NetEnt CEO demands improvement despite 2018 revenue growth

first_img12th February 2019 | By contenteditor Swedish casino games developer NetEnt has reported a 8.9% year-on-year increase in 2018 revenue, though increased costs saw profit decline in the fourth quarter of the year. Revenue for the 12 months ended December 31, 2018 grew to SEK1.8bn (£149.4m/€170.3m/$192.0m). The supplier signed up 31 customers over the year, down from 37 in 2017, and launched its products with 38 partners.The company saw 2018 operating expenses rise 12.0%, due in part to increased personnel expenses of SEK535.9m, with depreciation and amortisation up 36.0% at SEK215.0m. This left an operating profit of SEK601.1m.NetEnt benefitted from the weakness of the Swedish Kronor, which contributed to financial income rising to SEK62.1m, helping offset finance-related expenses more than doubling to SEK41.0m.As a result NetEnt’s pre-tax profit grew to SEK622.1m, with the full-year profit growing 5.5% year-on-year to SEK577.2m, once tax of SEK44.9m had been paid.For the fourth quarter, revenue was up 9.5% year-on-year to SEK465.4m, with six new titles released in the three months ended December 31, 2018. NetEnt chief executive Therese Hillman (pictured) noted that “several” of these titles had performed well.The supplier signed eight new licensing agreements during the period, as well as launching with nine new customers. NetEnt has agreements in place with an additional 22 customers yet to go live at the end of 2018, down from 30 at the end of 2017.The majority of revenue came from the mobile channel, which accounted for 61.4% of game win in the period, up from 53.8% in the prior year. Locally regulated markets accounted for 37% of total game win over the quarter, though Hillman noted that this would have increased to more than 50% if Sweden, which opened its igaming market on January 1, 2019, had been included.Nordic markets continue to perform well for NetEnt, with 14% of game win generated from Sweden, and a further 16% coming from other Nordic markets. The UK contributed a further 13% of game win, down one percentage point from Q4 2017, with 49% coming from other European markets. The rest of the world, including New Jersey, Mexico and British Columbia, contributed the remaining 9%.Operating costs rose 17.2% year-on-year in Q4 to SEK319.2m, which led to operating profit for the quarter falling 4.2% to SEK146.2m.Once finance-related costs of SEK4.1m were stripped out, pre-tax profit came in at SEK142.0m, down 6.9% from 2017, with the post-tax profit dropping 11.8% to SEK136.6m.Moving to the company’s performance in the first weeks of 2019, CEO Hillman said that NetEnt’s game win in Euros was down around 5% from 2019, as a result of lower volumes in the re-regulated Swedish market.“While it is still too early to predict the mid- to long-term effects of the Swedish regulation, we expect the key customer signings in Q4 2018 and our upcoming game releases to contribute to new revenues in 2019,” she said. “When it comes to organic earnings growth, we have clearly higher ambitions than the pace we saw in 2018.”Hillman also noted that NetEnt was closely following developments in the US in the wake of the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel revising its stance on the Wire Act.“This has created some uncertainty, but at this stage we do not see any reason to reconsider our US growth plans, which include growing on the regulated markets in New Jersey and Pennsylvania,” she said. “With regards to timing, however, we see that the launch in Pennsylvania will be delayed due to changes in the regulatory requirements.”NetEnt will also look to ramp up its game release schedule in 2019, with the company aiming to release between 30 and 35 games during the year, compared to 21 in 2018. This has already seen the supplier cut around 55 roles at its Stockholm headquarters to keep costs under control. Topics: Casino & games Finance Slots Table games NetEnt CEO demands improvement despite 2018 revenue growth Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Slot Machines Casino & games AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Swedish casino games developer NetEnt has reported a 8.9% year-on-year increase in 2018 revenue, though increased costs saw profit decline in the fourth quarter of the year. Chief executive Therese Hillman has challenged the business to ramp up organic earnings growth in the year ahead. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Regions: Europe UK & Ireland US Nordics Sweden New Jersey Pennsylvanialast_img read more

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2021-08-24

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Stop U.S. war against Syria!

