Securing the US market at scale

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Uncertainty and rapid growth create a breeding ground for fraudsters, so how can the US sports betting market prepare? Topics: Tech & innovation Securing the US market at scale AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Addresscenter_img Fraud in the USCurrently, there remains a high degree of uncertainty in the US market, and Karl says this is in part due to the emerging patchwork regulatory framework. This in itself creates risk, he says: “Fraudsters love to take advantage of uncertainty, and this combined with rapid growth is a breeding ground for fraud. I think the market will be able to withstand this but operators will need to address this sooner rather than later.”He continues, explaining that the US is always a high action point for fraud as a result of the amount of variation – not only in terms of regulation, but also technology:  “There are lots of different payment methods, channels for payments and data. The high degree of optionality and growth conspire to make the US challenging.”To address this, Karl says it will be important to be aggressive and proactive when it comes to fraud, but also to be transparent. “The nascent market with this level of demand will lead to fraudulent concerns such as money laundering. Operators will need to use the opportunity of being new to be as proactive as possible, to show regulators and the public that this industry can work.” Designing for balanceWith such an opportunity to build the gambling market from the ground-up, Karl says the focus should be on the mobile environment, as that is where he believes most of the growth will come from (See graphic, left, from 2019 iovation Gambling Report). Additionally, managing compliance from a location, age, fraud and data perspective is easier in a lot of ways on mobile devices.User experience and reducing friction are challenges for operators the world over, but Karl says this will be even more important in the US, as the in-game experience will require speed and transparency more than ever. Additionally, he says that as mobile is seen as lower risk, over time it’s opened doors for fraudsters to pretend to be on mobile.However, there are new solutions to help nullify these challenges, he says: “The best way to tackle this is by adapting with new technology for verifications, a lot of which are embedded into these devices.”To tackle the challenges facing the US market, Karl says you need to have tools which can adapt to different regulatory environments, while also striking a balance between compliance and user experience.The ability to take advantage of new technology is already there, with Karl advising: “Operators will have to decide whether they devote resources internally or leverage companies, like iovation, who can help them.”Karl says it also comes down to how much operators will cooperate with each other, suggesting that a unified message is much more beneficial when it comes to the wider public.He notes: “Operators are coming around to this, especially with regulators continuing to up the pressure. The question comes down to this: do operators want to own that process, or let it be let by the states and push them into groups?”The biggest takeaway, says Karl, is that operators must figure this out now, lean on those who know and start from the ground up.To view iovation’s 2019 Gambling Report and other industry-related resources, click here. Jon Karl is executive vice-president of corporate development and co-founder at iovation, a TransUnion Company, where he develops technology and information partnerships. iovation was founded in 2004, and provides authentication and fraud prevention solutions to the igaming industry with the aim of reducing account takeovers, defending against attacks and improving customer experience.There is no doubt that the US sports betting market is an exciting opportunity, with many predicting rapid growth across the market.However, Jon Karl, executive vice-president of corporate development and co-founder at iovation, a TransUnion Company, says this, combined with regulatory uncertainty, makes the market a “breeding ground for fraud.”Operators face a delicate balancing act as this market develops, Karl says, and now more than ever must focus on fraud prevention. Tech & innovation 8th April 2019 | By Josephine Watsonlast_img read more

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Flutter completes £800m share sale as Q2 revenue grows

