Coronavirus disrupts sports and gambling markets worldwide

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Casino & games Coronavirus disrupts sports and gambling markets worldwide Tags: OTB and Betting Shops 13th March 2020 | By contenteditor Email Addresscenter_img The outbreak of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) continues to cause disruption to gambling markets around the world, while a host of sporting events have also been suspended in an effort to slow the spread of the disease. The outbreak of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) continues to cause disruption to gambling markets around the world, while a host of sporting events have also been suspended in an effort to slow the spread of the disease.The English Premier League has suspended all games until 3 April after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and Chelsea player Callum Hudson-Odoi both tested positive for the disease. The whole Everton squad has also gone into self-isolation after a player reported having coronavirus-like symptoms.Yesterday (12 March), the Premier League had stated that all matches would go ahead as planned this weekend, but later announced it would reconsider the decision.The English Football League, the organisation that manages the three divisions below the top-tier Premier League, also suspended all games until 3 April, while the FA Cup and Women’s Super League have also been suspended until the same date. England’s men’s national team friendly games against Italy and Denmark this month have also been called off.“Above all, we wish Mikel Arteta and Callum Hudson-Odoi speedy recoveries, and everyone else affected by Covid-19,” Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said“In this unprecedented situation, we are working closely with our clubs, government, The FA and EFL and can reassure everyone the health and welfare of players, staff and supporters are our priority.”UEFA, football’s European governing body, today announced that all Champions League and Europa League matches due to be played next week have all been postponed. The draws for the next round of games in both competitions have also been postponed until further notice.Italy’s top football division Serie A has suspended all games until April 3, while Spain’s La Liga has postponed for at least the next two rounds of matches and France’s Ligue 1 until further notice. the Scottish Football Association has also suspended all professional and grassroots football in the country until further notice.In Germany, certain Bundesliga games were set to go ahead this weekend behind closed doors, but the league has since postponed all games until 2 April.Meanwhile, ice hockey’s National Hockey League (NHL) has become the latest professional sporting competition in North America to suspend its season in response to the outbreak.The decision, which was backed by the NHL Players’ Association, means that all major sports events in North America have now been suspended. Yesterday, the National Basketball Association (NBA) Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer all announced the postponement of games.In the case with the NBA, the decision to suspend play came after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the coronavirus. Several teams in the major league competitions in North America share training and player facilities.Also in the US, the National Collegiate Athletic Association has cancelled the Division I men’s and women’s 2020 basketball tournaments, including March Madness, as well as all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships.Elsewhere, the Formula 1 has suspended its season-opening Australian Grand Prix in response to a plea from drivers and team members. McLaren had already withdrawn from the race after one of its team tested positive for the disease.Meanwhile, the coronavirus has had an impact on regional gambling markets around the world, not least in Italy where a lockdown in the country had led to the closure of retail betting facilities.This week, Newgioco warned that the closure of its shops in the country could have an impact on revenue, while Playtech also confirmed it had temporarily shut all of its Snaitech stores to comply with the government-ordered lockdown.Elsewhere, Holland Casino has closed all of its branches across The Netherlands until at least 31 March. As of midnight last night, its 14 casinos in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Rotterdam, Scheveningen, Zandvoort, Groningen, Leeuwarden, Breda, Nijmegen, Enschede, Valkenburg, Eindhoven and Venlo are shut.Belgium will also close all of its casinos, gambling halls, cafes with gaming machines and betting shops until at least 4 April.In the US, Boyd Gaming has shut its Valley Forge Casino Resort in Pennsylvania after the state’s Governor Tom Wolf ordered the closure of all public schools, entertainment venues and community centres.There have been no reported cases at the property, but the casino will remain closed until at last 27 March, in compliance with the Governor’s directive. Topics: Casino & games Sports betting AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

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Pandemic’s height saw over £2m raised through Donr text giving platform

