Kenya moves to overhaul gambling laws

first_img The Kenyan National Assembly is considering a bill that would revamp the country’s regulatory framework for gambling, imposing significantly higher costs on licensed operators and establishing the country’s first national lottery. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The Kenyan National Assembly is considering a bill that would revamp the country’s regulatory framework for gambling, imposing significantly higher costs on licensed operators and establishing the country’s first national lottery.The Gaming Bill 2019, designed to replace the 1966 Betting, Lotteries and Gaming Act, aims to update the country’s regulations to reflect the prominence of online operators in the market.It proposes replacing the country’s existing regulatory authority, the Betting and Licensing Control Board, with a new entity, the National Gaming Authority. This would take charge of enforcing regulations and issuing licences.As well as establishing a new regulatory authority, the bill also looks to establish the Gaming Appeals Tribunal, a body that would adjudicate in gambling-related disputes.Foreign operators will be required to establish a physical presence and base servers in the country.The bill imposes significantly higher costs on prospective licensees, with iGaming operators to be charged KES100m (£776,643/€876,787/$985,667) for a three-year licence, followed by a KES30m renewal fee. Casinos and gaming halls, meanwhile, will be charged a KES50m licence fee, then must pay KES30m to have their licence renewed. Land-based bookmakers’ licence fees have been set at KES30m, followed by a KES5m renewal charge, again after three years.Currently operators are charged KES1m to apply for a licence from the Betting and Licensing Control Board, then a KES3m licence fee, and KES25,000 to renew a permit. For bookmakers, a KES10,000 application fee is followed by a KES200,000 charge for an on- or off-course licence – or KES400,000 for both.However, the bill does not look to raise the country’s gambling tax rate, following a tumultuous 2018 that saw gambling taxes raised to 35%, then reduced to 15%. The 15% tax rate has been retained, though the legislation makes no mention of the 20% tax imposed on player winnings in September last year.With growing concern about Kenyans developing problem gambling habits, the bill looks to set a minimum bet amount of KES50. This is half the minimum sum of KES100 set by SportPesa, one of the leading local operators, but significantly higher than the amounts smaller operators in the market are willing to accept. Advertising, another contentious issue, will also be subject to stricter controls. All TV and radio ads to dedicate at least 10% of their air time to responsible gaming messaging, with gambling ads prohibited from airing between 6am and 10pm, unless during live sports broadcasts.There is also a bid to limit how many ads are broadcast by introducing the Gaming Advertisement Tax. This imposes a charge of 35% on each ad broadcast, though it is unclear whether the tax would be imposed on the operator or the broadcaster, and on what sum the 35% tax would be levied.Kenya could also see its first national lottery established should the bill pass into law. The lottery’s operator would be decided through a tender process, with the successful bidder granted a seven-year operating licence.The lottery would be used to raise money for sports-related good causes, which would be allocated 15% of all revenue generated. Lottery winners can expect to receive 45% of all revenue, with a further 20% to be used to meet the lottery’s administrative costs, and the final 20% to be distributed to the lottery’s agents and retailers.Money raised for good causes through the lottery would be distributed by the National Lottery Trust Fund, also established through the Gaming Bill 2019.The bill is due to be debated by the National Assembly later this week. 4th June 2019 | By contenteditor Email Address Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Casino & games AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Lottery Sports betting Regions: Africa East Africa Kenya Kenya moves to overhaul gambling lawslast_img read more

