Royal Caribbean to resume service to Puerto Rico and St. Maarten

first_imgRoyal Caribbean International has announced the cruise line’s return to San Juan, Puerto Rico and Philipsburg, St Maarten, in the aftermath of the devastation left behind by recent hurricanes.On November 30, Freedom of the Seas will be the first ship in the fleet to call on San Juan, arriving with approximately 3,782 visitors to the island.Grandeur of the Seas will follow suit on December 17 as the first cruise ship to sail into St Maarten since Royal Caribbean’s Majesty of the Seas arrived to provide humanitarian relief last month.The announcement comes on the heels of Royal Caribbean’s recent news that Adventure of the Seas will be the first ship to call on St. Thomas in the United States Virgin Islands on November 10.Encouraged by commendable progress“Royal Caribbean is encouraged by the commendable progress that has been made by the governments of Puerto Rico and St. Maarten towards the recovery of these destinations and it means a lot to us that we are heading back home. We have been part of the Caribbean community for almost 50 years, and for all of us it has been paramount that we focus on supporting our long-standing partners – who feel more like family after so many years,” said Michael Bayley, President and CEO, Royal Caribbean International.“Supporting these destinations that are so reliant on tourism is key to the future of the islands and the best thing we – as travelers and businesses – can do for the islands.”He added that Royal Caribbean has been working closely with the governments of Puerto Rico and St Maarten, and local businesses, to offer destination experiences that will allow guests to enjoy the natural beauty, historic landmarks and culture of the islands.Significant service as of Nov. 30As of November 30, all scheduled calls to San Juan and St. Thomas across 10 ships in the Royal Caribbean fleet will operate as planned – including calls from the world’s largest cruise ships each sailing with nearly 6,000 new visitors each week – Oasis of the Seas, Allure of the Seas and Harmony of the Seas.The scheduled visits to St Maarten will operate as planned, starting on December 17 with the exception of Oasis of the Seas, which will make its first call to the island on January 1 during the New Year’s Eve cruise.Additionally, the global cruise line will return to St Croix, also in the United States Virgin Islands, on January 8 with the arrival of Jewel of the Seas, which will sail from San Juan.Cruises to Dominica cancelled until June,2018However, all calls to Dominica are cancelled through June 2018 and the cruise line is working closely with the government on a return date to the destination.For other recent news on Royal Caribbean, click the link: service to Haitilast_img read more

AUDIO: Sports Minister Hails Super Eagles Performance Against Cameroon

first_imgMinister of Youth and Sports Solomon Dalung has hailed the Super Eagles for their superlative performance against the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon over two legs in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and boasted that the best is yet to come from the team.The Eagles followed up their 4-0 trouncing of the African Champions in Uyo on Friday with an impressive 1-1 draw against the Cameroonians in Yaoundé on Monday, to consolidate their lead on Group B with 10 points, 6 above second-placed Zambia.Speaking after the draw in Yaounde, Dalung stated that aside qualifying for the World Cup, the 3-time African Champions are poised to make a great impact at the tournament in Russia next year.“I told the world that they should watch out for Nigeria because having been in limbo for some time, we are coming with a new variety of play of Nigerian football and it continues to unveil in series,” Dalung stated.“What you saw here (Yaounde) is different from what you saw in Uyo and as we continue, we’ll continue to unveil them stage by stage.“But our determination to make very, very great impact in Russia (2018 World Cup) cannot be challenged easily.”Nigeria will qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia if they avoid defeat at home against Zambia in October.Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.RelatedVIDEO: Watch Super Eagles Bus Celebrations After Cameroon DrawSeptember 5, 2017In “National Team”AUDIO: We Have Worked, Now Pray For Us – Amaju PinnickAugust 25, 2017In “National Team”Video: Watch Super Eagles Arrive Cameroon Ahead Of World Cup Qualifier Return LegSeptember 3, 2017In “Africa”last_img read more

