Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday

first_imgCheers and Jeers for Wednesday, November 4, 2020Note: November 4th is National Stress Awareness Day.  To inform motorists around you who might not know this, drive up behind them, honk your horn several times and shout, “Hey, asshole! If you weren’t so stupid you’d know it’s National Stress Awareness Day!”  They’ll appreciate the reminder and will probably respond with a friendly wave.  Thanks. Together we can make a difference. —Mgt.- Advertisement – –By the Numbers:Bideninauguration.jpg77 days!!! (We hope.)Days ’til inauguration day: 77- Advertisement – Number of times the Trump campaign ended up stranding his cultists on the tarmac at airports in Georgia, Nebraska, Pennsylvania and North Carolina after his super-spreader events: 4Number of Trump’s promised second-round $1,200 relief checks, $200 Medicare “gift cards,” or covid vaccine doses the American people received by election day: 0Original and current number of chambers in the International Space Station, which has been inhabited for 20 years as of last Monday: 3 / 16–Mid-week Rapture Index: 180 (including 4 apostasies and 1 Covid-19 vaccine “mark of the beast.”) Soul Protection Factor 24 lotion is recommended if you’ll be walking amongst the heathen today.–Puppy Pic of the Day: Cue the theme from Mission: Impossible…–JEERS to our profoundly broken country. This election should’ve ended last night in a landslide for the candidate of truth, fact, and decency, even with a tidal wave of mail-in votes pending. I really don’t know what to say. In all likelihood Biden will still be our next president. But, holy cow, the chunk of our fellow countrymen who choose hate and ignorance over the alternative is not what I signed up for when I popped out onto this planet 56 years ago. How’s that Mars colony comin’?CHEERS to inevitable conclusions. Soon-to-be-ex-President (we hope) Donald Trump called “Obamagate” the greatest scandal in history, a witch hunt smear campaign hoax that tried to sabotage his soon-to-be-ex-presidency (we hope) “worse than anyone else in the history of the country.” It was to be one of his big “October surprises” that would destroy Joe Biden. Well, the investigation is over and, sure enough, it was the worst scandal ever and Barack Obama reported to Leavenworth Prison this morning to be fingerprinted and ha ha ha of course not:Top prosecutors in the so-called Durham probe into the origins of the Russiagate investigation have reportedly found “no evidence” to support the foundational theory that spawned the investigation—namely, that Obamagate occurred and that Barack Obama himself needed to be punished for it.Obamagatetansuit.jpegGuilty as hell. According to a New York Magazine story relying on anonymous sources “familiar with the probe,” U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut John Durham has come up empty-handed and is growing increasingly frustrated with Attorney General Bill Barr overdevelopments in the investigation—or, rather, the lack thereof.The lesson is clear: a good fake scandal is hard to find.CHEERS to #1. Here’s another little election milestone from the archives: it was 96 years ago today, back in 1924, when Nellie Tayloe Ross became the first elected woman governor in U.S. history.  She ran in Wyoming in the wake of her husband, Gov. William Ross’s death from appendicitis, but was careful to avoid any public display of ambition for the job as that wouldn’t be ladylike.  Her modest agenda soon mushroomed, oddly enough, into one of great ambition: [R]equiring cities, counties, and school districts to have budgets; stronger state laws regulating banks; exploration of better ways to sell Wyoming’s heavy crude oil; earmarking some state mineral royalties for school districts; obtaining more funds for the university; improving safety for coal miners; protecting women in industrial jobs; and supporting a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would cut back on child labor.NellieTaloeRossWYgovernor.jpg These ideas all came from solid, Progressive thinking. But Nellie was the first governor to back them in Wyoming.She lost her reelection, but kept plenty busy turning out the women’s vote for FDR and spending 20 years as the first woman director of the U.S. Mint.  