first_imgThe U.S. administration reversed its position on Syria on April 5, implying it would expand U.S. intervention. On April 6, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said there was “no role” for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, thus threatening a major war in the region. (New York Times, April 6)This followed the news that a chemical weapons discharge in Idlib, Syria, on April 4 left dozens of people dead. Before the dust had settled, warmongers in Washington and their British and French allies, both former colonial powers in that region, blamed the Syrian government and its Russian allies for the attack.The rhetoric of imperialist politicians, the bourgeois press and the wide variety of pro-war forces immediately reeked of another U.S. invasion and wider war. It would not be the first U.S. war built on a phony pretext. In August 1964, the phony Gulf of Tonkin incident expanded the war on Vietnam until 3 million Vietnamese and 58,000 U.S. soldiers were dead. In 2003, the phony pretext of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction led to the destruction of Iraq with millions killed and displaced.The insidious lies of empire are always used to spearhead colonial attacks against oppressed nations. Trump, the self proclaimed isolationist, transformed before our eyes into the Clinton interventionist, an alternative he had earlier used to frighten so many. London, Paris and Washington rushed a proposal to the United Nations Security Council blaming Syria.The U.S. stance reeks of hypocrisy, as within the last month U.S.-led bombings in Mosul, Iraq, and Raqqa, Syria, have killed up to 700 civilians, including hundreds of children, according to reports from those countries.Lies and red linesWhat smelled familiar about this lie wasn’t just the record of past wars. In 2012, Obama drew what he called a red line in Syria, the Damascus government’s alleged use of chemical weapons. Syria possessed chemical weapons as a deterrent to Israeli nuclear weapons; it had no intention of using them against the reactionary insurgency backed by imperialism, especially considering that they knew it would mean an invasion.Obama’s statement encouraged the proliferation of chemical weapons among the reactionary contra forces, because they knew that using chemical weapons would give the U.S. a pretext to directly assist them in liquidating the Syrian state. Sure enough, in 2013 a chemical weapons attack struck the Damascus suburb of Ghouta, killing hundreds of people. Just as on this April 4, the U.S. and its allies immediately blamed the Syrian state.Obama threatened a “no-fly zone” (code for a bombing campaign, the same strategy used to liquidate the Libyan state) over government-held territory. The corporate media marched lockstep with the Pentagon, parroting their every word to mobilize popular support. They failed to do it.Russia negotiated the removal of Syria’s chemical weapons to appease the Western war appetite, a process overseen by international observers. The Syrian state no longer has any chemical weapons, yet the media nearly four years later continue to mimic the Pentagon’s argument, as if this had never happened.Trump’s messages evolve … towards warThe Trump administration’s messages on Syria were mixed for a few months. Trump concentrated on blaming the Obama administration for retreating in 2013. But the new administration’s actions speak for themselves. Trump announced over 1,000 additional U.S. ground forces in Syria. He declared the U.S. wouldn’t leave Syria even after they accomplish their stated goal of defeating the so-called Islamic State. This continued presence would amount to a de facto partition of Syria.With Islamic State on its last legs, it became clear that the U.S. role on the ground in Syria would evolve. On March 30, Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., said, “Our priority is no longer to sit and focus on getting Assad out.” Three days later, on April 2, answering a question, Haley said, “Assad is always a priority.”On April 5, one day after the Idlib chemical weapons attack, Trump said: “My attitude toward Syria and Assad has changed very much. … You’re now talking about a whole different level.” When asked if the U.S. might lead an attack against the Syrian state, Trump answered: “I’m not saying I’m doing anything one way or another, but I’m certainly not going to be telling you. … Militarily, I don’t like to say where I’m going and what I’m doing.”Those who mistakenly believed Trump would be  anti-intervention may find this change shocking. Those who understand the nature of U.S. imperialism knew it was inevitable. Washington never changed its goals in Syria, only its short-term strategy. When the U.S. government couldn’t liquidate the Syrian state directly, NATO, including Turkey, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf monarchies, armed death squads such as al-Qaida and Islamic State. These reactionary forces oversaw the U.S. goal of destroying Syria’s secular, pluralistic society with bombs.Once these contra forces had destroyed enough of Syria, in 2014, the U.S. used them as an excuse to begin bombing Syria. This extension of the war on terror into Syria did little damage to the Islamic State. The U.S.-led airstrikes for the most part destroyed vital infrastructure. Often, the U.S.-led coalition struck Syrian soldiers, paving the way for IS advances.The man at the podium may change, but the ruling class must secure its profits one way or another to survive.Syria today stands at the front line, defending itself against a massive imperialist assault. It is the last truly independent Arab state. For six years, Syrians have faced a multifaceted fight to the death against dozens of countries, yet they and their allies are closer to victory than ever before. Syria’s steadfast resistance has accelerated contradictions within global imperialism, making the ground fertile for resistance to imperialism worldwide.The war against Syria was always about more than natural resources or pipelines. Syrian society was built on a foundation of secularism, pluralism, resistance and progress. The war against Syria amounts to a counter revolution to destroy these very foundations. Imperialism had to curate the most reactionary, sectarian forces to accomplish that goal, just as they did in Afghanistan with the reactionary Mujahideen, which they later used as a justification for occupation.In spite of massive pressure, the Syrians shot down a Israeli jet giving air support to contras in the city of Palmyra on March 17. Damascus stated that if their airspace is violated by the Zionist state again, it won’t hesitate to stop them, exhibiting a resolute refusal to surrender sovereignty. Syria has enabled the forces of resistance in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, and the world, to coalesce against imperialism.Stop the war! U.S. out!It is the duty of those living in the belly of the beast, in the U.S., to unequivocally demand imperialist forces leave Syria. We have to combat bourgeois propaganda until our vocal cords are worn. The same media that justify the police lynchings of Black children in the U.S. are using the deaths of Syrian children to justify war.The wars against Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya were all colonial genocides built on lies. Syria is no different. The occupations of all those victims are ongoing. The Afghanistan intervention is the longest war in U.S. history. A U.S. occupation of Syria would be no different.Because Iran and Russia will not let Syria be turned into a “failed state,” a U.S. “retaliation” promises to make this regional war a world war. The liberation of the workers and oppressed peoples in the U.S. is dependent on our ability to unite our struggles with the independence struggles of oppressed nations.U.S., Turkey, NATO, Israel, contras: Out of Syria!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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2021-06-15

