Letters to the Editor for Monday, Sep. 23

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSupport efforts to battle depressionWe are on a journey to find effective ways to treat depression.There are so many unturned stones and my hope is that research may provide answers and cures.In June, I was one of about 300 American Foundation for Suicide Prevention volunteers who “stormed” the hill in Washington to tell our stories so that our representatives will remember and act. The three-digit suicide hotline was one of the asks we had last year in D.C. and now that is going to be a reality, which will save lives.These changes combined with more open discussions about depression and suicide are making a difference.No longer can we view depression as a moral shortcoming that can be remediated by pulling one’s self up or snapping out of it. Depression is an illness, not unlike cancer or heart disease and it is just as deadly.We must remember that to shame those who suffer with depression is not unlike blaming someone who has cancer, we would not think of doing that and we should not think of blaming those who suffer from depression.Team Lasky has raised over $16,200 for the AFSP. I proudly support them, and you can, too. You can donate to Team Lasky at AFSP.org/Rita.Joann Perillo-LaskySchenectadyBe vigilant against terrorist ideology Regarding Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s (NY-D) comments about Sept. 11th that “some people did something.” This was the worst attack on American soil in history with over 3,000 dead.Please read the book “Between Heaven and Ground Zero” by Leslie Haskin, who shares the shock and pain and hell of that day.“At one point there was a woman burned to the bone,” she trembled uncontrollably as her skin melted from her body. What kind of motherless soul can so easily and savagely murder thousands and proclaim it to be in the name of righteousness?Radical Muslim terrorists, that’s who. We must never forget, and we must always be hypervigilant against this ideology.We must teach this history in schools. Osama Bin Laden in his book taught there will be a thousand years for revenge.Arlene ShakoSchoharieCDTA should use, or lose, parking spotsAll along Route 50 in Ballston Spa, there are designated bus stops for CDTA. If you park in them you will get a ticket. But CDTA buses never use them. They stand in traffic (regardless of the amount of traffic they back up).They must believe that it would take too much effort to pull back into traffic. If the CDTA does not want to use them, take them out. Or is CDTA just too special?John WhiteBallston SpaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Sweden moves forward with national gambling reform

first_img Spelinspektionen reminds operators of AML responsibilities July 2, 2020 Share LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Related Articles Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 As anticipated the Swedish government has published its long-awaited revamped national gambling policy, in which it will open a new licensing window for online gambling/betting operators.Re-regulating the market, Swedish policymakers have placed a significant emphasis on consumer protections, industry responsibility, monitoring of betting enterprises combined with an all-around improvement in standards.The revamped framework, sees the Swedish government split its gambling industry into three separate compartments;Open/Competitive – For new licensed online gambling/betting operators.Public interest – Charitable firms servicing lottery and bingo products.State Enterprise – Servicing land-based casinos and gaming machine operators.New Swedish online gambling incumbents will be taxed at 18% gross gaming revenue charge, with the government placing no taxes on consumer play or winnings.Updating stakeholders, the Swedish government has introduced a new code of conduct, which all gambling stakeholders must adhere to. New responsibility provisions include;A comprehensive duty to protect customers, with all licensed operators offering player self-exclusion services.Players must have the ability to ‘turn-off’ gaming content they choose.Licensed operators can only promote certified games content approved by the Swedish gambling regulator, Lotteriinspektionen.Player bonuses can only be offered once as a customer sign-up incentive and used at ‘first time of play’.The new policies will see the Swedish government secure its market against unlicensed operators. The government will be able to block suspected payment transactions between consumers and unlicensed operators, as well as instruct local ISP to block access to unlicensed gambling portals.Presenting Sweden’s revamped gambling framework Ardalan Shekarabi, Minister of Civil Affairs stated;“We strengthen the Lottery Inspectorate as the Game Inspectorate and give the Authority more and more powerful tools. Unlicensed actors shall be closed outside and licensees shall conduct their business in accordance with the law. We also today give an assignment to the State Office to follow up the reform in order to quickly adjust the law if the objectives of the reform are not met. It is crucial that sustainable funding for the community is not jeopardized”Swedish policy stakeholders will now move to implement the new legislation by 1 January 2019 Submitlast_img read more