State of the Union: the latest developments in the US

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter State of the Union: the latest developments in the US Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance Social responsibility Sports betting Tribal gaming CSR DFS Horse racing The State of the Union covers the latest regulatory developments across the US. This week pressure has been ramped up on the Department of Justice in the wake of its revised Wire Act opinion, South Dakota and Minnesota considering sports betting bills and Florida looking to ban online lottery sales.New Hampshire challenges against DoJ’s Wire Act opinion New Hampshire has launched a legal challenge against the US Department of Justice’s (DoJ) revised opinion on the Wire Act, arguing that the new stance is not faithful to the text, structure, purpose, or legislative history of the legislation.The lawsuit has been filed on behalf of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission, with the support of state Governor Chris Sununu and Attorney General Gordon MacDonald. It claims the stance is beyond the Department of Justice’s powers to enforce, and demands a declaratory judgement setting out the rights of all parties involved, and to an order vacating and setting aside the 2018 opinion. It claims the interpretation would expose the state lottery to “substantial uncertainty as to the continued legality of its operations, which fund New Hampshire’s public education system”. The suit noted that the New Hampshire Lottery relied on duplicate computer gaming systems located in other states to ensure that operations would not be halted by natural disasters, and that industry regulations require it to operate via these out-of-state systems at least twice a year. This, it said, would become illegal under the revised opinion. Furthermore, it added, multi-state offerings such as Powerball, Mega Millions and Lucky for Life would also be impacted by the revised ruling. Its advertising would also be affected, with its website not geolocked to New Hampshire, and advertising via email, social media going to out-of-state recipients.Should the revised opinion be taken at face value, the lawsuit adds, it could lead to the shut-down of the New Hampshire Lottery, which would result in the state seeing a shortfall in education funding of around $90m a year. Should internet communications be banned by the opinion, this could cut sales by around 25%, and if multi-state games such as Powerball were banned, lottery revenue could be reduced by up to $80m per year, with funding for good casues falling by $40m (£31m/€35.4m).Speaking about the challenge, Governor Sununu said: “New Hampshire is taking action to protect public education in New Hampshire. The opinion issued by DOJ puts millions of dollars of funding at risk, and we have a responsibility to stand up for our students.”MGM CEO slams Wire Act opinion MGM Resorts International chief executive Jim Murren has attacked the Department of Justice’s revised stance on the Wire Act, dismissing it as “an absurdly, poorly-written and unenforceable opinion”.The language of the opinion, Murren said, would suggest that the interstate lottery game Powerball, which is live in 44 states, would effectively become illegal.“[I] don’t think anyone in […] the gaming industry [or] the sports betting industry, feels any differently,” he said.South Dakota sports amendment passed The South Dakota Senate has given its approval to an amendment that would legalise sports betting in one of the state’s main cities.Senate Joint Resolution 2 (SJR2) would amend the state’s constitution to allow its residents to place legal wagers on sporting events from inside the city limits of Deadwood in the far west of the state.The Senate voted 18-14 in favour of the SJR2 and the amendment was passed on to state’s House for a first reading. SJR2, which was introduced last month, will now face the House Committee on State Affairs.Although details on the proposed changes in law are yet to be published, SJR2 states that the amendment must be put to voters at the next general election in South Dakota before coming into law.Minnesota considers move to allow tribal betting Lawmakers in Minnesota are to consider a new bill that could lead to the legalisation of sports betting at tribal casinos in the US state.Introduced by Representative Pat Garofalo, the new Safe and Regulated Sports Gambling Act of 2019 sets out plans to create the Minnesota Sports Wagering Commission, which would regulate the state’s sports betting market.The bill would permit in-person sports wagering at casinos runs by recognised tribes in Minnesota, while consumers would also be able to place bets via mobile and other electronic devices on-site. The bill requires any mobile app to block access to consumers if they are more than 20ft away from a tribal property.The new Commission would be able to award two types of licences: a sports pool licence and a mobile and electronic sports pool licence, with casinos permitted to apply for both types of licences. The bill does not set out the cost for either licence.Operators would face something of a unique tax structure. An excise tax of 0.5% would be imposed on each wager placed in the state, and if the bill were to come into law, it would be the first sports betting tax of its kind in the US.Florida Representatives move against online lottery sales Florida lawmakers will this week run the rule over a bill that could lead to an outright ban on the sale of lottery tickets and games online.Introduced by Representative William Cloud Robinson, House Bill 629 sets out plans to prohibit consumers from playing games or purchasing lottery tickets via a personal electronic device, limiting them to physical tickets only.The legislation would apply to all mobile phones, smart phones, smart watches, tablets, laptops, desktops and any other devices that can connect to the internet.The Gaming Control Subcommittee will consider the bill at a hearing on February 20. Should the bill pass into law, it would come into effect from July 1 of this year. Intralot set for DC lottery sports betting contract Intralot is set to be awarded the contract to operate sports betting on behalf of the DC Lottery after the Washington, DC Council approved an emergency