19th May 2020 | By contenteditor Legal & compliance GC: No spike in illegal gambling complaints amid Covid-19 Regions: UK & Ireland Email Address There has been no evidence of a spike in complaints regarding illegal online gambling in Great Britain since the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) hit, according to the country’s Gambling Commission.Data released by the regulator shows that a total of 12 complaints in relation to nine sites were filed in March, with a further 11 complaints raised against 11 websites in April.The April figure was relatively level year-on-year, with last year seeing a total of nine complaints raised against 20 different websites.The Commission said the level of complaints also remained level over the past 12 months – from April 2019 to April this year. The only anomaly came in January 2020 when 31 complaints were filed against 35 sites, which the regulator put down to Curacao-based enterprises attempting to entice British consumers who were self-excluded.Looking at the content of consumer complaints over the past 12 months, the main reason for concern was that a website allowed players from Britain to gamble, with 85 complaints raised.A total of 24 complaints were in relation to a player being unable to withdraw funds, while 19 were focused on marketing and advertising, and 12 regarding sites fraudulently claiming to be licensed by the Gambling Commission.Other areas of concern included refusal to pay out funds, self-exclusion issues, charging for tipster services, cloned websites and underage access.“Our data does not indicate there has been an increase in any illegal gambling in Britain during the Covid-19 crisis,” the Commission’s executive director Richard Watson said. ”It is an area we monitor carefully and where we find problems we use our broad range of investigatory powers, alongside stakeholders such as software providers, payment businesses and hosting companies.“Tackling illegal websites and unlicensed operators is challenging and it is also resource intensive, but we are committed to continuing our work in this area to protect consumers here in Britain.”The Commission has a team of specialists to monitor reports of illegal gambling, using a number of tools to combat illegal sites and ensure they are not offering services to British consumers. The regulator also works with the National Cyber Security Centre to educate both the industry and public about the risks of illegal activities.Publication of the new data comes after the Commission last week also revealed that more people in the UK had stopped gambling under lockdown than started or increased play.A YouGov study, commissioned by the regulator, found that 1.8% of respondents said they had stopped gambling entirely in the past four weeks, while a further 3.3% said reduced gambling spend. Some 4.8% also cut the time they spent playing. Topics: Legal & compliance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Online Gambling There has been no evidence of a spike in complaints regarding illegal online gambling in Great Britain since the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) hit, according to the country’s Gambling Commission.
Zambeef Products Plc (ZAMB.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Agri-industrial sector has released it’s 2016 abridged results.For more information about Zambeef Products Plc (ZAMB.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Zambeef Products Plc (ZAMB.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Zambeef Products Plc (ZAMB.zm) 2016 abridged results.Company ProfileZambeef Products Plc, listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange, is the largest vertically integrated food retailing brand in Zambia. The Group is principally involved in the production, processing, distribution and retailing of beef, chicken, pork, milk, dairy products, eggs, stock feed and flour. The Group also has large row cropping operations (principally maize, soya beans and wheat), with approximately 7,971 hectares of row crops under irrigation which are planted twice a year, and a further 8,623 hectares of rainfed/dryland crops available for planting each year.
