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ECJ rejects Stanleybet Italian tax complaint

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first_imgLegal & compliance AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter ECJ rejects Stanleybet Italian tax complaint Stanleybet has failed in its bid to have an €8m tax bill in Italy dismissed on the grounds of discrimination, following a ruling from the European Court of Justice.The European Union’s highest court ruled that Italy is legally able to impose tax bills on overseas-based operators who take money from Italian customers.The long-running case, which dates back to 2016, was referred to the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice (CJEU) by Italy’s tax authorities after Stanleybet Malta queried a tax bill based on transactions that took place between 2011 and 2016.The court ruled on Wednesday that because the tax “applies to all operators who manage bets collected on Italian territory, without making a distinction on the basis of the place of establishment of those operators…the imposition of that tax on Stanleybet Malta cannot be regarded as discriminatory.”While Stanleybet claimed it was being taxed twice – both in Malta and Italy – the court held that countries are not obligated to alter their own systems to ensure such anomalies within the EU do not occur. The five-judge panel said EU member states are allowed to impose taxes as they see fit, so long as the assessments comply with law.Stanleybet is yet to comment on the ruling.The Stanleybet taxation case will now be returned to the Italian national courts for a final ruling.Stanleybet Group is present in Belgium, Cyprus, Denmark, Italy, Malta and the UK where it operates in B2C market with a total of over 2,000 branches and 3,000 employees. The group is also present in Croatia, Germany, Nigeria, and Romania, with its B2B brand, Magellan Robotech.In 2018 Stanleybet lost its challenge against Italy’s lottery monopoly after the European Court of Justice ruled the country’s Customs & Monopolies Agency’s (ADM) model of issuing a single concession for the vertical was legal.Image: katarina_dzurekova Stanleybet has failed in its bid to have an €8m tax bill in Italy dismissed on the grounds of discrimination, following a ruling from the European Court of Justice. Regions: Europe Southern Europe Italycenter_img Topics: Legal & compliance Sports betting 28th February 2020 | By contenteditor Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

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RIP: The Rev. Frank Earl Wismer III

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first_img Obituary, Rector Collierville, TN Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Shreveport, LA Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Featured Events New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books 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 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Rector Albany, NY Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Tampa, FL Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA 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 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Hopkinsville, KY The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Tags Featured Jobs & Calls Submit a Job Listing Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Belleville, IL Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Press Release Service Rector Washington, DC Submit a Press Release An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET RIP: The Rev. Frank Earl Wismer III Norwalk rector was a retired colonel in the US Army Reserve Rector Bath, NC Submit an Event Listing Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR People Rector Smithfield, NC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 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 Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Youth Minister Lorton, VA Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Posted May 15, 2013 Associate Rector Columbus, GA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Martinsville, VA Curate Diocese of Nebraska Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Pittsburgh, PA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH [Adzima Funeral Home] The Rev. Frank Earl Wismer III (Ret. Col. U.S. Army Reserve), age 65, of Stratford, beloved husband of Patricia McClaren Coller, passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2013 in St. Vincent’s Medical Center.The Rev. Wismer, Vicar of Christ Episcopal Church in Norwalk, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Nancy Macfarland Wismer of PA, and the late Frank E. Wismer. He was a graduate of the University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth and Yale Divinity School, and has been ordained in the Episcopal Church for forty years, serving parishes in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Vermont, Massachusetts and Connecticut. He was also retired from the U.S. Army Reserve, serving his country for 25 years, which included deployments in Iraq and Kuwait.Frank was a Bagpiper and was an avid collector of Antique Cars and a member of the Connecticut Seaport Car Club. Survivors in addition to his beloved wife and mother include his children Jennifer and Zachary Wismer of Delaware, a sister Meg Wismer, and a niece Beckie Licwinko and great-nephew Aedan, of PA, 2 step children Casey Coller and his wife Grace of MA, and Stephanie Denig and her husband Nicholas of Stratford, and 2 step-grandchildren Sydney and Rose. Funeral services will take place on Saturday, May 18th at 11 am in Christ Episcopal Church 2 Emerson Street East Norwalk; CT.Interment with Full Military Honors will take place in Arlington National Cemetery at a time to be announced. Friends may call on Friday from 4-7 p.m. in the Adzima Funeral Home 50 Paradise Green Place Stratford. In lieu of flowers those desiring may make donations to Christ Church 2 Emerson St East Norwalk, CT. 06855last_img read more

