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Mumbai pub fire: It took over 6 hours to control the blaze

first_imgThe N.M. Joshi Marg police probing the fatal blaze at the 1 Above and Mojo’s Bistro pubs in Kamala Mills have found that even basic safety precautions were not followed and this could have played a large role in the number of fatalities. Police have registered a case of culpable homicide not amounting to murder against the three owner partners of 1 Above.The fire broke out at 1 Above at around 12.27 a.m. on Friday and raged on for nearly six hours before it could be brought under control. Eleven women, including a 28-year-old celebrating her birthday, and three men died in the blaze.Soon after the blaze was extinguished at around 6.23 a.m, fire officials, along with police and civic officials, entered the burned remains of Trade House, where the pub was located, to conduct inquiries into the possible cause. Police teams were also sent to the KEM Hospital in Parel, where the survivors were taken for treatment and the more seriously injured were admitted, to record their statements.Emergency exit lockedBy around 10 a.m, the police’s inquiries had established that even basic measures were not taken by 1 Above to ensure the safety of patrons in case of an emergency like a fire, officers said.“The specifics of the fire safety precautions undertaken by the establishments will be verified in the days to come. We have found that the emergency exit at 1 Above, which should have been used by the customers, was locked. This, by itself, is a gross violation,” Deputy Commissioner of Police Virendra Mishra, Zone VIII, said.Hookah angleBased on their preliminary findings, the police booked Ritesh Sanghvi, Jigar Sanghvi and Abhijeet Manka, directors of the C Grade Hospitality and Entertainment LLP that owns 1 Above. Sources said the Sanghvis were detained later on Friday and were being questioned till late in the night.The police are also verifying whether the presence of hookahs contributed in any way to the fatalities or to the intensity of the blaze. According to law, hookahs cannot be made available in the same area where food and drink are served. There has to be a separate area, like a smoking zone, for hookah.last_img read more

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Medal Secured, Mary Kom Now Eyes Top Finish at World Boxing Championship

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Ulan-Ude: The job is only half done, Indian icon M C Mary Kom (51kg) said on Thursday after securing an unparalleled eighth medal at the women’s world boxing championship and adding to her status as the marquee tournament’s most successful pugilist.Six-time champion Mary Kom defeated Colombia’s Valencia Victoria in her quarterfinal bout here to secure her maiden world medal in the 51kg category, in which she won an Olympic medal back in 2012. “It was easy,” the 36-year-old told PTI when asked about her quarterfinal contest before getting down to dissecting her performance.”Compared to the pre-quarters, this one was easy. I figured her (Victoria) out quite early in the bout. She was just trying to create an impression by attacking more but I knew I would get my chances,” she said.”The girl I fought in pre-quarters (Thailand’s Jutamas Jitpong), she was tough, very strong. It was tiring to get past her,” she added.The #HallOfFame will now read the mammoth achievements of @MangteC as the winner of the highest no. of medals at the #aibaworldboxingchampionships.Kudos Champ!🔴Mary Kom🇮🇳-8🔴Félix Savon🇨🇺-7🔴Katie Taylor🇮🇪-6What a moment for India. Take a bow!#PunchMeinHaiDum #boxing— Boxing Federation (@BFI_official) October 10, 2019In the semifinals on Saturday, Mary Kom would be up against European Championship and European Games gold-medallist Busenaz Cakiroglu of Turkey who has been seeded second in the draw.”I have never fought her but then I fought my past two rivals also for the first time here. It doesn’t bother me. But as I always say, I will try my best, but the results is not in my hands,” she said referring to her pre-tournament assertion that she would only focus on performance, not the result.”I know a lot is expected of me, I would give my all, the job is only half done. I hope to get a gold,” she added.The Manipuri, in terms of number of medals won, has become numero uno across both the men’s and women’s world championships. Cuban icon Felix Savon is the most successful in the men’s event with seven medals — six gold and a silver.Entering into this edition, Mary Kom had six gold and a silver in her kitty.”It is difficult to say (what the result would be in the semifinals) but I think I have the capability to go the full distance and win a gold. Let’s see,” she said.”The whole country is supporting me like always, I think that should also work for me. Why wouldn’t I win with that huge support?” she added. boxingIndiaIndian Boxingmary kom First Published: October 10, 2019, 6:06 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Keshavan wins gold in Asian Luge Championships

