Starbucks to close stores nationwide for racial-bias education on May 29

first_imgStarbucks Coffee Company has announced it will be closing its more than 8,000 company-owned stores in the United States on the afternoon of May 29 to conduct racial-bias education geared toward preventing discrimination in our stores. The training will be provided to nearly 175,000 partners (employees) across the country and will become part of the onboarding process for new partners.Black men handcuffed and removedThe announcement follows an incident in a Starbucks store in Philadelphia over the past weekend, where police handcuffed two black men and removed them from the store. The cops were called by a manager after the men requested to use the store’s bathroom, but was denied because of the policy that the bathroom is only accessible only to customers who make a purchase at the store. When the men didn’t leave the store, as they were waiting on a friend, on the request by the manager, she called 911. On the police arrival they handcuffed the two men and escorted them from the store. The incident has resulted in public backlash against Starbuck, including protests at the Philadelphia store.Committed to be part of the solution“I’ve spent the last few days in Philadelphia with my leadership team listening to the community, learning what we did wrong and the steps we need to take to fix it,” said Starbucks CEO Kevin Johnson. “While this is not limited to Starbucks, we’re committed to being a part of the solution. Closing our stores for racial-bias training is just one step in a journey that requires dedication from every level of our company and partnerships in our local communities.”Stores and corporate offices to closeAll Starbucks company-owned retail stores and corporate offices will be closed in the afternoon of Tuesday, May 29. During that time, partners will go through a training program designed to address implicit bias, promote conscious inclusion, prevent discrimination and ensure everyone inside a Starbucks store feels safe and welcome.“The company’s founding values are based on humanity and inclusion,” said executive chairman Howard Schultz, who joined Johnson and other senior Starbucks leaders in Philadelphia to meet with community leaders and Starbucks partners. “We will learn from our mistakes and reaffirm our commitment to creating a safe and welcoming environment for every customer.”Curriculum confronts racial biasThe curriculum will be developed with guidance from several national and local experts confronting racial bias, including Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative; Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund; Heather McGhee, president of Demos; former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder; and Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League. Starbucks will involve these experts in monitoring and reviewing the effectiveness of the measures we undertake.Earlier this week, Starbucks began a review of its training and practices to make important reforms where necessary to ensure our stores always represent our Mission and Values, by providing a safe and inclusive environment for our customers and partners.Once completed, the company will make the education materials available to other companies, including our licensee partners, for use with their employees and leadership.last_img read more

Barcelona’s Arda Turan To Join Galatasaray On Loan – Reports

first_imgOut of favour Barcelona midfielder, Arda Turan, is reportedly set to re-join Turkish giants, Galatasaray on a season long loan.According to Turkish newspaper, Hurriyet, Galatasaray are willing to pay 30-year-old Turan €4m a year salary, should the deal pull through.Arda Turan, who is also reportedly linked to Arsenal, joined Barcelona in 2015 but have failed to claim a regular starting shirt at the Nou Camp, making just 53 appearances across all competitions, mostly as a substitute. The Turkish International spent five years with Galatasaray before moving to Atletico Madrid in 2011, winning 3 trophies in over 130 appearances for the Turkish Capital club. RelatedBadou Ndiaye Rejoins Galatasaray On LoanAugust 28, 2018In “England”Barcelona Aim For German Star In January – Spanish ReportsSeptember 22, 2017In “Europe”French Striker Gomis Secures Al-Hilal TransferAugust 24, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

Late Camara Strike Denies Monaco Top Spot Chance

first_imgSenegal international forward Souleymane Camara scored on the stroke of fulltime to earn his Montpellier side a valuable point at the home of French champions AS Monaco.In-form striker Radamel Falcao gave the hosts a 38th minute to put his team on the way to finishing the day at the top of the French Ligue 1 table before Camara’s intervention put paid to that. Falcao has now scored 12 league goals this season.Montpellier have now recorded two successive draws against the top two from last season after their goalless draw with league leaders Paris Saint Germain (PSG) on Matchday 7.Their latest draw takes the former French champions three places up the table from 13th to 10th while Monaco stay in second spot on goal difference with 19 points though PSG could stretch their advantage to three points if they beat third-placed Bordeaux.RelatedFrench Ligue 1 Review: The Olympiques Experience Contrasting Fortunes In Top Three BidDecember 4, 2017In “Europe”Ligue 1 Review: PSG Thrash Monaco To Take League TitleApril 16, 2018In “Europe”French Ligue1: Monaco Beat Caen To Close Gap On Leaders PSGOctober 22, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

