AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Welcome igamers to this week’s instalment of the Diary, which features company CEOs doing some weird and wonderful things in the name of promoting their brands. Elsewhere, we ruminate on Playtech’s travails in Asia, while wondering if the NSW regulator should look up the definition of the word ‘clarity’ in the dictionary.Opportunist? Moi? As journalists we always like a good hook for a story, something newsworthy to make an article relevant. It seems we aren’t the only ones — apparently those looking to recruit are also keeping an eye out for something to peg their ads to, although perhaps not quite in the same way we’re doing it. Hot on the heels of the announcement that Bet365 was looking for 100 new tech staff in Manchester, one company CEO posted the following on LinkedIn: “Bet365: Looking for 100 technical staff in Manchester to work on addictive gambling products, indiscriminately advertise at kids and extract money from society’s most vulnerable. If you want to build a product that matters – one that will change the world – and solve complex problems for the smartest companies out there, then come and work at Peak. Hit us up at jobs @peak.ai #artificialintelligence #machinelearning #datascience.” But Richard Potter, the CEO in question, may be missing a trick given his company seems to specialise in artificial intelligence and data science, technology and disciplines the igaming industry is increasingly leveraging. “Guess your [sic] not looking to work with anyone in the gambling sector, huh?” commented one poster? Indeed.Land of confusion Following on from our story about the racing exemption to NSW’s harsh new laws against advertising inducements causing some outrage Down Under, it seems the exemption is also causing some confusion in the industry. Last Friday local regulator Liquor & Gaming NSW issued some further guidance on the matter following a number of enquiries. Previously it had said that it did not intend to take enforcement action where “the advertisement has been published or communicated on an existing platform which solely and exclusively provides racing content”. Last week it added that “L&GNSW’s position is that this should also currently extend to and include websites such as www. punters.com.au and www. racenet.com.au, television channels such as Sky Racing 1, written publications such as Winning Post, and radio stations such as Sky Sports Radio, provided that the content on such platforms is and remains predominantly and substantially dedicated to and concerned with racing”. So from exclusively racing, the requirement has become “predominantly” racing, with the regulator further adding, “to the extent that the content on such platforms also includes other sports, then such content is permissible provided that it is only ancillary and substantially insignificant to racing content”. Operators may rightly be concerned about whether or not their additional content qualifies as insignificant, but rather unhelpfully the regulator says it is unable to provide any legal advice or legal view on specific websites. Equally unhelpfully, it then goes on to say: “As noted in the guidelines, if there is doubt as to whether or not a platform ‘exclusively’ publishes racing content, it is better to adopt the position that it does not.” Glad we’ve cleared that up then!The big drop? Playtech received a bruising response from the markets on Monday after it was forced to issue its second profit warning in just eight months, the share price dropping nearly 30% by midday. The culprit was a projected €70m shortfall in FY revenue from Asia, where the industry’s largest supplier has fallen victim to a price war wagered by a raft of new local and international entrants. In an accompanying trading update Playtech made clear its belief that the ructions in Asia vindicated its efforts in recent years to increase its focus on regulated markets, highlighting the deals with Snaitech in Italy, Gala in the UK, SAS in Portugal and with the Polish national lottery. The lack of regulation in Asia and the availability of newer and cheaper tech has clearly opened the way for these new entrants to flood into the market and undercut PT. But internal concerns that the years of strong growth and margins in the wider igaming industry were coming to an end – Playtech having ridden the wave from 2010-16 fuelled by a series of savvy bolt-on acquisitions including Teddy Sagi’s related party assets – have been circulating within the company for a number of years now, iGB understands. Which as Paul Leyland pointed out in a note later that day, begs the question if the industry’s leading supplier can now manage to “organically develop the quality of its products and services to stay there, in a rapidly changing environment”. CEO Mor Weizer remained bullish that regulatory developments in the US and organic growth in the non-Asian gaming business “would materially improve the quality and diversification” of performance. But the M&A options that helped power it to the top of the supplier food chain now also look v limited, and it has also failed to execute to date in the sportsbook vertical now so well served by the likes of SBTech, Kambi and FSB. But if any company has the tenacity and drive to pull this off and retain its position at the head of the market, it’s Playtech. Much to lose, but still all to play for.G’wan, you will In a start-up or small company, it’s not unusual for staff to have to step out of the confines of their defined role now and then and get their hands dirty on one-off projects. That said, Red Tiger CEO Gavin Hamilton probably wasn’t expecting to add ‘voice over artist’ to his CV when he was promoted earlier this year. Nonetheless, Red Tiger has a proud tradition of producing all the music and sound effects for its games in-house. A team of three musicians occupy a corner office and while away the days writing, and often singing, the theme tunes to all the company’s games. So who should be in the right place at the right time (depending on how you look at it) when the soundtrack for leprechaun themed game, Rainbow Jackpots was being devised? You guessed it. Only the company’s Irish CEO. Hamilton is clearly a good sport, as he took to the sound booth to record the voice of the game’s cheeky leprechaun character. Have a spin here to hear the little fella encourage you to g’wan! iGB Diary 6th July 2018 | By Joanne Christie Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address This week we look at CEOs who go above and beyond, and also try to decipher new laws Down Under Topics: iGB Diary iGB Diary: CEOs get their hands dirty, NSW spreads confusion, Playtech squeezed in Asia