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Midweek Madness – A Leopard hits Western Province down south

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first_imgWednesday Jul 27, 2011 Midweek Madness – A Leopard hits Western Province down south The Currie Cup is well under way in South Africa, with two rounds of play already having taken place. Here is a quick, funny clip from the match between the Leopards and Western Province that is user submitted and worth checking out. Over the years the call has gone out to you, the rugby loving fans, to get in touch whenever you spot something you think should be shared with the rest of us around the world. It’s your valuable input that drives the site, and can determine what does and doesn’t get featured. This was the case today when I received an email from someone who had watched this low key game in round two, a mismatch that Western Province (predominantly the Stormers in Super Rugby) played against the Leopards in Potchefstroom. Province picked up their first win of the campaign, coming away with a convincing 47-9 scoreline. Early in the second half the frustration began to show for the home side, as is evident in the below clip when number eight Morne Hanekom tossed the ball in the direction of South African u20 flanker Siya Kolisi. Unfortunately for Kolisi, he wasn’t looking at the time. Whether it was deliberate or not, referee Pro Legoete – who infamously pinned Waratahs Pat O’Connor for a headbutt earlier in the season – took exception to it, and actually penalised Hanekom for deliberate foul play. There’s something really funny and bizarre about the whole situation, so take a look and see for yourself. Also, remember that if you watch a lot of games, make note of when certain things happen and get in touch so we can check them out, and hopefully share here on RD.Time: 01:13 ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Funnies , See it to Believe it Related Articles 29 WEEKS AGO WATCH: American reacts to brilliant Nigel… 29 WEEKS AGO Video of John Kirwan apologising while wearing… 30 WEEKS AGO Simon Zebo reveals how ‘absolute lunatic’… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingShe Was the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. What She Looks Like Now is InsaneNueey30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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DQ House / Torres arquitetos associados

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first_imgCopyAbout this officeTorres arquitetos associadosOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesPorto AlegreResidential ArchitectureOn FacebookBrazilPublished on October 07, 2019Cite: “DQ House / Torres arquitetos associados” [Residência DQ / Torres arquitetos associados] 07 Oct 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemWindowsMitrexSolar WindowMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialMetal PanelsDri-DesignMetal Panels – CopperIn architectureSikaBuilding Envelope SystemsExterior DeckingLunawoodThermowood DeckingMembranesEffisusFaçade Protection – Breather+Metal PanelsPure + FreeFormCustom Metal Cladding – Legacy Fund 1 BuildingWood Boards / HPL PanelsInvestwoodWood Fiber Partition Walls – ValchromatDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile FILO 10 Vertical Pivot Door | BrezzaSkylightsFAKROEnergy-efficient roof window FTT ThermoToilets / BidetsBritexToilets – Accessible Centurion PanMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?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 Brazil Architects: Torres arquitetos associados Area Area of this architecture project ArchDaily CopyHouses•Porto Alegre, Brazil Houses Photographs Photographs:  Marcelo Donadussi Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Alberto Torres, Audrey Bello Ramos DQ House / Torres arquitetos associadosSave this projectSaveDQ House / Torres arquitetos associadosSave this picture!© Marcelo Donadussi+ 22Curated by Matheus Pereira Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/925940/dq-house-torres-arquitetos-assossiados Clipboard Engineering:Lgi BuildingLandscape:Y.DesignDesign Team:Fabricio Lessa, Rodrigo Gomes, Adriana FleckCity:Porto AlegreCountry:BrazilMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Marcelo DonadussiRecommended ProductsWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsDoorsSolarluxBi-Folding Doors – EcolineText description provided by the architects. To create the character of this residence, we sought to make an architectural object of great sobriety and simplicity, which was balanced and rigorous, where the different materials employed are shown in their essence, without intermediaries. The residence starts from a large rectangular brick prism perched on concrete blades that organize the spaces. Save this picture!© Marcelo DonadussiFrom this prism, volumes are subtracted where the openings and balconies of the second floor occur. The closure of the house on the ground floor is made of glass, maintaining the transparency and the interior and exterior relationship, resulting in a fluid, warm and dynamic interior space, flooded with natural light.Save this picture!© Marcelo DonadussiThe ground floor houses the social life of the residence in a large and integrated space, with a succession of single and double height ceilings. The intimate area is separated and isolated on the upper floor, the solid block of bricks, in contrast to the more fluid social life on the ground floor. Save this picture!© Marcelo DonadussiSave this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© Marcelo DonadussiThe upper floor is distributed in two separate cores, the couple’s and the children’s, which are connected by a walkway. In the stairway, a void integrates the two floors, generating a wide and illuminated circulation area.Save this picture!© Marcelo DonadussiProject gallerySee allShow lessColvin Florist / Roman Izquierdo BouldstridgeSelected ProjectsBrooks + Scarpa and KMF Design New Expansion to Florida’s Mennello MuseumArchitecture News Sharecenter_img Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Dalmax, Portinari “COPY” Year:  2018 Lead Architects: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/925940/dq-house-torres-arquitetos-assossiados Clipboard Projects Area:  659 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project DQ House / Torres arquitetos associados “COPY”last_img read more

