Participer aux festivités! Newcomer McGee Maddox has been cast as Jerry Mulligan in the national tour of An American in Paris. Maddox will join the touring production on April 18, while the show is playing the ASU Gammage in Tempe, Arizona. Maddox replaces Garen Scribner, who will play his final performance on April 16 in Las Vegas. Maddox will continue in the role of Jerry through April 2018.Maddox trained at Houston Ballet’s Ben Stevenson Academy, joining Houston Ballet as an Apprentice in 2005. He joined The National Ballet of Canada in 2009 and was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2014. Recently, Maddox debuted as Leontes in The Winter’s Tale, Albrecht in Giselle and L’Aviateur in the world premiere of Le Petit Prince. Maddox has danced principal roles in Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Onegin, Cinderella, The Nutcracker, Don Quixote, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Hamlet, The Four Temperaments, Opus 19/The Dreamer, Watch her, The Man in Black, Pur ti Miro, Allegro Brillante and Theme and Variations.Maddox will join current principal cast members Sara Esty (Lise Dassin), Etai Benson (Adam Hochberg), Nick Spangler (Henri Baurel), Emily Ferranti (Milo Davenport) and Gayton Scott (Madame Baurel). Ryan Steele and Leigh-Ann Esty will continue performing as the Jerry and Lise alternates on tour.Inspired by the Academy Award-winning film, An American in Paris is the romantic story about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Directed and choreographed by 2015 Tony Award winner Christopher Wheeldon, the show features the music and lyrics of George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, and a book by Craig Lucas.The score of An American in Paris includes the songs “I Got Rhythm,” “Liza,” “”S Wonderful,” “But Not For Me,” “I’ll Build a Stairway to Paradise,” and orchestral music including “Concerto in F,” “Second Prelude,” “Second Rhapsody/Cuban Overture” and “An American In Paris.” View Comments McGee Maddox
Researchers working as part of the University of Georgia’s Regenerative Bioscience Center have developed a new way to identify and sort stem cells that may one day allow clinicians to restore vision to people with damaged corneas using the patient’s own eye tissue. The UGA researchers published their findings in Biophysical Journal.The cornea is a transparent layer of tissue covering the front of the eye, and its health is maintained by a group of cells called limbal stem cells. When these cells are damaged by trauma or disease, the cornea loses its ability to self-repair.“Damage to the limbus, which is where the clear part of the eye meets the white part of the eye, can cause the cornea to break down very rapidly,” said James Lauderdale, the paper co-author and associate professor of cellular biology in UGA’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. “The only way to repair the cornea right now is to do a limbal cell transplant from donated tissue.”In their study, researchers used a new type of highly sensitive atomic force microscopy, or AFM, to analyze eye cell cultures. Created by Todd Sulchek, an associate professor of mechanical engineering at Georgia Tech, the technique allowed researchers to probe and exert force on individual cells to learn more about the cell’s overall health and its ability to turn into different types of mature cells.They found that limbal stem cells were softer and more pliable than other cells, meaning they could use this simple measure as a rapid and cost-effective way to identify cells from a patient’s own tissue that are suitable for transplantation.“Todd’s technology is unique in the tiniest and most sensitive detection to change,” said Lauderdale. “Just think about trying to gently dimple or prod the top of an individual cell without killing it; with conventional AFM it’s close to impossible.”Building on their findings related to cell softness, the research team also developed a microfluidic cell sorting device capable of filtering out specific cells from a tissue sample. With this device, the team can collect the patient’s own tissue, sort and culture the cells, and place them back into the patient – all in one day, said Lauderdale. It can take weeks to perform this task using conventional methods.The researchers are quick to caution that more tests must be done before this technique is used in human patients, but it may one day serve as a viable treatment for the more than 1 million Americans who lose their vision to damaged corneas every year. The group first started this research with the hope of helping children with aniridia, an inherited malformation of the eye that leads to breakdown of the cornea at an early age. Because aniridia affects only one in 60,000 children, few organizations are willing to commit the resources necessary to combat the disease, Lauderdale said.“Our first goal in working with such a rare disease was to help this small population of children, because we feel a close connection to all of them,” said Lauderdale, who has worked with aniridia patients for many years. “However, at the end of the day this technology could help hundreds of thousands of people, like the military, who are also interested in corneal damage, common in desert conditions.”Steven Stice, a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar, who plays an important role in fostering cross-interdisciplinary collaboration as director of the RBC, initially brought the researchers together and encouraged a seed grant application through the center for Regenerative Engineering and Medicine, or REM, a joint collaboration between Emory University, Georgia Tech and UGA.“A culture is developing around seed funding that is all about interdisciplinary collaboration, sharing of resources, and coming together to make things happen,” said Stice. “Government funding agencies place a high premium on combining skills and disciplines. We can no longer afford to work in an isolated laboratory using a singular approach.”The REM seed funding program is intended to stimulate new, unconventional collaborative research and requires equal partnership of faculty from two of the participating institutions.“We tend to get siloed experimentally,” says Lauderdale. “To a biologist like me, all cells are very different and all atomic force microscopes are the same. To an engineer like Todd it’s just the opposite.”The study, “Cellular Stiffness as a Novel Stemness Marker in the Corneal Limbus,” is available at www.cell.com/biophysj/fulltext/S0006-3495(16)30771-8. Funding was provided by an NIH NIGMS Biotechnology Training Grant on Cell and Tissue Engineering, the Knights Templar Eye Foundation, the Center for Regenerative Engineering and Medicine, the Sharon Stewart Aniridia Research Trust and the NSF CMMI division.
