Twelve killed in Haiti rains

first_imgResidents wade through a flooded street caused by heavy rains from Hurricane Sandy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012. Hurricane Sandy rumbled across mountainous eastern Cuba and headed toward the Bahamas on Thursday as a Category 2 storm, bringing heavy rains and blistering winds. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery) At least twelve people were killed as heavy rains pounded Haiti for three days.Haiti’s head of  Directorate of Civil Protection said the rains, which also affected southwest Cuba and Jamaica, caused widespread flooding, the collapse of several bridges and caused damage to the agricultural sectors. Many homes, especially in the city of Les Cayes, Torbeck, Port Salut were destroyed. Meanwhile, the Ministry of the Interior had called on Departmental Delegates and Mayors of the areas affected to help in assess the damage.last_img read more

Middle East Conflict Causing Higher Fuel Prices in Florida

first_imgSundaySaturdayWeek AgoMonth AgoOne Year Ago2019 High(YTD)2018 HighRecord High AAA GAS PRICE AVERAGES(Price per gallon of regular unleaded gasoline) Click here to view current gasoline price averages TAMPA, Florida — Drivers could see gas prices rise as tensions grow in the Middle East. The situation has already led to higher crude oil prices, which typically raises the cost of producing gasoline.Florida gas prices climbed an average of 7 cents per gallon in the past three days. That increase was set into motion before the US airstrikes last week, by crude price hikes that occurred in December.Once news broke that the US carried out attacks on Iran, crude prices surged nearly $2 per barrel on Friday. An increase of that magnitude can directly trigger a 5 cent hike at the pump. The US benchmark for crude (WTI) eventually settled at $63.05 per barrel – the highest daily settlement since May 2019. It’s worth reporting that some of this increase was influenced by another week of lower US crude inventories, but the situation in the Middle East was the top story.“What happens in the Middle East can have a direct impact on Americans’ daily lives, by influencing what they pay at the pump,” said Mark Jenkins, spokesman, AAA – The Auto Club Group. “Many people don’t realize that half of what they pay for every gallon of gasoline is determined by the price of oil. Even though the US is producing oil at a record pace, that oil is bought an sold on the stock market, which is heavily influenced by global supply and demand. Crude prices rise when there’s a threat of war, because of concerns over how the conflict could hamper supply and demand.“It’s still far too early to know how much of an impact this conflict will have overall on prices at the pump,” Jenkins continued. “We’ll likely have a better idea early this week. Some analysts are anticipating a ‘Manic Monday’ on the stock market, with many financial and physical traders returning from vacation. Either way, volatility should be expected with both oil and gasoline through January, at the very least. If geopolitical tensions continue to escalate, crude prices may rise and drag gasoline along for the ride.”Florida drivers are currently paying the highest prices for gasoline since early December. The state average of $2.53 is 30 cents per gallon more than this time last year. The reason for this disparity can be found in the price of oil, which is currently $20 per barrel more than it was in January 2019.As a result, gas prices are off to their most expensive start to a new year since 2014.Regional PricesMost expensive metro markets – West Palm Beach-Boca Raton ($2.63), Pensacola ($2.56), Port St. Lucie ($2.56)Least expensive metro markets – Jacksonville ($2.49), Orlando ($2.50), Fort Myers-Cape Coral ($2.50)Find Florida Gas PricesDaily gas price averages can be found at Gasprices.aaa.comState and metro averages can be found here Florida$2.526$2.521$2.459$2.533$2.132$2.795$2.92 (5/25/2018)$4.08   (7/17/2008) Georgia$2.463$2.459$2.423$2.437$2.059$2.735$2.84 (5/27/2018)$4.16   (9/15/2008) National$2.585$2.585$2.578$2.595$2.245$2.895$2.97 (5/26/2018)$4.11   (7/17/2008)last_img read more

Is there too much data for marketeers?

