In the past few months, there have been numerous reports on the Trump administration’s plans to penalize immigrants for using government benefits. Now, a new proposed rule has been leaked to the Washington Post which goes much further. According to a draft rule, immigrants would also be denied green cards for receiving refunds from income tax credits. Depending upon the number of family members, the earned income tax credit for 2017 can be more than $5,000 for a family with two children. But under the new rule, receiving the tax credit would make an Immigrant ineligible to obtain US Residency (a Green Card).The draft rule calls for the USCIS to review up to three years of an Immigrant’s federal taxes to determine whether the individual has received the federal Earned Income Tax Credit. If so, the Immigrant would become ineligible for Residency based upon the “public charge” regulations, which say that in order to qualify for a Green Card, an Immigrant must prove that they will not become a dependent on government assistance in the U.S.Under current regulations, immigrants who receive certain public assistance are not eligible for Residency. According to the new proposal, Immigrants who have received the following benefits would be penalized: Earned Income Tax Credit, State or local cash benefit programs, Medicaid, Obama care Government subsidies for health insurance, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), Federal housing assistance, including rental vouchers, subsidized child care and Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).Exempted benefits include: unemployment insurance benefits, school meals and emergency or disaster relief. If enacted, the new restrictions would only apply to an Immigrant’s use of public benefits after the policy goes into effect. Department of Homeland Security officials reportedly told the Washington Post that the rule is being considered for publication sometime this year but is not final at this time and that the administration is eager to ensure “that foreign nationals seeking to enter or remain in the U.S are self-sufficient.”
Rihanna and the strong all-female cast of Ocean’s 8 have opened with a strong weekend, raking in over $40 million.According to Variety, 69 percent of the audiences that saw the film were women. In the movie, the Bajan singer turned entrepreneur and actress plays the dreadlocked Nine Ball and is part of an all-female cast of thieves that plans to heist one of the most exclusive events in the United States. The film –– which also stars Awkwafina, Mindy Kaling, Anne Hathaway, Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Sarah Paulson, and Helena Bonham Carter.
Related Highly rated Torino striker Andrea Belotti is reportedly the no.1 target for AC Milan manager Vicenzo Montella as the club continue the search for a formidable goalscorer.As per the report from Italian website gianlucadimarzio.com, Montella is keen on Belotti and AC Milan have offered €40m plus forward M’baye Niang and defender Gabriel Paletta) though his buyout clause is €100m or €80m plus Niang and Paletta. It is however believed that an offer of €60m and the previously mentioned Milan players has been agreed to secure Belotti’s transfer.Italian international Andrea Belotti has been linked with several European heavyweights this summer as reward for a stellar season the last time out. He has been linked with Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and many more.
Share StumbleUpon Related Articles ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure August 27, 2020 Sportito makes LatAm debut in Brazil October 30, 2019 The BetStars Sports Jackpot is the latest by way of promotion from BetStars and it’s putting $1 million (£815,000) into it.Following the ‘Spin & Bet’ feature last year, it’s the latest attempt at trying something different from Amaya, the company behind BetStars, and this time it focuses on fantasy sports. The new game is described as: “A reimagined sports betting experience that combines the best of fantasy football with daily, real-money tournaments and life-changing $1 million jackpot prizes.”This is a major win for the wider daily fantasy sports industry with the bulk of major bookmakers having been reluctant to commit to DFS and give it a real try so far. One million dollars is a bold statement by Amaya, and with Paf recently establishing a deal with a DFS partner, it’s likely more will now follow suit.Amaya acquired StarsDraft, formerly Victiv, in 2015. Matthew Primeaux, CEO, StarsDraft said: “Our team is excited to work with the fast-growing BetStars brand to further the mission of bringing much needed innovation to the sports betting market. With BetStars Sports Jackpots, there’s no easier way for punters and casual sports fans alike to turn a small bet into a big win.”The way this particular DFS game will work is that a user must pick the players that they believe will score the most fantasy points on a match day or weekend. It’s not limited to football and players will be able to take part in these BetStars Sports Jackpots in certain competitions in football, golf, and basketball.BetStars Managing Director Zeno Ossko said: “Football fans will be able to enjoy an added sweat by complementing sportsbook action with BetStars Sports Jackpots. It’s a fun, quick, and easy way to get the thrill of fantasy sports without having to commit to a whole season.” Better Collective Spotlight: Moving into DFS through RotoGrinders deal June 14, 2019 Submit Share
Share Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Submit Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 StumbleUpon Shimon AkadIndustry technology supplier Playtech Plc, has deepened its omni-channel partnership with Gala Coral, confirming the launch of its legacy ‘Clover Rollover’ game across 128 UK-wide retail sites.Playtech details that Clover Rollover is one of its most popular and recognisable games for bingo players, and will now have its gameplay extended to retail estates by applying its Playtech ONE Omni-channel strategy.As a result, Clover Rollover will become a further Playtech seamless omni-channel game, allowing to deliver customer experience throughout all Gala Coral verticals and devices (retail, mobile. desktop).To cater to the requirements of different licensees, Playtech has developed both Category B3 and Category C game versions for retail clubs to distribute. Details that Playtech within days of initial launch across Gala Bingo retail sites, both versions of the game are already proving incredibly successful with their audiences.Shimon Akad, COO, Playtech, commented on Clover Rollover developments “We are delighted to announce the launch one of our most popular and iconic online bingo slots into Gala Bingo’s retail estate, as part of our continued commitment to seamless Omni-channel gaming.In 2017, Playtech began to develop new ‘cross-channel’ gaming content, with the omni-channel launch of its popular Tiki Paradise slot.“This is just the beginning. Clover Rollover is the first online bingo title to migrate to retail and marks the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Playtech bingo and one that we are certain will be hugely popular with our licensees and their players.” Share Retail closures have ‘severe’ impact on Playtech August 5, 2020 Related Articles