Easy Wins Expected for Top Sides as La Liga Returns After Tough European Matches

first_imgIt is week 7 in the La Liga and while some teams have started the season having a fantastic rub of the green, others are having to chase important points so early in the season.There are three unbeaten teams left in the Liga. Barcelona are the only club in Europe’s top 5 leagues to have a 100% record while a very much improved Valencia side remain unbeaten in the league this term. Atletico suffered a surprising defeat at home to a spirited Chelsea comeback this midweek but are unbeaten in the league and would hope to continue their streak.The weekend starts with Celta Vigo hosting Girona at the Balaidos on Friday night. A Pione Sisto inspired Celta scored four last time out at Eibar so it is almost safe to expect a comfortable victory for Andalusian side against a Girona side who have not scored a goal in the league since the end of August.Champions, Real Madrid have failed to win in the league at the Bernabeu this season. They welcome Espanyol on Sunday evening and judging from the performance in Dortmund this week, Madrid and Cristiano Ronaldo are expected to break the duck against the Catalans. Madrid have won their last 4 against Espanyol without conceding a goal.Barcelona sit pretty on top of the La Liga after a fantastic start to the season which has seen them win all six games and conceded just twice. Las Palmas are the visitors to the Camp Nou on sunday as Barcelona are still without Ousmane Dembele and Rafinha but Messi and co have won the last four meetings between both sides with Luis Suarez scoring 6 goals in those encounters.Atletico make the short trip to Leganes as they seek to get back to winning ways following their defeat to Chelsea during the week. Diego Costa is not available until January but the likes of Griezman and Correa have been very effective so far. Sevilla host winless Malaga at the Ramon Sanchez Pijquan on Saturday and will be hoping to return to winning ways after they suffered their first league loss away to Atletico Madrid last week.Real Sociedad have suffered three straight losses after an impressive start to the season saw them joint top after matchweek 3. Real betis visit the Anoeta on the back of three consecutive victories making them slight favourites to win there.Struggling Villareal host Eibar on Sunday after that 4-0 defeat to Getafe but the biggest match of the weekend is expected to be Athletic Bilbao’s visit to the Mestalla to face unbeaten Valencia on Sunday night. Valencia have strengthened especially at the back and with Simone Zaza scoring goals up front, it looks like Valencia are finally getting things right under Marcelino.Levante have done well this season with good results at home so far. They host Alaves on Saturday on the back of a 4-0 humbling in the hands of Real Betis but Levante definitely have a very good chance this weekend. Alaves are the only remaining team without a point in the La Liga this season.Getafe are at the Riazor on Saturday afternoon to face struggling Deportivo on the back of a 4-0 demolition of Villareal last weekend. Pepe Mel’s Deportivo have won just one match this season and against Getafe, who have not lost away from home this term, Deportivo would find it hard to get points.RelatedValencia On The Brink Of History As Barça And Madrid Travel In Search Of Points.October 27, 2017In “Europe”Madrid, Barça Host Easy Games as Valencia Aim To Continue Good Run In La Liga This WeekendOctober 20, 2017In “Europe”La Liga Review (Saturday): Villareal Secure UEL Spot By Beating Rivals ValenciaMay 6, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

888 Holdings capitalises on Google policy change for Android

first_img Share XLMedia feels strain of Google deranking July 23, 2020 Submit Related Articles StumbleUpon Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Share 888 appoints VC expert Limor Ganot as a corporate advisor July 20, 2020 888 Holdings has become one of the first operators to offer its services on Google Play after the company’s Android app store relaxed a long-standing ban on gambling and betting apps.As reported earlier in the summer, Google has changed its policy to allow gambling operators to present their real-money games on the Google Play store. The decision, which reverses a ban that had stood since 2013, allows the apps to be downloaded in the UK and other licensed European markets.888 Holdings has become one of the first to offer its services, with the group’s 888casino, 777, 888poker, 888sport, Wink Slots and Wink Bingo brands now available on the platform.The news marks the latest in a string of ‘industry-firsts’ for the operator. In June, the company announced the launch of the premium Elite Lounge live casino, which transports players into a casino setting with the look and feel of a nightclub.Previously, Google had restricted gambling app downloads, with users having to individually install applications without the aid of Google Play functionalities. Google’s main issue was that Android, which holds an estimated 50% share of the smartphone market, could not fulfill appropriate age verification on those with access to the apps.last_img read more

Codere sets up new ‘corporate development unit’ led by Oscar Iglesias

first_img Submit Mozzartbet sets sail in South America taking over Meridianbet Colombia July 22, 2020 Codere secures €250m credit lifeline on aggressive interest rates July 14, 2020 Related Articles Codere merges Italian fruit machine units forming CODWIN July 3, 2020 Share Updating the market, Spanish gambling operator Grupo Codere (Codere) has confirmed the executive appointment of Oscar Iglesias as its new Director of Group Corporate Development.The restructured gambling firm has established a new corporate development unit, which will be led by Iglesias in order to assist ongoing corporate growth projects combined with Codere’s aggressive international expansion strategy.Reporting directly to Codere governance, the operator’s corporate development unit will assist in strategic planning, maximising business capacity and further consult Codere group leadership on key decision making.Having previously served as Codere Deputy CFO (2015 – 2017) Oscar Iglesias is promoted to the leadership position. A seasoned executive in venture funding and financing for leisure, gambling and entertainment sectors, Iglesias will work with a number of Codere business units and leaders to improve group-wide internal reporting.In its corporate update, Codere governance highlighted that Igelsias was the best candidate for the role having previously served as a key stakeholder in the group’s restructure, gaining valuable insight on all Codere operating divisions. Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

