ESSA is no more, long live the IBIA

first_img Topics: Sports betting AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter ESSA is no more, long live the IBIA The body formerly known as the European Sports Security Association has rebranded in order to reflect its increasingly international focus. Secretary General Khalid Ali talks to iGaming Business about the evolving battle against sports-related corruption 4th June 2019 | By Stephen Cartercenter_img Sports betting Tags: Online Gambling The body formerly known as the European Sports Security Association has rebranded in order to reflect its increasingly international focus. Secretary General Khalid Ali talks to iGaming Business about the evolving battle against sports-related corruptionSince it was established in 2005, the European Sports Security Association has evolved as the gambling industry has grown from a European to an international business. The only thing that didn’t change was its name.First it was rebranded as ESSA (Sports Betting Integrity), in 2013, a step towards shifting away from its Euro-centric origins. At this time, it was decided that the issue of the name would be revisited in 2018.“When 2018 came, a number of things happened, most significantly the US opening up, but also movement in South America, Brazil, Argentina, and talks in India,” secretary general Khalid Ali explains.He says that in hindsight, even the association’s original name failed to reflect what it was and did – something hammered home by a stakeholder consultation.“The feedback we got was all very positive but there was an issue with the name; people just didn’t feel it was fit for purpose anymore,” he says.“We came up with a few alternative ideas, presented it to our board, at our AGM in London, where they all agreed that we change our name to the International Betting Integrity Association.”Ali notes that since 2016, the association has reported more than 700 alerts to operators, sports governing bodies and regulators. In 2018, 42% of alerts were generated on activity outside Europe. This is not only down to the industry, and the body’s membership, becoming more international, but also as a result of members expanding into new territories.Integrity focus Furthermore, Ali says, the need for integrity monitoring services has become increasingly pressing. This is more to do with awareness than it is with a growing problem of sports-related corruption.“Six, seven years ago, people talked about betting integrity as an issue, but it wasn’t something regulators looked at,” he explains. “That’s changed. Now it’s one of the top three topics the regulators want to know about.“It has become a key focus for them, in terms of how they open up their markets.”However this does not mean that regulators necessarily choose the correct approach, he notes, especially those that restrict the events on which licensees can offer bets. This has frustrated many of the International Betting Integrity Association’s members.“It doesn’t make sense – punters simply bet outside of the [legal] market.”Ali points out that the most open markets are the most successful in channelling players towards legal offerings. Denmark’s liberal model has been far more successful in this respect than the heavily restricted French regulatory framework, he notes.“For us this is a key part of protecting the integrity of sports and betting,” he says. “You need to have a full catalogue to ensure everything can be monitored and reported.”The Macolin question He argues that over-zealous regulation only serves to hurt efforts to develop effective legal safeguards to combat sporting corruption.This is especially apparent when looking at the Council of Europe’s (CoE) Convention on the Manipulation of Sports Competitions, or the Macolin Convention. The convention was first opened up for Council of Europe states to sign in 2014, and only in 2019 has a fifth member ratified it, allowing it to fully come into force.This is largely down to its definition of illegal sports betting, which it defines as “any sports betting activity whose type or operator is not allowed under the applicable law of the jurisdiction where the consumer is located”.The definition has been disputed by Malta, which argues that the definition would mark a significant number of its licensees as illegal gambling operators. Malta’s opposition to the convention as a result of this definition is preventing it from being implemented across the European Union.“When it comes to conventions from the Council of Europe, the issue has always been that the EU has to negotiate as a bloc, and when one member state has a problem that holds [things up],” Ali says.“We’ve always supported the Maltese position, as fundamentally how illegal betting has been defined means many of our operators would be classed as illegal,” he explains. “There’s a distinction between illegal and unregulated; something ‘illegal’ is prohibited and unlawful, and for our members, who are often listed businesses, that definition for them is unacceptable.”He points out that a major investigation into match-fixing in tennis saw 19 arrested in Belgium in 2018. Some of the information that helped identify wrongdoing came from one of the association’s members.If their site was accessed by players a few miles up the road from their Belgian offices, in the Netherlands, they would, by Macolin’s definition, be an illegal operator.