Bet on Alfa demonstrates integrity commitment with IBIA membership

first_img EGBA calls for enhanced collaboration on consumer rights August 11, 2020 StumbleUpon IBIA: Australia has made no progress on safeguarding sports integrity   July 28, 2020 Bet on Alfa has become the latest sports betting operator to join the recently-rebranded International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA), joining the likes of Virgin Bet and the Bethard Group.Under the terms of its membership, Bet on Alfa will be able to both utilise the IBIA’s global monitoring and alert platform, as well as feed data into the platform in order to strengthen betting integrity.Frixos Constantinides, Director of Bet on Alfa, commented: “We are delighted to be the first Cypriot company joining this association. Betting corruption in sport is a growing threat to the business model of every operator. “Our company recognises the importance of protecting our customers and sporting events from betting-related fraud and to meeting high standards of social corporate responsibility. The International Betting Integrity Association is the leading global player on integrity for our sector and membership brings an important layer of protection for our markets. It is a clear statement of our commitment to meeting the threat of match-fixing.”The Cypriot-based operator has become the fourth new member of the integrity body since its rebranding from ESSA in June of this year. The duo will work alongside one another to monitor betting activity, in a bid to crackdown on betting-related corruption.Bet on Alfa will be represented in ‘high-level policy discussions’ by the IBIA while also gaining access to its monitoring and alert platform – an anti-corruption tool that detects and reports suspicious activity on its members’ betting markets. Khalid Ali, Secretary General of the International Betting Integrity Association, added: “Bet on Alfa is a leading operator in Cyprus and a very welcome addition to the association. Our alert platform benefits greatly from regional experts such as Bet on Alfa and its mix of retail and online operations provides additional value. “I am delighted at the association’s continuing growth and the recognition of responsible companies like Bet on Alfa of the importance of working with other operators collectively to defend regulated betting markets from corruption.” The deal continues the association’s membership growth, which now includes around 50 online and retail brands. The association has longstanding information-sharing partnerships with sports and gambling regulators to utilise its data and prosecute corruption, representing the sector at high-level policy discussion forums such as the IOC, United Nations, Council of Europe and European Commission. Share Share KSA issues ‘conduct warning’ following covid marketing breaches July 28, 2020 Submit Related Articleslast_img read more

Ind vs WI 3rd T20 Review: India triumph in fringe run-fest to seal series

first_imgAdvertisement 4w6ndNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs36o76Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E1ts( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 869jWould you ever consider trying this?😱wupCan your students do this? 🌚wjRoller skating! Powered by Firework India secured the series by a margin of 2-1 after defeating the visitors by a margin of 67 runs. The Wankhede stadium witnessed a run-fest that amassed over 400 runs to provide a memorable culmination to an enthralling series. Advertisement West Indies named an unchanged eleven after winning the toss. Mumbai Indians’ hero Kieron Pollard elected to bowl first with him being familiar with the conditions after playing for over 9 years for the franchise.Advertisement Virat Kohli, on the other side, named two changes in the eleven which suffered a defeat at Thiruvananthapuram. Mohammad Shami and Kuldeep Yadav made their way into the line-up with Ravindra Jadeja and Yuzvendra Chahal paving way for the duo.India faced a precarious situation with their shaky record batting first in the shortest format and countering the infamous dew which makes its mark in the second innings.Advertisement However, the hosts were off to a flying start with the hometown hero shaking off doubts concerning his poor form while being duly aided by KL Rahul at the other end.The duo smashed Cottrell for 15 off his second over after being rather subdued for the first couple of overs. The innings proceeded to propel as the opening pair took full advantage of the fielding restrictions and averaging a couple of boundaries every over to take their powerplay tally to a whopping 72-0.The pair showed no signs of slowing down and brought up their 100-run stand in a blink of the eye. Rohit Sharma failed to get his record fifth T20 hundred after getting dismissed for 71 off Williams. A new shuffle saw Rishabh Pant being promoted to No.3. The wicket-keeper’s tumultuous time continued with a second-ball duck.Virat Kohli capped off his series with an entertaining knock of 70 off just 29 deliveries which marks one of his most explosive innings ever. The Indian captain had the last laugh in his battle against pacer Williams with a slew of boundaries that brought the Wankhede to its feet amongst the sea breeze.KL Rahul failed to notch up his hundred after getting dismissed in the final over for 91. The Men In Blue eventually ended up with 240-3 after the end of 20 overs.West Indies were in utter tatters scaling the huge target set by the hosts. Deepak Chahar swung the ball around initially which resulted in mistimed shots and edges. The Indian fielding unit gobbled up the catches to trigger an early collapse.Kieron Pollard forged a lone battle as West Indies eventually succumbed to the inevitable.Read Also:Prithvi Shaw’s comeback gains steam after cracking Ranji trophy century off just 84 ballsTurning a new page: Mayank Agarwal earns maiden ODI call-up; set to replace Dhawan for West Indies ODI series Advertisementlast_img read more