This week’s healthy tip is to reach out to those distant branches, find the time to hang out, and shake the leaves of the family tree.With the holiday season fast approaching now is the time to start calling up the relatives and getting plans together. Forget the decorations, fruit cakes, and advertisement commercials, no matter what holiday your celebrating this winter, it is the time to assemble amongst the snowbanks and firewood, and it is the time to be together.Blood may be thicker then water, but as I seem to grow older, I see less and less of my family. Maybe that’s were the expression comes from. Because no matter the distance, the time in between, or the water that seperates, your blood and your family, the people that will always be on your side, they will always be glad to hear you are coming for a visit.Stay warm, say hello to the family for me, and keep playingBrad
Despite the tensions, the two sides struck a deal under which Iran on June 4 freed a US Navy veteran it had detained since 2018 and the United States allowed an Iranian-American physician to visit Iran.Speaking at a virtual event hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations, US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook said he hoped for further prisoner exchanges and talks on a wide array of issues.Tehran has been reluctant to deal with Washington since the Trump administration abandoned the nuclear agreement, demanding the United States return to it.”We’d love to have an in person meeting to have a consular dialogue so that we can move faster than we have,” Hook said.”The door for diplomacy on our side is wide open, not just on these matters but on … all the issues that have been bedeviling the US-Iran bilateral relations for 41 years,” he said, saying Trump “would like to get to the negotiating table.”He also said Washington, which criticizes Tehran for backing proxies in Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen, believes a U.N. arms embargo on Iran expiring in October should be extended indefinitely. Topics : The United States would like a face-to-face meeting with Iran to discuss prisoner releases and it wants the UN Security Council to impose an indefinite arms embargo on the Islamic Republic, a senior US diplomat said on Tuesday.The two adversaries disagree on many issues, including US President Donald Trump’s decision two years ago to abandon the 2015 Iran nuclear deal under which Tehran limited its nuclear program in return for economic sanctions relief.Trump has since restored US sanctions that have choked Iran’s oil exports, the country’s main source of revenue, while Iran has accelerated its nuclear program. Washington believes Iran may seek a nuclear weapon, something Tehran denies.
