Minnesota to consider remote sports betting bill

first_img Minnesota to consider remote sports betting bill 4th March 2019 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: US Minnesota Minnesota’s Senate Tax Committee will this week discuss a new bill that would legalise online, mobile and in-person sports wagering in the state. Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Minnesota’s Senate Tax Committee will this week discuss a new bill that would legalise online, mobile and in-person sports wagering in the US state. Sponsored by a cross-party group of senators, bill SF1984 would establish the Minnesota Sports Wagering Commission to regulate the market. Consumers would be able to place bets on professional and collegiate sporting events, but wagering on virtual events would not be permitted in the state. Any person over the age of 18 would be able to place legal wagers. The new Commission would take responsibility for awarding licences, with operators to be taxed on 6.75% on their sports wagering net revenue. However, the bill did not state how much the sports betting licences would cost under the new regulations. Language in the bill refers to a fee, but, at present, it does not include an exact figure. Licences would permit operators to conduct sports betting at racetracks and on tribal land, as well as via a website or mobile application. The bill also allows for operators to enter into third-party agreements to offer such services. The bill does not clarify whether consumers would need to be located at a licensed facility in order to place a mobile or online wager, or whether this would be possible from anywhere inside Minnesota. The Minnesota Senate Tax Committee is due to debate SF1984 at a hearing on March 7. Should it progress into law, the bill would become effective from September 1, 2020. Last month, Representative Pat Garofalo put forward a bill that would legalise sports betting at tribal casinos in the state. As is the case with SF1984, Garofalo’s Safe and Regulated Sports Gambling Act of 2019 would create the Minnesota Sports Wagering Commission to regulate the market. The bill would permit in-person sports wagering at casinos runs by recognised tribes in Minnesota, while consumers would also be able to place bets via mobile and other electronic devices on-site. The bill requires any mobile app to block access to consumers if they are more than 20ft away from a tribal property.Image: Tony Webster Casino & games Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Sports betting AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Addresslast_img read more

Apple extends native app deadline by six months

first_imgLegal & compliance 12th September 2019 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Apple has granted developers an extra six months in which to ensure their apps are updated to be fully native to iOS.Gambling app developers now have until 3 March, 2020 to develop iOS apps, rather than HTML5 products hosted within a native wrapper. After this date, all non-native apps will be removed from the technology giant’s App Store.The announcement was made days after the original deadline, set in June, passed on 3 September.In June, Apple amended its App Store review guidelines to announce that any product not built purposefully for its operating system “may not provide access to real money gaming, lotteries, or charitable donations, and may not support digital commerce”.This caused a potential headache for the gambling industry, with the majority of iOS apps built as ‘container apps’ where an iOS frame is built around an HTML5 product. This practice has been widespread in the industry, as it is less expensive and time-consuming to develop.At the time, Betfred-backed digital marketing specialist Degree 53 warned that building a fully native iOS app in just three months was “a massive undertaking and potentially unrealistic”.“It will require sizable and skilled native development teams to ensure all functionalities are fully compliant,” Degree 53 explained.Businesses that fail to develop iOS apps by the deadline not only face their apps being withdrawn from the App Store, but are also likely to see Apple reject updates to non-compliant apps. It is also likely that customers will be unable to download updates to products already installed on their phones. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Apple extends native app deadline by six monthscenter_img Tags: Mobile Apple has granted developers an extra six months in which to ensure their apps are updated to be fully native to iOS. This follows its announcement in June that gambling apps built with a native wrapper holding an HTML5 product would no longer be hosted in its App Store. Topics: Legal & compliance Tech & innovation Email Addresslast_img read more

