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Bally’s CEO on M&A, sports betting… and Gamesys

first_img Topics: Casino & games Sports betting Strategy Land-based casino Online sports betting Retail sports betting M&A Management At the start of it all was a greyhound track. Lincoln Park in Rhode Island, then owned by a British company trading under the Wembley brand, was acquired by an investment consortium in 2005, followed by a deal for Colorado’s horse racing track Arpahoe Park later that year.  Regions: US “The Fox Go application, which has more than 30m subscribers, will be rebranded as Bally Sport as part of this. That is going to be significant in reducing acquisition costs. None of that is being limited by the closing of the Bet.Works transaction.” 1st April 2021 | By Robin Harrison But it’s the potential deal to acquire Gamesys that stands above everything else. It would bring together a business with a thriving and diversified igaming operation, with Bally’s sports betting and brick-and-mortar assets.  Chapter 11 bankruptcy followed in 2009, before Twin River Worldwide Holdings emerged from that process. It was not until 2014, with the acquisition of Hard Rock Biloxi, that the business operated more than one casino.  “All the interactive assets will fall into that division, so all of those, including Gamesys, will fall under that silo.” “With dynamic management and a strong access footprint, a vertically integrated approach to igaming makes a lot of commercial sense,” he continued. “Equally, Gamesys was one of the few listed gambling companies with US exposure that was not enjoying much (if any) of the hype premium: the valuation is therefore attractive too.” “The renaming is underway as we speak,” Papanier says. “You’ll see the roll-out of that with the start of the baseball season, so you’ll see all the rebranding and signage changes, from Fox Sports to Bally’s.  Casino & games Papanier is limited on what he can say, as an announcement of ongoing talks, under Rule 2.4 of the UK Takeover Code has been made. It won’t be until an announcement under Rule 2.7, announcing a firm intention to go forward with the deal, that the full plan can be set out.  Bally’s Corporation has gone from a single asset operator to a nationwide US brand in just seven years, and is on the cusp of agreeing what could be the deal of the year. Chief executive George Papanier discusses a flurry of activity that has taken the business formerly known as Twin River to the pinnacle of the industry. The restructuring will most likely take place in June, when the Indiana Gaming Commission holds its next meeting. Once the Bet.Works deal is approved by the regulator, Papanier is confident that the transaction can be closed “almost instantaneously”.  AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Bally’s Corporation Monkey Knife Fight Bet.Works Sinclair Broadcast Group Gamesys SportCaller Seven years on the business now known as Bally’s Corporation maintains a network of 15 casinos across 11 US states, with a database of 15 million players. It can offer sports betting in 13 states. “I was privileged enough to ride the wave of casino expansion in the US, and now I get to participate in a complementary wave of expansion through igaming and sports betting,” he explains.  “The Virgin brand is also present and moderately successful in New Jersey. In this context, what Gamesys can bring to the developing US igaming market is as clear as it is attractive. Bally’s also fixes Gamesys’s tardy US state access situation. The structure for the combined business is already in place. When Bally’s announced its $125m deal for Bet.Works, it outlined plans to split the business into brick-and-mortar and interactive divisions. This will see Papanier manage the land-based portfolio and Bet.Works founder and CEO David Wang become chief executive of the newly minted Bally’s Interactive arm.  Through a wide-ranging partnership with Sinclair Broadcast Group, there will be a network of regional sports networks under its brand. Customer acquisition and retention will be aided further by its acquisition of daily fantasy operator Monkey Knife Fight, and free-to-play sports specialist SportCaller. This will see its regional sports networks, previously under the Fox Sports brand, rebranded as Bally Sports.  “We’re going to continue to be opportunistic,” Papanier continues. “We’ll prioritise access to sports betting and igaming, both via brick-and-mortar and through open agreements, but we’re always going to look for complementary technologies and platforms for igaming, such as the Gamesys deal.  After all, he says, the business has changed beyond recognition from the one he joined as chief operating officer in 2004. Now with 15 casinos in 11 states, plus robust betting and igaming operations, and with the potential to be one of the first operators to offer a truly omni-channel product range. While brick-and-mortar remains his “wheelhouse”, Papanier says his position on the board will allow him to participate “in an intimate role” as Bally’s expands online. And he’s certainly keen to keep that engagement going.  While this means a proprietary sportsbook, under the Bally Bets brand, will not go live until the second half of the year, there will be no knock-on effect to the partnership with Sinclair Broadcast. “We’ll also look for more deals similar to Monkey Knife Fight and SportCaller, so wherever that takes us, that will be our motivation.” And this won’t be limited to sports betting. While the pace of regulation and market openings are outpacing those of igaming, Papanier is confident online casino will catch up, especially in the post-Covid world. States are going to be looking for new revenue sources, and opportunities to generate additional revenue, he says, which makes igaming a natural progression from sports betting.  “I’m really proud to have participated in that transformation in the company in such a short space of time,” Papanier says. Nor are these deals likely to slow Bally’s M&A drive, he adds.  Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Bally’s CEO on M&A, sports betting… and Gamesys “Gamesys is one of the small handful of online gaming businesses which have successfully penetrated the mass market segment; it also has its own technology and has demonstrated that it can work successfully with big grown-up brands,” Regulus Partners’ Paul Leyland wrote of the deal.  However, he tells iGB the land-based and interactive structure announced in the wake of Bet.Works will be implemented: “We will initiate that structure once we close on the Bet.Works deal, which is slated to close in Q2, and that structure will remain in place,” he says.  It’s also aiming to pioneer what it describes as a B2B2C model, running supplier and customer-facing businesses in tandem, through its acquisition of Bet.Works. All of these elements could be considered transformational.  This will see Gamesys chief executive Lee Fenton take charge of the combined entity, per the agreement announced in March. The Jackpotjoy operator’s founders and executives have already announced they will back the deal, with Robeson Reeves also taking up an executive role, and two directors joining the Bally’s board.  Email Addresslast_img read more