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EPA Grants ‘Hardship Waiver’ to Billionaire Icahn

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first_img Reuters is reporting that The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has granted a financial hardship waiver to an oil refinery owned by billionaire Carl Icahn, a former adviser to President Donald Trump, exempting the Oklahoma facility from requirements of the Renewable Fuels Standard. The waiver enables Icahn’s CVR Energy Inc. to avoid tens of millions of dollars in costs to be compliant with the RFS.An early supporter of Trump’s 2016 presidential run, Icahn had met with Pruitt when Pruitt was being vetted in late 2016 for the EPA administrator job, according to news reports at the time. Icahn stepped down from his position as special regulatory adviser to the Republican president last August after lawmakers cited potential ethical problems in his dual role as an adviser and an investor. He is currently under investigation by the U.S. Justice Department for his role in influencing biofuels policy while serving as Trump’s adviser. Some U.S. lawmakers have expressed concern that Icahn may have used his presidential access to benefit his investments, a charge Icahn has rejected.Pruitt told reporters last week that he is following the RFS statute as written.“I can’t emphasize enough that the granting of the small refinery exemptions is objectively determined. It’s not policy. It’s not subjective. There are criteria that we have to consider. DOE data, the amount produced on a daily basis, it’s a facility-by-facility review. All that is driven objectively, and then we make an informed decision based upon that data. It’s that simple.”EPA spokeswoman Liz Bowman told Reuters that the agency does not comment on specific refineries. “But, what I can tell you is that the criteria used to grant waivers has not changed since previous administrations,” Bowman added.18 farm-state senators from both sides of the aisle, including Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly, penned another letter to EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. In their letter, the senators make two specific requests. First, they ask the EPA Administrator to provide an expected timeline for an administrative Reid Vapor Pressure or RVP waiver. Second, they request the agency allow for the sale of E-15 during the upcoming summer driving season in the meantime.Growth Energy CEO Emily Skor released the following statement:“Carl Icahn interviewed Scott Pruitt for the job, and now Icahn stands to make millions more from a secret EPA handout. This is just one more example of the EPA taking money out of the pockets of American farmers and undermining President Trump’s promises to rural communities. The EPA is giving refineries everything they want, at the expense of rural families, while refusing to move forward on the President’s pledge to lift barriers against year-round sales of E15.“Congress and the White House need to rein in EPA and return the agency to serving the president’s promised agenda, including growth in biofuel production and rural job creation.” Facebook Twitter EPA Grants ‘Hardship Waiver’ to Billionaire Icahn SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Apr 30, 2018 SHARE Facebook Twitter Home Energy EPA Grants ‘Hardship Waiver’ to Billionaire Icahn Previous articleNAFTA Negotiations Continue and the TPP Moving Forward Without USNext articleFarmers Encouraged to engAGe with USFRA App Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

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“Lonesome Dove” cast reunites after 27 years

