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Two women face hate crime charges after attacking Trump supporters

first_imgOn Tuesday, a grand jury indicted Olivia Winslow and Camryn Amy, both 21, on felony charges of robbery, conspiracy and hate crimes and a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child.According to officials, both women confronted the 7-year-old child and his mother, and took away their “Make America Great Again” hat.Amy was indicted on misdemeanor charges of assaulting a man who tried to retrieve the hat, attempting to assault his mother, and offensive touching of the boy.The indictment accuses the women of committing the crimes “for the purpose of interfering with the victim’s free exercise or enjoyment of any right, privilege or immunity protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, or committed said crime because the victim had exercised or enjoyed said right or rights, …”Delaware Attorney General Kathleen Jennings, a Democrat, said “Violence in any form is unacceptable, but harming another person — let alone a child — because of the expression of their views betrays the principles on which our country was founded. ”,On Tuesday, a grand jury indicted Olivia Winslow and Camryn Amy, both 21, on felony charges of robbery, conspiracy and hate crimes and a misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child.According to officials, both women confronted the 7-year-old child and his mother, and took away their “Make America Great Again” hat.Amy was indicted on misdemeanor charges of assaulting a man who tried to retrieve the hat, attempting to assault his mother, and offensive touching of the boy.The indictment accuses the women of committing the crimes “for the purpose of interfering with the victim’s free exercise or enjoyment of any right, privilege or immunity protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution, or committed said crime because the victim had exercised or enjoyed said right or rights, …”Delaware Attorney General Kathleen Jennings, a Democrat, said “Violence in any form is unacceptable, but harming another person — let alone a child — because of the expression of their views betrays the principles on which our country was founded. ” Two women are facing hate crime charges after they confronted a child and his mother outside of the Democratic National Convention in Delaware over their support of President Donald Trump.last_img read more

Kohli issues Starc warning to India’s batsmen in Pune

first_imgBy Sudipto GangulyPUNE, India (Reuters) – Australia paceman Mitchell Starc has raised his game to the next level and India’s batsmen need to be wary of his ability to trouble them with reverse swing, home captain Virat Kohli said on the eve of the first Test beginning today.The 27-year-old left-arm paceman recalled the series in which Australia were blanked 3-0.Starc and Kohli have played together for the Bangalore franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty20 tournament and the paceman will be key to Australia’s hopes of success in their four-Test series against the world’s top-ranked team.“He is a world class bowler we all know that. He has been hampered by injuries quite often, but the way he has evolved as a bowler, it’s been outstanding,” Kohli told reporters yesterday.“He has learnt the art of reverse swing and bowling with the old ball as well. It’s amazing to see the way he has developed his skills. That’s something that every cricketer in the world would admire.“Like you admire world-class batsmen, you admire world-class bowlers as well and you respect their skills and Mitchell is one of them.“He has really taken his game to the next level and that’s why he is counted among the top bowlers in world cricket and deserves to be there because he has worked really hard and the results are evident.”Australia, ranked second in the world, have lost their last nine Tests in Asia and opted to pack their squad with four specialist spin bowlers to bog down an Indian side unbeaten in their last 19 Tests.PRAISE FOR SMITHKohli said he was not surprised that the opposition were not leaning on their traditional strength of attacking with fast bowlers.“Coming to India, playing in summers, wickets are meant to be dry and they are meant to turn,” Kohli said.“You will have a stronger spin bowling attack then getting six, seven fast bowlers. That is a pretty natural selection.”Earlier this month, the 28-year-old Kohli became the first cricketer to hit a double-century in four consecutive Test series and his team posted 600-plus totals in three consecutive Tests, another first.Kohli is second in Test rankings behind Australia counterpart Steve Smith and lauded his opposite number for developing himself into a top-class batsman. Captaincy had brought out the best in both of them as batsmen, Kohli said.“He has been performing consistently with the bat and as captain as well,” Kohli said.“The captain’s responsibility has urged him to focus a bit more in certain situations and push that bit extra for his team, and that has shown in his performances. He is the number one Test player in the world and there’s a reason for that.“I have seen him in the academy when he was never a dominant batsman. It’s a remarkable achievement for someone starting his career as a leg-spinner.last_img read more

