed with the recount had the full support of all stakeholders in the elections and that the Official Order of the Recount, No. 60/2020, gazetted on May 4, 2020 notably states “ the President and the Leader of the Opposition and all contesting parties agreed to a CARICOM proposal for a total recount of all electoral districts as a means of assuaging the contesting parties and determining a final credible count…”center_img Current President of Guyana, David Granger The PPP/C said that following the end of the national recount on June 9, it had won the polls by more than 15,000 votes while the ruling coalition, a Partnership for National Unity (APNU) claimed there were many irregularities and anomalies. In a statement, the OAS, which was among international and regional organisations that sent observers to monitor the polls, said elections are held to determine the will of the people and once the people’s wishes are clearly stated they must be upheld, not only in instances where they favour the incumbent. The OAS said that the Order of the Recount required that “ascertained and verified” matrices of the results for each of the ten electoral districts be submitted to the Chief Elections Officer, who would then tabulate these results and submit them to GECOM, along with a summary of the observation reports prepared for each District. “In this case, the results published in the report of the Chief Elections Officer himself make it clear that the opposition PPP/C (People’s Progressive Party/Civic) has won the favour of the majority of Guyana’s eligible voters. Their will must be respected,” the OAS said. “This support was reiterated in public statements by the President of Guyana and other key stakeholders as the recount proceeded.” In his report over the last weekend, he Chief Elections Officer, Keith Lowenfiel, said that the results did not meet the standard of fair and credible elections. But it said “there is little evidence in the CEO’s report of efforts to investigate or otherwise address any of the alleged irregularities presented. His contention that the entire election be set aside on this basis alone is astonishing”.last_img read more

1X2 Network expands in Italy with OIA content partnership

first_img Share Digitain pens 1X2 Network distribution deal January 3, 2018 StumbleUpon Betsoft Gaming announces partnership with Betaland January 9, 2018 Related Articles Betaland goes live with GameArt content library April 9, 2018 OIA Services becomes the latest regulated Italian operator to sign an agreement for 1X2Network’s product suite, including titles from 1X2gaming and the new sisterbrand gaming content  developer Iron Dog Studio.The new partnership will see a vast array of content that is now available for the Italian market made accessible to OIA syndicated brands.With the deal signed this week at the SBC Betting on Football Conference at Stamford Bridge, Kevin Reid, CCO of 1X2Network commented “We are delighted to be teaming up with OIA Services to provide our unique portfolio of games to the Italian regulated market. Our partnership with OIA allows us to continue our growth into regulated markets most notably in Italy where there is a real desire for fresh, innovative content like ours.”“We are pleased to sign this agreement with 1X2, that will allow us to add a larger and more varied offering to our .it sites, and we are looking forward to having the content available to our customers in the Italian regulated market.” said Michele Sprovieri MD of OIA Services. Submit Sharelast_img read more

Income Access strike SportingTech partnership

first_imgShare TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share StumbleUpon Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal August 20, 2020 Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 SportingTech, the iGaming software developer, has announced a new partnership with Income Access, Paysafe’s marketing technology and services provider.Under the terms of the deal, the Portugal based iGaming solutions and omni-channel retail specialists, are to leverage the Income Access tracking and analytics platform, this will aid the management of affiliate programmes for its catalogue of operator clients.Gonçalo Marcelino, Head of Business Development at SportingTech, commented: “SportingTech is dedicated to providing our partners with effective and innovative tools and services to help operators achieve their business goals. “Partnering with Income Access takes us one step further to ensure that we meet the affiliate channel and tracking performance expectations of our clients.”Featuring flexible commission pay-outs, end to end tracking and reporting and a comprehensive digital campaign management tool, Income Access’ affiliate platform will enable SportingTech clients and their affiliates to identify actionable data to improve player conversions.Lorenzo Pellegrino, Chief Executive Officer of Income Access and Digital Wallets at Paysafe, added: “We are delighted to be working with SportingTech, a provider of innovative software for gaming operators, and a company which is focused on delivering world-class solutions to its clients. “In this day and age, more than ever, innovation around customer experience is a vital factor in attracting and retaining customers. Just like our Income Access team, SportingTech puts customers at the heart of what they do.”Two of the first SportingTech clients to integrate with the affiliate software of Income Access  are Aposta7 and Betzest.BetZest is a Malta licensed sportsbook and casino operator set to launch soon, with a Scandinavian market focus, it will feature games from providers such as NetEnt and Microgaming, Aposta7, on the other hand, is a sportsbook targeting the Portuguese market.last_img read more

