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Betway faces Belgian troubles for unclear corporate structures

first_img UK gambling adopts toughest online advertising code to protect underage audiences August 27, 2020 Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 Kansspelcommissie – the Belgium Gambling Commission (BGC) is reported to be weighing up hefty sanctions against online gambling group Betway with regards to not disclosing transparency in its corporate ownership structures and further breaching BGC licensing frameworks.This week, BGC official Marjolein De Paepe stated that the commission had begun sanction procedures against Betway citing “cumulative licences and a lack of transparency”.Betway has operated in the Belgian online gambling marketplace since July 2015, having secured its operator licence through a partnership with Grand Casino Brussels – a land-based casino property operated by Casinos Austria International.BGC licensing conditions require all remote gambling operators to partner with a registered Belgian gambling enterprise, while Kansspelcommissie only permits one licence category per Belgium remote incumbent.A BGC probe carried out in 2017 found that a Betway ‘affiliated unit’ had received a BGC gambling machine manufacturer licence, breaching the Kansspelcommissie licensing policy.Furthermore, ‘Betway Malta’  – the subsidiary which was officially granted the BGC online gambling license by Kansspelcommissie – had failed to disclose its full corporate ownership structure, a key requirement of Belgium financial regulatory codes.Betway’s obscure corporate make-up had raised concerns of national media, as the bookmaker had secured prominent partnerships with Brussels football club RSC Anderlecht and the Royal Belgium Football Association, as betting partner of the Croky Cup.The BGC has yet to confirm penalties against Betway, stating that charges are being weighed up by its committee members, with Marjolein De Paepe citing a number of potential outcomes.“Kansspelcommissie can close the investigation, carry out additional investigations, start sanction procedures, the representatives can inform their ministers about the situation,” she said. “This depends on the assessment that the members of the Gaming Commission indicate this dossier.” StumbleUpon Share Related Articles ASA monitoring sweep marks gambling as the worst underage advertising offender August 26, 2020 Share Submitlast_img read more

Pandemic may be allowing child abuse, domestic violence to go unreported

first_imgMASON CITY —Concerns are rising in Iowa the COVID-19 pandemic is allowing child abuse to go unreported while making it more challenging for people trying to get out of abusive households.Mary Ingham is executive director of Crisis Intervention Services, which serves 15 north-central Iowa counties.She says more people are reaching out through email and texts because they’re unable to get away from an abusive family member.Ingham says, “Two months ago, most people could find a time that they could be alone, when their partner is gone or maybe they’re running errands, and people just aren’t moving like that anymore.”Ingham says Iowans should regularly check in with friends and family members to make sure they’re safe. They can contact victim services programs to find support and safe housing.Since the pandemic forced schools to close, child abuse reports have fallen, but advocates fear it could mean some abuse is being overlooked.Ingham encourages everyone to keep in contact with their neighbors and report any suspicious activity to authorities.A report from the state ombudsman’s office in April found child abuse reports to the Department of Human Services fell more than 16% from February to March — when schools across the state closed.last_img read more

Hero’s Handshake Ellie is a social star

first_img Ellie Webster has built up quite a following with her regular posts about golf on social media.However, it’s at her local club in Wiltshire where the 12-year-old is really gathering the most ‘likes’.Ellie is the latest recipient of our Hero’s Handshake award and was honoured yesterday in front of family and friends at Wrag Barn Golf Club.Throughout 2019, Ellie has helped light up the club with her winning smile and willingness to help fellow juniors.As a Girls Golf Rocks ambassador, Ellie was on hand to provide tips and encouragement for girls new to the game and attending two six-week coaching blocks set up by England Golf and the Golf Foundation.Regular posts on Instagram also charted her season on and off the course – with even the bad shots and rounds discussed and simply shrugged off as ‘par for the course.’Positive comments followed from all over England as well as America where her honest and witty posts struck a chord.Already working hard on a winter programme to help her improve on her 21 handicap, Ellie has impressed everyone at her club including Verity Manners who owns Wrag Barn GC along with her husband Tim.She admitted: “Ellie joined just over two years ago and has been a really active member of our golf community.“She is always helpful, always enthusiastic and approachable and does everything with a smile on her face.“Sometimes we are quick to slate social media, but the way Ellie uses it to promote positivity about golf shows that it can also be a very useful tool.“Ellie was on hand to help out at Girls Golf Rocks. We had around 20 girls taking part for the first time and it can be a bit daunting for them.“Ellie was there to keep them focused and hand out words of encouragement while the teaching pro carried out the sessions.“Whether or not she makes it as a pro herself, her early experiences in golf will stand her in good stead for life.“She has learned about interacting with fellow juniors, as well as men and ladies at the club who all play golf together during our golf week. She has learned the etiquette of the sport which is also useful for life skills.”Mum Tracy, dad Michael and little brother Logan were all present to see Ellie pick up her award after she finished playing in a club Texas scramble competition.They did well to keep the award a secret, but there’s no hiding from the fact young Ellie has her sights trained on a career in golf.“There’s nothing else she wants to do in life – there are no other options to even consider. She wants to be a golfer,” confirmed mum Tracy after Ali Jodiyawalla from the Young Ambassadors programme made the award presentation.“She’s played since the age of six and at 12 has a handicap of 21.“Ellie has embarked on a winter training programme including fitness work and her coach can already see that she is becoming stronger.“Ellie is quite quiet and unassuming and her involvement at the golf club has built up her confidence.“I supervise her social media access and together we have posted videos and photos and the good thing is she is not afraid to talk about her bad rounds as well as the good ones.“There’s been messages from all across the world – particularly in America. We went to Florida on holiday and started following various social media accounts of golf courses we visited.“In turn they followed Ellie and the responses have come from that source.“As a family we are so proud of her and all she is doing. This award means the world to her.” Tags: Wiltshire 25 Nov 2019 Hero’s Handshake Ellie is a social star last_img read more

