Filippos Antonopoulos built Vermantia from a startup challenging the leading land-based and online gaming suppliers to part of the industry establishment, after Arena Racing Company (ARC) bought into the business. With a new venture in the payment sector now underway, he discusses how being a latecomer to a mature market is no barrier to growth.At a time when the retail betting industry’s prospects look bleaker than ever, Vermantia chief executive Filippos Antonopoulos (pictured) argues the future couldn’t be brighter. He says the supplier, an omni-channel content provider focused on bringing live content and games into shops, has seen revenue grow by up to 40% in recent years.Having sold a majority stake in the business to Arena Racing Company, he’s aiming to double and treble revenue in the coming years.It’s a bullish stance, but looking at Vermantia’s history, Antonopoulos has a habit of bucking trends. For example, the business was only established in 2007, at a time when the migration of customers online was well underway, and suppliers were focusing energies on what was then an emerging channel.Antonopoulos, however, looked at the shops and saw gold.There were a number of factors in play, he explains: “We’re talking about an era, between 2005 to 2014, when first of all the betting platforms were starting to be scalable, they could accept live betting. Second, you started to see the ascendance of virtual sports, which was good TV. And then you had UK racing predominantly, but racing in general, starting to eat up its margins.“Racing is driven by TVs in licensed betting offices (LBOs), and then you have a whole parallel factor that you started to see total audience erosion, with customers moving first online then to mobile.”This, he explains, made the traditional betting shop having to make itself “sexier, more flexible, and offering a multitude of products”.This meant that each LBO would no longer be profitable with punters coming through the doors a few days each week. To increase visitation, the UK industry largely appears to have set on B2 gaming machines, or fixed odds betting terminals, as the solution. We all know how that went.Blessing in disguise The situation the industry now finds itself in, he argues, is down to communication problems.“Behind the scenes, I have been fortunate enough to be mentored by a few guys that led LBOs for many years, and they told me this would not have happened in the older days,” he says.Previously, Antonopoulos explains, there was better communication between the bookmakers and politicians.“The early warnings of public frustration would go up to the MPs and towards one or two responsible for carrying this communication to the industry,” he says. “The sector would listen, and instead of being driven by financial results, would have taken action.”Vermantia came into existence after Antonopoulos saw value in offering a full range of live streamed content through a single integration, complemented by virtuals and instant win games. This is all well and good, but with GVC alone to close 900 shops to mitigate the stake cut, what use are these solutions if there are no shops to put them in?Yet for Antonopoulos, the stake cut is a “blessing in disguise” for Vermantia. It had been working towards developing a new, cashless retail betting experience for customers. With the loss of machines and operators in need of more bodies through the door, it can deploy this technology for operators looking to improve their retail estate, speeding up the adoption process.After all, he adds, betting shops were profitable before the advent of FOBTs. “So I cannot entirely say that the industry itself is left hanging on a limb and the blame is entirely on the political side.”What operators should be doing instead is asking what they can do to turn a profit with the maximum £2 stakes in place.Carpet bombing He argues that rather than fight legislative action, it’s up to the industry to work together, making concessions where necessary, to avoid further changes.“When things come to the point that the regulator feels the need to legislate, that’s the equivalent of carpet bombing,” he says. “If you’re at the point of regulating, not legislating, you can do targeted bombing, rather than carpet bombing. If the industry starts a discussion, you can reach actual conclusions and separate things out.”Going beyond cross-sector cooperation, he says, suppliers and operators must spread out. Gaming businesses today must be able to do a range of different things, rather than be focused on a single product, vertical or channel.“Back in the day you could be a one-trick pony and still make a good living, now you need to be a jack of all trades,” Antonopoulos explains.“There is also a complete breakdown of geographical barriers. Now you need to tick a lot of boxes, and compete against others in your home market, so you don’t have a home base with protected margins. That’s bad for the suppliers, but good for the operators.”This in turn makes having a diverse customer base across a number of markets crucial. Vermantia is currently active in more than 30 markets, and being able to spread risk means headwinds in one market are less likely to derail growth. “Whether or not the advertising ban (in Italy) or if the FOBT cut (in the UK) hadn’t happened, it doesn’t change our strategy, because we are able to absorb this into our P&L, as we are doing very good business in Eastern Europe,” Antonopoulos says by way of an example.Read Part Two here. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Casino & games Interview: Filippos Antonopoulos, Vermantia – Part 1 Filippos Antonopoulos built Vermantia from a startup challenging the leading land-based and online gaming suppliers to part of the industry establishment, after Arena Racing Company (ARC) bought into the business. With a new venture in the payment sector now underway, he discusses how being a latecomer to a mature market is no barrier to growth. 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Standard Chartered Bank Botswana Limited (STANCH.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2006 annual report.For more information about Standard Chartered Bank Botswana Limited (STANCH.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Standard Chartered Bank Botswana Limited (STANCH.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Standard Chartered Bank Botswana Limited (STANCH.bw) 2006 annual report.Company ProfileStandard Chartered Bank Botswana is a leading financial services company in Botswana; operating in the retail, corporate and institutional banking sector. The first branch was opened in 1897 which makes it the oldest financial institution in Botswana. Standard Chartered operates a network of 17 branches and agencies located in the major towns and cities of Botswana, and supported by a Loan Centre and Customer Call Centre. The retail banking division offers a range of transactional products and services, as well as solutions for wealth management and SME banking and lending. The Corporate and Institutional banking division caters for local businesses as well as multi-national corporations; with a product portfolio that includes cash management, trade services, syndications and lending, treasury services, foreign exchange, currency options, government bonds, high-yield deposits and liquidity management products. Standard Chartered Bank is highly respected for its adherence to corporate government standards and its commitment to uplift communities in Botswana through a dedicated community programme.
