ibet set for European launch with Betsson sportsbook Malta-based Claymore Group has selected Betsson as the sportsbook provider to support the launch of its ibet brand in the European market. Under the agreement – Betsson’s first pure B2B sportsbook deal – ibet will make use of Betsson’s technology platform and odds compiling for its sports betting offering.Claymore Group, which also runs Asian gaming operator LeTou, said that it plans to roll out the ibet brand in Europe in May.“The Claymore Group has ambitious plans for ibet in 2020 and our partnership with Betsson is of vital importance as we aim to replicate the success we have enjoyed in Asia with LeTou,” Claymore Group chairman Paul Fox said.Betsson chief executive Pontus Lindwall said the deal represents a milestone for the group, describing it is a stepping stone for its B2B division.Lindwall said: “It does not only manifest that we have a competitive sportsbook product, but also demonstrates how the group’s strong technology platforms can offer new B2B possibilities.”In October last year, after reporting its results for the three months ended 30 September, Betsson revealed that it would look to ramp up its B2B business. It already has a deal in place to supply technology and services to Realm Entertainment, which operates the Bets10, MobilBahis, CasinoMaxi and CasinoMetropol brands. 14th January 2020 | By contenteditor Malta-based Claymore Group has selected Betsson as the sportsbook provider to support the launch of its ibet brand in the European market. Topics: Sports betting Tech & innovation Email Address Regions: Europe Sports betting Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter
Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Camelot Lottery Solutions, the B2B arm of UK National Lottery operator Camelot, has launched a proprietary remote gaming server (RGS), which will be used to make its portfolio of online instant win games available to lotteries in all regulated jurisdictions. Topics: Lottery Tech & innovation Camelot Lottery Solutions, the B2B arm of UK National Lottery operator Camelot, has launched a proprietary remote gaming server (RGS), which will be used to make its portfolio of online instant win games available to lotteries in all regulated jurisdictions.The business already supplies its products to a number of European lotteries, and will look to build on this further through the new RGS, which can run as a cloud-based solution or on physical premises.It includes a random number generator implementation that has been certified by testing lab Gaming Laboratories International.“Our games studio has been producing and delivering leading game content to major European lotteries like the UK National Lottery, Irish National Lottery and Loterie Romande for many years,” Camelot Lottery Solutions chief technology officer Brett Cross said. “Now with our RGS and data platforms we have industry leading content distribution and analytical capability. “I’m excited that we are now able to give our customers immediate delivery of standout games that will help keep players engaged and increase net proceeds for good causes.”The supplier’s head of gaming Leon Eaton added that through its work with lottery partners, it had developed a portfolio of more than 150 games.“The development of our RGS enables our games to be integrated with any third party host, therefore I’m both delighted and excited at the opportunity to more widely distribute our market leading games portfolio to new lotteries around the world.” Camelot LS’ portfolio includes a range of content designed for the US market, where it works with partners including the Illinois Lottery and Arkansas Scholarship Lottery.This, the supplier said, would provide content for lotteries as they take advantage of regulatory changes to expand online and diversify their offerings. 9th September 2020 | By contenteditor Camelot LS looks to expand e-instant reach with new RGS Lottery
MPICO Limited (MPICO.mw) listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange under the Property sector has released it’s 2008 annual report.For more information about MPICO Limited (MPICO.mw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the MPICO Limited (MPICO.mw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: MPICO Limited (MPICO.mw) 2008 annual report.Company ProfileMalawi Property Investment Company Limited (MPICO) is a property company with interests in property development, rentals and property management. The company owns, leases, manages and develops commercial, residential and industrial properties in major towns and cities in Malawi. MPICO’s property portfolio includes offices, high-rise buildings, residential homes, warehouses and retail outlets; providing property solutions for clients in the major towns and cities of Malawi, including Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu. MPICO owns 35 commercial buildings and a selection of flats, private-lease houses and guest lodges; Its subsidiaries included Capital Developments Limited and New Capital Properties Limited. Malawi Property Investment Company Limited (MPICO) is listed on the Malawi Stock Exchange
