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Spanish operators agree to voluntary new ad restrictions

first_img Spanish igaming operator association JDigital has proposed a series of changes to the code of conduct that governs gambling advertising in the market, including an outright ban on betting adverts during live televised sports events, which are due to come into force in January 2020. Spanish igaming operator association JDigital has proposed a series of changes to the code of conduct that governs gambling advertising in the market, including an outright ban on betting adverts during live televised sports events, which are due to come into force in January 2020.Spanish gambling regulator Dirección General de Ordenación del Juego (DGOJ) has adopted the changes, which include new rules for all forms of advertising, promotion, sponsorship and other commercial communications. They are due to come into effect from 15 January, 2020.Amendments to the code include three principles related to ethics, specifically truthfulness, responsible gambling and the protection of minors.Significant new measures include an outright ban on gambling ads during live broadcasts of sporting events, while welcome bonus offers will now be limited to a maximum of €200 (£171/$221)In terms of ethics, the new code states that all adverts must be true, not mislead consumers or omit data or facts that could lead to confusion.Licensees must also inform the DGOJ if a third party is taking on advertising on their behalf. In addition, all communications and self-promotions all essential elements of the terms and conditions of bonuses or promotions so as to fully inform the consumer of the details of the offer.Meanwhile, the updated code also addresses responsible gambling in depth, with licensees now subject to various measures in commercial communications and self-promotions.Ads must not incite addictive gambling or suggest that playing a game would help a consumer improve their financial or personal situation, nor imply that excessive game losses would not have any consequences. At the same time, all ads must include a message that discourages responsible gambling. Operators should not make credit offers to players or suggest that continuous playing of a game, or the skill of the player, would increase their probability of winning.Licensees should not encourage repetitive gaming, or suggest that players would be rewarded for compulsive behaviour. The DGOJ also emphasised a prohibition on promoting uncontrolled bets or risks.Active professional athletes will not be permitted to feature in adverts or self-promotions, while all ads must include an age limit warnings, whereby they make clear that only over-18s are permitted to gamble.The DGOJ went into further depth on protecting minors form gambling-related harms, setting out a number of measures for adverts and similar materials.Ads must not suggest that minors can play or place wagers, present a bet or betting slip as a gift a child can receive, include people under 25 or be aimed at children under 18. Operators should also ensure adverts to not state that playing a game is a sign of maturity or passage to adulthood.The code also said adverts must not directly or indirectly incite minors to play a game, nor exploit their relationship with adults – such as parents or teachers – so that they can play the game. In addition, ads must not include any visual, sound, verbal or written elements specifically aimed at children. Email Address Bingo Tags: Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Marketing & affiliates Sports betting Bingo Regions: Europe Southern Europe Spain AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Spanish operators agree to voluntary new ad restrictions Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 18th November 2019 | By contenteditorlast_img read more

