CHAN Qualifiers: Ghana Goalkeeper Ready For Burkina Faso

first_imgCHAN Black Stars goalkeeper, Felix Annan has declared Ghana’s readiness to tackle Burkina Faso in the CHAN 2018 qualifiers this weekend.23-year-old Annan was part of the Ghanaian squad that failed to make it to the 2016 CHAN Championships in Rwanda, after being knocked-out by Ivory Coast,Speaking to Ultimate FM in Ghana, Annan explained: “Preparation has been very great and we are looking forward to the game on Saturday,”“We couldn’t qualify for last year’s edition which was very frustrating. This time around we have learned from the past and really working hard to qualify. We are really determined and fully prepared (for Burkina Faso).”Felix Annan, Daniel Darkwah and Amos Frimpong are the only surviving members of the CHAN 2016 qualifying campaign, as the Black Stars ‘B’ travel to Ouagadougou to face Burkina Faso on Saturday.Relatedlast_img read more

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European League Preview: London Derby Headlines Premier League Fixtures, PSG For 5-Star Victory

first_imgGERMANYBayern Munich have a perfect opportunity to bounce back following last weekend’s shocking away defeat at Hoffenheim.The champions will be keen to end talks of a superiority loss and comprehensively defeat a Mainz team who have equaled conceded three goals as Bayern Munich but lack the superior offensive power Carlo Ancelotti has at his disposal.League leaders Borussia Dortmund have a date to keep with bottom club Cologne at the Wesfalenstadion. The two teams with contrasting league fortunes will certainly give the fans that avail themselves for this game value for both their money and time.Dortmund should be too strong for a Cologne team that have scored just once this season and conceded seven times. ITALYThird-place Inter Milan are away at Crotone on Saturday afternoon. It has been a dream start to the season for Luciano Spalletti and his team who are on a run of three successive wins and look poised for a fourth successive victory against a winless and scoreless Crotone team.Given the form of Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic, Inter Milan can be rest assured of ending the weekend on 12 points.Leaders and champions Juventus are away at Sassuolo, with the awareness they can’t afford any slipups considering the chasing pack-Napoli and Inter Milan.Home team Sassuolo have picked up just a solitary point, scoring an equal number of goals in what has been a disappointing start to the season for the modest team.Juventus should put aside their midweek UEFA champions League nightmare away at Barcelona to further continue their now customary domestic dominance. ENGLANDChelsea are home to Arsenal at Stamford Bridge as they attempt to further extend their dominance on this ground against the Gunners.Arsenal have torrid memories of their last away league tie, an embarrassing and shocking defeat at Liverpool. The Blues head into the game fresher, having a two-day rest over their opponents who were in action in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday night.This game should produce goals, but what isn’t certain is if it will be at both ends as the champions appear to be in bullish form.Manchester United will have to deal with the threat of Wayne Rooney and his Everton teammates at Old Trafford.The Toffees haven’t experienced the best possible start to the league season and could be in for a third successive defeat.Romelu Lukaku should be professional enough to put sentiments and emotions aside in his attempt to lead his Manchester United team to victory against his former team, in the absence of the league’s most expensive player, Paul Pogba, who is nursing a hamstring injury. We preview upcoming league action from England, Germany, Italy, and France. It will be a testing weekend for the big guns to have to shake off the midweek commitments of European football as they turn their attention to domestic football. FRANCEChampions Monaco were handed a rude awakening away at Nice last weekend, losing 4-0 to a Mario Balotelli inspired OGC Nice team.The Principality team are home to Strasbourg and have an opportunity to keep the pressure on leaders PSG, who enjoy a two-point lead at the top. Radamel Falcao should be backed to find the back of the net in this game, as these are the kind of games the Colombian international forward and his teammates thrive in.Radamel Falcao should be backed to find the back of the net in this game, as these are the kind of games the Colombian international forward and his teammates thrive in.PSG are home to Lyon on Sunday at the Parc des Princes in what promises to be an entertaining game and potential first real domestic test of the season for the nouveau riche of French football.Both teams are unbeaten in the league with Lyon two spots behind in third-place. Lyon appears to have lost some steam after a bullish start to the season, drawing successive league games before a home win at the weekend.On the balance of play, we can only see one winner emerging from this contest.Relatedlast_img read more

