HSBC extends gambling cooling-off block to 72 hours

first_imgGambling transaction blocking has become a popular feature for banks since online banks Starling and Monzo launched theirs in June 2018. Regtech Email Address 21st January 2021 | By Daniel O’Boyle Tags: GamCare HSBC extends gambling cooling-off block to 72 hours Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Players may activate the block on the HSBC app, through the “manage cards” section, by telephone banking or at a branch. High street bank HSBC has extended its gambling transaction blocking tool to now last for 72 hours at a time. “The University of Bristol Personal Finance Research Centre has also highlighted that ‘positive friction’ such as a cooling off period is important for the success of blocks, as this prevents them being turned off in the event of urges to gamble,” Hemmings continued. “GamCare is pleased to see HSBC UK and first direct take this positive step to support their customers.” Launched in 2019, the gambling transaction block is intended as a “cooling off” measure for those who feel they are losing control of their gambling. The bank said a major reason for extending the block was the British Gambling Commission’s October 2020 data, with the number of online bets and active accounts rising month-on-month as many workers returned to working from home. “By increasing the restriction to 72 hours, this will help give our customers time to pause when they are tempted to return to gambling. “The ability to block gambling transactions through your bank card or app is an important tool for those struggling with their gambling, and is ideally used together with other practical tools such as self-exclusion, blocking software, and specialist support around the issue – as we have recently emphasised through our ‘TalkBanStop’ partnership and campaign,” GamCare chief executive Anna Hemmings said. Topics: Social responsibility Tech & innovation Problem gambling Responsible gambling Regtech Payments AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: UK & Ireland “We are always looking for new ways to support our customers and make it easier for them to manage their finances,” Pritchard explained. “Customer feedback on our gambling control showed us there was more we could do to help and we’ve worked closely with them and with GamCare to design the solution.” “This is a challenging time for many of our customers, with some not working and perhaps facing financial difficulty,” Maxine Pritchard, head of financial inclusion and vulnerability at HSBC UK, said. last_img read more

Atlantic Leaf Properties Limited (ALPL.mu) HY2020 Interim Report

first_imgAtlantic Leaf Properties Limited (ALPL.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Property sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the half year.For more information about Atlantic Leaf Properties Limited (ALPL.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Atlantic Leaf Properties Limited (ALPL.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Atlantic Leaf Properties Limited (ALPL.mu)  2020 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileAtlantic Leaf Properties Limited is a real estate company incorporated in Mauritius. The company is the first pound dominated Global Business Licence company to be listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius. Atlantic Leaf Properties Limited invests in high quality, investment grade real estate assets and companies which deliver solid returns for investors through both income and quality growth. Atlantic Leaf Properties Limited is listed on the Mauritius Stock Exchange as well as the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.last_img read more

Tim Nanai-Williams and Samoa get the better of the USA in Brighton

first_imgMonday Sep 21, 2015 Tim Nanai-Williams and Samoa get the better of the USA in Brighton Samoa got their Rugby World Cup 2015 campaign off to a comfortable enough start with a 25-15 victory over the USA in Brighton. The United States scored one of the tries of the weekend, but ill-discpline prevented them from really challenging the Pacific Islanders.Tusi Pisi kicked 12 points, while star fullback Tim Nanai-Williams and forward Ofisa Treviranus scored the tries, either side of half time. Chris Wyles scored the try of the game after a stunning break out, while Chris Baumann also crossed for the USA.Samoa now top Pool B alongside Japan, who famously beat South Africa on Saturday. Both sides are on four points, with Samoa facing the Springboks on Saturday, followed by USA vs Scotland on Sunday.“It was tough but it has set us up for the next game. The South Africa loss to Japan showed that all teams at the World Cup have quality,” said Treviranus post match.View Samoa’s traditional war dance, the Siva Tau, on the next page, as well as the post match chat with a bruised and battered looking Treviranaus. ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Rugby World Cup Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO If you can get your head around it, these… 47 WEEKS AGO You’ve never seen any Rugby World Cup drop… 49 WEEKS AGO TOP 10: Rugby World Cup 2015 was filled with… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Workers World Party condemns the blockade of Cuba

