first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission has launched a request for proposals to identify a technology partner to support the potential roll-out of legal online gambling in the Canadian province. Legal & compliance The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC) has launched a request for proposals (RFP) to identify a technology partner to support the potential roll-out of a legal online gambling service in the Canadian province.The RFP calls for all interested technology suppliers with the ability to power a digital gambling offering to lodge a bid with the provincial regulatory body.The AGLC said it is seeking an online gambling service provider to set up and manage a safe, secure and socially responsible regulated gambling websiteCompanies, which have until February 28 to submit a bid, would be required to build a programme that would enable consumers in Alberta to gamble online via a computer or mobile device.A spokesperson for the AGLC told that the new site will feature online casino, bingo and poker services. The organisation is also seeking a proponent to integrate to its Western Canada Lottery Corporation lottery service provider to enable residents to purchase lottery products online.The AGLC spokesperson also said that the entire process – from the posting of the RFP to the launch of online gambling – could take between 12 and 18 months. The AGLC expects to announce the successful proponent this summer.The main incentive behind the move is to encourage consumers in the province to gamble with regulated operators, rather than the offshore companies that punters are forced to use due to the lack of regulation.Chara Goodings, senior communications officer at the AGLC, told CBC that about C$358m (£207m/€236m/$268m) is currently spent offshore by Alberta gamblers.Goodings said that regulating online gambling would allow the government to take in a percentage of this spend through taxation. He also said betting with approved operators would help to protect consumers.Alberta and Saskatchewan are the only two Canadian provinces that do not currently offer legal online gambling to citizens.British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec all offer residents a range of online gambling services, while the four Atlantic provinces of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador have online lottery systems in place.Image: Santeri Viinamäki Tags: Online Gambling 22nd January 2019 | By contenteditor Topics: Legal & compliance Alberta seeks technical support for online gambling launch Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: Canada Albertalast_img read more

first_img Svenska Spel president and chief executive Patrik Hofbauer has called for a ban on the lottery betting industry in Sweden, describing the continued legality of the business model as “incomprehensible.” Svenska Spel chief calls for ban on lottery betting Regions: Europe Nordics Sweden 28th November 2019 | By Daniel O’Boyle Topics: Legal & compliance Lottery Svenska Spel president and chief executive Patrik Hofbauer has called for a ban on the lottery betting industry in Sweden, describing the continued legality of the business model as “incomprehensible.”In a statement posted on Svenska Spel’s website yesterday (27 November), Hofbauer argued that lottery betting operators’ business models would not be permitted in other industries.“It is incomprehensible that [lottery betting] may continue,” Hofbauer said. “I can’t think of any other industry where it’s okay to use competing companies’ products as their own business. The shadow gaming companies cannibalise on well-known lotteries without owning the brands themselves that they market and sell.”Hofbauer said he hoped that this complaint is addressed when the Swedish Gambling Market Investigation Board (Spelmarknadsutredningen) presents its results of an investigation into the country’s re-regulated market, which opened on 1 January 2019.Hofbauer added that he felt that lottery betting, which he referred to as “shadow gaming,” is confusing to customers, who may not realise that they are not simply playing the lottery itself.“‘Deposit 25 SEK and get 100 SEK to bet on Lotto’ advertises, for example, one of the shadow gaming companies,” Hofbauer said. “Only further into the site does it become – hopefully – clear to the player that it is not Svenska Spel’s Lotto or another lotto draw but you are betting on the outcome of the lottery. The shadow game companies simply go low on incorporated brands.”“At the same time, it is very doubtful if customers understand what kind of game they are participating in. You should almost be a game technology expert to understand what betting on the outcome of lotteries means.”Hofbauer said the investigation was important as major reforms such as the Swedish re-regulation can include unintended consequences.“When the new Gaming Act was announced in Parliament in 2018, an investigation was also set up to monitor the effects,” Hofbauer said. “It was a wise decision. As the conditions for a market are fundamentally changed, it is necessary, after a while, to verify that the reforms have really provided the positive effects that the Riksdag [Sweden’s legislature] and the government have wanted to achieve.”“I think everyone is aware that there are sometimes negative side effects of major changes. Often it is about rogue players seeing an opening that the legislature had not foreseen. This does not mean that the re-regulation in itself is bad, only that it is extremely difficult to predict in advance all conceivable loopholes.”Hofbauer said he believed that lottery betting companies also violate the Swedish Gaming Act, which declares that the lottery market should be reserved for public benefit and the state.Hofbauer cited the example of Denmark as one country which already has banned lottery betting.In October, Hofbauer gave his backing to a ban on betting markets that can be influenced by a single player in a match, such as corners and yellow and red cards.center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Legal & compliancelast_img read more