Mesut Ozil was left out of Arsenal’s match day squad for the matches against Man Utd and Eintracht Frankfurt (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery has refused to guarantee Mesut Ozil will be given a chance to stake a claim to revive his Arsenal career against Standard Liege on Thursday.The Germany international has been reduced to a bit-part role this season, making only just two appearances one of which came in the Carabao Cup against Championship promotion hopefuls Nottingham Forest.Ozil was omitted from the matchday squad which travelled to Germany a fortnight ago as Arsenal started their Europa League campaign with a 3-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.The 30-year-old was again absent on Monday as Arsenal battled to a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford against Manchester Untied, with Emery declining to explain his decision to leave the club’s highest earner back in London.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAsked if Ozil would make his return tomorrow, Emery said: ‘We are going to train then and after we are going to decide.‘I am going to decide the best first XI and in the squad also the best who can help us.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalPressed on whether Ozil could be loaned out in January, Emery added: ‘He’s our player now.’Whether Ozil features or not, Emery is determined to improve still further on his impressive record in this competition which has seen him collect three winners’ medals with Sevilla, before leading Arsenal to last year’s final against Chelsea.He said: ‘I want to feel that not just me loves this competition, that everybody loves it. We want to do something important. It’s one title, one way to the Champions League.‘We are going to play very good matches, we started against a great team, playing a very good match away. The response of the young players was amazing, one example is Bukayo.‘Standard Liege are second in their domestic competition, we respect them a lot.’Will Mesut Ozil be loaned out in January?Yes0%No0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: The real reason former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger sold Serge GnabryMORE: Arsenal hero Ray Parlour predicts Mesut Ozil transfer exit after Manchester United snub Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 2 Oct 2019 1:27 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link545Shares Unai Emery refuses to offer Mesut Ozil Europa League guarantee Advertisement
“The poor and the vulnerablesectors will be heavily-disadvantaged under this scenario, as they don’t havethe resources to cope with any shortage of food and other necessities,” hefurther said./PN “Gayang lagi, ang mga mahihirap ang pinakaapektado sa mga ganitong pagkakataon.Siguraduhin natin na angkop ang pansin at pagpapahalaga ang maipapaabot sakanila,” she said. The Vice President also stressed theneed to extend financial assistance to poor communities and to “protect thevulnerable.” MANILA – Vice President Leni Robredosaid the “community quarantine” declaration to contain the coronavirus disease2019 (COVID-19) in Metro Manila will be effective only if there are enoughbasic supplies for the people. “Preventing travel to and from MetroManila with only 52 cases as this point is a textbook case of overreaction,” headded. “NCR is the political and economiccapital of the Philippines. The economy will grind to a halt as the flow ofgoods and people from the provinces to NCR, and vice versa, will be affected,”Sotto said in a statement. In an address to the public onThursday night, Robredo said her fellow government officials must ensure thereare enough basic supplies, such as food and sanitary items, to help allay fearsamong citizens. President Duterte on Thursday imposeda “community quarantine” and travel ban for land, sea and air in and out ofMetro Manila from March 15 to April 4, subject to review daily. Shoppers endured long queues at checkout counters in groceries and supermarkets in Manila yesterday as word that a lockdown would be enforced set off panic buying across Metro Manila. Shelves were emptied quickly, with sanitisers, disinfectants, rice and cooking oil among the most sought-after items. EPA-EFE The travel restrictions, recommendedby the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging InfectiousDiseases, were made in an effort to contain the spread of the COVID-19 in thecountry. Senate President Vicente Sotto III,meanwhile, said isolating Metro Manila would “only result in panic and hoardingof goods.” “Isaitong paraan para hindi na dumagdag ang pangamba ng ating mga kababayan. Kungalam nating magiging sapat ang supplies sa ating mga komunidad, papanatag ang atingloob, at hindi na natin kakailanganing lumabas pa,” Robredo said.
By Shamya DasguptaPakistan’s finest batsmen, through the best part of my cricket-watching years, have not been the prettiest. They were the ones that got the job done, smashingly well at that, and none superior to that man, Javed Miandad. Then Saleem Malik and Ijaz Ahmed and later, Inzamam-ul-Haq and Saeed Anwar. They were certainly not graceless, the last two especially, but neither was a jaw-dropping stylist either. For that, we have…Majid KhanMajid’s last Test had a fun batting order: Mohsin Khan (pretty), Mudassar Nazar (not pretty), Majid Khan (pretty), Javed Miandad (not pretty), Zaheer Abbas (pretty) and Saleem Malik (not pretty). Unfortunately, Majid fell for a 13-ball duck in that game. But he had made a name as a batsman most pleasing to the eye over the course of a near-20-year-long Test career.Right-handed Majid was elegant in the way left-hand batsmen usually are, with flowing drives and pulls, his bat coming down in a graceful arc. What gave him an air of sophistication was the somewhat laidback appearance at the crease, which led to more than one critic suggesting that it didn’t matter to him