measure to bypass the public procurement process.The DC Lottery can now start contract negotiations with the Greek betting and gaming solutions provider without the need to open the process to bids from rival suppliers such as International Game Technology (IGT) and Scientific Games.Without the so-called sole-sourcing tenet, supporters of legal sports betting had warned that it could take three years to complete the tender process, which they claimed would have seen the state miss out on millions in revenue.Despite Councilmember David Grosso’s vocal objections, the sports betting legislation, which was first introduced by Councilmember Jack Evans in September 2018, and the emergency measure were passed with eight votes in favour.Four Councilmembers – Brianne Nadeau, Robert White, Elissa Silverman and Grosso – voted against the bill.West Virginia advances igaming bill with tax hike The West Virginia House Judiciary Committee has advanced a bill that would legalise online gambling activities in the state, with an amendment requiring operators to pay a higher rate of tax than originally proposed.Tabled earlier this month, the new West Virginia Lottery Interactive Wagering Act would allow for legal, online poker, slots, table games and other services at select venue across West Virginia.The bill, also known as H 2934, proposed to tax licence-holders at a rate of 10% of adjusted gross interactive wagering receipts on a weekly basis. However, this has now been increased to 15% as a result of the amendment.Push for legal betting and fantasy sports begins in Iowa Iowa lawmakers are to consider a new bill that would legalise online and mobile sports betting, as well as fantasy sports contests, in the US state.Introduced by Senator Roby Smith, chair of the Committee on State Government, Senate Study Bill 1168 would allow for wagering on professional and collegiate sporting events at Iowa’s 19 casinos, racetracks and other gambling facilities.Consumers wishing to bet online or via a mobile would first need to register in-person at a licensed betting venue. Players would need to be at least 21 years old in order to place legal wagers and take part in fantasy sports contests.The bill, other than saying they will be based on gross revenue, does not set out a defined tax rate for licensees.Arkansas university athletic directors call for new sports betting controls The athletic directors of Arkansas’ four state universities have proposed a series of controls to ensure the roll-out of sports betting in the state does not lead to any integrity related scandals.The athletic directors of the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; Arkansas State University; the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, and University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff warned that regulations must reflect the role that collegiate athletics would play in the regulated sports betting market.As a result they proposed restricting certain persons from gambling, as well as types of wagers that could be exploited or infringe on the integrity of collegiate sports. To this end, they call for the list of people excluded from wagering to be expanded, and a more comprehensive definition of ‘sporting event’ to be added to the regulations.The athletic directors also suggested mandating the Arkansas Racing Commission and casino operators to cooperate in any investigations by colleges and universities concerning illegal betting. They also called for licenses to be required to hold records of all bets placed, for at least three years.Arkansas citizens approved a measure to permit four casinos to open in the state at last November’s mid-term election. This will see Oaklawn Racing and Gaming and Southland Gaming and Racing expand into full-service casinos, with new facilities to be established in Pope and Jefferson counties. Sports betting will be allowed at these facilities.With 54% of citizens backing the measure, the Racing Commission was given 120 days to develop casino regulations, with a view to issuing licences by July 2019.Illinois Governor factors betting into state budget Incoming Illinois Governor J.B Pritzker has raised hopes of legal sports betting in the state after including $200m (£153.0m/€176.1m) in future tax revenue from wagering activities in his 2020 budget proposal.Pritzker is proposing to legalise sports betting at facilities across the state, with consumers able to place bets in-person or online. Those betting via the internet would be able to do so from inside Illinois or in a jurisdiction that has entered into a reciprocal agreement with the state.Under Pritzker’s plans, a total of 20 sports wagering licences would be available in Illinois at a cost of $10m each, plus an annual renewal fee of $5,000. Licence-holders would pay tax at a rate of 20% on sports betting revenue.Citing estimates from Oxford Economics, Pritzker has said Illinois could generate between $384m and $680m in gross sports betting revenue per year under full implementation. Based on the proposed 20% tax rate, this would generate tax revenue of between $77m and $136m each year.Such is Pritzker’s confidence that legislation will pass, he has included around $17m of tax revenue in the budget forecast for fiscal year 2020, with $12m of this to be transferred into the general funds after estimated potential expenses to administer sports wagering were deducted.The proposal states that for the first five years of operation, operators would be able to deduct up to 90% of one-fifth of the initial licence fee each year from the sports wagering tax. Casino & games 21st February 2019 | By contenteditor Regions: US Florida Iowa Minnesota New Hampshire South Dakota Washington DC West Virginia Tags: Charitable Gaming Fantasy Sports Mobile Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Race Track and Racino The State of the Union, in partnership with Segev LLP, covers the latest regulatory developments across the US. This week pressure has been ramped up on the Department of Justice in the wake of its revised Wire Act opinion, South Dakota and Minnesota are considering sports betting bills and Arkansas is thrashing out sports betting regulations, while Illinois’ new Democrat Governor has factored sports betting into his 2020 budget.last_img read more