Red alert! 3 reasons why the FTSE 100 could keep on sinking

first_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images Global stock markets have been having a fresh tear up in recent sessions. The FTSE 100 surged back above 7,500 points earlier this week but is falling sharply again on Thursday.Renewed fears over the coronavirus are forcing Britain’s blue chips sharply lower today. 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The mass sacking of party officials in virus-stricken Hubei suggests that Beijing has little confidence in current containment measures. And the number of confirmed cases outside of China keep growing, too.Europe moves closer to recessionMore swathes of disappointing eurozone economic data has smacked share markets today, too. Yesterday saw the release of truly-shocking industrial production numbers, ones that raised concerns of a recession across the Channel.Industrial activity fell 2.1% in December, worse than expected and the biggest month-on-month fall since September 2012. The euro has plummeted and is now trading at 1.20 against the pound for the first time in three-and-a-half years.Many FTSE 100 companies report in euros and dollars, meaning that their profits take a whack when the UK currency rises. A great many trade on the continent and so suffer from a broader worsening in economic conditions, too.Yesterday’s announcement isn’t a shot out of the blue. Data has been disappointing from the eurozone bloc for well over a year now. And this latest batch of bad data has increased speculation that the European Central Bank might be forced to embark on fresh rate cutting, another worrying signal for the single currency.A budget spending boostIt takes two to tango, of course and the fate of the euro/pound exchange rate is influenced by economic and political conditions here in Blighty, too.I’ve mentioned before how tension over the state of Brexit trade talks could hit growth and therefore sterling in 2020. However, developments today suggest that the pound could experience some strength in the weeks and months ahead instead.A disagreement over advisers between Downing Street and Chancellor Sajid Javid resulted in the shock resignation of the latter earlier today. The relatively-unknown Rishi Sunak will be his replacement. Downing Street is expected to have more influence over the Treasury now, meaning that a boost to spending could be around the corner, helping domestic growth and possibly reducing the need for interest rates. The approval of HS2 this week illustrates Prime Minister Johnson’s desire to get Britain spending.The next budget on Wednesday, 11 March could provide fireworks for sterling and create fresh weakness for the FTSE 100, then. See all posts by Royston Wild Red alert! 3 reasons why the FTSE 100 could keep on sinking I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. 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Stock market rally: why I’d invest in shares to make a passive income

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District partners with community for wildfire prevention event

first_img August 25, 2017 at 10:10 pm Reply Reply UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Mama, have you been to one of these events to get educated? Respectfully, it sounds like you should. It may not change your mind which is fine but might give you better understanding of Florida’s fire ecology. Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom TAGSPrescribed FireSt. Johns River Water Management DistrictWildfire Previous articleWelcome back to school!Next articleOrange County Heroin Task Force announces new tool in fight against heroin Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR August 14, 2017 at 3:32 pm Enlightened Individual, I may do just that, what you suggest. I will keep an open mind, but I still can put two and two together, to see what is really going on. If you find yourself camping at one of these wooded areas, or on foot walking through one of brushy forests way back in the remote parts, you may very well be enlightened for sure. Heavy smoke was pouring across Rock Springs Road earlier today coming from east of Club Plantation blackening the sky. Probably a prescribed burn in Wekiva State Park. I am thankful for the rain today and hope it put it out. More opening “scenic vistas”, no doubt. August 14, 2017 at 3:26 pm August 16, 2017 at 4:40 pm More prescribed “fire and fury”………. Mama Mia Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Mama Mia Reply Mama Miacenter_img Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Mama Mia Here we go again. My absolute number one pet-peeve. The constant and endless prescribed burns of the forests that are claimed to be so necessary. I understand the need for some prescribed burning but those who are in charge of this carry it to the extreme. The woods are getting bulldozed for homes, roads, super beltways, businesses, and the wildlife are being ran out of what is left of the forests because of gun-ho prescribed burning. Then the wildlife like the bears and other creatures end up in the residential areas because of nowhere left for them to go. Then state leaders and FWC say we need bear hunts. This is why bear proof trash cans are in demand because the bears are being ran out of the woods. Why doesn’t the state, counties, and cities ban firework sales to the public if they want to help prevent wildfires and only allow the professional firework shows? I heard that Flagler County is either doing that or considering doing it. It was ridiculous to drive by Wekiwa State Park not long ago and see camper trailers set up out there in the camping area surrounded by burnt woods. I am sure the campers were not counting on that when they planned their camp-outs. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Enlightend Individual August 23, 2017 at 10:10 am The St. Johns River Water Management District staff recently met with Orange County residents to talk about wildfire safety and how they can work together to reduce the risk of fire damage to their homes through prescribed fire.“The benefit of prescribed fire to communities and landowners is multifaceted, and we are grateful for the opportunity to share our knowledge with residents,” said St. Johns River Water Management District Executive Director Dr. Ann Shortelle. “Even though summer rain has left us soggy, it’s important to remember the value of prescribed fire and how it helps prevent wildfires that are more common in dry weather.”Prescribed fire — the use of carefully planned fire purposefully set under stringent conditions to control the fire’s effects — is used by the district to control fuels that build up in natural areas, reducing the fuels that could feed wildfires.The district partnered with the Florida Forest Service and Orange County Fire and Rescue for the meeting with residents of Wedgefield in Orange County, which is adjacent to district-owned land. The meetings are part of the residents’ ongoing participation in the national Firewise Communities fire prevention program for homeowners.During the event, district staff reviewed the prescribed burn plan for surrounding areas, how prescribed burns work and the benefits to communities. In addition to reducing chances of destructive wildfires by burning off fuels that naturally build up over time, benefits also include restoring and maintaining natural communities, perpetuating fire-adapted plants and animals, cycling nutrients, controlling tree diseases, and opening scenic vistas.Additional information about prescribed fire is available online at www.sjrwmd.com.About the St. Johns River Water Management DistrictSt. Johns River Water Management District staff are committed to ensuring the sustainable use and protection of water resources for the benefit of the people of the district and the state of Florida. The St. Johns River Water Management District is one of five districts in Florida managing groundwater and surface water supplies in the state. The district encompasses all or part of 18 northeast and east-central Florida counties. District headquarters are in Palatka, and staff also are available to serve the public at service centers in Maitland, Jacksonville and Palm Bay. 6 COMMENTS Reply Reply Reply Please enter your comment! There wasn’t a bear hunt last year but I don’t know if there will be one this year or not, but it sure is interesting that as the season progresses toward the end of the year, when the bear hunts happen traditionally, the talk starts up about the need for prescribed burns….. so the bears can’t hide from the hunters I guess….or to run the bears off into the forested areas were the hunters await. Bears have been spotted around Lake Apopka also….. interesting…..SJWMD controls around there too. 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Orbis’s first banner ad campaign raises £8,500