first_img Flutter Entertainment announced plans to accelerate US expansion and reduce debt through an equity placement that raised £812.6m, after revealing a 10% rise in revenue for the first 47 days of its second quarter. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Flutter Entertainment announced plans to accelerate US expansion and reduce debt through an equity placement that raised £812.6m, after revealing a 10% rise in revenue for the first 47 days of its second quarter.The period in question saw a strong performance from recently acquired Stars Group’s international business, helping offset declines in its Paddy Power Betfair and Sky Bet divisions.The equity raise took the form of a non-preemptive placing of 8,045,995 new ordinary shares, at a price of €112.42 per share. This represents a 4.7% discount on Flutter’s closing share price on 28 May, while the shares sold amount to 5.5% of the company’s issued share capital. Goldman Sachs International and J&E Davy acted as joint coordinators and book runners for the placing, with the new shares to begin trading on the London Stock Exchange and Euronext Dublin on 2 June.As part of this agreement, Fox Corporation, which gained the option to acquire an 18.5% stake in Flutter in 2021, following its merger with The Stars Group, has increased its investment in the operator. Fox already held a 4.99% stake in the PokerStars operator, having acquired this stake through May 2019’s Fox Bet joint venture.Fox Corporation chairman and chief executive Lachlan Murdoch said his business was “bullish” about the opportunities in the online sports betting market.“Fox Bet has shown strong growth since launching last fall, and we look forward to continuing that success with our partner, Flutter,” Murdoch said. “Fox’s investment in Flutter underscores our confidence in Flutter’s business and its management’s ability to continue to drive leadership in the US market.”Despite the uncertainty caused by the pandemic, Flutter chief executive Peter Jackson (pictured) said the business was now “starting to look more directly to the future in terms of planning for growth” through the placement.“Businesses around the world are navigating through extraordinary change as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic,” Jackson said. “As with many other sectors, in betting and gaming there have been stark impacts as much of the world has gone into lockdown, with some parts of the sector struggling and others thriving as consumers change their purchasing habits,” he said.He pointed out that the operator had looked after customers and colleagues, enhancing responsible gambling safeguards and not relying on government job protection schemes for staff unable to work.The trading update for second quarter, to 17 May, released alongside the placement announcement, sees the business release its first figures since the merger with The Stars Group was completed on 5 May.It reveals a 10% year-on-year rise in the quarter to date, despite the widespread disruption caused by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.The standout performer in the first 47 days of Q2 was TSG International, the division comprising PokerStars’ international business. This saw revenue rise 92% year-on-year for the period, at a time when the poker vertical is enjoying something of a return to prominence.Also performing strongly in the period was the US business, comprising FanDuel Group and all US-facing PokerStars and Fox Bet elements, with revenue up 61% from the prior year. Australian revenue, comprising Sportsbet and BetEasy, was up 56%.Both the US and Australia benefitted from the continuation of horse racing behind closed doors and retail betting outlets being shut, which Flutter said accelerated the migration of retail customers online.With an accelerated roll-out of betting and gaming legislation in the US expected in the wake of the pandemic, Flutter said the placement would help take advantage of new opportunities as and when they arise.“Flutter is determined to give its US business the best possible platform for future success and to replicate the leadership position it has achieved in the states that have regulated to date,” it said.This will see it look to secure additional market access deals in individual states, as well as increasing investment in customer acquisition, supported by the proceeds.While the gaming-focused and US and Australian businesses performed strongly, the closure of betting shops and suspension of sports as a result of Covid-19 impacted both the Paddy Power Betfair (PPB) and Sky Betting & Gaming divisions.For PPB, which includes the Paddy Power online, retail and B2B operations, as well as Betfair and Adjarabet, revenue across all channels was down 54%. Online experienced a 41% year-on-year decline, while the closure of the group’s retail premises meant the channel contributed nothing for the period.The online-only Sky Betting & Gaming, on the other hand, saw revenue fall 28%.While Flutter said group performance was encouraging, and reflected the strength and breadth of the product offering and geographic footprint, it noted the business still faced significant uncertainty.This centred around the timing of the resumption of sports, and when this would be televised, as well as the return of retail – and level of customer activity – in its shops. It noted that customer migration online, having been accelerated by nationwide lockdowns, could also effect the retail business.The operator noted that while poker and gaming had benefitted from the sports shutdown, growth was likely to taper as sports returned. Through the funds raised via the placement, it said, it would be able to ensure it can retain these new online customers acquired during the pandemic. Furthermore, it added, it would then also be able to take opportunities to acquire market share from less diversified competitors.Finally, it added, the global economic impact of Covid-19 could reduce customer demand as finances became tighter. All this uncertainty made it prudent to facilitate a faster de-leveraging of the company’s balance sheet, leading to interest cost savings and reduced annual cash outgoings. The placement could also reduce its net debt to EBTIDA ratio, it added.When the merger was completed, Flutter said this ratio stood at 3.5x, but based on projected earnings of £950m for 2020, the ratio could be reduced by 0.9x. Its ultimate target is to reduce the ratio to between 1.0x and 2.0x. 28th May 2020 | By contenteditor Regions: UK & Ireland US Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Strategy Poker Casino & games Flutter completes £800m share sale as Q2 revenue grows Email Addresslast_img read more