IPL: ESPN’s Kaustubh Jha is new KKR Marketing Head

first_img Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Cricket PSL 2021 Eliminator 1 PES vs KAR LIVE: best way to watch Peshawar Zalmi vs Karachi Kings Live Streaming in your country, India, Follow Live update IPL: ESPN’s Kaustubh Jha is new KKR Marketing Head WTC Final Day 3 Stumps: India remove Conway and Latham but Kiwis on top; NZ 101/2 (49 ovs) trail by 116 runs Cricket Previous articleDe Villiers named to lead Tshwane Spartans in inaugural Mzansi Super LeagueNext articleDiscovery executive Susanna Dinnage first woman CEO for Premier League Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. PSL 2021 Qualifier 1 ISL vs MUL LIVE: best way to watch Islamabad United vs Multan Sultans Live Streaming in your country, India, Follow… TAGSESPNIndian Premier LeagueIPLKaustubh JhaKKRKKR Marketing HeadKolkata Knight Riders SHARE YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDefinitionTime Was Not Kind To These 28 CelebritiesDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Week|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStory|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Cricket WTC Final LIVE: Devon Conway continues red-hot form, slams fifty to provide New Zealand dream start Football By Kunal Dhyani – November 14, 2018 WTC Final LIVE: Jamieson says, ‘nice and pleasing to get Virat Kohli’s wicket’; Gill feels India could have got more wickets Cricket CricketLatest Sports NewsSports BusinessNewsSport Kolkata Knight Riders have announced the appointment of Kaustubh Jha as Head of Marketing for the Indian Premier League franchisee .Kolkata Knight Riders CEO and MD Venky Mysore has confirmed the appointment. “We are delighted to have Kaustubh on board to lead the Marketing and fan building initiatives of the Knight Rider brand, which is not only the leading brand in IPL but through our presence in CPL and other initiatives around the world has genuinely become a global brand,” said Mysore. Cricket Cricket Euro 2020- Switzerland beat Turkey 3-1: Shaqiri’s brace keep Switzerland hopes alive; Turkey face exit from Euros Cricket Cricket RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR BCCI Apex Council Meet: BCCI to bid for 3 major global events in next tournament cycle starting from 2024; Check Facebook Twitter WTC Final IND vs NZ: Virat Kohli displays his dancing skills on the beats of Bharat Army’s Dhol; Watch video Latest Sports News WI vs SA 2nd Test Day 3 Live: South Africa in huge trouble; SA 59/6 (22.3 ov)- Follow Live Updates by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May Like24/7 SportsIt’s Amazing To See How These NBA Stars Have Changed Since College24/7 SportsUndocio.comUnlocking the Success of Digital Transformation with Active Intelligencecio.comUndoE! OnlineTLC’s So Freaking Cheap Takes Penny-Pinching to the ExtremeE! OnlineUndoKaustubh comes with over 10 years of experience in partnerships, content marketing and campaign management. He joins KKR from ESPN, where he was leading brand and content marketing for both ESPN Cricinfo and ESPN in.Prior to ESPN, Kaustubh was part of Marketing, Business and Consumer Insights team at MTV, Viacom18 Media Pvt. Ltd.A brand and marketing strategist, Jha specialises in providing brand solutions through integrated marketing. Media planning and buying, brand solutions and digital marketing are his forte.Also Read: Indian Premier League: Dhawan to play for Delhi Daredevils in exchange deal Tokyo Olympics: BCCI provides fuel in Indian Olympic flame, to contribute Rs 10 crore last_img read more

