Winning Post – Regulation… Are We Bettor Balanced?

first_img UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Related Articles Submit Publishing its latest industry opinion, strategic consultancy Regulus Partners details that sector leadership needs to carefully balance the right narrative/debate on tackling the delicate and complex matter of problem gambling…__________________The hair shirt is this season’s must-have fashion item for the well-dressed gambling executive, and this week was the turn of the GVC executive team to adopt sackcloth and ashes in atonement for sins of the past as the company published further details of its harm prevention strategy. Positively for GVC and the wider industry, this recognition is crucially met with the understanding that gambling can be positive for many as well as potentially harmful for a few. Striking this balance, as well as driving meaningful harm mitigation, is crucial for the sustainability of the industry, in our view.Over the last couple of years, we have had a number of these corporate epiphanies, including William Hill’s hard-hitting ‘Nobody Harmed’ campaign. These are to be welcomed as much for their recognition that harms related to gambling can be severe and may be (at least in part) preventable by more conscientious action from operators.At the same time, there have been concerns that desperation to show that gambling companies care may result in visible but diffused and possibly not very effective activity. More than that, these campaigns may actually be serving to tip the balance of policy away from the consumer. The long overdue recognition of harm is to be applauded but when even the industry forgets that many people derive enjoyment and positive well-being from their services, we are in trouble.This week’s ‘Changing for the Bettor’ announcement from GVC appeared to go some way to correcting that balance – with a tacit pledge to raise the bar in terms of customer service and consumer enjoyment in sympathy with harm prevention – critically, globally, not just in the UK where the fire is currently burning brightest (though gaining public UK ministerial support). As we have commented before, painting gambling in the darkest of hues may appeal to the sanctimony of elements of the public health lobby but it is unlikely to be in the true interests of consumer well-being.A similar notion was also explored in the CEOs panel discussion during this week’s CMS Gambling Conference. In probing the question of how to find ‘a healthy regulatory balance’, the panellists (Anna Hemmings from GamCare, the Gambling Commission’s Neil McArthur, Rank’s John O’Reilly, Bet Victor’s Andreas Meinrad and Richard Noble from Aspers) observed that many of the things that operators might do to prevent harm are consistent with basic customer service (while some aspects of current legislation perhaps get in the way of both).This underscores an old gambling adage, often repeated by industry insiders but rarely believed by wider stakeholders: ‘problem gamblers are bad for business’.In a world of anonymous punters, dissipated behaviour (in both senses) and few checks, this statement is hard to effectively defend (sure, customers blow out and stop gambling, but then they can be enticed back – too much of this sort of behaviour has been unearthed by regulators recently). However, when sustainability can be empirically defended by both demonstrable behaviours and data, a dialogue which is about building effective gambling businesses is much more likely to occur and be believed. For this to happen, good customer service is a great place to start.__________________ StumbleUpon Share GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile August 25, 2020last_img read more

