Bank of Jamaica Governor pleased with Jamaica’s economic performance

first_imgThe Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) is reporting continued improvement in Jamaica’s overall macro-economic indicators.BOJ Governor Brian Wynter told reporters recently that inflation is low, the net international reserves (NIR) is increasing and the balance of payments, while projected to “widen somewhat” will remain at “sustainable levels.”Additionally, he said market interest rates are at record lows and “still falling”, while fiscal performance remains strong.”Modest econ growth projected Wynter is projecting modest acceleration in economic growth ranging between 1.5 and 2.5 per cent per quarter over the next two years with inflation expected to remain contained. He said the expectation is for inflation to remain low and anchored at the lower end of the bank’s target of four to six per cent.Wynter said the forecast is supported by buoyant conditions in the United States and some of Jamaica’s other major trading partners. He said the forecast also anticipates that domestic demand will remain restrained by continuous fiscal consolidation.The Governor noted that the economy continues to show signs of gradual but sluggish recovery, pointing out that the estimated out-turn for the January to March 2018 quarter ranged between one and two per cent.He said this is above the 0.1 per cent recorded in March 2017 and above the 1.1 per cent out-turn for December 2017, adding that the March 2018 estimate “reflects some growth in net exports”.Wynter said improving economic conditions also spurred marked improvement in the labor market.last_img read more

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Jamaican PM outraged following murder of teenager Yetanya Francis

first_imgPrime Minister Andrew Holness has expressed outrage following the recent murder of a teenager in a Kinston community.In a statement on Sunday, Holness condemned the murder of Yetanya Francis, 14, from the community of Arnett Gardens.Her charred body was found in the community on Friday, after she was reported missing late Thursday. According to police reports, the teen was also likely sexually abused.“The thugs who murdered 14-year-old Yetanya Francis have no place in the Jamaican society we are seeking to create,” said Holness who added said the police have assured him that no stone will be left unturned to find the heartless perpetrators.“I have spoken to the Minister of National Security and the Commissioner of Police. They both emphasized their resolve to ensure that the perpetrator or perpetrators are brought to justice. No society can survive the constant killing of its children and we all must stand united against these criminals.”The Prime Minister appealed to persons with information on the killing to report it to the police or to call Crime Stop.“Witnesses do not need to fear that their information will be exposed as we have Crime Stop – 311, and other ways to give information. I am asking members of the community of Arnett Gardens as well, if they know who the criminals are to turn them over to the police, as criminals who attack children don’t usually stop.”last_img read more

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Winning Is In Our DNA, Juventus President Agnelli Reveals

first_imgJuventus president Andrea Agnelli has disclosed that winning is in the club’s DNA adding that opponents also see the Old Lady in the same light.Agnelli further pointed that Italian clubs must performance better on the European scene to avoid losing prestige. He was speaking at the Chamber of Deputies in Rome. In his words, he said: “Juve only exist to win,”“I don’t say it with arrogance but rather ambition. Our opponents also think the same way.” Agnelli stated.He was also full of praise for the club’s executives. He said: “These men make the difference: without Marotta, Nedved and Paratici, nothing would’ve been possible. The group makes the difference.“Italy must be watchful of its UEFA ranking because we risk losing fourth position: in the 2019-2020 campaign, we risk being fifth in Europe.“Football’s grown a lot, but the rules are still the same as those in the 1950s. The NFL is the example that football should follow.“2010-11 was the worst financial year in Juve’s history, but we started again from there.“Humility and dedication are the underlying principles of our history. Now we want to make it seven, eight Scudetti in a row.” he concluded.Juventus have outperformed the other Italian clubs in the last decade with six successive Italian Serie A titles and two UEFA Champions League (UCL) finals in three years.Relatedlast_img read more

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Nigerian MMA Fighter To Make UFC Debut This Weekend

first_imgNigerian-American Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter, Azunna ‘Zulu’ Anyanwu will make his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut at this weekend’s fight night in Pittsburgh.The heavyweight fighter will square up against Justin ‘El Blanco’ Ledet, who was earlier billed to face injured Dmitriy Sosnovskiy of Ukraine.36-year-old Anyanwu, who will step into the Octagon for the first time on Saturday night, got his maiden UFC contract last week after he was called up at short notice to replace injured Sosnovskiy.“So I got the call about being ready to go next week and I said I’ll take the opportunity at 36 because this ain’t coming again. I’m in my prime now. So just getting in shape and recovering as much as possible. Opening up my lungs, getting ready for the fight.” Anyanwu told ESPN.He continued: “Mentally I’m strong, I’m a strong dude. I’ve seen ups and downs. It’s just gonna be another fight with more computers and cameras around. Let’s just get to it and put on a show.”Another Nigerian, Kamaru ‘The Nigerian Nightmare’ Usman, who defeated Sean Strickland in his last UFC bout in April, makes his return to the Octagon to take on Brazil’s Sergio ‘The Panther’ Moraes.RelatedNigerian-Born UFC Star Adesanya Beats Tavares In Welterweight FightJuly 9, 2018In “Africa”UFC 234: Nigerian-born MMA Star Threatens UFC LegendFebruary 9, 2019In “Sports”UFC 248: Israel Dares The Soldier Of GodMarch 7, 2020In “Featured”last_img read more

