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Netherlands expects to grant 35 online gambling licences

first_img23rd March 2021 | By Conor Mulheir Dutch regulator the Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has confirmed that it expects to grant around 35 licences for online gambling, after its igaming regulation comes into force. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Netherlands expects to grant 35 online gambling licences Licensing The KSA said it expects to receive around 40 licence applications, many of which will come from international operators, when the Remote Gambling Act comes into effect on 1 April. The Remote Gambling Act was originally supposed to come into effect on 1 July 2020, but has been delayed three times. The KSA also revealed in the report that it made €8.2m in gambling taxes in 2020, up 12.3% plus €644,000 from fees, down 41.5%. Notably, all operators must check players against the ‘Cruks’ self-exclusion database, as well as providing the Control Database (CDB) with their own data captured from games, allowing the KSA to carry out remote monitoring of game systems. After a tender process in 2020, IT and business consultancy Netcompany has taken on management of the systems. Topics: Legal & compliance Licensing An extension of the gambling levy will also be used to set up an Addiction Prevention Fund, with proceeds being used to provide anonymous treatment of gambling addiction, and research prevention and treatment. Cruks and the CDB went into construction in 2020, with follow-up actions still required in the early months of 2021 to make the systems operational. The report also mentioned licensing data for slot arcades, where the KSa granted 43 permits in 2020 and denied nine. A further 10 applications were withdrawn while seven applications were apporved after changes were implemented. The report reaffimed the importance for operators to abide by the parts of the Remote Gambling Act concerning addiction prevention and consumer protection. Tags: Kansspelautoriteit Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The regulator has stated this in its annual report 2020, alongside key requirements for licence holders, and the additional powers granted to the KSA to tackle illegal gambling activities. The regulator added that there was a decrease in online gambling web traffic throughout 2020, which it said was due to sports cancellations. Regions: Netherlandslast_img read more

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Swedish Q1 GGR up 5.0% year-on-year

first_imgState land-based casino games run by Svenska Spel’s Casino Cosmopol arm have brought in no revenue since closing due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in March 2020, compared to GGR of SEK196m in Q1 2020. Bingo games for public benefit purposes brought in SEK44m during the quarter, compared to SEK52m in the same period last year. Tags: Spelinspektionen As of May 2021, 101 companies had active licences in the Swedish market, 71 of which were companies licensed for betting and/or commercial gaming online. Gross gaming revenue (GGR) in Sweden came to of SEK6.25bn (£530.4m/€615.3m/$750.4m) for the first quarter of 2021, up 5.0% year-on-year but down from the previous quarter. Regions: Sweden Bingo games for public benefit purposes remained stable quarter-on-quarter at SEK44m, while land-based commercial gaming including ‘restaurant casinos’ was down 81.3% from SEK32m to SEK6m. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Swedish Q1 GGR up 5.0% year-on-year Comparing the figures to Q4 2020, overall GGR was down 8.0% from SEK6.79bn. By vertical, commercial online gaming and betting was down 6.0%, state lottery and slot game operators were down 9.3%, and lottery games for public benefit purposes were down 12.6%. Q1 results 2021 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Land-based commercial gaming from ‘restaurant casinos’ brought in just SEK6m, compared to SEK52m in Q1 2020. Topics: Casino & games Finance Lottery Sports betting Online casino Q1 results 2021 Online sports betting 19th May 2021 | By Conor Mulheir Of the total GGR, SEK3.94bn was brought in by commercial online gambling operators, up 7.4%. A further SEK1.40bn came in through the country’s state lottery and slot game operators, up 24.0%, and SEK858m was brought in through lottery games for public benefit purposes, down 0.3%. Spelinspektionen said that at the end of the first quarter, almost 63,000 people had suspended their gambling activities using the country’s Spelpaus.se self-exclusion register, an increase of over 6.0% on the previous quarter. Email Addresslast_img read more