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TCU Tailgates in The 109

first_imgMorgan Heinrichhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/morgan-heinrich/ Previous articleThe fight for fourth: TCU welcomes Kansas State for Senior DayNext articleSupport for seniors on Senior Day Morgan Heinrich RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR FW Academy of Fine Arts performing ‘There’s no Business Like SNOW Business’ Morgan Heinrichhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/morgan-heinrich/ Twitter City Councilmember District 9 of Fort Worth, Ann Zadeh, said noise complaints are common in an urban environment so the city hears complaints quite often.“Hopefully most of the time they handled by reaching out to the offending party and asking for them to be considerate,” Zadeh said. “But sometimes code enforcement or police are called and at times concerned parties reach out directly to their representative for assistance.”Zadeh said there are no new ordinances being considered.“However, my staff is currently looking at possible tweaks to the nuisance ordinance to allow quicker response on problem properties,” Zadeh said. “Regarding parking, staff is reviewing and considering possible residential permit parking standards that could be utilized in areas where parking pressures impact neighborhoods adversely.”Although Zadeh does not have a specific list of complaints, the city’s website does offer a function called One Address.“You can look up specific addresses and see code violations etc. within a specific radius of that address,” Zadeh said.The website provides permit, crime, code violation and other city data.TCU DEALS WITH THE ISSUECavins-Tull said when TCU receives a complaint about an off-campus student, the university calls in the student to talk about the complaint.“It’s difficult to find out who is causing the problems that the resident complained about,” Cavins-Tull said. “Most of the time it is a general complaint with a guess as to who it might be so there is nothing we can really do about it.”Cavins-Tull said when the school does find the responsible students, they are asked to come in for a meeting with Russel.“Students can get cited or arrested if they don’t change their behavior,” Cavins-Tull said. “Sometimes there is just nothing we can do to stop it.”NEIGHBORHOODS DEAL WITH ISSUEThe brochure instructs TCU students about “Neighborly Relationship Advice.”The brochure advises students to attend neighborhood association meetings, participate in neighborhood association-sponsored events, and meet and talk with their neighbors regularly.Some neighborhoods have tried to set up programs and events where TCU students can meet their neighbors.Bluebonnet Hills Neighborhood Association President Jace Thompson said he believes there would be fewer problems if students knew their neighbors.“I just think it would be better if our TCU students met their neighbors at a fun event rather than at 2 a.m. due to a noise violation or something like that,” Thompson said. “We tried setting up an ice cream social but only two of our neighborhood TCU residents showed up.” Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts performs “Carousel” Morgan Heinrichhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/morgan-heinrich/ Morgan Heinrichhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/morgan-heinrich/ Paschal High School teacher wins excellence award Linkedin ReddIt Twittercenter_img + posts Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Morgan Heinrich Facebook FW Academy of Fine Arts performing ‘There’s no Business Like SNOW Business’ Abortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature ReddIt Linkedin print ‘NO PARKING’ signs line the street of Stadium Drive on Saturday, Oct. 29 during the TCU vs. Texas Tech game.It’s 8 a.m. on a game-day Saturday morning and the booming bass from the Amon G. Carter Stadium shakes the house before the alarm has the chance to sound. The stadium is just down the street.Laurie and Steve Sager walk out onto their front step with a fresh cup of coffee and watch as the sea of purple slowly builds and then floods the street.Among the crowd of TCU students, there are neighbors leaving their homes to join the purple flood. Parents herd children outfitted in TCU apparel.Ever since TCU joined the Big 12 and Horned Frog football became more popular, that “fans aren’t just dedicated alumni” but now come from throughout the area, said Christopher East, a tailgater.People wave and offer a warm greeting as they pass the house and make their way past the baseball stadium, said Laurie Sager.“We have always cheered for TCU,” Sager said. “We love it and now we live in the perfect spot for it.”The Sagers, season ticket holders for football, baseball, and soccer, moved from outside of Aledo to be closer to TCU three years ago.Trash after game day on the median between the baseball fields and the Sager’s house.