Aho leads Hurricanes to 3-2 win over Rangers in NHL’s return

first_imgAho leads Hurricanes to 3-2 win over Rangers in NHL’s return “The lead-up to it, there’s been so much of it, the guys were ready to play something for real,” Brind’Amour said. “Haven’t had that opportunity in a long, long time. Just wanted to take advantage of it.”Slavin, who scored 61 seconds in, and Sebastian Aho scored a goal and assist each in the NHL’s opening playoff game. Martin Necas sealed the win in a game the Hurricanes never trailed by one-timing a shot in off the skate of Rangers defenseman Marc Staal with 9:09 remaining.The game was played without fans, and the NHL’s first ever played in August as the league attempts to complete a coronavirus pandemic-altered season and in a bid to award the Stanley Cup in late September or early October. “Yeah, you noticed it when you were on the bench, no crowd, no noise,” Aho said. “But for me, at least, when I was on the ice, you didn’t pay attention to that. … It was intense, and it felt like a playoff game.” Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTORONTO (AP) — Hockey’s back, and Hurricanes coach Rod Brind’Amour couldn’t be more impressed with how Carolina ushered in its return after 4 1/2 months of waiting.Brady Skjei set the tone with a big hit on New York Rangers’ Jesper Fast in the opening minute. Jaccob Slavin scored on Carolina’s first shot on net. And the game wasn’t three minutes old before Hurricanes forward Justin Williams fought Ryan Strome in Carolina’s 3-2 win in Game 1 of their best-of-five preliminary round series in Toronto on Saturday. “I feel like they out-competed us, really,” Zibanejad said. “We didn’t really click. I didn’t think we were able to get on the same page.”Henrik Lundqvist stopped 34 shots for New York in starting for Igor Shesterkin, who was listed as unfit to play. For Lundqvist, it was just his sixth start since Jan. 2.Quinn said he wasn’t sure whether Shesterkin would be ready for Game 2 on Monday.Lundqvist had little chance on any of the goals, two of which were deflected in, and with Slavin opening the scoring while he was allowed to walk in alone down the left wing. Accepting Teuvo Teravainen’s pass, Slavin lifted a shot to beat Lundqvist on the short side.Though the Hurricanes scored on their initial shot on goal, the pace of the game was slow and at times sloppy. A Hurricanes highlight video was played on the video scoreboard before the teams took the ice, and featured the tag line, “An enormous force of nature.” Carolina took the ice with the announcer saying: “Welcome to the ice, your Carolina Hurricanes.”Though the piped-in music during stoppages was notably loud, the sound of a muffled crowd could be heard during play — but not loud enough to drown out players and coaches, whose voices echoed through the building.NOTES: Hurricanes All-Star defenseman Dougie Hamilton did not play due to an undisclosed injury. Coach Rod Brind’Amour on Friday said Hamilton is getting better, and hopes he’ll play at some point this series. … D Sami Vatanen made his Hurricanes debut, a little over five months after being acquired in a trade with New Jersey on Feb. 24. He missed Carolina’s seven games with a lower-body injury sustained while still with New Jersey. … Lundqvist started his 128th consecutive playoff game with the Rangers, the third-longest streak behind New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur, and Patrick Roy, while with Colorado.UP NEXTGame 2 on Monday at noon EDT.center_img August 1, 2020 The Metropolitan Division rivals kicked off the expanded 24-team playoff format, which will feature as many as six games a day being played in the hub cities of Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta.Petr Mrazek stopped 24 shots, and the sixth-seeded Hurricanes defeated the 11th-seeded Rangers for just the seventh time in 38 meetings going back to the 2010-11 season. The Hurricanes had also lost five straight to New York, including being swept in their four-game regular-season series.The Rangers proved to be a step behind in a game they managed just four shots on net in the opening period and 26 overall.“For the first 30 minutes, we were slow,” Rangers coach David Quinn said. “They set the pace and the tempo, and I thought it took too long for us to respond to it. … I thought we battled. It just wasn’t enough.”The Hurricanes built a 2-0 lead on Aho’s tip-in goal before New York’s Mika Zibanejad deflected in Ryan Lindgren’s shot for a power-play goal with 5:34 left in the second period. Zibanejad then set up Staal’s short-handed goal, which cut the Hurricanes lead to 3-2 with 1:55 remaining. The Hurricanes dominated much of the opening period, but showed their own rust. Forward Jordan Martinook whiffed on a centering pass from the left corner. And Warren Foegele misfired on a no-look drop pass to Jordan Staal on a two-on-one break.Social-distancing rules went out the window very early with Williams and Stome exchanging punches during a game in which each team was penalized nine times.“When he asked me to fight, I said, ‘OK,’” Williams said. “There was a lot of emotion at the start of the game, which was awesome to see, even with nobody physically there watching us.”And Aho, upon tipping in Andrei Svechnikov’s centering pass in front, immediately turned and skated toward his teammate to hug him in the right circle.The game presentation was Hurricanes-centric, with Carolina being the home team. ___For more AP NHL coverage: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

