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DP constable thrashed by bootlegger and his family

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first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi police constable was allegedly thrashed by a bootlegger, his wife and his mother after he apprehended the bootlegger. The accused tore his uniform and even tried to snatch his service revolver. The incident occurred on Tuesday at Rohini Prem Nagar area. Police said they have arrested the accused identified as Sumit, his wife Pinky and his mother Shanti, all resident of Hind Vihar in Prem Nagar area. According to a senior police official, on Tuesday at around 1 p.m. when a constable Amit was patrolling in Prem Nagar area he spotted an absent ‘Bad Character’ and also a bootlegger Sumit. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder “Constable had also received tip-off regarding the illicit liquor being sold in the area. Sumit along with his wife and mother are involved in trade of illicit liquor and when the constable reached there they allegedly attacked on him,” said the senior police official. “Sumit along with his wife and his mother snatched mobile phone of constable. The accused even tore constable Amit’s uniform and they even tried to snatch his service revolver also,” said the senior police official. “Police have registered a case under section 186, 353, 332, 392,393, 34 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Prem Nagar police station. Police have arrested all the three accused,” said the senior police official adding that further investigation is going on.last_img read more

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No one in Kashmir more devoted to idea of united India than

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first_imgNew Delhi: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, who is lodged in Tihar Jail here on corruption charges, on Tuesday condemned the detention of former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) and said no one in the valley was more devoted to the idea of a united India than the NC leader. “I have asked my family to tweet on my behalf the following: I condemn the detention of Shri Farooq Abdullah under PSA. There is no one in Kashmir more devoted to the idea of a united India of which J&K is an integral part than Shri Farooq Abdulla,” Chidambaram said on Twitter. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In another tweet, the former Union finance minister said the fight for freedom was a never-ending process as he cited examples of public movements across the world. “I have been reading news stories about protest movements across the world in Moscow, Hong Kong, France, Slovakia, Algeria, Myanmar, Romania and so on. “The cry is for freedom. As a young Slovakian said, ‘The fight for freedom is a never-ending process’,” he said. Chidambaram is in judicial custody since September 5 in connection with the INX Media corruption case. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KResponding to a news report on Abdullah’s arrest, his son and Congress MP Karti Chidambaram tweeted, saying, “Nazi Nazi Nazi.” Abdullah, the 81-year-old patron of the National Conference (NC), was detained under the PSA on Sunday night. The Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar was under preventive detention since August 5, when the Centre abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution that gave a special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into Union territories.last_img read more

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Montreal wants to ban singleuse plastics and polystyrene foam containers

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first_imgMontreal says it plans to introduce a bylaw banning single-use items such as plastics and polystyrene foam containers on its territory by spring 2020.The city said Wednesday it was inspired by jurisdictions such as Vancouver, which announced its own ban, likely coming next year.Mayor Valerie Plante said her administration will hold consultations on the bylaw and would move slowly to help businesses transition.Pollution from single-use plastics and polystyrene is a major environmental problem, Plante said in a statement. She added plastic containers can take several hundred years to decompose.“The time when we put off decisions to protect the environment because they upset our daily habits is over,” Plante said. “Time is running out and we need to act now.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Manitoba RCMP to provide significant update in search for BC murder suspects