Standard Chartered Bank Limited (SCBK.ke) Q12020 Interim Report

first_imgStandard Chartered Bank Limited (SCBK.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the first quarter.For more information about Standard Chartered Bank Limited (SCBK.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Standard Chartered Bank Limited (SCBK.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Standard Chartered Bank Limited (SCBK.ke)  2020 interim results for the first quarter.Company ProfileStandard Chartered Bank Limited is a financial services institution in Kenya offering banking products and services to the personal, commercial and corporate sectors. The financial institution is a subsidiary of Standard Chartered Bank Limited and has a presence in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. The company offers a full-service offering ranging from transactional banking to loans, mortgages, insurance and investments, asset management and treasury services. Formerly known as The Chartered Bank, the company changed its name to Standard Chartered Bank in 1969. The former company was founded in 1853 and is headquartered in London, United Kingdom. Standard Chartered Bank Limited’s head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Standard Chartered Bank Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Cavmont Capital Holdings Plc (CCHZ.zm) HY2020 Interim Report

first_imgCavmont Capital Holdings Plc (CCHZ.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the half year.For more information about Cavmont Capital Holdings Plc (CCHZ.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Cavmont Capital Holdings Plc (CCHZ.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Cavmont Capital Holdings Plc (CCHZ.zm)  2020 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileCavmont Capital Holdings Zambia Plc is a registered commercial bank in Zambia and the holding company of Cavmont Bank Limited. Cavmont Bank was established in 2004 through the merger of Cavmont Merchant Bank Limited and New Capital Bank Plc. The financial institution offers products and services for retail, commercial and corporate banking; including treasury and credit products. In addition to general transaction accounts, clients of Cavmont Bank are offered solutions for long-term savings and investments, time and repo deposits, foreign exchange trading, personal and business loans, overdraft and salary advance accounts, residential and building loans, invoice discounting facilities, guarantee bonds, and short- and medium-term finance options. Cavmont Bank has 19 branches operating in the major towns and cities of Zambia. Cavmont Capital Holdings Zambia Plc. is listed on the Lusaka Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Australian Royal Commission criticizes diocese and two former bishops over…

