bwin bolsters customer engagement with WettBuddy

first_img bwin has joined forces with tech start-up Tokabo to launch a new betting chatbot service designed to strengthen engagement with customers 23rd May 2018 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Sports betting Tech & innovation Tags: Mobile Online Gambling bwin has joined forces with tech start-up Tokabo to launch a new betting chatbot service designed to strengthen engagement with customers. Billed as a virtual betting buddy, ‘WettBuddy’ will initially run via the Facebook Messenger service and be available to consumers via an on-boarding sign-up process. Once a customer has signed up, WettBuddy will start conversations around their favourite team, upcoming matches and events, as well as respond to questions posed by the user. WettBuddy will provide information and data such as match stats and trivia that is tailored to each individual customer. In addition, bwin will be able to use the service to directly promote offers to the customer, based on that user’s interests. WettBuddy will initially go live in Germany and Austria for a trial period before being rolled out to bwin’s wider customer base. Stephan Heilmann, head of the DACH region at bwin’s parent company GVC, said: “Our commitment at bwin, is to provide our players with a complete betting experience. “WettBudy is all about engaging the customer to provide a more personalised, richer interaction between them and our product, maximising the enjoyment of gaming with us. “A first for the industry, all in all, it is set to be the perfect online companion for the sports betting fan this summer.” The launch comes after bwin earlier this month also rolled out launched a special marketing campaign featuring Diego Maradona ahead of this year’s Fifa World Cup national football team tournament in Russia.Related article: bwin unveils ‘Who Stole the Cup?’ campaign for Russia 2018center_img Sports betting AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address bwin bolsters customer engagement with WettBuddylast_img read more

Aviva Premiership: why ringfencing would be disastrous for the English game

first_img Remember those games of British Bulldog you played as a kid? Imagine if instead of having to drop out when you were caught, you could just play on. No penalty, no deterrent, no point.It seems England’s top clubs are cooking up something similar in the Aviva Premiership. A proposal to increase the Premiership to 14 clubs and do away with relegation has been discussed, and it doesn’t take a genius to work out that Bristol and Worcester – streaks clear of the rest in the Championship – could neatly become the two extra additions.This tiresome issue, which was rightly batted away by the RFU when it last surfaced in 2010, has been further fuelled by the week-to-week mediocrity of London Welsh. Unequal funding is one reason why the Exiles are heading for the worst-ever Premiership statistics, but they are the exception to the rule. Most promoted clubs are competitive, despite heavy financial and logistical disadvantages, and those suggesting that the gap between England’s top two divisions is now too big to bridge are being disingenuous.Climbing the ladderThe arguments against ringfencing are so patent and powerful that it beggars belief that Premiership Rugby representatives would waste their breath on the notion in the boardroom.Sport is about competition, not closed shops. Exeter Chiefs are usually cited as proof that an ambitious small club can become an ambitious big club, but Worcester and Rotherham are others who marched up through the leagues to play in England’s top tier. In fact, 28 clubs have played in the top flight and, of the four ever-presents, Leicester are alone in never flirting with relegation.Who are the powers-that-be to decide that, from 2016-17, no one outside their current cosy cabal should be allowed to dream? That Cinderella cannot go to the ball.What of go-getting London Scottish or Yorkshire Carnegie? Or Doncaster, who hope to host Premiership action at their superb 22-acre Castle Park facility? Or Cornish Pirates, who want to do for Cornwall what Exeter have done for Devon.Ambitious: Cornish Pirates harbour hopes of reaching the Premiership (Pic: Action Images)There will be clubs we cannot guess at who might one day make the big time. Doncaster were in Yorkshire Two – level ten – when leagues began in 1987 (had ring-fencing been enforced then, Northampton and Saracens, last year’s Premiership finalists, would have missed the cut). Success story: Exeter are a shining example of what a promoted club can achieve (Pic: Action Images) So let’s not have Premiership clubs playing kingmakers, decreeing that the trapdoor be shut at a given moment in time that suits them.End-of-season thrillsAnd let’s consider the numerous ‘dead rubbers’ that would arise if promotion and relegation was scrapped because there would be so little riding on the outcome. It’s one reason why crowds in Super 15, with its fixed franchises, have dwindled.Many of the game’s most dramatic Premiership moments have arisen because the stakes were high. Like Tom Varndell’s 2012 tackle on Sam Vesty to earn Wasps a vital losing bonus point at Bath. Like the 21-point lead Leeds took at Northampton in 2011 that threatened to save them. Like Mark Cueto’s late try for Sale to send down Harlequins in 2005, on a final day when any of five teams could have been relegated.Last-day drama: Mark Cueto’s try for Sale sent Harlequins down in 2005 (Pic: Action Images)Monetary mattersHowever, to just dismiss ringfencing isn’t enough. Action is required because the funding issue is driving a wedge between the top two English divisions. Championship clubs receive an inadequate £350,000 a year from the RFU, 10% or so of the sums going to top-flight clubs, and Jersey chairman Bill Dempsey was spot-on to describe that financial model as “unsustainable”.Furthermore, Championship clubs have dual-registered players who, were the club to gain promotion, would need to be replaced at great expense. It’s a catch-22 that stymies ambition. So the RFU needs to reach deeper into its pocket, to raise the central funding for clubs that are trying to enter a league where large squads of exclusively full-time players, supported by fully professional coaching, medical and administrative staff, will be essential.Access must remainIt’s been suggested that a moratorium on promotion and relegation be applied, to give a club going up time to bed in. Others favour the licensing system that British rugby league used for seven years, but which they have just ditched in favour of the results-based format that fans know and love. Promotion and relegation is intrinsic to a fair and exciting sports competition, so the Premiership clubs are wrong to contemplate shutting the door on aspiring rivalscenter_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Punching the air: fans want the excitement of promotion and relegation (Pic: Action Images)No, access must exist each and every season, even if you decide to narrow the doorway. Would a play-off between the Championship winner and bottom-placed Premiership side have merit? It’s dubious. If London Welsh played Bristol or Worcester this May, whether over one leg or two, could we really expect the Championship team to overcome a team battle-hardened by a season of Premiership action?Yet the return of a top-v-bottom play-off would be infinitely preferable to a glass ceiling, to a world where clubs climbing Everest will be told to stop and turn round just as the summit is in sight. That’s not what sport is about.last_img read more

