whatsapp whatsapp Share Tags: NULL EUROPEAN Central Bank head Jean-Claude Trichet said yesterday Eurozone countries must do more individually and collectively to combat the bloc’s debt crisis, and Ireland must stick “rigorously” to its bailout plan.In a position paper published on its website, the ECB earlier expressed “serious concerns” that Ireland’s rescue package could affect the institution’s liquidity operations in the Euro zone.Asked if he was concerned about the health of Irish banks, Trichet said: “The Irish [bailout] plan is designed for Ireland to face up to its own particular problems, which have mostly to do with its banking system.”“We consider it necessary [for Ireland] to complete this plan rigorously,” he added. Show Comments ▼ Trichet warns Ireland to stick to its bailout plan for sake of euro by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBeElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite Heraldmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comPeople TodayNewborn’s Strange Behavior Troubles Mom, 40 Years Later She Finds The Reason Behind ItPeople Today Monday 20 December 2010 8:58 pm KCS-content Read This Next’A Quiet Place Part II’ Sets Pandemic Record in Debut WeekendFamily ProofHiking Gadgets: Amazon Deals Perfect For Your Next AdventureFamily ProofIndian Spiced Vegetable Nuggets: Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofAmazon roars for MGM’s lion, paying $8.45 billion for studio behind JamesFamily ProofYoga for Beginners: 3 Different Types of Yoga You Should TryFamily ProofBack on the Rails for Summer New York to New Orleans, Savannah and MiamiFamily ProofChicken Bao: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofCheese Crostini: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily ProofHomemade Tomato Soup: Delicious Recipes Worth CookingFamily Proof
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Topics: Esports Sports betting 23rd July 2020 | By Stephen Carter Esports in a pandemic desert – oasis or mirage? The absence of live traditional sports during the pandemic forced many through the open gates of esports, but while the surge in activity is now over for many sportsbooks, the phenomenon is no bubble, argues Hai Ng AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Esports Tags: Online Gambling Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The absence of live traditional sports during the pandemic forced many through the open gates of esports, but while the surge in activity is now over for many sportsbooks, the phenomenon is no bubble, argues Hai NgIt was a typical day near the end of October 2019. I had just started working on a new project to develop an esports strategy for an impressive stadium complex located in an up-and-coming major city in China. They had secured a series of traditional events but were looking to future-proof their calendar; like most cities around the world, esports was a natural idea.The team and I had just started to do our basic background research when my ground sources started sending me information about a potentially new respiratory condition that seemed to be spreading in that city. As we were in the process of scheduling our ground visits, I sent out an email flagging the reports and raised a caution on travel to the site.That city was Wuhan, and that respiratory condition is what is now named Covid-19—how the world has changed since.Interestingly, esports hasn’t changed that much in the shadow of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and that probably comes as no surprise, or at least quickly becomes obvious, to many who are endemic to the industry or have come to understand it.As an activity that was born in technology and found a home in the ether of the Internet, like streaming media, video games and esports have become the refuge for many. Even for many critics and sceptics, the total absence of organised physical sports forced many through the open gates of esports.Motorsports quickly turned to esports as a way to continue fan engagement. Within the first three weekends, Nascar encountered everything from troublesome, and occasionally funny, disconnections during a race, to drivers “rage-quitting” and toxic behavior leading to sponsorship withdrawals and firings—a quick but harsh lesson that organizing esports tournaments aren’t just fun and games.To their credit, they did a great job recovering and registered very respectable viewership numbers, all things considered.Meanwhile, the traditional esports side of things wasn’t unscathed. ESL’s Intel Extreme Masters event in Katowice, Poland, the largest live esports event in the world, was told they couldn’t have any spectators inside Spodek Arena less than 12 hours before the doors were scheduled to open—organizer ESL showed their mettle and the show went on safely and in compliance.Esports, in general, has not only found a way forward, but is thriving during these uncertain times. Player and viewer numbers have gone up and things are even looking positive for the resumption of live esports events. Riot, publisher of the largest esports game League of Legends, has secured an exception from the Chinese government to go ahead with their League of Legends World Championships in Shanghai as scheduled.The plan is to create a bubble with fully managed quarantine, testing, and safety measures in place—this in the shadow of the Chinese government’s decision to cancel all international