first_img“We have prepared health protocols for wedding receptions in accordance with the health ministerial regulations, we will cooperate with wedding organizers to implement them,” the head of Aspedi’s Jakarta branch, Warsono, said as reported by tempo.co on Wednesday.Read also: Semarang wedding party contributes to COVID-19 spikeAmong the protocols prepared are limiting guest capacity, providing marks for physical distancing and separate routes to prevent crowding. Guests are also forbidden from shaking hands with the bride, groom or their families and they would take turns to arrive.Warsono said his business had been greatly affected by the pandemic as many people cancelled reception events for their big day amid the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) imposed to curb the virus transmission. He expressed hope that his business would resume soon. Wedding service business associations have requested that the Jakarta administration allow wedding receptions in the capital city during the period of transition to the so-called “new normal”, offering health protocols to keep the business running amid the massive impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.The Indonesian Decoration Service Business Association (Aspedi), the Association of Indonesian Catering Service (PPJI) and the Association of Indonesian Documentation Business held a meeting with Jakarta Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria and the Tourism and Creative Economy Agency on Wednesday to explain new wedding reception concepts for the new normal era.In the meeting, the associations claimed they had prepared strict health protocols for wedding receptions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and asked the city to give permission to hold such events. “We also felt the impact of the pandemic. Each decoration service business can usually hire up to 50 people, now their fates are unclear,” he said.Head of the Jakarta PPJI, Siti Djumiadini, said the catering business had also prepared new health protocols for wedding receptions during the transition period.”One of the options we offered [to the Jakarta administration] was not providing a buffet for guests but giving them takeout meals instead,” Siti said.Read also: Pandemic paves way for small, intimate weddingsHead of the Jakarta Tourism and Creative Economy Agency, Cucu Ahmad Kurnia, said the city decided to limit wedding ceremonies and receptions as they were very likely to create new clusters of the virus.”Learning from other regions, we think wedding receptions are very prone to COVID-19 transmission, especially in densely populated areas since usually there are no officials to make sure the guests follow the health protocols,” Cucu said on Wednesday.He said the health protocols proposed by the association were quite sufficient to lower the risk of COVID-19 transmission, however, the administrations would still need to further discuss the request with the Jakarta COVID-19 task force.”We’ll discuss it with the COVID-19 task force, they will decide [whether or not to give permission for wedding receptions] by considering [current] transmission rates of the coronavirus,” Cucu said. (nal)center_img Topics :last_img read more

first_img702/252 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach has sold to an interstate buyer.“This property selling within 14 days of being exposed to the market shows how robust the luxury market and in particular Mermaid Beach currently is,” Mr Stevens said.“Hedges Ave continues to be renowned as one of the most sought-after streets in the state.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa17 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days ago Relax in the rooftop pool!The two-level 758sq m four-bedroom sky home offers views to the north and south of the Coast. It also has a rooftop terrace with a 15m lap pool and spa.The property was once owned by former Coles boss John Fletcher who paid $6.7 million for it in 2007. Soak in the ocean views.The property last sold in January, 2017 for $4.8 million.“The sellers purchased it and had already generated fantastic memories with friends and family there,” Mr Stevens said.“Due to purchasing another property in a different state this penthouse now unfortunately became surplus to their needs and they aren’t using it as much.”“They have invested close to $100,000 on improvements to the residence.” What a view! 702/252 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach has sold for $5.25 million.A LUXURY penthouse on the Gold Coast’s Millionaire’s Row has sold for $5.25 million within two weeks of hitting the market.An interstate buyer splashed out on the four-bedroom residence at 702/252 Hedges Ave, Mermaid Beach.Tolemy Stevens, of Harcourts Coastal, negotiated the sale and said it showed the strength of the luxury property market on the Gold Coast.last_img read more

