Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share Submit TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 Related Articles BetConstruct has continued to sweep up accreditation from the Malta Gaming Authority (MGA) after securing approval to add poker to its set of licensed products.The developer and provider of online and land-based gaming solutions has confirmed that it has been granted an approval from the MGA to add the poker vertical (type 3) under both B2C and B2B licences. This is a perfect addition to BetConstruct’s MGA licences, which were already covering sports betting and the provision of fantasy sports.Earlier this year, the company also secured approval from the regulator for its B2C operation to add the casino vertical (type 1), which enables games from well-known Malta-based casino providers.Upon making this announcement in May, BetConstruct Head of Licensing and Certification Karine Kocharyan said that it was an excellent opportunity for its partners to use a “fully-fledged white label offering through one skin”, while teasing the addition of poker – something that has come to fruition just five months on.“We are very pleased to secure Online Poker Licence as a result of the continuous development and improvement of our software,” commented Vigen Badalyan, BetConstruct Founder and CEO. “Meeting high technical standards of MGA, we now offer to build on high game profiles and attract maximum player numbers with our Poker Software. “European operators can take full advantage of our system providing increased levels of protection for novice players from losing their bankroll to far more experienced players and advanced game functionality including multi-table play for professional players.”
Facebook56Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington Governor Jay InsleeGov. Jay Inslee issued guidance for construction, golf and photography in Phase 2.Through the Washington “Safe Start” plan, more businesses and activities will re-open in phases, with adequate safety and health standards in place. Each phase will be at least three weeks.Additionally, counties with a population of less than 75,000 that have not had a new case of COVID-19 in the past three weeks can apply for a variance to move to Phase 2 of “Safe Start” before other parts of the state. County variance applications will be approved or denied by the secretary of the Department of Health. Nine counties have received the variance.For counties granted variance to move to Phase 2, all construction, including new work, is allowed, effective May 15.Guidance documents:Memo: Resuming ConstructionPhase 2 Construction COVID-19 Job Site RequirementsInslee also released guidance today regarding professional photography services which may resume, effective May 15, for counties approved to move to Phase 2.Guidance documents:Memo: Resuming Professional PhotographyPhase 2 Professional Photography COVID-19 RequirementsToday’s guidelines on golf updates the original guidance for golf requirements in Phase 1. For counties granted variance to move to Phase 2, additional golf activities may resume effective May 15.Guidance documents:Memo: Golf Phase 1 Clarifications and Phase 2 RequirementsPhase 1 Golf Restart Clarifications to COVID-19 Requirements and RecommendationsPhase 2 Golf Restart COVID-19 Requirements and RecommendationsEarlier today, Inslee also released a statement and guidance on voluntary contact information as part of phased reopening.Full list of guidance for all current businesses.
Image Courtesy: Leicester CityAdvertisement q6NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs6y0dWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E0nxl( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) nx4dWould you ever consider trying this?😱6qx5Can your students do this? 🌚nu8rRoller skating! Powered by Firework Exactly one year ago, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, aka Khun Vichai, the renowned Thai businessman, CEO of King Power International Group and the owner of Leicester City, lost his life in a helicopter crash. A year after, the club has created a video to honour their beloved late owner, which will send the fans and supporters on a soul-stirring trip.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Leicester CityThe club hierarchy and supporters credit Vichai as one of the pillars behind Leicester City’s success, from their EPL promotion to the dream run of the 2015-16 season and lifting the trophy. The video, posted by the club’s official Twitter handle, shows a compilation the fans and pundits paying tribute to Vichai after the accident. Check it out below-Taking charge of a struggling championship club, the Thai billionaire took over the ownership in 2010, and by the fourth season, the Foxes had secured their promotion to the Premier League, and went onto win their first ever English top flight trophy in 2016.Vichai was a regular spectator during the club’s fixtures, and his preferred way of transport to and from the King Power Stadium was an AgustaWestland AW169 helicopter. On 27th October 2018, the chopper crashed after taking off from the stadium, with Vichai, the pilot and four other passengers on board died.Leicester City demolished Southampton 9-0 yesterday as club talisman Jamie Vardy scored a hat trick, and are currently 3rd in the league table with 20 points and will take on Crystal Palace next Sunday at Selhurst Park. Advertisement