first_imgNew Delhi, Dec 1 (PTI) Indias veteran Winter Olympian Shiva Keshavan today won a gold medal at the Asian Luge Championships at Altenberg, Germany.The sole Indian participant and defending Asian champion retained his title with a time of 55.60 seconds.Due to technical reasons, the Asian Luge Championships took place at Altenberg in Germany.In a race that was full of surprises, Keshavan started slow but recovered the lead after the second corner. There was a tense moment in the Infamous Curve 11-12 combination, also known as the Labyrinth, where Keshavans sled started a sideways skid, but the Indian was able to bring it under control and retain the lead.Last years silver medallist from Korea, Kim Donghyeon, crashed in this same technical portion, but luckily came away with only minor injuries.Shiva was followed by Lien Te-An of Taiwan (56.12 seconds) and Kim Dong Kyu of Korea (56.50 seconds) who bagged the silver and bronze medals respectively.”I am so proud to bring the gold medal back to India for the fourth time. The track is one of the most difficult in the world and I have had a few bad crashes here in the past. So it was a challenge on many levels. I want to thank all my sponsors and supporters, without who i really would not have made it this far,” said Keshavan after the race.The race, which was originally scheduled in Nagano, Japan, was shifted to the EisKanal in Germany due to technical issues at the Nagano Spiral Venue that had adverse safety implications for the fastest Olympic sport on ice.advertisementKeshavan will represent India at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games at Alpensia Sliding Centre at Pyeongchang in South Korea for his record sixth Olympics. PTI PDS PDSlast_img read more

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10 months agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini still keen on Medel

first_imgWest Ham boss Pellegrini still keen on Medelby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini remains keen on Gary Medel.The Mirror says former Cardiff midfielder Medel could be heading back to England.Reports in Turkey say West Ham have held talks with Besiktas over the Chilean.The Hammers are reportedly ready to make an £8m bid.And Besiktas are prepared to sell as they seek to balance the books this month. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Vard Clinches USD 300 Mn Module Carrier Vessels Order

first_imgzoom Norwegian shipbuilder and ship designer Vard Holdings Limited (VARD) has secured a USD 300 million contract for the design and construction of 15 Module Carrier Vessels for Dubai-based offshore support vessel company Topaz Energy and Marine (Topaz).Designed to carry high deck loads of up to 1800 tons, the vessels are developed to navigate the shallow river systems as they transport modules through the Russian waterways to oilfields in Kazakhstan.Featuring a length of 123 meters and a width of 16.5 meters, the vessels, of VARD 9 21 design, will be operated by Topaz through a consortium led by Blue Water Shipping for the end-client Tengizchevroil.Five of the vessels will be built at Vard Braila and four at Vard Tulcea in Romania, while the remaining six will be built at Vard Vung Tau in Vietnam.Delivery is scheduled between the third quarter of 2017 and the second quarter of 2018.“This project strengthens our relationship with Topaz and our foothold in the region. It also provides significant employment for our Romanian and Vietnam yards for the next two years, at a time when investment in new vessels for the oil and gas sector is limited elsewhere,” VARD CEO and Executive Director, Roy Reite, said.Topaz Energy and Marine, which operates a fleet of 100 offshore support vessels of an average age of 7 years, is primarily focused on the Caspian, Middle East, West Africa and Subsea operations in the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico.last_img read more

