Setting up in a new market is never easy, and as the US market continues to grow, complying with regulations across states is vital for survival. We spoke to experts at Continent 8 to learn more about how they are tackling some of the operational pain-points. Topics: Tech & innovation Enabling multi-state operations Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 16th April 2019 | By Josephine Watson Email Address Tech & innovation Nick Nally has been with Continent 8 for over 13 years and looks after the company’s business development and strategy globally. At this point in time, he is primarily focussed on the development of the US market. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Graeme Price is the commercial development director for Continent 8. Graeme has partnered with a broad range of clients within the US igaming industry to utilise his IT expertise across telecoms, hosting and cloud technologies.As the US market continues to expand and develop at a rapid pace, agility and speed to market continue to be critical.However, the emerging regulatory landscape across the states poses challenges for new entrants and existing companies alike. Addressing all of the various requirements from state to state means managing and maintaining multiple contracts with the necessary infrastructure providers.To provide igaming businesses with the reliability, connectivity and security that they are accustomed to from suppliers across regulated markets in the US, Continent 8 Technologies, an igaming data center and global network solutions provider, is preparing to open their newest data center in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on June 1.We spoke with Nick Nally, chief development officer and Graeme Price, commercial development director at Continent 8 to learn more about the development and the challenges their clients are facing in the market.Continent 8 began working in New Jersey in 2013 when online gaming was legalised, however regulations meant that hosting for online gaming providers had to be placed within brick and mortar casinos. Nally explains: “We started working with the regulator, with operators and other various lobbyists and groups to see whether there was a way whereby an independent data centre which had all of the accreditations and standards could be implemented in Atlantic City and would still meet the regulatory requirements of the state.”In order to offer their services, Continent 8 became the only non-gaming company to acquire a Casino Service Industry Enterprise (CSIE) license, with Nally saying: “In any building that we either lease or buy in Atlantic City, we are able to use the license to bring online gaming companies into it. It’s the first time that operators will not need to be in a licensed casino.”This allows the company to act like casino but without the business, and is fully regulated under DGE regulation, via Bill (S185 / A1903), which allows and enable online gaming equipment to be located at a secure facility other than a casino, so long as it lies in Atlantic City.Price continues, saying that having the license ensures that customers’ servers and infrastructure are managed and protected around the clock. DDoS defensesWith recent reports showing that the igaming industry is the second most attacked vertical in the world, DDoS defense solutions are another brick in the foundations of setting up in a new market.This is especially prevalent in the US, with cybersecurity and anti-virus provider Kapersky reporting the country as the second most attacked in the world behind China.Continent 8 has been offering a global DDoS solution to the igaming industry for many years, utilising detection and mitigation technology to monitor and track online threats and alert clients.Price says this is a consistently challenging space: “Attacks change all of the time, and you have to be on top of the knowledge and what’s going on in the industry. If you go to sleep here for a short while, things will catch up with you very quickly.”With the rise of new technologies such as AI, hackers have access to increasingly sophisticated tools to knock sites offline. We’re putting in measures to support that, but it’s a week-by-week process.This same technology will be a core part of their US offering, with Price saying “We wrap this solution in to all of our connectivity, so we’ll be connecting the data center up to a range of local partners to offer dual and even tri-resilience for operators.”Nally continues: “We have two large scrubbing centers situated in the US, one in NJ itself, and in terms of the data center, all of our customers will be directly connected to this facility, which offers a better level of service.” State of connectivitySince arriving in Atlantic City in 2013, Continent 8 has been working to re-design the network topology serving the city. With the advent of sports betting last year, demand for bandwidth has increased considerably.He continues: “We are working with each local connectivity provider in Atlantic City, blending their services and putting in a number of additional links. This means we can offer connectivity up to 10GB from the new site. What that offers is resilience in terms of the different connectivity routes going out of the site, and resilience in terms of the single provider.”In terms of back-ups, the DGE is asking for all operators equipment to be based in Atlantic City, which the duo say can create “a little bit of a headache” when creating an efficient backup solution like those typically deployed, which would sometimes be multi-region, multi-city, etc.