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Paddy Power Betfair defends disclosure of Corcoran resignation

first_img Share Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Submit Share Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 The governance of FTSE100 listed Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) has defended its handling of the disclosure of the departure of Breon Corcoran as Group Chief Executive.The betting firm stated that it had ‘strictly adhered’ to UK Financial Conduct Authority rules with regards to its leadership succession plans and that the company had not leaked any ‘inside information’.Last week, The Financial Times printed a letter critical of PPB handling of Corcoran’s departure with regards to corporate disclosure obligations.Defending its position, PPB stated that it was forced to announce the departure of Corcoran as CEO, following Sky News reports that it had hired external search firms to find a successor.On the morning of Monday 7 August, PPB governance issued a corporate statement detailing the departure of Corcoran, with former Worldpay CEO Peter Jackson taking over company leadership.In subsequent interviews, Corcoran has informed that he had expressed to PPB governance his desire to leave the gambling sector in late 2016, having completed the first year of post-merger Paddy Power and Betfair operations.The FTSE operator would undertake a succession plan led by Chairman Gary McCann with the assistance of the firm’s corporate nomination committee.last_img read more

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Breaking Data seeks CAD $12m subscription round to close Oryx Gaming acquisition

first_img Share In accordance with Toronto TSX market rules, Canadian digital technology group Breaking Data Corp (BDC) has confirmed that it will undertake a ‘private subscription placement’ seeking to raise capital funds of CAD $12 million (€8 million).Updating the market, BDC governance confirms the appointment of Toronto investment bank Eight Capital as sole book-runner for its upcoming transaction, which will offer private investors a ‘receipt’ issue price of CAD $0.50c.As lead agent for BDC’s transaction, Eight Capital has been authorised the right to extend the subscription funding round to CAD $13.8 million (€9.3 million).Proceeds from the subscription round will be primarily used to fund BDC’s agreed acquisition of online gambling platform and content provider Oryx Gaming for €7.5 million.A strategic acquisition which was first announced on 23 August 2018, BDC governance seeks to complete its transaction, moving to develop its new online gambling asset Bragg Gaming Group.The Bragg Gaming property is set to be led by former IGT Group and PokerStars executive, Dominic Mansour as inbound Bragg Gaming Chief Executive.“This acquisition will transform the organization into a next-generation gaming group that will have a strong foundation for future growth with a significant opportunity to leverage the incumbent media assets and enter the exciting sports betting market. We are looking forward to updating investors on our strategy and future growth plans once the acquisition is closed,” Mansour commented on the TSX update. Bragg’s sports media subsidiary GMS gets NJ affiliate approval January 9, 2020 Related Articles Share Luckbox gears up for Toronto IPO May 21, 2020 Submit PokerStars decline see The Stars Group reduce IoM headcount September 19, 2019 StumbleUponlast_img read more

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Strange Beast! First ‘All-in Index’ shows complex workforce make-up of gambling

first_img Submit Kelly Kehn – All-in DiversityThe All-in Diversity Project (All-in), an industry non-profit organisation promoting workplace diversity and inclusivity within global gambling, has published its first ‘All-in Index’ report, detailing insights on the sector’s workforce make-up and dynamics.The All-in Index is supported by Oxford Brookes University’s ‘Centre for Diversity Policy Research & Practice’, with the aim of developing the industry’s leading on-going knowledge and data resource base for diversity, inclusion and equality metrics.“This is the first initiative on this topic where the sector has collaborated on a global scale, and we are very pleased with the result,” details Kelly Kehn, Co-Founder of All-In Diversity Project.“Those who have signed up believe in the need for collaboration and transparency to build a more diverse and inclusive workforce for the future.”All-in’ has researched 25 organisations within betting/gaming – representing over 100 global brands, undertaking the most comprehensive survey on workforce dynamics, covering areas such as ’employment policy, compensation, HR practices, employee benefits and support’.Recording data over Q3 2018 (period ending 31 August), the Index identifies a total of 117, 231 employees across the 25 companies surveyed, representing an overall demographic breakdown of 53% male to 46.5% female.Interesting Index data points are observed with regards to the sector’s ‘gender balance’ within specific workplace disciplines. As anticipated, marketing and training/development functions record an equal balance within most organisations.Conversely, the least gender-balanced roles relate to –  ‘Technology (all aspects), HR & People Management, Strategy and Risk management’.On face value, All-in details that the data seems to ‘support board legacy assumptions‘ attached to gambling. Nevertheless, at closer inspection the data shows surprising insights, supporting progress on industry diversity and inclusion:18% of ‘risk-related’ roles are identified to females (NB – All-in notes that ‘risk-related’ is a broad terminology that needs a better classification). 20% of ‘tech-related’ roles are identified to females – above current UK (17%) & US (19%) tech industry averages.More women reported to be working in the disciplines of – Sales & Commercial, Finance and Compliance.Data on the industry’s career progression from employee to executive positions, the Index reports a close male/female parity (50/50) at ‘entry-level’ and up to ‘team leader/supervisor’.Moving upwards on career progress the index shows that at levels above Manager status, the sector sees its most significant difference in ‘rate of gender decline’ between Head of Department to CEO/MD positions, dropping 90% from 80 men to 8 women.However, this executive trend is not replicated at a governance level, where current industry board structures show that 28% of corporate non-executives were reported as female – a figure above US and UK national averages.Christina Thakor-Rankin – All-in DiversityFor future practice, the All-in Index will research industry ‘tipping points’ referencing employee age, role, location and lifestyle choices to understand trends better and interpret knowledge-gaps on workplace make-up dynamics.“While diversity surveys per se are not new, this to the best of our knowledge is the very first initiative which seeks to measure all forms of diversity across a whole sector on a global basis. We know there will be challenges along the way, but by choosing to collaborate and share best practice we hope to drive long-term impactful change in our sector, and in doing so perhaps provide a blueprint for other” adds Christina Thakor-Rankin All-in Co-Founder.________________________Click on the below tab to read the ‘Q3 2018 – All-in Index’ StumbleUpon AIDP hosts first ‘Power Hour’ on racism and equality June 24, 2020 Share AIDP adds two new global advisors August 12, 2020 Share Related Articles Betsson strengthens diversity commitment with AIDP membership May 7, 2020last_img read more