SportCaller steps up offering ahead of the World Cup

first_img StumbleUpon Related Articles Submit Share SG OpenMarket approval sees SportCaller expand FTP distribution capacity August 18, 2020 Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 SportCaller teams up with Coral for Racing Super Series launch August 12, 2020 SportCaller, the free-to-play sports-game provider, has raised its game heading into the 2018 FIFA World Cup, unveiling a progressive portfolio of games which add a new dimension to player acquisition and retention for operators and media owners. These free-to-play World Cup “Predictors” offer players the opportunity to forecast the outcomes of the World Cup, by predicting the winner of every tournament match combining various individual match, stats and player-performance markets into accumulator-style propositions, these predictor games cover every angle of the event to drive deep user-engagement.At a time when regulators are cracking down on misleading sign-up bonuses, there’s a pressing urgency for robust and enduring alternatives which can bridge the divide to genuine retention across mobile, app and desktop.SportCaller MD Cillian Barry commented: “It’s been an exciting year for us with new deals, territories and games launched on an array of sports. Now it’s important to maintain that momentum ahead of the World Cup, and it’s enormously gratifying to see a range of operators, from established names to the rising stars of the industry, partnering with SportCaller for one of the jewels in the sporting crown.“Our games minimise time-to-market and logistical operational costs, demonstrating accelerated acquisition and increased activity, with education and bet-conversion at the heart of each question.”Having pioneered the model of a free-to-play jackpot game on with Channel 4 Racing back in 2014, SportCaller has expanded its global footprint this year too, branching into emerging as diverse as Romania, Bulgaria, Germany, Sweden and Denmark markets with its easy-to-integrate product suite. These games now sit alongside existing partnerships with the likes of Paddy Power Betfair, William Hill and Ladbrokes Coral across the key territories of the UK, Ireland, Australia and the US.The intricacies of betting can challenge anyone, while worldwide sportsbooks continue to struggle for reliable retention levels in their client base. However, SportCaller’s FTP games are fun, engaging and educational in a way that is truly organic to the innate excitement and action of the World Cup.Tom Warren, Head of Marketing Planning & Strategy at William Hill, who are a client of SportCaller added: “SportCaller’s games have been a provable boon for new accounts, with their simple, quick-fire nature and logical gameplay clearly appealing to fresh clients. It’s an easy way for operators to push acquisition and enhance retention, even reactivation of dormant clients, with a free competition that offers players the chance of a big jackpot win, and an interest at every stage of the World Cup.”last_img read more

Unibet places ‘responsibility’ at the top of its Belgium agenda

first_img EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 Submit Kindred Group’s flagship online sports betting brand Unibet, has announced the launch of its new Belgian advertising campaign ‘Faites le bon choix – Jouez Responsable’ – placing safer gambling at the forefront its market communications.Translated as ‘Make the right choice – gamble responsibly’ – Kindred marketing seeks to highlight the various tools available to Unibet Belgium customers to help them ‘stay in control, whilst increase awareness of problem gambling behaviours’.The Jouez Responsable campaign was launched on October 22 across multiple Belgian TV and media networks, with Unibet highlighting its following player safety features;Customer maximum deposit limits‘Reality checks’ – allowing players to set in-play time limits/controlsPlayer self-exclusion from accounts and specific game types“We strive for zero problem gambling on our platforms. To reach this goal, we are convinced that we must create awareness about gambling behaviours. This is one of the reasons why we launched this campaign. We want gambling to be what it should be, pure entertainment”, details Henrik Tjärnström, CEO at Kindred Group.The launch of Unibet Belgium’s responsible gambling campaign coincided with ‘Kindred Sustainability Summit’ held in Stockholm last week, in which the European operator put forward a number of industry-wide initiatives aimed to improve standards and the industry’s perception to the wider general public.“We want our players to feel safe and stay in control on our platform. For Kindred, sustainability is about making use of important research and integrating key findings on our sites and products. That is an important part in creating the best experience and a sustainable relationship with our players”Led by the Christian Democrats (CDV), In 2017 Belgium’s multi-party coalition government agreed that it would implement a stricter advertising code for gambling/betting services.Provisions include a ban on all gambling-related advertising during sports broadcasts and the implementation of an 8 pm TV watershed. Share Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity July 28, 2020 StumbleUpon Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

