Month: August 2020

Women’s Health: Supporting Community-Based Efforts to Help Families Eat Healthy Food

first_imgMay is Women’s Health Month and it’s never too early or late to make healthy changes so you look and feel your best! You can take control of your health and help others in your family too!To improve your physical and mental health, you can:– Visit a doctor or nurse for a well-woman visit (checkup) and preventive screenings.– Get active.– Eat healthy.– Pay attention to mental health, including getting enough sleep and managing stress.– Avoid unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking, texting while driving, and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet.In some communities, it’s hard to get healthy food. “In many parts of our country, food deserts make it harder for women and their families to access healthy food options,” said Elaine Auld, president and CEO of the Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE). “If your local convenience store offers very little fresh fruit and vegetables, and you don’t have easy transportation to a grocery store, it’s much more difficult to purchase healthy food.”To help address disparities like this, SOPHE partnered in a three-year national project, Partnering4Health.  There are projects in 97 communities across the country assisting people and communities to live healthier.A third of the projects are supported through the National WIC Association (NWA). The American Heart Association, the American Planning Association and the Directors of Health Promotion & Education, are also involved.USDA provides Federal grants to States for WIC.  These programs provide breastfeeding support, supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant and postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk. Here are a few examples of WIC programs that are working in their communities to help women and families access nutritious food and breast milklast_img read more

Man charged with making death threats to Bermuda Premier

first_imgA 28-year-old man has been released on US$5,000 bail after he appeared in a magistrate court accused of making death threats to Premier David Burt.Jared Gordon was charged Tuesday with threatening Burt, as well as making demands for money. He was not required to enter a plea as the case will be dealt with in Supreme Court next month.Prosecutors alleged Gordon sent Burt, who is also Finance Minister, a series of messages between October last year and the end of March this year to demand unwarranted items and cash.Gordon was also charged with two counts of sending threatening messages to Burt.Prosecutors allege Gordon sent a message on October 12, in which he is claimed to have said: “Ignoring me asking for a budget is driving me to a point of wanting to tell you this to your face … I would really put a hole in your head.”The defendant was also accused of sending a message on March 28 that included a threat of “pulling you out of your house and chopping your head off with a hacksaw.”Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo released Gordon on bail on condition that he avoid contact with Burt. Gordon was also ordered to report to Hamilton Police Station three times a week.Burt, a father of two, is Bermuda’s youngest ever Premier, having taken office last year at the age of 38.last_img read more

Sevilla Striker Mocks Arsenal’s Champions League Absence

first_imgSevilla striker, Wissam Ben Yedder has jokingly mocked Arsenal’s Uefa Champions League absence after the Gunner’s edge Sevilla to the Emirates cup trophy on Sunday.The 26-year-old French player, took to his twitter handle to express his displeasure at not lifting the pre-season tournament, despite Sevilla winning their two games, in which they defeated Arsenal.Ben Yedder jokingly tweeted: “We won 2/2 but we are not first… give us back the cup Arsenal ahaha.” He then mocked Arsenal’s Champions League absence after an Arsenal fan hit back at his earlier tweet, saying: “Ahahah don’t be mad bro you may get your revenge in Champions Le…… Oh wait”Arsenal won the Emirates Cup on Sunday by virtue of the goals scored rule, despite losing 1-2 to Sevilla. The Gunners defeated Benfica in their first game 5-2, while Sevilla could only manage a 1 nil victory against RB Leipzig in the Emirates Cup opener on Saturday.Relatedlast_img read more