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Sad! Former Chelsea Coach Is Dead

first_imgRelatedRay Wilkins Passes Away Following Cardiac ArrestApril 4, 2018In “England”Sarri and Chelsea Tested to The LimitOctober 22, 2018In “Europe”CAA Asaba 2018: Ogba Condoles With Kenya Over Death Of Former World ChampionAugust 8, 2018In “Africa” His death was confirmed by his son Joe via his Twitter handle. He wrote: “OK so this is the toughest day. Unfortunately my Dad passed away this morning, I bloody loved that guy and couldn’t have been more proud of his achievements in all aspects of life.“Best Dad I could have asked for. To me a f***ing legend and awesome role model.” he added. Former Chelsea youth coach Dermot Drummy has passed away at the age of 56.Drummy died on Monday morning though the cause of his death is still unknown.last_img

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Yggdrasil reaches video slots agreement with Gaming Innovation Group

first_img Share Yggdrasil recently won Slot Provider of the Year at the 2016 EGR B2B Awards, the latest in a growing list of accolades including Gaming Software Supplier of the Year at the 2016 International Gaming Awards, and Software Rising Star at the 2015 EGR B2B Awards. GiG ups code security oversight with Checkmarx July 10, 2020 Submit Related Articles StumbleUponcenter_img Share GiG launches WSN Podcast hosted by Bill Krackomberger  June 18, 2020 Yggdrasil Gaming has reached an agreement with Gaming Innovation Group to provide the operator with its full suite of video slots.Fredrik Elmqvist, YggdrasilYggdrasil’s portfolio of games will be rolled-out across the operator’s B2C sites, including its flagship online casino and sportsbook, and operator will also gain access to Yggdrasil’s collection of in-game promotional tools, BOOST™, including the recently-launched Missions feature, and the social sharing tool BRAG.Fredrik Elmqvist, CEO at Yggdrasil Gaming, commented: “We are thrilled to have joined forces with Gaming Innovation Group. Their deal to acquire Betit has made them one of the fastest growing and largest operators in Scandinavia, and it’s a major boon for us to be able to put our content in the hands of their players.“We have rolled out some fantastic new games in recent months that we believe have really moved the needle. We remain committed to delivering our partners the best content on the market, and look forward to working more closely with GiG, particularly when it comes to gamification as it is an area where we are both excelling.”Robin Reed, CEO at Gaming Innovation Group, added: “iGamingCloud is seeking to interconnect the entire iGaming industry. We are one step further with the inclusion of Yggdrasil’s impressive portfolio of games which will now be offered to the entire client eco-system of IGC.“More so, we are impressed with their innovation trajectory, and the passion the Yggdrasil team is exuberating. We are thrilled to have agreed terms. Both companies are now working flat out on the integration, and are looking forward to launching the games in December.” GiG strengthens sportsbook profile as recovery blossoms May 5, 2020last_img read more

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Level Up… Ball Street Network launches XO

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Sky Bet bolsters fan engagement by backing Sky Media YouTube shows August 12, 2019 Social media content and fan engagement specialist, The Ball Street Network has announced its latest YouTube venture, the ‘XO’ channel.Launching XO this week, Ball Street combines the talents of UK leading social media figureheads, The True Geordie, WillNE and Stephen Tries who combined have a YouTube following of +2 million subscribers.The XO channel seeks to bring a fresh engagement to the Ball Street Network’s social portfolio, expanding its existing content beyond traditional YouTube sports and football content formats.The new channel will produce original documentaries, YouTube experiences, social commentary, podcasts, interviews combined with unique viewer engagements.The development of XO sees ‘The True Geordie Podcast’, the UK’s highest audio-show (social reach – 85 million), become part of the Ball Street Network.Supporting the expansion of XO, Ball Street announces new recruits in Adam Boultwood as Head of Content with Laurence McKenna as XO Creative Director.Launching XO, The True Geordie said: “We’ve seen the first generation of football channels, and they’ve gone unchallenged – until now.“What makes XO different is that we have some of the most talented people YouTube has to offer under one roof. On camera in Will, Stephen, Laurence and myself, I believe we have the dream team and, with Ball Street backing us, this project will be unbeatable. We’ll soon be making some of the best content this space has ever seen, trust me on that.”Matt Wilson – Ball StreetIn its first three days since launching, XO has surpassed +300,000 YouTube subscribers, with Ball Street further reporting +1.2 million organic views since its weekend launch.A pleased Matt Wilson, Ball Street CEO and co-founder said: “We’re making great progress commercially and now, with XO, we have the premium, marquee sports channel we’ve been looking for.”“We’re excited to be building XO with Will, Stephen and True Geordie and, along with Adam and Laurence we feel we’ve assembled the best squad in the league and we’ll soon be competing with the best for silverware.” Share Related Articles Share FAN UP! Ladbrokes expands social content partnership with Ball Street Network August 16, 2017 Markus Jennemyr – FanLeague – A fun, social and easy way to engage an audience September 29, 2017last_img read more