first_img  956 total views,  2 views today Just over 2,000 charities raised a total of £2 million through Donr’s text giving platform between March and July.Donr saw a 653% year-on-year increase in funds raised for this time period due to charities organising emergency appeals, virtual events and using text giving as an alternative to cash donations. It now has over 3,000 charities now registered on the platform.The pandemic has seen many charities using text to give for emergency appeals, including Chester Zoo, which launched the ‘Save Our Zoo’ appeal to offset a funding gap caused by forced closure during lockdown.Fundraising Manager, Julie Platt said:“Donors are looking for simple ways that they can quickly and safely donate to their favourite causes. Text to donate is still a really popular way to give, so it’s great to be signed up and using it.”Several charities, including Keech Hospice Care used text giving during a series of quizzes streamed online, while National Theatre and Barn Theatre have used text giving to ask for donations during broadcasts of performances, raising funds from supporters unable to visit the theatre in person. Other charities, such as Tottenham Foodbank, have used text giving as an alternative to donations of cash or physical items.A Tottenham Foodbank spokesperson explained: Advertisement Melanie May | 13 October 2020 | News Tagged with: mobile sms AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis “People want to donate food to us, but they often can’t because – they can’t make it during our opening times, they are self-isolating, they are avoiding public places during lockdown or they simply cannot find anything on the supermarket shelves. Texting is the most immediate thing they can do to help.”A total of 250,469 charity supporters made donations through Donr’s platform between March and July.The platform allows charities to receive one-off or regular donations at a cost of 5% plus VAT. Due to the pandemic however, it has made two features free for the rest of 2020: the option to send an additional text message to request donors complete a Gift Aid declaration, and to send a conversion message to encourage a one-off donation to be turned into a regular gift. Pandemic’s height saw over £2m raised through Donr text giving platform  957 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

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Derrick Gaines, killed by police at 15

first_imgWorkers World spoke with Dolores Piper, maternal great-aunt of Derrick Gaines, a Black youth who was killed by a South San Francisco police officer when he was only 15 years old. She and her husband had raised Derrick from the time he was 1-and-a-half years old.Derrick GainesDolores Piper recounted: “On June 5, 2012, in South San Francisco, school had just gotten out for the summer. It was 8:30 at night. Derrick Gaines was 15 years old, hanging out with friends. They had been to McDonald’s. He called me for a ride, but I wasn’t home. They first went to the bus station, but when no bus came, they wandered back towards McDonald’s and an Arco station. A police car was watching them, making Derrick look over. The cop swooped into the Arco station, [which was] full of people, and asked the young men why they were there.“Derrick backed off and started to run. The police officer, Joshua Cabillo, hit Derrick on the head with his gun; then they struggled on the ground. Derrick was carrying an old gun, which didn’t have a firing pin. It was an old collector-type gun, and not visible inside his clothing. It skidded out to the side, after he had been knocked down. Then the cop pointed the gun to [Gaines’s] throat and shot him point blank. Witnesses say [Gaines’s] gun wasn’t near enough to have been a threat.” Piper says that Gaines had been writing rap songs, and she believes the gun may have been a prop.“Derrick never had a chance,” Piper said. “He was a small young man, 5 feet 5 inches, 135 pounds, not a threatening stature.” She described how “a gentleman who was trained in CPR offered to help, but Cabillo refused to allow it, attempting CPR himself instead. Derrick was taken to San Francisco General hospital, where they went to great lengths to save him. They found a wound in his neck and his lower back.”Implying that racial profiling was the only reason they were stopped in the first place, Piper stated, “The family wants people to understand that they don’t condone the risky behavior, by carrying a useless weapon, but the crux of the issue is that those boys were bothered at all.”Gaines’s eighth grade social studies teacher wrote for his obituary: “Derrick would ask the most inquisitive questions in social studies class and offer thoughtful analysis of U.S. history. Derrick’s presence elevated the level of conversation in our classroom. He spoke eloquently and articulately, beyond his 13 years. I will always remember him for his intelligence, respect, kindness and humor.”Piper said: “There was an extensive investigation, including ‘re-creation’ of the scene at the service station. The conclusion was that it was a ‘justified’ shooting. Officer Cabillo was part of a special Neighborhood Response Team [a police unit aimed at combating gang violence in the neighborhood], which swings into high gear when school is out. He has been quoted as saying that he loves foot pursuits.” Neither Gaines nor his friend was a member of any gang.In the year following his death, the family conducted regular vigils at the gas station, with his mother, Rachel Guido, appearing at many public forums. A gathering was held at a park Gaines frequented on the one-year anniversary of his death. The family is pursuing a civil lawsuit in federal court for civil rights violation, filed by the John Burris law firm.WW asked Piper what she hoped the outcome of a Oct. 22 statewide rally against police violence in Sacramento, Calif., would be. She responded: “Unclear, but we have to continue to bring these killings to public attention. My community was satisfied once they heard the police investigation resulted in a ‘justified shooting.’ One of his elementary teachers, who knew him well, questioned why we were continuing our vigils at the Arco station. I think a large segment of the population in this somewhat conservative community doesn’t realize how the police conduct themselves with regard to minorities.”Piper noted: “A large number of people were severely traumatized. The Latino friend who had been with him that night had a very difficult year. Neighbors and other close friends were horrified.”Piper concluded: “I raised him there so he would have a safe environment. It may have lulled him into a false sense of security. … A juvenile probation officer from Montana says teenagers are given a lot of slack there, because there is an understanding that they are just developing and their brains are not always as logical, and they will engage in risky behavior, making questionable choices at times. They need tolerance and guidance, and a different protocol, not harassment and violence.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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McCall’s return not enough for volleyball, swept by OU in Big 12 opener