Anglo American Plc (ANGLO.bw) HY2011 Interim Report

first_imgAnglo American Plc (ANGLO.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2011 interim results for the half year.For more information about Anglo American Plc (ANGLO.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Anglo American Plc (ANGLO.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Anglo American Plc (ANGLO.bw)  2011 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileAnglo American Plc is a diversified mining enterprise with extensive interests in gold, platinum, diamonds, coal, metals, industrial minerals, paper and packaging, and financial and technological support. Anglo American Plc has an international footprint, with operations and undeveloped resources in Africa, Europe, South and North America and Australia. Anglo American’s diamond interests are represented by a 45% share holding in De Beers. The company produces approximately 35% (by value) of the world’s rough diamonds from its mines in Botswana, Canada, Namibia and South Africa. The government of the Republic of Botswana has a 15% beneficial interest. De Beers is a 50/50 partner with GRB in the Debswana Diamond Company. Debswana operates two of the world’s largest diamond mines in Botswana; Jwaneng and Orapa Mines.last_img read more

World Cup draw holds no fear for France

first_img French confidence: Les Bleus are bringing in a new generation of stars like Maxime Machenaud for RWC 2015By Gavin MortimerDID YOU hear it then? That sound, shortly after the groans had ceased from the England and Wales camps. It was the sound of Gallic guffawing as they digested the draw for the Rugby World Cup 2015.Because let’s be honest – and of course, with the greatest of respect to Ireland – France are already as good as in the quarter-final. In a pool that also contains Italy, and probably Romania, the French will have no trouble making it to the last eight. In the last twelve encounters between Ireland and France, Les Bleus have lost once. Included in their victories are two World Cup clashes, in 2003, when France romped to a 43-21 victory (having led 27-0 at half-time) and in 2007 when the Irish were humbled 25-3 at the Stade de France. When the two sides front up in 2015 it will be an Ireland sans the O Clan; O’Driscoll, O’Connell, D’Arcy, O’Callaghan and O’Gara.New wave: Saint-Andre has plenty of talentFrance, on the other hand, under Philippe Saint-Andre, have already started clearing out the dead wood, axing the likes of ageing stars such as Aurelien Rougerie, Clermont Poitrenaud and Julien Bonnaire. In their place, as we saw in their triumvirate of autumn internationals is a new generations spearheaded by centre-cum-wing Wesley Fofana, scrum-half Maxime Machenaud and full-back Brice Dulin.In fact the draw couldn’t have been better for France. Ireland and Italy will both offer them physical challenges that they’ll treat with respect, matches that the French will win but which will provide them with enough robust rugby to allow them to iron out any flaws in their performance before the serious stuff starts in the quarter-final. Obviously that wasn’t the message coming from the French camp on Tuesday (though messages on French rugby forums are laced with unbridled glee). Toulouse flanker Yannick Nyanga called the draw “complicated…I don’t know if we should be satisfied.” His back-row buddy, Fulgence Ouedraogo, was similarly on-message, saying: “Ireland had a great result against Argentina and the Italians are tough opponents, as they showed against Australia in November.”As for the coach himself, Philippe Saint-Andre is too wily an operator to be caught off-guard by a reporter. Asked if he thought it was a good draw, he replied: “If you want to be world champions, you have to beat all the nations. It’s true that if you look at Pool A with Australia, England and Wales, it’s a real Pool of Death…we know our opponents very well and we’ll be expecting difficult matches. Ireland drew with us at the Stade de France [in the 2012 Six Nations] while Italy are improving season by season.”Retired: O’Driscoll won’t make 2015The incentive for Saint-Andre to finish top of Pool D is that in doing so they’ll play the runners-up from Pool C, likely to be Argentina. Finish second in D and almost certainly it’s a confrontation with the winners of C – the All Blacks. Though France have beaten New Zealand in two of the last three World Cups (1999 and 2007), Saint-Andre would rather avoid the world champions if at all possible. “The winners will probably avoid the New Zealanders in the quarter-final…it would be worth finishing first.” CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND – JUNE 14: Irish captain Brian O’Driscoll during a Ireland rugby training session on June 14, 2012 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Such is the structure of the draw for the RWC 2015 that if results work out France could face England in the semi-final. How does that grab Saint-Andre? “I would like to be in the semi-final against England at Twickenahm!” he said, laughing, before turning to the here and now. “We’ve got a very difficult year in 2013 with three of our Six Nations’ matches away and then a three-Test tour to New Zealand against the best side in the world. We must continue to progress because we know that to be world champions one has to go towards an exceptional level of excellence.”Of course a lot could still happen between now and the 2015 World Cup. Perhaps O’Driscoll and O’Connell won’t retire. Then again, perhaps France will get even better.last_img read more

