Silverfleet eyes Hunter’s Office chain

first_img Show Comments ▼ whatsapp KCS-content Share SIR TOM HUNTERWEST COAST CAPITALScotland’s first self-made billionaire began his career by selling trainers out of a van. He built his sportswear business into Sports Division, one of the UK’s largest clothing retailers with a market value of £250m when it was sold to JJB in 1998. Hunter went on to set up West Coast Capital in 2001 as an investment vehicle and holding company for his £1.1bn fortune, most of which has been earmarked for charities. He runs the Clinton-Hunter Development Initiative with Bill Clinton, which was set up with £60m to fund projects in developing communities. He also set up the Hunter Foundation with his wife Marion in 1998 to fund education projects, helping to earn him a knighthood in 2005. His philanthropic plans were scaled back during the financial crisis, when his investments in building firms helped wipe out more than half of his fortune and cost him his place as the richest man in Scotland on the Sunday Times rich list in 2008. His investments have since recovered, and his wealth is now estimated to be back above £1bn. Hunter was born in 1961 in Ayrshire and studied business at the University of Strathclyde, where he now sponsors the Hunter Centre for Entrepreneurship. whatsappcenter_img More From Our Partners Police Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comSidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin are graying and frayingnypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their Silverfleet eyes Hunter’s Office chain Tags: NULL HIGH STREET shoe retailer Office is likely to be bought by Silverfleet Capital after the private equity firm entered exclusive talks with current owner Sir Tom Hunter, a source close to the deal said yesterday. The exclusivity agreement all but scuppers the chances of Blackstone and PAI Capital, who had pursued Office since Sir Tom’s company West Coast Capital hired corporate advisers Hawkpoint and Financo in June to examine the options for the firm. Sir Tom is said to be looking for bids of up to £200m for the chain of around 120 outlets in the UK and Ireland. West Coast, used by the Scottish entrepreneur as a buyout vehicle, acquired Office for £15.5m in 2003, when the brand had fewer than 25 branches.Office – which is one of the most profitable parts of West Coast – posted underlying earnings of £18.6m for the year to the end of January 2010, on sales of £135.7m. Silverfleet Capital also owns TJ Hughes, the discount furniture and clothing retailer, following a £56m management buyout deal in 2003. The private equity group axed plans to sell the retailer earlier this month, leading to the departure of TJ Hughes chief executive Sue Tennant. Silverfleet’s diverse portfolio also includes Schneider Group, an online retailer, artificial sausage casings maker Kalle and Orizon, a temporary staffing agency.Earlier this year, it sold its stake in French jeweller Histoire D’Or. West Coast and Silverfleet declined to comment, while Blackstone and PAI did not return calls yesterday.When the business was first put on the market in the summer, Office chief executive Brian McCluskey said: “West Coast has held the business for seven years now, so this is timeous in the lifecycle of private equity, particularly given we have received several unsolicited approaches for the business.”West Coast, which also owns fashion retailer USC, posted a pre-tax profit of £6.9m in the year to 31 January 2010, compared to a loss of £66,322 a year earlier. FAST FACTS | OFFICE● Posted earnings of £18.6m on sales of £135.7m in the year to January 2010● Trades from 120 stores and concessions in the UK and Ireland● Has been owned by West Coast since 2003 Sunday 28 November 2010 9:11 pmlast_img read more

