In fact, maybe we should be surprised the number of disputes is so low." O'Keeffe said the surge in numbers of cases indicated changing attitude and acceptance of independent adjudication right across the betting industry, which had also resulted in far greater awareness of the contribution Ibas can make to the industry's reputation for fairness and integrity.
He added: "Interestingly, there has been a significant rise in the number of bookmakers and operators requesting Ibas materials to display in their premises and on websites, which attracted little attention or desire in previous years." The new regulatory environment surrounding the Gambling Commission had brought greater scrutiny of Ibas, O'Keeffe said.
The greater range and sharper picture provided by IBAS improve the survivability and lethality of the vehicle, boost the probability of hit for the missile and gun, and reduce the chances of fratricide.
Once the target is detected, IBAS improves identification capability by 232 percent at night and 70 percent in daylight.
It is surely now time for IBAS
also to become fully open in its decisionmaking process.
Internet firms without a UK base are not eligible to join IBAS
, which fears that unscrupulous operators would be able to abuse their membership.
One argument against the Levy Board's involvement is that the board's statutory responsibilities are confined to horseracing, whereas IBAS
deals with disputes relating to bets on all sports.
"I know that this summer some bookmakers have refused point blank to join and, in another recent case, George Akins was originally in IBAS
but left after a judgement went against him.
ruled that Akins should pay customer Betty Ward pounds 2,000 of the pounds 4,096 she felt she was due for picking four successful numbers.
Ishrat Husain, Dean and Director, IBA
. The President UBL and Dean IBA
took some time to discuss matters of mutual interest.