first_imgUniversal Insurance Company Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the half year.For more information about Universal Insurance Company Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Universal Insurance Company Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Universal Insurance Company Plc (  2016 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileUniversal Insurance Company Plc is an insurance company in Nigeria licensed to cover all cases of non-life insurance for the individual, commercial and institutional sectors. The company also offers banking products and services as well as risk management services. General insurance products cover motor, property, marine, accidents, engineering and contractors, bond, HCPI, oil and gas, guarantees and indemnities and occupier’s liability insurance. Commercial and institutional products cover all risks associated with the hospitality, construction, logistics, capital markets and real estate sectors as well as financial coverage for accidents, theft, vandalism and motor vehicle collisions. Universal Insurance Company Plc receives reinsurance support from Swiss Reinsurance Company of Zurich. Established in 1961 and formerly known as the Universal Insurance Company Limited (UNISURE), the company changed its name to Universal Insurance Company following its amalgamation with United Trust Assurance Company Limited, Oriental Insurance Company Limited and African Safety Insurance Company Limited. Universal Insurance Plc has operations across the country in the major towns and cities of Nigeria. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Universal Insurance Company Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

first_imgMcNichols Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Food sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about McNichols Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the McNichols Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: McNichols Plc (  2019 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileMcNichols Consolidated Plc manufactures, packages and markets a range of fortified sugar products in Nigeria. This includes granulated sugar, cube sugar, icing sugar and baking sugar. The company also produces a range of chocolate powder and custard powder. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Mcnichols Consolidated Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

first_imgAn earlier version of this article appeared in Labor Notes May 15.The Trump administration, COVID-19 and U.S. Senate reluctance to provide needed funding have put the U.S. Postal Service in dire economic straits. To make matters worse, newly appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy comes with 35 years’ experience in labor analytics — the art of eliminating as many jobs as possible — and other antiworker practices.Workers striking in 2018 against XPO, the new postal head’s former company, with a long record of ‘anti-union animus.’Criticism of the new postmaster has centered on his $2 million in contributions to the Trump campaign and other Republican causes since 2016 and his fundraising responsibilities for the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte, N.C. His former company, New Breed Logistics, had a terrible labor record, rife with sexual harassment, discrimination, speedup, workplace injuries, excessive use of temps, misclassifying workers as independent contractors and inadequate sick leave during the current pandemic.More automationDeJoy, whose term begins June 15, is only the fifth postmaster general since 1971 to not come from within the U.S. Postal Service bureaucracy. His experience in supply chain logistics was clearly a factor in his appointment.DeJoy’s New Breed Logistics, before it merged with XPO Logistics, was a contractor to the USPS for more than 25 years, “supplying the organization with logistics support for multiple processing facilities,” the USPS announcement revealed.Currently XPO does extensive business with the Postal Service ($57 million in 2017), potentially putting DeJoy in the position of overseeing decisions that affect his personal financial interests. He served terms as XPO’s CEO and a board member before retiring in 2018. The company continues to rent warehouse space from him, and he and his wife own between $25 million and $50 million in XPO stock.The funding that the postal board of governors is asking from Congress includes $25 billion for “modernization.” What might DeJoy’s version of modernization look like? Take a look at the website of XPO: “Our focus is on robotics, autonomous vehicles, automated sortation systems, drones and other cutting-edge technologies that speed goods through the supply chain. Once startup is complete, our managers use XPO Smart™ labor analytics to optimize productivity.”In other words, the company specializes in the science of weeding out any worker who’s not superproductive and supercompliant, with no regard to seniority or a worker’s humanity. We can expect DeJoy to bring this same mentality to running the postal service.Postal workers have experienced “modernization” before. Like in other industries, every wave of technological innovation since the 1980s has made work more difficult, while eliminating jobs, deskilling positions and increasing the number of lower-paid temporary workers.Now during the pandemic, all postal workers are considered essential. All are exposed to COVID-19 dangers, but temp workers get much lower pay and benefits!