Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Czech Republic Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Casino & games The District Court for Prague 1 has ruled in favour of the Czech Republic government in a long-running legal battle with land-based casino operator Casino Kartáč over online roulette. This had seen the operator look to recoup CZK6.9bn in estimated lost revenue, after a 2006 request to launch online games was rejected. Czech government prevails in Casino Kartac court case The District Court for Prague 1 has ruled in favour of the Czech Republic government in a long-running legal battle with land-based casino operator Casino Kartáč over online roulette.The case dates back to 2006, when the operator lobbied the Ministry of Finance for the right to operate online roulette in the country. This request was refused, though online gaming regulations were then passed in 2016, and the market opened in 2017.The refusal prompted Casino Kartáč to file a lawsuit against the Ministry, demanding it repay CZK6.9bn (£227.7m/€270.3m/$299.4m) in estimated lost revenue, plus interest.The case had previously been dismissed by the District Court, noting that the lost revenue was totally hypothetical. However, the case then progressed to the country’s Supreme Court, which cancelled the decision and ruled that the case had to be reconsidered.The Prague 1 court, however, ruled in favour of the Ministry of Finance once again. It accepted the argument put forward by the Office for the Representation of the State in Property Affairs (ÚZSVM), representing the government, which argued that the Ministry had acted in accordance with the country’s 2006 laws.“Despite the fact that this was a protracted dispute lasting more than five years, the courts repeatedly support the Ministry of Finance,” Czech Finance Minister Alena Schillerová said of the outcome.“I am glad that our lawyers effectively defend the state’s interests in these disputes without having to hire expensive external law firms,” ÚZSVM director Kateřina Arajmu added.Casino Kartáč has previously been involved in disputes with the state, over issues such as limit setting for interactive video lottery terminals and issues with the approval process for advertisements. In each case, the ÚZSVM has successfully defended the government’s position.It comes as the Czech government prepares to introduce a series of tax changes for gambling in the country. From January next year, lotteries, live casino games and bingo operators will be taxed at 30% of GGR, up from the current rate of 23%, while the rate for fixed odds betting will rise from 23% to 25%.The additional tax revenue will be used to fund new safeguards for players, including an exclusion register, which is expected to launch by mid-2020. This will allow players to voluntarily block access to online and land-based gambling, while those on welfare, those who are bankrupt and people who have received treatment for gambling addiction will be added to the register automatically. Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Table games AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 9th December 2019 | By contenteditor
The deposit cap – introduced by Minister for Health and Social Security Ardalan Shekarabi – has been extremely controversial since its proposal in April this year, when it was originally intended to cover all gambling products. 20th November 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle As circumstances were similar to those in the earlier stages of the pandemic when the cap was introduced, keeping the controls in place made sense, it said. Topics: Regulation Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address “Spelinspektionen would like to emphasize that the requirement for revocation after six months according to Section 14 of the Gaming Act is not absolute,” it said. “According to the second paragraph, a warning can be issued instead if it is sufficient.” Spelinspektionen voices support for extended casino controls Tags: Spelinspektionen Branschföreningen för Onlinespel The regulator added that the extension of the limit would not mean that it would be required to revoke licences of operators who stopped operating while it was in effect. Spelinspektionen previously argued that the limit was impossible to enforce across all operators. “The circumstances that formed the basis for the introduction of the rule can be assumed to remain for a longer period of time,” it said. “Spelinspektionen therefore considers it reasonable that the period of validity be extended.” Regulation BOS also criticised the extension of the measure, arguing its implementation was based on the “erroneous claim that online casino would increase” as the country dealt with the virus and that it would move more players to unlicensed sites. Swedish gambling regulator Spelinspektionen has come out in favour of the country’s controversial temporary gambling regulations – including a SEK5,000 (£437/€489/$580) deposit cap on online casino – being extended into 2021. In its response to a government consultation on the plan to keep the measures in place until June 2021, the regulator pointed out that the virus remained widespread. Stakeholders have until 23 November to share their thoughts on the extension. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter However, Spelinspektionen pointed out that the Act did not say that it was required to revoke the licenses of an operator who did not do business for this period. Operator association Branscheforenigen för Onlinespel (BOS), meanwhile, has claimed the measures have created “chaos”, as businesses found interpretation of the rules unclear. In addition, it argued the rules benefited the unlicensed market, a point which Spelinspektionen has also argued. Regions: Europe Nordics Sweden However after criticism from groups including former horse racing monopoly AB Trav och Galopp (ATG), it was instead imposed only upon online casino and land-based slots. Under Section 14 of the Swedish Gaming Act, Spelinspektionen may revoke an operator’s licence if it has not been active for six months. This led to concerns that operators who could not afford to do business with the cap in place would lose their license if it remained in place until 2021.
Transnational Corporation of Nigeria PLC (TRANSC.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2013 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Transnational Corporation of Nigeria PLC (TRANSC.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Transnational Corporation of Nigeria PLC (TRANSC.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Transnational Corporation of Nigeria PLC (TRANSC.ng) 2013 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileTransnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc is a diversified conglomerate with business interests in the power generation, hospitality, agriculture and oil and gas sectors. It owns and operates Transcorp Hilton Hotel in Abuja and Transcorp Hotel in Calabar. In the agriculture sector, the company produces orange and pineapple concentrates, mango puree and orange peel oil. It also grows food crops and fodder crops. In the energy sector, the company is involved in upstream petroleum development and has interests in exploring, refining and marketing oil and gas. Other business interests include generating electric power; maritime operations and supplying products for the mining and construction sectors which includes stone, sand, lime and iron. Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
New group enters SSIA race 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. Another charity consortium in Ireland has been formed to try and cash in on the huge release of funds from the maturing of Special Savings Investment Accounts. The SSIAs will begin maturing shortly and over the next year will release around ‚€14 billion into the Irish economy. Oxfam Ireland, Amnesty International and Friends of the Earth are asking people to consider supporting African families, paying for flights for a human rights defender or the costs of lobbying for the environment as an alternative to holidays and cars. The ask is for ‚€254 and you can pick one of the charities rather than contribute to a common pot of money. Advertisement Howard Lake | 13 April 2006 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Ireland 19 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis A number of other charities have already come together to raise money from the SSIA windfalls, including a children’s group, and many charities are planning their own campaigns.