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Strong Q1 for charity retailers as sales rise 6.2%, figures show

first_imgStrong Q1 for charity retailers as sales rise 6.2%, figures show AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 Tagged with: charity retail Charity Retail Association  351 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis8 Melanie May | 5 June 2019 | News About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. The first quarter of 2019 saw an increase in charity shop sales, the Charity Retail Association has reported.Its latest Quarterly Market Analysis Report shows that like-for-like income excluding Gift Aid tax reclaims increased by 5.9% (6.3% including Gift Aid tax reclaims) with customer sales up by 6.2% on a like-for-like basis from January-March 2018.Sales growth was generally driven by the uplift in donated goods sales. According to the Charity Retail Association report, the unexpectedly mild winter in February encouraged footfall, with some members launching their Spring lines ahead of time which boosted their clothing sales. The good weather in March also brought a strong surge in sales for several members, who highlighted this month’s overall performance.Income from sales of donated stock to recycling merchants declined by 7.6% from January-March 2018, when this category saw an exceptionally strong growth of 17.2% from the preceding year. The median average price of rag, at 42 pence per kilo for members who participated in the QMA Q1 2019 survey, remains unchanged since October-December 2018 but has decreased five pence compared with the first quarter of 2018.Charity Retail Association Chief Executive, Robin Osterley, said:“The first quarter of this year has produced outstanding growth in the sector. Even taking into account the effect on sales due to the ‘Beast from the East’ in the same period 12 months ago, charity shops continue to buck the high street trend that has seen well known commercial chains struggle. We hope this good news continues throughout the year for our members.”  350 total views,  2 views today Advertisementlast_img read more

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Dairy Chaos Likely If Congress Does Not Act

first_img By Gary Truitt – Dec 25, 2012 SHARE U.S. Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy told the Senate Friday that milk market chaos will erupt if Congress doesn’t prevent that 1949 law from going into effect in less than one week. Leahy says the failure to act on a farm bill or farm bill extension would set off a chain of events that could double the prices of milk and dairy products. He says Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack and his staff have been literally dusting off old paper files and mimeographed notes from the 1940s and 50s to review the Agricultural Act of 1949.Due to the lack of House action on its own bill and obstruction of the Senate bill – Leahy says the 1949 law will force the federal government to spend billions of dollars to buy and store dairy products in an effort to raise the price of milk for dairy farmers. The law requires USDA to announce a support price for milk at no less than 75-percent of the ratio of milk prices to production costs in 1910 to 1914. November parity was 52-dollars and 10-cents for 100-pounds of milk. The 75-percent would be 39-dollars and eight-cents – nearly four-times the current support rate and double today’s market price. Leahy says higher milk prices would stimulate milk production – but also draw an influx of imported dairy products as processors in other countries would divert products to the United States.Leahy points out USDA economists say implementing permanent dairy law would cost at least 12 to 15-billion dollars a year – not including the cost of product storage. Basically – Leahy says USDA would have to fill every closet at USDA’s building with cheddar cheese and powdered milk. He says the House leadership has driven the U.S. to the edge of the dairy cliff and is refusing to put its foot on the brake. It’s a dangerous game of chicken – according to Leahy – dragging all Americans along for the ride. Home Indiana Agriculture News Dairy Chaos Likely If Congress Does Not Act Previous articleOil Futures Add to Losses as Fiscal Cliff NearsNext articleThree Brothers Join Dad as Indiana Master Farmers Gary Truitt Source: NAFB News servicecenter_img SHARE Dairy Chaos Likely If Congress Does Not Act Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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COVID-19 Updates: Governor Meeting with Business Owners; Schools Could Reopen in July

first_img STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News On Tuesday, Gov. Gavin Newsom said schools could start in late July or early August to make up “learning loss.”Meanwhile, the governor also talked about easing up on some of the state’s stay-at-home orders and he began to outline a strategy for slowly reopening businesses, schools and childcare centers.In terms of business and manufacturing, Newsom said he is meeting with members of the small retail sector later on Tuesday to work on reopening them under certain restrictions “in the next few weeks.”However gyms, hair stylists, movie theaters, sports and concerts won’t be considered until schools and businesses are addressed, Newsom.“We have been having discussions and we’re closely following the Governor’s plans so we can work in accordance with lifting restrictions,” said Public Information Officer Lisa Derderian.Schools would need to prepare their campuses to make them safe before they are reopened, Newsom said.Schools could reopen in late July or early August to make up for learning loss experienced by students during distance learning on Zoom.“In order to open for in-person schooling we would likely follow the advice of the task forces of LA County districts that LACOE is forming to make recommendations about how to open school,” said PUSD Board Vice President Scott Phelps. “I would imagine there would be some form of physical distancing recommended as well as other changes for staff and students, but I wouldn’t want to guess what those would be. I am confident that the professionals who are in leadership roles in LA County districts and at LACOE can come up with recommendations for safe ways to open in-person schooling.A lot would have to happen for schools to open in LA County. This past week, the death toll in LA County doubled.Newsom warned that “if we pull back and modify too early,” the state will have to “toggle back and adjust” to deliver on the promise of re-opening.“Dates don’t matter,” he said. “But data does.” Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community Newscenter_img More Cool Stuff HerbeautyFinding The Right Type Of Workout For You According AstrologyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Lipsticks Are Designed To Make Your Teeth Appear Whiter!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe Education COVID-19 Updates: Governor Meeting with Business Owners; Schools Could Reopen in July Governor says students could return early to deal with ‘learning loss’ STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 4:17 pm 63 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday last_img read more

