Colombian regulator authorises scratchcards and video bingo Regions: LATAM Colombia Colombian regulator Coljuegos has updated its gaming regulation to help the sector weather the effects of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.The update includes authorisation for two new gaming modalities: instant-win scratchcards (physical and digital) and hybrid online-offline bingo games, where online players participate alongside in-person participants. It also allows lotteries to provide additional prize draws and promotional games to help ‘reactivate’ the sector.The update is intended to stimulate gaming activity, with the hope that instant-win products will prove popular among lottery players, and that video bingo will be able to breathe life back into Colombia’s land-based gaming industry while maintaining social distancing protocols.“We are going to authorise the operation of video bingo as a measure to reactivate the operation of local gaming,” Coljuegos president Juan B. Pérez Hidalgo explained. “Our operators will be able to sell physical bingo cards and broadcast the game so that it can be played from home. We are also taking measures so that business owners can reactivate their businesses with promotional games.”Under the new rules, lotteries will also be allowed to run two additional prize draws per year, provided they take place in different months. Another key update sees operators able to draw up payment plans with their distributors to pay off the costs of decreased business throughout 2020.The decree was produced collaboratively between regulator Coljuegos, industry associations Fedelco, Asojuegos, Fecoljuegos and Cornazar, Colombia’s National Gaming Council (Consejo Nacional de Juegos de Suerte y Azar – CNJSA) and local operators, with the National Federation of Departments representing local governments across the country.Hidalgo described the update as “a measure to guarantee the recovery and sustainability of territorial [gaming] companies, and, of course, collect more resources towards the health of Colombians”.The country directs the tax collected through gaming to its healthcare system.According to the president of Asojuegos, Juan Carlos Resterepo: “What is in play are the resources with which the health of the Colombian people is financed, and for that reason we’ve brought together associations, operators and government to work collaboratively on measures which will provide relief in the sector”.The update represents the second change this year aimed at helping the gaming sector recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. In April, live dealer casino games were authorised in an effort to increase gaming revenues and therefore the funding for Colombia’s healthcare system. Colombian regulator Coljuegos has updated its gaming regulation to help the sector weather the effects of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, allowing for the operation of scratchcards and video bingo games. Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Lottery Bingo AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Bingo 9th June 2020 | By Conor Mulheir Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address
By Kunal Dhyani – April 15, 2021 IPL 2021: ‘It’s not about winning or losing, it’s about enjoying the ride’, Zaheer Khan reveals Mumbai Indians success mantra India Tour of Sri Lanka: From books to gym, Sanju Samson shares story of his quarantine life Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Cricket CricketIndian premier leagueIndian Premier League 2021Latest Sports News Tokyo Olympics Village: Organizers unveils Tokyo games athletes village to the media, check first look Also Read: IPL 2021: KKR’s Dinesh Karthik named in star-studded commentary panel for…On the other hand, CSK skipper Dhoni said that the 7:30 PM start is giving an advantage to the team chasing as the dew sets in and chasing becomes a lot easier. “Especially when you have dew in your mind and you are batting first, you want to get those extra 10-15 runs — that was normally in 8pm start games. Now the 7.30 start means the opposition will have at least half an hour when there will be very little amount of dew on the field, which means it will not come on as nicely as it will in the second innings.“So you have to score those 15-20 extra runs to make it even, and after that also you have to get early wickets to make a big mark on the game,” said Dhoni.IPL matches traditionally used to start at 8 pm but the timings have been changed with evening games starting at 7:30 pm while the afternoon games start at 3:30 pm as compared to the initial scheduling of 4 pm. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Cricket Past Factory4 Sisters Take The Same Picture For 40 Years. Don’t Cry When You See The Last One!Past Factory|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredUndoYourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStory|SponsoredSponsoredUndoFreight & Shipping Quotes | Search AdsResearch & Compare Freight & Shipping QuotesEnjoy Affordable Freight & Shipping Services With These Service ProvidersFreight & Shipping Quotes | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallEnjoy farming, stock up and make friends. Taonga is a whole world full of adventure!Taonga: The Island Farm|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Facebook Twitter Cricket Latest Sports News Cricket Cricket ENG W vs IND W: Mithali Raj says We’ll carry the confidence in pink-ball Test against Australia Euro 2020- Spain vs Poland Highlights: Spain held to 1-1 draw as Lewandowski’s Poland keep Euro hopes alive Previous articleTokyo Olympics in trouble, Japan govt admits “cancellation possible”Next articleRR vs DC in IPL 2021: Kagiso Rabada given all clear, set to be included in DC Playing XI Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. Tokyo Olympics: Covid-19 scare continues after a Uganda team member tests positive WTC Final Day 3 LIVE Score: Virat Kohli & Ajinkya Rahane ready to battle Kiwi bowlers, follow IND-NZ Day 3 Live Updates Latest Sports News IPL 2021: After CSK’s Dhoni, Now Zaheer Khan worried about 7:30 pm match time due to “dew factor” – Zaheer Khan, Director of Cricket Operations, Mumbai Indians on Monday said it needs to be seen how the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 shapes up if dew becomes a factor in each and every game.Zaheer’s comment comes on the back of CSK skipper MS Dhoni and SunRisers Hyderabad captain David Warner talking about the dew factor and the role it is playing in IPL games this season. “If there is a dew factor, then we have to wait and see how the tournament shapes up. As we play more and more games, whether it is actually becoming a factor in terms of an advantage to one team, we have to wait for that,” said Zaheer during a virtual press conference.After the loss against KKR, Warner commented on the dew factor, saying: “The dew made a difference. If the bowlers overpitched, it was easy to hit it, and with the height in their team, and with the cross-seam, it stopped a little bit on us.” TAGSdew factorIPL 2021IPL 2021 TimeZaheer KhanZaheer Khan worried About match time SHARE Happy Father’s Day: ‘We Miss You’, Hardik Pandya pens emotional message for his father ICC WTC Final: 10 years of Virat Kohli’s Test career, 10 best moments of India’s greatest Test skipper Cricket WI vs SA 2nd Test Day 2 Stumps: West Indies bowled out for 149 runs in 1st innings, SA lead by 149 runs IPL 2021: After CSK’s Dhoni, Now Zaheer Khan worried about 7:30 pm match time due to “dew factor” WTC Final LIVE Day 3: Weather forecast again not good, rain & bad-light all set to impact India vs New Zealand Day 3 Football Cricket
Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc (SOVREN.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2018 annual report.For more information about Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc (SOVREN.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc (SOVREN.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc (SOVREN.ng) 2018 annual report.Company ProfileSovereign Trust Insurance Plc is an insurance and risk management services company in Nigeria licensed to cover all cases of life and non-life insurance. Products cover the spectrum of travel, quote and buy, family wellbeing, vehicle, 3 rd party motor and marine insurance. Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc was established following the restructuring and recapitalisation of the then Grand Union Assurances Limited. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Sovereign Trust Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Equity Bank Limited (EQTY.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Equity Bank Limited (EQTY.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Equity Bank Limited (EQTY.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Equity Bank Limited (EQTY.ke) 2018 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileEquity Bank Limited is a financial services institution in Kenya providing banking products and services for the personal, commercial and corporate sectors. The company offers a full-service offering ranging from transactional accounts and digital banking to school fees collection, custody investment and group accounts, trade finance, asset finance and microfinance loans. Equity Bank (Kenya) Limited is a subsidiary of Equity Group Holdings Limited and its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Equity Bank Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange
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Obviously Neo was special. I never could understand how some people can neglect their four legged friends. I have an idea that Neo is going to be greatly missed by his family. Thank you officer Rehn for your dedicated service to our community. God bless you and your family, Chaz Please enter your comment! That would have made Neo almost 14 and a half years old, and that is pretty old for a big dog, as they usually don’t live as long as smaller dogs. I have sure had my share of German Shepherd dogs over the years. I love the shepherds as they are so smart and loyal. I have had a husky/shepherd mix, a pure-breed shepherd, collie/shepherd mixes, other mixed shepherds, and I loved them every one, and each was so unique in their ways from the others, but the shepherds have the common hip