Pasha: Haiti/Palmetto Bay – It was a long time coming. There are issues of inequality in this country that must be addressed and not put under the carpet. Colin Kaepernick started this movement and it was not about the flag or being anti-patriotic. It is about inequality and police brutality. These events are helping us get together. If all of this puts issues of inequality to the forefront for the advancement of this country then this is the way that democracy works. Peaceful demonstrations are not meant to be comfortable.Patrick: Haiti/Pembroke Pines – The players have a right to exercise their rights just like everybody else. Personally, I don’t like the idea that our President disrespected these players by calling them “son of a you-know-what,” that’s an insult, and they have a right to be acting the way they do. Period. I would do the same thing. This country needs to be aware, Mr. Trump is taking our country on the wrong path, that’s my personal opinion. He is supposed to be creating unity, not division. Our country cannot be great if we cannot stand together.Sandy: Jamaica/Miami – The meaning behind the players “taking a knee” has been lost in all the rhetoric. Every citizen has a right to peacefully protest. It has nothing to do with disrespecting the men and women of the military. They put their lives on the line for the very reason of allowing us the freedom of speech. So I respect anyone who stands, kneels, or sits peacefully to bring awareness to inequality and police brutality. Our president should be the voice of fairness and promote the rights of its citizens to protest.Max: Jamaica/Hollywood – They have all right to do whatever they please if they think it’s right for them to kneel in protest, then it’s a legal right in the States, constitutionally. They have all right to kneel and whatever they’re protesting against under the constitution, they are totally correct in doing it and nobody should try to stop them. It’s a deeper way of protesting, and it’s a broad protest where nationally everybody knows. They are expressing their opinions. I don’t see it as wrong. Caribbean National Weekly speaks with the Caribbean American community about current issues in South Florida and the world. CNW Talk Up takes it to the streets! Every week, the Caribbean National Weekly highlights issues of interest to the Caribbean American community. This week’s topic on NFL players “taking a knee” was sparked by President Trump’s rebuke of the protest. #takingaknee #talkupVaughn: Jamaica/Lauderhill – As Stevie Wonder did and I have heard LL Cool J said, we should be taking two knees in prayer for America and against the injustice. I agree with the protest and I respect Colin Kaepernick for his leadership. It is because of his self-sacrifice why this has gained so much attention, his was taking a knee alone for a long time. I (too) would take a knee for injustice. Both knees. Donald Trump just tweeted bringing Usain Bolt into the debate. I can just imagine the Jamaicans and him online!Linford: Jamaica/Coral Springs – They are exercising their rights, to protest the injustice that has been dealt across this land, this nation. I would absolutely, without any doubt, one hundred percent also take a knee as long as it means changing the status quo of the injustice that has been dealt to certain people in this country. It’s not a matter of dishonoring the flag, it’s a matter of standing up for what you believe in. We respect the flag. We’ll always respect the flag, but we’re standing up for a cause. The message has been sent, loud and clear, it just depends on who wants to accept it.Jason: Jamaica/Orlando – It was cool to see so many players finally making a stand about it, the problem is that the message seems to be getting lost and the people who need to hear the message which is the majority of white America are not getting the message. They’re on about it being a disrespect to the flag, the anthem, the troops, and the country which it really isn’t. I’m glad that it happened, I’m glad that Kaepernick kneeled because in the first time in my lifetime that the conversation about the treatment of people of color is on the table.Phil: Jamaica/Miami – The greatness of America is the freedom to do whatever one chooses. Kneeling during the National Anthem as a form of protest is detestable to most Americans who pay their hard earned money to watch a sporting event rather than have multi –millionaires’ agenda shoved down their throats.