Black House / BGP Arquitectura

first_img “COPY” Mexico Houses Year:  Black House / BGP Arquitectura Area:  500 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project CopyHouses•Valle de Bravo, Mexico “COPY” Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/5246/black-house-bgp-arquitectura Clipboardcenter_img Architects: BGP Arquitectura Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily Save this picture!+ 25 Share Text description provided by the architects. With a magnificent view as the main feature of this retreat located on the hill of a small village some 150km from mexico city, one-half-house aims to live landscape under a canopy with as few interior elements as possible. Save this picture!A fireplace, a kitchen bar and a marble platform 20m long laid as a free floor plan for public areas and garage on top of a solid block which houses the rest of the program, namely services, three bedrooms and a family room. Save this picture!This covered roof garden becomes the most important part of the house. The most crowded area in which the family will spend most of the time is also the most ambiguous place of the house, one-half-house is then one-half terrace, protected from the exterior conditions when needed by means of four meter tall sliding glass panels towards the landscape and a wall as high as the garage doors towards the street always detached from the concrete canopy to turn it into a fence more than a wall. Save this picture!The exposed concrete canopy emphasizes views and deals with an anachronistic local code on context which calls for typical-construction looking elements and materials such as pitched roofs with Spanish tile simply by flipping it. In this way, views and orientation of the house towards south makes sense blocking sun on summer not on winter. Save this picture!The solid block is all exposed concrete on the inside and marble on the outside just like the roof in order to reinforce the idea of a solid 3 meter high platform with slots carefully located to glance through the surroundings from the bed, desk or the shower. Save this picture!The rest of the site remains with its natural slope and local therefore highly adaptive vegetation that frame the view and wraps a family vegetable garden. Save this picture!Interior materials go out of the house and exterior materials come into the house. One-half-house promotes blurring limits between indoor and outdoor, the Mediterranean house revisited versus the glass hermetic air conditioned house, live the view rather than see it.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow lessRubi Offices / BailoRull ADD+ ArquitecturaSelected ProjectsHunter Douglas Plant / Mathias KlotzSelected Projects Share CopyAbout this officeBGP ArquitecturaOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasValle de BravoHousing3D ModelingMexicoPublished on August 16, 2008Cite: “Black House / BGP Arquitectura” 16 Aug 2008. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Classic™ SeriesVinyl Walls3MArchitectural Finishes DI-NOC in Ned Ludd Public HouseShower ColumnshansgroheOverhead ShowersWindowsKalwall®Kalwall® in Featherstone High SchoolLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxSealantsEffisusBi-adhesive Tape – 2BondDSConcrete FloorsSikaIndustrial Floor CoatingsPlantersJakobGreen Walls – GreenKitUrban ApplicationsPunto DesignPunto Benches and Litter Bins in Public Space ImprovementsPaintKEIMMineral Paint for Concrete – KEIM Concretal®-WArmchairs / Couches / Futons / PoufsFreifrauArmchair High – MarlaAcousticBASWA acousticThermal-Acoustic System – BASWA CoreMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?黑房子 / BGP Arquitectura是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/5246/black-house-bgp-arquitectura Clipboard 2007 Black House / BGP ArquitecturaSave this projectSaveBlack House / BGP Arquitecturalast_img read more