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first_imgGILLAM, Mb. (NEWS 1130) – The search for Kam McLeod and Bryer Schmegelsky is over.Mounties in Manitoba have confirmed two bodies believed to belong to the two murder suspects from Port Alberni were found approximately eight kilometres from where a burned SUV was found last month near the small community of Gillam.Assistant Commissioner Kevn Hackett with B.C. RCMP says said the the burned SUV was owned by one of the victims, Leonard Dyck.“Manitoba RCMP has confirmed that the autopsies are being scheduled in Winnipeg to confirm their identities and to determine the cause of death,” says Hackett. “While we’re still waiting for the definitive confirmation of the identities of the two deceased men, we believe that they are, in fact, the individuals that we were searching for.”He says the families of all victims have been contacted by RCMP and been updated.“I’d like to stress that our investigative efforts have not concluded yet. We still need to ensure that our investigative findings –whether it’s statements, evidentiary timelines, physical or digital evidence — continues to confirm our investigative theory and eliminates any other possibilities or suspects,” says Hackett. “Until that is completed, we will not conclude this file.”The search is over.  At 10am this morning, Manitoba RCMP officers located the bodies of two males, believed to be the BC suspects, near the shoreline of the Nelson River (approx 8km from the burnt vehicle). #rcmpmb pic.twitter.com/tZ7EBFsNDr— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) August 7, 2019The 18-year-old Schmegelsky and 19-year-old McLeod were wanted in connection to three deaths in northern B.C. last month. They were charged with second degree murder in the death of UBC sessional lecturer Leonard Dyck, whose body was found days later near a burned out vehicle not far from Dease Lake.The pair was also suspects in the deaths of two tourists — Australian Lucas Fowler and American Chynna Deese — who were found dead along the Alaska Highway near Liard Hot Springs.RCMP Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy says for over two weeks, officers followed up on every lead, considered all options, and used every available resource.A critical piece of evidence was uncovered on Friday — items directly linked to the suspects were located on the shoreline of the Nelson River, a big focus of the manhunt.“There’s significant evidence that links both crime scenes.” Hackett says no information to suggest dead suspects are wanted for any other crimes committed since national manhunt launched. @NEWS1130 pic.twitter.com/jcWUFsn2y0— Marcella Bernardo (@Bernardo1130) August 7, 2019And this morning, officers located two male bodies in the dense brush within one kilometre from where the items were found.“At this time, we are confident that these are the bodies of the two suspects wanted in connection with the homicides in British Columbia,” says MacLatchy. “An autopsy is being scheduled in Winnipeg to confirm their identities and to determine their cause of death.”The weeks-long manhunt captured international media attention, but few details of the investigation were released by the RCMP, who urged people to refrain from posting unconfirmed information on social media.“This was a search that could not have been successfully achieved without the help from our partners at the Canadian Armed Forces, from RCMP employees who came in from across the country and from multiple private partners,” MacLatchy adds.“Thank you to all Canadians for remaining vigilant, for calling us with information and most importantly, for being our partners.”What happens now?Before the discovery of the bodies, the pair had been charged with one count each of second-degree murder in connection to the death of a UBC lecturer in northern BC last month. So, what happens to those charges and the rest of the investigation, if the two lead suspects are dead?NEW: “The second-degree murder charge against the two accused (McLeod and Schmegelsky) will be abated by the BC Prosecution Service once confirmation is received from the RCMP the accused are deceased. This will end the prosecution and the involvement of the BCPS.” @NEWS1130— Sonia Aslam (@SoniaSAslam) August 7, 2019Legal Analyst Michael Shapray says once the autopsies are done, investigators will reach out to Crown Counsel.“What would happen is the RCMP will ultimately, if these people turn out to be the suspects, will provide death certificates to the Prosecution Office in BC and the [office] will then essentially bring the case to an end at that stage. They would not proceed with a trial or with the matter any further against those two people if they turn out to be deceased.”The office echoes that and tells NEWS 1130 it’s waiting to hear from police.“The second degree murder charge against the two accused McLeod and Schmegelsky will be abated by the BC Prosecution Service once confirmation is received from the RCMP that the accused are deceased. This will end the prosecution and the involvement of the BCPS,” says Dan McLaughlin with Crown Counsel.Big story around the world. #CANADAmanhunt comes to an end with the discovery of two bodies – murder suspects from #PortAlberni pic.twitter.com/JCUQWuLpzv— Bruce Claggett (@BruceClaggett) August 7, 2019However, when it comes to motive or unanswered questions surrounding the investigation, Shapray admits that can be tricky.“If the investigation from the RCMP perspective was complete, in terms of they believed they had their suspects beyond a reasonable doubt and there were no other leads or other possible suspects, then yes, the police investigation would be completed and the case would be closed. In terms of finding out information about why or what the motive was or other aspects of the original investigation into the murders, that would have to come through questioning of the police or if the police decide to reveal any information. I wouldn’t expect there would be any sort of inquiry or there wouldn’t be any public trial if there are no other suspects.”Shapray adds the warrants for their arrest would also be taken off the record and a note would be added to explain why nothing moved ahead with the charges.last_img read more

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Northern Rockies Regional Municipality finalizes 2019 Budget

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first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – On March 30, the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality met for the final deliberations of the 2019 Budget.According to the Regional Municipality, the budget was subject to a significant evaluation period where Council had over a month to review the Preliminary Budget that was presented to the public at an Open House on February 13.The Municipality says the budget was formulated to meet several council objectives: Support existing levels of servicesReduce the tax levyMaintain full provincial Infrastructure Development Contribution Agreement (IDCA) fundingContinue to focus on efficienciesThe annual property tax levy has been reduced from $24.4 million to $20.2 million since 2015. This reduction equates to a total decrease of 17 percent or three percent per year.Mayor Gary Foster says he is very supportive of this year’s budget process.“Council approved a budget that is the end result of many small economies. It may not be possible to continue to reduce the tax levy each year while maintaining service at existing levels, but I believe this budget illustrates that we are very aware of the need to achieve the best value-for-money in every single municipal function we undertake.”The 2019 Budget can be read on the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality’s website.last_img read more

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Côte dIvoire UN rejects Gbagbos call to search its vehicles as violation