It’s ironic for a nation with a population that’s predominantly of dark or black complexion, Jamaicans tend to be preoccupied with the shade of their skin. The grand success, in an international beauty pageant, of a black Jamaican young woman wearing her hair in a natural, non-chemical processed fashion, brings focus to the subject of skin color in Jamaica.Descendants on black slaves The history of Jamaica, like other Caribbean countries, is characterized by the period of slavery. During the 17th to mid-19th century black men and women captured in West Africa were brought to Jamaica to work as slaves on sugar plantations. These slaves are forefathers of most of Jamaica’s population. However, alongside with the black slaves were laborers brought into the country from India and China. The economic and political power rested in the hands of white colonialists from England, and many years later a white merchant class joined the increasing racial eclectic society from places like Lebanon and Syria.‘Browning’ of the massesNot surprising, with people of different races living in a small country, the races interbred and inter-married. The result was a peculiar mixed race, characterized by the “browning’ of the masses. The population was comprised of shades varying from dark black to ‘fair’ or very light skinned Jamaicans sometimes described as ‘mulattoes.’It was most fitting that in 1962 as Jamaica sought its new attributes of pending political independence, the national motto selected was “Out of many, one people.” Translated, the motto means out of the varying races within Jamaica, there’s a unified nation.Problems of social class and skin colorWhile it’s true that Jamaica is a singular melting pot consisting of people of different races, and racism really isn’t a negative prevailing factor, the people are not exactly one. Often, the factors prohibiting the ‘oneness’ referred to in the national motto are social class and skin color.The two factors are, moreover, closely intertwined. It would be dishonest to not admit, although less prevalent today than in the 1960s, that the less dark one’s complexion is the more likely one is to advance in Jamaica’s social class.In the 1960s and early 1970s to see a black skin Jamaican woman as a teller in a Jamaican commercial bank was a rarity. Those jobs went to lighter-skin, white, or Chinese women.Frowned on To this day, there are Jamaican families who frown upon a light-skin daughter or son taking a very dark-skin man or woman to be their spouse. It was not unaccustomed for parents to caution their sons and daughters not to marry someone they determined to be “too dark-skinned” because “the pickney dem will come out too black.”The preoccupation with light skin color was very evident in Jamaican beauty pageants. Invariably, winners were light skin, long/straight hair women with Caucasian features. It was not until 1968 that the first black woman, the late Karlene Waddell, won the Miss Jamaica title, and her hair was long and processed. Very few dark complexion women have won either the Miss Jamaica World or Miss Jamaica Universe titles since.Current trend of bleachingUnfortunately, unable to enter certain class categories, or lacking confidence in their color to get certain jobs, some dark skinned/black Jamaicans have adapted the current trend of bleaching their skin with chemicals to look “whiter.” An informal commercial sector is functioning in Jamaica with people offering a variety of dubious, health-risky, products purported to be able to lighten dark skin.It is against this background that the positive response from Jamaicans to the success of dark-skin Davina Bennet wearing an Afro hairstyle in Miss Universe seem very interesting. Although the Afro is reemerging as a trendy hairstyle, it’s doubtful if it’s acceptable in main-stream Jamaican society as in the 1970s during the Black Power movement. Some Jamaicans were even critical of Davina competing with an Afro, doubtful she would advance.Hope Davina’s success prompts changes Now, Davina is being hailed for her determination in competing in the popular pageant with an Afro. It’s hoped the thrill over her success will be motivation for more dark-skinned Jamaicans, men and women, to be proud and confident of their skin color. It’s also hoped lighter-skin Jamaicans who hailed Davina’s achievement will become more respectful of darker-skin Jamaicans in all aspects of Jamaican society.
A former Prime Minister and a former Justice Minister have been barred from leaving Haiti as the authorities conduct a corruption probe that has led to the arrest of 12 people.According to Haiti’s prosecutor Clame-Ocnam Dameus, former Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, who served from 2009 to 2011, and former justice minister Camille Edouard Jr., who served in 2016, cannot travel abroad while the investigation proceeds into corruption-related charges.Bellerive, who was Prime Minister during a catastrophic earthquake, was ordered to remain within Haiti by a judge who is investigating the 2009 disappearance of a public procurement official and the 2012 death of a construction manager allegedly connected to the case.Bellerive denied any connection to either incident, or to other acts of corruption.Dameus said Edouard could potentially face charges of money laundering as well as misappropriation of public funds and properties.He added that the others – mainly government officials who arrested between November and December could face corruption charges that include the misappropriation of public funds.