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Man arrested after evading cops, crashing vehicle

first_img Facebook WhatsApp Man arrested after evading cops, crashing vehicle Previous articleMan, woman charged with sexual assaultNext articleOPD catches fugitive from Dallas admin Pinterest Gilbert Guerrero Police charged a man Thursday after he reportedly crashed a stolen vehicle into a power pole and attempted to run away from police.Officers were called about a possible stolen green Jeep Cherokee around 8:07 p.m. Thursday in the 200 block of West Murphy Street.Police found the vehicle in the 100 block of West Olive Street, an Odessa Police Department news release stated, where they tried to conduct a traffic stop but the vehicle evaded officers.The vehicle then crashed into a power pole and utility pole at Lincoln Avenue and Mable Street, the release detailed, and the driver, 27-year-old Gilbert Guerrero, reportedly tried to evade officers on foot but was caught and placed into custody.Police reported the vehicle was stolen and that Guerrero was intoxicated and in possession of marijuana, the release stated.Guerrero had also reportedly violated an emergency protective order by going within 150 feet of his ex-girlfriend’s residence, the release detailed, and Guerrero reportedly kicked the back passenger door of an OPD patrol unit to the point the window would no longer roll up.Police charged Guerrero with evading arrest with a vehicle, a third-degree felony, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, a state jail felony, violation of a protective order and evading arrest, class A misdemeanors, and criminal mischief and possession of marijuana, class B misdemeanors.Jail records show Guerrero was taken to the Ector county Detention Center Friday and has eight bonds totaling $115,000. Twitter By admin – June 8, 2018 WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Local NewsCrime Pinterestlast_img read more

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Vaccine called a ‘Christmas miracle’Frontline workers in Odessa get first doses