‘Anti-union animus’While DeJoy was CEO, New Breed acted with “anti-union animus,” the National Labor Relations Board ruled in 1994. That’s when New Breed avoided hiring Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU) members after securing a contract to run a U.S. Army terminal in Compton, Calif.In 2008, DeJoy and Boeing provoked a 57-day strike of 27,000 Machinists (IAM), who fought back against plans to outsource 5,000 union jobs in parts delivery and facilities maintenance to nonunion New Breed Logistics. The longest strike in Boeing history ended with a compromise deal that prevented the loss of 5,000 jobs but allowed New Breed to deliver parts to Boeing factories.In 2013, a Tennessee jury awarded $1.5 million to three New Breed temp warehouse workers in a sexual harassment and retaliation lawsuit. The workers had been fired for complaining about a manager’s “unwelcome sexual touching and lewd, obscene and vulgar sexual remarks.” The employee handbook, which had sexual harassment protocols, was purposefully kept out of the hands of temps — who made up 80 percent of the workforce.In 2014, the New York Times reported, four women working for New Breed in a Memphis warehouse suffered miscarriages after supervisors refused their requests for light duty during their pregnancies. Workers hoped that conditions would improve when XPO took over, but instead things got even worse — workers were now expected to pack 120 boxes per hour instead of 60 and were punished for too-long bathroom breaks. In 2017, a woman died of cardiac arrest on the warehouse floor, and workers around her were told to keep working. In 2018, two more women miscarried.Since 2000, XPO and its subsidiaries have racked up 16 wage-and-hour violations, with fines totaling $35 million. They have also been dinged six times for employment discrimination, five times for labor relations, eight times for aviation safety, and 22 times for health and safety violations. The state of California has repeatedly awarded back wages to XPO truck drivers who were misclassified as independent contractors.Truck drivers, warehouse workers and intermodal drivers at hundreds of XPO facilities worldwide held a day of protests on May 30, 2019, against abuses and wage theft. U.S. efforts were coordinated by the Teamsters, who organized a handful of XPO units. “As someone who drives from Tijuana, Mexico to San Diego every single day to work more than 12 hours,” said driver Jose ‘Chema’ Rodriguez, “it’s ludicrous that I’m still unable to afford to live in the United States because of the compensation and benefits XPO has denied me by misclassifying me as an ‘independent contractor.’”When the pandemic hit, the New York Times reported that XPO offered to “lend” workers up to 100 hours of time off — but they would have to repay the time. A Miami truck driver told the paper that even if he got coronavirus, he would have to keep driving his 18-wheeler. On April 4, workers walked out of an XPO warehouse in Palmyra, N.J., over COVID-19 concerns, after three workers became infected. (Video of walkout: to fightAlready the pandemic has caused the deaths of more than 60 postal workers, and as of May 24, more than 97,000 people have died in the U.S., disproportionately people of color and the elderly. Over 17,000 postal workers have been sickened or have had to self-quarantine.The pandemic has created a massive funding crisis for the postal service, but the struggle to save the postal service is taking place under a presidential administration that is openly hostile to its existence. The threat to postal jobs and benefits also comes at a time of historic unemployment, with more than 38 million unemployment claims since late March. Perhaps one-third of the U.S. workforce has become jobless; many may never get their jobs back.The 38 percent turnover rate among noncareer employees at USPS in 2018-19 will likely decrease. Workers in these second-tier, permatemp positions (mail handler assistants, postal support employees, city carrier assistants and rural carrier associates) may be unwilling to quit — despite inflexible schedules, arrogant supervisors, the physical demands of the work and working too many or too few hours. People will be desperate to feed and house their families.If workers can’t afford to walk away from the job, they might be more willing to fight for their rights on the job — much like workers during the great postal strike of 1970. The postal workforce at that time included many veterans newly returned from the Vietnam War, who came back angry — veterans were extremely against the war — and Black workers were inspired by the Black liberation movement. The rebellious spirit of the times led to defiant action within the post office. After the last few years of teacher strikes, Black Lives Matter protests and the #MeToo movement, it appears such a spirit is percolating again.Piette began as a postal clerk, became a letter carrier and retired in 2011 after 30 years in the USPS.