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Iranian oil tanker pursued by US says it is going to Turkey

first_imgDubai: An Iranian-flagged oil tanker pursued by the US amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Washington changed its listed destination to a port in Turkey early Saturday after Greece said it wouldn’t risk its relations with America by aiding it. The crew of the Adrian Darya 1, formerly known as the Grace 1, updated its listed destination in its Automatic Identification System to Mersin, Turkey, a port city in the country’s south and home to an oil terminal. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHowever, mariners can input any destination into the AIS, so Turkey may not be its true destination. Mersin is some 200 kilometers (125 miles) northwest of a refinery in Baniyas, Syria, where authorities alleged the Adrian Darya had been heading before being seized off Gibraltar in early July. Iranian state media and officials did not immediately acknowledge the new reported destination of the Adrian Darya, which carries 2.1 million barrels of Iranian crude oil worth some 130 million. Nor was there any immediate reaction from Turkey, whose President Recep Tayyip Erdogan deals directly with Tehran and Russia over Syria’s long war. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsThe ship-tracking website showed the Adrian Darya’s position as just south of Sicily in the Mediterranean Sea. At current speeds, it estimated the Adrian Darya would reach Mersin in about a week. The State Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The tanker’s detention and later release by Gibraltar has fueled the growing tensions between Iran and the U.S. after President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers over a year ago. In the time since, Iran lost billions of dollars in business deals allowed by the deal as the US re-imposed and created sanctions largely blocking Tehran from selling crude oil aboard, a crucial source of hard currency for the Islamic Republic.last_img read more

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Sam Moore Honored At 2018 Dream Ball Gala

first_imgThe Legendary Soul Man Sam Moore was honored with the Trailblazer Award at the annual Dream Ball Gala on Monday, February 19 at the Bomb Factory in the Deep Ellum area of Dallas.The Legendary Soul Man Sam Moore Performs At 2018 Dream BallThe gala is produced by Nancy Lieberman Charities, a 501c3 organization that promotes healthy lifestyles and educational opportunities for young girls and boys, and is dedicated to expanding and ensuring that educational and sports opportunities exist for economically disadvantaged youth. Moore was presented with the Trailblazer Award by former Dallas Police Chief David Brown, and also performed a short set during the program, garnering rave reviews. Fellow honoree Billy Crystal was joined by Bo Derek, Tony Dorsett, Deion Sanders, Jose’ Guzman, and Spud Webb, among other celebrities and local dignitaries, who were also in attendance. The Dream Ball Gala is one of several annual charity events organized by Nancy Lieberman Charities.On March 31st, Sam Moore will take part in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ opening season festivities to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of playing baseball in Phoenix. Moore, who also was part of a group that sang the National Anthem on Opening Day in 1998, will perform the Star Spangled Banner before the opening of the game against the Colorado Rockies, the same opponent as their first game twenty years ago.Legendary Soul Man Sam Moore’s Grammy award-winning voice has been heard around the globe, across multiple music genres connecting audiences of all generations for more than 60 years. Sam Moore found musical fame as one half of the ‘60s powerhouse duo Sam & Dave. With 1967’s hit “Soul Man,” the duo found lasting fame, defined a genre, and altered the course of music history. Their signature sound influenced a diverse array of musical talents, including Al Green, Michael Jackson, Lionel Richie, Tom Petty, Phil Collins, Elvis Costello, Billy Joel and so many others. Sam & Dave’s music and personas inspired the film The Blues Brothers, and other hits like “Hold On I’m Coming” have appeared on the soundtracks of more than a dozen films. Moore, 81, continues to record and perform to critical acclaim as a solo artist and as a guest performer for dozens of his musical friends. The Legendary Soul Man recently accepted a position as Artist in Residence at Florida International University as part of the College of Arts, Sciences & Education Humanities Project.The Legendary Soul Man Sam Moore recently released his latest album. Sam Moore: An American Patriot, available for purchase including downloads on iTunes, Amazon, and more. The album was inspired by Moore’s performance of “America the Beautiful” on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, where his dear friend and inspiration Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stood 53 years earlier and delivered his famous “Dream” speech.Moore is the recipient of numerous awards including the coveted NARAS Heroes Award, an AFTRA AMEE Lifetime Achievement Award, the ETAM Living Legend Award, Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award, and a MOBO Lifetime Achievement Award. He was also inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame for “Soul Man,” and in 2016 his star was permanently placed in the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee.last_img read more