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Government censors coverage of anglophone minority unrest

first_img April 23, 2021 Find out more January 25, 2017 Government censors coverage of anglophone minority unrest Help by sharing this information Case against Amadou Vamoulké baseless, French lawyers tell Cameroon court Follow the news on Cameroon News CameroonAfrica Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionInternet May 31, 2021 Find out more News Demonstration in Bamenda, 23/01/2017, photo published by Charles Charlo on Facebook, Les Observateurs France24 Organisation Receive email alertscenter_img News CameroonAfrica Condemning abusesOnline freedoms Judicial harassmentFreedom of expressionInternet RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders condemns the Cameroonian government’s multiple violations of freedom of information amid continuing protests by members of the country’s English-speaking minority. The government has deprived the English-speaking regions in the northwest and southwest of Internet access since 17 January to prevent the local population from using online social networks to exchange information about the protests. Cameroon’s anglophones have been staging increasingly angry demonstrations in recent months, saying they are marginalized by the mainly francophone government apparatus and state institutions. Mobile phone operators have transmitted messages from the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications warning users not to circulate “false information” on the Internet or on online social networks. Not content with depriving the English-speaking regions of the means of communication and information, the authorities have banned Cameroon’s traditional media from covering these issues. In a statement broadcast by national radio and TV on 20 January, National Communication Council president Peter Essoka warned “all national state and privately-owned media from publishing or broadcasting any statement tending to condone secession or federalism on pain of(…) temporary suspension [or] a permanent operations ban.” In his statement, which has been widely criticized by journalists’ associations and human rights groups, Essoka named seven media outlets that, he said, had been committing these offences. The communiqué’s many critics include Jean Bruno Tagne, the deputy news director of Canal 2 International, a very popular Cameroonian TV channel. He told Radio France Internationale: “The anglophone crisis is a Cameroonian problem. We are a Cameroonian TV channel. So we are going to talk about it.” “We condemn these measures aimed at intimidating and censoring the media,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of RSF’s Africa desk. “The Cameroonian government is facing a political crisis but censoring media that cover this story will not help the government to resolve it more quickly. “These measures are the latest in a series of decisions that violate freedom of information and seek to gag Cameroonian media outlets which, although sometimes frenetic, have a right to work freely.” Physical violence Radio Oxygène FM journalist Duval-Level Ebale was abducted by masked men on 17 January, just two hours after the end of a broadcast in which he criticized the treatment of the anglophone delegation currently in talks with government, Ebale’s family reported. The governor of the northwestern region of Bamenda closed Radio Cocoa FM on 11 January for allowing a debate about a teachers’ strike during a phone-in programme. Seals have been placed on its studios. Last December, the communication ministry banned all broadcast media from organizing phone-in programmes about the current political crisis. On 6 December, the National Communication Council announced the closure of 20 newspapers for extended periods and the closure of two others for good. It also announced that the publishers of the two latter newspapers were banned from ever working as journalists again.Cameroon is ranked 126th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index. May 19, 2021 Find out more to go further Cameroonian reporter jailed since August, abandoned by justice system Cameroonian journalist Paul Chouta sentenced and fined in defamation caselast_img read more