New online map of free WI-Fi hotspots helps residents lacking internet access

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisLANSING, MICH. The State of Michigan, in partnership with the Connected Nation Michigan, released a statewide Wi-Fi hotspot map today to assist residents who currently lack internet access at home. The COVID-19 pandemic and transition to remote and distance learning has only increased the need for residents and students to have easy access to broadband services. The Wi-Fi mapping effort, spearheaded by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) and Connected Nation Michigan, along with the Department of Technology, Management and Budget (DTMB) and the Michigan Department of Education, is an interim step amid the coronavirus pandemic to spotlight publicly available broadband hotspots for households without internet access. “This pandemic has shown a real need to tackle the barriers of access, adoption, and affordability to fully enable the opportunities that the internet makes possible,” Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist said. “If we are going to close the internet gap, we need to make sure we’re doing everything we can in the interim to expand access to existing broadband options for communities where it’s not readily available or affordable.” “We know that more work must be done to ensure residents and students throughout the state have accessible and affordable broadband internet service,” said MPSC Commissioner Tremaine Phillips. “Making these Wi-Fi hotspot locations easily available is an important bridge to increasing the accessibility of these critical services during this difficult time.” “While public Wi-Fi hot spots are not a replacement for home connectivity, they are essential for those needing connectivity during a time when education, work, and healthcare are relying more and more on online platforms,” said Eric Frederick, Executive Director of Connected Nation Michigan. “These public and private locations are helping Michiganders stay connected.” Lack of broadband internet access and affordability are issues in Michigan and across the country, particularly for people living in rural areas and for communities where there is persistent poverty. Michigan providers were recently awarded $22.5 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Broadband ReConnect Program aimed at expanding broadband access to unserved rural areas. In addition, the Federal Communications Commission, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, awarded more than $1.8 million from the COVID-19 Telehealth Program to help health care providers offer connected care services to patients at their homes or mobile locations. There are several active programs and grants centered on increasing investment in and access to broadband in Michigan. DTMB is now administrating the Connecting Michigan Communities (CMIC) Grant Program, which will award $18 million in grants for projects that extend broadband service into unserved areas in Michigan. In addition, under the federal CARES Act, which Congress approved as a stimulus amid the coronavirus pandemic, Michigan received nearly $390 million under the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund to support local school districts to help with the impact COVID-19 has had on the elementary and secondary schools. These funds can be used for allowable activities to assist in continuing to provide education services, including supporting remote learning by helping to reduce the digital divide. The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) is also applying for additional competitive federal funding to help reduce the number of students who lack access to broadband internet. “Because home is now a more obvious extension of school, we need to narrow and ultimately eliminate the digital divide. While many school districts have provided devices, this online map of Wi-Fi hotspots is a great free resource for students, parents, educators, and others,” said State Superintendent Dr. Michael Rice. “Much more needs to be done, especially with connectivity, which is very expensive or inaccessible in more remote areas. As supporters of children, we need to make this resounding case to Congress to provide more federal funding to help us close the digital divide.” According to the MDE, more than 70 percent of the state’s students report using internet-enabled devices at home for schoolwork. But more than 28 percent of students live in homes without internet access that can support virtual learning. “Access to high-speed internet access is essential for Michiganders to participate on a level playing field in education and business,” said State Chief Information Officer Brom Stibitz. “The efforts underway to expand broadband access throughout our vast state will go a long way in making sure everyone is connected and given an equal opportunity to thrive.” Residents who lack internet access at home are encouraged to follow the Centers for Disease Control and State of Michigan social distancing guidelines when utilizing these hotspots, including wearing masks in public facilities and keeping a distance of at least six feet from others not from the same household. To date, more than 300 Wi-Fi hotspot locations are available from the parking lots of public schools, libraries and other locations across the state. In addition to the location, the map also contains details on how to access the Wi-Fi hotspots’ networks. To find a hotspot site near you, click here. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Local law enforcement respond to a multiple vehicle accidentNext Boys and Girls Club makes plans to reopenlast_img read more

Agyemang Badu scores Nations Cup’s first goal

first_imgAfter a goalless start to the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, Ghana sets the standard with midfielder Agyemang Badu scoring the tournament’s first goal.Agyemang Badu’s 39th minute goal against DR Congo was the first at the tournament after a typically colourful opening ceremony was followed by goalless draw results on Saturday.The game ended 2-2.And the goals make up for the forgettable first day matches after hosts South Africa and debutants Cape Verde settled for a 0-0 result in the opener at Soccer City and that was followed by the same result when Morocco and Angola also played goalless.last_img read more