Died at 101, her life spanning presidents Grant through Carter.  Currently four of our ten sitting female governors are Republican.  But Ross was first. And as with so many firsts in politics and civil rights, the letter next to her name was a big ol’ D.–BRIEF SANITY BREAK––END BRIEF SANITY BREAK–JEERS to a supreme nuisance. Until the administration of 46th president Joseph R. Biden (we hiope) is able to enhance and re-balance the makeup of the Supreme Court, we’re going to have to deal with days like today, when six of the nine are going to insist that Americans who happen to be L, G,B, T, or Q are second-class citizens. And we’re going to have to sit here and take it for now…The Supreme Court is set to hear a case concerning the rights of gay and lesbian Americans on Wednesday morning in a dispute that advocates are warning could pierce holes in the nation’s anti-discrimination laws. […]Interior of US Supreme Court in Washington DC.Because of Covid, today’s SCOTUS event will likely be held virtually again. But it’ll still be just as infuriating.Religious rights activists are pushing for the court to use the case, Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, to overturn a 30-year-old precedent that has for decades mediated the balance between freedom of conscience and the rights of minority groups. Doing so could effectively reverse the court’s trend in recent years of advancing protections for LGBT people, civil rights advocates warn. The case could also weaken laws protecting other groups, including Jews, Muslims and Mormons.The case concerns a Roman Catholic adoption agency in Philadelphia that claims that it can’t match foster children with same-sex households without violating its religious beliefs.The court will look a little different today, thanks to last week’s partisan Senate vote confirming the latest member and restoring it to its full nine-member complement. So now it’ll be Roberts, Thomas, Kagan, Souter, Alito, Kavanaugh, Sotomayor, Gorsuch, and some crazy lady shouting Bible verses while drowning a kitten in bucket.CHEERS to a very bad day for the GOP.  Eighty-four years ago today, on November 4th, 1936, the media was blaring the news that FDR had been re-elected in a landslide over Alf Landon by—get this—523 electoral votes to 8:Rooseveltlandslide1936washingtonpost.jpg Percent increase in Covid-19 deaths (238,000 now) over the last two weeks: 15%Number of states that don’t have some kind of mask mandate in place: 2 (ND, SD)Rank of Belgium among top Covid-19 hot spots in Europe: #1- Advertisement – – Advertisement – On this date twenty-eight years later, the papers trumpeted Lyndon Johnson’s victory over Barry Goldwater 486-52.  Twenty-eight years after that Bill Clinton dispatched George H.W. Bush by a less-substantial but still impressive 370-168 margin. And 16 years after that, Barack Obama disposed of John McCain 365-173. Grand total: 1,754 to 303.  Takeaway message: revenge is a dish best served lopsided.–Ten years ago in C&J: November 4, 2010JEERS to the new bully on the block.  38 percent of the 50 percent of Mainers who turned out to vote Tuesday—representing about, oh, twenty percent of all Mainers who live here—was all it took to get a teabagger installed in the governor’s mansion here.  Oh, and we also lost control of both the House and Senate for the first time since 1974.  So off we go into a new era of austerity and nuclear plants and creationism taught as science and, golly, who knows what else.  As of January first we’re changing our state motto: Welcome to Maine—The Alabama of the Northeast.  Yeehaw!  [11/4/20 Update: Our legislature is controlled by Democrats again and our governor is a super-competent and popular Democratic woman, and all is well in the state of Maine.]–And just one more…CHEERS to a fond farewell. I don’t know what he plans to do between now and January, but one thing I hope comes to pass in 77 days: he’s gonna be gone, gone, glug glug glug gone…And the band can play one final rendition of Nearer My Future Jail Cell to Thee.Have a happy humpday. Floor’s open…What are you cheering and jeering about today?–Today’s Shameless C&J TestimonialTrump Assures Daily Kos He’ll Fire Bill in Portland Maine After The Election—Wonkette–last_img read more