Tags: Online Gambling Regions: UK & Ireland Email Address GB regulator issues £58.9m in penalties to Dec 2019 Topics: Legal & compliance Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The British Gambling Commission has collected £58.5m in financial sanctions and voluntary settlements over a five and a half year period between June 2014 and December 2019, according to the results of a public records request from the Gambling Business Group (GBG). The British Gambling Commission has collected £58.9m in financial sanctions and voluntary settlements over a five and a half year period between June 2014 and December 2019, according to the results of a public records request from the Gambling Business Group (GBG).Of these funds, the Gambling Commission has spent £756,997 covering their own costs in carrying out the investigations. A further £24m was repatriated to those who fell victim to illegal gambling activity and £34.8m was spent on “socially responsible purposes”.Peter Hannibal, chief executive of the Gambling Business Group (pictured), said the industry trade body made the public records request after not receiving a response from the Commission through other channels.“When we first wrote to the then Minister, Tracey Crouch and subsequently requested the information from the Commission, we were informed [by the Gambling Commission] that they did not consider it to be a priority,” Hannibal explained.The £58.9m was collected across 39 fines and settlements. The largest of these was a £7.8m penalty package paid by 888 in 2017 for significant flaws in its social responsibility processes. This included the repayment of £3m in deposits made by self-excluded customers.Hannibal added he was disappointed to see that the Gambling Commission does not appear to have carried out measures to evaluate the effectiveness of their spending.“Apart from the straightforward issue of why did it take an FOI request to get this information in the first place, it appears that the Commission does not have an independent process in place for checking whether the funds they have allocated to socially responsible purposes have been spent effectively and have delivered the impact intended,” he pointed out.“This is despite the fact that within the Commission’s own Statement of Principles there is an obligation to meaningfully evaluate the effectiveness of the spend on socially responsible purposes.”“One of the few things that all stakeholders in UK Gambling can agree on is that all RET [research, education and treatment] financial resources are vitally important and should be spent where they are most effective in reducing and preventing harm. Whether these funds are raised through donations, or via a levy, or as in this case through financial penalties, all funds are equally valuable and should as a result be subject to effective valuation.”The GBG chief’s comments echo those of the National Audit Office (NAO), which queried whether the regulator carried out proper evaluation of its efforts to raise consumer protection standards in February. The NAO also questioned whether the Commission’s enforcement actions were truly effective, noting that it was unclear if they were succeeding in deterring operators from breaking rules and regulations. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 6th March 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Legal & compliance
WORCESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 25: Bath forward Lewis Moody leaves the field with an injury during the Aviva Premiership match between Worcester Warriors and Bath at Sixways Stadium on November 25, 2011 in Worcester, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) “Finally, I would not have achieved what I have in this sport without the continued support of my family and friends during my entire career. Rugby has been my life for such a long time now, it is scary to imagine what it will be like without it, but I look forward to relishing the new opportunities and adventures that will come my way.’’Moments most memorable to fans will include his match winning charge down in the 2003 Rugby World Cup final and leading England in June 2010 when they famously beat Australia on their home turf.Martin Johnson who played alongside Lewis for Leicester and England before coaching him, said: “When I look back at playing with Lewis it always brings a smile to my face – it was never dull. He was one of the most committed guys I ever played with and had a complete disregard for his own physical wellbeing. It’s sad that he has had to retire but he should be remembered for a great career and someone who never gave less than 100 percent for his club and country.”Since stepping down from international rugby in November 2011, Lewis spoke of his passion to channel his efforts in to succeeding with Bath Rugby and Sir Ian McGeechan, Director of Rugby, added: “Lewis has been a fantastic servant to the game, and I am disappointed I will not now have another opportunity to work with him on the training pitch and watch him deliver in a Bath jersey. He has had a tremendous career and is a player I have greatly admired. He is always fully committed and is everything any coach would want in a back row forward. