Referendum set for controversial Swiss online gambling legislation

first_imgShare Share Submit Malta MGA follows UKGC lead suspending 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, 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 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

NFL Network analyst Steve Smith rips Josh Rosen: ‘He don’t want to work — he wants something given to him’

first_imgWhile the Cardinals are reportedly “close” on a deal to trade Rosen to the Dolphins, Smith and an NFL Network panel debated Rosen’s fate, and Smith went off.”You are replaceable … so now you’re mad because they brought some competition in here, so you’re going to try to take your ball?” Smith asked rhetorically. “Well, first of all son, it’s not your damn ball to take anyway. Related News “You just keep playing with your phone and you keep showing us what the stigma of … who you were at UCLA, now you’ve brought it to the professional level. When things don’t go your way, you’re going to cry in the corner. But guess what, they’re going to ship your a— somewhere else, and you’re going to cry and be their problem.”This is a man’s game, be a man, and go against that man one on one … do your deal. Ain’t nobody giving you nothing. NFL trade rumors: Josh Rosen traded to Dolphins after Cardinals draft Kyler Murray Did Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen do something to tee off Steve Smith?The former NFL All-Pro wide receiver, now an NFL Network analyst, mercilessly ripped Rosen during a broadcast Friday. Rosen, the Cardinals’ No. 1 pick a year ago, had been criticized by some for unfollowing the Cardinals on social media after they drafted QB Kyler Murray on Thursday with the No. 1 pick. When it was suggested Rosen might be on the Cardinals’ roster for training camp, Smith went off again.”You know why he won’t be on the roster? He ain’t got enough heart to be on that roster,” Smith said. “He got to go out there and work his a— off. He don’t want to work. He wants something given to him.”While some on social media applauded Smith’s harsh remarks, others thought he was out of line.Thoughts3If Steve Smith got picked in first round, and after that year a new coach said Smith is my guy, my starter, and then 2 months later drafted someone to replace Steve Smith, would Steve say, “I’ve got to man up+beat out the new guy?”Doubt it. He’d be bitter. Justifiably.— Peter King (@peter_king) April 26, 2019This felt a little over the top. I respect Steve’s work to become a thoughtful host, but everyone has prejudices. And people who were ordained early on (five-star recruits, first-round picks), who grew up in comfortable circumstances are never going to be his style.— Darin Gantt (@daringantt) April 26, 2019Rosen, selected No. 10 overall by the Cardinals last year, struggled last season with an undermanned Arizona offense, passing for 2,278 yards (5.8 yards per attempt) with 11 touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 13 starts.last_img read more

Tyson Fury claims Deontay Wilder is ‘running scared’ ahead of rematch

first_img“Not worried at all [about taking a big punch]. It’s what I get paid to do, train hard and fight hard.” Feeling ready now for feb22 we going on a trip on our favourite rocket  shipA post shared by Tyson Fury (@gypsyking101) on Feb 13, 2020 at 9:23pm PSTFury stepped back from boxing in 2019 to venture into professional wrestling. He defeated Braun Strowman in his WWE debut, at the Crown Jewel event in Saudi Arabia, by count-out, and the 31-year-old believes the training regime he went through ahead of his wrestling bow has given him the upper hand against Wilder.”[The training for wrestling] has helped massively for sure,” Fury said. “There’s a massive difference, almost unbelievable, between training for something like that and a world title fight. It’s more about agility and speed, definitely.” Former unified world champion Fury thought he had done enough to win on points at Staples Center, though two knockdowns from Wilder in the ninth and 12th rounds, respectively, ultimately proved costly.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearThere has been no love lost between the fighters in the lead-up to Saturday’s rematch, but Fury is convinced he has the upper hand, adding that he does not fear taking another punch of the caliber that Wilder landed in the final round in December 2018.”He’s on the back foot already, he’s running scared,” Fury told Omnisport. WILDER-FURY 2: Odds, prediction, trends, prop bets for fight”It was good [to take the punch]. It’s nice to take a big right hand like that now and again. It’s what I train for and what I get paid for. It was lovely to do some work for the pay.”It was a lapse in concentration. I feel fantastic and the training camp has gone well, perfectly. It won’t happen again. View this post on Instagram Tyson Fury says Deontay Wilder is “running scared” ahead of the pair’s heavyweight rematch in Las Vegas on Saturday.Fury and Wilder will rekindle their fierce rivalry at the MGM Grand Arena, 14 months after a contentious split draw in Los Angeles.last_img read more

