15th July 2019 | By contenteditor Email Address AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter New Hampshire legalises sports betting New Hampshire has become the latest US state to legalise sports betting after Governor Chris Sununu signed House Bill 480 into law. New Hampshire has become the latest US state to legalize sports betting after Governor Chris Sununu signed House Bill 480 into law.The bill was introduced in January and went on to secure approval in the House and Senate, but was last month subject to a number of amendments as lawmakers sought to iron out issues before passing it on to the Governor.With Sununu (pictured) having signed off on the bill, the state Lottery Commission will now launch a request for proposal to select online and retail sports betting vendors. It is hoped that partners could be in place by January 1, 2020, with a view to opening the market by July 1.Read the full story on iGB North America.Image: U.S Department of Agriculture Legal & compliance Regions: US New Hampshire Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting
The latest additions to UK Fundraising’s directory of training courses for fundraisers are six courses from Holmes Consultancy Services.The latest additions to UK Fundraising’s directory of training courses for fundraisers are six courses from Holmes Consultancy Services. Taking place in London, York and Coventry, they cover effective time management for fundraisers, applying to funders for grants, and raising money from trusts.Find these and over 150 other courses for fundraisers on UK Fundraising’s events directory. Advertisement Howard Lake | 22 January 2002 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Six training courses from Holmes Consultancy Services 12 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis
Legagneur never came back after leaving home on 14 March to do a report in Grand-Ravine, a section of the southern district of Martissant that is one of the capital’s poorest and most violent neighbourhoods.His wife reported his disappearance two days later to the Judicial Police Central Directorate (DCPJ) and a complaint was filed with the Port-au-Prince prosecutor’s office. A few days after his disappearance, the police said they had found human remains in an unused lot near where he was seen for the last time.But, despite being pressed by his family and local journalists’ associations, the police never released the findings of the DNA tests conducted on these remains.Neither the DCPJ nor the judicial authorities have reported any progress in the investigation. When questioned at a press conference on 31 August, a senior police officer even suggested that no investigation at all was being conducted. “If there is an investigation, it should be the person in charge who provides information,” he said.“It is unacceptable that, six months after Vladjimir Legagneur’s disappearance, neither the police nor the justice system is able to provide any new information about this case,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau. “This silence is a torture for his family. The Haitian authorities have a duty to find this photographer, determine why he disappeared and identify those responsible.”Aged 30, Legagneur worked for the newspaper Le Matin and the online news agency Loop Haïti before becoming a freelancer. As well as news stories, he used to cover social issues and work for NGOs prior to his disappearance.Haiti is ranked 60th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. News Help by sharing this information June 11, 2019 Find out more to go further RSF_en News HaïtiAmericas Protecting journalists DisappearancesImpunityViolence News September 14, 2018 Six months later, nothing known about Haitian journalist’s disappearance October 11, 2019 Find out more HaïtiAmericas Protecting journalists DisappearancesImpunityViolence Organisation November 14, 2019 Find out more Journalist shot dead amid anti-government protests in Haiti Violence against the press in Haiti: RSF and CPJ write to Minister of Justice News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Haitian authorities to come up with answers for the family and colleagues of Vladjimir Legagneur, a freelance photo-journalist who went missing exactly six months ago today in the capital, Port-au-Prince. The investigation into his disappearance has ground to a halt, if one exists at all. Follow the news on Haïti Receive email alerts Another journalist murdered in Haiti
Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic By News Highland – February 5, 2010 Previous articleDeputy McDaid says banning headshops is not answer to drug problemsNext articleByrne family reject Blaney claim that they were “misled” News Highland Twitter WhatsApp Twitter Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th A man in his 40’s who was arrested following an incident between Stranorlar and Convoy on Tuesday night will appear at the Special Criminal Court in Dublin this morning. Gardai stopped a car aftetr four men were seen acting suspiciously. One man was arrested at the scene, three others fled across fields, and a search for them continues.Two firearms and four cars were seized as part of a Garda investigation into the incident. Facebook WhatsApp Google+ News 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Man arrested near Twin Towns due in Special Criminial Court RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Facebook Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pinterest Google+