In a precedence-setting move, CEO/Commissioner of the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA), Mrs. Velma Ricketts Walker, has been elected by the membership of the World Customs Organization (WCO) to serve as Chairperson of the WCO’s Capacity Building Committee (CBC). She has the distinction of being the first female chairperson of the CBC, and the first person from Jamaica and the Caribbean to hold the post. Mrs. Ricketts Walker vied for the post at the 9th Session of the WCO Capacity Building Committee (CBC), which was held in Brussels from 26 to 28 February 2018, under the theme “Smart Customs: The Gateway to High Performance and Sustainability.” Will serve 1-year termMrs. Ricketts Walker will serve for a period of one (1) year and will be eligible for re-election. Canada will serve as Vice-Chair for the Committee, with Norway being the outgoing Chair. Previous chairpersons were from Canada, Brazil and Norway. The CBC enjoys wide membership support and comes in second, with over 200 participants, only to the WCO’s Annual General Council Meeting.Jamaica has been a member of the WCO since 1963. The WCO has 182 members from across six (6) regions; namely the Americas and the Caribbean, Europe, Asia and the Pacific, Eastern and Southern Africa, Western and Central Africa and the Middle East and Northern Africa. The CBC has been gaining increasing support in recent times, as Customs administrations focus on modernization and capacity building, especially in light of their obligations under the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), which entered into force on February 22, 2017. CBC’s mandateThe CBC’s mandate is to initiate work and studies on capacity building to consider overall capacity building priorities, and to prepare guidelines, standards, tools and instruments to support capacity building objectives. It also provides a forum for cooperation and information exchange on development topics. These initiatives are informed by an annual needs assessment process carried out together by the WCO Secretariat and Member administrations, and supported by the Regional Offices for Capacity Building (ROCBs).Since the last session of the CBC, held in March 2017, 492 capacity building missions have been conducted across all six (6) regions of the WCO, with more than 130 Members benefitting from this support. Jamaica has been benefitting from various capacity building initiatives including the WCO Knowledge Academy, WCO Fellowship Program, various WCO Accreditation Workshops, WCO Time Release Study Workshop, WCO Strategic Planning Workshop, WCO Rules of Origin and Advance Rulings Workshop. A near future engagement of the Jamaica Customs Agency is the WCO Mercator Program, which aims to assist governments worldwide to implement trade facilitation measures, including the WTO TFA, in a uniform manner, through the use of WCO instruments and tools. Other future and current capacity building engagements the JCA will participate in include the human resource boosting Leadership and Management Development Program (LMPD), WCO e-learning platform CLiCK! (Customs Learning and Knowledge Community), the Virtual Customs Orientation Academy (VCOA) and various scholarship programs. Building capacity in integrityOther key areas of focus for the WCO’s CBC include building capacity in integrity, in order to adopt new methods and develop new tools to combat corruption and promote integrity; and gender equality and diversity. Gender equality and diversity is an area being given keen interest by WCO Members, resulting in the WCO’s participation in the “Women and Trade International Forum,” organized by the European Commission in Brussels. The Forum gathered policymakers, private stakeholders, and civil society organizations with the aim of promoting inclusive trade policies to promote women’s economic empowerment. A Virtual Working Group on Gender Equality and Diversity is to be launched by the WCO Secretariat with the objective of gathering best practices on Gender Equality and Diversity initiatives implemented by Members and promoting the exchange of information in this field. Further, a special section of the WCO website has also been devoted to this topical issue. It is expected that work will continue under the CBC on these two very important areas, to the benefit of the Members, particularly Members from Developing and Least Developed Countries (LDCs), including Jamaica.
Senator Bill NelsonIn the race for US Senate, 69 percent of those polled support the reelection of Democratic Senator Bill Nelson, 21 percent the election of Republican governor Rick Scott, and 10 percent still undecided.Shaw in front for attorney generalDemocrat Sean Shaw, also an Africa American, is competing against Republican Ashley Moodie to succeed Republican Pam Bondi as Florida’s Attorney General. According to the polls, Shaw has the support of 64 percent of those polled, with Moodie Receiving 22 percent and 14 percent undecided.An overwhelming 96 percent of those polled said “they are definitely” voting in the general elections. “I have learned the consequences of not voting from the 2016 general elections” said a Haitian-American resident of Miami Shores. “I will be among the first to cast a ballot when early voting commences on October 22,”Boost from Puerto Rico’s governor for Gillum and Nelson