6th July 2018 | By contenteditor AGTech wins lottery software contract in major Chinese province Lottery software and system developer AGTech has won a contract to provide lottery hardware support for the sports lottery in China’s Jiangsu province, which is home to more than 80 million people.The tech company’s subsidiary, Beijing AGTech GOT Technology (GOT), won the bid, with the tender managed by the Jiangsu Provincial Sports Lottery Administration Centre.Enquiries to AGTech to clarify the length of the agreement were not immediately returned.The deal will build on recent contract wins for AGTech in a number of other provinces, including Guangxi, Guizhou, Hebei, Henan, Hunan, Jilin and Shanghai. Jiangsu includes major cities such as Nanjing.“In the first half of 2018, GOT has already won tenders in various provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions across China, further reaffirming our hardware division’s continued dedication to and leading position in China’s lottery industry,” AGTech chairman and chief executive John Sun said.“AGTech has and will continue to enhance product innovation, safety and research and development compliance to contribute to the overall healthy development of China’s lottery market.”The expansion of AGTech’s hardware and distribution services across China has been a key goal of the company since it was acquired by e-commercia giant Alibaba two years ago.Earlier this week, iGamingBusiness.com reported that Chinese betting on the FIFA World Cup via the country’s sports lottery could be worth $7.5bn (€6.5bn).Image: Ozonefrance Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Lottery Tech & innovation Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: China AGTech has won a major sports lottery contract in China’s Jiangsu province Lottery
Topics: Casino & games Lottery People Sports betting Slots Social gaming Horse racing AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Just under one in six Australians aged 16-17 gambled in the past year, according to the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children’s (LSAC) annual statistical report.Of the 15.7% of participants who said they gambled, most were boys, with just over 19% of boys and 12% of girls taking part in gambling activities.Private bets with friends or family – the only legal type of bet a 16 or 17-year-old can partake in – were the most common form of betting, with around one in eight boys and one in twenty girls taking part.A total of 6% of boys and 3% of girls had bet on sports, while 4% of boys and 3% of girls had bet on horse or dog races.Around 5% of the overall cohort had played scratchards, while around 3% played lottery game and bingo.Keno casino table games and poker machines were each played by more than 2% of 16-17 year-olds, despite the fact that proof of age is required for entry into gaming venues where these are offered. The LSAC estimated that this represents around 9,000 17 year olds across Australia playing these games annually.The LSAC used the Problem Gambling Severity Index (PGSI) to estimate that 16.9% of boys who gambled and 3.9% of girls who did so – of 13.1% of the overall group who reported gambling – were either at risk of or already experiencing gambling problems.Overall, 2.8% of gamblers were identified as already having a problem with their gambling behaviour. While only 1.6% of girls who gambled were identified as moderate risk and none were identified as having gambling problems, 4.8% of boys who did so were classified as moderate risk and 4.5% had gambling problems.The PGSI consists of nine areas such as “chasing losses,” “gambling causing health problems” and “feeling guilty about gambling”. Respondents score each area from 0, representing “never,” to 3, representing “almost always”. A score of 8 or more represents a gambling problem.Just under one in four boys and around one in seven girls who reported drinking alcohol in the past 12 months had also gambled during that time, compared to around one in eight boys and one in 12 girls who had not done so.Gambling-like electronic games, consisting of social games such as Zynga Poker and Big Fish Casino, were more popular than gambling, with 24% of boys and 15% of girls playing these games. The survey noted that these games, and micro-transactions in console games such as loot boxes, could increase the likelihood of young people progressing to real-money gambling.The study also found that more than half of parents of 16-17 year-olds gambled in the past year. Just under six out of ten mothers and seven out of ten fathers reported gambling.Lottery games were the most frequent form of gambling for both mothers and fathers, with 59%% of fathers and 48% of mothers playing. Around a quarter of both mothers and fathers had purchased scratchards, the second most-common gambling activity for both mothers and fathers.For fathers, betting on horse or dog races were the third most common form of gambling, with 22% doing so, while for mothers, poker machines were more common at 14%, while 11% bet on horse or dog races.Poker machines were also popular among fathers, with 16% playing, while 12% had played keno, 10% had bet on sports, 9% had bet privately and 7% had played table games.Among mothers, 8% played keno, while less than 5% took part in poker, bingo and private betting.Just under one in ten parents of 16-17 year-olds (9.4%) were identified as problem or at-risk gamblers. In total, 0.8% of parents were identified as already having gambling problems, with the vast majority being fathers.Only 0.1% of mothers were recognised as having gambling problems, while 1.8% of fathers were. 4th December 2019 | By Daniel O’Boyle Just under one in six Australians aged 16-17 gambled in the past year, according to the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children’s (LSAC) annual statistical report. Casino & games Study claims one in six Australian 16-17 year-olds gamble Tags: Race Track and Racino Slot Machines Regions: Oceania Australia Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address
Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc (ABBEYB.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc (ABBEYB.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc (ABBEYB.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc (ABBEYB.ng) 2015 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileAbbey Mortgage Bank Plc is a leading non-aligned Primary Mortgage Bank in Nigeria focused on providing well-structured mortgage options as well as financial banking and advisory services. The company is the largest and most profitable Primary Mortgage Bank in Nigeria and one of seven licensed by the Central Bank of Nigeria and Federal Mortgage Bank of Nigeria (FMBN). The company’s housing and mortgage products are available to residents of Nigeria. Its full suite of banking products and services is geared towards retail banking, wholesale banking, mortgage banking, lending and mortgages and electronic banking. Formerly known as Abbey Building Society Plc, the company changed its name to Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc in 2014. The company’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Abbey Mortgage Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange
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47% House / Kochi Architect’s Studio Year: Houses Architects: Kochi Architect’s Studio Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” 47% House / Kochi Architect’s StudioSave this projectSave47% House / Kochi Architect’s Studio ArchDaily CopyHouses•Kamakura-shi, Japan ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/301464/47-house-kochi-architects-studio Clipboard 2010 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/301464/47-house-kochi-architects-studio Clipboard Photographs CopyAbout this officeKochi Architect’s StudioOfficeFollowProductsWoodSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDabasKamakura-shiWoodHouses3D ModelingJapanPublished on December 12, 2012Cite: “47% House / Kochi Architect’s Studio” 12 Dec 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/372826/house-gulm-aicher-ziviltechniker-gmbh Clipboard photographs: Norman MüllerPhotographs: Norman MüllerSave this picture!© Norman MüllerText description provided by the architects. The House Gulm is located on a southern slope overlooking the Walgau and the Rätikon group. Completely detached at the edge of the settlement area the house is situated close to the forest. Save this picture!© Norman MüllerIn addition to the geographical conditions there was another design parameter: The site was investigated by geomancy and zoned into different areas to use. Save this picture!© Norman MüllerHeart of the house is the entrance hall with the two-storey rammed earth wall. The horizontal layer structure and the narrow vertical slits are typical features of this wall sculpture. Even the floor of the hall was made of loam. On the ground floor there are the garage, the foyer, living room, dining room and the kitchen. The hall leads to the first floor with the bedrooms and bathrooms. The arrangement of the rooms is all around this center. Smooth lime plaster have been implemented at the floors of wet rooms and also smooth white walls in the house. The furniture is made of oak, also the floors of the bedrooms. Save this picture!© Norman MüllerThe exterior of the building is determined by different, coordinated materials: concrete, brick facade and glass elements. Wood is used at the main entrance and the garage front. Exposed concrete and bricks defining the floors and the outside walls. Save this picture!Floor PlanProject gallerySee allShow lessThe City of Fort Lauderdale Votes in Favor of BIG’s Marina LoftsArticlesWood Summit Smaland ConferenceEvent Share Photographs House Gulm / Aicher Ziviltechniker GmbH Year: Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/372826/house-gulm-aicher-ziviltechniker-gmbh Clipboard Houses Austria ArchDaily 2010 CopyHouses•Austria Year: 2010 House Gulm / Aicher Ziviltechniker GmbHSave this projectSaveHouse Gulm / Aicher Ziviltechniker GmbH “COPY” Area: 235 m² Area: 235 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Save this picture!© Norman Müller+ 15 Share Architects: Aicher Ziviltechniker GmbH Area Area of this architecture project CopyAbout this officeAicher Ziviltechniker GmbHOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcreteBrick#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesAustriaPublished on May 16, 2013Cite: “House Gulm / Aicher Ziviltechniker GmbH” 16 May 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
Apartments Austria 2015 CopyApartments•Wien, Austria Wohnhaus Stolberggasse / Josef Weichenberger architects + Partner Projects Year: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/787132/wohnhaus-stolberggasse-josef-weichenberger-architects-plus-partner Clipboard Photographs CopyAbout this officeJosef Weichenberger architects + PartnerOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousingApartmentsViennaWienAustriaPublished on May 13, 2016Cite: “Wohnhaus Stolberggasse / Josef Weichenberger architects + Partner” 12 May 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021.