Mechanical Lloyd Company Limited ( 2019 Abridged Report

first_imgMechanical Lloyd Company Limited ( listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Engineering sector has released it’s 2019 abridged results.For more information about Mechanical Lloyd Company Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Mechanical Lloyd Company Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Mechanical Lloyd Company Limited (  2019 abridged results.Company ProfileMechanical Lloyd Company Limited markets and distributes motor vehicles and farm machinery in Ghana. The company has the exclusive agency for BMW (cars and motorbikes), Ford and Land Rover as well as Massey Ferguson agricultural machinery and Lucas products. Mechanical Lloyd company also sells motor spares and parts and has a services department for repair and maintenance of motor vehicles and farm machinery. The company was formerly known as Technical Lloyd and changed its name to Mechanical Lloyd Company Limited in 1970. The company’s head office is in Accra, Ghana. Mechanical Lloyd Company Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Terra Mauricia Ltd ( 2019 Annual Report

first_imgTerra Mauricia Ltd ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2019 annual report.For more information about Terra Mauricia Ltd ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Terra Mauricia Ltd ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Terra Mauricia Ltd (  2019 annual report.Company ProfileTerra Mauricia Limited is an investment holdings conglomerate that is engaged in the production and distribution of alcoholic products, such as wine and spirits, and cane spirits, as well as sale of various consumable goods, production and sale of electricity from coal and bagasse. The company also manufactures and sells hollow concrete blocks, aggregates, rock sand products, rents properties and engages in the property development and promotion activities that include, site identification and surveying, project conception, market survey, administration, project management, as well as marketing and sale. Terra Mauricia Limited operates within the segments of sugar, commercial and alcohol production, and energy. The company is based in Mauritius. Terra Mauricia Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

The February letter from South Africa

first_imgLATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS SA player drain continuesSouth Africa coach Heyneke Meyer’s penchant for picking players based in Europe and Japan appears to have hastened the rush of promising players to lucrative foreign contracts. Senior Springbok players such as Jannie and Bismarck du Plessis and Duane Vermeulen have all been linked to moves in France post Rugby World Cup 2015.Their migration is unsurprising in a World Cup year, but it’s the second tier of prominent players that are also starting to head to the door at a younger age. Former SA under-20 stars Jacques du Plessis from the Bulls and Steven Kitshoff of Western Province both announced they’d be moving to France later this year. Du Plessis, 21, a massive 2.01m, 119kg athlete, who was the 2010 Youth Olympics discus champion, will join up with former Bok coach Jake White at Montpellier.Prop Kitshoff, 22, who was a member of the Junior Springbok team that won the World Championships in 2012, is heading to Bordeaux. Interestingly, as the Junior Springboks are SARU’s designated second team, neither player will be eligible to play for France, even if he qualifies through residency years from now. Veteran Bok lock Flip van der Merwe will also move to France post-World Cup, where he will join Clermont Auvergne.Varsity Cup continues to innovateThe annual Varsity Cup, featuring eight top university teams kicked off on 9 February with a usual array of interesting and occasionally offbeat innovations. This year’s tournament features a ‘white card’, which allows a captain or coach to challenge a decision and have it referred to the TMO. Each team is only allowed two referrals – one in each half.In other trial this year, the defensive scrum-half is not allowed to advance past the mouth of the scrum. The idea is to promote running rugby by giving the offensive scrum-half the chance to play the ball with less pressure. The Varsity Cup also uses two referees, which was introduced in 2014 and according to feedback from its debut season, has been a great success. The competition is becoming an important feeder into the provincial system in South Africa and in last year’s Currie Cup final between Western Province and the Golden Lions, 29 of the 44 players started their careers in the Varsity Cup.Stormer: Allister Coetzee led Stormers to the Super Rugby final in 2010WP lose coach and young lockWestern Province director of rugby Gert Smal announced that head coach Allister Coetzee would leave the union at the conclusion of the 2015 Super Rugby season. He will replace Gary Gold at Kobe Steel Kobelco in Japan after six years in charge of the Stormers and WP. In that time Coetzee led the Stormers to the Super Rugby final in 2010 and to the SA conference title in 2011 and 2012.WP also won the Currie Cup twice on his watch in 2012 and 2014. John Dobson, the WP under-21 coach will become Currie Cup head coach in 2015.In more disappointing news, 21-year-old lock Gerbrandt Grobler tested positive for the banned steroid Drostanolone during last year’s Currie Cup. He pleaded guilty to the charges in late January and was banned for two years by the South African Institute for Drugs Free Sport (SAIDS).Super Rugby pre-season causes some injury concernsGiant Springbok lock Eben Etzebeth was the most prominent player injured during a series of Super Rugby warm-up games played across the country in sweltering heat.Etzebeth suffered a chest muscle injury and will miss the first three rounds of the competition, which starts on 13 February. Etzebeth, who is still only 23, has not started the tournament since his debut season in 2012. He missed nearly half of the 2013 campaign with a foot injury sustained in a pre-season match. And last year he sat out the entire tournament with a foot injury picked up playing for the Boks against France in November 2013.On his feet: Eben Etzebeth has been injuredVermeulen takes the gongs Duane drain: Duane Vermeulen could be leaving South Africa Springbok No 8 Duane Vermeulen walked away from the SA Rugby awards with an armful of gongs recently. The newly appointed Stormers skipper won the SA Player of the Year title, the Super Rugby Player of the Year and the Players’ Player of the Year.Bok flyhalf Handré Pollard scooped the Young Player of the Year award as well as the SA Under 20 Player of the Year.List of winners:Rugby Player of the Year: Duane VermeulenYoung Player of the Year: Handré PollardPlayers’ Player of the Year: Duane Vermeulen (DHL Stormers, Springboks)Springbok Sevens Player of the Year: Seabelo SenatlaSA Under-20 Player of the Year: Handré PollardTeam of the Year: Western Province (Currie Cup)Coach of the Year: Johann Ackermann (Golden Lions)Super Rugby Player of Year: Duane Vermeulen (Stormers)Vodacom Cup Player of the Year: Renaldo Bothma (Pumas) Currie Cup Premier Division Player of the Year: Nizaam Carr (Western Province)Try of the Year: Teboho “Oupa” Mohoje (Cheetahs v Crusaders, Super Rugby)last_img read more

