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Starling Bank may strengthen gambling self-exclusion blocker

first_img Starling Bank may strengthen gambling self-exclusion blocker Customers call on bank to make it harder to disable feature Topics: Finance Strategy Tech & innovation Finance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Starling Bank is considering making its voluntary gambling transaction blocker more difficult to disable following customer feedback submitted since it introduced the facility last month.The digital, mobile-only challenger bank launched the blocker last month, explaining it wanted to add “positive” friction to help customers should they wish to spend less on gambling.Since the middle of June, Starling customers have been able to block gambling transactions. Under the Security section of its app, customers can toggle a ‘block for transactions made at gambling establishments’. Once they have selected this, they are sent a message to confirm that the block is in place.While Starling cannot reveal how many customers have adopted the feature, it said the only negative feedback “centred on the fact that it’s relatively easy to disable the gambling blocker”.A spokesperson told iGamingBusiness.com: “Some users wanted us to make it harder to turn the blocker off – some asked for a 24 or 48 hour delay on turning the blocker off.  We always aim to be responsive to customer needs, so we will consider whether to do this and, if so, how best to do it.“Our thinking is that if it helped just one person to handle their gambling issues, then it would have been worth it. Of course, we hoped it would help a lot more.”Another challenger bank, Monzo, also introduced a gambling blocker service last month. Monzo forces those who wish to cancel their voluntary exclusion to a cooling off period of 48 hours before it is removed.Monzo explained it is able to identify gambling transactions by codes that accompany payments.Starling said that while it did not consult with the gambling industry, it did have dialogue with GambleAware, GamCare and the Money and Mental Health Policy Institute before introducing the blocker.The spokesperson said: “All were very supportive. The Money and Mental Health Policy Institute had been calling for some time for banks and other card providers to allow customers to block gambling transactions on their cards.“Their concerns were linked to the significant problems related to gambling addiction in the UK.”center_img 17th July 2018 | By contenteditor Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Tags: Online Gamblinglast_img read more

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RP iGaming Index: Storm clouds gathering?