Houses Projects Save this picture!Cortesía de Sur-press AgencyText description provided by the architects. Rabanua’s House is designed as a summer house for a family consisting of three generations, in which owners plan to combine long periods of rest with other activities.Save this picture!Cortesía de Sur-press AgencyThe site is characterized by the omnipresence of an overwhelming landscape, whose main sight is the Pacific Ocean. By this, one of the main concerns was to generate different instances of relationship with the environment, capturing evocative views of the breathtaking panoramic view. Save this picture!Cortesía de Sur-press AgencyThus, the house consists of two concrete ships in east-west direction, which contain common areas, service units (the north aisle) and dependencies of the inhabitants (the south aisle ). The link between these bodies is a gallery which hosts access transparent and communicates the interior spaces of the house. Save this picture!Cortesía de Sur-press AgencyBetween the two, appears a third not built body, which the terrace is developed. To protect from the wind and give livability to this, proposes an angle between the North nave and South of the building. The different views of the house seeks to frame fragments of landscape to create unique relationships with each place.Save this picture!Cortesía de Sur-press AgencyIt also seeks to achieve harmony with the environment through the use of color applied to the material, recreating the game of colors that represent the rock formations of the area.Save this picture!First Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessDetroit River Front Competition Entry / AMAArticlesLansdowne Park Sports Center Proposal / Cannon DesignArticles Share 2005 CopyHouses•Canela, Chile “COPY” CopyAbout this officeDX ArquitectosOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesWoodCanelaChilePublished on December 20, 2012Cite: “Rabanua / DX Arquitectos” [Rabanua / DX Arquitectos] 20 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Howard Lake | 5 December 2005 | News The Community Directplus account offers low-cost 24-hour telephone, Internet and postal banking with no charges for cheques, standing orders, direct debits or cash deposits/withdrawals. For every £100 deposited in a Community Directplus account, 20 pence is added to the donation fund which is then made available for customers to apply for. The Community Directplus customer donation fund will provide donations of between £500 and £1000 to special projects ranging from Premiership coaching for disabled youngsters to the introduction of a Samaritan’s Internet helpline.The donation fund forms part of the Community Directplus account, which was set up to service community organisations, charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises. All customers holding an account have the opportunity to apply for financial support from a fund that grows in relation to deposits.This round of donations is the second of the year, with twenty-two groups receiving their share of £17,400 earlier in 2005. Since the fund was launched in 2003, successful applicants have received a shared donation of £57,400. Advertisement 17 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Co-op Bank Community Directplus account raises over £57,000 About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.
