Under Trump, US reputation hits rock-bottom: Pew global survey

first_imgIn the United Kingdom, 41 percent of respondents have a favorable opinion of the US, the lowest percentage registered in any Pew Research Center survey there. In France, only 31 percent see the US positively, matching the grim ratings from March 2003, at the height of US-France tensions over the Iraq War.Germans give the US particularly low marks on the survey: 26 percent rate the US favorably, similar to the 25 percent in the same March 2003 poll.The US’ global reputation rebounded after the Iraq war and following the election of Democratic president Barack Obama. In France in 2009 for instance, the US favorability rating reached 75 percent.Data from Pew Research Center also shows that the US’ favorability rating drop from last year’s figures in all 13 countries surveyed. The erratic style of United States President Donald Trump’s leadership and his administration’s mishandling of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has infected 6.7 million people and killed more than 197,000 in the country, has battered the superpower nation’s standing in the world, sending its favorability rating in some countries to an all-time low, a fresh Pew Research Center survey has found.The public opinion survey, conducted in 13 countries by interviewing more than 13,000 people between June 10 and Aug. 3, found that 83 percent of respondents have no confidence in the leadership of President Trump, while only 34 percent express a favorable opinion of the US.The US’ reputation took a serious hit especially in Europe, the country’s traditional ally. Part of the decline over the past year is linked to how the US has handled the COVID-19 pandemic, Pew Research Center director for global attitude research Richard Wike said in a press briefing on Tuesday.”People have admired the US for its scientific achievement and technology, and this public health challenge came along and people thought the US could deal well with this big public health challenge,” Wike said.Wike added that the world viewed Trump’s personal attributes and leadership qualities in a negative light.”People say he was intolerant, he wasn’t well qualified, he was arrogant, dangerous and that’s part of the story why he has the lower rating.”Also, some of Trump’s isolationist policies, including withdrawing from the Iran Nuclear Deal, the Paris Climate Accord and a number of free trade agreements, has further damaged the US’ standing in the world, he said.The survey also found that the public views President Trump more negatively than other world leaders.Among the six leaders included in the survey, Angela Merkel receives the highest marks: A median of 76 percent across the nations polled have confidence in the German chancellor. French President Emmanuel Macron also gets largely favorable reviews of 64 percent. Ratings for British Prime Minister Boris Johnson are roughly split.In this “most-trusted leader” category, Trump, with an 83 percent disapproval rating, lands below Chinese Premiere Xi Jinping with 78 percent and Russian President Vladimir Putin, who only got a 23 percent approval rating.The only positive review that President Trump received was from Europeans who have favorable views of right-wing populist parties.For instance, supporters of Spain’s Vox party are likely to view Trump in a positive light: 45 percent are confident in his ability to handle international affairs. In Germany, 34 percent in the far-right party Alternative for Germany (AfD) gave a positive review of Trump, while in the UK, 33 percent of the Brexit Party views the Republican president in a favorable light.(Left to right) Foreign Affairs Minister of Bahrain Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump, and Foreign Affairs Minister of the United Arab Emirates Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan participate in the signing ceremony of the Abraham Accords on the South Lawn of the White House on September 15, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Agence France Presse/Alex Wong/Getty Images)Some of the efforts Trump made to improve his standing in the world, including his attempt to broker a peace deal in the Middle East, which recently materialized in the normalization between Israel and Arab countries like Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, could only do so much to undo some of damages that he had exacted in international politics.”We have seen negative ratings in Jordan over the years, pretty low ratings in the Palestinian territory and from some other countries in the region […] in the past two decades, the reviews have been negative toward the United States,” he said.The new Pew Poll is devastating for how the world sees us. Confidence in the U.S. has plummeted to historic lows. The global public has even greater trust in Putin and Xi Jinping than Trump. We need new leadership. | Pew Research Center https://t.co/0GrmQDcryh— Nicholas Burns (@RNicholasBurns) September 15, 2020Former US Ambassador to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Nicholas Burns said the new poll was “devastating” and the country needed a new leadership to undo whatever damages Trump had wrought upon the US’ standing in the world.”Confidence in the US has plummeted to historic lows. The global public has even greater trust in Putin and Xi Jinping than Trump,” he said.Topics :last_img read more

