Warwick Bartlett: GBGC – Industry’s route to Brexit

first_img Warwick Bartlett Chief Executive of industry consultancy GBGC, details to SBC the potential effects of Brexit following further details of the UK’s EU departure presented by the government last week._________________________SBC: Now that PM Theresa May has confirmed that Britain will be leaving the EU Single Market, what impact do you feel the UK exit will have on the UK betting market and its stakeholders?   Warwick Bartlett: With regards to trading I doubt it will have any effect at all. In EU terms the gambling industry left the single market years ago when the European courts decided each nation could adopt its own gambling regulation.SBC: Following last week’s announcement, what early legal and operational preparation can UK betting operators and stakeholders undertake in order to combat potential ‘Hard Brexit’ impacts?WB: The major impact of a hard Brexit will be on the economy and how much disposable income the gambler will have to spend on gambling.  A further fall in the GBP, if we have a non-negotiable Brexit, will create more inflation which again will impact on margins.  Keeping costs down will be key.  But I am a little more optimistic than most. After 12 months of leaving I can see real benefits in trading with the rest of the world and I am sure we will have some deal with Europe on trade.  Not to do so is MAD, Mutually Assured Destruction.SBC: Is there any possibility of UK overseas territory Gibraltar maintaining any EU special arrangements that may aid industry stakeholder operations?WB: I watched  Gibraltar’s Chief Minister, Fabian Picardo on television recently and he stated eloquently that Gibraltar was strongly British and did not want that to change.  To say that Gibraltar requires a special relationship with the EU because it is at the tip of Spain is contrary to the previous statement, which is a confirmation of reality. I am afraid Gibraltar on this issue is not going to be able to have cake and eat it.  But I do sympathise with their position, they have built a big industry in igaming and they wish to keep it, why wouldn’t they?SBC: Should the UK proceed to depart the single market within two years, how do you feel this will affect the operational value chain of industry operators and service providers?WB: Very little.  Most of the providers already have offices throughout Europe. Take Playtech they are headquartered in the Isle of Man (non-EU) UK, Germany, Gibraltar, Cyprus, Israel, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Latvia, Estonia, Sweden, Russia, Philippines.  If EU membership counts post Brexit they are represented in seven EU countries!  Those that don’t have representation might have to place servers in the country where they are licensed and have a point of presence. That could be costly, depends on the level of revenue whether it is worthwhile.  If the UK does manage to get control of its borders, then wages theoretically should rise, good for revenue but not good for control of overheads.SBC: Moving forward, from an industry stakeholder perspective what do you feel would represent a good break from the European Union?WB: Agreement not to contribute further to EU. Control of borders, continuation for pass porting for the City of London, although a passporting deal with the US might solve that, a trade deal similar to Canada’s with EU would be good, but EU have said they intend to be nasty to keep other member states in the club.  Ten years from now we will all wonder what the fuss was all about, I think this will end up with some fudge deal, it is the very nature of things when so many countries are involved.  What no one is taking account of is the shape of Europe itself over the next two years, will it hold together?SBC: As an industry, how can UK betting/gaming stakeholders represent their operational concerns to the UK government regarding Brexit? WB: With difficulty, because there are few reasons to complain and the UK Government is mostly concerned with finance and manufacturing at present, for a good reason, I might add.________________Warwick Bartlett – CEO of GBGC StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Submit Andrew Lyman – Brexit is no ‘doom & gloom scenario’ for Gibraltar gambling February 24, 2020 Share EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 Smarkets tips Keir Starmer as new Labour leader January 8, 2020last_img read more

