Scientific rolls out virtual sports in Pennsylvania

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Casino & games Scientific rolls out virtual sports in Pennsylvania Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Casino & games Sports betting Tech & innovation Video gaming Scientific Games has moved to take advantage of the expanding Pennsylvania regulated gambling market by launching its virtual sports services in the US state. Working in partnership with Pennsylvania Lottery, the service will be made available across various retail venues, bars and taverns across the state. The initial virtual sports offering will be branded ‘Xpress Sports’ and include motor racing and American football content.Scientific is also working with the Lottery on its new online and mobile gaming service. Drew Svitko, director of the Pennsylvania Lottery, said: “Virtual sports games appeal to Pennsylvanians’ passion for sports and, like all of our games, virtual sports games are supported by systems technology innovation. “Our recent game entertainment expansion with Keno, iLottery and now virtual sports is already generating new funds to benefit older Pennsylvanians.” Pennsylvania Lottery did not respond to a request from iGamingBusiness.com to confirm if the new games will be available online. Pennsylvania is yet to launch a regulated internet gambling market, but the state last week did sign off on sports betting laws and also awarded interactive gaming certificates to three casino licence-holders in Pennsylvania, suggesting that full regulation is not far away. Since going on sale on May 22, Pennsylvania iLottery online and mobile games have generated $51.3m (£39.9m/€44.5m) in sales, which the Lottery said makes it the most commercially successful in the US.Image: Pixabay Regions: US Pennsylvania Service will be land-based, with no immediate plans to launch online 21st August 2018 | By contenteditor Tags: OTB and Betting Shops Video Gaming Email Addresslast_img read more

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Updating: Florida Highway Patrol investigating hit-and-run fatality

first_img TAGSCrimelineFlorida Highway Patrol Previous articleApopka Burglary Report and MapNext articleOrange County Clerk of Courts Gives Back This Holiday Season 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 Updated information from The Florida Highway PatrolThe Florida Highway Patrol is investigating a hit-and-run fatality last night on Hiawassee Road and Laurel Hill Drive around 8:20PM. Today they have released the names of the two drivers and the victim.The crash occurred when  a 2013 Ford pickup truck traveling northbound on Hiawassee and driven by Anthony Fulse, 54 or Orlando struck Michael Ginsler, 64 of Orlando, who was attempting to cross Hiawassee Road.  Fulse pulled over and stayed on scene. After Ginsler was struck he came to final rest in the southbound lanes, where a 2006 Nissan Altima driven by Cherene Sylvester, 42 of Orlando, traveling southbound also hit Ginsler. Sylvester also pulled off the road and stayed on the scene until Troopers arrived. Sylvester observed several other southbound vehicles run over Ginsler, but none stopped.The FHP is asking anyone that was traveling southbound on Hiawassee to contact FHP at 407-737-2213, if they think they may have run over the victim. Anyone with information about any vehicles that left the scene are asked to call the FHP or Crimeline. The crash remains under investigation and charges are pending. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear last_img read more

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Pittsburgh’s lesson: Hatred does not emerge in a vacuum

