Veikkaus calls for early introduction of Finnish age verification measures August 28, 2020 Share Submit StumbleUpon Norway’s Ministry of Culture seeks to end gambling’s triple guardianship June 30, 2020 Related Articles Share Stats Perform becomes sole live streaming supplier for Norsk Tipping July 9, 2020 Morten Eriksen the executive tasked with leading the ‘Lotteries Entertainment Innovation Alliance – LEIA’, a strategic joint-venture formed by Danske Spil (DEN), Française des Jeux (FRA), Norsk Tipping (NOR) and Veikkaus (FIN) has detailed further insights on the JV’s foundations and ambitions which aims to disrupt the global lottery scene.This week, a first of its kind strategic initiative was formed by the Four European legacy gambling/lottery groups, stating their intent to develop new lottery consumer propositions, running alongside enhanced product ranges whilst further supported by dynamic real-time lottery management systems.The tough mandate has been charged to Morten Eriksen, the former Norsk Tipping VP of Distribution, who now leads the European lottery sector’s most ambitious directive in years“With changing customer behaviour, digital growth and increased competition, this is one of the most exciting initiatives I have seen during my time in the lottery and gaming industries,” Eriksen tells SBC.Tasked with delivering much-needed innovation and fresh thinking to stagnant lottery formats, Eriksen details that LEIA will initially focus on ‘multiple game development initiatives’, based on shared resources and values of the founding partners.“ This will create an opportunity to develop games and products that also exploit prize liquidity from the collective customer pool in the participating countries.”Questioned on potential expansions and new partnerships, Eriksen confirms that dependent on the success of LEIA’s initial JV products, this may leading to an opening of its collaborative framework for other European lottery stakeholders.‘The Parties may include other parties to the Joint Venture based on a unanimous decision by the Shareholders. Considering the overall objective of the Joint Venture, the Parties will only include companies which qualify as Contracting Authorities, sharing the same goals as the Parties and duly authorised to operate gambling activities in their respective jurisdictions’ LEIA details to SBC.
Dear Editor,I feel compelled to offer my comments to a long but well-scribed statement emanating from A New and United Guyana (ANUG).In this epistle, ANUG accurately chronicles the President’s, the Government’s and GECOM’s contumacious violations of the Constitution, their disrespect for the norms and practices of democracy, their abrogation of the rule of law, their contemptuous disregard for rulings from the Judiciary and, the President’s characterisation as “hooliganism”, the citizenry’s exercise of their fundamental rights and freedom to protest against these atrocities. I am in complete agreement with this descriptive concatenation.In introducing each of the incidences in this chronology of authoritarianism, the author asks, rhetorically, “what do you do?” In the end, the author offers his solution: “substantive changes to the Constitution.” With this contention, I differ sharply.While I hold resolutely to the view that constitutional reform is always required to meet the dynamism and exigencies of an evolving society, it is not the panacea that so many in this country perceive it to be. I am fortified in this view by the fact that the greatest and largest democracies in the world – India, the United States of America and Canada – have rarely altered their respective Constitutions since independence, though they would have been confronted with enormous governmental, democratic and constitutional challenges over the decades. The United Kingdom presents us with over 200 years of democratic Government without a written Constitution!A brief overview of the Commonwealth will confirm that Guyana’s Constitution has undergone more reforms than perhaps any other. And I dare say, stands out, comparatively, as one of the more democratic in its devolution of political power to non-Executive organs.So, my friends, the solution is not and cannot be, merely, constitutional reform. What we are confronted with in Guyana is a colossal attack on constitutionalism, the rule of law and democratic ethos – all rolled up in one. Therefore, unless there is a preparedness to comply with the Constitution, to abide by the rules of democracy and to respect the rule of law, then whatever the provisions of the Constitution are, it will continue to be trampled upon by those who do not embrace constitutionality. The Caribbean Court of Justice’s recent exhortations in its consequential orders for the constitutional actors to discharge their duties with integrity falling on deaf ears is but a stark reminder of this reality.In the circumstances, there is sufficient empirical data to impel to the conclusion that constitutional reform will not engender constitutionality. Indeed, we run the risk of becoming a nation of serial constitutional reforms attracting an unending cycle of constitutional violations.For the reasons adumbrated above, I demand unreserved and unqualified constitutional compliance, and perhaps then, we can resort to constitutional reform.Sincerely,Mohabir Anil Nandlall, MPAttorney-at-Law