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Maine legal action delays transfer of 12 lottery jobs to Vermont

first_imgasdf Twelve new Vermont jobs are on hold following an appeal in Maine of that state’s decision to change its lottery vendor to the same firm that handles Vermont. The Kennebec Journal is reporting today that Scientific Games of Gardiner, Me, has appealed the decision by the Maine Bureau of Alcoholic Beverages and Lottery Operations to award the new contract to SG’s international competitor, Intralot. Intralot, based in Greece, won the Vermont contract in 2009. That decision by the Vermont Lottery to go with Intralot was also appealed by SG, which, as in Maine, was the previous contractor.The Kennebec Journal story said the Intralot decision was made in early October. It said that Intralot planned to transfer 12 positions to its Vermont data center in East Montpelier. The two companies handle the technical and management side of the lotteries. In Maine, SG also prints the lottery cards, but that contract expires next year.Meanwhile in Vermont, Intralot was chosen as the new contractor by the Vermont Lottery in 2009 based on largely on the fact that it would save the commission about $3 million over the length of the deal. Intralot was scheduled to take over the system on July 1, 2010, but SG filed an injunction in June to stop the transfer. The parties mutually agreed to dismiss the case in Washington County Superior Court on September 8. The two sides agreed not to sue each other and SG paid the state $2,000 to cover court costs.As for the new case in Maine, Vermont Lottery Executive Director Alan Yandow told Vermont Business Magazine that he had no comment. And as for the Vermont case, he referred to the court documents (SEE BELOW).The new Vermont contract with Intralot is scheduled to run six years with an option for two additional, two-year renewals. Intralot will manage the Vermont Lottery’s associated gaming products, retailer network and support services.In return, Vermont will receive an upgraded Lottery system and equipment. Intralot, in a statement announcing the deal, said its state-of-the-art telecommunications system will connect its terminals in 700 locations throughout the state to its LOTOSTM O/S Central System, enabling secure and reliable transactions.Yandow stated at the time of the Intralot deal: “We look forward to a strong, mutually beneficial partnership with Intralot. In the coming years, change in the lottery industry will move very fast, and we anticipate our working relationship with Intralot will assist us in making those changes, and increase our contribution to the Vermont Education Fund.”Since the sale of the first ticket in February of 1978, the Vermont Lottery, according to its Web site, has produced over $1.6 billion in overall sales. From those sales, over $1 billion has been returned to players in the form of prizes, over $91 million has gone back to the local communities and been paid to local Lottery agents in the form of commissions, and over $430 million has gone to the State of Vermont (Education Fund since FY 1999).Vermont Lottery Agents receive a 5.75% sales commission on all Tri-State games (Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine) and instant ticket sales; they also receive a 6% sales commission on all Multi State Lottery Association ticket sales. Agents also receive a 1% bonus (capped at $30,000) for selling a winning Vermont Instant Scratch Ticket, Powerball, or Tri-State lottery ticket of $500 or more. The bonus commission is paid when the ticket is claimed.LEGAL DOCUMENTS:last_img read more

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Solar prices fall to new record low in Saudi-led bid for 900MW Dubai project

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:A consortium led by Saudi Arabia-based ACWA Power has reportedly lodged a world record low price bid of $16.953 ($A25) a megawatt hour for a 900MW solar park in Dubai.The bid – reported by infrastructure journal IJGlobal – is one of two record low offers made by the two consortia still competing for the right to build the fifth phase of the huge 5GW Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum solar park in Dubai. According to IJGlobal, the bid offered by a rival consortium comprising Masdar, French energy giant EDF and China’s Jinko Solar, also beat all previous bids with an offer of $US17.25/MWh.The tender is being run by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), which had already attracted world-record low bids for previous phases, including a then record low of $US24/MWh by ACWA for the fourth phase of the solar park, which will combine solar PV and solar thermal technologies.Dubai has often set record lows for solar power thanks to its low cost of finance, cheap labour and excellent solar resources, and intense competition from the likes of ACWA and Masdar, who have been rivals in numerous tenders in Dubai and across the Middle East and in north Africa.ACWA won the first tender for the Dubai solar park just four eyes ago with a price that then shocked the solar energy world – $US58/MWh. The new offer is less than one third of that price.More: Solar PV prices fall to record lows in tender for 900MW solar park in Dubai Solar prices fall to new record low in Saudi-led bid for 900MW Dubai projectlast_img read more

