Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Regions: LATAM Brazil Sports betting Brazil includes betting in BRL37bn Covid-19 recovery plan AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Sports betting Email Address Brazil’s Investment Partnerships Programme (PPI) Council, the government body responsible for driving investment in the country, has included sports betting in its plan to raise BRL37.03bn to help the country recover from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Brazil’s Investment Partnerships Programme (PPI) Council, the government body responsible for driving investment in the country, has included sports betting in its plan to raise BRL37.03bn (£5.84bn/€6.51bn/$7.33bn) to help the country recover from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.At the 13th meeting of the PPI Council, it highlighted a number of concession processes and privatisation drives designed to provide new revenue for state coffers.This included the privatisation of airports, concessions to develop new tourist facilities and national parks, as well as exploratory projects to tap into natural reserves such as oil, gas and minerals.For fixed-odds sports betting, a concession process is to be held, with operators bidding for a tender to offer legal wagering in the country.This was first announced in February this year, marking a shift away from the qualitative model that would have seen licences awarded to any bookmaker that met licence conditions devised by the Secretariat of Evaluation, Planning, Energy and Lottery (SECAP).This is expected to significantly delay the launch of the country’s regulated sports betting market.The PPI estimates that the total assets that will be privatised, put out to tender or launched tops BRL350.00bn, of which BRL37.03bn can be accumulated in the current parliamentary session.While the council does not provide an estimate on the value of legal wagering in its investment plan, it notes that currently around BRL2.00bn is being wagered illegally in the country. By bringing this activity into the legal realm, the PPI says the government can encourage digital innovation, and create new jobs in the country.It also remains unclear when sports betting will actually go live in the country. The late shift away from the qualitative regulatory model came with a consultation that ran until 6 March, when the presidential decree officially opening the market was due to have been published either that month or February.Following the disruption caused by Covid-19, it now appears likely that the late-2020 lunch date commentators originally suggested may be possible following that shift will not be possible, with the market now likely to open in 2021 at the earliest.Fixed-odds betting was made possible by Law No. 13,756/18, which was signed into law by then-President Michel Temer in December 2018. It sets out a two-year window in which legislation can be developed, as well as a 3% turnover tax.Under the qualitative format, this was due to be lowered to 1% of turnover, though as the 3% rate was included in the original law, politicians were unable to lower it. 15th June 2020 | By contenteditor
I’d buy Royal Mail shares for a Stocks and Shares ISA
I’d buy Royal Mail shares for a Stocks and Shares ISA I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares The Motley Fool UK’s Top Income Stock… The performance of Royal Mail (LSE: RMG) shares over the past 12 months has been outstanding. The stock has risen in value by nearly 200% since the middle of May last year. This makes it one of the best-performing stocks in the FTSE All-Share, according to my research. I think Royal Mail has come into its own over the past year. 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The firm said it was “one of the biggest changes to the daily delivery since the launch of the post box in 1852.”The impact these changes have had on Royal Mail shares, and the firm’s profits and outlook, have been immense.In a trading update published at the beginning of February, Royal Mail heralded its busiest quarter for parcel deliveries in its history. On its busiest day, the company delivered 11.7m parcels, 32% more than the most active day during the first national lockdown in 2020. As demand for parcel shipments has exploded, parcel revenues have also increased. For the nine months to the end of December, Royal Mail’s parcel revenues totalled £3.8bn, up 37% year-on-year. This more than offset a 16% decline in letters revenue.Overall, group revenue increased 13.5% year-on-year. Based on this trading, the company now expects to report operating profit “well in excess of £500m” for its current financial year. Risks and challenges I don’t think this boom in parcel income will last forever, but I believe Royal Mail will see a lasting impact from the pandemic.The company will be able to use the excess profits to strengthen its balance sheet and invest in the business. It has already been doing the latter to boost parcel sorting volumes. As we’ve seen, this has already had a positive impact on Royal Mail shares. As the e-commerce market continues to blossom, I think at least some of the growth in parcel revenues will last. As the largest and most recognisable delivery company in the UK, I believe Royal Mail will benefit disproportionately from the booming digital market. That said, I think it’s unlikely the group will experience uninterrupted growth over the next few years. The firm has always had rocky relations with its workers. Trouble could start brewing any moment. There’s also competition to consider. 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SCOTLAND: Forget hype and push Edinburgh and Warriors