first_img Compiled in partnership with Regulus Partners, September’s index saw a degree of outperformance after a summer spent broadly tracking the NASDAQ benchmark. Before we get too excited, though, this dead cat bounce comes after several months of share price malaise. Kindred is the stock in focus for this month Compiled in partnership with Regulus Partners’ Paul Leyland, September’s index saw a degree of outperformance after a summer spent broadly tracking the NASDAQ benchmark. Before we get too excited, though, this dead cat bounce comes after several months of share price malaise. Kindred is the stock in focus for this month There used to be an old stockbroking adage, one suitably based on betting and racing: “Sell in May and go away, come back on St Leger Day”. For our non-UK audience, along with probably a large number of you aged under 45, the St Leger is the last major flat race of the season, held in Doncaster in mid-September.If the adage were ever true it stopped being so when US brokers came to London and felt that an entire summer of doing very little was rather louche.The final nail in the coffin was IFRS requirements to get interims out in a manner more timely than late September for companies with a December year-end – which is most of them (March stopped being the calendar year-end in Britain in 1751, though the government and some companies have yet to adjust).The summer has therefore been full of reporting though little of major note was reported. Tags: Online Gambling Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter If the sector does face macro pressure, it is therefore likely to be more severely felt than in 2007-9 – and the pressure itself could be a lot worse.Those operators thinking that the worst thing that could happen in the medium term is a bad run of results, challenging regulation or being left out of the M&A party could have a nasty surprise in store – and blaming Brexit is unlikely to wash either…Stock in focus: Kindred There are no prizes for guessing which two stocks will be in focus this issue – and that at least will allow us to say something positive. One of the biggest online movers of the summer was Kindred, which the market punished aggressively despite reasonable topline performance against tough comps.Kindred’s Q2 showed the continued pressures being faced in Sweden (as expected, a QoQ improvement but still contribution down £9.2m YoY, or 82% of the EBITDA fall). 24th October 2019 | By Stephen Carter Topics: Finance Email Address Finance This is because the sector’s big news is usually regulatory or M&A-related: earnings watching tends to be defeated by either predictability (less the regulatory drivers) or the sort of volatility that should not change fundamental perceptions of value (high roller wins, sporting results etc).Gambling company earnings seasons can therefore be rather dull, as this one was – with one or two exceptions (such as this issue’s stock in focus below, Kindred).All this may change, however, with any investors who did come back after St Leger Day perhaps wishing they hadn’t. We think it may change because there are some early signs of a global slowdown, which could lead to another set of banking problems.The trouble is, with global debt roughly double what it was in 2007, QE still dribbling on, and interest rates already low to negative, there isn’t a great deal that policy makers can do about any crisis that does hit – not from the conventional liberal-capitalist playbook at any rate.We are not calling Armageddon – and this is certainly not investment advice – but we are nervous about the wellbeing of the global economy and some key financial institutions.The gambling sector got through the last financial crisis pretty well on an operational level: pain tended to be a function of corporate leverage rather than top-line performance (although this was worse affected than many obliging management teams expected).However, it certainly hit growth – proving (perhaps thankfully, given the policy implications of the alternative) that most forms of gambling can be classified as cyclical consumer discretionary.The reason why 2007-9 was broadly survivable was because most companies could repair their balance sheets, most land-based businesses had double-digit EBITDA margins to buffer themselves and most online companies could count on double-digit secular growth (though some had to be bought by stronger management to unlock this).Rolling forward to 2020, land-based EBITDA margins are much more under pressure from wider retail issues as well as some gambling specific ones (typically 10% vs. 20%), online secular growth is harder to come by and increasingly expensive (tax, marketing, content etc) and several major companies also have significant levels of leverage. Domestically regulated markets excluding Sweden were up 19%, suggesting continued momentum in the UK from 32Red and a strong performance from France (the market that wasn’t supposed to work but has provided very attractive growth for those few operators that got in early and played the regulatory distortions to their advantage).The increased mix of domestically regulated markets (59%) also led to a material increase in marketing despite World Cup spend in the comps, with 29% revenue on marketing, the highest since 2013. This and higher taxes largely explains the significant reduction in operating margins, with many erstwhile .com operators now experiencing domestically regulated reality in Europe facing similar pressures.Kindred’s performance captures the issues of early online businesses servicing mature markets in microcosm, in our view.While the benefits of secular growth are no longer evenly felt (CES Europe was the strongest segment albeit suggesting relative underperformance: +11% but only 8% of the group), product investment, operational efficiencies and .com revenue to reinvest in POC marketing have allowed room to be made for a tougher topline environment, structurally higher costs and increasing competition.During this long ‘period of adjustment’, events have been sufficiently evenly spaced to be presented as one-off in an otherwise intact growth story. However, with a critical mass of Kindred’s revenue now domestically regulated and more headaches coming (e.g. Norway, Germany and the Netherlands, assuming the latter is likely less problematic for Kindred than some competitors), achieving topline momentum and sustainable margin improvements could be extremely challenging.Ironically, and perhaps offering long-term hope of sorts, Kindred’s best performing major geography is likely to be the one which the group found the most strategically challenging on domestic licensing.Disclaimer The narrative provided represents the opinions of the authors. Any assessment of trends or change is necessarily subjective. The information and opinions provided are not intended to provide legal, accounting, investment or policy advice, nor should they be used as a forecast. Regulus Partners may act, or has acted, for any of the companies and other stakeholders mentioned in this report. RP iGaming Index: Storm clouds gathering?last_img read more

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Equity Bank Group Limited (EQTY.rw) Q12010 Presentation

first_imgEquity Bank Group Limited (EQTY.rw) listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2010 presentation results for the first quarter.For more information about Equity Bank Group Limited (EQTY.rw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Equity Bank Group Limited (EQTY.rw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Equity Bank Group Limited (EQTY.rw)  2010 presentation results for the first quarter.Company ProfileEquity Bank Group Limited is a leading financial institution based in Kenya which offers products and services to private individuals and small-to-medium enterprises, and the corporate banking market. It operates in six geographical markets; Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The consumer division targets salaried customers or customers who receive regular remittances, such as a pension. The SME division provides financial solutions for working capital needs, property development and acquisition of assets. The corporate division targets large enterprises offering products and services that range from equity, mortgage and asset finance loans to trade finance, development loans and business loans. Formerly known as Equity Bank Limited, the commercial bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Equity Group Holdings Limited. Equity Bank Group Limited is listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Hotshot: Ospreys fly-half Cai Evans