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Mountain Mama: Lessons from Mama Bear

first_imgThe gasps of a dozen parents made me look up from the raft on which I’m perched, spreading peanut butter, using the side of a raft as a table. A dozen parents surrounded a rock that kids were jumping off, looking around, trying to identify the parent of the small boy who slid on the slippery rock.There was no crying and I began to suspect that the child laying on the rock was mine. He’s tough and I used my hand as a makeshift visor, squinting to see if he was really hurt or just a little startled. When I saw him sit up, I stayed put, letting him pick himself up and assert his place in line among the bigger kids. He looked over at me and called out, “I’m okay.”I waved and blew him a kiss._MG_4223-2The other parents shot me accusing looks, their kids are much older than my son, and they stood just out of reach coaching them on how to climb rocks and watching them jump.We were rafting the Tuckaseegee River in Western North Carolina, an easy class two float. We stopped paddling to were taking a lunch and swim break. My son was wearing a life vest and he’s been raised around rivers. I encouraged him to go off and explore, trusting his body’s ability and he feels confident venturing away from me.But as the parents look at me, I feel the warm wash of shame creep up my neck.The what-ifs take hold. What if he fell and banged his head so hard that he caused brain damage? What if I couldn’t paddle us out in time? What if he got seriously hurt or worse? How would I live with the guilt if anything happened to my little boy?I begin to berate myself for being inattentive, to letting him climb on his own until I remember a lesson I learned on another river.A few months before, I was paddling one of my favorite rivers, turquoise clear water deep flowing at the bottom of a rocky gorge with cliffs soaring hundreds above on either side, with one of my favorite paddling partners.  We paddled past the harder rapids when I heard it._MG_4176-2A thud.I looked over my shoulder and locked eyes with two big, dark eyes. Then I saw her long narrow muzzle and large jaw. She balanced on a rock outcropping thirty feet above the river.A mama bear. From another direction something whined.  I turned my head a quarter inch and saw a fluffy cub. The cub reached a paw, but missed the hold and tumbled a few feet to a ledge below. The cub cried, startling me because she sounded so much like my four-year old. The mama bear waited, shifting her weight from side-to-side, looking bored and annoyed, as if this was her problem cub, the one always lagging behind.The cub stayed on the ledge, crying, as if waiting for the mama to come rescue her. The mama bear refused to budge, unmoved by her cub’s frustration. Instead, the mama stretched herself tall and climbed the next rock cropping, letting her cub struggle behind her.The cub tried again and failed again. The mama kept her cool, waiting for the cub to negotiate the rock on her own.  I watched as the cub tried and fell and the did it again until finally the cub moved a few feet to the right and found a more manageable ascent. The mama cub stayed put until eventually her little one figured it out.Seeing the mama, I vowed to parent less like a helicopter and more like a mama bear – fierce and protective in the face of a legitimate threat, but willing to let little ones struggle. The scary what-ifs can lead us to keep our kids too close. Perhaps parenting is as much about what we don’t do for our kids as what we do – the times we linger back, the advice we don’t give, the tasks we don’t do – provides children with opportunities to gain the confidence that they can overcome obstacles and struggles.Related:last_img read more

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The value of convenience

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Picture your life without your “aha” conveniences.You’re thinking about costs, the time, the effort, but most of all the convenience of this item.  Why are things convenience to us?  They allow us to go through life and not have to worry about the details.  I consistently strive to use the same rental car company because they do the one thing that all other rental companies don’t do, pick me up and drop me off from my house.  They go above and beyond. No worries with having to have a friend or family member drop me off or pick me up or costly daily parking fees.  Certainly not me.On my last pick up the representative, Morgan, and I visited and as the conversation went to credit unions she happened to mention how much she loves her credit union.  She proceeded to share her concern about having to move her account when she moved from Houston to Austin.  She continued to tell me she had an “aha” moment and was pleasantly surprised when she learned she was not going to have to close her account because of “Shared Branching.”  Moreover she happily added that she was/is so grateful to her credit union for that unique phenomenon and convenience.What if your members could take their credit unions with them wherever they go? continue reading »last_img read more

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NextGen Know-How: Are you a modern leader?

first_imgForty years ago, there was little talk in business about engaging employees, coaching and developing direct reports or cultivating the company culture. People stayed at the same organization for most or all of their careers. Traditional managers, who were task-oriented and provided a lot of direction but very little inspiration, were tolerated dutifully. The command and control style of leadership prevailed.The landscape of the work environment has since changed. Employees have more choices and will leave an organization where they don’t feel valued or appreciated. Traditional leaders won’t survive in the best organizations; there is only room for modern leaders.We all have heard horror stories of ineffective, bad bosses. But in my experience, most  traditional leaders are not narcissistic and power-hungry. They are mediocre managers (and executives) who lack the necessary leadership skills to be successful. They aren’t naturally inclusive, approachable and engaging, and their leadership style reflects that.To succeed in leadership today, managers need to be modern leaders. A modern leader is approachable, engaging and focused. A modern leader promotes an environment of productivity and positivity. A modern leader has emotional intelligence and understands the importance of cultivating relationships in the workplace. Culture is created by the people in the organization—if you want to elevate your culture, you need to elevate your leadership. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Thriving in an on-demand economy

