Police Crack “Biggest Human Trafficking” Ring in Trinidad and Tobago

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – Police Commissioner Gary Griffith said law enforcement authorities have “cracked what is the biggest situations pertaining to human trafficking in this country” after six people have been arrested at a church which is supposed to also have been a rehabilitation centre early this morning.The Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) in a statement said that during a “sting operation” early Wednesday, law enforcement officials were able to rescue 69 citizens, including four women from the church in Arouca, east of here.The statement said that those rescued range from ages “20 to their 60’s, all held captive, where most of them were in cages and some handcuffs”.“As a result thus far, six peoples were arrested at the church which is supposed to be a rehabilitation centre. Reports were given to senior officers months ago about possible imprisonment of persons and Commissioner Griffith, who spearheaded the operation, is now investigating possible negligence of duties of officers,” the TTPS statement stated, noting that search warrants were issued pursuant to the Trafficking in Persons Act, after a period of monitoring and investigations.Griffith speaking to reporters outside the church said that “we have now cracked what is the biggest situations pertaining to human trafficking in this country”.He said some of those rescued have said “they have been here for a few years” and that “we have to investigate each and every situation.He said a pastor is among those detained, adding “what we have seen relates to virtual slavery where persons have been in cages, we have reports from some of them they have been tortured.“It’s a much bigger picture, there’s profit being made out of this. It involves family members deliberately sending their loved ones here and trying to extract the profits from the family,” he added.Griffith said he would describe the scene at the church as being “barbaric, when you are actually seeing persons in this modern time in cages.“Persons have been handcuffed, persons have been tortured, I think we have Tasers and again this is a situation of modern-day slavery…and we are liaising directly with the DPP, “he said.National Security Minister, Stuart Young, in a statement he was “shocked and disturbed at the circumstances under which humans were being held and I strongly condemn same.“I remind persons that this is now an active and unfolding police investigation and I am certain that facts surrounding this disturbing matter will begin to be uncovered. Accordingly, it is prudent for little more to be said at this time and the TTPS should be permitted to do their work,” he said, thanking “all those involved in the operation of finding and freeing the victims who may have been held against their will and subject to inhumane and degrading treatment”.last_img read more

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Guyana Government Declares Election Day (March 2) A Public Holiday

first_imgGEORGETOWN, Guyana, February 27, 2020 (CMC) – The government of Guyana has declared Monday, March 2 – the day designated for the holding of General and Regional Elections across the country — a public holiday.Vice President and Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan, made the declaration, under the Public Holidays Act, that is expected to be officially gazetted.According to Ramjattan, with the day freed up, schools and public buildings can be effectively used as polling places.Ahead of the election, the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) has published the Official List of Electors that contains 660,998 names.Meanwhile, General Secretary of the main opposition People’s Progressive Party-Civic (PPP-C), Bharrat Jagdeo, has urged the Observer Missions in Guyana for the upcoming elections to meet with the Heads of the Guyana Police Force and the Guyana Defence Force to be given assurances about the security arrangements in place, for the election.During a press conference, today, Jagdeo said he has some concerns about the state of readiness of the Security Forces.He said he has raised those concerns with the Observer groups that are in Guyana.“We want assurances that they are in a state of readiness. I have heard issues, about vehicles not being ready, the training not done properly, and that they are saying they are not going to use rural constables and they will only use police. And if that decision has been taken, then they must ensure they have adequate police for each polling place,” Jagdeo said.Members of the police force are usually stationed at polling places, all across the country, to ensure that the security at those polling places are maintained.Jagdeo said he wants the assurance that matters that will fall under the purview of the police, will be dealt with, impartially.“We are not telling them, who to assign where…but they have to give assurances to the public that they will act, impartially, and deal with these matters,” he added.Members of the security services have already cast their ballots for the elections, thereby allowing them to be free on elections day, for all-day duty.last_img read more