AD Classics: Rachofsky House / Richard Meier & Partners

first_img “COPY” Houses “COPY” CopyAbout this officeRichard Meier & PartnersOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsArchitecture ClassicsResidential ArchitectureHousesDallasHousesUnited StatesPublished on January 13, 2012Cite: Jules Gianakos. “AD Classics: Rachofsky House / Richard Meier & Partners” 13 Jan 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogSinkshansgroheBathroom Mixers – Metropol ClassicVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ StonePartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Zenith® SeriesPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesProdemaProdEx Wood Facade in the Aspen Art MuseumSealantsSikaRenovation of Zeitz MuseumSinksBradley Corporation USAVerge Coordinated Soap Dispenser and Faucet SetsWoodLunawoodThermo Timber and Industrial ThermowoodAcousticFabriTRAK®FabriFELT™ for Walls and CeilingsGlassDip-TechDigital Ceramic Etch PrintingWindowspanoramah!®ah! 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There is no real reason why it shouldn’t be, considering the multitude of visitors and school fieldtrips that frequent the 11,000 square-foot, three-story building week in and week out. But the House remains a 100% private residence, still owned by Mr. Rachofsky and operated by a small staff. This all lends to a very unique and personal experience for the visitor, because not only does the intimacy of a house enrich one’s interaction with the art, but the lessened formal pressure allows for greater exploration of space and more appreciation to the architectural detail.Save this picture!DiagramsRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade Systems   Save this picture!© D Jules GianakosHoward Rachofsky is a native of Dallas, Texas who rose to significance through his trading on the stock market. By the mid 1980’s, he was widely considered one of the most prominent men on wall street, while still working out of a small office in Dallas. He first approached Richard Meier about designing a home for him after falling in love with his High museum in Atlanta, Georgia. The original Rachofsky house was designed but never realized as much larger project on an area of land close to where the actual Rachofsky house sits now. Save this picture!© D Jules GianakosAfter completion in 1996, Mr. Rachofsky lived there for only a few years before getting married and moving into a different house in the area (designed by Dallas legend Lionel Morrison) that was more suitable for family life. As one could imagine, the viability of a three-story, one bedroom bachelor pad/art gallery is lost in the addition of a wife and children.Save this picture!© D Jules GianakosThe house is centrally located on 3.2 acres of land, allowing for a grand approach up the driveway to the elevated podium on which the house rests, in addition to a rich backyard containing a pool and various site-specific sculptures to discover beyond. At any given time the house is displaying scores of pieces from Mr. Rachofsky’s vast 700+ piece collection of important, contemporary artwork.Save this picture!© D Jules GianakosThe basic programmatic layout revolves around 3 rows of columns and an X-Y axis of circulation. The front and back entries are on axis with interior/exterior circulation, while the different stair sets are on axis with vertical, interior circulation. Furthermore, the column rows divide the house functions and delineate between more public circulation and private spaces. The southern end of the home utilizes a private spiral stair case that allows direct access to the master suite.  Along with the bedroom and enormous his-and-hers master bathroom, the third floor also hosts a gym, two balconies, and an office that “floats” above the living room like a box within a box.Save this picture!© Michael BodycombA large, rectangular Eastern façade seemingly floats above the entry on the front of the house. The ubiquitous Meier grid of white aluminum paneling covers the exterior, but pales in comparison to the amount of glazing found on the rear facade once inside the main living area. It is interesting to note that mullions and openings on the house do not line up with the exterior grid of the façade, but instead align with walls and columns inside the house which are based off of the 3-foot podium grid.  The cantilevered stair to the North becomes a show-stealing moment of transition between ground level and raised living area, completely enveloped in glazing that leaves one floating between interior circulation and the overwhelming view created by the massive trees and lake outside.Project gallerySee allShow lessAsian Culture Complex / UnSangDong Architects + Kim Woo IlArticlesA+D Museum’s ARkidECTURE + Design Workshop at The Eames OfficeArticles Share Architects: Richard Meier & Partners Year Completion year of this architecture project Copy+ 19Houses•Dallas, United Statescenter_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/191814/ad-classics-rachofsky-house-richard-meier Clipboard Projects United States Photographs Year:  ArchDaily ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/191814/ad-classics-rachofsky-house-richard-meier Clipboard Save this picture!© Tom JenkinsWritten by Jules Gianakos Sharelast_img read more