Kindred on course to fulfilling ‘datacentre independence’ directive

first_imgShare Related Articles Updating stakeholders on a core corporate initiative, Stockholm-listed online gambling group Kindred Plc has announced that it is a ‘step closer’ towards launching its proprietary global datacentre solution.For the past two-years Kindred has worked in partnership with New York-based next-generation data infrastructure specialists/developers Cockroach Labs DB, aiming to deliver ‘a single, globally geo-distributed platform based on multi‑active datacentre’ supporting its group-wide operations.This morning, Kindred confirmed the successful ‘fist-stage’ deployment of its datacentre solution, a technology directive that governance believes will help the multi-market betting group overcome scale challenges as its services +20 million customers worldwide.“Kindred has thanks to the collaboration with Cockroach Labs once again raised the bar on technological advancement in the gambling sector. We are very excited to see this unique solution implemented on our platform and look forward to reaping the benefits in terms of improved customer experience, resilience and efficiency”, details Marcus Smedman, Chief Technical Officer at Kindred Group.The customised datacentre directive has been driven/led by the Stockholm group’s innovation division ‘Kindred Futures’.Hans Åkesson – KindredProprietary customised datacentre structures have been a common and successful practice embraced by tech giants such as Google, Netflix, Amazon and Facebook.“We already manage on average 30 million transactions per day on our platform, which is comparable to companies such as PayPal. What we are currently building will allow us to grow faster and in a sustainable way across the world”, adds Hans Åkesson, Kindred Head of Architecture.“We also know that other companies are looking at this setup but as far as we understand, they have not come as far as we have” XLMedia feels strain of Google deranking July 23, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Kindred: Spelinspektionen has failed in its management of Swedish marketplace June 11, 2020last_img read more

Assessing Europe’s influence on the emerging US market

first_img Kambi takes control of Churchill Downs BetAmerica sportsbook August 28, 2020 SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Argyll orders full compliance makeover with TruNarrative August 17, 2020 Related Articles Share Share Submit Sports betting is sports betting; right? Fundamentally, yes. But where the US market and its European counterpart are concerned, it comes in slightly different flavours. Three industry experts explain…Talk of Europe’s role as a shaping presence in the US market for sports betting became something of a leitmotif to proceedings from the moment that PASPA was consigned to the history books. And while chatter of a British/European invasion may have been wishful thinking on the part of some stakeholders, there is no doubting Europe’s growing influence on this emerging sector thanks to the likes of William Hill and Paddy Power Betfair, to name but two operators that are well in on the act.But alongside European expertise in sports betting – and there is that in abundance – there are also some lessons to be learned, as Nathan Rothschild, partner and co-founder at Genius Tech Group, told SBC Americas within a recent interview. He suggested that US operators can learn from what has happened to gambling markets in Europe and elsewhere and employ measures to ensure that from the off they don’t run foul of the same issues around over-exposure.“The excitement around the regulated US sports-betting opportunity is palpable and the recent spate of sponsorship deals between betting operators and major US teams and leagues is a further indication of the enthusiasm on display from all sides,” he said. “Such high-profile promotional efforts, alongside the rest of the arsenal of advertising and marketing techniques ready to be deployed, are sure to bear fruit in markets that have been starved of regulated betting to date.”That excitement and enthusiasm, said Rothschild, comes with a downside. “As we can see from the experience in some regulated markets in Europe, unfettered access to available marketing avenues brings with it a warning. The UK is the most obvious example of the dangers of taking market access for granted – and of how a regulator can kick back in a very public and costly way. Not only are the restrictions on gambling advertising increasing, where gambling is still allowed there are often more stringent rules on what can be advertised.”Rothschild advised that within the context of the emerging US sports wagering landscape, winning on product will be the new war to win in sports betting. “Regulatory and compliance issues aside, I think one of the lessons from the UK is that operators need to avoid the race to the bottom as they trawl for new customers. It means, we think, focusing on the quality of the products and what you can do to entice the punters to choose your offering and then, even more importantly, stay with you for the long term.Another voice exercising the need for a balanced approach was SBTech’s Andrew Cochrane, who spoke at SBC Events’ Betting on Sports conference in London. Speaking as part of a panel dedicated to the trading challenges facing US sports wagering, he articulated the need for a gentler approach to winning over American bettors than is currently the experience in Europe. “I think certainly, the early signs that we’re seeing in Mississippi and New Jersey is that punters generally, are soft,” Cochrane explained. “They’re recreational. They’re not price sensitive. They’re mainly betting pre-game, as you’d expect. They’re not really looking at the derivative markets. Typical European books are offering hundreds of derivative markets.“In Europe, across the SBTech network, we’re seeing 80 per cent of the volume of GGR coming through or the volume of bets coming through either close to the start of an event or during an event. That’s just simply not the case in the US. I think that’s leading to a number of things. I think it’s leading to some volatility on GGR for the land-based operators, for sure. I think it also demonstrates the real lack of understanding of sports betting to the American punter.” He continued: “I’ll just give you a quick example of a casino in Mississippi where we just deployed some cashier solutions and also some self-service betting terminals running our software. A punter came up to one of the staff with a card from, I think, a William Hill book, and it actually documented a 10-team parlay offering a return of around about 700/1 and he thought it was absolutely fantastic. But we took him over to a terminal, put in the same selections into the terminal and the odds were more like 1000/1 and, actually, exceeded the maximum pay-out for a bet under the regulations in that state.“I think there’s definitely a journey that US players need to go on. I think, as more European technology gets deployed into the US, you’ll definitely see a really sharp learning curve. I believe punters are going to get stronger and better and sharper and I think European and B2B sportsbook companies probably need to up their game in terms of what they’re doing in US sports trading to make sure that they maintain a good margin as the market matures.”Echoing that view on the same expert panel was RedZone Sports’ Warren Llambias, who also drew a distinction between US and European sports bettors. “We think there’s two types of sports clients that are going to be in the US,” he noted. “Those that were betting on sport before the legislation changed, either betting offshore somewhere or in Vegas, and there’s a whole virgin group of clients that are going to need to be educated in sports betting. “They’re coming from a fantasy world where they’re very stats driven and, in the US, punters are used to quite poor lines and a poor service in general. In the UK and in Europe, we’re used to clients being very price driven and very sophisticated with their betting. I think with the US clients – the new US clients coming in – there will be an education that we have to do, and we have to be careful that we don’t bombard them with too many markets and make it too sophisticated for them. “That’s not to say they won’t pick it up very quickly, but I think it’s a case of educating them.”last_img read more