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FC Ifeanyi Ubah Unveil New Manager; Ladan Bosso

first_imgFormer Flying Eagles coach Ladan Bosso has been unveiled as the new head coach of FC Ifeanyi Ubah.Bosso takes over from former Ghanaian International Yaw Preko, who left the club at the end of last season following the expiration of his one-year contract with the Nnewi club.He ended his two-year reign with El-Kanemi Warriors at the end of last season after guiding the team to a respectable sixth place position in the table.The former Wikki Tourists coach was courted by Katsina United and was also linked with the vacant managerial position at the former Nigeria Professional Football League champions, Enyimba.FC Ifeanyi Ubah finished in a disappointing ninth position in the NPFL last season.The club also surrendered their Federation Cup title, going out in the last four and also failed to impress in their first appearance in the continent, losing out in the first round of the CAF Confederation Cup.RelatedFC Ifeanyi Ubah Unveil Former Assistant Coach as Head CoachDecember 12, 2018In “Nigeria”Ladan Bosso unveiled as Gombe United ManagerDecember 26, 2018In “Nigeria”Abdullahi Biffo Now Technical Adviser for Kastina United As Baldwin Bazuaye ResignsNovember 9, 2017In “Nigeria”last_img read more

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Moving to OtherLevels: CRM specialist joins from Camelot

first_img Submit UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Andy Dellbridge, the new Head of Professional Services and Customer Success at OtherLevels, has been charged with helping its clients to maximise their investment in digital messaging.Joining from Camelot, the operator of the UK’s National Lottery where he had been Head of CRM and Digital Player Communications since February 2016, he will be responsible for the management of OtherLevels’ professional services, including implementation and strategic planning. Previously, he headed CRM operations at the Nationwide Building Society.OtherLevels messaging platform provides messaging techniques such as app push, web push, inbox, interstitials, SMS and email, all designed to grow a client’s conversion and engagement rates.Dellbridge commented: “I’m thrilled to be joining OtherLevels and taking up this new challenge in my career. I worked very closely with OtherLevels during my time at Camelot, using its digital messaging techniques to improve customer engagement, loyalty and lifetime value.These services have a proven track record and I can’t wait to help other clients as well as gaming operators realise the full potential of their own CRM campaigns.”Lance Standing, General Manager, EMEA at OtherLevels, added: “As the professional services side of our business continues to grow, we are delighted to welcome Andy to OtherLevels and he will become a key member of our team.“Andy knows first-hand the work we do here, as our app messaging helped double Camelot’s revenues during his spell with the operator. He also understands exactly how our experienced team creates and implements messaging strategies, campaign optimisation and managed services.” Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 Related Articles Share Ministers expected to raise National Lottery age limit August 17, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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Recruitment challenge for US gambling firms, finds Betting Jobs Salary Survey

first_imgShare HBLB ups prize money commitment by 50% July 31, 2020 Betting Jobs Director Fiona Hickey said that effective recruitment has been one of the biggest challenges in the post-PASPA US market, where a lack of local talent combined with difficulties in obtaining work permits and visas for overseas candidates has caused headaches for gambling companies.Hickey spoke to SBC News shortly after publishing the firm’s free-to-access Salary Survey, which found that salaries are on the rise in key gambling jurisdictions such as Malta, Gibraltar and the UK – despite a reduction in the number of new positions in Gibraltar, while compliance has become one of the industry’s most in-demand talents.In total, the survey covered eight geographical regions: UK, Gibraltar, Malta, Eastern Europe, Western & Northern Europe, USA, Africa and Asia. It provided data across the following verticals for each of these regions: executive, technical, commercial, marketing, trading, finance, analytics, operations, product, legal, compliance and game studios.SBC: What are the key takeaways from the survey?FH: The Salary Survey has shown that the global online gambling industry is in rude health and that top talent continues to be attracted to the sector.Malta, in particular, is enjoying significant growth with more start-ups basing themselves on the island and established operators relocating to the jurisdiction. This has seen competition for top talent rise, which in turn has driven salaries upwards.Salaries are also on the rise in other key gambling jurisdictions such as Gibraltar and the UK. That said, the number of new positions has declined in Gibraltar.The survey also shows the rapid progress that has been made in the USA since PASPA was repealed back in May, permitting states to offer legal sports betting for the first time.That said, recruitment has been one of the biggest challenges; a lack of local talent combined with difficulties in obtaining work permits and visas for overseas candidates is causing headaches.More broadly, the survey shows that compliance is now a key vertical in its own right, with most organisations staffing a dedicated compliance team. This has seen compliance become one of the most in-demand talents, and salaries have risen in line with this demand.SBC: What does this say about the state of the global iGaming industry?FH: The Salary Survey shows that the global iGaming industry is thriving and that there are tremendous opportunities on the table in markets all around the world.These opportunities are attractive to candidates, particularly given the global nature of the sector and the chance to work in different countries around the world.Salaries and pay packages are strong and reflect the wider success and buoyancy the industry continues to enjoy. Of course, benchmarking salaries in new markets is tough – this is partly why we have created the Salary Survey so that organisations have an accurate point of reference to work from.SBC: What’s the sample size?FH: The Salary Survey is the result of months spent collating, segmenting and analysing thousands of salaries from around the world. The data comes from the candidates that we have placed as well as those that we have spoken to, plus the organisations that rely on our recruitment services.SBC: Do you think the averages are ‘true’ averages?FH: When we refer to the average salary, we refer to the average for that position in that location – it is not the average of the highest and lowest salaries. Of course, there are always exceptions to this.Take start-ups, for example. They tend to offer a lower base salary but will incentivise the candidate in other ways – bonuses, stocks and shares etc. This is why we also offer a Bespoke Salary Survey service; this can be tailored to an organisation’s individual requirements and deliver more accurate and relevant data and insight. Submit Share Related Articles TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