Philanthropists and fundraisers recognised in New Year Honours List 2012

first_imgPhilanthropists and fundraisers recognised in New Year Honours List 2012 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 | 1 January 2012 | News  34 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Fourteen philanthropists have been recognised with knighthoods or CBEs in the 2012 New Year Honours list. Many other donors, fundraisers, volunteers and charity staff have also received awards for their work.The philanthropists include Aston Villa FC chairman Doug Ellis, Dr Naim Dangoor, who supports educational causes and charities, and Paul Ruddock, who has helped support the revival of the Victoria and Albert Museum and other cultural institutions.Knighthoods have been awarded to Michael Bear, the Lord Mayor, for his service to regeneration, charity and the City of London; and to David Reid, formerly Chairman of Tesco plc, for services to business and charity.CBEEntertainer and comedian Ronnie Corbett OBE was awarded a CBE for services to entertainment and charity.Martina Milburn, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust, received a CBE for services to charity.Gerald Ronson has been awarded a CBE for his charitable services. He was jailed in 1990 for his part in the Guinness share dealing scandal, although he has always protested his innocence. According to the Daily Mail, “he has raised more than £100 million for, and donated more than £30 million to, charities such as the Community Security Trust, NSPCC, the Prince’s Trust and Jewish Care”.Bill Holroyd, Founder and Chairman of North West-based charity OnSide, has been awarded a CBE in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the development of the charity, which gives young people somewhere safe and inspiring to go every day of the year.OBEOBEs have been awarded to retired cricket umpire Dennis ‘Dickie’ Bird for his services to sport and charity, and to TV presenter Lorraine Kelly for services to charity and the Armed Forces.Christopher Preddie has received an OBE for his work in reducing crime, working with Crimestoppers and explaining to youth groups and prisoners about the impact crime can have on people.Jack Livingstone also receives an OBE for four decades of community work in Manchester. Advertisementcenter_img MBEChristine Mills, founder of the cancer charity Hope for Tomorrow, receives an MBE for her fundraising activities which helped provide the first mobile chemotherapy unit in the UK.So too does Barbara Benson-Smith for her services to dance and charity. She has co-run the Benson Stage Academy in Whitby for over 58 years, working as a dance teacher as well as raising funds for the NSPCC and local charities.Kirsty Ashton receives a MBE for raising over £87,000 for When You Wish Upon a Star, the charity that supports sick and terminally ill children.Terence Monaghan has been awarded a MBE for setting up Stock Cares, a transport service that takes vulnerable local residents to essential health appointments. Robyn Keeble receives the same award for helping, with other young people, to set up SW!TCH ID, a scheme that encourages young people to take positive action in in their communities.Rudolph Parkes received a MBE for services to national and international fundraising and voluntary work. Rudy Parkes is Watch Commander at Cradley Heath fire station in Dudley. Dudley News reports that “The dedicated fundraiser and father-of-one, who lives in Stourbridge, has spent more than 20 years driving forward charitable projects overseas.”Mrs Rowena Thomas-Breese received a MBE for services to disabled swimming and charitable fundraising.Morella Kayman, one of the co-founders of Alzheimer’s Society and who is now Vice President of the Society, has been awarded the MBE. She helped set up the charity in 1979 following her husband’s diagnosis of dementia seven years earlier.Graham Douglas Underdown received his for services to charitable fundraising.Jeanette Fish has spent 40 years raising millions for cancer care in Doncaster, according to the Sheffield Telegraph, and receives an MBE for this.You can download the full list of New Year Honours recipients in PDF and the Diplomatic service and overseas list.Nominate your charity’s supportersThis year 43% of the awards have been given to women; 11% of honours are for work in education; 7% for health workers; 7% for arts and the media; and 4% to sports people.If you think that some of your charity’s volunteers, donors, staff or supporters deserve such public recognition, you can find out how to nominate them for an award. The guidelines state: “Anyone can receive an award if they reach the required standard of merit or service, and honours lists contain a wide variety of people from different backgrounds. Anyone can nominate someone for an award.” Tagged with: Awards Recruitment / people Volunteering AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