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Lewis ‘Mad Dog’ Moody put his body on the line countless times. Renowned for his fearless style of play, Lewis Moody has been putting his body on the line for club and country for 16 years.Making his first appearance for Leicester Tigers in 1996, Lewis went on to play at the club for 14 years, including 217 games and 32 tries before moving to Bath Rugby in the summer of 2010.With 71 caps for his country and three for the British and Irish Lions, he is one of the very few players to have consistently excelled in world rugby for the duration of his career. As the most capped England flanker he is also one of the most decorated, with winners medals from seven Premiership titles, two Heineken Cups, one LV=Cup, two RBS Six Nations Championships and one Rugby World Cup.Moody leaves the field for the last time…Lewis said: “It is with great sadness that I have to announce my immediate retirement from all forms of rugby. I have been very privileged to have played in some incredible teams and with some phenomenal players. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to all the medics and physios who have put me back together time and time again to enable me to continue to play this wonderful sport of ours.“I would like to thank all of the coaches that I have worked with during my career, from Bracknell minis to the British and Irish Lions; they have all left their mark on me as a player.“It goes without saying how much I value the fans who have supported me so loyally over the years, it has been one of life’s singular pleasures to have played this game in front of you. “He is someone whose opinion I trust and value, and he leaves a fantastic legacy from his time with Leicester, England and the Lions, which will long be remembered.’’Nick Blofeld, Chief Executive of Bath Rugby, has spoken of Lewis’s influence at the club both on and off of the field, saying: “Lewis has had a very positive impact throughout his time with Bath. Part of the reason we signed him was due to the experience and attitude he would bring off the field as well as on it, and he has played a big role in helping us to strengthen the culture, attitude and playing environment at the club. We are of course sad to see him retire, but wish him all the best with his future.”
Sport Relief has chosen Broadcasting Support Services (BSS) to handle its donations.BSS, which has worked on Comic Relief campaigns, will process donations for the first Sport Relief campaign this month. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 7 July 2002 | News 16 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Sport Relief selects donation handling supplier 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.
188 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis37 Delayed train journeys can now generate income for charity, thanks to a new initiative from East Midlands Trains.The company has added the option of donating to charity to its Delay Repay scheme. This system, available from other train companies, lets travellers claim compensation for any delays to their journey over 30 minutes.Until now, compensation would be paid to the traveller via cheque, PayPal, Bacs, or Rail Travel Vouchers. Now travellers can choose to donate their compensation to charity. If they select that option then 100% of the donation will be passed to charity. Train delays can now raise funds for charity 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. Tagged with: corporate Individual giving 187 total views, 1 views today East Midlands Trains has chosen its first charity to benefit from its ‘Donate as you Claim‘ scheme. Appropriately it is Railway Children, which fights for vulnerable children who live alone and at risk on the streets where they suffer abuse and exploitation.“This partnership with Railway Children will hopefully help turn an unfortunate situation into something hugely positive, having a very real impact on the lives of vulnerable children in the UK, India and East Africa.”The company described its partnership with Railway Charity as its first charity partnership, so it is likely that in time a different charity will be selected to benefit. The company is not going to allow passengers to choose any UK charity, just the one selected.It is not clear yet if a Gift Aid declaration is included in the giving process. Advertisement Howard Lake | 15 March 2017 | News Have you spotted other train companies offering a charitable donation option in their Delay Repay scheme? Update 28 April 2017How much does it raise? Here’s the result after the first month. East Midlands Trains adds donate to charity option on delay repay AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis37
Twitter Letterkenny Cllrs concerned that reduced signage costs could backfire By News Highland – October 11, 2011 Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey WhatsApp Pinterest There is to be a reduction in the cost of finger post signage in Letterkenny from the current €630 fee, to €50.A motion was passed by Cllr Dessie Larkin last night at Letterkenny Town Councils monthly meeting.He says he hopes the cut in the fee will see a reduction of illegal signage in the town.A number of councillors raised concerns that the licence fee for finger post signage was now cheap, and that the town would now be overloaded with these signs.However Cllr Larkin said hopefully that won’t be the case:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/des830.mp3[/podcast] Previous articleCouncil agrees revised Winter Maintenance ProgrammeNext articleCouncil urged to not financially neglect island communities News Highland Facebook Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Pinterest Twitter Google+ WhatsApp Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Facebook Newsx Adverts LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Google+