first_imgThis statement condemning the continuing U.S. blockade against Cuba was issued by the Workers World Party 2016 Presidential Campaign.Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez announced on Sept. 9 that Cuba will submit a resolution to the upcoming United Nations General Assembly meeting titled “The necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba.”The Workers World Party Presidential and Vice Presidential Campaign joins with the Cuban people and millions globally who declare #YoVotoVsBloqueo — “I vote against the blockade.” We reiterate our party’s longstanding support for revolutionary socialist Cuba and respect for its sovereignty and self-determination against the imperialist bully to the north.There is now a commonly held, but false and dangerous, illusion that the genocidal financial noose around Cuba has ended. This illusion is fostered by the U.S. government’s positive agreement on Dec. 17, 2015, to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba, which it broke in 1961. President Barack Obama visited Cuba and commercial flights to the island began on Aug. 31. The unique restriction banning U.S. travel to Cuba has been reduced to a computer check box. However, Cuba’s 2016 report states that the blockade has in fact been toughened.In its 40-page document, Cuba details the large, small and even new ways the web of U.S. laws and regulations that make up the blockade hurt the Cuban people, while touching every continent with their extraterritorial reach. The full report can be read in English at cubavsbloqueo.cu.Here are a few examples.Cuba’s Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (CIGB) has exported pharmaceuticals to Thailand for many years. An order from PharMaLand pharmaceuticals for 60,000 bulbs of Cuba’s HeberBiovac HB Hepatitis B vaccine could not be filled because the bank in Thailand handling the order received a warning it should not enter into transactions with Cuba due to U.S. sanctions.Payment for work in Ecuador and Ethiopia by Cuban technical and professional teachers was held back because that would violate U.S. sanctions. In Guatemala, Cuban sports technicians could not provide services because there were no banking channels through which remittances could be sent to Cuba. The bank subsidiaries there have relations with U.S. banks.Between April 2015 and April 2016, the U.S. imposed 61 measures against foreign banks because they had relations with Cuba. These included closing bank accounts, holding back funds, refusing to provide banking services and to process letters of credit, delays due to the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control requiring permits to process documents and turning back bank transactions in North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania.Cuba offers more than 200 internationally recognized, quality medical programs in 47 health institutions serving 15,000 foreign patients annually. But medical treatment does not fall into the 12 categories of travel permitted by the U.S. government. In short, it is illegal for a U.S. resident to seek medical treatment in Cuba, even though Cuba has developed effective treatments like a vaccine for lung cancer and Heberprot-P, which prevents more than 70 percent of diabetic foot ulcers. These treatments reduce medical costs and markedly improve quality of life, yet are out of reach for U.S. residents.Cuba constitutionally guarantees free education and health care as well as access to culture and sports. The well-being of the people, not profits, is the purpose of its socialist organization of society. The blockade hurts all aspects of Cuban society, from construction to food import and production to the right of development itself.President Obama has not done all that he could to dismantle the blockade of Cuba. He continues the Medical Professional Parole Program, a brain drain that offers special benefits to Cuban medical professionals who abandon international assignments.According to Cuba’s 2016 document, Obama could allow Cuban banks to open accounts in U.S. banks; authorize direct exports of U.S. products to Cuban companies; permit imports of Cuban services or products like biotech products, including those manufactured in third countries containing Cuban raw materials; authorize U.S. companies to invest in Cuba; and allow ships that have docked in Cuba to dock in U.S. ports, eliminating the present six-month waiting period.As the vote against the U.S. blockade in the United Nations General Assembly nears, the Cuban Institute for Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) has begun days of action under the title, “We remember: Solidarity against the blockade and terrorism.” On Sept. 4, ICAP began by commemorating the 1997 bombing of a Havana hotel that killed the young Italian Fabio di Celmo. The days of action will end on Oct. 27 with the twenty-fifth consecutive United Nations vote calling on the U.S. to end its blockade of Cuba.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

