Kansas sports betting hearing begins

first_img Regions: US Kansas Legal & compliance State lawmakers to hear testimony from industry experts ahead of 2019 legislative session AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Kansas sports betting hearing begins 4th December 2018 | By contenteditorcenter_img Kansas lawmakers are preparing for two days of hearings that could lead to a sports betting bill being filed in the state’s House of Representatives during the 2019 legislative session.A Special Committee on Federal and State Affairs will hear testimony from legal experts, gaming regulators and other interested parties today (December 4) and on Thursday (December 6).According to its brief, the committee is to evaluate the impact of the US Supreme Court’s repeal of the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act (PASPA) and “could consider recent legislation introduced by the Kansas Legislature and other states.”Committee chairman and state senator for Dodge City Bud Estes said he was keen to ensure lawmakers are fully informed about the betting sector before any bills are drafted or filed ahead of the next session, which begins on January 14, 2019.Ohio Senator William Coley, who is president of the National Conference of Legislators from Gaming States (NCLGS), is among those that will give evidence to the Special Committee.Kansas, which has a population of around 3m, allows casino gambling at nine state-regulated venues and tribal casinos. Horse racing, dog racing and parimutuel wagering on horse and dog races is permitted at licensed facilities.Governor-elect Laura Kelly supported the legalisation of betting during her recent campaign, but at present no bills have been pre-filed for discussion in the 2019 legislative session.Earlier this year a bill introduced by Rep Jan Kessinger was assessed by the lawmakers on the Committee on Federal and State Affairs. The bill ultimately died in committee, just weeks before PASPA was repealed by the Supreme Court.Bill HB2792 would have allowed the Kansas State Lottery alone to conduct sports betting. By charging a 6.75% tax on revenues, Rep Kessinger said legalised sports betting could bring in an additional $75m (€66m) to state coffers, and also proposed a 0.25% integrity fee payable to sports leagues.The bill would have allowed betting at existing facilities, such as casinos and racetracks, and via mobile devices. It was supported by the Kansas State Lottery and backed by the National Basketball Association (NBA), whose general counsel Dan Spillane testified to the Committee when the legislation was under discussion. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting Email Addresslast_img read more

