BGC takes over The Senet Group’s duties and responsibilities April 6, 2020 StumbleUpon The Association of British Bookmakers (ABB) has defended the government’s current Multi-Operator Self Exclusion Scheme (MOSES), claiming that a recent BBC Radio 5 Live investigation, which criticised the scheme “was conducted in artificial circumstances.”The scheme has come in for criticism after an undercover reporter managed to place bets in 19 of 21 Grimsby betting shops, even after he had signed himself up to the self-exclusion scheme. Nonetheless, the ABB has retained that the current system of self-exclusions represents an effective scheme in helping combat problem gambling, an ABB spokesperson told the BBC: “This is a disappointing result, however it was conducted in artificial circumstances, involving a small sample, over a short period of time and the individual concerned was not a problem gambler or previously known to shop staff. By its very nature, those who self-exclude are normally known to the staff in the shops they exclude from.“In reality an independent review of the Multi-Operator Self Exclusion Scheme, revealed that 83% of participants agreed that it had been effective in reducing or stopping their gambling activity and 71% said they have not attempted to use their nominated betting shops since signing up. We accept that the current self-exclusion scheme is not without flaws however we are continually developing improved systems and seeking to reduce the reliance on staff to recognise those that have self-excluded.”Sarah Gardner, the Gambling Commission’s Executive Director, also commented: “The result of the BBC investigation is concerning and we’ll be making our own inquiries into what happened in this case.“We’re determined to drive improvements in behaviour across the industry in terms of the effort they put into reducing gambling-related harm, and it really is getting to the stage where there is nowhere to hide for businesses who don’t take this seriously.”She added: “What we would like to see is much more emphasis from gambling businesses on intervening at an early stage before there is a need to self-exclude.” Share Share UKGC outlines changes to society lotteries and LCCP conditions July 30, 2020 UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service August 20, 2020 Related Articles Submit
A patient of the West Demerara Regional Hospital (WDRH) is now dead after he reportedly jumped from the facility’s male ward.Sixty-two-year-old Mortimer Sagan of Meten-Meer-Zorg, West Coast Demerara, took his life by jumping through a window of the said ward.According to information received by Guyana Times, the incident occurred around 19:00h on Sunday at the facility.Reports are that the man, who was admitted as a tuberculosis patient, after jumping ended up on a septic tank and reportedly died on the spot.It is unclear what motivated Sagan’s actions. The Police are currently investigating the matter.Meanwhile, the West Dem Hospital only recently made headlines when doctors attached to the hospital refused to work and took strike action as a result of failure on the part of the Public Health Ministry to address their numerous concerns.The hospital was left in a state of panic when all doctors of the medical facility downed their equipment and refused to work.The doctors, via a letter sent to their medical superintendent which was copied and sent to all levels, outlined a number of concerns that affects them and vowed to strike if no response was given.The letter which was seen by this publication stated, “…this letter serves to inform you that the staff of the Accident and Emergency Unit of the West Demerara Regional Hospital are disappointed, frustrated, disgusted and fed-up of the way in which our daily verbal grievances are being handled. To date we have not seen any measures implemented within our department to alleviate our struggles or worries”.The letter continues, “the staffers of the Emergency Unit no longer feel safe in their working environment. They no longer feel motivated to provide the best patient care since supportive structure and drugs are on regular shortage or absent. They no longer feel the need to go above and beyond because they feel that the administrative body does not care and have swept all of their relevant and legitimate concerns aside”.The doctors were calling for better security at the facility following a number of incidents where doctors were either physically attacked or verbally abused by patients and others.In fact, a recent incident saw two doctors being attacked by a patient and his relatives and were even spat upon. The doctors have since been calling for the Public Health Ministry to tighten security services at the facility.