David Williams joins up with British Racing Bet

first_imgShare Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon Share ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 David WilliamsBritish Racing Bet has a new Director of Communications, with it announced that David Williams is to join the firm.The entity has been founded by a vast majority of British racecourses, with the aim of delivering pool betting on British racing, it is also detailed the venture is to operate at in excess of 50 racecourses, upon its launch in July of this year.Nigel Roddis, Managing Director of British Racing Bet, said: “David is a highly talented, well known and well regarded professional who brings a wealth of communications experience to the team. “His knowledge of the racing and betting industries is first-rate and we are delighted he will join us shortly as we continue our preparations towards launching later this Summer. “We are building a senior management team of motivated and ambitious industry experts who buy into our vision for reinvigorating pool betting to the racing community. David will play a central role in helping us achieve our ambitions.”Williams, who was most recently Director of Media at Ladbrokes, is to take up the new position next month, adding expertise to the pool betting operation’s senior team. Williams added: I’m thrilled to be joining Nigel and his team. I’ve spent a lot of time with them in recent months and have been struck by the energy and enthusiasm that is evident throughout the team. “I’m passionate about racing and betting, so this role was too good an opportunity to pass up. We have a once in a lifetime chance to engage our audiences with the appeal of pool betting, and we need to communicate it cleverly and consistently. I’m relishing the opportunity of rolling up my sleeves and being part of a game-changing project.”A number of other senior level appointments have also recently been made, including Commercial Director Steve Johnson, ex Betfair Director, Kevan Woodcock, previously of Sportech, as CTO and Michaela Bonomini who joins as HR Manager from GVC Holdings.last_img read more

Tight Timetable – Lotteriinspektionen moves to open Swedish licensing window on 1 July

first_img Share Spelinspektionen reminds operators of AML responsibilities July 2, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Swedish gambling regulator Lotteriinspektionen has detailed that it will move to open its licensing application window on 1 July, as the government finalises its new online gambling framework.In late 2017, the Swedish government released a draft copy of regulatory provisions for its revamped national gambling policy.As yet Lotteriinspektionen has not presented its final tax plan for online gambling services. However, Swedish gambling stakeholders expect digital taxes to be set at a favourable 18% rate on operator revenue.The Swedish government still targets an implementation date of 1 January 2019 for its new gambling bill replacing the current 1994 Lottery Act and 1999 Casino Act.With regards to its licensing window, Lotteriinspektionen has stated that it will not place any limit on the number of applications by operators foreign or domestic. To date, the majority of listed European online gambling enterprises have stated that they will move to participate in the regulated Swedish marketSpeaking to Swedish media this week, Camilla Rosenberg the Director General of Lotteriinspektionen detailed that the regulatory body would expand its resources in order to deal with the market’s upcoming transformation.Despite a tight timetable, Rosenberg and Lotteriinspektionen will move to increase the regulator’s headcount and further upgrade its IT systems to deal with new market applicants.Rosenberg has stated to Swedish, that Lotteriinspektionen is confident of a ‘comprehensive regulatory framework for a significant and fast growing sector’. Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