Zimbabwe diamonds, El Nino and the economic crisis in Southern Africa

first_imgThe Zimbabwe ministry of mines announced in the capital Harare on Feb. 23 that all but one of the firms involving in mining and exporting gems from the country was being closed. Many of the mining firms’ executives were at the media briefing after the decision had been delivered to them earlier in the day.These developments must be viewed within the broader context of a worsening crisis in Zimbabwe and neighboring South Africa centered around the economic impact of declining commodity prices and the continuing integration into the world capitalist system.Permission to mine diamonds had been issued in the past to Anjin, Diamond Mining Corporation, Jinan, Mbada Diamonds, DTZ Ozgeo, Rera, Gye-Nyame, Kusena and Marange Resources.Minister of Mining and Development Walter Chidhakwa said, “Since they no longer hold any titles, these companies were notified this morning to cease all mining activities with immediate effect and to vacate the mining areas covered by special grants for diamonds. They have been given 90 days within which to remove their equipment and other valuables.” (Zimbabwe Herald, Feb. 23)Negotiations had been going on between the Zimbabwe government and the mining firms for several months. No agreement was reached on how to consolidate production. The Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) government had proposed combining operations into the Zimbabwe Consolidated Mining Company, but said the firms were not willing to cooperate.The Zimbabwe government is now saying that it will proceed with mining under the control of a state-owned corporation. Nonetheless, it was not clear to what extent foreign interests will be sought to participate in diamond mining and marketing.Chidhakwa said that firms representing foreign interests were still able to open up discussions on joint ventures with the state-owned firm. He expressed concern about transparency in the market amid the precipitous decline of nearly 30 percent in prices for gems since 2014.Mining firms operating in Zimbabwe, which is one of the leading diamond-producing states globally, focus heavily on alluvial extractions involves digging and sifting through mud, sand and gravel. These require less capital as gems are easily gathered. However, most alluvial gem deposits are exhausted. Local miners claimed they lack the technical capacity or the resources to search for other possible deposits underground.“Consultation with the existent diamond companies, which took over seven months to allow for extraordinary shareholder general meetings, achieved no consensus between government and the companies on the consolidation issue,” Chidhakwa emphasized. “There was evidence of the desire by the companies to extend the process of negotiation for indeterminable periods at a time when the industry is in decline and definitely in trouble. This was not and remains an unpalatable choice for the government.”The Marange diamond fields are said to be one of the most lucrative in the world, yet people living in the vicinity are suffering from food shortages and other economic problems. This situation is further aggravated by reports that the gems are being rapidly depleted.An article published Feb. 23 by Thomson Reuters Foundation says the Marange fields were “estimated to have produced around 17 million carats in 2013, 13 percent of the global rough diamond supply, according to the Zimbabwe Mining Development Corporation. Marange produced 12 million carats in both 2012 and 2014, while production figures for 2015 are not yet available.”Nevertheless, the reports goes on: “When the Zimunya-Marange Community Share Ownership Trust was set up by President Robert Mugabe in 2012, the five diamond companies operating there promised to put in $10 million each to support local villagers over the coming five years. Four years on, they have deposited only $400,000 in the trust.”Mugabe addresses diamond crisisIn a recent television interview, President Mugabe outlined why the measures were taken. He admitted that the country had not sufficiently benefited from the agreements signed with these firms. (Zimbabwe Herald, March 4)The president and first secretary of the ruling ZANU-PF said, “We have not received much from the diamond industry at all. Not much by way of earnings. I don’t think we have exceeded $2 billion or so and yet we think that well over $15 or more billion dollars have been earned in that area. So where have our gold or carats been going[?] … [T]here has been quite a lot of secrecy in handling them and we have been blinded ourselves.”Mugabe also mentioned in the interview that he had told People’s Republic of China President Xi Jinping that the government was not satisfied with the performance of the Beijing-based firm which operated in the mines. However, the president did not think the closing down of operations of the Anjin firm would damage relations between China and Zimbabwe.In the same interview Mugabe said, “I told President Xi Jinping that we were not getting much from the company, and we didn’t like it anymore in this country. So we wanted it to go back.”Perhaps in response to this interview with Zimbabwe’s president, the state-controlled Herald newspaper reported on March 7: “China will deliver on all mega deals signed between President Mugabe and his Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping, and the Asian economic giant will not disappoint Zimbabwe, China’s director of African Affairs Department Mr. Lin Songtian, said last Friday. This poured cold water on speculation that the deals now hung in the balance after the government ordered all diamond mining firms, including those owned by the Chinese, to leave Chiadzwa for refusing to join the Zimbabwe Consolidated Diamond Company.”El Nino and the economic crisisIn addition to the drop in diamond prices, a drought has struck the region, creating conditions that have impacted energy generation, agricultural production and international food assistance. The lack of rain and excessively warm weather have led to crop failures and shortages of water resources.An article published March 7 by the Chinese-based Xinhua News Agency reported, “El Nino conditions have caused the lowest recorded rainfall between October 2015 and January 2016 across many regions of Southern Africa in at least 35 years. The period also recorded the hottest temperatures in the past 10 years. Poor rainfall, combined with excessive temperatures, has created conditions that are unfavorable for crop growth in many areas, according to the report.”This report reveals, “In Lesotho, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe, planting was delayed by up to two months or more, and is expected to severely impact maize [corn] yields. Already an estimated 15.9 million people in Southern Africa are highly food insecure.”The ZANU-PF government is mulling over a way forward, which portends much for the political situation throughout the region and the continent as a whole.In South Africa, the economic powerhouse of the region, the value of the national currency (rand) has declined significantly, creating mounting hardships which have aggravated political tensions between the ruling African National Congress and various opposition parties.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Man arrested in Aghilly assault investigation

