June 21, 2021
  • 7:31 am ‘Nueva reunión comunitaria’ une a los ministerios episcopales étnicos
  • 7:29 am Sínodo de la Diócesis de Cuba
  • 7:25 am Archdeacon finds neighbor helping neighbor in Houston
  • 7:25 am St. Columba’s calls Ledlie I. Laughlin as new rector
  • 7:22 am La delegación episcopal en Marrakech parte del acuerdo del clima…

first_imgBest start to the termWith a distinct absence of plays kicking off Trinity Term, there is disappointingly little competition for this slot. Be this as it may, let it take nothing away from Emma Jenkinson’s sterling performance this week, as she takes on the lead role of Sarah in Harold Pinter’s The Lover. In doing so, she has proved equal to her previously high standards. Audiences might well remember her as the delightfully bitchy hostess in Mike Leigh’s Abigail’s Party at the O’Reilly, a role which Jenkinson performed in true Hyacinth Bucket fashion. The diversity of her talent was demonstrated by her “flawless portrayal” of Maggie last year in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, a role that demanded a quite different style.Casting disaster of the weekAs any director will undoubtedly tell you, casting is an integral part of the production process. It requires careful attention and deliberation to find the right man for the right role. No stranger to controversy, Tom Littler has demonstrated this week that it just doesn’t do to be too picky. Having been unable to find anyone talented enough to meet the high standards of professionalism he appears to have demanded for the role of Thomas a Becket, he has entirely abandoned his forthcoming production of Murder in the Cathedral, due to have taken place in Christ Church Chapel. That said, Littler soon may not be alone in his plight. This term’s OUDS calender is typically crowded, and Oxford’s top stars are in short supply. With several actors having already taken on a number of productions, and others sidelined by exam commitments, it may be time for some new talent to step forward.And another thing…Ah, Burlesk. It was such a talking point last term, but can the enigmatic and at times rather hit-andmiss Jongleurs regular engage and regain a Trinity audience? For a start, they’ve moved to a Monday night slot starting at 10pm, which affords them the opportunity of presenting a longer performance. According to Sheridan Edwards, the show’s coordinator, this will consist of up to 75% more material including some rather topical, if somewhat unorthodox, party political broadcasts. A lot of Burlesk’s custom seems to be coming from the organisation of launch parties for student theatrical productions; look out for that of Orpheus in the Underworld in 5th Week. They will also be branching out from the Jongleurs venue, playing at the Christ Church and St Cross balls, before heading to the Edinburgh Festival and then on a mini-tour of London after the summer season. So the future does look bright in terms of demand; but the jury is still out as to whether the performative strength of the show can ever live up to its slick marketing.ARCHIVE: 0th week TT 2005last_img read more

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first_imgShare Submit Betsson outrides pandemic challenges as regulatory dramas loom July 21, 2020 Despite a series of regulatory changes across its core markets, LeoVegas AB has praised its ‘continued solid growth and profitability during a period of exceptional circumstances’ as it published its Q2 2020 results (period ending 30 June).The Stockholm-listed online gambling group noted that ‘the effects related to COVID-19 are judged overall to have had a positive impact on NGR during April and May’, having increased by 17% to €110.7 million from €94.4 million in Q2 2019.Operating profit reached €16.3 million, up from €8.5 million last year. Meanwhile, EBITDA also increased by 52.3% from €15.1 million to €23 million.Gustaf Hagman, President and CEO of LeoVegas, said: “We had favourable development in most of our markets during the second quarter. Growth has been driven primarily by a record-large depositing customer base, which grew 24% compared with a year ago. The Rest of Europe region experienced exceptionally high growth, with Italy posting record-strong performance.“The effects related to COVID-19 are judged overall to have had a positive impact on NGR during April and May, mainly in the markets that were entirely shut down during the period. In these markets, LeoVegas has taken market shares from the land-based gambling industry.”The number of depositing customers also increased by 24%, up from 350,298 in 2019 to 434,453.In its trading outlook, LeoVegas drew attention to the temporary restrictions on online gaming that have been sanctioned across a number of European countries to reduce the risk of problem gambling during the pandemic.Of utmost concern, LeoVegas addressed the recent controversial deposit limits imposed by the Swedish government, emphasising that such restrictions – which it stated were ‘implemented entirely without supporting factual data’ – have had a negative impact on both revenues and player protection.Hagman added: “During the quarter, several countries implemented measures to reduce the risk for problem gaming in connection with COVID-19. Spain, for example, introduced a temporary ban on gambling advertising. On top of these restrictions, LeoVegas has chosen to implement its own proactive measures to strengthen player protection.“Most of the temporary restrictions throughout Europe ended in June, and Spain and the UK, among other countries, have reverted to normal regulations once their respective societies opened up again.“It is therefore remarkable that Sweden, despite massive criticism from most areas, has moved in the opposite direction and introduced new, temporary restrictions, effective 2 July, focused particularly on online casino. There is a large risk that these restrictions, implemented entirely without supporting factual data, are undermining the Swedish regulation system and driving players to companies without Swedish licences, where player protection is nonexistent. These restrictions therefore risk being counterproductive and instead contribute to an increase in problem gaming in Sweden.“We advocate for balanced and clear regulations for achieving long-term sustainable licensing systems. LeoVegas wants to contribute to this through a broader dialogue and collaboration with the authorities in the countries we are active in.” Share StumbleUpon Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

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