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Man arrested after streets sealed off in Hagersville

A man has been arrested after a police investigation that closed several roads in Hagersville on Friday. Haldimand OPP said the man taken into custody “without incident” around 3 p.m. OPP, including the tactical and rescue unit and emergency response team were at an address on Howard Street in Hagersville, starting around 5 a.m., in an investigation that started earlier with an unspecified incident on Six Nations. OPP spokesperson Const. Ed Sanchuk said police arrested the man at the Howard Street address, but deferred to Six Nations police for information about the earlier incident. Six Nations police spokesperson said it was an ongoing investigation. read more

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Ivorian Government must provide relief for all those in need UN envoy

On the second day of her month-long mission to the region, Carolyn McAskie, Humanitarian Envoy of the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan for the crisis in Côte d’Ivoire, met with government leaders and stressed the importance of the government’s role in the provision of emergency relief to those in need regardless of their location. She also reminded the Government of its responsibilities to protect civilians, including some one million internally displaced persons, the 50,000 Liberian refugees living in Côte d’Ivoire, as well as the humanitarian personnel working to bring aid to vulnerable populations.The scale of displacement in Côte d’Ivoire is massive and increasing rapidly. Out of a population of 16 million, an estimated 600,000 were displaced internally by the end of November, according to an update issued by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Fighting in the west has since forced the displacement of perhaps an additional 500,000. The total number of IDPs topped 1.1 million by the beginning of January. In addition, over 23,000 Ivorian refugees have fled to neighbouring countries, and 129,000 third-country nationals are retuning home to neighbouring Liberia, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Mali, and Ghana.For a further assessment of the situation of many of the people displaced by the violence, Ms. McAskie will tomorrow visit shantytowns in Abidjan.Meanwhile, using canoes and buses, staff of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are set to begin the repatriation of thousands of frightened Liberian refugees from western Côte d’Ivoire. UNHCR has requested a police security escort following days of negotiations with local villages for safe passage. The return will require five buses to transport 100 Liberians 30 kilometres to the Cavaly River – which forms the border between the two countries – where the canoes will be waiting to ferry them across. According to a UNHCR spokesperson in Geneva, nearly 2,400 Liberian refugees have registered at the agency’s office in the town of Tabou over the past three days. “They include 850 who had fled into the compound earlier this month to escape growing tensions with the local population, and hundreds of others who came from surrounding villages upon hearing of the return operation,” Kris Janowski said. read more

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Nepal UN rights chief hails governments pledge to respect humanitarian laws

Welcoming the Government’s declaration of 26 March, Acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Bertrand Ramcharan reiterated his readiness to provide technical assistance to support the National Human Rights Commission of Nepal (NHRC) in carrying out the necessary monitoring role.In a letter to Nepalese Prime Minister Surya Bahadur Thapa, Mr. Ramcharan noted that the Government’s commitment provided for a specific monitoring role for NHRC with external technical assistance and stressed that to be effective, the declaration needed to be accompanied by a firm commitment to nationwide monitoring of adherence to international standards under the aegis and mandate of the NHRC.He expressed his sincere hope that the move would help protect civilians from the armed conflict and contribute to building confidence in the Himalayan kingdom, which has been torn by conflict between the government and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist).Mr. Annan called on both sides last week “to take immediate steps to end the fighting and resume the peace process with the participation of all political and civil forces in the country.” read more

