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first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Share Kindred Group has published its opinion submitted to the Swedish government on the proposal of new player protection measures, which it seeks to implement during the COVID-19 crisis.On 23 April, Sweden’s Health Minister Ardalan Shekarabi presented an emergency proposal to Riksdag, outlining a series of ‘temporary restrictions’ on online gambling operators as further COVID-19 public policy protection measures.Criticism of Shekarabi’s actions have been well documented, with Swedish CEOs writing to the government urging MPs to dismiss the Health Minister’s orders.Publishing a detailed response to draft proposals, Kindred has stood by the industry’s main concern that Sweden’s ‘licensed market will be significantly reduced as a result of the government’s continued tightening of gaming regulations, which will lead to an expansion of the illegal gambling market’.Kindred stated that draft restrictions have been submitted based on an ‘alarmist hypothesis’, without proof of evidence that problem gambling has, or will, increase during the pandemic period.While the Health Ministry presented no evidence, Swedish licensees pointed to independent research undertaken by Copenhagen Economics, which explained that restrictions could lead to a 30-40% increase in players gambling via unlicensed operators. Kindred stated that should the government proceed with further restrictions, it will simply undermine Spelinspektionen’s channelisation frameworks, outlined as the core mandate of Sweden’s 2018 Gambling Act.As a market licensee, Kindred questioned why the government notified the EU Commission of its draft proposals, choosing to treat online gambling radically different to other business sectors.  Should the government seek to further protect consumers and the improve industry standards, Kindred advised its stakeholders to pursue its previously recommended action plan which includes:    Enforcing B2B-licenses for suppliers and customer acquisition companies   Undertaking  further regulation of the instant loan industry   Carrying out powerful public awareness campaigns   Clarifying the Gambling Authority’s mission by requesting player data from gambling companies to facilitate fact-based assessmentsHenrik Tjärnström, CEO Kindred Group, said: “We are extremely concerned that the Swedish gambling market continues to shrink, a trend confirmed by both the Swedish Agency for Public Management (Statskontoret) and research firm Copenhagen Economics. What the government is now proposing will result in a continued decline in the gambling market and an erosion of consumer protections.“We need to be careful about introducing regulations that move customers away from regulated gambling companies towards unlicensed sites where Swedish authorities have no ability whatsoever of ensuring high consumer protection. This is a negative development for customers, for the licensed gambling companies, and for society as a whole.” Unibet backs #GoRacingGreen as lead racing charity  July 28, 2020 Related Articles Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk  August 10, 2020last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST JOHN, BC – Nine members of the Inconnu Swim Club made a big splash at the Alberta Swim Championship in Edmonton last weekend. In preparation for the meet, only five of the nine athletes tapered to maximize success as four others had larger national-level meets coming up in the next month. Head Coach of the Inconnu Swim Team, Steve Carson said, “The meet had its moments, some good, some bad and some downright ugly. The Alberta Championship showcased the absolute best in the province and was an eye-opener to the tough competition we have in Alberta.”- Advertisement -Regardless of the fierce competition, a few Inconnu swimmers were able to slip into top placements. Owen Lang broke two club records at the competition including the U12 Boys  50 metre and 200 metre Butterfly events.Lang became the first swimmer in Inconnu history to swim the 50 metre Fly in under thirty seconds as a U12 athlete. He also beat the 200 m Butterfly club record which was previously set by Tytan Carson last year by eight seconds. Tytan Carson was also able to slip into medal contention in the tough field of athletes. Carson earned himself a gold, silver and bronze in his respective distances and was Inconnu Swim Club’s only medalist at the Alberta Championship.Advertisement Three Inconnu swimmers also qualified new times during the meet to compete at the Canada Western Championship. Tytan Carson, Cameron Louie and Griffin Ternier-Smith have now all earned themselves the opportunity to compete at the Championship which will be held in Victoria, April 11-April 15th. Sadly, Carson is too young to attend Canadian Westerns, and it is unlikely Cameron Louie will attend as he only has one qualifying time. But Head Coach Steve Carson is hopeful that Ternier-Smith will be able to join the current roster at the competition.Currently, three other Inconnu athletes including Brittney Welsh, Alex Hedges and Eric Louie are planning on attending Canada Western Championships in three and a half weeks time.The competitive swim season is still in full swing as a good number of Inconnu athletes will be attending a regional competition in Grande Prairie in early May.Advertisementlast_img read more

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