Seeking truth in the upcoming data battle

first_imgSports betting 12th March 2020 | By Stephen Carter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Regions: UK & Ireland Email Address Following last week’s news that the simmering dispute around data rights for English and Scottish football is now headed to the UK competition court, Scott Longley runs the rule over the main arguments set to be aired during proceedingsSome of the arguments that will likely soon be heard by the UK’s Competition Appeal Tribunal from, on the one hand, Sportradar and, on the other, Football DataCo and Betgenius, were aired earlier this year at a conference hosted, appropriately enough, in the offices of a law firm.The news last week the two sides are heading to court brought the simmering dispute around access to the data for English and Scottish league football out into the open.The Sportradar statement spoke of its “reluctance” to go the legal route and added that it remained “open to the possibility of finding a resolution.”However, as was evident from the panel at the CMS Law conference in London in January, there is evidently some distance between the two sides on what constitutes a competitive marketplace for sports data.The panel featured two of the participants in the upcoming court case: Adrian Ford, the general manager at FDC and David Lampitt from Sportradar as well as two other data supplier representatives, Andrew Ashenden from Stats Perform (the previous incumbent for English and Scottish football) and Michael Short from IMG Arena.“Official data is the truth,” Ford told the audience. “Unofficial data may or may not agree with official data; it may or may not be right. But the reality is official is the truth and therefore it is what goes out to the wider world and in the case of betting, it is what bets should be settled on.“Otherwise,” he went on “there is a consumer risk, and it should be said that not all unofficial data is up to the standard represented on this panel. There is a consumer risk; there is an integrity risk.”One truth versus multiplicity in data The line of argument about ‘one truth’ in data appears to have been imported from the world of information systems where, Wikipedia usefully informs us, “incorrectly linked duplicate or de-normalized data elements… pose a risk for retrieval of outdated, and therefore incorrect, information.”Such issues apply with, for instance, electronic health records. But with sport? Not so much. Indeed, as anyone who has followed the sorry tale of the English Premier League’s introduction of VAR this season will attest, the idea of one truth sits uneasily with the subjectivity involved in a lot of decisions on the field.It is one reason why, in the words of one betting-data source, the argument about ‘one truth’ in the case of English and Scottish football “falls flat.”Indeed, as it stands Football DataCo currently has two separate deals for betting and media up and running; one with Betgenius for betting and the other with Stats Perform’s Opta for media. So that’s two sources of truth and when you add in the various other sources, either scouted or off-tube, there is in fact a plethora of ‘sources of truth’.Further, bookmakers have been sourcing live data, either themselves or through data-supply companies, for a long time, and certainly long before sports decided they wanted a slice of the action via official data deals. The suggestion, therefore, that operators can’t manage their risks without a single source of truth official data product is somewhat fanciful.To restrict the supply of data sources, then, would be to drastically affect the way the trading rooms operate. “From a trading perspective if I am going to turn over tens of millions on an in-play market it would make sense to me to have as many eyes as possible on (the game),” said another source at a betting-data and odds provider.“To receive a single source of truth makes no sense to me and I will ultimately source parallel measures to make sure the integrity of the data is sound.”Chosen paths Ford admitted on stage in January that the tender last year mentioned multiple official collectors as one option. “We looked at other routes that other people on this panel are aware of,” he said.Indeed, since he spoke it has been announced that the European Leagues, representing 16 leagues across the continent, have opted for just such a multiple approach, signing a deal with all the of the major providers, Sportradar, Betgenius and Stats Perform.In announcing the deal, Jacco Swart, managing director for the European Leagues, said the partnership with all three firms “captures one of the key aims of the European Leagues when it comes to providing valuable and innovative services to our member leagues.”He added, moreover, that with more leagues having signed up to the new deal than previously was the case it was “the best proof that this approach functions.”Indeed, even Betgenius appeared to endorse the multi-provider approach.In its own press release announcing its involvement in this joint venture, Steve Burton, managing director at Betgenius, said: “Each of the leagues included in this agreement has control over how their data is collected and distributed, affording vital visibility to safeguard their competitions.”These comments appear to directly contradict those from Ford at the CMS conference about one source of truth being necessary for integrity. All of which leaves us pondering the real reason for the pursuing the exclusive route.For that, we need look no further than the press release which originally announced the new deal between FDC and Betgenius where Ford said the deal would “maximise the value of live data in the betting market for the leagues”.In other words, they would henceforth be charging more for the data. Indeed, the clear implication from the ‘one truth’ argument is that the leagues wish for the betting data for their sport to become more expensive for operators.While this isn’t existential for the top-tier operators, that might not necessarily be the case for those further down the ladder where the costs keep mounting while the wider business environment continues to get more challenging.Or as Sportradar said last week, the new arrangements are “not only harmful to data supply companies like Sportradar, but also to the downstream market (bookmakers and their customers) where product choice is being restricted or removed in favour of an information monopoly.”There are reasons why competition authorities don’t like monopolies – and yet this is exactly what Ford, FDC and Betgenius are arguing for by citing the one source of truth argument. It is up to the courts now to decide whether they should get their way.Scott Longley has been a journalist since the early 2000s, covering personal finance, sport and gambling. He has worked for a number of publications including Investment Week, Bloomberg Money, Football First., eGaming Review and Gambling Compliance. Scott now runs his own editorial consultancy, Clear Concise Media, and writes for a number of online and print titles. Seeking truth in the upcoming data battle Following last week’s news that the simmering dispute around data rights for English and Scottish football is now headed to the UK competition court, Scott Longley runs the rule over the main arguments set to be aired during proceedings Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Sports betting Strategy Tags: Online Gamblinglast_img read more