first_imgOrbis Flying Eye Hospital’s first online advertising campaign, launched in December 2004, raised £8,500 and boosted monthly online donations by 69% from the 400 people who clicked through to visit the charity’s website.Orbis launched the campaign because it was aware that its website was a major source of new donors, with 24% of them having been recruited online.The banner ad featured BA Baracus, a character from the cult 1980’s TV series The A-Team. The ad humorously played on his fear of flying: “I ain’t getting on no plane” said the gold jewellery bedecked muscleman in most episodes. Advertisement Orbis’s first banner ad campaign raises £8,500 Howard Lake | 26 July 2005 | News The banner ad’s focus was on the charity’s Flying Eye hospital aircraft. “I pity the fool who refuses to help blind people see again”, says BA Baracus in the banner ad. “I ain’t getting on no plane, but I will donate some cash to the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital.”Another of the three variants of the advert carried the message “Don’t make me mad – unnecessary blindness makes me mad.”The banner ad, created by Lean Mean Fighting Machine, was initially placed on The Guardian and FriendsReunited websites for a week each in December 2004, following the relaunch of the charity’s website. Orbis were pleased with the overall income from the campaign, particularly given that the South Asian tsunami disaster occurred in the middle of its run.Orbis tracked 381 people clicking through from the Friends Reunited website and 23 from the Guardian’s site. The ads doubled the average number of first-time visitors to the site that month.According to Samantha Dunham, e-communications manager at Orbis, the campaign paid for itself three times over. Consequently the campaign was re-run in April 2005 on the Financial Times and Virgin Radio websites. This resulted in a 50% increase in online donations which, until that date, were averaging £1,200 a month. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Tagged with: Digital Individual giving  21 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis 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.last_img read more