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March 17, 2021 Find out more German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts to go further Read in Arabic (بالعربية) On 22 October, a court in Manama cleared a policewoman of torture and ill-treatment in the course of her duties when a female Bahraini journalist, Nazeeha Saeed, was assaulted and beaten in custody during anti-government protests last year.Saeed, a correspondent for France 24 and Radio Monte Carlo Doualiya, had been summoned to a police station for questioning in the city of Rifa’a on 22 May last year. Lieutenant Sarah al-Musa was the first female officer to be prosecuted before a civilian court for abuses carried out by the police during the crackdown on the popular uprising that began in February last year. Her trial opened on 6 June.Reporters Without Borders is outraged at the officer’s acquittal, a verdict that illustrates the Bahrain’s judicial system’s lack of independence. The kingdom’s authorities, mindful of their international image, pride themselves on having accepted 158 of the 176 recommendations — 13 partially – made by the Bahrain Universal Periodic Review at the 21st session of the UN Human rights Council last month. However, these undertakings were trampled underfoot as soon as the television cameras left. The journalist has announced she intends to appeal against the verdict.Saeed, it should be noted, also made a complaint against another policewoman and a male officer, Fahad Ali Abdulla Khalifa, alleging torture and ill-treatment, but so far no action has been taken against them.As well as being a co-accused in the case, Khalifa was also cited as a witness and gave evidence at a hearing on 7 September. News Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives October 14, 2020 Find out more News RSF_en Help by sharing this information Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest News Organisation News October 22, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Policewoman acquitted of torturing France 24 correspondent BahrainMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Bahrain June 15, 2020 Find out more
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Altadena Heritage Chairman Mark Goldschmidt, a retired landscape architect, was named Altadenaâ€™s Citizen of the Year for his work on the town councilâ€™s Land Use Committee and as a board member and chairman of Altadena Heritage. Goldschmidtâ€™s honor is notable in that he is married to last yearâ€™s Citizen of the Year, local historian Michele Zack.The Altadena Farmersâ€™ Market, which opened in May 2012, was named Altadenaâ€™s Business of the Year. In just that short time, the Wednesday market has become the crown jewel in Altadenaâ€™s growing reputation as a center for food culture in Los Angeles, a place to buy from small scale and urban organic farmers, find artisanal prepared food and handmade goods, and a place that serves as an incubator for new small businesses and urban agriculture.Citizen of the Year: Mark GoldschmidtGoldschmidt, 67, has been active in Altadena Heritage as a board member and two-time chairman, as well as serving on the Altadena Town Councilâ€™s land use committee from 2007-2011. Altadena Heritage describes itself as a â€œnon-profit, volunteer-based advocacy organization dedicated to protecting, preserving, and raising awareness of the rich architectural, environmental, and cultural heritage of our foothills community.â€ Goldschmidt comes to his interest in place after a life of international travel. Born in Berkeley and raised in Brentwood, Goldschmidt spent his early grade school years living in a hut in Uganda where his anthropologist father was doing field work. â€œLater, we drove to Capetown in our 1953 VW microbus via the Congo and the Rhodesias. That’s what sparked lifelong interest in land and landscape,â€ Goldschmidt says.He attended a French-speaking high school in Switzerland, took trains and hitchhiked around Europe on school holidays, and had unusual summer jobs his father would get him: archeology in the Rift Valley in Kenya, spending a week at Olduvai Gorge, and a summer in Sweden on a Viking-era dig.Goldschmidt graduated cum laude from UC Berkeley in architecture, and from Harvard Graduate School of Design in landscape architecture. After moving to Los Angeles in 1984, he met his wife, Michele Zack, then a journalist. They moved to Altadena in 1986, where they raised their daughter Natalie and he worked on landscape projects that included the Getty Villa, the Getty Museum, the Skirball Cultural Center, and the UCLA Anderson School of Management.The family moved to Thailand for eight years, where he designed resorts and resort landscapes all over Southeast Asia and the Seychelles, which Goldschmidt calls â€œa rich, satisfying, and often terrifying experience.