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first_img Regions: US 16th January 2019 | By Stephen Carter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Florida: At the mercy of voters The passage of Amendment 3 on the November ballot makes the legalisation of sports betting a much more difficult task. The amendment puts gambling expansion in the hands of voters, via citizen initiatives, rather than legislators. Because the initiative process requires 60 percent of the votes for passage, the prospects for authorised sports betting in the state are greatly diminished.Colorado: Still an issue for voters to decide Despite Attorney General Cynthia Coffman’s determination that sports betting is not subject to state constitutional restrictions, at least one of the legislators who supports legalisation is of the mind that the issue should still be decided by voters. In October, Rep. Cole Wist told the Denver Post that, while he is in favor of regulated sports betting, “I think it’s important to go back to the voters and make sure it’s something that they want.”  Rep. Wist and Rep. Alec Garnett are hopeful of getting sports betting to a statewide vote in 2019, which would mean legal sports betting would not become a reality until at least 2020. Meanwhile, gubernatorial candidate Walker Stapleton, a Republican who favors sports betting regulation, lost in the November election.CA, LA, MD, SC are years away Proponents of sports betting in California have their sights set on the 2020 ballot. The state has approved signature collection for the most recent measure, which was introduced in June 2018. To land on the 2020 ballet, the proposal needs to garner 585,407 signatures from registered voters by February 2019. In Louisiana, Sen. Danny Martiny made multiple efforts to get his sports betting bill on the agenda during special sessions, but Gov. John Bel Edwards would have nothing of it. Martiny said he’ll make another push in 2019 but is not optimistic. Maryland’s legislature has already passed a bill that would authorise sports betting at the state’s casinos and racetracks, but a referendum is necessary for legalisation to become a reality. This year they failed to pass legislation that would put sports betting on the ballot, which means the earliest it could come up for a vote is 2020. Despite the introduction of a regulatory bill in South Carolina, the state is likely years away from authorising sports betting, which would require a constitutional amendment to become a reality.Segev LLP employs an eight-strong igaming team with corporate, commercial, IP commercialisation, M&A, private equity finance, public markets finance, privacy and data, and regulatory and compliance experience. Its senior attorneys have a combined total of more than 40 years in the industry. Massachusetts and Rhode Island headline this week’s update as the industry weighs the fall-out from the DoJ’s revising its opinion on the Wire Act Topics: Casino & games Lottery Sports betting Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter KS, MI and OR also hopeful for 2019 Legislators in both Kansas considered multiple sports betting bills in 2018, and their sponsors are hopeful for approval in 2019. Oregon’s state’s lottery is hoping to expand its mobile gambling offering to include sports betting by the third quarter of 2019, but the lottery will first need the legislature to approve a taxation scheme. No bills have surfaced yet.Indiana: Signs of Life Following a hearing on 19 October, the Interim Study Committee on Public Policy voted to recommend legislation authorising sports betting to Indiana. While the vote would indicate that the state is taking steps toward legalisation, Committee Chairman cautioned that there are “many perils down the pathway before it becomes law.” Illinois – Slow and steady The outlook for regulated sports betting in Illinois remains good, but lawmakers are in no rush to push through legislation. Rep. Lou Lang cautioned at a hearing held on 17 October that the state should go slowly and make sure they get it right, and he referenced Pennsylvania’s unusually high 36% sports betting tax as an example of errantly moving forward without fully understanding the economics of the industry. Lang also said they need to give careful consideration toward including an integrity fee. He rejected the idea of paying leagues for the “privilege of showing your games,” but is open to a fee that actually contributes toward preserving integrity in sports. Finally, Lange urged caution in deciding who should be allowed to offer sports betting, pointing out that a state that houses almost 30,000 video gambling machines must be mindful of providing too much access to walk-up betting.Ohio: Midterm election not good for sports betting The election of Mike DeWine as Ohio’s next governor does not bode well for advocates of regulating sports betting. DeWine has consistently opposed efforts to legalise sports betting, while his opponent, Richard Cordray had indicated that he would consider legalisation. In August, Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof said Senate Bill 316, which would provide for legalised sports betting in the state, would be studied in a committee after the midterm elections in November. Obhof further predicted that the bill would not likely hit the Senate floor until 2019. Meanwhile, questions have been raised about whether the legislature even has the right to legalise sports betting in Ohio. The state’s constitution prohibits gambling, except under specific circumstances. Other forms of gambling, such as casinos, were only legalised through a constitutional amendment in 2009, and Senator Obhof suggested that sports betting would need to be amended into the constitution by a vote in a similar manner. Massachusetts and Rhode Island headline this week’s update, with the latter filing a bill to legalise mobile sports betting in the wake of the DoJ revising its 2011 ruling on the Wire Act to state that the law’s prohibition applies to all forms of gambling. With Segev LLPMassachusetts – third time’s a charm? Three sports betting bills were introduced by lawmakers on Wednesday 16 January. Sen Brendan Crighton’s SD 903 would legalise retail and mobile sports betting operations at casinos, with gross revenue taxed at 12.5%. It also includes a ‘bad actor’ clause, with no licence granted to any operator that is currently or previously has been partnered with business involved in any type of illegal offshore betting. Sen James Welch’s SD 882 is less detailed but would also enable casinos to begin sports betting operations with revenue taxed at 6.75%. Finally, Sen Bruce Tarr’s SD 908 would establish an 11-person commission to consider the impact