first_img TAGS  WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – December 21, 2020 Vaccine called a ‘Christmas miracle’Frontline workers in Odessa get first doses Facebook WhatsApp Local News Medical Center Health System CEO Russell Tippin says the hospital is in “full vaccine mode,” after the facility received the first 2,500 COVID-19 vaccine doses delivered to Ector County on Monday morning.Hospital staff immediately began receiving vaccinations, Tippin said Monday via a Facebook live announcement. Odessa Regional Medical Center is also scheduled to receive their first vaccine shipment on Monday, but have not yet indicated if their order has arrived.‘This is a big day for Odessa, Permian Basin, West Texas and MCH as we turn this corner and in this battle with COVID,” Tippin said. “We received 2,500 doses this morning. We’re in full vaccine mode.”MCHS Chief Nursing Officer Christin Timmons said the first doses will be given to hospital staff that work directly with COVID-19 patients, with other employees following.“It will be fast and furious over the next two days,” said Timmons, noting that the vaccination process will be slower due to Christmas Eve and Christmas Day work schedules.An ecstatic Tippin on Monday called the shipment arrival “a Christmas miracle.”Tippin and ORMC officials have nervously been waiting to see if their first vaccination shipments arrived as scheduled on Monday. Most other Texas communities received their first vaccines on December 14, but due to a state computer glitch Ector County had to wait an extra week. Local concerns mounted after reports surfaced that several communities last week had not received their December 14 shipments on time or had received much fewer doses than ordered. Midland’s first vaccine doses did not arrive until December 17.Hundreds of healthcare workers in Ector County will receive their vaccinations through Odessa’s Center for Hypertension & Internal Medicine, the practice of Dr. Madhu Pamganamamula.Teja Pamganamamula, who serves as administrator and COVID-19 coordinator for his father’s practice, said their focus will be on healthcare workers who don’t necessarily work at hospitals full time, but still might work with COVID-19 patients, such as outpatient clinics, or people who work with Hospice patients.“Some healthcare employees fall in between the lines,” Pamganamamula said. “They will be our priority.”The Center for Hypertension & Internal Medicine is expecting a vaccine shipment of 500 doses later this week.“That’s when the work will begin,” Pamganamamula said. “We hope to get vaccinations out as quick as possible. It’s now a rush to save lives.”Tippin said MCHS expects to vaccinate at least 1,000 employees total, with shots being staggered over several days as a precaution in case anyone suffers any adverse effects. The hospital also plans to begin providing vaccine doses to other local hospitals so that those facilities can begin vaccinating their staff.After healthcare workers, the plan is to begin vaccinating nursing home residents, Tippin said. Vaccinations to the general public will likely not begin until February or March.State Representative Brooks Landgraf on Monday praised Tippin and his staff for sharing their vaccinations with area hospitals, including those in neighboring counties that have not yet received their vaccine shipments.“I want to give credit where credit is due,” Landgraf noted in a press statement. “Medical Center Health System is going out of its way to be a good neighbor and make sure that the vaccine needs of the Permian Basin are being met in a timely manner.“Hospitals in communities such as Kermit and Monahans are not expected to receive their vaccine allotments for several more days, and rather than making them wait, MCHS stepped up to share its resources while also ensuring that Odessa’s frontline medical workers get vaccinated.”center_img Pinterest Facebook Twitter Pinterest Twitter Previous articleLiving with diabetes: tips to prepare for low blood sugar this winterNext article5 home makeover ideas for the 2021 New Year Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

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Donegal house prices continue to fall

first_img Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic A new survey of house prices indicates that property prices may have bottomed out.The results of The Sunday Times Property Guide 2011 show that the annual rate of deflation has slowed dramatically to 12 percent.The survey shows that falls across the country ranged from just 5 percent in parts of Cork to 21percent in Dublin – the worst hit market nationwide.In Donegal prices fell by 11% last year, an improve­ment on the 19% drop in 2009,Property Editor with the Sunday Times, Mark Keenan says the worst of the property crash may be over[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/houseskell.mp3[/podcast] By News Highland – February 5, 2011 Pinterest WhatsApp Google+ Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Previous articleLabour’s Finance Spokesperson Joan Burton in DonegalNext articleJobs boost for Ranafast community centre News Highland Twitter Google+center_img Facebook WhatsApp News Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Donegal house prices continue to fall RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

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Tablighi Jamaat- Possible That They Were Picked Up From Different Places & ‘Maliciously Prosecuted’: Delhi Court Acquits 36 Foreigners