first_img A survey of senior marketers has revealed that the over whelming majority (96%) find improving data analysis processes a significant challenge. This is despite devoting an average of five hours and 36 minutes a week to the cause.Steve McNicholas, Call CreditA Data Dilemma study of 151 UK senior marketers in August last year, also found that 80% believe they need to make significant inroads with data analytics and tools within the next two years to avoid falling behind competitors or losing out financially. This study was commissioned by Callcredit Information Group.Steve McNicholas, Managing Director, Marketing Solutions, Callcredit Information Group, commented: “While marketers are prioritising the management of data, there is an overriding feeling that it should be delivering better business outcomes for them. At the same time, they know there’s a wealth of untapped opportunity to use data to extract more value but a lack of resource, and in some cases, expertise, is preventing them from unleashing it.“The urgency to improve data analytics processes can be hard to reconcile given the high number of other priorities marketers are required to juggle on a daily basis. As a result, some are turning to off-the-shelf software packages, such as Excel, to keep things ticking along. The danger is that the early-movers, who have already invested in more robust data strategies, will over-take. Marketers must decide whether this is a price they are willing to pay.”So what is it that gets in the way of improving data analysis? The causes were noted as a lack of budget (35%), time-to-value expectations (32%), a lack of human resources (31%) and underperforming data quality tools (30%). This wasn’t all and there were a number of other circumstances hindering progress such as imperfect data; with only 36% stating that they are extremely satisfied with the data they have access to.71% meanwhile said that they feel overwhelmed rather than empowered by the data available, with 69% saying that they feel such data has distracted them from core marketing duties. Only a third said that they see themselves as ‘extremely effective’ at using the data available to understand their customers’ needs.In response to these challenges, marketers are investing in data tools in an attempt to improve the status quo. 73% make use of web analytics and tracking tools and 67% utilise Excel and modelling packages to meet their goals. Equotion announces funding round success and Graham Martin as Chairman July 4, 2016 Bet Buddy – How responsible gaming measures can be brand enhancing November 5, 2015 StumbleUpon Callcredit appoints Chris Green as CCO January 12, 2016 Share Share Submit Related Articleslast_img read more

EveryMatrix secures ONJN Romania Class II supplier licence

first_img StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Romania’s ONJN adds 20 sites to blacklist August 14, 2020 PartnerMatrix drives user engagement with two new deals August 13, 2020 MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Share Submit ONJN the national gambling regulator of Romania has awarded industry platform and software provider EveryMatrix a Class II licence allowing the firm to supply and distribute operator provisions for the regulated Romanian market.Confirming the ONJN licence securement, EveryMatrix governance was pleased to extend its services within Romania a country in which EveryMatrix has made significant investment building its operational arm for its European business services.Ebbe Groes, Chief Executive of EveryMatrix commented the Romanian market entry and its overall potential“Our access to the Romanian market comes as a natural consequence of our long-time investment in this country. I am proud to say that Romania shelters our largest EveryMatrix office, with more than 50% of our employees working in the heart of Bucharest. At the same time, Romania is one of the largest European countries and it is therefore an important addition to our portfolio.”EveryMatrix will seek to continue its positive 2016 momentum, in which the company gained an additional 26 new industry clients including Ekstra Bladet, Anna Casino, BetonFinance, Codeta and Sporting Indexing.Entering 2017 EveryMatrix has secured regulatory licensing approval in the jurisdictions of the United Kingdom, Denmark, Malta, Ireland, and now Romania.last_img read more

BetConstruct White Label services to power Breakout Gaming sports betting provisions

first_imgShare Submit VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 Vahe BaloulianIndustry platform and software provider BetConstruct has confirmed that it will supply its white label sports betting provisions for new online multi-vertical operator Breakout Gaming (Breakoutgaming.com).Integrating BetConstruct white label solutions, Breakout Gaming will gain access to over + 30,000 live events per month, with a combined 40,000+ pre-match markets from a sports inventory of 140+ sports to choose from.“We are very excited about the new Breakout Gaming site on the BetConstruct platform,” stated Gian Perroni, Chief Executive Officer.“We selected BetConstruct after carefully reviewing many options, knowing that we wanted to provide our players with a professionally managed sportsbook, as well as a suite of casino games that feature “best of breed” from top publishers. BetConstruct has delivered, and early results indicate that our players are excited with their play options.”BetConstruct continues its strong commercial momentum in 2017, having announced in Q1 that it had been selected as sportsbook partner for legacy French casino operator Partouche.BetConstruct CEO Vahe Baloulian welcomed Breakout Gaming as new partner “We are happy to welcome Breakout Gaming to BetConstruct family. We are confident that their experience and unique approach to gaming combined with the powerful BetConstruct technology and services will make them fantastically successful and deligh players,” Related Articles Share New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020 StumbleUpon Nuno Gomes joins BetConstruct and FeedConstruct as brand ambassador June 18, 2020last_img read more