Sportito signs fantasy sports partnership deal with Burnley FC

first_img Sportito gets green light to expand into Mexico January 9, 2020 Submit Share Sportito makes LatAm debut in Brazil October 30, 2019 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share UKGC suspends two licences over failure to integrate GAMSTOP April 3, 2020 Sportito has built on its recent deal with Fulham FC by becoming the ‘Official Fantasy Sports Partner’ for Premier League side Burnley FC.Sportito, the first DFS company to sign with the ‘Clarets’, offers players the chance to win real cash prizes every day by choosing which players they would have in their fantasy team, without having to worry about a salary cap restriction.The ‘dynamic’ partnership will also enable fans to participate in competitions to win Burnley signed merchandised, match day tickets and other fan experiences with the club and its players.Anthony Fairclough, Director of Commercial Affairs for Burnley Football Club, commented: “This is the very first Fantasy Sports partner the club have had and I’m sure it will be a hit with our fans. As part of the launch, Sportito are offering a free £5 bet, which fans can take advantage of. I am sure this will be a great partnership for the club, Sportito and more importantly our fan base.”Riccardo Mittiga, CEO of Sportito, said: “We are proud to have Burnley as the first Premier League Football Club on board. Burnley have come a long way from being one of the founding members of English Football League and are now soaring in the Premier League, beating some of the top teams in the division.”He added: “One of the reasons we chose Burnley FC was the passion the fans have for their club. With this partnership, we want to connect with these fans to bring a true Fantasy Football experience with Sportito.”A DFS platform operating in the UK with a gambling license from the UKGC, Sportito offers numerous competitions featuring players across leagues such as the Premier League, Championship, Bundesliga and La Liga. Click here to access the dedicated webpage for Burnley FC fans.last_img read more

David Clifton: Licensing Expert – What to do if you received “that letter”…

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Share UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Share ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 Submit David CliftonIn my recent SBC News article “Be mindful of protecting children”, I commented on the Sunday Times article entitled “Cartoons lure kids to online gambling”,  published on 8 October.I had no knowledge that at the same time I was writing that, the Gambling Commission had joined forces with the Committee of Advertising Practice, the Advertising Standards Authority and the Remote Gambling Association to collectively write a letter on the same subject to online gambling operators. Their letter was sent out on Friday last week. In it, they “advise” gambling operators that they “must” immediately amend or remove any ads on their website or in third-party media space that are likely to appeal particularly under 18s.The Sunday Times was quick to claim this action as a victory for its journalism adding that. without its investigation into the gambling industry’s use of child-friendly images, “the appropriate authorities would not have taken these steps”.Whether it is justified in claiming such a victory is questionable. What it certainly has done is open up for debate the question whether those authorities should have done more to tackle this issue earlier.One of the three licensing objectives under the Gambling Act 2005 is “protecting children and other vulnerable persons from being harmed or exploited by gambling”. That same Act describes promotion of the licensing objectives as the principal function of the Gambling Commission.The need to prevent under-age gambling is underlined in the Commission’s Statement of Principles for Licensing and Regulation and is further emphasised by social responsibility code provisions 3.1.1 and 3.2.11 within its LCCP.In addition, ordinary code provision 5.1.6 specifically states that “licensees should comply with the advertising codes of practice”, namely the CAP and BCAP codes and the Gambling Industry Code for Socially Responsible Advertising. The rules are therefore already there. The letter received by operators on Friday does not really say anything new. Page 6 of the CAP’s Guidance to the CAP and BCAP Codes has for some considerable time warned that “an advertisement featuring a character that particularly appeals to children is likely to fall foul of the rules. Marketers should be mindful that the use of cartoons or licensed characters, such as superheroes and celebrities popular with children, must be used with a due sense of responsibility. In other words, advertisers should take care when using cartoon-like images; they might be acceptable if they are adult in nature but marketers run the risk of appealing to under-18s if cartoon images are too childish in their execution, and that might be a problem when advertising gambling products. However, the ASA will consider whether advertisers have taken reasonable steps to prevent under-18s from viewing ads (for example age-gating of online ads) and the likely age of the audience viewing the ad”.Perhaps what the letter does underline is that the ASA and the CAP Compliance team will start to use the sanctions available to them, including referring licence holders to the Gambling Commission (or Ofcom) as they have committed to doing “should there be serious or repeated breaches of the Ad Codes”. The recent £7.8 million penalty imposed by the Commission on 888 for significant flaws in its social responsibility processes should itself serve to spur operators’ compliance teams into action.So what should recipients of Friday’s letter be doing?They should read it very carefully and follow all of the hyperlinks and read what is said there.They should read and make sure they understand the ASA rulings accessible via the links on the penultimate page of the letter.They should absorb all that is said in the ASA’s updated online advice note entitled “Betting & Gaming: Appeal to Children” to which I referred in my recent article.They should be establishing which of their advertisements are generally available to anyone to view (which is what is meant by the phrase “freely accessible” in Friday’s letter), whether the ads are referring to a play-for-money or a play-for-free game and whether on their own website or in third party media.Bearing in mind all that is said in the advertising codes, they should be assessing whether any particular ad has “particular appeal” to children, which according to a December 2015 ASA ruling, depends on the test of whether its content appeals more strongly to under-18s than to over-18s. although that may be putting it too simplistically.If an ad does feature content that has a particular appeal to children, they should consider whether it appears in a context that effectively excludes children from seeing it and, if it doesn’t, they should be removing it and then considering whether they can bring it within the limited exception referred to in a May 2017 ASA ruling but they should bear in mind that the ASA subsequently said: “This exception to the rule that gambling ads must not include content that is of particular appeal to under 18s, is unlikely to apply to media where the targeting information depends on unverified audience self-reporting, or where a sufficiently robust prohibition of under-18s is not in place. In such circumstance, the content appealing in particular to under-18s is still likely to breach the Code”.If they are in any doubt at all, they should be amending or removing the ad and considering what can be done to bring it within the rules. As Friday’s letter says, it is open to them to have a discussion with the CAP Copy Advice team. However, if doubt persists, they should also contemplate taking appropriate specialist legal advice________________David Clifton – dc@cliftondavies.com UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020last_img read more