first_img To a tee: Cai Evans takes a kick at goal for Wales U18. Photo: Huw Evans Agency An exclusive interview with rising star Cai Evans Date of birth 23 June 1999 Born Penarth Region Ospreys Country Wales Position Fly-halfHow did you get involved in rugby? I rocked up at my local club, Cowbridge, when I was six and was there until I was 16. My parents always encouraged me to try different sports so I played football, tennis and cricket too, but rugby became a natural choice.What positions have you played? I started on the wing, moved infield and ended up at outside-half when I was 13. It’s my favourite position. You get lots of touches and have the ability to run, pass and kick. I like to mix up my game.FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HEREWhat are your strengths? I like the role of playmaker, the distribution aspect, and I want to remain an attacking threat.Which players do you enjoy watching? Dan Carter and Rhys Priestland. They have natural attacking flair. And Beauden Barrett – he has the confidence to try different things and remains accurate.Ieuan Evans is your dad – does that add pressure? LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS I don’t feel it. There could be expectation but I tend to stay away from that. I play how I play. He might give me advice now and then but it’s what any father would do.Talk us through your representative honours… I started off with Cardiff Blues and had a camp with Wales U16, but I didn’t make the final squad. There were three people in my position at the Blues and when I didn’t make the cut I moved to Ospreys U18. My consistency got better and I was given the opportunity to be involved in the national U18 team, which has been a great experience.Have the setbacks helped? It’s made me stronger mentally and kept my determination at a good level. I was always critical of my performances, striving to be a better player.What are your goals this season? To continue to play with Bridgend in the Premiership and hopefully to get some involvement regionally with the Ospreys A team and the U20s. RW Verdict: Mature beyond his years, Evans is showing huge promise as he combines rugby with an accounting and finance degree at Swansea University. He’s impressed for Wales U18 and will benefit from game time at Bridgend.This article first appeared in the January 2018 issue of Rugby World. TAGS: Ospreys last_img read more

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Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

first_imgFor some of us, all this has a very familiar ring.  The early 1980s saw record low farm prices, record high interest rates, a grain embargo, and sluggish economic conditions. Then, as now, there was a lot of talk about how the world wanted what we had. That was of little comfort to the thousands of farm families who lost their farms during that time. Hopefully lower interest rates and a better farm safety net program will keep that from happening this time. Reducing trade barriers, taking restrictions off biotechnology, fostering economic growth, and lowering taxes are all actions that can be taken in the short term that will raise crop and livestock prices and put producers in the black. And, nothing will give a farmer a feeling of optimism more than making a profit on his production.By Gary Truitt Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty? Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – Mar 6, 2016 It was billed as his farewell tour since, by the next Commodity Classic, there will be a new Secretary of Agriculture running USDA. During his tenure, the former Iowa Governor has presided over some of the highest farm incomes and some of the lowest farm incomes of the modern era. While he will likely leave office with corn and soybean prices below where they were when he entered office, he painted a rosy future for US agriculture, “I am not willing to suggest that the sky is falling, because I don’t think it is. I am not pessimistic, because I think the world wants what we can grow and graze.” But a strong US dollar, sluggish world economy, and the lack of trade deals with key customers have led to dismal farm export numbers of late. While all of this could change with a drought, flood, disease outbreak, or trade embargo, for the moment supplies are up and demand is down. Farmers are among the most optimistic people on earth. They have to be in order to prevail through the challenges, changes, and disappoints that growing crops or raising livestock can bring. A future that shows little or no chance of making a profit for the next several years has many corn, soybean, and wheat farmers facing this future with less optimism and more grim determination.  Yet, facing a hall filled with thousands of the nation’s top farmers at Commodity Classic last week, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack sounded a note of optimism.center_img Home Commentary Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty? “By the year 2050 we are going to have 9 billion people in the world, and we will have to ability to feed them.” I have lost track of the number of times I have heard this touted at farm meetings. At Classic, companies used it to justify their investments in new technology to increase and improve food production. Secretary Vilsack used it to justify his optimism about US agriculture.  While it is true and is something to consider, it is also true that many of the people farming today will not be farming in 2050. If things are not done to keep agriculture strong and producers profitable today, the production system may not be there in 2050. SHARE Previous articleClosing CommentsNext articleHSUS Training Law Enforcement on Animal Cruelty Investigations Gary Truitt SHARE Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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‘Cautious Optimism’ COVID-19 Gets Contained in China, Boosts Ag Purchases