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_imgFacebook Linkedin Frog Camp provides familiar experience for first-year students Linkedin Facebook Twitter Shannon Murphy Students concerned about mask compliance inside TCU’s library Shannon Murphy is a journalism and political science double major from San Jose, California. Outside the classroom she enjoys traveling, drinking coffee, and reading about politics or history. printFort Worth citizens participated in early voting in the Brown Lupton University Union at TCU. Photo by Sam Bruton. Early voting for the March 3 primary begins Tuesday across the state of Texas, and people will now be able to vote on TCU’s campus throughout the entire 12-day period. Voters can cast an early ballot at area college sites including the Brown-Lupton University Union.House Bill 1888 required early voting sites to be open throughout the entire early voting period, threatening on-campus sites that were only open for a portion of the period. Although Tarrant County officials initially said they may have to remove the early voting sites at college campuses, money was budgeted to operate all eight sites. Voters will also be seeing new voting machines at the polls. Tarrant County approved an $11 million purchase of the machines last August, which include both a paper and digital ballot. A tutorial on the machines is below. “From what I’ve read, the new machines include better technology, but still print a paper ballot,” TCU political science professor Grant Ferguson said. “That sounds good.”Registered Tarrant County voters are eligible to vote at any site in the area. Voters can visit the Texas Secretary of State’s website to check their eligibility and see a list of sites.Tarrant County early voting schedule: Tuesday, Feb. 18 through Friday, Feb. 21: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 23: 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24 through Friday, Feb. 28: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Twitter + posts Shannon Murphy Shannon Murphy Welcome TCU Class of 2025 ReddIt Previous articleHoroscope: February 17, 2020Next articleBaseball looks to continue strong start to season Tuesday Shannon Murphy RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history TCU employee dies of complications related to COVID-19 Shannon Murphy ReddIt TCU faculty talk about managing a hybrid classroom World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Shannon Murphy Fort Worth citizens participated in early voting in the Brown Lupton University Union at TCU. Photo by Sam Bruton. last_img read more

first_img October 31, 2017 Find out more News Democracy activist Alani Taione was released on bail on 4 March, given back his passport and allowed to return to New Zealand, where he has lived since 1987.Taione, who is accused of importing a banned publication into Tongo, is due to appear before the Supreme Court on 24 March. His release was conditional on him returning to Tonga for his trial.________________________________________________________Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) today condemned the arrest of pro-democracy activist Alani Taione for distributing about 20 copies of the banned news weekly Taimi ‘o Tonga on his arrival on February 18th in Tonga from New Zealand, where he is a resident.The organisation called on Tonga’s prime minister, Prince ‘Ulukalala Lavaka Ata, to release Taione immediately and drop the charges against him. “Taione’s arrest is a regrettable new phase in the gagging the independent press that was ordered by King Taufa’ahau Tupou IV,” Reporters Without Borders said.A 38-year-old Tongan who has lived in New Zealand since 1987, Taione appeared before a judge today. He faces a possible prison sentence for importing and circulating a banned publication. Taimi ‘o Tonga (which means Times of Tonga) is printed in New Zealand.In open defiance of governmental censorship, Taione flourished a copy of the news weekly in front of customs officials when he arrived at Tongatapu airport yesterday and then handed out the other copies inside the airport. No one intervened at that moment but police arrested him a few hours later as he left his father’s funeral, which was the primary reason for his visit.The government banned Taimi ‘o Tonga on 26 February 2003, accusing it of having a “political agenda” and “unacceptable journalistic standards.” It criticises the government and often carries reports about alleged corruption by the king and his close associates. After a long battle with the supreme court, the king had the constitution amended so that he could ban it permanently.The adoption of two new laws in 2003, the Newspaper Act and the Media Operators Act, has enabled the government to restrict the number of licences for the privately-owned news media.Since 31 January, the deadline for newspaper publishers to file their requests for a licence, the government had only approved requests from government and church newspapers. New Zealand’s foreign ministry has asked the government to reconsider its refusal to issue licences to at least three privately-owned publications. TongaAsia – Pacific RSF_en Tonga gags state broadcaster two weeks before election August 14, 2018 Find out more Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Tonga RSF asks Nauru to let journalists cover Pacific Islands Forum March 5, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Release on bail for democracy activist accused of distributing banned publicationcenter_img RSF condemns cancellation of Vanuatu newspaper editor’s work permit November 14, 2019 Find out more TongaAsia – Pacific to go further News News News Receive email alerts Organisation last_img read more