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2021-06-12

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Another provincial correspondent of Bangkok daily gunned down

first_img Thai premier, UN rapporteurs asked to prevent journalists being returned to Myanmar News ThailandAsia – Pacific to go further August 21, 2020 Find out more Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the murder of Jaruek Rangcharoen, the Bangkok-based Matichon daily’s correspondent in the central province of Suphanburi. He was shot several times in the head as he shopped in a local market while on his way home on 27 September. The killing is thought to be linked to his reporting on local government corruption.“We urge the police chief and other competent authorities to move quickly to ensure that both the perpetrators and the masterminds are brought to justice,” Reporters Without Borders said. “This murder was clearly premeditated and it is vital that the investigators focus on those who were behind it.” The press freedom organisation added: “The current political crisis should not be used as an excuse for allowing impunity to take hold in cases of crimes of violence against the press. Otherwise Thailand could end up in the same tragic situation as the Philippines, where many journalists are murdered each year.”Rangcharoen, 46, was the second Matichon reporter to be murdered this year. Ahiwat Chainurat, its correspondent in the southern city of Nakhon Si Thammarat, was gunned down on 1 August. The investigation has stalled and no arrests have been made.A Matichon journalist told Reporters Without Borders that Rangcharoen’s murder was probably linked to his coverage of corruption allegations involving local politicians. “He did investigative journalism, he probed and he often provided Matichon with information about local corruption,” the journalist said.“The police went to Rangcharoen’s home and took his laptop in the hope of finding clues in it,” the journalist added. “He also had a desktop computer which they apparently did not take. So far, the police have set up a special team and they say they are just at the start of their investigation.”Suphanburi’s governor said Rangcharoen’s outspoken articles had for some time been bringing him into conflict with local politicians, officials and businessmen. He said last year he suspected he was the target of a plot.The Thai Journalists Association has appealed to the police to identify and arrest the people behind his murder. September 30, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Another provincial correspondent of Bangkok daily gunned down Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the murder of Jaruek Rangcharoen, the Bangkok-based Matichon daily’s correspondent in the central province of Suphanburi. He was shot several times in the head as he shopped in a local market while on his way home on 27 September. The killing is thought to be linked to his reporting on local government corruption. Organisation May 12, 2021 Find out more News ThailandAsia – Pacific RSF_en Follow the news on Thailand News Help by sharing this information Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years News June 12, 2020 Find out more Covid-19 emergency laws spell disaster for press freedomlast_img read more