ColumnsSuspension Of Insolvency Proceedings And Its Effect On Bilateral Investment Treaties Tariq Khan & Animesh Upadhyay9 Jan 2021 10:22 PMShare This – xRecently, the Government extended suspension of insolvency proceedings till 31st March, 2021. On 24th September, 2020, Rajya Sabha passed The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2020 by way of which it extended the suspension of Sections 7, 9 & 10 with a view to provide further relaxation period to companies adversely affected by COVID-19. The same…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?LoginRecently, the Government extended suspension of insolvency proceedings till 31st March, 2021. On 24th September, 2020, Rajya Sabha passed The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2020 by way of which it extended the suspension of Sections 7, 9 & 10 with a view to provide further relaxation period to companies adversely affected by COVID-19. The same was originally introduced by the government during March suspending the initiation of Corporate Insolvency Resolution Process for a period of 6 months with the objective of safeguarding Micro Small and Medium Enterprises. Now, the same has been further extended for another 3 months, and although the government’s main aim is to provide a recovery period for the affected companies but this step taken by the Indian Government may have an adverse effect on foreign investors that are parties to the Bilateral Investment Treaties signed with India. The authors in this article will analyze the amendments introduced by the government and its effect on Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs). Effect on BITs: Foreign investment is the most important component for the economic growth of any country as it is a source of foreign currency income and it provides a boost to the local economy. India has developed on the economic front due to increase in foreign investment over the past years. Reasons as to why India is considered as an attractive destination for foreign investors includes low wage rates, robust banking and the diverse market. But the most important factor that is considered by foreign investors while investing in any country is the aspect of protection of rights in that country. Special protection is needed to be provided to the foreign investors for the growth of economy. To safeguard such rights of foreign investors and to protect them from the arbitrary unilateral decisions of the host country in which they are investing, exist Bilateral Investment Treaties. Bilateral Investment Treaties are written understandings which comprises of the terms and conditions for private investment by nationals and companies of one nation in another nation. Essential clauses covered under BITs are as follows: ApplicabilityFair and Equitable Treatment and Full Protection & SecurityNational Treatment and Most-favoured Nation TreatmentExpropriationDispute Settlement Mechanisms, both between States and between an Investor and a State. India signed its first BIT with the United Kingdom in 1994 and subsequently went on to sign BITs with 86 countries. Much changed after the White Industries Australia Ltd v. The Republic of India dispute where the International Tribunal ordered India to pay 4.10 million Australian dollars to White Industries under the 1999 Indo-Australia BIT. This forced the Indian government to revisit its existing BITs. Simultaneously, India received notices under various BITs in relation to the retrospective tax amendments and cancellation of 2G licenses. Considering these incidents the Government in 2015 started drafting a new model BIT to replace the then existing model Bilateral Investment Promotion Agreement (2003). This Model was finalized in 2016. Now, as per the recent media reports India and Phillipines have begun negotiations for a new Bilateral Investment Treaty and have exchanged their model BITs. If this gets finalized then this will be India’s fifth BIT that it has signed since the release of 2016 Model BIT. Under BITs a foreign Investor is offered full protection and security and all the above mentioned clauses act as means to ensure effective assertion of right. Since the government has suspended the Insolvency proceedings under IBC it is likely that the rights of foreign investors will get substantially limited, leading to violation of promises that were made prior to investing in India. The amendments made to the Code may further lead the foreign investors to initiate action against India under the BITs for violation of FET clause, legitimate expectation and effective means rights. Breach of Fair and Equitable treatment Clause: At the time of enforcement of the Code, the government had promised to ensure great investment opportunities to foreign investors.Empathizing on the need to improve faith of foreign investors, the Supreme Court held in Macquarie bank v Shilpi Cable that it is of utmost importance that both foreign and domestic creditors are kept on equal footing. Recently, India has been entitled 63rd position in World Banks’ Ease of Doing Business Index rising from the 142nd position in 2014 globally. On the basis of such promises made at that time the Foreign Investors can resort to allege a breach of FET clause ashighlighted by therecent cases of Cairn Energy Pvt. Ltd. and Vodafone Pvt. Ltd. where India lost the arbitration matters with both the companies unanimously because of the bilateral treaties India signed with United Kingdom (In case of Cairn Energy) and Netherlands (In case of Vodafone Pvt. Ltd.). In both these cases India lost owing to the fair and equitable treatment to be provided under the BITs it signed with Netherlands and United Kingdom. The disputes in both these cases arose owing to the retrospective change in tax laws in 2012 for making them effective from 1962. India demanded tax from Vodafone and Cairn Energy retrospectively. These Companies then approached Permanent Court of Arbitration to challenge these demands as a consequence of which the government lost both the cases. In the matter of Tecmed v. Mexico in which the International Tribunal held that contracting state is duty bound to adhere to the expectations