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Man U about town

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PREMIUMBKPM opens command center to speed up license issuance

first_imgFacebook Log in with your social account Google Topics : Forgot Password ? Linkedin LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here The Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) has launched a command center to monitor the issuance of licenses in related government offices and help the board expedite the process.The Command Center for the Operation and Monitoring of Investment, which was launched on Monday, provides real-time information regarding the issuance of licenses to investors. This includes daily statistics of license issuance, recapitulation of license issuance by ministries and companies’ end-to-end licensing status, BKPM chairman Bahlil Lahadalia said during an online press conference that followed the opening of the center.“With this command center, we can determine the problems in the issuance of the licenses. Insya Allah [God Willing] with our new authorities, BKPM will improve the speed, certainty and efficiency of licensing processes,” he said at the command center in Jakarta…. Indonesia investment BKPM command-center Bahlil-Lahadalia realization China COVID-19last_img read more

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Wall That Heals in Indiana this week

first_imgGreenfield, IN—The Wall That Heals has been displayed in nearly 600 communities throughout the nation, spreading the memorial’s healing legacy to millions.The Wall That Heals is a three-quarter-scale replica of the Vietnam Veteran Memorial that is designed to travel to communities throughout the United States.  Its only stop in Indiana this year will be in Greenfield from July 11 thru 14 at Stillinger Family Funeral Home starting at 12:01 am.last_img

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Cricket News After New Zealand series win, how can Indian cricket team become No.1 in ODIs?

first_img New Delhi: India have ended their ODI series Down Under on the ultimate high. After securing a bilateral series win over Australia for the first time, the Indian cricket team eliminated 10 years of pain by winning the five-match ODI series against New Zealand. The 4-1 scoreline is India’s best-ever in the country in any format ever since they started touring the country in 1967. In the ICC ODI team rankings for 2019, England remain in top spot with 126 points followed by India who are second with 122 points while there is a 11-point gap between India and South Africa who are third on 111 points.With the ICC Cricket World Cup just three months away, the number of bilateral ODI series reduces with each week. After India’s tour of New Zealand, they play just the five ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals against Australia. England play five ODIs against West Indies while South Africa play Sri Lanka. After the series against India, Australia will square off in a five-match series against Pakistan. The five matches against Australia is India’s last chance before the World Cup. What must they do in order to become the No.1 ranked ODI side in the world? India will take on Australia at home for five ODIs before the World Cup.India secured bilateral series wins in Australia and New Zealand.India need to win the series 4-1 or 5-0 and hope West Indies beat England. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Basically, India has to win the five-match series against Australia 4-1 or 5-0 and hope West Indies win the series against England 3-2. A 3-2,4-1 or 5-0 win for West Indies against England will ensure India remain on top with a good lead. For England, if they win the series 4-1, they must hope Australia wins one of their games against India. If England win the series 3-2 and India secure a 4-1 or 5-0 series against Australia, then Virat Kohli’s side will be the No.1.The current ICC individual rankings for batsmen and bowlers is currently led by Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah respectively. Kohli smashed a century in Adelaide but Bumrah was rested for the entire ODIs against Australia and in the series against New Zealand. Trent Boult moved up one place to third after his wonderful haul of 5/21 in Hamilton and for his good haul in Wellington.last_img read more

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FLYING HIGH: Syracuse beats Boston College on last-minute touchdown, becomes bowl eligible for 3rd time in 4 years