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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Bath, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Smithfield, NC [Episcopal News Service] Omaha, Nebraska, puede no ser el lugar que algunos imaginen como el suelo fértil para que las tres fes abrahámicas encuentren un terreno común, pero la visión de esa coexistencia pacífica ha dado un paso significativo en el camino de convertirse en realidad.La Iniciativa de las Tres Fes de Omaha anunció el 13 de diciembre que había concluido la compra de cuatro parcelas adyacentes de tierra, que en su totalidad suman unas 14 hectáreas de un antiguo campo de golf en el centro de Omaha. El terreno se convertirá en Sterling Ridge, un proyecto que también incluirá casas unifamiliares, una instalación de vivienda asistida, así como espacio para oficinas, tiendas y un hotel.Tres Fes es un consorcio del Templo Israel, la Diócesis Episcopal de Nebraska y el Instituto Americano de Estudios y Cultura Islámicos, lo que Tres Fes llama “un barrio de colaboración multirreligiosa” que incluirá una sinagoga, una mezquita y una iglesia episcopal junto con un centro ecuménico.Cada grupo posee una parte de las 14 hectáreas, según un comunicado de prensa de Tres Fes.The Omaha World-Herald informó que Templo Israel es dueño de 5 hectáreas, en tanto la mezquita, la iglesia y el centro ecuménico son los propietarios de poco más de 1,5 hectáreas cada uno. El resto del terreno son áreas verdes, incluido un riachuelo, que se llama Hell Creek [Arroyo del Infierno].Cada grupo dijo haber pagado alrededor de $4 por pie cuadrado, lo cual sería unos $430.000 por hectárea, informaba el periódico. Todas las comunidades de las tres fes han contratado arquitectos y los primeros edificios se espera que estén terminados en 2013, dio a conocer Tres Fes en un comunicado de prensa.El Rdo. Tim Anderson, canónigo diocesano para el Ministerio de las Tres Fes, dijo en un parte de prensa que la comunidad episcopal que asistirá al culto en el lugar ya se ha organizado con el nombre de Ministerio Episcopal de las Tres Fes. La comunidad terminará por escoger un nombre que “nos identifique claramente como una iglesia cristiana, haga que personas de todas las denominaciones se sientan bienvenidas y refleje nuestro compromiso con la obra interreligiosa”.La comunidad comenzó a reunirse para los oficios de Cuaresma los domingos por la noche en la iglesia de San Agustín de Cantórbery [St. Augustine of Canterbury Church] en Elkhorn, Nebraska, donde la reunión se dividía en lo que Anderson dijo que era “la Primera Mesa” y “la Segunda Mesa”. La Primera Mesa es la Eucaristía y la Segunda Mesa es un tiempo dedicado a una comida ligera y una discusión, que con frecuencia se centra en la comprensión de otras fes. “Por lo regular tenemos a miembros de las comunidades judía e islámica que se aparecen y participan en las conversaciones”, abundó Anderson.La Obispa Primada, Katharine Jefferts Schori, se refirió a la Iniciativa de las Tres Fes como “uno de los ejemplos más notables de lo que es posible hacer cuando hermanos y hermanas habitan juntos en paz”.“Las tradiciones abrahámicas comparten una visión común del aspecto que tendría un mundo restaurado, y esta comunidad de Omaha es un modelo vivo”, agregó. “Esta historia debe ser más ampliamente divulgada y replicada, porque cuando las personas pueden participar en un diálogo profundo y piadoso que aliente el genuino valor de la diferencia y el atesoramiento de la visión común, empezamos a entrar en la ciudad celestial”.El objetivo de Tres Fes es lograr una mayor comprensión mediante una mayor proximidad. “La experiencia nos enseña que la interacción puede transformar la intolerancia, la ignorancia y el temor en comprensión, respeto y confianza”, dijo Bob Freeman, presidente de la junta directiva de Tri-Faith Initiative en un comunicado de prensa. “Las tres religiones abrahámicas comparten estos valores básicos que están arraigados en nuestra cultura del Medio Oeste”.La declaración de principios de Tres Fes dice que al trabajar juntos “nuestra visión es la de tender puentes de respeto, confianza y aceptación, rechazar los mutuos estereotipos, aprender los unos de los otros y contrarrestar la influencia de los extremistas y los agentes del odio”.Que la barriada sea parte de la iniciativa es importante, según explicó Anderson. “Hay montones de diálogos interreligiosos que tienen lugar en el país y en todo el mundo”, dijo. “Pero cuando el evento concluye, la gente se va del hotel y regresa a sus casas. Nosotros estamos ya en casa, y seguiremos viendo a los mismos vecinos todos los días”.Representantes de las tres tradiciones de fe que integran el proyecto anunciaron oficialmente, en una