problem, that always seems to affect them in their older years, and it is heartbreaking. I won’t attempt to spell it, but it starts with a “D”….I remember seeing Neo do some K9 demonstrations, and I remember him riding in the Apopka Christmas parade, in the police car with his name on the side of the car. Dogs are considered a senior citizen at 8 years of age. My little boy will be 8 this November. All dogs have a relatively short life span, and it is heartbreaking when they pass away, or when you have to say a final goodbye to them, and put them to sleep. Just remember, all dogs go to heaven…… TAGSApopka Police DepartmentNEO Previous articleGroup Flood Insurance: How It WorksNext articleIn search of inspiration… Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 charles towne Please enter your name here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Mama Mia October 29, 2017 at 9:37 am 2 COMMENTS October 29, 2017 at 12:41 pm LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply From the Apopka Police DepartmentRetired Apopka Police Department K-9 Neo passed this week after a long life of service to the community. Neo, an energetic and dedicated Belgian Malinois, joined the force as a 16-month-old pup in 2004. He spent a 10-year career with Apopka police Officer Paul Rehn before retiring from duty in 2014.Afterward, Rehn adopted the canine and cared for him as a family pet until his death on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Rehn retired in 2016. During his service to the Apopka Police Department, Neo was instrumental in apprehending countless burglary, robbery, and other violent felony suspects.When Neo and Officer Rehn arrived on crime scenes, fellow officers were confident in a successful outcome. Neo was adeptly trained to find illicit narcotics. He is credited with notable drug busts, including the discovery of 8 kilograms, or more than 17 pounds, of heroin on an airplane in a joint investigation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Neo located 408 pounds of marijuana in a joint investigation with the Federal Bureau of Investigations and also discovered 2,800 pounds of marijuana in another local case.Neo loved being out in the public, providing demonstrations at local schools, churches, and community events within the City of Apopka. He will be forever remembered and cherished as an honored member of the Apopka Police Department. Reply Reply Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014
“COPY” Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/199506/house-in-kaimakli-yiorgos-hadjichristou-architects Clipboard ArchDaily Houses “COPY” Cyprus Photographs: Christos Papantoniou, Yiorgos Kordakis, Yiorgos Hadjichristou , Joao TeigasText description provided by the architects. The refurbishment and the extension of the traditional house in Kaimakli is based on the main strategies of the bioclimatic approach, and especially on conditions that were developed through tradition : all the spaces enjoy south orientation with various ways of shading (including movable vegetation panel) and assure generous cross air ventilation. The vegetation and the reinforcement of the breezes through it, endorse the creation of a microclimate and microcosmos of the house.Save this picture!© Yiorgos HadjichristouRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System – LINEACeramicsGrespaniaWall Tiles – Wabi SabiEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornCeramicsApavisaTiles – JewelsThe above conditions, combined with the aim for preservation of the traditional atmosphere of the house, generated the idea of the fluidity of the new spaces: all the new annexes are organized around two courtyards and consist of movable partitions. During the biggest period of the year, all the new spaces open and become parts of a unified courtyard, including the central part of the house, the ’sun room’.Save this picture!first floor plan 01Project gallerySee allShow lessEuropan 11 Proposal: ‘Dornröschen’ / NAPArticlesTEDx Danubia: Children of the Industrial Revolution / Rachel ArmstrongArticles Share Architects: Yiorgos Hadjichristou Architects Photographs CopyHouses•Kaimakli, Cyprus ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/199506/house-in-kaimakli-yiorgos-hadjichristou-architects Clipboard House In Kaimakli / Yiorgos Hadjichristou Architects Save this picture!© Christos Papantoniou+ 38 Share House In Kaimakli / Yiorgos Hadjichristou ArchitectsSave this projectSaveHouse In Kaimakli / Yiorgos Hadjichristou Architects CopyAbout this officeYiorgos Hadjichristou ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesKaimakliHousesCyprusPublished on January 16, 2012Cite: “House In Kaimakli / Yiorgos Hadjichristou Architects” 16 Jan 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