enough. It certainly did. A long and quite successful career at first-class and Test level proves that.Zaheer AbbasZaheer Abbas caressed the ball as if afraid he would hurt it (Getty Images)One of Pakistan’s absolute greats, Abbas was, at his best, almost the perfect batsman, beautiful to watch and someone his team could count on to lead the charge – not always a given with batsmen so pleasing to the eye. Abbas finished with a Test average of 44.79.In Australia, it was 40.62, and in England, where he also found a happy, long-term home with Gloucestershire, it was 56.06. He wasn’t quite so successful in India, strangely, or New Zealand and the West Indies. But wherever he played, Abbas wowed onlookers like few could at the time, certainly among right-handers.In many ways, he was the anti-Viv Richards. Both Richards and he scored a lot of runs and dominated attacks, and were equally stylish in their different ways, but Richards was more hammer ’em while Abbas was knife through butter. He was especially alluring because he hit so many boundaries and looked, at times, like he was worried about hurting the ball when banishing it.Is there a prettier off-drive in the game than Babar Azam’s? Getty ImagesMohsin KhanMohsin Khan walked away from the game at the age of 31 to become an actor in India. He left with some pretty impressive performances and numbers to his name, but they don’t tell of how, in late 1983, he seemed like he could make himself taller than he was at the crease and get on top of the bounce from Dennis Lillee, Geoff Lawson, Rodney Hogg and Carl Rackemann to score 390 runs at 43.33 in a five-Test series in Australia.At the time, pace and bounce were the weaknesses of many an opening bat from the subcontinent, but Mohsin – tall and loose-limbed, with in-vogue long hair – was cut from a different cloth (and even in the regulation whites of the time, he looked more stylish than his team-mates). He could have played on, surely, and had he done so it would have only made Pakistan that much more appealing a side.Mohammad YousufFrom the mid-1980s, we jump straight to the late-1990s and 2000s, and to the man who started out as Yousuf Youhana but really came into his own after changing his name to Mohammad Yousuf. Like Abbas before him, the best part about Yousuf was how well he balanced a hunger for runs with grace and grandeur. With 7530 runs in 90 Tests, at an average of 52.29, and 9720 in 288 ODIs at 41.71, he is among Pakistan’s top five run-getters in both formats. Like the other three, Yousuf was supple, graceful, and – what’s the best word? – calm. Calm himself, of course, and so unhurried, so in control, so peaceful that he created a sense of serenity while he was out in the middle. Was it the exaggerated backlift? Was it the time he seemed to create between bowler releasing ball and batsman doing something about it? Or was it, maybe, Younis Khan and Inzamam-ul-Haq on either side of him in the batting order? Yousuf stood out. An unusual run-machine who rarely ever looked clumsy.Babar AzamSome say he should be included in the current Fab Four – lose one of Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli and Joe Root. That, or just make it the Fab Five because there can’t be a list of great current-day batsmen without this young man. It’s tough to say exactly why he sets the pulse racing because Azam is not quite as obviously magnificent as the other four stylists on this list. He isn’t even built like them; not as languid nor as nimble.The thing about him is that he never looks ugly, or gauche, not for a moment. His statements on style aren’t as conspicuous as, say, Williamson’s, but you’ll find them – enough to be bowled over – if you are attentive. Think soft-shouldered suits and a dollop of the blasé. That’s Azam.When I can began writing this piece, I didn’t think it would end it with five right-hand batsmen and not even Anwar in it. Here we are, though – and when it comes to Team Pakistan… you know the cliché. (ESPN Cricinfo)
Share StumbleUpon SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 The happenstance of bet365 and Sky Betting & Gaming (SBG) releasing results on consecutive days earlier this week rammed home an important message about the dominance of the market leaders in the UK online scene.The numbers were mightily impressive. Total net revenues from the gambling business at bet365 comfortably sailed past the £2bn barrier, up a huge 39 percent on the previous year, and with operating profits totalling £503.9m. Amounts wagered was up 27 percent and active customers rose 35 percent.SBG released scarcely less impressive numbers with group revenue up 38 percent to £516m and total customers rising 31 percent to 2.6 million. EBITDA was up 38 percent to £146m.The figures put to the sword the notion that the UK online gambling market has been exhibiting signs of a marked slowdown in the growth rate. Between them, bet365 and SBG are the UK market leaders – the first is estimated to earn circa 25 percent of its total revenues from the UK while SBG’s results, for now, consist wholly of UK earnings. By comparison, William Hill said its first-half online net revenue rose 5 percent for the period while Ladbrokes Coral said pro-forma revenues rose 14 percent in constant currency terms, though this includes the revenues from Australia and Italy. In UK sportsbook terms alone, the company said UK stakes were up 10 percent year-on-year. Meanwhile, at Paddy Power Betfair the recent third-quarter trading statement said that online revenues in Europe (largely UK) were down 3 percent due to tough comparatives with last year (when the Euros were still taking place) and a deteriorating margin.What would appear to be the gulf in performance (and increasingly scale) between the market leaders and the rest of the notional top five or ten operators in the UK throws up some interesting questions about the structure of the market and of the individual constituents.