Latin America: a work in progress

first_img Email Address 25th April 2019 | By Joanne Christie Regions: LATAM Bingo Tags: Online Gambling Race Track and Racino While a number of countries in the region have taken steps towards sustainable regulated igaming markets, there is still a lot of work to be done, says Layla Ali Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Lottery Sports betting Bingo Horse racing Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter There is still a lot of work to be done before local and international operators can reap the benefits Latin America’s huge, diverse populations have to offer, says Layla Ali, conference producer at Clarion GamingFrom Mexico down to Argentina, Latin America is a patchwork of different regulations which, in some cases, date back as far as 1947. Over the past three years, countries such as Argentina, Brazil and Colombia have made real progress towards sustainably regulated online markets.However, to date, the only country with a fully regulated and operational online gambling market is Colombia. Regulator Coljuegos legalised online sports betting and casino in 2016 and now has 18 licensees working in the country.Coljuegos president Juan Pérez has stated that his pipeline includes plans to regulate virtual sports and live casino in the near future as well. These developments have brought Colombia to the attention of some of the biggest international operators, and have given local operators the chance to develop their businesses.That is not to say, however, that the process has been smooth sailing. For example, quite significantly, Coljuegos failed to inform Google of regulatory changes, meaning Colombian gamblers could not access legal betting sites when they were first approved.Given that there are almost 20 operators working successfully in the market, this technological glitch doesn’t seem to have slowed business down too much. For most operators, the focus is now on marketing and raising brand awareness, and this infrastructural step-up opens the path for affiliates to legally start working in Colombia now as well.Local operators certainly have an appetite for learning more about what value affiliate partnerships could bring to their businesses, and international operators are looking for partnerships promising maximum brand exposure and customer acquisition in the quickest possible time.Whether they achieve this through the acquisition of smaller, local operators, partnerships with more consolidated local businesses, or sponsorships of well-known sports teams is a strategic question individual to each company.One of the first operators to obtain an online licence in Colombia, BetPlay, has certainly made a success out of sponsoring the Colombian national football team.Brazil beckoning Building connections with the sporting world would also appear to be a winning tactic for operators in Brazil, whose government recently approved legislation for online sports betting in the country.After years of back and forth on which verticals would be legalised and when, in December 2018, exiting president Michel Temer approved a bill to legalise online sports betting and gave the Ministry of Finance two years to draft regulation.With no fixed guidelines yet available to operators, it is much more difficult to draft a strategy for Brazil than for Colombia. Working with the information we do have though, what we can say is that with a population of approximately 2.12 million, when the Ministry of Finance gives the industry the green light, Brazil could be the second largest gambling market in the world.The country’s GDP per capita of $10,889m (£8,421), combined with the net worth of the currently illegal lottery game jogo do bicho, indicates that enough Brazilians with some disposable income would be willing to have a flutter to make the market an incredibly profitable investment.Immediately after the sports betting bill was approved, Paulo Azi from the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies submitted another bill (PL530/2019) proposing legalisation of the land-based casino industry in Brazil.PL530/2019 advocates building up to 32 integrated resorts and designating 10% of each resort’s available space to casino gaming. Should the bill be approved and integrated resorts regulated, it would mean international operators such as Las Vegas Sands (LVS), which has long expressed an interest in Brazil, could stand to make an immense profit not only from local gamblers but also from tourists, of which Brazil has no shortage.Small steps forward In a similar way to Brazil covering all its bases with online sports betting and land-based casino gaming, a couple of Argentinian provinces are beginning to expand their regulation as well. In November 2018 the Province of Buenos Aires and the City of Buenos Aires agreed on rules for the legalisation of certain types of online gambling across the capital city and province.This year, the Lottery of the City of Buenos Aires will regulate online slots, roulette, poker, blackjack, sports betting, lottery and baccarat, with bingo, esports and virtual betting on the list for a later date.In combination with the already legal land-based casinos, slots and horse race betting, Buenos Aires is arguably an attractive prospect for both local and international operators.Zooming out, however, the country as a whole is still troublesome for investors. Divided into 23 provinces, each of which regulates on its own terms, Argentina is a challenge in terms of staying up-to-date with developments and calculating the return on different levels of investment and verticals.Aside from Buenos Aires, the only other province known to be working on online gambling regulation is Mendoza. The city plans to legalise the online versions of verticals already on offer in the land-based space, which are lottery and casino games.Mendoza’s land-based offering, like Brazil’s proposed bill, comes in the form of integrated resorts, with the regulator’s ultimate goal being to encourage tourism to the region. Whether or not this opportunity will be of more interest to international giants such as LVS, or local operators that know their demographic well, is difficult to predict.In fact, unpredictability can often be the name of the game in Latin America, with some of the smallest, and seemingly unlikeliest, countries, such as Costa Rica, running alongside giants Brazil and Colombia in planning to regulate online lottery this year.The only clear trend in the region, and arguably the most important one, is a widespread forward movement towards full and sustainable regulation, which both local and international operators need to be ready for at any time.This year’s Juegos Miami event, exploring opportunities in Latin American and Caribbean gaming, will be held from May 29 to May 31. See the full agenda here. Latin America: a work in progresslast_img read more