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2021-06-12

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City, County Issue New COVID-19 Measures

first_img 23 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek at a press conference attended by LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia and Los Angeles Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer on Thursday.[UPDATED AT 7:45 PM] In concert with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Pasadena Health Officer Dr. Ying-Ying Goh issued a new proclamation regarding the COVID-19 outbreak on Thursday.“The health and safety of our community remains our top concern,” said City Manager Steve Mermell. “Given the rapid spread of COVID-19, having people stay at home and avoid non-essential activities is the most effective way to prevent more infections. This order is necessary if we’re going to save lives and keep hospitals from being overwhelmed with new cases.”Under the order, shopping at essential businesses is allowed to continue — including grocery stores and restaurants — so long as all persons practice social distancing to the extent practicable.The order went into effect at midnight and continues through April 19.A short time later, Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a state stay home order for all of California’s 40 million.Violation of or failure to comply with the city’s order is a crime punishable by fine, imprisonment, or both.The announcement was made late Thursday afternoon at a press conference in downtown Los Angeles attended by Mayor Terry Tornek and officials from around the region.“If we don’t intervene it will run away from us,” Tornek said. “This is the way to slow it down.”The county and Long Beach joined Pasadena in issuing the order. Each of the three cities has their own health departments.The purpose of the order is to prohibit public and private events or gatherings of 10 or more people, and require the closure of malls, shopping centers, children’s playgrounds, and non-essential retail businesses in an effort to stem or slow the spread of COVID-19 within the Pasadena community.For all gatherings that are not prohibited, the health officer orders those persons attending an event or gathering and the venues holding the event or gathering implement the following infection control precautions:(1) Practice social distancing within the confined space by requiring attendees to be separated by six feet;(2) Provide access to hand-washing facilities with soap and water or hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol;(3) Post a sign in a conspicuous place at the public entry to the venue instructing members of the public to not attend if they are experiencing symptoms of respiratory illness, including fever or cough.(4) Adhere to communicable disease control recommendations provided by the Pasadena Public Health Department.As a point of clarity, this Order does not prohibit any individual or family from outdoor activities such as hiking, walking, and shopping at essential businesses—including grocery stores and restaurants—so long as all persons practice social distancing to the extent practicable.“This order will increase social distancing while still enabling residents to shop for essential items at the market, pharmacy, and hardware store, and still be able to visit the bank or gas station,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger, chair of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.Because of the rapid spread of COVID-19 and the need to protect everyone, including the most vulnerable members of our community, this Order prohibits all indoor public and private gatherings and all outdoor public and private events within a confined space, where at least 10 people are expected to be in attendance at the same time.“The Pasadena Public Health Department will continue to monitor the rate of COVID-19 disease spread, state and CDC recommendations, and the impact of the required measures, and the health officer may revisit, extend, expand, or otherwise modify this Order as needed to protect the public’s health,” the order says.Attached is a copy of actual the “Stay At Home” Order itself issued by the City of Los Angeles — Pasadena and Long Beach orders use the same language. 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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. TOP STORY City, County Issue New COVID-19 Measures Order calls for more social distancing as agencies ramp up fight against deadly virus By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor Published on Thursday, March 19, 2020 | 6:22 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff Subscribelast_img read more

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2021-06-12

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Housing Gains Are No Mere Rebound: Will it Last?

