Computers for Guns: Safer Homes, Safer Communities

first_imgThe Miami-Dade Police Department (MDPD) has purchased laptops with Law Enforcement Trust Funds to partner with Digit All Systems to bring the “Computers for Guns” exchange program to Miami-Dade County.  Our community is welcomed to join us for a fun filled day with many activities, raffles, food, and refreshments. This community event is focused on reducing gun violence, while providing positive life alternatives through career opportunities and technology training provided by Digit All Systems.  Members of our community are encouraged to anonymously exchange their firearms for a new laptop computer.  NO NAME, NO I.D., NO QUESTIONS. The MDPD will be issuing one laptop for each person that turns in a firearm, while supplies last.  The Miami-Dade Police Department remains fully committed to making our homes and communities safer.last_img read more

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IMF reaches staff-agreement with Barbados

first_imgPrime Minister Mia Mottley with IMF officials. BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Friday announced that it had reached a staff-level agreement with Barbados following the review of the island’s Economic Recovery and Transformation program (BERT) under the External fund Facility (EFF).Subject to approval by IMF Executive Board“The agreement is subject to approval by the IMF Executive Board, which is expected to consider the review in June. Upon completion of the review, about US$49 million will be made available to Barbados, bringing the total disbursement to SDR 70 million (nearly US$98 million), the head of the IMF mission Bert van Selm said.US$290 million packageBarbados has entered into a US$290-million EFF program with the Washington-based financial institution and, following the first review which was completed in December last year, the island received an estimated US$49 million to shore up the once-dangerously low international reserves.The mission Thursday ended a 10-day visit to Bridgetown noting that the island continues to make good progress in implementing its ambitious and comprehensive economic reform program.The Mia Mottley government had requested the visit of the team from the Washington-based financial institution to discuss implementation of the BERT.Strong economic progress“Barbados continues to make strong progress in implementing its ambitious and comprehensive economic reform program. International reserves, which reached a low of US$220 million (5-6 weeks of import coverage) at end-May 2018, have more than doubled since then,” said van Selm.He said the rapid completion of the domestic part of a debt restructuring has been very helpful in reducing economic uncertainty, and the new terms agreed with creditors have put debt on a clear downward trajectory.“The authorities have started the reform of State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) by tightening reporting requirements and shedding excess staff,” he said, adding that “all program targets for end-March under the EFF have been met.The IMF official said that the program target for Net International Reserves was met by a wide margin, as was the target for the Central Bank of Barbados’ Net Domestic Assets (NDA). The targets for the primary surplus, central government grants to SOEs, central government domestic arrears, and social spending were also met.“In March, Parliament adopted the 2019/2020 budget targeting a primary surplus of six per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) and van Selm said that full year effects of reforms set in motion during the last financial year, including the introduction of several new taxes – an airline travel fee, room levies, a new fuel tax, and a new health service contribution – should help achieve this target.He said a broadening of the base of the value added tax (VAT) and the land tax, adopted in March this year in the context of the 2019/20 budget, will help support revenue.“The budget approved for financial year 2019/20 provides a solid basis for the targeted fiscal consolidation; the authorities stand ready to take additional measures if necessary to reach the targeted 6 percent primary surplus,” he said.The IMF official said that the Barbadian authorities continue to make good progress in implementing structural benchmarks under the EFF, including those that contribute to an improved business climate such as a new Planning and Development Act passed in January 2019 and a Sandbox regime to regulate fintech start-ups set up in October 2018.He said a new Public Financial Management Act passed in January 2019 introduced wide-ranging measures to strengthen fiscal transparency and accountability. The government has also introduced a system for monitoring state-owned enterprises (SOE) arrears on an ongoing basis and has submitted a consolidated report on the performance of SOEs to parliament.““Progress being made by the authorities in furthering good-faith discussions with external creditors is welcome. Continuing open dialogue and sharing of information will remain important in concluding an orderly debt restructuring process,” van Selm added.last_img read more