“Here, we’re limited by geography to keeping the DR in Atlantic city. So, what we’re offering is a direct link to our present data center provider in Ocean Resort and putting links between that facility and the new Atlantic City data center thus providing adherence to a regulatory backup and data recovery solution.” Patchwork regulationsAs they look forward to further regulation in the US market, Nally says the company anticipates the need for continued agility and preparation: “Some states are asking that service providers to gaming companies or operators are accredited or licensed in some way or another.“Every state looks at this slightly differently – in the case of Pennsylvania, you have to become a gaming service provider in order to supply services to operators and licensees. In Mississippi, there are no requirements for hosting providers to be accredited or licensed, but this may change in the future if they bring in state-wide sports betting and online casino offerings.”Nally explains that Continent 8 is able to have a close working relationship with regulators as a result of their positioning: “We’re sometimes viewed as independent in this industry – of course we want to further aid its growth but we’re not necessarily in it, so we can forge close relationships with regulatory bodies.“For example, in New Jersey, we’re going into the DGE on a regular basis talking about new offerings and new opportunities in the marketplace. We’ve also had these conversations in Pennsylvania, in West Virginia and Mississippi. In a way, we’re here as well to help regulators work through this incredibly complex landscape.” This has been important when it came to engaging with regulations around leveraging cloud technologies in the US marketplace, says Price, explaining that as a result of their cloud services across the world, Continent 8 is able to leverage other regulators acceptance of the technology to hopefully encourage the US market to take it up as well.“This is a big requirement for new entrants coming into the US market, who don’t always have the infrastructure that current regulations require. We’re talking with the regulators on how this can drive down costs to operators and reduce barriers to entry,” Price explains. Contract overloadNally anticipates that as the market develops and matures, companies will have to adhere to standards-based operations, meaning the challenge for operators is to be able to try to avoid becoming inundated with service provider contracts.He says: “If you imagine 10 states come online, and as an IT person you have to find infrastructure in every single one of those states. Ideally you’d look at at least four different data centers in each state. That’s 40 different data centers. From there, you might look at a few different IP providers, so you’ve got another range of contracts, then of course there’s cyber security offerings.”With speed to market being so crucial in the US, Price explains that Continent 8 prepares to enter regulating states before the official announcements by completing due diligence ahead of time so that they can identify the best-of-breed service providers and develop business intelligence.Price says this ensures that when the market does regulate, the company can ensure they are working with the best possible partners as quickly as possible: “We’re able to offer one contract across the US under one master services agreement with service-level agreements sitting underneath all of that.”As the market continues to develop and there remains high importance of agility and flexibility, Continent 8 aims to ensure operators can easily move from location to location without implications to their contract. Price says: “We’ve already shown benefit to operators by doing that in light of the recent DoJ news. We have one single network connecting all of these regulated states, so it’s quite seamless for us to push through and move people from site to site.”Looking to the future, Nally says for him, the company’s objectives are clear – to follow through on their commitment to enter into every significant regulated online gaming market across the United States.
ArchDaily 2007 Main Contractor: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/373314/adr18-housing-lpzr-architetti-associati Clipboard “COPY” ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/373314/adr18-housing-lpzr-architetti-associati Clipboard Apartments Architects: LPzR architetti associati Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs CopyApartments•Milano, Italy Year: Construction Supervisor:Gabriele Pranzo-ZaccariaAssistant To Construction:Chiara Pranzo-ZaccariaStructural Engineering:Nicola BoreattiVolume:1,570 m3Client:MD GroupArchitect In Charge:Gabriele Pranzo-ZaccariaDesign Team:Gabriele Pranzo-Zaccaria, Luca Gobbo, Chiara Pranzo-ZaccariaCity:MilanoCountry:ItalyMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Chiara Pranzo-Zaccaria, Gabriele Pranzo-ZaccariaContextThe building is located in Milan (Italy), inside the industrial Bovisa Quarter. Here new housing buildings coexist close to warehouses, gasometers, chimneys and workshopsSave this picture!