Batten down the hatches as Limerick gets severe weather warning

first_imgWhatsApp Print Advertisement NewsBreaking newsBatten down the hatches as Limerick gets severe weather warningBy admin – December 22, 2013 543 Facebook Linkedincenter_img Andrew CareyCOUNTIES along the west coast including Limerick have been issued with a severe weather warning including an “orange alert” from Met Éireann as another night of heavy rains and gales are set to batter the country.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A storm with winds up to 125km/h had left the Canadian coast and is making its way across the Atlantic.Due to fully hit these shores on Monday night, the storm has already reeked havoc on the Eastern seaboard of the US and Canada.In light of that, Met Éireann has issued a new weather warning this evening, predicting strong gales in many parts of the country as a weather front moves ahead of the storm.A Status Orange Wind Warning has been issued for Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Cork, Kerry and Limerick.South to southwest winds are predicted to reach mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h and will gust 110 to 129km/h.Freezing temperatures and heavy rain is also expected overnight. Twitter Email Previous articleCriticism levelled at Minister for reduced opening hours at garda stationsNext articleMinister takes on challenge of ending homelessness adminlast_img read more

Lives at risk at County Limerick pier

first_imgNewsLocal NewsLives at risk at County Limerick pierBy Alan Jacques – December 4, 2014 761 by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A PUBLIC meeting for the construction of a slipway at Ringmoylan Pier will take place in Pallaskenry Community  Centre this Thursday, December 4 at 8pm.The meeting has been called by local Independent councillor Emmett O’Brien, who said that lives are being put at risk in the absence of a slipway. The lack of such a basic facility means that emergency rescue craft cannot launch or berth there.“The need for proper facilities and supports for communities that live by the coastline, estuary and rivers is ever present with recent tragedies on the Shannon Estuary. I shudder to think what would have happened if a local rescue had to be launched without proper facilities. It is past time the council and the Government support these communities.“It is high time that Limerick City and County Council supports the courageous volunteer rescue crews in the area by providing at the very least adequate facilities. This is not a costly project when you consider its importance to people’s safety,” he concluded. Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival TAGSCllr Emmett O’BrienlimerickPallaskenryRingmoylan Pier WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Linkedin Print Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Advertisementcenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Email Facebook Previous articleA new dawn for Mid-West employmentNext articleParty with Limerick Jazz ensembles Alan Jacques last_img read more