â€â€œThere I was, living in this mess of a city in a little cul de sac in a residential neighborhood [in Bangkok], and it seemed that everyone complained but no one ever tried to get together to work out local problems with the streets, flooding, canals, crime, traffic, ugliness,â€ Goldschmidt said. â€œI didn’t feel I could do anything, I didn’t belong to that community and had a poor command of the language, but when Michele and I returned we both swore we would get involved in trying to improve our community.â€They returned to their Altadena home in 1998. Goldschmidt worked at Disney and other offices in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. He also kept an office in Altadena where he designed gardens, pools and spas, mostly for private homes.Goldschmidt joined Altadena Heritage about 2001, and has served on the board for 12 years. He is currently coming to the end of his second stint as chairman. When he became chair again in 2008, the organization had dwindled to 60 members and was in danger of going away altogether. Goldschmidt and other members revivified it into an organization that is not only concerned about Altadenaâ€™s architectural and historic heritage, but where the community is going in the future by sponsoring lectures, workshops, and meetings on everything from invasive pests to celebrations of Altadenaâ€™s unique neighborhoods. Membership is now over 425.Goldschmidtâ€™s mark can be seen all over town: at the Old Marengo Pocket Park (which he designed pro bono); the Altadena Hillside Ordinance that tempers development on the hills; the Altadena Farmersâ€™ Market, which Altadena Heritage sponsored and helped to get through the interminable county approvals; and in fond memories of Altadenaâ€™s 125th Anniversary Bash last year, where he served on the committee that threw together a community-wide celebration. Currently, Goldschmidt serves on the Community Standards District Updating Committee.â€œIâ€™m really chuffed,â€ Goldschmidt says of his honor. â€œIâ€™m really humbled and complimented to be Citizen of the Year for Altadena.â€Business of the Year: Altadena Farmersâ€™ MarketAltadenaâ€™s Farmersâ€™ Market gets rave reviews in the LA Times, LA Weekly, and Bon AppÃ©tit Magazine for its mix of organic small farmers, urban growers, and artisanal food vendors. Only a year-and-a-half old, itâ€™s already a local institution. Not bad for an enterprise that was unlikely from the start.Altadena and Los Angeles County officials spent years trying — and failing — to set up a local farmersâ€™ market. Until Joseph Shuldiner stepped in. Shuldiner is a most unlikely market manager. He isnâ€™t a farmer, chef, or restauranteur by training. A former art director for the Los Angeles Times, Shuldiner designed print publications for a living, and said, â€œI found that field dwindling, and wasnâ€™t interested in designing for digital media at the time.â€He found a niche doing cookbook design. He worked with Sue Campoy, founder and chef at Julienne in San Marino, on the distillation of her lifeâ€™s work, Celebrating with Julienne (Prospect Park Books). Working so closely with one of the great local chefs made Shuldiner want to write his own cookbook. The result was Pure Vegan (Chronicle), which opened doors for him in Altadenaâ€™s burgeoning food culture. He was asked to be on the board of the Arroyo Food Co-op, where he met Steve Rudicel and Gloria Putnam, who reside at Altadenaâ€™s historic Zane Grey Estate, now an urban farm. â€œThe second we locked eyes, we knew — we were going to create a lot of stuff here,â€ Shuldiner said.In 2010, the Zane Grey Estate hosted the Altadena Urban Farmerâ€™s Market, a monthly gathering of local food producers and other vendors, totally unregulated and â€œundergroundâ€ (although everyone knew about it). Shuldiner designed the marketâ€™s logo and held vegan cooking demonstrations