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News ‘Cautious Optimism’ COVID-19 Gets Contained in China, Boosts Ag Purchases Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer released a statement on Tuesday saying that progress has been made by China to begin implementing agriculture-related commitments of the Phase One trade deal. Commodity purchases though, particularly soybeans, are likely not happening anytime soon while the Chinese economy, and the global economy, continues to reel from COVID-19, or the coronavirus.Arlan Suderman, Chief Commodities Economist for INTL FCStone, says while the Hubei province in China, where the coronavirus originated, was very slow to react allowing this rapid spread, there is cautious optimism that the rest of China is containing the virus.“If it is contained, then I think confidence will grow that China has moved past it. The Chinese economy will jump start again with lots of stimulus, perhaps interest in buying more commodities and products.”If that happens, Suderman says U.S. products should be included.“Initially, we can anticipate it would be pork. We have seen continued strong shipments of pork to China to this point. Very impressive shipments, but the ports are really getting backed up and there’s a real shortage of the refrigerated containers used to ship that pork over to China. That is a limiting factor.”Suderman added some additional possibilities, saying, “I think there was some good interest in distillers grains prior to the coronavirus outbreak, but the containers that distillers grains are shipped in are also trapped inside of China. We need to see some of that free up and come back, and some confidence in the markets once again. I do not see any soybean interest anytime soon, but there could be some corn, poultry, maybe ethanol, and wheat demand coming out of China once they feel like they are getting back to more normal conditions.”You can hear more from Suderman on this and the rest of his market analysis in the HAT Morning Edition podcast by clicking the play button below. Facebook Twitter Previous articleFFA Students Gathered to Serve the General AssemblyNext articleBlack Tar Spot on the Rise in Indiana and a Coronavirus Impact Update on the HAT Wednesday Morning Edition Eric Pfeiffer SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE By Eric Pfeiffer – Feb 25, 2020 ‘Cautious Optimism’ COVID-19 Gets Contained in China, Boosts Ag Purchaseslast_img read more

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Media up in arms

first_imgNews Tanzanian media unable to cover Covid-19 epidemic Help by sharing this information TanzaniaAfrica RSF_en November 27, 2020 Find out more Reports Organisation October 11, 2013 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Media up in arms News The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africacenter_img November 5, 2020 Find out more News TanzaniaAfrica Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders supports the privately-owned media’s decision on 9 October to stop covering the activities of two government officials indefinitely in protest against a newly-imposed ban on two Swahili-language dailies, Mwananchi (The Citizen) and Mtanzania (The Tanzanian).The two officials hit by the coverage blackout are Fennela Mukangana, the information minister, and Assah Mwambene, head of the Tanzania Information Services (Maelezo). The authorities announced on 27 September that Mwananchi would be suspended for 14 days and Mtanzania would be suspended for 90 days for “publishing articles inciting hostility (…) and thereby endangering peace and social cohesion.” A third Swahili-language paper, Mwanahalisi, has been suspended since July 2012.“These suspensions are totally illegitimate, and the unusual reaction by the privately-owned media associations has confronted the government with the consequences of its media-gagging policies,” Reporters Without Borders said.“It is now absolutely essential that the Tanzanian parliament should repeal and replace the Newspaper Act of 1976, which gives the information ministry draconian powers and is used to carry out freedom of information violations.”Reporters Without Borders added: “In the meantime, it will be interesting to see how the information minister does without coverage in the privately-owned media, which constitute most Tanzania’s print and broadcast media.”The groups that issued the coverage boycott call on 9 October in Dar es Salaam were the Media Owners Association, the Tanzania Editors Forum, the Media Institute of Southern Africa Tanzania Chapter, the Media Council of Tanzania and the Union of Tanzania Press Club. They expressed dismay at the government’s refusal to lift the newspaper bans and called for a “modern law on the right to information” and other up-to-date legislation to replace the Newspaper Act, which allows the authorities to suspend any publication unilaterally.Tanzania fell 30 place in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index and is now ranked 70th out of 179 countries.More information on Tanzania Photo : AFD Follow the news on Tanzania February 4, 2021 Find out more to go further Twitter arbitrarily blocks South African newsweekly and several reporters over Covid vaccine storylast_img read more