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Whittle Consulting well prepared to optimise an avalanche of African projects

first_imgWhittle Consulting, strategic optimisation specialists for the mining industry worldwide, has announced a number of contract awards in Africa in the first half of 2010. The appointment announced at the end of April 2010 of Steve Burks as MD of Whittle’s African subsidiary based in Johannesburg was prompted by existing work as well as the award or imminent prospect of several new studies. During this period, work was completed on a comprehensive optimisation study of the Navachab gold mining and processing operation for Anglo Gold Ashanti in Namibia. This followed work done for the Ghanaian operations of the same company in 2009, relating to the Iduapriem open pit.More recently, Goldfields awarded a study of the Tarkwa gold production operation in Ghana to Whittle Consulting, and work has also recently commenced on a study of the Black Rock mining operation and Assmang’s related manganese ore processing, transport, ferromanganese smelting and product distribution activities. Assmang is a joint venture company between African Rainbow Minerals and Assore. Good progress has also been made in marketing to several other prospective clients in the platinum, gold and iron ore sectors and further awards may follow soon.Steve Burks commented “Typically, these studies link the complete geological, mining, processing, logistics and product marketing elements of the overall operation. This provides the owner with a detailed business model of the complete value chain across several distinct operational departments or even multiple mines and processing plants, regardless of scale or complexity. Our aim is to identify improved operational strategies and alternative scenarios for the future, to enable the client to increase net present value of the enterprise by a significant amount. Improvements in the range 5-35% in NPV have often been demonstrated to be possible when accompanied by committed implementation by the customer of the strategies identified in our studies. Frequently, this is achieved before the application of any new capital investments simply by optimising the use of the existing or approved assets.”This work adds to Whittle Consulting’s current global portfolio of work including studies of projects and operations in Australasia, North America and Chile. The same approach to enterprise optimisation is used by all operational offices of the group, and lessons learned in each region are incorporated on new projects in other regions to the extent permitted by the confidentiality agreements signed with each customer.last_img read more

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Sharyn Gols new coal washing plant and export markets

first_imgSharyn Gol has successfully commissioned its new coal wash plant, which is located next to its producing coal mine in Sharyn Gol city, Darkhan province, Mongolia. The plant, which has the capacity to wash 600,000 t/y of raw coal, enables Sharyn Gol to produce an export grade coal, as well as a premium coal product for the domestic industrial market. The company says it “is Mongolia’s second operating coal wash plant and the only coal wash plant that has the potential to supply the domestic market. The investment in the wash plant reflects Sharyn Gol’s commitment to solutions for the production of environmentally friendly, value-added coal products.”Sharyn Gol’s Chairman, Batmunkh B., stated, “This investment by Sharyn Gol is consistent with the Mongolian government’s policy of encouraging Mongolian mining companies to invest in mineral processing technology. The wash plant opens a new chapter in the history of Sharyn Gol, which is celebrating its 50th year of operations.”Sharyn Gol has also executed a Memorandum of Understanding with Mongol Sammok Logistics, which is a joint venture between the Mongolian state and Sammok Shipping Co of South Korea. The signing ceremony took place at the Mongol Business Summit.Under the terms of the agreement, both parties have agreed to cooperate to export Sharyn Gol’s washed coal to the South Korean market. It is intended to transport the coal through Russia via rail to Rajin port in Rason Free Economic Zone, North Korea, after which it will be loaded onto a vessel and delivered into the South Korean market. The parties anticipate beginning with a 25,000 t trial shipment and will expand the export operations after the successful completion of the trial shipment.James Passin, Sharyn Gol Director and representative of Firebird Management, the New York-based investment fund that holds a controlling stake in Sharyn Gol, stated, “We are honoured to play a role in pioneering a new export route for Mongolian mineral exporters. We believe that Sharyn Gol is well positioned to expand its coal washing and export capacity in the future.”Sharyn Gol is located 215 km north of Ulaanbaatar and 45 km southeast of the city of Darkhan on Mongolia’s main national rail line.last_img read more

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Nedim Remili to stay in Paris until 2022

Nedim Remili will stay three years more at PSG Handball.The 23-years old lethander made amazing development among French champions, where he came from local rival US Creteil before the start of the season 2016/2017. Powerful right back got quickly a chance to become regular member of the French national team.TOP 20 “BEST BUY” 2016/2017: Nedim Remili is the KING of the season!The new contract is signed until 2022.Devinez qui reste avec nous jusqu’en 2022 ?! #BestDrive #PartenaireMajeur @psghand @Nedim_Remili— BestDrive France (@BestDriveFrance) September 10, 2018PHOTO: PSG Handball handball contractNedim RemiliPSG Handball ← Previous Story SEHA: Milosavljev saves Vardar’s win in Presov Next Story → ASOBAL: Buzzer-beater in Leon, Barca scores 50 goals read more

