Dr. John, Mavis Staples, Tab Benoit, & More To Headline Big Blues Bender In Las Vegas

first_imgThe Big Blues Bender will return to the Plaza Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, from September 7-10. This year’s lineup includes Dr. John, Mavis Staples, Tab Benoit, Walter Trout, and Anders Osborne along with Shemekia Copeland, David Bromberg, Doyle Bramhall II, Curtis Salgado, Eric Gales, Mike Zito, and so many more.Artists at large for the 2017 installment include Jason Ricci, Nick Schnebelen, Billy Price, Sari Schorr, Anne Harris, Michael Ledbetter and Monster Mike Welch. Check out the full lineup announcement video below:For more information about tickets and travel information, head to the festival’s website.Full lineup:last_img read more

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NCUA takes credit unions’ RBC2 questions during webinar

first_imgNational Credit Union Administration staff provided a breakdown of the agency’s revised risk-based capital proposal (RBC2) during a webinar Wednesday. Staff also answered questions from stakeholders–many of whom wanted to know if the NCUA would be providing an online “risk-based capital calculator” to assess the plan’s impact on individual credit unions.“The purpose of the updated rule is not to prevent credit unions from taking risks, it only mandates that if they choose to do so, they must also commensurately hold capital in line with their risk profile,” said Tom Fay, senior capital market specialist with the NCUA, who was one of the presenters at the webinar.According to Larry Fazio, the NCUA’s director of examination and insurance, the agency will not be developing a calculator for its website like it did for the previous proposal. This is due to the data needed for estimations differing from the data the NCUA currently has on file from credit unions’ call reports.“We do have, on our website, what’s called a risk-based capital estimator. Credit unions can download a spreadsheet and fill it in themselves with more precise data,” he said. “For this go-around we’re providing a spreadsheet credit unions can fill out to get more accurate information on their individual situations.” continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Inbound Swedish reforms to toughen advertising and online casino requirements

first_img Share Share Soft2Bet continues new market drive with Irokobet launch August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 Submit Global Gaming adds sportsbook extension to Ninja property August 25, 2020 Ardalan Shekarabi, Sweden’s Minister of Social Security, has told national media that the government is ready to publish ‘stage two’ of its regulatory approach on gambling, focusing on enforcing tougher advertising and marketing restrictions upon licensed incumbents.Recognised as one of the highest-profile MPs within the governing Socialdemokraterna (social democrats) party, Shekarabi is the former Minister of Civil Affairs, who played a key role in drafting the re-regulation of Swedish online gambling laws during 2018.Despite moving his departmental position, the government has maintained Shekarabi as a key advisor in the regulatory development of Sweden’s gambling marketplace.Following the first quarter of trading under the new laws established by Sweden’s revamped ‘Gambling Act’ regulating online gambling services, Shekarabi would publicly criticise incumbents for undertaking ‘excessive and aggressive marketing practices’ targeting audiences across multiple media verticals.Shekarabi would sanction Swedish gambling inspectorate Spelinspektionen to carry out a review of industry advertising, assessing whether further systems and controls were needed to limit marketing output.Speaking to national media, Shekarabi confirmed that he was ready to publish stage two of Sweden’s regulatory framework in which the government will ‘tighten legislation’ with regards to advertising verticals and online casino.“I am happy with the whole thing, but there is still an area where we will have to spend a lot of our energy in the coming months, and that is advertising,” he said.“Here we have to regain control, as we need to tighten up the law to remove the aggressive game advertising, especially with regards to dangerous elements that are attached to online casinos.”Reviewing year-1 of Sweden’s re-regulation of online gambling services, Shekarabi maintained that despite legal challenges by incumbents, the government framework should be regarded as a ‘success story’.Of note, Shekarabi highlighted that the government and Spelinspektionen had been successful in carrying out its ‘channelization strategy’, in which consumers have engaged with authorised actors.Gustav Hoffstedt – BOSGustav Hoffstedt, Secretary-General of Swedish online gambling trade body BOS, would reject Shekarabi comments stating that the minister was ignorant of the black market reality facing consumers and incumbents.“Only the Minister believes this,” he countered. “Everyone else has received the alarming message from his own expert authority at Spelinspektionen is below the government’s target of 90 per cent, and that the sewerage will continue to decline. The licensing system is leaking players.”For 2020, Hoffstedt underlines that the Swedish government should rethink its channelisation requirements, removing legislation which only strengthens black market actors targeting Swedish consumers  – ‘not because the licensed companies would break any laws, but because the gaming consumers in an accelerating development leave the licensing system’.Meanwhile, Jenny Nilzon, Chief Executive of Swedish Gambling Association SPER, has warned the government that year-2 of its regulatory agenda should focus on working with licensed incumbents who have committed to reducing their advertising volume.“The industry is working together to curb advertising and we see a big difference today compared to a year ago, both in volume and content,” she added. “If the law is to be tightened further, it is important to put it against the Channelisation, that is, the customers do not apply to unlicensed gaming companies. Unfortunately, we see this trend increasing, which is a more serious problem than industry advertising.”last_img read more

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