first_imgTCU 360 Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tcu-360-staff/ TCU 360 Staff Previous articleDeclassified whistleblower complaint releasedNext articleHoroscope: September 27, 2019 TCU 360 Staff RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddIt TCU 360 Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tcu-360-staff/ Twitter ReddIt Return of the disco: Latest fashion trends mirror the 1970s TCU 360 is an official, student-produced product of the School of Journalism at Texas Christian University. Sustainability is the new green: Fashion companies work towards environmentally-conscious practices Facebook + posts Linkedincenter_img TCU 360 Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tcu-360-staff/ Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Linkedin TCU 360 Staffhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/tcu-360-staff/ Twitter Pantone: Color of the year 2020 printThe Frogs have been swept in three-straight matches. Photo courtesy of GoFrogs.comDespite the return of preseason First Team All-American élan McCall, TCU volleyball was swept at Oklahoma Wednesday in their first conference match of the season.  This was the third-straight match that the Frogs have been swept in. They have not won since Sept. 15 when they defeated Auburn 3-2.McCall saw limited time in her first match of the season due to a leg injury.  The outside hitter recorded nine digs playing on the back row for TCU.The Frogs recorded just 31 kills in the match, with outside hitter Audrey Nalls and middle blocker Katie Clark contributing eight apiece.Nalls added 10 digs, making the contest her fourth double-digit dig match of the season.TCU conceded a couple of mistakes early that handed Oklahoma an early advantage of 8-3. The Frogs responded and brought the score differential to just one point, but it was not enough to prevent the Sooners from claiming the first set 25-17. As for the second set, Oklahoma’s wall kept a tight defense, making it difficult for TCU. Regardless of just being down one (13-14) midway through, the Sooners took another 25-17 win after getting the last points in the dying minutes.  Despite their deficit, TCU showed courage during the third set by going on a 6-1 run to tie the game at 18. Still, the Frogs suffered defeat as Oklahoma stepped up late to win 25-23. The loss drops the Frogs to a 5-6 record on the season and 0-1 in conference play.Libero Berklie Baker had tallied 11 digs for TCU in the match.“We were a little too juiced at the beginning of set one, which led to some early unforced errors,” head coach Jill Kramer said.  “I never felt like we really got settled in and competed until late in the third set.” Amidst the loss, the fifth-year head coach noted some positive aspects of her team. “Tonight was one of our better serving performances, and we put pressure on OU from the serving line, which was good to see,” Kramer said.  “That is something we can build on going into the match against KSU on Saturday.”TCU will host Kansas State this Saturday in their first Big 12 home game in this season.  First serve is scheduled for 4 p.m. Facebook Behind the runway: One TCU student’s experiences at Fashion Week TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hellolast_img read more

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Highland’s Farming News – Thursday 19th November

first_imgNewsPlayback Highland’s Farming News – Thursday 19th November By admin – November 19, 2015 Facebook Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Google+ Pinterest Twitter Twitter A 15 Minute Programme presented by Chris Ashmore every Thursday at 7.05pm highlighting all that’s happening in the farming community in association with the Farming Independent.Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/Farming-54.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Nine Til Noon Show – Listen back to Wednesday’s Programme Previous articleDonegal man fined for illegally docking puppy’s tailNext articleFinn Harps u19 look to secure top spot admin Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Google+ LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Facebooklast_img read more

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PSNI issue warning about bogus banknotes being used in Northwest

first_img Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH PSNI issue warning about bogus banknotes being used in Northwest WhatsApp News Pinterest Google+ Facebook By News Highland – October 11, 2012 Twitter Facebook Twitter Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published center_img WhatsApp Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Previous articleScrapping of Town Councils will be huge blow to Buncrana – Cllr CrossanNext articleCalls for Letterkennys CCTV system to be extended News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The PSNI has issued a warning about bogus banknotes after several reports of counterfeit ten and twenty pound notes being used in Derry, Limavady, Strabane and Castlederg over the last few weeks.Three people were arrested and released this week as part of an ongoing investigation.On Monday of this week, police received a report of counterfeit notes being passed in a bar on the Strand Road, Derry. A substantial quantity of counterfeit notes was seized during a follow-up search of a vehicle.Three men were arrested, they have since been released on bail pending further police enquiries.Yesterday, police say a few hundred pounds worth of counterfeit notes were passed in a shop in Derry City Centre.Police in the city are urging local business people, staff and members of the public to be vigilant and take a few minutes to check notes carefully before accepting them, and to always report any suspicious incidents. LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Google+ Pinterestlast_img read more