first_imgAustralian Royal Commission criticizes diocese and two former bishops over child safeguarding failures Submit a Job Listing Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Posted Dec 7, 2017 Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Smithfield, NC Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Bath, NC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit an Event Listing Rector Knoxville, TN Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Press Release Service Submit a Press Release Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Tampa, FL Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Belleville, IL Featured Events Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Collierville, TN Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Hopkinsville, KY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Children Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Washington, DC [Anglican Communion News Service] An official inquiry looking at institutional response to child sex abuse in Australia has heavily criticised the Diocese of Newcastle and two former bishops for their “do nothing approach.” The Royal Commission, an official statutory inquiry, found that by failing to act,  former Bishop of Newcastle Alfred Holland enabled the continued abuse of children by two priests: Peter Rushton and James Brown; and it said that failings by his successor, Bishop Roger Herft, of “weak and ineffectual” leadership which “showed no regard for the need to protect children.”Read the full article here. Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Youth Minister Lorton, VA Rector Martinsville, VA Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Tags Rector Shreveport, LA TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Anglican Communion, Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Albany, NY Associate Rector Columbus, GA last_img read more

Behind the attack on Syria

first_img“You furnish the pictures. I’ll furnish the war.” Publisher William Randolph Hearst in 1898, preparing the groundwork for the U.S. war with Spain and seizure of Cuba.The Trump administration’s attack on the Syrian air force was first directed at Russia as well as the government of Bashar al-Assad. China and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea were secondarily targeted.The chemical weapons attack in Syria, assuming that it was not totally staged by enemies of the Damascus government, was aimed at forcing President Donald Trump to shift his political orientation away from rapprochement with Russia — and to keep military pressure focused on the long-term goal of overthrowing the Assad government. Washington not only wants to overthrow Assad, but it also aims to place a compliant government in Damascus that will oust the Russians from Syria and the Mediterranean altogether.The U.S. imperialist military strike came five days after Trump’s U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said, “The United States’ diplomatic policy on Syria for now is no longer focused on making the war-torn country’s president, Bashar al-Assad, leave power.”  (Reuters, March 30) The publicity surrounding the alleged chemical weapons attack was designed to reverse this Trump policy.Charges with no evidenceThe accusations against the Assad government have been unanimous and thunderous in the capitalist media, Congress and the military. All this has gone on despite there being not one moment of investigation or one element of cogent proof that Damascus had any role in the alleged attack. The Syrian government has categorically denied the charges, but its denials have received no publicity in the capitalist media.In all, this one thing is certain: The Syrian government had no reason to carry out such an attack. It has been winning the war without using chemical weapons and has the least motive of all parties involved to carry out such an attack. The attacks hurt the Syrian government and helped the imperialists and their reactionary client groupings inside Syria.In any criminal investigation the first things to look for are motive, means and opportunity to carry out the crime. The parties with the overriding motives, means and opportunity to do such a thing are the U.S. government and the reactionaries in Syria who are losing the war. Those in the latter group have been unsuccessfully trying to overthrow Assad and seek to draw the U.S. government into the military struggle.Times neocon propagandists on the Syria caseThe New York Times led the charge in instantaneously accusing the Assad government. The Times assigned their two most committed anti-Syrian-government propagandists to cover the story — Michael Gordon and Anne Barnard.Gordon was co-author with Judith Miller of Times articles promoting the idea that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction in the build-up to the 2003 U.S.