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A cheap UK share I’d buy in December for the 2021 bull market!

first_img Image source: Getty Images Royston Wild | Tuesday, 1st December, 2020 | More on: IAG A cheap UK share I’d buy in December for the 2021 bull market! Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! UK share markets have got off to a flyer in December after a flatter few weeks. Both the FTSE 100 and FTSE 250 are a whisker off reaching new multi-month highs as news emerged that the Moderna and Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines could be rolled out in the US and Europe this month.The stock market rally that set off in early November ran out of steam quite quickly. But many analysts remain convinced we’re seeing the first phases of a new bull market for UK shares.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…According to Peter Fitzgerald, chief investment officer at Aviva Investors: “As you lift restrictions, the world will revert back to something more similar to what we had pre-coronavirus rather than some sort of ‘new normal’ everybody likes to talk about… We do think you are at the early stages of a new cycle.”UK shares to enjoy a Brexit boost?Despite the November UK share price rally though, the FTSE 100 et al has still underperformed other major international bourses recently.The Footsie remains a good 15% lower than it was at the start of 2020. Conversely, the Dow Jones in the US just hit new record highs. And the Nikkei in Japan is a whisker off 29-year highs struck in late November. Meanwhile, the German DAX and French CAC40 bourses just hit their highest levels since late February.However, Fitzgerald suggests UK share indices could outperform their European counterparts in the near future. He reckons investors will return to British equities en masse once a Brexit trade deal is announced.One of the best!So which British stocks could surge in value in 2021? Well International Consolidated Airlines Group (LSE: IAG) is one cheap UK I’d buy for the new bull market in my Stocks and Shares ISA.It’s no shock airline operators like IAG have posted some of the biggest gains in recent sessions. Hopes that a Covid-19 vaccine will open the world up for holidays and business travel again bodes well for this FTSE 100 business and its peers.The flyer isn’t out of the woods just yet as coronavirus cases keep rising and vaccines still await regulatory approval. But this UK share is better placed that many to weather any fresh turbulence. As Hargreaves Lansdown notes: “the recent cash raise puts IAG in a stronger position than some of its peers, and this is its main attraction in our view.”I think a low forward price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 1.4 times makes it a very attractive value buy for the new bull market. But I wouldn’t just buy this UK share for its likely share price recovery in the next couple of years. I’d hold onto IAG as its transatlantic operations and exposure to the European budget market should deliver big profits further out. Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997”center_img Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. 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. Royston Wild has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. 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Canada: Faith groups stand together against politics of hate and…

first_imgCanada: Faith groups stand together against politics of hate and fear sparked by US administration Youth Minister Lorton, VA Submit an Event Listing [Anglican Journal] People of many faiths met twice early in March in Vancouver to show support for one another at two well-attended public meetings that celebrated diversity and took a stand against acts of hatred.Both gatherings were in reaction to concerns about an upsurge in anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and other forms of social conflict that seem to have accompanied the inauguration of the new administration in the United States.Full article. Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Rector Shreveport, LA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Tags Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Martinsville, VA Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Albany, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Submit a Press Release Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Director of Music Morristown, NJ Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Featured Events Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Advocacy Peace & Justice, Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Anglican Communion, New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Bath, NC Faith & Politics Rector Tampa, FL Rector Smithfield, NC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Press Release Service Featured Jobs & Calls Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Collierville, TN Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Belleville, IL By Neale AdamsPosted Mar 16, 2017 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 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Associate Rector Columbus, GA Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AKlast_img read more

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Implicit Bias: Let’s Talk About It