President Announces Support for Biofuels Development

first_img President Announces Support for Biofuels Development By Andy Eubank – Mar 22, 2012 Previous articleLugar Co-sponsors Two Bills to Reduce Regulatory Burdens on FarmersNext articleFDA Ordered to Move on Drug Ban Andy Eubank Facebook Twitter Home Energy President Announces Support for Biofuels Development SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter Speaking at Ohio State University Thursday, President Obama announced that up to 35-million dollars over three years will be provided to support research and development in advanced biofuels, bioenergy and high-value biobased products. The projects funded through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative will help cut America’s oil imports, develop clean alternative energy technologies, and protect American families and businesses from the ups and downs of the global oil market.Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack says – this funding represents the kind of innovation we need to build American-made, homegrown biofuels and biobased products that will help to break our dependence on foreign oil and move our nation toward a clean energy economy. Energy Secretary Steven Chu says – investing in next-generation biofuels helps boost the competitiveness of the U.S. biofuels industry, supports economic development in rural communities, and creates skilled jobs for American workers.The dollars will support feedstock development, biofuels and biobased products development, and biofuels development analysis.Source: NAFB News Servicelast_img read more

USDA Reports Spark Market Rally and Opportunity for Growers

first_img Facebook Twitter SHARE USDA Reports Spark Market Rally and Opportunity for GrowersChris HurtThe USDA planted acreage and stocks reports on Friday were bearish, but the market reaction was bullish.  Dr. Chris Hurt, ag economist at Purdue, said the planted acre number for soybeans was higher, but not as high as the trade expected, “I really expected we would see more soybeans planted than corn planted this year, but that is not what we got.”   The report showed soybean planted area for 2017 estimated at a record high 89.5 million acres, up 7 percent from last year; while corn planted area for all purposes in 2017 is estimated at 90.9 million acres, down 3 percent from last year.As a result, Hurt says soybean prices will remain higher this summer which is an opportunity for farmers, “This would be an opportunity to sell soybeans at higher levels than we are likely to see at harvest.” Hurt told HAT that U.S. soybean production looks to be on track to average yields, “Thus, I would expect soybean prices to be around $8.75 per bushel at harvest.” On Friday, November futures closed at $9.54.Bob Utterback, with Utterback Marketing, says corn prices will also remain higher in the short term based on dryness in the Western Corn Belt. But again, it is a situation that is not going to last long, “In the next 3 weeks we are going to see corn from Brazil hit the market and that is going to widen the cash bases.” He said that, thus, while the futures will continue to rally, farmers selling into the cash market will get less.USDA put all wheat acres at 45.7 million, which was at the bottom of trader forecasts in a Reuters survey. Soybean acres at 89.5 million were under the trade average but within the range, but the June 1 stocks of 963 million were on the low side of estimates. On Friday, wheat prices jumped sharply.  Hoosier wheat growers who are in the midst of harvest saw the value of their crop increase last week by $1 per bushel. Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA Reports Spark Market Rally and Opportunity for Growers By Gary Truitt – Jun 30, 2017 USDA Reports Spark Market Rally and Opportunity for Growers SHARE Previous articleIndiana Soybean Plantings Set RecordNext articleCommentary: Why Monsanto Should Change its Name Gary Truittlast_img read more

Enda Kenny fields tough questions in Glenties

first_img WhatsApp Enda Kenny fields tough questions in Glenties RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Donegal South West Fine Gael Selection conventionBefore local issues were allowed dominate proceedings this evening in Glenties the Fine Gael leader faced questions on a number of issues. Not least on his own leadership role within the party given recent events and a poor poll showing , but also on the ongoing public row between Tanaiste Mary Coughlan and Ryanair Chief Michael O’Leary.Tánaiste Mary Coughlan’s office has contacted Ryanair with a view to meeting with the airline’s chief executive Michael O’Leary tomorrow to discuss his potential plans to create 300 aviation maintenance jobs at Dublin Airport.It is expected that a time for the meeting will be confirmed in the morning. It follows widespread criticism of the Tanaiste and her handling of the situation.Speaking in the heart of her constituency Deputy Enda Kenny pulled no punches: [podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/kenryanair4.mp3[/podcast]Deputy Kenny also responded to questions over his leadership of Fine Gael and his handling of the George Lee saga:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/kenonhimself.mp3[/podcast] Twitter Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook By News Highland – February 15, 2010 Newsx Adverts 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Google+center_img Google+ Previous articleMan found dead in Mullingar originally from StrabaneNext articleCouncillor Barry O’Neill secures Fine Gael bye-election nomination News Highland Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Facebook WhatsApplast_img read more

