With virus in rearview, campaign for Catalan vote kicks off

first_imgMADRID (AP) — Political parties in Spain’s Catalonia region are scheduled to start campaigning for an election set to be held in two weeks The northeastern region has loosened a ban on traveling between municipalities to allow for political rallies with reduced attendance and mask-wearing and social distancing requirements.. That the vote will take place on Feb. 14 as scheduled is not 100% confirmed. The election taking place as scheduled on Feb. 14 is not 100% certain. Catalonia’s High Court needs to confirm its preliminary decision earlier this month to overturn a regional government order to delay the vote for nearly three months due to health concerns.last_img read more

Wiseodds: Tapping into the rise of social betting

first_img The last few weeks has seen Wiseodds launch its poker-inspired platform which has already been integrated into the BetConstruct offering. The platform promises to allows punters to compete against one another in ‘poker-inspired rooms’ to predict the outcome of sporting events.SBC spoke to Lilit Nikoghosyan, Head of Operations at Wiseodds, to find out more about the company’s peer-to-peer product, including how it’s set to help operators differentiate their offering and tap into the rise of social betting SBC: Can you tell SBC readers what is it about the peer-to-peer platform that differentiates it from other betting platforms?LN: The Wiseodds platform allows players to bet against each other instead of competing against an operator. The product is designed to increase the winnings of players and reduce the risk to operators by mitigating cash flow as the winnings are taken from the pot available on the table at that time. Therefore, we have created a low-risk, ring-fenced ecosystem at the player’s table with almost no risk (or loss of revenue) to the operator. For the player, there is a greater chance of winning higher stakes with lower bet amounts.SBC: How does the new platform take social gaming to a new level? LN: When joining a Wiseodds table, players are able to see what fixtures other players are betting on, which then allows them to tell friends to join the same table and compete against them in real-time. They have the ability to check their bet slips as well. All of this makes the game experience far more sociable and exciting than a traditional sportsbook product available on the market. At a time when operators are constantly looking at new ways to attract millennials and Generation Z, Wiseodds taps into the growing popularity of social betting and allows groups of friends to interact with each other when wagering on their favourite sports. SBC: Why has Wiseodds identified Europe and Asia as key markets for expansion?LN: We want to start with the European and Asian markets, as strategically these territories are more mature from a sportsbook perspective. With this maturity markets are ready for new and innovative ways of approaching casino and sports betting. Currently the number of products with key differentiators in the market right now is low. Wiseodds gives operator partners a clear differentiator in markets, especially those who enjoy being first-to-market in situations. SBC: How will the variety in table options better engage with punters?LN: We created a variety of tables where punters can place various and different types of bets such as Under Tables or Over Tables. This enables players to create bets more quickly and easily than the standard betting slip that you find in traditional sportsbook products. It also adds to the choice of a player. While we could have the most innovative idea in the world, if it had only one option it runs the risk of being stale. With a number of different tables, players can try new things, identify their favourites and stick to them, rather than being funneled into a singular choice. SBC: What are Wiseodds’ plans for 2020?LN: While we are aware there is market uncertainty at the moment, it hasn’t dampened our spirits and we still have exciting and ambitious plans for 2020 and beyond. We were delighted to attend ICE London in February 2020, which was particularly successful and we have already begun signing deals with targeted platform providers and operators. They have recognized that the Wiseodds product offers an exciting opportunity for them to partner with an innovative solution within markets that are both competitive and saturated, giving them a differentiator. With our help and support, they will educate players how to use a new product, which in itself is an exciting journey. It also gives them a great retention and acquisition tool with a truly unique offering. Our strategy is to integrate seamlessly with platforms, which is something we are able to do within 24 hours which is testament to the impressive technical team we have built at Wiseodds. With an impressive speed-to-market and innovative product, 2020 should be a very exciting time for Wiseodds! New Polish poker table in BetGames section for STS July 15, 2020 Nuno Gomes joins BetConstruct and FeedConstruct as brand ambassador June 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share VBET agrees Armenian Premier League and Armenian Cup sponsorship August 13, 2020 Share Related Articleslast_img read more


first_imgThe inaugural Shane Brolly Memorial hunt will become the perpetual Shane Brolly hunt judging by the success of last weekend’s event.Over 60 horses ponies & riders with even more followers turned out to share a minutes silence called for by Shanes fellow huntsman and neighbour Simon Scott. There was a fabulous days hunting through Shanes homeland with natural jump after jump snaking our way all the way to the Steeple and back and the man above kept the rain off for three unforgettable hours on horseback.What a long way the hunt has come in a very short time . Week after week the building team has been inspired by ever increasing turnouts to deliver engaging courses at incredibly beautiful venues facilitated time and time again by landowners who have gone the extra mile to make us feel warmly welcomed everywhere we went not only letting us through good land in poor weather conditions but feeding the building team in their kitchens with lovely soup and fresh scones in the days leading up to hunt meets.What has been superb has been the way the hunt has grown into such a warm cohesive social network where riders from 9 to 90 years with varying abilities from total beginners right through to Grand Prix riders have gelled to encourage tease cajole and “give leads” to get every rider a great day in the saddle and more importantly home safe.The fuel for this hunt is the ever growing network of foot followers and photographers who turn out to support us and share & capture the “thrills n spills”. With horses and ponies fed and stabled we made our way to the end of season “Hooley in Friels”. We said we would set Friels a rockin and we did!With a turnout of 150 people Friels turned out a veritable feast of a buffet before a lively raffle was held with a great range of prizes which hunt Chairman Leslie Goudie had secured from a number of local businesses to each of whom the hunt is very grateful.Huntsman Simon Scott stood forward and paid tribute to Shane in a heart rending address and invited Shanes parents Michael & Patricia forward to receive a portrait of Shane on horseback which the hunt had commissioned from local equestrian artist Marina Hamilton to a respectful standing ovation.Men in Black fired up and Ronnie & Majella hit the floor and the younger riders jaws dropped and the Donegal & Tyrone Farmers hunts answer to Torville & Dean lit the fuse with a display of jiving that brought the crowd to the floor which never emptied til long after Men in Black followed by DJ John on the decks had finished their sets.The hunt would like to thank Friels of Raphoe for the great hospitality on what was a night to remember. Working tirelessly in the background all season guiding us, motivating us, keeping us in line and above all keeping the finances of the hunt going on the correct trajectory has been our unsung hero hunt chairman Leslie Goudie.Everyone would like to express our sincere thanks to Leslie who was man enough when the tide was at it lowest ebb to carefully pick & put a team together behind Simon and drive the Donegal & Tyrone Famers hunt forward from a difficult standing start to the vibrant dynamic friendly hunt it is today. As we all return to our “normal lives” in the hunting “off season” we wish to thank every single person who has assisted us on our journey to date and we can absolutely promise you that we are already working hard planning to make the 2014/15 hunt season an even bigger success and will be announcing plans within the next 2 months in this regard.WHAT A DAY AND NIGHT FOR DONEGAL AND TYRONE FARMERS HUNT was last modified: February 25th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal and Tyrone Farmers Huntlast_img read more