© Chiara Pranzo-Zaccaria, Gabriele Pranzo-ZaccariaSave this picture!Before ProjectThe project concerns the residential transformation of a warehouse. The client, a real estate developer, required a young and up-to-date look for his new apartments. The design made by LPzR architects keeps the former building perimeter and adds a new livable floor. Four apartments are placed at the ground floor and four at the first floor.Save this picture!Plan Architectural designThe main building volume is a simple red parallelepiped. An apparently random pattern of windows is applied, generating dynamic effects on the main façade. The asymmetries of the solid white frames give the façade a unique three-dimensional look.Project gallerySee allShow lessSTUDIO Issue #4: TRANSFORMATIONArchitecture NewsStudio Terra240 / Arquitetos AssociadosSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Via Don Giuseppe Andreoli, 18, 20158 Milano, ItalyLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Save this picture!© Chiara Pranzo-Zaccaria, Gabriele Pranzo-Zaccaria+ 15 Share ADR18 Housing / LPzR architetti associatiSave this projectSaveADR18 Housing / LPzR architetti associati ADR18 Housing / LPzR architetti associati photographs: Chiara Pranzo-Zaccaria, Gabriele Pranzo-ZaccariaPhotographs: Chiara Pranzo-Zaccaria, Gabriele Pranzo-Zaccaria “COPY” Year: 2007 Projects NICA costruzioni s.r.l. CopyAbout this officeLPzR architetti associatiOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsMilanoMilanHousingItalyPublished on May 18, 2013Cite: “ADR18 Housing / LPzR architetti associati” 18 May 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Facebook Linkedin Joey McReynoldshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/joey-mcreynolds/ Trump to appear at Fort Worth Convention Center The109: senior minister at University Christian Church announces resignation Fort Worth Firefighters Charities posts signs for drowning prevention month Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Joey McReynoldshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/joey-mcreynolds/ Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Joey McReynolds Joey McReynoldshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/joey-mcreynolds/ printCyclists around Fort Worth can expect to see a few more of the familiar red and gray bike racks that dot the city.Ten new stations will be added in coming months, nine of which will be constructed in May, said Kristen Camareno, executive director of Fort Worth Bike Sharing. The new stations are funded by a grant from the Federal Highway Administration.The proposed locations for the new stations are primarily downtown and along the Trinity Trails. Others are also in near southside off Magnolia Avenue as well as one station up near the Stockyards.The red markers denote proposed station locations for new bike sharing rackers. They are primarily located downtown, along the Trinity Trails, and Near Southside. There is also a prosed station in the Stockyards. (Not pictured.)The additional stations come almost two years since the start of the program and is the second time stations have been added. Camareno said they’ve seen an increase in overall ridership every month compared to last year.Camareno also said that increase has mainly come in the form of 24-hour members, or people who rent a bike once for a few hours. They haven’t, however, seen the same increase in annual membership.“That’s something that we’re still working to grow,” Camareno said. “But I think that as we see more and more people learning to drive less, and ride or walk or use public transit more we’ll see those annual member numbers go up.”She said part of the reason for the slow growth in annual members is the use of the rental bikes for recreation, rather than as a means of transportation.“It’s been pretty common around the country to see, in the early years of a bike share program, to see a little bit heavier recreational use,” Camareno said. “The original intent for bike sharing is as a first and last mile mode of transportation.”Alden Aldrich, who uses a bike as his primary means of transportation, said while he’s excited to see growth in Fort Worth’s biking community, he doesn’t think the bike sharing program can meet the needs of the residential population to be used for transit purposes.“I’m very glad Fort Worth has a bike sharing program,” Aldrich said. “Biking is probably the single best way for visitors to get around the city’s interior. I think the problem we face here is that our downtown [population] is tiny in comparison to the residential area.”Aldrich also said because he lives in a residential area outside of downtown, commuting by bike isn’t the most efficient way to get around because current bike routes in Fort Worth, such as the Trinity Trails, aren’t connected to busy population centers.He said eventually he would like to see a bike highway, that connects people to where they work and live, similar to the Hank Aaron bike trail in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.“The main difference is that Hank Aaron Trail goes in a straight line, along the city’s main highway,” Aldrich said. “If you want a truly bike-friendly city, build a bike highway designed for people to get to work, the grocery store, the grade schools.” ReddIt Linkedin Previous articleLocal garden demonstrates water conservationNext articleFort Worth museum offers Looney Toons experience Joey McReynolds RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Joey McReynoldshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/joey-mcreynolds/ Two vehicles parked in the soccer stadium parking lot were broken into Monday, a TCU Police official said.TCU Police Lt. Ramiro Abad said personal items were taken from the cars sometime Monday afternoon.The owners reported the theft to the TCU Police when they came back to their cars that afternoon, Abad said. They were missing personal property, he said. Abad declined to elaborate on what was stolen.There are no suspects for the break-ins, Abad said.Abad said he could not give the names of the victims. Facebook ReddIt + posts Fort Worth to present development plan for Berry/University area near TCU Twitter
