Trump selling Caribbean estate for US$22 million

first_imgTrump selling this lavish estate for $28 million United States President Donald Trump, is selling his Caribbean estate for a whopping $28 million.Trump bought Le Chateau des Palmiers – a walled compound on the north-western tip of French St. Martin for a rumoured £15 million pounds in 2013.After using it mainly as a rental property, he’s put it up for sale.In a brochure for the property, he tells prospective buyers, “Greetings from Donald J. Trump. Escape to a place no other.”The lavish five-acre estate on St. Martin’s Plum Bay includes two villas, one five-bedroom and another four-bedroom and several other buildings.In total, the compound contains 11 bedrooms and 12 full bathrooms.The larger villa has a two-story master bedroom with a Jacuzzi bath tub and two private balconies.The smaller villa has several themed bedrooms, including the “Jungle Room” with a king-size bed.The whole property is enclosed by an eight-foot boundary wall.last_img read more

Commerce Chamber president stabbed in office

first_imgPresident of the Couva/Point Lisas Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Trinidad, Liaquat Ali, was stabbed by a man at his business place in Couva on Thursday.Ali, owner of Old Mac Agro Supplies Limited and Trinidad Parboil Limited, was taken to the Couva District Hospital and transferred to the San Fernando General Hospital.He was treated and discharged.Ali was at his business place located at Mc Bean Village, Couva, when he was approached by a man.The discussion became heated and the man pulled out a knife and stabbed Ali.Ramchand Rajbal Maraj, vice president of the Couva/Point Lisas Chamber, said he was saddened by the incident.last_img

Future waves of Zika epidemic likely, PAHO chief warns

first_imgPan American Health Organization (PAHO) is warning that future epidemic waves of the Zika virus, which will put additional people at risk, remain likely.PAHO director Carissa Etienne issued the warning in a new perspective piece for the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, ‘Zika Virus Disease in the Americas: A Storm in the Making’.“Future epidemic waves of Zika virus, which will put additional people at risk, remain likely,” Etienne said.She noted that more than 700,000 cases of Zika virus disease have been officially reported to the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) from 48 countries and territories of the Americas.With some 500 million persons in Latin America and the Caribbean living in areas at risk for transmission of Zika, “the fight against Zika virus is not a 100-meter race, but rather a marathon in which science and public health need to work hand in hand for the benefit of our peoples,” Etienne said.“The Zika virus experience proves once again that good clinical judgment and awareness of atypical events are crucial for the timely detection of emerging and reemerging diseases. It also points to the importance of investing in the health workforce as the first line of defense against infectious disease threats,” she said.Circulation of Zika in the Americas was hard to diagnose because of similarities to dengue and yellow fever, and a backdrop of immunity to other flaviviruses, she noted.“The available defences against the mosquito responsible for the transmission of these viruses are no longer sufficient to resist its aggressive spread. Therefore, the development of affordable new tools by the scientific community, including diagnostic tests and a vaccine against ZIKAV, as well as innovation in vector control, are urgent priorities. Our health systems will need to be prepared to ensure such new tools are introduced and that their benefits reach everyone, not merely a few,” Etienne added.Etienne outlined PAHO’s response to Zika spread, which coordinated more than 80 expert missions to 30 countries bringing in neurologists, neonatologists, obstetricians, epidemiologists, virologists, and specialists in research and health services organization.last_img read more

Liverpool Lose Mane Red Card Appeal, FA Uphold’s Three-Game Ban

first_imgSoccer Football – Premier League – Manchester City vs Liverpool – Manchester, Britain – September 9, 2017 Manchester City’s Ederson Moraes is fouled by Liverpool’s Sadio Mane resulting in a red card for Mane Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith EDITORIAL USE ONLY. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or “live” services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications. Please contact your account representative for further details.Liverpool has lost their appeal against Sadio Mane’s red card during last weekend’s 5-0 defeat away at Manchester City.The Football Association upheld Mane’s three-match ban following Liverpool’s ‘excessive punishment’ appeal.A statement from the FA read: “Sadio Mane’s three-match suspension, which was effective immediately, remains in place after his claim of excessive punishment was rejected following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.”Sadio Mane saw red in the 37th minute at the Etihad last weekend after his high flying boots caught City’s goal keeper Ederson in the face during a 50-50 challenge.“The Liverpool forward was dismissed for serious foul play during the game against Manchester City on Saturday [9 September 2017].”The FA’s decision means Mane will now miss Liverpool’s Premier League game at home to Burnley next weekend, Carabao Cup fixture away at Leicester City and another Premier League tie against the Foxes’.RelatedLiverpool Vs Manchester City Combined XI: Who Makes The Team?November 8, 2019In “England”Sadio Mane: Klopp Reveals Timeframe For Injured Forward’s ReturnJanuary 28, 2020In “England”VIDEO: Watch Sadio Mane’s Second Half Strike Rescue LiverpoolAugust 19, 2017In “England”last_img read more