He may well be having a positive effect now he has settled and that should be appreciated. The bluster and hefty praise should perhaps be saved until after the rot in the RaboDirect Pro12 is halted, though. When that is turned around we can truly believe the fanciful tales.In Glasgow, on the other hand, it is a case of the legend of the first five Pro12 games – or should that be The Legend of the First Five Pro12 Games? – has almost distracted from the hard work that still needs to go on if Heineken Cup progression and a Pro12 title are to become possibilities.Backs against the wall: Glasgow Warriors did fight backOn Sunday the Warriors showed true strength of spirit to mount a mini-comeback, scoring four superb tries to claim a bonus point. However, they were also hollowed-out before this, by a destructive Toulon team. A team that visibly calmed in the second-half and who still scored 51 points.Behind closed doors they will still be losing sweat and energy as they work to improve on this – and it must be said that whatever stories the audience are given, both teams will not truly believe any yarn of hype – and it is well within Glasgow’s capability to improve further. Edinburgh too, though they have less cause to be so boldly vocal about it just yet. Let no one forget the good points and indeed there should be an increase in support from the public because of what Glasgow have already achieved and because of what Edinburgh finally hinted at. But let everyone also demand more. Things appear to be moving in the right direction in one of two or even in both competitions if form can translate on or after this weekend.It’s time the actions and words matched up and it can only be a good thing that we start to expect even more from the pair. That would be worth committing to long-term memory. during the Heineken Cup Pool 2 match between Toulon and Glasgow Warriors at the Felix Mayol Stadium on October 13, 2013 in Toulon, France. Weary Warrior: Josh Strauss and Glasgow Warriors stood up admirably on Sunday, but were blown away by ToulonBy Alan DymockWELCOME TO Amnesiacs Anonymous, a place where, when participants actually show up, it can be very, very entertaining. After all, once you get past remembering a name and a reason for being there, there is only the task of captivating the audience of soon-to-be blank faces with a bit of a story.Scottish rugby can be a bit like this sometimes.Rugby’s “Sir Alex Ferguson?”: Edinburgh’s Alan SolomonsWith an unquestionably imperious display against the once-magisterial Munster, Edinburgh and their fans were rightly giddy. Suddenly the club’s defence coach Omar Mouneimne was calling coach Alan Solomons rugby’s “Alex Ferguson” and proclaiming that he would, over a two-to-three-year period, draw the best Scottish talent up through unseen ranks and promote them, giving them the best coaching they can get and considering their every need on the way.Of course, while it is somewhat remiss to ignore the signing of 11 players from outside of Scotland’s hemisphere and the woeful displays in the league so far, there is potential for some truth to be found in Mouneimne’s statement – or at the very least he can be afforded some of his gleeful naivety.It cannot be forgotten that Solomons was a damagingly late arrival in Scotland’s capital and however much a “workaholic” he is, you can’t knock up a plan and commission the builders in one go just because Rome is a bit of a fixer-upper. Sure there was a bit of neglect going on, but after being allowed to cut a few corners by opening a chequebook and flicking through his contact list, the hard work on the training paddock is now unavoidable. Not everyone can be wrong about Solomons character and brilliant mind and his team certainly repaid the coach in round one of the Heineken Cup. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS
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House 804 / H Arquitectes
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On the picket line: historic strike in PA & bus drivers unionize in VA
Historic locomotive factory strike in Erie, Pa.In the largest U.S. manufacturing sector strike since 2016, nearly 2,000 locomotive manufacturing engineers walked off the job Feb 26 at the Wabtec (Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies) Plant in Erie, Pa. The workers, represented by United Electrical Workers (UE) Locals 506 and 618, went out over the company’s refusal to agree to a 30-day contract extension. (tinyurl.com/y6yw5hd7)UE members have had a contract with GE since 1938 — 81 years! The strike is the first since 1969, though the workers have been angry since 2017 when General Electric transferred work to a nonunion factory in Texas. The strike comes one day after the plant started operating under Wabtec; the plant was previously owned by GE, and the two companies merged in 2018. (Common Dreams, March 2) Wabtec wants to force new working conditions, including a 38 percent wage cut for new hires and rehired workers, so it can lay off workers and then force them to work in the new permanent low-wage tier. Wabtec’s demands include mandatory overtime, arbitrary schedules, reduced shift differential, no grievance procedure, reductions in paid time off, mandatory shutdowns invoking forced use of paid vacation time, changes in job classifications, the right to use temporary workers for up to 20 percent of the work and cutting 82 jobs.