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Indonesia ranks 57th in Inclusive Internet Index, among the lowest in the world

first_imgProgress on creating widely accessible and affordable internet access in Indonesia is slow, with a recent study placing Indonesia 57th among 100 countries on the Inclusive Internet Index, indicating there is still a huge amount of work to be done when it comes to building a fully functioning digital economy.The study, titled The Inclusive Internet Index, produced annually by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and commissioned by Facebook this year, placed Indonesia in the lower half globally and fourth among other lower-middle-income countries when it comes to its internet inclusiveness.The index measures four aspects: availability, affordability, relevance and the readiness of people in using the internet. Out of 100 points, Indonesia scored 66.4 in 2020, a disappointing increase from the 65.4 the country scored in 2017, as reported by a similar study commissioned by Internet.org. To put it into perspective, Indonesia was placed 35 out of 75 countries on the index in 2017, just one spot above India, which scored 64.4 that year. However, in the span of three years, India managed to improve by 7.3 points to rank 46 out of 100 countries in 2020. It is a far cry from Indonesia’s one point improvement between 2017 and 2020.Read also: Indonesia taxes tech companies through new regulation“The results of this year’s index and survey demonstrate that even as internet access increases globally, the pace of growth is slowing, particularly in lower-income countries where expansion is needed most,” the 2020 report says.In describing Indonesia, the study wrote on its site, theinclusiveinternet.eiu.com that: “This populous Southeast Asian country experiences considerable difficulties in supporting internet inclusion in every area of the index except for trust and safety.” Wahyudi Djafar, a researcher and deputy director of the Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM), told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday that many factors contributed to Indonesia’s sluggish growth.Inequality in telecommunications infrastructure between regions — with network expansion programs still heavily focused in Indonesia’s more populated areas — is still a major issue. Unequal access to mobile devices and a lack of sufficient public policy to guide the growth of a digital nation were some others that Wahyudi pointed out.“Intervention from the government to ensure the right of access for every citizen is still non-existent,” Wahyudi said, adding that local providers were the ones dictating the price of data in the market based on their calculation and the competition between providers.Using the Hirschman-Herfindahl index, an index that measures the concentration of markets, the EIU reports that Indonesia’s broadband operators’ market share is at 6,570, which indicates a highly concentrated market. That means that the broadband industry, which provides digital subscriber line (DSL), fiber optics, cables and satellites, is near-monopolistic. It contributes to why, in terms of its fixed-line monthly broadband cost, Indonesia is ranked 74th out of 100 countries, according to data provided on the EIU site.Read also: Executive Column: Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella shares vision, tech potentialThe country does better in terms of its mobile phone cost for its prepaid tariff. The price of 1 GB of prepaid mobile data in Indonesia is around 1 percent of monthly gross national income (GNI) per capita, already within the range of affordable internet as described by the United Nations Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, wherein 1 GB of mobile broadband data is priced at 2 percent or less of average monthly income.Wahyudi also noted that a policy founded on the idea of internet access as a fundamental right was still not present in the country, hence policy implementations in the country still lagged behind others who had built their digital agenda based on that idea.Sweden, for example, which has ingrained the notion that internet access is an enabler of exercising human rights, tops the 2020 Inclusive Internet Index as it has implemented progressive internet inclusion policies over the years, among them being promoting competition between Internet Service Providers (ISPs), as described in a journal on internet regulation.Moving into a digital society is already within the Indonesian government’s agenda. On the 2020-2024 National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN), the government highlighted the importance of mainstreaming the agenda of digital transformation to help achieve national development targets.The digital transformation project, listed as one of the country’s major projects according to the RPJMN, will receive an estimated Rp 50 trillion. The funds will be sourced from the state budget (APBN), regional budget (APBD), government-to-business cooperation (KPBU), state-owned enterprises and private entities.   Read also: Jokowi promises Microsoft simple regulation for data center investmentDespite the concerted effort, the government should be reminded that “there is more to inclusion than internet availability,” as the EIU report suggests, hinting at other important issues that needed to be addressed to create an inclusive digital society, including the issue of access gap between genders. “Although narrowing, the gender gap in access remains stubbornly wide,” the 2020 EIU report says, with men being on average 12.9 percent more likely than women to have internet access across the indexed countries.Topics :last_img read more