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WWE Smackville Highlights Kofi Kingston retains Championship Ali replaces Finn Balor

first_img Now Playing Up Next Triple H Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:39/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:37 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ WhatsApp Videos Articles Many WWE Stars Want To Go To AEW Finn Balor for the WWE UK Championship? The Miz Twitter WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Facebook Jerome Wilen RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Now Playing Up Next Dave Bautista will be a character in new video game, Finn Balor reveals new look Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles WWE posted these highlights and exclusive post-match interviews on their YouTube Channel from last night’s Smackville WWE Network special. Who Will Face Undertaker At WrestleMania 35? Vince Mcmahon Baron Corbin, Samoa Joe, and Ricochet all advance to the Semifinals of the King of the Ringlast_img read more

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Macau GGR down 83 in April

first_imgMacau’s gaming operators recorded gross gaming revenue of MOP$23.58 billion in April, down 8.3% year-on-year according to figures from the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau.The April numbers, which were also 8.7% lower than March’s total, represent the third time in four months GGR has fallen compared to the same period in 2018. Lack of premium mass strategy begs questions of SJM’s Grand Lisboa Palace launch: analysts Genting’s Resorts World Las Vegas names five key additions to executive team New Chief Executive vows to protect Macau’s gaming and tourism industry from harm RelatedPosts Load More For the first four months of 2019, Macau GGR is down 2.4% year-on-year to MOP$99.73 billion.Bernstein analysts Vitaly Umansky, Eunice Lee and Kelsey Zhu estimated the decline was due to a fall in VIP GGR of around 20% year-on-year, with mass GGR up by low single digits,“VIP GGR may have been the lowest since early 2017,” they said, but added, “It is possible April has been the low point of the growth deceleration in Macau.”last_img read more

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TPR prosecutes recruitment agency for pensions noncompliance

first_imgThe Pensions Regulator (TPR) is prosecuting Hertfordshire-based SKL Professional Recruitment Agency and its managing director for allegedly failing to enroll the organisation’s 22 employees into a workplace pension.SKL Professional Recruitment Agency, which provides staff in the care sector, and 54-year-old managing director Linus Kadzere are accused of willfully failing to comply with auto-enrolment obligations, contradicting Sections 45 and 46 of the Pensions Act 2008.The defendants are also accused of knowingly providing false information to TPR, claiming that they had, in fact, enrolled the 22 employees into a workplace pension scheme. Providing false information in this way is an offence under Section 80 of the Pensions Act 2004.SKL Professional Recruitment Agency and Kadzere will each face three charges of willfully failing to comply with automatic enrolment duties, and one charge of knowingly or recklessly providing false and misleading information to TPR. This will occur at Brighton Magistrates’ Court on 4 September 2019.The maximum sentence for these charges in magistrates’ court is an unlimited fine.SKL Professional Recruitment Agency was unavailable for comment at the time of publication.last_img read more

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Erins Law Passes Alaska Senate

first_imgPhoto courtesy Erin Merryn.The Alaska Senate unanimously passed Erin’s Law this morning.  The law  provides age-appropriate sexual abuse education to children in public schools.Erin’s Law would educate children in public schools to speak up if something inappropriate happens. It also trains teachers and trusted adults to recognize signs that a child is being abused.RELATED: Legislature Weighs ‘Erin’s Law’Republican Senator Lesil McGuire brought forth a Senate bill identical to the House version first sponsored by Democratic Representative Garan Tarr. McGuire testified that Erin’s Law was the first step toward eliminating sexual abuse of children in Alaska.“We lead the nation. This is one of those places where I hope a decade from now that we’ll be not leading the nation that we will completely flip the statistics. And I think this is gonna be a big part of it, Mr. President, is asking that our schools put age appropriate education about good touch, bad touch, good secrets, bad secrets,” McGuire said.Sponsors expect that training would reach more than 90 percent of Alaska’s youth who attend public schools and the adults who spend a lot of time with them.Erin’s Law, named after 29-year-old Erin Merryn  from Illinois, who was sexually abused as a child and has made it her goal to pass the law in all 50 states.The law includes two-year delay for implementation. Governor Sean Parnell supports Erin’s Law.The House version sits in the Finance Committee. The law has been passed in 12 states and is pending in 25 others.last_img read more