conferencia de prensa el 13 de diciembre, la compra del terreno y dijeron que la iniciativa se ajusta bien a su fe y sus comunidades.John Lehr, presidente de Templo Israel, dijo que era “extraordinario…que en el mismo terreno donde los judíos de Omaha solían reunirse como el único country club que nos admitía, estemos ahora a punto de congregarnos de nuevo, pero esta vez en un hermoso y pacífico barrio multirreligioso, vinculados por los puentes del diálogo y de la comprensión mutua”.Anderson expresó que la empresa le dará a los episcopales “una oportunidad única” de vivir las promesas [del Pacto Bautismal de la Iglesia] con nuestros vecinos judíos y musulmanes”.Y el Dr. Syed M. Mohiuddin, presidente del Instituto Islámico, habló de la urgencia mundial de desarrollar relaciones interreligiosas. “En un momento cuando el mundo se dedica a levantar muros, esto es una celebración del tendido de puentes”, afirmó, haciendo notar que el Corán dice “Nuestro Dios y vuestro Dios es uno y el mismo”.Inaugurado oficialmente a fines de 2006, luego de años de debates, la Iniciativa Tres Fes comenzó como una serie de conversaciones entre el Templo Israel, una histórica congregación del judaísmo reformado en el centro de Omaha, y el Instituto de Estudios y Cultura Islámicos, ya que ambos querían establecer congregaciones en el oeste de Omaha. Templo Israel —que ya no cabe en sus instalaciones actuales, las cuales no puede extender—, proyecta reasentarse en el nuevo sitio, mientras la comunidad islámica iniciará una nueva congregación.Al principio, judíos y musulmanes andaban en busca de un socio cristiano para la iniciativa, de manera que las tres fes abrahámicas estuviesen representadas. Luego de que una denominación cristiana rehusara participar, se dirigieron a la Diócesis [episcopal] de Nebraska, que acogió el concepto con entusiasmo, según cuenta el Muy Rdo. Ernesto Medina, deán para la misión urbana de la catedral episcopal de la Trinidad y miembro de la junta directiva de Tres Fes.—La Rda. Mary Frances Schjonberg es editora y reportera de Episcopal News Service. Traducido por Vicente Echerri. 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Twitter Matt Johnsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/matt-johnson/ Matt is a senior film major and journalism minor from The Woodlands, Texas. He covers Arts, Entertainment and Media for TCU360. ReddIt Matt Johnsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/matt-johnson/ printStudents gathered in the Brown-Lupton University Union Auditorium Thursday evening to watch Senseless Acts of Comedy (SAC) perform their first versus show of the year.This style of show pits improvisers against each other in two teams of three, with each trying to win the most points. Points are based on audience applause.Kelly Ryan, a senior member on the team, said the format of the versus show allows for a more involved experience for the improvisers.“Our regular shows do not have improvisers compete against one another,” Ryan said. “The versus show splits the team in half and our games take on a competitive style.”The open format allows for more audience suggestion and involvement.“People in our audience like to be loud and this show gives them more opportunities to yell, which is fun,” Ryan said.Ryan Lynch, co-president of the organization, said the group is responsible for maintaining a stress-free environment on campus.“We all have so many things on our plates these days that we forget to take the time to stop and laugh,” Lynch said. “We love getting to be the people the student body can laugh along with.”Meg Lebeouf, a junior film major and frequent SAC goer, said the organization always provides laughs, even during her most stressful weeks.“I love SAC because it’s somewhere you can go with your friends on a Thursday night and just laugh until you cry,” Lebeouf said.Senseless Acts of Comedy performs every Thursday at 9 p.m. in the BLUU Auditorium. Previous articleFrogs can add to homecoming success Saturday against TexasNext articleFWISD coach and administrator reflect on concussion protocol past and present Matt Johnson RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Matt Johnson The red and yellow teams went head to head in Senseless Acts of Comedy’s first versus show last night. Matt Johnsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/matt-johnson/ Students debut performances of drag personas as part of unique new course Facebook TCUnderground holds auditions to prepare for its festival in April Matt Johnsonhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/matt-johnson/ Linkedin TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history New library renovation plans draw mixed reactions Twitter Frog Corps continues to grow, promote school spirit Frog Aides helps supports local businesses with on-campus ‘state fair’ event ReddIt TCUnderground promotes community and diversity through artistic expression Facebook + posts Linkedin
