7th April 2021 By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter However, long-standing trends towards different products – football and SSBTs in particular – could be exacerbated, while the extent to which B2 play has disappeared is yet to be fully played out. 2 minutes read The future of retail betting in Great Britain is unclear. At a time when the market is being reshaped, by M&A, regulatory changes and Covid-19 closures, this report asks how a sector that has proved so resilient in the past can continue to endure. For the public, the most visible sign of the downturn was in shop visibility. From a peak in 2014 of more than 9,100 shops, by March 2020 that number had fallen by almost 16% to 7,861. It will shrink further once the data is collected for the year to this March following the effect of the pandemic lockdowns. Read the full report below. Gaming machine revenue for the year to March 2020, as tracked by the UK Gambling Commission, tumbled by 41% to £1.075bn, while betting revenue fell in sympathy, dropping to £1.28bn or 5.2% down on the previous year. The future is unsurprisingly less than obvious. The complicating factor of the sale of William Hill to Caesars Entertainment confuses matters even more, with the future of its retail estate yet to be decided. Still, sector watchers are confident that once the UK betting shop estate reopens for business in the spring/summer, consumers will return. The effect of the £2 stake limit imposed on B2 gaming machines at the start of April 2019 was immediate and dramatic. British retail betting report Email Address The latest data from the listed operators shows the extent of the impact, with the retail operations of both William Hill and Entain tipping into operational losses for 2020. Net revenue at William Hill plunged 50%, Entain suffered a 4% decline and the Flutter-owned Paddy Power was down 28%. What is certain is that the UK retail betting estate will have shrunk or as many have suggested, been right-sized. The question then turns to whether this smaller cohort of shops can manage to hold its own in a UK high street that is suffering from historic changes in consumer behaviour. Topics: Sports betting Strategy ICE365 Content Series Product & technology Retail sports betting Sports betting regulation Sportsbook Management Regions: UK & Ireland AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Combined, retail shop GGY fell to a new low of £2.36bn, or 26% down on the B2-driven high of £3.22bn in 2017.
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Melanie May | 16 January 2018 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis25 Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy 242 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis25 The October Club is seeking a charity to partner with for 2018.The October Club funds small and growing charities with voluntary income of between £500,000 and £2m per annum. The funding is for a transformational project based across several UK regions, and must be used within three years.This year’s deadline for applications is 23 February, and applicants must explain how the October Club investment will transform their organisation, how it would improve their own infrastructure, their way of working, and how their beneficiaries will benefit, with a summary of outcomes. A shortlist of charities will be invited to pitch to the committee in early May.Since 1987 the October Club has raised over £10 million for transformational projects, with an average £500,000 for each cause. Last year, The October Club partnered with The Multiple Sclerosis Trust, enabling it to launch a three-year Advanced MS Champions project to bring specialist and co-ordinated care to people living with complex and challenging symptoms of the condition.Money is raised through two key events. Each October, the organisation holds a dinner to benefit its charity partner, introducing its work to the guests and how funds raised will be used to transform it. The event includes an auction with last year’s dinner raising £500,000 for The MS Trust. Prior to the dinner event, The October Club also holds an Ascot Race Day, which also includes fundraising. Last year’s included a raffle and auction, which raised £25,000 for The MS Trust’s Advanced MS Champions project.Previous charity partners:2017: The MS Trust2016: The Cure Parkinson’s Trust2015: Honeypot Children’s Charity2014: Auditory Verbal UKFurther information on the criteria for entries is available on The October Club’s site. 241 total views, 1 views today The October Club seeks 2018 charity partner 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.