first_img Meanwhile, half of the clean power to be produced by the Seagreen offshore wind farm, which is yet to be built, has already been purchased, as the move to be renewable energy-powered picks up pace. The project, owned by Total and SSE Renewables, will comprise 114 MHI Vestas 10 MW turbines with different load optimised modes to adapt to grid requirements of the 1,075 MW offshore wind farm. The cables for Seagreen’s 114-strong wind turbine array are planned to be delivered by early 2022. Hellenic Cables said it would execute the contract at its plant in Corinth for which, along with all of its other plants, the company recently signed a deal with Enel Green Power to procure electricity from renewable energy sources. Subscribe Another subsea cable manufacturer, NKT, also decided to go along the same path and switch to renewables-powered operations, cutting the CO2 emissions by 66 per cent across its manufacturing sites in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Poland and Czech Republic. center_img The company said this was another in a series of its initiatives to minimise the environmental impact of its operations. Read more about corporate and industrial shift to using clean electricity in one of our latest Premium articles. Get a free two-week trial and access all content on Offshore Energy by subscribing to our newsletter. Unlock Premium content Under the contract with Seaway 7, the EPCI contractor for the project’s foundations and inter-array cables, Hellenic Cables will design, manufacture, test and supply around 320 kilometres of 66 kV XLPE-insulated inter-array cables and associated accessories. Seaway 7 has selected Greece-based subsea cable manufacturer Hellenic Cables to deliver inter-array cables for the Seagreen offshore wind farm in Scotland. last_img read more

first_imgAt least 20 people were killed in three days of clashes in India’s New Delhi apparently sparked by President Donald Trump’s first state visit to the country. TIME The clashes come amid worseningreligious tensions following a citizenship law that critics say is part ofPrime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist agenda. (AFP) NEW DELHI – Riot police patrolled thestreets of India’s capital on Wednesday and the city’s leader called for acurfew following battles between Hindus and Muslims that claimed at least 20lives.center_img The two days of unrest — which has seenclashes between mobs armed with swords and guns — is the worst sectarianviolence seen in Delhi in decades.last_img read more

first_img“We have enough men to secure the Boracay Island and other parts of Malay,” he added. ILOILO City – A total of 400 police officers will be manning the world-famous Boracay Island and the rest of Malay, Aklan for the strict implementation of health protocols against the spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) there.Malay municipal police station chief Lieutenant Jonathan Pablito said they have been stricter on the entry of tourists in the well-famed island.“Dapat naka log in lahat nang tourists. Kahit kaming nga pulis kapag pumunta ng Boracay dapat naka log in rin,” Pablito said. Boracay Island. LEO VALENCIA VIA THE POOR TRAVELER The Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) recently established the Boracay Operation Command Center to “centralize” security measures and installed 25 closed-circuit television cameras to closely monitor the happenings in the island resort.Boracay reopened on June 16 after three months of inactivity but to Western Visayas tourists only who are above 21 years old but not over 59 years old. Those 21 years old and younger and those 60 years old and older are considered most vulnerable to COVID-19, according to the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force overseeing the island’s massive rehabilitation.Malay Mayor Frolibar Bautista said the world-famous Island had lost about P12 billion following its halt of operations./PNlast_img read more

first_img Press Association As well as training a small string of horses himself, Fahey is the farrier for champion trainer Willie Mullins. Fahey said: “In fairness I’m not a trainer so imagine what he’d do if a trainer had him! “He’s been knocking on the door in good handicap hurdles and deserved his chance. The plan was always to come here because all the better horses are going to Cheltenham. “There are good handicaps this and next weekend and we’ve also been toying with idea of the Irish National – we’ll make an entry and hopefully the handicapper won’t be too harsh on him. If we got the right weight we might take our chance in it. “I can’t celebrate too much as Willie will be looking for plates to be put on in the morning!” He’llberemembered claimed a narrow victory in a thrilling climax to the Carrickmines Handicap Chase at Leopardstown.center_img Trained by Paul Fahey and ridden by regular rider and conditional jockey Shane Butler, He’llberembered was 10-1 in a wide-open contest off the back of a good second behind the classy Mikael D’Haguenet at Thurles. He led a group of four horses in with a real chance of victory after jumping the final fence, and pulled out all the stops to pass the post in front. Pineau De Re was three-quarters of a length away in second, with Spring Heeled and Please Talk close up in third and fourth. last_img read more