Ashley Highfield departs William Hill as Corporate Responsibility Chair

first_img Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share FTSE-listed William Hill Plc has confirmed that Ashley Highfield has formally stepped down as a Non-executive director, departing the firm’s corporate advisory team.As a governance advisor, Highfield headed up William Hill’s Corporate Responsibility Committee.Last October, the FTSE bookmaker confirmed that former Betfair Group Plc Chief Executive Mark Brooker would replace Highfield as Committee Chair.In 2016, restructuring William Hill governance, Group Chairman Gareth Davis appointed Brooker as a corporate Non-Executive advisor, alongside former Tesco executive Robin Terrell and former Coral Interactive MD John O’Reilly.William Hill governance details that it reviews its ‘the composition of its Board committees’ on a periodical basis.Further to its update, William Hill’s Board has approved changes to the composition of the Audit & Risk Management Committee, which will now comprise of David Lowden as Chair, assisted by Mark Brooker, John O’Reilly and Robin Terrell with immediate effect.In 2017, William Hill has undertaken an executive leadership restructure, promoting Philip Bowcock to Group CEO, supported with the appointment of new CFO Ruth Prior, joinging the operator from international payments firm WorldPay Plc William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

Drag Racing betting markets to be offered in UK for first time

first_img StumbleUpon Share RedZoneSports.bet has joined forces with TrakBak Racing, in a collaboration that is set to see exclusive and bespoke betting markets offered on UK Drag Racing for the first time.Becoming headline sponsor of the DoorSlammers event set to be held at Santa Pod Raceway, the Argyll Entertainment US sports led brand is to offer the industry first markets across the weekend of May 19 and 20. Stuart Tilly, CEO of Argyll Entertainment, commented: “RedZoneSports.bet is uniquely positioned as a bespoke British bookmaker for US sports, so it’s incredibly exciting to be the first UK bookmaker to offer exclusive betting opportunities around this distinctly US motorsport. “With NFL, NBA and now MLB fixtures becoming a mainstay of the UK Sporting calendar, we’re anticipating the burgeoning popularity of US Sports to widen the interest and appeal of less traditional, but just as adrenaline-fueled sports such as drag racing.”Creating the drag racing betting markets live from the trackside, ReZoneSports.bet also details that it is also to be providing an exclusive stream of the event across its social media channels.Stephen Baumohl, Director of Trading at Argyll Entertainment, explained: “When first approached with the opportunity to become the first UK sportsbook to offer odds on a drag racing event in Europe, it seemed a perfect fit; head to head racing in a rapid format would likely have a lot of customer appeal. “In the absence of automated feeds, the challenge has been to model the sport to an acceptable level by immersing myself in all the data I can find and watching as many races as possible, as well relying on the fantastic support of Santa Pod Raceway in giving me advice and answering questions along the way. “Despite it being a challenging exercise, we’re confident that our customers will welcome this unique and exclusive opportunity to wager on such a simple, easy to understand, yet highly compelling racing format.”Keith Bartlett, CEO of TrakBak Racing and Santa Pod Raceway, added: “Santa Pod has been looking to develop online drag racing betting for some time and we’re delighted to have found the perfect partner in Redzonesports.bet. “The new ‘Doorslammers’ event is the ideal event to introduce this exciting new element to drag racing and further enhance our spectator experience. “As a high profile venue and hosts to such a spectacular sport, we are always looking to add value and enjoyment of our events therefore we look forward to working with Redzonesports.bet in the future to add a new dimension to the sport of drag racing.” Esports Entertainment appoints Jeff Cohen as IR lead  July 28, 2020 Argyll orders full compliance makeover with TruNarrative  August 17, 2020 HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 Related Articles Share Submitlast_img read more