first_img Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Please enter your comment! From Let’s Talk About it with Rod Love and Greg Jackson Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSGreg JacksonLet’s Talk About ItRod Love Previous articleGovernor awards CareerSource Central Florida $39,000 for Veterans Performance IncentiveNext articleJudge: ‘No brainer’ new law ‘harms the franchise’ Amendment 4 voters thought they’d restored Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here This Monday on LET’S TALK ABOUT IT with Rod Love and Greg Jackson, the “Dynamic Duo” will talk about the successful Let’s Talk About It, Barbershop Talk, which took place on October 6th that addressed a myriad of issues, from “Implicit Bias”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTxj6goxrrw  to “Building Sustainable Communities” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHyETKhn40k&t=1s .  A civil discussion with stakeholders and decision makers about Law & Justice.  Discussions regarding the development of relationship building of trust and confidence and demystifying the concept of Law & Justice though education and Q & A exchanges.  The duo will also address the tragic shooting of 28-year-old Tatiana Jefferson of Fort Worth, Texas during the course of a residential wellness check.  How does the community and law enforcement work together to address this tragedy?  What has to happen in order to rebuild trust?  Nationally renowned Criminologist and law enforcement/community engagement consultant Dr. Randy Nelson will join Let’s Talk Nation to share his expertise.Let’s Talk Nation will also hear what “Nicole Knows” about the National Table Talk initiative, where civic discourse is the main course.On October 24th from 4pm to 6pm at the City of Orlando Downtown Recreation Complex (363 N. Parramore Ave) , the WOKB 1680AM radio show hosts of Let’s Talk About It, Rod Love & Greg Jackson will be hosting a broadcast version of the national “Table Talk” conversation focused on youth and families.  The topics of conversation will be,What do you like about your community?What would you change and why is it important to you?How can decision makers and influencers help effect change that you want to see?How can you help and be the change that you want to see in your community?Get more informed as to what levels of local government investment is taking place in your community and what specific youth and family services that are being established to better serve you and your family’s needs.  https://datastudio.google.com/embed/u/0/reporting/b950c149-ef68-4ed5-ab3b-e966010df046/page/rIy2These and other topics will be discussed by two of the most-influential voices in Central Florida on the top-rated Monday Night radio talk show — LET’S TALK ABOUT IT!Join Rod Love, Greg Jackson and the entire Let’s Talk Nation on LET’S TALK ABOUT IT, every Monday from 7:00pm to 8:00pm on 1680am WOKB, online at www.wokbradio.com, on Facebook @letstalknationusa or call-in to 407-894-1680. LET’S TALK ABOUT IT is the can’t miss radio show that will blow your mind!Podcasts of past shows can also be heard at www.LetsTalkNation.net.***** Rod LoveHosts Rod Love and Greg Jackson are well-known figures in Apopka. Love is a local businessman, was the co-chair of the Apopka Task Force against Violence, and was formerly the Orange County District 2 Commissioner. Jackson is a local attorney that ran for the Florida Legislature in 2016 for District 45, which includes a part of Apopka.The show airs on WOKB 1680AM on Mondays from 7-8 PM. You may also stream it online here.Let’s Talk About It describes itself as a show in search of results-oriented solutions. It tackles important subjects such as crime in urban communities, jobs, business growth, relationship with the police, transitioning from a mom and pop proprietorship to mom and pop incorporation and a whole lot of other action initiatives that affect the quality of life of individuals and families are the major focus. Its goal is to develop an understanding of the everyday needs and issues of people and assist in empowering them with the necessary information or motivation towards addressing such needs, all with the support of professionals or experts who will be the show’s guests.Greg Jackson  Let’s Talk About It has an interactive style of information sharing that is both entertaining and educational.  It acts as a vehicle for civic and faith-based organizations, small businesses and everyday citizens to be able to work together to foster a progressive development of communities’ interactivity with one another.To join the conversation tonight, call Let’s Talk About It at 407-894-1680. The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name herelast_img read more

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DeSantis says ‘stay tuned’ for further relaxations of Florida’s COVID-19 restrictions