first_imgTerrel Hunt had two minutes and eight seconds to salvage Syracuse’s season.After piecing together what Hunt called his “best game ever played,” Syracuse’s bowl hopes took a sour, sickening twist. Hunt had thrown an interception with 2:49 remaining in the game. The Orange trailed by four and a comeback seemed nearly impossible.It looked as if Syracuse would fall just short of what it’s clawed and scrapped for all season.But SU held Boston College to a field goal, allowing only 41 seconds to tick off the clock.“How many of you guys said it was over on the interception?” Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Our kids didn’t.”It was Hunt’s time to shine. Time to carry his team downfield and into the end zone for the win. Time to silence the critics.Hunt and Syracuse (6-6, 4-4 Atlantic Coast) embarked on a miraculous eight-play, 75-yard drive to stun Boston College (7-5, 4-4) 34-31 in front of 37,406 at the Carrier Dome on Saturday. Josh Parris caught the game winner with six seconds left on a gutsy call by offensive coordinator George McDonald and a pinpoint pass by Hunt. With the victory, the Orange becomes bowl eligible for the third time in four seasons.“To be honest with you,” Syracuse center Macky MacPherson said, “I think that’s one of the top five Syracuse games ever played in the Dome.”When it was all over, SU players and coaches frantically zipped around the field. It was complete pandemonium.Team managers viciously attacked one another in jubilation. Sean Hickey, who sat out most of the second half nursing a high ankle sprain, tried to celebrate while making sure no one stepped on his injured foot. Marquis Spruill was so caught up in the joy of the moment that he couldn’t even remember his initial reaction after the fact.For a while, though, as precious seconds ticked off the clock, it appeared as though there would be no brouhaha in the Carrier Dome.Hunt’s interception seemed to be the inevitable dagger Syracuse couldn’t afford. It seemed as though the two times SU couldn’t convert inside the 15-yard line would come back to haunt Syracuse. It looked like a Ryan Norton-missed field goal might bite SU once again.But then Hunt and the offense put together a pristine drive.“I didn’t even look at the clock,” Hunt said. “That’s the crazy part.”Hunt started the drive with a 15-yard pass to Parris across the middle. Then he found Alvin Cornelius for seven yards and scrambled by himself for eight.After a pass interference call, Hunt fumbled, but MacPherson was there to scoop it up and maintain possession. Three plays later, Hunt found Cornelius on the left sideline, and he caught the ball and smartly stepped out of bounds to stop the clock.Six seconds remained.McDonald said the play had been in the works for six weeks. Syracuse had practiced it “ad nauseam” and the players were itching to see their labor come to fruition. The play was in SU’s back pocket for a long time, McDonald said, and he knew there was no better time to bust it out.“I was like, ‘F*ck it,’” McDonald said. “Excuse me, I was like, ‘Let’s roll with it.’”Last time they tried the play, Parris dropped it, McDonald said. This time, though, the redshirt freshman caught the game-winner. He reached both arms outward, soaking in the moment, and his teammates mobbed him.Hunt’s only option was to throw to Parris, and he lofted the ball into the redshirt freshman’s hands on the left side. Parris finished with seven catches for 47 yards and two touchdowns on the day. Hunt, meanwhile, put together a 29-for-43, 270-yard performance and scored three total touchdowns.At the start of the season, Parris and Cornelius were far from the Orange’s main targets. Hunt wasn’t even the starting quarterback. With injuries to Hickey, Jarrod West and Prince-Tyson Gulley, new faces emerged in crunch time.“This is what college football’s all about. There’s not a waiver wire,” Shafer said. “You can’t pick up the phone and say, ‘Let’s get so-and-so.’ This is college football. You’ve got to step up to the plate and say, ‘Hey, what’s your name again? You’re in.’ Then all of a sudden you know his name when he makes a play.”On Saturday, Parris made plays for Syracuse.But six ticks remained. One squib kick, two completions and a fumble later, though, and Syracuse was going bowling.“Penn State, we had the ball in our hands and we didn’t finish,” McDonald said. “Pittsburgh, we had the ball in our hands and we didn’t finish.“Today we finished.”When it was all over, MacPherson said he was ready to collapse. He’s just thrilled to have a chance to play one more collegiate game. He doesn’t care if the bowl game’s in Alaska; he’s just ready to go play one more time.That’s possible thanks to Syracuse’s remarkable final drive.The unthinkable turned into the unimaginable as a potentially gut-wrenching loss turned into a miraculous, season-saving win.“I feel bad for the people who left,” MacPherson said, “because they missed one hell of a game.” Comments Published on November 30, 2013 at 7:15 pm Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHass Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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No. 2 Syracuse outrebounds Wake Forest by 20 en route to road win

