16th September 2019 | By contenteditor Iowa generates $2.2m in first two weeks of legal betting AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Finance Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Licensed operators generated $2.2m in revenue from the first sixteen days of legal wagering in Iowa, with the William Hill-powered offering at the Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino leading the market over the period. Licensed operators generated $2.2m in revenue from the first sixteen days of legal wagering in Iowa, with the William Hill-powered offering at the Prairie Meadows Racetrack and Casino leading the market over the period.Iowa’s regulated wagering market opened for business on 15 August, with the inaugural set of results setting out figures through to 31 August. Customers wagered $8.6m in total over the period, winning $6.4m, figures from the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission reveal.While mobile betting was permitted from day one, players are required to register in-person for an online account. This contributed to retail activity accounting for the bulk of handle ($4.9m) and revenue ($1.7m) in the period to 31 August. Customers wagered a further $3.7m via mobile, with operators holding $424,129 of this sum.Across both channels, Iowa took $145,914 in tax from sports betting in August, with a 6.75% gross revenue tax levied on licensees.Read the full story on iGB North America.Image: Tony Webster Topics: Finance Sports betting Regions: US Iowa Email Address
United States Sawmill / Olson KundigSave this projectSaveSawmill / Olson Kundig Houses “COPY” 2014 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/896181/sawmill-olson-kundig Clipboard Save this picture!© Kevin Scott / Olson Kundig+ 25Curated by Fernanda Castro Share Architects: Olson Kundig Area Area of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/896181/sawmill-olson-kundig Clipboard Area: 4170 ft² Year Completion year of this architecture project Photographs CopyHouses•United States Year: Manufacturers: Chown HardwareSave this picture!© Kevin Scott / Olson KundigRecommended ProductsLightsVibiaCeiling Lights – BIGDoorsVitrocsaGlass Technology in Hotel BeaulacGlassLAMILUXGlass Roof PR60 PassivhausGlassSolarluxGlass Canopy – SDL AcubisText description provided by the architects. Set in the harsh high desert of California, Sawmill is a family retreat embedded into the tough, scrubby landscape. Sawmill harnesses the challenges and opportunities of its remote site, emphasizing sustainable strategies and reclaimed materials. Demonstrating that high design can also be high performance, Sawmill is a net-zero home that operates completely off the grid.Save this picture!© Gabe BorderThe client brief called for a self-sufficient home that maximized connection between architecture and nature, and between family members inside. Riffing on the tradition of tents around a campfire, the house is comprised of three wings connected by the central hearth in the living area. Here, a 12-by-26-foot window wall retracts with the turn of a wheel, transforming the outdoor patio into the fourth “tent” around the fire.Save this picture!© Gabe BorderSave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Kevin Scott / Olson KundigTough as nails, Sawmill is made from durable materials that can withstand the harsh climate, where fires are a major hazard in summer and winters are extremely cold. The design approach was driven by a scavenger mentality, seeking always to do more with less, including using salvaged and recycled materials whenever possible.Save this picture!© Gabe BorderCarefully sited to minimize disturbance to its remote environment, Sawmill acknowledges that while the desert is harsh, it is also fragile. Historically, the valley had been used for mining, ranching and logging – hence the name “Sawmill.” Recognizing this past exploitation of the site, the homeowners wanted their house to give back to the land, rather than take from it. Sawmill stands as a testament to high design as an environmental ethic – a building that connects people to place.Save this picture!