Lakers’ Kobe Bryant offers vintage performance in career finale

first_img“I can’t believe this actually happened,” Bryant said in his jersey still drenched in sweat. “This is kind of crazy. It’s hard for me to believe it happened this way. I’m in shock about it.”• PHOTOS: This is what Kobe’s final game looked like through our photo lensEven if Bryant averaged 17.6 points per game on a career-low 35.8 percent shooting, Lakers coach Byron Scott turned to head athletic trainer Gary Vitti.“I’m not surprised,” Scott said. It hardly seems shocking Bryant that he took so many shots, too. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error For 20 years, the man sank clutch shots that lifted his team out of a deficit, delivered a victory and sent fans into a frenzy. For 20 years, the man missed wild shots through suffocating double teams, insurmountable distances and even open airballs. On a night everyone from Magic Johnson to the Lakers fan in the nosebleed sections extolled his greatness, Kobe Bryant’s final game featured everything that made him so captivating both for better and for worse. The Lakers’ 101-96 victory over the Utah Jazz on Wednesday at Staples Center featured Bryant setting his season-high in points (60), a career-high in shot attempts (50) and a season-high in minutes (42). He tied his fifth-highest scoring output of his 20-year NBA career. Bryant also eclipsed his previous record of 47 shot attempts against Boston on Nov. 7, 2002. center_img Bryant shot 22 of 50 from the field. He finished 6 of 21 from 3-point range, which eclipsed the combined shot totals from D’Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson (20). Bryant missed his first five shots. He fumbled the ball out of bounds. He even airballed two shots, which brought back reminders of when he did in a closeout postseason loss in his rookie season in Utah.“My teammates were just continuing to encourage me to shoot, shoot,” Bryant said. “It’s like reverse. It’s so weird to hear. You go through being a villain to some time of (being) a hero. You go from pass the ball to shoot the ball.”Amid all the imperfections, this all represented a perfect image of Bryant. He won five NBA championships by climbing to third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list (33,643 points). Bryant won his final game by scoring 15 of the Lakers’ last 17 points, He also missed the most shots in league history (14,453). “I loved the way he was able to go out,” Scott said. “To me, this is the perfect finish.”• Read our coverage: Kobe Bryant gets Hollywood endingBryant respectfully disagreed.His young teammates drenched Bryant with a champagne bath once he entered the locker room. Out of instincts, Bryant quickly remarked, “‘That’s only for championships, but all right.” Bryant later added, “The perfect ending would’ve been a championship.”Instead, the Lakers (17-65) ended the 2015-16 season with their worst record in franchise history and a missed playoff appearance for the third consecutive season. That did not stop the Lakers from presenting an elaborate display of pageantry that mirrored an NBA Finals game. The Team LA store at Staples Center sold so much exclusive Bryant merchandise from Wednesday morning to night that they ran out of supplies. The Lakers hosted Fan Fest at LA Live from 4 to 7 p.m that entailed ticket giveaways and photo opportunities with the Laker Girls. Fans adored the Bryant banners on the Staples Center building. They wrote out messages on a large mural expressing thanks.Leading up to the game, Bryant resisted watching any news or reading any clippings. All those sights, however, spoiled his hope to have a normal day. “Seeing everything that was taking place before, I was enjoying it, and I was appreciative of it,” Bryant said. “Then I quickly got right back to thinking, ‘Okay, you have to go out there and perform.’ ”Before that happened, more pageantry awaited Bryant shortly after he strolled into Staples Center nearly two hours before tipoff and hugged Scott. Courtside fans received a gift bag of a Bryant hat, T-shirt, an action figure featuring him and a mini-helicopter. His teammates wore his Nike shoes and Bryant-themed socks. They also received commemorative Bryant jerseys worth $800. “It’s nuts; it doesn’t even feel like a game,” Lakers rookie forward Larry Nance Jr. said. “It feels like a concert.”This concert featured many acts.Magic Johnson first spoke before tipoff and explained why he considered Bryant “the greatest to wear the purple and gold.” “Kobe Bryant has never cheated the game, he has never cheated us as the fans. He’s played through injuries,” Johnson said. “We have five championship banners to show for it.”The Lakers then played endless tribute videos that featured nearly every athlete and celebrity imaginable. Former teammates, such as Shaquille O’Neal, Derek Fisher, Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom, praised Bryant’s play. Different opponents, such as Kevin Durant, Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, Kevin Garnett, Carmelo Anthony and Stephen Curry, complimented Bryant’s competitiveness. • Commemorative book: Kobe Bryant — Laker for LifeBryant then hugged Johnson, though he hardly could accept Johnson’s compliments.“I refused to believe it because Magic is my hero,” Bryant said. “I don’t think you guys understand how much of a die-hard Lakers fan I was. Magic was all over my wall. I used to wear really big knee pads because Magic wore really big knee pads. I used to practice the baby hook. He is and always will be No. 1 for me.”That did not stop Flea, the Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist, from playing the national anthem. Or Bryant from hearing more tributes from Jerry West, Bill Bertka, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Brian Shaw and Rick Fox and most of his current teammates. Or rapper Ice Cube from pleading with Bryant to play five more years. Or actor and longtime Lakers fan Jack Nicholson from saying, “You’ve been an inspiration to us all, and L.A. loves you.”Hence, Bryant expressed his love to the 18,997 fans at Staples Center. “Man!! I can’t believe how fast 20 years went by. This is crazy, absolutely crazy!!” Bryant said to the crowd afterward. “We’ve been through our up and downs. The most important part is we all stayed together throughout.”It seemed destined to happen.In one of the tribute videos, late Lakers announcer Chick Hearn asked a 17-year-old Bryant how many years he would play in the NBA. Bryant answered confidently, “At least 19 or 20.”Bryant did not sound as confident when O’Neal said last month in a TNT interview that Bryant should try to score 50 points in his career finale. Bryant responded, “You’re crazy.” Actually he isn’t. Bryant joined Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan as the only NBA players at 37 years old to log at least 43 points. Bryant’s 60-point game against Utah matched the 60 points he logged against Memphis on May 22, 2007, as his fifth-highest scoring game. As the Lakers trailed by 10, Bryant scored seven points in 53 seconds. He drove to the basket. He made two foul shots. He nailed a 20-foot fadeaway to give the Lakers a 97-96 lead with 30 seconds left. “Somehow, (it’s) just his sheer will and sheer determination and the guts that he has and putting everything on his back and carrying the game,” Scott said. “He took it over, and it was amazing to me. It’s mind-boggling.”In so many ways. Bryant went 8-of-16 in the fourth quarter. His last play ended in an assist with a cross-court pass to Clarkson for a dunk that gave the Lakers a 101-96 edge with 4.1 seconds left. Bryant then exited the game amid a rousing ovation.“I was physically really, really tired. There’s just no way I can continue to push it. But the fan support was tremendous,” Bryant said. “The fans that have been coming here from Day One. To give them this type of show on my last one means everything.”It seemed like Bryant wanted to stay a Laker for a while longer.He still wore his jersey at his post-game press conference partly because “taking it off is going to be very strange.” Bryant sounded reflective and joyful in the 32-minute press conference. After spending about an hour with family and friends, Bryant posed for pictures with his wife, Vanessa, and two daughters, Natalia and Gianna. “The coolest thing is that my kids actually saw me play like I used to play,” Bryant said. “It’s like, ‘Whoa, dad!’ It’s like, ‘Yeah, I used to do this pretty often.’ They’re like, ‘Really?’ (I’m like), ‘Dude, YouTube it.’ It was pretty cool for them to actually see that.”It was also pretty cool to see Bryant then thank a few national and local media members individually at center court. Yet that celebration did not carry over out of Staples Center. The Lakers planned to host a party for Bryant and the team afterward. The plans changed amid Bryant’s quest to work out early on Thursday morning before diving into his job at Kobe Inc. The Lakers’ star also made progress by working from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, merely a few hours before his grand finale. “The important thing is to get into a routine, to maintain discipline and to find a new routine,” Bryant said. “I’ve been in a certain routine for my entire career, and I think the worst thing I could possibly do is not have one, because then you wake up without a sense of purpose or a sense of direction. I have to find a routine, and I have to get into it.”On Wednesday, Bryant followed a routine that produced more magical moments. Instead of delivering another Lakers NBA championship as he wished, Bryant provided something else grand. For one last time, Bryant showcased his greatness once again, no matter how amazing or awful his shots became. last_img read more