World’s people show solidarity with Chávez

first_imgHugo ChávezSince Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez announced the recurrence of the cancer that he has been battling since 2011 and the need for additional surgery, he has been the object of world solidarity. He told the Venezuelan people on Dec. 8 that his last medical examination showed that malignant cells recurred at the site in his abdomen where he had been treated earlier. As a result, he needed a fourth operation.This time, however, the outcome could be disability or even death. As the Constitution mandates, he designated current Vice President Nicolás Maduro to stand in during the treatment and as his successor should he be unable to return to office by the Jan. 10 Inauguration Day. He asked Venezuelans to elect Maduro president if new elections are needed.Chávez then flew to Havana, Cuba, in preparation for surgery on Dec. 11. A skilled Cuban medical team had the difficult task of treating and trying to save the life not only of an individual, but the hope of millions of people throughout the region and the world.Why is Chávez important?One leader is not the revolution. It is the masses and the process of revolution that create leaders, and not the other way around. Leaders, however, can steer the revolution, coordinate resources and speed it up. Leaders are also an important part of revolutions when they are the product of the masses’ aspiration.Chávez is such a leader. He has been able to gather and concentrate the desire of the Venezuelan people for social justice and equality and turn it into action. Under his presidency, the government has lifted the lives of all Venezuelans, dedicating an impressive 43.2 percent of the budget to social programs. Illiteracy is now nonexistent in Venezuela and poverty has been reduced.Venezuela is a dynamic country where people participate actively in forming their future.Along with improving the quality of life of millions of people, Chávez’s government has shown that Simón Bolívar’s dream of regional integration could be a reality. Together with revolutionary Cuba, Venezuela impelled the formation of anti-imperialist regional associations like the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA). These associations have been crucial for the improvement and cohesion of the region, including other Caribbean nations.Chávez and Venezuela inspire the world by standing up against the U.S. imperialist monster. They show that nations can win and maintain national dignity, independence and sovereignty in the face of criminal imperialist interventions.Broad solidarityThat is why the news of his illness has moved people to almost personal suffering — what one feels for a family member — from Venezuela and Latin America and the Caribbean to Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Europe.Chávez is close to the hearts of millions. One can see their feelings in the faces of women and men of all ages in the photos of gatherings in Venezuela and hear it in their testimony.Chávez, who of all the Latin American presidents has used social networks extensively, has been inundated with messages of well-wishers in his “chavezcandanga” Twitter account.Beyond Venezuela, Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa canceled his appointments and flew to Havana to be with Chávez before his surgery. All the presidents of the ALBA countries have been in constant communication with Chávez’s representatives. They and many other heads of state and multiple organizations have organized solidarity events with Chávez and the Venezuelan people.Most of these events have been religious, of every kind. In the context of sadness and individual impotence in the face of an unknown outcome, it reflects the importance of religion for millions of people in Latin America. At a service in a Venezuelan mosque, Vice President Maduro said that 58 mosques in Muslim countries were holding services for Chávez’s health that day.These services are acts of solidarity with the Bolivarian Revolution and its aim of liberation from imperialism. Uruguayan President José Mujica, who is not religious himself, sent Chávez a letter, saying: “As you know, I am not a believer, but I have asked some friends to organize a mass so that those who wish to express themselves religiously for your health have a place here in our country. I will go with them.”In Cuba, it has been reported that both Raúl and Fidel Castro visit him daily and talk with the Chávez family, who are by his side.Elections in Venezuela without ChávezThe regional elections held Dec. 16, without Chávez’s physical presence, selected 23 governors and 237 representatives to the Legislative Council, including eight representatives of Indigenous regions.The candidates from Chávez’s PSUV party won in 20 of Venezuela’s 23 states, gaining the governor’s house in five states formerly in the opposition’s hands. This is a significant popular victory and a step forward on the road toward socialism.This will be no easy task. Even a fully recovered Chávez would face a complex process with enemies inside and outside Venezuela, particularly U.S. imperialism and its local stooges. We must not forget that Venezuela is still a capitalist country, and socialism is still an ideal, although there are definite plans for its construction. All the socialist forces everywhere should be paying close attention to this process and help sustain it and defend it from the imperialist forces.This is the time that people around the world, and particularly all the progressive forces inside the United States, need to show a strong commitment to and solidarity with the Venezuelan Bolivarian Revolution and its leader, Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías.¡Chávez, amigo, estamos contigo!Chávez, we are all with you!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Big Oil Files Waiver to Cap Ethanol, Block Free Market Competition