first_img Please enter your name here By Leonard Saxe, Professor of Contemporary Jewish Studies and Social Policy, Brandeis University and first published on theconversation.com.Fueled by virulent anti-Semitism, the Sabbath peace was shattered this past weekend when 11 members of the Pittsburgh Jewish community were murdered in a synagogue where they had gathered to celebrate a birth, to pray and to study.As a scholar who studies the Jewish community and has close ties to Pittsburgh, the tragedy feels very personal. But it is not just a personal or Jewish tragedy, nor is it an issue solely for those who are part of religious communities.As a society, we are at risk of becoming inured to a particular kind of violence – the mass shootings and bombings that are occurring with increasing frequency.From schools and houses of worship to restaurants and nightclubs, this kind of violence is now so frequent that it is no longer surprising. That it could happen in Squirrel Hill, the vibrant center of Pittsburgh’s Jewish community and a neighborhood fully integrated with the rest of the city, is a signal that it could happen anywhere.Getting to the rootMany explanations for American society’s penchant for violence exist, but they are clearly inadequate.Most explanations exemplify what we social psychologists call the “fundamental attribution error.” They focus blame on individuals, not on the situation.These incidents are seen as the work of psychologically disturbed individuals who can only be constrained by physical force and threats of punishment.To be sure, those who commit heinous crimes of violence are disturbed individuals. But to overlook how our society has allowed violence to become unexceptional, and hateful ideas acceptable is to ignore a root cause.The murderous rampage that took place in Pittsburgh is not the first incident of violent anti-Semitism in America but appears to be the worst. For Jews, it is a painful reminder that physical violence ignited by anti-Jewish hatred – which we thought had been eradicated in the wake of the Holocaust – is still a threat to Jewish life.Like a virus that mutates, contemporary anti-Semitism has assumed new forms, including efforts to equate Jewish Israelis with Nazis. But recognizable tropes resurface, in particular, lies about Jewish control of the media and economy.What we hold in commonIn the case of the Pittsburgh synagogue attack, the motivation seems to have been hatred of a Jewish-founded organization called HIAS now but which was founded as the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. Established in the late 19th century to help Jewish immigrants fleeing pogroms in Eastern Europe, in recent years, HIAS has turned its attention to helping immigrants from around the world.To be sure, only a deranged individual would murder innocent Jews because of the work of a Jewish-founded organization. At the same time, we are at a moment in U.S. history when the policy debate about immigration has become ugly and divisive.A toxic environment fueled by hate speech has emerged, where individuals and groups are blamed for our social ills. Examples include sending troops to the border to block entry of the migrants from Central America, who are called “illegals” by anti-immigrant activists and who the president says bring crime and illegal drugs and will commit sexual assault.An anti-immigration protester in 2015. AP/Kathy WillensEmphasizing our commonality is both an American ideal and the essence of Judaism. In the aftermath of the Pittsburgh shooting, vigils attended and addressed by people of many religions were popping up in public spaces around the country, giving form to our country’s original motto, “E Pluribus Unum,” which translates to “out of many, one.”In Judaism, the idea that we are responsible for one another is central to how Jews are supposed to think about themselves.This moment of grief over the lives lost, and concern for the recovery of those who were injured should be an opportunity for us to think about how we look at one another.It is too easy to blame other individuals and groups for the problems we experience. It is more difficult, and perhaps unnatural, to see ourselves as part of the problem. We need to create an environment where acts of violence are not accepted and hatred is not tolerated.Different ways of talkingAs a social scientist who studies the relationship among religious and ethnic groups, and issues such as anti-Semitism, it is clear that along with accepting responsibility for our fellow citizens, we need to find different ways to talk with others. There are ways to debate and elucidate rather than negate.Nearly 2,000 years ago, there were heated discussions between two schools of thought, Hillel and Shamai, about how to interpret Jewish law. The disciples of Hillel were, for their time, liberal, and Shamai’s followers, conservative.After a heavenly intervention to resolve their disputes, it was decided that Hillel would be followed. Both positions were regarded as correct, but the followers of Hillel acknowledged Shamai, even as they came to a different conclusion.The practitioners of current political rhetoric could take heed of this ancient lesson.As the Pittsburgh Jewish community mourns the loss of their family members and friends, it is tempting to consider these murders as something distant. Because it appears as the rage of a misguided individual, it seems to be something Americans are near-powerless to address.But hatred does not emerge in a vacuum, nor does violence gain acceptance absent social consensus.Undoubtedly, Americans will need to find new ways to respond to individuals who break laws and social taboos. The larger task is to create a culture that values our differences but recognizes our responsibility for caring for one another. 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Sector bodies call for simpler Gift Aid system

