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Dutch Pensions Federation calls for postponement of system review

first_imgThe Dutch Pensions Federation has called on the government to postpone the implementation of planned changes to the pensions system by another year.It said it was concerned ongoing delays in decision-making over the system’s review would pose “great risks” for its proper implementation.The federation was responding to stalled negotiations between the governing coalition parties – the VVD and the PvdA – and the opposition party regarding government plans to reduce tax-facilitated pensions accrual from 2.25% to 1.75% a year.The measure was meant to save €3bn for the national budget, but the opposition – which has a blocking majority in the Senate – fears younger workers will be unable to accrue sufficient pension rights. On 13 December, on national radio, Gerard Riemen, director at the Pensions Federation, said: “We should have had clarity for two months already, as the implementation of changes in pension arrangements usually takes a year.”Postponing the update of the pensions system would also entail a second delay for the new financial assessment framework (FTK), including the new pensions contract.Last year, Jetta Klijnsma, state secretary at the Ministry for Social Affairs, postponed the introduction of the reviewed FTK by a year to 1 January 2015.At the time, both the €293bn civil service scheme ABP and the €134bn healthcare pension fund PFZW, as well as the Pensions Federation, expressed their disappointment, citing uncertainty over the sustainability of the pensions contract, which had already been a subject of debate for four years.The government’s proposals for the new FTK have not yet been published, as a result of the decision to develop a single hybrid pensions contract – rather than a nominal version, as well as one under real terms – following a consultation with the pensions sector.last_img read more

Carousel Group recruits ‘product pro’ Phillip Wilson as first COO

first_img StumbleUpon Share Daniel Graetzer – CarouselGearing up for the launch of its first igaming and online betting properties, new industry incumbent Carousel Group has confirmed the appointment of Phillip Wilson as Chief Operations Officer (COO).A seasoned industry executive in product development and strategic execution, Wilson joins  Carousel leadership from Copenhagen-based B2B lottery platform provider Winners Group APS, where he most recently served as COO/CPO (2016-2019).In addition, Wilson holds further industry experience, having led product development divisions for Gala Coral (2012-2014), successfully launching a number of new digital verticals.Daniel Graetzer, Carousel Group CEO, said: “I am delighted to welcome Phillip to the team. His experience in developing and implementing strategies that drive rapid growth and deliver sustainable success will significantly benefit Carousel Group.“Following the launch of our new affiliate programme and public announcement of our recently acquired sports betting brands, it is an exciting and critical time for the business and I am thrilled that Phillip will play a significant role in the direction we take in the coming months and years.”Entering 2019,  Graetzer announced that Carousel was  in final preparation, as it prepares to launch its first two online betting properties SportsBetting.com and RaceBook.com.Phillip Wilson, Chief Operating Officer at Carousel Group, said: “Joining Carousel Group at such a critical time in our journey is a unique opportunity within the iGaming sector – we have an enviable mix of talent, great brands, a solid funding base, and an innovative in-house platform to allow us to reshape what it means to be an operator in this sector.“We are gathering knowledge and expertise from inside and outside of the industry to bring the lessons of excellent customer experiences and live up to our motto of being the ‘new kids on the block.” Carousel enters US market with Colorado licence May 11, 2020 Submit Optimised communications help Wiraya deliver 15% reactivation boost June 3, 2020 Carousel orders recruitment drive by promoting Littin to Digital lead May 4, 2020 Related Articles Sharelast_img read more

Czech FACR expands integrity provisions with Sportradar

first_img Sportradar combats social media abuse with player protection solution August 17, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Share The Football Association of the Czech Republic (FACR) has moved to strengthen its match integrity provisions after renewing its partnership with leading sports data, content and intelligence provider Sportradar.Securing an extended data agreement, the Czech football association will have all syndicated FACR ‘tier-3’ and youth level matches monitored by Sportradar’s ‘Fraud Detection System – FDS’.In addition, the partnership will see Sportradar support FACR’s integrity agenda with its ‘Intelligence & Investigation Services’, bolstering FACR match data analysis, collection and interpretation dynamics.Jan Pauly, General Secretary of FACR, said: “Sportradar have been a valued and trusted partner of ours since 2012, with their FDS bet monitoring solution providing valuable oversight of global betting data surrounding our competitions.“By adding their Intelligence and Investigation services to our integrity programme, we are confident that we will gain an extra layer of visibility and insight into potential integrity risks, as we have already witnessed through collaboration on previous projects.”Andreas Krannich – SportradarIn addition to the integrity partnership, Sportradar will act as the FACR’s official data partner across all major men’s, women’s and youth competitions during the course of the agreement.Sportradar Integrity Services Managing Director Andreas Krannich added: “We have been proud partners of the FACR since 2012 and are delighted to be extending – and expanding – our integrity partnership well into the next decade. Our long term partners know best the importance we place on establishing strong working relationships, as they help put safeguarding efforts in the best position to succeed.“Moreover, our Intelligence and Investigation products will now put FACR competitions in an even stronger position to thrive. We look forward to building our relationship with FACR over the coming years and playing an even stronger role in helping to uphold the integrity of Czech football.” Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020 SAZKA faces scrutiny following appointment of Flint Global as National Lottery advisor August 20, 2020 Submit Related Articleslast_img read more