“When we were younger, we used to travel an hour or so to go watch the SMU or Baylor games—when we lived in New York for a few years we used to fly back for games too,” Sager said. “That was when the tailgating crowd was a lot smaller and controlled.”These days the “perfect spot” to live for TCU tailgating has its consequences.On game days the Sager’s street is crowded and cars block their driveway.“Last season, someone knocked Steve’s side-view mirror off of his truck,” Sager said.“It’s all part of the TCU atmosphere,” Steve Sager said. “We knew what we were getting into when we moved here.”As the day goes and fans flock to the stadium, they leave broken glass bottles, crushed beer cans and other garbage in their wake. Shouts of fans get louder while music blasts.“The atmosphere turns from family friendly to an adult party as the day goes on,” East said. “Win or lose, empty beer cans and red Solo cups litter the street and the lawns of houses around TCU.”“I picked up a couple empty beer cans off of our lawn Sunday morning—I always do,” Laurie Sager said.“It’s a Sunday morning tradition,” Sager’s husband said.A Red Solo Cup and Coors Light beer can on Stadium Drive after a game.The problem in their lawn and driveway is not theirs alone.During game weekends, the lawns along Berry Street from the baseball and intramural fields are usually littered with trash from the game while neighborhood residents struggle to find parking.TCU Joins Big 12Ever since joining the Big 12 on July 1, 2012, TCU enrollment between graduates and undergraduates grew from 9,518 in 2011 to a total of 10,394 in fall 2016, said Associate Director of Strategic Communications Management Holy Ellman.“And we are only expecting the enrollment to increase in the future,” Ellman said.Alongside the enrollment growth, the attendance of TCU football games has significantly increased as well, said the TCU Associate Athletics Director for Communications Mark Cohen.“Nine of the top ten attendances in TCU football history have occurred in the last five seasons since the Horned Frogs began Big 12 play,” Cohen said. “TCU has sold out of football season tickets four times in the last five years and has set a school record for season ticket sales in five of the last seven seasons.”TCU is now ranked third nationally among Power 5 schools last season in percent of attendance capacity at 103.9 percent, Cohen said. This season, TCU has had three sellouts in the last four home games and 27 sellouts in the last 37 home games.TCU Tailgaters and 109 ResidentsVice Chancellor for Student Affairs Kathy Cavins-Tull said TCU wants their students and tailgaters to be respectful to the surrounding neighborhoods.“When it comes to dealing with neighborhoods in the area, we receive a lot of complaints—which we see as parental issue for us,” Cavins-Tull said.Complaints range from parking to trash, noise, vandalism and so on.“We can help students understand what the ordinances are, what the laws are and how to live under these rules while also a TCU student,” Cavins-Tull said. “But we cannot control what our tailgaters do.”Cavins-Tull said the school wants the students to take basic care of the environment.“We want students to understand city ordinances which include putting your trash bins away. But neighbors are responsible for their own property when it comes to trash,” Cavins-Tull said. “The garbage and stuff in the street are the city’s problem, I suppose.”Empty boxes of trash on the TCU campus after a day of football tailgating.She said the school talks to the students if the neighbors say they are out of control.“A lot of parties—not just tailgating—get out of hand and parking comes with that,” Cavins-Tull said. “But when a Fort Worth resident complains, it is difficult for us to find out who is causing the problem,”When TCU finds the responsible students, the school calls them in to explain the rules and laws, Cavins-Tull said.“If the students don’t comply, they will either get cited or arrested,” Cavins-Tull said. “It’s unfortunate, but if they are hosting a party with a lot of underage drinkers, then it is out of our control.”When dealing with parking in the area, TCU advises neighborhood residents to use the city council, Cavins-Tull said.“Fort Worth residents can use city council to get their street to be a ‘resident only’ parking area,” Cavins-Tull said. “But it’s frustrating because when these same residents want to host a party, they can’t use their own street.”Cavins-Tull said it is difficult finding a resolution to the complaints overall.“When some of these people bought their homes, TCU didn’t play big games on Saturday’s, so no one knows how to solve these problems,” she said.Neighborhoods in TCU AreaBluebonnet Hills Neighborhood Association President Jace Thompson said he has enjoyed watching the TCU and local community support grow after the school joined the Big 12.Trash tied to metal bars in front of the University Christian Church after a football game day.