Rohit Sharma: New Zealand series will be ‘different’ because of the bowling attack we…

first_imgImage Courtesy: PTI/cricket.com.auAdvertisement j054NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs5v83Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ewn4( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 5jdWould you ever consider trying this?😱77szpCan your students do this? 🌚6fjrjRoller skating! Powered by Firework Every cricket team that has ever gone on a tour of New Zealand knows the one infamous nightmare- the indomitable and unconquerable lethality of the bowling action of the Black Caps on their home soil. The Indian cricket team is well aware of this. From the disappointing test series loss back in 2014, to even the defeat in the T20 tour last year. While another tour of New Zealand is coming up, Team India’s stormy opener Rohit Sharma sheds positivity on the outcome.Advertisement Image Courtesy: PTI/cricket.com.auRohit Sharma was on a special interview session with the Press Trust of India. While the white ball expert discussed his path to success in Test cricket, he stated that the loss to New Zealand in the past has little chance of repatation, as the Men in Blues now have gained alot of momentum in the bowling department.Rohit said to PTI: “New Zealand is not the easiest place to play cricket. Last time, we lost the Test series (0-1) but we gave a good fight. But this bowling attack of ours is completely different from what we had back then.”Advertisement From the novice days of Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav, to the rise of superstar pacers such as Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar and Jasprit Bumrah, the foundation of India’s bowling squad has strengthened at its core.However, the New Zealand bowlers also pack a punch. The likes of Neil Wagner, Matt Henry, Trent Boult and Tim Southee will be a tough hurdle on an already challenging environment away from home, as Rohit continues: “For me personally, it’s going to be a challenge without doubt, facing the new ball bowlers and the guys who bowl in the middle overs.”Advertisement While the red ball behaviour is a lot more manageable at home soil that it is on outside, the 32 year old reminded of India’s recent rout of South Africa at home, where Kohli and co thrashed the Proteas 3-0 in the test series back in October 2019.“Facing the new ball in any conditions is not that easy. Of course, it’s lot tougher outside India. But then, we played three Test matches against South Africa and I have never seen the ball swing so much in India like it did in Pune (second Test),” Rohit recalled the different behaviour of the ball in the SA tests.The Mumbaiker had a stunning spell in the series, scoring 176 and 127 in both innings of the first test, and finishing with a blistering knock of 212 runs in the third and final day at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi.Rohit continued: “The first few overs that they (SA) bowled, the pitch was damp and so they got pretty much everything out of it. In Ranchi (where he got a double hundred) also, we were three down in no time.”The NZ series 6 years ago saw a 1-0 win for the hosts, as the first Test at Eden Park saw the visitors suffering a defeat of 40 runs. The second and final test at Basin Reserve was a draw as Rohit managed to make a score of 31 runs in the second innings.“But I know what to expect as I have been there the last time [2014 New Zealand series]. Not the easiest of conditions but I will be ready for that challenge.” Rohit added.Also read-Ian Bishop all praise for Indian fast bowling quartet: I didn’t expect this much improvementRohit Sharma reveals Test success followed after he stopped overthinking his red ball batting Advertisementlast_img read more

Pramerica to bring 300 jobs to Letterkenny

first_imgPramerica are set to bring 330 new jobs to Letterkenny by next summer at their new state of the art premises near Windyhall.Pramerica are a business and technology solutions company for the US based Prudential Finance, which has assets worth over one trillion US dollars under their management.A new state of the art premises is beginning to take shape just one kilometer away from Pramerica’s current Donegal premises in Windyhall, Letterkenny. As the company is ever-expanding, up sizing is needed to accommodate more staff. The new facility, equipped with its own lake, will officially open in summer 2017.The company began in 2000 with just eight employees.Currently they employ 1,400 people, and are hoping for this number to reach 1,800 over the next three years.Pramerica’s aim to have 1,800 employees, which is as many as Microsoft have, means that they are set to become one of Ireland’s biggest employers. Speaking to thejournal.ie, Caroline Faulkner says; “Pramerica is delighted that we have reached this historic milestone just 15 short years since we launched our business in Letterkenny with eight employees.”Faulkner, the former senior managing director and chief information officer at Pramerica Systems Ireland, added; “We currently employ more than 1,200 people who are dispersed in four buildings. The new facility will bring them together in a single location.”“In addition, it will give us the space we need to bring on approximately 330 new staff members over the next three years. The new job opportunities will include senior IT managers, project managers, business analysts, data scientists, actuaries, accountants and a wide range of technology support and professional services roles.”Although many large companies are based in larger cities around the country, on their website Pramerica say; “Letterkenny is the ideal staging point for excursions around Donegal, Ireland’s wildest and most beautiful corner.”Pramerica to bring 300 jobs to Letterkenny was last modified: October 31st, 2016 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:jobsletterkennypramericaprudential financewindyhalllast_img read more