-British invasion. Miller eventually lost her job for lying about claims of the existence of these weapons in Iraq. George W. Bush used these claims to bolster the pretext for invasion. Barnard writes like a publicist for the reactionary Syrian groups.Progressive writer and founder of consortiumnews.com Robert Parry explained on April 5: “Gordon has been at the front lines of the neocon ‘regime change’ strategies for years. He co-authored the Times’ infamous aluminum tube story of Sept. 8, 2002, which relied on U.S. government sources and Iraqi defectors to frighten Americans with images of ‘mushroom clouds’ if they didn’t support President George W. Bush’s upcoming invasion of Iraq.”It turned out that the aluminum tubes were meant for conventional weapons.Seymour Hersh, an investigative reporter who exposed the 1968 My Lai massacre in Vietnam, reported in 2015, “In spring 2013 U.S. intelligence learned that the Turkish government, through elements of the MIT, its national intelligence agency, and the Gendarmerie, a militarised law-enforcement organisation, was working directly with al-Nusra and its allies to develop a chemical warfare capability.”Hersh continued: “Our senior military officers have been told by the DIA [Defense Intelligence Agency] and other intelligence assets that the sarin was supplied through Turkey, that it could only have gotten there with Turkish support. The Turks also provided the training in producing the sarin and handling it.” (reported by Robert Parry, consortiumnews.com, Sept. 16, 2015)Following the chemical gas attack in 2013, the Times reported that experts followed the path of missiles carrying the gas, and it led back to Damascus. It later turned out that the missiles had a range that could not have carried them from Damascus. The actual range was the distance from rebel-held territory. (consortiumnews.com, Dec. 29, 2013; linked to Times article)Ruling-class goal: Force Trump to oppose Russia, AssadEven during the U.S. election campaign and since Trump won, the Pentagon and the ruling class in general have aimed to undermine the Trump administration’s attempt to shift U.S. foreign policy toward more cooperation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The horrendous pictures of the alleged chemical attack in Syria were calculated to box Trump in and leave him no alternative but to attack the Syrian government.The drumbeats for attack on Syria came relentlessly from almost all ruling-class quarters — from Democratic Party moderates to Republican reactionaries. Trump, who has been the butt of attacks, ridicule and jokes in the corporate media, was momentarily catapulted from the status of bungling buffoon to the position of decisive leader. This praise, however, is only temporary. The military and its mouthpieces in Congress, such as Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, are prodding Trump to go further and explain what’s next.Militarization of National Security CouncilIn all the celebration about Trump’s sudden show of leadership, what is being omitted is that he has militarized the government at the top. He received much praise when he pushed Stephen Bannon off the government’s most powerful committee, the Principals Committee of the National Security Council.Bannon is an ultra-right extremist with an apocalyptic vision of war in Asia and is viciously against Islamic civilization. But the cheers for Bannon’s removal have drowned out any response to the shift in the Principals Committee. Now there are four generals on the council — who are nothing but extremists with weapons.Under Trump the top foreign policy body of the capitalist government has gone from having the facade of civilian rule to open military control of foreign policy. The attack on Syria must be seen in that light.Trump’s secretary of defense is James “Mad Dog” Mattis, a former Marine general. Mattis oversaw Middle East operations as chief of Central Command until his retirement in 2013. Mattis’ many colorful quotes include, “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.”Mattis opposed President Barack Obama’s Iran deal. He led the attack on Fallujah in 2004, which destroyed this Iraqi city of 300,000 people. The campaign used poisonous and radioactive depleted uranium munitions and caused massive civilian casualties. His troops massacred 24 civilians in Haditha city in 2005. (democracynow.org, Jan. 26, 2012) Mattis refused to apologize. He has been a true military extremist.The head of the Department of Homeland Security is retired Marine Maj. Gen. John Kelly, a border security hawk who was in charge of Caribbean and South American operations as head of the U.S. Southern Command. He opposed Obama’s plans to close Guantanamo Bay prison and has stoked fears by raising the specter of terrorists entering the country through the U.S.