sporting events in 2020.As the world continues to be blanketed by this Pandemic Desert that is changing how life and business is done, esports is looking like an oasis.For the gaming (yes, that would be gambling, the other gaming) industry, esports have also turned some eyes and kept some operations moving. With many physical sports trying out esports options and esports continuing pretty much business-as-usual, many sportsbooks that have already embraced esports as a product have managed to continue revenue operations in the absence of physical sporting events.The spike was significant enough that even mainstream media jumped on to report on it. A Forbes article covered a report from the GB Gambling Commission stating that esports betting jumped a massive 2,992% (and yes, that’s two-thousand and not a European decimal point) year-on-year, going from £50,000 in March 2020 to £4.9 million in May. Even Las Vegas noticed an uptick in esports wagers with sportsbooks more actively pushing what previously offered as something more exotic.This action was certainly boosted by the fact that many television channels, including sports networks, started more extensive coverage of esports in their need to fill air-time vacated by the lack of physical sporting events. Many who may have never considered esports as a viewer and a wagerer were now given motivation to give it a try.Almost all igaming sportsbooks were reporting gains on their esports products, with articles quoting all the usual suspects including Isle of Man-licensed Luckbox and Unikrn. Sharing an online panel with global esports book leader Pinnacle, it was quickly apparent that they are not only doing well with esports but growing their industry lead and further enhancing their product offerings in esports.But the question becomes, “is this a bubble?”Let me start by saying that esports itself, unequivocally, is not a bubble. That said, this current surge is definitely fueled by variables that, when removed, will not make esports irrelevant, but will very likely cause esports to return to its original rate of growth; perhaps with a slight residual boost.Sports bettors, like many other activities, can be generalized into two categories: casual and experienced. If we remove the customers that are already wagering on esports prior to entering this Pandemic Desert, I would hazard anecdotally that the bulk of the new converts belong to the experienced category of customers.These are customers that enjoy sports wagering or even engage in it professionally as a practice of statistical skills and experience. These customers would be able to take esports like any other sporting event, analyse the available statistics and odds, to make a calculated wager.For these experienced customers, the potential for them staying with esports after we exit from this Desert will be much higher. If not for the simple reason that they now have first-hand experience with the product and an objective measure of their performance with it.With the casual customer, wagering is often an event-enhancing experience or a social one where they are supporting their favorite team, player, or some other sense of identification.These relationships take more time to form, and as physical sports are already starting to reappear, there may not be enough time elapsed to form them. With the casual customer, an exit from the Desert will remove much of the motivation to continue on with an esports product unless they have developed a taste for it.Conservatively, if I was a betting man, I would hazard that as a whole, 2% will stay, but 20% would move to a “very likely” category to try an esports product in the presence of other products, as the seed has been planted.As the adage goes, “you’ve got to be in it, to win it.” This rang true with esports betting in the Pandemic Desert. Generally, operators that already had established esports products saw the most gains, while those that jumped on the bandwagon opportunistically were more varied in their numbers, especially if they depended on their usual customers to transition to wagering on an esports event. However, since many physical sports were going virtual, that transition became far less jarring.The unofficial consensus among operators that are already providing esports products agree, esports customers are different enough that an esports product requires its own face and treatment. In addition, crossover bets between physical sports and esports customers are minimal, with the larger movement going from esports to physical sports.What the pandemic provided was a mechanism where everybody got shoved into a room where you could participate or do nothing at all, and clearly enough people decided they would do something. That removed the “own face and treatment” criteria, since the new bettors are not ones that prefer or expect experiences acclimated to video games. While dropping esports products into the regular mix now will fly, it will not drive esports-centric customers as much as placate physical sports customers with additional product options.The harder answer to predict is whether customers that have discovered esports through this entry point, will eventually demand the face and experience preferred by esports-regulars, or would operators have in essence normalized a customer-base that will consume esports products through traditional experiences. This will certainly be an interesting situation to