“What used to be small tailgates has grown to be purple tents all over and it’s a lot of fun—for the most part,” Thompson said. “It always feels like it is nine months of insanity when students are here and then three months of living in a ghost town.”Thompson said people live in the area not only for TCU but for the convenience of being so close to downtown Fort Worth, Magnolia Street and other populated areas where people work.But, game days can be a downside to living near the university.“There will be a student that will park in front of your driveway and block you in on game days—if you can get around it, you do but sometimes there is just no way,” Thompson said. “Cops have come to mess with the parking violations which is frustrating because they should be protecting us instead. But as a neighborhood, we usually try not to get the police involved.”Another issue after tailgating is the amount of trash that piles up, Thompson said.“After football games, I always see red Solo cups and other trash at the end of Wabash Street, but usually it disappears on Sunday morning,” Thompson said. “We got lucky because fraternity guys usually have pledges that clean it up, which I know is pretty abnormal for surrounding neighborhoods.”Thompson, an active leader in the Young Life community at TCU, said he is more tolerant than some people because of his relationship with the student body.“We do have residents in our neighborhood that regularly call the cops,” he said. “Whether it’s vandalism, loud music or parking problems, there are those that cannot stand the TCU crowd.”Why do people stay?Thompson said that the Bluebonnet Hills neighborhood, as well as other neighborhoods around TCU, are premiere neighborhoods in Fort Worth which is why people stay.“A lot of people stay around here because of the value of houses and how when you buy a house in the TCU area, it is an investment that will never go backward in value,” he said. “Houses in the Fort Worth area, in general, have risen in market value.”According to the Tarrant Appraisal District, in 2005 the average market value for Fort Worth home was $102,648. In 2010, the average market value was $118,137 and this year that average increased again to $159,603.“Families also stay in this area because of the good schools such as Tanglewood and Paschal,” Thompson said. “Other people stay in this area because they have lived here for a long time and they never knew TCU was going to get so big.”Thompson said he hopes that when the construction in the TCU Greek is finished it will alleviate the parking problems in the surrounding areas.“People have been signing a petition for parking passes in Bluebonnet Hills so that students cannot block people in that have places to be,” Thompson said.The Bluebonnet Hills Neighborhood Association is trying to have their neighborhood members meet the students living in the area.“I think the solution to the parking, littering, and loud music problem is having the students get to know people in our community,” Thompson said. “We don’t want the first time the residents meet the students to be when they are frustrated with them.”Neighbor to Neighbor: TCU EditionTCU has decided to partner with the City of Fort Worth and its Neighbor to Neighbor partnership program to inform off-campus students of their rights as a Fort Worth resident and to educate students on how to build good relationships with community members, Cavins-Tull said.The Neighbor to Neighbor: TCU Edition that was emailed to TCU students.The university emailed off-campus students the brochure this week.The brochure says it “Serves as a resource to help students understand the responsibilities of being respectful, considerate neighbors and community members.”The Neighbor to Neighbor: TCU Edition was released because of the increased amount of complaints that the city has received over the past few years, said Cavins-Tull.“As the TCU student population has grown, the number of complaints from off-campus students’ neighbors has increased as well,” Cavins-Tull said.Cavins-Tull said TCU sees problems between off-campus students and Fort Worth neighborhoods as a parental issue for the school.“We want our students to be seen as respectable neighbors and overall good people within the community,” Cavins-Tull said.The brochure informs students that the City of Fort Worth has set maximum sound levels for all residential properties in the city.Between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. the maximum is set at 70 decibels. According to scientists at Purdue University, 70 decibels is equivalent to the sound of a running vacuum cleaner.During the nighttime, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., the maximum is 60 decibels. Purdue says 60 decibels is equivalent to a normal conversation in restaurant, office, background music, or an air conditioning unit that is 100 feet away. Facebook Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturdaylast_img read more