StumbleUpon Oddschecker: ‘Unusual circumstances’ fail to hinder Royal Ascot traffic July 23, 2020 Submit Share BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 Playtech goes live in the US with bet365 August 7, 2020 Related Articles Continuing its principal stance on developing its in-house proprietary platform and operating systems, bet365 has chosen to back opensource architectural and containment programming language Kubernetes.Widely considered as the world’s biggest volume sportsbook, bet365 is set to back its development and deployment teams with a new Kubernetes built ‘containerised production application’.Engaging with Kubernetes, bet365 details that it will be able to engineer better-proofed production and deployment environments helping the betting firm’s product inventory prepare to match peak scale.To date, bet365’s product development and deployment have been maintained by utilising standard cluster and operating authentication modules.The Infrastructure and Development teams identified Kubernetes as the right set of technologies for the business following a detailed analysis and exploration of a range of different modern orchestration approaches and automation platforms.Updating the market, James Nightingale, Principle Infrastructure Architect at bet365, stated that Kubernetes could be a game-changer for the firm’s future development processes.“It promises to increase the speed at which we can spin up production environments, while at the same time, delivering a highly malleable deployment mechanism that will enable Sports Development to rapidly release code.”“As bet365’s architecture has become more complex; we’ve noticed a growing grey area around responsibility for configuring the platform. There are elements of configuration and tuning that are deployed across the stack, which would traditionally be the remit of the Infrastructure team but need to be undertaken by product teams. The result is two teams touching the configuration items and this added complexity increases the potential for error.” Share
Related Articles Share Submit Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon Tabcorp expects $1bn hit as ‘COVID and retail contractions’ take effect August 3, 2020 Share BlueRibbon signs strategic partnership with The Stars Group August 18, 2020 The UK Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) has given the green light for the merger between The Stars Group (TSG) and Flutter Entertainment to go ahead, clearing ‘phase 1′ of its competition review.Last October, Flutter and TSG agreed to terms on an all-share combination, as the two companies set about creating the outright global market leader operating across all online gambling verticals. The CMA confirmed today that this combination has been ‘unconditionally cleared’ following the CMA’s Phase 1 review under the Enterprise Act 2002.Welcoming the announcement, Peter Jackson, Chief Executive, said: “This morning’s announcement from the CMA marks a further important milestone in the process towards completion of our proposed combination with The Stars Group.“We continue to work with the remaining international regulatory authorities to obtain the last of the outstanding approvals. Separately last week we published the necessary documentation ahead of the shareholder votes in April and we continue to make good progress in our post-completion planning.”The proposed transaction remains subject to approval by Flutter shareholders at its extraordinary general meeting on 21 April 2020 and by The Stars Group shareholders on 24 April 2020.The merger is also awaiting the approval from ‘a small number of other regulatory bodies, some of whom have indicated that their usual timeframes may be delayed by the current COVID-19 crisis’.In a statement, TSG said: “The Stars Group and Flutter continue to work diligently towards completion of the Combination, which remains conditional upon, among other things, certain approvals by each of Flutter’s and The Stars Group’s shareholders, Ontario court approval of the plan of arrangement, certain approvals from the United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority, London Stock Exchange and Euronext Dublin, and any remaining relevant merger control, foreign investment and gaming related approvals.”The key focus of the CMA investigation was to identify whether, as a result of the deal, ‘customers who choose to place bets online could be offered less favourable odds, less generous promotions or poorer quality products, for example, as a result of reduced innovation in pricing or app experience’.The CMA found that due to the high level of competition between betting operators, ‘the merger will not worsen the offering to people who choose to bet online’.Under phase-1 of its evaluation, the CMA considered the impact of Flutter’s Paddy Power and Betfair properties combining with TSG’s Sky Bet asset, allowing for the merger to be sanctioned.The Flutter-TSG combination will now be moved onto ‘phase 2’ of its assessment in which the CMA will give its determination on marketplace factors assessing the deal’s 40% take-up of UK online betting – significantly above the CMA’s 25% regulatory guidance.Earlier this week, Flutter emphasised that its multi-billion pound merger with TSG remains on track, as the group plans to undertake several COVID-19 adjustments.In its update, Flutter confirmed that it expects global COVID-19 disruptions will have an impact on the ‘financial profile of the combined group’. However, the operator group praised its M&A focus, stating that stronger cash generation, scale and combined synergies will help the business outride COVID-19 factors.