Arts Center volunteers recognized for dedication, hard work

first_img By The Penny Hoarder Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Email the author Latest Stories By Jaine Treadwell Richard Metzger, executive director of the Troy Pike Cultural Arts Center, is quickly learning how folks in the Deep South spell “thank you.” BBQ.The 85-plus volunteers, who gave of their time and talents to the Grand Opening of the Johnson Center on Sept. 14, were treated to a barbecue supper and a night of fun and entertainment Thursday at The Cultural Arts Studio in downtown Troy.Metzger said there were several committees that worked diligently to make the Grand Opening a success.“Without all the volunteers, we could not have pulled it off,” Metzger said. “Volunteers are vital to the success of so many things and they were vital to the success of the Grand Opening of the Johnson Center for the Arts and will be vital to its continued success. “We’ve heard nothing but positive comments about the Johnson Center for the Arts and the Andy Warhol exhibit,” he said. “The publicity that we have gotten from the Grand Opening will certainly be beneficial in the future.”Marsha Gaylard, chair of the Grand Opening committee, said the barbecue was a way of saying “thank you” for the support, dedication and hard work of the volunteers and to also bring everyone together for a time of fun and fellowship.Gaylard said the Johnson Center for the Arts is off to a fast start and the future of the Center looks bright.“The publicity that we have gotten from the Grand Opening and the Andy Warhol exhibit has already generated interest from as far away as Birmingham,” Gaylard said. “The Johnson Center for the Arts has the potential to have a big economic impact on Troy. We want to concentrate on bringing tour buses to Troy to visit the Center. Richard is working with a lot of other galleries in an effort to put together an arts trail that will also include the Pioneer Museum of Alabama, Troy University and the many antique shops in the area. South Alabama has a lot to offer and Troy is quickly becoming a center for the arts.” Skipcenter_img Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… You Might Like Troy professor’s art selected for regional show Larry Percy, Troy University art professor, is one of 31 artists from six Southeastern states whose works have been selected… read more Arts Center volunteers recognized for dedication, hard work Gaylard, executive director of the Pike County Economic Development Corp., said a strong arts community is beneficial when courting businesses and industries in an effort to interest them in locating in a community.However, that is secondary to the benefits that arts offer the citizens of all ages in a community. The arts broaden horizons and improve the quality of life of all involved, she said.“We thank the volunteers who are dedicated to making the arts a vital part of the Troy and Pike County communities.” Print Article Book Nook to reopen Sponsored Content Published 11:36 am Friday, September 19, 2008 Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Acid Reflux (Watch Now)Healthy LifestyleIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Increasing lava flow prompts new evacuations, first injury since eruption

first_imgU.S. Geological Survey(PUNA, Hawaii) — New evacuations were underway in Hawaii as active lava flows Saturday evening caused brush fires to spread in Puna, the easternmost district on the Big Island.As of 6:30 p.m. local time (12:30 a.m. ET on Sunday), officials were unsure how many homes in the region the new evacuation orders would affect, but they were going door to door to check on residents.Many of the people in the area had already voluntarily evacuated, a spokesperson for the mayor’s office told ABC News.The mayor’s office also confirmed the first injury since Kilauea erupted on May 3. The spokesperson said a homeowner on Noni Farms Road in the hard-hit town of Pahoa was sitting on his balcony when he was hit with lava splatter. The man was hit on the leg and shattered everything from the shin down to his foot, the spokesperson said. The man was rushed to the hospital for treatment.The lava erupting from Kilauea can be as hot as 2,000 degrees, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), though it cools by hundreds of degrees once it hits the open air.Officials were also concerned about two fissures that had merged near MacKenzie State Park and was approaching the ocean, forming what is called “laze.”“Laze is formed when hot lava hits the ocean, sending hydrochloric acid and steam with fine glass particles into the air,” the Civil Defense Agency warned in a statement Saturday evening. “Health hazards of laze include lung, eye and skin irritation. Be aware that the laze plume travels with the wind and can change direction without warning.”There have now been 22 different fissures to open in the Puna district since the May 3 eruption triggered the current problems on the island.The Civil Defense Agency said on Friday night that 40 homes were threatened in Puna by the fast-moving lava spewing from the 20th fissure. Four residents had to be evacuated by county and National Guard helicopters on Friday after they were cut off by the lava flow.Large plumes of ash erupted from Kilauea on Saturday afternoon, as well. The USGS told ABC News that the plume was another of the ongoing phreatic — or steam-driven — explosions that have been seen over the past few days. The ash cloud on Saturday wasn’t as high as ones earlier in the week.A larger blast took place at about midnight on Saturday (6 a.m. ET), with the ash threatening five neighborhoods southwest of the volcano. The Civil Defense Agency had warned residents to stay indoors and keep windows closed until the hazard had passed.An eruption on Thursday sent an ash plume 30,000 feet into the air, according to officials. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