Gillum also received a strong boost from another Caribbean source on Monday when Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricardo Rossello endorsed him for governor. Rossello also endorsed Nelson to be reelected to the US Senate.Rossello’s endorsement of Gillum is supported by the region’s large Puerto Rican community. “We welcome his endorsement for Gillum,” said Marianna Lopez of West Kendall. “Desantis is supported by Trump, who has basically neglected Puerto Rico since Hurricane Maria hit the island last year. We cant trust Desantis.”Lopez, however, is conflicted over Rossello’s endorsement of Nelson. “Scott has been a good supporter of Puerto Rico since the hurricane. He has visited often. But I think I will vote for Nelson as he has been in the Senate for years,”Rossello admitted it was tough deciding whom to endorse for the US Senate race. He told the Orlando Sentinel “I really respect and value Gov. Rick Scott and everything he’s done for Puerto Rico,” but he also said, “I believe in Sen. Bill Nelson.”In endorsing Gillum, Rossello cited Gillum’s support for Puerto Rico’s quest to become a US state. The Caribbean American voting bloc, including English-speaking Caribbean immigrants, Haitians and Puerto Ricans are traditional registered Democrats. However, in past elections, the turn-out of this bloc have not been up to expectation. If, as the CNW poll indicates, the turn-out among Caribbean-Americans is high in the upcoming elections it augers well for Democratic candidates on Florida’s ballot. In a few days Florida voters will begin receiving mail-in ballots for the November 6 general elections, and on October 22 early voting begins in most counties, but several Caribbean American voters have already made up their minds, and are ready to cast their votes.Based on a recently (September 27 to 30) conducted poll on behalf of CNW, there’s evidence of strong support among South Florida Caribbean American voters for the campaigns of Democrats Andrew Gillum for state governor, Bill Nelson’s reelection to the US Senate, and Sean Shaw as the next state attorney general.The survey conducted among 618 registered voters residing in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami Dade Counties indicated 82 percent (507) of these voters have “firmly” made up their minds whom to vote for in state races in the upcoming general elections.Strong lead for GillumIn the race for governor between Democrat Andrew Gillum, and Republican Ron Desantis, 74 percent indicated support for Gillum, 13 percent for Desantis, and 13 percent undecided.Although Gillum is African American, who could become Florida’s first black governor, only 23 percent of those who indicated support for Gillum admitted they are supporting him because of his race. Rather, the majority (55 percent) said they are voting for Gillum because he has put forward arguments that supports their social and economic concerns. “My entire household, and several other friends and relatives, supports Gillum because he seems to understand the basic need of the majority of the people. I like that he wants to increase minimum wage, improve healthcare with a comprehensive plan, and improve education and the safety of our students,” said a Caribbean American in Boca Raton.On the other hand, among those supporting Desantis, one Miramar voter believes Gillum’s proposals are “Unrealistic pipe dreams. If he’s elected his policies will mean higher taxes for Floridians.”
Jamaican reggae great, Buju Banton will be released from prison in a few days on December 8, according to information ascertained from the US Federal Bureau of Prison website.Banton, real name Anthony Myrie, 45-year-old, was originally arrested in December 2009, found guilty in February 2011 and was scheduled to be released from the McRae Correctional Facility in February 2019.But his prison sentence was reduced by two months in January of 2016, after the US Attorney’s Office in Florida announced an agreement in which Banton agreed to waive all future appeals of his conviction on cocaine distribution and conspiracy charges. In return, prosecutors agreed to drop a firearms charge against him. It is expected that Banton will be returning to Jamaica within days of his release.Now Banton’s fan eagerly await to see the entertainer’s return to the stage in Jamaica and the rest of the CaribbeanIt is reported that Banton’s first stage performance is scheduled for Jamaica. It was also been reported on Instagram that he plans to go on a world tour in the summer of 2019. The tour is being labelled as the “Long Walk to Freedom.”