© Gabe BorderProject gallerySee allShow lessDo Not Try This at Home: The 25 Worst Interior Design Trends of the Last 50 YearsArchitecture NewsCall for Submissions: See/SawCall for Submissions Share “COPY” Projects ArchDaily Photographs: Gabe Border Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Sawmill / Olson Kundig CopyAbout this officeOlson KundigOfficeFollowProductsGlassConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesUnited StatesPublished on June 14, 2018Cite: “Sawmill / Olson Kundig” 14 Jun 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Irish billionaire increases donations by €2 million AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 62 total views, 2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis12 Tagged with: Funding Ireland Major gift Businessman Denis O’Brien’s charitable foundation in Ireland increased its donations last year by nearly €2 million, according to the charity’s latest accounts.The Iris O’Brien Foundation distributed €4.5 million in 2015, against €2.6 million in 2014. Total donations to the Foundation, thought to be solely from Mr O’Brien, were €4.4 million last year and €2.7 million in 2014.O’Brien established the Iris O’Brien Foundation in 2000 to identify and assist projects in Ireland and internationally which aim to alleviate disadvantaged communities. According to the most recent Sunday Times Rich List, Mr O’Brien is worth £3.7 billion (€4.7 billion).Last year’s Foundation giving was split between domestic and overseas giving, with each activity receiving €2.4 million and €2 million respectively. In 2014 Mr O’Brien gave Philanthropy Ireland a gift of €250,000 which is listed as Bellane DOB in Philanthropy Ireland’s accounts.The accounts note that around €2 million is being expended to provide ongoing support to a number of projects. Social Entrepreneurs Ireland has been supported by the Foundation since its inception.The Foundation, which is based at Mr O’Brien’s Communicorp Group headquarters in Dublin, spent €3,700 on management and administration in 2015. 61 total views, 1 views today Howard Lake | 23 May 2016 | News Advertisement 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.
News to go further TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en Help by sharing this information November 11, 2020 Find out more May 13, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Court dismisses cooking oil lawsuits against opposition daily Forum on Information and Democracy 250 recommendations on how to stop “infodemics” News TunisiaMiddle East – North Africa News Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder December 26, 2019 Find out more A Tunis court has dismissed the lawsuits that five Tunisian companies brought against the opposition daily Al Maoukif over an April 2008 article about an Algerian import ban on their cooking oil because it was said to be tainted.Al Maoukif editor Rachid Khechana told Reporters Without Borders: “We are obviously pleased about the decision to dismiss the libel suits by the five companies but we hope the Tunisian authorities will in future stop trying to bring prosecutions against the independent press – stifling it and blocking its expansion – that they will stop bombarding it with lawsuits.”The five companies had been demanding a total of 500,000 dinars (274,000 euros) in damages from Al Maoukif.—————————————————————————————18.04.2008 – French president urged to raise free speech during visit to Tunis, as seizures and lawsuits threaten opposition weeklyReporters Without Borders called today on the Tuninisian authorities to put a stop to the harassment of the staff of the weekly Al-Maoukif, the mouthpiece of the opposition Progressive Democratic Party (PDP). The seizures of its latest issues and libel suits are threatening its survival. The organisation also wrote to French President Nicolas Sarkozy asking him to raise the issue of free expression during his 28-30 April visit to Tunis.“The Tunisian government tries to protect itself from charges of censorship by simulating a political opening but Al-Maoukif knows the reality,” the press freedom organisation said. “Published by one of the few permitted opposition parties, this weekly has an uphill struggle to get distributed and is liable to confiscated by the authorities at any time, without warning and without any reason being given.”Four issues of the weekly have been seized since 14 March without any announcement by the authorities and without the staff being told. In protest, members of the stafff and PDP activitists decided to distribute the latest issue on the streets of the capital. Party member Naima Hasni was jostled by plain-clothes police as she sold the newspaper to passers-by on Habib Bourguiba Avenue yesterday.Al-Maoukif editor Rachid Khechana insists on the newspaper’s right to exist. “We no longer even ask the state to provide us