first_imgWINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — What a difference two games can make.Eleven days ago, Syracuse was thoroughly embarrassed on the glass by Pittsburgh. The Panthers grabbed 16 offensive rebounds and outworked the Orange 35-24 overall.But in SU’s last two games combined, its out rebounded Miami and Wake Forest by a combined margin of 94-59.Wednesday’s performance, a 55-35 walloping, helped catalyze No. 2 Syracuse’s (20-0, 7-0 Atlantic Coast) 67-57 win over Wake Forest (14-7, 4-4). “It was a rough shooting night for our team as a whole,” SU forward Jerami Grant said, “so we definitely wanted to get some second-chance points in order to get some points on the board.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEight Orange players finished with at least four rebounds, led by Grant who had 12 in what was his fourth double-double of the season. C.J. Fair and Baye Moussa Keita grabbed eight misfires each, while Rakeem Christmas hauled in seven in just 20 minutes. While the rebounding edge only led to two additional second-chance points for SU, it kept the Demon Deacons from optimizing their offensive opportunities.“You can’t get outrebounded by 20 and then expect to win,” WFU forward Travis McKie said. “They had 10 extra possessions.”Grant, Christmas and Co. put on a box-out clinic in the first half, holding the Demon Deacons to just two individual offensive rebounds — three times the ball deflected off an SU player out of bounds.Then in the second half alone, Syracuse hauled in eight offensive rebounds to the Demon Deacons’ nine defensive boards. WFU’s leading board-getter Devin Thomas (8.3) managed just five on the night.“We knew they weren’t a great rebounding team so we definitely wanted to attack their offensive rebounding and defensive rebounding,” Grant said.Throughout the years, SU has always been at a mild disadvantage in rebounding coming out of a zone. But against the Demon Deacons, Syracuse got to experience the benefits from the other side.Wake Forest ran a 3-2 roughly half of the game, and the unmarked Orange bigs feasted on the 35 bricks the team shot during the game.“Our rebounding was good, but it was probably good because both teams kept missing, SU head coach Jim Boeheim said.Syracuse crowd surprises BoeheimFrom the second Wake Forest won the opening tipoff, it was clear there were plenty of Syracuse fans among the 12,523 who filled Joel Coliseum on Wednesday night.They stood and clapped from the corner of the court until Rakeem Christmas dunked 1:25 into regulation.“I was shocked,” Boeheim said. “In Florida, we had about 4,000, but they all live down there. They’re all from Syracuse. I don’t know where these people came from.”The SU fans made their presence known throughout the game, hollering out the regular batch of chants as their team fought to beat Wake Forest 67-57 and snap the Demon Deacons’ 13-game home winning streak.The last time WFU lost at home was March 2, 2013 to Maryland.“I was really shocked,” he continued. “I was looking around a little bit. We go places. Philadelphia or Washington. There’s a lot of people there. But here, I was shocked that there were that many people here.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 30, 2014 at 2:50 am Contact Stephen: sebail01@syr.edu | @Stephen_Bailey1last_img read more

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Thursday game causes concern among students

first_imgOn Thursday, some students face the unusual dilemma of having to choose whether to attend their classes or the football game against Washington, causing concern for both students and faculty.In anticipation of this, and to accommodate the Thursday night game, the administration asked professors to consider rescheduling classes.In an email to USC faculty and staff on Oct. 6, Provost Michael Quick made a series of suggestions to faculty, including rescheduling class for another time in the semester, holding class at another location or scheduling off-campus activities and work for Thursday.“The University of Southern California is committed to minimizing the disruptions caused by weekday games,” Vice President of Student Affairs Ainsley Carry wrote in an email to students on Sept. 15. “We are taking steps to ensure students have access to academic facilities such as the libraries, parking, dining and tailgating alternatives off campus.”Smrity Randhawa, professor of clinical accounting in the Marshall School of Business, said she was made aware of the potential conflict from the outset.“Right when I was assigned the classes I was told, ‘This is going to be an issue. Yes, you can have the class, but attendance might be an issue in the class.’ So at that level, you try to address it proactively,” she said.Randhawa rescheduled her Thursday class for an earlier date because of the game. She saw the Thursday football game as an opportunity to learn how to be more flexible as a professor.“We work in a changing environment,” Randhawa said. “As faculty, we should have the foresight or the ability to be able to teach students using different mediums.”However, Terek Rutherford, a freshman majoring in business administration, said having a Thursday evening class can sometimes create difficulties for students.“It’s really unfortunate that the school puts students in a no-win situation, where they either go to class and are one of the few students there, so they get personal attention, which makes class more valuable — but if they do that, then they miss out on the game,” Rutherford said. “If they go to the game, obviously they have fun at the game, but then they miss out on the instruction they might have with their professor.”Jessica Dillon, a senior majoring in public relations, said she wasn’t sure if rescheduling Thursday classes was the best course of action either, though.“My professor seemed a little ambivalent about it but understanding that that’s our culture, and that we would just be sitting there hating life,” said Dillon, who had one of her classes cancelled. “It’s kind of weird to me, especially with those classes where I only meet with them twice a week. I really value the time I have with my professors, so it’s kind of a tossup.”Rutherford said the situation was a catch-22.“No matter which way they decide to go on game day on Thursday, they are caught in a situation which is going to make them lose in one aspect.” Rutherford said. “It forces them to choose between USC’s social life and USC’s academic life in a way that doesn’t happen in any other situation.”last_img read more

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Winning Post – Turbulence ahead for The Netherlands?