WORLD’S MOST STUNNING COASTAL CHALLENGE LAUNCHED IN BALLYLIFFIN

first_imgIT has been dubbed the ‘World’s Most Beautiful Race’ – and today the organisers of the 2012 Ballyliffin Coastal Challenge announced details of this year’s event.The 10 mile international event which has developed in the two years since the opening attempt in 2010 attracting  close to 500 and is confident of increased participants this Easter Saturday April 7th 2pm.A community event which also willl once again have an interested international dimension with a group already signed up. The project being driven by the local Development Assoc. who in addition to rolling out an opportunity  for local  people  hopes to build the atmosphere for  participants, in an area renowned for its beautiful scenery, world class golf courses, hill walking, surfing, excellent hotels offering special deals for the period –  the complete package for interests over the normally quiet Easter weekend.An added dimension this time round will be a 100m beach run for primary school children – certificates for all and a few Easter eggs.Sunday morning offers a number of led walks from the village . All in all a weekend of activity.Held against the backdrop of the Isle Of Doagh, Lagg, Malin and the local iconic landmark that is Glashedy finishing on Pollan Beach. Run / Walk / Jog this challenge is for all and  now is the time to commit as Race Director and London Olympic Team Manager Patsy Mc Gonagle outlined: “Talk right now after the festive season is of getting fitter, healthier, losing weight etc so why not commit bringing your family and friends on board.”Full dertails on www.visitballyliffin.com on which you will find entry form leaving it in with staff at ballyliffin P O, queries if neccessary at [email protected] or help spread the word by logging on to facebook.The race route can be viewed on youtube as can a promo video done for 2011 which gives a flavour – with others on donegaldaily’s Youtube channel.The race which is slowly building a national /international reputation can in 2012 be the best ever, said Patsy.This year’s event also extends an invitation to all voluntary organisations in the Inishowen area and Donegal to use the Coastal challenge as a conduit for raising finance for their club, association etc requiring members getting out there seeking sponsorship which their group then retain. WORLD’S MOST STUNNING COASTAL CHALLENGE LAUNCHED IN BALLYLIFFIN was last modified: January 5th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:Ballyliffin coastal challengedonegallast_img read more