Police tighten Congress security in era of rising threats

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The House’s chief law enforcement officer says he’s tightening security for traveling lawmakers. The moves come as Congress reassesses safety at a time when threats against members were surging even before Donald Trump’s supporters attacked the Capitol this month. Timothy P. Blodgett is the acting House sergeant at arms. And he says Capitol Police officers will be stationed at Washington-area airports and the city’s Union Station train depot on busy travel days. Blodgett says he’s set up an online portal so lawmakers can notify the agency about travel plans. He also wants them to coordinate trips with local police and airport officials and report suspicious activity.last_img

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NYCUA hosts young CU professionals for two-day conference

first_imgYoung credit union professionals network at the 2019 New York Credit Union Association’s Young Professionals Conference. (NYCUA photo) ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »center_img The 2019 New York Credit Union Association’s Young Professionals Conference featured young credit union professionals and volunteers networking and hearing insightful speakers at the Brook-Lea Country Club in Rochester. The conference was held in conjunction with the Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic, a tournament on the LPGA Symetra Tour.The lead organizer and conference emcee was Richard Sellwood, vice president of member services at Reliant Community CU, Sodus, N.Y. and former chairman of the association’s Young Professionals Commission.The two-day event kicked off with a luncheon followed by opening remarks from Mike Valada, president/CEO of The Summit FCU, Rochester, N.Y., and chairman of the Danielle Downey Credit Union Classic.Sellwood moderated a panel discussion with three golf professionals, who are also young professionals, to discuss what they do and how they manage financially, personally, emotionally and from a business standpoint in a season where there are 24 tournaments across the U.S. and only three weeks of breaks.last_img read more

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DCMS calls for further review into loot boxes

first_img Submit The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is due to launch a call for evidence into loot boxes, which could see the video games feature reclassified as a gambling product. Loot boxes have been a topic of controversy in recent years, with concerns raised over whether they encourage children and younger audiences to gamble. Loot boxes are items embedded within games, containing randomised rewards which are uncertain at the point of purchase. These can be cosmetic, such as ‘skins’ that change the appearance of an in-game character, or provide users with an advantage in gameplay.This video game feature is currently not covered by the UK’s existing gambling legislation due to the lack of monetary value associated with the items ‘won’ – as the topic of loot boxes blurs dynamics between competitive gaming and gambling.  “They are a virtually speculative commodity that only help to normalise and encourage young people to take a chance,” said the Labour MP Carolyn Harris, who chairs a cross-party group of MPs investigating gambling-related harm.“All too often this will lead to youngsters developing an addiction to gambling.”In September 2019, DCMS called for further restrictions to be placed on the sale of loot boxes to those under 18. Carrying out a report on ‘addictive and immersive technologies’, the DCMS argued that online games should receive the same levels of age restriction as physical sales of gambling products to best protect its users, and that the gaming industry should contribute financially towards independent research into the long-term effects of gaming.Meanwhile the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) had previously urged the Conservative Government to introduce legislation which would classify loot boxes and skin betting as legally-recognised forms of gambling. Related Articles Swansea City drops gambling sponsor August 21, 2020 On-course bookmakers return to UK courses in two-week trial August 17, 2020 Share Winning Post: Swedish regulator pushes back on ‘Storebror’ approach to deposit limits August 24, 2020 StumbleUpon Sharelast_img read more

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