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Residential Architecture Area: 350 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs: Alan AbrahamTeam:Abraham John, Alan Abraham, Anca Florescu, Niranjan Fulsundar, Prachi Donde, Neha GuptaCity:MumbaiCountry:IndiaMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Alan AbrahamRecommended ProductsDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsDoorsGorter HatchesRoof Hatch – RHT AluminiumWoodEGGERWood-based materials in EGGER HeadquartersText description provided by the architects. The Pavilion was built on an existing underground water tank that dictated the foot print of the structure. Glass became the primary material for construction as the Pavilion was sited amidst lush tropical greenery. Glass not only formed the walls but also the roof in the form of a strategically placed skylight opening up to the view of a large jackfruit tree above blurring the boundaries between the inside and the outside. Save this picture!© Alan AbrahamSave this picture!DiagramSave this picture!© Alan AbrahamThe structural members were mainly the wooden door frame acting as columns and wooden rafters supporting the roof that were left exposed to the interior. An existing stone compound wall formed the fourth edge of the Pavilion accentuating its natural material palette. Save this picture!SectionThe architecture of the Pavilion is a minimalist expression of structure, space and materiality. Save this picture!© Alan AbrahamProject gallerySee allShow lessOverpass on the Loing / DVVD Engineers Architects DesignersSelected ProjectsJI-SHI Urban Harvest / Atelier INDJSelected ProjectsProject locationAddress:Mumbai, Maharashtra, IndiaLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Share Year: 2015 Residential Pavilion / Abraham John ArchitectsSave this projectSaveResidential Pavilion / Abraham John Architects Save this picture!© Alan Abraham+ 15 Share CopyResidential Architecture•Mumbai, India India Projects Photographs “COPY” Architects: Abraham John ARCHITECTS Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/791369/residential-pavilion-abraham-john-architects Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/791369/residential-pavilion-abraham-john-architects Clipboard CopyAbout this officeAbraham John ARCHITECTSOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlass#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureMumbaiIndiaPublished on July 16, 2016Cite: “Residential Pavilion / Abraham John Architects” 15 Jul 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
APACS expects the percentage of cash transactions to decline gradually over the next ten years, although the number of cheques will probably decrease much faster, from 2.3 billion in 2003 to 1.3 billion in 2013.So, there’s no need to throw away the collecting tins just yet. On the other hand, it would make sense to be able to accept donations by plastic card in all an organisation’s fundraising activities, whether public events, online, or face-to-face.On the other hand, the growth in using credit cards might have a direct impact on fundraising, given the issue of ever-increasing consumer debt. Cathy Pharoah, director of research at Charities Aid Foundation, told Third Sector this week: “with mounting consumer debt, fundraisers may find they have to work harder to maintain their current income.” 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: Digital Finance Giving/Philanthropy Research / statistics AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 7 July 2004 | News Plastic to overtake cash as means of payment 23 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis UK consumers are for the first time likely to spend more this year using credit and debit cards than with cash.According to the Association for Payment Clearing Services (APACS), payment with plastic by individuals and businesses is likely to reach £269 billion in 2004, compared to £268 billion of cash payments. In 2005 it is expected that personal plastic card usage alone will overtake cash payments.Debit cards are leading the growth, accounting for 64.9% of plastic card transactions in 2003. Advertisement
Commissioning changes to see £3m community health funding allocated to charities 226 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis14 Tagged with: Finance health healthcare Melanie May | 16 January 2019 | News 225 total views, 1 views today £3 million of CCG Community Health Commissioning in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire will be allocated to the voluntary and community sector, under changes to how services are commissioned.New community health services, which are about to be commissioned by the recently formed Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG), are expected to support one million people. However, in a change to how services are usually commissioned, the BNSSG will require the service provider to sub-contract 3% of the £106 million per year contract (£3.18 million) to local Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations.The new approach to commissioning is aimed at helping those with health issues, such as diabetes, life-limiting conditions or mobility problems, find relevant support close to home or in their own home, and relieve some of the frontline pressure on GPs and hospitals. It has been introduced by the CCG with support from Voscur.Sandra Meadows, Chief Executive of Voscur, said:“Voscur is proud to have supported this change in local CCG contracting, potentially allocating millions of pounds to VCSE organisations in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. We believe embedding the involvement of community organisations in this way will mean that people and communities are better supported, that CCG services will be more effective and that the whole system will be improved as a result.“We’re thrilled that those who need to access services can receive joined-up care delivered in the community, which should also help reduce isolation at a time when people are at their most vulnerable, and relieve pressure on GPs and hospitals.”Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucester previously had separate CCGs, but the three areas were unified in 2018, bringing together budgets and management. In a similar drive to improve efficiency and ensure continuity of care, the CCG is looking to commission a single community health provider, rather than the three previous providers used, and VCSE organisations can be sub-contracted by this provider for a range of services.Bidding for contracts opened on 10 January 2019, and the new community health services provider will begin working with the public in April 2020. More information on the process is available on the Voscur site. Advertisement