that were considered by the foreign investors during the time of making investment. FET clause as observed by the judges in the matter of MTD v. Chile states that FET clause has a magnitude importance for the foreign investors to be fully treated in a just and even-handed manner. Amendments made to the Code can also be challenged on the grounds of limiting the investors to effectively assert their rights. In such a situation “White Industries” case becomes relevant wherein India paid 4.10 million dollars to White Industries as the tribunal held that “India had not provided effective means of asserting its claims and enforcing rights”. In the present scenario the suspension for COVID-19 defaults is permanent due to which foreign investors have strong cause of action that effective means of asserting their rights has been disrupted. In its defence India might contend that there is no permanent violation but only a mere postponement of effective means of asserting rights. However, various International Tribunals in such cases have held that foreign investors will still be entitled to raise a claim on the ground that although the measure taken by the destination country may be temporary but there is a chance that deprivation to their investment is not. Concluding Remarks: In the case of Swiss Ribbons Private Limited and Anr. vs. Union of India and Ors. The constitutional validity of the IBC, 2016 was challenged and the Apex Court while upholding the constitutional validity of the Code held: “86…. These figures show that the experiment conducted in enacting the Code is proving to be largely successful. The defaulter’s paradise is lost. In its place, the economy’s rightful place has been regained.” This indicates the objective with which the Code was enacted i.e. to save the creditors from a time consuming process of recovering the debts from the wilful defaulters. Although the Indian judiciary from time and again has safeguarded the rights of investors as witnessed in the judgments rendered by the Delhi High Court and Supreme Court with respect to the Vodafone Industries; but when it comes to policy making, the Government of India lags behind despite starting several initiatives such as Make in India, Stand up India etc. An essential factor which comes in the mind of a foreign investor before making investment in any country is the municipal law of that country. The insolvency law of any country also plays a crucial role. The legislative intent behind the enforcement of IBC was to boost India’s economy by providing speedy debt recovery process to the creditors and it is for this reason that FDI inflows increased in India over the past year. However, by unilaterally suspending the insolvency proceeding, the Government has neglected the interests of foreign investors. If the foreign creditors are not allowed to recover their debts from the wilful defaulters then this will derogate India’s reputation of having a better credit market. Before taking any measures that can have an impact on foreign investors, the government should consider its obligations under the BITs as ignorance of these obligations would lead to India’s defeat in cases on an international level as was seen in the case of Vodafone Pvt. Ltd. and most recently in the case of Cairn Energy Pvt. Ltd. There is a need for establishment of coordination between the Ministry and all other ministries to discuss the obligations of India under the BITs before taking a step which may potentially affect foreign investors. By unilaterally making the amendments in The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 the Government of India has violated the above-mentioned clauses of BITs and has contradicted its vision of making India a good economy. India is on the path of becoming the investment hub. The goal to become investor friendly can only be achieved when decisions are taken for safeguarding the rights of investors instead of taking those decisions that are detrimental to them.Views are personal.(Tariq Khan is a practicing Lawyer and Animesh Upadhyay is a Final Year Law Student at RMLNLU)Next Story
Written by Mike Traina October 15, 2018 /Sports News – Local Snow’s Hone Returns Home to Lead #7 Badgers FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLAS VEGAS (October 13, 2018) — The seventh-ranked Snow College women’s volleyball team picked up a critical league victory on Saturday against Southern Nevada, 3-1. With the win, the Badgers improved their record to 21-3 on the season and 4-2 in league play. Playing in her home town, sophomore Stacey Hone led the team with 11 kills on 32 attempts and was credited with six blocks. Freshman Bridget Triplett led the Badgers with a game-high nine blocks, including one solo and eight assisted blocks.Snow returns to Ephraim this week and will take on two highly ranked teams. The Badgers will take on Southern Idaho on Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by a 1 p.m. contest on Saturday against league leading Salt Lake C.C.
March 12, 2019 /Sports News – Local NBA fines Westbrook $25,000 for language; Jazz ban fan Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailNEW YORK (AP) — The NBA has fined Oklahoma City guard Russell Westbrook $25,000 for the language he directed toward a fan in Utah. Meanwhile, the Jazz have banned the fan from all events at their arena permanently and effective immediately. Written by Westbrook says the fan made racial comments toward him during the Jazz-Thunder game on Monday night. The NBA and the Jazz both investigated the matter and released decisions Tuesday afternoon. Westbrook was fined for using both profanity and threatening language, which he did from the sideline. Tags: Oklahoma City Thunder/Russell Westbrook/Utah Jazz The Jazz say that the fan was banned for “excessive and derogatory verbal abuse” during the game.