South Africa 14 England 14: The verdict

first_imgPORT ELIZABETH, SOUTH AFRICA – JUNE 23: Ben Foden of England off loads the ball during the third test match between the South Africa Springboks and England at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on June 23, 2012 in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Close attention: Ben Foden looks for the offloadIn quotes  South Africa captain Jean De Villiers: “Credit to England. They played well. I thought we weren’t good at all tonight. We’ll have to take a hard look at ourselves. Our option-taking was poor at times. At least we didn’t lose the game – that’s the only positive we can take out of this.”In quotes England coach Stuart Lancaster: “A couple of ill-disciplined pens didn’t go our way, but overall I’m delighted with the efforts the boys put in over the course of the tour. When you look at where we were and where we are now, I think we’re in a good place.”South Africa: Gio Aplon; J P Pietersen, Jean de Villiers (c), Wynand Olivier, Bryan Habana; Morne Steyn, Francois Hougaard (Ruan Pienaar 50); Tendai Mtawarira, B du Plessis (Adriaan Strauss 62), (Jannie du Plessis 75), Werner Kruger, Eben Etzebeth (Flip van der Merwe 62), Juandre Kruger, Marcel Coetzee, Jaques Potgieter (Ryan Kankowski 62), Pierre Spies.Not used: Elton Jantjies, Bjorn BassonTry: Pietersen. Pens: Steyn (3)England: Alex Goode; Chris Ashton, Jonathan Joseph (Brad Barritt 65), Manu Tuilagi, Ben Foden; Toby Flood (Owen Farrell 27), Danny Care; Joe Marler, Dylan Hartley (c) (Lee Mears 51-61), Dan Cole, Tom Palmer (Mouritz Botha 65), Geoff Parling, Tom Johnson (Phil Dowson 65), James Haskell, Thomas Waldrom.Not used: Paul Doran Jones, Lee DicksonTry: Care. Pens: Flood, Farrell (2)center_img Comeback kid: Danny Care darts over for England’s only try in the 14-14 draw against South AfricaBy Owain Jones, Rugby World EditorIn a nutshellENGLAND WILL fly home reflecting on a 2-0 Series loss, but their journey will buoyed by the positives to come out of a third Test. England ended up drawing a game which many observers will feel was within their grasp. The players, once again, showed a creditable team spirit which is testament to the work done by Stuart Lancaster and his team in the last six months. With the missing Frans Steyn and Willem Alberts, the Springboks lost much of their ballast and go-forward from the earlier Tests and weren’t helped by the errant boot of the usually error-free Morne Steyn. At the end they were rocking as England went through phase after phase looking for a win. Sadly Owen Farrell’s wayward drop goal ended any chance of a rare win on Springbok soil. Danny Care was the scorer of England’s only try in the first-half, darting over to finish a troubled season on a high, while in the second-half it was JP Pietersen, the Series’ outstanding wing, who went over in the corner for South Africa’s only score after some concerted South African pressure. At the final whistle, the crowd at the Nelson Mandela Bay stadium made their displeasure felt vocally, a fact England can take great heart from.Key momentAs a stand-in captain for the injured Chris Robshaw, a few eyebrows were raised when Dylan Hartley was offered the armband for the third Test. Granted, he lacked nothing in commitment, as shown in the first-half when he lost a boot and stayed in the thick of the action, but it will have surprised no-one when Hartley was shown the yellow card on 51 minutes for cynically failing to roll away. With Hartley off, England were forced into a major reshuffle and lost any momentum they could have gained with a full complement. He knows he wil need to cut out the disciplinary problems if he is to become a key senior player for England in the coming years.Find: Tom Johnson had a fine gameStar man – Tom JohnsonAt 29, Tom Johnson has come relatively late to the Test arena but Exeter Chiefs blindside Tom Johnson has rarely looked out of place. One missed tackle that led to Pietersen’s try could not blot the copybook of Johnson. Ubiquitous in his red scrum-cap, he covered the ground, hit the rucks, showed soft hands and generally made a nuisance of himself against the Springbok backrow, even forcing the odd turnover. He did more than enough to suggest he will at the forefront of Lancaster’s thoughts for the Autumn Tests.Room for improvementBoth sides made too many elementary errors in a swirling, wet Port Elizabeth with spilt passes, knock-ons, poor kicks and missed tackles but most opprobrium was rained on Morne Steyn who was booed by his own fans for an ineffectual kicking game. The man who could not miss against the Lions in 2009 seems to have lost his confidence and a horribly skewed drop-goal late in the second-half seemed to sum up a worrying lack of self-belief.StatsSouth Africa ran 338 metres with the ball compared to 230 metres run by England.Both sides made two clean breaks and beat thirteen defenders each.South Africa made 106 tackles, missing 13 with a tackling success rate of 89.1% and England made 142 tackles, missing 13, for a tackling success rate of 91.6%.Six players got into double figures for England, Dylan Hartley (10), Tom Palmer (15) Tom Johnson (14), James Haskell (17) and Thomas Waldrom (11). Geoff Parling came out top with 18 tackles.Thomas Waldrom carried the ball furthest with 73 metres run, followed by Ben Foden on 30 metres. Gio Aplon was South Africa’s further carrier with 59 metres covered.last_img read more

RBS 6 Nations: Can Bastareaud help restore French pride?