Italian progress… Kambi & SKS365 join LOGiCO digital trade ranks

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share Italian online gambling trade association La Lega Operatori di Gioco (LOGiCO) has expanded its ranks welcoming SKS365 Malta and Kambi Group as new industry partners.LOGiCO seeks to represent the interests of licensed stakeholders operating within the burgeoning Italian online gambling market.Following last May’s general meeting, LOGiCO representatives moved to expand the trade body’s membership, allowing for Italian technology and software providers to join the association.The decision sees the Stockholm-listed betting platform and software supplier Kambi Group join LOGiCO ranks as first Italian online betting technology representative.Kambi is joined by Austrian gaming brand SKS365, who operate popular Italian sportsbook planetwin365. LOGiCO’s trade membership includes bet365, bwin, Tombola and The Stars Group Inc.   2018 is set to be a transformative year for the Italian online betting market, which is set to welcome a number of new incumbents this summer. Furthermore, betting and government stakeholders seek to further revamp the nations gambling framework in order to improve standards for digital enterprises.Commenting on joining the LOGiCO trade ranks Max Meltzer, Kambi’s Chief Commercial Officer. “With a growing list of important partner operators in Italy, Kambi has been pleased to see the continued liberalization of the market in recent years and we look forward to working with all the members of LOGiCO to progress and further improve the conditions”. Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020last_img read more