Defeat in Paris: It’s Everybody’s Fault, Says Zidane

first_img“Clearly they were better than us in every department – in the way they played, in midfield.” the French boss said during his post-match press conference.“What upset me most is that we did not put enough intensity in the game and at that level of competition, it’s not possible.“They’re good at creating chances, that’s not what worries me. What worries me is that lack of intensity,” Zidane added after Real suffered their first defeat of the season.With their midfield players totally suffocated by the PSG duo of Idrissa Gueye and Marco Verratti, Real struggled to bring the ball forward.“Failing to create proper chances with the players with have up front – Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema and Eden Hazard – is a weird feeling,”said Zidane.“You can play badly but if you have the intensity, if you fight for the ball, you’re in the game,” he added.PSG indeed showed more enthusiasm and Angel Di Maria opened the scoring in aggressive fashion, bursting into the area to connect at the near post with Juan Bernat’s cross.Gueye then burst through midfield to set up Di Maria for the second.Keeper Thibaut Courtois was not at his best but Zidane brushed aside any criticism of the Belgian.“It’s everybody’s fault. We win together, lose together,” he said.Also speaking on the game, PSG Manager, Thomas Tuchel claimed the absence of Paris Saint-Germain’s deadly front three may have helped his side beat Real Madrid.PSG won without Neymar, who is suspended, and injured duo Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.Tuchel’s side impressed from the off without their three main stars, with Angel di Maria scoring twice in the first half before Thomas Meunier finished off a brilliant team move during injury-time.And speaking after the final whistle, Tuchel claimed not having his stars may have lowered the expectations enough to relax his side against the Spanish giants.“Maybe the absence of Cavani, Neymar and Mbappe helped the team,” the PSG manager said at his post-match press conference.“Maybe the pressure was less, because everybody was wondering how we could win without those three players.“It can help because we weren’t favourites without Neymar, Mbappe and Cavani. It could have taken some of the pressure off the players.”It was the perfect start to the Ligue 1 giants’ campaign as they go in search for their much-desired first Champions League title.Next up for PSG in the European competition is Turkish side Galatasaray away from home on October 1.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Tuchel attributes PSG win to absence of Neymar, Mbappe, CavaniZinedine Zidane fumed at Real Madrid’s lack of intensity after the 13-times European champions started their Champions League campaign with a chastening 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint Germain on Wednesday night.Real, record 13-times European champions, were overwhelmed, especially in midfield, and failed to muster a single shot on target at the Parc des Princes.last_img read more