Blueprint Gaming rolls out Free Spins for Sky Vegas content

first_imgShare Sky Vegas will integrate the Free Spins promotional tool into all its upcoming gaming content with UK-based game studio Blueprint Gaming after a successful trial run.The initial Free Spins UK launch was on two of Blueprint’s most popular games, King Kong Cash and Slots O’Gold, which links into the multi-game Jackpot King system.Matt Cole, Managing Director of Blueprint Gaming, said: “The initial Free Spins launch with Sky Vegas has gone really well and this is mainly down to the innovative and effective use of marketing tools, which have become increasingly important.“We’re excited to be rolling out Free Spins to Sky Vegas with all of our upcoming games and will be releasing new marketing features in 2017 to complement our big plans for new game launches.”Sam Downey, Head of Commercials and Content at Sky Vegas, added: “The first free spins in the market on UK focused content has proven to be really successful, so it makes sense to broaden our horizons by integrating the feature into the rest of our Blueprint games.“We’re committed to providing our players with the best experience around and are excited that the Free Spins feature will be a major part of our portfolio.” Submit StumbleUpon Share Blueprint Gaming acquires Games Warehouse from the Harbour Group January 3, 2018 Ladbrokes, 888 and Sky Vegas all warned by the ASA over affiliate promotion September 13, 2017 Gauselmann UK upgrades Roadchef gaming areas September 24, 2019 Related Articleslast_img read more

Tight at the top in League of Legends

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon ESI Digital – No Drama Please… Esports growth should be treated as business as usual  August 20, 2020 Share It’s been a weekend of mixed fortunes for fantasy football managers, with a stuttering top two in SBCs League of Legends being very much reeled in by the chasing pack.Sports expert Constantinos Digonis Pinillos has leapfrogged his way into third place, taking advantage of the paltry 23 and 30 points scored by current leader Charlie Cole and second placed David Lees.  Two goal captain Eden Hazard saw his 15 points doubled to 30 for Pinillos, backed up by team-mate Alvaro Morata (eight points) and Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea (eight), with his 65 points moving him 16 points off the summit.Sports trader Renato Costache is another big mover, outscoring those around him to sneak into tenth in the overall standings. Hazard (15) was almost beaten to top scoring bragging rights by Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino (13), with the Manchester United duo of De Gea and Antonio Valencia (eight each) helping nudge the overall score up to 69 points.This week’s top score came from the side currently residing in 42nd overall, with Lewis Watson’s 75 point haul firing his side into the top 50. Chelsea’s Hazard (captain, 30) and Morata (eight) featured yet again, with honourable mentions also going to Manchester City’s match winner David Silva (nine) and Leicester City defender Harry Maguire (eight).Following this week’s potentially crucial Champions League fixtures, all eyes will be firmly fixed on Sunday when the Premier League returns.Following Arsenal’s trip to Southampton two huge derby games feature in ‘Super Sunday,’ with Manchester United hoping to cut the gap to neighbours and league leaders City as they welcome Pep Guardiola’s side to Old Trafford, following new Everton manager Sam Allardyce taking his side to Anfield.Saturday gets underway with Chelsea visiting struggling West Ham, while Spurs will be hoping to put their bad spell behind them as Stoke City make the trip to Wembley. Share BetInvest: The benefits of separating esports betting markets August 7, 2020 Submit Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020last_img read more