Linkedin Previous articleTCU and Texas Tech all tied up in low-scoring affair at the half, 10-10Next articleClosures continue on I-35 Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ ReddIt Facebook Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ + posts Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. Facebook Linkedin Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee TAGSfootball lossphotospostgameTexas Tech TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Twitter Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier printTCU fell to Texas Tech in double overtime, 27-24, after Red Raider kicker Clayton Hatfield nailed a 37-yard field goal. Texas Tech now leads the all-time series over TCU 31-25-3.Here are five takeaways from the Horned Frogs performance.1. Foster Sawyer replaced Kenny Hill as quarterbackTCU quarterback Kenny Hill threw a deep ball to the end zone that was intended for KaVontae Turpin late in the third quarter, but was intercepted by Texas Tech defensive back Douglas Coleman in the end zone. After Texas Tech punter Michael Barden bobbled the snap on a punt attempt, TCU began their next possession on the Red Raider 15-yard line. Hill was replaced on the possession by redshirt sophomore quarterback Foster Sawyer after the offense had only mustered 10 points.“I didn’t pull him[Hill], [offensive coordinator and QB coach] Sonny [Cumbie] did,” TCU head coach Gary Patterson said. “We weren’t playing very well.”With Sawyer at quarterback, TCU capped off the possession with one-yard touchdown run by Trevorris Johnson to take a 17-10 lead early in the fourth quarter.In overtime, Sawyer matched score for score with Patrick Mahomes II. After Mahomes scrambled for 15-yard touchdown to start overtime, Foster thread the needle to wide receiver Desmon White for a 25-yard touchdown that forced a second overtime. The pass was Sawyer’s first touchdown this season and third of his career. The catch was White’s his first scoring grab of the season and second of his career.TCU quarterback Foster Sawyer celebrates his touchdown pass against Texas Tech with his teammates. (Sam Bruton/TCU staff photographer)“Both quarterbacks have to play better,” Patterson said. “I thought Foster did some good things.”2.TCU defense held down high-powered Texas Tech offenseTCU held Texas Tech to 17 points and 315 yards of total offense in regulation. The Red Raiders entered the game as the nation’s leader in total offense (640.3 yards per game) while ranking second in the country in scoring (50.3 points per game).“We can feel proud that we held them to 17 points in regulation because that’s one of the top offenses in the nation coming off a week where they had over 800 yards, but nothing feels that great after a loss,” safety Nick Orr said.The Horned Frog defense dominated Tech offense early, forcing turnovers on their first two possessions.Safety Nick Orr intercepted Red Raider quarterback Patrick Mahomes II at the TCU one-yard line for his team-leading fourth pick of the season. The interception was Orr’s sixth of his career, most among active Horned Frogs.“I think having at least five [interceptions] this season would be good, but as long as we can get some wins I don’t care about how many interceptions I get,” Orr said.TCU head coach Gary Patterson encourages TCU safety Nick Orr.(Sam Bruton/TCU staff photographer)TCU defensive end Matt Boeson forced a fumble on Mahomes and defensive tackle Chris Bradley recovered the football.“The defense played unbelievable, and they’re going to keep getting better and better,” Patterson said.3.Matt Boesen dominatedJunior defensive end Matt Boesen had himself a day. He recorded ten tackles, two sacks, and forced a fumble. His two sacks increased his season-total six, most on the team, and his ten tackles were the most by a Horned Frog defensive lineman this season.“He’s [Boesen] undersized, but he’s tenacious,” Patterson said. “When Carraway came out, we needed someone to step up and he [Boesen] did.”Boesen’s teammates felt the same way about his performance as their head coach did.“He’s [Boesen] been getting back there and applying pressure all season, plus he’s faster than an average defensive lineman and he’s strong,” Orr said. “He’s been making plays since the spring.”4.Brandon Hatfield had a rough dayTCU kicker Brandon Hatfield missed his first field goal attempt from 37 yards, his second missed field goal of the season, but he connected on his second field goal of the day from 23-yards out.With under eight minutes left in the game, Hatfield missed another field goal from 32 yards out that would’ve given the Horned Frogs a two-possession lead. Instead, the score remained 17-10 TCU. On the possession right after Hatfield’s miss, Patrick Mahomes II led the Tech offense on a 16-play, 80-yard scoring drive that concluded with an eight-yard Mahomes II touchdown pass to wide receiver Dylan Cantrell. The touchdown pass tied the game up at 17 a piece with 1:30 left in the game, which allowed the game to go to overtime.In double overtime, Hatfield lined up for a a 39-yard field goal and shanked it wide left.“The one place Hatfield doesn’t kick as well is off the left hash, and the last three field goals he missed were all off the left hash,” Patterson said. “One was our fault because we should’ve run before time was out to put the field goal in the middle of the field for a better angle,” Patterson said.5. KaVontae Turpin returnsWide receiver/returner KaVontae Turpin returned to the starting lineup at wide receiver and didn’t disappoint. Turpin led TCU in receiving with four catches for 39 yards, and he returned a fourth quarter kickoff for 28 yards.“We limited Turpin because we didn’t know how much he could do in his first game back, but he made some plays and made a difference when he touched the ball,” Patterson said. “His role will expand as we move forward with the rest of the season.”However, Patterson would like to see other players step up as well. “It can’t just be all about Turpin,” Patterson said. “Other people have to make plays and tough catches.”TCU hits the road next Saturday to play the Baylor Bears in Waco. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ ReddIt Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Garrett Podell Twitter Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas
News Journalists threatened with imprisonment under Turkey’s terrorism law An Istanbul court today sentenced Oğuz Güven, the editor of the Cumhuriyet newspaper’s website, to three years and one month in prison on charges of “terrorist propaganda”. As Güven has appealed against his conviction, he remains for the time being on conditional release.“Turkish justice has reached a new height of absurdity and we dare to hope that this conviction will be overturned on appeal,” said Johann Bihr, the head of RSF’s Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk. Güven was found guilty of terrorist propaganda on behalf of the PKK Kurdish armed rebels and the Gülen Movement, which the government accuses of being behind the July 2016 coup attempt.One of the prosecution’s main evidences against Güven was a tweet about a prosecutor’s death in a car accident that was deleted 55 seconds after being posted. Arrested in May of this year (see below), Güven was held for a month before being freed conditionally pending trial. Four other Cumhuriyet employees are currently detained.17.05.2017 – Website editor is 12th Cumhuriyet employee to be jailedReporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the persecution of Turkey’s few remaining critical media outlets and calls for the immediate release of Oğuz Güven, the editor of the opposition daily Cumhuriyet’s website, who has just been jailed on a terrorism charge. He is the 12th Cumhuriyet employee to be imprisoned.Güven is facing up to seven and half years in prison on a charge of “propaganda for the terrorist organization led by Fethullah [Gülen],” the US-based Turkish cleric accused by the government of masterminding the abortive coup attempt in July 2016.He was placed in pre-trial detention on 15 May, three days after being taken into police custody. The grounds cited for the extremely grave charge against Güven, who has been a journalist for 32 years, is a single tweet that was posted on the Cumhuriyet Twitter account and was deleted after 55 seconds. “The charge brought against Oğuz Güven is the height of absurdity and it is hard not to see it as an attempt to further undermine Cumhuriyet,” said Erol Önderoğlu, RSF’s representative in Turkey. “The survival of the few remaining independent media outlets is at stake. The international leaders who are preparing to meet President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan at next week’s NATO summit cannot just look on while media freedom is annihilated in Turkey.”Güven is blamed for a controversial tweet reporting that Mustafa Alper, the state prosecutor in the western province of Denizli, had died in a road accident. Alper was handling the trial of several well-known figures accused of being involved in the abortive coup.When he appeared in court on 15 May, Güven told the judge that the tweet was a “mistake” and was “deleted within 55 seconds.” He added: “We reported the reactions to this tragedy in another article. I completely reject the accusations being made against me.”Güven is currently being held in Metris prison in downtown Istanbul. But if the appeal filed by his lawyers fails to obtain his release, he will be transferred to Silivri prison, 70 km west of Istanbul, where 11 other Cumhuriyet employees have been held for months.“There is not much more that can be done in the face of the current level of decay,” Güven said, referring to the justice system, as he was taken off to prison. No date has so far been set for his trial. Ten detained Cumhuriyet journalists and administrators will complete their 200th day in Silivri prison tomorrow. To mark the event, journalists and civil society representatives will stage a demonstration at 11 a.m. outside the lawcourts in the Istanbul district of Çağlayan.The other detained Cumhuriyet journalists include editor in chief Murat Sabuncu, columnist Kadri Gürsel and cartoonist Musa Kart. The investigative reporter Ahmet Şık has also been held since December 2016, although he was one of the first journalists to write critically about the influence of Gülen’s supporters within the state apparatus.Their trial is due to start on 24 July. The journalists petitioned Turkey’s constitutional court, challenging the legality of their detention, but got no response, and they are now hoping for a quick ruling on their case by the European Court of Human Rights.After the closure of more than 150 media outlets in the wake of the coup attempt, Cumhuriyet is one of the very few outlets that stillcriticizes the Turkish government. As well as the imprisonment of 12 of its employees, there has been a concerted attempt to stifle it economically and an attempt to take control of its management. Former editor Can Dündar, who is now living in exile in Germany, has been one of President Erdoğan’s bugbears ever since he revealed in 2015 that the Turkish intelligence services had supplied weapons to Islamist groups in Syria. In Germany, Dündar has created a website called Özgürüz (We are free).Turkey is ranked 155th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index. 