-Mexican border.Trump’s national security adviser is Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, who is still on active duty and is a former tank commander in Iraq and Afghanistan. McMaster replaced Marine Gen. Michael Flynn after Flynn was ousted. McMaster played a key role in expelling Bannon from the NSC Principals Committee. The military unseated Bannon, the ultra-right ideologue, to prevent him from interfering with or listening in on their plans.Also on the committee is Marine Lt. Gen. Joseph Dunford, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He was a commander during the 2003 invasion of Iraq and a commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan in 2013. He told the Senate Armed Services Committee in 2015 that Russia is the “greatest threat to U.S. interests.” (Washington Post, July 9, 2015)The U.S. military plans to have a wide focus that includes Russia, China, the DPRK, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Somalia and Libya. They especially strive to maintain hostility to Russia now because Washington covets Ukraine and is outraged that the Russians moved quickly to frustrate a total imperialist takeover of that country. The Pentagon is a firm backer of the fascist regime in Kiev and plans to feed it more powerful weapons. This is all linked to its anti-Russian campaign.Washington to Putin: We’re the bossLast year and at the beginning of this year, a joint Russian, Turkish and Iranian task force discussed political settlement issues for the Syria conflict at talks in Astana, Kazakhstan.  (Reuters, Feb. 16) The U.S. had no part in the talks.Washington and the U.S. military reject the political involvement of the Russian government in settling the Syrian question. U.S. air strikes on the Syrian airbase were meant to show Putin who is boss in the region.The same scenario was played out in 2016 when then-Secretary of State John Kerry was engaged with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in working on military coordination and peace talks about Syria. After a marathon negotiating session on Sept. 8, Kerry called the deal “a potential turning point” in the conflict, if implemented. (CNBC, Sept. 9, 2016)However, barely a week after Kerry’s announcement, the New York Times reported on Sept. 17: “The United States acknowledged on Saturday [Sept. 17] that its warplanes had carried out an airstrike in Syria that resulted in the deaths of Syrian government troops. American military officials said the pilots in the attack, in the eastern province of Deir al-Zour, believed they were targeting the Islamic State.”The article stated, “Russia’s defense ministry said the United States attack had killed 62 Syrian troops, wounded 100 more.” This attack broke up the talks and all possibility of working out a peace plan.DPRK and China also subject of Syrian strikeThe military rushed the U.S. attack on Syria in order to deliver a major diplomatic slap at the People’s Republic of China at the very moment when Chinese President Xi Jinping was meeting with Trump at his Florida White House. Trump did not tell him about the attack until the meeting was over.The strike was also meant to threaten the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. To follow up the strike on Syria, the Pentagon is now sending an aircraft carrier strike force toward Korean waters. The carrier Carl Vinson, accompanied by missile ships and frigates, is steaming there from Singapore to arrive in time for the 105th birthday of historic Korean communist leader Kim Il Sung. April 15 is celebrated in the DPRK as “the day of the sun.”Trump has given the military a long leash. He is fostering their revenge plans against the DPRK, which defeated the U.S. invasionary force in the Korean War. The U.S. military has never gotten over it.Trump has let the Pentagon send more troops to Syria, bomb large numbers of civilians in Mosul and increase drone strikes in Yemen and Somalia — all without the White House signing off on these operations. There has been a major escalation of U.S. military killing of civilians under these new rules.By militarizing the government, Trump has given more priority to the Pentagon and U.S. imperialism’s losing battle to overcome Washington’s diminished position in the world. Trump’s foreign policy slogan is really: “Make the U.S. military empire great again.” But this authoritarian, racist, misogynist, bigoted buffoon has no other talent than to bluster about giving orders. He cannot see that this dangerous course can only end in disaster for U.S. imperialism.Goldstein is the author of Low-Wage Capitalism and Capitalism at a Dead End. Books can be purchased at several websites. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Carthy and Anderson denied entry into Gaza as EU delegation is turned away by…