study.Ultimately, timing, as always, is everything. While the world continues to grapple with Covid-19, much is unknown about how long the pandemic will continue to occupy our lives. A decision to embrace esports now without a long-term strategy, but as a clutch, may not be a wise decision.My typical advice when it comes to embracing an esports strategy has not changed—do not chase after the ball, instead get ready to be where the ball will go.For sportsbooks, the need for esports products is inevitable. The timing to develop and launch such a product may vary for each operator based on their existing and evolving customer demographics, especially if resources are limited, but if you start developing a strategy now, you could find yourself in the right place when the next right time comes along.Oasis or mirage? If you’re already basking in esports, it is an oasis; if you are seeing it from a distance, running towards it now may simply reveal it to be a mirage. Where will you be when the next Desert strikes?Let’s keep our wagers at the books; don’t bet your health; stay safe; stay sane; wear a mask.Hai Ng is integrity ambassador for the Esports Integrity Commission (ESIC) He is also co-founder of Neomancer, a unique technology strategy and management firm. Hai has more than three decades of experience in the technology sector, with a decade in igaming.Image by alasta_webdesign from Pixabay
CIC Insurance Group (CIC.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2008 annual report.For more information about CIC Insurance Group (CIC.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the CIC Insurance Group (CIC.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: CIC Insurance Group (CIC.ke) 2008 annual report.Company ProfileCIC Insurance Group is a leading insurance company offering products and services for general and life insurance through operations in Kenya, Sudan and Uganda. The company also provides solutions for fund and asset management and private equity investment. Its product offering covers needs relating to motor, marine, agriculture, personal accident, school products, customised products, travel, domestic package, property, theft, fire and consequential loss and sports injury insurance. Its life assurance division covers areas ranging from group life and keyman plans to family protection, loan guard insurance, pension, board member and universal endowment plans. CIC Insurance Group has expertise in corporate, family, health and asset management as well as equity, balanced, fixed income and money market fun management. The company invests in equity and government securities, properties and loans and serves retail and corporate entities. Founded in 1968 and formerly known as The Co-Operative Insurance Company of Kenya, the company changed its name to CIC Insurance Group in 2010. Its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. CIC Insurance Group is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange
Coronation Insurance Plc (WAPIC.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2011 annual report.For more information about Coronation Insurance Plc (WAPIC.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Coronation Insurance Plc (WAPIC.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Coronation Insurance Plc (WAPIC.ng) 2011 annual report.Company ProfileCoronation Insurance Plc is an insurance company in Nigeria licensed to underwrite all classes of life and non-life insurance for the personal, groups, commercial and industrial sectors. The company has operations in Nigeria and Ghana. General and personal insurance products cover motor, life, investment, yacht, marine and home insurance. Corporate insurance products cover general property insurance, automotive, marine, aviation, all risk, fire and special perils, goods-in-transit and guarantee and liability insurance for the oil and gas, hotel and restaurant, professional firms and associations, manufacturing, education, energy, telecommunication, financial services, trading, religious bodies, contractors, travel agent, real estate and transport sectors. Public sector clients include government ministries and departments, parastatals and agencies. Wapic Insurance Plc was founded in 1958. Its company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Coronation Insurance Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Washington, DC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Back to Press Releases Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector Columbus, GA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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New episodes of A Year in the Life will be released every two weeks beginning on April 20. The trailer is available for viewing on The Episcopal Church website here, on Facebook here, and on Instagram TV @theepiscopalchurch.Filmed using COVID-safe protocols, A Year in the Life covers topics like food insecurity, education, worship through restrictions, clergy calls, and more. Each episode will include reflection materials to help the viewer consider how the last year or so has affected them and their neighbors.Watch the trailer now and come back on April 20 for the premiere of Episode 1, which recalls Spring 2020 when the United States and the wider world were gripped by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and a movement against systemic racism catalyzed by the murder of George Floyd. Congregations across The Episcopal Church were inspired to action, taking the call to seek and serve Christ in all persons into their communities. Members of Trinity Episcopal Church, a mostly White congregation in Ambler, Pa., reflected on how they were being called to action even within the confines of the pandemic.Future episodes of A Year in the Life will feature stories on how congregations like Christ Church in Westerly, R.I., St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill, Pa., and St. John’s Episcopal Church in Essex, Conn., have responded to the challenges and opportunities brought on by the pandemic.A Year in the Life is a project from The Episcopal Church Office of Communication. For more information, please visit https://www.episcopalchurch.org/year-in-the-life/. 