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first_img Show Comments ▼ BEST OF THE BROKERS whatsapp More From Our Partners A ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgKamala Harris keeps list of reporters who don’t ‘understand’ her: reportnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.com CAPITAL SHOPPING CENTRESSociete Generale rates the landlord “hold” and has raised its 12-month target price by five per cent to 420p. The broker expects the firm’s recent purchase of the Trafford Centre to give a four per cent lift to cash flow and dilute net asset value by around one per cent. It also predicts a realistic rental growth of six per cent over the next three years, well below management expectations of 12 per cent.AVIVAUBS rates the insurer “neutral” and has cut its 12-month target price by 40p to 430p. The broker believes that Aviva’s forecast-beating earnings last week were driven by one-off items rather than underlying performance. UBS also notes that the firm’s balance sheet is still stretched, which suggests that dilutive disposals might be in the pipeline, but nevertheless has raised its dividend growth forecast from five to six per cent.WPPGoldman Sachs rates the media group “buy” with a target price of £10.55. WPP’s full-year results last week were slightly ahead of the broker’s estimates, implying 8.5 per cent organic growth in the fourth quarter. Goldman believes the group can deliver growth of around seven per cent over the next few years, driven by digital media, with a 0.7 per cent margin improvement this year coupled with small acquisitions or buybacks. Tags: NULLcenter_img Monday 7 March 2011 8:28 pm by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople TodaySerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldautooverload.comDeclassified Vietnam War Photos The Public Wasn’t Meant To Seeautooverload.comDrivepedia20 Of The Most Underrated Vintage CarsDrivepedia whatsapp Share KCS-content last_img read more

Customers could suffer in long run

first_img KCS-content Tuesday 15 March 2011 8:19 pm whatsapp Customers could suffer in long run OFCOM likes to present itself as a customer champion. Yesterday, it said its decision to slash mobile termination rates (MTRs) would “benefit consumers”. But despite the quango’s well-meant intentions, many consumers will soon be worse off as a result of these changes. That’s because MTRs – the wholesale charges made by mobile operators on those who piggyback on their network – disproportionately hit landline customers. Mobile customers will also benefit to a certain degree – especially if their friends and family are on other networks – although any gain is likely to be outweighed by costs elsewhere, as mobile operators operators hike other charges to protect their revenues. Currently, the UK still makes more landline calls than mobile ones, but only just: 53 per cent of calls were made on a landline in the second-quarter of 2010, the most recently available figures. So Ofcom can claim to be on the side of the majority. However, as everyone knows, consumers are increasingly using their mobile phone as the primary means of making voice calls. According to Ofcom’s own statistics, mobiles will account for a higher volume of voice calls than landlines by the first quarter of 2012, if not sooner. Meanwhile, Pay as You Go mobile users – who make very few calls but earn revenues for the operator by receiving them – will get less good deals. These are normally children, who are given “safety” mobiles by their parents, and the less well-off. That will be compounded by the increasingly long contracts that customers are being forced into, as network operators seek to claw back the costs of ever more sophisticated contracts. Maybe Ofcom should have left well alone. whatsappcenter_img Share by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeAlphaCute30 Rules That All “Hells Angels” Have To FollowAlphaCuteDefinitionDesi Arnaz Kept This Hidden Throughout The Filming of ‘I Love Lucy’Definitionthedelite.comNetflix Cancellations And Renewals: The Full List For 2021thedelite.comTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmZen HeraldNASA’s Voyager 2 Has Entered Deep Space – And It Brought Scientists To Their KneesZen Herald Show Comments ▼ Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap2 HFPA Members Resign Citing a Culture of ‘Corruption and Verbal Abuse’The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap’Small Axe’: Behind the Music Everyone Grooved On in Steve McQueen’sThe Wrap Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Morale slips on US high street

first_img Share Tags: NULL KCS-content whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Tuesday 29 March 2011 8:39 pm US consumer confidence fell from an index score of 70 in February to 63.4 in March, the Conference Board said yesterday. Meanwhile, single family home prices fell for the seventh straight month in January, bringing prices to just above April 2009 lows. Prices in 20 US cities dropped 3.1 per cent year-on-year compared to the 3.2 per cent expected. Morale slips on US high street Read This NextWATCH: Shohei Ohtani continues home run tear, Los Angeles Angels winSportsnautYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofWhat to Know About ‘Loki’ Ahead of Disney+ Premier on June 9Family ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofBaked Sesame Salmon: Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof whatsapplast_img read more

