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  • First Bank moves towards world sponsorship record as Georgian Cup hits 100 years

    first_imgRelatedPosts Succession plan: FirstBank graduates third batch in development programme Inter-banks loan recovery: N50.32m recovered from individuals in first nine days – CBN FirstBank hosts FinTech Summit 4.0 In furtherance of its commitment to the growth and development of sports, nation building and the economy at large, First Bank of Nigeria Limited has announced its sponsorship of the Georgian Cup of the Kaduna Polo Tournament for the 100th consecutive year, possibly the longest running sports sponsorship in the world and a Guinness Book of Records potential.The 2019 edition of the epoch making sports championship runs from October 12 to 20, 2019 at the Kaduna Polo Club, Murtala Mohammed Square, Kaduna.The Kaduna Georgian Cup Centenary Polo Tournament commenced in 1919, with FirstBank sponsoring the sports tournament for a 100 years.The Cup, which was donated by the Bank to the Kaduna Polo Club, is the oldest and most respected Polo trophy in West Africa.The 2018 edition of the tournament was won by team El-Amin, also billed to participate in the 2019 edition to defend its trophy, contested by other teams: Rubicon, Imani, Malcomines and Lintex Agad.A total of 45 teams are billed for the 2019 tournament.Speaking on FirstBank’s unwavering centenary sponsorship of the Tournament, the President, Kaduna Polo Club, Alhaji Suleman Abubakar, said: “The Georgian Cup Polo Tournament is indeed the Premier Polo Tournament in the country and it has proudly birthed many other sporting events across the country as well as the West African sub region as a whole. We are honoured to record such a milestone with FirstBank since the inception of the tournament 100 years ago.“Indeed, FirstBank remains a noble brand close to our heart at the Kaduna Polo Club and the tournament has indeed been a catalyst of socio-economic growth of Kaduna and the nation as a whole.”The Bank said its sponsorship of the Georgian Cup is perhaps the longest standing sports sponsorship in the world, a reflection of a long-lasting partnership that aligns with heritage, shared values, elite performance and quality, all attributes worthy of celebration.It said: “This record sponsorship has been filed by the Kaduna Polo Club for consideration by the Guinness Book of World Records under the longest main sponsorship of a sporting world championship title.”Expressing the Bank’s delight on the sponsorship, the Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications, Folake Ani-Mumuney, said: “2019 is indeed an eventful year for us and one of the many highpoints since we were founded 125 years ago. Part of our excitement stems from the pride we feel at having supported the Georgian Cup Polo Tournament for 100 years consistently. We are indeed proud to achieve this feat as it reinforces our leadership role as an institution committed to the continued growth and development of sports and the economy at large. The Georgian Cup Polo Tournament is one of the many heritage sporting sponsorships supported by FirstBank over the years. Another example is the FirstBank 58th Lagos Amateur Golf Open tournament, in partnership with Ikoyi Club 1938 holding in November this year which we have also supported for 57 years. We dare say perhaps another record in sports sponsorship.”This unprecedented Polo extravaganza boasts notable players such as Chris Mckenzie, the best South African polo player; Max Charlton, the Best British polo player; as well as other top Argentine players in attendance amongst many other professionals.Tags: First BankGeorgian Cuplast_img read more

  • Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal

    first_img StumbleUpon Share Submit Spillemyndigheden adds technical requirements on game and wagering reporting June 23, 2020 Altenar has continued to support the expansion efforts for its sports betting and gaming customers by securing certification for both Denmark and Portugal.We spoke to the company’s CEO Stanislav Silin about the “technical and procedural synergies” between the two, challenges relative to other territories, and the need for a software provider to be “the enabler, not a blocker” for its partners.SBC: Having collected UKGC and MGA licences in 2019, why were Denmark and Portugal the next target markets for Altenar?SS: Last year we successfully launched three sportsbooks in newly regulated Sweden, which is still in the process of refining and amending some of its policies. At the same time, Denmark has an established regulatory regime in Scandinavian territory. So we have seen an opportunity to extend our regulatory reach in such a significant market, whilst maximising the investment already made for compliance with Sweden. Similarly, the change management processes that the Danish regulator wants operators and suppliers to follow has similarities with those for Portugal. So yet again, we found technical and procedural synergies between the territories.However, while these are the arguments that made it appealing to work on these territories together from a compliance point of view, we had other business reasons to do so.We had existing customers wishing to launch in these territories whom we were eager to support in their expansion efforts, along with signing a new operator who plans to launch in Denmark.SBC: What can we expect to see from Altenar in these countries – do you have any immediate plans pending receipt of the licences?SS: As a B2B provider we do not need to have an operating licence in these countries, but we have to satisfy the same technical and process requirements as would be applicable to the actual licensees. The plan is to support our current customers’ expansion plans, which are already in motion for both of these jurisdictions. We also hope this will help us sign up new operators, but the original motivation is still for our existing customer base to grow.SBC: Can you just outline the process in both cases? What were the biggest challenges relative to other jurisdictions?SS: Both of these territories require us to be really good at managing how our software gets to production and how it evolves over time. There is a big focus on change management procedures for both Denmark and Portugal, and that is exactly where we have made significant improvements over the past year in order to to obtain similar certifications.SBC: When designing the sportsbook UX, do you look at what you’ve done in Sweden (for Denmark) and Spain (for Portugal), or is that an over simplistic geographical based view? Do you need ‘boots on the ground’ to get the best market view?SS: All of these countries you mention have different localisation and customisation profiles. Some regulatory concepts are similar, such as security requirements or change management processes, and there we do get some synergies. However, an operator wishing to target a specific territory usually needs content configured to be attractive and appealing to their players. We get the best feedback from the operators, and they are, indeed, the best “boots on the ground” as you put it, as they know their players best.SBC: Portugal has one of the toughest tax regimes for igaming in Europe; what is the knock on effect in terms of revenue potential for a supplier such as Altenar?SS: It remains to be seen, as we have just received the certification, and are still waiting for the customers to go live. However, we trust our partner to have a good commercial idea on the strategy in this particular market. In general, we make money if our customer makes money, so we will have to work together to achieve this.SBC: Denmark is similar in terms of finding a tax vs channelisation balance; what is the supplier’s role in suppressing the offshore market?SS: We are a software provider and a B2B supplier of services. So our role is to offer a compliant and certified software together with operational expertise to the extent that we can, so that our operators have all the tools necessary to expand into regulatory markets. We want to be the enabler, and not a blocker. Related Articles Share Global Gaming adds sportsbook extension to Ninja property August 25, 2020 EGBA responsible advertising code gains European broadcaster approval July 3, 2020last_img read more