Deluce key to UW’s offensive success

first_imgJunior forward Mallory Deluce has returned from injury and a brief international tournament to steady the ship for Wisconsin\’s women\’s hockey team.[/media-credit]It has been a rocky road for the Wisconsin women’s hockey team this season, and the rocks upsetting the normally smooth ride have been injuries. Losing players for games at a time has been a constant nuisance for the team, but if that was not enough, an Olympic year arrived and required the borrowing of Wisconsin’s two most talented players — and a head coach — at different points of the season.No matter how intense the rollercoaster may be, optimism is always a necessity — as well as a strive for consistency — and for that the Badgers have never had to look beyond junior forward Mallory Deluce.All season, the Badger’s offense has been characterized as being able to light up a scoreboard if only they could convert more often on the multitude of scoring opportunities they generate. Despite this, Deluce has consistently remained a force on the Badger offense.Marred by missed opportunities all year, Deluce is one of few Badgers to orchestrate successful attacks on the net. Her 11 goals — second only to sophomore Brooke Ammerman’s 16 — and nine assists put her in second on the team in points, with 20. Her plus/minus ratio of +13 has her teammates feeling fortunate knowing she is skating next to them.“Mallory is such a great person to work with,” interim head coach Tracey DeKeyser said. “She’s very coachable, very driven, hard-working and I think that everyone up front loves playing with Mal. If she’s on your line, it’s a good thing because she works hard for her linemates.”What has really set Deluce apart from the theme of the offense this season is her efficient approach in scoring. Of the players who have shot at least 30 times, Deluce leads the team with a .143 shot percentage.“She just has a nose for the net,” DeKeyser said of Deluce. “Especially down low in front of the crease behind the net. She has this knack or ability to get to the net.“She drives the net hard and is willing to grind, she’s willing to be a playmaker, a goal-scorer, a support-player. She’s not set in any one position and she just works at it.”After recovering from a small injury and returning from an international tournament with Canada’s Under-22 National Team over winter break, Deluce returned to the ice with the Badgers last weekend against St. Cloud State. During her four-game absence, Wisconsin went 1-3 and managed to score only seven goals within that span.Wisconsin was glad to welcome back Deluce, who picked up right where she left off by scoring two goals and adding two assists in the series against SCSU.With added confidence this year, Deluce says her ability to efficiently find the net is a product of doing the small things right and staying focused with fundamentals. On the ice, Deluce says she is always looking for the best opportunity.“I’ll look to see if I can get a shot away and at the same time I’ll look for another teammate who is in a better position to score and see what the goalie’s doing,” Deluce said. “I’ll think fast and just try to get the best out of the opportunity of my attack on the net.”Deluce has shown a natural ability of weaving through defenses and sending the puck to where the goaltender cannot reach it. Having played against Deluce in high school, Ammerman knows Deluce’s style of play well.“She can find the net,” Ammerman said. “She has a really nice backhand and she always finds the seam in the goalie so when she takes a shot there’s a pretty good chance it’s going in.”With Deluce’s return to the ice, Wisconsin wins back not only a consistent scoring-threat, but also a leader who can influence the entire team. Ammerman and DeKeyser both agree that Deluce helps bring a lot to the team in positive energy and work ethic in terms of intangibles.With eight games remaining, Deluce is determined to smooth out Wisconsin’s bumpy season in time for a playoff run.“I just try to tell them to stay positive on the bench and stay focused and have lots of energy,” she said. “Do the small things right. If you take care of the details you’ll play well.”last_img read more

Women’s hockey: Badgers outscore Bemidji State 8–0 in dominant weekend sweep

first_imgThe No. 1 Wisconsin women’s hockey team continued its commanding 2018 campaign over the weekend, sweeping the Bemidji State Beavers at LaBahn Arena after two weeks off from play. The Badgers (13-1-0, 7-1-0-0 WCHA) defeated the Beavers (2-11-1, 2-7-1-0 WCHA) 5–0 Friday and 3–0 Saturday afternoon to move to 13-1-0 and retain their No. 1 USCHO.com ranking.The Badgers pulled away early on Friday, scoring four goals in the first period to secure the series opener at LaBahn Arena. Senior Sophia Shaver, sophomore Delaney Drake and freshmen Sophie Shirley and Britta Curl all scored for Wisconsin.Men’s hockey: Ailing Badgers can’t keep up with No. 6 Buckeyes on the roadIn their first series matchup of the season, the No. 6 The Ohio State Buckeyes (8-3-1, 3-1-0 Big Ten) steamrolled Read…Despite a dormant start to Friday’s game, the Badgers hit their stride after Shaver netted the game’s opening goal with 11:15 remaining in the first period. Drake added a goal two minutes later to put Wisconsin up 2–0.Shirley continued her outstanding freshman season with two goals in the final six minutes of the period to all but secure a Badger victory. Curl added extra insurance in the second period to put Wisconsin up 5–0, earning her fifth goal of the season.In his post-match conversation with UW Athletics, Head Coach Mark Johnson was impressed with the poise of both Curl and Shirley.“I think our younger players have really stepped up, Britta Curl and Sophie Shirley are both my line-mates and freshmen, but they do not act like freshmen at all on the ice,” Johnson said. “They have a veteran mindset …  they get the game and are always willing to learn.”Saturday’s outing produced a similar result, as the Badgers came out swinging in the first period once again. Junior Presley Norby found the back of the net at the 4:28 mark in the first period, speeding past a Bemidji State defender for her fourth goal of the season.Just minutes later, Shaver notched her second goal of the weekend off a loose puck in front of the Beaver net to put the Badgers up 2–0. Fellow senior Annie Pankowski — back from representing USA Hockey in the Four Nations Cup — scored her sixth goal of the year in the second period to give Wisconsin a three-goal advantage.Volleyball: No. 7 Wisconsin completes weekend sweep of Ohio State, Maryland in dominant fashionThe No. 7 University of Wisconsin women’s volleyball team (20-6, 13-5 Big Ten) won two matches on the road over Read…Wisconsin matched a strong offensive display — six different Badgers scored over the weekend — with a tremendous defensive effort headed by junior goalkeeper Kristen Campbell, who earned her third-straight shutout. She now has four shutouts this season.With the team back at full-strength, Wisconsin looks poised to continue their magnificent season.Up next for the Badgers, a post-Thanksgiving weekend tilt against the Harvard Crimson at LaBahn Arena. Puck drop Friday, Nov. 23 is set for 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24.last_img read more