Police Officer Files Suit After Alleged Retaliation For Whistleblowing

first_imgBy John BurtonRUMSON – A veteran borough police officer has brought suit against his department and the borough, charging he’s been the victim of retaliation for being a whistleblower.Sgt. Peter Koenig has been with the department for more than 20 years, and been a sergeant for the past 11; and on June 20 he filed a civil complaint in state Superior Court, in Freehold, alleging he “has suffered emotional distress, humiliation, embarrassment, bodily injury, coupled with physical manifestation of emotional distress, loss of income and benefits, and other severe financial losses,” as well as regularly facing “a hostile work environment,” in response to his calling attention to what he said was improper behavior from his fellow officers, according to court documents. Jacobs this week said, “The borough was right in the decision-making process,” maintaining “The decisions they made were done for legitimate deployment purposes.”Jacobs said he has reviewed the allegations of the complaint, the facts and the law “and I’m highly confident when all is said and done the borough will be found not liable for any of the allegations contained therein.”Rumson Police Chief Scott Paterson, on advise of legal counsel, declined to comment.Koenig is seeking “punitive and compensatory damages on all lost benefits, wages and rights,” including “economic and non-economic damages for emotional distress,” in addition to interest and attorney’s fees, according to the officer’s complaint. Koenig, who is also a borough resident, according to the complaint, on or about May 31, 2015, “observed events at the Rumson Police Department that he reasonably and objectively believed were in violation of law, may have been criminal acts or unethical, were violation of the public policy of the State of New Jersey, and placed the health and safety of members of the public in danger.”The complaint doesn’t offer any details related to the allegations. Attempts to contact Koenig and his attorney, Richard Flaum, were unsuccessful. In his response brief to the complaint filed on Sept. 9, attorney Mitchell B. Jacobs, who is defending the department and borough against the suit, noted Koenig had contacted the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office about his allegations.Charles Webster, spokesman for the prosecutor’s office, said this week his office found no evidence to warrant a criminal investigation and referred the matter back to the Rumson Department for its own internal investigation.Jacobs, in his court filings, denied the allegations and countered “Plaintiff’s claims are frivolous and without any reasonable basis in law or fact.” Jacobs’ response went on to state the department “had in place well-publicized and enforced anti-harassment policies, effective formal and informal complaint structures and complaint procedures, training and/or monitoring and preventative mechanisms.” The suit further alleged, in response to Koenig’s whistleblowing, the sergeant was subjected to retaliation from his superiors, suffering from “repeated harassment,” being denied promotions, removed from some long-standing assignments and experiencing what his attorney maintained were “unwarranted investigations and disciplinary actions,” among other alleged discriminatory actions.These charged actions, Flaum said, are violations of the state’s Law Against Discrimination, its Civil Rights Act and the Conscientious Employee Protection Act, as well as violating his client’s freedom of speech Constitutional rights.“Plaintiff Koenig considered the actions of his employer to be severe or pervasive enough to make a reasonable person think twice before reporting any additional workplace issues based upon his fear of retaliation,” stated the complaint.last_img read more