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HR giants meet up to confront key issues

first_img Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article HR giants meet up to confront key issuesOn 13 Jul 2004 in Personnel Today Seven of the UK’s leading HR directors gathered together at a networkingevent in central London last week, addressing an audience of HR professionals,along with others aspiring to get into the industry. The event, organised and hosted by Personnel Today and recruitment firmBarkers, heard HR leaders tackle a variety of issues. Companies representedwere IT giant Microsoft, accountancy firm Ernst & Young, law firmLinklaters, South West Trains, the Crown Prosecution Service, HertfordshireCounty Council and Save The Children. This is what was said: – On HR’s image problem: Steve Harvey, group director of people and culture at Microsoft:”If Big Brother was based on the business world, the HR director would bevoted off first.” – On career progression: Alan Warner, director of people and property at Hertfordshire countycouncil: “One of the issues we face is why some really good HRprofessionals turn into crap managers. Reward structures are geared to reinforcingthat model – it is something we have to address. – On how to be noticed: Angela O’Connor, director of HR, CPS: “Don’t stay out of troubleand become merely a compliance officer. I like people who always question theway we do things.” Derek Manuel, director of global HR at Save The Children: “Takea bit more risk – prove that HR is not a brake on the business.” last_img read more

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Graduate starting salaries 2015: Pay static as recruitment slows

first_img The graduate labour market is showing signs of cooling, XpertHR research finds. UK employers have frozen graduate starting salaries for a seventh consecutive year and graduate recruitment activity is slowing down.Levels of graduate recruitment activity are down slightly in 2015/2016 when compared with 2014/2015. Three-quarters of UK employers are seeking to recruit graduates, down from four-fifths a year ago.Graduates: XpertHR Benchmarking dataGraduate starting salaries 2015 / 2016: benchmarking dataGraduate recruitment 2015 / 16: benchmarking dataGraduate recruitment 2015 / 2016: XpertHR data reportPodcast: XpertHR graduate recruitment and starting salaries 2015 / 2016The overall picture for graduate starting salaries is subdued. Seven in 10 organisations have frozen graduate starting salaries. Among the minority who have raised graduate starting salaries, the most common increase from the previous year was 2%.The median graduate starting salary has fallen slightly. Across the whole economy, the median graduate starting salary is £23,000 for 2015/2016, down from £23,500 in 2014/2015. However, these figures are not based on a matched sample of respondents, and so may not indicate a trend over time.By broad industry sector, manufacturing-and-production firms offer the highest median graduate starting salaries in 2015/2016, at £24,000. This compares with median graduate starting salaries of £23,000 at private-sector-services organisations and £21,600 in the public sector.The range of graduate starting salaries on offer is wider than ever, going from £13,000 to £50,000. This compares with a range of £15,000 to £36,000 a year ago. The sharp increase in the maximum graduate starting salary recorded by XpertHR reflects what one respondent describes as “salary wars breaking out between employers trying to attract top-calibre graduates in what is becoming a very competitive environment” in some parts of the economy.Graduate starting salaries 2015: benefits on offerSome employers are looking beyond salary to attract the most sought-after graduate recruits, adding company cars, golden hellos and first-year bonuses to their offerings.Overall, UK employers believe they are doing a good job on graduate recruitment. Four-fifths of those recruiting graduates in 2015/2016 rate their organisation as effective or very effective at recruiting and selecting high quality graduates. However, public-sector respondents are five times more likely than those in the private sector to rate their organisation as ineffective on graduate recruitment.The main problem with graduate recruitment is the graduate recruits, according to a number of employers surveyed by XpertHR. Four-fifths have experienced problems when recruiting graduates. Half of these cite the poor quality of applicants as the main issue. “A degree alone will not guarantee them success,” says one private-sector respondent. “Experience, application and attitude are all important.” Another says that increasing numbers of graduates show “unrealistic expectations of development, progression and income”.University careers services are partly to blame for the perceived poor quality of graduate applicants, says one private-sector respondent: “Links from university to industry are awful. Careers advisors often push graduates down the ‘bigger is best’ route. They don’t work with SMEs and don’t promote local careers.” Nonetheless, notifying vacancies to university careers services ranks as the second most popular method for attracting graduate candidates, beaten only by advertising graduate vacancies via the organisation’s own corporate website.The survey also finds that some organisations are refocusing their recruitment efforts away from graduates. Among the one in four respondents not recruiting graduates in 2015/2016, the most common reason is that recruitment is now focused on more experienced staff.The 26th annual XpertHR Benchmarking survey on trends in graduate recruitment and graduate starting salaries is based on responses from 313 organisations with a combined workforce of 1,352,658 employees, and a combined expected intake for 2015/2016 of 4,488 graduate recruits. All XpertHR subscribers can listen to a podcast on the state of the graduate labour market and download a data report on the key findings, including exclusive data on the range of graduate starting salaries on offer in 2015/2016. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Graduate starting salaries 2015: Pay static as recruitment slowsBy Michael Carty on 2 Oct 2015 in Graduates, Pay & benefits, Personnel Today, Recruitment & retention Comments are closed. last_img read more