Detroit — The recent heat waves have had a devastating effect in Michigan, which already suffers from high rates of unemployment, poverty and foreclosures. A study by the Union of Concerned Scientists showed that the number of days with record high temperatures has doubled in Detroit since the 1950s. (Detroit News, July 26)On July 4, after blazing temperatures drove electricity usage up close to capacity, a freak storm knocked out power for hundreds of thousands of metro Detroit residents. Two days later, most workers, including this writer, were still without service, suffering in the heat and throwing out food that many could ill afford to lose. It took a week before DTE Energy had everyone’s power back on.Lower than average rainfall, combined with record high temperatures, has had a serious impact on agriculture in Michigan. Almost all this year’s tart cherry crop — Michigan supplies the majority of pie cherries in the U.S. — was lost. Every fruit or vegetable crop, with the lone exception of blueberries, had been substantially reduced. With their source of income nearly wiped out, how many farmers will now face foreclosure?What about the farm workers, already low paid and super exploited, who will not have work? If they do find work, it will be the same backbreaking labor, but in temperatures that have topped 100 degrees.While power outages and agricultural losses have made headlines, another aspect of the heat crisis has been ignored by the capitalist-owned media. That is how workers in the auto plants are suffering on the job. None of the Detroit Three’s assembly and parts plants in the area is air conditioned. When it is hot outside, it is hotter and stuffier inside, due to poor air circulation and the added heat generated by the machinery. Fans are frequently inadequate.Workers in some plants are offered free bottled water and sports drinks to alleviate heat stress, but that is as far as management is willing to go. There are no extra or longer breaks. Instead, workers have to insist on getting the relief time allowed by contract. Under the 2009 contract modifications, incorporated into the current 2011-2015 agreements, relief time was cut by about 40 hours per year. Workers risk discipline and even discharge if they take too many days off. Many are on “alternative work schedules” and working 10-hour days.Workers have passed out in some plants, but the fear factor has kept them on the job. Several years ago, workers who led a heat walkout were fired from Chrysler’s Warren Truck Assembly Plant. They were eventually reinstated, but the company achieved its goal of scaring workers. There have been no more walkouts at WTAP.Workers in UAW Local 892 did picket their plant in Saline, Mich., in the second week of July, in 102-degree heat, to protest the lack of ice and a rule against having drinks on the line. On June 1 Ford had sold the plant to parts supplier Faurecia. Union president Mark Caruso, who organized the protest, was then transferred to a Ford plant three weeks ahead of his scheduled departure. “This sends a chilling effect to us regular workers,” an unnamed worker told the Saline Patch. Picketers have reportedly been disciplined.Climate change = pain for workersOn July 5, while Detroiters were working in hot factories and coming home to houses without power to run their fans and air conditioners, the Detroit News published an Associated Press article on the weather crisis which stated “it’s far too early to say” that “global warming is the reason 3,215 daily high temperature records were set in the month of June.” Nevertheless, this year’s wildfires, droughts, heat waves, flooding and “a powerful freak wind storm called a derecho” are “the kind of extremes experts have predicted will come with climate change.”In March, the Nobel prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicted “unprecedented extreme weather and climate events.” In an unusually hot June, there were heat advisories affecting 113 million people. University of Arizona professor Jonathan Overpeck stated, “This is what global warming looks like at the regional or personal level.”Of course, none of these assessments ties the general crisis of climate change or its current manifestation in Michigan — or anywhere — to the profit system.But the worst offenders in perpetuating dependency on fossil fuels are the same utility companies that took their time restoring power and the auto companies that allow workers to suffer in the heat.It’s estimated that 75 percent of all carbon emissions that create the “greenhouse effect” behind steadily rising global temperatures come from power plants. Yet utility companies have steadfastly resisted conversion to renewable energy sources. DTE, rather than spend money hiring more workers to restore power faster when crises occur, is funding a campaign to defeat a ballot initiative that would require 25 percent of all power in Michigan to come from renewable sources by 2025.The auto companies continue to oppose