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first_imgReddIt Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ Facebook Lonesome Dove stars Robert Duvall (Cpt. Augustus McCrae), Ricky Schroder (Newt Dobbs), Chris Cooper (July Johnson) and Danny Glover (Joshua Deets) were featured in the “Remembering Lonesome Dove” panel. Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ TCU social work majors go into the field to help support Fort Worth’s homeless ‘Liters for Life’ student campaign raises funds for global water crisis Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods ‘The Big Switch:’ Student spends a day in the chancellor’s shoes Lead On committee co-chairs share goals with students printIt’s been 27 years since “Lonesome Dove” premiered on CBS, and the cast and crew reunited in Fort Worth as part of The Lonesome Dove Reunion and Trail.The reunion features a series of exhibitions and meet-and-greets that celebrate the popular Western miniseries.“Lonesome Dove,” based on Larry McMurtry’s novel, is about aging Texas rangers Cpt. Woodrow Call and Cpt. Augustus McCrae, who brave the open plains to herd a team of cattle from Texas to Montana.The series won seven Emmys and two Golden Globes in 1989 (including Best Miniseries and Best Actor) among other awards.TCU hosted a panel of actors featuring Robert Duvall, Ricky Schroder, Chris Cooper and Danny Glover, who talked with executive producer Suzanne de Passe about their roles and the Western epic’s enduring legacy. ReddIt Shane Battis “I remember it distinctly,” Duvall said about landing the starring role of Cpt. McCrae. “It was something special.”De Passe, praised Duvall for his performance several times and said it’s unthinkable to even consider anyone else playing the beloved character. The crowd audibly agreed with a chorus of approving grunts.Robert Duvall and Ricky Schroder on a “Lonesome Dove” set in 1988.As unthinkable as it may be to the fans, Duvall explained about how he was originally offered the role of Cpt. Call. He said it was his now ex-wife who pushed him to play Call’s companion after introducing him to McMurtry’s book.Duvall said he refused to play anyone other than McCrae and convinced James Garner, who had already been offered the part, to hand the reins over in just a few hours.Schroder, who played the young cowboy Newt Dobbs, talked about how he wasn’t interested in what he deems his defining role at first. The then 18-year-old actor said he wanted to take a break from acting after starring in the show “Silver Spoons” for five years, and he had a horse allergy to boot.Schroder eventually accepted the role from director Simon Wincer (who promised to have Schroder’s horse washed to ease the allergies) and said he “fell in love with the culture and the lifestyle” of the West and later bought a ranch in Colorado.Schroder, the youngest panelist, repeatedly joked with the 85-year-old Duvall about his age to the delight of the chuckling audience. Duvall responded with good humor.“The older the violin, the sweeter the music,” Duvall said, reciting his character’s motto.For Schroder, however, the nostalgic reunion was bittersweet.The iconic Lonesome Dove town, he said, had been torn down to a pile of wood boards by the time he returned the visit the old set in south Texas.“It’s gone,” Schroder said. “Now it only lives in ‘Lonesome Dove’ film and photographs and in our memories.”Audience members sporting cowboy hats, boots, duster coats and fringe leather jackets erupted into a standing ovation as soon as the cast stepped on stage. They chuckled at the panelist’s banter and choked back tears when heart-wrenching scenes from the series, like the death of Cpt. Augustus McCrae and Joshua Deets were played on the ballroom’s large screens.Chris Cooper, who played Arkansas Sheriff July Johnson, was emotional too. He dabbed his eyes with a napkin while watching the scene where Johnson finally found his runaway wife after months of searching.That tearful monologue, Cooper said, was his audition scene that he “worked [his] ass off” to perfect.Some of the cowboys from Lonesome Dove: Timothy Scott, Robert Urich, Tommy Lee Jones, D.B. Sweeney, Robert Duvall, Danny Glover and Ricky Schroder.Danny Glover, who played Deets, said that was the first time he’d watched his character’s death scene since the premiere in 1989.Although Glover may not look back at his work, his southern fans are there to remind him.“I tell you, when I come within three states of Texas, someone says something about ‘Lonesome Dove’,” Glover said. “It’s like a national anthem.”Duvall has also heard from Texans who still cherish the film 27 years later. He said he met a woman in Texas who watches ‘Lonesome Dove’ with her family once a year and refused to let her daughter marry her fiancé until he’d seen it.Mayor Betsy Price, a long time fan of the miniseries, said Fort Worth was chosen to host the reunion because “we are the home of cowboys and culture, both of which ‘Lonesome Dove’ celebrates.”Schroder said the story can be passed down to future generations.“There’s something to learn from Gus and Call, even today,” he said.Visit the Lonesome Dove Reunion and Trail event calendar for more information on upcoming exhibits featuring costumes, props, and photographs from the making of “Lonesome Dove.” Shane Battishttps://www.tcu360.com/author/shane-battis/ Linkedin Facebook Twitter Linkedin Office of Religious and Spiritual Life affirms Muslim students in light of online threats Previous article“Moore” than a Horned Frog uniformNext articleTCU beats TCU, 13-7, in spring football game Shane Battis RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The Leap: 10 April Fool’s pranks to try this year + posts Twitterlast_img read more

