NH Lottery vendor blasts DOJ over Wire Act ‘charade’

first_img Regions: US New Hampshire Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter NH Lottery vendor blasts DOJ over Wire Act ‘charade’ Email Address 3rd May 2019 | By contenteditor NeoPollard Interactive, the vendor for the New Hampshire Lottery, has hit out at the Department of Justice (DOJ) for its uncertainty over whether the Wire Act applies to interstate and online lotteries, calling for the “charade to end”.center_img Legal & compliance NeoPollard Interactive, the vendor for the New Hampshire Lottery, has hit out at the Department of Justice (DOJ) over its uncertainty as to whether the Wire Act applies to interstate and online lotteries, calling for the “charade to end”.The DOJ is in the process of reviewing whether the 1961 Wire Act covers state lotteries and their vendors, having already made several statements on the case this year.In January, the DOJ revised its 2011 ruling on the Wire Act to state that the law’s prohibition applies to all forms of gambling and not just sports betting. However, the DOJ last month said that this revised stance does not address the legality of interstate and online lotteries.The April filing came in response to a legal challenge from New Hampshire over the revised opinion, and NeoPollard has now made a further filing on the matter in New Hampshire District Court.In its filing, NeoPollard said the Wire Act is a criminal statute that imposes severe penalties, including lengthy terms of imprisonment, on violators and that the authority of the existing Act should not be understated.NeoPollard also notes that violations of the Act can serve as predicates for criminal prosecution under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organisations Act, which carries longer prison sentences.“This charade must end,” the filing said. “The plain truth is that whatever the Department might later conclude, there is no definitive case law to conclude that vendors to state lotteries such as NeoPollard can be categorically removed from the ambit of the Wire Act.“The only path forward for NeoPollard is that charted by the Department’s 2011 opinion: a conclusion that the Wire Act is limited to sports betting.“The Department’s recent interpretive gymnastics make clear that only a declaratory judgment from this Court, not further discretionary forbearance from prosecution, and certainly not a new opinion from the Office of Legal Counsel, can relieve NeoPollard from the threat of criminal liability and the many collateral consequences that flow from that.”NeoPollard goes on to say in the filing that the court should resolve its claim for a declaratory judgment that the Wire Act does not apply beyond sports gambling, saying there is no support for excluding state vendors from the Wire Act’s sweep.“NeoPollard has sought a declaratory judgment that the Wire Act covers only sports gambling, and they are entitled to that relief,” the filing added.The New Hampshire Lottery maintains that the revised opinion could force it to withdraw certain games, resulting in the loss of around $90m (£69.1m/€80.6m) for the state each year.A ban on interstate gambling transmissions could cut sales by 25% per year, while a ban on multi-state games such as Powerball is likely to reduce lottery revenue by up to $80m per annum, the lottery stated in its lawsuit filed in February. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Legal & compliance Lottery Sports bettinglast_img read more

Umeme Limited (UMME.ke) HY2018 Interim Report

first_imgUmeme Limited (UMME.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the half year.For more information about Umeme Limited (UMME.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Umeme Limited (UMME.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Umeme Limited (UMME.ke)  2018 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileUmeme Limited is a power utility company managing the distribution of electricity, electricity supply and after-sales service in Uganda and power sharing with Africa sub-regions. Its electricity distribution division manages the operation, maintenance, upgrading and expansion of the distribution network in Uganda. It consists of approximately 26 202 kilometres of medium- and low-voltage transmission lines which covers the major towns and cities of Uganda. The electricity supply and after-sales service divisions connect new customers to the distribution network, read meters, bill customers and collect revenue as well as deal with customer complaints, restoring power interruptions, managing customer care and educating customers on saving energy. Umeme Limited targets customers in the domestic, commercial, medium industrial, large industrial and street lighting sectors. Umeme Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Phil Vickery cited for stamping

first_imgTuesday Dec 18, 2007 Phil Vickery cited for stamping Phil Vickery has once again landed himself in hot water, this time, for stamping on an opponents leg. The incident occurred during Wasps’ first Heineken Cup meeting with Clermont Auvergne in France when Vickery stepped on lock Thibaut Privat while making his way back to his side of the ruck.Some will call it careless and possibly accidental, but I personally think he was as accurate as a gymnast on the balance beam and could easily have avoided Privat’s leg if he wanted to.Lawrence Dallaglio did his best to convince the ref otherwise, and despite the touchjudge clearly seeing the incident, Vickery was only penalised on the field with no yellow card being shown.Foolish actions from English captain Vickery, who now faces a possible suspension of up to six weeks for his retaliation to something that neither the officials or any of us managed to pick up.Vickery has only played two games for Wasps this season since returning from the World Cup, in which he also got suspended for a silly incident.Is the World Cup finalist building a dirty reputation for himself, or are they isolated incidents and should be treated as such? As a captain of his country, surely he should be more disciplined though?Then again, Johnson, Krige, Fitzpatrick – all captains and all known for being guys you wouldn’t want to meet in a dark alley, let alone at the bottom of a ruck. ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! 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Final round of the Gallagher Premiership hit by a second match cancellation The final round of the Premiership lost the Worcester-Gloucester match on Tuesday and now Bristol versus London Irish is off. Phil Vickery cited for stamping | RugbyDump – Rugby News & Videos RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features RugbyDump Home RugbyDump Academy Store About Contact Sitemap Categories Latest Great Tries Big Hits & Dirty Play See It To Believe It Funnies Training Videos Player Features Legal Privacy Policy Cookie Policy Sign In Username or Email Password Stay logged in Forgot password Thank you for registering Click here to login Register Register now for RugbyDump commenting & enewsletter. * Required fields. 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Matu’u bemused by his ban after footage shows latest unpunished Owen Farrell shot