Grinding Gears: NCAA must support survivors

first_imgEric He | Daily TrojanThe most important story in sports this week did not happen on a football field or a basketball court … or on any playing surface. Instead, it happened in a courtroom in Lansing, Mich., where more than 150 girls and women spoke directly to Larry Nassar — a former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor who pleaded guilty to several sex crimes — during his sentencing hearing, which concluded Wednesday with Nassar sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison.There are several storylines here, the most important of which is the very fact that this is happening, that these survivors — who include prominent American gymnasts such as three-time Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman — feel empowered to speak up, to confront this monster who exploited and abused them and manipulated their trust for so many years, while institutions such as USA Gymnastics and Michigan State ignored repeated complaints. Make no mistake: This should be the headline on every sports website right now — not Tom Brady, not LaVar Ball.This story is as uplifting as it is horrifying and infuriating. For every brave woman who has stood before Nassar in court and described how much he ruined their lives and despite how he’ll spend the rest of his life rotting in jail, disrespect and insensitivity persist. Michigan State trustee Joel Ferguson said during a radio interview, “There’s so many more things going on at the university than just this Nassar thing.” For every supportive statement offered by Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, who allowed time for every single one of Nassar’s victims who wish to speak to come forward at the hearing, there’s the fact that Michigan State President Lou Anna Simon took until Wednesday to resign, despite the Detroit News reporting that 14 university representatives were made aware of Nassar’s abuse — and stood silent. Even then, she offered a tone deaf resignation letter, which she opened by literally inserting herself into the same sentence as Nassar’s victims and ended it by calling this tragedy politicized, that she would take the resulting blame. “As president, it is only natural that I am the focus of this anger,” Simon wrote. “I understand, and that is why I have limited my personal statements.”No, clearly, you don’t understand. Why is it so hard to just apologize, admit fault, resign and leave it at that?And for every such half-hearted apology that these enablers issue, there is the ridiculous comment made by NCAA President Mark Emmert last week, when he claimed that he did not have enough details to voice an opinion on the matter. Yes, you heard that right. More than a hundred survivors have come forward to speak directly to Nassar about the trauma he induced in their lives, creating a story that has been in the news cycle for days on end — Nassar himself has literally pleaded guilty to the charges — and the head of the organization that is supposed to ensure the health, safety and well-being of its student-athletes claim he does not have enough details to voice an opinion on the matter. But do the smallest thing to attack the “amateurism” of student-athletes, and come hell or high water, you bet Emmert will strongly condemn it. Amazing, yet pathetic — as the NCAA typically is.The NCAA can do better, and it has a chance to atone for the nonsense that came out of Emmert’s mouth. On Tuesday night, it announced an investigation into Michigan State’s handling of the Nassar case. Nassar worked at Michigan State from 1997 to 2016, during which he was accused of sexual abuse by cross country and softball players that he treated. The NCAA will investigate the school for any potential rule violations, and hopefully it will get to the bottom of whatever cover-up may have happened and how high it went — and punish the university accordingly.And yet, to put your trust in the NCAA is like trusting a 2-year-old to have proper morals. This the same organization that went light on Penn State after assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky molested young boys, backing off on what had originally been decently tough sanctions. This is the same organization that has yet to punish Baylor University, where football player after football player was accused of sexual assault in recent years, creating one of the worst national scandals we’ve ever seen. The many victims and survivors of Nassar’s horrific actions will never receive enough justice, but giving them a chance to look this monster in the eye and know that he’ll die in a prison cell is a step in the right direction. And if Michigan State did indeed cover up the crimes, the NCAA must come down hard and make sure there no more Larry Nassars. Mr. Emmert, this story will go in your hands next. Don’t bow down to terrible people like the aforementioned Ferguson, who had more disgusting things to say, this time about whether the NCAA would investigate the school.“This is not Penn State,” Ferguson said. “They were dealing with their football program. They’re smart enough to know they’re not competent to walk in here on this.”I’m begging the NCAA: Be competent. For once, be on the right side of history. Do your job. Help these survivors heal.Eric He is a junior majoring print and digital journalism. His column, “Grinding Gears,” runs Thursdays.last_img read more