“The definition doesn’t help achieve the treaty’s goal, in fact it hinders it,” Ali says.He points out that the key operational elements of the convention, such as states establishing national platforms to fight sports-related corruption, is already happening without any legal requirement.At the time of writing, 37 countries had agreed to implement Macolin and adhere to its terms – without making a legally binding commitment to doing so. There is clearly an appetite to step up the fight against match-fixing even if Macolin’s definition of illegal betting remains unpalatable.Where Ali does see a need for more regulatory intervention is in making operators’ membership of an integrity monitoring service mandatory. New Jersey requires sports betting licence applicants to have partnered an integrity service provider before they are eligible.“This is something we advocate – it’s becoming increasingly important for operators to be part of an integrity network, because it’s only through sharing information that you can build a complete picture of suspicious activity,” Ali says.“One of the great things we’ve built is the cooperation between the various sports, regulators and operators, and we would call on operators and regulators to make it a requirement that people who are licensed be part of a monitoring system.”This isn’t a commercial pitch. The International Betting Integrity Association has, and always will be, a not-for-profit enterprise, created by sports betting operators fundamentally to ensure they are not defrauded.“We’ve always said we won’t commercialise integrity,” Ali says. “We’re in a privileged position where we can talk freely about certain things. There are still operators that are sitting outside of the monitoring frameworks and they need to get involved.”Select club Following the rebrand, the IBIA aims to step up efforts to expand its international membership. However, all prospective members will be required to adhere to its code of conduct, and undergo due diligence before they will be admitted.Yet with so many different markets opening up, and so many different regulatory frameworks, there are differing definitions of what is acceptable for an operator.Ali admits that the association has found itself in situations where it has had to conduct enhanced due diligence on a potential member, and ultimately rejected its application. This, he says, is because the IBIA takes its duty to uphold high standards seriously.“Our members see membership as a gold standard in some ways, for the reputational boost that they get,” he says. That reputational boost will only be there if these standards are upheld.And while because the IBIA is becoming more international, Ali says, there are limits to what it can do. For example, it helped establish a dedicated US integrity monitoring body, the Sports Wagering Integrity Association (SWIMA), rather than making the US a major focus – something that its members had initially hoped it would do.“We’re a not-for-profit organisation, and because of that we have limited resources, so we felt it would be better if there was an American equivalent, set up by the Americans and run by the Americans,” Ali says.“They would have the contacts there, know the right people, and it would just be more efficient,” he explains. “That’s why we worked with the American Gaming Association to help create it, and when it had the arms and legs in place, we started working with [SWIMA chief integrity officer] George Rover, and provided the platform they’re using.”This is a version of the IBIA’s proprietary platform, meaning members are already familiar with the system.Despite its limited resources stopping it from taking on a leading role in the emerging US market, Ali denies that the IBIA is limited what it can do. It is involved in five projects, at an EU level, to tackle match-fixing, and has a range of others in the pipeline going into 2020 and beyond.This, Ali says, will keep him busy going forward. Despite serving as secretary general since 2008, during which time its membership has grown to more than 50 betting brands, he says there is too much going on for him to even consider moving on.“When I joined there were only five or six members, it was very much an ad hoc association,” Ali says. “The job is very challenging. It’s not like you’re doing the same thing every single day. I’m running the association, working with our members, and helping with various initiatives.“The job just keeps throwing up new things, and now I have the challenge of making people understand who we are and what we do.”He’s going nowhere. And with a renewed purpose and international outlook, there is still a huge amount to be done. Email Addresslast_img read more