How to grow new-style leaders

first_img Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Ann Edwards, practice manager at Executive Training SHL, looks for mentoringand coaching schemes suitable for high performers in today’s internationalmarketplaceThe recent CEML report (July, Training Magazine) should act as a soberingwake-up call for UK organisations. Already struggling in the aftermath ofrecent economic and terrorist events, the report warns organisations’ troublesare far from over if they fail to address the soft skills deficit at seniormanagement level currently damaging UK companies. Organisations now have to re-evaluate the importance placed on effectiveleadership and management in good times and in bad. Slowly, a shift is takingplace. As a result, the much admired pioneers and hard-nosed tycoons of the 90sare stepping aside for a new breed of leaders – charismatic visionaries at thehelm of organisations, concentrating on values, ethics and communication. In response, forward-thinking companies are refocusing their executiveeducation strategies and increasing their development budgets to includecoaching and mentoring. These are aimed at developing ‘home-grown’ talent andretaining potential leaders in a time when CEOs are in post for an average ofjust 18 months. Short-term views As the baby boomers reach retirement age, the challenge facing organisationstoday is identifying potential leaders from a decreasing talent pool. They mustthen foster them in keeping with future corporate goals and culture whilenurturing and developing the new balance of soft and hard skills needed,including the way leaders relate to people, enthusiasm, thinking style andmotivation. Traditionally, organisations have adopted a short-term, ‘agenda-setting’approach to the recruitment of leaders. This is epitomised by the tendency toparachute in a replacement from outside an organisation when recruiting seniorpeople. However, the replacement is typically just that – someone withidentical values and leadership techniques, rather than a successor best suitedto the future goals and values of the organisation. This is the quick fix, theexpensive option. Why? Because the person best suited to the job is oftenalready there. You just haven’t identified them yet. Transformational training Developing the new generation of leaders begins very simply. You mustunderstand what your organisation needs, define what leadership means there andestablish what leadership skills and attributes are needed to drive theorganisation forward. This is the first step and will help you refine who yournext leader will be. Today’s leaders still need to be traditional agenda setters, but they mustalso be transformational leaders – managers who lead by example, who recognisetheir core personality strengths and soft skills and are trained to use them intheir managerial capacity. By aligning soft skills and behaviours withorganisational goals in this way tomorrow’s inspirational, dynamic leaders areborn. With this in mind, the next step is identifying the existing talent pool. This can be done most effectively through a comprehensive talent andmanagement development review using questionnaire-based methodologies andleading-edge psychometrics and psychological assessment. This process will help establish ‘best fits’ for roles and provide theplatform for change. Individuals must then carry the process forward by usingin-house coaching and mentoring programmes. Support is then essential to ensure the success of the chosen leader. The roleof coach and mentor is vital at this point. Usually someone external, theseprofessionals provide essential, independent assistance and coach the change inbehaviour required. In addition, a commitment to continue taking snapshots of the individual’sprogress is then needed. Traditionally, management development has beenregarded as a one-off event. However, today’s coaching and mentoring programmesshould be viewed as ongoing processes. Leaders, with the support oforganisations, need to continually ask: Where am I now? Has where I need to bechanged? If so, what do I need to do? The sad fact is that today’s talented managers are tomorrow’sunder-performing managers, unless they adapt to ever-changing demands and adoptnew leadership approaches. However, the good news is that a morecost-effective, homogeneous workforce is waiting just round the corner. Just follow the leader. How to grow new-style leadersOn 1 Sep 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more