first_img Facebook Twitter Big Oil Files Waiver to Cap Ethanol, Block Free Market Competition Following the news that the American Petroleum Institute (API) and the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) filed a partial waiver of the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), requesting that total ethanol requirements be dropped to 9.7 percent, Tom Buis CEO of Growth Energy released the following statement:“The actions by API and AFPM are designed with one goal in mind –to eliminate any competition from clean, green biofuels in the liquid transportation fuels marketplace. By Gary Truitt – Aug 13, 2013 “Biofuels are a clean burning, reliable and sustainable alternative and it is time we start recognizing their cost savings and numerous benefits and end our addiction to a fossil fuels and Big Oil’s price gouging.” Facebook Twitter Home Energy Big Oil Files Waiver to Cap Ethanol, Block Free Market Competition SHARE SHARE Previous articleMobile App Connects Grain Buyers and SellersNext article4-H Game Teaches Youth About Commodities and risk in agriculture Gary Truitt “It is time that oil companies and special interests stop worrying about maintaining their monopolistic practices and allow competition and choice in the marketplace. Not only should we provide consumers a choice and savings at the pump, we must stop putting our eggs in one basket when it comes to a national energy policy.last_img read more

Situation worsens in Mexico’s northern border region

first_imgNews Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Organisation May 5, 2021 Find out more News NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say MexicoAmericas Three days after the attempted murder of journalist Jorge Cardona Villegas on 7 February, another journalist in the northern border region, Emilio Gutiérrez, said he received death threats from soldiers over a report in El Diario that several members of a group of soldiers who stormed a hotel were apparently drunk. Gutiérrez is well known for writing about military abuses in the border region. Representatives of the Inter-American Press Association have meanwhile arrived in the border town of Juárez to reopen and review an investigation into the 1991 murder there of journalist Víctor Manuel Oropeza._______________________________09.02.05-Gunmen try to kill journalist in Nuevo LeónReporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at a bid to kill TV journalist Jorge Cardona Villegas, of the station Televisa Monterrey, in Monterrey (Nuevo León state), and called for the government to end violence along the border with United States that has killed three journalists over the past year. February 11, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Situation worsens in Mexico’s northern border region Reports MexicoAmericas to go further “We are glad the authorities have immediately opened an enquiry,” the worldwide press freedom organisation said in a letter to Nuevo León state governor José Natividad González Parás. “We urge you to do all you can to arrest those responsible to help stop violence against the media in a region where smuggling of all kinds is rife.” He was asleep in his house on 7 February when gunmen fired more than 50 shots at the building and his car. Investigators and staff at the TV station said the attack may have been linked with a recent programme accusing gangs of kidnapping 30 people in neighbouring Tamaulipas state. Cardona Villegas declined an offer of protection from the justice minister of Nuevo León state, of which Monterrey is the capital, and took his own precautions, including moving house.Drug-traffickers are thought to have murdered three journalists who died last year in northern Mexico. The victims were Francisco Javier Ortiz Franco, of the weekly Zeta (killed 22 June), Francisco Arratia Saldierna, a columnist on El Imparcial (31 August) and Gregorio Rodríguez Hernández, of the daily El Debate (28 November). Zeta was awarded the 2004 Reporters Without Borders – Fondation de France Prize last 21 December for its vigorous defence of the right to be informed. May 13, 2021 Find out more RSF_en April 28, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Mexico 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies Reporter murdered in northwestern Mexico’s Sonora statelast_img read more