It’s a unique airport where runway debris has included a two-metre shark and a dead dolphin, not to mention regular piles of seaweed.The Scottish island of Barra, in the Outer Hebrides islands, boasts the only airport in the world where scheduled airline flights land on the beach — and it’s still going strong.Flights to the Atlantic Ocean outpost started in 1936 — the same year a modest passenger terminal opened adjacent to the Gatwick racecourse, south of London. The island could otherwise only to be reached by a weather-prone ferry from Oban, 90 miles away.The British Air Ministry granted the official airfield licence to An Tràigh Mhòr, meaning “big beach “, on August 7, 1936. An eight-seater Dragon Rapide, which had to stop several times on the journey to Glasgow, was used on the island flights and successfully used the beach as an airfield during low tide.Gatwick would evolve over the next eight decades to handle more than 40 million passengers a year and become a major global airport known to passengers around the world.Barra’s unique beach airport, which has also endured for 80 years and even boasts three runways, has achieved fame in its own way. People come from as far away as Australia to experience the beach landing and in 2016, its 80th anniversary year, it handled almost 11,000 passengers on scheduled flights. AIrlineRatings took Flight BE6581 from Glasgow to Barra, a service operated by Loganair under a soon-ending code share agreement with Flybe. The company utilises a new blue-and-white Viking DH-6-400 Twin Otter in the Scottish national colours.After an hour above the Scottish Highlands and over white crested waves on the Atlantic, pilot Annag Bagley lowers the nose of the Twin Otter and puts it into a left turn. The 35-year-old was born and raised in Barra. About 1,200 people live on the island, which was strategically important in former times because it offered the first sheltered harbour north of Ireland.As we approach the island, those who have never taken the flight can be forgiven for nervously asking: “Where the hell are we going to land?”.Through the cockpit windows, one can see only water puddles and tidal flats ahead before the arrival of the moment many come to the island to experience: the world’s only scheduled flight landing on a beach.With a short hop, the aircraft touches down on the sand, rattling a bit as the water-formed riffles on the beach are felt inside the cabin. Despite it being low tide, there is still a bit of water on the “runway” – even though nothing resembling a runway can be seen.Water splashes up waist-high from both wheels of the main gear as, like an all-terrain vehicle, the aircraft ploughs over the beach and slows down quickly. Then Bagley and her first officer park the aircraft on dry sand next to the terminal. The pilots walk the few metres over mussel remains and dried seaweed to the building. “I have watched the airplanes here as a kid; that I fly them myself now was always a dream, ‘’ explains Bagley “These flights are a lifeline for the island.” When she is on duty, Bagley comes here once a day mostly, spending barely 30 minutes on the ground before taking off on the return flight. “Our flight schedule naturally takes the tide into account, as one can’t land during high tide,’’ she says. “That’s why our two daily flights to Glasgow are taking place within two hours of each other.”The small café in the terminal is packed. On the walls are historic photos of the world’s most unusual airport.“There was never an accident, but sometimes an aircraft gets stuck in the loose sand,’’ says the airport’s manager Michael Galbraith. Exactly 10,658 passengers were handled at the airport in 2015 spread over 947 scheduled flights.Barra’s three sand runways are invisible as such even from the tower and are only designated by wooden markers at each end. “We have to regularly smoothen the surface of the runways with tractors and remove sandbanks, otherwise it gets too uneven for the aircraft,’’ notes Galbraith. Staff inspect the runways twice daily, an important function because waves from the Atlantic Ocean regularly flood airport and often carry objects that definitely shouldn’t be lying on a runway.Accumulations of seaweed or algae must be removed as does driftwood or plastic packaging. “You have to be prepared for anything here”, says the airport manager, who can’t be surprised easily anymore in Barra. “Recently we found a two-meter-long dead shark on a runway, and there once was also a deceased dolphin on another.”Preventing encounters of aircraft and marine animals is one of the many tasks of Michael Galbraith and his team, there is certainly little room for boredom. “On paper, it looks like the best job in the world, two flights a day, a beautifully located airport in an enticing landscape, everybody here is fully relaxed”, laughs the Scot. “In reality, however, we have a lot to do, real multi-tasking. I am sitting in the tower, (I) work at the airport fire service, look after security and the terminal building.”
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Dusty Sonnenberg, Ohio Field LeaderIn what would normally be a productive and exciting time of year on the Hesterman farm in Henry County, mid- to late-summer of 2019 was largely spent watching the weeds die in otherwise barren fields.“Every morning I set out on my front porch and have a cup of coffee and watch the ragweed dry up in the fields from the chemical applications we made. It’s not the farming practices I am used to,” said Todd Hesterman, a fourth generation farmer in Henry County. “This year we have been served a big slice of humble pie. I see fields that were never planted, and then one corn field in the distance that is way behind. I don’t feel good about either one.”While some farms in the county were able to get a portion of their crops planted, albeit late, Todd and a handful of his neighbors were in a pocket that was inundated by regular and overabundant rainfall and elected to go 100% prevented planting. Not one of his 1,200 acres of corn and soybean was planted this spring. According to his father, Ron, who turned 84 this year, that is a first for this family farm that has tilled the fertile soils just north of Napoleon since 1892.“Prevent plant served its purpose,” Hesterman said, referring to the crop insurance product. “We buy our crop insurance coverage up to the next level, and that factored into our decision process.”This weather scenario started last fall with wet weather and soil compaction during harvest and the rains continued through spring. Like the Hestermans, many farmers were forced to take off their “farmer hat” and put on their “business hat” this spring to make some tough decisions about planting.