of legal sports betting in Massachusetts. All three bills are yet to be assigned to a Senate committee to be examined further. The state has a population of 6.9m, and is home to major sports teams such as the New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox, as well as daily fantasy giant DraftKings. Legal sports betting in the state could generate annual gross gaming revenue (GGR) of $408.6m according to figures published by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission early last year.Rhode Island – mobile move Rhode Island Senate President Dominick Ruggerio has filed bill 2019-S 0037 aimed at legalising mobile sports betting in the state. The Twin River casinos in Lincoln and Tiverton would be permitted to work with developers to create an app utilising geolocation technology. Consumers would first to register in person at one of the casinos. The state would takes 51% in tax from all mobile sports betting revenue, keeping new laws in line with regulations for land-based wagering. Ruggerio said it was estimated 97% of sports betting takes place illegally. “This is an opportunity to give Rhode Islanders and visitors a legal avenue to participate in an activity they enjoy, while providing a very tangible benefit to our state.” The state legalised land-based sports betting in June last year and launched its regulated market in November.  Ruggerio’s bill has been referred to the Senate Special Legislation and Veterans Affairs Committee for further scrutiny.Michigan: Snyder puts the brakes on In December, outgoing Governor Rick Snyder vetoed Rep. Brandt Iden’s House Bill 4926, the Lawful Internet Gaming Act, following its approval by the Michigan Senate and House. Under five-year licenses, the state’s tribal and commercial casinos would have paid 8% of GGR generated from games such as poker, blackjack, slots and other card and table games. This had been approved alongside HB5881, which would have amended the 1996 Michigan Gaming Control and Revenue Act and levied an 8% GGR tax on sports wagering.Pennsylvania: Parx goes live On 10 January, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB) gave Parx Casino permission to launch its Kambi-powered on property sportsbook. Kambi now powers three of the state’s four live sportsbooks. Penn National Gaming’s William Hill-powered offering at the Hollywood Casino launched in November and the Rush Street-operated, Kambi-powered SugarHouse and Rivers casinos went live on December 15. The Keystone State became the fourth to fully legalize online gambling in October 2017 after Governor Tom Wolf signed an expansive gambling package into law.New York: Online poker returns In early January 2019, Chair of the Senate Racing, Gaming and Wagering Committee, Senator Joseph Addabbo, filed Senate Bill 18, which aims to allow all those aged 21 and above to play poker online. S00018 looks to issue up to 11 online poker licences, with only licensed video lottery gaming facilities and Class III (tribal) gaming licensees eligible. Each licensee would have to pay an up-front fee of $10m for a 10-year licence, as well as paying a 15% tax on gross gaming revenue. Despite the cap on the number of available licences, each entity would be permitted to operate an unlimited number of skins under its licence, provided each partner is approved by the New York State Gaming Commission. The legislation however includes a so-called bad actor clause, which would block companies that offered online gaming in the US after December 31, 2006 – when the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006 (UIGEA) was enacted – from participating in the market.Washington DC: Sports betting passed but subject to hearing Became the seventh jurisidiction to legalise sports betting after the D.C. City Council approved the Sports Wagering Lottery Amendment Act on 18 December 2018. It permits retail and digital sports betting in the capital, which has a population of almost 700,000 and teams in each of the major sports leagues. The bill will only allow mobile wagering via the D.C. Lottery’s Intralot powered platform. However, a number of designated facilities, such as the city’s major sports arenas, will be able to sign their own partners which will be able to offer their mobile services to customers within a two-block exclusivity zone, inside of which no competition is allowed. The emergency resolution which would have enabled the Act to be implemented within months was however withdrawn by DC City Council chairman Phil Mendelson on 8 January 2019. meaning a public hearing will be held later this year. This hearing will examine matters such as whether the DC Lottery should be allowed to gift its sports betting technology supply contract to Intralot without running a procurement process.West Virginia West Virginia approved legal sports betting in March 2018 with live, on-site betting getting under way at Hollywood Casino on 30 August. The bill authorizing sports betting allows for online and mobile wagering, and Delaware North-owned Mardi Gras and Wheeling Island casinos launched the first online and mobile app on 27 December 2018, the Miomni Gaming-powered Two legislators in Missouri have pre-filed sports betting bills for the 2019 legislative session. SB 44, introduced by Sen Denny Hoskins, presents an interesting twist by foregoing the typical integrity fee in favor of a quarterly 0.5% fee appropriated for upgrades to the state’s sports stadiums. The bill would also authorize sports betting via Internet and mobile devices.  The other measure, HB 119, introduced by Rep Cody Smith, would authorize interactive betting, but only for people who are physically located at licensed facilities.Kentucky: Staying on track Members of the Interim Joint Committee on Licensing, Occupations, and Administrative Regulations held a hearing on 12 October to discuss the authorization of sports betting in the state. The proposition has been well received in the legislature, and the outlook moving forward remains positive.Topics covered during the October hearing ranged from tax rates to integrity feels to mobile betting. A bipartisan group of legislators is expected to pre-file a sports betting bill prior to the start of next year’s legislative session. In September, the National Football League, Major League Baseball, the National Basketball Association, and the PGA Tour all registered to lobby during the 2019 General Assembly and are expected to push for a 1% integrity fee, which Committee Chairman Adam Koenig adamantly opposes. Provided the integrity fee doesn’t become a stumbling block, Kentucky could authorise sports betting as early as January. Tags: Online Gambling State of the union Casino & games Email Addresslast_img read more