BK Group Plc ( 2009 Annual Report

first_imgBK Group Plc ( listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2009 annual report.For more information about BK Group Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the BK Group Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: BK Group Plc (  2009 annual report.Company ProfileBK Group Plc formerly (Bank of Kigali Limited) is Rwanda’s largest commercial bank by assets and licensed by the country’s banking regulator, National Bank of Rwanda. It offers a full spectrum of products and services for retail banking, corporate banking and central treasury. Bank of Kigali SA commenced operations in 1967; initially as a joint venture between the government of Rwanda and Belgolaise, with each owning 50% of the ordinary share capital. In 2007, the government of Rwanda acquired the Belgolaise shareholding which increased its direct and indirect shareholding in the Bank of Kigali to 100% of the entire Issued Shares. The Bank changed its name to Bank of Kigali Limited in 2011 under a new law relating to companies. Bank of Kigali Limited now has 79 branches located in the main towns and cities of Rwanda with its head office in the capital city, Kigali. BK Group Plc has a primary listing on the Rwanda Stock Exchange and a secondary listing on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Butch James hit on Stirling Mortlock in 2006 Tri Nations

first_imgWednesday Apr 25, 2007 Butch James hit on Stirling Mortlock in 2006 Tri Nations Springbok and Sharks flyhalf Butch James has always had a reputation for putting the shoulder in on players, normally resulting in trouble for being too high or without the use of his arms. ADVERTISEMENTA few years back he was infamous for it. He had a reputation for being a dirty player and refs started to pick on him because of his past indiscretions.An advert even came out on local tv about it, showing him giving blood, with him saying “Use your arms”. Those bad rep days seem to be over though. He’s found form with the Sharks and is almost a certain choice for the World Cup squad.His tackling has also come right, with him still being a physical player, but keeping on the right side of the law, as seen below with this fantastic hit on Stirling Mortlock in the 2006 Tri Nations.He got it spot on. Great camera work too. Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life Reports30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyMen, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill If You Do This (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Comparing US online donation handling services

Advertisement Howard Lake | 11 December 2000 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Affinity Resources in the USA has produced a useful chart comparing the costs and services offered by the growing number of organisations that handle online donations to non-profits. View the chart at Affinity Resources.  17 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Comparing US online donation handling services read more

Final call for ESF funding in Northern Ireland

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  32 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Final call for ESF funding in Northern Ireland Voluntary organisations in Northern Ireland are being called upon to make their applications for the final tranche of the European Social Fund (ESF) programme which provides significant funding to organisations providing employment training.The Department for Employment and Learning (DEL) has opened a second and final call for applications under the NI European Social Fund Programme 2007 – 2013 – Priority 1 – Helping People into Sustainable Employment.Currently, 76 organisations, including many charities, receive funding from the ESF and the new awards will be made on a competitive basis.The ESF Programme’s aim to increase employment amongst disadvantaged groups and to increase skills levels. Particular groups targeted include people with disabilities and health conditions, lone parents and other disadvantaged parents, older workers, young people not in education, employment or training, women and people with no or low qualifications, and other disadvantaged groups, including people experiencing multiple disadvantage.DEL is particularly welcoming applications from local partnerships on either a geographical or client basis and those targeting young people (16-19 years old) not in education, employment or training.Successful projects will receive funding for up to three years on the basis of 65% provided through the Programme and 35% public match funding independently secured by the successful organisation.The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 5 November.Full application and ./guidance notes can be accessed at the EU Grants Howard Lake | 29 September 2010 | News Tagged with: Funding Ireland Northern Ireland About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