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Brendan Rodgers hails ‘outstanding’ Mikel Arteta ahead of Arsenal vs Leicester City

first_img Metro Sport ReporterMonday 6 Jul 2020 5:39 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Arteta has begun to turn things around at Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Brendan Rodgers has heaped praise on the ‘outstanding’ job of Mikel Arteta as Arsenal boss ahead of Leicester City’s clash against the Gunners at the Emirates on Tuesday night.Arteta took over from Unai Emery in December and is in the process of slowly turning around his former club’s fortunes.After a dismal beginning to the Premier League restart, losing their opening two games against Manchester City and Brighton, Arsenal have now put together a run of four consecutive wins in all competitions.With a major rebuilding job on Arteta’s hands at the north London club, his opposite number Rodgers admitted he has already seen promising signs from the 38-year-old and backed him to have a bright future.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I think Mikel has done very, very well since he’s gone in,’ Rodgers said in his pre-match press conference ahead of Tuesday night’s game.‘He’s gone into a club with huge expectations, which he knows from being a player there.  Advertisement Rodgers was full of praise for his opposite number (Picture: Getty Images)‘He’s gone in on his first job, into a huge task, and I think how he’s dealt with it so far has been outstanding.‘From a tactical perspective, he’s made it very clear how they want to play. The style, you can see.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘That is not an easy style to put in place and implement, especially at a club that wants to be challenging straight away as well.‘His courage since he’s gone in, to want to develop that. They’ve played with a couple of different systems but the style has always remained the same. ‘That is something that bodes well for the future and for him.’MORE: Arsenal should not have signed Nicolas Pepe, says Tim SherwoodMORE: Arsenal fans convinced Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is staying after hint on InstagramFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Brendan Rodgers hails ‘outstanding’ Mikel Arteta ahead of Arsenal vs Leicester City Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

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Artists’ eccentric Sunnybank house has walls of bookshelves and a pink bathroom

first_imgThe kitchen has secret cabinets.An update of the kitchen also saw secret storage space.“I have a secret cupboard. It doesn’t look like a cupboard but it has a power point so I can charge devices without cords hanging out everywhere,” Ms Fietcher said.She said they had also enjoyed time playing with their children and dogs at a reserve that backs onto their property and that they would miss living there. The house at 45 Coolinda St, Sunnybank, is for sale.WHAT happens when a bibliophile and a potter buy a house together?Bright coloured walls of different textures and extreme bookshelves are the result of Corinne Fietcher and Clement Joseph’s artistic desires. This is a booklover’s paradise!More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoMs Fietcher is a librarian and also has a degree in Fine Arts, and her husband a nurse by trade, but an amateur potter at home.So naturally, when they renovated the 45 Coolinda St home, they would turn it into their creative sanctuary.They built bookshelves that spanned entire walls, landscaped the property, replaced the roof and added solar. Their niece said they should paint the walls pink — so they did!They even painted the bathroom pink, to the excitement of Ms Fietcher’s niece.“My niece said we should paint it pink, so I did,” she said.“When you’ve got an older place, you can indulge yourself in that kind of thing (and) we thought she would get a kick out of it for a few years.”center_img Outdoors is landscaped, and under the house is Mr Joseph’s pottery area.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:34Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:34 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenWhy The Block has been such a success00:35 The walls in the lounge have a variety of colours and textures.This eccentric yet delightful Sunnybank residence has been home to the couple for the past seven years, who bought it for the convenience of the location.“We saw a lot of potential in it and as we had two teenage children at the time … we liked there were buses, trains and the ability for them to ride bikes,” Ms Fietcher said.“It meant they could be independent and get themselves from point A to B.”last_img read more

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Acting Prime Minister condemns statements inciting protest action