Altadena Walmart Store on List of 269 Store Closures Announced Today

first_img Business News 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Signs He’s Ready To Spend The Rest Of His Life With YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Kardashians Know How To Throw A Good Party!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Fashion Tips Are Making Tall Girls The Talk Of The TownHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *center_img Community News Walmart announced today it is closing 269 underperforming stores, including the Altadena store at 2408 Lincoln Avenue. It will close January 28, according to a company press release.The move comes as the retail giant eliminates 10,000 jobs as a result of the closures.The Altadena store is one of 154 locations in the U.S. the company is closing, which includes 102 of its small-format stores, Walmart Express. Also covered in the closures are 23 of Walmart’s Neighborhood Markets, 12 Supercenters, seven stores in Puerto Rico, six discount centers and four Sam’s Clubs.Walmart says the closures follow a thorough review of nearly 11,600 worldwide stores that looked at financial performance and strategic alignment with the company’s long-term plans. Outside the U.S., 115 stores are closing.“Closing stores is never an easy decision, but it is necessary to keep the company strong and positioned for the future,” said Doug McMillon, president and CEO, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. “It’s important to remember that we’ll open well more than 300 stores around the world next year. So we are committed to growing, but we are being disciplined about it.”Walmart said it hopes to place most of the 10,000 U.S. associates impacted by the closures in nearby locations. Otherwise, the company says it will provide 60 days of pay and, if eligible, severance. It will also provide resume and interview skills training to help associates find their next job opportunity. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Altadena Walmart Store on List of 269 Store Closures Announced Today From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, January 15, 2016 | 2:33 pm Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDSlast_img read more

NRA to audit M20 after fatal Limerick toddler crash

first_imgThe NRA will be asked to conduct a safety audit of the M20 stretch of motorway in Limerick between junctions 4 and 5 after Saturday’s fatla crash which claimed the life of a three year old girlTHE National Roads Authority are to be asked to conduct a review and safety audit of the stretch of M20 motorway between junctions 4 and 5 following the death of three year old girl on Saturday night in a two-car collision.Kellycia Nudiri was pronounced dead at the University Hospital Limerick on Saturday night after the car she was travelling in collided with another vehicle on the M20 motorway near the Patrickswell exit.It is understood that the car in which Kellycia was in, along with her parents and twin brother, swerved to avoid a car that had taken its own evasive action.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Subsequently, the Nudiri car driven by Kellycia’s mother, rolled several times before come to a rest on its roof.The three-year-old girl had been ejected from her seat and was trapped in her car.She suffered serious head injuries and died later in hospital.Other passengers were treated for minor injuries.Originally from Democratic Republic of Congo the Nudiri family moved to Abbeyfeale recently and have been left in mourning following the tragic events.As the local community rallies to offer assistance, Fianna Fail TD, Deputy Niall Collins who lives in the Patrickswell area has said that he will call on the National Roads Authority (NRA) this week to carry out a safety audit of the stretch of road.“Firstly, I’d like to express my sympathy and condolences to the family bereaved after Saturday’s accident.“The local communities  in Patrickswell and Abbeyfeale are very shocked and upset following the accident.“Over the years there have been a number of serious accidents on this stretch of motorway.“This week I will ask the NRA to conduct a review and safety audit to assess whether any measures are needed to enhance road safety at this location.”Gardai are investigating and a forensic collision experts have carried out initial analysis of the incident.However, witnesses to the crash are asked to contact Roxboro Road Garda Station on 061-214340 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111. NewsNRA to audit M20 after fatal Limerick toddler crashBy Staff Reporter – September 19, 2016 1224 Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Facebook Print Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Email WhatsApp WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live center_img Previous articleCompetition winnerNext article#WATCH Limerick 2030 plan to see €500m redevelopment Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” TAGSfeaturedGardaílimerickniall collinsNRA Twitter Advertisement Linkedin Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clashlast_img read more

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