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21 January 2011The United Nations today rebuffed efforts by forces loyal to Côte d’Ivoire’s former president, who refuses to step down despite his electoral defeat, to stop and search UN vehicles. “The call by the Ivorian defence and security forces loyal to Laurent Gbagbo to stop and search United Nations vehicles is a serious violation of the Status of Forces Agreement and Security Council resolution 1962 (2010) and therefore unacceptable,” spokesman Martin Nesirky told a news briefing in New York.He was referring to the various terms under which the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) was sent to the West African country after civil war in 2002 divided it into a Government-controlled south and a rebel-held north. On Wednesday the Council authorized the immediate reinforcement of the nearly 9,000-strong peacekeeping force with 2,000 additional troops and three armed helicopters as UN personnel and civilians face mounting attacks from forces loyal to Mr. Gbagbo, who refuses to step down despite the internationally-recognized victory of opposition leader Alassane Ouattara in November’s run-off elections.These were meant to be a culminating point of a peace process which UNOCI is mandated to monitor. It is also entrusted with protecting its own personnel as well as civilians and ensuring its freedom of movement.But Mr. Gbagbo has called for UNOCI’s withdrawal, which the UN has rejected, while the media under his control have mounted a propaganda campaign against the mission, and ethnic fighting between groups from the opposing camps in the west of the country has driven some 50,000 people from their homes. Mr. Nesirky today condemned the continuing use of the State broadcasting corporation to disseminate false information about the UN and its peacekeeping mission, as well as the continued obstruction of UNOCI’s legitimate actions to implement its mandate.He reiterated that attacks on civilians or international peacekeepers constitute crimes under international law, as does incitement to commit such crimes. Those engaged in such activity will be held responsible, he said. The number of those known to have died in the post-electoral violence since last month has risen to 260, with 68 people missing, UN officials reported.Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative and head of UNOCI, Y. J. Choi, has said the reinforcements authorized by the Council will provide a “rapid reaction capability” essential for the protection of civilians both in Abidjan, where Gbagbo loyalists have launched attacks, and in the country’s west, scene of the ethnic fighting.Senior UN officials have called for urgent action to prevent this fighting from degenerating into genocide, warning that though this has not yet occurred, the elements for it are present, such as identity-related conflicts over national, racial and religious affiliations.The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported today that some 30,000 Ivorians had fled to neighbouring Liberia, while 18,000 people are displaced internally in western parts of the country.It welcomed recognition by Guinea and Liberia of people fleeing Côte d’Ivoire as refugees and the fact that a number of European countries have halted returns, including those of failed asylum-seekers. It called on governments worldwide to follow suit and suspend all returns pending improvements in the security and human rights situation.Meanwhile, a seven-day, UN-backed vaccination campaign against yellow fever is scheduled to get underway tomorrow, targeting more than 830,000 adults and children in four rural districts, where there have been at least 66 recorded cases, 25 of them fatal, since November. The UN, the African Union and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have all been trying to resolve the post-electoral crisis, demanding that Mr. Gbagbo step down, but it remains deadlocked, with Mr. Gbagbo proposing a power-sharing arrangement, which Mr. Choi has said would be a bad precedent in view of his clear electoral defeat.Cote read more

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Suspicions raised over tourist who alleged abuse at Jetwing Kaduruketha

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At the point of making the reservation, the guest was informed there was only a male therapist available at the time and she agreed to proceed with the massage. The couple had booked two nights through Jetwing online and they requested to waive off the charges. They then said that they want to stay an extra night, which the hotel says they found strange considering what they claimed happened, and requested that additional night also to be given free. “As it is our policy that the guest is always right, our Director Operations agreed to their requests even though we could not find any conclusive evidence of wrong doing by our therapist who was being questioned by the management and police,” the hotel said.Jetwing then requested for a written statement from the lady in order for them to continue with the investigation. At this stage, the issue seemed settled as they did not want to pursue anymore and had received the compensation they requested. Four hours after the initial conversation with the couple and the agreed settlement, the gentleman contacted the Director Operations, and in a very aggressive manner stated that he was finally not in agreement with what was offered and felt the situation was not handled as per his expectations.The Director Operations reassured the guest that the matter was being investigated, as the allegations were of a serious nature, and that steps were been taken to ensure the matter would be dealt with seriously with the associate in question.At this point, as the hotel was not in a position to do anything further and the gentleman was talking aggressively, the Director Operations suggested that he make a police entry, as previously proposed, to which he agreed.Full assistance was given to the guest to go the police station, with the General Manager accompanying the couple and staying throughout their deposition. While at the police station, the gentleman contacted the Director Operations on a few occasions over the phone for assistance, due to their limited English, and full assistance was extended.Once the deposition was recorded by the police the gentleman stated to the Director Operations that they were satisfied with the outcome as they believed the necessary course of action would be taken by the police. After this, the guests returned to the hotel with the General Manager.The next morning, the Hotel General Manager accompanied the couple back to the police station to obtain an official document from the police confirming that an entry had been made at the police station, and, in addition, they requested to have an insurance document stamped by the police. The couple did not wish the hotel General manager to stay with them at the police station and returned to the hotel a few hours later, on their own.Guests did not contact the hotel General Manager neither the Director Operations after returning to the hotel and checked out late in the afternoon.It is to be noted that the associate in question has been working at the hotel in the capacity of Spa therapist for the last 3 years and has no record of any issues as such, despite having performed numerous massages on ladies in the past, as evidenced by the hotel’s records.The Police produced the Spa therapist to the Magistrates Court and after an inquiry by the Magistrate, the Spa therapist was released on bail and the next date of the court hearing is on the 26th of February. We await the court determination on this complaint.“Our view is that the lady’s statement kept changing every time she spoke to us. This we find very strange, as she went through the massage with the male therapist for 75 minutes, thanked him and said she will come back the next day. We have monitored the CCTV footage and during the exit from the spa she shows no distress. Furthermore, the reception is adjoining the spa which would have helped her to escalate the issue immediately,” Jetwing Hotel said.With all the doubtful behaviour, Jetwing Hotel said that they still gave the benefit of the doubt to the guest based on the values and principles of the hotel.Jetwing Hotel said they will await the outcome of the police investigation and the court hearing. (Colombo Gazette) It was brought to the attention of the Hotel General Manager that an incident took place after the lady had a 75-minute massage at the Spa of the Hotel, performed by a male therapist. Incidentally, the General manager offered a complimentary dinner on the same evening, which was accepted by the couple.The General Manager reported the incident to the higher management and a decision was made to wait until the next morning to assess the situation with the couple, as previously agreed between the couple and the hotel General Manager.The next morning the General manager contacted the higher management, namely the Director Operations of the group, and passed on his phone to the couple. The lady, while on speaker phone with the gentleman listening, described what had happened, in French language. The Director Operations explained that steps had already been taken to investigate the matter with the associate in question and offered to assist the guest to make an entry to the police. The couple declined the offer to make an entry to the police, and instead requested that some compensation be given. Suspicions have been raised over a tourist who alleged abuse at Jetwing Kaduruketha recently.In a media statement, Jetwing Hotel said that a couple, residing at the hotel for two nights, had booked a massage on the evening of the 2nd day. “The General Manager met with the guest for 1 hour and listened to the lady in the presence of a gentleman (her partner), and recorded the incident in question, which as per the lady’s description involved some massage of un-wanted nature,” the hotel said.Assuming the guest was right, the General Manager apologized for what had happened, assured that necessary steps would be taken to investigate the matter with the associate who performed the massage, and it was agreed between the couple and the hotel General Manager to review the matter in the morning, once the situation would be clearer. read more