“There are four things these two have in common,” says Paul Leyland, lead partner at gambling consultancy Regulus Partners. “They are held privately, they are UK-based, they have clearly identified a customer segment that they aim at and none of them have been involved in (large-scale) M&A. The key is that none of their competition have all four of these factors in their favour. Some have none.”Football focusMoreover, these factors are likely to remain in place for some time to come. Bet365 is owned by the Coates family while SBG is under the stewardship of private equity house CVC, meaning the managements of both are more focused on the long-term, without the pressure of pleasing shareholders and the short-termism that comes with it.The UK base is important, meanwhile, not for the specifics of geography but because what having a single base brings in terms of cohesion. Both Stoke (bet365) and Leeds (SBG) have become centres of gaming excellence and each have welded together well-rewarded and highly motivated employees.Then there is the clear target audience. It is notable, for instance, that each is highly connected to and visible alongside the English football and while they may be aiming at slightly differing segments within the huge audience for football, they are equally focused and defined.“They know who their customers are,” says Leyland. “You can target them properly. The bigger operators who go for every segment tend to tick every box and miss every target.”The last point, meanwhile, could yet have even greater relevancy in the months ahead. Much of the focus in the sector at present has been about the potential for further M&A in the sector – and this despite the paucity of evidence that the last spate of buyouts and unions have been successful.The jury is still very much out on Paddy Power Betfair, for instance, where new chief executive Peter Jackson aims to complete the job left behind by departing boss and merger architect Breon Corcoran. The evidence of the success of Sportsbet in Australia, relatively free from any merger backwash, in comparison with the still integrating and transitional mothership points to how much M&A can handicap a business.The only cloud on the horizon for either SBG or bet365 comes with the threat of Chancellor Philip Hammond potentially raising gross profits tax in the upcoming budget, potentially to help mitigate the loss of taxes should the ongoing triennial review consultation process end with a £2 maximum stake (and the loss in tax revenues that would come with it).But if the net result of the end of the review process is – as many have suggested – another bout of corporate activity, then bet365 and SBG might yet see a silver lining as the consummation of further deals once again distracts the competition from the real task at hand of trying to close the gap at the top.Football as a key driver for betting firms will be discussed at next year’s Betting on Football conference (20-23 March) at Stamford Bridge. 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Submit Related Articles Betting turns to Tote dynamics to engage esports crowds February 12, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon Betsson strengthens diversity commitment with AIDP membership May 7, 2020 Payment Expert brings together industry leaders to conclude Digital Summit Payments track April 29, 2020 Kelly Kehn – All-in DiversityThis week, employers across the country participate in ‘National Inclusion Week’, which aims to promote wider diversity and inclusion across a number of different sectors. For global gambling, All-In Diversity Project (AiDP) continues to work towards establishing more inclusive corporate frameworks and cultures.Kelly Kehn, Co-founder of All-In Diversity, assess how incumbents have progressed on its inclusion directives, tackling complex issues that challenge the foundations and future development of the industry…_________________The last few years have seen the topic of diversity and inclusion go from one company -NetEnt committing to 50% gender parity in 2015 to a topic that is covered in the trade press just about every month. I think we can all accept the business case that workforce diversity is beneficial to a business’s commercial success. Just to offer some statistics: Boston Consulting Group ran a study in 2018 that found that diversity is beneficial to your bottom line, 19% more to be exact; while a McKinsey study of 22,000 publicly-traded companies in 91 countries, found that companies with 30% female executives take in as much as 6% more in profits.And here are the two that get rolled out at every panel discussion on the topic: Gender diverse companies are 15% more likely to outperform their non-diverse competitors and; racially diverse companies are 35% more likely to outperform their non-diverse competition. We get it. We want more diversity. Check. And let’s say we get what want. Let’s say the tides turn and everyone wants to work in betting and gaming. Let’s say we wake up tomorrow and we have a workforce that reflects our customer base. Now what? Have we won? Time to put our feet up and watch the profits roll in? All that innovation we were missing, is it on the way? The obvious answer is no but I think a further examination of the topic might reveal where we as an industry have significant room to grow. Not only do we need representation, but we need the involvement of that representation in order to be successful. Inclusion is the part where we value the talent at all levels of our business, the part where an employee is contributing positively to the business, the part where he, she (they) is engaged in the work. Inclusion speaks to the very culture of a business and if we don’t embrace the need for change, we suffer when it comes to talent management, profitability, innovation, managing risk and of course, there’s that pesky image problem. Are