By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Twitter Local News Facebook Odessa police investigating four-vehicle crash in Northeast Odessa Pinterest WhatsApp TAGS Twitter Facebook File image of OPD police vehicle. An Odessa woman is in critical condition following a major crash that occurred this past weekend in Northeast Odessa. On May 17, 2019 at approximately 2325 hours, Odessa Police and Odessa Fire Rescue responded to 56th and Faudree in reference to a 4-vehicle crash. Investigation revealed that a brown GMC Sierra, being operated by Jesus Octavio, 27 years of age, was traveling southbound on Faudree. A red Ford F-150, being operated by Alfredo Payan, 32 years of age, was traveling northbound on Faudree. A white Chevrolet Tahoe, being operated by Yisel Acuna, 28 years of age, was also traveling northbound on Faudree. A white Ford Mustang, being operated by Kimberly Rodriguez, 27 years of age, was traveling eastbound on 56th Street at a high rate of speed. Investigation revealed that Rodriguez ran the stop sign and struck the Sierra, F-150 and Tahoe. Rodriguez was transported to Medical Center Hospital with life-threatening injuries. Octavio and Payan were transported to Medical Center Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. There were no reports of any other injuries. The investigation continues. WhatsApp Pinterest Previous article050419_Cinco_de_Mayo_jf_05Next articleJose Navarrette Digital AIM Web Support
The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago About Author: Tory Barringer Tagged with: CFPB Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Mini-Correspondent Brokers NAR National Association of Realtors Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago CFPB Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Mini-Correspondent Brokers NAR National Association of Realtors 2014-10-08 Tory Barringer Home / Daily Dose / NAR President Asks CFPB to be Cautious With Mini-Correspondent Brokers Sign up for DS News Daily The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently sent a letter to the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) urging the agency to adopt a cautious approach as it puts greater scrutiny on brokers operating under the “mini-correspondent” lender model.In a note addressed to CFPB chief Richard Cordray, NAR President Steve Brown asked the director to “be mindful” of certain business concerns when evaluating arrangements between mini-correspondent brokers and lenders so as not to “unduly restrict access to credit.”Brown’s letter comes months after the bureau signaled it will be watching out for brokers trying to skirt its compensation rules by operating the same way under a different label. Those rules were put in place early this year as a way to remove financial incentives for brokers to direct borrowers toward riskier products.”Before the financial crisis, consumers seeking mortgages were steered toward high-cost and risky loans that were not in the consumer’s interest,” Cordray said in July. “The CFPB’s rules on mortgage broker compensation are intended to protect consumers from this type of abuse. Today we are putting companies on notice that they cannot avoid those rules by calling themselves by a different name.”In his letter, Brown voiced NAR’s support for the bureau’s efforts to stop brokers from getting around its rules but said the group “also supports access and choice in credit provider channels,” including affiliated business arrangements and joint ventures.Brown specifically points to arrangements in which the joint venture partner is the main partner or the channel for selling loans.He also pointed to warehouse lines of credit, a product he says the mortgage banking industry has suffered a shortage of over the years.”The withdrawal of warehouse lines and correspondent channels for selling loans has been a way the largest players have attempted to gain market share,” Brown said. “By turning to comparably smaller but substantial venture partners, smaller lenders have maintained the services and access to credit they provide consumers. One of the major reasons why the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was enacted was to deal with too-big-to-fail entities and industry concentration. The Bureau should therefore be mindful of the concentration effects of provisions that bar entry or growth of smaller lending entities.” October 8, 2014 604 Views Print This Post Tory Barringer began his journalism career in early 2011, working as a writer for the University of Texas at Arlington’s student newspaper before joining the DS News team in 2012. In addition to contributing to DSNews.com, he is also the online editor for DS News’ sister publication, MReport, which focuses on mortgage banking news. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: Report: Nearly Half of December 2013 Foreclosures Remained In August Next: DS News Webcast: Thursday 10/9/2014 Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Share Save Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago NAR President Asks CFPB to be Cautious With Mini-Correspondent Brokers Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago
Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Tory Barringer began his journalism career in early 2011, working as a writer for the University of Texas at Arlington’s student newspaper before joining the DS News team in 2012. In addition to contributing to DSNews.com, he is also the online editor for DS News’ sister publication, MReport, which focuses on mortgage banking news. Report: REO Sales Account for More Than Half of All-Cash Transactions Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Cash Sales CoreLogic REO sales 2014-10-21 Tory Barringer Print This Post Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago October 21, 2014 1,022 Views Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Previous: Castro Outlines HUD’s ‘Blueprint for Access’ Next: DS News Webcast: Wednesday 10/22/2014 Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News, REO About Author: Tory Barringer Related Articles Home / Daily Dose / Report: REO Sales Account for More Than Half of All-Cash Transactions The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Tagged with: Cash Sales CoreLogic REO sales Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The sales of REO properties, or those repossessed by lenders, accounted for more than half of all-cash sales in the U.S. in July, according to transaction data recently released by CoreLogic.Overall, all-cash home sales slipped yet again in July, falling to their lowest share in nearly six years, according to CoreLogic. Home sales transacted entirely in cash accounted for 32.9 percent of total home sales in July, down from 35.9 percent year-over-year. It was the lowest cash sales share since August 2008, according to CoreLogic.By transaction type, REO sales continued to account for the majority of all-cash sales at 56.3 percent in July, CoreLogic reported. They were followed by re-sales (32.4 percent), short sales (31.1 percent), and newly built homes (16 percent).While REO sales still account for more than half of cash transactions, REOs made up only 7.1 percent of total sales in July, meaning they made little impact on the overall cash sales share.”A trend to watch is the cash share of re-sales, which has fallen almost 15 percentage points from its peak cash share of 47.1 percent in February 2011,” said Molly Boesel, senior economist at CoreLogic. “This category will determine the direction of cash sales going forward, since re-sales make up the largest share at 81 percent of all sales.”Compared to June, cash sales were down only a tenth of a percentage point. CoreLogic says cash sales share comparisons should be made on a yearly basis due to the seasonal nature of the housing market.As of July, all-cash sales were still well above their pre-crisis average of 25 percent as traditional mortgage buyers still find it difficult to get a foot into the market. Cash sales peaked at a share of 46.3 percent in January 2011.Florida continued to lead all other states, with 49.7 percent of sales transacted in cash in July. Sunshine State locals also topped the list of the biggest 100 metros for cash sales, led by West Palm Beach-Boca Raton-Delray Beach (57.9 percent), Cape Coral-Fort Myers (57.3 percent), and Miami-Miami Beach-Kendall (56.5 percent). Share Save Subscribe Sign up for DS News Daily
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Comments are closed. Sickness certification shift will fail without more staffOn 1 Nov 2003 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Plans to shift sickness certification from GPs to occupational healthpractitioners could be a chance for OH to take centre stage on workplacehealth, but will only work if hundreds more can be encouraged into theprofession, OH staff have warned. The British Medical Association (BMA) has agreed with the Government thatGPs should give up sickness certification from 1 April 2006, as part of theirnew contract designed to reduce hours and workload. The scheme was due to be formally launched in December, but because ofdelays in agreeing initial funding with the Department of Health for pilotschemes, it is now not expected to be up and running until the new year. Six pilot projects will be set up to determine the fine detail of thescheme, including the role of OH, the continuing input of GPs and how smallfirms might cope with buying in specialist certification services. Sheila Tilley, an OH adviser with Interact Health Management, warned therewould need to be very effective firewalls between HR and OH to ensure there wasno conflict of interest or breach of confidentiality, and that patients couldfeel able to trust OH with their medical problems. Dr Jackie Senior, occupational physician with Interact Health Management forNorth Yorkshire County Council and Arriva Trains Northern, said the system asit stood was not working. OH specialists might be better placed than hard-pressed GPs to spend timewith patients, discussing alternatives to taking to time off work. Linemanagers also needed better training in how to manage short-term absence. But she added: “At our current levels of staffing, we probably wouldnot be able to do it. There would need to be mass recruitment of OHadvisers.” Dr Anne Price, head of occupational health at Marks & Spencer, saidthere could also be a difficulty in managing expectations, as patients mightexpect treatment as well as a diagnosis – something that OH will not bequalified to dispense. Extending self-certification from seven to 14 days might help, as would bettereducating GPs on how to fill in sick notes, she added. Previous Article Next Article