“This is corporate greed and union busting 101,” said 14-year worker Brad McCurdy. (In These Times, Feb. 27) Wabtec reported 2018 fourth-quarter sales of $1.12 billion, up 4 percent from 2017. Factoring in GE Transportation’s full-year results, it expects 2019 sales to be $9.2 billion. An analysis of the 466 cuts Wabtec wants shows that proposed wage reductions would result in total wage losses of $17.1 million. Do the math: What Erie workers might lose covers Wabtac CEO Raymond Betlier’s $16 million merger bonus!The union continues to try to return to the bargaining table, but Wabtec has refused to respond to UE proposals or bargain on all subjects unless the union submits to two-tier. That would undo what organizers have called “generations of families with good rust belt jobs.” (Erie News Now, Feb. 28) Given the ripple effect, Erie’s economy stands to lose $11 million. No wonder the community is enthusiastically supporting the strike. At a rally March 2, members of teachers unions, Teamsters, the Central Labor Council, Steamfitters and children of strikers lined the Water Street entrance in Lawrence Park. They held flyers that read, “UE is my union, my neighbors, my kid, my aunt, my town, me.” One striking worker noted that the action comes at a time of renewed public support for labor rights: “[T]here is a greater willingness to fight among workers more broadly, thanks to the success of the recent teachers’ strikes.” The community has donated food, hand warmers and time, while local restaurants have contributed hundreds of sandwiches to all three picket lines on each shift. Strike support is also coming from AFL-CIO state and federal organizations, national union presidents including Flight Attendants-CWA President Sara Nelson and from politicians like Bernie Sanders. The international labor movement — the industriALL global labor federation, representing 50 million workers worldwide; and unions in Canada, Great Britain, France, Italy, Brazil, Mexico and Turkey — is also in solidarity with the strike.Sign the solidarity petition at tinyurl.com/wabtec1 and join several social media days posted on ueunion.org. Victory to the workers!DASH drivers start their union engineAfter months of owner repression, DASH bus operators in Alexandria, Va., voted 97 to 13 to join Amalgamated Transit Union Local 689. The DASH corporation provides bus service to the Washington, D.C., suburb. While wholly owned by the city, which elects its board and allocates funds, DASH is a separate entity run by contractor Transit Management of Alexandria, owned by First Transit, to keep wages down. One DASH driver told the Gazette-Packet newspaper that pay is “lower and slower” than at other regional systems. It takes 20 years to reach DASH’s top pay grade of $29/hour, while it takes only 5 years for the $32/hour cap at Fairfax Connector. DASH drivers have an unpopular, employee-match 401(k) plan and do not earn a city pension. One driver noted that his yearly raise barely lets him keep up with rising bills.DASH general managers have pushed anti-union propaganda since August under the $45,000 direction of union-busting law firm American Labor Group. In January, DASH fired Latonya Robinson, a Black driver, on trumped-up infractions in retaliation for her pro-union activism. ATU organizers say she’s “probably [the] best leader during the organizing drive.” But pressure from the drivers, the regional union movement and political allies forced management to back off. Thanks to the workers’ struggle, they won. (DCLabor.org, Feb. 21)FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Saturday, 27 November 2004: 100 days in captivity for French hostages Georges Malbrunot and Christian Chesnot
Help by sharing this information November 26, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Saturday, 27 November 2004: 100 days in captivity for French hostages Georges Malbrunot and Christian Chesnot News Follow the news on Iraq Organisation IraqMiddle East – North Africa “One hundred days, but it could be eternity,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said today of French journalists Georges Malbrunot and Christian Chesnot, who are due to begin their 100th day in captivity in Iraq on Saturday.”What may seem just a number for us represents unbearable suffering for the families, who spend all their time waiting for news, and waiting for the release of their loved-ones,” Ménard said.He said Reporters Without Borders calls on all of the French press, the Arab news media and all news organisations throughout the world to launch a campaign against the taking of civilian hostages, especially journalists, and to demand the release of Malbrunot and Chesnot.”Their fate concern all of us who work in the news media and it painfully illustrates the extreme difficulties facing all the journalists currently working in Iraq,” Ménard added.Campaign actionReporters Without Borders calls on all news media to remind their public about the captive French journalists by displaying a banner on the front page of their newspapers or on their TV screens on Saturday saying: “100 days of captivity for Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot”Along with their Syrian interpreter Mohammed Al-Joundi, Chesnot and Malbrunot were kidnapped on 20 August 2004 on the road from Baghdad to Najaf. After three months in captivity, Al-Joundi was found by US marines on 11 November during fighting with Islamist militants in the city of Fallujah.The Associated Press news agency quoted Al-Joundi as saying he and his two companions were kidnapped by men in a white Mercedes and a Korean car as they were heading towards the Shiite holy city of Najaf. In a videotape broadcast by the pan-Arab TV station Al-Jazeera on 28 August, a group calling itself the Islamic Army in Iraq claimed responsibility for their abduction and demanded the repeal of the French law banning the Islamic head scarf in schools.Malbrunot, 41, is a freelancer with Le Figaro, Ouest-France and RTL. Chesnot, 38, freelances