Banking institutions closing the hawala accounts

first_imgRelated International bans hurting Hawala operators Businesses show increased confidence in banking sector Talk Africa: Closing Daadab Refugee Camp Remittance services to Somalia makes up a significant chunk of Somalia’s annual income, as millions living overseas send money home to their families. That vital lifeline has come under fire, of late. First, banking institutions in the US and the UK stopped servicing hawala accounts, and now even governments  like Kenya’s, are taking a sledgehammer to remittances services. CCTV’s Mohamed Hirmoge reportslast_img

Schwedelson: Court storming after FSU win shows Syracuse fans expect less

first_img Published on January 30, 2017 at 12:21 am Winning is better than losing. Having fun is better than not. But when fans rushed the Carrier Dome floor on Saturday afternoon, it didn’t reflect a program that has reached two Final Fours in the past four seasons.The Orange had just beaten No. 6 Florida State by 10 points. SU hadn’t beaten a Top 25 team all season. It finally checked off a marquee win from its season-long to-do list. Students among the crowd of 24,798 led a rush onto the court named after the coach who built this program.After the game, Jim Boeheim himself said he had no problems with fans storming the court. It’s college basketball. It’s 18- to 22-year-olds. It’s supposed to be fun, and perhaps it was. But respectable teams expect to win home games.“It’s better than when we get beat and they all go home at halftime,” Boeheim said, “So yeah, I like that better.”But it’s also better to be good enough to inspire just a little hope for a fan base that has little else to do in wintertime than fawn over its squad. But it hasn’t done that this season. With a record five nonconference losses leading to SU’s worst 20-game start under Boeheim, Syracuse (13-9, 5-4 Atlantic Coast) had fallen to a new low.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange opened the season ranked No. 19, reloaded with two graduate transfers and well-regarded freshmen. Boeheim told ESPN it would be the best team he’s had in years. Yet at SU’s media day on Oct. 18, he tempered expectations (“When you start talking, ‘You got to go to the Final Four,’ it’s really foolish”) and fans have eventually followed suit.Losses to South Carolina and Wisconsin dropped Syracuse out of the Top 25. A two-point loss to Connecticut and a seven-point loss to Georgetown played the role of gravity for sky-high expectations. And it even got worse. The Orange suffered its worst home loss under Boeheim to St. John’s and then, two games later, allowed 96 points to Boston College for the Eagles first ACC win in almost two years.Rock bottom.So, against Florida State on Saturday, with about 10 minutes remaining, a fan approached Otto’s Army president Johnny Oliver asking if fans would storm the court for a team that was in the Final Four nine months prior.That catastrophic fall of SU’s season had lowered fan expectations below what a program like Syracuse basketball normally commands. This isn’t the football team, which upset No. 17 Virginia Tech and spurred fans to rush the field. That team hasn’t been nationally ranked since 2001. Boeheim has had his team ranked at least once in all 41 seasons except one.Fans waited all summer and fall for their re-tooled basketball team to follow up its dramatic postseason run. They wanted more reasons to cheer. But the mixture of anticipation, disappointment and lowered expectation created a mindset that led to a basketball school storming the floor after winning by 10 against a football school.For the bottled-up fans, the cork popped.“I don’t know if they should have (court-stormed) or not,” redshirt forward Matthew Moyer tweeted, “but all I know is it was lit.” Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Oliver didn’t storm the court himself, but recognized that whatever energizes fans is a good thing. But the consequence is that it shows your diminished standards.“If I magically controlled every student,” Oliver said, “we wouldn’t have stormed. Because I do subscribe a little bit to the thought that we are supposed to be a top-tier program, not only in the ACC but across the nation.”Syracuse has beaten a top-10 team every season dating back to 2006-07. It’s a program that, despite only winning one national title, has reached more Final Fours than all but 12 schools. One rough stretch this season has soured all of that. Now, fans revel in what used to be expected.And there’s nothing wrong that. I’m not saying don’t storm the court. If you want to, fine. It’s nice that students are excited, sure. You only get four years in college.“If you had told me before the season started,” Oliver said, “that we’d beat Florida State by 10 at home and we would storm the court, I probably would have thought you were an insane person.”Paul Schwedelson is a senior staff writer at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at [email protected] or @pschweds. Commentslast_img read more