InCrowd’s John O’Connor: Learning from the success of our World Cup FTP game

first_img Back in July, we sat down with John O’Connor, head of business development and sports betting at InCrowd, to chat about InCrowd’s partnership with Sky Sports to deliver a World Cup game that would raise anticipation levels ahead of the kick-off in Russia.After perhaps the most successful World Cup of all time in regard to global engagement and social participation, we caught up with O’Connor once again to discuss the triumph that was the Sky Sports Road To Moscow FTP game, and what the continued development of this platform means for the future partnerships of right holders, brands and betting partners in the sports industry.SBC: Sky Sports Road To Moscow was a huge success…Why do you think this format worked so well?JO’C: InCrowd achieved a 97% completion rate for Road To Moscow, generating over 2.6m predictions, which is an incredible result, but for us that alone isn’t enough. We wanted to ensure that Road To Moscow was a fully rounded experience for the fan; we knew this would be a critical thing to get right for this to be successful. We created layers of value added game enhancement features. With full integration into participating club websites, players had additional points of access to the game. We also included the option to create mini leagues with 2,000 being set up during the Road To Moscow run. This “friend versus friend” approach was a massive acquisition tool as fans tested predictive skills in a closed user group format and is something that will prove to be incredibly valuable moving forward.SBC: How did you keep the fans actively engaged once predictions had been made and leagues created, beyond just coming back to check on results?JO’C: The contemporary polls were designed to drive repeat visits via conversational topics and were massively popular and provided a transactional gateway for our betting partner. We also used email communications and push notifications for app users with topical content related to events throughout the tournament, always supported by relevant odds promotion.Social media was also a significant driver for competition entrants particularly when used under an umbrella of talent driven content. SBC: We know you already have your next steps planned and in motion which is exciting – what can we expect to see and experience over the coming months?JO’C: One of the most significant outcomes from the creation of Road To Moscow is that we have developed an engagement format that can work across different territories. For example, there is no reason why a predictive game based around Liga 1 in Romania wouldn’t attract significant audience in Bucharest! In addition, Road To Moscow was a perfect digital canvas to test new product development. The Man of the Match voting in the OurLeague app is now part of the Sky Sports coverage of Rugby Super League sponsored by Betfred, whose odds are being integrated into the Free-to-play weekly Super League game. SBC: Do you still see future value in predictors and polls or do you feel fans are looking for new engagement opportunities?JO’C: There is no doubt that predictors and polls will continue to be significantly valuable. Fans want to have their say and prove that they really know what they’re talking about when it comes to their team and their sports. Thanks to the obvious success of Road To Moscow, our future plans for predictors and polls are ramping up, not slowing down. There’s a lot more scope to predictors and polls that you might think.Already integrated and proving popular in a number of our official football apps, our predictor functionality will be extensively used in the world of rugby union during the 18/19 season. Premiership Rugby have used the proprietary platform to reward fans who make the best match predictions whilst Scarlets and Leinster will use predictive games to drive engagement on the build up to match day with both clubs offering a wide range of match day rewards. Polls that drive and divide opinion will promote fan engagement across the digital platforms of English Premier League and English Football League clubs. For the rights holder this will become an additional value add to their partner package, one that will deliver valuable insight into the key motivations for the fan. Poll formats in the control of rights holders allow them to move formats like try or goal of the month or season onto their own platforms so they can benefit from the data and also control the branding and activate around these assets for their partners. SBC: How do you ensure the fans are kept up-to-date with features, considering all the activity and development going on behind the scenes at InCrowd?JO’C: Targeted, timely and relevant communication delivered results during Road To Moscow and these will be adapted across all transactional opportunities from buying a ticket to placing a bet for the whole InCrowd stable of sporting brands. We’re completely focussed on creating direct relationships between rights holders and brands and being smart with data for our clients benefit. Our Business Intelligence service aligns contextual, behavioural and transactional data to deliver significant commercial opportunities for both rights holders and partner brands. It is this data platform that allows us to keep fans engaged by communicating with relevant, timely and personalised communications.It’s an exciting time here at InCrowd… we’re eager to continue working with rights holders, sporting brands and betting organisations to deliver games that will resonate with their audience, improve brand relationships and drive value for everyone.     Keep an eye out for the next Q&A with John O’Connor, in which we will be discussing the US betting market. Coming to SBC News in October 2018. Share Related Articles StumbleUpon Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 QPR names Football Index as new shirt sponsor August 21, 2020 Submit EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Income Access announces 21.com affiliate programme launch

first_img Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 Submit Related Articles Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 “Back to basics” online casino 21.com has announced a fresh affiliate partnership with Income Access, which is to see the Quebec headquartered firm managed a newly launched affiliate programme with its in-house dedicated software.The programme is to be powered by the affiliate platform of the Paysafe marketing technology and services provider, which is to also support player acquisition for the recently launched brand, as it aims to to streamline 21.com’s online casino experience.Further benefits are set to be be felt as a result of “round-the-clock” support from a dedicated team of affiliate manages, as well as in-depth data and statistics from the Income Access platform designed to help measure, analyse and improve resultsTara Wilson, General Manager at Income Access, commented: “21.com’s launch of an Income Access powered affiliate programme, soon after the brand’s launch, indicates both the importance of affiliate marketing to their overall acquisition strategy, and the strength of our technology offering. “We look forward to supporting customer acquisition for this important new addition to the online casino vertical.”Dubbed the “casino on the go,” Malta Gaming Authority licensed 21.com launched in June of this year and providers its global audience with “a wide range of online casino games”.To celebrate the launch of its brand, 21.com is also offering registering players a variety of promotional offers.Robin Ivarsson, Chief Executive Officer at 21.com, said: “Partnering with Income Access was an easy choice. Their platform gives our brand and affiliates a flexible solution to grow, while their track record is also impressive. “With 21.com’s marketing mix including affiliates, media buys, social media and many other sources, we believe we have found the right formula for generating large volumes of traffic from affiliates, while also building brand awareness through other channels.”Amongst the brands whose video slots feature on its site are Quickspin, Microgaming, Pragmatic Play, and Play’n GO, whilst 21.com also boasts an array of video poker games as well as baccarat, blackjack and roulette among its suite of table games. StumbleUpon Share Share Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020last_img read more