first_img Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Winning Post: Third time’s the charm for England’s casinos August 17, 2020 Submit Share Industry strategic consultancy Regulus Partners examines a week full of regulatory warnings in the Netherlands, further political disruption in the UK, and gaming reform in Ireland.Netherlands: online regulation – orange warning signals?The implementation of the Netherlands Remote Gaming Act faced more parliamentary scrutiny this week, with a theme of questioning from the Justice and Security Committee being ensuring tough protections and controls and the re-opening of the controversial two-year ‘cooling off’ period. While the broad tenor of the debate would suggest continued progress to implementation (with parties controlling c. two thirds of the lower house indicating support), there are a few important warning signals to consider, in our view.The most obvious point to make is that the Netherlands is likely to expect its regulator to be robust and disciplined in order to maintain the coalition of political support for a broadly liberal and permissive approach to online gambling. All the indications are that this is what the Kansspelautoriteit will provide and there have been some refreshingly clear guidelines to let potential operators know where they stand (learning the lessons of nearly every other jurisdiction as well as applying a suitably methodical domestic approach). However, operators used to a bit of latitude (and there aren’t many of those anymore) or hoping to muddle into compliance after getting a licence are likely to find themselves subjected to some very tough sanctions: the Netherlands, more than many other licensing jurisdictions is likely to test ‘operational compliance’ (every key person knows their obligations and operates within them) vs. ‘process compliance’ (boxes are ticked by a siloed department) to its limit. Ironically, given the political backdrop, signs of the regulator doing its job post licensing (public fines etc) is likely to increase pressure for tougher legislation (advertising restrictions, further product restrictions etc – it should be noted that many exotic in-play bets will already be restricted). The political debate demonstrates that operators need to behave impeccably to preserve their operating freedoms: the Netherlands opening needs to demonstrate that there is a first time for everything.The second thorny issue is the cooling off period. Most fined operators (most of the current Netherlands .com market by revenue) seem to be hoping that the six months delay to licensing brings them closer to a level playing field. We would be concerned that Dutch politicians in favour of the cooling off period (which seems to be most) would see this as undermining the spirit of the law – there is little inherent punishment in a licensing gap of a few months if at all, if it is accepted that stopping targeted .com activities is merely following the law and not a punishment (however costly they may be). There is a strong likelihood therefore, in our view, that the cooling off period will be adjusted to ensure that operators which haven’t targeted Dutch players (including domestic landbased operators) get at least 6 months of market access ahead of fined .com operators.The argument used against this is that channelling (a key KPI of domestic regulatory success, fully recognised by the Dutch authorities) will be impacted – an argument we have heard a lot. We are less sure in this instance, especially given materially exposed .com operators will almost certainly want a licence later and so will play ball (their customers will therefore need to find new supply: disruption is built in vs. a smooth grey to dark grey / black market status quo). There is of course a much bigger risk to a permanent black out, which could be challenged and therefore potentially ignored, but we doubt this is on the cards. Channelling should be considered by product group and matched to the quality of potential licensed supply. First, the Netherlands has a number of credible landbased gaming companies that can go live with a strong offer straight away (e.g. Holland Casino, JVH, Jansen Hanraths, Hommerson) – casino can probably be pretty well catered for and is likely to represent c. 60% of revenue. These operators will also likely have an adequate sportsbook for go-live, which if supplemented by bet365 (which has not been ‘targeting’ Dutch customers and hasn’t been fined) and one or two other credible operators with no issues (say Betway, BetVictor), would give the market plenty of effective choice (while whoever is on a Kambi platform will be able to offer a pretty good rendition of erstwhile .com market-favourite Unibet) – betting can also be well catered for. Poker is a more obvious problem, with most markets that miss Stars missing a viable market. However, France’s Winamax now has enviable Western European liquidity and could go a long way to plug the hole, as could 888 – the poker market might shrink without Stars, but it would unlikely go ‘black’ given the lack of readily available choice (so there is a revenue impact, but not a channelling one). The essential issue is that heavy users are promiscuous while the Netherlands barely has an online mass market (thanks to the increasingly enforced restrictions and the lack of domestic supply). Heavy users will therefore find regulated supply so long as the product is good enough (there are issues with in-play around the edges here, but broadly it will be: and the in-play issues have nothing to do with