first_imgIn Saint-Andre’s eyes what the French backline lacked against Italy was some punch and aggression going forward, hence another reason to select Bastareaud. “Above all we want to rediscover our fire and our desire to get over the gain-line. Mathieu can bring that to the team.”As for the selection of the 30-year-old Jocelino Suta in place of Pascal Pape, Saint-Andre explained why he’d opted for his experience over the youth of Romain Taofifenua, the 22-year-old Perpignan lock who replaced Pape on Sunday. “He’s someone who knows the lineout systems,” said the French coach of Suta. “He was one of the lineout leaders in November (during the autumn internationals) and he knows perfectly the calls. As for Romain, he knows that he’s still got some work to do to reach the highest level. For the moment we see his advantage as an ‘impact player’ in the last 30 minutes.”Attacking threat: France will need to stop Welshman RobertsOne of the players relived to escape the chop was scrum-half Maxime Machenaud, who’s held off the challenge from Clermont’s Morgan Parra. “It’s proof of the confidence he’s given us,” said Machenaud when asked about Saint-Andre’s faith in the side. “Now we’ll have to be really up for this second chance.” NOT FOR FEATURED Humbled: Italy took the French down a peg. Can Bastareaud help them defeat Wales on Saturday?By Gavin Mortimer PHILIPPE SAINT-ANDRE has kept faith with his fumbling French side for the visit of Wales to the Stade de France on Saturday evening. Instead of bringing down the guillotine on the heads of players following their stunning defeat to Italy on Sunday, the French coach has only made one unenforced change. Mathieu Bastareaud replaces Florian Fritz in the centre, the big man’s first start for France since he played against England in the 2010 Six Nations.In the pack second row Jocelino Suta comes in for the injured Pascal Pape but otherwise Saint-Andre is giving his side a second chance. Quick to point out that Fritz wasn’t a scapegoat for the events in Rome, Saint-Andre explained his reasoning behind the return of the 18-stone Toulon centre. “The choice of Bastareaud is a strategical decision with regard to the Welsh defence,” he said. “It’s also an opportunity to field a 10-12-13 combination that plays together at the same club.”Deputy: Michalak has had to fight Jonny Wilkinson for his Toulon placeThat’s true, although few are the times this season when Bastareaud has played at Toulon outside Maxime Memorz (12) and Frederic Michalak (10). In fact Michalak has only started twice for Toulon this season at fly-half, the rest of the time wearing nine to Jonny Wilkinson’s ten. It’s a situation that must drive Saint-Andre to distraction, but one of his predecessors as coach of France, Bernard Laporte, now coach of Toulon, does what he believes is best for the club and not for the country. How Saint-Andre must be hoping that Wilkinson doesn’t sign on for another couple of years at Toulon when his present contract expires in June.Nevertheless Saint-Andre believes Bastareaud is the man to nullify the threat posed by the Welsh midfield, in particular the hard-running Jamie Roberts. “Roberts is an important factor in the Welsh system, he’s the player who can make the hard yards when the ball is slow.” explained Saint-Andre on Thursday morning, adding that when the pair met in a Heineken Cup encounter last month the Frenchman had “a quality match” against the Cardiff Blue. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS That’s the fear among Welsh fans. The French cockerel had its tail feathers clipped in Rome, and it didn’t much like it. In Paris on Saturday it wants to gets its claws into Wales and rediscover its pride.Follow Gavin Mortimer on Twitter @gavinmortimer7last_img read more

Sarah Snyder named Archbishop of Canterbury’s advisor for reconciliation

first_img Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Tags Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Sarah Snyder named Archbishop of Canterbury’s advisor for reconciliation Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Smithfield, NC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Pittsburgh, PA Submit an Event Listing Director of Music Morristown, NJ Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Collierville, TN Rector Belleville, IL Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Tampa, FL TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Washington, DC Curate Diocese of Nebraska Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Shreveport, LA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Albany, NY Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Featured Jobs & Calls Associate Rector Columbus, GA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Press Release Service Posted Jul 27, 2016 Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Bath, NC Featured Events Submit a Job Listing Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ People Rector Martinsville, VA Archbishop of Canterbury, Rector Knoxville, TN Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Submit a Press Releaselast_img read more