Charities condemn Presidents Club in wake of FT investigation

first_imgTrade union Unite also called for change, and asked for the Charity Commission to investigate. Its national officer for the not-for-profit sector Siobhan Endean, said:“The events at the Dorchester once again underline why it is imperative that the third party harassment provisions which were axed by the Conservatives from the Equality Act must be immediately reinstated. Their axing has allowed employers to ignore this form of harassment and effectively gives customers a free pass to sexually harass hospitality workers.“Unite also believes that the Charity Commission needs to launch an urgent investigation into the Presidents Club. Unite has members at some of the charities which have received grants from the Presidents Club and who are horrified by the circumstances through which the money was raised.”Superb but deeply disturbing report by @miss_marriage – kudos to @FT for lifting the lid on this rotten culture that still exists in some parts of business community. https://t.co/6VKJjfzgyk— Jo Swinson (@joswinson) January 23, 2018The Presidents Club Charitable Trust was founded 32 years ago to raise money for underprivileged children, and has supported a long list of charities in that time, many of which are listed on its site. It has raised millions for charity with Thursday’s event said to have raised over £2m.It is not alone in holding such fundraising events. A similar event, the Boys Lunch Out event held by The Saskatoon chapter of the service organisation Canadian Progress Club was discontinued late last year in the wake of the #MeToo campaign, with one local hospital foundation, St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation, returning the $25,000 donation it had received from the last event, which had featured women dancing in G-strings.Journalist India Knight confirms that the tone of the London fundraising event was reported on in 2010 but no actions appear to have been taken:From the Independent on Sunday, 24 Jan 2010. “Tucked into the girls”. No one gave a toss, apparently. pic.twitter.com/u0Kxq8m77i— India Knight (@indiaknight) January 24, 2018Ogilvy One Deputy Director Karin Robinson suggests that the story was picked up this time round primarily because it was told by a woman journalist:we’ve read this story before, in various versions, but it wasn’t a KICK ASS piece of journalism until it could be told by a young woman. Diversity in journalism, as in all things, changes the types of stories we can tell. It means important work can get done. Which makes it 5/— Karin Robinson (@karinjr) January 24, 2018The FT’s story is certainly attracting a lot of attention. It received 400,000 page views in 12 hours, and the paywall has been removed to enable more to read it:For those keeping track: Per source, the Presidents Club investigation just passed 700k views making it the most read FT online story ever.— Mark Di Stefano ???????? (@MarkDiStef) January 24, 2018 Charities condemn Presidents Club in wake of FT investigation  182 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 The Presidents Club has come under fire from the sector after an FT investigation into its men-only Charity Dinner revealed sexual harassment of the women hired as hostesses for the night.The black-tie event took place last Thursday at the Dorchester in Mayfair hosted by David Walliams. 360 men from British business, finance and politics were present, attended by 130 hostesses. Financial Times reporter Madison Marriage and a second reporter went undercover as hostesses at the event to investigate. In Marriage’s report in the FT, she reveals how the hostesses were asked to wear short, tight black dresses, matching underwear and high heels, and were propositioned and groped during the course of the evening.SEE ALSO: City event announced to fund charities affected by Presidents Club dinner scandal (26 January 2018)Some of the evening’s auction prizes have also drawn criticism, and included plastic surgery that could be used to ‘add spice to your wife’, and a private night at Soho’s Windmill Club, including a free lapdance. Advertisement We are shocked and appalled at the revelations from the #PresidentsClub. We fully support women’s rights to a safe workplace, particularly when carrying out this work for a charitable organisation. We stand against the abuse of power in all circumstances.— Charity Women (@CharityWomen) January 24, 2018 Read more• This men-only charity gala is a stain on the sector by Daniel Fluskey, Institute of Fundraising• Should charities accept contrition cash from rich but dubious donors? by Beth Breeze, Centre for Philanthropy• #timesup for abusive donor behaviour by Simon Beresford, All We Can• Pity the ‘hostesses’ at this revolting gropefest dressed up as a charity do, by Suzanne More, The Guardian Tagged with: corporate Finance fundraising events politics  181 total views,  1 views today Our reaction to the #PresidentsClub charity fundraising event reported on by @FT last night, from @ncvoliz pic.twitter.com/rXvPO0UAoC— NCVO (@NCVO) January 24, 2018The decision by some charities to return their donations could give rise to a peculiar situation if no other similar charity steps forward to accept the donation(s):So here’s an interesting thing. What if a charity event raises funds which nobody will take? They become like ‘unclaimed assets’ in dormant accounts & eventually get appropriated? #charity #PresidentsClub https://t.co/LLlb6D106V— Caroline Fiennes (@carolinefiennes) January 24, 2018 Call for actionThe event is a reminder for charities to review their acceptance and refusal of donations policies. The Institute of Fundraising has acceptance and refusal of donations guidance on its site and in a statement on the event, Peter Lewis, Peter Lewis, CEO of the Institute of Fundraising directed charities towards the guidance and said:“The behaviour reported in the Financial Times’ undercover investigation today is absolutely unacceptable and has no place in charity fundraising whatsoever. No staff, attendees, or volunteers at fundraising events should ever have to put up with the reported actions that took place at this event. There can be no excuse – no amount of money raised would make this kind of behaviour acceptable.