Wellington boys 4th quarter run lifts Crusaders to 51-45 victory; girls win

first_imgConnor Phelps scores 21 vs. Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It was your typical gritty Wellington-Clearwater basketball contest where fans had to dust themselves off after the game. The Crusader boys would beat Clearwater 51-45 to break a two-game losing streak and finish the first half rotation of the Ark Valley Chisholm Trail League Div. IV with a victory.Earlier in the evening, the Wellington varsity girls defeated Clearwater 60-23 to stay undefeated and complete the first AV-CTL DIV cycle undefeated.After two slow quarters, the Wellington boys would outscore Clearwater 23-14 in the fourth to pull off the six point win. The stage was set going into the fourth quarter when Therin Frame came off the bench and nailed a trey off his left side wing, tying Clearwater at 31-all. Then Connor Burnett got an assist inside for a layup to give the Crusaders their first lead since the first half.From that point forward, Crusaders seized control of the game.“Those two guys really provided a spark for us,” said Brian Buchanan, Wellington head boys basketball coach. “Before that we were going through the motions, and couldn’t get anything flowing.”Buchanan said he liked the fight and resolve of the players.“We’ve been having issues where we struggled mentally on offense and that would carry through to the defensive side of the ball,” Buchanan said. “That didn’t happen tonight. We continued to play good defense and that kept us in the game.”Wellington most certainly wasn’t finding any rhythm offensively for most of the first three quarters. Wellington shot 9 of 40 from the field. Clearwater’s height inside most certainly was giving the Crusaders fits, holding post player Ian King to just 2 points for the game.Yet the Crusaders were never behind more than six points, in part because Clearwater wasn’t shooting lights out on the other end of the court either. In the second quarter alone, both teams combined for 10 points.The Crusaders opened the game with a bang, as senior Connor Phelps scored 9 points, with two layups and a 3-pointer, before people could settle in their seats. He would go onto to score 21 points for the night. But then Clearwater implemented a 2-3 zone and that stopped any kind of Wellington momentum, something the Crusaders couldn’t get back for the next two quarters.Wellington led 13-12 at quarter’s end and was 1-of-13 shooting in the second quarter. It was 19-16 Clearwater at the half. The third quarter was a little better, but not much. Clearwater maintained a three to five point advantage before Cade Phelps hit a deuce at the buzzer to bring Wellington back within three, 31-28, setting up its big fourth quarter.“We are coming around,” Buchanan said. “The light bulb isn’t quite on yet, but it’s getting there.”The Indians were led by Kincaid Liebenberg with 16. A.J. Snipes was the only other player in double figures for Wellington with 11, including a big 3-pointer down the stretch.The Crusaders, now 3-5 overall and 2-3 AV-CTL DIV, will play a non-league game at El Dorado Friday. Wellington then plays in the Chaparral tournament next week. 51 Wellington girls 60 Clearwater 23 12 23 8 Wellington: Snipes 12, S. Frenche 12, Rusk 13, Adams 2, Mitchell 23. Total: 13 (9) 9-11 60 19 23 13 Clearwater 14 45 7 7 Wellington: Gilmore 7, Ca. Phelps 5, Co. Phelps 21, Frame 3, Snipes 11, King 2, Burnett 2. Total: 9 (6) 15-21 51. …Grace Mitchell leads Wellington once again in scoring.In the girls game, Wellington had little trouble disposing of Clearwater, taking a 17-3 first quarter lead and holding 36-10 advantage at the half.The Crusaders would go out to outscore the Indians 18-7 en route to an easy 37-point victory.Grace Mitchell led all scorers with 23 points. Avery Rusk had 13, Shayland French 12, and Lauryn Snipes 12.The Crusaders, 8-0, travel to El Dorado Friday. Clearwatercenter_img 12 17 7 12 Clearwater: Cotham 2, Reibenspies 9, Oberlechner 3, Kausmeyer 6, Lukert 3. Total: 9 (1) 6-10 23. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments 3 Clearwater: Wells 6, Liebenberg 16, Carter 2, Headley 6, Smith 5, Mills 3, Bates 7. Total: 17 (2) 5-12 45. Wellington boys 51 Clearwater 45 18 3 60 Wellington 6 In other scores:Wellington JV girls 30 Clearwater 20.Clearwater JV girls 28 Wellington 22.Clearwater JV boys 46 Wellington 45Wellington freshman 47 Clearwater 21Follow us on Twitter. Welliingtonlast_img read more

Chetwynd Fire

first_imgChetwynd Fire Chief Leo Sabulsky is suggesting the 9-1-1 response, of those who witnessed a fire early yesterday avoided, what could havebeen a major disaster.The 4am fire was at a bulk fuel plant in the South Peace community but, thanks to the 9-1-1 callers was isolated to the unlocking dock area and quickly extinguished.It remains under RCMP investigation.- Advertisement –last_img

Warriors postgame video: Klay Thompson says team let their guard down

first_imgGolden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson wasn’t happy after the Warriors blew a 31-point lead in a 135-131 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.In his postgame news conference, he said the Warriors let their guard down and stopped being the aggressors after it looked like a rout. Golden State was unable to regain momentum after that, missing key shots including an open look from the top of the key. Thompson also touched on the loss of starting center DeMarcus Cousins to injury. He wished him a …last_img read more