the cooling off period).We therefore expect the Netherlands to be relatively open from a product perspective, workable from a tax perspective, with attractive underlying scale and growth drivers (heavy user channelling, mass market adoption). However, current market share could be shaken up aggressively while the cost of compliance failure is likely to be very high. There is a lot for many remote operators to dislike in this, but the alternatives of light touch licensing or sever restrictions are not workable options and/or represent an even worse outcome for (most) operators. The Netherlands approach is therefore likely to be tough on .com operators but commercially viable responsibly developed operations – pain and opportunity are therefore relatively evenly matched in an approach that might increasingly become a blueprint for pragmatic compromise, in our view.Great Britain: Out of Parliament – Health alert as Tories set out 2020 visionBritain’s regulated gambling industry can spend the next few weeks trying to work out which General Election result is likely to be the lesser of ‘evils’ after Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party double-dipped on gambling legislative reform this week.Yesterday, the Health Secretary, Matt Hancock (Cons, West Suffolk) announced plans to institute “an independent review…into the 2005 Gambling Act to update it for the modern digital age”. This followed the publication on Sunday of the party’s manifesto which had also included a commitment to reassess legislation.The review body will be asked to make recommendations on stake and prize limits (presumably online but who knows where this might go); the “misuse of credit card payments”; “putting the voluntary levy on a statutory footing”; and looking at “new ways of raising revenue for problem gambling support” (which presumably is code for further tax raids on a creaking industry).So far, so very Tom Watson. However, the true significance of yesterday’s announcement was not so much what was said but who said it. The prospect of the Department of Health setting out plans to review Britain’s gambling legislation (rather than simply examining gambling-related harm) should send a shiver down the spine of every gambling executive in the country. As we have written before, the movement to relocate policy from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to the Department of Health and Social Care is part of a prohibitionist agenda to position gambling as “the new tobacco” – as an inherently harmful vice (and future Health Secretaries might be less prone to be sympathetic to at least some forms of gambling than the MP for West Suffolk).   In 2018, the Labour Party instituted a Shadow Culture and Shadow Health review of gambling in Great Britain – but it was always clear that Health was the junior partner in the scheme. Yesterday’s announcement from the Conservatives did not even make passing reference to the DCMS. This ought to be a source of concern. The continual changes of ministerial personnel at the department have contributed to a catastrophic lack of leadership on gambling matters; but throughout this, the policy team has managed to maintain a sense of proportion. Its measured tone and common sense approach has contrasted creditably with increasingly shrill voices elsewhere in the regulatory-political firmament.Yesterday’s announcement also appears to pose questions about the Government’s faith in the Gambling Commission. This year, the regulator has commenced formal reviews of both gambling on credit cards and funding mechanisms for research, education and treatment – both of which now look likely to be superseded by the Department of Health’s decision to take matters into hand. These reviews will still be important in terms of influencing outcomes, but they no longer appear to be decisive (and we should recall that last year the Commission was effectively over-ruled on FOBT stake reduction).As we have written before, a properly coordinated, suitably rigorous and properly independent legislative reassessment may be preferable to the hotch-potch of (sometimes knee-jerk) micro-reviews currently taking place. While many within the industry will perceive this as a threat, it is imperative that licensees engage constructively with whatever process is instituted by the next Government (whether Labour or Tory led). It presents a once in a generation opportunity to reboot the regulatory system – and it need not be exclusively reductive.It will take some time for the formal process of legislative re-examination to begin; but this does not mean that the industry has time on its side. Any Government review will be informed and influenced by the large number of reformist projects already in train, including the House of Lords select committee inquiry into the social and economic effects of gambling; the Gambling-related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group’s inquiry on remote gambling; the Howard League for Penal Reform’s committee on gambling-related crime; Public Health England’s evidence review of gambling harm; Lord Chadlington’s assessment of how to disburse £60m of research, education and treatment funding; multiple Gambling Commission consultations; and a wide range of research projects covering such topics as gambling disorder and domestic violence, treatment effectiveness and self-exclusion schemes. This represents a wide expanse of regulatory-political territory to cover for an industry that has struggled to cope with lesser challenges in the past. It is also an indication of how tricky it is likely to be to distil sound policy in an increasingly noisy debate.Elsewhere, the Scottish Nationalist Party has joined in the fun by calling (once again) for greater devolution of gambling legislation and for a “full public health inquiry into gambling-related harm.”Finally, while the former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Tom Watson may have called it quits on politics (for now), he demonstrated this week that he scrutiny on the gambling industry is as sharp as ever. On Sunday, Watson helped judge the National Game’s annual ‘Bingo Caller of the Year’ contest. The 2019 title was awarded to Donna Kunyo from Brian Fraser’s Club 3000 in Middleton (Greater Manchester) who sang the Shirley Bassey standard, ‘This is My Life’.  