“Get Out” is a hypnotically good horror film

first_imgTCU VGP (Ep. 24 – Battlefront Details, Telltale’s Guardians and more) printThe directorial debut from Jordan Peele of “Key and Peele” fame, “Get Out” is a layered and disturbing horror that reflects on one of society’s biggest issues.The film follows Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) as he visits his girlfriend Rose’s (Allison Williams) parents and discovers that something sinister is occurring in their quiet suburb.This image released by Universal Pictures shows Daniel Kaluuya in a scene from, “Get Out.” (Universal Pictures via AP)The best part of “Get Out” is its surprisingly layered story. Nothing is as it seems, and there are a lot of hints and pieces of information that tie together nicely by the film’s end, making the conclusion satisfying and memorable. This is complimented by the effective twists the film relays, with each building nicely upon the last, and the strong sense of dread that occurs as a result. The dread, however, is balanced by occasional bits of humor to keep the film from falling too far into the horror or comedy genre and helps makes things feel fresh and entertaining.The strong story is developed through great performances from the cast. Daniel Kaluuya gives a strong and believable performance as Chris, making him likable and easy to root for. Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener and Caleb Landry Jones also do well as the family, providing performances that border a fine line between caring and creepy. Milton Howery rounds out the cast as Chris’ friend Rod and really helps the comedic bits work with great timing and delivery.Kaluuya’s performance helps his character’s arc feel complete and satisfying. Chris goes through changes that pay off emotionally and help provide a sense of growth not many horror films have. Unfortunately, the development of the other characters is relatively lacking. This makes some of the motivations and choices in the latter half of the film feel unexplored.The film follows the same path with its visuals. There are some really interesting ideas and concepts that make the film fun and extremely interesting to watch at times. When those ideas aren’t at play, however, the film keeps a simpler style that, while looking nice, doesn’t stand out as much.Despite this, the film is a definite must-see for horror fans due to its effectively done atmosphere and twists. Because of its subject matter and the way the film is crafted, it’s also worth highly recommending to general audiences despite its horror-oriented nature. Overall, “Get Out” not only meets expectations but surpasses them to form what is one of the best and deepest horror movies in the last few years.Verdict:Equal parts disturbing, hilarious and socially relevant, “Get Out” is an amazing horror film that messes with the genre and the mind.8.5/10 This image released by Universal Pictures shows Daniel Kaluuya in a scene from, “Get Out.” (Universal Pictures via AP) Linkedin Sizzle Reel (Ep. 23 – Star Wars Celebration, DC Rumors and more) Twitter Twitter Sizzle Reel Finale (Ep. 24 – Teen Titans, Star Trek: Discovery and more) Previous articleThe Skiff: March 2, 2017Next articleFlu hits 5 to 24-year-olds hard Chris Garcia RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history ReddIt TCU VGP Video Finale (Ep. 25 – Call of Duty WWII, Cluster Trucks and more) Linkedin Chris Garcia Chris Garcia is a senior film and journalism double major from Midland, Texas. When he’s not working on student media’s newest podcasts, he can be found watching the latest releases at the closest theater. Facebook Chris Garcia + posts Chris Garcia Chris Garcia ReddIt Facebook World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Chris Garcia Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