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6 of the Best – Mark Jarvis Racing’s Paul Graham

first_imgShare GVC Holdings transfers corporate control to London HQ February 6, 2020 Submit Share GVC reprices and relocates its corporate debt holdings February 11, 2020 This week’s 6 of the Best comes from Paul Graham, Managing Director of Mark Jarvis.In the latest edition we discover which album is a timeless classic, what technology Paul Graham can’t live without and what sporting experience was the Best of British.Best Holiday Just after Christmas until early in the New Year we embarked on what we called the 2018 Christmas Extravaganza! My better half and I travelled with our four kids to London, Paris and Dublin. It was hectic, tiring, but such an amazing experience. It was literally Planes, Trains and Automobiles but with four kids too! Siobhan’s family are from Ireland so we got to see them. Some were meeting the kids for the first time, which was special. The best for me was New Year’s Eve on Champs-Élysée. Definitely unforgettable. London is my favourite city in the world though. Go to London and do the touristy things, there is no place like it. Best AlbumStThis is a tough one. The Joshua Tree by U2 is a brilliant album that does not really age for me. With other music I tend to listen to it a lot and then go off it. It is so easy to listen to new music all the time now via streaming apps. I am a huge fan of the Stereophonics though, especially their acoustic version of I Wanna Get Lost With You. I have never seen them live so that is one for my list to check off. Best Sporting Experience Nigel Benn vs Chris Eubank fight number 1. My dad took me to the NEC in 1990. I was 17 and absolutely loved it. I already liked boxing but I had never experienced the atmosphere and what a fight! Chris Eubank I love to hate, Nigel Benn was always my favourite though. I have been to a few big title fights since, including Tyson vs Holyfield and the infamous ear biting incident. Nigel Benn vs Eubank rivalry and the sheer heart they both showed in those fights I do not think I have seen since and probably will not ever. They are classic fights. The best of British. Best Film I have to name a few here. The Godfather Part 2 I have seen dozens of times and I never get bored of it. Al Pacino’s plays that role perfectly. He is calm, calculating and always several steps ahead. Unforgiven with Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman and Morgan Freeman I cannot put my finger on what it is about that film but again I have seen it dozens of times. Recently I thought Bohemian Rhapsody was an excellent film.Best Book The best business book I have ever read is Principles by Ray Dalio. There is so much wisdom and advice in that book which is actually just stone cold common sense. Ray has a fantastic understanding of people and the problems that hold back companies. Read this book if you manage anything from a team to a multinational corporation. Outside of business books I really enjoyed some of Michael Palin’s travel books, such as Around The World in 80 Days. Bravo Two Zero by Andy McNab is excellent too. Best App I am an Apple fan because of how seamlessly everything works. The single thing I could absolutely not do without is my Apple Watch. I was dubious at first as I thought ‘will I really take a call on my wrist?’ The most useful feature though is not having to take my phone out of my pocket to see a message. My phone is constantly vibrating with email, WhatsApps, Google Chat, Skype… I keep my phone in my pocket and look at my watch. It sounds like a small thing but I could not be without it now. Specific app? I would have to say Siri. I constantly use Siri to remind me of things. Related Articles StumbleUpon FDJ focuses on delivering ‘2020 savings plan’ as covid drains momentum July 30, 2020last_img read more