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweet Sharecenter_img LocalNews Acting Prime Minister condemns statements inciting protest action by: – August 11, 2011 46 Views   no discussions In photo: Acting Prime Minister Hon. Rayburn Blackmoore. Photo credit: GIS NewsHonourable Rayburn Blackmoore, Acting Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Dominica, has condemned recent statements made by Attorney at Law David Bruney, at an Emancipation forum held on Sunday in the village of Layou.Mr. Bruney said while there was protest action in England against what the citizens think was unlawful conduct by the police,  there are some Dominicans who are opposed to the type of governance which exist but they may not be sufficient in numbers.“I have a strong feeling and it is sad to say it which we are still in the realms of mental slavery and whether we like it or not, I mean my brothers Lennox and Angelo can talk, explain and they can do everything on radio, but what I saw in England this weekend was riots in the streets of London. The people are rioting again and why are they rioting? Because one of their people, one of their community was shot by police in a way that they thought was unlawful. In England we fought for the right to be free, and I am not sure that we in Dominica are at that juncture, it may just be that we quite enjoy the type of governance that we have, but we have people here today that are obviously opposed but are there the numbers?”Acting Prime Minister Blackmoore, who addressed the nation on DBS Radio, has condemned Mr. Bruney’s statement and referred to it as the ‘destruction of life and property.’“The widespread destruction and the looting of businesses and the stealing of property by thugs are some of the frightening images of the lawlessness crippling England at this present time. One is left to wonder who is it Mr. Bruney is calling on to commence the wanton destruction of life, lien and property here on Dominica and to what end?”Honourable Blackmoore also called on all patriotic Dominicans to put political affiliations aside and condemn this irresponsible call by Mr. Bruney, as well as to report any similar statements which incite criminality to the authority.“All patriotic Dominicans regardless of their political views must condemn in the strongest possible terms the irresponsible criminal call of Mr. David Bruney an officer of the Court for Dominicans to declare war on each other. The Labour Party led Government in turn, calls on Dominicans, the churches, the private sector, the trade unions, community organizations and all political parties to firmly denounce the call of Mr. David Bruney and to be attentive, vigilant, on guard and to report any statement from anyone intended to incite the committing of hate and similar crimes to security forces,” he said.Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit is out of state on an official visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan and is expected to return to Dominica on the 14th of August.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

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City gov’t fails to beat SAP cash aid deadline

first_imgThe distribution by the City Social Welfare and Development Office would resume today. According to Mayor Jerry Treñas, the Development Bank of the Philippines ran out of cash, the city government did not have enough cashiers, and that social distancing was difficult to observe during the releasing. “Kailangan nilang ipaliwanag kung ano-ano ang mga problema at balakid kung bakit ‘di sila umabot sa deadline,” said Secretary Eduardo Año. ILOILO City – Of the 79,215 target beneficiaries of the national government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) here, only 44,652 have so far received P6,000 cash assistance each as of May 10, the deadline set for the monetary aid’s distribution. DILG earlier said it would issue show cause orders to LGUs with “very poor performance” in the distribution of the emergency subsidy. Treñas ordered the barangay captains of 180 villages to identify those qualified. The mayor also disclosed that children of Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program households not included in the target SAP beneficiaries may now be accommodated, citing a new memorandum order from the Department of Social Welfare and Development. He said there are 13,000 slots for them. In the whole Western Visayas, a total of 129 LGUs successfully met the deadline, data from DILG showed. It would be up to the DILG central office what to do with these LGUs, said Iglesia.center_img He, however, confirmed having reported to the DILG central office those local government units (LGUs) in the region which failed to beat the deadline. “Ang finance committee nagapangayo sang tiempo nga i-reconcile ang tanan nga figures,” Treñas said. For his part, Regional Director Ariel Iglesia of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) said the agency was allowing the continued distribution of the SAP cash assistance even beyond the deadline. The number corresponded to 88.77 percent of the total 133 LGUs in the region. “Tuloy-tuloy lang ang pamimigay dahil kailangan ng ating mga constituents,” said Iglesia. Residents of Barangay Rizal Estanzuela in Iloilo City endure the scorching heat of the sun just to get their P6,000 cash assistance released on May 4, 2020 at Sunburst Park. Of the 79,215 target beneficiaries of the national government’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP) in Iloilo City, only 44,652 have so far received P6,000 cash assistance each as of May 10, 2020, the deadline set for the monetary aid’s distribution. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Nationwide, around 18 million low-income families were targeted to receive SAP assistance for two months as mandated by the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act (Republic Act 11469)./PNlast_img read more