first_imgShare on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (left) wears a protective face mask as he arrives for a news conference Thursday, May 14, 2020, in Doral, Fla. Lynne Sladky / AP The Re-Open Florida Task Force report, which laid out a three-phase “road map” for the state’s post-COVID-19 economic recovery, recommended vacation rentals could open to only Florida residents in phase two and to any comers in phase three. By John Haughey | The Center Square Gov. Ron DeSantis hinted Thursday he will announce further relaxations of COVID-19 restrictions Friday, including allowing parts of Florida to move into phase two of hisreopening plan. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear Please enter your name here You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate DeSantis lifted his April 1 stay-at-home order two weeks ago, allowing 64 of 67 counties to advance into limited reopening May 4. Bars, movie theaters, gyms and many other businesses remained closed.Last week, he advanced Palm Beach County into phase one, effective Monday, and allowed barbers, hair stylists and nail salon operators to reopen. On Thursday, he authorized Miami-Dade and Broward counties to move into phase one, beginning Monday.During Thursday’s announcement at a Doral news conference, the governor said “stay tuned” for additional relaxations he planned to reveal Friday in Jacksonville.“Phase two really isn’t that different from what Florida’s done already,” DeSantis said, adding the next stage in relaxing shutdown orders would be “basically about opening up bars and some of those things.”Gyms are definitely on the “reopen” agenda.“It’s important for people to go to the gym and exercise,” DeSantis said. “Most of the people with infections (are) tied to obesity. So clearly we have an announcement tomorrow that’s going to encompass the gym.”DeSantis did not address lifting the visitation ban at nursing homes and assisted living facilities, nor did he discuss allowing vacation rentals to resume. He did extend his suspension on evictions and foreclosures through June 2.His order suspended all statutes “providing for a mortgage foreclosure cause of action.” For evictions, the order said tenants may not be removed for nonpayment, indicating other types of evictions can proceed.Nursing homes and other long-term care facilities have been off-limits to visitors since March 14, a precaution DeSantis claimed limited the number of cases and deaths among residents most vulnerable to COVID-19.“My view has been that I want to get to ‘yes’ on that,” DeSantis said Wednesday. “I just want to be able to know that we have procedures in place that if someone goes to visit their mother, that two weeks later we are not going to have 50 infections roil a nursing home or a long-term care facility.”The governor said there is no timetable for getting to “ ‘yes’ on that,” with caution still the primary factor guiding his decision-making process.The Florida Department of Health (DOH) has established a long-term care report that charts COVID-19 cases in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. As of Wednesday, 482 of 3,800 Florida nursing homes and assisted living facilities reported 1,604 COVID-19-positive residents and 1,804 positive staff members.According to DOH, the 1,604 who have tested COVID-19 positive represents 1.1 percent of 147,144 long-term care residents statewide.The number of deaths among nursing home and assisted living facility residents, however, accounts for about 40 percent of state fatalities attributed to the disease.DOH has a separate report that updates nursing home and assisted living facility COVID-19 deaths weekly. As of the last update Wednesday, it listed 776 residents among the state’s 1,875 COVID-19 deaths.Meanwhile, Florida House Panhandle Republicans have called on DeSantis to lift his order prohibiting vacation rentals.“Our hotels, motels, inns, and resorts are reopening while vacation rentals are singled out,” lawmakers wrote in a letter to the governor. “They employ and directly impact so many in this region, yet will be unable to handle a second consecutive month with zero income.”U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, who represents the Panhandle in Congress, called on DeSantis to lift the vacation rental freeze in a press conference earlier this month.“In northwest Florida, we don’t have a 500-key hotel room every 1,000 feet,” Gaetz said. TAGSCOVID-19Further RelaxationGovernor DeSantisPhase TwoRestrictionsThe Center Square Previous articleGet ready for a wave of returning-to-work toolsNext articleRestaurants go to half capacity, gyms reopen under Florida’s ‘full phase one’ plan Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

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Force vs Hurricanes Highlights – Super Rugby Round 3

first_imgFriday Mar 16, 2012 Force vs Hurricanes Highlights – Super Rugby Round 3 Highlights of the Hurricanes’ convincing 46-19 win over the ForceYou can use the Super Rugby Extra category link for all Super Rugby highlights clips.Follow RD on Twitter and Facebook to get all the updatesADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Super Rugby 2012 Highlights Related Articles 465 WEEKS AGO Bulls vs Lions Highlights – Super Rugby Round… 465 WEEKS AGO Sharks vs Cheetahs – Super Rugby Round 18… 465 WEEKS AGO Stormers vs Rebels Highlights – Super Rugby… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingShe Was the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. What She Looks Like Now is InsaneNueey30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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ULH Urban Lake Housing / C+S Associati