Rochester, N.Y. — Nearly 1,000 people rallied in a historic Black church here on Feb. 17 under the call for a “United Community Response to Donald Trump’s Ongoing Hatred and Racism.” They then marched through downtown streets to the Liberty Pole, carrying signs reading “Stop racism,” “Black Lives Matter” and “End white supremacy.”The rally was endorsed by more than 50 local churches and progressive and community organizations, including the 1199SEIU health care workers’ union, Workers World Party and the International Action Center. Notably absent were any representatives of mainstream politicians or parties.The gathering was organized after Trump slandered and insulted immigrants of color and called African nations “shithole countries” at a meeting in the Oval Office in January.“We want to make a public statement against the hatred and racism of Donald Trump,” said Minister Clifford Florence Sr., one of the organizers. “We wanted to make that public statement in the Frederick Douglass city.”Rochester celebrated the 200th anniversary of Douglass’ birth on Feb. 14. The great anti-slavery revolutionary lived and worked in Rochester for over 25 years.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
It has been confirmed that work to complete the new Medical Block at Letterkenny General Hospital will resume on Monday.The project is almost a year behind schedule – work ground to a halt when the previous builders McNamara & Co went into administration.However an agreement has been reached which will see most of the subcontractors re-engaged to finish the project. Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published By News Highland – September 14, 2011 Google+ Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Pinterest Newsx Adverts NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Previous articleDeputy Pringle against ‘Fraking’ in DonegalNext articleHSE moves to improve services for terminally ill patients in Donegal News Highland Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Work to resume on new Medical Block at Letterkenny General 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Facebook Facebook Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson
Google+ By Jon Zimney – March 14, 2021 0 261 (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) A LaPorte man was killed in a wrong-way crash on U.S. 35.The collision happened on Friday afternoon, March 12.Investigators say Nathan Blount, 32, died after the vehicle he was driving was struck by another vehicle that was going to wrong direction. Blount’s vehicle landed in a ditch and struck a tree. He died at the hospital afterward.The driver who police say was going the wrong way suffered an upper body injury. Twitter Google+ Facebook Pinterest Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Man, 32, killed in wrong way crash in LaPorte County IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Previous articleSix-month-old child found safe after quadruple murder, Amber Alert cancelledNext articleTwo men killed in apparent boating accident in LaPorte County Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.
NHS staff dedicate their lives to protecting and caring for us in our times of greatest need and for any one of them to be subject to aggression or violence is completely unacceptable. I have made it my personal mission to ensure NHS staff feel safe and secure at work and the new violence reduction strategy will be a key strand of that. We will not shy away from the issue – we want to empower staff and give them greater confidence to report violence, knowing that they will see meaningful action from trusts and a consistent prosecution approach from the judicial system. Sara Gorton, UNISON Head of Health, and Social Partnership Forum Staff Side Chair, said: Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Matt Hancock is announcing the first ever NHS violence reduction strategy.The new, zero-tolerance approach aims to protect the NHS workforce against deliberate violence and aggression from patients, their families and the public, and to ensure offenders are punished quickly and effectively.The strategy includes: the NHS working with the police and Crown Prosecution Service to help victims give evidence and get prosecutions in the quickest and most efficient way the Care Quality Commission (CQC) scrutinising violence as part of their inspection regime and identifying trusts that need further support improved training for staff to deal with violence, including circumstances involving patients with dementia or mental illness prompt mental health support for staff who have been victims of violence Matt Hancock is making the announcement in a speech to the Royal College of Nursing.The most recent NHS staff survey showed that more than 15% of NHS employees have experienced violence from patients, their relatives or the public in the last 12 months – the highest figure for 5 years.To understand the reasons behind the rise in reported violence, the strategy will allow staff to more easily record assaults and other incidents of abuse or harassment.Trusts will be expected to ensure every incident is investigated in full and lessons used to protect staff from future incidents.The government is also drawing up plans for violence and abuse data from across the NHS to be reported nationally. This should allow the government and NHS England to determine which staff are most vulnerable to violence and allow for appropriate action to be taken.The new plans follow the Assaults on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act, which was recently brought into law and will see the maximum prison sentence for assaulting an emergency worker double from 6 months to a year.Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, said: NHS staff spend their working days caring and saving lives, and their safety should be paramount. No one should be abused, threatened or attacked at work ‒ especially when all they’re trying to do is help people. It is encouraging that the government has listened to unions and agreed to review measures in place to ensure staff safety. This includes a more joined-up approach between the NHS, police and CPS. Anyone who threatens or abuses NHS staff should be prosecuted under the new law protecting health care workers.
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Chief financial officers (CFO) are no longer solely number crunchers. Instead, they’re increasingly being asked to get more involved in the credit union’s strategic mission.“It helps us think a little bit differently about the kind of work we do and to be more focused on big picture work,” says Brandon Smith, CFO at $131 million asset Reliant Federal Credit Union in Casper, Wyo. “We’re naturally pretty good at detail and digging into the weeds, but when you have to think about things in bigger terms, I think that’s good for us.”Having these “heavy thinkers” involved in strategy discussions benefits the credit union, Smith says. CFOs who think creatively and innovatively can also perform further research and analyze data that impacts the strategies being discussed.