first_imgNews UpdatesTablighi Jamaat- Possible That They Were Picked Up From Different Places & ‘Maliciously Prosecuted’: Delhi Court Acquits 36 Foreigners Sparsh Upadhyay16 Dec 2020 6:07 AMShare This – x”Prosecution failed to prove presence of the accused persons inside Markaz during 12.03.2020­ 01.04.2020″: Saket CourtWhile observing that the plea raised by accused persons is “reasonably probable” that none of them was present at Markaz during the relevant period and they had been picked up from different places so as to maliciously prosecute them, the Saket Court (Delhi) acquitted 36 foreigners facing trial for allegedly flouting COVID guidelines while participating in a Tablighi Jamaat…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?LoginWhile observing that the plea raised by accused persons is “reasonably probable” that none of them was present at Markaz during the relevant period and they had been picked up from different places so as to maliciously prosecute them, the Saket Court (Delhi) acquitted 36 foreigners facing trial for allegedly flouting COVID guidelines while participating in a Tablighi Jamaat event in Nizamuddin in March this year. The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Arun Kumar Garg was hearing the accused who were charged with offences under Sections 188 and 269 IPC, Section 3 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and Section 51 of the Disaster management Act, 2005. The accused hailed from a number of countries, including the US, Russia, UK, France, Sudan, Tunisia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, United Kingdom, Thailand, Kazakhstan and Indonesia. Regarding the charge under S. 188 IPC The prosecution alleged violation on the part of accused of order u/s 144 Cr.P.C. dated 24.03.2020 promulgated by ACP, Lajpat Nagar Sub­Division. It was contended by the Counsel for the accused that the said order was never promulgated within the meaning of Section 188 IPC, nor the accused were aware of the same. Importantly, the PRO was examined by the prosecution, wherein he deposed that he uploaded the order on the website of Delhi Police on 24.03.2020 itself; however, he failed to depose that he had publicized the said order in Press, Radio or Television. No copy of any newspaper, audio/video clip containing contents of the order for publication on Radio or Television was proved on record during the trial. What did the 24.03.2020 Order say? As per clause 2 of the said order, all gatherings (religious or non­religious) were prohibited in the sub division Lajpat Nagar and as per clause 5 thereof, all individuals suspect or confirmed case of Covid­19 were directed to take measures for prevention/treatment by way of home isolation/institutional quarantine and were directed to follow directions of surveillance personnel It was contended by the APP (appearing for the State) that all the accused were part of religious gathering at Markaz in violation of said guidelines and some of them were suspects i.e. having COVID-19 symptoms and some were found to be confirmed cases of COVID-19 upon testing and since they failed to resort to isolation or institutional quarantine, they had disobeyed the directions contained in order of ACP. On the other hand, accused denied their presence at Markaz during the relevant period. Court’s Finding The Court, in its order said, “The prosecution has failed to lead any evidence of promulgation of the order u/s 144 Cr.P.C. by ACP, Lajpat Nagar in the sense that not even an iota of evidence about publication thereof so as to bring the same to the notice of persons staying in Markaz has been brought on record.” The Court also observed that mere uploading of the order on Delhi Police Website “shall not have the effect of promulgation.” Importantly, the Court also noted that the contents of the register produced by the Prosecution did not prove that the accused arrived at Markaz on the dates mentioned against their names or that they were staying at Markaz till 30.03.2020­31.03.2020. Interestingly, as per the own submission of APP for State, the list couldn’t be considered to be recording the correct facts at least qua symptoms. Thus, the Court opined that it wouldn’t be safe to treat the said lists as the evidence of presence of accused at Markaz during the relevant period. Lastly, noting that the prosecution failed to prove the presence of any of the accused persons inside the Markaz during 12.03.2020­ 01.04.2020, the Court said, “There is no question of any violation/disobedience by them of the order u/s 144 Cr.P.C. allegedly promulgated (though promulgation has also not been proved by prosecution) by ACP, Lajpat Nagar.” The testimony of SHO found unreliable The SHO, Inspector Mukesh Walia deposed before the Court that the management of Markaz kept him, as well as other authorities in dark about the actual number of persons inside the Markaz till completion of the evacuation exercise. However, contrary to his complaint and the examination in chief, during his cross-examination he stated that during 12.03.2020­31.03.2020, he had visited inside the Markaz (covering all floors), almost on daily basis and found the accused violating the guidelines. To this, the Court said, “Had it been so, SHO was aware of the actual number of persons gathered at Markaz since beginning and still he failed to take any timely measures to ensure dispersal of the said gatherings despite being aware of the Govt. guidelines. Else, if he was not so aware of the actual or even approximate numbers staying inside Markaz till the last day of evacuation exercise, he in all probability is deposing falsely about his daily visits to Markaz and briefing of the people stranded therein with Govt. Guidelines.” In any case, the Court said, his testimony has failed to pass the test of creditworthiness and hence identification by him of the accused persons in the court is not sufficient to discharge the onus of prosecution to prove the presence of accused at Markaz during the relevant period. State’s unusual argument before the Court Additional PP for the State argued before the Court that given the extraordinary situation that prevailed during the relevant time to which the incident pertains, identification of the accused by the witnesses is not essential and the court can even convict the accused persons whose presence on the spot has even otherwise been duly established. To this, the Court remarked, “Not only the contemporaneous documents have not been placed on record by the prosecution but also the prosecution has failed to prove the documents as per law to establish the presence of the accused persons on the spot.” Court’s finding related to other charges against them Regarding the charge of Section 269 IPC, the Court noted that prosecution failed to prove the said charge firstly in view of the fact that presence of none of the accused inside the Markaz premises during 12.03.2020­01.04.2020 and secondly, as per the list of evacuees, none of the accused was having COVID­19 symptoms. The Court further said, “In the absence of which there is no question of any negligent act on the part of any of the accused which to their knowledge or belief was likely to spread infection.” Importantly, the Court remarked, “Even if it is assumed for the sake of arguments that some of the accused are proved to have been found Covid­19 positive on different dates i.e. 01.04.2020, 09.04.2020 and 10.04.2020, in the absence of any symptoms at the time of their alleged stay at Markaz, they can’t be said to have been indulged in commission of any negligent act likely to spread infection.” Lastly, the Court said that on account of failure of prosecution to prove the presence of accused inside Markaz premises during the relevant period, there was no question of violation of guidelines vide notification dated 16.03.2020 of Govt. of NCT of Delhi, restricting the gathering to a maximum of 50 persons and so “the charge under Section 51 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 also falls to the ground.” It may be noted that these 36 foreigners were the last of the accused from abroad who were put on trial in the case. According to court records, 952 foreigners were accused of breaking COVID violations by Delhi Police. Over 900 of them had pleaded guilty as a part of a plea bargain as they did not want to stay back in India to face trial and wanted to be reunited with their families. As per the report of The Indian Express, these 36 foreigners are among 44 foreigners who chose to stand trial on charges of violating visa rules and COVID regulations — eight were discharged in August by the court after it found that there was no “prima facie evidence” against them.Advocates Ahmad khan, Fahim khan, Ashima Mandla and Mandakini Singh argued for the petitioners. Click Here To Download OrderRead OrderSubscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Manhattan DA Cy Vance praises Weinstein case, defends 2015 decision not to prosecute