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PAHO/WHO Urges Northern Hemisphere Countries to Prepare for Heatwaves

first_imgWashington, D.C. (PAHO) – In view of the current heatwaves in Europe and predictions that this phenomenon will hit various parts of the Americas, the Pan American Health Organization/ World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) is urging countries in the North American, Central American and Caribbean region to be prepared for heatwaves, due to the impact that this could have on peoples’ health, including the risk of death.The heatwaves that have had the greatest impact since 2000 were the one in Brazil in 2010 that caused the death of 737 people, and the one in Argentina in the summer of 2013-2014 that caused 1,877 deaths and left 800,000 people with no power, which increased heat stress in that population. According to health authorities in the United States, heatwaves are the natural phenomenon that caused the highest number of deaths in that country.Weather forecasts for North America, Central America and the Caribbean (the Region) predict heat waves during the summer of 2019. This could increase drought-induced stress, lead to forest fires, and have harmful effects on human health.Contingency plans to address heatwaves Due to the situation, PAHO has developed a guide to help countries in the Region formulate contingency plans to address heatwaves. This guide provides recommendations that the health sector and meteorological agencies can implement to prepare for and better respond to this threat, promote health, prevent the adverse effects of heatwaves, treat affected people, and save lives.The document stresses that heatwave contingency plans should be able to determine the extent of the threat, with alert activation procedures, a description of roles and functions, and intra- and inter-agency coordination mechanisms.The document also highlights that countries should strengthen the epidemiological surveillance of heat-related morbidity and mortality, the capacity of health services (training of staff, improvements in the design of new hospitals, and equipping of existing hospitals in high-risk areas), and enhance the actions of local authorities, the media, and communities in terms of inter-agency response measures, prevention measures, and self-care. The impact of heatwaves on health Exposure to heat causes severe symptoms such as heat exhaustion and heat stroke (a condition which causes faintness, as well as dry, warm skin, due to the inability of the body to control high temperatures). The majority of heat-related deaths are due to the worsening of cardiopulmonary, renal, endocrine and psychiatric conditions. Other symptoms include edema in the lower limbs, heat rash on the neck, cramps, headache, irritability, lethargy and weakness.People with chronic diseases that take daily medications have a greater risk of complications and death during a heatwave, as do older people and children.Reactions to heat depend on each person’s ability to adapt and serious effects can appear suddenly. This is why it is important to pay attention to the alerts and recommendations of local authorities.Preventing the harmful effects of heatStay tuned to weather alerts and forecasts.Avoid sun exposure between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.Do not leave children or older persons in parked vehiclesDo not exercise or engage in intense outdoor activities without proper protectionDrink water every 2 hours, even if you aren’t thirsty.Keep the home cool by covering windows during the day and using air conditioners or fans during the hottest hours.If you have a chronic disease and take drugs, consult your doctor. What to do if there are signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion or heat stroke:Heatstroke is a life-threatening medical emergency. The individual should receive medical care in a hospitalStop all physical activity.Call an ambulance immediately.Go to or move the affected person to a cool site.Use any physical means to facilitate cooling (such as cooling the head and body down with water and fanning the person to reduce their temperature).Warning signs in moderate and severe cases:Heat exhaustion:Heavy sweatingCool, pale skinTemperature < 40º CDizziness or faintnessHeadacheRapid breathingWeak, rapid pulse Heatstroke:Red, hot, and dry skinTemperature > 40ºCThrobbing headacheUnconscious or in a comaRapid, strong pulselast_img read more