for RFI and Radio France.”Black Book of the War in Iraq”Reporters Without Borders and La Découverte are publishing “The Black Book of the War in Iraq,” a survey of the disturbing panorama of human rights violations in Iraq since the start of the war in March 2003. Iraqi army abuses, killings of civilians by US and British forces, indiscriminate bombings and violence by the various armed groups, mistreatment of Iraqi detainees, a lack of access to health and education, the threat of violence that prevents journalists and others from working properly – the situation in Iraq is still alarming a year and a half after the war began.This book covers the most serious abuses reported by Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders, as well as the UN High Commission for Human Rights. It also has a postface by journalist Olivier Weber on the many hostage-takings that have been taking place.La Découverte – 220 pp – 16 euros December 16, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders calls on all news media to remind their public about the captive French journalists by displaying a banner on the front page of their newspapers or on their TV screens on Saturday saying: “100 days of captivity for Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot” News RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” to go further News Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” February 15, 2021 Find out more Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan IraqMiddle East – North Africa December 28, 2020 Find out more RSF_en News Receive email alerts
Arrests in the murders of three journalists could signal move to end impunity
Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa May 3, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Philippines News News PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Since 23 August, the police have arrested some suspected killers of journalists Ely Binoya, Arnel Manalo and Edgar Damalerio (photo).In a letter to interior and local government secretary Angelo T. Reyes, Reporters Without Borders called on the authorities to maintain the present efforts in order to ensure that all the investigations reach a successful conclusion. It also urged the police to pass on the results of their enquiries promptly to the judicial authorities so that trials can begin, and it called on the minister to ensure that the witnesses in these cases continue to receive protection. Help by sharing this information PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago June 1, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts RSF_en News Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) today hailed the significant progress made by police in the past three weeks in three separate cases of murders of journalists and voiced the hope that the authorities in the Philippines may at last be trying to combat the prevailing impunity in such killings. February 16, 2021 Find out more September 16, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Arrests in the murders of three journalists could signal move to end impunity Organisation to go further Edgar Damalerio’s presumed murderer, former police officer Guillermo Wapile (photo), turned himself in to the police in Pagadian (on the southern island of Mindanao) on 12 September and was shown to the press the next day.He was originally identified and arrested in May 2002, a few days after Damalerio’s murder, but the local police covered up for him and released him although he had been formally identified by two witnesses, one of whom, Jury Ladica, was murdered a few weeks later.Wapile was re-arrested in January 2003 but mysteriously succeeded in escaping from the police camp in Pagadian a few days later. Thereafter, witness of Damalerio’s murder and members of his family had often received death threats from Wapile and his accomplices.Michael Garcia, a contract killer suspected of murdering Arnel Manalo, was arrested on 27 August in Parañaque (in the district of Baclaran, south of Manila). Garcia was identified by Manalo’s brother, who witnessed the murder. The person suspected of instigating the murder, Edilberto Mendoza, turned himself in six days later.Ephraim “Toto” Englis and Alfonso Toquero, two suspects in the murder of Ely Binoya, turned themselves in to the authorities on 23 August, although they are insisting on their innocence. The police believe that Englis, a former police officer and village chief, masterminded the killing of Binoya, who had accused him and other local dignitaries of corruption. News
Calls for progress on review of nursing home resident fees
WhatsApp Facebook Calls for progress on review of nursing home resident fees By News Highland – August 26, 2018 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ Pinterest Facebook Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty WhatsApp Previous articleBattle for Sam: Tyrone’s Mattie Donnelly & Peter HarteNext articleHard road pays off for World Champion Avril McNamee News Highland AudioHomepage BannerNews Only four private nursing homes have taken part in a review of fees charged to residents.The Department of Health’s review on extra charges was promised over a year ago, but so far the ‘additional charges project team’ has visited four private and four publicnursing homes.The examination’s in response to the public’s concern over the scale of fees being charged to residents.However, Chief Executive of Nursing Homes Ireland Tadhg Daly says there needs to be more progress:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/nursinghomes.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Twitter FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Google+