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Maldives : RSF backs crowdfunding for murdered Maldivian blogger

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first_img As the Maldivian authorities have not as yet begun conducting any credible enquiries into Rasheed’s death, his friends and colleagues are trying to raise funds with the aim of launching an impartial investigation. News News RSF_en News July 15, 2020 Find out more September 12, 2018 Find out more MaldivesAsia – Pacific ImpunityFreedom of expression Link to the Justice For Yameen webpage Maldivian president’s comms chief accused of sexually harassing journalist The Maldivian government’s passivity in this case recalls its response to the August 2014 disappearance of Ahmed Rilwan, a journalist with Minivan News (since renamed Maldives Independent). The authorities confirmed that he was kidnapped but failed to arrest the perpetrators. June 2, 2017 – Updated on August 23, 2019 Maldives : RSF backs crowdfunding for murdered Maldivian blogger “All free speech defenders should join in this solidarity gesture and contribute to the quest for justice for Yameen Rasheed. His brutal murder must not be in vain. This crowdfunding project is the best way to honour the memory of a courageous blogger and advocate of freedoms and tolerance.” An influential blogger and human rights campaigner, Rasheed, 29, was stabbed to death in his apartment building on 23 April. He edited a news website that covered government corruption and he had reported receiving death threats to the local police, who did not react. Maldives is ranked 117th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2017 World Press Freedom Index, after falling five places in a year. Follow the news on Maldives RSF calls for open trial of Maldivian blogger’s accused murderers Rasheed’s family previously appealed to the authorities to allocate significant resources to the investigation – with little success. This fund-raising aims to support their request. MaldivesAsia – Pacific ImpunityFreedom of expression News Receive email alerts to go further RSF seeks press freedom pledges from Maldives presidential candidates The Justice For Yameen webpage says: “We acknowledge the Maldives Police Service’s ongoing investigation, and welcome any and all credible progress made on the case. However, given the history of the police’s actions in similar investigations and their negligence in relation to the many death threats against Yameen which he reported, we feel we must continue to call upon the authorities to ensure an independent investigation into his murder.” “We would like to reaffirm our support for Yameen Rasheed’s family and friends,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “Maldives continues to suffer from the curse of impunity, as evidenced by Ahmed Rilwan’s disappearance, and we must not rely on the Maldivian police.” Help by sharing this information Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) supports the #WeAreYaamyn crowdfunding campaign launched by the friends and colleagues of Yameen Rasheed, a blogger and citizen-journalist who was murdered a month ago, and calls on the government to end the impunity that media freedom’s enemies enjoy in Maldives. April 23, 2018 Find out morelast_img read more

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Ram Jethmalani : Extremely Charismatic, Sternly Majestic And Exceptionally Erudite Lawyer – A Tribute To My Mentor