S E L House / CampoTaller

first_imgArchDaily 2016 CopyAbout this officeCampoTallerOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRefurbishmentCoyoacánMexicoPublished on August 28, 2017Cite: “S E L House / CampoTaller” [Casa S E L / CampoTaller] 28 Aug 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialCommunications2NIntercom – 2N® IP BaseSkylightsLAMILUXGlass Skylight FE Pyramid/HippedConcreteKrytonCrystalline Waterproofing – KIMWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagWall Cladding – MDF Perforated PanelsStonesMikado QuartzQuartz Slab – ClassiqueFloorsFranken-SchotterFlooring Panels – Dietfurt LimestoneWindowspanoramah!®ah! CornerFittingsSaliceStorage Accessories – Excessories, Pull- outArmchairs / Couches / Futons / PoufsEmuSeating System – TamiMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?树影横斜,老宅重生:Casa S E L / CampoTaller是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Projects Mexico S E L House / CampoTaller S E L House / CampoTallerSave this projectSaveS E L House / CampoTaller ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/872014/s-e-l-house-campotaller Clipboard “COPY” Save this picture!© Moritz Bernoully+ 26 Share Housescenter_img “COPY” Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/872014/s-e-l-house-campotaller Clipboard CopyHouses, Refurbishment•Coyoacán, Mexico Photographs:  Moritz Bernoully Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Area:  220 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Architects: CampoTaller Area Area of this architecture project Manufacturers: Concretos Cruz Azul, Helvex, StanzaStructure:Ricardo CamachoConstruction:CampoTallerMasonry:Plácido CamachoDivisions:Ibarra herreríasElectric:Daniel PeñaHydrosanitary:Ismael ReyesCarpenter:Fidel SantiagoArchitect In Charge:Humberto Moreno H.Collaborators:Carlos Jair Odriozola V.City:CoyoacánCountry:MexicoMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Moritz BernoullyText description provided by the architects. The project is situated in in the Coyoacán neighborhood of Mexico City. It consists of the modification and intervention of a house built in the 1970s.Save this picture!© Moritz BernoullyThe proposal focuses on adapting the architectural concept that was no longer able to meet the needs of its new inhabitants. Save this picture!Plan 01Save this picture!Cortesía de CampoTallerSave this picture!Plan 02ModificationOne of the primary targets was admitting daylight into all interior spaces and improving the visual connection between the house and its immediate surroundings. The garden is dominated by a more than 80 years old peppercorn tree that is framed on two sides by the building. The original building structure had windows with false arches and thick wooden frames. Both have been changed and the new, rectangular steel frames offer a better view and general transparency on the ground floor level. The necessity of constructing a new cistern in the garden was taken as a pretext to create a surface of water on top of the container, serving as a mirror for the crown of the adjoining peppercorn tree and to cool down the air flowing through the garden.Save this picture!© Moritz BernoullyThe interior was reorganized, demolishing walls in order to organize kitchen, dining space and living room in a “plan libre”. The newly introduced wooden staircase becomes part of the integrated furniture on ground floor and first floor.Save this picture!Cortesía de CampoTallerInterventionThe intervention consists of the reactivation of the roof terrace as a loggia/greenhouse, that also serves as the a vestibule to the first floor bedroom which is extended by an extra bathroom. A service room on the ground floor is reduced to a minimum, generating a service patio on the back of the house. This new exterior space offers light and ventilation for the kitchen. Save this picture!© Moritz BernoullySave this picture!© Moritz BernoullyThe now detached service room is provided with a new, permeable facade made out of extremely light clay tiles, stacked with minimum use of cement and a technique similar to a house of cards.Save this picture!SectionsIn order to make a visual distinction between the original structure and the new parts of the building, an experimental shuttering technique was used for the concrete elements cast in place: the surface structure is created by introducing petate-sheets (carpet-like elements that are hand woven out of palm-leaves) into the concrete Save this picture!© Moritz BernoullySave this picture!© Moritz BernoullyThe need for a cistern, gave way to propose a water mirror with the idea of ​​reflecting the old peppercorn tree .Save this picture!© Moritz BernoullyThe almost organic looking concrete gives an additional reference to the clients, two biologists and plant lovers.Save this picture!© Moritz BernoullyProject gallerySee allShow lessBotequim Sapucaí / Alfredo Lanna Neto + Mateus CastilhoSelected Projects11 Architect Salary Negotiation TipsArticles Share Photographslast_img read more