first_imgNews Twitter Pinterest Facebook Twitter Facebook Dail hears questions over design, funding and operation of Mica redress scheme Dail to vote later on extending emergency Covid powers Man arrested in Aghilly assault investigation Google+ WhatsApp Pinterestcenter_img PSNI and Gardai urged to investigate Adams’ claims he sheltered on-the-run suspect in Donegal Previous articleBuncrana councillor launches ‘Margaret Lilly Support Fund’Next articleSoccer – McHugh Scores Against Given To Seal Bradford Win News Highland A 48 year old man’s been arrested by gardai investigating an aggravated burglary on the home of a 96 year old woman in Inishowen.Margaret Lilly was assaulted in the course of the robbery at her home in Aghilly, Buncrana in the early hours of Saturday morning and is still being treated at Letterkenny General Hospital.The man was arrested in Burt yesterday evening – he’s being questioned at Buncrana Garda station under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act. HSE warns of ‘widespread cancellations’ of appointments next week Man arrested in Derry on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences released By News Highland – January 9, 2013 Google+ WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derrylast_img read more

Failure To Deliver Food Kits In Containment Zones : Karnataka HC Summons BBMP Commissioner And ACS Urban Development Dept

first_imgNews UpdatesFailure To Deliver Food Kits In Containment Zones : Karnataka HC Summons BBMP Commissioner And ACS Urban Development Dept Mustafa Plumber13 July 2020 9:17 AMShare This – xThe Karnataka High Court on Monday issued summons to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner and the Additional Chief Secretary of the State Urban Development Department to appear before the court through video conferencing on Tuesday over failure to deliver food kits in containment zones in the city.A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Alok Aradhe…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Karnataka High Court on Monday issued summons to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner and the Additional Chief Secretary of the State Urban Development Department to appear before the court through video conferencing on Tuesday over failure to deliver food kits in containment zones in the city.A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay Oka and Justice Alok Aradhe observed :”There are over 3,000 containment zones in the city and even after our order issued on June 25, the BBMP has not identified the needy in containment zones. This is a complete defiance of our orders. People will die without food, this is in complete violation of fundamental rights of the residents living in containment zones.” At one point the court even suggested that “It will pass a writ of mandamus directing the state to take over the management of BBMP as it has completely failed in meeting its statutory duty.”The bench added that the affidavit submitted by the authorities showed “Complete lack of sensitivity in dealing with people in Containment zones.” During the hearing, the BBMP informed the court that as per the list provided by the All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU) of needy persons, it has supplied ration kits to them. However, on the query whether a survey was carried out to identify the needy in all containment zones, the counsel for BBMP said “efforts will be done”.   Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