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CDC Confirms 15th Case of Coronavirus Disease

first_imgTEXAS, United States – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) today confirmed another infection with Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in the United States.The patient is among a group of people under a federal quarantine order at JBSA-Lackland in Texas because of their recent return to the U.S. on a State Department-chartered flight that arrived on February 7, 2020.All people who lived or travelled in Hubei Province, China, are considered at high risk of having been exposed to this virus and are subject to a temporary 14-day quarantine upon entry into the United States. This is the first person under quarantine at JBSA-Lackland who had symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is currently isolated and receiving medical care at a designated hospital nearby.This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases in the United States to 15. There will likely be additional cases in the coming days and weeks, including among other people recently returned from Wuhan. While 195 people were discharged from quarantine on Tuesday, more than 600 people who returned on chartered flights from Wuhan remain under federal quarantine and are being closely monitored to contain the spread of the virus.last_img read more

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Sweden awaits Lotteriinspektionen gambling report

first_img Swedish gambling regulatory body Lotteriinspektionen will today publish its commissioned report, detailing provisions for a potential national regulated gambling framework.Swedish MPs and industry stakeholders have eagerly awaited the report, which was commissioned by the government in 2015 for the purpose of commencing a license-based system for gambling operators.In January, fears arose of further industry regulatory delays following the departure of Hakan Hallstedt as Director General of Lotteriinspektionen. Hallstedt been charged with leading the reform of Sweden’s national gambling framework to include secure provisions for digital services.Swedish stakeholders will be pleased that Lotteriinspektionen has stayed on course and delivered its initial industry report.This week, business news source Reuters reported that Lotteriinspektionen may advise the Swedish government to sell/scrap state-owned gambling operator Svenska Spel. The gambling regulator is said to detail that a gambling sector without a state-owned enterprise will be appealing to international firms’ eyeing market entry.The report is said to take into account a large number of Swedish-founded European online betting operators such as Kindred Group, Betsson AB and Leo Vegas who have formed successful enterprises without a Swedish regulatory decree to date.The Lotteriinspektionen report urges the government to create fair and open conditions for these operators, as they will become the highest revenue generators for charities and social initiatives benefiting from gambling taxes.Industry stakeholders eyeing the Swedish market, will want no legislative surprises attached to the report. Following a number of mass delays to the German sports betting bill, due to its provisions failing to meet EU standards, gambling  stakeholders expect Sweden to deliver legislation aligned with common market policy. LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Submit Kindred marks fastest route to ‘normal trading’ as it delivers H1 growth July 24, 2020 Share Svenska Spel becomes 2020 eHockey Championship sponsor August 18, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articleslast_img read more

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Camelot reaps rewards & recognition for ‘I Am Team GB’ National Lottery campaign

first_img StumbleUpon Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Share Share Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 Submit UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Related Articles National Lottery operator Camelot UK has won three prestigious advertising awards this April for its 2016 Olympic marketing campaign ‘I Am Team GB’.The multi-media campaign launched last summer following the Rio 2016 Olympics, has been recognised as the ‘Best Sports Participation Event’ at the 2016/17 BT Sport Industry Awards held on 27 April.Hosting its annual awards on the Same night as BT Sport, The Chartered Institute of Marketing recognised ‘I Am Team GB’ as the ‘Best Integrated Marketing Campaign’ and ‘Best Partnership Marketing’ for its three-way collaboration between ITV, The National Lottery and UK Sport Funding.‘I Am Team GB’ was staged on Saturday 27 August 2016, to welcome home Britain’s Olympic heroes, encourage people to get active alongside them and to thank National Lottery players for the part they played in helping to fund the athletes and elite sport.YouGov research commissioned by ITV, The National Lottery and the British Olympic Association revealed that nearly 1 million people took part, making it the nation’s biggest ever sports day.Commenting on campaign recognition Arabella Gilchrist, Head of Parent Brand for National Lottery operator Camelot, stated “We’re delighted that I Am Team GB has won these awards – demonstrating what a unique and truly inspiring nationwide event it was. National Lottery players have contributed over £80 million a year to support over 1,300 athletes for sporting success in Rio and beyond. I Am Team GB was devised as way for everyone to participate in sport for a day and as a way of truly thanking National Lottery players for their continued backing. We were thrilled that nearly 1 million people took part and these three awards are recognition for everyone involved in making it happen – they should all be incredibly proud of what they achieved.”last_img read more