Don’t Fear Eating Fruits, Veggies as Virus Concerns Grip Nation

first_img Don’t Fear Eating Fruits, Veggies as Virus Concerns Grip Nation SHARE By Purdue University News Service – Mar 17, 2020 Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter Modern supermarkets with their many open displays of fruits and vegetables are truly a marvel and a reminder that our nation enjoys the safest and most abundant food supply in the world. However, in the face of the current nationwide COVID-19 outbreak, many questions about the safety of fresh fruits and vegetables have arisen.According to Amanda Deering, an Extension specialist in Purdue’s Department of Food Science, current research indicates that the virus is not foodborne or food-transmitted.“From all indications, the virus that causes COVID-19 appears to be transmitted just like other viruses,” Deering said. “This is very positive in that the same practices that we normally use to reduce contamination risk, such as washing your hands and washing fruit and vegetables before eating, should be applicable to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19.”Scott Monroe, Purdue Extension food safety educator, points out that many produce growers already incorporate good agricultural practice that reduce the risk of contamination by a human pathogen.“While viruses may be transmitted from surfaces, most growers take steps to prevent contamination. At this point in time, fear of COVID-19 should not be a reason to stop purchasing fresh fruits and vegetables,” he said.Although the risk is small that any individual would contract COVID-19 from selecting fresh produce, Deering and Monroe recommend the following steps to further reduce the risk:Frequent hand-washing effectively reduces risk. After a trip to the supermarket, make sure to wash your hands, especially if tongs or other shared utensils are used.Try not to manipulate produce items. While part of the buying experience is feeling, touching and manipulating the produce, this may increase the probability of a pathogen being deposited on or acquired from the produce.Consumers who are immunocompromised should consider purchasing pre-packaged fruits and vegetables as an added measure of caution or choose to eat cooked fruits and vegetables at this time.All produce items should be washed thoroughly before consumption.The incorporation of fresh fruits and vegetables into one’s diet has consistently been shown to increase overall health, including the immune system. Staying healthy increases the body’s ability to fight infections. By taking a few common-sense precautions, such as frequent hand-washing and washing of produce, consumers can continue to reap the health benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables without incurring excessive risk of acquiring COVID-19. SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Don’t Fear Eating Fruits, Veggies as Virus Concerns Grip Nation Previous articleThe Pandemic Effect on Ag Markets, Purdue College of Ag and the Phase I Trade Deal on the HAT Tuesday Morning EditionNext articleUSDA Announces Program to Provide Nearly 1M Meals to Rural Children in Response to COVID-19 Purdue University News Servicelast_img read more