Beyond fines: the case for compensation

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Legal & compliance Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Henrietta Dunkley, a solicitor at Ellis Jones, made headlines last year when she successfully negotiated a settlement worth £120,000 for a gambler from a high street bookmaker for failing to adhere to the Gambling Commission’s Social Responsibility Code. Here she explains the implications for the wider industry.In recent months, we achieved an outstanding result for a vulnerable gambling customer with a high value dispute against a major betting operator, which failed to protect its customer from harm and therefore breached a number of obligations set out within its licensing conditions.Readers of this article will be familiar with the Gambling Commission’s Licence Conditions and Codes of Practice (LCCP), which operators must adhere to as a condition of being granted a licence.Contained in the LCCP is the Social Responsibility Code, which attempts to regulate the conduct of betting operators in respect of the protection of vulnerable consumers, as well as anti-money laundering.The circumstances of the case Our client, a man in his early 30s, had shown very obvious signs of problem gambling for a considerable period of time and was spending far beyond his means. He lost well in excess of £100,000 with a major betting operator and sought to recover as much of his net losses as possible.The customer had a clear addiction to gambling, which led him to gamble significant sums regularly throughout the night.The customer expressly stated to the operator’s chat agents that he “needed” bonuses and cashback because he did not have sufficient funds to gamble, admitted to playing out of boredom and told the agents while he was gambling this his mood was very low.Despite this, the operator failed to intervene with the customer to check that he was comfortable with his spending and/or speak with him about the responsible gambling tools available.In addition, the operator had inadequate monitoring systems and processes to identify the customer as a problem gambler in the first place, and had failed to check the customer’s source of funds on a sufficiently regular basis.Instead, the customer was offered large bonuses and treated as a VIP, so as to encourage further spending rather than prevent further harm.As a result, the customer was able to continue borrowing large sums of money at high interest rates to fund his gambling addiction without any checks as to his source of funds. At one point he gambled with money that had become available as a result of equity release on a relative’s home.The outcome We were able to persuasively argue that there had been clear failings by the betting operator, which ultimately enabled us to negotiate and recover 89% of the client’s net losses without having to pursue any court proceedings.This result is reflective of a much wider recognition by the Gambling Commission and other organisations that more protection is needed for gambling customers, particularly those who display obvious signs of problem gambling.Social responsibility is a key area of concern for the Gambling Commission, which is now taking a much firmer approach against operators that fail to meet the duties set out in the Social Responsibility Code. For example, Betway, Paddy Power, 32Red, William Hill and LeoVegas have all received significant fines for breaches of social responsibility obligations.In this particular case, the team was able to draw on the recent fines for failing to protect vulnerable customers as leverage for negotiating a fruitful settlement.Recent updates to the LCCP reflect the Gambling Commission’s drive to provide better protection for consumers and make sure that the licensing framework in this area is compliant with UK advertising codes, marketing requirements and consumer rights law.Among other things, some of the key changes to the LCCP were aimed at raising standards for alternative dispute resolution, strengthening requirements on how licensees identify and interact with customers who may be at risk of or experiencing gambling harms, and improving the transparency of funding for research, prevention and treatment.The purpose of these changes was to help make gambling fairer and safer for consumers and will give the Gambling Commission more power to take enforcement action if gambling firms fail to meet their responsibilities.Shortcomings of the current system However, despite the intentions of the current LCCP and the Social Responsibility Code, the provisions are somewhat vague, and most of the detail in respect of how operators interact with and protect their customers is left to the operator’s own internal policies.Furthermore, despite the regulator being capable of making decisions in respect of complaints raised by individual consumers and making financial awards by way of regulatory settlements, the Gambling Commission seems to be reluctant to become involved with awards of compensation.Instead, it prefers to impose penalties whereby operators are required to pay out to independent gambling charities, rather than compensating the victims of an operator’s failings directly.There is therefore still a long way to go and it is hoped that more urgent action will be triggered, not only by the Gambling Commission and gambling operators, but also the NHS and the UK Government.At the moment, the Gambling Commission’s powers, and its remit, are not fit for purpose in terms of protecting consumers from the failings of gambling operators.In a speech given in June last year, former deputy leader of the Labour Party Tom Watson outlined Labour’s plans for a new Gambling Act and a tripartite approach to dealing with what he described as a public health crisis.This approach would require the involvement of three separate entities: the regulator (the Gambling Commission), an ombudsman and a specialist health body.Redress required In terms of compensating customers who have been treated unfairly, the proposed ombudsman would be the most important part of this approach.Its purpose would be to investigate complaints made by consumers against the conduct of betting operators, and to provide a straightforward, unambiguous and transparent method for providing compensation to customers who have been treated badly.In addition, there are discussions about imposing a legal duty of care upon gambling operators, to ensure that customers are protected from unnecessary harm caused by gambling, which would make it far easier for customers to successfully pursue their cases in court.One key point here is that gambling operators should also be focusing on the mental health of their customers; the issues are not purely financial.We are seeing an ever-increasing number of people seeking legal advice following very distressing experiences with gambling, which have had significant detrimental effects on their mental health.Had operators genuinely engaged and/or intervened with those customers via human contact, as opposed to relying on automated emails and messages, they may well have been able to prevent serious mental health issues such as stress-related disorders, anxiety, depression, substance misuse and suicidal thoughts or feelings.We regularly act for customers who have had concerning experiences with gambling and whose lives have been turned upside down as a result. While we do often achieve successful outcomes against various gambling operators, much more needs to be done to adequately protect vulnerable customers from the failings of gambling operators.However, given the discussions currently taking place on these issues, it is hoped that we are not too far away from the imposition of a legal duty of care and a gambling ombudsman that can regularly provide compensation to customers who have been treated badly.Henrietta Dunkley is an associate solicitor at Ellis Jones Solicitors.  Beyond fines: the case for compensation Last year solicitor Henrietta Dunkley negotiated a settlement worth £120,000 for a gambler from a bookmaker for failing to adhere to the Social Responsibility Code. She explains the implications for the wider industry. Tags: Online Gambling Regions: UK & Ireland 31st March 2020 | By Joanne Christie Email Address Topics: Legal & compliancelast_img read more