Equity Bank Group Limited ( 2006 Annual Report

first_imgEquity Bank Group Limited ( listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2006 annual report.For more information about Equity Bank Group Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Equity Bank Group Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Equity Bank Group Limited (  2006 annual report.Company ProfileEquity Bank Group Limited is a leading financial institution based in Kenya which offers products and services to private individuals and small-to-medium enterprises, and the corporate banking market. It operates in six geographical markets; Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The consumer division targets salaried customers or customers who receive regular remittances, such as a pension. The SME division provides financial solutions for working capital needs, property development and acquisition of assets. The corporate division targets large enterprises offering products and services that range from equity, mortgage and asset finance loans to trade finance, development loans and business loans. Formerly known as Equity Bank Limited, the commercial bank is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Equity Group Holdings Limited. Equity Bank Group Limited is listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Worker told that Labour Court award can not be enforced

first_imgNewsWorker told that Labour Court award can not be enforcedBy Staff Reporter – October 17, 2014 1325 by Andrew [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up A LIMERICK worker who was awarded €5,000 in an unfair dismissal case, has been told that a Circuit Court judge cannot order her employer to pay her the money.The woman, who had less than 12 months employment at the Limerick-based company, was granted a hearing before a Rights Commissioner as she was unable to bring a case to the Employment Appeals Tribunal because of the short term of service she had with the company.The Rights Commisioner ruled that she had a causable action because she was treated unfairly by her employer.At Limerick Circuit Court last week, Judge Carroll Moran heard from Maria Lane, BL for the aggrieved woman that she had taken her case to the Rights Commissioner last year after her employment was terminated by her then employer.After consenting to engage with the process, the employer was found to be in breach and the woman was awarded €2,000 in compensation. She appealed the award and judgement to the Labour Court and it subsequently increased the amount of compensation to €5,000.Following the appeal, the employer failed to engage with the process further and “simply ignored all correspondence” sent from the woman’s legal team in an effort to claim the money.She was now asking the court to enforce the order under section 13 of the Industrial Relations Act as the employer had fully engaged in the process but then withdrew from it.Solicitor for the employer, Pat McHugh said the woman had no rights to bring the motion before the Circuit Court judge as the award from the Labour Court was only a recommendation and therefore not bound by legislation. He added that there was no provision in law for the woman to request a Circuit Court judge to enforce the decision.After Ms Lane said it was the only way to ensure the Labour Court recommendation was enforced, Judge Moran said that despite the history of the case, he had to refuse the application for want of jurisdiction”.An application by Mr McHugh to have the court costs paid by the woman was refused by Judge Moran who made no order on costs. WhatsApp Twitter Previous articleInvestigations continue into fatal road crashNext articleLimerick father of five shot at over drug debt owed to ‘Fat John’ Staff Reporter Facebookcenter_img Linkedin Email Print Advertisementlast_img read more