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China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Follow the news on China News ChinaAsia – Pacific ————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org Organisation Related documents 中文版本PDF – 154.83 KB News An opinion poll website that was closed down last month after posting a questionnaire about the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre has been allowed back online. The website, Polls, (Zhongguo Guoqing Zixun), was given permission to resume operating on 4 June after several weeks of negotiations with the ministry of industry and information.After going back online, the site expressed its thanks for the support it received from many news media in China and abroad, as well as human rights organisations. The webmaster said he would to continue to conduct opinion polls on the website. Today, for example he asked visitors to the site to assign a mark evaluating the work of President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao since the start of the year.———————–16.05.2006China marks 40 years since Cultural Revolution with censorship and crackdownThe organisation regretted that “China was marking the 40th anniversary of the Cultural Revolution by censoring the Internet and cracking down on democrats”, pointing to a 12-year jail term against a cyberdissident and closure of a pollster website.Yang Tianshui was sentenced on 16 May 2006 to 12 years in prison for posting anti-government articles online. Elsewhere a website, Polls (Zhongguo guoqing zixun), carrying out and posting political surveys was closed the previous week after asking visitors to the site to reply to a question about the June 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.Reporters Without Borders said it believed the prison sentence imposed on Yang Tianshui was totally unjustified. “We consider that the arrest and trial of the cyberdissident did not respect Chinese law. Yang was picked up without an arrest warrant by Security Bureau agents in plainclothes and his trial was rushed through in three hours,” the organisation said.Yang Tianshui has posted numerous articles, including on the Chinese version of the daily Epoch Times, hosted abroad. He had for example reported on torture meted out to human rights activists and protection the authorities give to some criminals. Also known under the name Yang Tongyan, the cyberdissident had already served a ten-year prison sentence between 1990 and 2000 for “counter-revolutionary” crimes.He was arrested again on 24 December 2004 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province in the south-east of the country. He was held in custody for several weeks without being allowed to contact his family.The press freedom organisation also condemned the closure of Polls, saying that the authorities had broken their own laws in closing the site, which did no more than report on public opinion on political issues. Polls is a website that is properly registered and therefore completely legal. The poll which provoked its closure was based on the recent announcement of a compensation award paid to the family of a student killed during the Tiananmen massacres.Visitors to the site were asked to respond to the question: “The family of a Tiananmen victim has been compensated for the first time. What do you think about it?” Two possible answers were suggested. “It’s an ordinary compensation, nothing very interesting about it” or “A first step towards the rehabilitation of Chinese history. An unprecedented case!”.Several thousand people had responded in a few days. More than 70 percent of them believed it was an “unprecedented case”.The website was closed for a first time on 8 May. The webmasters contacted their server who told them, “The order came from high up. Polls is a political website deemed to be dangerous. We can no longer allow access to it”. After two days of negotiations, they finally got permission to put the site back online, but on the condition that they revised its content.The webmasters nevertheless decided to continue its survey on the compensation of families of Tiananmen vicims and at 10am on 11 May, less than 24 hours after it had gone back up again, Polls was closed again. This time the authorities also shut down two blogs (http://s007s.blog.163.com and http://www.z007z.blog.163.com) which allowed the site to accept votes from Internet-users.This is the sixth time since it was founded in November 2005, that Polls has been closed.The case echoes the closure, in February 2000, of the website www.64tianwang.com which posted missing persons appeals about people who had not been seen since the Tiananmen Square massacre. Its webmaster, Huang Qi, was arrested on 3 June 2000 and sentenced to five years in prison. ChinaAsia – Pacific March 12, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF_en News June 12, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities allow opinion poll website back online April 27, 2021 Find out more to go further China’s Cyber Censorship Figures June 2, 2021 Find out more Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes Help by sharing this information News