“IS IT TRUE” JUNE 12, 2019

first_img We hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way.IS IT TRUE that the City County Observer readers are once again encouraging us to consider publishing a printed newspaper? …when former CCO editor and celebrated innovation CEO from Palm Springs, California was asked about the CCO publishing a printed newspaper his answer was surprising?…Mr. Wallace quickly pointed out that newsrooms across the country that are mostly delivering print products are on a 20 year shrinking spree with most newsrooms having less than half of the reporters they had 10 years ago and many are down to 10% of their peak that came in the 1990s?…he also pointed out that ad revenue in print is also declining and that the Automobile and Want Ads are a shadow of what they once were? …he also added that the Legal Notices and Obituaries announcements revenue are seemly paying  most of the the bills?IS IT TRUE that the obvious replacement of former 3rd Ward City Councilman John Hayden, CPA is biting at the bit to start serving Mr Hayden remaining term? …we are told that Mr. Melcher Campaign Chairmen is none other than County Council member Joe Kiefer?  …we are told that former 17 year City Councilman and one term Vanderburgh County Commissioner Steve Melcher handlers have their work cut out in rebranding him?  … for almost 17 years City Council member Steve Melcher characterized himself the “The Unions Representative”?  …that his Democratic opponent Zac Heronemus Campaign Chairman  is none other than the highly respected union leader Paul Green? …that so far a lot of Mr. Heronemus campaign donations are from union members and union friendly supporters?IS IT TRUE we hope that the next time a water main breaks happens within the service area of the Evansville Water And Sewer Department their public relation gal will put some of the attached information in her news-release? …we hope that her news-release wii state; that boiling the water for five (5) minutes will likely kill the harmful bacteria, dispose of all the ice from your storage bin, turn off you ice maker during the boil advisory order, you should limit your water consumption, you should use bottled water as much as possible, that businesses, healthcare providers and schools should not use drinking fountains that rely on tap water during the boil advisory order, use paper products when eating or drinking and hot water should be safe for doing laundry?  …most importantly we hope that she will send future news-releases of the Evansville Water And Sewer Department to all area media outlets?IS IT TRUE that last year Deaconess Hospital and Henderson Community Methodist Hospital formed a group called an “ACO?” …that “ACO” is where referrals are preferably kept within the group and only certain doctors at Deaconess and Methodist are invited to be a part of that group?  …we wonder how the “ACO” referral  agreement between Deaconess-Evansville and Henderson Community Methodist Hospital is currently doing? Footnote: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. Personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language and insults against commenters shall not be tolerated and will be removed from our site.Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare IS IT TRUE that Deaconess Hospital is now advertising on local TV that they are now “A Deaconess Network Affiliate of Methodist Hospital?  …we wonder what this is all about?  …could it be an abstract way of announcing to the public that they now own a third (3rd) of Henderson Methodist Hospital? IS IT TRUE that Evansville Living does a superb job in bringing us accurate and up-to-date local articles of substance? …they have earned the reputation of being extremely informative, detailed, aggressive and creative in providing their viewers with the current culture, politics, sports, business, lifestyle, entertainment, dining, and the big personalities unique to our region?  …we give five (5) cheers to Kristen and Todd Tucker for producing an incredible magazine for our region?Todays “Readers Poll’ question is: What two sources do you get your local daily news from?If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]center_img …Pangea, has a hand-built, Acunto wood-fired pizza oven, made by a family-owned company in Naples, Italy?  … that four generations of the Acunto family have built this oven, using the same designs and materials as generations of Neapolitans before them? …we predict you can taste the difference when a pizza is cooked in this oven at Pangea-Evansville?  … the homemade Gelato at Pangea is heavenly?  …we highly recommend that you try the infused Liquor specially drinks because they’re absolutely  well balanced and truly one of a kind? IS IT TRUE that Henderson Methodist Hospital for many years was seen as one of the best medical facilities in Kentucky has gotten a embarrassing grade of F for hospital safety?…the LEAP FROG GROUP has been rating hospital safety for many years and recently graded Henderson Methodist Hospital (An Network Affiliate of Deaconess-Evansville) as the only F hospital in the State of Kentucky and one of only 9 with a failing grade of F in the entire United States?IS IT TRUE that Perry Township Trustee Rick Riney has proven to be an outstanding public servant?   …we are told that many Democratic party movers and shakers are encouraging him to run for the Vanderburgh County Commission?  …that this seat is currently held by County Commissioner Cheryl Musgrave?IS IT TRUE we are proud that local Channel 14 TV News has decided to end each broadcast day with the playing of the Star Spangled Banner? …we give five (5) cheers to the management and staff of Channel 14 TV for showing American pride?IS IT TRUE A big part of serving traditional Neapolitan pizza is cooking that pizza in the traditional Neapolitan way?  …that means one thing — a wood-fired oven?last_img read more