President Increases HUD Budget By $4 Billion for FY 2016

first_imgSubscribe Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tory Barringer began his journalism career in early 2011, working as a writer for the University of Texas at Arlington’s student newspaper before joining the DS News team in 2012. In addition to contributing to, he is also the online editor for DS News’ sister publication, MReport, which focuses on mortgage banking news. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News February 3, 2015 1,198 Views  Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Share Save Tagged with: Budgets Fiscal Year 2016 HUD President Barack Obama Sign up for DS News Daily About Author: Tory Barringer Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Budgets Fiscal Year 2016 HUD President Barack Obama 2015-02-03 Tory Barringercenter_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / President Increases HUD Budget By $4 Billion for FY 2016 Related Articles The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago President Increases HUD Budget By $4 Billion for FY 2016 Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Judge Dismisses New York AG’s Claims That Servicer Failed to Comply With Settlement Next: HomeStar Welcomes New SVP of Field Service Operations As analysts and critics pore over the details of the White House’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2016, the executive department in charge of housing says it hopes to use its share to restore cuts made after 2013’s budget sequester.Included in President Barack Obama’s newest budget is $49.3 billion set aside for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), a $4 billion increase over last year.In a statement, HUD Secretary Julián Castro said the proposed funding provides a “blueprint for greater opportunity for all Americans.””By increasing our Department’s funding level by nearly $4 billion over current levels, the President’s Budget helps us continue our progress toward achieving our mission to promote homeownership, support community development—including making neighborhoods more resilient from natural disasters—and expand to affordable housing for all,” Castro said.In a call with reporters, HUD Deputy Secretary Nani Coloretti explained that much of the budget will be used to undo some of the cuts made as the department experienced budget restraints as a result of sequestration. Included in that category is the planned restoration of 67,000 Housing Choice Vouchers used to help fund rental housing assistance for low-income families.Also on HUD’s agenda for fiscal year 2016 is a $2.5 billion investment for Homeless Assistance Grants, which the department hopes to use for housing counseling, transitional programs, and other initiatives to meet the administration’s goals of ending homelessness.Based on current projections, HUD says it is on track to end veteran homelessness by the end of 2015 and chronic homeless by the end of 2017.The budget also includes $250 million to assist neighborhoods with distressed HUD-assisted housing, $748 million to promote housing and community development for Native American tribes, and $50 million to convert public housing units to project-based rental assistance contracts.A more complete rundown of HUD’s planned budget can be found at the department’s website.While the administration may have big plans for the next year, analysts anticipate a fight with Republicans over the full scope of the budget, which comes to nearly $4 trillion.”Of course we hope the entire budget will get through Congress,” Coloretti said in a conference call with reporters. “… I know that some of our proposals remain both popular and supported by Congress because we accept every community,” she said.last_img read more

Casey: Medical specialists should pay zero tax

first_img Harps come back to win in Waterford DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter By News Highland – February 3, 2020 Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Facebook Pinterest Previous article“We were in control”- Declan BonnerNext articleInishowen has longest waiting times for social housing News Highland Casey: Medical specialists should pay zero tax FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 AudioElections 2020Homepage BannerNews Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Facebook Google+ Independent candidate Peter Casey says medical specialists should pay zero tax to ensure Ireland attracts the consultants needed to cut waiting lists. Casey is claiming people in rural counties such as Donegal are paying with their lives because of the HSE’s inability to entice the specialists needed into regional hospitals.He is backing calls for a reversal of the salary cuts imposed on new consultants appointed since 2012. He also supports scrapping the HSE recruitment embargo enforced by the government.The Independent election candidate said new consultants should be treated how artists used to be:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Purplebricks problems: ‘£899 doesn’t buy much expertise and most vendors know that’

first_imgA leading estate agency trade association representing 30 businesses in the East of England has claimed that Purplebricks failed in the US because, like the UK, vendors and landlords pay agents for expertise, and online and hybrid agents struggle to provide that when charging low, fixed fees.Nick Taylor (pictured, above), chairman of the Norwich & District Association of Estate Agents, claims Purplebricks and its imitators within the online market ‘have failed’ because they are unable to offer the expertise vendors want when deciding on who to instruct.“When selling one’s biggest financial asset, most sellers want to employ a fair degree of expertise and the truth is that £899 doesn’t buy much expertise,” he says, referring to Purplebricks’ current fixed fee for its service.Martyn Baum (left), who runs seven-branch Norfolk estate agency Arnolds-Keys, claims online and hybrid agencies have struggled because they only concentrate on a small section of the house buying and selling process, namely the online marketing.“People need help and guidance when selling what for most is their largest asset,” he says. “The hard work really begins once an offer has been agreed between a seller and buyer.“Many online agents just do not offer this service. The issues that Purplebricks are experiencing come down to the missing parts of estate agency that they just don’t cover rather than the ones they do.”But Baum also admits that online agents have helped introduce better ‘disruption’ technology and digital customer communication software into the industry.Nick Taylor is also MD of independent estate agency Hadley Taylor. Read more about estate agents in Norwich.Norwich & District Association of Estate Agents Purplebricks hybrid estate agents Nick Taylor Norwich July 8, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Purplebricks problems: ‘£899 doesn’t buy much expertise and most vendors know that’ previous nextAgencies & PeoplePurplebricks problems: ‘£899 doesn’t buy much expertise and most vendors know that’Regional estate agency association piles into hybrid agency, blaming its US withdrawal last week on basic failing within its service offering.Nigel Lewis8th July 201906,863 Viewslast_img read more


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