Videoslots secures longer Swedish licence following appeal

first_img Tags: Mobile Online Gambling AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Videoslots secures longer Swedish licence following appeal Regions: Europe Nordics Sweden An appeal against the Swedish Gaming Authority’s (Spelinspektionen) decision to limit Videoslots’ operating licence to a two-year term has concluded with the operator having its licence extended to 31 December, 2023.The Linnköping Administrative Court, which ruled on the case, heard that Spelinspektionen’s original decision to only award Videoslots with a two-year licence was based on a regulatory settlement between the operator and the GB Gambling Commission.Announced in November 2018, a Gambling Commission investigation found that Videoslots had insufficient customer due diligence processes in place, and that it failed to establish the source of customers’ funds.The operator was found to have failed to carry out appropriate due diligence checks on high-spending customers, while another was able to use a fraudulent driving licence to verify their identity. These incidents occurred between 2014 and 2017.It ultimately agreed a £1m settlement with the Commission in lieu of a financial penalty, as well as paying £12,000 towards the regulator’s investigative costs.While this was seen by Spelinspektionen as grounds for limiting Videoslots’ licence term, the operator argued that the Commission accepted it had taken “proactive and timely measures” to address the failings identified in the investigation. The regulator had also praised Videoslots for being “open and transparent” and for cooperating fully with the regulatory process.“This makes it obvious that the company is a serious business that makes an effort to follow the regulations to which it is subject,” Videoslots said in its appeal. “The British supervisory case, therefore, cannot be considered a reason to deviate from the normal, five-year licence period.”Furthermore, it said, other operator that have entered into regulatory settlements were granted five-year licences, while a state-owned operator – Svenska Spel – had no restriction on its licence despite its subsidiary being fined for failings in its anti-money laundering processes.Casino Cosmopol was fined SEK8m (£641,638/€761,526/$841,970) for these failings in November 2018.In response, Spelinspektionen argued that as the settlement was only announced in November 2018, it believed this was too short a time to ascertain whether measures taken by Videoslots to rectify the issues identified had the intended effect.It said all cases were treated equally, noting that the Casino Cosmpol violations occurred a number of years back, and its SEK8m penalty was reduced to SEK3m on appeal in October this year.Alderman Thomas Kjellgren, who presided over the appeal, said Videoslots’ violation were indeed serious, and could be considered grounds for closer oversight of the operator by Spelinspektionen.However, he acknowledged that Videoslots had cooperated with the Gambling Commission over the matter, and taken steps to address the failings. As such, it was not justified or proportionate to limit its licence to two years.Furthermore, Kjellgren added, potential risks and deficiencies of Swedish licensees should be addressed as part of Spekinspektionen’s ongoing supervision of operators. Such issues would not be aided by a totally new assessment of an operator’s business, as would have been required once the two-year licence expired.He ruled that the licence will now run from 1 January 2019 to 31 December, 2023.Spelinspektionen has announced that it will not appeal the decision, which is the latest in a number of rulings relating to the duration of gaming licences.LeoVegas, which was originally granted a two-year licence, prevailed in its challenge against the decision in October this year. This followed four operators – Ellmount Gaming, Aspire Global, Gaming Innovation Group(GiG) and Hero Gaming – being granted three-year licences on appeal, having originally been only permitted to operate in the market for a year. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter An appeal against the Swedish Gaming Authority’s (Spelinspektionen) decision to limit Videoslots’ operating licence to a two-year term has concluded with the operator having its licence extended to 31 December, 2023. The Linnköping Administrative Court ruled a regulatory settlement with the GB Gambling Commission was insufficient grounds for curbing the licence duration. Casino & games Topics: Casino & games Legal & compliance 6th December 2019 | By contenteditorlast_img read more

Bychemex Limited ( 2010 Annual Report

first_imgBychemex Limited ( listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2010 annual report.For more information about Bychemex Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Bychemex Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Bychemex Limited (  2010 annual report.Company ProfileBychemex Limited is a subsidiary of Harel Mallac & Co. Limited and specialises in the manufacturing and sale of specialized chemical products and auxiliaries for the textile industry in Mauritius. Bychemex Limited handles its operations through the segments of textile auxiliaries, bleaching and dyeing chemicals, and scouring chemicals, where the company produces detergents, wetting agents, anti-crease agents, sequestrates, dispersants, and softeners, hydrogen peroxide, brine solution and caustic solutions. Bychemex Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius’ Development and Enterprise Market.last_img read more

Schools push students to for-profit prisons

first_imgWhile U.S. corporations seem unwilling to cut into their profits to provide living-wage jobs for millions of unemployed youth, for-profit prisons are finding new ways to jail them.Concern has been growing over the widespread pattern of funneling students out of schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice system. The practice usually targets impoverished or otherwise disadvantaged youth, especially students of color. So-called educators employ “zero-tolerance” policies that criminalize minor infractions of school rules.Across the U.S., reports are surfacing that this trend is accelerating.The U.S. Department of Justice is investigating schools in Meridian, Miss., for their policies of calling police whenever administrators want to discipline students. Police have arrested children as young as 10 years old.The resulting DOJ lawsuit against the district found that the arrests happen automatically. It doesn’t matter what the children do or whether their actions even warrant arrest. The police simply arrest all children referred to them through the schools.Once within the juvenile court system, these youth may be incarcerated for days without a hearing and denied basic constitutional rights. The DOJ found that Meridian’s long-time systemic abuse punishes students “so arbitrarily and severely as to shock the conscience.” (, Nov. 26)Attorneys with the Southern Poverty Law Center started to investigate Meridian in 2008 when reports surfaced of “horrific abuse” of youth in detention centers. They found that 67 percent of the youth warehoused there came from the Meridian school system.The young people had been denied access to lawyers. Many did not know what they were arrested for. All the students who were jailed or expelled for minor infractions were youth of color. Meridian’s population is 61 percent African American.What infractions warranted calling the police? In eighth grade Cedrico Green was put on probation for getting into a fight. After that any minor infraction — if he were a few minutes late or broke the school dress code — landed him back in the juvenile detention center. Green estimates “maybe 30” times.The DOJ lawsuit found that students were incarcerated for “dress code infractions such as wearing the wrong color socks or undershirt, or for having shirts untucked; tardiness; flatulence in class; using vulgar language; yelling at teachers; and going to the bathroom or leaving the classroom without permission.” (, Oct. 25)Policy benefits for-profit prisonsOn Oct. 31, Corrections Corporation of America, the largest for-profit prison/immigrant detention center operator in the U.S., was invited to participate in a lockdown and drug sweep of Vista Grande High School in the town of Casa Grande, Ariz.Students were lined up against walls and locked in the school, while teams of police using drug-sniffing dogs searched classrooms and student lockers. While unwarranted search for drugs has become routine in many U.S. schools, this was the first raid in which for-profit prison agents participated. Two CCA canine units were involved.Vista Grande High School Principal Tim Hamilton admitted he was unaware of any particular drug use at the school. His desire was to send a “message to kids.” The raid resulted in the arrest of three students for alleged possession of minor amounts of marijuana. (, Nov. 27)In 2011, CCA grossed $1.7 billion from its operations that include more than 92,000 prison and immigrant detention “beds” in 20 states. Most of the revenue for warehousing prisoners and immigrant detainees came from per-diem, per-prisoner rate contracts with local, state and federal governments.School-to-prison pipeline targets students of colorSince the 1970s, rates of school discipline — suspensions, expulsions and even arrests — have doubled. Current education policies give school administrators carte blanche to decide which students they will educate and which ones they will remove. More often than not the students who are not chosen end up in the juvenile prison system.Students of color are most often the target of these arbitrary disciplinary disparities. African-American students are nearly three times and Latino/a students nearly one-and-a-half times as likely to be suspended as white students. ( of color tend to receive harsher punishments than white students for engaging in the same conduct. Segregated schools where students of color predominate are the most likely to use push-out policies and employ the harshest disciplinary policies.Schools should be places where children go to be educated, not to be fast-tracked into an increasingly for-profit prison system. Our youth need education not incarceration, and we all need a system that puts people’s needs before profits.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