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The arctic weather front that blasted the East Coast on the first week of this year took a toll on North Carolina’s cities. In Greensboro alone, more than 115 water mains broke — and despite near-zero temperatures, municipal workers like Ramone Johnson were responsible for fixing them.“We had workers out in frigid weather,” said Johnson, a water department crew member and vice president of the Greensboro City Workers Union, a chapter of United Electrical Workers (UE) Local 150. “We are the backbone of the city. Without us the city does not run.” Yet North Carolina’s municipal workers say their work and their safety are undervalued by state and local governments.It’s been exactly 50 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stood with striking Memphis, Tenn., sanitation workers who were fed up with low pay and dangerous conditions. UE Local 150, the North Carolina Public Service Workers Union statewide municipal council, is launching a Municipal Workers Bill of Rights campaign to establish standards for wages, grievance protections, safety, union rights and more.The campaign seeks to challenge “right-to-work” (for less!) laws and further expose the ruling made by the International Labor Organization, an agency of the United Nations, that the Jim Crow ban on public sector collective bargaining is a violation of international human rights law.On Jan. 12, the campaign kicked off when members of the newly formed Durham Workers Assembly, which includes UE150 Durham City Workers Union, Domestic Workers Alliance-We Dream in Black, Raise Up for $15 and the Duke Graduate Assistant Union, staged a press conference at City Hall in Durham. “We are fighting for a City Workers Bill of Rights, including the right to meet and confer with the City Manager about our workplace conditions and safety issues and an end to discrimination on the job,” stated sanitation equipment operator and UE150 Steward Daryl Brunson.UE150 Municipal Council members plan to spend the time until the anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination on April 4 building a statewide coalition to fight for higher wages, grievance protections, safety and union rights.North Carolina law prohibits collective bargaining for public sector workers. For a decade, Local 150 has been pushing to repeal it — and organizing municipal workers to fight for improved conditions even without bargaining rights.City workers march across the stateOn Jan. 15, the Dr. King holiday, city workers participated in marches and parades across the state, including in Greensboro, Raleigh, Greenville and Rocky Mount. The community and many in left groups joined in behind the city workers as they marched.As cities draft their yearly budgets this spring, UE Local 150 members will ask city councils to shift more resources to support safe staffing, equipment, better wages and affordable health insurance. This year alone, city workers in Charlotte saw their health insurance costs sharply rise; some family plans are now charging $1,044 per month for insurance, with still steep deductibles.While the winter cold poses real challenges for city workers, extended shifts in the summer heat can be even more dangerous. Last summer, Anthony Milledge, a laborer in the city of Charlotte’s yard-waste division, died of a heat-related illness after a 14-hour shift working under a 97-degree heat index.The strike that brought Dr. King to Memphis 50 years ago, on Feb. 2, 1968, began after two sanitation workers, Echol Cole and Robert Walker, were crushed to death in a garbage truck. Furious over the tragedy and the city’s longstanding neglect of the Black workforce, 1,300 workers walked out. Their signs said, “I Am a Man.” Black workers make up a large majority of North Carolina’s municipal workers today, as well.After Milledge’s death, the union brought attention to the fact that no city in the state had a written policy to protect its own employees from excessive heat. Union members in Charlotte, Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh and Greensboro organized rallies, passed out pamphlets and held press conferences. Thanks to their efforts, many cities began drafting and implementing heat policies.The campaign aims to establish statewide minimum standards for municipal working conditions. “City workers throughout the state face many of the same problems,” said Local 150 President Nathanette Mayo, a chemist with the city of Durham. “City administrators and managers typically come together to coordinate and track municipal work environments throughout the state. We believe that workers too should collaborate and organize.” >FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Based on a talk given during an April 9 Workers World Party national webinar: “Free them all! COVID-19 and racist mass incarceration.” Mass incarceration is nothing new to the U.S. This brutal policy of social control of workers — especially the white supremacist oppression of people of color — harkens back to the days following slavery, with the Black Codes in the Deep South before the radical Black Reconstruction era. Women and oppressed gender prisonersFreed Black people, especially men demonized as “dangerous” and “menacing,” were forced into semi-enslaved working conditions to be super-exploited by former white planters.Michelle Alexander’s groundbreaking 2010 book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” challenged the myth of the colorblind society ushered in by the Barack Obama presidency. That historic election did not change the second-class social status of the Black population, U.S.