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Wout van Aert blikt op sociale media nog eens terug op duel met eeuwige rivaal Mathieu van der Poel: “I hate it but I love it”

Bron: België, Het Nieuwsblad : Wielrennen 2023-02-06 11:28:44 , Het Nieuwsblad : Wielrennen [ad_1] © BELGAWout van Aert moest zondag tijdens het WK veldrijden in de sprint het hoofd buigen voor een sterke Mathieu van der Poel. Onze landgenoot was achteraf ontgoocheld, maar toonde ook veel respect voor zijn eeuwige rivaal. Maandag kwam hij nog even terug op het duel met een foto en de tekst “I hate it but I love it”. Hier staat ingevoegde content uit een social media netwerk dat cookies wil schrijven of uitlezen. U heeft hiervoor geen toestemming gegeven.Klik hier om uw voorkeuren aan te passen [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.nieuwsblad.be

Macau Is Back, Baby. But Choose Your Stock Bets Wisely.

Bron: news.google.com Macau , 2023-02-02 01: 45: 41 , macaunews.net latest rss headlines [ad_1] Gamblers have started placing bets in Macau casinos again. Investors are piling back into Macau casino stocks too.  That makes good sense, given how evident the gambling-revenue rebound already is—but picking which casino stocks to plunk chips on will be important. January gambling revenue was up 83% from a year earlier, to its highest level in three years. The timing of the mainland’s weeklong Lunar New Year holiday—it fell in January, instead of in February like last year—flatters the 2023 growth figure a little bit. But the recovery since China abruptly began scrapping its strict Covid policies in December is real: January revenue was back up to around half of its prepandemic level. Moreover, the revenue rebound is outpacing the return of tourists themselves: Visitor arrivals during the holiday were still less than 40% of 2019 levels. That suggests that high rollers are among the first to return. Citi provided some interesting color on such “whales” after the bank’s analysts visited the casinos: At a baccarat table, a player wagered 725,000 Hong Kong dollars, equivalent to $92,000, in a single bet. Another gambler had HK$6 million of chips stacked in front of him. More-casual gamblers will likely stream into the city in the coming months as the exit wave of infections in China starts to ebb.  And the casinos will probably need to rely more on such leisure travelers than on high rollers, compared with the prepandemic days. About two weeks ago, Alvin Chau was sentenced to 18 years in prison for illegal gambling operations and organized crime. He was chairman of Suncity, the largest of Macau’s junket companies, which recruit so-called VIP gamblers, mostly high rollers from mainland China, and lend them money to gamble. Another junket boss was also arrested last year. VIP gamblers used to generate more than 70% of Macau’s total gambling revenue, but their importance was already declining—in 2019, they accounted for less than half. Their significance will likely drop even further: Macau wants to reduce its reliance on gambling while China wants to stop capital outflows through illicit channels. Macau casinos have been pushing to attract “premium mass” customers. The definition varies from casino to casino, but usually such gamblers make bigger wagers than normal visitors—without needing credit from casinos themselves, or from junkets. Tighter capital controls in China, however, may still affect such high-stake gamblers’ ability to splash cash. Macau casino operators also need to contend with higher debt loads than before the pandemic. Profits will start rebounding this year, but the extra debt burden will chip away at that to an extent. On average, Macau casino operators’ stocks have more than doubled in value in the past three months, with some justification. But as share prices start to price in the recovery, investors should focus on companies with stronger financials and an edge in attracting mass-market customers, like Galaxy Entertainment or Sands China. Macau will finally draw some... Lees meer