SBTech appoints Jeremie Kanter as Chief Compliance lead

first_imgShare Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Sports betting technology supplier SBTech has this morning confirmed the appointment of Jeremie Kanter as its new Chief Compliance Officer (CCO).A seasoned industry executive Kanter joins SBTech’s leadership team from competitor Playtech Plc, where he most recently served as Head of B2C and Network Services compliance (2015-2018).SBTech confirms that Kanter will be based on the Isle of Man, directly reporting to Chief Executive Richard Carter, who commented on the appointment:“Jeremie is a fantastic addition to the senior team and I’m delighted to be able to bring hm on board. His experience in setting the highest standards possible, his meticulous approach to encouraging and implementing best practice and navigating some of the most complex issues in the industry will be vital as we continue to launch in newly regulated and regulating markets.”Leading SBTech’s compliance capacities, Kanter will be tasked with growing and maintaining the technology group’s high standards of compliance across global business units, operating in new and existing markets supplying all functions of global betting’s value chain.Furthermore, SBTech details that Kanter will be a key leadership stakeholder in developing the firm’s long-term sustainability directives.Jeremie Kanter, Chief Compliance Officer, SBTech, said: “I’m thrilled to join SBTech and already know the team well following many years in the industry. SBTech already sets the benchmark when it comes to compliance and I’m looking forward to the challenge of raising those standards to an even higher level across the business’s leading technology, tools and processes.“Compliance is an enabler to sustainably and significantly growing the business and achieving even more success, and I’m very excited with the plans the company has for the future.”last_img read more

Catena points towards ‘organic discipline’ leading future growth

first_img Raketech names Karlsten as new COO May 27, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit Per Hellberg – Catena MediaStockholm-listed industry affiliate marketing network Catena Media has this morning published its full-year 2018 results (12-month period ending 31 January), citing strong progress on its ‘2020 Vision’ corporate guidance strategy.Catena assets closed year-end trading strongly, reporting Q4 2018 increased revenues of €27 million (Q4 2017: €20m), supporting a 17% EBITDA increase of €12 million (Q4 2017: €10m).Updating investors, Per Hellberg Catena Media Chief Executive, underlines that corporate performance has been led by the company ‘transitioning away from its M&A strategy’ to focusing on organic growth disciplines launched across its multi-market verticals.“Ask Gamblers, almost doubled its sales in 2018; the expansion of existing brands to territories such as Japan is returning positive signals; and the setting-up of operations in the US is progressing as planned and, at the same time, the company’s cost trend there has begun to decelerate” Hellberg details to investors.Furthermore, an operationally savvy Catena Media has been able to navigate post-World Cup 2018 complexities by “applying the break and throttle” to its UK marketing activity, as its partner operators adjusted to standard trading following a period of record advertising spend.Transitioning away from its M&A strategy, Catena governance reports increased full-year 2018 group revenues of €105 million (2017: €67m), in which the affiliate network details that Organic assets contributed circa 23% of revenue generation.2018 would see Catena undertake a number of adjustments for GDPR and European compliance costs, running alongside investments in staff, software infrastructure and international expansion projects, leading to operating expenses amounted to €66 million (€40m).Closing its full-year 2018 accounts, Catena records a group EBITDA increase to €48 million up 47% on FY2017’s €33 million, with the company declaring net cash generated from corporate activities of €48 million (FY2017: €33 million).Moving into 2019, Catena governance outlines that it will reinforce its European business assets supported by a refined scalable business model, to overcome ‘risks and uncertainties’, presented by changing compliance and regulatory dynamics.“The process of transitioning from a distinct acquisition strategy to an increased focus on organic growth is progressing and the results have already been favourable, with clear indicators that we are on the right path.” Per Hellberg states closing 2018 trading. Related Articles Catena lauds ‘record’ Q2 as casino drives performance August 19, 2020 Share Catena forecasts ‘record results’ ahead of August interims July 20, 2020last_img read more