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Three killed in Batticaloa motorcycle accident

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The motorcycles caught fire as soon as they crashed. Two people were killed in the crash while another person was burnt to death.At least two others sustained injuries and were admitted to hospital. (Colombo Gazette) Three people were killed in an accident in Batticaloa involving three motorcycles.According to reports, two motorcycles with four people had crashed into another motorcycle.

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Martin twins lead No 5 Nevada over LoyolaChicago 7965

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CHICAGO — Caleb Martin had 21 points, twin brother Cody Martin scored 20 and No. 5 Nevada beat Loyola-Chicago 79-65 on Tuesday night in an NCAA Tournament rematch.Loyola beat Nevada by one point in the NCAA South Regional semifinals last season — the only other meeting between these programs. That victory came during a stunning Final Four run for the Ramblers.Caleb Martin scored 17 in the first half, helping the Wolf Pack (7-0) grab a 44-28 lead. The preseason All-American shot 8 of 13 in the game, including 3 for 6 on 3-pointers.Cody Martin was 9 of 14 with seven assists.Jordan Caroline had 15 points and six rebounds. Trey Porter added 14 points and 10 boards.Marques Townes — who hit the decisive 3 in the closing seconds of that NCAA game — led Loyola (4-3) with a season-high 24 points, but the Ramblers dropped their second straight game.Loyola great Jerry Harkness presented a Final Four ring to Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt — the now 99-year-old nun and team chaplain who charmed the nation during last season’s run — prior to the game. Nevada then did its best to put this one away in the early going.With the Martins leading the way, the Wolf Pack shot 62.5 per cent while building their 44-28 halftime lead.They led 29-9 midway through the first half after a layup by Cody Martin. He also hit a 3 with 5:22 left to make it 38-18 before Loyola cut it to 12 in the closing minutes. The Ramblers’ Clayton Custer missed a 3 that would have made it a nine-point game. Caleb Martin hit a runner and Porter scored on a layup to get it back up to 16 with 14 seconds left in the half.BIG PICTURENevada: With its strength and quickness, Nevada dominated inside and on the perimeter, particularly in the early going. That led to another convincing victory for the Wolf Pack, who have won each game by at least 10 points.Loyola: Though they have three starters back, the Ramblers are already halfway to last season’s loss total.UP NEXTNevada: Visits USC on Saturday.Loyola: Visits UIC on Saturday.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Andrew Seligman, The Associated Press read more

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The Supreme Court Made It Easier For More People To Place Bad