Sponsorship Spotlight – The rise in ‘one-off’ sponsorship deals in football

first_imgShare Tim Reynolds, Sun Bets‘One-off’ sponsorship in football has been thrown into the spotlight this week, as Sun Bets prepare to sponsor the Sutton United shirt for the club’s FA Cup fifth round match against Arsenal on Monday, shown live on BBC One.The UK-based bookmaker, powered by Australian gambling company Tabcorp, will also receive a ticket allocation, full access to the players until one hour before kick-off, on-site activation and stadium branding behind both goals at Gander Green Lane until the end of next season. SBC News caught up with Head of PR Tim Reynolds to discuss the deal.SBC: Do you think this is a template for bookmakers to follow, by targeting ‘one-off’ sponsorships for high profile events?TR: “The Sutton United deal has worked out very well for us in terms of exposure, and we wouldn’t shy away from doing another deal like this in the future. It’s about being an opportunist and making the most of what is available at the right price.“Football sponsorship at the highest level is an expensive proposal so this has allowed us to get involved at an attractive price. One great advantage we have over our rivals is having the paper on our side, which has given us the perfect platform to work with.“Gone are the days when companies agree sponsorship deals based just on getting their brand on TV. It’s now more about maximising the opportunity by creating unique content that your audience can both relate to and engage with. I’m sure that if we hadn’t taken the Sutton deal, another bookmaker would have jumped at the opportunity.”____________________________________Zena Melki, MBUZZSPORTEarlier this year, sports media agency MBUZZSPORT announced a ‘one off’ deal to sponsor the back of Wigan’s shirt for their FA Cup match at Old Trafford. The deal was estimated to make the Dubai-based brand visible to 11 million UK viewers across BBC’s live broadcast and highlights package.SBC caught up with MBUZZSPORT General Manager Zena Melki for her take on the deal. We put it to her that as millennials change the way they digest entertainment, focusing mainly on ‘the good bits’, brand visibility is arguably more effective during highlights than on the live broadcast itself.SBC: Is this something you considered when striking the deal, particularly given that Manchester United were expected to score a lot of goals, and so the highlights would be longer? Or was this more about better value for a one-off sponsorship, and a brand association with the FA Cup?ZM: “The reason we did the sponsorship was because we are a sports marketing company that offers novel and unique cost effective ways to promote brands through sport globally. We knew through the Wigan FA Cup deal, in a match against the mighty Manchester United at Old Trafford, that we would reach a huge audience and demonstrate the power of such media sponsorships.“It’s a perfect case study for our clients on brand reach and market penetration even from a one-off deal. It’s important to target the matches people are interacting with, and make sure you become part of the conversation, whether that’s with brand positioning during a live broadcast, visibility from a highlights package or fan engagement via social media.” Share Tabcorp eyes joining the National Lottery’s hot pursuit January 27, 2020 Submit Related Articles Eleven Sports scores Belgian domestic football rights deal March 19, 2020 EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

Jonathan Patterson – Qubit – Key Discipline…why personalisation marks the difference…