To support the staff for the time being, Salt Creek Grille representatives organized a GoFundMe page for hourly staff members. It has raised over $10,000 to date, which Bidgood said is a credit to his staff. This article originally appeared in the April 23rd, 2020 print edition of The Two River Times. Now, millions of Americans are jobless during this scary and uncertain time. Companies all over the country are taking huge financial hits and are facing layoffs in the wake of the pandemic. Unemployment rates have far surpassed the rates surrounding the Great Recession. Some local employers are also finding ways to support their staff members who have been laid off. That includes Salt Creek Grille co-owner Steve Bidgood. He shared that it was not easy laying off employees of the Rumson-based establishment; some of them have worked there since its opening over 20 years ago. In the meantime, she has been writing cards and making special videos for members of those facilities, wishing them well and letting them know she is thinking of them. The response has been very positive, and she’s looking to take it a step further. DaPrato plans to reach out to the facilities she performs at to see if they would be interested in having her perform while practicing social distancing. That could mean performing on the outside of a building for 15 minutes on each side, allowing residents to open up their windows and hear her perform. “It’s kind of difficult because they’re my second family. It’s tough. I didn’t think it was going to last this long. I didn’t think it was going to be as bad as it is,” said Bidgood, who has been with Salt Creek Grille since 1996. The restaurant industry is a hard industry as it is. And when businesses get “kicked in the legs” financially as they have been from COVID-19, reopening may not be a possibility for some, he said. It will be costly to reinvest and open in good shape. Tourism is down and traveling is down, which is also not good for business. And should there be a second wave of the virus, it will be a nail in the coffin for others. Just over 45 days ago, the U.S. economy was booming with high wage growth and record low unemployment rates. That quickly changed with the rapid spread of COVID-19. Additionally, the non-profit has handed out about 200-to 300-plus grab-and-go meals six days a week since March 16. According to McCarthy, a monthly comparison of March 2020 to March 2019 shows demand has increased about 31 percent. And about 30 to 100-plus people each day receive groceries from the organization six days a week. “I would definitely bewilling to do that and noteven charge for this,” shesaid. “I really miss it. I missthe people.” DaPrato will also be taking this downtime for projects she has been meaning to start but has pushed off recording a “Christmas with Cathy D” CD, as well as working on some new material for her shows. According to Assemblyman Gerry Scharfenberger (R-13), who represents several towns in the Two River area, he and his office have spoken to an overwhelming number of callers complaining of backlogged unemployment claims far more calls than after SuperStorm Sandy in 2012, he told The Two River Times. He credited the issue to personnel shortages and outdated computer systems at the NJDOL. Middletown resident Cathy DaPrato is one of those self-employed workers. As a musician and the owner of Cathy D Entertainment, DaPrato finds herself “help-less” as she is unable to perform at her typical venues. DaPrato is a regular at nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult daycare centers across New Jersey. Before the virus struck, she was scheduled to perform about 160 gigs this year. “I have people who come and celebrate every holiday with us,” he said, adding that some customers emailed him to say they were “devastated” about not being able to spend their Easter at the restaurant for the first time in 21 years. However, Burke plans to bring everyone back on as normal, whenever the businesses are allowed to reopen. He will need all who were laid off as well as summer staff. But some businesses won’t be as fortunate, he believes. He also said he is waiting for the CARE Act to kick in, which will allow his staff to be paid, including their tips. The staff was also encouraged to file for unemployment if they wanted to so that they could have some kind of cash flow coming in, Bidgood added. According to Scharfenberger, state staff members of various departments are being transitioned and reassigned, for the time being, to the NJDOL to free up some of the backlogging. He also noted that the department is operating on the decades-old COBOL computer programming language, which he called “archaic.” COURTESY LUNCH BREAK / FACEBOOK Lunch Break volunteers Jennifer Anderson and board president John Klein recently delivered food to homebound clients. Representatives of the nonprofit are reporting significantly higher demands from community members compared to last year. “Some come to our facility, are students of the Red Bank Charter School and others such as the homebound and residents of the Pan American motel in Eatontown, receive deliveries. We have increased