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With the Supreme Court’s landmark gambling decision this week, many more Americans might soon be able to place a legal wager on their favorite sport. So what kind of money are we talking about?The U.S. casino industry says Americans illegally bet at least $150 billion on sports every year. But it’s hard to measure exactly how much of that money might flow into legal establishments as a result of this decision; underground bookies don’t readily publish their balance sheets. But the casinos in Nevada do, and a closer look into the action taken by sportsbooks over the past few decades gives us a window into how Americans bet on sports — and how well they’re doing.According to data published by David Schwartz of UNLV’s Center for Gaming Research, legal sports gambling has steadily been on the rise. Nevada sportsbooks have shown consistent growth in the number of outlets that take wagers, the wagers handled per outlet and the share of wagers kept (more on that later). In fact, Nevada casinos took in 55.6 percent more sports-betting money in 2017 than they did in 1992.1Adjusted for inflation from December 1992 to December 2017.Clearly, a lot more people feel confident enough in their sports opinions to put a lot more money where their mouth is. Total5.065.39 Unsurprisingly, football has ruled this world. After cracking $1 billion wagered in 1994, in unadjusted numbers, football betting followed the industry’s slow downward trend until 2005, then bounced back upward, growing year-over-year nearly every year since. But the other sports are growing even faster: Nevada casinos’ 2017 basketball handle was $1.48 billion, 84.4 percent of the amount wagered on football take. Baseball is just a little further behind; bettors put down $1.14 billion in 2017, 64.9 percent of the football bets. Back in 1992, those shares were 69.3 percent and 58.9 percent.But even if our ability to place legal bets is changing, there’s one thing that will probably stay the same: our inability to place good bets. Despite the wealth of information available in 2018, sports bettors aren’t any better at handicapping — in fact, they’re notably worse.Let’s say you went to Hypothetical University, and you have a friend who went to Hypothetical State. The night before the big game, you go to a casino together and each bet $11 on your respective teams. The next day, Hypothetical U wins and covers the point spread, so your friend is out $11 while the casino pays you $21 — double the money you bet, less the service fee skimmed off of winnings.2Called the take, the juice or the vigorish. Effectively, $10 of your friend’s lost $11 went into your pocket.In this case, the “drop” (the money you and your friend dropped on the game) is $22, but the “win” (the amount the casino kept) is $1. This is the ideal: An equal number of dollars bet on both sides guarantees that the casinos’ win rate equals their service fee. But the betting public rarely obliges — and if casinos set the point spread in a way that entices more money to be put on the losing side, their win percentage goes up.Casinos kept just 2.81 percent of the sports wagers they handled in 1992. But over the next 15 years, casinos set the betting lines in a way to entice lower-information bettors,3The lines got “sharper,” meaning more well-informed and likely to win, while “square” means the opposite. Betting on your favorite team to win every week is square. and their win rates soared well above the standard service-fee rate, peaking at a whopping 7.89 percent in 2006. Casinos are still winning in the 4- to 5-percent range over the past decade, with the house taking 5.11 percent of all wagers in 2017.It really starts to get interesting when you look at how well casinos do on individual sports. On Tuesday, NBC Sports baseball writer Craig Calcaterra caused a stir when he tweeted that baseball is so random that only people with “a problem” would try to bet it: 1992-20172007-2017 Baseball3.173.98 Any one out of 2,430 regular-season MLB games a year could have a wildly unforeseen result — but baseball bettors have consistently put more dollars on the winning side over the past 25 years, keeping the average casino win rate below the standard service-fee average of 4.55 percent. It’s a different story in basketball, where casinos have kept 5.4 percent of all money bet on hoops over the past decade. In football, the most heavily wagered sport, casinos have kept very slightly more than the service fee (4.66 percent) over the past 25 years.Those thinking they’ll outsmart bookies by betting more obscure sports appear to be sadly mistaken; casinos are keeping nearly twice as much of the money bet on “other” sports as good old-fashioned baseball. There was one glaring exception: 1996, when casinos took a bath on Evander Holyfield’s upset of Mike Tyson. Holyfield opened as a 25-to-1 underdog, and so much money came in on him that the line moved all the way to 5-to-1. (Similar action led to similar exposure in last year’s Conor McGregor/Floyd Mayweather fight. Casinos stood to lose millions if McGregor had won, but Mayweather’s victory allowed the casinos to bring in almost twice as much in “other sports” revenue in 2017 as they did the year before.)Regardless of which sport(s) they’re betting on, though, today’s sports fans are betting, and losing, more than ever.In 1984, the first year for which Schwartz has data, 51 sports betting locations kept 2.34 percent of the $894.6 million bet, for a total casino win of $20.9 million. In 2017, 192 locations kept 5.11 percent of $4.9 billion wagered, for a total win of $248.8 million.So, in light of the Supreme Court decision, are Nevada casinos worried about an influx of sportsbooks cutting into their bottom lines? Probably not. In the context of the greater gambling industry, the sportsbook is relative chump change.According to the Nevada Gaming Control Board, the 24 major Vegas Strip casinos generated $70.3 million in sports betting revenue last year — just 1.26 percent of their $5.56 billion overall gambling revenue. For comparison, slot machines pulled in a whopping $2.8 billion.Legislators in states where sports betting will soon be legal, may be seeing dollar signs as the dust settles on the Supreme Court’s decision — imagining a $150 billion pot of gold ready to be taxed. But though Americans seem ready and willing to hand their money over to sportsbooks, it remains to be seen just how much money that will be. Casinos are keeping a bigger piece of the sports-betting pieThe share of money bet at sportsbooks that casinos kept Source: UNLV Center for Gaming Research Football4.66%4.79% Basketball4.835.40 Other sports5.736.99 But since 1992, bettors have done much better against the house in baseball than in football, basketball or the other remaining sports. That’s still true today, 11 years since casinos’ 2006 peak. read more

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VA Museum defends decision to exhibit Kevin Spacey portrait amid sexual misconduct