Larry Holmes was the first secretary of the Workers World Party (WWP), and a strong supporter of immigrant rights, and black and brown unity in the US, twice ran for President of the United States on the WWP, in 1984 and 1988. He received 17,985 votes in the 1984 elections when Ronald Reagan was re-elected president, but only 7,846 votes in 1988, the year George W. Bush was elected president. Dennis L. Serrette was born in Harlem, New York in the 1940s, was the New Alliance Party candidate for president in the 1984 election. The ticket received 46,854 votes in the elections, which was considered a significant feat at the time. Serrette has been a union activist since 1964. In 1972, he became a founding member of the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists. He was also elected as president of the United Association for Labor Education.Edward Winn (February 12, 1937 – June 25, 1995) was a candidate for the Socialist Equality Party in 1984 and 1988. He received 10,801 votes in 1984, and 18,693 votes in 1988.Reverend Jesse Jackson is a civil rights leader, Baptist minister and politician, who made two bids for president, representing the Democratic Party. In his 1984 bid he secured only 486 votes at the Democratic Party convention. In 1988, he gave what was considered an impressive bid. Challenging, the eventual Democratic Party nominee Michael Dukakis to represent the party, he won 55 percent of the votes in the Michigan caucus, and narrowly lost to Dukakis in the Wisconsin primary. At the conclusion of the 1988 Democratic Party primary season, Jackson had captured 6.9 million votes and won 11 contests: seven primaries (Alabama, the District of Columbia, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Puerto Rico and Virginia) and four caucuses (Delaware, Michigan, South Carolina and Vermont). However, at the party convention that year he received only 1,218 votes, losing to Dukakis. Lenora Branch Fulani is an American psychologist, psychotherapist, and political activist. She is well known for her development of youth programs, serving minority communities in the New York City area. In the 1988 presidential elections she represented the New Alliance Party. She made history as the first woman and African American to achieve ballot access in all fifty states. She received more votes (217,219) for president in a general election than any other woman in history until Jill Stein of the Green Party of the United States in 2012. In 1992, she made another bid, but her support dropped to only 73,714 votes. Fulani’s political concerns include racial equality, gay rights and, political reform, specifically to encourage third parties. Ronald Daniels represented the Peace and Freedom Party in the 1988 election. His ticket received 27,949 votes. Helen Halyard and Isabell Masters represented the Workers League and the Looking Back parties in the 1988 election, and won 3,050 and 327 votes, respectively. James “Mac” Warren is a journalist and steel worker who ran as the Socialist Workers Party candidate for president in 1988 and 1992. Warren and his running mates received 23,533 votes in 1992, and 602 in 1988. Warren also ran against incumbent Richard M. Daley for mayor of Chicago in 1991, receiving less than 1% of the votes. Douglas Wilder was elected as the first black governor of Virginia in 1990 Wilder, but made a run for president in 1992. However, it was short lived as he withdrew his candidacy before the first primary was held in Ohio to focus on his role as Virginia’s governor. Wilder left office in 1994 because of Virginia’s prohibition of successive gubernatorial terms. He subsequently was elected Mayor of Richmond, Virginia in 2005 serving until 2009. Alan Keyes – A Republican, Keyes entered the presidential race on three occasions – 1996, 2000, and 2008. Prior to his political pursuits, in 2005 Keyes was appointed Ambassador to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations by President Ronald Reagan. He served as Reagan’s Assistant Secretary of State for International Organization Affairs from 1985 to 1987. He was the Republican nominee for the U.S. Senate in Maryland against Paul Sarbanes in 1988 and Barbara Mikulski in 1992, and in Illinois against Barack Obama in 2004. Keyes lost all three elections by wide margins. In the 1996, presidential elections in which Bill Clinton was re-elected, he received only one vote and Bob Dole was nominated to represent the Republican Party. He feared somewhat better in 2000 when he won six votes at the convention in which George W. Bush was nominated and eventually won that election. He again sought the nomination in 2008, but ran into problems with other Republican candidates like Rudy Giuliani, and eventually withdrew his bid although he remained on the Republican ballots in many state primaries. The Republican nominee in that year, 2008, was the late John McCain. After withdrawing his candidacy for the Republican Party he continued his presidential bid representing the Constitution Party. James Harris is an American communist politician and member of the National Committee of the Socialist Workers Party. He was the party’s candidate for president in 1996, receiving 8,463 votes and again in 2000 when his ticket received 7,378 votes. Monica Gail Moorehead is an American retired teacher, activist, and frequent candidate for the presidential nomination representing the Workers World Party (WWP). A political activist since high school, Moorehead distributed newspapers for the Black Panther Party and subsequently joined the WWP in 1972. She rose to the national leadership in 1979. Her presidential campaign in 1996 received around 29,000 votes. In 2000, she also ran and received 4,795 votes. That year she was only on the ballot in Florida, Rhode Island, Washington, and Wisconsin.Angel Joy Rocker registered to represent the Republican Party in the election in 2000, when she sought to be the first black female Republican candidate from Florida. Records indicate she only participated in an Alabama straw poll in which she received 6 votes. She died in 2003.