first_imgShare Sky Betting & Gaming partners with Qubit to build out personalisation strategy across all brands January 11, 2017 StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles ‘Personalisation at Scale’…Goodwood partners with Qubit for digital inventory optimisation June 27, 2017 Share Graham Cooke – Qubit – Straight shooting on AI as a technology and business matter October 16, 2017 Jonathan PattersonJonathan Patterson Qubit Business Development lead for Betting & Gaming speaks to SBC on how industry operators are redefining their operations and forming new values through optimised personalization processes.Digital data and customization specialist Qubit has formed a number of tier-1 industry partnerships in 2016. SBC gains insight into why effective personalization can enhance all dynamics of the industry’s value chain…_______________________SBC: Hi Jonathan, great to catch up. In the past year Qubit has grown its betting industry portfolio working with a variety of operators such as Ladbrokes, Sky Bet and BetBright. Can you define your firm’s approach to creating effective personalisation competencies and why they are valued by industry stakeholders?Jonathan Patterson: The level of competition in this industry means that acquiring and retaining the right customers remains a constant challenge for Operators. Qubit helps them understand and identify high-value customers and engage them with compelling and personalised experiences.The process of personalising products in the eGaming sector comes with its own unique set of challenges. The process must be carried out in real time and work with a myriad of complex front-end technologies, while also relying on both historical and in-session user data and relating to markets and prices that are constantly changing. Of course, the more personalised your product experience becomes, the more overhead is placed on your marketing, design, product and development resources.Qubit’s solution has been built to specifically address these challenges. I’ve found that most of the Operators we talk to have either already encountered these difficulties or realise that they are about to. Our solution is responding directly to this need, so it’s resonating particularly well in this industry.SBC: Qubit is undertaking personalisation with bookmaker digital properties that consume mass data on a day-to-day basis. What challenges does this reality present to operators and how does your team create effective business processes?JP: eGaming products, particularly Sportsbooks, contain hundreds of different data points across millions of sessions every day. With modern data technology it’s now relatively easy to collect and store all of this data. This is great for enabling BI teams to understand what users did or did not do and form hypotheses as to why. The real challenge is , how to use these signals that your customers are giving you and react to affect their behaviour in real-time.The best ‘experience’ to engage with could be determined by the historical context of the user (for example, if they’ve been classified in the VIP and Predominantly Football segments), or alternatively it could depend on the context of the session they’re in (e.g the type of bet they’ve just placed). Sometimes it’s a combination of both.Our tools help identify key signals and behaviours and allow teams to build personalised experiences and offers depending on both the user’s historical and real-time behaviour. In other words, we are able to provide compelling messages tailored to what the customer did one year, one month, or one second ago.SBC: Beyond marketing and customer messaging, what advantages can operators gain from undertaking deeper personalisation functions?JP: A key advantage that operators can gain from personalisation is growing loyalty and retention.Deep personalisation requires a rich understanding of the customer. Qubit’s system helps build a detailed profile on each user and expose this to the front end at execution time. Personalised experiences then help build an affinity to your brand. If you have identified and segmented your customers effectively, your app navigation, banners and creatives can be tailored for each segment. We also see our solution used heavily in customer retention projects. Data science teams build predictive models around customer churn and feed their results into Qubit user profiles to activate their models and take preventative action. With retention at the top of many operators’ priority lists, we’re seeing a shift in focus from marketing and acquisition projects to those that improve loyalty and retention KPIs on the existing customer base. This is something that we’ve worked with brands like Ladbrokes on, leveraging capabilities like personalised recommendations to provide a best-in-class experience for their users.SBC: As an industry stakeholder, is there a concern that personalisation practices will be replicated from company to company creating static functions. How do Qubit teams maintain fresh thinking and creativity?  JP: We’re not too concerned about personalisation practices being replicated across the industry. This is primarily because personalisations based upon first party data are, by definition, difficult to replicate. The data is fundamental to the effectiveness of the personalisation and one company’s data will be vastly different to another company’s data. Since Qubit clients always own the data we collect, they retain an inherent degree of protection from the competition.Furthermore, unlike any above-the-line acquisition or bonus offers, many subtle personalisations are not obvious to competitors. Many Qubit experiences load in the unique context of the individual user, so unless you have multiple accounts and compare the differences, it’s difficult to reverse-engineer the logic of how these experiences were triggered.Finally, our gaming team is exposed to the successes of personalisation across a number of verticals including retail, travel and publishing. This helps Qubit’s strategy consultants to take learnings from non-competitors and apply them to the gaming space, injecting fresh and creative thinking into the strategy.SBC: As bookmakers and industry stakeholders place a higher emphasis on personalisation, how will this impact the core make-up of marketing teams and their decision making processes?JP: Through our engagements, we’ve found that it’s not just Marketing teams that drive the Personalisation efforts. Typically a combination of stakeholders from Marketing, Product, Development and BI teams are required to get the projects up and running.Marketing teams are starting to get very sophisticated with the types of players they’re targeting and how they structure the offers. Of course, if an Operator offers enough bonuses and pays enough money to get to the top of the SERP, they will drive traffic to their site, a small percentage of which will lead to acquisitions. But this growth model is not sustainable if the players only stay for the offers.Instead we’re seeing marketing teams looking to take their finite budget for bonuses, and target them at the right types of players, at the right time in their journey. This strategy requires a shift away from blanket offers to something more sophisticated. With Qubit they’re able to reveal the right offers to the right users based on in-session behaviours and/or use our behavioural data to trigger omni-channel CRM messaging systems to send the appropriate outreach.SBC: Finally, which new technologies and consumer trends do you feel will have the biggest impact of personalisation. How do bookmakers and wider stakeholders stay ahead of the game in terms of digital innovation and its impact?  It’s been discussed at length but it would probably be a mistake to think that the Mobile disruption is done. Millennial and Gen Y recreational customers jumped straight onto Mobile quite quickly but I wonder whether it’s still going to disrupt the older demographic, particularly the retail user base.Maybe retail will go through a different kind of disruption focused on a younger crowd though, if you look at broader consumer trends there is a bit of a renaissance in ‘real life’ experiences. People are starting to return to buying physical books, Amazon and Microsoft are opening retail stores and even though film content is more readily and cheaply available as it’s ever been, cinemas are taking more money per capita in the UK than ever before.Obviously, no answer about the future of anything would be complete without mentioning Artificial Intelligence. I actually think that technology vendors are guilty of marketing an image of a generic AI ‘brain’ that can be applied to any problem. Then one can simply deploy their ‘brain’ so that websites and apps will magically self-optimise.Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely narrow use cases where machine learning is a great way to improve results and reduce human efforts, but the algorithms need to be specifically calibrated to the particular industry, company and product area each time they are used.The Research team at Qubit are constantly looking for the best applications of Machine Learning. This research has resulted in our Programmatic Experiences that allow vendors to deploy repeatable personalisations into their products, for example, surfacing the top trending sporting events in given areas or countries. We’re also using our data pipeline to automatically spot key signals in customer behaviours, uncovering where the biggest opportunities for improvement may lie.________________Jonathan Patterson – Qubit – Senior Business Development Manager for Betting & Gaminglast_img read more