Winning Post – GVC hit with heavy fine for misleading adverts

first_imgShare TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Share Regulus Partners, the strategic consultancy focused on international gambling and related industries, gives an insight into some of the key developments in the gambling industry as part of its ‘Winning Post’ column.UK: advertising regulation – tough loveAmongst the organisations likely to lose out if ever a ban on gambling adverts is instituted is the fines department at HM Government. This week on Valentine’s Day, the government raked in £350,000 in fines from GVC at the same time that the Advertising Standards Authority potentially made such fines more likely in the future.The fine was levied in respect of repeated breaches of social responsibility codes in relation to the advertising of free bets. In addition, GVC received a warning for not applying for a Personal Management Licence for its marketing director – a warning that will stay on its file for consideration should the company fall foul of regulations again. While always serious, GVC’s UK regulatory risk profile is likely to be under even greater scrutiny currently as it seeks to acquire the UK’s largest online gaming business (#4 overall).The announcement raises a couple of interesting questions, including why in this case a fine was levied (in the past, the Commission has preferred voluntary settlement) and whether GVC should have disclosed the fact that it was undergoing a licence review (as 888 did when it faced the scrutiny of the Commissioners last year). The identity of the five online operators facing licence review in relation to anti-money laundering and social responsibility failure is also obscure.Also on Valentine’s Day, the Advertising Standards Authority sent its tough love to the gambling industry with updated standards designed to discourage the promotion of repetitive or impulse gambling (no more “bet now!”, to highlight what is probably the UK’s most ubiquitous, successful and longest running betting ad campaign), and to require operators to make material terms and conditions attached to free bets or bonuses clearly visible to the consumer.Regulators often have to walk a tightrope between principle and prescription. Overly precise regulations can become outmoded and prone to circumvention or unintended consequences; while principles often require subjective judgement (and a degree of trust between the regulator and the regulated), which may lead to ambiguity. While the ASA has been very clear about certain matters, grey areas persist. Operators will need to tread carefully and engage closely with the regulatory community as they work out exactly where the borders have been redrawn.In the meantime, it seems likely that the steady drip of fines and voluntary settlements will continue.US: sportsbetting regulation – state of playProgress is continuing with State-by-State US regulation of sportsbetting in the hope of a favourable PASPA decision in the spring. Encouragingly for operators, Iowa (pop. 3m) has rejected the sports leagues proposal 1% handle, though the NBA has by no means given up. The 1% fee has also appeared in draft Missouri (pop. 6m), while Massachusetts (pop. 7m) is debating whether to make temporary DFS legislation permanent and also requesting the study into online betting; perhaps significantly within the context of international sportbetting operator hopes, a pro-DFS Senator explained it was worthy of support as a “homegrown” industry (rather like moonshine).The latest news points to three key themes. First, the US position is evolving rapidly and stakeholders need to be as prepared as possible (especially in terms of sensibly shaping the dialogue), without over-committing to any assumed outcome. Second, the landscape following a clear overruling of PASPA is likely to be a fragmented and contradictory patchwork, where (rather boring and limited) super-local solutions are likely to trump grand hopes and promises. Finally, we continue to be sceptical that the federal government will necessarily allow such a mess to evolve and anticipate some important caveats to any repeal (potentially evolving into certain permissions, taxes and integrity fees at a federal level).France: Q4 remote revenue – distorting growthThe domestically regulated French market grew 39% in Q4 to €295m, driven by an 83% increase in sportsbetting (to €163m, 55% mix); horseracing and poker converged at €66m, with the former growing at 6% and the latter an encouraging 8% after years of decline. Significantly, French sportsbetting growth was volume (+32%) as well as margin (+6.4ppts) driven. Unsurprisingly, football