Good But Not Good Enough

Bron: tol.org Georgië , 2023-01-24 19: 25: 42 , Transitions [ad_1] Online political advertising has sullied elections in Central and Eastern Europe and beyond, but a Czech-drafted EU proposal should have gone farther.  The Czech Republic finished up its presidency of the EU Council in December having taken long strides toward the regulation of digital political advertising, one of the plagues of the modern internet that has preoccupied European policymakers and their global counterparts for years. The Czech EU Council Presidency’s proposed new legislation – the culmination of a debate initially sparked by the notorious 2016 Cambridge Analytica affair and subsequently highlighted by elections big and small – represented real progress, but did not go far enough. The threats posed by online political advertising – like the related problem of disinformation – didn’t really hit the mainstream until the 2016 U.S. presidential election. At the time, Facebook exposed data on up to 87 million users to a researcher employed at Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm that worked for the Trump campaign to create psychological profiles of those whose data had been harvested. Ever since, policymakers, experts, and other interested parties have debated how and to what extent to regulate social media to preserve the integrity of elections, discussions that have now entered into their final phase in the EU and will likely set global trends for the foreseeable future. Nevertheless, some space still exists for more improvements to make electoral processes in EU countries more resilient and better protected from cases of domestic as well as international interference, and the experiences and research of Czech voters, politicians, and analysts can shed useful light here. “I’ll stop the government. I’ll help the people,” former Czech Prime Minister and current presidential candidate Andrej Babis declares on his Facebook page. Czech Norms My organization – the Association for International Affairs (AMO), a Prague-based think tank – has been engaged in mapping digital political advertising since the launch of the Code of Practice on Disinformation in 2018. EU institutions developed this tool – at the time only self-regulatory – to push the private sector to collaborate on solutions to disinformation as the 2019 elections to the European Parliament drew near. While many companies, including the big social media players, signed on and initiated some important projects, the code largely failed to meet initial expectations, as research by AMO and the European Partnership for Democracy demonstrated in a comprehensive study monitoring the Czech Republic, Italy, and the Netherlands. By 2019, it had become clear that more compulsory measures and more robust regulation were needed to hold the social media platforms more accountable, a move that the European Commission finally enforced in June 2022 through the EU’s Digital Services Act (DSA) and an updated version of the Code of Practice on Disinformation, measures civil society has been urging for years. While representing a major step forward, especially when it comes to the operations of giant players like Facebook’s owner Meta, Google, and Twitter, the... Lees meer

it’s on the cards but just not yet

Bron: www.macaunews.net Macau , 2022-11-24 22: 38: 32 , macaunews.net latest rss headlines [ad_1] From the food replicator in Star Trek to Dumbledore summoning food in Hogwarts' banquet hall, we love the idea of instant food on demand.This week, Australian supermarket giant Coles appealed to that love by announcing a pick-and-collect service that takes less than 60 minutes, shaving 30 minutes off its existing promise.You'll be able to order up to 40 items from a list of more than 20,000 products online, then drive to one of 400 Coles supermarkets offering the "Rapid Click & Collect" scheme to collect your groceries within the hour.Some news reports have given the impression this is a home delivery service. It's not. Coles will not deliver groceries to your door in such a short time.But could such a service be on the cards?It's possible. But the "last kilometre" of the grocery supply chain - from the store to your home - remains the most complicated in terms of logistics, as well as environmental and social costs.Customers want convenience and speedRapid delivery services particularly for food have boomed during the pandemic. It's a trend that will continue as consumers demand more convenience and speed.With life busier than ever, people want everything from laundry soap to roast chicken delivered. They don't want to spend time going around shelves looking for products or queuing at the checkout.In business speak, these new services are part of what is called an omnichannel - combining "clicks and bricks" to give customers the choice about what, when and where to buy.In a not-so-distant past, the only way to get to your groceries was to go to the supermarket. Now you can install an app, access the website, click on your smartwatch or let your hi-tech fridge place orders automatically.Last-kilometre delivery is complicatedFor shoppers, at least, fast delivery services simplify things.You can use an app to store preferred orders, making your purchase with a few clicks. You have more choice because you are not limited to what you see on the shelves. You can compare prices between providers easily.But the "last kilometre delivery" - from a store or warehouse to your doorstep - is the most complicated and most expensive part of the journey for any product.The cost to deliver your preferred Italian-made pasta sauce from the local supermarket to your doorstep, for example, is similar to the cost of shipping the same bottle from a port in Milan to a port in Sydney.Delivery times are subject to driver availability and traffic. You may not be there to receive the order. Returning a product can be a hassle.The need for speed also creates gruelling conditions for the workers who do the picking and packing. It puts extra pressure on those doing the delivery - particularly when done by a "partner" platform using gig workers. Read more: 'A weird dinging sound that everyone dreads': what rapid deliveries mean for supermarket workers With more delivery trucks making more trips, there is an additional burden... Lees meer