AFP bureau chief’s accreditation not renewed

first_img Organisation SyriaMiddle East – North Africa Damascus TV presenter arrested under cyber-crime law RSF_en News News February 3, 2021 Find out more March 12, 2021 Find out more SyriaMiddle East – North Africa April 30, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 AFP bureau chief’s accreditation not renewed Receive email alerts Toll of ten years of civil war on journalists in Syria Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières – RSF) protested today against the Syrian government’s refusal to renew the accreditation of Maher Chmaytelli (see photo), the Damascus bureau chief of the French news agency Agence France-Presse. “This shows once again that the regime bears down with full force on any media that dares to criticise it,” said RSF secretary-general Robert Ménard. “The hopes raised when Bashar el-Assad succeeded his father have been dashed and Syria remains one of region’s most repressive regimes.”Syria has exerted strong pressure on foreign media correspondents over the past year, forcing some to stop working for these media. Last autumn, a very harsh press law was introduced. RSF has put President Assad on its worldwide list of predators of press freedom.Chmaytelli was summoned at the beginning of this year by the information chief at the communications ministry, who accused him of having “ill will” and putting out “negative reports” about the internal political situation. He was told his accreditation would not be renewed when it expired at the end of March.The AFP office continues to operate without a bureau chief and Chmaytelli has left the country. “Mr Chmaytelli has always worked in a professional manner and respected Syrian laws concerning the press,” an AFP spokesperson said.The visit to Damascus in November 2000 by the head of AFP, Bertrand Eveno, to install Chmaytelli as bureau chief, was seen as a strong indication of Syria’s willingness to open up in media matters. Help by sharing this information The Syrian authorities have not renewed the accreditation of the AFP bureau chief (see photo) in Damascus. This is part of standard hostility towards those working for the foreign media, who face numerous pressures from a regime that does not tolerate criticism. Wave of Kurdish arrests of Syrian journalists March 8, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Syria to go further News Newslast_img read more

Foreign Nationals Move SC Against MHA Order Blacklisting Them For Alleged Involvement in ‘Tablighi Activities’ [Read Petition]