first_img Share Save  Print This Post The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago October 31, 2017 1,386 Views Housing Gains Are No Mere Rebound: Will it Last? in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Journal, News Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Scott Morgan Related Articles Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily center_img U.S. home prices continued to steadily rise across through August, according to the latest S&P Dow Jones/S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices. So much so that David M. Blitzer, managing director and chairman of the Index Committee at S&P Dow Jones Indices, said that home price increases in the U.S. “appear to be unstoppable.”The indices show a 6.1 percent uptick in home prices in August, which is up from 5.9 percent in the previous month. The indices’ overall numbers coalesced with breakdowns of the 10 and 20 largest U.S. metros. The 10-City Composite was just above flat, showing annual increase of 5.3 percent, up from 5.2 percent in July. Similarly, the 20-City Composite posted a 5.9 percent year-over-year gain, up from 5.8 percent the previous month.Seattle, Las Vegas, and San Diego reported the highest year-over-year gains among the 20 cities in August. Seattle led the way with a 13.2 percent year-over-year price increase, followed by Las Vegas (8.6 percent), and San Diego (7.8 percent). Nine cities reported greater price increases in the year ending August 2017 versus the year ending July 2017.Month-over-month, the 10-City Composite and 20-City Composite both posted 0.5 percent increases. Nineteen of 20 cities reported increases in August both before and after seasonal adjustment. Atlanta, saw the seasonally adjusted monthly number slip 0.2 percent after seasonal adjustment.Blitzer said that over the last year, the consumer price index’s 2.2 percent rise was driven largely by energy costs.“Aside from oil, the only other major item with price gains close to housing was hospital services, which were up 4.6 percent,” he said.Wages climbed 3.6 percent in the year to August.“The ongoing rise in home prices poses questions of why prices are climbing and whether they will continue to outpace most of the economy,” Blitzer said. He answered with a strong one-two punch: Low mortgage rates, combined with an improving economy.“Low interest rates raise the value of both real and financial long-lived assets,” he said. “The price gains are not simply a rebound from the financial crisis.”However, despite the apparent unstoppability of U.S. housing gains to date, Blitzer offered a caveat of caution.“Home prices will not rise forever,” he said. “Measures of affordability are beginning to slide, indicating that the pool of buyers is shrinking. The Federal Reserve is pushing short-term interest rates upward and mortgage rates are likely to follow over time, removing a key factor supporting rising home prices.” Home / Daily Dose / Housing Gains Are No Mere Rebound: Will it Last? Previous: How Freddie Weathered Litigation in Q3 Next: Looking Back: Hensarling’s Announcement to Impact the Industry Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago HOUSING S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices 2017-10-31 Scott Morgan Scott Morgan is a multi-award-winning journalist and editor based out of Texas. During his 11 years as a newspaper journalist, he wrote more than 4,000 published pieces. He’s been recognized for his work since 2001, and his creative writing continues to win acclaim from readers and fellow writers alike. He is also a creative writing teacher and the author of several books, from short fiction to written works about writing. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Subscribe Tagged with: HOUSING S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Indices Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

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2021-05-31

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Centre Extends Time For Renewal Of Health, Third Party Motor Vehicle Insurance Policies Till May 15

first_imgNews UpdatesCentre Extends Time For Renewal Of Health, Third Party Motor Vehicle Insurance Policies Till May 15 LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK15 April 2020 9:27 PMShare This – xTaking note of the extended national lockdown till May 3 due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Finance issued notifications to extend the time for renewal of health and third party motor vehicle insurance policies till May 15.The benefit is applicable to those policy holders whose policies fell due for renewal between March 25 and May 3 and who could not make payment due to the…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?LoginTaking note of the extended national lockdown till May 3 due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Finance issued notifications to extend the time for renewal of health and third party motor vehicle insurance policies till May 15.The benefit is applicable to those policy holders whose policies fell due for renewal between March 25 and May 3 and who could not make payment due to the COVID-19 situation.This is in order to ensure their continuity and hassle-free claims payment during the above grace period, said Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in a tweet.The notifications were issued in exercise of powers under sub-sections (1) and (4) of Section 64VB of the Insurance Act, 1938 read with Rule 59 of the Insurance Rules, 1939.On April 1, the Centre had extended the time for renewal of health and motor vehicle insurances till April 21.Time extended for renewal of health insurance policies.Finance Ministry allows health insurance policy holders, whose renewals are due in the period from March 25 to May 3, and who could not pay due to COVID-19, to make such payment for renewal till May 15. pic.twitter.com/Ek4c5cSuTw— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) April 16, 2020Time extended for renewal of 3rd party motor insurances.Finance Ministry allows motor vehicle third party insurance policy holders, whose renewals are due in the period from March 25 to May 3, and who could not pay due to COVID-19, to make such payment for renewal till May 15. pic.twitter.com/SecnHm7eG3— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) April 16, 2020Next Storylast_img read more