LeBron James blasts timing of Mavs’ Harrison Barnes trade

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town The makeover of the Mavericks continued even as parts of the blockbuster trade that brought Kristaps Porzingis from the New York Knicks were making their Dallas debuts. Porzingis isn’t playing this season as he recovers from a knee injury.Rookie sensation Luka Doncic scored 19 points in his third triple-double, Dorian Finney-Smith had 15 points and 10 rebounds and the Mavericks made another move by dealing Barnes while beating the Hornets 99-93 on Wednesday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“That’s really the first time I’ve witnessed it,” Hornets forward Nicolas Batum said of seeing someone traded during a game. “During practice, on the plane, bus, stuff like that, yes, that happened to me. But during the game? I have not witnessed that being live.”LeBron James of the Lakers blasted the move in an Instagram post late Wednesday. US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants “He’s a better man than me,” said Nowitzki, who scored eight points. “Everybody else would have bounced out. He’s just a genuinely good dude and he’s obviously got bonds with some of these players here for life. That’s the kind of guy he is.”Kemba Walker had 30 points and a season-high 11 rebounds for the Hornets, who got swept by Dallas after losing to the Mavericks by 38 points at home about a month ago.With NBA Commissioner Adam Silver watching from not far behind the Mavericks bench, Doncic had a spinning layup for a 3-point play with Dallas leading by two and answered a bucket by Batum with a 3 to push the lead to six.The first teenager with multiple triple-doubles, Doncic had 11 assists and 10 rebounds on a rough shooting night (5 of 20, including 2 of 10 from 3-point range).Batum, who finished with 14 points, got the Hornets within three with a 3-pointer before Finney-Smith answered from long range for a 97-91 lead in his second career double-double.TIP-INSHornets: G Tony Parker was out with a back strain in what would have been his first appearance in Dallas since leaving San Antonio after 17 seasons with the rival Spurs. … Jeremy Lamb scored 15 points, and Cody Zeller had 13 rebounds with nine points. … Batum was just 2 of 9 from 3-point range as the Hornets shot 24 percent from beyond the arc.Mavericks: After setting franchise record for 3s in a quarter by going 10 of 17 from long range in the first quarter of the meeting in Charlotte, the Mavericks missed their first 10 before Hardaway and Doncic hit consecutive 3s in the final 1:11 of the first. … All of Doncic’s triple-doubles have come in the past seven games. … Dwight Powell had his second double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. … As part of the Sacramento trade, Dallas waived C Salah Mejri.COMING AND GOINGAfter trying to figure out how to incorporate three new guards into his rotation, and only using two, Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has a couple of forwards coming in with Randolph and Jackson. ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes “With this trade now, a lot of things are in play,” Carlisle said. “Everything is going to bump a little here and a little there. I have to let the dust settle and figure out who the hell is going to start.”UP NEXTHornets: Second stop on a four-game trip at Atlanta on Saturday.Mavericks: Second of three straight at home against Milwaukee on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gumban earns another shot at national crown LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes FILE – Harrison Barnes #40 of the Dallas Mavericks during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 13, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPDALLAS — Harrison Barnes stayed on the bench in the fourth quarter after news broke that the Dallas Mavericks forward had been traded to Sacramento.The seventh-year player lingered on the floor a few extra moments after the game to chat up some Charlotte opponents, then walked through a throng of fans who seemed to want to say goodbye after seeing all the social media activity on their phones during the second half.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “So let me guess this is cool cause they had to do what was best for the franchise right???” James wrote. “Traded this man while he was literally playing in the game and had ZERO idea.”Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 12 points in his first game since leaving the Knicks. Trey Burke went scoreless in four minutes while Courtney Lee didn’t play.Barnes, who was traded for Kings forwards Zach Randolph and Justin Jackson, played most of the third quarter before reports of the deal surfaced, scoring seven of his 10 points. He wasn’t available in the locker room after the game.Dirk Nowitzki started realizing something was up when Barnes didn’t replace him early in the fourth quarter as usual with the 40-year-old playing a limited role in his record 21st season with the same franchise.Since Nowitzki credited Barnes for being a positive influence in his two-plus seasons with the Mavericks, he wasn’t surprised that Barnes stuck around after word of the trade got out.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

Video: Here’s Who Skip Bayless, Stephen A. Smith Are Picking To Win The NCAA Tournament

first_imgSkip Bayless and Steven A. Smith discuss who will win the NCAA tournament.bayless smith ncaa tournament picksSkip Bayless and Stephen A. Smith may be 1-seeds in our 64 Most Annoying People In Sports Media bracket, but it’s also true that they have a very highly-rated morning show on ESPN. Earlier this week, the duo made their NCAA Tournament picks – and neither picked a 1-seed to cut down the nets.That being said, they did pick big programs. Bayless took a shot on 4-seed Kentucky relying on talent to make its way through the tournament. Bayless cited Tom Izzo’s experience, taking Michigan State. You can view the segment below.Do you agree with either? Or will another team be winning it all in early April?last_img read more