Syria’s ‘brutal’ war enters 10th year

first_imgAt least 384,000 people have since died,including more than 116,000 civilians, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rightswar monitor said Saturday. (AFP) When Syrians took to the streets onMarch 15, 2011, they could scarcely have imagined their anti-governmentprotests would turn into a complex war entangling rebels, jihadists and outsideforces. SYRIA’S brutal conflict enters its 10thyear Sunday with President Bashar al-Assad’s regime consolidating its hold overa war-wracked country with a decimated economy where foreign powers flex theirmuscle.center_img Syria’s war has killed hundreds of thousands of civilians and displaced millions. AFPlast_img

German injury woes mount.

first_imgIreland have received another boost ahead of tonight’s Euro qualifier with Germany with the news that Andre Schurrle has withdrawn from the squad.The Chelsea forward is the second member of the German squad to fall victim to flu after midfielder Christoph Kramer.Two wins in two games have given Ireland the strongest possible start to the campaign, with Germany wounded from their defeat to Poland at the weekend. Kick-off tonight is at 7.45.Elsewhere in the group, Scotland are in Warsaw to face Poland while Gibraltar take on Georgia in Faro.Northern Ireland begin the night top of Group F ahead of their trip to Greece.last_img

Germany rejects EC rulings and approves betting 2nd State Treaty

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Submit MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Related Articles Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Mateusz Juroszek – Non-stop STS will expand amid industry disruptions August 12, 2020 Share Despite being deemed a ‘non-viable solution’ by the European Commission, the German Bundestag (lower-house) yesterday approved the progression of 2nd Modified State Treaty on Gambling (Glücksspieländerungsstaatsvertrag).Progressing the treaty, which allows a ‘transitional arrangement’ for bookmakers to offer online betting services as the German government revamps its national gambling framework expected in 2018.Last October, German officials presented the Second Treaty to the European Court of Justice seeking for approval of its temporary measures for sports betting licensing.Under pressure from national sports stakeholders, German ministers looked to present amendments that would temporarily fix the previously rejected ‘20-operator licensing cap’ established in the controversial Hesse Sports Betting Treaty.However, this week the EC contacted the German government directly to inform them that its temporary arrangements had been rejected outright as its courts deemed the Second Treaty to be unfit for European business purposes and an ‘unworkable solution’.On Thursday, despite the EC’s rejection, German Heads of State signed for the progression of the 2nd State Treaty, allowing for temporary licensing to be granted to 35 ‘applicant’ sports betting operators.Speaking on the matter, mybet Holdings CEO Markus Peuler stated that his company supported the motion“The preliminary permission has the same effect as a licence. On time with putting our new product platform fully into operation on 21 March, we now have legal certainty for our sports betting offer in the German market for the time being”.While German betting stakeholders will be pleased with the temporary amendments, the German government and its ministers will likely face questioning from the EC and EU regarding its approval of a vetoed mandate.The German CDU government now enters a crucial six-month period ahead of the country’s national elections this September. Industry commentators have pointed out whether the government will have the time to pursue a full-scale revamp of betting laws.last_img read more