first_imgSector bodies call for simpler Gift Aid system Howard Lake | 1 October 2007 | News  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. A group of leading voluntary sector umbrella bodies has called for a simpler Gift Aid system and an easier administration system.The group wants to improve the effectiveness of the existing relief and wants to see the administration reformed to a simpler process based on all donations received by a charity. It proposes that an appropriate tax reclaim rate should be agreed by consultation between Government and the sector to determine the amount of Gift Aid a charity can claim, based on its level of voluntary income as reported in its accounts. This would take into account the tax paying status of the cross-section of the general public who give to charity.The sector umbrella bodies feel this would keep the principles of the existing Gift Aid system, but make the administration for charities less burdensome and bureaucratic. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The bodies included are ACEVO, the Charity Finance Directors’ Group, Charity Tax Group, Church of England, the Institute of Fundraising (IoF) and the NCVO. *Making Gift Aid work more effectively was cited as the single most important issue in last year’s IoF membership survey. As well as the changes called for above, the IoF has also recommended a number of other changes:*Reform of Gift Aid for higher rate tax payers*Simplification of Gift Aid in relation to Gifts in Kind*Reversal of Corporate Gift Aid so charities rather than corporates benefit*Development of a Gift Aid scheme to allow UK corporate sector to give unused goods and reclaim the rate of Gift Aid on the gifts’ value as a legitimate business expsnse*Report of Gift Aid audits to make them simpler and more balanced*Research into the potential for the creation of a central Gift Aid registerlast_img read more

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Swimathon Foundation offers support for aquatics community with Covid-19 fund

first_imgSwimathon Foundation offers support for aquatics community with Covid-19 fund Melanie May | 12 May 2020 | News Tagged with: COVID-19 Funding sport Advertisement  300 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.  299 total views,  2 views today The Swimathon Foundation has launched a COVID-19 Relief Fund to help the swimming and aquatics community deal with the impact and effects of the pandemic.The Swimathon Foundation will allocate grants of between £250 and £1,000 to small swimming and aquatic organisations experiencing short-term financial hardship from the effects of Covid-19, especially where access to financial support is not otherwise available. These range from national governing body affiliated swim clubs, aquatic clubs and swim schools to independent swimming organisations.Swimathon President and Olympic gold medallist, Duncan Goodhew MBE, said:“I’m thrilled that we’re able to support members of the swimming community at this difficult time. Almost all swimming clubs are run by a few individuals who put in an immense amount of voluntary time to keep clubs afloat. Now that hard times have hit, they may be really struggling with all of the costs associated. These are the unsung heroes of the sport and it’s so important that we do all we can to help them get through this tough time.”To be eligible to apply for a grant, applicants should either be a registered or affiliated club or swim school with a national governing body or a small, local swimming organisation that may not be a traditional swim club/school but is working on local level to provide swimming or aquatic activity in their communities. Applicants are welcomed from all over England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.More information and applications are via the Swimathon Foundation site. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

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Three public media journalists arrested in November are freed but kept under surveillance