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Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Facebook Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Pinterest Pinterest Newsx Adverts Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Google+ Letterkenny. Glenties, Carrigart and Malin have won awards in the National Tidy Towns competion for 2010, the results of which were announced in Dublin this afternoon.Letterkenny collected the regional prize when the Tidy Town’s results were unveiled in Dublin this afternoon.It received 304 points, four behind the overall winner Tallanstown, but hust one ahead of last placed Skerries.In the county awards section, Glenties was ‘Highly commended’ securing 301 points while Malin was ‘commended’ having been awarded 299 points.Both Glenties and Letterkenny were gold medal winners while Malin collected a silver medal.Falcaragh recieved an endeavour award while Clonmany National School was topped ranked in the Northwest in the Schools section.There was further success for Letterkenny, receiving a special reward in the Notice nature biodiversity section.In the Smarter Travel category Raphoe was top ranked in the Northwest while Carrigart collected the Gaeltacht award. Previous articleGolf – Letterkenny Win Ulster CupNext articleDonegal businesses urged to use Credit Review Office News Highland Minister McConalogue says he is working to improve fishing quota Donegal success in Tidy Towns 2010 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton WhatsApp Twitter Twitter Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH By News Highland – September 13, 2010
Previous articleDUP Cllr appears in Court in relation to Facebook comments over Castlederg paradeNext articleCup a welcome distraction for Harps News Highland Northwest public warned again over potentially life threatening cookers By News Highland – August 22, 2013 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Facebook WhatsApp Google+ Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th A call has been issued in the Northwest to locate some models of gas cookers which, in certain circumstances, can cause carbon monoxide poisoning.Certain models of BEKO Leisure and Flavel cookers with a separate oven and grill can produce dangerous levels of Carbon Monoxide which poses a serious risk to your health or death.It is claimed that despite earlier warnings about the dangers and extensive efforts by the manufacturer to contact customers that have bought these cookers, a number have yet to be located.Derry City Council’s Environmental Health department is urging all consumers with gas cookers, including landlords and letting agents to check if their cooker is one of the makes and models affected.Make and model of affected Beko, Flavel and Leisure gas cookersMake Model Number(operates on either natural gas or bottled (LPG) gas)Beko DCG8511WLPGBeko DCG8511PLWBeko DG581LWPFlavel DCGAP5LSFlavel AP5LDWPFlavel AP5 LDWFlavel AP5LDSPLeisure CM10NRKLeisure CM10NRCLeisure AL6NDWLeisure CM101NRCPLeisure CM101NRKPFlavel Milano ML5NDSBeko, Flavel, Leisure Products with a separate oven and grill that have been converted to run on LPG (bottled gas) after purchase.More details of the affected models, including helpline number and link to the relevant manufacturer website, can be found by logging on tohttp://www.derrycity.gov.uk/Gas-Wise/Urgent-gas-cooker-warning 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter News Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Pinterest RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook WhatsApp Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter Google+
“The continually documented attempt of anti-trans individuals (including J.K. Rowling) to draw focus towards trans autistic people as incapable of understanding their own identity represents only one part of a wider attack on trans individuals in an effort to block trans people from the respect and healthcare they are entitled to. The attempt to invoke autism within this attack does not do anything to consider autistic voices, merely using autism as a vague talking point to dismiss trans rights, and should be thoroughly rejected not just by trans activists but disabled activists as well.” Soh has also been accused of “anti-trans” views by the Oxford SU LGBTQ+ Campaign. In interviews, Soh has stated that “most of these kids who feel gender dysphoric, when they reach puberty they will outgrow these feelings and are more likely to grow up to be gay in adulthood.” She