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2021-05-26

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Jamia Violence: Making Direct Allegations Against Home Minister Is Irresponsible And Can’t Be Allowed, SG Tushar Mehta Tells Delhi HC

first_imgNews UpdatesJamia Violence: Making Direct Allegations Against Home Minister Is Irresponsible And Can’t Be Allowed, SG Tushar Mehta Tells Delhi HC Karan Tripathi5 July 2020 11:36 PMShare This – xDuring the hearing on a group of petitions seeking independent inquiry into the violence that broke out in Jamia Millia Islamia University last December, Solicitor General submitted before the Delhi High Court that direct allegations against the Home Minister Amit Shah are irresponsible statements and should not be allowed by the court. While addressing the Division Bench…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?LoginDuring the hearing on a group of petitions seeking independent inquiry into the violence that broke out in Jamia Millia Islamia University last December, Solicitor General submitted before the Delhi High Court that direct allegations against the Home Minister Amit Shah are irresponsible statements and should not be allowed by the court. While addressing the Division Bench of Chief Justice DN Patel and Justice Prateek Jalan, the Solicitor General submitted that the allegations made against the Home Minister in the rejoinder amount to irresponsible pleadings by the Petitioner as they are not backed by substantive evidence. The Solicitor General was responding to the rejoinder filed by one of the Petitioners, Nabila Hasan, which states that the Home Minister himself gave orders to the Delhi Police to mercilessly beat up the students who are carrying out a peaceful march. ‘You cannot malign a constitutional functionary like this’, SG Tushar Mehta submitted.Jamia Violence: Hearing begins before the Bench headed by Chief Justice of the Delhi HC#JamiaViolence pic.twitter.com/4P9HF3G7pr— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) July 6, 2020While arguing that the said allegations expose the real intention of the Petitioner behind moving the present petition, the Solicitor General asked the court to deal with such allegations seriously. He said: ‘Irresponsible pleadings are becoming the order of the day. Such statements might look good in public speeches but not in affidavits submitted before a constitutional court. Article 226 of the Constitution cannot be invoked for such unsubstantiated claims.’ After taking these objections into consideration, and posing the same to the Petitioner, the court noted in the order that the Petitioner is willing to expunge the said allegations from the rejoinder. Subsequently, the court adjourned the matter till next Monday. The Petitioners are directed to submit a consolidated list of issues to assist the court during the proceedings. The said list is also supposed to be circulated among the Petitioners and must be served to the other party before the next date of hearing. The case pertains to violence that broke out at the campus of Jamia Millia Islamia University last December. While the police claims that the force used was proportionate to the violence committed by the mob, there are many students who are severely injured and are seeking registering of FIRs against the erring officials as well as compensation for their injuries. Next Storylast_img read more

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2021-05-26

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Coffee County Arts Alliance calendar announced

first_img By Jaine Treadwell The Coffee County Arts Alliance has finalized its calendar of events for the 2013-2014 performance season and it’s a great one, said Ginny Cannon, CCAA publicity chair.“We are very excited about our season this year,” Cannon said. “It reflects a lot of hard work by our selections committee, which works hard to bring diversity and artistic excellence each year. As you can see, we have really hit the mark this year.”The CCAA season kicks off Saturday night, with the Moonlighters Dinner and Dance at 6:30 p.m. at the Enterprise Civic Center. Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Print Article You Might Like Pike County Schools expects $1.6 million in reserves for FYE2014 The Pike County Board of Education held its first public budget hearing this week to discuss the proposed FYE2014 budget…. read more Coffee County Arts Alliance calendar announced Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Published 11:00 pm Thursday, September 19, 2013 Cannon said that the Moonlighters will take the audience back to nights under the stars with classics like “I’ll Be Seeing You” and “Sentimental Journey.”“Their music will bring back memories for many and create new ones for others,” she said.On Monday, Sept. 23, Night at the Museum at Forrester Hall at Enterprise State Community College will feature visual arts displays and musical performances. The event is free and open to the public. Email the authorcenter_img When October rolls around, Sha Na Na will musically set in stone that “Rock and Roll is Here to Stay.”Sha Na Na, the Crown Princes of Doo-wop and Rock ’n Roll, will be in concert Oct. 3 at Elba High School.Cannon said that Sha Na Na is a “don’t miss” event.In November, “The Life and Music of Johnny Cash” will take center stage at the Enterprise High School Performing Arts Center with “Ring of Fire.” Book Nook to reopen Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Latest Stories The year 2014 will get off to a winning start with Suzy Bogguss, award-winning singer/songwriter.  Bogguss’ performance will feature country, traditional, folk and Western swing music. The Bogguss concert will be at Elba High School on Jan. 9.On Feb. 13, The Dallas Brass will be back by popular demand. The Dallas Brass plays Dixieland, Swing, Pop and Folk music and folks can’t listen without tapping their toes and clapping their hands, Cannon said.The Dallas Brass concert will be at the EHS Performing Arts Center.The CCAA 2013-2014 will hit its grand finale with the Piney Woods Festival at Enterprise State Community College April 5 and 6.Cannon said the Festival will bring to a close one of the most exciting CCAA event calendars in a long time.“Thanks to the generosity and support of the community, CCAA is able to grow each year and continue to bring quality performances at an affordable price,” Cannon said.For more information or to purchase tickets, call 334-406-ARTS (2787). Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel By The Penny Hoarder Sponsored Contentlast_img read more