Stories of recession loom large in this week’s media. The government’s national debt is massive – as it tells us not to spend beyond our means, it is not so good at taking its own advice.Much of our gold stocks were sold years ago, at very low prices, and the American housing market, where loans have been made to those who cannot afford to repay them, is having an impact over here, with confidence reaching an all-time shakiness.So what would happen to the bakery market in a recession? One baking industry CEO said to me this week that he feared consumers might buy fewer premium goods, which provide so much of the profit compared to standard lines. I don’t agree. Call me an optimist, if you like, but I actually agree with Edwin Booth, chairman of Booths supermarket, who said: “Consumers will continue to pay top whack for premium food despite a tightening of the economy.”I believe that is partly to do with shopping ’habits’, an appreciation of better quality, more taste, which makes for a difficult reversal. And there is also the self-pampering effect – the need for a treat when times are tough and the big things have to go, but the premium loaf (quality) and the doughnut (treat) stay.Nevertheless, it is common sense if you are a baker to streamline products, cut down on wastage and produce only consumers’ favourites. The news that Tesco is doing just that will cause unease among suppliers, but in-store bakery buyer Simon Holt spells out to us just what is required and why (pg 4). At the moment, 80% of Tesco’s ISB sales come from half the products. Do you know your ratio? I am sure you do, because it is vital, and it also tells you the best time to launch seasonal products each year and how long to maintain them for.I am delighted I can still buy mince pies until the end the January – but I may be the only customer doing so!Elsewhere this week, if you run a small business and train your own staff, you may not be interested in a national skills training scheme. But for many there is a desperate need. So please let us know what you think about a National Skills Academy for Bakery (pg 17). We will publish your views.
Lantmännen Unibake (LU) plans to expand Eurobuns’ production into Danish pastry and croissants, following its purchase of the Milton Keynes frozen food specialist last week.LU’s chief executive Bent Pultz Larsen told British Baker that Eurobuns’ facilities would be used to make products for both the UK market and for export to continental Europe.Pultz Larsen said the British market was “very promising”. He added that as a result of LU’s successful partnership with Bakehouse, Britain had become its third-largest market for Danish pastry and, with the acquisition of Eurobuns, it had become “our largest market by far”.Eurobuns operates seven high-tech bakery lines and has forecast net sales for the current financial year of £46 million.Sales and marketing director Martin Jones said the deal would strengthen Eurobuns’ position.He said: “I am confident that Lantmännen Unibake will add value to Eurobuns and strengthen our position within the UK market.”In addition, we expect to have access to a raft of other products that will complement the range we produce ourselves.”The acquisition is LU’s third this year – it took over Finnish Baco Oy in February and US firm Eurobake in April.Following the Eurobuns’ takeover, LU – which specialises in fresh and frozen bakery goods – now has 100 bakery lines at 31 bakeries in 10 countries, employs nearly 5,000 people and has an annual turnover of £744 million.The company plans to expand globally through acquisition and is targeting companies in Central and Eastern Europe.—-=== In Short ===== Butter shortage ==Japanese bakers are finding it hard to get their hands on enough butter, Australian newspaper The Age has reported. A widespread shortage has hit both consumers and bakers buying in bulk. The shortage is due to market conditions, which chased hundreds of domestic dairy farmers out of business, compounded by health scares, encouraging Japanese consumers to drink less milk.== Prudens grows sites ==Prudens Bakery has expanded its family-run business with a new shop in Stoneycroft, Hemel Hempstead. Its sixth shop opened on 7 May and business is “going very well” so far. Prudens had been looking for new premises for a couple of years, and has now found the ideal location at the site of an existing baker. “It closed down over a year ago,” said Jon Pruden. “We moved in, refitted it and opened the Wednesday after the first May Bank Holiday.”== Greencore results ==Greencore has reported a good performance for the half year ended 28 March with “good prospects for the remainder of the year”. Group sales rose 2.5% to £514.5m, while group operating profit rose by the same percentage to £32.6m. Greencore’s ingredients division recorded a “very strong performance”, with total sales up 32%, while operating profit from convenience was down 3.8%.== Bakery bombing ==A suicide bomber targeted a bakery in Pakistan, killing 10 people. The attack on the bakery, on a Pakistani army base in Mardan, Peshawar, took place on 25 May.The attack is the deadliest in over two months as the government is locked into peace negotiations.