President suspends implementation of worrying media law

first_img February 12, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 President suspends implementation of worrying media law RSF_en News December 23, 2020 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Organisation June 8, 2021 Find out more RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance RSF joins other NGOs in amicus brief in WhatsApp suit against NSO Group News Help by sharing this information center_img Follow the news on United Arab Emirates to go further United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa Receive email alerts April 28, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders hails a decision by the president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Khalifah Bin Zayid Al-Nahyan, to suspend implementation of a media law which was adopted last month by the National Council and which Reporters Without Borders had described as worrying. The president intends to set up a special commission to carry out an exhaustive study of the law, taking account of opinion in the EAU.———-05.01.09Letter to government voicing concern about proposed press law reform Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard has written to the government voicing concern about the latest version of its proposed bill to amend the press law. Dated 17 December, the letter was sent to Mohammed Abdullah Al Gargawi, the minister of state for cabinet affairs, who is responsible for the bill. “We urge the government to clarify certain aspects that appear vague to us and to ensure that the proposed amendments to not endanger the news media,” the letter said. “The Gulf is often seen as one of the Middle Eastern regions where respect for freedom of speech and publication is developing best, and the United Arab Emirates had contributed to this by, for example, adopting an electronic media law drafted by regional Internet actors,” the letter continued. “But the proposed reform of the press law gives the opposite impression. “The decision to scrap prison sentences for journalists, announced in June, is a step in the right direction and we think the UAE should continue down this road. Reporters Without Borders therefore urges you to reduce the size of the fines and to restrict the powers of both the National Media Council and the courts to punish the media.” The changes in several of the bill’s articles since it was last examined by ministers in June have increased Reporters Without Borders’ concern about press freedom in the UAE. For example, the highest proposed fines used to be 200,000 dirhams. But article 31 now proposes a fine of 1 million dirhams for anyone who insults the president, vice-president or a member of the Supreme Council of Rulers through the news media or a licensed publication. In article 27, it is now said for the first time that cities located in the UAE’s free zones must also obey the press laws and the rules established by the National Media Council, which has the power to suspend the activity of certain media outlets for an indefinite period (article 36). These zones were not concerned before the bill was redrafted. Article 3 says licensed communication media may not be subjected to monitoring prior to publication. But article 21 says printers must comply with the council’s rules and must send a certain number of copies of each issue to the council or an entity designated by the council. The bill’s current wording makes it hard to understand what is intended. Also, article 21 does not specify whether the copies must be delivered before or after publication. The bill to amend the press law was submitted to the government for the first time in November 2007. While Reporters Without Borders welcomes the proposed decriminalisation of press offences, the main problem for free expression continues to be the self-censorship practised by most of the country’s newspapers. To avoid lawsuits, the media usually refrain from any comment or criticism that could be interpreted as harming the government’s image.More on the situation in the UAE News United Arab EmiratesMiddle East – North Africa Newslast_img read more

Hamid Mir

first_img See more Kalafi Moala Tonga Find out more Oudom Tat Cambodia Find out more Hamid Mir is a star – a star reporter, TV anchor, terrorism expert and security analyst. He has been fired twice, as a young reporter and as the Daily Pakistan’s editor, for articles implicating Pakistani leaders in corruption. He help launched the Daily Ausaf in Islamabad in 1997, interviewed Osama Bin Laden twice (before and after 9/11), and has hosted Capital Talk, a popular political talk show on Geo TV, since 2002. His stellar status has won him many international awards but also police harassment, political hostility (President Musharraf banned from TV for four months in 2007-2008) and repeated accusations of being a Taliban sympathiser. The Taliban dispelled those suspicions by putting a bomb under his car in November after he defended the schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai. Fortunately it was defused before it could go off. Mir was shot several times by four men on motorcycles on the outskirts of Karachi on 19 April 2014. Follow the news on Pakistan Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Information hero Hamid Mir center_img PakistanAsia – Pacific PakistanAsia – Pacific Chiranuch Premchaiporn Thailand Find out more Truong Duy Nhat Vietnam Find out more Peter John Jaban Malaysia Find out more to go furtherlast_img read more

Basin rig count unchanged as prices decline

first_imgLocal NewsIn the Pipeline Facebook By Odessa American – May 21, 2021 WhatsApp WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook The rig count in the Permian Basin was unchanged this week, the latest count Friday by Baker Hughes shows, with 231 rigs active in the region. A year ago, 162 rigs were active in the region.Nationally, the oil and gas rig count is up two from last week at 455 rigs. A year ago, 318 rigs were active. The count shows that 356 rigs sought oil, up four from the previous week, and 99 explored for natural gas, down one from the previous week.The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981. It bottomed out in August of 2020 at 244.The regional benchmark Plains-West Texas Intermediate Posting ended Friday at $60.06 per barrel, down $1.79 from last Friday’s close. National benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude ended at $63.58 per barrel, down $1.79 from the previous week.center_img TAGSBaker HughesOil Pricesrig count Pinterest Twitter Basin rig count unchanged as prices decline Previous articleDAILY OIL PRICE: May 21, 2021Next articlePolice searching for woman connected to husband’s death Odessa American Twitterlast_img read more