at the events. Shuldiner also founded the Institute of Domestic Technology, which offers classes in artisanal foodmaking skills, from cheeses to cocktails, taking place at the Zane Grey Estate and at Greystone Mansion in Los Angeles.After the Urban Farmerâ€™s Market closed its doors — it outgrew the estate, a victim of its own success — he was approached by the county to be the manager of the frequently-promised-but-never-arriving farmersâ€™ market. Shuldiner, who had never done anything like this before, agreed. But getting it up and running took a year, slogging through county paperwork, finalizing a location (the parking lot at Loma Alta Park) and arranging financing. â€œWhat took a year in developing it was working out the financial structure to make it viable for me. [The county] was going to charge me to rent the parking lot … eventually we discovered that if we had a nonprofit sponsor, they wouldnâ€™t charge me anything.Thatâ€™s when Altadena Heritage stepped in and discovered that if we had a nonprofit sponsor, they wouldnâ€™t charge me anything. Thatâ€™s when the organization agreed to be the marketâ€™s founding sponsor.â€ Along the way, Shuldiner was remaking himself, going through a crash course in farmersâ€™ market management. â€œI really owe everything to Greta Dunlap, at the time the market manager for the South Pasadena Farmersâ€™ Market. She was and continues to be an incredible mentor for me.â€When the market finally opened May 30, 2012, it was unlike any other farmersâ€™ market. Some of the farmers were making their first appearance in LA County, and some underground market vendors were providing food cooked in their own home kitchens, but now as certified and approved businesses. The market reflects Shuldinerâ€™s approach: â€œAn ephemeral aspect is my art direction background, in how highly curated [the market] is,â€ Shuldiner said.If he canâ€™t find the right vendor, heâ€™s not afraid to let booth space go empty. â€œOther markets will fill up with craft booths, massage therapists — I specifically curate it like a gallery show. These are particular types of vendors.â€ Among the unique aspects of the Altadena market is that it serves as an incubator for people who are ramping up what may have started as a hobby or passion into a viable business. â€œWe are intentionally incubating new startup businesses, in packaged and prepared food, stuff like that,â€ Shuldiner said. â€œWeâ€™re probably one of the only markets that has a cohesive backyard farmer program.â€One of the things Shuldiner urges the prepared food vendors to do is to buy from marketâ€™s own farmers. â€œItâ€™s a lot more work on my end, but thatâ€™s how I do it.â€ With its emphasis on organic food from small-scale farmers, the market does have a reputation of being pricier, but Shuldiner says that the market also has a commitment to make sure that its wares it can be available for low-income households. The market takes EBT cards and is one of only 12 markets that participate in Market Match, a program administered by Hunger Action LA that doubles EBT cards through WIC.While there are many farmers and vendors, the market itself is lightly staffed: Elizabeth Bowman is the assistant manager, whom Shuldiner calls â€œAssistant Secretary of Urban Farming.â€ Daniel Kent, also assistant director at the Institute of Domestic Technology, is the â€œDean of Beverages.â€ Also working at the market are Salim Moore, Leigh McGilvray (information), and Richard Kleimeier (security). Shuldiner says that he appreciates the support of Silvera Grant and the board of the Altadena Community Garden, the Marketâ€™s neighbor and current sponsor.Shuldinerâ€™s success at the market has led him to consult on the re-imagining of the Grand Central Market in downtown Los Angeles, which he thinks is an extension of the work he is doing in Altadena. â€œRunning a farmersâ€™ market is something that feels so natural to me,â€ Shuldiner said. â€œItâ€™s not that I struggle, or wanted to write software or something. Itâ€™s a coalescence of all of my skills before this, to be able to apply it in a new area — my art direction, curating, food, being around chefs — it feels really natural, thatâ€™s all I can say.â€For more information about the Altadena Chamber of Commerce & Civic Association, visit www.altadenachamber.org. Top of the News Community News More Cool Stuff