first_imgTop StoriesForeign Nationals Move SC Against MHA Order Blacklisting Them For Alleged Involvement in ‘Tablighi Activities’ [Read Petition] Nilashish Chaudhary20 Jun 2020 3:26 AMShare This – xSeven foreign nationals, aggrieved by the decision of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to blacklist foreigners from different countries for their alleged involvement in ‘Tablighi Jamaat Activities’, have approached Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the move. On April 2, the Press Information Bureau (PIB) communicated the government’s decision to blacklist as many…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?LoginSeven foreign nationals, aggrieved by the decision of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to blacklist foreigners from different countries for their alleged involvement in ‘Tablighi Jamaat Activities’, have approached Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the move. On April 2, the Press Information Bureau (PIB) communicated the government’s decision to blacklist as many as 960 foreigners from 35 countries who were present in India. At the same time, orders were issued to Director Generals of Police (DGPs) of all States and Union Territories as well as the Commissioner of Delhi Police (CP) to register FIRs against such foreign nationals. The petitioners also inform that subsequent to this decision, on April 4, the Government further blacklisted around 2500 foreigners, present in India, from travelling to India for a period of 10 years, but there has been no press release regarding the same. Contending that the decision has been taken unilaterally and arbitrarily, the Petitioners urge the Top Court to declare the decision as unconstitutional and thus, void. It is emphasised that a decision of en masse blacklisting without issuing notice or giving a chance to be heard is a blatant violation of not only principles of natural justice, but also the Right to Life under Article 21. “The impugned decision, by its very unilateral nature, infringes the principle of natural justice, particularly, audi alteram partem by blacklisting the aforementioned foreigners present in India without first granting an opportunity of being heard or notice of any form, and resultantly depriving the aggrieved foreign nationals of their right of locomotion and travelling back to the country of their citizenship.” The petitioners, all of whom have been blacklisted, submit that not only has the sudden decision led to FIRs being registered against them but has also resulted in them having to forfeit their passports to the State Administration. This, they contend, is a complete deprivation of personal liberty, without following procedure established under law. One of the petitioners, it is informed, is in the seventh month of her pregnancy. She was quarantined in March and, after being released in May, continues to be in a facility with restricted movement, which denies her the opportunity to go home and give birth in comfortable surroundings with dignity and security. The entire contention of the petitioners is that the Government “baselessly and arbitrarily passed a blanket ban on the aggrieved foreign nationals under the garb of alleged visa violations pursuant to alleged Tabligh activities, forcing such persons to remain in India under restricted movements… …on a mere blanket presumption without any substantiation that they violated the conditions of their validly granted visas, under relevant sections of the Foreigners Act, 1946 and Disaster Management Act, 2005.” In furtherance of this contention, it is pointed out that the decision is based on the presumption of involvement in ‘tablighi activities’, but nowhere is it defined how these activities were prohibited or what led to the violation of conditions of validly granted visas. Referring to the “General Policy Guidelines relating to Indian Visa”, as made available by MHA, it is pointed out that there is no restriction on foreigners visiting religious places or attending normal religious activities. The restrictions however are regarding engaging in tabligh work or preaching religious ideologies, making religious speeches or proselytizing. Further referring to MHA’s Press Release from March 31, it is pointed out that the Government stated the following:- “Devout Muslims from across the country and also from foreign countries visit the Markaz for religious purpose. …This is a continuous process throughout the year. …Since March 23, lockdown has been strictly imposed by State authorities/Police across Delhi including in and around Nizamuddin and Tabligh work came to a halt.” This, assert the petitioners, shows that Muslims from all over visit the Tablighi Jamaat Headquarters, and since March, all Tabligh work had come to a halt on account of the nationwide lockdown. Thus, it is submitted that:- “…even as per the understanding of the MHA with regard to ‘Tabligh Activities’, what has been prohibited are only acts falling under the category of preaching religious ideologies, making speeches in religious places, proselytization, distribution of audio or visual display/ pamphlets pertaining to religious ideologies, however, there is neither any prohibition in visiting a religious place and attending normal religious activities nor can such an act be said to have constituted a violation of the visa conditions, thereby attracting the arbitrary and unilateral decision of en masse blacklisting of visas validly granted, depriving the fundamental right of personal liberty of all such foreigners.” The petitioners also state that the Government issued a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) on April 2 regarding the transit of foreign nationals stranded in India amid the COVID-19 outbreak. However, as a result of a short press release on the same day, the present petitioners could not benefit from the same. The letters subsequently sent to the DGPs and CP of Delhi “has conclusively decided that such foreigners had violated the conditions of their tourist visas by indulging in Tabligh Activities, without ascertaining whether such persons had merely attended a religious discourse or had been found to be indulging in the prohibited activities of preaching and proselytization”, submit the petitioners. Pointing out that constitutional rights against preventive detention extend to foreign nationals as well, it is urged that Article 21 of the Constitution uses the word ‘person’ and not ‘citizen’ to protect a foreigner’s personal liberty, which includes free movement across the country. With regard to the importance of the Right to life and liberty, it is asserted that:- “…all human beings are born with some unalienable rights like life, liberty and pursuit of happiness. The importance of these natural rights can be found in the fact that these are fundamental for their proper existence and no other right can be enjoyed without the presence of right to life and liberty. Life bereft of liberty would be without honour and dignity and it would lose all significance and meaning and the life itself would not be worth living. Hence, that is why “liberty” encapsulates the quintessence of a civilized existence. The object of Article 21 is to prevent encroachment upon personal liberty in any manner.” Therefore, in addition to declaring the Government’s decision unconstitutional, it is prayed that the names of the petitioners be removed from the ‘blacklist’ and their visas be reinstated. It is also requested that the Ministry of External Affairs be directed to facilitate the return of the petitioners to their respective countries.The petition has been filed through Advocates Fuzail Ahmad Ayubbi , Ibad Mushtaq and Ashima MandlaClick Here To Download Petition[Read Petition] Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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first_imgIf you are thinking of fleeing the confused state of Great Britain, consider this:Hong Kong, Luxembourg and Sydney are named the most favourable tax-efficient locations for the quality of life on offer according to a report by Knight Frank. The Global Lifestyle Review 2016 analyses the lifestyle available in 26 favourable tax locations around the world for people at three different stages of life. Hong Kong is named the best place to live for an entrepreneur*, Luxembourg tops the list for a family and Sydney is the number one location for a retired couple.Working with BDO, the national accountancy and business advisory firm who provided a list of 26 top locations which their clients consider when looking to move to a more tax-efficient jurisdiction, Knight Frank has examined the lifestyle factors that may motivate clients at different stages of their lives before purchasing a property. Taking into consideration a variety of factors, including but not limited to personal safety, political risk, quality of life, education, cost of healthcare and available leisure pursuits, Knight Frank has weighted these lifestyle elements and identified the top ten places to live for an entrepreneur, family and retired couple.Alex Koch de Gooreynd, partner and head of Knight Frank’s Swiss network says, “Many private individuals approach Knight Frank for advice on relocating their business and family overseas. Their wealth managers or taxation advisers can inform them of the most tax-efficient locations, but they rarely take into account the lifestyle factors that will make the move a successful one for more than simply fiscal reasons. Within this report, we have analysed the lifestyle factors which motivate clients to purchase property and have identified locations which are best suited to people at three different stages of their lives. Whatever stage you are at – whether an entrepreneur who wants airport access and entertainment on tap, a family whose priorities are good schools and outdoor activities, or a retiree for whom security, healthcare and a likeminded community top the list – it’s crucial to understand the day to day life of a destination.”Whilst Hong Kong, Luxembourg and Sydney top the rankings – popular tax-efficient locations such as Dubai, Geneva and London still make the top-ten list for both an entrepreneur and a family. Monaco is also amongst the top-ten winners offering excellent quality of life for entrepreneurs and retired couples.Richard Montague, tax partner, BDO says, “When choosing a destination to live, individuals often want to balance the lifestyle and economic factors, ensuring that their financial affairs and global assets are structured in an efficient manner. Objectives mainly focus on ensuring long-term asset preservation whilst complying with their global tax obligations. An understanding of the tax regime in the country of choice is key. Most countries have some form of indirect taxation, such as Value Added Tax (VAT) or property transfer taxes, and will also apply direct tax on income and profits on the disposal of assets. Other countries will seek to tax capital gifted or inherited, or apply an annual tax on net wealth. Some countries even seek to apply an exit tax when individuals break tax residence. There are many pitfalls for the unwary.”Knight Frank research Hong Kong Luxembourg Sydney tax-efficient locations The Global Lifestyle Review 2016 July 8, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » And finally… previous nextHousing MarketAnd finally…Fed up with Brexit? Fed up with political machinations? Fed up because the football and tennis is over, take a look at Knight Frank’s latest research.The Negotiator8th July 20160647 Viewslast_img read more