first_imgCopyAbout this officeC+S AssociatiOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsHousingPordenoneItalyPublished on April 19, 2011Cite: “ULH Urban Lake Housing / C+S Associati” 19 Apr 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Apartments Projects ULH Urban Lake Housing / C+S AssociatiSave this projectSaveULH Urban Lake Housing / C+S Associati Italy ULH Urban Lake Housing / C+S Associati Year:  “COPY” Save this picture!Courtesy of c+s associati+ 14 Share Architects: C+S Associati Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/128378/ulh-urban-lake-housing-cs-associati Clipboard CopyApartments•Pordenone, Italy 2011 ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/128378/ulh-urban-lake-housing-cs-associati Clipboard “COPY” Text description provided by the architects. The urban refurfishment of Largo San Giorgio site in Pordenone, Italy follows the main topic of returning the citizens of Pondenone again a part of the town which was inaccessible due to the different levels of the streets and to the fact that it had been private for many years.Save this picture!exploded axonA path sews together the lake, the park and the square of San Giorgio church designing a public open space where the new housing and the church servces face. As many of C+S works the architectural design focuses on the strong relationship between architecture and landscape. Save this picture!Courtesy of c+s associatiThe buildings mould themselves with the lake boundaries and their elevations are designed by big wood-made windows which both reflect the landscape and bring it inside the houses’ sitting-rooms. The buildings design two sides of San Gorgio square which is open to the town during the day and closed for security reasons in the night thanks to a metal gate which folds on when not used. The skirting board of the buildings is made of Prun stone, the same material which the square is made of. Save this picture!Courtesy of c+s associatiThe plaster surfaces of the buildings, light grey and light ochre coloured, is on the same flush of the stone and, as an effect of the buildings’ folds, one couldn’t easily tell whether the slight differences of the chromatic effetcts are those of a colour or simply of the shadow. The buildings grow with the levels of the paths surrounding the lake designing a new urban connection whcih specifically changes material: Prun stone on the square, larch wood on the bridges crossing the lake and ochre concrete on the paths of the park. Save this picture!Courtesy of c+s associatiThe path following the lake leaves the earth and jumps in the water with a metal structure suspended on sloping metal pillars. The volumes facing the square host the spaces of the church services. Detailed architectural design defines also the other public parts of the buildings: entrance halls and public stairs, which are made of red-coloured wood, the auditorium (partially dag in the ground), with grey and red acoustic panels, the church classrooms which are graphically designed, All these spaces are naturally enlighted and look the marvellous landscape of the lake outside. Save this picture!Courtesy of c+s associatiAll the houses are opened to the lake with large wood-made windows and sliding wood panels to darken the spaces inside. C+S design has always a very deep attention to sustainability. All materials used are ususally specific of the site where the project is found and all buildings are studied for low-carbon emissions. In this case, the lake itself is not only the expression of the landscape of Pordenone, which is a very beautiful small historical town in the Northeast of Italy, built on the boundaries of the river Noncello, but it becomes also the energetic structure to make the complex work. ULH is designed with a innovative heating and cooling system of pumps exchanging with the different temperature of the lake. In this sense the lake itself becomes the main character of the architectural design as it is the background of the new urban scenography, the new liquid soil where to walk over and finally an energetic resource for the buildings’ functioning.Project gallerySee allShow lessRAIC 2011 Awards of ExcellenceArticlesAD Recommends: Best of the WeekArticlesProject locationAddress:Pordenone Province of Pordenone, ItalyLocation to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Sharelast_img read more

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Political roots of the shutdown/debt-ceiling crisis