Top StoriesSC Declines To Stay Presidential Order Excluding Assam From ‘Inner Line Permit’ Area; Seeks Centre’s Response Sanya Talwar3 Jun 2020 3:39 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to stay the 2019 Presidential Order, whereby the State of Assam has been excluded from Inner Line Area, in light of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), 2019.A bench comprising Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna & Hrishikesh Roy, however issued notice on the plea and sought the Centre’s response.Senior Advocate Vikas Singh appeared for…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 Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to stay the 2019 Presidential Order, whereby the State of Assam has been excluded from Inner Line Area, in light of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), 2019.A bench comprising Chief Justice SA Bobde, Justices AS Bopanna & Hrishikesh Roy, however issued notice on the plea and sought the Centre’s response.Senior Advocate Vikas Singh appeared for he Petitioner(s) and while relying on State Of Sikkim Vs Surendra Prasad Sharma argued that the said PO must be stayed.CJI SA Bobde stated that an ex-parte stay would not be granted as it was imperative to hear the other side.CJI: “We can’t grant Ex-parte stay”Singh: “But the SG is here”CJI: “Yes, but they need time. We’ll issue notice and have it after two weeks”In light of this, the CJI SA Bobde-led bench directed the matter be listed after two weeks and sought the Union’s response accordingly.Background:The All Tai Ahom Student’s Union (ATASU) moved the Supreme Court challenging the Adaptation of Laws (Amendment) Order 2019 dated December 11, 2019.This amended the Bengal Eastern Frontier Regulation (BEFR), 1873 vis-à-vis sectionS 6B(4) of the Citizenship Amendment Act 1955 & 3 of the CAA, 2019, insulating most parts of Assam from the Inner Line Permit (ILP) system, which in turn would have helped the State government of Assam to protect its indigenous people by not allowing migrants to intrude in the State.However, vide the impugned Presidential Order the government has deprived the State of Assam from the applicability of Section 6B(4), that too just one day prior to the enactment of the CAA, 2019.In the interim, the Petitioner sought that the operation of the impugned Presidential Order be stayed, so that during the pendency of the case the State Government of Assam enjoys the liberty to notify “The Inner Line” Area in Assam too so as to protect the State of Assam and its people from the grave effect of Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019.The PIL inter alia contends that the Adaptation of Laws (Amendment) Order 2019 which restricts the applicability of Section 6B (4) of the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 is in sheer violation of Articles 14, 21, 29, 325, 326 and 355 and 372 (3) (a) of the Constitution of India.”It was well known fact to the Central Government that the State of Assam is facing tremendous problem due to huge influx of illegal immigrants and under such a situation bringing Adaptation of Laws (Amendment) Order 2019 so as to deprive the State of Assam from the applicability of Section 6B (4) of the Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 is in sheer violation of Articles 14, 21, 29, 325, 326 and 355 of the Constitution of India.”It has been contended that impugned Presidential Order, passed under Article 372 (2) of the Constitution is anyhow unconstitutional and illegal as by virtue of Article 372 (3)(a), the power of the President under Article 372 (2) has become obsolete after 1953.Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
Tony Badilla via Twitter(OAKLAND, Calif.) — Surveillance cameras captured a fast-acting transportation worker on Sunday as he rescued a man by pulling him off the tracks just a split second before an oncoming train hit him.The video shows Bay Area Rapid Transit transportation supervisor John O’Connor jumping into action at the Oakland, California, station after a man stumbled and fell onto the tracks as a train approached.O’Connor, 24, miraculously grabbed the man by his shoulders and lifted him up to the platform safely with just seconds to spare. He said the train was about 60 feet away when the man fell.“I just looked at him and said, ‘He’s not going to make it.’ Let me see, because it’s hard to get out of there,” O’Connor told reporters Monday. “It is not like you could just jump up and get out of there. You know, I was just fortunate God put me there and he got to see another day.”O’Connor said he was conducting a bit of crowd control at the Coliseum BART station following an Oakland Raiders game Sunday night when he saw the unidentified man fall.He said it feels “a little awkward” to be called a hero because first responders like police officers and firefighters save lives on a daily basis with very little recognition.“I feel humbled in having been given an opportunity to save someone’s life, but it feels a little awkward to be declared a hero,” O’Connor said. “I’d like to think that anybody else in that situation would have done the same thing.”However, he said he does have a few words of wisdom for the man he saved: “Today is the first day of the rest of your life. Try to use a little more caution and go out and do something good with your life. Enjoy the rest of the days God blessed you with.”A BART spokesperson said the man who fell underwent a medical evaluation after the accident. Police said he was fine, but intoxicated.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
An analysis of a long-term surface air temperature record for Fossil Bluff in the George VI Sound, West Antarctic Peninsula (WAP) documents in detail some important aspects of the climate of this area for the first time. The analysis identifies the close dependency of air temperatures on latitude in the WAP but reveals that the strength of this dependency is greatest in winter. This result along with others leads to the Fossil Bluff climate regime being characterized as ‘continental’ rather than ‘maritime’ as found further north. The WAP as a whole displays large interannual temperature variability but this is greatest in Marguerite Bay rather than the Fossil Bluff area. Evidence is also provided for secular climatic change appearing in summer throughout the WAP over the last few decades. The representativeness of existing Antarctic Peninsula annual air temperature climatologies, based mainly on snow temperature measurements, for the winter and summer periods is also noted.