Referendum set for controversial Swiss online gambling legislation

first_imgShare Share Submit Malta MGA follows UKGC lead suspending Stakers.com March 13, 2020 Related Articles bet-at-home maintains 2020 outlook despite dire opening  May 4, 2020 StumbleUpon Wiseodds launches poker-inspired betting platform March 18, 2020 An online gambling bill passed through Swiss parliament last year is set for a national referendum, reports swissinfo.ch, after a coalition of political parties succeeded in gathering enough votes to warrant a public vote.Switzerland’s legislature passed the controversial new laws in September of 2017, with them initially set to take effect from this month.However under its unique political system, if a group can collect at least 50,000 signatures from the nation’s citizens, the government has no choice but to issue a referendum before a bill is signed into law.The proposed new law saw legislators approve the country’s new gambling rules, which state that land based casinos will be enabled to offer online casino and poker games for the first time.As part of the legal amendment though, it is also required that local internet service providers (ISP) block the domains of internationally licensed gambling sites, therefore ensuring its online operations will ultimately be successful.Following its final approval several points of opposition were voiced, one such example being from local ISP groups, who state the government is issuing extra responsibilities without the relevant financial backing.It also argued that the proposal restricts free use of the internet, through the blocking of selected international websites, in addition to lacking a sufficient level of help for problem gamblers.Supporters of the bill have levelled accusations at its critics, stating financial support for its opposition, and signature collecting, has been aided by foreign online casinos.in addition to pointing to the millions of Swiss francs (CHF) that would also be spent outside of Switzerland as a result of a failure to block overseas online games.Spearheading opposition are the Young Liberals, supported by the youth wing of the Free Democratic Party (FDP) and with assistance from the Green Party amongst others.The groups submitted its 60,000 signatures, 10,000 more than necessary, to challenge the decision this week, with authorities now in the process of validating them before a ballot date is announced.As part of the new law it was also detailed that punters winnings that crossed the CHF1m ($1m) barrier would be taxed, as is also the case in Switzerland’s lottery and land based sports winnings.Poker players seeking live games could also be impacted under the proposals, with live tournaments able to be organised off casino premises for the first time.This is on the condition that tournaments remain small scale affairs.last_img read more

Magic coach Steve Clifford: Markelle Fultz likely is done for season

first_img Magic G Markelle Fultz: It excites me to have a coach that will push me to be better “I don’t think so,” Clifford said when asked if Markelle Fultz will play this season. “He’s still rehabbing his shoulder and he’s not even able to really do much on the floor yet. It’s a pretty significant shoulder injury.”I would say he’s starting to do a little bit, but it would be very difficult for him to get back this year.” Related News The Markelle Fultz experiment in Orlando likely will have to wait until next season.Magic coach Steve Clifford told SiriusXM NBA Radio Monday that Fultz probably won’t suit up for the team this season due to his injured shoulder. Fultz has been dealing with shoulder issues since the beginning of the season when he still was with the 76ers. He’s only played in 19 games this season and has averaged 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists in that time.He was traded to the Magic on Feb. 7 in return for guard Jonathon Simmons, a protected first-round pick and a second-round pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. 🔊 @OrlandoMagic HC Steve Clifford joined @JaredSGreenberg & @bwood_33 and gave an update on Markelle Fultz pic.twitter.com/fGMIwI5OC8— SiriusXM NBA Radio (@SiriusXMNBA) March 4, 2019When asked what exactly was going on with Fultz, Clifford said he wasn’t 100-percent sure, but said it was tissue build-up and that he needed a lot of physical therapy.last_img read more