Rebel Call! Paddy Power launches CONIFA 2018 documentary series

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 Paddy Power raises awareness of Missing People with Motherwell ‘silhouette’ stand August 7, 2020 Related Articles Bookies Corner: Trump Presidency sinks as US 2020 enters its 100 day countdown July 29, 2020 Share Submit Paddy Power has announced the launch of its ‘first-ever documentary series’, further supporting its sponsorship of the ‘2018 – CONIFA World Football Cup’ (London 31 May – 10 June).Last March, the bookmaker announced its lead sponsorship of CONIFA’s tournament, stating that it wanted to support ‘football’s rebel nations’, who are currently not recognised by FIFA.Sponsoring CONIFA 2018,  the bookmaker stated that it wanted to partner with a summer football tournament whose organising parties’ supported racial diversity, gay rights and English football fans…Competing teams at ‘CONIFA London 2018’, will include the exiled people of Tibet, the Zimbabwean region of Matabeleland, Northern Cyprus and the Isle of Man.Paddy Power marketing releases the first video of its ‘in-house scripted, produced and edited’ documentary series, which will be broadcast across the bookmaker’s YouTube Channel and CONIFA partner website Goal.comSpokesman Paddy Power said: “We love the idea of a tournament which represents the underdog, and sticks one up FIFA.“English fans have little or no incentive to go to Russia, so we thought we’d give them an alternative right on the doorstep… CONIFA 2018 has no millionaires, no prima donnas, just decent lads who are every bit as patriotic as every other international player.”last_img read more

RGSB report attempts to highlight gambling-related harms

first_img YGAM focuses on BAME community engagement with CVR link-up August 21, 2020 StumbleUpon GambleAware: Engage those with lived experience of gambling harms August 28, 2020 A new Responsible Gambling Strategy Board (RGSB) report has been published with the aim of gauging a greater understanding of the full range of harms gambling can have on society.Led by Dr Heather Wardle, and in collaboration with the Gambling Commission and GambleAware, the report examines how the social cost of gambling-related harms can be measured and better understood.Mapping out for the first time methodology that could be used to quantify the impact gambling can have on relationships, finances and health, the report seeks to:“Agree a definition of gambling-related harms that can be used by policy makers and public health officials.Explore how the social and economic impact of gambling-related harms can be better understood, measured and monitored.Set a framework for action that considers how the impact of harms can be felt by individuals, families and communities.Identify the most effective way to estimate the social cost of gambling-related harms.”Wardle commented: “This report is a dramatic step forward in our understanding of gambling. It represents a sea change in thinking about gambling as it recognises that gambling isn’t something that affects just a few individuals but extends far beyond them to affect their families, communities and society.”Gambling Commission Chief Executive Neil McArthur said: “While the majority of consumers can enjoy gambling without experiencing harm, we cannot forget the devastating effects it can have on some individuals, families and communities. “This report shows significant progress in understanding those effects and measuring the impacts on wider society and the economy as a whole. We do not see this as a definitive position – it’s very much a work in progress. “We encourage public health officials, academics, the industry and the public to feed back on the report and work with us to set a framework that can help prevent harm to consumers.”Marc Etches, Chief Executive at GambleAware, added: “Problem gambling is a public health issue that can have serious economic and social consequences not only for individual gamblers but also family, friends, communities and society. “This is why this project, led by Dr Heather Wardle of RGSB and funded by GambleAware, is so important. We need urgently to improve our understanding of what gambling, and its wide-reaching knock-on effects, is costing us.” Access the full report here. Share Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Submit Related Articleslast_img read more