National Perseid Meteor Watch This Weekend

first_imgUnstoppable Sean shows that all things are possible Advertisement ASTRONOMY Ireland is asking members of the public all across the 32 counties to watch the best meteor shower of the year “The Perseids” and count how many they see every 15 minutes. This is fun and has great scientific value.“Last year I was seeing 15 to 20 meteors every 15 minutes for several hours which is about 20 times what one would normally expect to see,” said David Moore, Editor of Astronomy Ireland magazine. “Many of them were extremely bright, which is what this shower is noted for,” he said.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The counts by members of the public are extremely useful to scientists as it allows the strength of the shower to be monitored from year to year. “This is how we know the Perseids always put on the best show of the year in August for many years. So there is great scientific value in simple counts done with nothing more than a clock and normal eyesight. No binoculars or telescopes should be used.” said Mr Moore.In 2018, the Perseids peak on Sunday night August 12th, but rates should be at least half as good on the night before and after Sunday night. “This is very useful, given the Irish weather, when the best night can often be clouded out, but the nights before and after Sunday night i.e. Saturday and Monday nights should still give 10 times more meteors than on a normal night,” said Mr Moore.“All people have to do is count how many ‘shooting stars’ (meteors is the correct term) they see every 15 minutes and send them to Astronomy Ireland’s website that night or the next day. The results of the nationwide survey will be published in Astronomy Ireland magazine which is archived in the National Library of Ireland for all time.” said Mr Moore.Perseid meteors can appear anywhere in the sky but their paths all point back to the constellation of Perseus in the northeast, but you can view any part of the sky, not just the northeast. A sun lounger is great for watching in comfort and avoiding neck pain.If a family group are viewing (a great idea) each person should keep their own count and not include meteors seen by others if they did not see them for themselves.Conditions are ideal this year with no Moon to brighten the sky and drown out the fainter Perseids. Those in rural locations with dark skies will get the best views but even city dwellers will see plenty. You can view all night long or just for one 15 minute interval if you wish. Skies will be dark enough from 10pm to 4am and the later you view usually the more you will see.Perseids are caused by sand grain sized particles that fell off a comet called Swift-Tuttle centuries or millennia ago. Every August the Earth ploughs through the orbit of this comet sweeping up this dust at a closing speed of over 100,000 miles per hour and the tiny particles vaporise instantly from friction with the upper atmosphere. There is no danger in watching them as they burn out 50 to 100 miles above the ground, 10 times higher than a jet aircraft.“This is a ‘celestial fireworks’ display provide free of charge by mother nature. We urge everyone on this island to spend at least an hour or two on Saturday, Sunday and/or Monday nights witnessing this natural spectacle.” said Mr Moore.Full details are online at where you can also submit your counts to be a part of National Perseid Watch 2018. Facebook Limerick on Covid watch list Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Linkedin Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year TAGSAstronomyLimerick City and CountyMeteor Shower center_img Email Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon? Previous articleTraffic chaos predicted for MungretNext articleUpdate: Visitor Restrictions at UHL Staff Reporter Print NewsCommunityNational Perseid Meteor Watch This WeekendBy Staff Reporter – August 10, 2018 2164 WhatsApplast_img read more

O’Domhnaill concerned at amount of signage on the N56

first_img Twitter Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Pinterest LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH Previous articleQuestions about cost of excavator at LGH were first asked last yearNext articleSeamus Daly remanded in custody on Omagh bomb charges News Highland A Donegal councillor calling for an inventory of signage on the N56, saying there appears to be an absolute glut of signage on the route.Cllr Seamus O’Domhnaill says these include Speed signs, directional signage and general distance signage but also new tourism signage, including the Wild Atlantic Way.He says while these initiatives are welcome, it means that between Creeslough and Dunfanaghy there are approximately 119 posts carrying various signs erected by Donegal County Council and the NRA.Cllr O’Domhnaill says agencies need to work together to come up with a more ensure that better signage protocols are implemented…………Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsAppcenter_img Pinterest Twitter By News Highland – April 11, 2014 Google+ O’Domhnaill concerned at amount of signage on the N56 Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad also Facebook News WhatsApp Google+last_img read more