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Dutch VVD pushes for forward motion on Dutch Remote Gambling

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit TOTO offers ‘sleeve support’ for distressed Eredivisie clubs  July 29, 2020 Netherlands Remote Gambling Act submitted for EC review July 15, 2020 Share Industry stakeholders await news as to whether the Dutch Kamer (Parliament) will proceed with reviewing new amendments attached to the Netherlands’ long-awaited Remote Gambling Bill.2018 has proved to be yet another year of delays and obstructions with regards to legalising Dutch online gambling services, as the Remote Bill enters its second year in standstill motion.Last June, Sander Dekker the VVD Minister for Legal Protections re-proposed a new remote licensing framework aiming to revitalise the bill’s mandate for review by the Kamer.Controversially, and against the demands of the Netherlands Tweede (House of Representatives), Dekker has called for ‘penalised operators’ to be allowed to apply for remote licenses should Dutch bill proceed.Dekker’s motion will likely anger a number of Tweede representatives, who had previously sanctioned that any unlicensed operators targeting Dutch consumers would be penalised and rescinded from joining a regulated Netherlands online gambling market.With the Dutch government returning from its summer recess on 3 September, Dekker and VVD members seek to prioritise a review of the Remote Gambling Bill’s mandate the top priority of the Kamer’s agenda.The VVD pushes for a review of the remote gambling bill, as Dutch gambling regulator Kansspelautoriteit restructures its leadership, following this month’s announcement that Marja Appelman had stepped down as Director General of the authority. Related Articles Kansspelautoriteit enters into MoU with Malta Gaming Authority August 28, 2020last_img read more

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BHA makes minor cuts to racing calendar in 2020 fixture list

first_img Related Articles On-course bookmakers return to UK courses in two-week trial August 17, 2020 Share The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has confirmed that it will be making minor cuts to the upcoming 2020 fixture list, despite a number of concerns over long-term betting levy contributions. As the anticipated number of betting shop closures is expected to hit levy contributions hard, the BHA has been placed in a difficult position of maintaining a balance between the number of races and overall funding for the sector. However following ‘significant debate’ between the racing’s tripartite parties over the number of fixtures to be included, an agreement has been reached by the cross-industry Fixtures and Funding Group to introduce a number of new measures which sees 30 less meetings included in the calendar. 1,481 fixtures will be initially programmed in 2020, in comparison  to 1,511 fixtures in 2019. While the measures have also outlined that no summer evening fixtures will start later than 9pm, and non-summer races will not begin after 8:30pm. Christmas and summer jump racing breaks will be extended by four and 12 days respectively, with the BHA also stating that the first race of the day is underway by 2pm when possible ‘to meet the needs of the betting public.’Richard Wayman, Chief Operating Officer at the BHA, commented: “The 2020 Fixture List and the policies governing it aim to balance the impact of the size of the Fixture List on the thousands of people that work tirelessly to service it; the need to support the industry’s revenues and prize money levels; and the importance of promoting the longer-term interests of the sport by delivering more competitive and compelling racing.“Production of the Fixture List is rarely straightforward with sometimes conflicting objectives amongst the different parties within racing. In the current climate it is more important than ever that all the parties involved continue to work together to create a Fixture List that delivers the best overall outcome for the sport.”The measures put in place seek to consider ‘the wellbeing of industry’s participants, the competitiveness of the racing product and the commercial need for the Fixture List to work for the sport’s customers.’While only a small percentage of fixtures have been cut from the racing calendar, the BHA has also addressed the future of Towcester Racecourse, having already held discussions with its new owners. As it stands, 10 fixtures that have previously been held at Towcester have been withdrawn from the fixture list however it is anticipated that these fixtures will be added at a later date – whether this be at the original location or at alternative courses. Wayman added: “There is much to be positive about in this year’s fixture list, with measures such as the extended Jump racing breaks, earlier finish times and more racing across the middle of the day brought in following feedback from both racing’s participants and its customers.“Looking to the future, it is very encouraging that all involved in the process are supportive of the external analysis of the financial and economic state of the sport that is about to commence. This is an important piece of work as it will provide a basis of agreed facts from which to develop fixture strategy for the future.” Share Submit StumbleUpon Charlie Parker joins BHA Board of Directors June 29, 2020 HBLB gives £3.2m boost to UK racing August 13, 2020last_img read more