BNDES LOTEX blunders weighing heavy on Brazil government

first_img StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Share Brazil appoints agencies to accelerate Sports Betting launch August 21, 2020 Share Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Despite a new government in charge of Brazil, the planned sale of state-owned instant win (scratch) operator LOTEX continues to blunder on.Closing April, BNDES – Brazil’s national development bank, the organisation charged with selling the state asset – issued its fifth straight postponement of the LOTEX tender. It has now extended its window for bid proposals until 9 May.BNDES extension has been granted to allow interested parties to have ‘more time’ to provide ‘clarified submissions of proposals, and documents required to participate in the tender process’.At present, little is known with regards to which international firms will participate in the auction of LOTEX. Despite reported interest from IGT, Intralot and Scientific Games, BNDES chaotic handling of the tender has seen no international operator state its commitment to acquiring LOTEX.In its latest media update, BNDES governance states that it will disclose the names of investors that will be able to participate in its competition.This April, CAIXA Federal – the current operating firm and sole distributor of LOTEX products – underlined the importance of selling the asset in 2019.At present, CAIXA seeks to raise BRL $100 billion (€22 billion) through a capital markets placement, as the state-owned lottery operator has been pressured to pay back its BRL $40 billion debt (€9 billion) owed to the Federal Government.last_img read more

888 recovers UK traction following costly H1 2019 trading

first_img Share 888 calls for Betgenius sportsbook makeover June 25, 2020 London-listed online gambling group 888 Holdings Plc detailed strong ‘strategic progress’ on its corporate strategy and tech initiatives, as the company adjusts to new regulatory demands across multiple operating markets.Publishing its interim 2019 results (period ending 30 June), 888 recorded a group revenue increase of 2% to $277 million (H1 2018: US $273m) as the company underlined a ‘continued recovery of its business within the UK’.A breakdown of revenue performance saw 888 record revenue growth across its core B2C product verticals – online casino (+9%), sports betting (+19%) and online bingo (+10%).Product growth was partially offset by a double-digit 24% revenue decline for 888 Poker, which the company states is adjusting to a ‘general declining trends in the overall online poker market’.Despite reporting ‘solid revenue growth’, 888 governance outlined a number of operating expenses and costs impacting the firm’s period earnings performance.The group’s combined gaming duties increased by 19% to $45 million (H1 2018: US$37.8 million) reflecting increased duties across the UK and further regulated markets of Sweden, Portugal, Italy and Romania.Furthermore, recovering its UK positions, and supporting brand launches in within Sweden and Portugal, 888 reports period  ‘sales and marketing’ costs of $84 million, reflecting broadly 30% of revenues.In addition, 888 reports administrative expenses of $16.5 million, and further R&D expenses of $18 million attached to its acquisition of defunct sportsbook BetBright’s technology platforms, combined with the platform migration of Cashcade Bingo assets investments which the company underlines will enhance long-term margins and cost controls.The significant operating costs see 888 report a corporate adjusted EBITDA of $42 million (H1 2018: $52m) reflecting an operating margin of 15% (19%), as 888 closes H1 2019 trading declaring adjusted profits of $27 million (H12018: $43m)The firm’s interim update would be the first set of results delivered by 888’s new Chief Executive Itai Pazner, who maintains that the company has begun second-half trading in line with corporate expectations.Pazner commented: “888 has delivered a solid performance in the first half of 2019. The Group’s business in the UK has continued its recovery, which was underpinned by exciting product innovation as well as 888’s successful casual customer focus, and further expanded across several regulated European markets including launching its offering in Sweden and Portugal.“The Group has also completed two acquisitions including the exciting and strategic acquisition of a first-class sports betting platform and team, thereby giving 888 complete ownership for the first time of its technology and product development across the four key online gaming product verticals.“The Board continues to believe that 888 is very well positioned for the future as a result of the Group’s diversification across products and markets, product leadership, and first-class team. 888 has a number of exciting growth opportunities ahead which will leverage the Group’s new product developments and marketing innovation. As a result, the Board remains confident that the outcome for the full year will be in line with its expectations.” Share Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit 888 appoints VC expert Limor Ganot as a corporate advisor July 20, 2020last_img read more