Laxey: Many investors support us in Alliance battle

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CashBet chief hails new recruits’ ‘experience’

first_img Tags: Mobile Online Gambling AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter CashBet chief hails new recruits’ ‘experience’ Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Trio brought in to boost advisory board for crypto-focused iGaming company Email Addresscenter_img Topics: Strategy Tech & innovation 9th August 2018 | By contenteditor Mike Reaves, the co-founder and chief executive of CashBet, believes the three new additions to the Blockchain-powered company’s advisory board will provide essential “experience”.Charlie Shrem, a successful crypto entrepreneur and one of the first investors to embrace Bitcoin, Matteo Monteverdi, formerly senior vice-president of global digital products at IGT, and Daniel Phillips, previously head of operations at Playtech, have come on board.Speaking about the new appointments, Reaves told iGamingBusiness.com: “We decided to bring in Charlie, Matteo, and Dan because they are experts at what they do, and will only help our business, and that of our operator partners, to grow in the coming years.“I think they will bring a huge amount of experience in their respective fields. Charlie needs no introduction in crypto circles and has been involved since the very early days. Matteo and Dan, on the other hand, have very impressive iGaming pedigrees having worked with some of the biggest operators and suppliers in the industry.“We’re very lucky to have all three involved and I’ve no doubt that they will be a big help to us. It’s a very powerful trio to have on board and we can’t wait to work closely with them.”Reaves said that CashBet will continue to focus on regulated markets, with re-regulated Sweden on the horizon.“CashBet intends to be the defacto iGaming leader in this space, in particular into regulated markets, as our licence application in Sweden for 2019 and our pending GSC licence would suggest,” he said.“We’re awaiting developments very keenly there and intend to launch crypto-enabled iGaming, in markets throughout the world.”In June, the blockchain-powered gaming platform completed a $38m (£30m/€33m) initial coin offering using its CashBet Coin.At the time, CashBet said it was the largest iGaming ICO project in history, having hit a hard cap of 142,975,000 tokens during the process.“By using the CashBet platform and CashBet Coin, for which we launched a very successful ICO this year, they can now supply not only payments, but VIP management services, and world-class crypto-enabled games to their players worldwide,” Reaves added. Strategylast_img read more

888 secures igaming licence in Portugal

first_img29th January 2019 | By contenteditor 888 secures igaming licence in Portugal Topics: Legal & compliance Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Online Gambling 888 has been awarded an online casino licence by Portuguese regulator Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos (SRIJ) as the operator further expands its regulated footprint.The new licence will enable 888 to offer online slots, table games and a range of poker variants via its 888.pt site.The operator plans to use its poker licence to allow Portuguese players to play with Spanish counterparts, through the liquidity sharing agreement linking the markets, along with France – where 888 is no longer active – and Italy, which is yet to join the cross-border network. This will mark the first time 888 has pooled liquidity between European markets. The Portuguese licence comes after 888 was last month also granted approval to offer its online gambling services in the newly regulated Swedish market, which launched on January 1.It is also the 16th licence to be issued by SRIJ since the country’s regulated igaming market opened for business in June 2015. Itai Pazner, who was last week confirmed as the new chief executive of 888, commented: “This latest licence approval is another important step in 888’s growth strategy which is focused on diversification and expansion across regulated markets.“The launch of the flagship 888Casino brand in Portugal provides good growth opportunities for 888 and we are also very excited about the forthcoming launch of the group’s European interstate poker network which will pool players across Spain and Portugal and deliver them a first-class poker experience on 888’s new Poker 8 platform,” he added. In addition to Portugal and Sweden, 888 holds licences in the UK, Spain, Italy, Denmark, Ireland and Romania, as well as Nevada, New Jersey and Delaware in the US. 888 has been awarded an online casino licence by Portuguese regulator Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos as the operator further expands its regulated footprint. Legal & compliance Regions: Europe Western Europe Portugal AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Addresslast_img read more