Study warns German tax rate could drive 49% of players to black market

first_img“In the study, the selection preferences of the players for online gaming offers with a focus on online slots were determined. The result is that for players in Germany, payout rates are more important than a German license and the associated security aspects.” Topics: Casino & games Casino regulation Online casino Poker Slots Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The survey of 619 slots players found that the majority of players, at 54% valued payout percentages more than any other factor, while 31% sited the fact an operator was licensed and 6% each for the range of products and player protection measures. Yesterday, Nordrhein-Westfalen became the final state to approve the treaty. The study – conducted on behalf of Entain, Flutter Entertainment and Novomatic subsidiary Greentube – suggests that if payout ratios of online slot machines was reduced due to the turnover tax, the use of fully regulated sites and offers could reduce to 51%. This would leave the remaining 49% of players seeking out offers and bonuses on unregulated black market sites. An online survey conducted by Goldmedia consulting and research group has claimed that the proposed 5.3% stake tax in German gaming could lead 49% of players to unlicensed vendors. According to Goldmedia’s study, 31% of players surveyed admitted to using black market sites every month, and 27% use offers which don’t conform to current guidelines. The 5.3% turnover tax is expected to come into effect alongside the German State Treaty on Gambling (Der Glücksspielneuregulierungstaatsverag/GlüNeuRStV). Currently, it has been approved by the Federal Council (Bundesrat) but requires final approval from the legislature. Casino regulation “The study published today shows that currently 73 to 75 percent of the regular use of online gaming is based on offers that are fundamentally different to the new regulatory requirements,” a statement from Goldmedia read Email Address Other features of the treaty include a €1 stake limit on online slots. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 29th April 2021 | By Nosa Omoigui SEO analysis also showed that unregulated offers got ‘significantly more hits’ than compliant ones. Study warns German tax rate could drive 49% of players to black market Regions: Europe Central and Eastern Europe Germany The study said this would be mostly due to the fact that unregulated sites could offer better payout rates, of around 98%, whereas it anticipated that payout for regulated offerings would be closer to 90%. Tags: Flutter Entertainment Entain Greentube Goldmedialast_img read more

Don’t wait for the next FTSE 100 stock market crash! I’d buy bargain shares today

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They’re hard to predict in a stock market recovery too.Buy bargain shares before the recoveryNobody can foresee share price movements, but you can take advantage of them after the stock market has crashed. The FTSE 100 is full of bargain shares at the moment. Focus on companies with strong balance sheets, minimal debt, and competitive moats.Don’t wait for the index to fall to 5,000, 4,500, or below 4,000, because you have no idea whether it ever will. If you keep hanging on, the danger is you’ll never invest, and miss out on the wealth-building ability of stocks and shares which, over the long term, outperform every other asset class.There are plenty of bargain shares to buy today. If we get another stock market crash and the FTSE 100 falls even further, there will be even more bargains. So take another shopping trip.Don’t hold off for the perfect moment. We have a pretty good one right now. 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Allister Coetzee aims to widen South Africa’s game plan