first_imgThursday Apr 22, 2021 Matu’u bemused by his ban after footage shows latest unpunished Owen Farrell shot London Irish hooker Motu Matu’u has said there is a “different rule for some” after footage has emerged of a tackle made by Owen Farrell at the weekend.Former England flyhalf Andy Goode shared a clip this week of a potential high tackle by Farrell at the weekend while playing for Saracens against Doncaster Knights.ADVERTISEMENTGoode added, “Say what you see, must be different tackle laws in the Championship, no card and no citing…..”Matu’u commented, having returned to action last weekend after serving a six week ban following a red card for a high tackle against Exeter Chiefs in February. The 22-cap Samoa international clashed heads with Ian Whitten in that match, and was sent off for making direct contact to the head with force.Upon seeing the video shared by Goode on Twitter, Matu’u questioned how he was punished and another player was able to get away with a similar tackle.“I don’t know if we are playing the same game and follow the same rule book. Must be a different rule for some.”Matu’u is not necessarily saying that he should not have been punished but is highlighting the inconsistency in citing and punishments in rugby. Having just finished a fairly lengthy ban, it is understandable that seeing a tackle that could be regarded as similar to his go unpunished has caused some irritation.The fact that the tackle was made by Farrell, who by now has developed a reputation for dangerous tackles, and indeed getting away with some of them, may have irked the Samoan all the more.ADVERTISEMENTSaracens won the contest 50-15, but it was a game where their Director of Rugby Mark McCall actually said that his flyhalf was subjected to a number of illegal hits, accusing Doncaster of tackling him late on a number of occasions. Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 7 WEEKS AGO Du Preez explains thought process after dominating… 8 WEEKS AGO Prop suspended for 3 weeks after flying shoulder… 8 WEEKS AGO WATCH: Aaron Smith’s captain’s referral turned… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life Reports30+ Everyday Items with a Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe 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

Application success rates for NLCB

About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Application success rates for NLCB Howard Lake | 26 October 1999 | News The Directory of Social Change has released a report into the success rates of charities’ applications for grants to the National Lottery Charities Board. Success rates for the two ongoing funding programmes have dropped from over 50% in early 1999 to about 40%.Success rates in England were 44%, Scotland 38%, Wales 39% and Northern Ireland 28%. Still about 25% of applications are rejected at the first stage because they are incomplete, are submitted by ineligible organisations, or because the project is outside the NLCB’s guidelines. Those organisations that pass this stage therefore enjoy a success rate of greater than 50%.The Directory of Social Change concluded: “the good news is that most really good projects from well run organisations seem to be getting their grants.” Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  54 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Research / statistics read more

Change of address for Association of Charity Shops

first_imgChange of address for Association of Charity Shops Howard Lake | 22 July 2004 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. The Association of Charity Shops is moving to a new address within London.The Association is moving from its current address in Shoreditch High Street, a short walk north of London Liverpool Street station, to Upper Woburn place just south of Euston station.Its new address is: Advertisement 5th Floor, Central House14 Upper Woburn PlaceLondon WC1H 0AEIt’s telephone and fax numbers have changed to 020 7255 4470 and 020 7255 4475 respectively.The web address and email addresses of course remain unchanged. The Association has warned however that it is unlikely that it will be able to respond to emails from today until after 28 July 2004.center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Tradinglast_img read more

David Beckham and Diana Ross lookalikes hand out strawberries to raise awareness about cancer prevention

first_img Howard Lake | 25 May 2007 | News David Beckham and Diana Ross lookalikes hand out strawberries to raise awareness about cancer prevention  55 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Advertisement www.fruityfriday.org AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Celebrity Celebrity look-alikes Andy Harmer and Deanne Keanne were at Oxford Circus this morning as part of World Cancer Research Fund’s (WCRF) annual Fruity Friday event. WCRF has teamed up with British Summer Fruits to promote the importance of fruit and vegetables in helping prevent cancer, as well as to celebrate the start of the berry season.last_img read more