Factfile of African champions Esperance

first_imgTunis, Tunisia | AFP | Factfile for 2018 CAF Champions League winners Esperance of Tunisia:Captain: Khalil ChemmamCoach: Moine Chaabani (TUN)Winning team: Moez Ben Cherifia; Sameh Derbali, Chemmam, Mohamed Yakoubi, Ayman Ben Mohamed; Fousseny Coulibaly (CIV), Ghilane Chalal; Anice Badri, Saad Bguir, Youcef Belaili (ALG); Taha Yassine KhenessiRoute to victory: preliminary round – Concorde (MTN) 1-1 away, 5-0 home; round of 32 – Gor Mahia (KEN) 1-0 0-0; Group A – Al Ahly (EGY) 0-1 0-0, Township Rollers (BOT) 4-1 0-0, Kampala Capital City Authority (UGA) 3-2 1-0; quarter-finals – Etoile Sahel (TUN) 2-1 1-0; semi-finals: Primeiro Agosto (ANG) 4-2, 0-1; final – Ahly 3-0 1-3Scorers: 8 – Badri; 3 – Belaili, Bguir, Haythem Jouini; 2 – Coulibaly, Bilel Mejri; 1 – Derbali, Chamseddine Dhaouadi, Houcine Erbeia, Maher Ben Sghaier, Yakoubi CAF titles: 3 Champions League (1994, 2011, 2018), 1 Super Cup (1995), 1 African Cup Winners Cup (1998), 1 CAF Cup (1997)Formed: 1919Nickname: Blood and Gold Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Panthers can make ACC statement against Duke

first_imgPittsburgh’s Lamar Patterson, left, drives the ball to the basket and past Maryland’s Nick Faust in the second half of an NCAA collegePITTSBURGH (AP) – Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon has his team well drilled.The next game is the most important of the season, regardless of what name is stitched across the front of the jersey.Still, junior guard Cam Wright allows things will be different Monday night when the 20th-ranked Panthers face No. 18 Duke.Thought Pitt has already swept Maryland and won on the road at Georgia Tech and North Carolina State, Wright is well aware that walking onto the court and seeing Mike Krzyzewski will be borderline surreal.“Looking down to my left and seeing Coach K on the sideline, I don’t even know how to explain it,” Wright said. “That will be a pretty remarkable moment I guess.”One that will make the somewhat emotionally painful transition – though financially lucrative – move from the Big East to the Atlantic Coast Conference worth it. Tickets were going for as much as $1,200 on the secondary market on Sunday afternoon, good enough to pay for season tickets and then some.“People have been talking about it, about tickets,” Dixon said. “It doesn’t really bother me but my assistants have been a little flustered.”Maybe, but it hasn’t translated on the court.The Panthers (18-2, 6-1) were Big East royalty for much of the millennium before moving to the ACC. While the destinations on their conference road trips have changed. The results have not.Pitt’s only loss in league play so far is to fellow Big East ex-pat and No. 2 Syracuse, which says something about the state of the Panthers’ new home. The ACC hasn’t quite looked like the ACC through the season’s first three months. That includes the Blue Devils (16-4, 5-2), who have already lost on the road to Notre Dame and Clemson.It doesn’t get any easier for Duke, which travels to the Carrier Dome on Saturday. Two losses would all but take the Blue Devils out of the conference title race by the first week of February.The Panthers, however, refuse to call the Blue Devils vulnerable, or anything else really. Dixon has praised his team’s ability to remain focused on the task at hand. On Saturday, it was finding a way to beat Maryland for the second time in three weeks.If Pitt was caught sneaking around the corner at Duke, it didn’t show. Lamar Patterson continued his breakout season by scoring 28 points as the Panthers kept the Terrapins at a safe distance the entire second half.Duke and star freshman Jabari Parker will present a starkly different challenge, though it hasn’t really mattered who Pitt has played at home this season. The Panthers are unbeaten and largely unchallenged at Petersen Events Center, where they are 12-0 this season.That mark includes a 76-43 dismantling of Clemson last week in which Pitt recorded an assist on 24 of 27 field goals. It’s that kind of selflessness that led Maryland coach Mark Turgeon to call the Panthers “one of the best teams I’ve ever coached against.”It’s a compliment Pitt takes in stride because, well, that just what the Panthers do.After building the program into one of the nation’s elite by becoming one of the toughest defensive teams in the country, Pitt has adapted to decidedly less physical ACC by pulling a switcheroo. Where the Panthers used to plod, now they soar. Pitt is second in the ACC behind Duke in points per game (76.3) and first in field goal percentage and assists.The Panthers are winning with style. Do it on national television on Monday night and they’ll no longer by outliers in a new-look conference. They’ll be front-runners, just like they planned.“We’re excited but we’re not looking at it as we’re playing Duke next,” Wright said. “We’re looking at it as a game on our schedule and a roadblock that we have to get past.”___AP Sports Writer David Ginsburg in College Park, MD contributed to this report.last_img read more

Mallards Team of the Week — Team Hatrick Swayze

first_imgIt sure looked easy on paper, and on the scoreboard.Team Hat-Trick Swayze coasted to the Co-Ed Open Division crown at the Nelson Youth Soccer Winter Tournament held during the holidays at the Indoor Facility on Cedar Street. The Team cruised to the title in the three-team open division.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the squad with Team of the Week honours.last_img