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Break man: Faf de Klerk has been one of the stars of the Lions’ Super Rugby season. Photo: Getty Images“We’re also looking at the national sevens side who are going to the Olympics. Seabelo Senatla has had a good year and was promising at Western Province and went on to play one Super Rugby game. We’d like to look at him, then there’s Cheslin Kolbe and Juan de Jongh and Francois Hougaard, who did so well at Worcester last season.”BARBARIANS SHOWDOWNCoetzee will go up against a familiar foe in Robbie Deans when the Boks play the Barbarians in November – and he’ll be looking to end a run of two successive defeats for South Africa against the invitational side. The Baa-Baas won 22-5 in 2007 and 26-20 in 2010.“Robbie (Deans) is a very clever coach. I was fortunate enough to coach against him in Japan when he was at Panasonic and he beat us in the semi-final of the Top League. He’s a good selector and he’ll get a good side together.“Playing the Barbarians is a great opportunity and an exciting one and it brings a different kind of pressure. It’s very important for us to get the end-of-year tour off to a good start.Pure pace: Sevens star Seabelo Senatla could come into the Springbok mix. Photo: Getty Images“It’s never an easy game. Your defensive systems will be tested in the backfield and the Barbarians will go for all-out attack. We’ve got some work to do as the Barbarians have done very well of late against the Springboks.“Barbarians rugby is still an unbelievable concept. It’s important it’s maintained. I’ve chatted with most of our players this year and it’s still a huge draw for them. One day they’d all like to represent the Barbarians.”Tickets to the Killik Cup match between the Barbarians and South Africa at Wembley on 5 November are available from Ticketmaster.co.uk. Does Allister Coetzee feature on Rugby World’s list of the 50 Most Influential People in Rugby? See the September 2016 issue – out now – to find out.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here. Why South Africa coach Allister Coetzee is drawing inspiration from the Lions’ Super Rugby successcenter_img Try time: South Africa’s Lwazi Mvovo scores against Ireland in June. Photo: Getty Images The Rugby Championship kicks off in a little over two weeks and South Africa coach Allister Coetzee insists that he is going to continue to evolve his team’s game plan.The Springboks are known for being a physical side with plenty of power up front, but following the success of the Lions in Super Rugby this year he’s keen to play wider and be more creative in attack.The Lions’ exciting, free-running game has taken them to a first Super Rugby final – they play the Hurricanes on Saturday – and Coetzee’s long-term vision for the Springboks should see the Test side draw on those strengths.“We’ve been renowned for playing in certain ways and you can win games in lots of different ways,” says Coetzee, who guided the Boks to a 2-1 series win over Ireland in his first Tests in charge.“Lots of other international sides understand that they have to match South Africa’s physicality and we’ve got to a bit smarter and more accurate now. I believe in a balanced style of play. There are different kinds of pressure you can apply to the opposition and that can be with ball in hand, at the set-piece, with your contact skills.Debrief: Allister Coetzee talks to fly-half Elton Jantjies post-match. Photo: Getty Images“People enjoy watching us score tries and we understand that we have got to widen our game. South Africa maybe used to be a bit narrow at times and the Lions and the Stormers have shown what can be done and the opportunities that are there if you attack with width and put more effort into playing on the edges.“We don’t want to go all-out attack and neglect our forward style, our dominance at set-piece and the maul, but we want to be more effective.”NEW STARSHalf-backs Faf de Klerk and Elton Jantjies have been two standout performers in the Lions’ campaign and it’s now about giving that pairing a chance to gain more Test-match experience. Coetzee is also considering introducing sevens stars like Seabelo Senatla into the Test mix, if not during the Rugby Championship then in the autumn where they kick off their European tour with the Killik Cup match against the Barbarians at Wembley on Saturday 5 November.“There are players like Elton Jantjies and Faf de Klerk who’ve come in and started to play a part and I hope they’ll add some more caps over the coming months and we’ll have more experience,” says Coetzee.last_img read more

Face-off: Do red cards ruin rugby as a spectacle?