Winning Post – Collaboration & Segregation in Harm Prevention

first_img Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Winning Post: UK gambling feels the ‘Noyes’ with SMF report August 10, 2020 Submit Related Articles Regulus Partners, the strategic consultancy focused on international gambling and related industries, takes a look at UK stakeholder dynamics on collaborations for tackling problem gambling and addiction. _________________Collaboration is a rather subjective word; used variously to describe the very best and the very worst of human endeavour. In business, being collaborative is generally held to be a positive attribute; but in 1940s France, being branded as a ‘collaborator’ was a term of shame and derision.Where one stands on collaboration tends to be dictated by who is collaborating with whom and to what end. This week, there were further signals in the UK that while collaboration to address gambling-related harm is a ‘good thing’, there may be boundaries to this; and that the gambling industry is in danger of falling (or being pushed) outside of those boundariesOn Tuesday in the House of Commons, GambleAware hosted an “informal policy fair to discuss opportunities to reduce gambling-related harm, with leading treatment providers, charities, churches and other interested groups”. Curiously it seems that no-one (so far as we can tell) from Britain’s licensed gambling industry was invited. By any sane definition of “other interested groups”, licensed gambling operators ought to have been invited. They are the ones providing the products and services that excite concerns; and they also (by choice) bankroll GambleAware – an organisation that they founded.A number of other organisations engaged in harm prevention work were apparently not invited; their collaboration with licensed operators suggested as a possible reason for exclusion. Whether or not gambling operators were welcome at the event is relatively unimportant by itself (and the charity will have entirely valid reasons for selectivity); but the episode may also be symptomatic of a  growing – and perhaps unhelpful – a process of segregation.For instance, some commentators have observed that the proposed Gambling Commission national strategy to reduce gambling harms appears to silo industry initiatives away from efforts by treatment providers and public health organisations (in stark contrast to the current strategy which explicitly aspired to collaboration between the Commission, GambleAware and the industry). Similarly, the involvement or not of gambling operators has been a controversial aspect of the forthcoming GambleAware/Public Health England harm awareness advertising campaign (which the industry is expected to fund).There is a sense that the gambling industry is starting to be shut out of discussions in the UK in which it ought to be a key participant: and elsewhere globally, where the industry is shut out knee-jerk and swingeing negative regulation tends to follow. So, where has all this come from and how wide (in terms of the global market) might it extend?In 2017, what seemed like a rather abstruse spat kicked off in the world of gambling studies when Linda Hancock (Deakin University, Australia) and Garry Smith (Alberta University, Canada) published a paper in the International Journal on Mental Health and Addiction. The paper attacked the Reno Model, which is the theoretical construct that has influenced gambling policy in many western markets since its formulation in 2004.One of Hancock and Smith’s criticisms was the Reno Model’s conception of a harm prevention programme based upon a collaborative and coordinated effort between the state, the industry and treatment or health services. They effectively argued that the commercial interests of industry were incompatible with the aims of harm reduction; and that therefore operators should be excluded from structures and processes intended to guide policy.In Great Britain, highly respected researchers like Rebecca Cassidy and Jim Orford have made similar arguments. It is all symptomatic of a loss of trust in the industry allied perhaps with a broader tide of opinion in the field of public health (as last year’s DrinkAware controversy indicated); perhaps considered more stark in the UK than elsewhere given the strong levels of government collaboration enjoyed by elements of the industry prior to c. 2006 (or by adopting a very Anglo-centric offshore stance in Gibraltar prior to 2014: feeling part of the party without actually having an invitation).As we have written before, the gambling industry needs to reflect on what it has done (or not done) to create this trust deficit and to take steps to address it. However, it is also important to remember that ‘the industry’ is an artificial collective; and thus while some market participants may have behaved ‘badly’, this is certainly not true of all. The absence of discrimination in such matters is not simply unfair; it also denies us the opportunity to show what responsible operation looks like and incentivise others to follow suit (thus using incentivisation and compulsion rather than solely the latter).Those who take a dogmatic stance on this issue are unlikely to be swayed by these considerations; but they may wish to reflect on the fact that the more operators are excluded from discussions, the more they are likely to coalesce around an ‘anti-gambling’ framework which lacks necessary and valid balance. Given how industry disunity has played into the hands of the public health and anti-gambling lobbies in the past, segregation may not actually be in their interests either.These are difficult times to be dealing with gambling policy – whether at DCMS or the Gambling Commission. However, the interests of the vulnerable (and consumers at large) will be best served by true collaboration between the key participants, based upon a spirit of tolerance, intellectual enquiry and respect for others. Now more than ever, we require the courage of governments and regulators to insist on an inclusive and coordinated approach to harm prevention – the alternative is stymied sectors of grudgingly compliant operators and a burgeoning black market with no social responsibility considerations at all: a position that the UK at least has hitherto avoided.____________Winning Post – Regulus Partners Winning Post: Political flip-floppery leads to uncertainty for casinos August 3, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