“All fundraising has to be legal, open, honest and respectful and at all times must follow the Code of Fundraising Practice. Every charity should always consider whether to accept or refuse any donations if those donations are from sources not in line with the charity’s values or long-term interests.”Spot on from @danielfluskey on @BBCNews channel – charities exist to make a difference in society, and no amount of money can justify this kind of unacceptable behaviour #PresidentsClub pic.twitter.com/KrGCuXZvmW— Steph Siddall (@stephsiddall) January 24, 2018Beth Upton, CEO of Money Tree Fundraising also commented on the event, calling for action to change the attitudes that lead to the behaviour seen at the dinner, and to stop events like this taking place in the future:She said:“I read the story in the FT last night with increasing dismay and disgust; my heart went out to the women who felt uncomfortable and unsafe during their work. It goes without saying that this is unacceptable, doesn’t it?“But this morning I am left with the sense of futility. Once this outrage dies down will anything actually change? Sure, a couple of charities might tighten up their policies on acceptance and refusal of donations… but systematically, structurally, culturally – when will we see real change and who is meant to lead it? I am sure all of our professional bodies will condemn this activity, will defend “professional” fundraisers as having nothing to do with such activity… but will they do the difficult and hard work of looking to themselves to lead real change that will change attitudes within our sector? I very much hope so!”2) I left immediately after I had finished my presenting on stage at 11.30pm. I did not witness any of the kind of behaviour that allegedly occurred and am absolutely appalled by the reports.— David Walliams (@davidwalliams) January 24, 2018 Melanie May | 24 January 2018 | News In a statement published in the FT’s story, the Presidents Club said that the organisers were appalled by ‘the allegations of bad behaviour at the event’ and that they would be investigated fully with ‘appropriate action taken’. David Meller, a non-executive board member of the Department for Education who helped organise the evening has since stepped down from his Government position.This is a pretty jaw dropping investigation: “Men Only: Inside the charity fundraiser where hostesses are put on show” https://t.co/obiYMbJn62 pic.twitter.com/0ETKFzrqxx— Jane Bradley (@jane__bradley) January 23, 2018 Charity responsesCharities that have benefitted from donations in the past have expressed their disappointment and shock, with some saying they will return funds received.The Bike Project, one of the charities listed as a beneficiary of the event, issued a statement on the Presidents Club event, saying they were shocked and appalled and would not be accepting any further donations from it.Our official statement in response to the reports regarding the Presidents Club pic.twitter.com/uZCdpMsXE0— The Bike Project (@The_BikeProject) January 23, 2018Teenage Cancer Trust, and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity also made statements.Teenage Cancer Trust said:“We were disappointed to read about the details of the events hosted by The Presidents Club. We have received donations from the trust in the past, under good faith. As a charity, we are strongly opposed to the activities described in this report and fully support the position taken by the Institute of Fundraising.”Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity responded:“We are shocked to hear of the behaviour reported at the Presidents Club Charitable Trust fundraising dinner. We would never knowingly accept donations raised in this way.“We have had no involvement in the organisation of this event, nor attended and we were never due to receive any money from it.“All monies raised in our name go to support vital work. However, due to the wholly unacceptable nature of the event we are returning previous donations and will no longer accept gifts from the Presidents Club Charitable Trust.” . @ChtyCommission official statement in response to the #PresidentsClub charity fundraising event reported by @FT last night pic.twitter.com/nthRJ78nMx— Charity Commission (@ChtyCommission) January 24, 2018 Update: 24 January 2017, 17.34BBC News front page at 17.30 on 24 January 2018The BBC reports that “the Presidents Club says it is to close following allegations that hostesses were groped at its men-only annual charity dinner.”It quotes a statement from The Presidents Club that says: “The trustees have decided that the Presidents Club will not host any further fundraising events. Remaining funds will be distributed in an efficient manner to children’s charities and it will then be closed.” About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Pasadena Water & Power Billing System Will Go Dark Friday and Tuesday