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Reports suggest Donegal Creameries and Connaught Gold are close to final deal

first_img Google+ HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleNew Chief Executive announced for Derry City CouncilNext article81 jobs secured in Rivermedia restructuring News Highland Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Watch: The Nine Til Noon Show LIVE Facebook Reports suggest Donegal Creameries and Connaught Gold are close to final deal Neither Donegal Creameries nor Connaught Gold are commenting this evening on renewed speculation that a deal has been done to sell Donegal’s milk division to Connaught Gold.At a press conference last week, Donegal Creameries would only say that discussions are taking place in a national context on how best to sustain and develop the sector, and talks with neighbours form part of that process.He said in the event of a deal being finalised, a formal announcement will be made to the stock exchange.There’s been no statement from Connaught Gold following reports that their accountants are now examining Donegal Creameries books as part of the due diligence process following agreement on a provisional deal.Last week’s half year report from Donegal Creameries reported losses in it’s dairy sector, but said in the long term, it’s expected those losses will be clawed back.center_img By News Highland – September 6, 2011 WhatsApp Newsx Adverts Google+ Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released Pinterest Pinterest Twitter Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegallast_img read more

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Man dies following three car collision near Strabane

first_img Twitter Facebook Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WhatsApp News WhatsApp Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+center_img Pinterest By News Highland – January 4, 2014 Man dies following three car collision near Strabane 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Pinterest A 65 year old man has died following a 3 vehicle road traffic collision near Strabane yesterday afternoon.The incident took place on the main A5 Mulvin Road outside Newtownstewart shortly after 4.30pm.The man was the driving a red coloured Jaguar car which was involved in a collision with a black coloured Range Rover and a silver coloured Audi A4.Three other people, 2 men and a woman have been taken to hospital for treatment for their injuries, however they are not believed to be life threatening.Police investigations are under way and they are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision or was travelling on the Mulvin Road around 4.30 to contact them at Steeple Police Station. 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Previous articleEmergency meeting to take place tonight over the future of Ballybofey United Football ClubNext articleLatest survey shows house prices in Donegal begin to rise News Highland Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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Garda Superintendent denies that referring Garda Harrison to GSOC was a charade

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Garda Superintendent denies that referring Garda Harrison to GSOC was a charade DL Debate – 24/05/21 News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleDonegal riders compete at Northern Indoor Showjumping ChampionshipsNext articleHighland’s Farming News – Thursday 5th October News Highland By News Highland – October 5, 2017 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ Gardai in Donegal held a meeting in October 2013 to discuss the statement made by Marisa Simms following an argument with her partner, Garda Keith Harrison.After the meeting, gardai referred the matter to GSOC under section 102 of the GS Act, which deals with threats to the life of a person or serious harm.Counsel for Garda Harrison asked Superintendent Eugene McGovern what was done to protect Ms Simms if gardai were sure that there was a threat to her.Supt McGovern said Ms Simms had been given advice on crime prevention.He denied the referral was a charade when asked by Chairman Peter Charleton.GSOC decided not to pursue the allegation under section 102, saying it should’ve been referred under a different section.It’s also emerged today that gardai in Donegal considered suspending Garda Harrison or transferring him to another division pending an investigation into events outlined in Ms Simms’ statement. Google+ Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Twitter Facebook Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Facebook A Garda superintendent has denied that referring Garda Keith Harrison to GSOC was a complete charade.A referral was made to the Garda Ombudsman following a statement made by Marisa Simms to gardai after an argument with Garda Harrison.last_img read more

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Motorist clocked travelling at 173km/h in Letterkenny area

first_imgHomepage BannerNews Google+ Motorist clocked travelling at 173km/h in Letterkenny area WhatsApp Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleHousing Minister to visit Donegal next weekNext articleKillybegs is greatest catch according to CSO News Highland Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Twitter Facebookcenter_img Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 By News Highland – July 28, 2020 Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA A motorist has been clocked travelling at 173km/h in the Letterkenny area.The Letterkenny Roads Policing Unit were conducting another speed check in the town again last night and arrested the driver in question.Court proceedings are to follow.Gardai are once again reminding the public to adhere to the speed limits.last_img read more

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No relief expected over weekend for hot, dry conditions in West