Plea Before Supreme Court Seeks Release Of Oxygen Cylinders, Remdesivir, Oximeters Lying In Judicial Custody Across Police Stations In The Country

first_imgTop StoriesPlea Before Supreme Court Seeks Release Of Oxygen Cylinders, Remdesivir, Oximeters Lying In Judicial Custody Across Police Stations In The Country Srishti Ojha19 May 2021 8:05 AMShare This – xA PIL has been filed before the Supreme Court seeking directions for release of all oxygen cylinders ,Remdesivir ,oximeter and all such essential equipments lying in Judicial custody of all the police stations across the country
The plea has sought their release after compliance with the formalities of of the Code of Criminal Procedure, as they required for treatment Covid patients .
The plea filed by a law student, and an Advocate has sought directions for seizure memo along with videography and photography of those seized properties and their release considering the prevailing situation.
Advertisement The petitioners have urged the court to issue directions to respondents to make arrangement for releasing of such seized properties essential for covid treatment in future till this covid pandemic subsists.
The petitioners Mr Shrikant Prasad and Mr RajKishore Prasad have stated that considering the unavailability of these equipments in markets due to black-marketing and other reasons, and their utmost necessity in saving lives, these confiscated products should be released through a general directions to all states.
Advertisement According to the petitioners, while the entire country is in utmost need of these products, the procedure under CrPC for their release is time taking, as the police officer has to apply to magistrate or higher courts for release. Further, since due fo covid, no one has the time to apply for each and every case, ultimately these essentials remain with the malkhana of police stations.
The plea has stated that the Right to life under article 21 also gives the right to proper medical treatment and the ultimate objective of the art 21 is of saving lives as well. Further, in the case of Parmanand kataria vs union of india, the top court had held that right of medical treatment without going through any formalities is foremost right of person .
Advertisement Advertisement The petitioners have also cited similar directions issued by Allahabad high court and Jharkhand high court for release all such essential equipment by considering the sec 451 CrPC.
The petitioners have argued that keeping these equipments in custody for long time will not fulfil the objective of either the CrPC or the Constitution, as lives can be saved by their release in the name of government immediately after seizure.
Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement It has been argued that there is no necessity of keeping such essential equipments for the long time till trial goes against such accused ,as these are perishable and essential for saving lives during this ‘havoc situation of country’. Further, it will not breach any rights of offenders and in case of their acquittal, the state can provide them the cost of their equipment as per market price.

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Donegal wakes up to more snow as cold snap continues

first_img WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Snow and ice has affected Donegal and the North West overnight with more wintry showers forecast throughout the morning.A status yellow warning from Met Eireann remains in place.Motorists are being advised to exercise extreme caution this morning and assume no road is ice free.Forecaster with Met Eireann Arron Louch says while drier conditions are on the way later today, there is a strong chance rain forecast for tonight will turn to more snow and ice:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Donegal wakes up to more snow as cold snap continues Homepage BannerNews By News Highland – February 12, 2018 center_img Twitter Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Previous articleFrustrations continue over delays to proposed A5 upgradeNext articleFresh appeal for information over 2008 murder of Andrew Burns News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Google+ Facebook Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens furtherlast_img read more

Geographical variation in thermal tolerance within Southern Ocean marine ectotherms