Not China but India is best tourism market for us: Vietnamese travel company

Bron: www.thecambodianews.net Cambodja , 2022-11-23 18: 18: 32 , thecambodianews.net latest rss headlines [ad_1] New Delhi, [India], November 23 (ANI): Vietnam-based Vietravel Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on Wednesday said during a special event at the Vietnam embassy in Delhi that India is the best tourism market for Vietnam. "After the complete China closure, India is the best tourism market for us," Tran Doan The Duy, CEO of Vietravel told ANI. The CEO of Vietravel emphasised that they are in the process to give the best services to Indian tourists coming to Vietnam instead of going to Thailand. "People prefer to go Thailand but Vietnam is emerging new tourist destination," Vietravel CEO said. Vietnam Ambassador Nguyen Thanh Hai further suggested, "it is time for Indian tourists to visit Vietnam and explore the thousand-year cultural links between the two countries, especially the Cham culture and the uniqueness of Vietnam's natural landscape with several UNESCO-recognised sites has come. With direct flights less than 5 hours away, travelling to Vietnam has never been easier for Indians."Vietravel will also sign MoU with two key partners of an Indian company for two-way beneficial cooperation between Vietnam-India inbound and outbound tourism. After a series of successful tourism promotion events in Thailand and Middle Eastern countries in early November 2022, Vietravel - Vietnam's largest aviation and tourism corporation along with the Vietnamese Embassy in India has organised a "Vietnam - A Spectacular Destination" seminar. These activities aim to showcase and promote tourism between the two countries in the final season of 2022 to 2023. While Ashok Singh CEO, Loyal ToursTravels Pvt. Ltd. New Delhi said, "Today, on the occasion of the 77th Anniversary of the national day of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, signed the MOU for DMC with the Indian Travel trades at the Vietnam Embassy, New Delhi. It is beneficial for both the country and tourism will increase including medical tourism, India is a hub for medical treatment in Asia. The relationship between India and Vietnam is very strong. (ANI) [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.thecambodianews.net - Cambodja

Show of force in Mozambique’s north, but jihadist threat remains

Bron: www.macaubusiness.com Macau , 2022-10-10 17: 14: 48 , macaunews.net latest rss headlines [ad_1] A column of brand-new armoured vehicles is parked outside what remains of a government building in Quionga, a village in Mozambique’s restive northern province of Cabo Delgado. Kalashnikovs on their shoulders, Mozambican soldiers stare at the convoy — an unusual sight in this northern settlement, which just a year ago was controlled by Islamist insurgents who have wreaked havoc across the region.  Senior Rwandan officers are visiting today. They have come to oversee a joint military operation with their more poorly equipped local counterparts, a show of force to impress residents and the journalists accompanying them. “We can say to a large extent that the insurgents have been defeated,” says Rwandan army spokesman, general Ronald Rwivanga.   But the display of confidence belies a still precarious security situation in the gas-rich region. Only last week, the United Nations warned that the conflict had not subsided. It has been five years since jihadists affiliated to the Islamic State launched an insurgency that monitoring groups say has killed more than 4,000 people. Forces from Rwanda and other African countries, deployed in July 2021 after years of jihadist attacks, have helped Mozambique retake control of much of the province.  The militants had raided Quionga last year, burning down the local government office and setting up shop in the village. They were using it as a base to carry out attacks on both sides of the nearby Tanzanian border. Rwandan forces eventually ousted them in August 2021.  – ‘Isolated attacks’ – A year on, calm has returned to the area, and so have most of Quionga’s inhabitants. Outside a field hospital for civilians, Rwandan and Mozambican generals pat each other on the shoulder. Rwandan troops have secured the key districts of Palma and Mocimboa da Praia, formerly jihadist strongholds. “The only incidents recorded are now isolated attacks involving very few individuals,” says general Rwivanga. “The insurgents no longer have major bases.” Yet only last week, conflict tracker ACLED recorded a string of attacks, including the beheading of a farmer, and clashes between the militants and security forces. Known locally as al-Shabab (‘the young ones’), analysts say the jihadist group has splintered into smaller cells and started to stage incursions further south. “The conflict has now spilled into the neighbouring province of Nampula, which witnessed four attacks by armed groups in September affecting at least 47,000 people and displacing 12,000,” the UN said in a statement last week. Since 2017, almost a million people have been forced to flee their homes because of the fighting, it added.  – Gas and checkpoints –  The government is hoping energy giants will resume work on gas projects in the region, where the largest deposits south of the Sahara were found in 2010.  TotalEnergies halted a $20 billion project last year, after a deadly raid on the coastal town of Palma.  The French oil giant’s base is a heavily protected enclave built on the sandy... Lees meer