first_img October 27, 2020 Find out more February 21, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three public media journalists arrested in November are freed but kept under surveillance EritreaAfrica Organisation RSF_en News EritreaAfrica Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts News January 13, 2021 Find out morecenter_img News RSF urges Swedish judicial authorities to reverse Dawit Isaak decision April 14, 2021 Find out more Swedish prosecutors again refuse to investigate Dawit Isaak case Follow the news on Eritrea Prisoner of Conscience Since 2001 – Why has Sweden not managed to bring Dawit Isaak home? Reports Reporters Without Borders has learned that three Eritrean state media journalists were recently released after being held for several weeks at police station No. 5 in the capital, Asmara, but a fourth is still being held.Those freed were Temesghen Abay of Radio Dimtsi Hafash’s Tigrinya-language service, Getachew Asfaha of Eri-TV’s Amharic-language service and Asmerom Berhe of Eri-TV’s Tigrinya-language service. Getachew Asfaha was freed on 16 February. The exact date of the release of Temesghen Abay and Asmerom Berhe is not known.They were detained in the course of a wave of arrests of public media journalists launched on 12 November following the defection of several prominent journalists, which had particularly irked the government. They appear to have been suspected of staying in contact with the defectors or of planning to flee the country themselvesIn all, nine state media journalists have been arrested and then released on bail, one after another. Since their release, they have been followed, their phones have been tapped, they have been forced to go back to work and they have been expressly forbidden to leave Asmara.———–26.01.2007 – On eve of African Union summit, UN secretary-general urged to intercede on behalf of press freedom in EritreaOn the eve of the African Union summit on 29-30 January in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, Reporters Without Borders today urged the new United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki Moon, to make an official protest to the Eritrean government about the arbitrary imprisonment of journalists and the total absence of press freedom in Eritrea since 2001.“As Ban said he is making the defence of human rights and Africa one of his priorities, we call on him not to remain indifferent to the hell that most Eritrean journalists have to live every day,” the press freedom organisation said. “It would be incomprehensible if, on the eve of the African Union summit in Addis Ababa, he did not publicly condemn the unacceptable behaviour of President Isaias Afeworki and his government towards the press.”According to information obtained by Reporters Without Borders, at least three state media journalists are currently detained in Asmara, while another 13 journalists have been held incommunicado since 2001. At least three of the latter may have died in the course of the past two years at a detention centre in the northeastern locality of Eiraeiro.Temesghen Abay of Radio Dimtsi Hafash’s Tigrinya-language service, Getachew Asfaha of Eri-TV’s Amharic-language service and Asmerom Berhe of Eri-TV’s Tigrinya-language service are currently held at No. 5 police station in the capital, Asmara. Abay is one of the state media journalists who was picked up in a wave of arrested that began on 12 November 2006. Asfaha was arrested in early December. Berhe was arrested during the week of 18-22 December. The reasons for these arrests are not known.Paulos Netabay, the editor of the governmental daily Haddas Eritrea, was also arrested in late November. The information obtained by Reporters Without Borders about his current situation is contradictory. He interviewed President Isaias on Eri-TV on 1 January but it is possible that he is still being kept in detention and is being forced to go to work.All of the other journalists arrested in November – presenter Senait Tesfay of Eri-TV’s Tigrinya-language service, Paulos Kidane of Eri-TV’s Amharic-language service and Radio Dimtsi Hafash, Daniel Mussie of Radio Dimtsi Hafash’s Oromo-language service, Yemane Haile of the Eritrean News Agency (ENA), presenter Fathia Khaled of Eri-TV’s Arabic-language service and Amir Ibrahim of Eri-TV’s Arabic-language service – were released on bail after being held for several weeks.They were initially held at the “Agip,” a police detention centre located opposite the presidential palace. Subsequently, they were taken to the underground prison at the No. 5 police station, where they were beaten until they gave the passwords to their e-mail accounts. Since their release, they have been followed, their phones have been tapped, they have been forced to go back to work and they have been expressly forbidden to leave Asmara.One of the journalists arrested in November, Ahmed “Bahja” Idris of Eri-TV’s Arabic-language service, was released and then re-arrested at the Sudanese border when he tried to leave the country at the end of December. He was initially held at an unknown location, and Reporters Without Borders feared for his safety as the Eritrean authorities are known for brutally mistreating people who try to flee the country. It seems, however, that he has since been released again.Several sources told Reporters Without Borders that all these arrests could have been prompted by the recent defection of several prominent state media journalists, which particularly irked the government. They were probably arrested on suspicion of staying in contact with the defectors or planning to flee the country themselves, the sources said. to go furtherlast_img read more

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Jobless struggling to keep homes