All-In Diversity Project launches annual diversity survey

first_img StumbleUpon Submit GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 Related Articles Share Share Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 ‘Deal maker’ Rafi Ashkenazi ends Flutter tenure  August 27, 2020 Industry workplace diversity, inclusion and equality program The All-in Diversity Project has launched its second annual survey which will gather data to create its annual report, the All-Index. The All-Index is used as a benchmark for diversity, inclusion and workplace equality across the gambling and iGaming industry, with over 50 firms now participating in the annual survey.Kelly Kehn, co-founder of the All-In Diversity Project, commented: “All-in Diversity Project aims to be the central data resource for the global betting and gambling industry when it comes to diversity, inclusion and equality. “The business case for diversity has already been proven, but we now need to start separating testing our assumptions based upon facts and not fiction.”Participants of the data collection survey have consisted of operators, suppliers and regulators, including: Betfair, GVC Holdings, IGT, Kindred Group, Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Paddy Power, Playtech and Red Tiger Gaming.Participants are able to gain individualised and group reports which contain corresponding analysis on the levels of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, which can then be used to implement further changes to a company.Back in June, SBC committed to furthering its drive for greater industry diversity to a much wider audience after signing a strategic partnership with the All-in Diversity Project. As part of the deal, the All-in Diversity Project and SBC will work closely together to educate and communicate how businesses can make diversity & inclusion part of their company fabric and how the gambling industry can make progress on these issues in the future.last_img read more

The Esports Insider Tour of London – A round-up

first_imgOMG I’M SO HAPPY. Thank you folks ??— Imogen Beresfjørd (@immi_beresford) November 7, 2017Our second #ESITour bundle was courtesy of the fine team over at ULT. For those unaware, ULT is the apparel arm of US firm Ultimate Media Ventures which works with the likes of eUnited and Versus. Congratulations to the second winner of our #ESITour [email protected] – this ULT gear is all yours.We’ve still got some great @MovemberUK to give away and the video of our London tour will be launching soon!— Esports Insider (@esportsinsider_) November 8, 2017There is still one remaining live giveaway with the winner yet to be announced for the Movember swag. This will be announced before the week is out. We’ll have a final giveaway too once the video of the #ESITour is live. Keep an eye out on our Twitter @esportsinsider_ and that of Fortaura, who we worked with to produce the video, for further announcements on this. The first ESI Tour (#ESITour) went off without a hitch on Friday November 3rd as the team made their way around London donning some sublime esports apparel and taking part in a variety of challenges in support of Movember. Two teams were created for the day with Ash Cosplay and John ‘JohnPee’ Pritchard going up against CoD players HayJay and Harry ‘Coppers96’ Copley. Image courtesy of JG TownleyDespite the CoD pair being officially named Team Dumb and Dumber they took a storming lead with victories in Tekken at Fnatic’s Bunkr, juggling at St.Paul’s Cathedral and a hard-fought round of Rock, Paper, Scissors at the London Eye.The comeback began in earnest at Buckingham Palace with a royal victory for Ash and JohnPee in the Quickfire Q&A, which boasted a broad set of questions across esports, the Queen, Polish geography, and Movember.  With the Q&A worth triple points it was all things equal as we made our way to Movember UK’s HQ. Here the finale, a round of Mo’Pong, took place with comeback kings and queens Ash and JohnPee crowned the eventual winners. Working with the likes of Fnatic, ULT and Movember we’ve been able to offer a host of giveaways, with the winner of the first Fnatic bundle delighted with her victory having beaten off some fierce competition. To be in with a chance of winning this first @FNATIC apparel bundle simply follow us & RT More to come… #ESITour— Esports Insider (@esportsinsider_) November 3, 2017last_img read more