Delhi Deputy CM Writes To Defense Minister, Seeks Armed Forces Support For Setting Up, Operationalize Covid Facilities

first_imgNews UpdatesDelhi Deputy CM Writes To Defense Minister, Seeks Armed Forces Support For Setting Up, Operationalize Covid Facilities Nupur Thapliyal3 May 2021 1:52 AMShare This – xThe Delhi Deputy CM, Manish Sisodia, has written to Defense Minister Rajnath Singh for lending services of armed forces to set up and operationalize covid health facilities with about 10,000 oxygenated Non ICU beds and 1000 ICU beds along with arrangements for supply of medical oxygen for such facilities.The letter written by the Deputy CM dated 2nd May 2021 reads thus:”Indian Army has always stood at the forefront during every time of crisis, helped and protected the citizens of this Great Nation. I shall be grateful if your Ministry could lend the services of our Armed Forces to set-up, operationalize and run some COViDHealth Facilities with about 10,000 oxygenated Non-ICU beds and 1,000 ICU beds. Since the entire health infrastructure machinery is overwhelmed with the management of the existing hospitals and the upcoming covid Hospitals/Care Centres, it will be a timely help to the people of Delhi if the Ministry of Defence, with the considerable resources St its command, is tasked with the responsibility to provide and man the additional COVID Health Facilities as per the current projections. We also request the Ministry of Defence to make arrangements for supply of medical oxygen for the COVID health facilities to be set up.”Furthermore, additional support of providing cryogenic tankers for transport of Liquid Medical Oxygen is also sought from the Armed Forces.”The Ministry of Defence may also kindly provide medical and para medical teams to supplement the medical manpower of Delhi. The Government of NCT of Delhi will work in close coordination with the Government of India to overcome the present crisis.” The letter reads.Click Here To Read LetterTagsDelhi Deputy cm Manish Sisodia Rajnath Singh Ministry of Defence Covid facilities second covid wave Oxygen Supply Armed Forces Next Storylast_img read more

MARCOM Welcomes Visitors for TRIDENT JEWEL

first_img View post tag: TRIDENT JEWEL View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic March 25, 2015 View post tag: Naval Authorities Share this articlecenter_img NATO Allied Maritime Command (MARCOM) welcomed the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), General Philip M. Breedlove, and the Commander of Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO (STRIKFORNATO), Vice Admiral James Foggo, to observe MARCOM’s full operational capability (FOC) certification Exercise TRIDENT JEWEL.The exercise tests the headquarters staff’s abilities to manage a joint multinational operation with a significant maritime component. Months of planning have gone into this particular exercise, to include the development of complex operational plans, taking into account all aspects of joint military operations.During the visit, SACEUR and STRIKFORNATO observed the MARCOM staff of 300 and more than 110 augmentees, trainers and evaluators work through a complex non-Article V crisis in a fictitious non-NATO nation, commanding air and land forces, logistics and Special Forces, as well as its regular maritime capabilities such as ships, submarines, and maritime patrol aircraft.Gen. Breedlove said:Exercise TRIDENT JEWEL will test the Mission Essential Task List (METL) of the Allied Maritime Command as part of NATO’s overall efforts to ensure its readiness to meet challenges at speed with capable forces.[mappress mapid=”15496″]Image: MARCOM View post tag: europe View post tag: MARCOM Back to overview,Home naval-today MARCOM Welcomes Visitors for TRIDENT JEWEL MARCOM Welcomes Visitors for TRIDENT JEWELlast_img read more

Bayonne Receives Clean Communities Funding

first_img× Last week, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) announced that Bayonne is receiving a Clean Communities grant of $100,525.  This funding is part of a statewide distribution of $19.4 million.  We welcome this news and appreciate the NJDEP’s grant to the City of Bayonne.Clean Communities grants can be used for clean-ups and equipment purchases.  According to the NJDEP, equipment purchases can include “receptacles, recycle bins, anti-littering signs, and graffiti removal supplies.”NJDEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe said, “Clean Communities grants help municipalities and counties with the important task of removing unsightly litter, often from roadways and around stormwater collection systems, to enhance quality of life.”Commissioner McCabe continued, “Beautifying our communities through these types of cleanups helps improve our water quality and natural resources while also protecting wildlife and their habitats.”The Clean Communities Program is funded by a user fee on manufacturers, wholesalers, and distributors. That means, the industries that produce items that might become litter help pay to clean it up. The grant to municipalities is based on the number of housing units and the miles of municipally-owned roadways (streets).  The use of housing unit numbers in the grant shows once again how important it is for everyone to make sure your housing unit is counted in Census 2020.At this time of economic distress, it is encouraging that the NJDEP was able to distribute $17.3 million in Clean Communities grants to eligible municipalities and $2.1 million to counties. The New Jersey Clean Communities Council, a non-profit organization, oversees the reporting requirements for the grants.  The Council’s Executive Director, Sandy Huber, has worked with the City of Bayonne on this grant program for many years.We are grateful each year that the NJDEP provides this grant to Bayonne and our friends in other municipalities. Over the years, the City of Bayonne has used Clean Communities Grants to help us clean up the extra litter that accumulates during the summer and to help fund clean-up drives at other times of the year.We need the public’s help to keep Bayonne clean. Make sure to dispose of refuse properly.  Please put cans, bottles, yoghurt cups, paper, cardboard, and other recyclable items in recycling bins.  Please put non-recyclable refuse in regular garbage cans.  By working together, with the help of the state, the City of Bayonne and our residents can make Bayonne a cleaner community.last_img read more