mandatory fuel economy standards. Ford, General Motors and Chrysler, while adding more fuel-efficient and electric vehicles to their model lineup, depend on gas-guzzling trucks and sport utility vehicles to maximize their profit margin. These same companies have contributed to the crisis of unemployment by closing 75 Michigan plants since 1979 — more than half of them since 2004. Many Detroit activist groups are calling for these plants to be converted to manufacture “green” products. The profit motive has not generated even one conversion; instead, more than half of those plants have been demolished, often to lower taxes.The United Auto Workers union, to its credit, has supported raising the Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards to 54 miles per gallon. Of course, the leadership would have more credibility with the rank and file if it would fight harder for workers on the shop floor. Unions in other countries, including the Canadian Auto Workers and the National Union of Metalworkers of South Africa, have held major conferences on jobs and climate change.The theme of NUMSA’s conference was “Renewables: too important to be left in private hands.” The struggle against the capitalist mode of production draws together the fight for full employment, a safe and comfortable home and work environment, and the planet’s very survival.Martha Grevatt has been a UAW Chrysler worker for 25 years.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
printThere are 42,238,000 food insecure people in the United States according to Feeding America, and some TCU students are working to lower that number. September is National Hunger Action Month and some students are participating especially by organizing Hunger Action Day for Sept. 14. Hunger Action Day is an event set up by 10 students in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics. Their goal is to encourage the public to take action in fighting hunger and food insecurity, said Jade Fredrickson, a student dietitian. Food insecurity refers to the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service’s (USDA) measure of the lack of access to enough nutritious food for an active and healthy lifestyle. The food insecurity rate in the United States is 13.4 percent, while Texas is 15.5 percent.Hunger Infographic 1-6Venngage InfographicsOne in six people in Texas struggle with hunger and 17.4 percent of people are food insecure in Tarrant County, according to Feeding America. Fredrickson said some ways to help fight hunger are by educating others, donating food to a food bank, volunteering or donating money. Hunger Infographic $Venngage InfographicsLast year, the Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB) was able to provide 25 million nutritious meals because of donations. Anita Foster, head of TAFB marketing and communications, said food donations come from food manufacturers, grocery store vendors and collections from the public. Not only do food donations help fight hunger, but volunteer work does also, Foster added. “Around 100 volunteers show up daily to the food bank to ensure the food is safely packaged for delivery to one of the 270 food assistance partners,” Foster said ““Without volunteers, the issue of hunger would be more prevalent. Welcome: Your first projectInfogramThese volunteers help ensure that the food bank can package and distribute food across 13 counties.Foster said when one in six people in her community don’t have food to eat on a regular basis, it fuels the fire to find solutions. Not only does the local food bank fight hunger, but Sodexo, TCU’s dining team, also does. Michael Dahl, Sodexo’s general manager, said the dining team participates in Feed Our Future every summer. Feed Our Future is a non-profit organization created to ensure every child in the United States grows up with dependable access to enough nutritious food.Dahl added that Sodexo at TCU has been partners of Feeding Our Future for 15 years.Fredrickson said she is passionate about fighting hunger and hopes other students will be, too, at the event. “I cannot imagine being in a situation in which I cannot afford food,” she said. “However, if I can give even a little bit so that several others can experience the joy that is connected with food, I will feel like I have made an impact.”Students are encouraged to help fight hunger by joining TCU Food Recovery Network on OrgSync. There will also be a sign up for people to participate in the day of the event. Facebook Classroom technology frustrates faculty, students 41st Jazz Festival gives guest musicians a chance to perform World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Michelle Rosshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/michelle-ross/ + posts Michelle Ross Michelle Rosshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/michelle-ross/ Aardvark closes, Christ Chapel relocates ReddIt Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Michelle Rosshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/michelle-ross/ Previous articleRenovated wellness center hopes to prevent student stressNext articleHurricane Harvey relief inspires students to donate blood Michelle Ross RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt Linkedin Michelle Rosshttps://www.tcu360.com/author/michelle-ross/ TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Twitter Facebook Linkedin Twitter Rec center app aims to make scheduling workouts easier Michelle Ross is a senior Journalism and Communication Studies double major from Austin, Texas. When she is not in the newsroom, she loves to dance, go on random adventures and pet dogs on campus.