Altior restores Cheltenham order after fast start for the books

first_img Submit Better Collective Spotlight: How is driving engagement through YouTube July 30, 2020 Share ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020 A narrow defeat for Champ in the RSA Chase and a “right result for the books” in the Coral Cup put the bookmakers in command once more at Cheltenham, before Altior – “one of the bankers of the week” – restored some order for the big players.Stephen Harris, Horse Racing Editor at, reflected on another pulsating day of action at the Festival headlined by the expected victory for Altior, who brushed off an errant water jump to make it 18 wins on the bounce.Harris on Day 2:“Day 2 at the Cheltenham Festival got underway with the weather far more settled than expected and the ground reportedly drying out rapidly. The layers were aggressively against the front of the market in the opening Ballymore novice hurdle, calling 4/1 the field at the off with money for a good spread of the runners.“They got a cracking result too as City Island (8/1) fended off Champ in a pulsating finish up the hill, landing another blow for Ireland in a division they have dominated in recent years.“The RSA Chase concerned three runners in the market, and Paul Nicholls Topofthegame (4/1) got the better of a thrilling battle up the hill from old rival Santini, with strong favourite Delta Work just one-paced from the last back in third (continuing a disappointing start for Gordon Elliott).“A typically wide open Coral Cup saw a right result for the books as the unconsidered 28/1 outsider William Henry got up on the line, touching 300/1 in running on Betfair before flying home from an impossible position.“Attention now turned to the feature race of the day, with old foes Altior (defending a perfect 12/12 record over fences) and Min locking horns for the Queen Mother Champion Chase. The big players were out in force to smash into one of the bankers of the week, with Star Sports reporting six figure bets at 2/5f on Nicky Henderson’s superstar.“However, they were made to sweat as the favourite failed to jump with his usual fluency (bad error water jump) and had to dig very deep up the hill to see off the gallant Politologue.”Harris on Day 3:“Punters can now focus on a compelling Thursday at the Festival, which is traditionally the most competitive day of the week. Plenty will be hoping the progressive Paisley Park (7/4f) can complete an incredible rise from handicap company to Grade 1 staying champion.”last_img read more