first_imgWhatsApp Advertisement Print Email Linkedin Four times more unemployed than in 2006 THERE ARE almost four times more unemployed people in Limerick struggling desperately to pay mortgages on their homes than five years ago.The number of private homes which are mortgaged and where the owner is out of work, has shot up from just 617 in 2006 to 2,083 in 2011.The figures are recorded in the just released Census 2011 report “The Roof Over Our Heads”. Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Unemployed persons’ advocate, Frank McDonnell. described the figures as “absolutely shocking”.Mr McDonnell, an employment rights officer with the Limerick Resource Centre for the Unemployed, said there is a huge amount of worry among people about losing their homes.“We advise people to resist repossession fiercely,” he said. “You often see reports which state the repossession was uncontested. If you get as far as court and you are making an effort to pay, the judge will usually be quite sympathetic, so we would advise that people go and make their case for what they can afford to pay”.The households in the city where a mortgage holder is out of work number 589. in comparison to 272 at the last census.In the county, the number of jobless trying to meet the bills and keep their homes is 1,494, in comparison to 345 in 2006. Mr McDonnell added that while some people who lose their jobs have the breathing space of having the mortgage insured, others fall into various traps.“There is the possibility of going to a welfare officer to get the interest portion of the loan paid, but applicants have to prove that they could actually afford to pay that amount of a mortgage when they first took the loan out. Also, the community welfare officer will only pay the interest on the original mortgage. If people have remortgaged, for instance to build an extension, that’s not covered”.Another common pitfall is with workers who see the writing on the wall and opt to take redundancy packages.“Insurance will only pay out if the redundancy is involuntary. There are all these things that people find out too late. What we advise them to do is to resist repossession and we refer them on to the Citizen’s Information Service, where they will get solid legal advice,” concluded Mr McDonnell.center_img Facebook NewsLocal NewsJobless struggling to keep homesBy admin – September 13, 2012 488 Twitter Previous articleThree – year wait to see consultantNext articleJoan Armatrading… legendary singer, songwriter and guitarist adminlast_img read more

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Mayor’s Update: December 15

first_imgMayor Jay Gillian Dear Friends,The effort to rebuild beaches at the north end of Ocean City is making great progress. As of today, crews had reached 10th Street, and it’s likely they will wrap up sand-pumping operations by the end of next week. When the work is done, we will have 1.3 million cubic yards of new sand on the beaches between Seaspray Road and 12th Street and additional stockpiles to rebuild dunes at Fifth Street and other areas. I want to thank our partners in the federal Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of Environmental Protection for helping to complete this important work.The boardwalk reconstruction project between 10th Street and 12th Street is also going well. The entrance at 10th Street entrance reopened today. New sections of decking stretch halfway down the block toward 11th Street, and that portion of the boardwalk could open next week. Crews will now move to 12th Street and work back toward 11th Street.On the bay side, dredging to deepen waterways at Carnival Bayou and portions of Sunny Harbor and South Harbor is now complete. Owners can make private arrangements with an approved contractor to dredge boat slips in these areas. (Call Joe Stewart of Trident Marine Piling at 609-703-7466.)All lanes of the 34th Street Bridge will be closed from 10 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21, through 5 a.m. Friday, Dec. 22. The closing has been approve as part of Cape May County’s two-year project to redeck the bridge. Please seek alternative routes during the bridge closing. The single-lane pattern will resume on Friday morning.I’d like to remind you all that 2018 seasonal beach tags (store.ocnj.us) and 2017-18 First Night buttons (firstnightocnj.com ) are on sale online and at locations throughout Ocean City. Both would make great stocking stuffers or last-minute gifts.There are still three more chances to catch Ocean City Theatre Company’s musical version of the Dickens story “A Christmas Carol.” Shows are at 7:30 p.m. tonight, then 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. tomorrow (Dec. 16) at the Ocean City Music Pier. There are plenty of tickets still available, and the box office will be open before each of the shows.Jay A. GillianMayorlast_img read more

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Man hospitalized in critical condition after shooting in South Bend

first_img Twitter Google+ Pinterest Facebook Previous articleGoshen man coughs near police, claiming to have COVID-19Next articleThree teenagers hurt after pick-up truck crash into home in St. Joseph County Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Man hospitalized in critical condition after shooting in South Bend By Jon Zimney – April 12, 2020 0 248 Pinterest Twitter WhatsApp Google+ Facebook IndianaLocalNews WhatsApp A man was taken to the hospital in critical condition after a shooting in South Bend.Officers were called around 2:15 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, to the 400 block of N. Olive Street after a Shot Spotter Alert.When they arrived, they found a man who had been shot and was unconscious.The man was taken to Memorial Hospital.The Investigative Bureau’s Shooting Response Team responded to the scene and has taken over the investigation which is still ongoing.Anybody with information is asked to contact Michiana Crime Stoppers at 288-STOP or 800-342-STOP or the South Bend Police Department Investigative Bureau at 235-9263.last_img read more

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