with the financial assistance that all Tunisian newspapers get,” she told Reporters Without Borders. “We survive on the sales of our newspaper and we just ask for our right to be able to distribute it without obstruction.”The newspaper said the seizures seem to have been prompted by articles about sensitive social issues such as increases in the prices of basic staples and the distribution of contaminated cooking oil.Libel actions have been brought against Khechana and managing editor Nejib Chebbi by five companies that market cooking oil. In all, these companies are requesting 500,000 dinars (274,000 euros) in damages. If they were forced to pay, the newspaper would have to close, Khechana said. He and Chebbi has been summoned to appear in court on 10 May.In its letter to the French president, Reporters Without Borders also asked him to raise the problems of press freedom in Egypt when he receives Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in the Elysée Palace on 20 April. Receive email alerts Organisation Follow the news on Tunisia Tunisia : RSF asks Tunisian president’s office to respect journalists News November 12, 2019 Find out more
Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Full Name* From left: Flex’s Shragie Lichtenstein, Piñata’s Lily Liu, NestEgg’s Eachan Fletcher and Till’s David SullivanAs millions of Americans struggle to pay their rent on time, investors are betting on a crop of startups to help landlords get their money.New companies such as Flex, Till and NestEgg have raised cash to put renters on flexible payment plans. Flex and NestEgg have gone as far as fronting monthly payments to landlords. And San Francisco-based rental marketplace Zumper followed suit this summer when it rolled out a rent guarantee for landlords. The companies make money by charging either the landlord or tenant a fee.Since March 2020, Zumper has raised $60 million, Till has raised $8 million and NestEgg has raised $7 million from investors keen to address inefficiencies in rent collection, which have been exacerbated by the pandemic.“Even if your tenants are paying you on time, you’re not getting money until the fifth or sixth of the month,” said Eachan Fletcher, a former Expedia CTO, who co-founded NestEgg in 2017. “That means the first week of each month for landlords is a mini cash-flow crisis.”NestEgg, which raised its Series A in November 2020, is a lease management tool for landlords that provides a rent guarantee: The startup pays landlords on the first of the month and gives tenants flexible terms to repay their debt. Fletcher said NestEgg pays landlords using a $10 million line of credit; landlords pay $9 per unit, per month for the service, and the company doesn’t charge interest or fees to tenants. But consumer advocates say there are inherent concerns with these models.Ira Rheingold, executive director of the National Association of Consumer Advocates, called it a red flag when a tenant doesn’t have enough cash to pay full rent when it’s due. “What scares me is you’re sort of renting beyond your means,” he said.Further, he said, renters who choose payment plans should read up on any contracts and terms: “What can the company do if [tenants] don’t make a payment? Are there penalties?”Banking on flexibility Even before Covid, landlords collected millions of dollars in late fees each month. But the economic toll of the pandemic made it harder for millions of renters to make ends meet.In December 2020, rent payments for market-rate apartments fell to their lowest point since April, according to the National Multifamily Housing Council. As of Jan. 5, 76.6 percent of households had made full or partial payments for the month. That was up slightly from December but 1.7 percentage points lower than a year ago.And landlords these days have little recourse when tenants don’t pay. The national eviction moratorium runs through at least the end of January. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo recently extended a ban on evictions until May 1 for tenants who experience a Covid-related hardship.“The pain points are real,” said Shragie Lichtenstein, founder and CEO of New York City-based Flex, which customizes rent-payment schedules for tenants. Flex, which launched in 2019 and raised a $5 million seed round, ensures landlords get paid on the first of the month by giving renters a line of credit with its bank partner. For $20 a month, tenants get a $2,000 loan to cover their rent. According to Lichtenstein, the real estate industry has been slow to embrace technology, although that’s beginning to change. The pandemic, he said, has been a catalyst for companies like Flex that claim flexible pay schedules can help maximize a renter’s ability to pay in full.Lichtenstein said Flex is structured in such a way that it doesn’t allow people to fall into debt. For instance, its bank partner does not approve every applicant.