“We knew our cost of production, and that number changed daily as the yield expectations changed the later the we got into the spring,” Hesterman said. “Every day the variables changed in terms of the weather and ground conditions. Plans you made in the evening changed by the next morning. With crop insurance, you know what you get, and that safety net helped give us peace of mind.”That peace of mind, however, does not address the many challenges remaining in his unplanted fields. The decision not to plant has led to an entire new set of decisions to be made. When Hesterman talks about the condition of his soils this year, he uses words like “hard,” “out of shape,” and “sour.”Weed control on the prevent plant acres is also becoming a concern. Residual herbicides were not included initially so crop rotational issues would not be a concern as he made cover crop decisions.“Most of the fields have been sprayed, but without a residual herbicide the weeds are coming back,” he said. “This ground will need a cover crop to get it to heal. We are trying to use a holistic approach on our acres. We know they need rejuvenated. The soils have sat so wet for so long and in an anaerobic state. We need a jumpstart to get life growing back in the soil. We will use this as a year for maintenance and to rejuvenate our soils.”He is planning on using a combination of oats and radishes as a cover crop mix. He has been researching cover crops to develop a plan that includes a look ahead. In his mind, cover crops need to be treated like a traditional crop in terms of the proper planting date to get the best establishment and to gain the most benefit as they complete their lifecycle.Farmers are in business to grow crops. And, from a business standpoint, this year has been an exercise in making difficult decisions throughout the farm economy.“There are a lot of moving parts. Everyone needs to revisit the risk/reward aspect of their decisions. There will be changes in spending habits. Knowing your cost of production and cost per acre per farm is critical,” Hesterman said. “Merchandisers set themselves apart by how they treated the farmer with negotiated buy-outs and in the way different vendors handled purchasing back input products. Loyalty is necessary in this environment. We all need each other. They need the farmers and the farmers need them.”The ripple effects of this impact to production agriculture will be felt far beyond the farmer’s pocket and balance sheets. Many rural businesses are expressing concern. Agricultural cooperatives, farm equipment dealers, seed sales, and even insurance companies and automotive dealerships have felt the effects of the situation. Many observers fear the worst is yet to come with lower yields at harvest this fall, or the lack of crops to harvest in many cases. Looking out the window across the acres of unplanted cropland is frustrating from a business standpoint, and emotionally very difficult as well.“Most guys seem to be taking it in stride. While most of the neighbor’s fields look the same, everyone’s financial situations are different,” Hesterman said. “Your stress level goes up as your ability to pay your bills goes down. It was frustrating in the spring not being able to get out and plant a crop. It will be even more challenging, emotionally, not to have a crop to harvest in the fall.”Ohio Field Leader is a project of the Ohio Soybean Council. For more, visit ohiofieldleader.com.
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#conferences#CTIA 2011#web Did you know there are 3X as many smartphones being activated every minute around the world than there are babies being born? That’s according to Hans Vestberg, CEO of Ericsson. “Those of us in this room can remember when mobile coverage was rare and we chose when to go online,” Vestberg said on stage today at the CTIA wireless conference. “This next generation being born will expect coverage everywhere, will take being online for granted and will choose when they go offline.”Day two of CTIA began with a heavy emphasis on statistics from the morning’s keynote speakers and some of the numbers may surprise, delight and inspire you. Or they might make you worry that humanity is about to be overrun by smart devices. You might also feel inclined to contest one or two of them – but here they are.Vestberg said this morning that his company expects there to be 8 billion mobile subscriptions live around the world in just 4 years. “Astute observers will note that there aren’t 8 billion people on earth,” he said. “We’re definitely expecting multiple devices and subscriptions to be used by many people.” Vestberg emphasized that those 8 billion subscriptions would all be from human subscribers, too. Beyond those subscriptions, he predicted that there would be 50 billion network connected non-human devices in 10 years, representing 2/3 of all electronics. “All devices that can benefit from connectivity will be connected,” Vestberg said in one of many references here to what’s called the Internet of Things.During peak times, Netflix streaming movies alone takes up 20% of all US badwidth consumptionCan the world’s natural resources sustain that level of growth? “When you say 50 billion, a lot of people think of tablets and smart phones,” leading wireless industry analyst Chetan Sharma told us today in response to that question. “It’s true that’s going to be a constraint and new thinking may be required. If you look at companies like Kovio, using NFC, creating printed electronics – over the next 5 or 10 years new forms of electronics will come into play. If there is a need and a big enough market, humans are good at figuring things out.”Other numbers that help paint a picture of the future being discussed here at CTIA:During peak times, Netflix streaming movies alone takes up 20% of all US badwidth consumption. That from Sanjiv Ahuja, CEO of Light Squared, a wholesale network provider that said today it is going to spend $14 billion to build out wholesale 4G LTE US infrastructure over the next 8 years.Where is China in all of this, you might wonder? Yang Jie, Executive VP of China Telecom, which has 60% marketshare in China, spoke at CTIA this morning as well. He said China Telecom reported $35B in revenue last year, 47% of which coame from wireless. The company expects that percentage to surpass 50% next year. Jie said that China Telecom plans to put a major emphasis on the Internet of Things as well. For context, AT&T reported $124B in revenue last year and Verizon $106B. 60% of Verizon’s revenues were from wireless. China is the largest mobile market in the world in terms of subscribers, fast approaching 1 billion mobile phones in use, but these numbers indicate that monetization of that market remains significantly smaller than in the US, where there are 300 million mobile phones.Any way you slice it, though, the wireless industry folks here at CTIA expect major and game changing growth of connected devices to accelerate in the next few years.