Next Level – Better Collective pushes for Stockholm IPO

first_img Bettingexpert crowns TheTrollmanSha World Tipster Champion  July 2, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Jesper Søgaard – Better CollectiveThe governance of industry affiliate marketing group Better Collective has disclosed that it intends to pursue a public listing on the Stockholm Nasdaq Exchange.Issuing a corporate update, the Copenhagen-based enterprise, details that it seeks to diversify its shareholder base, improving its access to capital markets.The funds raised through its Stockholm IPO, will be used to further Better Collective’s ongoing acquisition growth strategy, expanding the firm’s multi-market affiliate network.Founded in 2002, by Jesper Søgaard (CEO) and Christian K Rasmussen (COO), Better Collective has developed some the betting sectors highest coverage affiliate portals, including leading European sports betting community bettingexpert.com. Jesper Søgaard, co-founder and CEO of Better Collective:“Since Christian and I started the Better Collective journey together in 2002, we have made it our mission to make sports betting and gambling entertaining, transparent and fair. In recent years, we really went beyond the organic growth path and started executing our M&A-strategy. We have delivered solid growth, launched new innovative products, and lifted the company to new standards on all levels. We find ourselves in a strong position based on our scale, international presence, and technological expertise. We find that the time is right for accelerating our growth even further and taking a leading role in the ongoing consolidation of iGaming affiliates.”Throughout 2017 and 2018, Better Collective has moved to strengthen its governance structure, with the company having enlarged its operational entity through M&A, and with a view to assessing future corporate growth options.Furthermore, as a technology firm Better Collective has moved beyond the ‘betting affiliate space’, developing a number of innovative bookmaker API integrations, expanding its player community dynamics.Jens Bager – Better CollectiveJens Bager, Chairman of the Board of Better Collective: “Better Collective has been on a continuous growth journey. The financial results speak for themselves, with an average revenue growth of 52% (CAGR) since 2015. Better Collective is well-positioned to leverage the many opportunities in a booming iGaming market, and we believe the IPO offers an optimal funding set-up to continue the proactive acquisition strategy.“We have prepared for the journey ahead by building a talented management team that is led by the founders, both of whom have unusually long track records in this young industry. With equally strong experience from large-cap companies sitting on our board of directors, I believe Better Collective is in a great position to reach the next level.” Better Collective Spotlight: How Betarades.gr is driving engagement through YouTube July 30, 2020 Share Submit Better Collective cautious on quick recovery as COVID drags growth momentum August 25, 2020last_img read more

Martin Lycka: Online gambling regulation – quo vadis?