first_imgGovernment Pasadena Water & Power Billing System Will Go Dark Friday and Tuesday Published on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 | 3:39 pm Community News Pasadena Water and Power customers will not be able to use the utility’s online bill payment system at certain afternoon hours on Friday and Saturday, June 26 and 27, and again on Tuesday, June 30, when PWP conducts a scheduled maintenance check on the system.Even its pay-by-phone service won’t be available, so customers will either have to pay in person or mail in their payment.PWP released an Important Notice Wednesday saying they will be conducting the maintenance on its automated account information and billing system starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday until 7 p.m. on Saturday. On Tuesday, maintenance will start at 5:30 p.m. and will be over by 7 p.m.“Customers can still pay their bill at City Hall to the cashier,” says Jennifer Guess, spokesperson for Pasadena Water and Power.Customers who receive shutoff notices would not be impacted by the maintenance schedule because the online payment is not an option for shutoff notices.“In those cases, they are required to contact customer service directly to discuss over the phone with a rep or in person at City Hall,” said Guess.PWP is at City Hall is located at 100 North Garfield Avenue in Pasadena. Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Herbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Easy Tips To Help You Reset Your Sleep ScheduleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhy Luxury Fashion Brands Are So ExpensiveHerbeautyHerbeauty 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.center_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more

MSU suspends payments to Nassar victims amid fraud allegations

first_imgScott Olson/Getty Images(EAST LANSING, Mich.) — Michigan State University has suspended payments from a $500 million fund set up to pay the victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar due to allegations of fraud.The firm that manages the Healing Assistance Fund notified MSU earlier this week of potentially fraudulent claims, according to ABC Detroit affiliate WXYZ-TV. The university said it halted further payments in order for authorities to investigate the allegations.The settlement was established in May for the more than 300 Nassar survivors.Meanwhile, the university filed a lawsuit Thursday, according to The Detroit News, against all of its insurance carriers, claiming they had not reimbursed MSU for its defense and settlement costs arising from Nassar’s conduct.“We are suing our carriers, including our largest carrier, United Educators, for failing to honor their polices,” Robert Young, general counsel for MSU, wrote on behalf of the university in a statement obtained by WXYZ-TV. “It is disappointing and unfortunate we have to go to court on this matter, but we are hopeful this lawsuit will bring us to speedy resolution and that the insurance companies will honor their contractual obligations.”During the historic trial, dozens of women shared personal stories of sexual abuse, testifying they had been victimized by the sports physician under the guise of medical treatments while he was employed by USA Gymnastics and MSU.Nassar was sentenced to spend up to 175 years in prison. At the time of his sentencing, he already was serving a 60-year term for possession of child pornography.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Recruitment: The Candidate Opt-out

first_imgRead full article Anyone who has spent a reasonable amount of time in the HR/recruiting industry invariably will have been on the wrong end of candidate opting out of an application process. There are of course a multitude of reasons why this might happen, a lot of which are outside of our control, but sadly in a large amount of cases, accountability rests on the shoulders of the agent/HR pro and in a lot of cases this can have significant ramifications. For example, in agency-land the client can quickly lose faith in an agent’s ability to close the recruitment loop. In internal talent acquisition you will be held accountable for the cost associated with the time spent resulting in a no-hire etc. Not to mention the pounding your reputation could take from the candidate or client perspective if it a regular occurrence. Sadly in HR and recruitment the candidate opt-out is an evil that will always play a part in our role but if we ensure adequate focus on the quality of our communication and efficiency of our processes, the risk will be largely minimized. It’s not rocket science by any means, but it’s good to not lose sight of the basics as our experience grows.Clarity is King: Grey areas are the mortal enemy of any recruiter. When talking to a candidate, the more details that go undiscussed or the more inaccurate the information you give the applicant, the higher the no-hire’o’meter will rise. When talking to a candidate, if you get the impression that any details you’ve divulged about the remit, remuneration package, location or pertinent skills managed to raise the candidate’s eyebrows and perhaps caused un-easiness, DRILL DOWN!. Don’t be happy with getting a half-hearted approval to flick a CV to a client/hiring manager. Ultimately all you will be doing is facilitating the beginning of a fact finding mission for the candidate (which they will opt out of as soon as any facts they don’t like arise) as opposed to offering up all the facts and ascertaining that they are your/clients next superstar. Yes, your CV submittal rate will be higher but your conversion rate will stink.Recruit in a timely manner, without lacking substance. Anyone who has read my previous blog post (Why the long……process) will know my thoughts on drawn out, lengthy recruitment processes. IMO, if a recruiter or HR pro must ask a candidate to go through a 6 stage process in order for them to ascertain suitability, or if they lack the ability to consult properly with their clients/hiring managers around why this is not needed, then there is some serious training required. Personally, I’m a fan of a robust phone screening process followed by a panel interview or a well put together 2 stage interview process. Keeping in mind the candidate experience, neither option would be arduous but will give more than adequate time to ensure a full screening process.As I said, by no means rocket science but I’d suggest just keeping these two things in mind will largely contribute to overall recruitment success rate and conversion ratios. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos.center_img Recruitment: The Candidate Opt-outShared from missc on 14 Apr 2015 in Personnel Today Comments are closed.last_img read more