[Vinod Dua Case] “Violence Not A Sine Qua Non For Sedition, There Can Be Public Disorder Without Violence”: Mahesh Jethmalani Tells SC

first_imgTop Stories[Vinod Dua Case] “Violence Not A Sine Qua Non For Sedition, There Can Be Public Disorder Without Violence”: Mahesh Jethmalani Tells SC Sanya Talwar19 Sep 2020 12:18 AMShare This – x”I’d like to point out that this gentleman has a leaning against the government,” submitted Senior Advocate Mahesh Jethmalani before top Court yesterday, appearing for the complainant, who had lodged an FIR against Journalist Vinod Dua. Dua’s has sought quashing of FIR filed against him on charges of sedition for his expressing opinions on his Youtube Channel.A Justice UU Lalit – led bench…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?Login”I’d like to point out that this gentleman has a leaning against the government,” submitted Senior Advocate Mahesh Jethmalani before top Court yesterday, appearing for the complainant, who had lodged an FIR against Journalist Vinod Dua. Dua’s has sought quashing of FIR filed against him on charges of sedition for his expressing opinions on his Youtube Channel.A Justice UU Lalit – led bench took up the case for hearing on Friday in the post lunch session.Jethmalani argued that Dua made false statements that Govt. did not have enough covid testing means without any backing to them, making allegations without any substance in a widely viewed broadcast.Jethmalani: “Supply chains got disrupted due to blockage of roads”… where did he get this from? This is actually quite the contrary. Where was this blockade. What he said has been prohibited by not only the Press council but also by the DMA, pointing to the Indian Penal Code.While pointing out that talking about possible riots is similar to inciting riots, Jethmalani argued that Dua was trying to incite riots by showing that there was a food shortage when there was none, because of road blocks, when there were none. Jethmalani added that Dua dissuaded people from going to quarantine centres for treatment, often comparing them with detention centres. Jethmalani: “There is no doubt about the fact that incorrect reporting & fake news caused mass migrations of labour during this pandemic”.Next, the Senior Counsel argued that Dua urged people to come on the streets and observe civil disobedience just like people were out on the streets in USA, despite the lockdown.Jethmalani: Dua has asked people to raise their voice, come out on the streets and be violent like Americans have become, despite the lockdown. This man has tried to exploit a gigantic pandemic. He is a fly-by-knight operator who deserves to be investigated.While focussing on the statements made by Dua on his youtube channel, Jethmalani argued that the order made by the top court on March 31 prohibiting spread of fake news was violated by Vinod Dua.Next, he went on to explain the scope of Section 153 of the IPC in terms of the present case. “His attention was malignancy and the intention to cause a riot,” he said. He then elaborated on the applicability of section 505B to the present case by adding that even if Dua did not incite riots, he incited “Unlawful Assembly”. At this juncture, Justice Lalit observed, “Unlawful Assembly is at the heart of it, to do something illegal. A peaceful demonstration is not an unlawful assembly. That is the Gandhian concept of Peaceful Demonstrations.”The bench also added that the corollaries which were drawn by Dua in his show with America had little to do with the pandemic and more to do with the death of George Floyd.While elaborating on the context of “intention to create public disorder,” Jethmalani argued that Violence in itself though was not a sine qua non for sedition. “There can be Public disorder without violence,” he said.While reading excerpts from the Kedarnath Judgment, he submitted that if acts or speech cause disturbance of law and order or violence, sedition would be attracted.Jethmalani: Inherent in the legal concept of rioting is the incitement to violence.Dua has used the word “riot” not once but in several episodes.