first_imgBoynton Beach Police Chief Michael Gregory says a police officer-involved in a deadly shooting is credited with preventing a catastrophe in Palm Beach County.The unidentified officer shot and killed a man outside a Publix on North Congress Ave just minutes after the man allegedly robbed a Dollar Tree at gunpoint. Chief Gregory is thankful his officers responded swiftly and dropped the shooter before he could enter another store.https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/to-stop-that-threat.mp3Gregory says the man was reaching for his gun and appeared to be about to enter the store when he ignored orders to drop the weapon. We are so thankful our brothers and sisters with the Boynton Beach Police Department @BBPD and the innocent civilians in the area are okay!! The armed suspect is now deceased. pic.twitter.com/8stYviSa2W— Team South Florida (@TmSouthFlorida) July 29, 2019last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Proteas all-rounder Jacques Kallis has urged the current South African team to take inspiration from England in a bid to revive their ODI performance following their early stage exit from the ongoing World Cup in England and Wales.Pakistan defeated South Africa by 49 runs at the Lord’s on Sunday to knock Faf du Plessis’ men out of the competition. Despite having world-class players like du Plessis, Kagiso Rabada, Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla in their squad, the Proteas’ journey in the ongoing tournament has been something which they would like to forget at the earliest.However, Kallis believes South Africa should take heart from the way England recovered after suffering an equally woeful first-round exit in the 2015 edition of the World Cup. England are currently ranked number one in the ODIs and are the tournament favourites in this edition of the showpiece event.“South Africa need to take inspiration from England as they rebuild their team for the next ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup,” wrote Kallis in his column for ICC.“Four years ago, England were perhaps one of the lowest ranked teams in the world after really struggling at the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.“However, they used the disappointment of their performances in 2015 to rebuild their team and totally change their mentality and approach to one-day cricket.“England now play without fear and aren’t afraid to make mistakes. For me, South Africa have approached things too defensively at this tournament and they need to attack each match with much more positivity going forward,” he added. “England are proof how quickly things can change in four years, so long as you have the right approach.”The 43-year-old also advised the South African team management to not go for all-round changes in the squad.“You don’t need to make wholesale changes, England are still captained by Eoin Morgan, as they were four years ago,” said Kallis.“Some will demand everything is changed but a total clean out is just not the way ahead, we need to be more thoughtful,” he added. IANSAlso Read: England Take On Arch-Rivals Australia In Crucial World Cup Tielast_img read more

first_img GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Winning Post: UK gambling feels the ‘Noyes’ with SMF report August 10, 2020 Submit Regulus Partners, the strategic consultancy focused on international gambling and related industries, gives an insight into some of the key developments in the gambling industry as part of its ‘Winning Post’ column.It is likely that this year’s ICE will be chiefly remembered for the Gambling Commission’s attacks on the use of promotional girls at the expo – and follow-up reports from journalists attending the event. While it is a little difficult to take seriously concerns over sexism from the Sun, the criticism was broad and the Commission surely has a point. Indeed, a number of executives attending the event expressed sympathy with the Commission’s stance, especially those with material UK businesses. Addressing sexism, and sexual exploitation, is now regularly headline news and it is unsurprising that gambling is taking its share of the scrutiny. However, what does this really say about the sector, and what needs to change?It is likely that this year’s ICE will be the last hurrah for the Bernard Manning school of marketing (at this event). If so, then the Commission will have achieved something positive and ought to be commended. However, while there is broad recognition of the need to change, it has to be said that there was also a strong sense of grievance over perceived misattribution of blame. ICE is a global trade fair – attracting international buyers and sellers of gaming equipment. Whether British licence holders were responsible for girls in bikinis or bodypaint