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — There are more than 60 large, uncontained wildfires burning in 13 western states on Saturday as the region deals with bone-dry humidity levels and temperatures in the 90s and above.Dangerous heat will remain in place for the next several days across parts of the West, including much of California, Oregon, Nevada, Washington and Arizona. Excessive heat watches and warnings, heat advisories and red flag warnings have been issued for parts of the region.On Saturday, high temperatures across parts of central and northern California, including the Redding area, will be above 100 degrees. Unfortunately, there is no significant cooldown coming to this region in the next few days. Temperatures will be near or above 100 degrees from Riverside County to Shasta County, California. Additionally, there will be little relief from the heat overnight.Fresno saw temperatures over 100 degrees again on Friday, the 22nd day in a row of over 100-degree heat, a new record streak for Fresno.Relative humidity on Saturday across parts of the West, including where some of the large California fires are burning, will be as low as 5 percent. The threat for fires will persist through the weekend due to the very dry air, high temperatures and locally gusty winds.Storms move through Plains, SoutheastA line of strong to severe thunderstorms is moving through southern Kansas and into parts of Oklahoma on Saturday morning. These storms will weaken through the morning hours. There are also some strong to severe storms moving through eastern Nebraska and northeast Kansas, where localized flash flooding is possible Saturday morning.However, new summer thunderstorms are expected to develop Saturday across Wyoming to western Kansas.There is slight risk for severe weather for this region, including Cheyenne, Wyoming; Colby, Kansas; and Dodge City, Kansas. The main risk will be for damaging winds, large hail and perhaps a brief tornado.Additionally, there will be numerous strong thunderstorms with locally heavy downpours across the Southeast coast this weekend.Any slow-moving summer thunderstorm has the potential to deliver locally heavy downpours. This is a particular concern across parts of the central Plains and parts of the Carolinas, where 2 to 3 inches or more of rainfall is possible through Monday. Localized flash flooding remains a possibility.The weather patterns looks wet through the next few days across the southeast U.S., with continued chances for torrential rain from summer thunderstorms.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Italy, France give full support to Naviris JV

first_img February 28, 2020, by Italy, France give full support to Fincantieri-Naval Group JV Authorities View post tag: Fincantieri navaltoday France and Italy have signed an intergovernmental agreement reaffirming their support to Naviris, a joint venture between Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri and French defense contractor Naval Group.Signed on February 27, the agreement makes the long term alliance launched by these two industrial groups fully operational.“We welcome this intergovernmental agreement, which reinforces our joint-venture Naviris,” commented Hervé Guillou and Giuseppe Bono, CEOs of Naval Group and Fincantieri respectively.“We are delighted to be able to count on the support of both the Italian and French governments together with the navies of our two countries to carry out our mission effectively.”Naviris was set up in January 2020. The JV, owned equally by the two groups, will manage ambitious projects, including mid-term modernization of the Franco-Italian Horizon frigates, common R&D, export opportunities and the development of a European patrol corvette.The cooperation is seen as the key to the consolidation of the European naval sector.“Naval Group and Fincantieri are open to enlarge their cooperation to other European partners in order to make the European naval industry the worldwide leader in product performances and technology innovation,” the two companies said.center_img View post tag: Naval Group Back to overview,Home naval-today Italy, France give full support to Fincantieri-Naval Group JV View post tag: Naviris Share this articlelast_img read more

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“Be good citizens”: University responds to objections about “patronising” Responsibility Agreement

first_imgIn addition to Queen’s objections, an open letter by students which has received 190 signatures states that “we do not […] consider it to be a necessary or reasonable requirement for students to sign the responsibility agreement in its present form.” Students who sign the agreement commit to “abiding by all national public health regulations brought in to stop the spread of COVID-19,” as well as “the University and/or colleges’ specific guidance on health measures, together with local public health guidance as relevant.” It requires students to isolate and request a test upon presenting symptoms, participate in contact tracing, and practice good hygiene.  The University’s website states: “The purpose of the Agreement is not to prescribe an additional code of discipline; it is to support community safety and well-being. It is an affirmation of shared values – community, consideration for others, patience and tolerance, and inclusion.” The letter, sent to the Vice-Chancellor on Monday, argues that “asking the students to adhere unconditionally to policies not yet known to them gives the university far-reaching powers over the private and social lives of students. […] Combined with the university’s decision to reintroduce the residency requirement, this gives students no choice but to sign the agreement. If signatories are held to ransom, an agreement cannot be a true and honest affirmation of shared values.” The email to Queen’s College students wrote: “The College’s Governing Body strongly opposed key aspects of an earlier (but still quite similar) draft of this document, in principle (it’s not the university’s place to create rules for what happens in College) and with its patronising tone and degree of minutiae. In the end, Governing Body agreed […] because there was a real risk [students] would be denied access to university teaching and spaces if we did not go along with it.” In response to this objection, Karen O’Brien, co-chair of the Michaelmas Coordination Group, said to Cherwell: “It wasn’t an agreement that was imposed from above. It was an iterative process, and there were discussions amongst all colleges about the topics that should be included, the tone, and the information that the agreement was going to provide.” Speaking to Cherwell, O’Brien stated, “The Student Union was involved throughout, and we came up with this responsibility agreement after a long process.”center_img The letter calls on the Vice Chancellor to “lift the requirement to sign this agreement and to establish a framework through which the concerns and feedback of students can be expressed and integrated into the university’s COVID-19 response and policies”.  Queen’s College has labelled the COVID-19 Student Responsibility Agreement as “patronising” and opposes it “in principle”. Speaking to Cherwell, the University has responded to concerns about the Agreement, saying: “What we’re asking people to do is to be good citizens. Nothing more, nothing less.” Oxford University’s COVID-19 Responsibility Agreement, which all students have been asked to sign, requires that individuals abide by both government regulations and University guidance throughout the term. The Agreement supplements students’ existing responsibilities under University and college student contracts. She further emphasized: “What we’re asking people to do is to be good citizens. Nothing more, nothing less.” Image credit: Kaofenlio/ Wikimedia Commonslast_img read more