— Live Law (@LiveLawIndia) September 18, 2020To conclude, Jethmalani submitted that in the context of the pandemic, Dua should have been twice as careful before make bald and baseless statements.Following this, Additional Solicitor General SV Raju made submissions on behalf of the Union. He told the court that the broad points of his submissions would be as follows:1. Even if one cognisable offence is made out, it is sufficient as far as the quashing is concerned;2. Journalists are to be treated like ordinary citizens;3. On lack of territorial jurisdiction, FIRs cannot be quashed and neither can the police deny lodging it due to lack of territorial jurisdiction.While elaborating on his first skeletal argument, the ASG argued that when a cognisable offence is made out, then even an “attempt” would be a cognisable offence.ASG: Actual disobedience doesn’t have to take place. An attempt made is enough. Even if offence is not committed, but an act of instigation, an act of abetment is a cognisable offence.Justice Lalit, at this juncture said to the ASG, “So you are saying that even if one cognisable offence is made out, please don’t quash the FIR?”ASG responded, “The IO’s locus is imperative before charge is framed. No one has a locus to decide which offence applies and what doesn’t before that”.Next, ASG Raju began elaborating on his second argument and said that, “Journalists are not professionals, for a person to be a professional, there has to be a relationship with a client.”The bench will take up the case for further consideration on September 24. ASG SV Raju is expected to continue his arguments.Case Background:On July 7, top court directed the Himachal Pradesh police to file status report in a sealed cover with requisite details within a week in the ongoing investigation against Journalist Vinod Dua on charges of sedition.The bench had also orally observed on the said date that once the details of investigation are placed before court and if the court is satisfied with the journalist’s contentions, the Court will quash the FIR “straight away”.”If we are satisfied that contention raised by petitioner is correct, we will quash the FIR straight away”, observed the Court, posting the matter to July 15. The interim protection from arrest, granted on June 14, has been extended till the next date of hearing.Dua is facing FIRs from multiple states, including the most recent ones in Maharashtra and West Bengal.An FIR was registered against Dua in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh whereby he was summoned by the Shimla Police in connection with a sedition charge levelled against him by local Bharatiya Janata Party leader Ajay Shyam.Senior Advocate Vikas Singh argued on behalf of Dua and stated that his client was being harassed for exercising his constitutional right of Freedom of Speech.On June 14, following Directions were passed by the Bench;a) Pending further orders, the petitioner shall not be arrested in connection with the present crime;(b) However, the petitioner in terms of the offer made by him in his communication dated 12.06.2020, shall extend full cooperation through Video Conferencing or Online mode; and(c) The Himachal Pradesh Police shall be entitled to carry on the investigation including interrogation of the petitioner at his residence after giving him prior notice of 24 hours and complying with the Social Distancing norms prescribed during Covid-19 Pandemic.The bench had then refused to stay the investigation, despite fervent pleas by Senior Advocate Vikas Singh, who appeared for Dua.Singh said that the FIR was a “harassment” for airing views unpalatable to the government.”If what Dua said is sedition, then only two channels can function in the country”, he submitted.The summons by Shimla police came two days after the Delhi High Court stayed an FIR filed against Dua for allegedly spreading fake news through his YouTube show on communal violence in Delhi in February. The FIR filed in Shimla is also related to the show.Next Storylast_img read more