IoF pressures Scottish Government to publish fundraising regulations

first_img The Institute of Fundraising Scotland is making representations to encourage the publication of the Benevolent Fundraising Regulations which are linked to the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005. A consultation on the regulations ended in March 2006 but they have yet to be laid before Parliament.IoF Scotland chair Mafe Marwick has written to the Cabinet Scretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill and said the Institute had hoped to see them [the regulations] published by this point.The Chair of the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities committee Duncan McNeil MSP has submitted a Parliamentary Question to the Scottish Government asking when the regulations could be expected to be laid. Advertisement  14 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis IoF pressures Scottish Government to publish fundraising regulations The regulations affect face-to-face fundraising and in particular the introduction of a remuneration statement when soliciting fnds on the street or house-to-house. The Institute’s submissions to the Scottish Government said a regulated remuneration statement would go some way to meeting the Government’s aim of improving public awareness of investing in fundraising but would have a better chance of success if it were introduced in tandem with current efforts being made at increasing public awareness through the ImpACT coalition. Howard Lake | 23 November 2007 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Plea for charges to be dropped against two journalists in defence secrets case

first_imgNews Help by sharing this information RomaniaEurope – Central Asia November 23, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Romania to go further Two journalists face prison for violating defence secrets after being in possession of a document classified as secret by the Romanian authorities. Reporters Without Borders and three local press freedom organisations have condemned the charges against the journalists, who had not divulged any information and should be allowed to protect their sources. Reporters Without Borders, Media Monitoring Agency, Center for Independent Journalism, Media Organizations Convention, and MediaSind Trade Union express their profound concern for the abuses against journalists perpetrated by the prosecutors investigating the leak of classified military documents.After Marian Garleanu, Romania Libera daily correspondent in Vrancea County was detained for two days, another Vrancea based journalist, Sebastian Oancea, was indicted for having possessed and transmitted classified information.Investigating, indicting, and arresting journalists who came into the possession of allegedly classified documents is abusive and illegal and violates and stipulation of the Classified Information Law 182/2002 that provides that only the authorized persons are responsible for protecting classified information. The prosecutors abusively use the stipulations of a law of Stalinist inspiration (National Security Law 51/1991) passed prior to the passing of the Constitution and disregard the provisions of Law 182/2002 that abrogates all the legal contrary provisions, including Paragraph 4 of Article 169 of the Penal Code.As a signatory of the European Convention on Human Rights, the Romanian state must observe the text of the Convention and the jurisprudence of the European Court for Human Rights (ECHR). This is also stipulated in the Constitution of Romania (Article 20, Paragraph 2). ECHR ruled that « the information pertaining to national security once entered into the public area cannot be forbidden or withdrawn, nor can the authors of their dissemination be punished ». Legal precedents in this respect are the cases of the Observer, Guardian or Sunday Times newspapers vs. the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland ECHR ruled in favor of the newspapers that had published classified information despite the interdiction of the British Justice.The actions undertaken by the Prosecutor‚s Office are likely to intimidate the entire journalistic community by the pressure exercised upon journalists in order to make them reveal their sources. This contradicts the professional right of journalists to protect their sources. We call on the journalists to maintain their professional dignity and not to become « informers » even if they are harassed by State institutions. The journalist can be forced to reveal the sources only if three conditions are fulfilled cumulatively: the authorities must prove beyond reasonable doubt that the journalists holds essential information for that respective case, the public interest in the revealing of the source must be more important than the confidential relation between the journalist and the source, and the journalist must be the only source of that respective information. RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive RSF_en February 24, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Plea for charges to be dropped against two journalists in defence secrets case Romania: In an open letter, RSF and ActiveWatch denounce judicial pressures on investigative journalists following a complaint from a Bucharest district mayor December 2, 2020 Find out morecenter_img Receive email alerts Besides, the journalists proved their responsibility when they chose not to publish that information, that wasn‚t, however, marked as classified. Moreover, they announced the authorities about the existence of these documents and were even congratulated for this by the Ministry of Defense. Nevertheless, according to a declaration made the National Defense Minister, those respective documents « don’t pose a threat to the Romanian Army because it‚s information from the past, two years and a half ago, therefore this is not an issue to put the Romanian Army at danger ».Last, but not least, we express our surprise that meanwhile there are two journalists indicted, the prosecutors succeeded to indict just one person from the bodies in charge with protecting classified information.The undersigned organizations ask the Prosecutor‚s Office to immediately cease the criminal prosecution of journalists Marian Garleanu and Sebastian Oancea and to stop harassing other journalists. We consider that this kind of actions undertaken by public institutions are in fact those endangering the national security, as they seriously violate human rights and undermine Romania‚s integration process to the European Union. News News Reporters Without Borders has joined the Media Monitoring Agency and three other press freedom watchdogs in calling for charges to be dropped against two daily newspaper journalists in the case of a CD relating to Romanian army action in Iraq and Afghanistan.Sebastian Oancea of Ziua and Marian Garleanu, of Romania Libera learned on 20 February that the defence ministry was pressing charges for possessing and divulging contents of a CD which the authorities have classified as defence secrets.Garleanu and Oancea face up to seven years in prison if they are found guilty. No date has yet been fixed for the trial.The editorial management of both papers had decided on 7 February not to publish information from the CD, instead sending it to the Romanian secret services.The leak appears to have come from the army itself. A soldier, who was arrested in the Vrancea region in the south of the country on 9 February is the only person to have been implicated in the case. He was released ten days later.Police arrested Marian Garleanu, a correspondent in the region, on 16 February and wrongly held her in custody for two days before releasing her. Four journalists from the same newspapers, Bogdan Comaroni, Doru Dragomir, Victor Roncea, and Ovidiu Ohanesian, who also handled the CD, have been summoned to appear as witnesses in the case.Reporters Without Borders and the four local organisations said the charges were unacceptable and urged the judicial authorities to drop the charges.The press freedom organisation called for the law on protection of sources to be applied and recalled that Romanian law on protecting defence secrets specifies that it only applies to officials.Statement by the five press freedom organisationsBucharest, 24 February 2006 Reporters Without BordersMedia Monitoring Agency – Academia CatavencuCenter for Independent JournalismMedia Organizations ConventionMediaSind Trade Union RomaniaEurope – Central Asia Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union News May 26, 2021 Find out more Organisation last_img read more