Positive start sees William Hill confident of delivering on 2017 targets & projects

first_img SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Related Articles Share William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Share Philip BowcockThe governance of FTSE-listed bookmaker William Hill Plc is confident of meeting 2017 corporate expectations following a ‘positive start’ to the year.Issuing a trading update (17-week period to 25 April), William Hill reported a period growth in wagering and net revenues across all core divisions.Updating investors, the company expects its group net revenues to be 9% up on corresponding 2016 performance. William Hill governance would highlight the improved performance of its online business which saw an 11% increase in wagering during the period.The bookmaker states that it online sportsbook continues to improve its product and customer experience, with William Hill expecting to roll-out a new desktop site in the coming weeks. The bookmaker’s governance details that the firm ‘is on track’ to deliver £40 million in 2017 cost savings.  The firm’s improved digital performance was supported by a solid opening for its retail division, which recorded a 1% increase in net revenues. Unlike its UK highstreet competitors, William Hill’s retail division was able to sustain performance from a crammed period horseracing schedule.Commenting on the trading update, William Hill Group Chief Executive Philip Bowcock detailed:“It has been a positive start to the year for William Hill across the board. Our Online business continues to deliver growth thanks to the improvements in product, user experience and marketing we have made. Retail is also seeing positive trends while our key international markets continue to perform well with double-digit wagering growth.”“The Groups transformation programme is progressing well, and we are on track to deliver £40m of annualised savings by the year-end. Overall, we are in line with market expectations for 2017 at this early stage in the year.”Finalising its period update, William Hill governance stated that the company continued to prioritise its three ‘medium-term’ strategic priorities.Grow UK market share with increased investment in product, marketing and omni-channelContinue international revenue growth and diversification with focused investmentDeliver two key projects to support growth and reinvestmentA transformation programme to deliver £40m of efficiencies for reinvestmentCreate a programme to deliver a global technology platformlast_img read more