One Special Universe: Take It or Leave It

first_imgIf you think this universe is odd, to what would you compare it?  Adrian Cho asked this and other basic questions in a whimsical review of cosmology since WMAP in Science.1  Closer analysis of the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), as revealed in detail by WMAP (03/06/2003, 05/02/2003, 09/20/2004, 03/20/2006), has uncovered features so surprising (e.g., 08/29/2007), some cosmologists are entertaining an idea that would seemed heretical a decade ago: i.e., the Copernican Principle might be wrong (cf. 06/30/2006).    Investigators looking for harmonics in the CMB seem to have found surprising alignments.  The quadrupole, octupole and other harmonics appear to have axes that line up with each other.  Furthermore, they are in the plane of our solar system.  Even more bizarre, they are aligned with the line of equinoxes.  What’s going on here?  Is this a clue that we occupy a special position in the universe?  Some cosmologists, uncomfortable with such notions which the Copernican Principle was supposed to dismiss, have called this alignment the “axis of evil.”But the map led to some mysteries, too.  Within 6 months, one team had found a curious alignment of certain undulations in the CMB.  Others soon found more correlations that suggested that the cosmos might be skewered like a meatball on a toothpick by an “axis of evil.”  That axis might show that the universe has a strange shape or is rotating.  It could trash cosmologists’ cherished assumption that the universe has no center and no special directions, the so-called cosmological principle that traces its origins to Copernicus.  Or it could be a meaningless fluke.  “Everyone agrees it’s there,” says Kate Land, a cosmologist at the University of Oxford in the U.K.  “But is it significant?”    There’s the rub: With only one universe to measure, it may be impossible to tell.Maybe there is a foreground effect in the local neighborhood influencing the CMB.  Even if true, however, it would not do away with the conclusion that there is some pretty weird physics going on around us.  We can’t get outside our universe to compare it to any others, obviously.  “We have only one universe, and in some ways perhaps it just is as it is.”1.  Adrian Cho, “A Singular Conundrum: How Odd Is Our Universe?”, Science, 28 September 2007: Vol. 317. no. 5846, pp. 1848-1850, DOI: 10.1126/science.317.5846.1848.Cho’s discussion assumes inflation, dark matter, dark energy and multiverses, so his statements need to be understood in that context.  Still, even within that worldview, things are not going the way the materialists wanted.  It was hard enough on them to find out the universe is not eternal and had a beginning.  Now, they must entertain the possibility that we occupy a privileged position after all.    The only escape from the design inference is to keep repeating the joke that things are as they are because they were as they were.  If your debate partner does that, keep the joke going.  Ask the next logical question, “Why were they as they were?”  If he replies that it’s turtles all the way down, you win.(Visited 39 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

The Hustler’s Playbook: Hustlers Harness Their Enthusiasm

first_imgHustlers pursue their goals and dreams with great enthusiasm. There is no hedge, no half-measures, nor self-doubt. Once the hustler has set her sights firmly on her goals, her enthusiasm moves her ever forward towards those goals.The would-be hustler doesn’t possess this same enthusiasm. Their lack of confidence and their ideas prevent them from allowing their passion to overtake them. They hedge. They doubt themselves.Enthusiasm is driven by a deep belief that what you are doing is important. It’s something that you absolutely must do. It doesn’t matter to the hustler how long it will take to reach their goal; enthusiasm creates a sense of urgency. It matters not that the hustler doesn’t yet have everything they need to succeed. Their passion propels them to act despite the fact they are missing resources.Enthusiasm turns drudgery into play. And play increases your enthusiasm. An excited passion for a project or a goal makes even the most onerous tasks pleasurable. The would-be hustler doesn’t easily give themselves over to their passion, and so enthusiasm eludes them. The hustler, however, allows themselves to be swept up by their passion, and work no longer feels like work.The hustler’s enthusiasm provides them the stamina necessary to focus for long periods of time. Never let anyone convince you that the hustle is conferences, parties, being seen, and pitching investors. The hustle isn’t glamorous. Hustlers work. Long hours. Early hours. Late hours. Enthusiasm is what fuels the work being created and completed.Hustlers infect others with their enthusiasm, drawing people to their cause. You can’t sell an idea about which you are not over-the-top passionate. If you are madly in love with your goals and your ideas, your enthusiasm will spread to others. The would-be hustler, lacking passion and enthusiasm, cannot move others to action because they are unable to move themselves. Enthusiasm is the catalyst for ideas to spread and for others to take up your cause.If you are going to hustle, you are going to have to allow your enthusiasm to overtake you. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