first_img Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Carthy and Anderson denied entry into Gaza as EU delegation is turned away by Israel By News Highland – September 4, 2014 WhatsApp Twitter Google+ News WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+ Sinn Féin MEP’s Matt Carthy and Martina Anderson have been denied entry into Gaza.They were part of a delegation of 15 MEPs from 6 countries.Speaking from Jerusalem, Ms Anderson, who is leading the delegation, said the Israeli government refused the delegation entry on the grounds that the visit to the region is ‘not directly concerned with the provision of humanitarian assistance’.She says this beggars belief considering that the horrific and harrowing humanitarian situation in Gaza is a direct result of Israel’s 53-day military attack on the Gaza Strip.center_img Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Previous articleRivers released from intensive care, still on life supportNext articleGood Guy Braff gave his car away to waiter after getting hired to scrubs News Highland Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic last_img read more

Direct FIR Against BJP MP Sujay Patil For Unauthorized Procurement And Distribution Of Remdesivir – Plea In Bombay High Court

first_imgNews UpdatesDirect FIR Against BJP MP Sujay Patil For Unauthorized Procurement And Distribution Of Remdesivir – Plea In Bombay High Court Sharmeen Hakim26 April 2021 8:32 PMShare This – xFour agriculturists have filed a petition in the Bombay High Court against Dr Sujay Vikhe Patil, BJP Member of Parliament from the Ahmednagar constituency for the alleged unauthorized procurement and distribution of 10, 000 Remdesivir injections. The plea seeks directions for registration of an FIR against Patil and others under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act and IPC, alleging that political figures are encashing the pandemic situation for their vote bank at the risk of lives of many patients.Advertisement To impress the voters and to create chaos, the politicians like Dr. Sujay Vikhe are indulging in such tactics in procuring and stocking the injections. One even doesn’t know whether the said injections were distributed to needy people or whether the said injections are genuine or not, the plea states. It cites two Twitter videos where Patil is seen sitting inside an aircraft with boxes, allegedly containing Remdesivir, besides him, claiming that he has procured the vials from confidential sources for the poor, adding, 100 Remdesivir vials were given to Sai Baba Hospital and Ahmednagar district hospital. The plea alleges that several vials were distributed in Patil’s private hospital in Pravara.Advertisement The petition states that if action is not taken against the practice of politicians distributing Remdesivir injections to the public without authority or license in this pandemic situation, it would become a routine practice among most of the politicians and the same would cause stocking of the injections by depriving the needy. A division bench of Justices Ravindra Ghuge and BU Debadwar briefly heard advocate Pradnya Talekar of Talekar and Associates on Monday and kept the matter for hearing on April 29, after the Chief Public Prosecutor submitted that the case was regarding an MP and he would require time to take instructions. Advertisement Advertisement Talekar then urged the court for directions to confiscate the vials, to which the bench said that the respondent can take necessary steps in thins regard. The respondents would be at liberty to take effective steps as they would be normally taken in the event of any such incident. The respondents to the petition include, the State of Maharashtra through the Principal Secretary, the Director General of Police, Superintendent of Police and the Collector, Ahmednagar District.Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement The petition, filed by Arun Punjaji Kadu (70), Eknath Chandrabhan Ghogre (64), Balasaheb Kerunath Vikhe (62) and Dadasaheb Kushabapu Pawar, all residents Rahuri Taluka in Ahmednagar, claims that the vials purchased without any authority or licence may have been purchased from the black market. It is highly likely that spurious injections are being pumped in the market owing to the dire urgency. The Drug Controller General, Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), New Delhi had informed all Drug Controllers of the State and Union Territories to monitor availability of Remdesivir and enforcement activities to stop hoarding, the petition states, adding, in Maharashtra the injection is to be distributed through the District Collectors to hospitals by procuring them from manufacturing companies. The plea states that local authorities didn’t even make an attempt to verify how many injections were procured by Dr. Vikhe Patil from his so-called confidential sources. The Police machinery as well as the Drug authorities of the District failed to seek any information as to how many vials of Remdesivir injections were procured by Dr. Sujay Vikhe Patil, how he has utilised the same, to whom it was distributed, what was the prices charged, from who it was purchased, whether the said injections are stocked or used. Member of Parliament has no authority to purchase and distribute any medical equipment or medicines under any law. The petition further claims that the police failed to understand that the Member of Parliament has no authority to purchase and distribute any medical equipment or medicines under any law. Though Dr. Sujay Vikhe Patil is a non-practising medical professional, however, he cannot step into the shoes of the chemist or pharmacist in procuring the medicines that too without permission of the competent authorities. [Arun Punjaji Kadu & oths vs The State of Maharashtra and oths] TagsBombay High Court Remdesivir Dr Sujay Vikhe Patil Justice Ravindra Ghuge Justice BU Debadwar Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