By Digital AIM Web Support – February 9, 2021 Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Twitter TAGS Previous articleProtect Your Financial Future: How To Secure Your Dream RetirementNext articleCapgemini Makes Pension Administration Digital for a Large Pension Fund in the Netherlands Digital AIM Web Support Facebook 2020 Insights into IoT Connectivity Disruptors Volume IV Case Studies and Analysis – Featuring 1oT, Aeris and Cubic Telecom Among Others – ResearchAndMarkets.com DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 9, 2021– The “IoT Connectivity Disruptors: Case Studies and Analysis (Volume IV)” report has been added to ResearchAndMarkets.com’s offering. This report analyses and compares the IoT connectivity offerings of several IoT connectivity disruptors. The report outlines the companies’ strategies for delivering IoT connectivity and the implications of these approaches for other connectivity providers, including mobile network operators (MNOs) that are competing to supply IoT connectivity. This report is the fourth in a series of reports on IoT companies. The first three reports in this series are IoT MVNOs: case studies and analysis (Volume I), IoT MVNOs: case studies and analysis (volume II) and IoT MVNOs: case studies and analysis (volume III). In the previous three volumes, we referred to ‘IoT MVNOs’, but we have expanded our definition in this report to include all alternative IoT connectivity providers and enablers. This report provides:An overview and analysis of IoT connectivity disruptors’ strategies, including their current business and their future ambitionsAnalysis of IoT connectivity disruptors’ strengths and weaknessesImplications for MNOs and the IoT connectivity market. Companies Mentioned1NCE1oTAerisArmBICSCubic TelecomEMnifyEseyefloLIVEJT GlobalKORE WirelessPCCW GlobalPod GroupSoracomTata Communications MOVE For more information about this report visit https://www.researchandmarkets.com/r/tvtjl9 View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005942/en/ CONTACT: ResearchAndMarkets.com Laura Wood, Senior Press Manager [email protected] For E.S.T Office Hours Call 1-917-300-0470 For U.S./CAN Toll Free Call 1-800-526-8630 For GMT Office Hours Call +353-1-416-8900 KEYWORD: INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TECHNOLOGY INTERNET SOURCE: Research and Markets Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 02/09/2021 11:39 AM/DISC: 02/09/2021 11:39 AM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210209005942/en Facebook Local NewsBusiness Pinterest WhatsApp
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Top StoriesEnsure No Obstruction In Transport Of Oxygen To Delhi: Delhi HC To Centre, Warns Of Criminal Action Against Erring Authorities Shreya Agarwal22 April 2021 3:42 AMShare This – x”If government wants they can make heaven and earth meet”: Justice Vipin SanghiThe Delhi High Court on Thursday said that in case supply of Medical Oxygen to Delhi is blocked, then the local authorities responsible for its movement shall be held criminally liable for the same. “We direct that non-compliance will invite criminal action,” the High Court said. A Bench of Justices Vipin Sanghi and Rekha Palli was hearing a writ petition filed by Saroj Super Specialty Hospital, Rohini seeking urgent critical supply of oxygen to it. During the hearing, another hospital appeared before the Bench saying that they have only 3 hours of Oxygen left. A similar petition was filed by Max Hospitals, Delhi yesterday where the Centre had assured that it will raise the allocation of oxygen for Delhi as 480 MT from 370 MT. Today, Senior Advocate Rahul Mehra, appearing for the Delhi Government claimed that even though allocation has gone up, in reality, only 80-100 MT has been received by the State. The Bench was informed that the shortage was due to obstruction of Oxygen Tankers being sent from Air Liquidae, Panipat, etc. It was also informed that the Central Government has passed an order under the Disaster Management Act, for uninterrupted supply of medical oxygen across the country. The order provides that there should be free movement of oxygen carrying vehicles into the cities and that the local administration, such as DMs, SSPs will be personally liable for implementation of the order. In this backdrop, the Division Bench also directed the authorities concerned, bound by the order passed under the Disaster Management Act, to ensure strict compliance. Any non-compliance will invite criminal action, it said. “We direct that Central Govt to ensure allocation takes place as planned and transportation of the tankers takes place unhindered. Adequate security to be provided to lorries transporting the oxygen, to move without obstruction,” the Bench ordered. Blocking of Oxygen Tankers Stressing on the gravity of the situation, Senior Advocate G. Tushar Rao told the Court that many Hospitals are issuing discharge letter to untreated patients, as they do not have enough Oxygen supply to support their lives. “This is the fallout. Hospitals saying take the patient out as we can’t supply oxygen. How can they ask the critical patients are already in hospitals to get out?” he told the Bench. The Court noted that many Oxygen Tankers being sent from UP and Haryana, are being blocked by the local authorities, given the requirement in those States. “We have just been informed that the plants are not honoring the allocations made, as they’ve been taken over by locals. Also, 3 of the plants are too far. So you should ensure that your allocations are honoured…What is the point of paper allocation (of oxygen) if they are not being allowed to transport,” Justice Sanghi told the Centre. He also told the officers that it may not be possible to airlift Oxygen Tankers due to technical reasons. “My researcher has prepared a very nice report, have shared with you as well. It has to come either by rail or road due to air compression issues, it can’t be airlifted. The empty tankers can be airlifted back to plants,” Justice Sanghi said. At this juncture, Senior Advocate Rao suggested that the Government may pass an order deploying para-military forces and put a corridor in place, to help the tankers move. Secretary to the Ministry of Home Affairs also appeared before the Bench and informed that they were able to restore movement of stopped tankers by evening. He further submitted that a Nodal Officer of the IAS Cadre has been appointed to ensure that no hospital faces shortages.Edited by Akshita SaxenaTagsOxygen Supply #Delhi High Court Justice Vipin Sanghi #Justice Rekha Palli COVID-19 Crisis Next Story