first_imgTwo writers argue this question. This debate first appeared in the February 2021 issue of Rugby World And arguably most importantly, by making new concessions to their well-documented framework, World Rugby would be admitting defeat in their fight to make rugby safer.Please beware: If we remove red cards in order to protect individual games of rugby, there may not be too much rugby left to protect.What do you think? Email your views to [email protected] SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – Wallaby walking: Lukhan Salakaia-Loto sees red (Getty Images) Seeing red: Andre Esterbuizen of Harlequins is sent off (Getty Images)NEIL TREACYProducer and broadcaster at Off the Ball LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Face-off: Do red cards ruin rugby as a spectacle?LIAM NAPIERNew Zealand-based rugby journalistcenter_img In modern rugby, red cards exist to protect players just as much as they exist to punish. Removing them or tweaking them makes players less accountable for their actions, and if players are less accountable for their actions, they’re more likely to offend again. RUGBY’S RED card sanction needs to change. It is too regimented and outdated. Everyone agrees safety must be paramount to counter concussion, and the head must be protected. But such a stance doesn’t have to come at the cost of a genuine, fair contest.Rugby is complicated – rapid at Test level especially, requiring athletes to make split-second decisions in contact. At some point, there has to be common sense to recognise that dangerous collisions will, in some form, always happen because of the different shapes and sizes in our game.How you treat complex, varied situations preserves the integrity of the contest.Currently, red cards allow no differentiation between clear and obvious malicious intent or slightly-mistimed tackles that frequently occur.Do red cards ruin games? Not always. Smart, fit teams can survive ten, 20 minutes at a push, with 14 men. Any longer and it’s beyond a fairfight. Why not let red-carded players be replaced after, say, 20 minutes? The offender doesn’t return – they are cited, suspended if deemed necessary. And the contest is preserved.Those who fork out to attend live events or pay subscription fees deserve better. At least be open to change instead of vehemently rejecting the notion that evolution may be needed.Must we witness a Rugby World Cup final overshadowed by a debatable, early red that makes a mockery of the showpiece before the matter is properly addressed? WHEN IT comes to protecting players from unnecessary and dangerous blows to the head, the game’s lawmakers cannot afford to make any concessions to the current way of policing.Alternatives to a red card have been flown like kites ever since World Rugby started to take head shots seriously. The idea of an ‘orange card’ (20-odd minutes on the naughty step) is neither one thing or the other. It’s acknowledging something bad has happened without having the minerals to fully act on it.Putting the incident ‘on report’ like in rugby league is an even greater cop-out. It’s not right that a player could commit an offence worthy of a six- or eight-week suspension, but carry on for the rest of the game in order to protect ‘the spectacle’. Hey, why ruin a good day out just because of potential brain damage? This debate first appeared in the February 2021 issue of Rugby World.last_img read more

New dates for Rugby World Cup 2021

first_img New dates for Rugby World Cup 2021Rugby World Cup 2021 will now take place from 8 October to 12 November 2022 in New Zealand.The tournament, which had been due to take place in September and October 2021, was postponed in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic and will now take place late next year.World Rugby has also announced that the tournament window has been extended from 35 days to 43 days, which ensures a minimum five-day rest period between matches.The revamped tournament will also see all matches take place on Saturdays and Sundays to avoid fixtures overlapping, so fans will be able to watch all the action live.Related: Rugby World Cup 2021 pools The pool matches will take place on the weekends of 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23 October, with the quarter-finals on 29-30 October and the semi-finals on 5 November. The third-place play-off and the final will both be played on Saturday 12 November at Eden Park, which is set to become the first stadium to host both the men’s and women’s World Cup finals.Match dates and kick-offs are still to be confirmed, but the tournament venues remain the same. As well as Eden Park, there will be games played at Northlands Events Centre in Whangārei and Waitakere Stadium in Auckland.World Rugby Chairman Sir Bill Beaumont said: “We are fully committed to accelerating the women’s game at all levels and while the postponement was disappointing for everyone, it has provided the unique opportunity to review every aspect of the event to ensure it is the best it can be for the players, fans around the world and the wonderful and enthusiastic New Zealanders.“Longer rest periods between matches for all teams is further commitment to delivering comprehensive player welfare standards at RWC 2021.” Can’t get to the shops? You can download the digital edition of Rugby World straight to your tablet or subscribe to the print edition to get the magazine delivered to your door.Follow Rugby World on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img The Black Ferns perform a haka on arriving in NZ after their RWC 2017 win (Getty Images) World Rugby have confirmed the women’s tournament in New Zealand will take place from 8 October to 12 November 2022last_img read more