parading around the venue is unclear, and so the extent to which ICE is a mirror for UK (or materially UK-facing) gambling is limited at best. Therefore, recognising the ways in which ICE has to change is very different from how GB-licensees ought to behave (to an extent the role of the Commission). Unfortunately, by conflating the two issues a large amount of positive work being done to address sexism, and a growing number of senior women in the industry, is in danger of being ignored or marginalised.Gambling is going through a period of increased scrutiny globally, while parts of it are also still firmly rooted in the culture of the 1970s. As well as improving diversity at senior and board level (‘shop floor’ staff diversity has never been a problem), gambling would be wise to consider how it presents itself also. In times like these, the industry, like Calpurnia, must be above reproach. However, given the ubiquity of promo girls at large expos across a range of industries (at least until now), and the fact that Britain’s highest paid CEO is a woman leading a gambling operator (as is the CEO of the Commission), it seems perverse and almost willful to single gambling out for opprobrium as a means of encouraging change.There is a positive reason to embrace diversity: it is (literally) the only way to attract the best talent into the workforce and also (probably) the only way to ensure that gambling is seen as acceptable by mainstream consumers, especially Millennials. Companies that embrace diversity will be the ones that win at innovation and win at customer engagement. This is a positive story – and one that belongs at an international trade expo that often disguises a woeful lack of innovation with a fairly poor and highly sexist attempt at theatre. If industry leaders from all stakeholder groups make the story positive, they are likely to affect positive change. Conversely, castigating an entire industry segment for a much broader issue (both within the industry and without) is likely to encourage only window dressing – and consumers, companies and employees will be the poorer for that.The attacks on gambling in general appear to be part of a growing fashion to blame the industry at large for the failings of specific companies – and on occasions to present data on a highly selective basis. It is a blunt tactic that has produced some positive results. However, the absence of discrimination and balance in judging Britain’s gambling companies may have unintended negative consequences. Britain’s gambling industry is moving forward (albeit with faltering steps) in relation to the licensing objectives. It would be a shame if this was impaired by unnecessary squabbles between industry and the Establishment.UK: In Parliament – Lottery in spotlight as gambling gets rolled over (again)This was just another week in Parliament for the gambling industry: a week of bulging postbags at DCMS as the deadline arrived for submissions to the Government review of machines, advertising and social responsibility; a week of meetings in Westminster committee rooms; a week of Parliamentary Questions in which even the Prime Minister was put on the spot; and a week of rumour and protestation.The Sunday Times set the pace with an article suggesting that the racing sympathies of the new Secretary of State, Matt Hancock (Cons, West Suffolk) would not unseat the cause of FOBT reform. Hancock, readers were told favoured substantial stake reduction – perhaps all the way to £2.The Government’s Kafkaesque approach to gambling policy has encouraged plenty of speculation in the past but the fact that this story carried the Tim Shipman (political editor) by-line indicates that it ought to be taken seriously. The markets did just that, marking down shares in both Ladbrokes Coral and William Hill. There was much wailing about the deleterious effects on horse racing but also considerable scepticism given the tortured debates of recent years over the Levy and media rights (where it was argued that the turf was getting too much).It is a troubling sign when an industry builds its defence on indirect benefits and even more concerning when those benefits turn out to be costs. The fact is that the three corners of the FOBT defence – jobs, taxes and payments to horseracing – are all business costs; items that management spends great effort on seeking to control and reduce. To pretend that they are benefits (and that they should be protected by Government even as companies attempt to diminish them) is disingenuous as well as economically weak.On the Tuesday, the spotlight shifted to the question of restricted and closed betting accounts. In a committee room in the Lords, the bookies’ MP Philip Davies (Cons, Shipley) refereed a debate involving Richard Flint of Sky Betting & Gaming, Simon Rowlands of the Horseracing Bettors Forum and Bruce Millington of the Racing Post (with Brian Chappell from Justice for Punters and the ever-entertaining bookie Geoff Banks providing good support). It was a more grown-up affair than the partisan spats that we have become accustomed and closed with the flourish of an olive branch (grasped at either end by Flint and Rowlands).Wednesday was National Lottery day with the chief executives of both Camelot and the Gambling Commission summoned before a Commons select committee to respond to Parliamentary laments over diminishing returns to charity from the National Lottery (and the perception that these had coincided with rising profits at Camelot).   