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Trustly’s Nicholas Tucker: Fast payments, fast answers and fast Pay N Play pick up

first_img Internet Vikings appoints ‘marketing pro’ Stefan Backlund as corporate advisor March 20, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share SBC Magazine Issue 8: International expansion and picking up the sporting slack April 7, 2020 Share Submit SBC Digital Summit: ‘Cashless’ environments to take centre stage when retail returns – Samuel Barrett April 30, 2020 Fresh from completing a research study into ‘The Power of Fast Payments’ that yielded such an eye-catching set of takeaways for the industry, we went back to Trustly to delve deeper into the data that really matters for gambling operators.We’ve taken an educated guess that those interested in fast payments may also be here looking for fast answers. So, for the quick and easy responses from Head of Sales Nicholas Tucker, here goes: Has the value of payments been overlooked by the industry? No. Has the ‘race to the bottom’ approach to bonusing opened the door for payment innovation? Definitely. Are operators unjustifiably concerned about losing revenues from instant withdrawals? Yes.Now, these sharp responses could have been elicited by our line of questioning, or maybe we were just hitting the right notes for Trustly heading into next week’s Betting on Sports.In any case, Tucker proceeded to deliver some must-read insight into the influence of Pay N Play and where the company’s flagship product is seeing the biggest uptake, as well as some of the more surprising findings from last month’s fast payments research.SBC: Do you think the value of payments has been overlooked by the gambling industry?Nicholas Tucker: No! Personally, I think that successful gaming operators have always viewed payments as a core pillar of the success of their operations. The last thing you want is to lose the player at the first hurdle when they try to make a deposit or create a bad wagering experience by making it hard to access winnings. As a whole, we see much more expertise and innovation in payments within the gaming vertical compared to some others we work in. Essentially, for an operator to be successful, it needs to make payments as easy and frictionless as possible for the consumer. When you look at the cashier of a gaming operator vs an e-commerce or travel merchant, you will see far more payment options. I think this reflects the level of value and dedication placed on making payments possible for the player.SBC: Has the slowing of the ‘race to the bottom’ approach to player retention opened the door for payment-based innovations to take centre stage?NT: Definitely. We were seeing fierce competition between operators all trying to attract and retain players by offering huge bonuses (with hidden and confusing wagering requirements) but without much regard for what players wanted in terms of experience. Also, regulators are beginning to step in by simplifying or restricting the size and frequency of player bonuses, hampering this model of acquisition and retention. Through our Pay N Play product, we have helped operators switch the focus to player experience by offering a simplified registration and deposit process and improving the speed that winnings reach the player’s bank account. I think increasingly we will see payment, game and affiliate suppliers working closely with the operator to enhance the player experience rather than simply offering them a bonus to play more. The operators with the best player experience and strongest brand recognition (based on values players respect) will come out on top. This is what we have started to see in the Swedish market since regulation.SBC: Part of the research summary was that operators are worried about losing revenues when in fact instant withdrawals represent a revenue growth opportunity; was dispelling these concerns one of your biggest commercial challenges?NT: Yes! I have had conversations with some of the largest sports betting brands that indicate a very significant proportion of their revenue comes from cancelled withdrawals. It requires a big change in mindset to adopt a new approach, especially when some stakeholders within the business are worried about the impact on the balance sheet. However, once one operator in a market offers instant withdrawals (and it embraces the revenue growth opportunity), others soon follow as players begin to expect the functionality as a hygiene factor when considering which brands they play with.SBC: What were the surprise findings from the research?NT: Contrary to the belief of some of the more traditional operators, we have found that players increasingly prioritise the speed and access to winnings as a key driver of loyalty towards a brand. This is especially prevalent among VIP players. Out of the 1,700 players across nine countries that we interviewed during the research, we found that 94% want instant access to their winnings. Given the high cost of acquiring new players, it is more important than ever to keep active players happy by catering to their needs over the long term, such as instant withdrawals. Interestingly, 80% of players said they would gamble more if they were offered instant withdrawals by the operator. Another interesting find was that more people remember their bank login details versus their card details. Now that the ease of logging in and authenticating a bank payment is improving dramatically, supported by PSD2 and Open Banking, there is a genuine opportunity for direct bank payments to become the method of choice in markets where card schemes have previously dominated. This provides a platform for innovation around player registration, ID verification, source of funds and responsible gaming checks in markets like the UK.SBC: Finally, your Pay N Play product has quickly become an ‘industry standard’ in Sweden; in which other countries are you seeing the biggest pick-up?NT: We have seen fantastic growth in Finland and Estonia throughout 2019 and we are also seeing rapid adoption in Germany and recently the Netherlands. We expect the first brands to go live in Denmark by the end of the year and are hoping the product has a disruptive impact on this market, which has traditionally been card-focused.last_img read more