-born or migrants. In fact, there were more im/migrants deported during the Obama administration than during the Republican-led administration before he became the first Black president. Here is an excerpted description on page 28 of Alexander’s book: “Most white people believed African Americans lacked the proper motivation to work, prompting the provisional Southern legislatures to adopt the notorious black codes. “As explained by historian William Cohen, ‘the main purpose of the codes was to control the freedmen, and the question of how to handle convicted black law breakers was very much at the center of the control issue. Nine southern states adopted vagrancy laws — which essentially made it a criminal offense not to work and were applied selectively to blacks — and eight of those states enacted convict laws allowing for the hiring out of county prisoners to plantation owners and private companies. “Prisoners were forced to work for little to no pay. One vagrancy act specifically provided that ‘all free negroes and mulattos over the age of eighteen’ must have written proof of a job at the beginning of every year. Those found with no lawful employment were deemed vagrants and convicted. Clearly, the purpose of the black codes in general and the vagrancy laws in particular was to establish another system of forced labor.“In W.E.B. DuBois’s words: ‘The Codes spoke for themselves. … No open-minded student can read them without being convinced they meant nothing more nor less than slavery in daily toil.’” Modern-day prison house of nationsCzarist Russia was once known as the prison house of nations due to the severe subjugation of at least 100 colonized nationalities. These nations won full political and legal rights with the creation of the Soviet Union. The U.S. has its own version of a prison house of nations. The legacy of the Black Codes is very much alive with 2.3 million people incarcerated. The U.S. still has the largest prison population globally. In 2016, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reported that 35 percent of state prisoners were white, 38 percent were Black and 21 percent were Latinx. These are genocidal-like numbers, considering that only 12 percent of the general U.S. population then was Black. Four years later, these conditions have not changed much. The incarceration rate for Indigenous people, however, is the worst in the U.S. In 2015, Indigenous people were incarcerated at a rate 38 percent higher than the national average, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Indigenous men were incarcerated at four times the rate of white men, and Indigenous women at six times the rate of white women, according to the Lakota People’s Law Project. What makes these statistics even more devastating is that according to the 2010 U.S. Census, the numbers of Indigenous population was estimated between 2.5 and 6 million — less than 2 percent of the U.S. population. Special oppression of women and transgender prisonersThe intersection of race and gender-oppressed people inside prisons receives very little attention. Of the 2.3 million prisoners in the U.S., 200,000 are women who were mainly convicted for nonviolent offenses. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, Black women represent 30 percent of all incarcerated women in the U.S., while they represent 13 percent of the general population of women. And Latinx women represent 16 percent of incarcerated women, but are 11 percent of all women in the U.S. Imprisoned women are often coerced into having sex with guards — which is, in reality, rape — in exchange for basic necessities like toiletries and feminine hygiene products.Over the past 40 years, the “female” prison population has increased by an astounding 700 percent. Nearly 30 percent of incarcerated women globally are in the U.S. (PBS, Nov. 28, 2018)A February report from NBC News stated that, based on data from 45 states and Washington, D.C., an estimated 5,000 transgender people are being held in state prisons. Only 15 of those states confirmed that they house prisoners according to their gender identities. Being misgendered puts prisoners at a higher risk of being humiliated and sexually assaulted by brutal guards and other prisoners. A 2015 U.S. Transgender Survey stated that imprisoned transgender people are 10 times as likely to be sexually assaulted by fellow inmates and five times as likely to be sexually assaulted by prison staff.Similar to society as a whole, women and other gender-oppressed prisoners face systemic violence based on who they are, especially if they are people of color. The coronavirus has pulled the cover off the scandalous, inhumane conditions that have existed in the prisons for decades. Prisoners cannot escape the threat of testing positive or even dying from the virus, since social distancing isn’t an option in small cells and since prisons provide very poor health care and a bad diet. The demand to free all prisoners should be a priority, not only because of the coronavirus, but because the archaic capitalist system and its prisons are incapable of fulfilling people’s fundamental needs.