the number of times we deliver,” said McCarthy. “I just love it and I feel sohelpless right now because Ifeel like I can’t do anythingto help these people,” saidDaPrato. In New Jersey alone, there have been hundreds of thousands of unemployment claims each week since March 1. In the most recent data released from the New Jersey Department of Labor (NJDOL), there were 141,420 claims made during the week of April 5 to 11. During the week prior, from March 29 to April 4, there were 214,836 claims. Lunch Break, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides basic necessities to people in need, has also seen “many” new people since the COVID-19 pandemic started, said Ellen McCarthy, communications and public relations coordinator. Last week alone, the organization gave 77 new people groceries in one day, she said, and new grocery clients are up 50 percent since March, compared to last year. “When something like this happens, systems like that are so easily over whelmed,” said Scharfenberger. On April 20, the assemblyman wrote to New Jersey State Treasurer Elizabeth Maher Muoio, asking that she withhold his salary “until every one of my constituents’ state unemployment claims has been fulfilled.” Currently, members of the state Senate and General Assembly receive an annual base salary of $49,000. “We were off to a great start this year. We were really rolling,” said Burke, between Drifthouse and its adjoining Nauti Bar. But now, the bar is closed and Drifthouse is offering curbside pick-up and delivery only. The financial strain called for the layoffs of most employees. She also estimated that about 85 percent of the SB-DC’s calls recently have been small business owners wondering what they should do to help their employees at this time. Typically, the SBDC focuses on helping businesses employ people. This is “the first time ever” they are helping businesses guide their employees to unemployment, she said. The restaurateur decided not to offer curbside pickup or delivery to area customers, as many other businesses have in the Two River area. He cited a concern for his staff’s safety and well-being as one of the deciding factors to close, as well as the costliness of cooking with mesquite wood, which the restaurant uses. According to Jackeline Mejias-Fuertes, regional director of the Monmouth/Ocean Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Brookdale Community College, there is a high percentage of self-employed individuals and freelancers who will not be eligible for unemployment from the state. Because of that, for the first time ever, they have been guiding those individuals on how to apply for pandemic unemployment. “With those orders, we can put a few more people back to work,” he said. “It’s a little something and it’s working out nicely.” Similarly, most staff members of Drifthouse by David Burke have been laid off; there are currently only two or three people still working, Burke shared with The Two River Times. Normally, there would be about 35 employees in the off-season and about 60 during the summer months. To support his staff members for the time being, Burke has kickstarted a “Feed the Heroes” campaign, where he takes donation money and buys food with it to be prepared and delivered to local heroes. In doing so, he is also putting his employees back to work. Last week, he was able to make a sizeable food donation to Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center, he said. By Allison Perrine
South Africa’s mining sector contributes 9% of GDP directly and over 30% in foreign exchange earnings, writes Minister of Mineral Resources Ngoako Ramatlhodi. Now new regulatory reforms are set to boost this contribution even further.A portion of the massive Khumba Iron Ore mine in the Northern Cape. In 2010, the Citibank Group affirmed South Africa as the wealthiest mining jurisdiction, with total mineral reserves estimated at US$2.5-trillion, exclusive of the energy commodities. (Image: Brand South Africa)Minister of Mineral Resources Ngoako RamatlhodiInternational investors continue to see South Africa as a reliable investment destination with foreign direct investment projects in in the country having incrementally grown between 2007 and 2012.At one of the world’s premier business gatherings, the World Economic Forum in Davos from 21to 24 January 2015, Team South Africa will bring to the roughly 2 500 delegates the message that the country is open for business and remains an attractive and reliable investment destination. We’ll be driving the point that South Africa remains a competitive business and investment destination of choice, despite some challenges, which are being resolved.The mining industry continues to make a valuable contribution to the South African economy, most notably in terms of foreign exchange earnings, employment and economic activity. In 2010, the Citibank Group affirmed South Africa as the wealthiest mining jurisdiction, with total mineral reserves estimated at US$2.5-trillion, exclusive of the energy commodities. Further, the available geological information indicates that South Africa remains highly prospective for discovery of more world-class deposits.The mining sector contributes 9% of GDP directly and over 30% in foreign exchange earnings. The sector generates an annual income