first_img Share StumbleUpon Share Submit In the first of a series of columns on international gambling legislation, GVC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs Martin Lycka takes a look at the history of gambling law and identifies the key elements that link the most successful regulations.When I joined the online gambling industry ten years ago one of the ultimate regulatory goals was to convince the European Commission to harmonise online gambling regulation on the EU level – this would have effectively meant that a single EU licence would have opened the doors to online gambling markets in all the EU Member States.Paradoxically, this would have also meant that my then nascent career could have been over even before it began. Online gambling regulation in all EU nations would have been one and the same; outside of Europe, the US authorities were at that point of the very firm view that online gambling needed to remain prohibited and most other countries around the world had next to no appetite to wrestle with the joys and intricacies of online gambling. As a result, back then there would have been no need to have had one of my kind, i.e. a gambling regulatory lawyer.Fast forward ten years and behold the regulatory landscape…. how things and times have changed. Most of the EU Member States have regulated – most of them in their own specific way. Following the decision in the Murphy v. NCAA case, an ever-increasing number of US states are getting to grips with what I have heard ESPN lovingly refer to as the “betting thing” (i.e. online betting and its regulation). The province of Buenos Aires intends to launch its own betting licence tender process and the Brazilian government is figuring out the most efficient way of tackling online gambling regulation in their country.In the wake of these developments gambling regulatory lawyers, who at one point would have appeared to be heading for the job centre, have been busier than ever; trying their best to navigate the choppy waters and stranger tides of regulation – sometimes with a lot of wit, at other times rather at our collective wit’s end.It is not only the gambling regulatory landscape that has changed massively throughout the years. Gambling-related technology and digitalisation processes have been evolving at a vertiginous pace as well. Most, if not all the processes, that were still manual a few years ago are fully automated these days.As an industry we are even looking into introducing sophisticated AI processes on our sites and technological stacks with a view to further enhancing the level of consumer protection we already offer our customers, in particular in the spheres of responsible gambling, sports integrity and anti-money laundering. All this sounds glorious, and actually it is (in particular for somebody with a law degree who might never be able to decipher the technical knottiness that underlies all these systems). But it also begs the question whether regulation can keep pace with these developments and in what way this can be achieved.In this regard, and many others, there is no such thing as perfect regulation providing a silver bullet that could whizz through the air and knock down all its targets, in this case in the form of gambling concepts that require regulation.Having said that, I strongly believe that any gambling regulation needs to meet two key general requirements to be successful:1) be sufficiently flexible to be able to cater for product and technological evolution while permitting voluntary commitments at the industry’s end going above and beyond the letter of the law2) be strict but reasonable with a view to ensuring the highest possible levels of consumer protection without however putting a regulatory onus on the operators beyond the point of commercial viability.The example of the French regulation has demonstrated throughout the years that a combination of a high turnover tax and a ban on one of the two most popular online gambling categories is conducive to persistence, if not a growth, of a black market.On the other hand, jurisdictions such as Denmark or Spain have managed to show that sensible regulation that meets the two key principles outlined above has the ability and power to steer online gambling into controllable channels, the existence of which, is ultimately beneficial to everyone involved; the operators, the regulators and most importantly, the customers.The whole industry is now looking into how the proverbial regulatory gauntlet will be worn in the US, Brazil and (with rather bated breath) in Germany and the Netherlands.I would suggest that all the four jurisdictions (or individual states therein) draw inspiration from the jurisdictions that have successfully regulated their respective gambling markets in the recent past and take advantage of the best practices that already exist. This is the best way to avoid a situation where customers might be tempted by the shady tentacles of the black market, i.e. the market of those online gambling operators that will never ever be prepared to take out any licences anywhere.More about all this next time …Martin Lycka is Director of Regulatory Affairs at GVC Group. Before that he spent nearly ten years at Paddy Power Betfair working on international markets. He is a self-confessed fan of Love, Actually. Views expressed are personal and not necessarily those of GVC Group.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, Dec. 31 – Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015

first_imgThursday, January 1, 2015•1:23 a.m. Joseph J. Baker, 20, Derby, was arrested, charged and bonded with criminal damage to property and disorderly conduct.•10:15 a.m. Endia M. Hands, 22, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with driving while license is suspended and window tinting.•7:34 p.m. Tyler M. McInteer, 21, Wellington was arrested, charged and bonded with domestic battery and criminal damage to property. Wellington Police notes for Wednesday and Thursday, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1, 2014: Wednesday, December 31, 2014•7:15 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a building in the 600 block E. 16th, Wellington.•9 a.m. Thomas R. Bacon, 30, South Haven, was issued a notice to appear for illegal registration and disobeyed traffic signal.last_img