was the key driver (turnover +34%, 61% mix), though breakdown by league and sport also confirms the sources of volume growth: Premier League (+53%), LaLiga (+50%) and Serie A (+109%) materially outfperformed domestic leagues (+20%), Champions League (+25%) and Bundesliga (+6%); volleyball and handball also performed strongly (+52% and +60%, albeit at only 1% of turnover each). Poker growth was all tournament-led (+11%, 62% mix), with cash games broadly flat (although with the potential for growth in 2018 with cross-region liquidity sharing: Stars has started and Winamax is entering the Spanish market).Growth for FY17 was a less strong 18% to €962m, with 35% growth in sports (€472m, 49% mix), 5% growth in horseracing (€245m, 25% mix) and 7% growth in poker (also to €245m). The French market has therefore finished very strongly, but medium-term trends are less impressive. Moreover, very high turnover tax rates deliver a very unattractive betting RTP (81% for 2017 vs. c. 92% in .com / GW-led markets) and casino remains banned. Consequently, the majority of the French online gambling market is very likely to remain black. However, strong sports betting growth and a return to growth in poker demonstrates that an emerging online mass market is less price sensitive (or resourceful in accessing supply) than the traditional heavy user: the French model might work for a large and growing number of players, but it still does not work in capturing the majority of revenue.Spain: Q4 remote revenue – a marathon not a sprint The Spanish online market grew 38% in Q4 to €173m, similar growth to France and 84% of the spend per capita. However, the composition of Spanish growth was very different. Sportsbetting growth was ‘only’ 49% to €104m (60% mix), with casino growing at 37% to €49m. Strong casino progress was delivered in a period of high sports margins (benefiting pre-match mix), while Spain’s online product mix is also ‘normalising’, with slots growth to 52% casino mix suggesting more effective channelling as well as underlying growth. Poker also moved into growth: +5% to €16m (9% mix). While still small, bingo also delivered strong growth: +30% to €3m. On an FY basis Spain grew overall revenue by 31% to €562m, with 33% growth in betting (€317m, 56% mix), 39% growth in casino (€185m, 33% mix – including bingo) and 4% growth in poker (€60m, 11% mix).On the face of it, Spain’s relatively liberal online regime has generated frustrating results relative to the higher spend per head of a highly restricted France (albeit a 38% higher GDP per capita) and a similar one to restricted Portugal. However, with France growing at 18% in 2017 and Portugal’s betting market not growing at all since launch (Q316 – Q317, -26%; Q417 level with Q316), Spain’s broadly based 38% growth suggests significant medium-term divergence driven by a much more effective regulatory model.Malta: remote regulation – mafia.com?The MGA is reportedly broadening its investigations into the potential or alleged mafia connections of its Italy-facing licensees (10 licences out of 200). The Italian high-street gambling market has had a long history of mafia connections, and while this is unlikely to affect the majority of businesses (anymore), it has claimed some of the biggest (eg, B Plus: once Italy’s biggest VLT concession). Moreover, since high-street gambling morphed into remote (eg, via CTDs, often Malta-based), the connection has been a hard one to shift and hasn’t always required evidence for politicians and commentators to make some pretty sweeping claims (although there have also been enough cases to provide continuing fire for the smoke).The danger for businesses with current or even legacy Mafia issues is pretty obvious: getting kicked out of Malta leaves very few tax efficient options within the EU and is likely to jam up banking and payments near fatally regardless of any criminal proceedings. However, there may be a wider issue for Malta-based licensees: this is a recurring stick with which to beat the jurisdiction and responses such as tightening up AML enforcement (just announced) may not be enough if there is an underlying political agenda. The attitude of many of the larger Member States (and EU institutions) to POS regimes is frosty at best, and the irony of a more integrated post-Brexit EU is that it may mean a much tougher one for the ‘EU offshore’ model.UK: horseracing – The right sort of innovation?The announcement of plans for a ‘Formula 1’ style competition for horseracing caused much discussion within the industry this week. The brainchild of Jeremy Wray (former Swindon Town FC chairman, and brother of Betfair co-founder Ed) is for 12 ‘blue chip’ company-branded teams to compete in 48 races over 8 weeks during the summer, for £100,000 prizemoney per race. The contest will require one trainer per team, 4 jockeys and 30 horses. It promises to “distance this incredible sport from the public perception that its complicated, elitist recreation inextricably linked to gambling.” While a number of