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first_imgColumnsRam Jethmalani : Extremely Charismatic, Sternly Majestic And Exceptionally Erudite Lawyer – A Tribute To My Mentor Tanvi Dubey8 Sep 2020 2:31 AMShare This – xWords are not enough to describe this fearless, courageous, outspoken and unapologetic personality. To say that he led an illustrious life, would be an understatement. My first meeting with Ram Sir was as a law student, who was extremely fortunate to get an opportunity to intern with the legal legend himself. On the first day of my internship, I was informed that I need to…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?LoginWords are not enough to describe this fearless, courageous, outspoken and unapologetic personality. To say that he led an illustrious life, would be an understatement. My first meeting with Ram Sir was as a law student, who was extremely fortunate to get an opportunity to intern with the legal legend himself. On the first day of my internship, I was informed that I need to accompany Ram Sir to the Patiala House Court, where he was going for a cross-examination. Having heard a lot about his incisive art of cross examination, I was extremely curious and delighted to witness the same. While on our way to the court, he asked me whether it was the first cross examination which I was witnessing. To which I replied in affirmative. Upon hearing so, he said lets chat after the cross-examination session. When he entered the court premises, every lawyer who saw him, even if from a distance, rushed to him to either shake hands or touch his feet. And when he started the cross-examination, I was awestruck to witness the dedication and commitment with which he continued to cross examine for almost 3 hours, at a stretch and mind you I am talking about the period when he was 90 plus. While on our way back to office, he asked me what was it that I noticed during cross examination. I told him everything that I took a note of. He told me “..this is a skill you acquire through long experience and long introspection..If somebody wants to really read what interesting cross-examination can be, you should read the cross-examination of Mr Oscar Wilde in his defamation case which was filed against (Lord Alfred) Douglas’ father…”. Days went by and while my association continued with his chamber, I saw in him a role model and a mentor. Each meeting with him taught me a new lesson, which not only helped me understand the basic nuances of law but also helped me learn several life changing lessons. There was always somebody who needed his help, and he would help everyone in the best way, he possibly could-such was his magnanimity. I’m sure there are hundreds of people who have many such stories about the phenomenon that was Ram Jethmalani-who earned reverence in the greatest measures. From his way of reading and interpreting the provisions of criminal law in a totally unique manner to the knack of making innovative arguments as a budding lawyer, I learnt thousands of skills just by observing him. In his briefings, I saw him meticulously examining each detail in the matter and also saw him questioning the Client even on the minutest details of his case, so as to get absolute clarity on the facts of the case. He came up with a hidden conclusion and an argument from the devilish details leaving the rest of us marvelling at the man’s foresight and intellect.Also Read : A Fitting Tribute To Ram Jethmalani Will Be To Complete His Battle Against Black Money For him the courtroom was a stage and he was an actor. He bought empathy and passion in every case he fought for. His way of framing an argument and also presenting it- was undoubtedly magical- one would witness the same by seeing pin-drop silence in a crowded court room, when Ram Sir started his argument. He had absolute clarity in his arguments and also presented them in the most understandable manner. The energy with which he would argue a matter was also because of an extremely healthy routine that he followed all his life and also the small and short meals, which he used to have. He followed the wag’s dictum with great discipline- breakfast like a King; lunch like a Prince and dinner like a pauper. Even in his 90’s, he used to also play badminton, every morning. His love for legal education, students and law universities had no boundaries. He was a completely self-made, reaching Mumbai practically penniless and yet making it big by his wit, tenacity, determination and back-breaking hard-work. Ram Sir was definitely larger than life. From Independence, to emergency, to Rajiv Gandhi assassination to 2 G Scam- you name any crucial event or a high profile matter and his name is there. It would be apt to say that he saw India growing, which was also reflected in many of his arguments. I fondly remember the day, when he himself gave a copy of his biography “Maverick, Unchanged, Unrepentant” with a note which read “…If you have chosen this profession..be prepared to put in relentless amount of effort and hard work..there is no substitute to hard work and there is absolute delight in putting your best efforts in what you are doing.” These words motivated me when I started my journey as a young lawyer and will continue to be the guiding light for the years to come. I have no words to thank him for the role he has played in my life as a mentor, role model and an inspiration. Although he is not with us anymore but I am sure his principles and his teachings will guide us for the years to come. In fond memory of Mr. Ram Jethmalani on his first death anniversary. His dedicated student- Tanvi DubeyViews are personal only. Next Storylast_img read more

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Lawsuit filed against FAA in stunt plane crash that killed TV news anchor