RSF_en to go further RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Receive email alerts May 28, 2021 Find out more Solving the murder of US journalist Paul Khlebnikov, the editor of the Russian edition of the US magazine Forbes, is “crucial” for the entire Russian media profession, Reporters Without Borders said today, a year after he was gunned down in Moscow on 9 July 2004.”Violence against journalists in Russian is increasing constantly and inevitably results in a degree of self-censorship,” the press freedom organisation said. “Twelve journalists have been killed in Russia since 2000 but no one has been brought to trial for any of these murders. If you can shoot a US journalist on a Moscow street with complete impunity, imagine the risks for Russian journalists in the provinces trying to cover sensitive issues such as corruption.”Reporters Without Borders added: “We call on the Russian authorities to ensure that all leads have been exhaustively explored before closing this case. It would be very serious if those so far charged turn out to nothing more than convenient scapegoats.”The investigation by the office of the Russian state prosecutor has gained pace since two Russians of Chechen origin were charged on 13 May. Musa Vakhayev, 40, from the Chechen city of Urus-Martan was arrested by Moscow prosecutors on 18 November 2004. He is suspected of being the driver of the car used by the gunman who shot Khlebnikov four times as he left his Moscow office. Investigators said his fingerprints were in the car, which was found on a Moscow street the day after the killing. The second suspect is Kazbek Dukuzov, the alleged the trigger-man. He was extradited from Belarus in March.A Moscow notary, Faik Sadreddinov, was arrested and placed under investigation on 4 June on suspicion of being involved. Russia’s prosecutor-general said on 16 June that other suspected participants in the killing had been identified, naming Magomed Dukuzov, the brother of Kazbek Dukuzov, Magomed Edilsultanov and “others” now on a wanted list.The prosecutor’s office also announced the same day that it had concluded that the murder was ordered by Chechen separatist leader Hodj-Akhmed Nukhayev and that the case was now closed. No date was set for a trial, however.Aged 41, Khlebnikov was an award-winning investigative journalist who had worked for Forbes for nearly 15 years. Shortly before his death, he had been investigating the embezzlement of hundreds millions of dollars earmarked for Chechen reconstruction.In 2003, he published “Conversations with a Barbarian,” extracts of which were published in Forbes. Nukhayev, who was briefly deputy prime minister in the Chechen separatist government in May 1996, was quoted in the book as saying that he was involved in gangsterism after the first Russo-Chechen war (1994-1996) before devoting himself to the political struggle within the “Chechen Land of Islam” movement.Khlebnikov met Nukhayev in 2001. Nukhayev announced in October 2003 that he would “take up arms again” and return to Chechnya, after spending several years in the Azerbaijan capital of Baku. “If someone kills or simply insults a member of your clan (…) he will be hunted down for the rest of his life. He will not escape punishment,” Khlebnikov quoted Nukhayev as saying in an article carried by Forbes.Michael and Peter Khlebnikov, the journalist’s brothers, have voiced doubts about the claim that it was Nukhayev who instigated the murder. “This amazed us,” Michael Khlebnikov said. “We never heard anything from Paul that would have led us to think that after the book came out Mr. Nukhayev was unhappy about anything,” he said. The Khlebnikov family has urged the Russian judicial authorities to let investigators from other countries join the inquiry, stressing that the suspected instigator is probably abroad.”I am delighted to learn that they have finally arrested the killers and the instigator of the murder of my nephew – assuming the information is correct – shot dead because he was doing his job,” Hélène Carrère d’Encausse, member of the French Academy, told Reporters Without Borders. The daily Izvestia reported on 14 November 2005 that Faik Sadreddinov, a Moscow notary accused of involvement in the murder of Paul Khlebnikov and arrested on 4 June, had sent a letter to Michael Khlebnikov, one of the US journalist’s brothers, after seeing the charge sheet in prison. Quoting a report by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), carried out at the request of the Russian investigators and which forms part of the charge sheet, the notary said that Khlebnikov was working on a “terrifying” investigation and that he was preparing to publish the names of leading Russian political figures, after uncovering their links with Chechen separatists. Khlebnikov’s spiritual adviser, the orthodox priest Leonid Kalinin, quoted by Izvestia, confirmed that the American journalist had confided in him that he was working on “serious journalistic investigations, alongside which the interview with the warlord Kozh-Akhmed Nukhayev was infant prattling”. On 16 June, Russia’s prosecutor’s office announced that the investigation into the murder of Paul Khlebnikov had been closed and that it had been instigated by Chechen separatist leader Kozh-Akhmed Nukhayev, without specifying the date of the opening of the trial. Paul Khlebnikov, the editor of the Russian edition of the US magazine Forbes, was shot four times and killedone year ago as he left his Moscow office. “If you can gun down a US journalist on a Moscow street withcomplete impunity, imagine the risks for Russian journalists trying to cover sensitive issues in theprovinces,” Reporters Without Borders tells the Russian authorities.Read in russian May 27, 2021 Find out more – – – – -A year after Khlebnikov murder, entire Russian press needs case to be solved8 July 2005 “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says News June 2, 2021 Find out more Read in russian News BelarusEurope – Central Asia Organisation November 14, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New revelations cast doubt on the theory that Khlebnikov’s murder was ordered by Chechen warlord Nukhayev News Follow the news on Belarus Help by sharing this information BelarusEurope – Central Asia Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown News