exceeding R330-billion and accounts for 10% fixed capital formation in the country. Mining also contributes significantly to the fiscus, including an annual contribution averaging some R17-billion in corporate tax and R6-billion in royalties.The future of the industry and its impact on the South African economy and social infrastructure constitutes the agenda of the strategic tripartite structure, known as the Mining Growth, Development and Employment Task Team (MIGDETT), with significant progress being attained to date. The President-led Framework Agreement for a Sustainable Mining Industry corroborates the significance attached to stabilising the mining industry and has borne fruit, with production of minerals in 2014 expected to be higher than the preceding year by about 6%.With a view to ensuring the sustainability of the industry now and in the future, the Departments of Mineral Resources and Environmental Affairs announced the introduction of a new system, on 8 December 2014, to further improve the competitiveness of South Africa’s mining sector. The One Environmental System, as it is known, is aimed at streamlining licensing processes of various authorities. It represents the government’s commitment to improving the ease of doing business, and further enhances South Africa’s global competitiveness as a mining investment destination.Relevant authorisations in respect of mining, environment and water use will now be issued within 300 days. If a decision is appealed, an additional 90 days will be granted to finalise the process. Environmental mineral resource inspectors, who have the same powers as environmental management inspectors to enforce the provisions of the National Environmental Management Act, have already been designated.Under the system, the minister of mineral resources is responsible for issuing environmental authorisations and waste management licenses for mining and related activities. At the same time, the environmental affairs minister is the appeal authority for these authorisations. This new system was pronounced by President Jacob Zuma in his State of Nation Address in February 2014.South Africa is becoming an economic force to be reckoned with in this rapidly changing global economic, mainly due to the long-term socioeconomic vision and the associated policy-making of its government.Its successes, in terms of its global perception and rankings in key influential indices, such as the World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report, the World Bank Ease of Doing Business Index, the World Economic Forum Travel and Tourism Index, could set a benchmark for other mining jurisdictions to follow this global trailblazer.Team South Africa in DavosFollow Team South Africa at WEF Davos on @Brand_SA #SAinDavos or @Brand_SA #CompetitiveSA.
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Amazon’s first-quarter profit more than doubled from a year ago, fueled by the growth of online shopping and the cloud-computing service it provides to businesses and government agencies.Its results blew past Wall Street expectations, and the online retailer’s shares soared 7 per cent in after-hours trading.Amazon has grown rapidly since its start as an online bookstore in 1995. It makes Echo speakers, designs furniture and delivers food from restaurants. Still, online retailing is its biggest business: Sales from Amazon’s online stores rose 18 per cent to $26.9 billion, accounting for slightly more than half the company’s total revenue.The company recently disclosed for the first time that it had more than 100 million paid Prime members worldwide, who get faster shipping and other perks. It announced Thursday that it will soon raise the price of its annual Prime membership to $119 from $99 in the U.S.At its cloud-computing business, called Amazon Web Services, sales rose 49 per cent to $5.4 billion.Overall revenue jumped 43 per cent to $51 billion, beating the $49.9 billion analysts expected.The company earned $1.63 billion, or $3.27 per share, in the three months ending March 31 — almost triple the $1.24 per share analysts expected, according to FactSet. It’s the second time Amazon’s quarterly profit has topped $1 billion. In the previous quarter, which included the busy holiday shopping season, it had a profit of more than $1.8 billion.The blockbuster profits come as the company and its chief executive have been criticized by President Donald Trump, who has tweeted several times that the company doesn’t pay enough taxes, should pay the U.S. Postal Service more for shipping, and that The Washington Post, owned by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, is a lobbyist for the company.Trump signed an executive order earlier this month to study the post office’s finances and costs, including its pricing the package delivery market. The executive order did not mention Amazon by name.Amazon.com Inc. has been silent about the attacks from Trump, and executives in a call with investors Thursday did not mention the president. They did say, however, that the company plans to invest further in its own shipping services, which includes planes and on-the-ground logistics that can ship its boxes.The Seattle-based online retailer’s stock, which closed at $1,517.96 on Thursday, soared past $1,620 in extended trading.