UKGC strengthens its stance on protecting children from betting-related harm

first_img UKGC hails ‘delivered efficiencies’ of its revamped licence maintenance service  August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Submit Related Articles Share Share An article published in the Times on Sunday 8 October accusing online betting operators of using cartoons to ‘lure kids to online gambling’, has caused the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) to reaffirm its stance on protecting children from betting-related harm.The article claimed that gambling operators utilised flaws in the guidelines enforced by the UKGC and promoted games that appeal specifically to children. The article, which also expressed concerns that many of the games don’t require age-verification from players, evoked Tim Miller, executive director, corporate affairs and research for the UKGC, to write an open letter to the newspaper expressing that the regulatory body is “committed to using our powers and our expertise to play our part in creating a safer internet”.He went on to say: “Parents will understandably be concerned to read about the risks of children being exposed to gambling online.“Protecting children from being harmed or exploited by gambling is a clear priority for the Gambling Commission.“Our rules require strong age verification checks to prevent underage gambling; where businesses fail to protect vulnerable people, especially children, we have and will continue to take firm action.“Our current powers to regulate online gambling have been in effect for just a couple of years; however, the online world is fast moving meaning we constantly monitor the approach we take.“Earlier this year, we announced that we had commenced a wide ranging review of online gambling.“At the same time our expert advisers, the Responsible Gambling Strategy Board, are examining the wider relationship between children and gambling.“Together these will give a clear picture of where further action may be necessary.“New technology brings both opportunities but also new risks; earlier this year we successfully prosecuted two YouTube users who were exploiting the FIFA computer game to provide illegal gambling which was accessible to children – the first regulator in the world to bring such action.“This clash between the world of computer games and the world of gambling is just one example of the need for continuous vigilance when keeping children safe online.”last_img read more

Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco faces live hitters for first time since leukemia diagnosis

first_img Luke Voit injury update: Yankees first baseman (hernia) shares target return window Carrasco has a 4-6 record this season and has posted a 4.98 ERA in his 10th year with the Indians. The team has the third-lowest team ERA (3.67) in MLB and solid form from Carrasco could make its rotation even more formidable.Cleveland has had a good year and its 73-50 record leaves it just 1 1/2 games back from the AL Central-leading Twins. Adding another arm to the mix could be a huge plus for the remainder of the year. If Carrasco’s arm remains in good shape, he’ll make a rehab appearance and pitch an inning for Cleveland’s Double-A affiliate Monday.So long as Carlos Carrasco’s arm feels good today, he’ll throw an inning in a rehab appearance for Double-A Akron on Monday. The Indians will keep him on a reliever’s program, an idea that got Carrasco excited.“His eyes lit up,” Terry Francona said.— Zack Meisel (@ZackMeisel) August 17, 2019Carrasco’s initial goal of returning by the end of July didn’t pan out, but Indians manager Terry Francona thinks he’s trending in the right direction. Related News MLB would ‘benefit’ from mercy rule, Yankees manager Aaron Boone sayscenter_img Carlos Carrasco could be nearing a return to MLB.The Indians pitcher decided to step away from his team in July after being diagnosed with leukemia but faced live hitters for the first time in over a month on Friday. The 32-year-old right-hander threw to players on Cleveland’s Single-A affiliate. “It’s a huge boost to him,” Francona told reporters Friday ( via the team’s website ). “Even if this is all he did the rest of the year, you could see how excited he was to do it. That gives us a lift in itself. If it gets to the point that he comes back and helps us pitching, great. But just the fact that he’s on the mound and you see him smiling, that’s good in itself.”last_img read more