4 days agoEx-Man City boss Pearce: Liverpool will win title comfortably

first_imgEx-Man City boss Pearce: Liverpool will win title comfortablyby Freddie Taylor4 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveStuart Pearce says Liverpool are a certainty to win this season’s Premier League title.The Reds’ lead at the top was reduced to six points after Sunday’s draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.But former Manchester City manager Pearce is adamant Liverpool will be crowned champions in May.”I think Liverpool will win the Premier League comfortably this year,” Pearce told talkSPORT.”I’m not sure they’ll go unbeaten, but I can’t see them losing more than two games. They’re still clear favourites.”Those could be against Manchester City, potentially, but if you go into the game against your nearest rivals with a six-point buffer, it will put real pressure on Man City to come out and play.”That might just suit Liverpool.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

50 Companies for Export MAX III Implementation

first_imgStory Highlights It is geared towards providing focused capacity, advocacy and market penetration support to exporters and export-ready firms. The three-year engagement, which will run until 2022, is being spearheaded by Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO). “So we look at how export-ready these companies are, the viability of the product to go overseas, capacity and ability of the companies to meet additional demand, potential economic impact and sustainability of the business,” he pointed out.Mr. Durrant said that at least a 50 per cent average growth in export is projected over the three years, adding that 90 per cent of the participating entities not exporting at Export Max III’s outset are expected to establish at least one market on completion of the programme.“We expect to generate 15 trade leads per company over the three-year period, and we are projecting that we could have a five per cent average increase in jobs for the participating companies. So this is serious business for companies. We expect them to sell, sell, sell after that initial development programme,” he emphasised.Mr. Durrant said the programme is a plus for participants as “it reduces the time and effort to enter new markets, leading to savings in the cost of undertaking this initiative if they were to do it on their own”.“They are getting the support of three agencies to develop their export capacity, so we expect financial gain for the companies and economic development for the country, which, when combined, will bring about major success,” he stated.last_img read more

George Weston to close unprofitable bakery in US amid frozen food challenges

first_imgTORONTO – George Weston Ltd. (TSX:WN) says it will close an unprofitable frozen cake factory in the United States by the end of the first quarter of 2018 as it reviews its strategy in light of challenges in its frozen food business.The underperforming frozen foods segment contributed to a decline in earnings at the company’s Weston Foods division, which saw its adjusted EBITDA fall to $80 million in this year’s third quarter from $101 million last year.Overall, the company says it earned a profit attributable to common shareholders of $420 million or $3.25 per diluted share in the quarter ended Oct. 7, up from $254 million or $1.97 per diluted share a year ago.That was primarily because of its Loblaw business, which accounts for the bulk of George Weston’s overall sales of $14.65 billion, which were up from $14.61 billion.Weston Foods accounted for just $668 million of the total revenue, down from $673 million a year earlier.The parent company said in a statement Tuesday it doesn’t expect the food processing division’s performance will improve in the fourth-quarter, and its earnings will be down year-over-year by a similar magnitude.Galen Weston, who is executive chairman of both George Weston Ltd. and Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L), said that problems within some of its frozen foods operations were bigger than anticipated.“Our fresh, artisan and biscuit business units performed on plan. However, the frozen business fell significantly short due to continuing operational issues in two cake facilities and one pie plant,” Weston told analysts Tuesday.“The team has been working around the clock to resolve the issues. We’ve announced the closure of the Creative Occasions iced-cake facility and are beginning to see improvements in operational productivity.”He said some of the work from Creative Occasions — a Nashville, Tenn.-based business acquired by a Weston Foods subsidiary in 2015 — will move to a facility in Cobourg, Ont.Galen Weston stressed that some of the frozen foods business segments — particularly un-iced cakes and doughnuts — have been growing.But he added that “it is going to take us some time to get the business back onto a satisfactory trajectory and the team is focused on doing that now.”A strategic review by Weston Foods president Luc Mongeau, who joined the company in January 2017, is expected to be announced in March with George Weston’s fourth-quarter financial report.Galen Weston said Mongeau was asked to “significantly change the historical trajectory of the Weston Foods business.“He has delivered to us what we think is a very promising medium-term plan that will involve some changes to the business and we will comment on that in Q4.”Weston declined to elaborate when questioned about possible closures and divestitures.Analyst Irene Nattel of RBC Dominion Securities, however, said in a note that “we expect WN Foods to sharpen its focus within the frozen category on value-added, margin accretive categories and customers with growth potential, which likely implies exiting products/categories that don’t meet the criteria.”George Weston’s third-quarter results include $11 million year-to-date in depreciation costs related to the planned closures of bread, pie and cake manufacturing facilities.Still, its overall third-quarter profit was up from a year ago, boosted by the Loblaw business.On an adjusted basis, George Weston says it earned $277 million or $2.14 per share, up from $266 million or $2.06 per diluted share in the same quarter last year.Last month, the company confirmed it was aware of an industry-wide investigation by the Competition Bureau into price-fixing related to packaged bread products.George Weston says court filings by the regulator remain sealed while searches are completed, but it expects to be able to comment further after those filings are unsealed.last_img read more