further wrote an article in 2017 titled “Why bans on conversion therapy are misguided”. Debra Soh’s book contains a chapter title “Myth #3: There Are More Than Two Genders” as well as appearing on The Joe Rogan Experience categorically saying ‘Gender is not a spectrum’. In September of 2020 she also authored the article “How the Nonbinary Trend Hurts Those with Real Gender Dysphoria”. Her repeated reference to “rapid onset gender dysphoria” and how it “contradicts gender-affirmative care” has been described in an article by two academics as “best explained by transphobia and research study biases, it does not withstand scrutiny”. The Union President, James Price, told Cherwell: “I’m proud of the work of so many people for putting together such a diverse, broad and hopefully-thought-provoking term card that includes speakers across the political spectrum. The Oxford Union champions free speech, alongside robust scrutiny and debate. It is, was, and will be a place that debates important issues, and no one will ever be allowed to speak without being robustly challenged and taken to task for their views. We will always welcome the help and advice of anyone who can help us better do that, and we will always ensure, even in a virtual term, that members will be able to have their questions put to every speaker.” Oxford SU LGBTQ+ Campaign’s statement went on to say: “we note that this is not even the first time this year we have been compelled to comment on the Union’s practice of inviting anti-trans speakers. That transphobia is viewed by the Oxford Union’s leadership as an acceptable belief to platform, even a reliable source of attention, continues to exemplify a culture at this university that is profoundly anti-trans. This culture will not change until the University and the student body, as well as the Oxford Union, take steps to understand the damage and their decisions to tolerate, tacitly support, or even encourage transphobia causes to trans students, to our studies, and to our lives”. In their statement, Oxford SU LGBTQ+ Campaign outlined Debra Soh’s qualifications: “a Canadian neuroscientist who made her reputation studying paraphilias (that is, sexual fetishes and associated behaviours) before leaving academia and taking a hard turn into criticising the idea of gender identity, supposed early transitions in trans youth, and efforts to outlaw conversion therapy. She is not an academic, and when she was, trans health was not her field; she is hardly qualified to comment on these issues and her positions are unequivocally transphobic.” CW: Transphobia, ableism. The SU LGBTQ+ Campaign told Unon members: “It is your money that helps perpetuate this atmosphere. You might consider donating to charities that work to support LGBT people, especially young people, who are most at risk from conversion therapy, such as the support line Outline, youth group Gendered Intelligence, or the UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group, which aids LGBT people from all over in the application process for asylum in the UK.” The Oxford Union has sparked controversy after inviting Dr Debra Soh as a speaker, describing her as a “renowned Canadian science columnist, author, political commentator and academic sex researcher… [whose] research indicates that abnormal sexual preferences are results of neurological conditions rather than learned behaviours”. Debra Soh has described autism as a “mental health condition”, stating there is “definitely a correlation between autism and gender dysphoria” as “‘for some people with autism they fixate on things, go through periods of being really into one thing – gender could be one of those”. Cherwell also approached Dr Debra Soh for comment. In a statement published on their Facebook page, Oxford SU Disabilities Campaign said: “The Oxford Union’s invitation of Debra Soh represents another instance of the Union’s continued willingness to uncritically platform individuals whose harmful views are widely documented.” Alongside their statement, they shared the Oxford SU LGBTQ+ Campaign’s statement, also published to their Facebook page, in which they wrote “her positions are unequivocally transphobic” and cited “the point in inviting her is for the Union to excite controversy”. The Oxford SU Disabilities Campaign told Cherwell: “Soh’s comments describing autism as a ‘mental illness’ betrays her lack of understanding of the matters she attempts to speak on, and her suggesting that the existence of autistic trans people is a result of ‘fixations’ attempts to deny autistic trans people – and autistic people as a whole – agency over their lives.” Image Credit: ToppertheWombat / CC BY-SA 4.0
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