first_imgPhiladelphia protest, Oct. 9.WW photo: Joseph PietteOct. 15 — Articles in the capitalist press say that big business is losing its sway with the Republican Party. But this is a false way to view what’s happening. Big business has lost control of a right-wing ideological faction in the House of Representatives that big business created in the first place.Big business has spent four decades fomenting right-wing ideology and organizations, publications and political candidates to spout that ideology. In the present government shutdown/debt-ceiling crisis, the super-rich’s own creations have come back to bite them.While the civil war in the Republican Party goes on between the ultra-rightist Tea Party faction and the right-wing mainstream, it is the workers and the oppressed who are suffering. Paychecks have been stopped; services have been suspended; on-the-job safety enforcement and the work of the National Labor Relations Board are on hold; environmental protection has been suspended; and so on.In the midst of this crisis, big business is worried most of all about the delays in government payouts it depends on. Above all, the financial oligarchy and big business are worried about what will happen to the global profit system if the U.S. defaults and does not pay off its bondholders on time.According to the Washington Post, President Barack Obama, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew and White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett held a conference call on Oct. 11 with nearly 150 business executives who urged them to avoid default. After the call Jarrett met with lobbyists for the Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Financial Services Roundtable and other business groups representing aerospace and technology companies.Jarrett asked the groups to “encourage their member companies to communicate with lawmakers on the urgency of finding a negotiated solution.”The Tea Party group is so fanatically rigid and dedicated to destroying the food stamp program, wiping out any health care program, destroying Social Security and Medicare, among other things, that it has seized upon the government funding/debt-ceiling crisis to demand surrender by the Democratic Party and the Obama administration to all its demands.To be sure, big business is not soft on austerity measures for the masses. Where it diverges from the Tea Party is strictly on the question of the stable functioning of the capitalist profit system and avoiding a crash.As one paper put it during the 2011 debt-ceiling crisis: “On most economic issues, the GOP’s corporate wing and its Tea Party wing are in sync. … They hate labor unions and progressive income taxes. On almost every economic policy of any importance — protecting tax cuts for the rich, privatizing Social Security, opposing cap-and-trade legislation, expanding offshore drilling, opposing strong pro-worker labor laws, slashing unemployment insurance, limiting the authority of the Food and Drug Administration, and many others — the two GOP wings agree.” (Huffington Post, Aug. 9, 2011)The Tea Party types are so pro-big business that the bosses will support them in the elections to foster their own corporate, right-wing agenda in Congress. But as a representative of the National Federation of Independent Business said, “We vetted people on the business issues. We didn’t vet them on the debt ceiling.” (WP, Oct. 11)The Powell ManifestoThe racist, anti-immigrant, sexist, homophobic and anti-labor Tea Party fanatics grow out of a subsoil long cultivated by the very big business leaders who are now on the phone with Obama and the politicians trying to get them to avert the present crisis.Back in 1971, Lewis Powell Jr., then a powerful ­corporate lawyer and member of 11 corporate boards, wrote the infamous “Powell Memo” addressed to the Chamber of Commerce. It later became known as the “Powell Manifesto.” Two months later, President Richard Nixon nominated him to the Supreme Court.The lengthy memo was a harsh, right-wing critique of what Powell considered the dismal political and social state of U.S. capitalist society, which he — and his ilk — viewed as under threat. He was writing at the height of the anti-Vietnam War movement, the Black Liberation struggle, the women’s and gay liberation movements.The force of radicalism and liberalism was penetrating the hallowed institutions of capitalism, according to Powell. Emphasizing the campuses and the media, Powell attacked the socialist and communist left but emphasized the broader sections of society.He condemned such figures as the anti-racist civil rights lawyer William Kunstler, consumer advocate Ralph Nader and Marxist professor Herbert Marcuse as examples of how public life was being dominated by the left.The memo called for a long-term, organized counteroffensive. Powell appealed to the Chamber to become the principal center of this campaign. He advocated for the creation of foundations, think tanks, speakers’ bureaus, right-wing media (especially television shows), and textbooks at all levels of education to bring a right-wing, pro-big business agenda into the schools. He proposed publishing books, paperbacks and pamphlets promoting capitalism and big business.He denounced corporate leaders for being too passive. He warned that the left had attractive and influential personalities who were smart, persuasive and prolific writers.Powell called for the Chamber to establish a staff of highly qualified scholars in the social sciences who believed in capitalism. The scholars should review and amend textbooks to counter the influence of civil rights groups and labor unions. There should be speakers of the highest competency, including from big business.Powell called for monitoring television shows like “The Today Show” and “Meet the Press” and for pressuring the networks and the Federal Communications Commission to bring right-wing ­ideology into the media.He laid out a program for taking over political machines, influencing courts, mobilizing stockholders for voting purposes, and many other measures.Coming from the highest echelons of the ruling class, the manifesto engendered a protracted campaign to overcome the progressive and radical era that began with the Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s. It has been credited with leading to the Heritage Foundation, the CATO Institute, Citizens for a Sound Economy and many powerful organizations.‘Wipe out opposition to rule of capital’This was the beginning of a long, conscious, coordinated counteroffensive by the capitalist vanguard to overturn the progressive era of the Civil Rights Movement, the labor movement and other social movements. Its purpose was to wipe out militant opposition to the untrammeled rule of capital.The basis for today’s fanatical right-wing assemblage was created over decades of conditioning. The entire content of the Powell Memo has been realized over time.This is the soil from which the Tea Party grew. It burst onto the scene in 2010 with a racist campaign against Barack Obama, using his health care plan as the cutting edge.And now this odious creation of big business has come back to bite the bosses in the debt-ceiling crisis. Generations of savage, racist, anti-worker and all-around reactionary ideology have been promoted by demagogues — from Barry Goldwater to the John Birch Society, to the Christian Right, to Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck.The fanatics of the Tea Party are the natural result of capitalist reaction. They are ready to destabilize the capitalist system to promote their attacks on the workers and the oppressed — the same attacks their corporate mentors taught them to make.The Republican Party has been the main party of the bourgeoisie since its founding before the Civil War when its emphasis was opposing slavery. After the North won, the party quickly shed its progressive skin. It abandoned Black Reconstruction and, leaving the ­African-American masses of the South at the mercy of the old slavocracy, entered the era of the robber barons and an open war against labor.U.S. capitalism became imperialist with its intervention into Asia and Latin America at the end of the 19th century.Today, it has entered into its decadent, dead-end stage, accompanied by political reaction, which is reflected in the ­Republican Party.To be sure, many millionaires and billionaires are also quite at home in the Democratic Party. And they should be, given the capitalist, imperialist nature of that war-making, budget-cutting, deportation-happy party.But the Tea Party is born of the Republican Party and the bourgeoisie as a whole. To isolate denunciations of the Tea Party from a denunciation of the capitalist class and capitalism as a whole is to mutilate reality. Having created this monster, the capitalist class is now faced with the problem of pulling it back from the brink of financial chaos. It is now talking about financing opponents to the Tea Party faction in the Republican ­Party.On the other hand, the working class is faced with the task of mobilizing against the devastating effects of the government shutdown as well as keeping the backlash of a possible default from falling on the shoulders of the poor and oppressed.Goldstein is the author of “Low-Wage Capitalism” and “Capitalism at a Dead End,” which has been translated into Spanish as “El capitalismo en un ­callejón sin salida.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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20,000 march in Quito to protest Ecuador’s president