Northumbrian lays out plans

first_imgThe new owners of biscuit and cereal bar maker Northumbrian Fine Foods have promised sustained NPD following a management buy-out.MD of the Gateshead-based business David Sillars bought the business from Duke Street, rescheduled outstanding debts of around £650,000 owed to third parties and invested another £750,000, with help from private equity firms. It is targeting sales growth of at least 10% to over £12m this year.Northumbrian, which employs 150 staff, produces the Prewetts gluten-free biscuit brand. New capital means it can now invest in people, products and facilities, said Sillars. “We plan to invest in sprinklings and toppings machinery. We’ll be doing a lot of NPD in cookies, cereal bars and gluten-free.”We’ve just launched a new gluten-free biscuit range for Asda, we’re working on a new cereal bar for The Co-op and have launched two new cereal bars for M&S.”last_img read more

Tracie Bennett on Ignoring Judi Dench and Starring in London’s Mrs. Henderson Presents

first_img View Comments Tracie Bennett was a 2012 Tony nominee for best actress in a play for End of the Rainbow, in which the pint-sized Englishwoman played Judy Garland. And now the powerhouse performer has returned to the West End to play the title role in the new musical Mrs. Henderson Presents, directed by Terry Johnson and based on the 2005 film that starred Judi Dench in Bennett’s current role of Laura Henderson. A two-time Olivier Award winner, both times for American musicals, the effervescent Bennett spoke to Broadway.com prior to the show’s opening at the Noel Coward Theatre.Your show is set at London’s Windmill Theatre during World War II, where women famously would appear motionless—and nude. Do you expect to be getting the raincoat brigade?Well, I can’t speak for them, but if that lot does come, they’ll get so much more. They’ll get a great story about camaraderie and strength that is written beautifully. We’re not just telling some filthy little tale!Yes, Laura Henderson does something quite noble as a wealthy theater-owner by providing necessary diversion and distraction during the Blitz.Yes, I think she knew she was doing good by this. In a sense, what we’re trying to do is capture the gentle innocence of a time and place that wouldn’t remain so innocent after that.It sounds as if you very much admire this character.I do insofar as she wanted to do something with her life because she could and she had the money to do so and to employ people and then what she actually did was marvelous. She’s a brilliant woman. You can see her formidableness.You seem to have come home in every way.I’m always being pulled back to England, and this really is so British; it’s based on a true story, as well, which is important to point out. But you know what? I’m always amazed to get anything, really. If you don’t do telly, people think you’ve died.Did you watch the Stephen Frears film with Judi Dench?I didn’t want to see it at this point; I thought it would freak me out. I love Judi Dench and see everything she does, but it’s the nature of the beast for everybody constantly to be compared, and I thought I could live without that.I can understand that.I never saw the Hairspray film either [Bennett won her second Olivier for that show on the West End] just because part of me is frightened to copy. And if you do that, then it becomes about playing Judi Dench playing Mrs. Henderson rather than me playing Mrs. Henderson.You must have gone through a version of this same issue when you played Judy Garland.To be honest, on that show as soon as the wig was off, I found that I had to be me again very quickly. I had to protect my emotions and my physicality. The show itself was about the price of fame, so it didn’t really matter if my voice cracked because Judy’s did at the time, too. The first job always is to find the character.What sort of a sing is this show compared to playing Garland?Some bits call for me to speak-sing in a sort of Rex Harrison way, which can be harder, but the thing with Mrs. Henderson is that I don’t want to sound fabulous because she is thinking about mortality. As I say, find the character first and then the voice comes out.Was it hard saying goodbye to End of the Rainbow after all the plaudits it brought you here and in America?Well, you learn in this business that you have to put things to bed. I’ve got a lot of friends from that time but at the same time, I don’t do Twitter and I don’t do social media, so I quite like to keep my head down. I had to wriggle out of something to make [Mrs. Henderson Presents] happen, but it feels good to be back.Your connection to America, though, is palpable. How do you feel about working there?I do love it there! At times I even feel like I was born in America in another era. I used to cut out pictures of the Manhattan skyline when I was two; my sister’s got that same thing with New Zealand.Age two? That’s starting early!And it had nothing to do with the business of show. It was, like, “What’s that Chrysler Building about?” As a kid, that was what got to me.What about Mrs. Henderson Presents—any talk of an onward life this time around?[The show] might go somewhere else. Let’s just put it that way. Tracie Bennett in ‘Mrs. Henderson Presents'(Photo: Paul Coltas)last_img read more