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Codere ‘advisory appointment’ rustles political feathers

first_img Codere secures €250m credit lifeline on aggressive interest rates  July 14, 2020 Submit Share Share Mozzartbet sets sail in South America taking over Meridianbet Colombia July 22, 2020 StumbleUponcenter_img Codere merges Italian fruit machine units forming CODWIN July 3, 2020 Related Articles Bolsa Madrid gambling firm Grupo Codere SA has caused controversy with its appointment of former Spanish Justice Minister Rafael Catala as a corporate advisor.Codere has stated to Spanish media that Catala a figurehead of Spain’s Partido Popular (Conservative Party) and former board member of the company between 2005-2011, will act as a ‘legal and regulatory advisor, with no executive functions’.Furthermore, Codere states that Catala ‘will not perform any lobbying‘ for the company’s interests, as Spain’s PSOE and Podemos parties outline wholesale reforms to Spanish gambling, should a socialist coalition government be formed, a task which is proving to be very difficult for incumbents. The advisory appointment was met with instant political backlash as Podemos party members accused the Partido Popular and Catala of becoming spin doctors for Spain’s gambling industry. Partido Popular maintains that it has no concerns related to Catala’s relationship with the Bolsa Madrid gambling group, as the former Justice Minister for the Mariano Rajoy government has chosen to depart his position as Deputy for the province of Cuenca.Defending their former colleague, Partido Popular states that the attacks on Catala and Codere are distractions by Podemos and PSOE who seek to deflect from their ‘inefficiencies at forming a coalition government’, following three months of failed negotiations.last_img read more

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Chris Nikolopoulos, Betby: Striking out with a slicker sportsbook product

first_imgShare BETBY grows esports portfolio with Rocket League addition July 7, 2020 Submit Share Betby receives green light from MGA August 10, 2020 StumbleUpon Betby goes live with Advabet July 15, 2020 Related Articles Betby is a new challenger in the sportsbook supply market having launched in late 2018. Fast forward just a year, and the company’s fully managed sportsbook service is already live with 16 brands, each offering odds on more than 400,000 sporting events across 60+ sports.We caught up with Chris Nikolopoulos, Commercial Director at Betby, to discuss the challenge of “getting off the ground”, how Betby has been set up to stand out in such a saturated supply market, and why the company is “keeping a keen eye” on emerging markets in Asia and newly regulating markets in Latin America while prioritising expansion in more established European markets.SBC: What are the key successes and challenges you’ve had since launching last year?CN: It has been a really exciting period for us and we have very much hit the ground running. Our sportsbook is currently live with 16 brands across a number of territories, covering more than 400,000 sporting events across the year, with a highly diversified portfolio offering markets on more than 60 different sports. Like nearly all new companies, the hardest challenge is getting off the ground. But I really think there is room for an alternative platform supplier that really understands the needs of operators and is flexible enough to react quickly to market changes. The feedback we have received thus far has been fantastic, but we react to any and all comments we receive to make our platform as good as it can possibly be.SBC: What is the most exciting development you have seen in online sports betting in the last 12 months?CN: There have been lots of interesting industry developments over the last 12 months. Most noticeable, of course, have been some of the high-profile mergers and acquisitions. The standard reaction to that is to fear for some of the smaller operators in the market. But I actually think it is an opportunity for them to strike out with a slicker product that is less encumbered by the sorts of legacy software that often hampers the big boys. Hand in hand with that is the fact that lots of jurisdictions have moved or are moving towards regulation. The U.S. of course the biggest example. SBC: Does online sports betting needs more innovation? What does Betby have up its sleeve?CN: iGaming is an IT-driven industry which is changing very quickly. End-users are much better educated nowadays compared to what they were 20 years ago and more demanding as a result. Their options have also increased significantly. If they don’t get what they want is quite easy for them to look elsewhere. In my opinion, operators who deal with the end-user directly are patently aware that if they don’t innovate, they are going to lose ground quickly. On the other side, I’m not sure providers are focusing on innovation as much as they should. There is still huge scope for improvement.At Betby, we look to embrace new technologies and innovation and this allows us to differentiate and open the door to new opportunities. Some examples of this can be seen with our UI/UX layouts, which have been widely acclaimed thanks to their unique approach. Apart from the traditional sports layout, we are also offering different options, many of which will improve the user experience for players coming from a casino background.We also attach plenty of importance to the analytics of data and the harnessing of machine learning software. Our systems can learn from the data, identify patterns and make accurate decisions with minimal human intervention and I think this is a clear example of innovation.SBC: In a sportsbook supply market that is so saturated, how can Betby stand out?CN: We pay attention to the smaller details. We aren’t afraid to go the extra mile to ensure client satisfaction and we are very proud of our services. Putting partners first and listening to their needs isn’t ground-breaking, but it has really helped set us apart.We’re aware that every customer is different and there is no ‘one size fits all’ solution, which is why we feel our agility is such a benefit. Being able to offer a unique solution on a case-by-case basis has allowed us to experience significant success since our launch. SBC: You’ve said that you plan to expand into new betting and gaming markets. What are these markets, and what are your aims for these markets? CN: We are prioritising expansion in European markets initially. Plenty of markets are undergoing regulatory updates, and with our diverse, agile platform we feel that Betby could make a major splash in those regions. Further afield, we are keeping a keen eye on emerging markets in Asia, and the newly regulating markets in Latin America, which promises to be an incredibly exciting region in years to come.SBC: And finally, what does 2020 have in store for Betby?CN: Ideally, we will continue to grow at the same rate we have experienced this year. Expanding into markets across Europe is very important to us, as is cementing our reputation as a real customer-first supplier. Our platform continues to go from strength to strength, and we can’t wait to showcase it at some of the biggest shows in iGaming, like ICE London. The last 12 months have been incredibly exciting for all of us at Betby and we’re only just getting started! If all goes to plan, we’re in for a very successful future. Stay tuned!last_img read more