first_imgMore than 20,000 people from all over the country marched in Quito on April 16 to protest President Lenín Moreno’s betrayal of his party, the national sovereignty of Ecuador, and his policies of privatization and political repression.Students, Indigenous and precarious sectors of Ecuadorian society were repressed by police using gas, clubs and horses, resulting in many injuries and arrests.The marchers called the demonstration “16A Not One Right Less.” 16A refers to the devastating coastal earthquake of April 16, 2016. As a chant, it is a condemnation of Moreno’s unwillingness to continue former President Rafael Correa’s popular program of reconstruction that was managed by his Vice President Jorge Glas, who is currently a political prisoner.Thousands of banners and chants raised the slogans: “Moreno, puppet of U.S. imperialism,” “Out, Moreno get out,” “Bring back the homeland, not the IMF” [International Monetary Fund], “Freedom for Assange!” “Privatize your mother,” ”No flexibilization [removal of worker protection],” “Moreno, show your INA bank account.” A favorite was: “What’s this bullsh-t! Money for Moreno’s INA, nothing for the people!” Wikileaks has exposed that Moreno has an account in the INA Investment Corporation, a bank located in Panama. Moreno has sold out to the bankers and the IMF. Correa’s call to march against repression and privatization was echoed in the city streets of Europe and the U.S., with hundreds more people coming out. Julian Assange was raised because he has suffered a fate similar to that of Vice President Jorge Glas, who was framed and sentenced to six years in prison after he exposed Moreno’s corruption in August 2017.This march is the biggest expression of Ecuadorian discontent with “Morenismo” to date. The struggle is growing in the popular neighborhoods, Indigenous communities and social networks on the internet.Moreno’s “judicial system” is prosecuting political opponents [called “Lawfare” in Ecuador], forcing former officials into exile, and dismantling the “Correista” welfare state, with daily trashing of the Constitution and of international asylum conventions in the case of Julian Assange.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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