first_imgToday’s business leaders are well aware of how consumer preferences and our on-demand economy has shifted the business model of many organizations. Credit unions are certainly no different. As membership demographics shift and borrowers of today and tomorrow continue to demand convenience and self-serve options, the financial services industry will likely continue to see the adoption of mobility, automation, and an overall focus on the digital customer experience.The desire for that on-demand interaction in essentially every aspect of our lives has manifested itself in a few key areas:Food deliveryThere was a time when pizza was the only type of food that came with the expectation of a delivery option. Nowadays, national chains and mom-and-pop restaurants alike find themselves obligated to offer delivery and/or pick-up options in order to meet the on-demand needs of today’s hungry consumers. Supported by the popularity of our modern gig economy through companies such as Favor, DoorDash, and Uber Eats, the food service industry has risen to the challenge and is thriving in today’s on-demand economy.Mobile pay appsMerchant-specific apps have gained popularity with today’s consumers. In-store payments in the U.S. are expected to reach $128 billion in 2021. Interestingly, as of 2018, Starbucks topped the list as the most popular mobile payment app in the U.S. The trends tell us that Americans don’t want to wait for anything—especially not their morning coffee!Mobile walletsRelatively new on the scene, mobile wallets, such as Apple Pay, give consumers the ability to make purchases with their smartphones—via stored card information. While smartphone ownership in the U.S. is among the highest across the globe, the velocity of mobile wallet adoption has been much slower. In fact, it’s only expected to climb to 22% adoption by 2022.Web-based grocery salesFor some consumers, the thought of driving to their local grocery store and pushing a wobbly cart through aisles of people to purchase groceries is simply out of the question. Thanks to advances in tech, invested grocery store chains, the gig economy, and improved delivery logistics, purchasing groceries online is a new “normal” for many consumers. In 2019, nearly 93 million shoppers purchased their groceries online, and those numbers are forecasted to increase in 2020.In store self-service kiosksAligned with the aforementioned trends, in-store kiosks have become mainstays in grocery stores and restaurants. Customers seeking to avoid lines gravitate toward these computerized self-serve booths. While self-serve kiosks are certainly not new technology, (they were first introduced in the 1970s), the use-case has certainly shifted. Once an interactive way to access maps, information, and schedules, in-store kiosks are now transactional in nature, intended to enhance the consumer’s shopping experience.For many financial institutions, consumer trends are the driving force behind product and service enhancements and innovation, compelling credit unions and their partners to remain focused on staying one step ahead of technology and the impact it has on the marketplace. The overall theme of this trend of on-demand solutions is self-service.For credit unions, a continued focus on providing members with omnichannel, self-serve payment and account management options will be the key to thriving in our on-demand economy. Convenience, interface, responsiveness, settlement time, and flexibility of self-serve technology can make or break a consumer relationship. Payment technology, in particular, is not just a tool—it’s a product in the eyes of the consumer.USALLIANCE redirected more than 3,000 calls per month to their self-serve web application by partnering with SWBC Payments. Click here to read the complete case study. 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Ali Masoudi A pragmatic, Ivy League educated and a recipient of Feigenbaum Medal presented by American Society for Quality (ASQ), Ali is an experienced product manager with 10+ years proven track record … Web: https://www.swbc.com Detailslast_img read more

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PREMIUMASEAN furtively looks on as China introduces Hong Kong security legislation

first_imgLOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Google Linkedin China-ASEANRelations Hong-Kong protests legislation One-China-policy AICHR APHR national-security ASEAN governments are silently observing the deliberation of China’s upcoming national security legislation on Hong Kong, following waves of protests last year over concerns that the special administrative region’s freedom and rule of law are being curtailed.Last year, thousands of people took to the streets week after week in what started out as a protest against an extradition bill that would enable China to put a tighter grip on Hong Kong’s affairs.The movement gradually snowballed into a bigger fight to protect the self-ruled city’s democratic institutions, although the COVID-19 pandemic has drastically reduced the intensity of the protests.In a staggered response, Beijing announced last week that it would introduce a new legal framework and enforcement mechanism to safeguard national security in Hong Kong in a bid to protect its “core national… Log in with your social account Forgot Password ? Facebook Topics :last_img read more