Coronavirus updates: Texas closes bars, limits restaurants as cases rise

first_imgnarvikk/iStockBy WILLIAM MANSELL and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 490,000 people worldwide. Over 9.6 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.The United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 2.4 million diagnosed cases and at least 124,468 deaths.Here’s how the news is developing Friday. All times Eastern: 11:15 a.m.: 16 NBA players test positiveThe NBA has tested 302 players for the coronavirus and 16 players have tested positive, the NBA said Friday.“Any player who tested positive will remain in self-isolation until he satisfies public health protocols for discontinuing isolation and has been cleared by a physician,” the NBA said in a statement.  The NBA plans to resume its season with 22 teams on July 31 at the Disney complex in Florida.Disney is the parent company of ABC News. 11 a.m.: ‘If we’re not careful, Mississippi will look like New York,’ officials warnOfficials with the Mississippi Health Department took to Facebook on Thursday to warn of an increase in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the state.State epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers attributed most of the recent uptick to “broad community transmission.”The department said it traced recent cases back to parties, barbecues and other social events where people gathered without masks.State health officer Dr. Thomas Dobbs said the spike in coronavirus cases cannot be due to an increase in testing, because total testing has gone down.The officials warned that this surge is just the beginning if residents don’t take it more seriously.“If we’re not careful, Mississippi will look like New York,” Dobbs said.10:30 a.m.: NYC plans for indoor dining in phase 3 of reopeningNew York City is on track to begin phase 3 of reopening on Monday, July 6 — which will include nail salons, massage parlors and access to city basketball and tennis courts.Indoor dining can resume in phase 3 at 50% capacity, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday.The city is working to expand restaurant outdoor seating to city streets.To help keep employees and customers safe, 2.5 million face coverings will be distributed during phase 3, city officials said.The city is also working with businesses owners regarding “sneeze guards,” PPE and other equipment.10:15 a.m.: Texas limits restaurants, closes bars as cases riseIn Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order limiting certain businesses as the state’s positivity rate soared above 10%.All bars that receive more than 51% of their gross receipts from alcohol sales must close at noon on Friday. They can stay open for delivery and takeout, including alcohol, Abbott said.Restaurants must limit indoor dine-in service to 50% capacity beginning on Monday, he said.Rafting and tubing businesses must shut down, he said.Outdoor gatherings with more than 100 people must get approval from local governments, he added.“As I said from the start, if the positivity rate rose above 10%, the State of Texas would take further action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” Abbott said in a statement.“It is clear that the rise in cases is largely driven by certain types of activities, including Texans congregating in bars,” he said. “The actions in this executive order are essential to our mission to swiftly contain this virus and protect public health. We want this to be as limited in duration as possible.”9:30 a.m.: New Mexico’s phase 2 reopening on hold New Mexico’s phase 2 of reopening will be on hold as the state evaluates the “alarming sustained rise in cases nationally.” Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said Thursday that New Mexico needs another week before deciding on more reopenings and if the mass gathering limit can be raised.“The last thing anyone wants to do is revert back to more closures in an emergency to protect public health,” the governor said in a statement. “New Mexico’s priority remains testing widely and isolating positive cases … rising cases levels will threaten reopenings, including for public schools in the fall. It is more important than ever to wear a mask and avoid groups.” New Mexico has over 11,000 diagnosed cases and at least 485 fatalities. Grisham said anyone traveling to New Mexico by car should self-isolate for two weeks when they arrive. 9 a.m.: American Airlines will sell all seats on flights starting July 1, joining UnitedAs travel ramps up, American Airlines says it will book flights to capacity beginning July 1.“American will continue to notify customers and allow them to move to more open flights when available, all without incurring any cost,” the airline said in a statement. “This is in addition to the airline’s current travel waivers.” United is already booking flights to capacity. “We do not block middle and/or adjacent seats,” the airline said. “If we expect a flight to be more full we reach out to our customers in advance to let them know and provide rebooking options. So far very few customers have rebooked.”5:30 a.m.: Alabama coronavirus cases soarThe number of COVID-19 cases in the state of Alabama continues to soar, which means the number of available ICU beds is dwindling.In a Federal Emergency Management Agency memo obtained by ABC News, hospitals in Montgomery, Tuscaloosa and Birmingham are now transferring patients from facility to facility because they are running out of ICU beds.In fact, 82% of Alabama’s ICU beds are now full, according to Dr. Don Williamson with the Alabama Hospital Association. He tells ABC News affiliate WBMA-TV that there are only 289 beds available in the state.Jeanne Marrazzo, director, Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of Alabama Birmingham, told the station that she worries what July will look like for the state.“If we are seeing this very big peak in cases right now, the hospitalization and death rates as we know, typically lag two to two and a half to three cases behind those case reports,” Marrazzo said.Alabama has more than 33,000 diagnosed cased of COVID-19 with at least 896 deaths. Just this week, it set a daily record with 1,100 new coronavirus cases.The concerning rise in cases it’s exclusive to Alabama. It’s just one of 15 states that have set a daily COVID-19 case record in the past week. The other states are Texas, Montana, Nevada, Mississippi, Missouri, Florida, Oklahoma, South Carolina, California, Arizona, Idaho, Georgia, Utah and Tennessee.There are now also 23 states with rising COVID-19 hospitalization rates, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Coronavirus updates: Florida reports new daily death toll record