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Photographs: John Gollings, Peter Bennetts Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/940990/towers-road-house-wood-marsh Clipboard “COPY” Architects: Wood/Marsh Area Area of this architecture project Products used in this ProjectHeatingFocusFireplaces – Filifocus CentralSave this picture!© John GollingsText description provided by the architects. Conceived as a sculpture to live within, the Towers Road House represents a shared belief between clients and architects that contemporary art enriches life in a profound and meaningful way. Challenging standard notions of domesticity, the abstract form of the building curves around the sloping site, referencing Christo’s Running Fence, introducing a public interface with conceptual art to the established suburb of Toorak. Save this picture!© John GollingsSave this picture!Basement and ground floor planSave this picture!© John GollingsLike a curtain, the substantial concrete wall carves out a series of landscaped arcs eliminating the archetypal boundary fence, extending the garden to the street, and blurring the demarcation between public and private space. Simultaneously, this gesture generates a secluded private realm and the opportunity to open all living and bedroom spaces onto a northern garden. The top of the building is a horizontal line, finished with a three-dimensional hemisphere draped to gently penetrate the seemingly impenetrable mass below. Clad in zinc, the form references an inverted roof or dome, further transforming architectural conventions into sculptural elements.Save this picture!© John GollingsSave this picture!ElevationsSave this picture!© John GollingsEliminating fenestration to the street, the site is entered from a winding path through monumental concrete walls and informal gardens encircling a spherical portico set below street level. The wall is punctuated by a single door that leads one through a dramatic double-height corridor. The dark, narrow passage creates a moment’s pause in the arrival sequence as the impressive verticality of the gently curving raw concrete formwork reveals itself internally. Save this picture!© Peter BennettsSave this picture!© John GollingsIn absolute contrast to the austerity of the perimeter structure, the building opens to a fully glazed northern façade, filling the interior with an abundance of natural light and embracing the landscaped garden and views to a 150-year-old plane tree.Save this picture!© Peter BennettsSave this picture!© Peter BennettsResponding to the client brief, the program is separated by levels creating flexible, inviting living spaces with integrated art galleries on the ground level. The circular sunken lounge is designed to pay homage to the familial central gathering space around a fireplace. Accessible by a curving dual staircase wrapping around an exposed concrete wall, the private spaces are located upstairs, divided into separate wings for the parents and the children. Additional spaces to accommodate an art gallery, wine cellar, and car parking are located at the basement level.Save this picture!© Peter BennettsA large private outdoor space beneath the plane tree canopy sits adjacent to a swimming pool and pool house, shielded from view by the heavily planted boundary. Small pockets of gardens are planted in the niches formed by the concave external walls allowing verdant views without compromising privacy.Save this picture!© John GollingsSculptural, the building’s contemporary language stands it in contrast to its conventional neighbours, satisfying the clients’ desire for a bold and unexpected home embodying their commitment to contemporary Australian art and architecture.Save this picture!© John GollingsProject gallerySee allShow lessCorpland Loop Resort / RSAA/Büro Ziyu ZhuangSelected ProjectsCANAL ST. Selected Store / Sò StudioSelected Projects Share Year: Save this picture!© John GollingsCurated by Paula Pintos Share 2018 CopyHouses•Melbourne, Australia Projects Australia Photographs Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/940990/towers-road-house-wood-marsh Clipboard Towers Road House / Wood/MarshSave this projectSaveTowers Road House / Wood/Marsh ArchDaily Manufacturers: Focus Products translation missing: en-US.post.svg.material_description Area: 1930 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” Towers Road House / Wood/Marsh CopyAbout this officeWood/MarshOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesMelbourneOn FacebookAustraliaPublished on June 05, 2020Cite: “Towers Road House / Wood/Marsh” 04 Jun 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021.