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Original homes now hottest on market as renovation trend spikes

first_imgSo much space out back.Sales of originals in seven-digit territory that settled this year include 178 James Street, New Farm which hit the market as deceased estate and fetched $1.105m at auction after just 30 days on the market. Its new owners have it on for $500 a week rent for now while deciding on the next step. Even the Merthyr Road property has come back on the rental market at $720 a week, while the buyers process plans for improvements.229 Fernberg Road, Paddington, QLD The previous owner did not have to even wipe the walls down to land over $1m. 107 Merthyr Road, New Farm, sold under the hammer for $1.05m.OWNERS of ageing original houses in Brisbane’s hot inner city market are riding a wave of demand that’s handing them over a million dollars without having to lift a finger.Unrenovated older homes within 5km of the CBD were facing a massive surge in demand, with hundreds of fledgling renovators, investors and young executives happy to fork out seven figure sums to secure property in the inner-city.Place New Farm agent Aaron Woolard said there had been a surge in interest in older properties, with older Queenslanders like 107 Merthyr Road — sold for $1.05m — seeing strong demand.This Merthyr Road home has been put up for $720 a week rent for now. Homes in their original state allow renovators to make a massive change.“Because of the influx of these renovating shows, flipping shows and the like, (buyers) have a taste for renovation now and are not afraid to take on a project,” he said.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:18Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:18 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCould this be your anti-dream home?02:18 Related videos 02:18Could this be your anti-dream home?00:25Worst real estate images of 201701:34Sydney’s million dollar dumps01:30Renovate or detonate?01:28Shell sells01:17Fitzroy home the definition of a projectMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agoMr Woolard said buying at the lower end of the market made sense for younger executives and families because it was “otherwise very expensive to get into New Farm”.“They want to get in and add value in an area that is highly desirable.”“Often buyers would like to buy something original and add their own touch. As long as the house is neat and tidy then these buyers would much rather walk into an unrenovated home.”178 James Street, New Farm Qld 4005 The Merthyr Road property is in one of the hottest markets in Queensland. This is what buyers looking to get into prime suburbs want – a renovator.Another house at 229 Fernberg Road, Paddington, which was built in 1920 was offered for sale for the first time in over 40 years and landed $1.229m. Two years ago the property was bringing in $750 a week in rent.A more recent creation at 48 Dornoch Terrace, West End, sold at auction for $1.02m after 25 days on the market. Its previous owner had paid $85,000 for the property in 1987.FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK48 Dornoch Terrace, West End, Brisbane, QLD So much potential. Houses will continue to be strong performers for Brisbane’s inner city. A definite retro feel in this one.last_img read more

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AU: African women threatened by war and conflict

first_imgAfrican leaders approve local funding for AU activities The theme of this year’s AU summit was Women’s Empowerment. Many have said the conflicts have been taking focus of the theme, but it remains the continent’s women and children who are most vulnerable in war zones. CCTV’s Clementine Logan takes a deeper look at the current crises on the continent Related Talk Africa: African Women Leaders African heads gather in Nouakchott for AU Summitlast_img

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Dominicans must stop ‘harboring’ known criminals – Police PRO warns

first_img Tweet LocalNews Dominicans must stop ‘harboring’ known criminals – Police PRO warns by: – July 14, 2011 Share Share 17 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector Claude WeekesA top police official has called on Dominicans to avoid the practice of harboring known criminals, in an effort to reduce levels of criminal activity on the island.Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector Claude Weekes has issued a strong warning admonishing civilians to work with the Police in bringing known criminals to the courts.The Police PRO says the authorities will continue to promote the need for community policing, as the Government continues to press for the promotion of a peaceful and crime-free nation.“I have said on countless occasions that we have to break the culture of silence in Dominica. We know who do things, we are aware, we are conscious, some of us are hiding them…si e pani soutiweh e pani voleur [if there is no accomplice, there is no thief]in patois,” says Weekes.Weekes says the Police is also very concerned with the way in which citizens; especially young people tend to solve their problems.He says conflict resolution is now a major issue, since it has led to many persons ending up at the courts, prisons and hospital, when problems are not dealt with appropriately.“So we need to reconfigure our mental furniture with respect to dealing with crime and conflict. Our young people are highly intolerant and insensitive, we can’t solve our problems. Instead we see persons trying to solve their problems by using weapons and aggression…there is a spirit of rebellion in our young people,” Weekes said.Weekes says the Dominica Police Force will continue to work with the government to fight criminality on the island, an issue which has now become one of the priority areas for many regional leaders.“We cannot say that as a people that we are either winning or losing when it comes to fighting crime and drugs. Deviant behavior is inevitable. What is important though, is as a nation, a country and a people; we must learn to manage it. There is absolutely no way that criminality will be obliterated from the face of the earth,” stressed Weekes.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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