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Press release: HMRC urges business owners to make sure they are ready for no deal

first_imgAfter getting an EORI number, businesses need to take the second step and consider how they want to make customs declarations. Businesses can appoint a customs agent if they want someone else to do it. Most businesses with customs obligations choose to use a customs agent.For businesses that import goods into the UK from the EU using roll on, roll off locations, they can take a third step and register for new Transitional Simplified Procedures (TSP). TSP will allow businesses to import without having to make a full customs declaration at the border, and postpone paying any import duties. For imports using other locations, and for exports, standard customs declarations will apply. Businesses that import goods from the EU can register for the new TSP. HMRC has identified 145,000 VAT-registered companies that trade with the EU but not the rest of the world, and estimates that a further 95,000 businesses also trade with the EU but are not VAT-registered. This means an estimated 240,000 businesses need to take action to continue trading with the EU if no deal is reached.Business owners can apply for their EORI number.HMRC has the capacity to sign up 11,000 businesses per day for EORI numbers.You can see RoRo locations.You can see letters sent to traders.Businesses can apply for training and IT grants on making customs declarations.Businesses can find out about the other steps they’ll need to take to prepare for the UK leaving the EU using the prepare your business for the UK leaving the EU toolon GOV.UK.HMRC has published more than 100 pages of cross-government guidance for businesses on processes and procedures at the border in a no deal scenario. Business owners can apply for their EORI number. In September 2018, December 2018 and January 2019, HMRC wrote directly to 145,000 VAT-registered businesses that only trade with the EU advising them to start their preparations and apply for an EORI number.There are another estimated additional 95,000 non-VAT registered businesses that also need to take action.Despite these letters, only 40,973 have registered for an EORI number since October (figure correct as of 28 February 2019).To help businesses make import and export declarations, HMRC has made £8 million in funding available for traders and intermediaries to support them with training and IT costs. There is still £3 million remaining of this funding, so there’s still time to put in a bid.Further information Step-by-step advice can be accessed via GOV.UK – the help is there, we just need business owners to take action.center_img HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is today (28 February 2019) urging business owners to prepare now and consider 3 steps to ensure their businesses can continue to trade with the EU if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.The first step businesses need to take is to register for an Economic Operator and Registration Identification (EORI) number. UK businesses that have only ever traded inside the EU will not have an EORI number.In the event of a no deal exit, businesses will be unable to continue trading with the EU without an EORI number; however, HMRC figures show that so far just 17% of these businesses have registered (figure correct as of 28 February 2019). Figures given here are correct as of 28 February 2019. Please contact HMRC Press Office for up-to-date information: 03000 585 018 We want businesses to be able continue trading with minimal disruption in any scenario but we also know that people tend to leave things until the last minute and we would urge against that. We are specifically advising businesses to take some simple steps to be prepared – the first thing they need to do is register for an EORI number – it is free and takes less than 10 minutes. Financial Secretary to the Treasury Mel Stride MP said:last_img read more