Totally Gaming Academy Workshop, 2 MayThree of the leading experts in football trading and statistical odds compilation will be speaking at the Totally Gaming Academy Workshop on Tuesday 2 May, organised in partnership with SBC Events.Sports Betting Academy course leader Jonathan Smith will be leading the interactive, one-day event at Stamford Bridge alongside Ian McHale, Professor of Sports Analytics at Salford University, and Sporting Index Senior Football Trader Anthony Gray.The event is a perfect fit for traders, odds compilers and market makers arriving in London for the Betting on Football conference (3-5 May) at the same venue. The workshop, with six sessions covering the essential skills, models and pricing for football, represents an unofficial ‘Day 0’ for the largest international football betting trade conference.The Totally Gaming Academy Football Odds Compilers Workshop opens at 09:00, with coffee and registration before the opening session about the difficulties of pricing from 10:00. The agenda, which will also include a focus on the pricing of bookings, corners and goalscorers, will finish with a look at the future of football modelling, with attendees asked to consider other methodologies that may impact the future of pricing for the beautiful game.Totally Gaming Academy Director Paul Mills commented: “The opportunity to collaborate with SBC Events for a unique one-day training workshop on football trading, and particularly ahead of their flagship conference at Stamford Bridge, is exciting for the Totally Gaming Academy. The agenda provides comprehensive training on pricing football markets and serves as a perfect fit for the traders, odds compilers and market makers arriving in London for Betting on Football.”Admission to the workshop costs £299, or just £199 if you are purchasing in conjunction with a Betting on Football ticket. The price includes lunch, refreshments and entry for networking drinks and Champions League semi-final action at Frankie’s Sports Bar & Diner from 19:00 until late.Click here to buy your ticket for the Totally Gaming Academy WorkshopFor more information about the event, please contact [email protected] Jonathan Smith, Sportsbook Training Services: Building an in-play football model August 28, 2020 Related Articles Frankie Dettori rides with Sporting Index May 29, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Submit SBC Digital Summit: “Simulation of complex events is normally the best answer” – Jonathan Smith April 27, 2020 Share
Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk August 10, 2020 GAMING1 uses AI to combat problem gambling August 4, 2020 Related Articles Share Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity July 28, 2020 Submit StumbleUpon Share Earlier this month, Kindred Futures co-hosted a roundtable session in London exploring opportunities around how artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to detect early signs of problem gambling.Kindred Futures, the innovation arm for Kindred Group (formerly Unibet Group), initiated discussions between leading academics, technology pioneers, addiction psychologists and Kindred’s team of responsible gambling experts.The focus was on the value of AI in modelling behaviours and changes in behaviour over time, to assess if a player is developing a problem. Detecting signs of problem gambling at an early stage greatly improves the ability to successfully prevent a continued destructive gaming pattern.Past research in responsible gambling has identified several critical factors such as the amount a player stakes, the time he/she plays for and how they deposit money. However, everyone is different, and so there is no universal solution to detecting the problem.Will Mace, Head of Kindred Futures, said: “This was a fascinating discussion, bringing together experts from several different fields. The outcome was very encouraging – we agreed there was significant potential for an AI capability to bring together and analyse many data sources to give a much-improved ability to detect signs of a developing problem. We also agreed there was real value in doing this – both socially and commercially.”AI and machine learning will potentially serve as a complement to Kindred Group’s proprietary system PS-EDS (Player Safety Early Detection System), as an addition to the set of tools and systems used by a Kindred team which hopes to further limit the small number of customers who see gambling as a challenge rather than a form of entertainment.
#bofcon2017 – Future Perspective – ‘Long road to finding out who will be the new betting industry champion’
StumbleUpon OPTIMA: Taking an operator-led approach to R&D April 12, 2019 Sportradar: Embracing the “next generation” for collecting sports data May 8, 2019 Share Racing Post times Intellr launch around Betting on Football April 2, 2019 Related Articles Share Submit Opening the 2017 Betting on Football Conference (BOFCON) an expert panel debating ‘Future Market Challenges’, details that industry stakeholders are now facing a new reality following mass consolidation and a realignment of the sector’s major players.Simon French Senior Executive at Cenkos Securities states that ‘it is simply too early to judge the winners of market consolidation witnessed in 2015/16’. French points that the sector’s enlarged enterprises now face the realisation of changed market conditions as competitors look for effective scalability, omni-channel capabilities backed by costly player acquisition and marketing spend.Simon Davies Head of European Research at Canaccord Genuity points to new interesting dynamics witnessed between sector competitors. Whilst much attention was garnered by the mergers of Paddy Power Betfair and Ladbrokes Coral, Davies points to Sky Betting & Gaming as being the sector’s best ‘growth performer’, that can compete digitally without any corporate constraints.Assessing industry innovation Ed Birkin Director of Ignite Research, details that sector stakeholders are focused on ‘omni-channel’ gains for their retail assets combined with ‘deeper personalisation’ at a digital engagement level.Birkin notes that the industry will likely see a wholesale change in strategy to retail betting divisions, which moving forward may act as an ‘omin-channel’ acquisition point to bookmaker’s digital services, thus becoming another function of ‘operator marketing’.