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LatAm discrepancies add fuel to Codere’s governance dispute

first_img Share Mozzartbet sets sail in South America taking over Meridianbet Colombia July 22, 2020 Share Related Articles Issuing a governance filing, Bolsa Madrid gambling group Codere SA has revealed that two executive directors have resigned in relation to the firm’s LatAm auditing discrepancies.Last week, Spanish business news sources reported that Fernando Sempere Rodríguez had withdrawn from Codere governance responsibilities citing ‘a professional incompatibility’.Sempere Rodriguez resignation follows the departure of board member Alberto Manzanares Secades on 7 October, the date in which Codere launched an investigation into the auditing.Last month, Codere governance issued a correction statement to Spain’s CNMV markets authority detailing that the company had ‘overstated year-to-date accounts’ attached to a number of its LatAm subsidiaries.Apologising to investors, Codere governance admitted that the EBITDA performance of its LatAm subsidiaries had been overstated by €13-18 million, which could see the company lower its 2019 corporate earnings guidance.Further concerns see the LatAm discrepancies impact Codere’s ongoing boardroom dispute between the founding Martinez Sampedro family and the firm’s US private equity debt holders.As executive directors, Sempere Rodriguez and Manzanares Secades were closely aligned to the Martinez Sampedro family, who are currently challenging the ownership of the company under the management US PE funds Silver Point, Contrarian and Abrams Capital.Spanish news source La Razon reports that the executive resignations may have been undertaken in order to support the Martinez Sampedro’s pending Madrid CNMV challenge of company control against US debt holders. Codere secures €250m credit lifeline on aggressive interest rates  July 14, 2020 Codere merges Italian fruit machine units forming CODWIN July 3, 2020 StumbleUpon Submitlast_img read more

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Revolut suspends all UK gambling payments

first_img Following the UK Gambling Commission’s (UKGC) credit card ban, Fintech ‘neobank’ Revolut has confirmed that it has suspended all payments to and from UK gambling sites, transacted through its popular app.Revolut this week informed its users that UK customers ‘won’t be able to use their Revolut cards for any online or offline gambling payments in the UK’.The statement from the Fintech bank read: “This applies to all non-remote general betting, pool betting and betting intermediary licences, and all remote licences. While many people gamble responsibly using a credit card, the aim of these new regulations is to help protect those most at risk from gambling money they do not have.”The announcement comes after the UKGC’s review of online gambling and the Government’s Review of Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility Measures, whereby the regulator implemented its outright ban on credit card wagering across all gambling verticals.The anticipated ban on all credit transactions was approved this January, marking the Commission’s first industry-wide regulatory enforcement for 2020 proceedings. The credit ban applies to all online and offline gambling verticals with the exception of non-remote lotteries including physical National Lottery tickets and scratch cards purchased at retail outlets.Announcing the credit card ban, the UKGC underlined that ‘22% of online gamblers using credit cards to gamble are classed as problem gamblers – with even more at some risk of harm’. The UKGC and its policy advisors have highlighted that they believe the enforcement will reduce problem gambling factors. Share Winning Post: A tale of three reports for UK betting July 6, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Gambling.com maintains momentum against COVID-19 impacts August 19, 2020 Submit UKGC reaffirms commitment to making progress on tackling problem gambling June 29, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

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