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Veteran Brothers

first_imgBrothers Malik and Keeran Sampson will both chase starting spots in the IMCA Hobby Stock main event at Super Nationals XXXV.Brothers Malik and Keeran Sampson are both Super Nationals veterans, Malik as a driver,Brothers Malik and Keeran Sampson will both chase starting spots in the IMCA Hobby Stock main event at Super Nationals XXXV.Keeran as a spectator.This year, both Worthington, Minn., hotshoes are running for starting spots in Saturday’s big Hobby Stock dance.Malik has qualified for the main event in three of his four previous trips to Boone, with a career best finish of seventh last year.“I like the atmosphere here. Super Nationals is fun and it’s challenging. I start to get nervous about three weeks beforehand,” he said. “This year I asked Keeran why he didn’t bring his car along. He was going to be buying a pit pass, anyway.”“I ran hot laps yesterday,” said Keeran, acknowledging that Boone was a different track than what he was used to. “Any time you go up against this many cars you never know what’s going to hap­pen but I’m looking forward to racing here.”He also wouldn’t mind matching the accomplishment of neighbor to the south Elijah Zevenbergen and win a Super Nationals championship in his first competitive visit to Boone.last_img read more

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Mourinho refuses to talk about Rooney

first_img Press Association Mourinho revealed prior to Saturday’s match at Hull, when Chelsea could go top of the Premier League for a few hours at least, that Kevin De Bruyne is nearing a departure with two clubs close to agreeing a fee for the Belgium forward. There have been “zero bids” for Chelsea’s other players, despite rumours of moves for the likes of Spain playmaker Juan Mata, Mourinho insisted. The self-proclaimed Special One was adamant Eden Hazard will not be leaving Chelsea, amid rumours of interest from Paris St Germain. The Belgium forward, who joined in the summer of 2012 from Lille, has been Chelsea’s best player this season. If Chelsea were prepared to sell – and Mourinho stressed they are not – a world record fee would be required. Mourinho said: “I am not worried because if his value was around £40million when Chelsea bought him, if two years later he is twice or three times better than he was when we bought him, I think his value in the market is a crazy value. “On top of that, he’s not a player Chelsea are interested in selling anyway. “Between our tag of ‘not to sell’, plus the crazy amount that he can be valued at in this moment, I think there’s no chance that Eden is going to leave.” Chelsea have been linked with numerous players during this month’s transfer window, despite Mourinho’s insistence a deal would be done only in exceptional circumstances and if the timing was right. Asked if he is interested in Porto striker Jackson Martinez and Inter Milan midfielder Fredy Guarin on Friday, Mourinho responded “no”. The Blues had two bids for Rooney rejected in the summer and there has been speculation Mourinho is ready to take advantage to snare the England striker if United fail to qualify for the Champions League at the end of the season. Asked about Rooney, who is entering the final 18 months of his contract at Old Trafford, Mourinho shook his head and insisted he was not prepared to speak about a player from a team Chelsea are scheduled to face at Stamford Bridge a week on Sunday. “I don’t want to speak about it,” Mourinho said. “We play Man United in a few days. I don’t think it’s nice to speak about a Man United player. “You have to ask him (Rooney). You have to ask the player. And Man United because Man United has a contract with the player that doesn’t end at the end of the season.” Mourinho does not anticipate United will struggle to finish in the top four, despite David Moyes’ men being five points adrift in seventh with 18 games left this season. “I don’t think they have a problem,” the Chelsea boss added. “In this moment they are not top four in the Premier League, but they can be at the end of the season. “A new manager, but a club with a fantastic culture of supporting the manager. “I don’t feel any problem for David. He works. Better results will arrive and he will be for many years in the club and will reach good results.” Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho on Friday refused to be drawn on reports of renewed interest in Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.last_img read more

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Egbe Drums Support for NDDC Boss

first_imgBayelsa State born stadium facilities construction expert, Ebi Egbe has called on Niger Deltans to support acting NDDC boss, Prof Nelson Braimbraifa.Just recently, the NDDC Boss pledged to engage youths through the provision of standard sports infrastructure in the region to help them realize their potentials in sports.Braimbraifa in a release signed by his SA Media, Barrister Igbeta Ayebakuro alleged that some powerful politicians in the region were blackmailing him for selfish reasons. The NDDC boss has however vowed not to waste the commission’s fund on any individual but to pursue the development of the region in line with NDDC’s mandate.Egbe in a statement urged those fighting the NDDC boss to sheathe their sword, describing him as a worthy Ijaw son that deserves the support of everybody in the Niger Delta region.“What is happening now for which Braimbraifa has cried out is a sad trend. Braimbraifa is a square peg in a square hole. He is a competent person. I urge those fighting him to sheathe their sword and allow him to do his job which is the development of our region,” Egbe stated.Egbe stressed that this is not the time to fight a man who is determined to take the NDDC to the next level with his new vision on how to impact positively on the youths of the region.“Only recently I read about the new blueprint the NDDC is coming out with to ensure our region is peaceful. The NDDC is planning big for the youths so anybody or group trying to distract him do not mean well for the Niger Delta region. We must all also stop this pull him down syndrome that is becoming the hallmark of some people,” Egbe stated.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Egbe Drums Support for NDDC Bosslast_img read more