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first_imgdomnicky/iStockBy BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News(NEW ORLEANS) — The family of a New Orleans TV newscaster who was killed in a stunt plane crash a year ago has filed a $23 million lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration claiming the agency cleared the aircraft to fly despite allegedly knowing of its history of mechanical problems.The husband of Nancy Parker, a veteran anchor for Fox affiliate station WVUE-TV, filed the wrongful death lawsuit in U.S. District Court in New Orleans on behalf of himself and their three children.Parker, 53, and pilot Franklin J.P. Augustus, 69, were killed on Aug. 16, 2019, when the Aerotek Pitts S-2B aircraft, registered to Drug Fighter LLC, crashed shortly after taking off from New Orleans’ Lakefront Airport. Parker and Augustus were the only two people aboard the biplane, which was scheduled to do skywriting stunts, officials said.Parker’s husband, Glen Boyd, claims in the lawsuit that FAA workers were aware of airplane’s “lengthy and well-known history of substandard maintenance, mechanical problems and scant flight time” when they cleared the flight for takeoff, according to the lawsuit that was filed on Aug. 6.Despite allegedly knowing of the maintenance and operational problems with the aircraft, “appropriate steps were not taken by FAA officials to ensure [the plane] was airworthy prior to clearing the aircraft for flight,” according to the lawsuit.The lawsuit did not specify the maintenance history of the aircraft or cite specific evidence proving the FAA was aware of any alleged history of mechanical problems.A placard had been placed in the aircraft in November 1983 warning that its smoke skywriting system should only be used on solo flights, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit also states the plane had been modified with a 14-gallon auxiliary fuel tank under the passenger seat in February 1992.According to the lawsuit, Parker was not notified by the FAA or employees at the Lakefront Airport of the “foreseeable risk of harm to life and limb associated with flying in the aircraft” nor was she advised of the plane’s history of mechanical problems prior to boarding the aircraft.On the day of the crash, the flight was delayed from taking off for several hours because of “mechanical problems with the aircraft’s engine which negatively impacted engine performance and safety of flight,” the lawsuit reads.Parker, who won multiple Emmy awards as a journalist, was filming a piece on the stunt plane with Augustus to honor the Tuskegee Airmen, a pioneering group of Black pilots who fought in World War II.Shortly after takeoff, Augustus radioed the Lakefront Airport’s air-traffic control tower requesting immediate clearance to return to the airport but did not specify why, according to a preliminary investigative report from the National Transportation Safety Board. As Augustus attempted to return to the airport, the plane made a sharp descent and crashed into an open field bursting into flames, according to the NTSB report.The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the NTSB. Shortly after the crash, the NTSB said the investigation could take 12 to 24 months before a determination of probable cause for the crash is issued.FAA officials declined to comment on the lawsuit.An initial statement from the FAA said the stunt plane was manufactured in 1983 and “crashed under unknown circumstances” in an empty field about a half-mile south of the Lakefront Airport.“The NTSB will lead the investigation, and the FAA’s investigation will become part of the NTSB’s series of reports,” the statement reads.The federal government has 60 days from the date the lawsuit filed to respond, according to court records.In a Facebook tribute to his wife shortly after her death, Boyd, who works as a spokesman for the Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, Sheriff’s Office, described her as an “an amazing human,” an “awesome mother” and “a master of her craft.”“I loved her and she loved me,” wrote Boyd, who was married to Parker for 26 years. “We were best friends.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Saudi Aramco secures EC approval for $69bn stake acquisition in SABIC

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first_img Saudi Aramco signed a deal in March 2019 to acquire majority stake in SABIC. (Credit: Saudi Arabian Oil Co.) Saudi Aramco has secured an unconditional approval from the European Commission (EC) for its proposed 70% stake acquisition in Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) for SAR259.12bn ($69.07bn).The majority stake in the Saudi Arabian petrochemical company is being acquired by the oil and gas company from the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia (PIF).Announced about a year ago, the transaction now has unconditional approvals across all jurisdictions in which pre-notification antitrust filings are needed.According to Saudi Aramco, the closing of the proposed acquisition remains subject to the meeting of the remaining customary closing conditions contained in the share purchase agreement.Saudi Aramco will not look to fully acquire SABICAs per the share purchase deal signed in March 2019, Saudi Aramco will be buying the stake in SABIC at SAR123.39 ($32.89) per share. The remaining 30% stake in the petrochemical company includes publicly traded shares that have been omitted from the deal.At the time of signing the deal, Saudi Aramco disclosed that it had no plans to take over the remaining shares.Founded in 1976, SABIC has operations across more than 50 countries. The petrochemical manufacturer operates 64 manufacturing and compounding facilities located in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and the Americas.The company’s total production volume for the year 2018 from its various business units totaled 75 million metric tons. Its products include ethylene, methanol, ethylene glycol, MTBE, polyethylene, and engineering plastics and its derivatives.SABIC, which has more than 33,000 employees across the world, had $5.7bn in net profits in the year 2018. Its assets were worth $85bn at the end of 2018.The company, at the time of the deal announcement, said that its acquisition by Saudi Aramco will be an important pillar in the development of the Saudi Arabian petrochemicals industry. Apart from that, the deal is expected to strengthen Saudi Aramco’s place among the largest integrated energy and chemical companies in the world. Announced about a year ago, Saudi Aramco’s proposed acquisition of the majority stake in SABIC now has unconditional approvals across all jurisdictions in which pre-notification antitrust filings are neededlast_img read more

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