Call for immediate release of press freedom defender being tried on sex charges

first_imgNews to go further Organisation Follow the news on Uzbekistan Help by sharing this information UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia Reporters Without Borders today voiced deep concern about the ongoing trial of Ruslan Sharipov, the president of the press freedom organisation UIJU and former correspondent for the Russian news agency Prima News, who is imprisoned on charges of homosexuality and sexually abusing minors. Although he repeatedly denied the sexual abuse charges after his arrest on 26 May, he is reported to have confessed on 8 August during a trial being held since 23 July behind closed doors. He also reportedly announced his intention to plead guilty and ask President Islam Karimov for a pardon, and refused to see his mother – the only person linked with him who is allowed to attend the trial – as well as his lawyer.”In view of the unrelenting repression of independent journalists and press freedom defenders in Uzbekistan, everything indicates that Sharipov was arrested on false and sordid pretences designed to rid the authorities of a bothersome, dissident voice,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Ménard said in a letter to President Karimov.”We are extremely concerned about this journalist’s physical and psychological state and we hold you responsible for any mistreatment he suffers in prison,” the letter continued. “We demand that all the charges against him be dropped and that he should be released at once,” it concluded.Sharipov was arrested in Tashkent on 26 May along with fellow UIJU members Azamat Mamankulov and Oleg Sarapulov, who were released four days later. Mamankulov and Sarapulov were not charged, but Mamankulov was beaten and threatened while in detention and was cited as a prosecution witness in Sharipov’s trial.The police originally denied the arrest of the journalists to the Human Rights Watch (HRW) representative in Tashkent, Matilda Bogner, and to a US embassy official before finally confirming it on 27 May to a representative of Freedom House, another NGO.Sharipov is accused under articles 120, 127-3 and 128-2 of the criminal code of being homosexual and of paying two 15-year-old boys to have sex with them. He faces up to 18 years in prison. Sharipov, who has never denied his bisexuality, told the president of the Uzbek human rights organisation E’zguilik, Vasilya Inoyatova, who visited him in detention on 27 May, that he did not know the alleged victims. The two boys were detained on 26 May and held for three or four days. Sharipov’s lawyer claims there were beaten and threatened by police to persuade them to testify in court. In fact, the trial has been adjourned several times because of their failure to appear in court.Sharipov told HRW on 28 May that the police had tortured and threatened him in an attempt to persuade him to abandon his human rights activism. He reiterated that he had been mistreated in a letter sent from prison. He was physically attacked and threatened several times in 2001 and 2002 because of his work. UzbekistanEurope – Central Asia RSF_en Reporters Without Borders voices deep concern about the ongoing trial of Ruslan Sharipov, the president of the press freedom organisation UIJU and former correspondent for the Russian news agency Prima News, who is imprisoned on charges of homosexuality and sexually abusing minors. The organisation calls for his immediate release. May 11, 2021 Find out more August 13, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for immediate release of press freedom defender being tried on sex charges Uzbek blogger facing possible 10-year jail term Receive email alerts News News News More than six years in prison for Uzbek blogger who covered corruption February 11, 2021 Find out more New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council October 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more