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Interns could benefit from growing Metro

first_imgOne of the major obstacles for students seeking internships and jobs in Los Angeles is the availability and accessibility of public transportation to and from the job location.Getting around · Increasing public transportation in the Los Angeles area could benefit students who intern around the city. – Matthew Wunderlich | Daily TrojanFour out of five voters in Southern California are in favor of expansion of public transportation, according to a study released by the Southern California Association of Governments this month.Carl Martellino, executive director of the USC Career Planning and Placement Center, said increased access to public transportation would expand students’ internship and job opportunities.“The more transportation improves, the more opportunities for internships in different parts of the city could open up,” Martellino said.Expanded transportation would help alleviate the stress and time it takes students to travel to their internships, Martellino said.“Students are pretty adaptable and find ways to get to their internship or they figure out how public transportation could work,” Martellino said. “Part of this is because we are so centrally located, but the easier we can make the access the better it is going to be.”Catherine Burke, associate professor of public policy and a public transportation expert, said the current construction of new train lines, including the new Expo Line that will stop at USC, will benefit students seeking internships and jobs in Los Angeles.“The new train system near campus will be very helpful for students,” Burke said. “Students will be able to take the [Expo] Line up to Union Station, and then they will have access to all the other trains giving students access.”Burke, however, said the city needs to do more to expand Los Angeles’ public transportation system.“Los Angeles needs much more cost effective transportation so that they can run 24/7,” Burke said. “It would give students a lot more access than they realize.”Bridget McAnany, a sophomore majoring in business administration, said getting to her internship downtown would be difficult without public transportation.“Because I don’t have a car on campus, if I didn’t have access to public transportation, I wouldn’t be able to have a job,” McAnany said.Shakyra Moore, a sophomore majoring in business administration, takes the bus to her internship downtown as well. She said increasing public transportation in the city would help students with internships as well as other Angelinos.“Los Angeles is super spread out and there’s a lot of people here,” Moore said. “Not everyone wants to drive because of traffic. Even if I did have a car, it would probably take me longer to get down there than taking the bus would.”last_img read more

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Racing Post Touch product gets informative new feature

first_imgShare Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Submit Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Racing Post B2B has further improved its popular Racing Post Touch product, with the addition of full form for horseracing.Racing Post Touch has been a permanent fixture in a number of betting shops and now the Racing Post B2B team aim to broaden the horizons of the product by introducing full form for horse racing.The addition of full form adds the option for customers that want to view detailed form in the same format they are used to from the Racing Post betting shop display paper.Not only does the feature allow customers to compare the detailed form for horses side-by-side using the show and hide feature, it also gives more casual customers valued Racing Post content including verdict, tips, key stats and predictor. The offering includes all British and Irish racing and selected international meetings.Racing Post Touch users will now be able to access a vast array of stats and data for race entrants and previous races which will include:Detailed stats on the horse including name, weight, breeding, jockey, trainer, silk, age, sex, rating, previous starts/wins/placings, record on certain ground, record with headgear, record over course and distance, record in class, record going left/right handed and prize moneyPrevious form up to 4 races prior which includes: previous race details (course/distance/ground/date/runners/grade/prize money), finishing position, starting price, distances, time of race, weight carried, ratings and records of horses in the race following the race.Alan Pepperell, Head of Retail at Racing Post B2B, commented: “We are excited to be adding full form to our popular Racing Post Touch product. Full form caters for all retail horse racing customers with the ability to give a quick snapshot of a race through the verdict or predictor, displayed on a single interactive screen.“This is another great addition to our product range and provides a valuable tool for the customers of our partners when analysing races.” Spotlight Sports takes over MansionBet blog  June 18, 2020last_img read more

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