Constable Tej Bahadur Yadav, who was in 2017 sacked from the Border Security Force after he uploaded a video on a social media site complaining about the food served to the troops, will contest against Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar as the Jannayak Janta Party’s candidate for the Karnal Assembly constituency. The JJP on Thursday announced another list of 35 candidates. “Me and my party’s fight is against the corruption in the country and in Haryana. I am ready to take the challenge to fight the ruling BJP, and hence the party has decided to field me against Manohar Lal Khattar,” said Mr. Yadav, who hails from Mahendergarh district. He would file his nomination on October 4. “Unemployment is another issue that the youth have been facing in Haryana. We will forcefully raise the issue during the campaign and would expose the ruling BJP,” he said. Dushyant from UchanaThe party also announced that its leader and former MP from Hisar Dushyant Chautala would fight the elections from the Uchana Kalana constituency to wrest it from BJP’s sitting MLA Prem Lata, wife of former Union Minister Birender Singh. In 2014 too, he had contested from the same seat as an Indian National Lok Dal candidate but lost to Ms. Prem Lata. Mr. Dushyant’s mother and Dabwali MLA Naina Chautala has been shifted to the Badhra constituency in Charkhi Dadri district, where she will take on BJP incumbent Sukhwinder Sheoran and Congress’ Ranbir Mahendra.The JJP’s list of candidates declared so far include former MLA Arjun Singh from Jagadhri and Ishwar Palaka from Shahbad. O.P. Sihag is the candidate from Ellenabad against INLD senior leader Abhay Chautala.The JJP — breakaway outfit of the INLD — announced that it would contest all the seats after its seat-sharing talks with the Bahujan Samaj Party had failed.
zoomImage Courtesy: AET Petroleum and chemical tanker owner and operator AET has named its first two LNG dual-fuel Aframax tankers. The 113,000 dwt vessels, Eagle Brasilia and Eagle Bintulu, were inaugurated today at a ceremony held at the Samsung Heavy Industry (SHI) shipyard in Geoje, South Korea.Both vessels have been taken on long-term charter by Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited (Shell), primarily for operations in the Atlantic Basin, and will begin operating for the company from Q4 2018.Being in compliance with NOx Tier III emission when operating in gas mode, the vessels are equipped with conventional single screw propulsion with two-stroke main engine, three auxiliary engines and two auxiliary boilers, all equipped for LNG dual fuel capability.LNG fuel is supplied through two type-C tanks of 850 cubic meters each arranged on the main deck aft port and starboard. Each LNG tank is equipped with two LNG feed pumps which provide full redundancy for operation.The vessels are designed to receive LNG fuel from LNG bunkering vessels — via ship-to-ship transfer. The vessels will be able to trade with LNG fuel for approximately 6,000 nautical miles.“AET has worked for many years in close cooperation with industry partners to develop these LNG dual-fuelled Aframaxes, which are amongst the very first in the industry (…) Eagle Brasilia and Eagle Bintulu are proof that as an industry, we needn’t see increasing environmental requirements as a threat to how we operate, but rather as an incentive to develop new, more innovative and sustainable shipping solutions,” Yee Yang Chien, AET Chairman, and President/Group CEO of parent company MISC Berhad, commented.Image Courtesy: AETBoth vessels have been awarded the “Green Passport” and “GFS” notations and have been fitted with an IMO-compliant ballast water management system.“Shell has been an advocate of LNG as a marine fuel for many years, and as an organisation, we have invested considerably in supporting the development of a comprehensive and reliable LNG bunkering infrastructure. We share AET’s commitment to exceeding the IMO’s 0.5% sulphur emissions requirements wherever possible, and we are very pleased to take these vessels on charter to serve our global energy shipping requirements,” Lars Wogen, Global Crude Freight Trading Manager, Shell commented. “We welcome these vessels as the first in what will be an expanding fleet of LNG dual fuelled vessels in the years to come, as part of our group’s Green Sustainability Agenda. This seeks to deliver environmental efficiency alongside operational excellence. This is a point of critical importance, as ensuring that these LNG dual-fuelled Aframaxes are designed to operate with optimum efficiency, the highest standards of safety and compliance has been and remains top priority for us,” Captain Rajalingam Subramaniam, President & CEO of AET, said.Featuring a length of 244 meters and a width of 43 meters, each of the two tanker newbuilds has a market value of USD 44.14 million, VesselsValue’s data shows.