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Raise the Bar… IGT backs All-in Diversity Project

first_img Brazil to issue initial plans on Caixa Loterias sale August 17, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Caixa chairman seeks to offload Brazil lottery assets by 2021 July 27, 2020 AIDP adds two new global advisors August 12, 2020 Kelly KehnNew York-listed gambling technology supplier IGT Group becomes the latest industry incumbent to join the ‘All-in Diversity Project’ as a founding member and participant the diversity initiative’s inaugural year.The All-in Diversity Project is an industry-driven, not-for-profit initiative which aims to deliver a new benchmark combined with better practices and standards for diversity within the global betting and gaming sectors.Entering 2018, IGT has moved to improve its group diversity standards and personnel training, promoting long-term executive Kim Baker Lee to the newly created role of Vice President of Corporate Diversity & Inclusion. Confirming IGT joining the All-in Diversity Project, Baker Lee stated; “The gaming industry is unique and requires its own benchmarking in order to yield the most reliable and applicable data”“We need an open discussion on industry-specific barriers to inclusion and diversity, and offer opportunities to improve. Understanding where we are today will inform what we need to do to move the bar and make a lasting impact.”Founded in 2017, by gambling executives Kelly Kehn and Christina Thakor-Rankin, the All-in Diversity Project has expanded its mandate, gaining corporate partnership with Paddy Power Betfair, Caesars Entertainment and Clarion Gaming.Christina Thakor-RankinWelcoming IGT Group, Kelly Kehn, Co-Founder of the All-in Diversity Project stated; “We established All-in Diversity Project, but this initiative should be led by the industry. IGT’s commitment to diversity and inclusion will help serve as a shining example to the industry globally as to leadership on progress toward workplace equality.”“Gender diversity is not about pushing quotas or agendas,” said fellow All-in Diversity Project Co-Founder Christina Thakor-Rankin“The All-in Diversity Project is about acknowledging that the expectations and aspirations of the next generation of employees and customers are very different to ours, and we need to make changes now in order to prosper in the future.” Share StumbleUponlast_img read more

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Luis García Plaza: “In Saudi Arabia the response to the coronavirus has been very rapid”

first_imgHas an alarm state been decreed?Not quite. There are recommendations, not prohibitions, but there is a strong predisposition of people. There are no prohibitions, but, for example, shopping malls and gyms are closed. There is a limitation to enter the compound where they live in housing estates. It does not come out, except the imperiously necessary. If you go to the pharmacy, they take your temperature upon arrival in case you have a fever and then they act. If someone has symptoms, the test can be done, but the number of people affected with Spain is incomparable.And the sports situation?Competitions and trainings are suspended until April 14. Then it will be seen. We were improving in the championship and we were participating in a competition, the Arab Club Championship Cup. The two semifinal matches against Al-Ittihad have been postponed. We were able to fight for a title, which is always a nice thing.Is your team also Spanish?Yes, we are 6. They live in another compound, so there is no in-person contact. We carry it as best we can. You can’t do much work, because there are neither training sessions nor games. As an expat, I could go back to Spain, but we still don’t know what will happen here. If at any time the competition is to be resumed …In that sense, what do you think about the measures taken by UEFA regarding its competitions and the league’s aspiration to finish?Well, first is health and then everything else. It is true that football moves masses. That competitions be postponed is fine. Right now you cannot play and, from there, see how this battle against the virus evolves. UEFA has acted sensibly. How are you?I’m fine. Bored, worried and frustrated, mainly because of what is happening in Spain, for having to be here at home alone without being able to be and help my own. There is nothing left to do but to get used to it. I’m connected all the time, to talk to my family and to see what’s going on there. I am worried about them, about my parents … I try to talk as much as possible with them, with my friends. I take charge of the situation, which in Spain is very difficult. I send a hug and all the strength in the world from here.Is your family not with you?No, they cannot come. They had to fly to Spain for a medical examination of my wife. We trusted what the news said, it seemed that it was going to be controlled and we advanced that trip. But after the first outbreaks, Saudi Arabia quickly banned flights from affected countries and were no longer able to return. No one could enter from countries where an outbreak was located.What is the situation in Saudi Arabia regarding the coronavirus?They are in a phase of contained concern. Here they were very fast, the response has been very fast, as seen a month after the first infection. As for the first 20 cases, they took drastic measures immediately. Children were sent home, closed schools, and closed-door parties. In two weeks, the truth, of those 20 cases, the number has risen in a controlled way and that is the feeling they carry. Although with this, obviously you never know. But they are optimistic. The number of infected has nothing to do with those in Spain (Arabia has at this time, according to official sources 133 and no deaths).last_img read more

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Ryan won’t be retained as U.S. women’s coach

first_imgSOCCER: Debacle at World Cup, the team’s only major tournament, prompts team to look for another leader. By Rachel Cohen THE ASSOCIATED PRESS High expectations can create major repercussions. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.That was defender Cat Whitehill’s reaction to the news Greg Ryan is out as the U.S. women’s soccer coach. The decision came less than a month after his top-ranked team lost in the World Cup semifinals following a contentious goalie switch. “With the standards our team has set, if you don’t win, it’s hard to keep your job,” Whitehill said Monday, a day after players and Ryan were informed of the move. “Nothing against the way Greg Ryan coached, but we didn’t play as well as we should have.” Ryan’s contract will not be renewed when it expires at the end of the year. The squad does not play any more games in 2007. “I’m not going to point to any one factor or one individual decision,” U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati said on a conference call Monday announcing the change. “Obviously, coaches’ decisions impact games. All that was weighed in.” Gulati, U.S. Soccer secretary general Dan Flynn and retired star Mia Hamm will form the search committee. Gulati expected to make a hire in the next 30 to 45 days, with the team set to resume training in January. The new coach will come in with just eight months to prepare for the Beijing Olympics. Gulati said he wants a candidate who is familiar with American soccer, who has experience coaching in international events. Ryan was 45-1-9 since taking over in early 2005, but Gulati made clear that the lone loss weighed heavily in the decision because it meant Ryan failed to win his only major tournament. Gulati also indicated that poor performances in games the U.S. won or tied factored into the choice to sever ties. “The expectation is to compete for a gold medal virtually every time we’re in competition,” Gulati said. With the Americans favored to win their third World Cup, Ryan decided before their match with Brazil to make a change in goal, replacing Hope Solo with veteran Briana Scurry. Solo had allowed two goals in four World Cup starts and had a shutout string of nearly 300 minutes. Scurry, the goalie for the 1999 World Cup champs, had beaten Brazil two straight times. The U.S. lost, 4-0, and had to settle for third place, and Solo ripped Ryan for the move. Solo is not suspended from the team and will be invited to next year’s residency program, Gulati said. Forward Heather O’Reilly said distractions wouldn’t have lingered had Ryan remained coach. “We were looking to move forward if it was Greg or if it was a new coaching staff,” O’Reilly said. Gulati said he and Flynn spoke to players in evaluating Ryan and that the committee would seek input from team members during the hiring process. Ryan’s assistants – Bret Hall, Phil Weddon and Billy McNicol – don’t have the experience to be considered for the head coaching job, Gulati said. The new coach will decide whether to retain them. The 50-year-old Ryan, a longtime college coach, was an assistant on the gold-medal-winning U.S. team at the 2004 Olympics. In a sport once dominated by a few powers, last month’s World Cup reflected the greater commitment to women’s soccer by many countries. “I’m not concerned we’ve fallen off,” Gulati said. “What it takes to stay even is clearly more demanding.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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