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Microgaming on board with All-in Diversity as founding member

first_img Related Articles Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 FSB selects Glenn Elliott as new COO August 12, 2020 Share AIDP adds two new global advisors August 12, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Submit Microgaming has become the latest firm to join the ranks of the All-in Diversity Project as a founding member, as it strives to help spearhead progress towards a more inclusive gaming sector.All-in Diversity is a not for profit industry driven initiative, that is aiming to facilitate open discussions in the key strategic areas of diversity, equality and inclusion, across the betting and gaming sector on a global basis.Founded by gambling executive Kelly Kehn and Christina Thakor-Rankin, its lists its primary objective as being “to establish a global industry standard index designed to be the definitive benchmarking tool for measuring diversity and inclusion in the sector.”John Coleman, Microgaming CFO, commented: “Our diverse workforce helps keep us strong, dynamic and moving forward. It is important that we identify industry-specific barriers to inclusion and diversity so we can continue to work on areas where we can help diversity thrive. “We look forward to working with All-in Diversity and being part of the driving force aimed at creating a more inclusive environment within the industry for years to come.”All-in Diversity aims to provide annual reports on progress made, as well as recommendations to improve issues such as diversity and inclusion within the industry, in areas such as corporate governance, recruitment and equal pay.Kehn, Co-Founder of the All-in Diversity Project, added: “We are proud to welcome Microgaming to the Founding Membership of All-in Diversity Project. The team at Microgaming brings a breadth of industry knowledge and expertise to the table with their brands, products and policies as well as a real passion for people which is reflected in the diversity of their teams spread across the world. There is no limit to what we can achieve with this calibre of supplier on board.”This follows similar deals signed with Paddy Power Betfair, IGT and Kindred.To mark the new deal Microgaming released the below video, stating that “as a founding member of the All-in Diversity Project, Microgaming is proud to celebrate the diversity that keeps us strong, dynamic and moving forward”.last_img read more

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Singular boosts virtuals offering with Golden Race deal

first_imgShare Submit Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020 Romania’s ONJN adds 20 sites to blacklist August 14, 2020 Related Articles Share Sweden: Soft2Bet CEO Chaikin on prospering in igaming’s brave new world August 18, 2020 StumbleUpon iGaming platform provider Singular has agreed to integrate the entire Golden Race game suite across its platform.Under the agreement, more than 20 virtual football leagues and tournaments, races, number games and virtual sports will be made to Singular’s network of clients across 10 regulated markets.Darko Gacov, Singular’s Founding Partner, commented: “Partnering with Golden Race is another step towards providing not only quality content but also engaging player experience.“Golden Race has a proven record of capturing the excitement of real sports betting via their high-end virtual games which creates added value to our clients.”Martin Wachter, Golden Race’s CEO & Founder, added: “Being part of the Singular iGaming platform means Golden Race continues scaling up its operations in new markets and reaching new clients to deliver to them the best virtual games and sports in the industry.“We feel very comfortable with such an innovative company and hope to achieve amazing things together.”Last week, Singular agreed to integrate Incentive Games’ Paid-to-Play Virtual Sports products and its Free-to-Play Sports Tools for Acquisition and Retention (STAR). Incentive Games confirmed that it will supply its white-label, multi-sport, multi-league portfolio to Singular.last_img read more

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DCMS calls for further review into loot boxes

first_img Submit The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is due to launch a call for evidence into loot boxes, which could see the video games feature reclassified as a gambling product. Loot boxes have been a topic of controversy in recent years, with concerns raised over whether they encourage children and younger audiences to gamble. Loot boxes are items embedded within games, containing randomised rewards which are uncertain at the point of purchase. These can be cosmetic, such as ‘skins’ that change the appearance of an in-game character, or provide users with an advantage in gameplay.This video game feature is currently not covered by the UK’s existing gambling legislation due to the lack of monetary value associated with the items ‘won’ – as the topic of loot boxes blurs dynamics between competitive gaming and gambling.  “They are a virtually speculative commodity that only help to normalise and encourage young people to take a chance,” said the Labour MP Carolyn Harris, who chairs a cross-party group of MPs investigating gambling-related harm.“All too often this will lead to youngsters developing an addiction to gambling.”In September 2019, DCMS called for further restrictions to be placed on the sale of loot boxes to those under 18. Carrying out a report on ‘addictive and immersive technologies’, the DCMS argued that online games should receive the same levels of age restriction as physical sales of gambling products to best protect its users, and that the gaming industry should contribute financially towards independent research into the long-term effects of gaming.Meanwhile the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) had previously urged the Conservative Government to introduce legislation which would classify loot boxes and skin betting as legally-recognised forms of gambling. Related Articles Swansea City drops gambling sponsor August 21, 2020 On-course bookmakers return to UK courses in two-week trial August 17, 2020 Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

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