Cherry applies to delist from Nasdaq Stockholm

first_img Email Address Cherry applies to delist from Nasdaq Stockholm Finance Topics: Finance Regions: Europe Nordics Sweden Cherry has applied to delist from Nasdaq Stockholm as the consortium looking to acquire the business moved a step closer to acquiring 100% of shares in the Swedish gaming group.The consortium, European Entertainment Intressenter Bidco (EE Intressenter) has now acquired more than 90% of the shares in the operator, initiating a compulsory offer for the remaining shares, under the Swedish Companies Act. As a result it is moving forward with plans to delist the business, having requested approval for the move from Nasdaq Stockholm.EE Intressenter launched a $1bn (£763.1m/€883.5m) takeover bid for Cherry in December last year, with the understanding that the consortium would acquire all series A and series B shares in the group at a price of SEK87 per share.In February, Cherry then set out plans to take the company private under the consortium’s ownership.It will announce its final day of trading when the move is approved.EE Intressenter comprises UK private equity company Bridgepoint Europe, holding companies Prunius Avium and Audere Est Facere, as well as the Klein Group – headed by Cherry chairman and founder Morten Klein – Audere Est Facere, Betsson CEO Pontus Lindwall and executives Berkay Reyhan and Murat Can Yilanlioglu. Reyhan and Yilanlioglu are directors of London-based marketing business Hindigo Marketing, while Yilanlioglu is also a director of Highlight Games, a studio in which Cherry holds a 60.4% stake.In 2018, Cherry’s consolidated revenue increased by 44% to SEK 3,236m in the year to December 31, with organic growth at 34% compared to 27% in 2017. Revenue was up 49% during Q4, the period when EE Intressenter launched its takeover bid. 15th April 2019 | By contenteditor Cherry has applied to delist from Nasdaq Stockholm as the consortium looking to acquire the business moved a step closer to acquiring 100% of shares in the Swedish gaming group.  Tags: Online Gambling AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletterlast_img read more

Fagerlund named Global Gaming CEO as Möller steps down

first_img Regions: Europe Nordics Sweden Email Address Nasdaq Stockholm-listed Global Gaming has confirmed that Joacim Möller has left his role as chief executive and appointed Tobias Fagerlund to the position on a temporary basis. Fagerlund named Global Gaming CEO as Möller steps down Nasdaq Stockholm-listed Global Gaming has confirmed that Joacim Möller has left his role as chief executive and appointed Tobias Fagerlund to the position on a temporary basis.The Ninja Casino operator said the business was undergoing major changes as it looked to adapt to tough operating conditions in the core Swedish market. This ultimately led its board to conclude that new leadership was necessary to oversee this evolution of the business. New laws came into effect on January 1 to both legalise and regulated igaming in Sweden. However, many operators have suggested that operating restrictions, high competition and the new tax rate have impacted revenue.Global Gaming cancelled plans to issue a dividend to shareholders earlier this month as a result of its own Swedish struggles. Its board said at the time that strong liquidity would aid future growth in the market, as well as supporting an ongoing reorganisation of the business to better balance revenue and costs.“It is the board’s opinion that Global Gaming is a fundamentally strong company with great potential to continue to be a significant player in the Swedish market,” Global Gaming said in a statement.“In order to succeed, the company’s adaptation to be further intensified. It is the board’s opinion that the extensive work and the way forward needs a new leadership.”Möller’s departure is effective immediately, with Fagerlund, who has been on the Global Gaming board since June 2016, to serve as acting CEO until the operator appoints a permanent replacement.Prior to his time with Global Gaming, Fagerlund was CEO of betting exchange Spiffx and remains a member of its board. Fagerlund is also a partner in Relax Gaming, having been with the gaming content provider since October 2011. “Tobias has extensive experience from leading operational positions and board appointments in the gaming industry and listed companies and great insight into the challenges and necessary measures that the company faces,” Global Gaming added.Image: Rawpixel People Topics: People Strategy Tags: Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 30th April 2019 | By contenteditorlast_img read more