Continent 8 delivers cybersecurity services to the Philippines

first_img StumbleUpon Submit IoM Digital appoints Chris Kissack as esports lead  July 22, 2020 Continent 8 will allow businesses in the Philippines to connect globally using local partners, after agreeing to deliver global network and cybersecurity services to the region.The Isle of Man based technology company has selected IP Converge Data Services (IPC) and LR Data Center and Solutions, both headquartered in Makati City in Manila, for sharing Continent 8’s values of service excellence, innovation and integrity.Both significant players in the local connectivity and data centre markets, IPC and LR Data Center and Solutions will benefit from Continent 8’s advanced DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) protection services, alongside the company’s global private connectivity to Philippines based companies.Michael Tobin, co-founder and chief executive officer at Continent 8, commented: “With nearly 20 years of experience and operations, we have built a global reputation for service excellence alongside a unique global footprint of data centres and network points of presence.“By partnering with IPC and LR Data, we bring to the table advanced DDoS Mitigation services to Philippine enterprises, at a time when attacks are becoming increasingly prolific.”In 2016, Continent 8 announced the completion of its latest network expansion, bringing its European, North American and Asia Pacific networks together to give global coverage across a multi-terabit network, with over 25 points of presence globally. Share Luke Campbell, Champion Sports: Modular thinking most play the lead role in sportsbook migrations August 26, 2020 Related Articles Share Luckbox outlines final TSXV roadmap July 29, 2020last_img read more

Tipstrr launches new in-house affiliate program

first_img BETR smart contract upgrade features new affiliate program January 9, 2019 StumbleUpon Share Midlands based start-up has capitalised on the company’s unprecedented growth so far in 2018 to officially launch its new in-house affiliate program.After undertaking a successful funding round in 2017, the program has been rebuilt from scratch to provide a ‘proving ground’ for professional and wannabe tipsters, complete with industry leading commissions and an automated platform that verifies every tip placed.Having recently passed the 1 million mark for verified tips, Tipstrr affiliates are now able to promote tipsters from more than a dozen sports, including horse racing, football, multiple US sports, tennis and many more.Affiliates know that the tipsters they recommend are both transparent and trustworthy, with itemised betting histories available at the click of a button.Damien Fearn, co-founder of Tipstrr Ltd, said: “We’ve launched this affiliate program as another way to help continue our impressive growth through 2018.“We’re working hard to increase the number of profitable sports bettors in the UK and around the world; this affiliate program is the perfect way to reach the people looking to profit from sports betting.“Having already partnered with several affiliates in the sports betting industry during testing, we’ve seen very positive results – and the feedback from our affiliates has been excellent – so now we’re opening it up to anyone who thinks their traffic or users would benefit from what we offer.”For more information on what the Tipstrr team can offer to new affiliates, click HERE. Tipstrr acquired by Natural Intelligence December 10, 2019 Tipstrr announces new cryptocurrency at #bofcon2018 March 22, 2018 Share Submit Related Articleslast_img read more

Mark Jarvis Racing forges new partnership with FSB Tech

first_imgShare Sports betting platform and systems provider FSB Tech has penned a new deal with Mark Jarvis Racing which will see FSB deliver turnkey sports-betting and casino solutions. The new alliance will give Mark Jarvis access to FSB’s sports betting platform, managed trading services, casino aggregation platform with marketing support and compliance services which wil subsequently be rolled out across the independent bookmaker’s shops. Paul Graham, Managing Director of Mark Jarvis, praised the new alliance: “After a challenging recent history, retail betting is necessarily evolving. While we were eager to make this digital upgrade, securing the right partner who could help differentiate our brand in the crowded UK market was vital.“FSB’s dedication to delivering the best possible customer experience coupled with a proven track record for delivering a flexible-yet-reliable platform set them apart. And their peerless racing service and comprehensive solution for both sports and casino games affords our customers the chance to experience the best product on the UK’s sophisticated igaming landscape.“With this state-of-the-art offering, we aim to capitalise on the ramping demand for a mobile-first solution while bringing innovative features to our loyal retail audience.”FSB’s online and mobile sportsbook utilises unique pricing models, alongside odds supplied by the industry’s data feed suppliers. It currently boasts over 2000 casino games, virtual sports and lottery solutions from the industry’s leading suppliers and is delivered as a fully-managed service together with powerful CMS and CRM tools to deliver the best possible customer experience.David McDowell, FSB’s CEO, added: “We’re delighted to join forces with Mark Jarvis, one of the most respected and knowledgeable independent bookmaking brands in the UK. Our platform frames the future for digital gaming, driving the sector forward via innovative sports betting and casino features for online, mobile and retail.” StumbleUpon Share Submit David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Puzzle upon puzzle marks the path ahead June 4, 2020 Related Articles Dave McDowell, FSB: Hitting the bullseye during the global sports blackout June 8, 2020 Fast growth FSB appoints Susan Ball as corporate advisor January 29, 2020last_img read more