first_imgSamara Heisz/iStockBy JON HAWORTH and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 654,000 people worldwide.Over 16.5 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.The United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 4.2 million diagnosed cases and at least 148,295 deaths.Here is how the news is developing on Tuesday. All times Eastern:11 a.m.: Florida reports new daily death toll recordIn Florida, a record 186 new fatalities were reported in one day, according to data released by the Florida Department of Health Tuesday morning.The previous one-day record was 173 fatalities, reported on July 23.Coronavirus cases in the state have jumped by 9,230, bringing the total to over 441,900, according to the Department of Health.Florida has the second-most COVID-19 cases, behind California.Of those tested in Miami-Dade County on Monday, 17.5% were positive, officials said.Throughout Florida, 16.86% of the state’s adult ICU beds are available, according to Florida’s Agency for Healthcare Administration.Two counties — Monroe and Putnam — had no ICU beds, the agency said.These numbers will fluctuate throughout the day as hospitals and medical centers provide updates.9:30 a.m.: Hospitals overwhelmed in Florida, TexasAn internal FEMA memo obtained by ABC News has detailed the latest on overwhelmed hospitals in Florida and Texas, and the strain on EMS systems in Georgia. In Florida, hospitalizations statewide have increased 79% since July 4, with 8,974 current COVID-19 patients, the memo said. In hard-hit Miami-Dade County, ICU beds were at 146% capacity, the memo said. In Georgia, where the test-positivity has reached 15.6%, the EMS systems are under strain with staff out sick, according to FEMA.And in Texas, as of July 22, five ICU beds were available in Laredo and none were available in Galveston, the memo said.4:58 a.m.: Russia coronavirus cases pass 820,000Russia reported 5,395 new COVID-19 cases and 150 coronavirus-related deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the coronavirus response headquarters statement on Tuesday.“Over the past day, 5,395 cases of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus infections were confirmed in 84 regions of Russia, including 1,620 active asymptomatic cases (30.0%),” the headquarters said.Russia’s total case count currently stands at 823,515 and 13,504 coronavirus patients died.Moscow on Tuesday reported 674 new COVID-19 cases and 10 deaths.3:35 a.m.: COVID-19 linked hunger killing 10,000 children per month, says UNCOVID-19 and its ramifications are pushing children who already live in hunger to beyond the breaking point, killing an estimated 10,000 more youngsters a month as meager farms have no way of delivering produce to markets while villages are isolated from food and medical supplies, the United Nations has warned.Furthermore, more than 550,000 additional children each month are being struck by what is called wasting, which manifests in spindly limbs and distended bellies, according to the U.N.3:16 a.m.: Trump Jr. shares video of doctor claiming hydroxychloroquine is a cure for COVID-19Donald Trump Jr. shared a bizarre video on Twitter featuring what appears to be doctor that blasts the science and medical health experts recommendations about wearing masks and saying there are cures for COVID-19, including hydroxychloroquine.Trump Jr. says “This is a much watch!!! So different from the narrative that everyone is running with.”The doctor calls the science and studies against hydroxychloroquine fake studies and says they’re sponsored by big pharmaceutical companies. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Dutch Navy Frees Iranian Fishing Vessel

first_img Dutch Navy Frees Iranian Fishing Vessel View post tag: Frees View post tag: Naval View post tag: Iranian View post tag: fishing Share this article April 5, 2011 View post tag: Dutch Two Somali pirates were killed in an operation by the Dutch frigate HNLMS Tromp on Saturday morning…(rnw)[mappress]Source: rnw, April 5, 2011; View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Dutch Navy Frees Iranian Fishing Vessel View post tag: vessellast_img read more