we, as an industry, inclusive? The short answer is not yet. Is progress being made? Yes. Can we be inclusive? Absolutely. Here’s why I think so. Let’s start with gender. We as an industry aren’t closing the gender pay gap. In the UK, the median pay gap for the industry is actually up 0.5% and the number of bonuses paid is up 0.4% for men and down 0.4% for women. That said, the number of women at Board and C level is slowly increasing, and conferences and expos are starting to shed their outdated practices and making things friendlier for women in business. Still, all conferences in our industry still have an overwhelming majority of men as speakers, magazines still favour the male experts, and in a recent article by Ewa Bakun, just 4 of the 280+ startups who have participated in pitches at Clarion events over the years have been female. Finally, I recently was part of a discussion about the gender makeup of recruitment databases and in the process of selling their services, one recruiter pointed out that women generally command £20-£30,000 less than their male counterparts so it only makes financial sense. (I’ll pause here and let that one sink in). In the 2018 All-Index report on industry workforce, the study revealed that overall, the industry is almost 50/50 male/female. (Box ticked). Look closer though and the roles which carry decision-making power are still 80% male. suggesting that the way we value one over the other is grossly unbalanced. I, unfortunately, don’t have as many compelling statistics to demonstrate the same for race, disability, sexual orientation, etc. I don’t hear conversations about how we are falling down in these areas but then again, I don’t see many who may be from these groups. Are we good here? Or is it more that we as an industry we haven’t even begun to address other forms of diversity? I can’t say that I’ve ever heard one conversation about making our industry more accessible or how progressive policies like same-sex partner health coverage are game-changers for how we recruit/retain our best. Those points haven’t been raised because we haven’t included these needs as important to our strategy. To my point above, we don’t value the talent equally. I said in the beginning of my argument that this industry has the potential to be inclusive and I believe that is the case. In the last 5 years, I’ve seen HR become part of the C-suite and have a say in business strategy. This is the first step in making progress. I see companies investing significant amounts of time and money in learning and development. I see a focus on graduate programs and employer brand. We need the talent and we are young enough that culture shift isn’t undoing centuries of bad habits. If I were to end this article with one piece of advice, I’d say this: The companies that are most successful in this area make diversity & inclusion part of their whole company ethos. It’s part of every department at every seniority level. It’s pervasive throughout their culture. They don’t appoint one person to “do D&I” and then walk away with their fingers crossed. The senior leadership makes it part of the culture and part of the brand. If we want to be a better more “inclusive” industry, then we have to work on how we value our talent across the board, how we support everyone (not just the ones who look like a CEO) and how we engage them every day.__________________Kelly Kehn – Co-founder of All-in Diversity Project
Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Share Submit Share StumbleUpon Swansea City drops gambling sponsor August 21, 2020 The UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) is facing pressure to reveal the details of Betway’s ownership, with the Daily Mail claiming the operator’s ownership structure is lacking transparency.Betway has recently come under fire from some anti-gambling campaigners regarding its use of gambling incentives.According to the UKGC, however, UK licence holders are required to provide detailed information to the regulator in order for a licence application to be approved, and due to data protection laws, the UKGC was not obliged to pass on information regarding the operator’s ownership.The UKGC said: “We expect applicants for licences to provide us with all the information we need in order to determine whether or not they are suitable to hold a licence.“When considering the suitability of an applicant, the commission has regard to the following elements and seeks evidence to support and enable an assessment to be made against each one: identity, ownership, finances, integrity, competence and criminality.”The Daily Mail also cited further criticism of the operator from Members of Parliament, who have called upon the regulator to find out more about the owner of the betting company.Labour MP Carolyn Harris, chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on gambling, said: “Devious deals and deception are at the heart of this industry. The more you look the more you find. For too long the actions of this industry have gone under the radar and the Gambling Commission are complicit.“They have allowed these kinds of Machiavellian dealings to go on unhindered. I urge them to tell MPs who owns Betway so they can be held to account.”Former Tory leader Iain Duncan Smith added: ‘The Gambling Commission should now come clean. It’s important to know who profits when gambling companies encourage problem gamblers to bet, leaving a wake of destroyed family lives behind them.’Betway responded to the criticisms, emphasising that the company has prioritised both responsibility and compliance in all jurisdictions: ‘As a responsible, licensed operator, all of our regulators are provided with the details of our ownership, as is required by law. Betway is fully tax compliant in all jurisdictions and we pay all taxes due.’ ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual August 20, 2020 Related Articles