“We know our viewers, especially those watching Hulu on consoles, are hungry for this type of content – so we’re excited to offer it on Hulu for the first time.”Player V. Player will be a ‘gamified debate show’, Bootcamp is a weekly docu-series following Immortals in the lead up to IEM Oakland, Defining Moments is a look at ‘the most impactful moments in esports history’, whilst ESL Replay is a ‘fast-paced, condensed, documentary style recap of the most memorable moments from four of the biggest multi-day esports tournaments in the world’. Esports Insider says: This is highly significant as it’s the first example of esports content on a streaming video on demand service. We can safely assume that the likes of Netflix and NowTV are either having similar discussions, or will now be considering them. This is great news for ESL too, and kudos to Hulu for taking the leap. ESL has today announced that it has partnered with Hulu to bring esports content to a streaming video on-demand service for the first time.This arrangement includes four new esports series, titled Player v. Player, Bootcamp, Defining Moments and ESL Replay. Nik Adams, ESLSignificantly, this marks Hulu’s first foray into esports. They appear to have started well by signing a deal which will see all titles developed and produced by ESL, with the content exclusively available on the service from autumn.Nik Adams, Senior Vice President of Global Media Rights and Distribution, ESL commented: “The partnership with Hulu marks ESL’s first original series on an on-demand streaming service, and will showcase the diverse nature of esports through high quality storytelling.“Esports appeals to a younger, more digitally savvy audience so Hulu is a perfect platform to build out our original content and expose the world of esports to new audiences.”ESL’s selection of programming were designed to explore the various facets of esports, from athlete training and preparation, to news, industry trends, and coverage of ESL’s tournaments.Lisa Holme, Vice President of Content Acquisition, Hulu noted: “Esports is one of the fastest growing areas of media and entertainment, and, through this first-of-its-kind deal with ESL, we can now bring the popular world of esports to Hulu.
The 2018 Copenhagen Games has announced that it’ll once again feature a CS:GO tournament, this time with a $100,000 (£70,822) prize pool. Broadband and television provider Waoo has come in as the main tournament sponsor. The announcement on the site stated the following: “With the new prize pool, we hope to secure top-tier invites for this year’s tournament so that we may give our audiences, world-wide as well as in-house, the best possible experience. At Bella Center Copenhagen, we’re expanding our streaming setup, our stage setup and our pro team lineup.”The Owner and CEO of Copenhagen Games, Zahid Butt noted: “Waoo has been a significant name in the world of esport for a while now which is why I’m so happy they decided to sign on as the main sponsor of Copenhagen Games 2018. Lightning fast, fibre optic broadband ensures optimal conditions for an event such as ours and no one does that better than Waoo.”It’s a big win for the Copenhagen Games, which has been running since 2010, to get Waoo in as the main tournament sponsor. The company is well known in its native Denmark. They’re far from new to esports sponsorships and involvement however; back in 2016 they launched a dedicated esports channel, they’ve sponsored the team Tricked and run leagues too. They also added Pixel.tv to their channel offering more recently; this focuses on esports and gaming more broadly. Waoo CEO Jørgen Stensgaard said of the partnership: “Esport has long been a special focus area for us and so we’re very happy to support Copenhagen Games, one of the largest, most well-established events in Denmark. Our fibre optic broadband product is already a perfect match for esports, but we’re also seeing esport move into the entertainment universe with a stronger and wider appeal than ever before. Esport is evolving into a solid TV product which interests more and more of our customers and when our customers ask for a quality product, we’re happy to deliver.”The Copenhagen Games has also confirmed that FIFA 18 will play a role at the event’s new venue come late March. Esports Insider says: Nice to see Waoo committing in a significant way to a local event which has flourished over the past few years. With the BLAST Pro Series, run by Copenhagen locals RFRSH, this week announcing a CS:GO event in Istanbul, it’s a great few days for Danish CS.
The Milwaukee Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons to establish an unassailable 4-0 lead in the best-of-seven play-off series and set up an Eastern Conference semi-final against the Boston Celtics.The Bucks progressed in the post-season for the first time since 2000-01 with Monday’s 127-104 win.The Pistons set an NBA record with their 14th consecutive play-off defeat.The Houston Rockets lost 107-91 to the Utah Jazz in the Western Conference but lead their series 3-1.Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said it was important his side “take a second to enjoy” their progress after failing to make it past the first round in eight previous attempts.“It’s a good night for Milwaukee. It’s a good night for the Bucks,” he added.