Slot decline hits Czech gambling market in 2018

first_img Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Slot Machines Topics: Casino & games Finance Legal & compliance Lottery Sports betting Bingo Slots Table games Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Czech Republic Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Revenue from regulated gambling in the Czech Republic fell 21.3% in 2018 to CZK31.3bn (£1.1bn/€1.2bn/$1.4bn), with the decline down to a lower contribution from slot machines. Bingo Slot decline hits Czech gambling market in 2018 Email Address Revenue from regulated gambling in the Czech Republic fell 21.3% in 2018 to CZK31.3bn (£1.1bn/€1.2bn/$1.4bn), with the decline down to a lower contribution from slot machines.Players in the country wagered a total of CZK 249.4bn across all products and channels, up 11.3% from 2017, and won a total of CZK218.2bn, according to figures provided to iGaming Business by the Czech General Directorate of Finance.However, slots, referred to as “technical games” by the Directorate, struggled during the year, with revenue dropping 39.3% to CZK14.8bn. Land-based slot revenue plummeted 42.4% to CZK12.9bn, and online revenue was down 4.8% at CZK1.9bn.This follows the introduction of strict controls on what bonuses land-based venues can offer players from August 2017. Tighter rules around customer identification and registration were then issued in March 2018, requiring all casinos to verify the age and identity of all patrons.Other casino products, such as table games – “live games” according to the Directorate – saw revenue grow 8.0% to CZK2.3bn, driven by a strong land-based performance. Online revenue amounted to CZK175.1m, compared to CZK119.5m in 2017.Lottery revenue was up 13.8% to CZK6.7bn, driven by a strong retail performance, with the channel accounting for 89.9% of the total. Online lottery, which has been legal since January 2017, saw revenue grow 78.0% year-on-year to CZK670.6m.Revenue from fixed-odds sports betting, meanwhile, was up 2.0% to CZK7.6bn. The majority of revenue for the vertical (84.3%) was generated online, with the land-based contributing falling marginally to CZK1.2bn.Totalizer, which is only available in physical outlets, saw revenue almost double, albeit from a low base, to CZK4.7m. Bingo, another land-based product, saw revenue decline to CZK7.4m.As a result of the decline in slot revenue, for which operators pay a 35% gross revenue tax, the government’s tax take from the industry fell 20.3% year-on-year to CZK9.7bn.The figures are the second set of full-year results published since the country’s revamped gambling regulations came into force in January 2017. While the new regulatory framework was designed to encourage international operators to secure licences, high taxes and lengthy administrative processes, such as in-person registration requirements for igaming sites, have limited its appeal. The tax rate is set to grow even higher, after the Czech government agreed to increase taxes on gambling from January 2020, as part of a wider effort to limit the availability of addictive products, services and substances. This will see the tax rate on lotteries, non-slot casino games and bingo rise from 23% to 30% of revenue, with fixed-odds betting tax increased to 25%.Image: Sébastien Avenet 11th June 2019 | By contenteditorlast_img read more