Loonie falls more than a US penny this week as investors turn

first_imgThe Canadian loonie continued to fall Friday, shedding nearly three-quarters of a U.S. cent, for a weekly loss of more than a U.S. penny.The Canadian dollar averaged 75.89 cents US, down 0.73 of a U.S. cent. It shed a total of 1.26 U.S. cents over the week.“Today it’s more U.S. strength versus Canadian weakness,” said Allan Small, a senior investment adviser at HollisWealth.When there’s fear and uncertainty, people flock to the U.S. dollar, he said, adding that part of the current uncertainty is the appearance of a brewing global trade war.“Tit for tat, tariff for tariff, etc., etc.,” he said.Surprisingly low manufacturing figures released Friday didn’t help the loonie.Factory sales dropped 1.3 per cent to $56.2 billion in April, according to Statistics Canada, as sales in the petroleum and coal products and transportation equipment industries dropped. Economists had expected an increase of 0.6 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Weak economic data factors into whether the Bank of Canada will decide to raise its benchmark interest rate at its next meeting.“Maybe July is not a slam dunk,” said Small.The U.S. Federal Reserve recently raised its rate for the second time this year and indicated it will do so a total of four times before the end of 2018.That big discrepancy in interest rates makes the U.S. dollar more attractive for investors.A strong greenback is bad for commodities, Small said, as both the price of oil and gold slipped, dragging down Canada’s main index.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 14.54 points to 16,314.42. Stocks in the energy sector lost on average 1.51 per cent of their worth, while those in the gold sector lost 1.2 per cent.The July crude contract fell US$1.83 to US$65.06 per barrel and the August gold contract plummeted US$29.80 to US$1,278.50 an ounce.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 84.83 points to 25,090.48. The S&P 500 index shed 2.83 points to 2,779.66 and the Nasdaq composite index declined by 14.66 points to 7,746.38.Elsewhere in commodities, the July natural gas contract added about six cents to US$3.02 per mmBTU and the July copper contract retreated about eight cents to roughly US$3.14 a pound.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version stated the S&P 500 fell 3.07 points.last_img read more

Devotees throng Belur Math on Ramakrishnas birth anniversary

first_imgKolkata: Thousands of devotees visited Belur Math on Friday to celebrate the 184th birth anniversary of Sri Ramakrishna.Special puja was held at the Math. The birth anniversary was observed in all the centres of Ramakrishna Math and mission throughout the country and abroad. In Kamarpukur, the birthplace of Sri Ramakrishna, the devotees visited the temple and took part in the celebration. There were special launch and bus services to ferry passengers to Belur Math. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersA special puja was held in private centres and other institutions as well. Rakamrishna Math and Mission authorities have decided to scrap the age-old fireworks display on March 17 at the public celebration as a part of the drive against environmental pollution. There will be cultural programme in the evening. Life of Sri Ramakrishna is an inspiration for scholars and common people and it continues to inspire scholars all over the world. Two noble laureates, Rabindranath and Romian Rolland, had also written about Sri Ramakrishna. Tagore had shared a dais with Sri Ramakrishna and had delivered a lecture during his birth centenary in 1936. Scholars such as Keshab Chandra Sen, Shivnath Shastri, Brojendranath Sil had visited Sri Ramakrishna and were enthralled by his words. His presence of mind, sharp sense of humour and deep understanding of society had made him a popular figure in Kolkata. He also inspired Girish Chandra Ghose, father of Bengal stage to carry on with his vocation. Modern scholars feel that Sri Ramakrishna’s views on universal religion can help to resolve the crisis of the modern world.last_img read more