BERLIN — A German labour union is calling on security staff at Frankfurt airport to go on strike next week in a dispute over pay.The ver.di union said Friday that workers should walk out at Germany’s biggest airport between 2 a.m. and 8 p.m. (0100-1900 GMT) Tuesday.The union said it couldn’t rule out other airports being affected by walkouts.Ver.di says it’s still waiting for employers to put forward a negotiable offer for some 23,000 security staff.Earlier strikes resulted in the cancellation of hundreds of flights at Duesseldorf, Cologne-Bonn, Stuttgart and Berlin’s two airports in recent days.The union wants hourly pay for all workers conducting security checks to rise to 20 euros ($23.10). Employers association BDLS says this could amount to a 30-per cent increase in some cases.The Associated Press
Distracted driving is now a leading cause of injury and death. As a driver, your full attention must at all times be on the task of driving. This includes noting and obeying all speed limit signs, especially those in school zones. In addition, playground zone speed limits are in effect from dawn to dusk every day and are also 30 km/hr.Listed below are several common school zone-related offences, along with their associated fines:Speed in a school zone or playground zone: $196Fail to obey school guard or school patrol: $167Fail to stop for School Bus: $368Fail to yield to a pedestrian at crosswalk: $167For more safety tips to ensure everyone has a safe start to the school year visit BCRCMP or ICBC. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The RCMP is reminding motorists that with schools back in session next week, officers will be back out in full force patrolling school zones and crosswalks across the province.School zone speed limits are in effect from 8 am to 5 pm during school days and the posted speed is 30 km/hour.Police will be watching for speeders, and they won’t be handing out warnings. Tickets start at $196 and move up from there. With the anticipated thousands of children returning to class, their safety will be paramount. The RCMP is asking the public to be mindful that all school zones are back in effect next week and to be watchful for school children on their routes.
New Delhi/ Mexico City/ Washington DC: Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) is selling fuels to Venezuela from India and Europe to sidestep sanctions that bar US-based companies from dealing with state-run PDVSA, according to trading sources and Refinitiv Eikon data, reported Reuters website. Reliance had been supplying alkylate, diluent naphtha and other fuel to Venezuela through its US-based subsidiary before Washington DC imposed sanctions in late January aimed at curbing the Opec member’s oil exports and ousting Socialist President Nicolas Maduro. Venezuela is the third largest supplier of oil to India which is the world’s third-biggest oil consumer. At least three vessels chartered by the Indian conglomerate supplied refined products to Venezuela in recent weeks, and another vessel carrying gasoil is expected to set sail to the South American nation as well, according to the sources and data, Reuters added in its report. A Reliance spokesman wrote to Reuters in an email: “Reliance is and will remain in compliance with the sanctions and shall work with the concerned authorities.” He added that “the volume of products supplied to and crude oil imported from Venezuela have not increased.” PDVSA’s second-largest customer in India is Nayara Energy, partially owned by Russian energy firm Rosneft, one of PDVSA’s primary allies. Reliance has significant exposure to the financial system of the USA, where it operates subsidiaries linked to its oil and telecom businesses, among others. The Indian market is crucial for Venezuela’s economy because it has historically been the second-largest cash-paying customer for the Opec country’s crude, behind the United States. Meanwhile, a top US official has said that India has been co-operating with the US on the Venezuelan sanctions and it is the “understanding” of the Trump administration that private Indian companies have stopped importing oil from the Latin American country. The US official’s comment came as Washington ramps up actions on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s regime, which is battling to hold onto power in the face of heavy domestic and international pressure. The senior Trump administration official said: “My understanding is that Indian private companies, who were importing Venezuelan oil, have stopped”. These companies, which also have interest in the US, are unlikely to ignore the US sanctions, he told reporters. Responding to a question on India’s response to the US efforts against the “authoritarian regime” in Venezuela, the official said that India has been co-operative with the US. “The Indians have been cooperative in communicating to the private companies,” he said, adding that the issue has been part of India-US discussion. “We value our relationship with India and the strategic partnership,” the official said, adding that it is natural that Venezuela, which is very important right now, would be raised in its discussions with India. Last week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a meet with visiting Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, said that he hoped India will not be the “economic lifeline” to the “authoritarian” regime of Maduro by purchasing oil from the Latin American country.