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Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The Victoria & Albert Museum has defended its decision to exhibit a portrait of Kevin Spacey despite allegations of sexual misconduct against the actor.The disgraced Oscar-winner has faced accusations of sexual assault and earlier this year pleaded not guilty to groping a teenage restaurant worker in the first criminal case involving the 59-year-old.Spacey’s image is set to go on display at the London museum as part of an exhibition of portraits focusing on major figures in the theatre and film industries.The American Beauty lead was selected for the spectacle, which will be unveiled at the V&A’s annual Performance Festival later this month, because he was a visiting professor of the Cameron Mackintosh Chair of Contemporary Theatre at St Catherine’s College, Oxford.The portraits are by artist Francis Hamel and will be on display at the museum from April 27 to May 19. Other prominent figures involved in the project include Richard Attenborough, Stephen Daldry, Stephen Fry, Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Diana Rigg and Meera Syal.A spokeswoman for Sir Cameron Mackintosh said: “This display of portraits is an accurate historic record of every professor who has occupied the Cameron Mackintosh Chair of Contemporary Theatre over 27 years at St Catherine’s College, Oxford. “At the time of his appointment and during his tenure in the chair, there was no public controversy surrounding Mr Spacey.”On the ITV programme Good Morning Britain, journalist Rebecca Reid criticised the move.She said: “There is a difference having art that was created in the context in which it existed…and newly created art that reflects our current values.”A spokeswoman for the V&A said: “The V&A aims to provide a record of history while recognising and encouraging debate around issues affecting contemporary society.”In January, Spacey appeared in court in the US accused of groping William Little, a 18-year-old restaurant worker on the island of Nantucket, in July 2016. He denies the allegation.Spacey has been accused of sexual misconduct by more than a dozen men, some of them teens at the time of the alleged incidents, but the Nantucket case is the first to result in criminal charges. It carries a possible five years in prison. read more

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Réchauffement climatique la conférence de Doha pourrait napporter aucun changement

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first_imgRéchauffement climatique : la conférence de Doha pourrait n’apporter aucun changementLa conférence de l’ONU sur le changement climatique qui a ouvert aujourd’hui à Doha, au Qatar, ne devrait pas permettre de progresser sur les questions environnementales. En effet, tous les gouvernements s‘intéressent davantage aux questions économiques qu’aux problèmes environnementaux qui vont pourtant de paire.Aujourd’hui, s’ouvre pour une durée de deux semaines, la nouvelle conférence de l’ONU sur le changement climatique. Mais à peine celle-ci a t-elle commencé que les doutes planent déjà sur les changements qu’elle pourrait apporter. En effet, bon nombre de spécialistes ont estimé que comme pour les précédentes conférences, aucun changement majeur n’est attendu ici. La prolongation du protocole de Kyoto datant de 1997 serait ainsi toujours menacée. Alors que, 15 ans plus tard, la calotte glaciaire arctique a atteint sa superficie la plus faible jamais mesurée, les pays ne parviennent toujours pas à se mettre d’accord sur les efforts environnementaux à mener, rapporte l’AFP.Contrairement  à l’économie mondiale qui régresse, la concentration de gaz à effet de serre dans l’atmosphère, elle, atteint un niveau record historiquement haut, indique l’Organisation météorologique mondiale. A tel point, que même si tous les pays respectaient leurs engagements actuels, la température mondiale augmenterait de toute manière de plus de 3°C d’ici 2100. Or, pour le Groupe intergouvernemental d’experts sur l’évolution du climat (Giec), un réchauffement de plus de 2°C entraînera une hausse du niveau des mers avec toutes les conséquences que cela suppose (inondations, sécheresses ou tempêtes plus fréquentes, notamment).”Chaque jour apporte des preuves supplémentaires que les engagements pris jusqu’à présent sont loin de ce qu’il faudrait et on ne peut pas attendre 2020 pour élever le niveau des ambitions”, a estimé Jennifer Morgan, du World Resources Institute à Washington. Pourtant, il y a assez peu à attendre de la réunion des 200 pays ou régions du monde participant aux discussions sur le changement climatique, qui se retrouvent du 26 novembre au 7 décembre à Doha, au Qatar.Le protocole de Kyoto, source de blocage supplémentaireÀ lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Malgré plusieurs sommets, le protocole de Kyoto qui sera caduc le 31 décembre prochain ne trouve pas de successeur et certains pays développés considèrent qu’il faut désormais tenir compte des nouveaux pays parmi les plus pollueurs comme la Chine. De son côté, Pékin “réclame encore quelques années pour continuer de croître avant de limiter ses émissions. Et cela convient aux Etats-Unis”, souligne Heike Schröder, de l’université anglaise East-Anglia. Bien entendu, les autres pays émergents qui souhaitent continuer à se développer sont également opposés à un nouvel accord qui pèserait sur eux.Ils espèrent en revanche obtenir à Doha la garantie de nouvelles aides financières pour les inciter à utiliser des énergies non fossiles, donc moins polluantes, après l’expiration d’un programme triennal de 10 milliards de dollars par an. Ajouté à cela, le Canada a récemment fait machine arrière en annonçant son retrait du protocole quand la Russie a également évoqué un éventuel retrait. En attendant, si la durée de vie du protocole de Kyoto n’est pas prolongée, il n’existera dès le 1er janvier 2013 plus aucune contrainte légale de réduction des émissions de gaz à effet de serre dans le monde. Une prévision qui inquiète les écologistes comme de nombreux pays.Face à ce risque, quelques acteurs ont décidé de réduire de leur propre initiative leurs émissions de gaz à effet de serre. C’est le cas notamment de l’Union européenne, de l’Australie et de l’Ukraine mais elles ne représentent ensemble que 12 à 14% des émissions mondiales, indique l’AFP. Jusqu’au 7 décembre, les discussions risquent donc d’être particulièrement animées à Doha. Reste à savoir si elles permettront tout de même d’arriver à des changements. Le 26 novembre 2012 à 13:43 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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UBM receives living wage accreditation