Parents to get right to leave – eventually

first_imgParents to get right to leave – eventuallyOn 30 May 2000 in Personnel Today Parents excluded from the parental leave right because their children were born before the implementation date are likely to win the entitlement – but not for another two years.The TUC’s challenge to the way the Government implemented the European Directive has been referred on from the High Court to the European Court of Justice, which may take two years to make a judgement.Announcing the decision last week Lord Bingham, the Lord Chief Justice, said the challenge was likely to “prevail”.If it does, employers will have to grant unpaid leave of up to 13 weeks to all parents with children under five, not just those born after 15 December last year.However, the entitlement will not be backdated, so parents with children aged three and four years old at the moment will miss out as their children will be too old by the time a decision is made.The TUC called the High Court’s pronouncement a “moral victory”.“Ministers should now extend parental leave to the nearly 3 million working parents who have missed out without the need for a lengthy European court case,” said TUC general secretary, John Monks. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

The precision of radar-derived subglacial bed topography: a case study from Pine Island Glacier, Antarctica

first_imgRecent advances in the measurement of bedforms beneath active ice streams have been made using ground-based grid profiling using impulse radar systems operating with centre frequencies in the 3–5 MHz range. Surveys of Rutford Ice Stream and Pine Island Glacier have shown that features such as mega-scale glacial lineations with topographic relief of as little as 3 m can be traced for many kilometres downstream under more than 2 km of fast-moving ice. In the discussion of these data, it is often asked ‘How is it possible to map such fine-scale topography with such a low-frequency radar’. In answering that question, the key point is the distinction between the precision of a radar range measurement to a single, isolated reflective interface and the ability to resolve the presence of two closely-spaced interfaces of similar reflectivity (commonly referred to as the vertical resolution). This paper will discuss and illustrate this distinction and use the case study of data acquired over Pine Island Glacier to examine the limits of precision of the radar range measurement.last_img read more

Tiger Woods shares photo of himself on crutches following February crash

first_imgA post shared by Tiger Woods (@tigerwoods) FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhoto by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Golf star Tiger Woods posted a photo of himself on crutches and in a walking boot on Friday, offering fans the first public image of him since his serious one-vehicle crash in California in February.The photo, posted on Woods’ Instagram page, was taken at his backyard practice area in Jupiter, Florida. April 24, 2021 /Sports News – National Tiger Woods shares photo of himself on crutches following February crash View this post on Instagram The 15-time major tournament winner was hospitalized for nearly a month, and had multiple surgeries to repair the fractures in his leg, foot, and ankle. Woods had not provided an update since March 16, when he announced that he had returned home to Florida.Woods is seen smiling in the photo, standing with his dog Bugs. The caption on the picture joked that the work being done on his three-hole practice course “is coming along faster” than his recovery.Police in California released their report on the crash two weeks ago, indicating that Woods was driving at more than twice the posted speed limit on a particularly dangerous area of road. The report indicated that he was travelling at 80 mph, before hitting a tree. The SUV he was in rolled over several times in the crash.The report also stated that Woods failed to brake at any point during the accident. He was not cited in the crash. Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by Beau Lundlast_img read more