Receive email alerts June 7, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Open letter to President Putin holds him responsible for gagging the Russian press June 2, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders takes issue with President Putin’s claims that the state’s influence over the media has decreased in recent years. The organisations offers a damning assessment of Kremlin pressure on the press and the impunity and abuses to which Russian journalists are exposed. to go further BelarusEurope – Central Asia News May 28, 2021 Find out more Organisation RSF_en News RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” читать на русскомDear President Putin,You have just hosted the 59th World Newspaper Congress in Moscow, bringing together more than a thousand newspaper owners and editors from more than a hundred countries. During this gathering, World Association of Newspapers president Gavin O’Reilly asked you about the “climate of prudence and self-censorship” prevailing among Russian journalists, “state control” over the media and “the lack of independent national television.” In response to this strong criticism, you insisted that “the government’s influence is waning” and that it is not the government’s job to enhance the credibility of the press but for journalists to “make themselves credible.”No, Mr. Putin, the government’s influence over the media has not waned. On the contrary, it has increased since you became president in 2000. We cannot let you say that the press is freer today in Russia, when in fact it is gagged, when the independent media are reduced to a shadow of their former selves and are only available in the capital, and when most Russians no longer have access to independent news and information.You took over one of the most critical TV stations in Russia’s history, NTV, in 2001 by having it bought up by Gazprom-Media, the press group owned by the energy giant Gazprom, which you control. In a few years, Gazprom-Media has grown into a media empire. As well as NTV, it is now the majority shareholder in Moscow Echo, the only radio station critical of your government. Since June of last year, it has owned Izvestia, the daily newspaper of record. At the start of this year, local media reported that it was on the point of acquiring other newspapers including Kommersant, one of the last independent newspapers in Russia, which was finally bought up by a businessman close to its former owner, Boris Berezovski. The same sources say Komsomolskaia Pravda, one of the country’s biggest-circulation dailies, could soon be acquired by Gazprom-Média.Many journalists have been the victims of Kremlin pressure. Evgeni Kisiliev was NTV’s editor in chief at the time when it was the standard-bearer of press freedom in Russia. Before he was fired in 2001, NTV carried current affairs programmes such as Kukly, a popular satirical programme that used puppets to caricature the country’s political leaders. The programme no longer exists.Journalists working for the only privately-owned national television station, REN-TV, have also been the targets of censorship. Olga Romanova, the presenter of a current affairs programme called 24, was forced to resign in December 2005 along with three other senior staff members for objecting to censorship.Reporters Without Borders has already registered several serious press freedom violations since the start of this year. At least seven news media (including four websites) have been censored and journalists have been the target of three judicial investigations for what they wrote. Reporters Without Borders is also aware of at least two cases of officials refusing to give journalists accreditation, several cases of access to information being blocked, four arrests, five physical attacks, one suspended prison sentence and one case of arbitrary imprisonment.Acts of intimidation against journalists are frequent in the provinces, where the press is controlled by the local authorities. The case of Vladimir Rakhmankov, the editor of the Ivanovo-based online newspaper www.cursiv.ru, who is accused of insulting you in a satirical article, is particularly disturbing. His site was suddenly closed down last month, probably as a result of pressure by Ivanovo politicians. He could be sentenced to 12 months of hard labour for making fun of attempts by regional officials to stimulate the birth rate, one of your priorities. The punishment he faces is archaic. A journalist in the Bashkir region, Viktor Shmakov, was held arbitrarily for just over two weeks for publishing opposition calls for the local governor’s resignation. He is accused under the criminal code of promoting terrorist activities.Finally, Mr. Putin, we would like to remind you that the murder of Paul Klebnikov, an American journalist working for Forbes magazine who was gunned down in Moscow in July 2004, still has not been solved. A trial held in the utmost secrecy failed to identify either those who ordered this killing or those who carried it out. Reporters Without Borders calls for an independent commission to be set up to restart the investigation from scratch. We are waiting for the Russian authorities to give firm undertakings about this case.If you are not responsible for the climate of violence against journalists in Russia, you are on the other hand responsible, Mr. President, for the prevailing impunity, which encourages the enemies of press freedom to continue to target journalists.Robert Ménard,Secretary-General Follow the news on Belarus Help by sharing this information “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says News May 27, 2021 Find out more News Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown BelarusEurope – Central Asia