  • Wizards overcome James Harden’s 54 to nip Rockets in OT

    first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college HURT ROCKETSBesides Paul and Green, the Rockets are without G Brandon Knight (left knee), C Nene (right calf) and F/C Zhou Qui. Knight and Nene haven’t played at all this season, and Qui has played one minute.It hasn’t gotten Gordon down.“We definitely want to turn it into a wins,” Gordon said. “We’re not discouraged. We’re going to get this thing rolling here soon.”UP NEXTRockets: Host the Mavericks on WednesdayWizards: Visit Pelicans on Wednesday as Washington plays six of its next seven on the road.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) dribbles the ball against Washington Wizards guard John Wall (2) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)WASHINGTON — Even the Wizards seemed surprised by the way they won.Bradley Beal said he couldn’t have imagined allowing the opposing starting guards to combine for 90 points and still get a victory.ADVERTISEMENT Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES MOST READcenter_img “No sir. Absolutely not. No sir,” Beal said. “Not at all. It’s amazing we pulled it off still.”John Wall scored a season-high 36 points, including six in overtime, and Washington overcame James Harden’s season-best 54 points to outlast the Houston Rockets 135-131 on Monday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHarden, the NBA’s leading scorer, also had 13 assists, while Eric Gordon added a season-high 36 points.Wall had two baskets in the extra period and finished with 11 assists. Beal equaled his season high with 32 points for the Wizards. Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Koreas win UNESCO recognition of traditional wrestling Clint Capela had 17 points and 14 points for the short-handed Rockets, who played without Chris Paul for the second straight game and fell to 9-10.TIP-INSRockets: Paul was listed as being out with a sore left leg, though coach Mike D’Antoni classified the injury differently. “We’ve just got to make sure Chris gets 100 percent well from his strained hammy,” D’Antoni said. … G/F Gerald Green missed his third game with a sore right ankle. … Houston added F Danuel House from the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the G League. … Made their first seven 3-point shots, then missed 10 straight.Wizards: C Dwight Howard was out for the fourth straight game with a glute injury. “It’s a slow process,” coach Scott Brooks said. “He’s doing everything he can.” . Morris, F Kelly Oubre Jr. and Beal picked up technicals. … Allowed 42 points in the first quarter, the fifth time this year they’d given up at least 40. … Wall passed Wes Unseld for third place on the franchise career scoring list.GUARDING HARDENWall said that despite allowing 54 points to Harden, Beal did a fine job against him.“It’s what you dream of,” Wall said. “It’s what you live for, to be on the big stage, a big moment, going against a guy like that.”COACHING HARDEND’Antoni knows he’s asking too much of Harden, who played a season-high 47 minutes.“I mean, we’re asking, especially James, you know what? Play (47) minutes, make every play,” D’Antoni said. “There are going to be periods where he’s just gassed.” Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Otto Porter hit a runner with 4:37 to play for the first basket in overtime and the Wizards remained ahead from there. Wall followed with a jumper to make it 129-125 and later made another jumper that pushed the lead to five. Beal’s dunk extended it to 133-126 with 1:50 to play.Harden had 44 points through three quarters but missed five of his seven shots in the fourth. In overtime, Harden whose career high is 60, was 1 of 2 from the field and had two free throws. He had 11 turnovers, three in overtime, and 13 assists.“It’s not even about myself,” Harden said. “It’s about our entire team. We had a really good start to the game and kind of let our guard down.”Harden scored 12 points in the first quarter, 11 in the second and 21 points in the third quarter. In the fourth, he began the quarter on the bench, and scored six as the Wizards and Rockets headed to overtime with the score knotted at 125.Houston raced to a 27-10 lead, but Washington clawed its way back. Markieff Morris had 22 points and 10 rebounds for the Wizards.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

  • DDTV: Students use mannequin challenge to communicate very important message…

    first_imgTransition Year students at Rosses Community School in Dungloe have completed the mannequin challenge; with a twist.The Young Social Innovators group, called Anti-Bullying Community, have used the template of the mannequin challenge to communicate a strong Anti-Bullying message.Young Social Innovators is a national competition whereby young people are inspired to stand up and tackle a social issue, in turn creating a fairer and more caring society. Different types of bullying are highlighted throughout, such as verbal, physical, emotional, and cyber bullying, alongside social exclusion.The end of the video shows two pupils in the principal’s office speaking out about bullying, and throughout the video students can be seen supporting each other.A spokesperson for the group say; “We encourage any student in the RCS to stand up and speak out if they witness bullying.We encourage all students to talk to someone if they feel that they are being bullied.We encourage all students to be fearless and be kind. It isn’t always easy to do the right thing.We encourage all students and staff to bring EMPATHY back into everyday life.We encourage all students and staff to tell someone everyday something positive about themselves.We encourage all students and staff to do an act of kindness everyday.If we all did these things, there would be no room for negativity! Lets stamp out bullying once and for all.”  To keep up to date with them you can find them on Facebook. DDTV: Students use mannequin challenge to communicate very important message… was last modified: December 4th, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare 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:anti-bullyingrosses community schoolSCHOOLysilast_img read more