Betway to sponsor major tournaments from ESL in 2018

first_imgBetway has further invested into esports, sponsoring multiple ESL tournaments in 2018.The bookmaker has partnered with the esports giant for ESL One, Season 7 and 8 of the CS:GO Pro League, and this month’s IEM Katowice.Betway made some serious ground in esports last year, forging a partnership with ESL for Season 6 of the CS:GO Pro League and ESL One Cologne, as well as extending its partnership with Ninjas in Pyjamas (NiP).Adam Savinson, Head of Esports, Betway said the following regarding the partnership: “We’re really excited to be sponsoring some of the biggest events on the esports calendar. We’ve already enjoyed an incredible amount of success over the past 12 months, becoming the first betting partner of CS:GO Pro League and ESL One Cologne, and we can’t wait to build on this further.”“Following on from the success of our previous sponsorships, we will also be on the ground creating our iconic CS:GO content,” Savinson continued. Earlier this year, Betway brought West Ham United and NiP together to compete in the Betway Esports Challenge, which saw professional footballers face off in the first person shooter.Bernhard Mogk, Global Senior Vice President Sales & Business Development, ESL also discussed this venture. “With the expansion across further ESL assets, we are building on our successful partnership with Betway. We are glad to have found such a strong and reliable partner and together we are looking forward to an exciting year full of esports action.”As well as sponsoring a selection of esports’ biggest events, Betway has a dedicated site for betting on teams competing in CS:GO, Dota 2, League of Legends and more. The bookmaker has created some great content in recent times too, such as the NiP and West Ham videos, in which Javier Hernandez and Michail Antionio, two top Premier League players, buddy up with GeT_RiGhT and f0rest. Esports Insider says: Betway continues to prove that it wants to be thoroughly involved with esports, which is great for both those who enjoy a bet. The bookmaker has made some enjoyable content with NiP, and we hope that doesn’t stop any time soon.last_img read more

Sannie Daara: Anas exposé has turned out to be a blessing for me

first_imgFormer Communications Director for the Ghana Football Association, Ibrahim Sannie Daara, has told Citi Sports that the Anas expose has helped propel his career to greater heights, instead of killing it.Sannie was caught on tape being offered money to influence player selection for the Black Stars.While the video showed Sannie rejecting the money, the documentary suggested he later took it.Sannie has since sued Anas, seeking 2 million Ghana cedis in damages.“I’m still going strong but I’ve not been following it. I’m happy with the way the case has progressed nonetheless,” Sannie told Fentuo Tahiru Fentuo on The Tracker show on Citi TV.“I think that there was a calculated attempt to put me in a certain light; anybody with any conscience of humanity will look at that thing [the Anas documentary] and you see that it was a calculated thing to get at me.“That failed woefully.” I have continued to thrive. In fact, that has turned out to be a blessing for me, because for the first time, a Ghanaian was put in charge of media operations for the AFCON 2019 opening game and finals; between May and June of 2019, I traveled to 47 countries working, so it’s been good,” he said.last_img read more

Asamoah Gyan finds net for NorthEast United in 2-2 draw with Goa

first_imgGhana forward, Asamoah Gyan, scored his 2nd league goal for NorthEast United on Friday as they drew with FC Goa in the Indian Super League on Friday.Gyan was starting his third straight league game for NorthEast United since joining them in September.The team went down to a a Hugo goal in the 30th minute and Gyan tried to get NorthEast United back to parity in the 34th and 40th minutes but his efforts were not successful.However, he got his opening in the 53rd minute and curled in a lovely effort to tie the scores at 1-1 and send the crowd into ruptures.(Image credit: Indian Super League)Eventually, the match ended 2-2.Gyan was substituted in the 82nd minute and was replaced by Maxi.last_img