“If someone has terrible credit, there’s a decent chance they will not be approved,” he said. “It’s not a solution built around $10,000-a-month rent folks. At the end of the day, we’re consumer-first.”Zumper also has built-in constraints: Its rent guarantee is available in select cities, and the rent cannot exceed 110 percent of the market’s median rent. The tenant also must have a credit score of 650 or higher.“At its core, we’re trying to help the property owner make sure they get their 12 months of rent,” Vishal Makhijani, Zumper’s president and COO told a San Francisco CBS affiliate in September 2020.But David Sullivan, CEO of Till, a startup that develops custom payment schedules for renters, said there are downsides of offering credit lines to tenants. The startup used that model, before pivoting in early 2020.“It’s similar to a payday loan structure,” he said. “It actually doesn’t help the renter.”Till, which raised $8 million in August, says it is working with 35,000 tenants nationwide. It doesn’t offer a specific rent guarantee, but the company claims 99 percent of tenants who are on a flexible payment schedule pay on time.For landlords, that can be a valuable lever to pull.In September 2020, Asia Capital Real Estate — which owns 8,000 apartments in Florida, Georgia, the Midwest and the Carolinas — rolled out a flexible rent program through Till.Melanie Gersper, ACRE’s chief operating officer, said working with tenants was the “right thing to do” from an ethical standpoint. But even if eviction were an option, pushing out a tenant makes little financial sense. She’d be left with a vacant unit that could be costly to re-rent, especially during a pandemic.Working with tenants instead of against them, she said, “is the best path to sustaining [our business] and outliving this thing.”Contact E.B. Solomont Message* Email Address* Share via Shortlink Tags Blackstone GroupCommercialCommercial Real Estate
West New York Police, EMT’s save woman suffering from heart attack on New Year’s EveThe West New York Police Department, along with EMT’s, saved a woman suffering from a heart attack on New Year’s Eve, according to a town press release.That day, officers received a call of someone not breathing. Two responding officers found a victim suffering cardiac arrest, the release says. They immediately started CPR and used a defibrillator, managing to keep a pulse until EMT’s arrived.Those EMT’s used an auto-pulse machine until they transported the 68-year-old woman to a hospital.It marked the eighth life saved in town by West New York police and EMT’s in 2017, the release said.“I am very proud of the work our police and EMS do on a daily basis,” said West New York Mayor Dr. Felix Roque, in the release. “This was a testament to their training and I will continue to ensure that our first responders are provided the best training and equipment to continue saving lives.”
Get your sneakers ready because on March 14 at 9 a.m. there will be a Pi Day Run.The race is being organized by Ocean City Primary School teachers Carrie Merritt and Erin Porter and is open to students, families and community members.Post-race Pi Day activities include entertainment, snacks and awards. Overall winners and age group awards will be presented. The first 314 pre-registered participants will receive the school district’s exclusive Pi Day T-shirt.Participants meet at the Ocean City Community Center, 1735 Simpson Ave., and the race will begin on the bike path at 18th Street and Haven Avenue.There are two races, a 5K (3.14 miles) and a 1-miler. Cost is $10 for students, $15 for adults and $40 for a family of four.Pre-registration payment is needed by March 6 in order to receive a T-shirt. After March 6, register the day of the race. T-shirts will be available while supplies last.Pi Day is an annual national celebration of the mathematical constant pi. Pi Day is observed on March 14 (3/14 in the month/day format) since 3, 1, and 4 are the first three significant digits of pi.Visit this link for more information on the race, to register online, or sign up to volunteer: http://bit.ly/2Sznptz.