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Houston Astros apologize after Sports Illustrated describes ‘frightening’ outburst toward female reporters by executive

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock(NEW YORK) — The Houston Astros have issued an apology after one of its executives reportedly made a “frightening” outburst toward three female reporters while celebrating the team making it to the World Series.The controversy surrounded closer Roberto Osuna, who the Astros acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays last season while he was under a 75-game suspension for domestic violence, per Major League Baseball’s policy on domestic violence.On Saturday, after the Astros clinched the ALCS in Game 6 against the New York Yankees, assistant general manager Brandon Taubman reportedly turned toward the group of female reporters in the clubhouse and said several times, “Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so f—— glad we got Osuna!” Sports Illustrated reported. One of the reporters was wearing a purple domestic violence bracelet, and Taubman’s comments were so “offensive and frightening” that another Astros staffer apologized to the women, according to the outlet.The comments were even more puzzling considering that Osuna had been “the least valuable” Astros player that game, Sports Illustrated reported.The Astros initially defended Taubman, describing the Sports Illustrated story in a statement as “misleading and completely irresponsible,” stating that the comments were “not directed toward any specific reporters” and accusing Sports Illustrated of fabricating “a story where one does not exist.”“An Astros player was being asked questions about a difficult outing. Our executive was supporting the player during a difficult time,” the statement, released on Monday, read, although the Houston Chronicle reported that there were no players in the area and no interviews being conducted at the time. “His comments had everything to do about the game situation that just occurred and nothing else.”On Tuesday, Taubman released a statement admitting to using “inappropriate language” for which he is “deeply sorry and embarrassed.”“In retrospect, I realize that my comments were unprofessional and inappropriate,” he said. “My overexuberance in support of a player has been misinterpreted as a demonstration of a regressive attitude about an important social issue. Those that know me know that I am a progressive and charitable member of the community, and a loving and committed husband and father. I hope that those who do not know me understand that the Sports Illustrated article does not reflect who I am or my values. I am sorry if anyone was offended by my actions.”The Sports Illustrated column accuses Taubman’s comments as illustrating MLB’s “forgive and forget” attitude toward domestic violence.The allegations against Osuna, 24, stem from a May 2018 incident in which he allegedly assaulted the mother of his child, but the charges were dropped after she returned to Mexico and declined to testify, ESPN reported. As part of a peace bond, Osuna agreed to counseling and to not have any contact with the woman.In August 2018, Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow said in a statement that while the situation “weighed heavily” on their decision to sign Osuna, they “felt that Roberto deserved a second chance” after evaluating “the entirety of information.”“This is the miscalculation that teams make over and over again,” the Sports Illustrated column read. “They acquire players with reprehensible pasts for less than market rate and concede that they will have to pay a price in public trust. But when the bill comes due, teams act like they, not the people their actions wounded, are the aggrieved party.”Astros owner and Chairman Jim Crane said in a statement Tuesday that the team continues “to be committed to using our voice to create awareness and support on the issue of domestic violence.”“We not only ensure mandatory training annually for all our employees, we also have created an important partnership with the Texas Council on Family Violence, and have raised over $300K through our initiatives to help various agencies providing important support for this cause,” Crane said. “We fully support MLB and baseball’s stance and values regarding domestic violence.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by October 22, 2019 /Sports News – National Houston Astros apologize after Sports Illustrated describes ‘frightening’ outburst toward female reporters by executivecenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more