News UpdatesDecongestion Of Prisons: Madras HC Issues Notices On Plea For Constitution Of High Powered Committee To Determine Class Of Prisoners That May Be Released Temporarily [Read Order] LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK5 April 2020 1:37 AMShare This – xThe Madras High Court on Friday issued notices on a writ petition seeking immediate constitution of a High Powered Committee, to determine the class of prisoners that can be released on interim bail, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Notably, on March 23, a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde had directed all states and Union Territories to set up ‘High Level Committees’…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Madras High Court on Friday issued notices on a writ petition seeking immediate constitution of a High Powered Committee, to determine the class of prisoners that can be released on interim bail, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Notably, on March 23, a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde had directed all states and Union Territories to set up ‘High Level Committees’ to determine the class of prisoners who could be released on parole for four to six weeks. It had also observed that the prisoners convicted of or charged with offences having jail term of up to seven years can be given parole to decongest jails. In view thereof, the states of Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Kerala have already released prisoners convicted of or charged with offences having jail term of up to seven years on interim bail. Seeking enforcement of the abovementioned order of the top court, the Petitioner-resident V. Krishnamurthy had approached the High Court for a Writ of Certiorarified Mandamus, directing the respondents immediately to formulate a High Powered committee. After hearing the parties, the bench of Dr. Justice Vineet Kothari and Justice R. Suresh Kumar directed the state government, through Additional Advocate General, to file a brief report on the matter by April 8. Click Here To Download Order Read Order Next Story
KTRK-TV(HOUSTON) — A 19-year-old was taking a video of herself with a gun when she allegedly shot her 10-year-old nephew by accident, according to Texas authorities.Caitlyn Smith, 19, has been arrested as her nephew recovers, Deputy Thomas Gilliland, spokesman with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, told ABC News on Thursday.The boy was is in stable condition Thursday, said Gilliland.The shooting unfolded on Tuesday when Smith was babysitting the boy at a home in Harris County, according to Gilliland.She recorded herself holding the gun, and then went to disengage the magazine from the pistol, Gilliland said.But her finger was allegedly on the trigger, so when she pulled to eject the magazine, the gun fired, striking the 10-year-old in the abdomen, said Gilliland.Smith was charged Wednesday night with serious bodily injury to a child — a second-degree felony, said Gilliland. He said Smith was not charged until officials had a better sense of the boy’s prognosis.“Weapons are not meant to be props in selfies or any type of videoing,” Gilliland said, adding that the teen “could have caused a homicide.”Smith has not yet appeared in court, said Gilliland.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Previous Article Next Article Training news: Students held back due to childcare shortageOn 11 Apr 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. A lack of childcare is holding students with children back and preventingmany from studying or taking up training opportunities, according to a study byDaycare Trust.Learning for Life highlights the serious shortage of available childcare withless than 40,000 childcare places for more than 5 million students in the UK.It highlights that students are unable to claim the childcare tax credit inWorking Families Tax Credit and with childcare costing around £4,160 per child,a year, the cost of childcare can place a huge financial burden on students. Daycare Trust warns that unless there is an extension of available andaffordable childcare targeted at students, access to lifelong learningopportunities will be a struggle.www.daycaretrust.org.uk Commitment to training evaluation techniquesTwo out of three companies have increased their commitment to trainingevaluation techniques in the past two years, according to research by the IndustrialSociety.The Society’s Training Evaluation report reveals that companies areincreasing their commitment to evaluation for three reasons: to establish linksbetween training and business strategy; to develop improvements in trainingmethods; and to establish future training needs. The survey of 487 humanresource and personnel specialists also showed that management training is morelikely to be evaluated systematically than in any other area.www.indsoc.co.uk £4.3m cash injection for Eastern skills pushThe East of England Development Agency announced an extra £4.3m to raiseskills across the region, at a summit held last week.The skills shortage in the region has become so severe that it affects onein five local employers.Speaking at the event attended by 170 trainers, business leaders and localauthority representatives, EEDA board member Sal Brinton said, “With anextra £4.3m to help boost skills in the region, EEDA looks forward to workingwith businesses and partnerships to raise achievement levels, improve theskills base and increase the employability of the region’s workforce.” Related posts:No related photos.