A bread-themed T-shirt has gone on sale as part of Real Bread Maker Week, this week (11-17 May). The T-shirts, bearing the slogan ‘I loaf real bread’, will help raise money for the Real Bread Campaign, with £4 per shirt going to the charity.The T-shirts are priced £12.50 for adult sizes and £10 for child sizes, plus postage and packing. They are available from balconyshirts.co.uk.Chris Young, campaign coordinator, said: “We have fantastic new plans to help some of the people in Britain who have a tougher time than most of us to enjoy the social, therapeutic and employment opportunities of Real Bread making, but we need the dough to do it.”The Real Bread Campaign wants everyone who supports its aims to buy a T-shirt and post a picture of themselves wearing it on Twitter.There is a prize of a £150 voucher from artisan equipment and ingredients company Bakery Bits for the picture taken in the most unusual location.Pictures should be tweeted with the caption: ‘Me in my @BalconyShirts @RealBread t-shirt: I want to win £150 of @BakeryBits! #realbreadcomp’ and the competition closes on 31 May.In addition to the fund-raising T-Shirt, the campaign is encouraging non bakers to dig out unloved bread-makers and give bread-making a whirl.The charity is then asking that the money saved on shop-bought bread and pre-made sandwiches be donated to them to further their work.Other events during the week include an online auction. Lots include bread-making classes with Campaign ambassadors and sacks of flour.
Photography by three Saint Mary’s seniors will decorate the walls of the Inn at Saint Mary’s even after they graduate from the College on Saturday. Seniors Julie McGrail, Elizabeth Munger and Guadalupe Quintana are the winners of a photography contest hosted by the Inn, and their work will decorate the walls of its guest rooms. The Inn at Saint Mary’s was renovating 11 guest rooms last fall when one of its owners decided to replace the existing photos with new images, general manager Kim Kudelka said. The contest opened in December. The owners of The Inn selected the three students’ photographs from over 150 photos submitted to the contest. The Inn announced the contest winners in March. “At The Inn, we felt that we needed to get back our strong relationship with the College,” Kim Kudelka said. “I have been working here for 10 years, and we all thought it was time to rebuild the relationship. This photo contest was a great way for us to begin.” The new photos capture scenes from the College campus, she said. “The old photos were pretty conservative and dated,” Kudelka said. “The ones that we have chosen bring light to the new rooms, and add more of the Saint Mary’s charm to each room.” Munger said she had already taken pictures of campus when she received the email about entering the photo contest. “My dad takes pictures, and I was given a big, professional camera for my high school graduation, so I also really enjoy taking pictures,” Munger said. “When I received the email, I already knew which pictures I wanted to send in.” Munger’s chosen photo, titled “Reflection on Lake Marian,” depicts Haggar Hall reflected on the lake on the Saint Mary’s campus. During a walk from Notre Dame to Saint Mary’s campus, Quintana said she decided to take a snapshot of the trees lining the Avenue. “I just happened to have my camera, a small digital one, and saw a perfect picture to capture of the fall leaves and trees,” Quintana said. “My photo is titled, ‘A Belle’s Walk Home.’” McGrail said she had a folder of photos taken on a walk from Saint Mary’s to Notre Dame last spring. “I sent in about five different pictures, and two of them were chosen to be displayed,” McGrail said. “They are titled ‘Spring at Lake Marian’ and ‘Spring at the Grotto.’” The seniors said they were all equally surprised to find out they won the contest. “I was excited because the Inn is so pretty and so many people stay there when they are in town,” Munger said. Quintana said she was surprised the Inn chose her photo out of from 150 submissions. “This was really nice because I am a senior and it is something that I can leave behind at Saint Mary’s,” Quintana said. The Inn honored the winners in April for their achievement. “There was a reception held at The Inn for each of the winners where we were able to see our photos blown up, framed and hanging up in the renovated rooms,” McGrail said. “There is a suite that holds all of the photos that won the contest. It was really amazing to see our work hanging up at The Inn.” So far, the Inn has received tremendous feedback on the new rooms with the new photographs, Kudelka said. “We plan on holding another contest for more photos to be displayed in more renovated rooms,” Kudelka said. “We really want the relationship between The Inn and the College to get back to the way it was.” As they prepare for Commencement on Saturday, the three seniors said they were glad to leave a lasting mark on Saint Mary’s. “This contest was such a great way to have a student’s perspective of their home they have lived in for the past four years,” McGrail said. “It is truly a wonderful collaboration.”