MLB Betting Odds: Picks, trends, expert gambling advice for opening day

first_imgWatch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNThere’s plenty of strategy that goes into putting together a winning ticket, and the best place to start is the BetQL Mobile App. Our Trending Picks and Public Betting tools are a massive advantage when you’re making bets, regardless of bankroll size. For more gambling and MLB DFS advice, follow me on Twitter (@DFSBenj).MORE ROTOQL: DFS Lineup BuilderOpening day MLB odds, picks, betting trends*All screenshots are from the BetQL Trending Value Bets Page** All lines are subject to change. The best way to stay up to date on the current lines is to become a BetQL subscriber.New York Mets at Washington NationalsPitchers: Jacob deGrom (RHP) vs. Max Scherzer (RHP)Money-Line: Mets +115/Nationals -135Run-Line: Mets +1.5 (-200)/Nationals -1.5 (+170)Total: O/U 6.5The travel down to DC to take on the Nationals in what will be the first pitchers duel of the 2019 MLB season. CY Young winners Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer will face off in a game that is tied for the lowest total on the slate. Both of these pitchers had success last season against the opposition, with deGrom going 2-1 with five earned runs and 25 strikeouts in 20.1 innings vs. Washington in three starts, and Scherzer going 1-0 with six earned runs and 18 strikeouts in 14 innings vs. New York. The Mets boosted their lineup in the offseason with the addition on IF Jed Lowrie , who is coming off a career year with the A’s. Washington meanwhile, lost star OF Bryce Harper but have an excellent roster of talented young talent, including superstars in the making Juan Soto, Victor Robles, and Trea Turner. It’s always a tough game to handicap with two ace pitchers on the mound, and the BetQL models give a very slight edge to the Mets to nab a win as +115 ML underdogs.BetQL Model Pick: Mets ML +115Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia PhilliesPitchers: Julio Teheran (RHP) vs. Aaron Nola (RHP)Money-Line: Braves +165/Phillies -195Run-Line: Braves +1.5 (-125)/Phillies -1.5 (+105)Total: O/U 8The NL East is shaping up to be one of the most competitive divisions in baseball now that the Phillies are true contenders after consecutive offseasons of upgrading their lineup with a mix of established stars (Bryce Harper and Jean Segura) and young talent (Rhys Hoskins). The Braves are the defending division champions and won’t be sneaking up on anybody like the 2018 “Baby Braves” did. This opening day matchup between these two is excellent on paper, with Braves tossing RHP Julio Teheran for his sixth straight opening day start, and Philly rolling with emerging star pitcher Aaron Nola. The home-team Phillies are rightfully the favorites in this matchup, after Teheran posted an ERA over 5.00 last season vs. PHI, but the BetQL models see a lot of value on Atlanta at +165 ML underdogs. Atlanta owned Philadelphia last season, going 12-7 straight up.BetQL Model Pick: Braves ML +165Houston Astros at Tampa Bay RaysPitchers: Justin Verlander (RHP) vs. Blake Snell (LHP)Money-Line: Astros -135/Rays +115Run-Line: Astros -1.5 (+130)/Rays +1.5 (-150)Total: O/U 6.5The pitching duel between Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer will get all of the attention in the National League, but the American League features a pitching duel that is every bit as interesting as 2018 AL CY Young winner Blake Snell takes on 2011 AL CY Young winner Justin Verlander (Verlander was the runner-up last season). Snell was absolutely dominant at home last season, posting a sub-1.50 ERA and an incredible 85-percent RotoQL consistency rating in 13 home starts. Verlander was excellent on the road last season and especially crushed early 2018, only allowing two earned runs through his first six road starts. The Astros as the better team here, but the Rays might be the most underrated team in all of baseball. Take the home underdogs with their star pitcher on the mound at plus money (+115).BetQL Model Pick: Rays ML +115Boston Red Sox at Seattle MarinersPitchers: Chris Sale (LHP) vs. Marco Gonzales (LHP)Money-Line: Red Sox -210/Mariners +175Run-Line: Red Sox -1.5 (-120)/Mariners +1.5 (+100)Total: O/U 7The Red Sox open up their World Series defense by traveling across the country to face the Mariners. This will be a matchup between two lefties, as Boston will start with Chris Sale on the mound and Seattle will opt to go wit Marco Gonzales. The Red Sox are huge favorites in this spot as -200 road ML favorites, and it’s no surprise that this game has one of the lower totals (7) on the slate given Sale being on the mound and that the Red Sox somewhat struggled as a team last season against lefthanded pitching. It’s hard not to like the Red Sox in this game with the talent disparity both on the mound and in the lineups, and the BetQL models like Boston enough to recommend taking them on the run-line at -120. BetQL Model Pick: Red Sox RL -1.5 (-120)Check out BetQL Mobile App’s Trending Picks and Public Betting tools before making all your bets, and follow me on Twitter (@DFSBenj) for even more NFL, NBA, MLB and PGA daily fantasy and sports betting content. Opening day is here, and the RotoQL/BetQL team is back for another season to break down and preview the betting angles and picks you should consider for each slate of MLB games. Thursday features some excellent divisional matchups (and money line/run line/run totals), as AL East rivals New York and Baltimore go head-to-head while the Mets and Nationals square off in an early-season pitching duel between two of the best in the game in Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer.The day doesn’t let off the gas in terms of great matchups for us to target with the defending NL East Champs Braves taking on the Phillies in what will be Bryce Harper’s first regular season game with his new team. Another pitching duel looks to be taking shape in Tampa between aces Blake Snell and Justin Verlander in a game that has the joint lowest run total on the slate at only 6.5. Finally, the defending World Series Champions Red Sox start their title defense out on the West Coast against the revamped Mariners as massive -200 ML favorites with their ace Chris Sale taking the mound.last_img read more