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first_imgUBM, which employs more than 750 staff in the UK, has been accredited as a living wage employer by the Living Wage Foundation.All those working at UBM’s UK premises, including permanent employees and third-party contractors and suppliers, will receive a minimum hourly wage of £8.25, and £9.15 in London.The living wage is a voluntary rate calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK. It is significantly higher than the national minimum wage of £6.70 an hour, and is distinct from the government’s statutory national living wage rate of £7.20, which will come into effect in April 2016 for employees aged 25 and over.Sarah Vero, director of the Living Wage Foundation, said: “We are delighted to welcome UBM to the living wage movement as an accredited employer. The best employers are now voluntarily signing up to pay the living wage which is a robust calculation that reflects the real cost of living, rewarding a hard day’s work with a fair day’s pay.”last_img read more

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Community Forms Advisory Committee to Enhance Support for Pine Bluff Arsenal

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first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR White Hall, the host community for Pine Bluff Arsenal, on Monday formed an advisory committee to bolster support for the central Arkansas facility by strengthening its ties with military leaders and working with state and federal lawmakers.After establishing the Mayor’s Military Affairs Advisory Committee, the city council appointed five community members to the group.“Our vision is to be recognized as a model defense community for strengthening our nation’s military and improving the quality of life for our citizens,” said Mayor Noel Foster.Foster said his decision to form the committee came in response to last month’s introduction of the 2016 Military Infrastructure Consolidation and Efficiency Act in the House. The legislation — sponsored by Rep. Adam Smith (Wash.), Rep. Sam Farr (Calif.) and five other House Democrats — would authorize a round of base closures in 2019 and incorporates a series reforms aimed at increasing congressional oversight and emphasizing savings intended to address lawmakers’ complaints about the escalating cost of implementing the 2005 round.“The Mayor’s Committee will support the Governor’s Task Force and set a strong foundation for protecting and expanding the arsenal’s military mission,” Foster said.The committee’s key priorities include:focusing attention on the needs of the arsenal and the community to support the Army’s mission;promoting and protecting the Army’s mission at Pine Bluff Arsenal;advising state and federal lawmakers on ways to support the arsenal’s mission;ensuring community support to retain and enhance environmental permits needed for arsenal operations; andimproving the quality of life for personnel at the arsenal.last_img read more

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IDay celebrated on grand note in Eluru

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first_imgEluru: Patriotic fervour prevailed everywhere as people participated in various programmes in connection with 73rd Independence Day on Thursday. Different political parties, government offices, educational institutions and other establishments celebrated Independence Day in a grand manner. At official programme arranged at Police Parade Grounds here, In-Charge Minister of district Pilli Subhash Chandra Bose participated as chief guest. Speaking on the occasion, he said State government’s Navaratnalu programme would bring a change in lives of the poor. The village volunteer system started delivering services under Navaratnalu in rural areas from Independence Day. For development of state, rural development plays a crucial role, he added. Cultural programmes were presented by groups of students from different educational institutions attracted the attention of people.last_img read more

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Rohingyas to be called forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals

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first_imgUntitled-15The Rohingya Muslims, who fled genocide by Myanmar authorities and took shelter in Bangladesh, cannot be officially called refugees.Rather, Dhaka will consider them as “forcibly displaced Myanmar nationals”.Disaster management and relief minister Mofazzal Hossain Chowdhury at a media briefing at his office on Thursday disclosed the government’s position on the Rohingyas who fled the persecution by the Myanmar security forces in the northern Rakhine state into Bangladesh.Secretary of the ministry Md. Shah Kamal later informed the foreign ministry asking it to call the Rohingyas in Bangladesh as the Myanmar nationals who have been evicted from their homes.The minister told newsmen that the number of such Rohingyas who came recently exceeded half a million.Rohingyas have been given shelter and accommodated in 23 camps and the government has allotted land for giving them shelter, said the minister.He added that so far some 61,000 Rohingyas have been registered biometrically and it will take two and half months to register all the Rohingyas.last_img read more

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Naogaon youth confesses to raping girl after killing her mother