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Alaska Native groups ask Dunleavy to investigate missing and murdered Indigenous women

first_img(Graphic by Annita Lucchesi (Southern Cheyenne descendant), PhD-c, courtesy of Urban Indian Health Institute)Several Alaska Native organizations asked Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Thursday to fund investigations and prosecutions of cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.Kendra Kloster, executive director of Native Peoples Action, drafted a letter to Dunleavy asking for his support.“There’s an alarming number of Indigenous women and girls that have disappeared or been murdered each year, and we just feel that there’s really an absence of a voice for them,” she said.The letter asked Dunleavy to include money in his proposal for the next state budget, which his administration is scheduled to release on Dec. 15.“We need to be able to get the data, and then we need people to not only investigate, but to follow up,” Kloster said.In response to questions about the letter, Dunleavy spokesman Jeff Turner said the Department of Public Safety will make a recommendation in its proposed budget for the Dunleavy administration to review.Dunleavy said in a statement to the Associated Press that as a father of three girls, his heart goes out to families who have lost loved ones to violence. He said through a spokesman that public safety in Alaska is broken, and he is committed to fixing it.In his final draft budget, former Gov. Bill Walker included funding for two investigators for these cases. It would also provide money to inventory past cases and analyze law enforcement’s approach to the issue.A recent study by Urban Indian Health Institute found that Anchorage was the city with the third-highest number of Native women who were murdered, after Seattle and Tucson.Native Peoples Action is a nonprofit started in 2017 that aims to protect traditional values in the Alaska Native people. Its work includes promoting voting rights for Alaska Natives.The others who signed onto the letter include leaders of Native Movement, Native American Rights Fund, Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 70, Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 70, Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska, Fairbanks Native Association, Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center, Beaver Village Council, First Alaskans Institute, Kawerak Inc. and the Pathways to Prevention Statewide Steering Committee.last_img read more

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50 parliamentary committees constituted

first_imgJatiya Sangsad. File PhotoAll the 50 parliamentary committees were constituted within 10 sittings of the maiden session of the 11th parliament.The 11th parliament went its maiden session on 30 January and all the 50 parliamentary committees were formed unanimously within only 10 sittings after the formation process started on 3 February, speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury told the House on Wednesday.”The formation of all the parliamentary committees within only 10 sittings is a rare example and milestone,” she said.Shirin thanked leader of the House and prime minister Sheikh Hasina for her patience and giving long time in the committee formation process.”Sitting in parliament, she wrote names of members of all the committees with her own hand taking long time with patience,” the speaker said amid thumping on the desk by the treasury and opposition bench MPs.Showing the MPs the copy of the PM’s handwriting, Shirin said the handwritings will be preserved in the archive of parliament as a rare document.Earlier in the day, the Jatiya Sangsad formed seven parliamentary committees.Chief Whip Noor-E-Alam Chowdhury placed separate proposals for constitution of the seven committees in the House. The MPs endorsed the proposals through their voice votes.Among the committees formed on Wednesday, speaker Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury is the chairman of the Business Advisory Committee, the Standing Committee of Privileges and the Committee on Petitions.Of the four other committees, Dabirul Islam (Thakurgaon-2) is the chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on CHT Affairs Ministry, while Meher Afroz head of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Women and Children Affairs Ministry.Besides, ASM Feroz is the chairman of the Committee on Public Undertakings and Deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah is the head of the Library Committee,The chairmen of all the seven committees are ruling party MPs.last_img read more

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