high profile people within the industry have given the idea their approval, the news was greeted largely negatively by racing’s core customer base on social media.Horseracing has a relatively poor track record when it comes to innovation, not helped by a disparate stakeholder base, a sometimes elitist culture and an often acrimonious relationship with bookmakers  – a key conduit to a vital customer-base. However, while efforts to attract “a whole new audience” to the sport, to do so in such disparaging terms to what is a largely successful product and symbiotic relationship (“wewill let betting take a back seat”) is in danger of creating more division than progress, especially if key stakeholders appear to back opinions as well as products. Sometimes big, glitzy innovation works and fresh thinking should always be encouraged, but far more good can be done by inclusively improving the base. These two drivers do not have to be mutually exclusive, but in too many cases they are. Bookmakers have one piece of silver lining to the cloud of distaste: more high-profile 12-runner fields is just what the industry needs…UK: sports betting integrity – Kindred steps upKindred has been announced as the latest member of the Sports Betting Integrity Forum (SBIF), in the same week that it signed an information sharing MOU with the RFU, with whom it also agreed to collaborate on “prevention and educational projects”. These positive steps may have featured among the actions recommended in Kindred’s recent integrity audit carried out by Ethisport. Following that audit, Kindred itself stated that it needed to further improve cooperation between operators, sports regulatory bodies and law enforcement.Ethisport describes its audit as involving 500 questions, with answers weighted and put through an algorithm to produce a rating. It is not clear how many other operators it has audited, which casts some doubt on the basis on which Ethisport claims that Kindred “leads the pack on sports betting integrity” and is “for sure part of the Top 5 leading betting operators fighting against the manipulations of sports competitions”. However, Kindred has proactively sought out a third party to audit its systems and processes and taken visible steps to strengthen its efforts through collaboration, which should be applauded. With Kindred now among its membership, the SBIF, the UK’s national platform for sports and sports betting integrity, should be more effective to the benefit of all stakeholders. 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Dodgers’ Pedro Baez applies a lesson he learned as a young hitter, shuns pressure

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error At least the Dodgers were correct in their assessment of Bell: he was not a future All-Star. Bell played 100 major league games, batting .195. That’s 100 more games than Baez will ever see at third base, but that’s OK by the Dodgers.Recently, Baez has been an infallible pillar of their bullpen. He’s allowed one run in his last 23 appearances through Game 2 of the NLCS, a streak that dates to Aug. 13. In the postseason, only three of the 17 batters he’s faced have reached base. Seven have struck out.The Dodgers have seen this Baez plenty over the last five years. They’ve also seen the other Pedro Baez – the one who struggles in bursts, coughing up one ill-timed run after another until he is booed off the mound by the home crowd.Take one such stretch earlier this season. Baez walked three of the six batters he faced April 20 against the Washington Nationals. He didn’t deliver a clean outing for another 12 games, during which opponents batted .310 and slugged .552. A mere hiccup descended into a chronic illness.Subero has seen this before too, but not from Baez the pitcher. Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season That’s why this current streak of success has been so encouraging. If there were any opportunities for Baez to put extra pressure on himself, he seems to have refrained.“This year, bouncing back and putting together this run right now shows he’s growing up, growing through that, in a very confident stage with himself,” Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt said. “That’s always a good thing.”In a June 2017 game against the New York Mets, Baez drew a rare plate appearance with the bases loaded. He took four consecutive balls, collecting his first career walk and RBI. Subero remembers chatting with Baez about hitting again before a recent regular-season game between the Dodgers and Brewers.“(Baez) said, ‘man, hitting’s not as tough as I thought’,” Subero said. “Carlos, I take a couple ABs and it’s relaxed because I’m not expected to be a hitter now. So now I can put everything together.” MILWAUKEE — When he was a minor league manager, Carlos Subero was tasked with telling a young Kenley Jansen that his services as a catcher were no longer needed. The Dodgers saw a brighter future for him as a pitcher. Jansen grumbled in his broken Spanish, as Subero recalled nine years later on a recent afternoon at Miller Park.The challenge was different for each of Subero’s young pupils. For Jansen, the challenge was to accept his fate as the best closer in franchise history. For Ross Stripling, it was to prove he was healthy. For a streaky, stocky third baseman named Pedro Baez, the challenge was to relax.