first_img Help by sharing this information February 17, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call to free journalists imprisoned in Prophet cartoons row February 26, 2021 Find out more Organisation YemenMiddle East – North Africa to go further News February 11, 2021 Find out more News News Reporters Without Borders today launched an appeal and a petition for the immediate release of six journalists thrown into prison in Yemen and Algeria for reprinting the controversial Prophet cartoons as part of informing their readers.“Whatever one thinks of the cartoons or whether they should be published, it is absolutely unjustified to jail or prosecute journalists, threaten them with death or shut down newspapers for this reason,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said.At least eleven journalists are being prosecuted in five countries and six have been jailed. Some face long prison sentences if convicted. Two editors in Jordan have been charged with provocation and encouraging disorder. Four journalists have been jailed in Yemen and charged under article 103 of the press law, which bans publication of anything that “harms Islam, denigrates monotheistic religion or a humanitarian belief.” Reporters Without Borders calls for all criminal cases among these to be dropped.Thirteen publications have been closely temporarily or permanently in Algeria, Morocco, Jordan, Yemen, Malaysia and Indonesia for reprinting the cartoons. Reporters Without Borders demands that these bans be lifted.A conference to discuss the cartoons crisis on 9 February in Paris stressed that nothing could justify the imprisonment of journalists. More than a dozen journalists, intellectuals and religious officials from Western and Arab/Muslim countries attended the meeting, organised by Reporters Without Borders and the Arab Commission for Human Rights, and appealed for calm and dialogue. A similar conference will be held in Cairo on 25 February.Reporters Without Borders calls on everyone to take a stand in support of the imprisoned journalists, who were simply doing their job and passing on news that made headlines around the world.To sign the petition, please send an email to : [email protected] United Nations: press freedom situation “deeply worrying” in Yemen, according to RSF Yemeni journalist killed, nine wounded in Aden airport explosions News YemenMiddle East – North Africa Six journalists are currently imprisoned in the Arab world and more than 13 publications have been suspended or shut down for having reproduced the cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed. Reporters Without Borders appeals for everyone to show support for these journalists who have only done their job by relaying information having made the front pages of international news. Fixer for foreign reporters held in Aden for past five months Receive email alerts Follow the news on Yemen RSF_en January 6, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

first_img The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago  Print This Post The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Week Ahead: Case-Shiller Home Price Index Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Joey Pizzolato is the Online Editor of DS News and MReport. He is a graduate of Spalding University, where he holds a holds an MFA in Writing as well as DePaul University, where he received a B.A. in English. His fiction and nonfiction have been published in a variety of print and online journals and magazines. To contact Pizzolato, email [email protected] Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago On Tuesday, September 26, the Case-Shiller Home Price Index for July will be released, which is the industry benchmark for the current rate of home prices across the country on a national level, a 20-city composite, and a 10-city composite. In the face of increasing home prices and constricted inventory, experts await July’s numbers to see if the trend of home price appreciation will continue.June’s data, released in August, reported a 5.8 percent gain in home prices, which was a small increase from the month prior at 5.7 percent. The 20-city composite showed a 5.7 percent increase year-over-year, and the 10-city composite posted a 4.9 percent year-over-year increase despite a 0.1 percent drop from the year before.The July Case-Shiller Home Price Index will be released at 10 a.m. EDT on Tuesday.Other Events in the Week Ahead: Freddie Mac Weekly Mortgage Survey, Thursday, 10 a.m. EDTJanet Yellen Speaks about Prospects for Growth, Tuesday, 11:50 a.m. EDTPending Home Sales Index, Wednesday, 10 a.m. EDTConsumer Sentiment, Friday, 10 a.m. EDT Sign up for DS News Daily Tagged with: Case-Shiller HPI Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Case-Shiller HPI 2017-09-24 Joey Pizzolato Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines Home / Daily Dose / Week Ahead: Case-Shiller Home Price Index September 24, 2017 1,424 Views About Author: Joey Pizzolato Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Subscribe Share Save Previous: Fed: Household Worth Climbs with Stock and Housing Market Next: Home Price Appreciation Growth Rate Slows Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

first_img Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook AudioHomepage BannerNews Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Twitter Google+ Previous articleProgress on Gaoth Dobhair Sewerage Demonstration SchemeNext articleBetting tax hike will cost 72 jobs in Donegal, say IBA News Highland Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Twitter Harps come back to win in Waterford center_img Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 An Post has confirmed that the closure of Dunkineely Post Office will not be reversed. It’s understood that the appeal lodged by the community has been rejected by the Government appointed appeals process for Post Office closures.This is despite a major public campaign locally in a bid to retain the post office there.Donegal Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher says it’s devastating news for the area and will now cast doubt among the dozens of other communities which have appealed their respective Post office closures:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Shock as An Post confirms Dunkineely Post Office closure By News Highland – October 16, 2018 Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 WhatsApplast_img read more