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — The conviction of Harvey Weinstein busted myths about rape and should encourage more people to report sexual assault, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance told ABC News.Vance’s office successfully prosecuted Weinstein for forcing a sex act on production assistant Miriam “Mimi” Haley and raping aspiring actress Jessica Mann, despite complicated testimony and a lack of forensic evidence. His attorneys have said they will appeal the decision.“The survivors were believed by the jurors,” Vance said. “The case has been very visible and therefore will reach a lot of survivors of sexual assault and hopefully influence them to step forward.”Weinstein was spared the possibility of a life sentence when he was acquitted of predatory sexual assault, based on the testimony of “Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra.Vance said he had no regrets about adding the predatory sex assault charges to the indictment.“It was bold and courageous of Annabella to testify in this case, and the fact that the jurors did not convict on her count is not a loss,” Vance said, noting the 5 to 25 years Weinstein faces when he is sentenced in March.“The range that he’s now facing is significant, particularly given his age,” Vance said.In a statement, Sciorra called her testimony painful but necessary.“I spoke for myself and with the strength of the eighty plus victims of Harvey Weinstein in my heart. While we hope for continued righteous outcomes that bring absolute justice, we can never regret breaking the silence,” Sciorra’s statement said.Weinstein pleaded not guilty to all charges and has claimed any sexual encounters were consensual.The district attorney told ABC News he hoped the case signaled a new era in the criminal justice system because he said the case shattered “myths” about sexual violence.“Myths like rape only occurs by someone you don’t know or in some dark alley, that rape doesn’t occur when someone in the workplace takes advantage of a subordinate,” Vance said. “They believed that Miriam Haleyi was sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein notwithstanding the fact that she had subsequent communication with his office.”Vance had become the subject of protests after he declined to prosecute Weinstein in 2015 for groping an Italian model, a decision that received fresh criticism when a torrent of women began to accuse Weinstein in 2017.“We did not know in 2015 all the information that later came about to became known about Harvey Weinstein,” Vance told ABC News. “There was a lot of information was available to us that’s not made public that would have been very relevant for the trial.”He resisted any suggestion that bringing the current case was meant to absolve the earlier decision or burnish his legacy.“The outcome here with this conviction is gratifying because I think it validates our decision and our risk, and there was risk in taking this case, but it’s not a decision that I made thinking about what people would think of me five, 10, 15 years from now,” Vance said. “It just wasn’t.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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