Trainee letting agent spared jail after stealing £2,300 from tenants

first_imgThe industry’s urgent need for regulation has been highlighted once more by a court case in Southampton, during which a repeat fraudster was successfully prosecuted for stealing at least £2,300 from prospective tenants after working as a letting agent for just two weeks.Trainee letting agent Riccardo Lampietro already had a two-year suspended sentence hanging over him after previously being caught buying a Vauxhall Corsa on finance, switching the plates and then selling it on while working at a car dealership.Lampietro (picture, left), who has in the past had a serious gambling problem, then went to work at property management firm Homelife Lettings in Southampton.While working there for a fortnight he took deposits, fees and advanced rent from prospective tenants but then pocketed the cash rather than banking it for his employer.The 28-year-old, who lives in Ringwood, avoided jail after problems with the legal process prevented the two sets of frauds being linked.Also, Lampietro has repaid most of the money he stole from the prospective tenants back and will now have to complete 200 hours of community service. He also now has a three-and-a-half year suspended sentence hanging over him for both crimes.Homelife specialises in student accommodation in Southampton and has six staff and is a member of the National Approved Lettings Scheme (NALS).NALS Homelife Riccardo Lampietro southampton November 17, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » News » Trainee letting agent spared jail after stealing £2,300 from tenants previous nextTrainee letting agent spared jail after stealing £2,300 from tenantsRiccardo Lampietro from Southampton stole the money during a two-week stint at a local lettings agency.Nigel Lewis17th November 201701,334 Viewslast_img read more