El Obispo Presidente Michael Curry da inicio a la 79.ª…

first_img Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Submit a Job Listing Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Albany, NY Rector Belleville, IL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Presiding Bishop Michael Curry Featured Events Director of Music Morristown, NJ Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York General Convention, TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Posted Jul 11, 2018 Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Curate Diocese of Nebraska Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Pittsburgh, PA Associate Rector Columbus, GA Submit a Press Release Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Tags Rector Martinsville, VA Featured Jobs & Calls Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Washington, DC El Obispo Presidente Michael Curry da inicio a la 79.ª Convención General de la Iglesia Episcopal con un llamado a Comprometerse al Camino del Amor Rector Tampa, FL Rector Bath, NC Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Smithfield, NC Press Release Service Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Collierville, TN General Convention 2018, Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit an Event Listing Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 July 5, 2018Esta mañana marcó el comienzo oficial de la 79.ª Convención General de la Iglesia Episcopal en Austin, Texas. En un vigoroso sermón de apertura el Obispo Presidente Michael Curry habló de las maneras como la Iglesia Episcopal puede deliberadamente avanzar en el Camino del Amor.Luego de extensas conversaciones con sus colaboradores y otros evangelistas dentro de la Iglesia Episcopal, Curry llegó a la conclusión de que no necesitamos otro nuevo programa. La Iglesia ya tiene una buena cantidad de ellos. Las enseñanzas de Jesús han sido el recurso fundamental para vivir el Camino del Amor durante siglos, señaló. Curry llamó a todos los participantes en la Convención General a que “meditaran en la vida y enseñanzas de Jesús”, antes de subirse al podio en las sesiones legislativas, antes de encaminarse a las diversas reuniones y en todos los encuentros. También hizo un llamado a toda la Iglesia Episcopal a que adoptara un estilo de vida centrado en Jesús y a comprometerse a un Camino del Amor vivificante. A fin de hacer realidad este llamamiento, la Iglesia Episcopal ha puesto a disposición recursos para ayudar a los comulgantes a discernir cómo vivir El Camino del Amor: Prácticas para una Vida Centrada en Jesús. Los elementos de esta nueva “norma de vida” sugieren cambiar de rumbo, aprender, orar, adorar, bendecir, emprender y también reposar.Para una descripción más a fondo y recursos sobre el Camino del Amor, visite la página web de la Iglesia Episcopal aquí o en esta dirección: https://www.episcopalchurch.org/explore-way-love.last_img read more

Terrence Higgins Trust pays tribute to patron Claire Rayner

first_img Tagged with: Celebrity Recruitment / people Terrence Higgins Trust pays tribute to patron Claire Rayner 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. Howard Lake | 12 October 2010 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  60 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Terence Higgins Trust has paid tribute to agony aunt Claire Rayner, a supporter of the HIV and sexual health charity since 1984, who’s death was announced this morning.Terrence Higgins Trust’s Chief Executive, Sir Nick Partridge, said: “We’re greatly saddened to learn of the death of our patron Claire Rayner. Claire was one of the first people to recognise just how serious the impact of HIV and AIDS would be, from the early eighties, and she worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the condition, and sexual health issues as a whole, to help people lead healthier and more fulfilling sex lives.“Claire had an irrepressible enthusiasm for life. She was a pioneer in encouraging people to talk openly about sex, sexuality and sexual health when there was little knowledge about these subjects. She had a strong awareness of the difficult issues facing people diagnosed with AIDS and HIV, particularly stigma and discrimination, which she fought valiantly in the work that she did both as a nurse and in the media.“She was always willing to help; offering support and advice, acting as a spokesperson and attending our fundraising events and health programme launches, alongside her husband Des. We’re incredibly proud of Claire and all the fantastic work that she did for us, and people affected by HIV, as well as the huge difference she made to sexual health as a whole. Our thoughts are with Des and the family.”www.tht.org.uklast_img read more