Elsewhere that day, John Hayes (Cons, South Holland and The Deepings) challenged his party leader during Prime Ministers Questions to meet with him to discuss “the devastation, debt and despair caused by Fixed Odds Betting Terminals” and the need to “crack down on online gambling sites that target young children”.  It is difficult to read too much into Mrs May’s response that “we are clear that fixed odds betting terminals stakes will be cut to make sure that we have a safe and sustainable industry where vulnerable people and children will be protected”; although betting operators may naturally hang onto the reference to sustainability.Parliament considered questions on a range of gambling subjects, including Chris Ruane (Lab, Vale of Clywd) on “the effect on the vibrancy, and resilience of high streets” of betting shops (along with payday lenders and pawn brokers);  David Drew (Lab, Stroud) on TV company lobbying on betting adverts; and Meg Hillier (Lab, Hackney and Shoreditch) on DCMS plans to address the Gambling Commission finding that “2 million people in Great Britain are addicted to gambling”.This last question is a reflection on the current position of gambling in Great Britain. The Member for Hackney and Shoreditch would appear to have conflated gambling addiction (something that is very difficult to diagnose) with problem gambling and at-risk gambling. It is the type of sensationalism that many who ought to know better have been engaging in during recent months; and it is unlikely to lead to constructive outcomes. However, as was noted by industry executives this week at a gambling law conference, operators currently lack the confidence to push back on such misreporting.Next week the focus shifts to betting integrity as changes to schedule 6 of the Gambling Act are considered in Parliament – but it seems unlikely that will be all.UK: Gambling may need another review like it needs a hole in the head…but it needs this oneThe publication this week of the Gambling Commission’s consultation document on the Licensing Conditions and Codes of Practice provided another demonstration that the regulator means business on the licensing objectives.Not that long ago, the Commission inhabited a fairly narrow regulatory sphere within gambling and appeared hesitant to step outside the scope of traditional compliance (largely shaped by the old Gaming Board). Questions of advertising and marketing were devolved to other regulators (Advertising Standards Authority and the Competition and Markets Authority) while the scope of what might be considered gambling-related crime was also limited.The Commission’s planned changes to the LCCP seem to indicate an appetite for direct action in the interests of keeping gambling fair and transparent – without necessarily being required to wait on partner agencies.The general rule of Gambling Commission consultations is that they unleash the forces of conservatism (no matter how unsatisfactory the situation, the status quo often seems more palatable to industry than the uncertainty of change). In this instance, operators may do well to reflect that empowering the regulator to control more of the gambling ecosystem is likely to lead to more coherent policy and the more effective resolution of public concerns.Gambling in Great Britain is currently subject to more reviews and investigations than one can wag a admonitory finger at. We don’t need yet another review – but perhaps we need this one. Given the extent of issues facing gambling right now, the need for a strong and empowered regulator with proper regulatory oversight for the licensing objectives has rarely been greater. UK: Horseracing – racing fans not so long in the tooth…Analysis undertaken for the Racecourse Association using advance ticket sales data, shows that ‘millennials’ (those born between 1980 and 2000) make up 44% of attendees at race meetings, bringing the average age of racing’s audience to 45 (surprisingly, one year lower than the average age across all sports). The report also suggests that women make up 40% of attendees.While these figures are likely to be materially skewed by the online purchasing habits of the younger generation and the pre-booking mix of music festivals after race meetings, it is nonetheless positive news for a sport with an historical reputation for popularity among older (often white) men. Racing has made great progress with making the sport attractive to a wider (and often greater) audience, including themed racedays and music concerts, which