News story: Sandwell and west Birmingham patients to benefit from new hospital

first_imgSandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust Chief Executive, Toby Lewis, said: It will be an acute centre for the care of adults and children, as well as offering maternity care and specialised surgery to approximately 750,000 residents.Construction work had begun on Midland Metropolitan Hospital, part of Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, under a private finance programme. Work was halted when the firm carrying out the work, Carillion, went into liquidation earlier this year. Since then, the trust and the government have worked closely together to reach a resolution.Health Minister Stephen Barclay said: This is absolutely fantastic news. After a huge amount of work by teams across Whitehall and the Trust, and with the voices of local residents, clinicians, and stakeholders having been clearly heard, we are delighted that we now have a definitive, publicly financed plan. We will continue to engage with the construction market over coming weeks and build towards a formal procurement by November this year. We always said Midland Met would be delivered and the doubters were wrong. The Prime Minister’s promise is being honoured. Midland Met will open in 2022, and by then our partnerships with local GPs, schools and care homes will be even deeper and more integrated than today. This is a vote of confidence in our publicly financed construction plan, and in our Sustainability and Transformation Plan as a whole. The new hospital is about improving the outcomes of patient care and about regeneration and public health. We need to finish the job and seize the benefits. Under the agreement, the government will provide funding for the remainder of the building work at Midland Metropolitan Hospital. The new hospital will be built by 2022.When completed, Midland Metropolitan will be the first new hospital in England’s second largest urban area since 2010. The new hospital will have:center_img Our long-term plan for the NHS will see it receive £20.5 billion a year more than it currently does by 2023, but our commitment does not stop there, as this important partnership shows. We are not only giving patients in Sandwell and west Birmingham world-class NHS facilities on their doorstep, but also showing our determination to build an NHS fit for the future – all whilst making sure taxpayers’ money is spent in the best possible way. state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment 15 operating theatres at least 669 bedslast_img read more

Virginia Town Will Host Over 200 Shows At 50 Venues In One Week

first_imgAlexandria, VA will host the 2nd annual Alexandria Live Music Week this Friday, September 30th through October 8th, hosting over 200 performances at over 50 venues throughout the city. While national highlights include bands like Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen, The Funky Meters, El DeBarge and more, a number of the performances will feature local bands that are making a name for themselves in the musically-oriented town.The locally renowned artists like Judge Smith, The Janna Audey Band, Free Flowing Musical Experience, Farley Granger, and Rocky Guttman will all be playing at intimate venues across Alexandria throughout the week. There will a Film Festival showing Spinal Tap, and hometown favorite locales like King Street Blues, Blackwall Hitch, Murphy’s Irish Pub, Fiona’s Irish Pub, Magnolia’s on King, and more will all host music regularly throughout the week! The Birchmere will also be running great concerts in celebration of Live Music Week.The event comes a full year after the debut of Alexandria Live Music Week, but this year’s event features even more performances and venues! To keep up with the full festival, check out the schedule on the official Alexandria Live website.last_img read more

Attention IT Pros: Don’t Pull Your Hair Out, OpenManage Mobile Is Here

first_imgAt Dell EMC, we create systems management tools so that you can manage all of your PowerEdge servers in a way that works for you. One of our free tools is called OpenManage Mobile (OMM for short). It’s an app on your smartphone or tablet used to deploy, manage, and monitor PowerEdge servers whether you’re managing at-the-server with iDRAC, using RACADM scripts, or from the OpenManage Essentials console. The app is available as a free download in the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or MyApp/Tencent (China) app stores. When you work in an environment that’s always-on and a minor issue can take on epic proportions, grievances are bound to arise, even if you love your job. What, Bob forgot his password for the thousandth time? Jill needs the new servers deployed by the end of the day? It can make you want to pull your hair out. Or scream. Or cry. Or both!The good news is that OpenManage Mobile can help alleviate your systems management headaches and it might even keep the hair on your head for a few more years.“I’m chained to my desk or the data center, not enough work-life balance.” Companies are increasingly embracing a “work from anywhere” philosophy. A 2016 Gallup report found that 43% of Americans work remotely at least some of the time. Unfortunately, the always-on nature of an IT professional’s job means that you probably feel like you can’t fulfill your duties unless you’re physically in the office. OMM upends this notion. You don’t even need your laptop.OpenManage Mobile works on mobile devices to access key features of the OpenManage Essentials (OME) console from anywhere. Through OMM, you can receive customized alert notifications on your mobile device automatically as they arrive on the OME console. The newest version of OMM even enables alerts on a wearable Apple Watch or Android Wear device. For IT Pros managing via the OME console*, essential systems management tasks are achievable whether you’re working from home or want to stay connected during non-business hours.“I spend too much time putting out fires, when I’d rather be working on strategic projects.”  The CIO at my previous employer was completely sold on the principles touted in Gary Keller’s book, “The ONE Thing.” The book encourages readers to block time every day to focus on becoming an expert practitioner at one thing, leading to loads of professional success. The concept probably seems laughable to IT pros who barely have time to manage the queue of tickets piling up in their inbox. Forget spending time on skill mastery or strategic IT initiatives. OMM may not solve all of your time-management challenges, but it can make some of them better.Principled Technologies found that using OMM with Quick Sync 2 to perform a basic server setup, view the health of a server, and view server inventory is more efficient than using an LCD screen or crash cart to complete the same tasks. For example, viewing server logs to identify a problem was 28% faster when completed with OMM and Quick Sync 2 instead of using a crash cart. Faster issue identification leads to faster issue resolution, and frees up time for IT pros to work on other projects. OpenManage Mobile timesaving statistics are viewable in Principled Technology’s infographic.“I’m expected to do more, but with the same budget.”  Traditionally, organizations’ lines of business have viewed the IT function as a cost center. One consequence of this mindset is the continuous pressure placed on IT to maximize capabilities at the lowest possible cost. And the pressure isn’t going away anytime soon. Gartner predicts that global spending on data center systems will grow a mere 0.3% in 2017. Luckily using OpenManage Mobile doesn’t require an additional investment.Using OpenManage Mobile to access the OME console or iDRAC remotely is completely free. For IT pros who want to access iDRAC at the server with OMM you’ll need Quick Sync 2. Quick Sync 2 is available on most 14th generation PowerEdge servers at a small fraction of the total server price. The speed, simplicity, and mobility of OpenManage Mobile is within reach even for organizations with a limited IT budget.  “I don’t have time to learn yet another tool.” We’ve all been there; just when you’ve mastered one tool it’s time to learn a new one. It feels like being forced to learn a new language for every new person you meet. No one has time for that. That’s why Dell EMC product engineers have conveniently made OMM compatible with well-known PowerEdge management tools and provided a Demo Mode for easy learning.If you’re an OpenManage Essentials user, install OMM for mobile access to your normal console. For those used to managing from the LCD screen, OMM consolidates multiple LCD screens. This way you’re able to view LCD info from the highest or lowest server on the rack without straining or crouching, and in the language you’re used to. OMM extends and simplifies time-tested PowerEdge management tools to flatten the learning curve for new users. Plus you can test it out in Demo Mode first to learn the app without altering your actual system. Wireless security shouldn’t be an issue for IT pros who want to modernize their data centers using mobile devices. That’s why OpenManage Mobile is equipped with three layers of security: at-the-server, remote connection, and on-device. These security controls ensure worry-free mobile server management. Check out the full technical report on OMM’s security and Dell EMC’s recommended best practices for using the app.Don’t allow the headaches of systems management to distract you from truly excelling at your job. OpenManage Mobile is here to help. Are these frequent complaints relevant for you? If not, please leave a note in the comments section and make sure to tell us what we missed.*Select mobile tools are also available for IT pros managing via iDRAC/Quick Sync 2 and with RACADM commands. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:50Loaded: 19.53%0:00Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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GRUMEC – The Brazilian Navy Special Forces