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Rank appoints Liam Wallwork as digital transformation lead

first_img Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Related Articles Submit London-listed Rank Group Plc has confirmed the appointment of Liam Wallwork as inbound Director of Transformation for its Interactive division.Wallwork joins Rank’s executive management team from William Hill, where he formerly served as Commercial Director and Director of Gaming (2017-2019).A digital strategy expert for mass-market igaming brands, Wallwork holds further industry experience having served as an operations and gaming director for Betfair and Paddy Power.In his remit, Wallwork will lead strategy and planning of Rank’s digital assets, as a key stakeholder of the firm’s ‘transformation team’ leading Rank’s ‘corporate recovery plan’, under the guidance of former McKinsey executive Jim Marsh. Updating the market, John O’Reilly, CEO of Rank, said: “I am pleased that Liam is joining Rank next week in the newly created role of Director of Transformation for Rank Interactive. Liam has a wealth of industry and digital experience, most recently from his time at William Hill, and this will be invaluable to the Group as we continue to work through our digital transformation work-stream.” StumbleUpon ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more

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GAMING1 uses AI to combat problem gambling

first_img KSA launches operator tender for problem gambling helpline June 22, 2020 GAMING1 has enhanced its offering of responsible gambling products by releasing a range of Artificial Intelligence player protection tools.The toolkit, which was designed by the company’s in-house product development team, aims to monitor all players activities and detect any early signs of problem gambling.Commenting on the launch, Sylvain Boniver, COO at GAMING1 said: “We’ve created a cutting-edge product suite that promotes responsible gambling for all, once again demonstrating GAMING1’s unwavering commitment to player protection.“With continued innovation and hard work, our focus is on developing solutions that not only protect players but the integrity of the sector as a whole.”The product suite will utilise both artificial intelligence and data science technologies to identify and monitor individuals which could be at risk of problem gambling.GAMING1’s responsible gaming operation team will assess the information and use machine learning technologies to further analyse problematic behaviour.Those identified at the highest risk level according to the company’s proprietary modelling are then provided with assistance by its in-house team of player protection experts.GAMING1 currently operates more than 20 online gaming brands with land-based partners in Spain, Portugal, France, Serbia, Peru and Colombia. Kim Mouridsen: Combatting problem gambling with automated player profiling July 3, 2020 Share Related Articles Submit StumbleUpon Share FONBET’s Alexey Khobot: Using bots to formulate odds in 2020 June 29, 2020last_img read more