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EPG boosts money transfer options for countries in Africa

first_img Tony Joeglal, Euro Payment Group: Local customisation key as new ways to play emerge October 1, 2019 SBC’s Year In Review: August’s big betting news December 27, 2019 Share EPG: Why working with exemptions could offset SCA setbacks August 30, 2019 Euro Payment Group (EPG) has integrated a number of new payments solutions for emerging markets across Africa. This is after EPG secured global partnerships which also enable the repatriation, or settlement of funds processed in South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Ghana to a European bank account.“Working with leading local partners is fundamental for us to facilitate domestic payment processing including fund repatriation whilst expanding with largely European oriented merchants into the African market,” said Tony Joeglal, VP of Global Business Development & Marketing at EPG. The company has subsequently produced a list of new payment methods for the six African countries, starting with South Africa where customers will be able to redeem Discovery Miles – a ‘niche’ loyalty payment to support the core bank card (Visa, Mastercard and Amex) and Instant Bank Transfer (Ozow – formerly known as i-Pay) methods.Next on the list is Kenya, where major operators had their digital payment processing channels suspended this summer as part of a tax dispute with the country’s revenue collection agency. Customers here can use the same core card payments alongside mobile-focused money transfer solutions mPesa, Equitel and Airtel.Meanwhile, in Uganda – a country enduring a similarly turbulent time for sports betting since president Yoweri Museveni put a ban on the issue of new licences in February – is one of three countries where EPG clients will offer Airtel, Tigo Cash, MTN Mobile Money and Vodafone payment types. Those in Rwanda and Ghana can enjoy the same four methods.Finally, EPG will mix bank card payments (Visa, Mastercard and Verve) in Nigeria by adding the account number-based solution developed by Nigeria’s inter-bank settlement system (NIBSS). Starting out with just two commercial banks in 2011, the NIBSS Instant Payments (NIP) service has grown to include all commercial banks, Micro-Finance banks (MFBs), and Mobile Money Operators (MMOs). StumbleUpon Share Submit Related Articleslast_img read more

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FDJ secures ‘favourable’ €380m loan to repay French state duties

first_img Submit FDJ’s ParionsSport launches sponsorship programme for French amateur football August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon FDJ’s ParionsSport extends Olympique de Marseille sponsorship August 10, 2020 FDJ focuses on delivering ‘2020 savings plan’ as covid drains momentum July 30, 2020 Share Related Articles Share Française des Jeux (FDJ) has secured access to a €380 million syndicated loan, in which funds will be utilised to repay the French state’s agreed 25-year national lottery operating concession.Prior to becoming a publicly listed enterprise by floating on the Paris Euronext Exchange last November, the French government had granted FDJ a 25-year extension on its existing national lottery and sports betting (point-of-sale) licence.FDJ’s contract extension was approved under the terms of the ‘PACTE ACT’ enterprise mandate, becoming the first French state asset to be privatised by PM Emmanuel Macron‘s En Marche government.Deal terms stipulated that FDJ would have to pay €380 million to the French government by 30 June 2020. Updating investors, FDJ governance underlines that it secured options on a syndicated loan taking advantage of the current market’s favourable interest rate environment.Transaction terms see the €380 million loan establish repayment options on a ‘straight-line basis’ over a 20-year period. FDJ’s loan transaction is secured by the French banks of BRED, Caisse d’Epargne, Credit Agricole and Crédit Lyonnais.last_img read more

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