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first_imgA young man, who was arrested for raping a girl after killing her mother at Dariapur village in Manda upazila, reportedly confessed before a court in Naogaon on Wednesday to his crime, reports UNB.Senior judicial magistrate Sirajul Islam recorded the confessional statement of Samiul Islam Sagar, said officer-in-charge of Manda police station Mozaffar Hossain, also investigation officer of the case filed over the incident.He, however, declined to elaborate further for the sake of investigation.The court also sent Sagar, 22, to jail, he said.Police said Sagar had an affair with the rape victim. On Monday night, the girl and her mother Nasima Akter Sathi, 40, were sleeping in their house when Sagar came in. Sathi’s husband Emdadul Haque works as a night guard at a farm in Natore.Sagar went to victim’s house with an intention to kill her as their relationship was going through a bad patch.Sathi woke up hearing an argument between her daughter and Sagar in the middle of the night. The youth stabbed her with a knife and slit her throat. He then raped the girl threatening to kill her.Police arrested the young man soon after the incident.last_img read more

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Cardinal Pell appeals child sex conviction

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first_imgA protestor holding placards opposing the Catholic Church protests outside the Victorian Supreme court where Australian Cardinal George Pell has a hearing in Melbourne on 5 June. Photo: AFPJailed Australian cardinal George Pell launched an appeal Wednesday against his landmark conviction for child sex abuse, branding the charges against him as “bizarre” and “impossible”.Pell, 77, left his prison cell under police guard to attend the two-day hearing, battling his conviction in December on five counts of sexually assaulting two choirboys in Melbourne’s St Patrick’s Cathedral in 1996 and 1997.The Vatican’s former number three — who managed the church’s vast finances and helped elect two popes — was sentenced in March to six years in prison, becoming the most senior Catholic ever jailed for child sex abuse.Wearing his clerical collar and a black suit, Pell took notes of the proceedings as his lawyer, Bret Walker, detailed a long “catalogue” of elements he said should have prevented his client’s conviction.Walker argued mainly that Pell’s jury verdict was unreasonably based on the testimony of a single surviving victim and that the judge in his trial unfairly disallowed defence evidence.Pell’s second victim died of a drug overdose in 2014 and never officially disclosed the abuse.Walker said the timing of the assaults in the cathedral and its sacristy following Sunday masses was “impossible” given the dates and Pell’s publicly verified movements on the days in question.Walker said Pell was mingling with congregants at the western door of the cathedral when the abuse purportedly took place. “The word is alibi,” Walker said, adding that the entire case against the cardinal amounted to a “bizarre unlikelihood”.Pell and his legal team also claim it was not possible for the two choirboys to have left their group unnoticed or for any sexual assault in the sacristy to have gone undetected when the cathedral was busy following mass.The appeal was being heard by three judges of Victoria State’s Supreme Court: chief justice Anne Ferguson, president of the Court of Appeal Chris Maxwell and justice Mark Weinberg.The hearing is scheduled to continue until Thursday before the three judges make a decision on his case, a process that could take several weeks.They could reject the appeal, order a retrial or acquit Pell. Any ruling could be appealed further to Australia’s High Court.Breathtakingly arrogantPrior to Wednesday’s hearing, the three judges visited Saint Patrick’s cathedral to understand the evidence that was considered by the jury, a court spokesman said.A first trial in Pell’s case last year ended in a hung jury. He was convicted in December at the end of a second trial, during which the judge, Peter Kidd, described the cleric’s crimes as “brazen”, “nasty” and a “breathtakingly arrogant” abuse of power.Both trials were hidden from the public until a wide-ranging gag order was lifted in February after a second tranche of charges against Pell, involving alleged incidents in a swimming pool in his home town of Ballarat in the 1970s were dropped.Jeremy Gans, a criminal justice expert at the University of Melbourne, said before Wednesday’s hearing that there was “a good chance that Pell will succeed” in his appeal.”It’s unusual for such convictions to be based solely on the account of the victim, with no other evidence of the accused’s guilt whatsoever,” he said.”And it’s especially unusual for that to happen when there was a second victim (who) never spoke of any abuse and cannot testify.”That doesn’t mean Pell is innocent or that the jury made a mistake. It just means that the appeal court is likely to find that the jury’s verdict is an unsafe verdict.”Outside court on Wednesday, victims of church sex abuse were distressed by the spectre of Pell being acquitted on appeal.”The judges and the barristers will play with words,” said Joseph Mitchell. “They haven’t taken any notice of the jury. So here we go again. We’ve just been treated like a pack of fools.”Pell, an outspoken conservative, enjoyed a meteoric rise through the ranks of the church, from a pastor in rural Australia to being one of the pope’s closest advisers.During his trial under the court-ordered veil of secrecy, the Vatican gradually removed him from top Church bodies with little explanation.Shortly after his conviction, Pell was removed from the so-called C9 Council of Cardinals that are effectively the Pope’s cabinet and inner circle of advisers.The Vatican dropped him as the Church’s finance chief and opened its own probe into his actions after his conviction was made public in February.The investigation could result in a canonical trial and Pell’s expulsion from the priesthood.last_img read more

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2 cars crash at local shopping centre

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first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there! There was a crash this morning (June 15) at a drive-through at a local shopping centre.The crash involved two cars, a red BMW and a white VW Polo.Read also: Breaking News: 9 dead in horror crash between taxi and bakkie outside LadysmithAlso read: Update: Road open after fatal crash on N11No injuries were reported.The cause of the crash is unknown at this stage.last_img

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