Resistance at Standing Rock to pipelines, profits and environmental devastation

first_imgUnder Indigenous leadership, the determination of thousands who have gathered at Standing Rock is having a profound impact in exposing the environmental destruction caused by the mad profit drive of the oil industry.Oil and gas corporations, the banks standing behind them, and the U.S. government that supports capitalist exploitation have been complicit in suppressing the immediate and long-term consequences of oil fracking, and the construction of a lethal network of porous pipelines. These pipelines have a history of rupturing and polluting streams, rivers and underground aquifers.Pipeline endangers allThe Standing Rock Sioux and potentially 17 million others are threatened by the Dakota Access Pipeline route, a 1,170-mile oil pipeline that would run from North Dakota to Illinois. Data on oil and gas pipeline safety in the U.S. confirms a history of spills, contamination, injuries and deaths.Since 1986, there have been nearly 8,000 incidents, resulting in more than 500 immediate deaths, more than 2,300 injuries and nearly $7 billion in damage. Oil is by far the most commonly spilled substance, followed by natural gas, gasoline, diesel, propane and jet fuel.Pipeline accidents have dumped an average of 76,000 barrels per year or more than 3 million gallons. This is equivalent to 200 barrels of oil pouring into the land and water every day for 30 years. (Center for Biological Diversity)Reasons for pipeline spills include damage during excavation operations, metal failure, improper operation and corrosion. In most cases, cleanup is only partially successful, leaving tens of thousands of barrels of oil on land or in water.According to an Associated Press analysis of federal data: “As U.S oil production has soared, so has the number of pipeline accidents. Since 2009, the annual number of significant accidents on oil pipelines has shot up almost 60 percent, matching the rise in U.S. crude oil production.” (AP, May 23, 2015)Danger: pipelines and oil trainsIn the last five years, 423 oil trains have crashed or spilled oil in the U.S., with $45 million in damages. A train derailment and explosion of oil from the Bakken fields of North Dakota totally destroyed the Quebec community of Lac-Megantic in 2013. Forty-six people died in the flames. In West Virginia, oil burned for days after 26 tanker cars derailed and 19 caught on fire in 2015. Oil spilled into a nearby river. Damages totaled more than $23 million.These catastrophes gave rise to a movement challenging all transport of highly flammable oil by rail. But the oil industry simultaneously pushes for both pipelines and increased crude-by-rail, in an attempt to pit movements, struggling against each method, against each other.Although pipelines spill three times as much crude oil as oil trains, all these forms of transport — pipelines, rail and truck — are dangerous and ruinous to the environment.What is happening now at Standing Rock challenges us to look at the long-term damage the entire oil industry is wreaking on the earth and the global climate. Sustainable forms of energy, based on the sun, wind and water, are increasingly viable. Calculations based only on immediate profit are both criminal and shortsighted.Profits determine pipelinesPipelines are by far the cheapest way to move gasoline or oil. Transport by rail and truck costs about $30 a barrel more. The huge difference in profit margins, not the danger of transport by rail, drives pipeline construction.At the height of the Standing Rock struggle, corporate media have been almost totally silent as two states, Alabama and Georgia, declared a state of emergency due to a Sept. 9 pipeline spill in Shelby County, Ala. (NationofChange.org)The ruptured fuel line carries refined gasoline from Houston to the East Coast. By Sept. 12, the break had leaked over 250,000 gallons of gasoline.Capitalism is driven to maximize profit. Every decision is based not on human need nor on environmental safety nor even on the future of the planet. Corporate decisions are based on what is most immediately profitable.Power plants, pipelines and U.S. land theftThrough the 1950s and into the early 1960s, the U.S. government seized hundreds of thousands of acres of land remaining to Indigenous nations, in an aggressive plan to build dams along the Missouri River Basin.One was the Oahe Dam, creating the Oahe Lake, in the area that is now being defended against DAPL by the Oceti Sakowin (the Great Sioux Nation). According to Native American Netroots, that dam destroyed more Native land than any other public works project in U.S. history by flooding 90 percent of the timber and bottomland of the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River nations.Their villages and towns were destroyed for agribusiness irrigation, and for a big-business power plant to supply electricity to much of the north-central U.S.Among the Oceti Sakowin activists now stopping the DAPL pipeline, there are people who remember their land before its expropriation and flooding for Big Energy profits.Though further impoverished by the loss of their lands, the Standing Rock Sioux have resisted granting applications for oil drilling or pipelines. Other impoverished Indigenous nations have felt forced to turn to the profit-promising made by Big Energy oil drilling, fracking and coal mining corporations in order to build their tribal economies.Dallas Goldtooth, a Mdewakanton Dakota and Dene organizer for the Indigenous Environmental Network, points out that the Standing Rock resistance is creating solidarity against environmental devastation. He describes the 189 resolutions or solidarity statements with Standing Rock from Native nations as “amazing, historic. … A lot of tribes that are heavily dependent on resource extraction have also come out in support. Three Affiliated Tribes — 30 percent of the Bakken oil shale is under their lands. … The Navajo Nation … heavily dependent on coal. The Crow Nation … all coal. All sent statements of solidarity. … It opens up a door for more organizing.” (yesmagazine.org)Sara Flounders, co-director of the International Action Center, was part of a recent Workers World delegation to Standing Rock.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more