Korea good addition, but India ideal strategic partner for Quad: Report

Bron: www.macaunews.net Macau , 2022-05-03 16: 18: 29 , macaunews.net latest rss headlines [ad_1] Seoul [South Korea], May 3 (ANI): India's geographic location, size, and military capabilities as the world's second-largest army, ranking fifth overall (ahead of France, Israel and South Korea), and a formidable presence in the Indian Ocean, make India an ideal strategic partner for the Quad. Rahul Mishra, PhD, is a senior lecturer at the Asia-Europe Institute, University of Malaya, where he heads the European Studies program and Peter Brian M Wang, currently attached with the National Institute of Public Administration (INTAN) writing in Asia Times said that while South Korea's inclusion would be valuable, it would still be insufficient to assist the Quad in effectively containing China. Sceptics have raised doubts about the Quad members' unity after India's decision to abstain from the UN resolution against Russia over the Russia-Ukraine conflict. Despite repeated statements from Australia, Japan and the United States, particularly US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, that they understand India's concerns, new narratives are emerging with regard to India's partnership with the Quad members, with some even arguing for the possibility of a China-India-Russia entente to counter US influence. Of particular interest are rumours of Japan joining AUKUS- a trilateral security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, (thus rendering the Quad obsolete) and one that projects South Korea as an alternative to India in the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue. While "JAKUS" rumours have been debunked, the South Korea narrative seems to be gathering traction, based on reports that it will attend the Quad Summit this month as an observer (which has since been denied) and in statements made by Major-General Jung Hae-il, president of Korea National Defense University, at this year's Raisina Dialogue, reported Asia Times. There are compelling arguments in favour of South Korea's inclusion in the Quad. The country's "burgeoning industrial-military complex" and "vibrant democracy" have been said to make it both an ideal partner and "a key player in the broad US-led effort at preserving a rules-based order in the region."It helps that Yoon Suk-yeol, the newly elected president, has reiterated South Korea's interest in deploying advanced US weaponry, especially the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system. This argument has some merit - and what a valuable addition South Korea would be to the Quad (or Quad Plus, as the case may be) - but it is flawed on several counts. First, while the incoming South Korean administration led by President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol has expressed an interest in pursuing a more assertive foreign and security policy, this is primarily in relation to North Korea. There is no indication that South Korea aims to take on China, as the Quad is supposed to do. South Korea and China have established strategic and cooperative partnerships. China remains South Korea's largest export market, representing 25 per cent of total exports in 2020. The two countries have bilateral trade agreements and are part of regional trade agreements like the Regional Economic... Lees meer

Risky But Right – Transitions

Bron: tol.org Oezbekistan , 2022-04-29 17: 01: 07 , Transitions [ad_1] Earlier this week, the European Commission brought the hammer down on Hungary for rule-of-law violations – a perilous move amid a raging war, but the correct one. For friends of the rule of law in EU institutions and member states, Wednesday was a big day.  On 27 April, the European Commission finally approved a letter officially notifying the Hungarian government that Brussels had triggered the so-called conditionality regulation against the country due to systemic deficiencies of the rule of law that threaten the EU’s financial interests. Among other things, the charges include systemic irregularities in public procurement, the non-pursuit of prolific high-level corruption, and the lack of cooperation with the European Anti-Fraud Office. While welcome, the timing is far from ideal: an escalating political conflict between the commission and Hungary may threaten EU decision-making related to the Kremlin’s war of aggression and sanctions against Russia. A Political Comedy The boldness of the commission’s recent decision stands in obvious contrast to its behavior since December 2020. The more than year-long limbo of the implementation of the EU’s new conditionality regulation resembles a political comedy. The legal mechanism allows the commission to impose financial sanctions on member states in case rule-of-law breaches affect, or seriously risk affecting, the financial interests of the EU. The regulation was adopted together with the EU’s seven-year budget at the end of 2020. However, implementation of the regulation was suspended – as many argue, through a clear breach of EU law – to alleviate the Hungarian-Polish blockade of the budget talks and the post-pandemic European Recovery Fund. The EU’s two rule-of-law sinners had threatened to veto the seven-year financial package in order to get rid of the conditionality regulation.  Subscribe to The Beat Subscribe to The Beat! Unrivaled coverage. Unmatched impact.Where Independent Voices Have Reach.-Regional headlines and analysis delivered to your inbox every weekday Success! You're on the list. Whoops! There was an error and we couldn't process your subscription. Please reload the page and try again. According to the compromise forged in the European Council in December 2020 to greenlight the budget and the Recovery Fund, the commission refrained from triggering the mechanism until the EU Court of Justice ruled on the legality of the regulation at the request of Hungary and Poland. Although the council cannot suspend the legal effect and implementation of regulations, the European Commission accepted that compromise and waited for the court’s decision. At last, in February, the court ruled that the conditionality regulation is in full compliance with EU law and dismissed all the Hungarian and Polish complaints. However, the commission still refused to officially trigger the mechanism, this time with the argument that it wanted to avoid accusations of interfering in the Hungarian general elections scheduled for 3 April.   This week’s decision may end this period of dillydallying, but the newly found boldness of the commission, aka the Guardian of the Treaties, should be taken with a grain of salt. First, any sanctions against the Hungarian government may... Lees meer