GambleAware flags gaps in UK problem gambling treatment

first_img Tags: Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Slot Machines GambleAware has called for authorities to increase and expand the amount of help available to problem gamblers in the UK after new research found that almost half of affected players are choosing not access treatment or support.The first edition of the Treatment Needs and Gap Analysis report was carried out by a group of researchers, including the National Centre for Social Research, with the aim of examining gambling treatment and support services in Great Britain.Some 12,161 adults were surveyed between 24 September and 13 October 2019, with researchers using the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI) to decide if someone was a low, moderate or high risk gambler. It found that 13% of adults scored one or higher on the PSGI scale. Of this number, 7% were classed as a low risk gamblers (a score of 1-2); 3% as being of moderate risk (a score of 3-7); and 3% as a problem gambler (a score of 8 or higher).Based on a YouGov population study conducted in tandem, this suggested across the country 2.7% of gamblers could be classed as having a problem. Those that accessed treatment tended to have done so after playing igaming products, virtual gaming machines in licensed betting offices or betting online with a bookmaker.Around 17% of all gamblers with a PGSI score of one or higher said they had used some form of treatment, such as mental health services, and support from friends or family in the past 12 months. The severity of the gambling harm they experienced dictated whether they sought help, it found. While just 3% of those classed as low risk had done so, this jumped to 54% for problem gamblers.Of those identified as problem gamblers, 17% did not believe that their gambling was harmful, or that it only involved small amounts of money, and they did not seek any help or treatment because of this.Researchers also found that perceived stigma or shame was a significant barrier, with 27% of problem gamblers giving this as a reason for not seeking support for their problem. Other problem gamblers said personal reasons such as ill health, a lack of awareness of problem gambling, the mode of therapy and also practical reasons such as time constraints or cost as reasons for not seeking help.Female gamblers were three times more likely than men to refer to practical barriers as a reason for not accessing treatment or support. Younger adults and people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities were less likely to gamble, but more likely to be classified as problem gamblers. This group was also more likely to have accessed treatment or support services. GambleAware also said that the needs of people from a lower socioeconomic background were not adequately met, with 17% of these gamblers likely to report that nothing would motivate them to seek support.Meanwhile, researchers found that the behaviour of 7% of problem gamblers impacted on their family and social environment, while almost one in five of those ‘affected others’ also experienced gambling harms themselves. Those in this group said a lack of treatment and support for affected family members specifically, and not enough signposting to available services, was an area of concern.In addition, the GambleAware research included a YouGov population survey to determine the level of problem gambling in the UK, which identified that 2.7% of individuals were deemed ‘problem gamblers’.“This research has shown that there is a clear need to further strengthen and improve the existing treatment and support on offer, to develop routes into treatment and to reduce barriers to accessing help,” GambleAware chief executive Marc Etches said.“Services have to be flexible to meet the needs of individuals and easy to access. This research shows how the need for support and the way it is accessed may vary according to gender and demographic factors such as ethnic group, location or whether a person has additional health needs.”As such, GambleAware put forward a number of recommendations to address concerns raised by respondents. These included the ongoing development of education programmes and campaigns to increase awareness and reduce stigma around gambling addiction.GambleAware also recommended that services be tailored for those groups less likely to access treatment and support, such as women, younger people, those from BAME communities, people in lower socioeconomic backgrounds and affected others.“Meeting the needs highlighted in this report will require partnerships between the statutory and voluntary sectors, both those services specific to gambling treatment and other health and support provisions,” Etches said.“Working with those with lived experiences is essential in designing and promoting access to services, as well as helping to prevent relapse. It is important to engage community institutions including faith groups, to help make more people aware of the options available to them and ensure no one feels excluded from services.”Dr Sokratis Dinos, research director at the National Centre for Social Research, added: “A recurrent theme across this programme of studies was related to a lack of awareness of, or hesitation to accept, that gambling behaviour may be harmful. Gambling harms can have a negative impact on the perception of oneself often owing to the associated ‘stigma’.“Continuing to develop education programmes and public messaging about the way gambling disorder is perceived, and the development of peer-based, as well as tailored treatment and support services for groups less likely to access those provisions would help to address this and, in turn, contribute towards reducing barriers to seeking treatment and support.” Topics: Casino & games People Sports betting Strategy Bingo Slots GambleAware flags gaps in UK problem gambling treatment GambleAware has called for authorities to increase and expand the amount of help available to problem gamblers in the UK after new research found that almost half of affected players are choosing not access treatment or support. 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