first_imgLatitudinal comparisons of the Southern Ocean limpet, Nacella concinna, and clam, Laternula elliptica,acclimated to 0.0 °C, were used to assess differences in thermal response to two regimes, 0.0, 5.1 to 10.0 °Cand 2.5, 7.5 to 12.5 °C, raised at 5.0 °C per week. At each temperature, tissue energy status was measuredthrough a combination of O2 consumption, intracellular pH, cCO2, citrate synthase (CS) activity, organic acids(succinate, acetate, propionate), adenylates (ATP, ADP, AMP, ITP, PLA (phospho-L-arginine)) and heart rate.L. elliptica from Signy (60°S) and Rothera (67°S), which experience a similar thermal regime (−2 to +1 °C)had the same lethal (7.5–10.0 °C), critical (5.1–7.5 °C) and pejus (b5.1 °C;=getting worse) limits with onlysmall differences in biochemical response. N. concinna, which experiences a wider thermal regime (−2 to+15.8 °C), had higher lethal limits (10.0–12.5 °C). However, at their Northern geographic limit N. concinna,which live in a warmer environment (South Georgia, 54°S), had a lower critical limit (5.1–10.0 °C; O2, PLAand organic acids) than Rothera and Signy N. concinna (10.0–12.5 °C). This lower limit indicates that SouthGeorgia N. concinna have different biochemical responses to temperatures close to their thermal limit, whichmay make them more vulnerable to future warming trendslast_img read more

Shell and Equinor combine digital forces to optimise inventory

first_img Royal Dutch Shell and Equinor to develop new inventory. (Photo: Ole Jørgen Bratland/Equinor ASA.) Building on news of the recent Strategic Alliance with Shell, Microsoft will be supporting Shell and Equinor with the co-development of the tool, which runs on Microsoft Azure.The goal is for energy companies to have better control over available equipment and to optimise stock levels. Since first deployment in 2017, this proprietary solution has been deployed across Shell’s Upstream, Manufacturing and Integrated Gas assets globally, generating millions of dollars in value through optimized stock levels.In March 2020, Shell and Equinor signed a Digital Collaboration Agreement to work together on digital projects in areas of mutual benefit (and in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations, including competition and anti-trust laws). Next generation solution is the first collaboration to take-place under this agreement.Dan Jeavons, General Manager Data Science at Shell, says:“The collaboration to co-develop the next stage of Shell Inventory Optimiser with Equinor is an important milestone for both our companies; it speaks to the digital cultural and technical strengths we share, and our history of successful collaborations in the supply chain domain and the value we can achieve working in partnership. I look forward to further collaboration with Equinor in the supply-chain and decarbonization domain, with the continued support of our mutual partner Microsoft.”The co-development project will be run through a joint engineering team with digital and discipline specialists from Shell, Equinor and Microsoft all contributing.The tool integrates Microsoft Azure Machine Learning, Azure Databricks and Azure Datalake and will see the tool enhanced with new features to further optimize the algorithm, driving the recommendations and an improved user experience. Both Equinor and Shell users will benefit from these new features. For Equinor, this tool could reduce inventory inflow with as much as 13%, which could save millions.Oddvar Vermedal, VP Emerging Digital Technology for Equinor’s Digital Centre of Excellence, says:“We see many mutual benefits as both companies have applied cloud-based digital solutions as an approach to our industry’s digital transformation. Such collaborations are increasingly important to improve safety, increase value creation, reduce emissions and develop low carbon solutions by applying digital technologies. The first step with the initiative will be to safeguard our operations by rightsizing the inventory level. This will reduce the inventory inflow and establish optimised level of inventory stocks in Equinor. The next step in the co-development will focus on reducing carbon footprint in our supply chain. Therefore, this collaboration is an important step in our digital transformation journey”.Microsoft will be working with Shell and Equinor to the develop the next evolution of Shell Inventory Optimiser, running on Microsoft Azure.“We are committed to supporting the transformation of the energy sector, co-developing solutions with organizations such as Shell and Equinor that aid in the energy transition,” said Darryl Willis, vice president of Energy, Microsoft.“Digital technology is transforming key industry areas such as the supply chain and we’re continuing to provide new digital solutions that support carbon reduction ambitions and advance the transition to a net-zero emissions future.”The collaboration is the first of a series of planned co-innovation initiatives across the wider energy value chain (including themes such as maintenance, production optimisation and supply chain management) which are in development. Source: Company Press Release Royal Dutch Shell and Equinor will develop the next generation of Shell Inventory Optimiser, a solution that leverages advanced analytics on historical data to optimise operational spare part inventory levelslast_img read more