“We had at the time a guy named Josh Bell at third base,” said Subero, now the Milwaukee Brewers’ first base coach. “And I remember in 2009 I got called up to the big leagues. … (Former Dodgers general manager) Ned Colletti asked me, what do you think about Pedro Baez? I said, ‘this kid’s going to be an All-Star.’ … He had 63 RBIs, something like that, and he was hitting that right-center gap. He was our 3-hole hitter.“And we traded Josh Bell (for George Sherrill in 2009) because we thought Pedro was going to be the next guy.” How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “Pedro can put pressure on himself,” Subero said. “He wants to do well. Accepting the fact that you’re going to have bad games, you have to move on from them. Pedro back then would be streaky – 0 for 4, 0 for 3, then the next thing you know he’s slumping. And he’s come from hitting 10 for 16 with three home runs.”That three-walk game against the Nationals in April? It followed a streak in which Baez struck out 8 of 10 opponents without allowing a baserunner.Years before Baez first pitched in a competitive game, the Dodgers saw the potential in his right arm. Their evaluators could easily measure how fast Baez slung a baseball across the diamond. Pitching became a viable fallback option, at least in theory.Measuring how a converted position player might adapt to the mental side of pitching is not as easy as holding a radar gun.Subero recalled one day when, as manager of the Dodgers’ Double-A affiliate, the Chattanooga Lookouts’ game in Montgomery, Ala., was canceled due to rain. He told the team bus to go back to the hotel; he was staying behind to pitch to Baez in the batting cage. Their session continued until 10 p.m.“Situational hitting. Bases loaded. Man on second base. This type of pitcher. Sinker. We had so much fun. Two hours,” Subero said. “And then we went to the mental side: ‘Pedro, if you stabilize this, your potential’s unbelievable.’”Baez topped out as a hitter at Double-A in 2012. He batted .216 for Chattanooga that season. Was the mental side of hitting too big a stumbling block for Baez?“I thought so,” Subero said.It’s been six years since Baez got regular at-bats, but it’s hard not to draw a parallel to his struggles as a pitcher. As the Dodgers’ one consistent set-up man to Jansen, the closer, Baez has a career ERA of 3.01. He’s averaged more than 60 appearances per season since 2015, yet is 0 for 10 in save opportunities. This year, Manager Dave Roberts has refrained from using Baez in high-leverage situations. Baez is most effective, it seems, when pressure is lowest.Related Articles Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco last_img read more

Report says farm bankruptcies up in Iowa

first_imgDES MOINES (AP) —- A new report says farm bankruptcies have risen in Iowa.The American Farm Bureau Federation shows Chapter 12 bankruptcies rose 24% nationwide over the previous year. The report covers the 12 months ending Sept. 30. The report cited severe weather and trade disputes among the problems faced by farmers.There were 24 farm bankruptcies in Iowa over those 12 months — a year-over-year increase of 10.The highest number of farm bankruptcies was in Wisconsin, with 48. Nebraska tied for second with Georgia and Kansas with 37.The report cites U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that farms will bring in $88 billion in 2019 — 29% below the record set in 2013.last_img

FIFA World Cup 2018: Peru vs. Denmark Review

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisementphoto credits: thecoverage.myThe second Group C match saw Peru and Denmark going head to head for the first time in Sanarsk. While it was a 1-0 victory for Denmark, it wasn’t a very easy one as Peru went toe-to-toe with them on the turf.It was Peru’s first World Cup appearance since 1982 and a penalty miss by Christian Cueva resulted in heartbreak for Los Incas. At the stroke of half-time, referee Bakary Gassama awarded Peru a penalty after he reviewed the incident on VAR. However, Cueva’s shot went blazing over the penalty bar and they lost their first chance. Still, it wasn’t over for them as they got plenty more opportunities in the second half but couldn’t quite make it past Kasper Schmeichel’s grip.photo credits: GettyIn the 59th minute, Peru were made to regret their missed opportunity as Yussuf Yurary Poulsen netted the ball from Christian Eriksen’s pass.photo credits: Getty Also read: FIFA World Cup 18: Argentina vs Iceland ReviewFIFA World Cup 2018 : Croatia vs Nigeria Preview.center_img The result meant that Denmark moved into second in Group C on three points, behind France while Peru dropped to the bottom of the table behind Australia in third.last_img read more