Ireland: Regulation – Irish slots take fiveThe Irish government this week announced that slot machine stakes would be capped at €5 a spin with jackpots restricted to €500 under new legislation. Notionally, this represents a substantial increase from current (ancient and irrelevant) levels (€0.03 and €0.50), but in reality slot machines have long been available to play at higher levels across a wide number of unregulated, unlicensed venues (effectively meaning that the Irish Treasury only benefits directly from gamers via its €405m sale of the lottery in 2014, c. €226m in annual lottery good cause distribution, and – accidentally –  VAT from online gaming; betting now provides a small surplus after duty was doubled – prior to that the tax payer was subsidising the horse and dog racing industries since betting duty receipts covered only 82% of the subsidy cost, even after capturing online).Over the last dozen years, Ireland has provided a masterclass in how to get gaming reform wrong. The country has had (and still has) much bigger issues to deal with but it is difficult to make excuses for what has been a painfully slow and inept process to updating primary legislation that is now more than 60 years old. If – as both Labour and now the Conservatives maintain – Britain’s Gambling Act 2005 is “analogue legislation in a digital age”, then Ireland’s is positively prehistoric.Europe: regulation – save the whalesSomewhere along the line, ‘VIP’ appears to have become a dirty term in gambling. In most consumer industries, ‘VIP’ is an aspirational acronym, indicating elevated levels of service and customer care as well as expenditure. While some remote operators have understood this, far too many have defined VIP programmes almost exclusively in terms of revenue extraction (often betrayed by the use of negative jargon, such as ‘lifetime value’).This week, Paddy Power was criticised in the Daily Mail over allegations that it had used its VIP programme for unethical purposes. Concern over the operation of such schemes has been highlighted by the House of Lords select committee inquiry, the Gambling-related Harm All Party Parliamentary Group and the Gambling Commission. Meanwhile, in Spain, the Directorate General for the Regulation of Gambling appeared to suggest (quite reasonably) that formerly self-excluded customers should not be permitted to become VIPs.This is all rather a shame. There is nothing wrong with treating higher value customers differently from others – at least not unless one lives in a Marxist state. In this context is it worth considering that the top 1% of income tax payers account for 39% of receipts in the US and 28% in the UK: if gambling operators saw revenue concentrations materially lower than this (benchmarked by jurisdiction), then it would suggest they are not tapping into the market arguably best able to safely engage (little danger of gambling the rent or food money). It is how this is done that matters: the challenge for the remote industry is to reframe ‘VIP’ status so that it becomes associated with heightened customer affordability, safety and well-being rather than simply a reflection of an individual’s capacity to lose money, whether they have it to lose or not. Otherwise, a critical and (when well run) entirely legitimate revenue segment will be lost.__________Content provided by Regulus Partners Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020last_img read more

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Luka Modric ruled out for six weeks with knee ligament damage

first_imgLuka Modric’s season may well be over after due to the sprain on his right knee which he suffered in Real’s 3-1 win over Malaga.The 29-year-old picked up the injury in a challenge with Malaga midfielder Recio an hour into Saturday’s game. The Madrid club reported that: “After tests carried out this morning on Luka Modric at the Hospital Sanitas La Moraleja by the club’s medical services, the diagnostic confirms that the player has a sprain on the medial collateral ligament in his right knee.”Although Real Madrid have not confirmed the severity of the injury, AS claim the 29-year-old suffered a ligament strain in his right knee – ruling him out for approximately six weeks.That would mean he would miss Real’s six remaining La Liga fixtures and, barring a potential Champions League final, would not be able to play again until next season.Modric could be joined on the sidelines by team-mate Gareth Bale, who he also played with at Tottenham, after the Welshman picked up a suspected calf injury.Despite their casualties, goals from Sergio Ramos, James Rodriguez and Cristiano Ronaldo gave Real a 3-1 win which kept them just two points behind league-leaders Barcelona. –last_img read more

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