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2021-05-24

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Army trainee hijacks elementary school bus full of children; kids all safe: Sheriff

first_imgCopyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. ChiccoDodiFC/iStock(FORT JACKSON, S.C.) — A Fort Jackson trainee is in custody after allegedly hijacking a South Carolina elementary school bus with 18 children on board while carrying a rifle, authorities said.The Forest Lake Elementary students and the bus driver are safe, Richland County Sheriff Lott said at a news conference.The 23-year-old trainee’s weapon did not have ammunition, Fort Jackson Commander Brig. Gen. Milford H. Beagle Jr. said at a news conference, adding that the children and driver could not have known that.Lott called this “one of the scariest calls that we could get in law enforcement.”The incident began around 7 a.m. Thursday when the suspect allegedly hopped a barbed wire fence and fled Fort Jackson, according to Lott and Beagle.The children had boarded the bus when the armed suspect, Jovan Collazo, got on and allegedly “told the bus driver he didn’t want to hurt him, but he wanted him to drive him to the next town,” Lott said.The sheriff’s office released surveillance video from inside the school bus showing the suspect pointing a rifle at the bus driver and telling him to drive.The bus driver started driving and Collazo brought the children to the front of the bus, Lott said.“The kids started asking lots of questions to the suspect if he was going to hurt them or the bus driver,” Lott said.“The suspect got a little frustrated,” Lott said, and the driver pulled over.After six minutes on board with Collazo, the children and the bus driver got off safely, Lott said.The suspect then drove the bus for a few miles before abandoning it, leaving the rifle inside, Lott said.Collazo was spotted by deputies and civilians and was arrested without incident, Lott said. He faces charges including kidnapping, Lott said.Beagle described the trainee, believed to be in his third week at Fort Jackson, as a quiet 23-year-old from New Jersey. He said it appeared the trainee was trying to get home.“There is nothing that leads us to believe in his counseling, in his screening records coming in, that this had anything to do with harming others, harming himself or anything that links to any type of nefarious activity,” Beagle said. “We do experience several soldiers that over the course of initial stages have that desire, that anxiety, and due to separation from their families, to get home. We think that was truly his intent and nothing beyond that.”Fort Jackson officials issued an apology, saying in a statement, “This was a failure in our accountability procedures that we truly regret and are apologetic to our community.”Richland County School Board Chairman James Manning said, “I’ve been on the board now for over 10 years and I have never received a call that scared me as much as the call that I received this morning — that a bus had been hijacked with our students and staff.”The students were taken to school “where they received support from school employees and counselors and were reunited with their parents/guardians,” the school district said.Superintendent Baron Davis said in a statement, “Once we were certain all students were accounted for and physically safe, we immediately began deploying social and emotional counseling resources to the school so that our students could begin the process of healing as they are dealing with a traumatic event. We will continue to provide counseling services for the students and their families, our bus driver and employees as long as necessary.”Lott praised the bus driver who he said “kept his cool” and “kept the situation calm.”“His main concern was the safety of those kids and he did his job,” Lott said.ABC News’ Luis Martinez contributed to this report.last_img read more

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2021-05-18

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