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New fast ferry service operational on Tory Island

first_imgHomepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th A new twice daily fast ferry service has begun operating between Tory Island and the mainland.The contract, which runs until July 31st, was finalised after Comharchumann Oileán Thorai invited applications for a short-term fast ferry service.The agreement was signed while separate discussions are underway between the Government and the HSE on extending helicopter services to Tory Island, which ran from mid-November last year until March 30.MInister Joe Mc Hugh says consultationsd have now begun on possible designs for a new purpose built ferry, as well as improvements to the pier at Magheraroarty. DL Debate – 24/05/21 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook Pinterest Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA center_img By News Highland – May 30, 2018 WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Google+ Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp New fast ferry service operational on Tory Island Previous articleDelegation meets with Transport Minister to call for upgrade of Pettigo RdNext article40% drop in recorded suicides in Donegal News Highland Facebooklast_img read more

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Man driven from L’Kenny Rd, Derry to Claudy and shot

first_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Police in Derry are appealing for information after a man was picked up by several men from the Letterkenny Road area and driven to an area of Claudy and shot.Police received a report at around 11.40pm that a man was driven to the Heathfield Road area where he was shot once in his leg.The injured man was able to make his way to a nearby house following the shooting to raise the alarm and was then taken to hospital for treatment.Officers remain at the scene this morning conducting a search of the area.Anyone with information is being asked to contact detectives on 101. Pinterestcenter_img Google+ By News Highland – May 18, 2021 Renewed calls for full-time Garda in Kilmacrennan Pinterest Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Previous articleTrial begins today of woman accused of murdering her three childrenNext articleCalls for urgent action to address Liscooley speeding issues News Highland Man driven from L’Kenny Rd, Derry to Claudy and shot Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Homepage BannerNewslast_img read more

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HR must be at forefront of crisis management plans

first_imgHR must be at forefront of crisis management plansOn 28 Oct 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article HR should be at the centre of crisis management plans, but too manycompanies only make the necessary preparations after a disaster, according tosecurity professionals. Risk experts, speaking at Managing in a Crisis at the Chartered Institute ofPersonnel and Development (CIPD) conference in Harrogate, said HR is vital forthe creation of a culture of awareness of safety risks, and should be preparedto tackle the aftermath of a crisis. However, many UK employers still leave crisis management to chance due topatchy preparations and putting IT systems before their staff, it is claimed. Rosie Clifford, head of group crisis management at Shell International, saidHR should be prepared to step into the ‘information vacuum’ in the aftermath ofa crisis, to deal with speculation and rumour and to offer direct support forfamilies. HR also has to consider tensions in a multi-racial workforce and payattention to time zones, language and cultural barriers, while havingcomprehensive site information and next-of-kin details, she said. “Unfortunately, a lot of companies get ready after a crisis,” shesaid. “This is an area that can easily be neglected, but which can have adevastating impact on both employees and on the reputation of thecompany.” William Farmer, director of counter-terrorism and political risk atconsultants Aon, said the UK was one of the world leaders in terrorismawareness, but across industry, preparation for crises was ‘highly variable’. “We are not all going to work in fortresses, but to respond properly,you need a plan,” he said. “If you haven’t formulated a plan, you areon a very sticky wicket.” Farmer recommended companies adopt training workshops, where management facesimulated crisis scenarios to prepare them to make good decisions should theworst happen. By Michael Millar Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

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The plasma physics of the Active Magnetospheric Particle Tracer Explorers (AMPTE) mission

first_imgThe three-spacecraft AMPTE Mission was due to commence in August 1984. The purpose of these ‘active’ experiments was firstly to release lithium into the solar wind and to use the lithium ions, formed by photoionisation, as ‘test particles’ to investigate their crossing of the bow shock, their entry into the magnetosphere and subsequent energisation. Secondly, it was to release barium in the dawn magnetosheath to create an artificial comet. Thirdly, it was to inject both lithium and barium into the tail of the magnetosphere to study plasma convection. Observations were to be made both on the spacecraft and from the ground. These would provide information on the plasma physics of the natural plasma environment of the Earth and also of the formation and evolution of an expanding diamagnetic cavity. Particular attention was to be paid to the various plasma instabilities and wave phenomena anticipated in these experiments, and to the natural waves which would be observed.last_img read more

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