first_img In Brazil, their activity began in the 60s, when two officers and two privates successfully concluded the Underwater Demolition Teams course – UDT (currently called Basic Underwater Demolition – Sea, Air and Land – BUD/SEAL), in the United States. As a result of the experience of these pioneers, the Combat Divers Division in the Almirante Castro e Silva Base was created in 1970. Two years later, two more officers and three privates were sent to France, where they received qualification as Combat Nageurs (1972). As a combination of the techniques from the French course, which emphasized on diving operations, with the techniques of the U.S. course, which emphasized on ground operations, and adjusting them to the needs of Brazil’s Navy, by the Admiral Attila Monteiro Aché Training and Instruction Center, CIAMA, the first Brazilian Combat Diver Special Course was held in 1974. In an attempt to adequately fulfill the increasing demands of the squadron and the naval districts, the Combat Divers Division of the Almirante Castro e Silva Base was transformed in 1983 into the Combat Divers Group that was part of the Submarine Force Command. In 1996, the government determined the creation of the Combat Divers Improvement Course for military officers. The first class was formed in December of that year. On December 12, 1997, by Ordinance No. 371, the Minister of the Navy created the Combat Divers Group. The new military organization, activated on March 10, 1998, has a semi-autonomic administration and reports directly to the Submarine Force Command. After successfully completing one of the most rigorous courses of the Armed Forces, the Combat Divers join the GRUMEC, where they begin the second phase of their education. The Combat Diver is incorporated into one of the operational teams and they join the training schedule specific to that team, participating actively in the very detailed planning and preparation phases for each mission. In addition, occasional exchanges and courses are conducted in similar units in other countries: the Chilean and Argentinean Tactical Divers, the Spanish Combat Divers, the American SEAL, the French Combat Nageurs. The GRUMEC also maintains close ties with other military and police national forces that drive special operations, such as the Brazilian Army Special Operations Brigade, Brazilian Airborne Rescue Squadron, Brazilian Marine Special Operations Battalion, Special Police Operations Battalion of the Military Police of Rio de Janeiro (BOPE), and the Brazilian Maritime Police Special Unit (NEPOM). As a military organization responsible for executing special operations within the scope of the squadron and permanently comprising the Rapid Deployment Force, it is in perfect synchronization with the new paradigm regarding the deployment of the armed forces in the 21st Century, in view of the reduced structure and subsequent low maintenance cost, when compared to the great employment of flexibility and agility in multiple tasks. For over thirty years, the military members of the GRUMEC have been participating in all squadron amphibious operations: supporting torpedo and missile launches; performing attack exercises on ships from both the squadron and as the district force; participating in riverside operations in the Amazon and the Pantanal, in Mato Grosso; and performing the recovery of ships and oil platforms and hostage rescue exercises. The Brazilian Navy Combat Divers Group, or GRUMEC for its Portuguese name, is a military organization under the Submarine Force Command on the island of Mocanguê, in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro, at the headquarters of the Brazilian Squadron. Brazil has achieved an important role in the international scenario because of various important milestones, such as having discovered a pre-salt layer, the self-sufficiency of Brazil’s oil industry, its economic growth, the participation of the Navy in international operations (with NATO), among others. Currently, for its preparation and qualification, the GRUMEC can act in different areas where the Brazilian Navy is present. Whether in the patrol and assessment of Brazilian hostile environments, like the large Amazon rivers, the tortuous rivers of the Pantanal, in Mato Grosso, in the Blue Amazon – the oceanic strip of the Brazilian coast – which is under the responsibility of the Brazilian Navy –, or by contributing to the maintenance of law and order in Haiti, maritime interdiction actions, hostage or facilities recovery and rescue actions, the Brazilian Navy Combat Divers are always ready to fulfill their mission. center_img Following the combat diver’s trend from the most developed navies, such as the United States, Spain, France, Germany, Chile, and Argentina, the GRUMEC has been training in land operations overseas. With a special emphasis given to the GERR/MEC, which since 1985, has been focusing on anti-hijacking operations in a maritime environment and contributing to the protection of many terminals, oil platforms, and ships from the area known as Blue Amazon, an area which encompasses the entire Brazilian maritime platform. The GRUMEC also contributes to the security of the Visit and Inspection Group (GVI) of naval ships, as well as providing support to their training. The GVIs are responsible for inspecting ships and vessels in Brazilian waters. The Combat Divers are also ready, if necessary, to be deployed in actions that will ensure law and order, a fundamental constitutional precept in contemporary democratic states. By Dialogo June 10, 2013 In its organizational operating structure, the GRUMEC has three special operations units, which are responsible for all tasks aside from those related to the recovery and rescue (reconnaissance assessments of the beach, etc.) and the GRUMEC Recovery and Rescue Special Group, responsible for these actions (GERR-MEC). At the conclusion of the Combat Divers course, the troops join the operative units and, after two or three years of experience, they move on to the GEER/MEC, which requires more experienced soldiers due to the nature of its actions. Do they have training in the “caatinga” (arid land in northeastern Brazil) or desert? If not, can they at least do the course by paying? How much is the salary of these great Brazilian troops? Yes, grumec has training in the caatinga and the Amazon rainforest, they are able to survive anywhere in the world, including in the desert … Source: I, I am Brazilian.last_img read more