is clearly paying off – although sometimes to the detriment of its more ‘traditional’ fan base. Balancing the drivers attendance and the drivers of good betting content is likely to become an even more acute need if there is a severe DCMS Review outcome for FOBTs, but a focus on productivity rather than dependency should encourage further positive product reform.Greece: Tax issues – beware of Greeks bearing bills…GVC has announced that it has been hit with a €189m tax bill relating to a period prior to acquisition in 2013 (ie, Sportingbet-Centric). Despite the figure being way in excess of Greek revenues during this period, GVC has entered into an agreement to pay €7.8m pcm for 24 months (ie, the full amount, which is c. 75% run-rate annual EBITDA ex-Turkey), while contesting the decision. The situation illustrates three key points that are worthy of wider stakeholder consideration. First, markets with unsettled regulatory positions, especially if they have a colourful fiscal approach, can be far more dangerous places to monetize than a simple view on direct .com gambling regulation risk can suggest. Second, the more large, public and M&A-focussed (where open-ended litigation is a real problem) companies become, the more vulnerable they are to ‘enforced compliance’. Finally – and perhaps most dangerously – the result of the contest, if negative for GVC, may point to the dangers of the offshore business-model: with minimal lobbying power and few friends (interestingly, GVC’s Greek partner Centric sold out in October), there is a danger that some jurisdictions see ‘to be regulated’ businesses as increasingly easy targets.Europe: Media consumption – Sky’s shift to streamingSky TV announced this week that it is soon to launch a complete internet streaming service, which could replace its core satellite offer (although this remains a customer option). Initially launching in Austria and Italy, it will then roll out across Sky’s other European markets. The news was accompanied by H1 results, which showed that the average monthly Sky subscription had fallen by £1 (-2%) to £46 after having been static for three years, and churn rates had increased from 10.2% to 11.6% YoY. This shift to streaming services is further evidence of the channel shift which is affecting media distribution and the need for traditional channels to adapt to changing consumer habits. Typically, streaming services operate at lower price points than bundled services and therefore Sky is likely to refocus its investment strategy in the future. Indeed, the company added that it would reduce its spending on second-tier sports, focusing on providing content which will have wide market appeal across all territories (which could create or at least illustrate wider streaming opportunities for betting-led sports content businesses). Sky needs to invest in new services to remain competitive with the growing strength and relevance of streaming ‘challengers’, but lower bundled subscription pricing will likely reduce the licensing revenue available for all but the top tier sporting events. Equally, the evolving way in which sport is consumed is likely to continue to have a material impact on betting habits across markets. Related Articles Share Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

first_img GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Related Articles Belgian Pro League selects bwin as its new betting partner August 4, 2020 Submit Industry strategic marketing and brand development consultancy Brand Architects has launched its new ‘Operator MOT’ appraisal service, which will deliver a ‘zero BS assessment’ of player engagement practices, marketing and operations.Providing ‘MOT reports’ to operators, Brand Architects will independently evaluate a customer’s experience in relation to key services.Core operational disciplines reviewed by Brand Architects MOT will include brand assessments, channel marketing, bonus strategies, player journeys, conversion funnels, promotions and CRM.Clients who request the MOT service will receive an itemised report of findings and recommendations on critical components.The appraisal service is led by Brand Architects Managing Director Harry Lang, former marketing lead for WMS Entertainment, bwin.party, Rank Plc and Pinnacle.Lang launched the consultancy’s new service at a time when industry staff have been forced to work from home, abiding with national lockdown restrictions as a result of the ongoing global COVID-19 crisis. Harry Lang, MD of Brand Architects, said: “In the current circumstances, there’s a great opportunity for B2C operators and B2B gaming brands to upgrade everything across their customer-facing assets.“My clients appreciate the brutal honesty I bring to the table, so these one-day appraisals will take a customer view and suggest ways in which the journey could be improved to enhance CTRs, reduce CPAs, reduce bounce rates, enhance conversion and retention, thus increasing LTVs.” StumbleUpon Share Sharelast_img read more