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ESL announces European grassroots initiative to expand path to CS:GO Pro League

first_imgESL has today revealed a new initiative to expand its path for aspiring CS:GO players to rise through the ranks from the National Championship level onto the amateur ranks in order to qualify for the ESL Pro League. Ulrich Schulze, ESLStarting with ESEA Season 26, the winners of the ESL UK Premiership and the ESL Mistrzostwa Polski, the official national leagues of the UK & Ireland and Poland respectively, will claim a place to compete in the Mountain Dew League (MDL). This partnership is aimed at providing a clear pathway for CS:GO players to progress from amateur ranks to compete on the world stage linking the national leagues to the Pro League through MDL.The investment in the path-to-pro system will continue from Season 27 with ESL’s French, Spanish and German leagues providing qualification spots to the MDL, establishing ESL’s national leagues as the leading grassroots CS:GO leagues in each territory. The already-established ESEA League will continue to run alongside this new initiative.To achieve this, ESL is set to move its European National Championships to be part of ESEA’s system creating promotion spots up to MDL, the only league that feeds directly into the Pro League. The team that wins the National Championship will qualify for the MDL, creating a clear path from there to the Pro League. If the team that wins has already secured a spot in the MDL, then the second place team will get the promotion instead.The currently confirmed promotion slots are as follows:ESEA Season 26·             Mountain Dew League will expand from 24 to 27 teams·             2 from ESL Major Series·             1 from ESL UK (UK Premiership)·             1 from ESL Poland (Mistrzostwa Polski)·             4 from ESEA Main divisionAdditionally, VirtusPro will compete in MDL Season 26 after relegation from the Pro League. ESEA Season 27·             1 from ESL Germany (Meisterschaft)·             1 from ESL France (Championnat National)·             1 from ESL Spain (Masters)·             4 from ESEA Main divisionUlrich Schulze, VP Pro Gaming at ESL commented: “The continued growth of the esports industry relies on the fostering of new talent. ESL and ESEA have a staunch belief that anyone wishing to play at the top level in esports should be supported, and offered a clear path to make their dream a reality. Today’s announcement does just that by uniting ESEA’s leading anticheat, local servers for Europe with ESL’s passionate fan base.”The Mountain Dew League is the exclusive path into the Pro League, offering support for the EU and NA regions as well as the wider world through the Mountain Dew League Global Challenge. With the inclusion of the European national leagues into the path to the ESL Pro League, amateurs can join the Mountain Dew League and compete for their chance to join the elite teams.Esports Insider says: This is big news for the national leagues of the UK, Ireland and Poland and offers a sizable opportunity for the teams playing in them. Moreover, it’s having structures like these in place that matter for esports long term growth as an industry.last_img read more

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Goal, City Football Group partner for esports series

first_imgFootball news website Goal has partnered with the City Football Group for an esport series – titled Goal Vs – that centers around its professional FIFA player, Graham “GrayzaGoal” McIntyre.The first four episodes of the series will show McIntyre facing off against fellow FIFA players from Manchester City FC, New York City FC and Melbourne City FC – all of which are part of the City Football Group.Paul Rayment, Marketing Manager for Goal said: “FIFA plays an integral part in how Goal’s fans enjoy football, for many, they spend more time playing the game than watching football on TV. As we’ve seen the popularity of FIFA as an eSport rise, we’ve been looking for a way to introduce it to our audience and we see “Goal Vs” as the perfect way to do so.”The series will kick off on May 24th and will be shared across the official social media accounts from each of the participating football clubs. McIntyre will be shown playing against Christopher “NYC_Chris” Holly in the very first episode.“City Football Group’s eSports players are some of the best in the world and working with them on the first four episodes makes perfect sense, aligning with Goal’s strategy to focus on the biggest teams, players and competitions in the world,” added Rayment.Goal Vs will have both Richard Buckley and Brandon Smith, two well-known figures from the FIFA community, commentating over the action.Esports Insider says: This is an interesting subject matter for a series, and will undoubtedly provide some extra exposure for Goal’s FIFA player, McIntyre. Getting the City Football Group to not only participate but to share the series, will help with viewership too. Overall, it seems like a good move from Goal.last_img read more

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