25 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 22 May 2000 | News Blair baby photos sold for cancer charities 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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The first photographs of Prime Minister Tony Blair’s baby Leo are to be sold to the media for £500 each, with all proceeds to be shared by Breast Cancer Care and Sargent Cancer Care for Children. Cherie Blair is patron of both charities.
Charitable giving tax breaks for dot coms? 18 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Times reports that Chancellor Gordon Brown is considering tax breaks for dot com companies to help entrepreneurs pass on some of their large fortunes to charities in a tax-efficient manner. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 4 December 2000 | News 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.
SHARE Home Commentary Commentary: A Matter of Balance By Gary Truitt – Aug 11, 2019 Facebook Twitter By Gary TruittIn our world of extremes, the concept of balance has been lost. Today, something is either right or wrong, offensive or acceptable. There are only two opposite solutions to a problem or position on an issue. Perhaps this is a result of our digital age where everything is made up of 0s and 1s, not 0.5. This is the case for an important agricultural issue currently in the headlines.Of late, the ethanol industry has been obsessed with the issue of small refiner waivers. This is not a new program but has been part of the Renewable Fuels Standard since the beginning. At first, the EPA only granted these waivers to refineries facing bankruptcy. In 2017, a court ruled that the agency was too strict and should grant the waivers to those facing “significant economic hardship” from complying with the terms of the RFS. The EPA then started granting more waivers, and that caught the attention of the renewable fuels sector.Ethanol groups charged the agency was granting waivers to refineries that were profitable and that it was just a way for the oil industry to avoid blending less ethanol. There may be some truth to this charge on the surface. The agency announced 31 small refinery waivers Friday afternoon. Yet, in recent weeks, the rhetoric has become more shrill and has moved from some waivers are bad to all waivers are bad. “Small refinery exemptions continue to transform the RFS into a voluntary program for roughly one-third of the nation’s refineries,” said Scott Richman, Chief Economist of the Renewable Fuels Association.A lot of the coverage of this issue in the ag media has been a bit one-sided. Most of us support ethanol and, perhaps, have been too quick to jump on the bandwagon and not as circumspect as we should have been. This was brought to my attention by a small, farmer-owned refinery that pointed out how these waivers have helped them actually increase ethanol blending. They pointed out that the waiver program can have some positive benefits for the ethanol sector and for the rural economy that is served by some smaller refineries.When we aired a story that presented both sides of the issue, we got some blow back from the ethanol sector which did not like us mentioning the other side of the story. This leads me back to the issue of balance.The ag industry is a very interconnected industry. Ethanol producers depend on refiners, just as livestock producers depend on corn producers. We in agriculture are far too quick to throw stones at each other. Small farmers don’t like big farmers; livestock producers complain when grain prices go up; and regional differences continue to divide the dairy industry. A bit more tolerance and understanding would better serve us all.It is certainly true that the oil industry, in general, is not a friend of renewable energy and has exerted its considerable political clout and extensive financial resources to stifle the growth of ethanol. In this they have been abetted by some sectors of the ag industry. So a strong fight to increase the biofuels share of the fuel tank must continue. However, this should not include throwing some of our friends under the bus.The RFS is good policy if administered fairly and properly. The EPA has a history of making rulings based on what group has the most political clout or is making the most noise. This has resulted in policy by litigation as both sides take the agency to court. A bit more balance is needed in the administration of the RFS and in the ag media’s coverage of it. Facebook Twitter Commentary: A Matter of Balance SHARE Previous articleIndiana Grown Under New Leadership Just in Time for their Marketplace at the FairNext articleBig Cheese Portrays Dairy Farmers as Super Heroes Gary Truitt