Bangladesh strike, but SA lead stretches past 200

Bron: www.bangladeshsun.com Bangladesh , 2022-04-03 15: 43: 50 , bangladeshsun.com latest rss headlines [ad_1] Tea South Africa 157 for 5 (Rickleton 18*, Mulder 6*) and 367 lead Bangladesh 298 by 226 runsBangladesh took 3 for 10 and gave away only 52 runs in 28 overs in the afternoon session to cause a scare in South Africa's middle order, but the hosts extended their lead to over 200 in fairly clear conditions in Durban. Despite Saturday night's 50mm of rain, play started on time and should continue for all 98 overs on the fourth day, with South Africa playing both the clock and Bangladesh to force a result.The target is already approaching what Bangladesh's batting coach Jamie Siddons deemed too many (he said on the third evening that anything above 250 would be tricky) but is still short of what South Africa would consider safe. With four sessions remaining in the Test and no rain forecast after 9am tomorrow, there's sufficient time for both sides to push for a result, but the longer South Africa bat, the more Bangladesh may eye a share of the spoils.Bangladesh were able to put the brakes on South Africa after Dean Elgar scored his second half-century of the match despite limited services from their frontline seamer Taskin Ahmed. He is nursing a shoulder injury but spent intermittent periods of time on the field and bowled just two spells. However, he removed Elgar in his first, on review. Elgar was struck low on the front pad by a delivery that nipped back into him but Marais Erasmus was unmoved. Bangladesh reviewed and ball-tracking showed it was hitting the top of middle stump. That was the seventh decision overturned in the game and the fifth off Erasmus. That count has since increased to eight.Elgar's dismissal ended a 68-run second wicket-stand with Keegan Petersen and sparked a mini-collapse. Five overs later, Petersen was on the back foot, trying to clip Mehidy behind square but nudged the ball to short leg where Mahmudul Hasan Joy took a good catch low down. In the next over, Hossain struck again when he made Temba Bavuma play at a good-length delivery and found the edge. Yasir Ali went one-handed to his left and took a fantastic low catch.South Africa were 126 for 4, 195 ahead and with two new batters at the crease, Bangladesh could stall them. They conceded 15 runs in the next six overs before Kyle Verreynne was given out lbw after missing a slog-sweep off Mehidy. Verreynne reviewed and the decision was overturned, with ball-tracking showing it was missing legstump. Two overs later, Verreynne reverse-swept Mehidy and under-edged a catch to Shadman Islam at silly point, who claimed another catch just off the ground.Mehidy could have had Wiaan Mulder with this next ball after the allrounder edged to slip, but the chance fell short. Mulder also offered Khaled Ahmed a return catch but he could not hold on his follow-through.Earlier, just one wicket fell in the morning session despite... Lees meer

Refugee arrivals dip, but Ukraine’s neighbours scramble to provide shelter

Bron: www.channelnewsasia.com Singapore , 2022-03-12 15: 56: 50 , Latest News [ad_1] PRZEMYSL, Poland: Ukraine's neighbours reported a dip in numbers of refugees on Saturday (Mar 12) as governments and volunteers struggled to find shelter for the nearly 2.6 million mostly women and children who have fled since Russia's invasion two weeks ago. Arrivals were still building on an influx that is overwhelming volunteers, non-governmental organisations and authorities in eastern Europe's border communities as well as the big cities to which most of the refugees head. Poland's Border Guard said 76,200 people arrived on Friday - a drop of 12 per cent from the day before. Slovak police reported a similar dip in numbers, to 9,581 people, and arrivals to Romania dropped by 22 per cent to 16,348, police said. Fighting raged northwest of Kyiv and many Ukrainian cities were encircled on Saturday. Bombardments and threats of Russian air attacks endangered attempted evacuations, Ukrainian officials said. The mayor of Przemysl, a Polish city of 60,000 near the Medyka border crossing, said the number of people arriving fell to around 18,000 over the past day from 23,000 the day before and peaks of over 50,000. Wojciech Bakun said he needed support to prepare accommodation for 2,000-3,000 people in Przemysl. "I have the buildings but they need work, it would require between 10-20 million zloty (US$2.28-4.57 million). I can't finance this from the municipal budget as we have other needs, it could be funds from the European Union or from the government," he said. [ad_2] Lees dit artikel en meer van www.channelnewsasia.com - Singapore