710 vehicles seized for violating ‘mudik’ ban

first_img“Up until Wednesday, the police had issued 9,541 reprimand letters for traffic violations,” he said, adding that this figure had decreased compared with last year’s violations.Ahmad said 52 traffic accidents were recorded during this year’s Operation Ketupat, a 100 percent increase compared with last year.Previously, the National Police also tightened security at all mudik checkpoints to stop people who had left Greater Jakarta from returning back to the capital without an exit and entry permit (SIKM).“People wishing to enter Jakarta are required to obtain a permit from the Jakarta administration and the police,” National Police traffic corps head Insp. Gen Istiono said on Monday. “Otherwise, they will be told to turn back,”. (trn)Topics : The National Police seized 710 commercial vehicles for transporting passengers during the period of the mudik (Idul Fitri exodus) ban designed to curb the spread of COVID-19.“Among the 710 vehicles were 698 illegal shuttle vans, eight freight trucks and four buses,” National Police spokesperson Sr. Comr. Ahmad Ramadhan said in a virtual press conference on Wednesday.Some 87,636 vehicles were ordered to return to their point of departure during this year’s Operation Ketupat — a security operation during Ramadan and the Idul Fitri holiday — which lasted from April 24 until May 26.last_img read more

Tiphone defaults on bonds, trading suspension extended

first_imgPublicly listed mobile phone distributor PT Tiphone Mobile Indonesia has defaulted on bond coupon and principal repayments of about Rp 250 billion. In response, the Indonesian Central Securities Depository (KSEI) has announced a payment postponement.In a statement released on June 19, the KSEI announced the postponement of principal and interest payments for holders of Tiphone’s TELE01BCN3 shelf-registered bonds, worth a total of Rp 231 billion with an original maturity date of June 22.In a separate statement published a day before, the KSEI announced that bond coupon payments for Tiphone’s shelf-registered TELE02CN2 bonds would be postponed. The value of the delayed payments was Rp 19 billion and the maturity date was June 19.  “The bourse has decided to extend the temporary suspension of PT Tiphone Mobile Indonesia’s securities trading in all markets, effective from the first trading session on June 22, 2020, until further notice,” the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) announced on Monday.The IDX has prevented the trading of Tiphone’s securities since June 10 because of concerns over the company’s ability to pay its debts. Tiphone’s shares, traded on the IDX under the stock symbol TELE, closed at Rp 121 per share on June 9. This year, the shares have fallen 60 percent, a steep decline compared to that of the benchmark Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), which was down 21.92 percent year-to-date. Tiphone, whose main business is the sale and distribution of mobile phone vouchers and cellular phones, announced that the pandemic had impacted its business operations.  “This pandemic has slowly begun to impact several company business outlets. The company’s outlets cannot operate because of the closure of malls following the large-scale social restrictions [PSBB] enforced by the government,” Tiphone corporate secretary Semuel Kurniawan said in a written statement on May 26. “The company is still trying to maintain the continuity of the business.” Tiphone did not immediately respond to The Jakarta Post’s request for comment.As of Sep. 30, 2019, the company’s total liabilities stood at Rp 4.94 trillion, up 11 percent from Rp 4.45 trillion on Dec. 31, 2018. Its total assets were Rp 9.23 trillion, up 10.6 percent from Rp 8.34 trillion.The company’s debt-to-asset ratio was 53.56 percent, indicating that most of the company’s assets were financed through debt. Indonesian rating agency Pemeringkat Efek Indonesia (Pefindo) analysts Ayuningtyas Nur Paramitasari and Christyanto Wijaya said the postponement of the issuance of Rp 150 billion in shelf-registered bonds had put further pressure on the company’s liquidity. They said the liquidity pressures were exacerbated by the company’s weekly working capital requirement for its voucher business of about Rp 600 billion to Rp 700 billion. “We expect that the company’s liquidity position is under pressure following lower revenue generation and longer receivables collection periods because of the COVID-19 outbreak,” the Pefindo analysts wrote in a statement released on June 19. Pefindo has lowered the company’s rating and the ratings of its outstanding bonds. The most recent rating revision was a downgrade of the TELE02CN2 bond to idD, which indicates a payment default, from idCCC, a rating that indicates vulnerability to non-payment. The analysts said the company’s corporate rating could be lowered to idD if it could not pay its financial obligations upon their due dates. This would be yet another downgrade in a series of revisions the company has experienced throughout the year. Tiphone’s corporate rating now is idSD (selective default), which indicates that the company has failed to pay one or more of its financial obligations but still makes timely payments on others. It was downgraded by Pefindo earlier this month from idBB+. That rating followed a revision from idBBB+, which the agency issued last month. Topics :last_img read more