Nektan launches new bingo product with white label partners

first_img Gaming platform and services provider Nektan has rolled out a new mobile-first bingo product across its network of white label casino sites. Tags: Mobile Online Gambling AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Gaming platform and services provider Nektan has rolled out a new mobile-first bingo product across its network of white label casino sites.Supplied by Pragmatic Play, the bingo product features a selection of side games that players can access alongside the main community bingo offering.Nektan works with more than 160 casino sites through its network and the new bingo product will now be offered alongside existing slots and live dealer games.“The launch of bingo allows our partners to attract and acquire new player segments, as well as giving our current players more content choice,” Nektan chief operating officer, Jane Ryan, said.“The large majority of our players are on smartphones and we’re confident that the mobile-specific UX and in-game lobby will drive increased mobile traffic.“We look forward to delivering incremental gaming revenue to existing white label casino partners as well as working with new bingo-focused partners.”The expansion of Nektan’s white label offering comes after the business issued a profit warning to investors, as its decline in player deposits continued into the final quarter of its financial year.Image: Max Pixel 27th June 2019 | By contenteditor Bingocenter_img Topics: Casino & games Tech & innovation Bingo Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Nektan launches new bingo product with white label partners Email Addresslast_img read more

IAG share price: 3 reasons it is the biggest FTSE 100 gainer today

first_imgSimply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. International Airlines Group (LSE: IAG) has seen a bigger share price gain today than any other FTSE 100 share today. This is despite an expectedly poor full-year result for 2020. IAG’s dismal resultsIAG’s revenues are down almost 70%. It has also run up an €7.4bn loss, compared to an €2.6bn profit last year. 5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…As per a Financial Times report, this is one of the largest losses racked up by a British company. It adds that FTSE 100 oil biggies BP and Royal Dutch Shell are the only ones to have lost more. IAG has not given guidance for 2021 either, because of “the uncertainty on the impact and duration of COVID-19”.Yet, the IAG share price is up 4% as I write. I think there are three reasons for this. #1. Putting the pandemic behindWith vaccinations underway globally, the pandemic can recede at speed now.Travel bans are being lifted. easyJet reported a jump in holiday bookings earlier this week after the phased end to the lockdown was announced. Its share price rose after that. It is no wonder that the IAG share price is rising too. A spurt in travel demand will have a positive impact across the travel and hospitality sector. IAG, the owner of British Airways, is no exception.#2. Economic outlook is strongAnd it is not just pent-up holiday demand that is due to make a comeback, I reckon business demand will be back on its feet too. While some business travel may have been lost forever to the convenience of video conferencing, not everyone agrees that working from home is a long-term solution. Further, economic growth is expected to bounce back. In the last quarter of 2020, the US economy grew by 4.1% as per latest revised numbers. A growing economy means more likelihood of travel. And if companies would like to go back to the old-normal, there is also hope of going back to growing air travel demand. #3. IAG share price is still mutedThe IAG share price is also still just a fraction of what it was pre-market crash. I doubt if it will go back to those levels in a hurry, but going by its improving prospects, I think investors can find it more attractive in the near future.  Risks to the IAG share priceThe stock is not without its risks, though. We will be significantly into 2021 by the time a critical number of people have been vaccinated, making travel safe. This means that we should not have high expectations for IAG this year. Further, it is widely expected that air travel will take at least another couple of years to get back to 2019 levels. And if the economic predictions do not play out as anticipated, I think it could be even longer. On balance though, at present the odds are tipped in favour of the IAG share price, I think. I’d consider buying it. FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge Manika Premsingh | Friday, 26th February, 2021 | More on: IAG Enter Your Email Address Manika Premsingh owns shares of BP, easyJet, and Royal Dutch Shell B. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. Image source: British Airways center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. IAG share price: 3 reasons it is the biggest FTSE 100 gainer today I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment. See all posts by Manika Premsinghlast_img read more

Royal Mail offers free For Dummies® book on direct mail

first_img  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Tagged with: Individual giving The Royal Mail is offering free copies of “Direct Mail For Dummies®” which “provides the practical help and techniques you need to make mailshots work for you and your business”.The 132-page book – it isn’t simply a PDF – includes tips and techniques for direct mail success, and is aimed at those with little or no experience of direct mail.The title covers planning, execution and management of a successful mailshot. Appropriately for the Royal Mail, “it explains why direct mail is so successful and shows you how it can benefit your company in terms of customer relationships and your bottom line.” Advertisement Royal Mail offers free For Dummies® book on direct mail AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1center_img 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. While it is not directed at the charity sector, its content is likely to be just as relevant to charity staff as those at for-profit organisations.To receive a free copy you simply need to register your contact details with the Royal Mail. Howard Lake | 11 February 2007 | Newslast_img read more

Fund Raising Realities Every Board Member Must Face: A 1-Hour Crash Course on Raising Major Gifts for Nonprofit Organizations

first_imgFund Raising Realities Every Board Member Must Face: A 1-Hour Crash Course on Raising Major Gifts for Nonprofit Organizations  14 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. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 27 October 2007 | Newslast_img read more

Gobierno Bolivariano detiene intento de golpe

first_imgDesde que el Comandante Hugo Chávez llegó a la presidencia de Venezuela y se comenzó la Revolución Bolivariana, no ha habido un momento cuando la oposición, apoyada, y en gran medida dirigida por Estados Unidos, haya dejado de intentar derrocar al proceso revolucionario. Es una historia repetitiva en América Latina, hasta el punto en que se bromea diciendo que EUA es el único país donde no hay golpes de estado porque no hay embajada gringa”.El intento de golpe más reciente contra Venezuela fue revelado este pasado 12 de febrero, cuando se conmemoraba el Día de la Juventud, y a un año de las violentas guarimbas de la derecha opositora que intentaban derrocar el gobierno de Nicolás Maduro causando la muerte de 43 personas y cientos de heridos. Este 12 de febrero, el presidente Maduro informó al pueblo el desmantelamiento de otro atentado, dando detalles sobre los planes recién descubiertos y la responsabilidad del gobierno de EUA.Según dijo el Presidente Maduro, el golpe se iba a desarrollar en tres fases: 1ª sería la publicación del “Programa de Gobierno de Transición” en medios impresos, seguido por un ataque con un avión Tucano al Palacio de Miraflores, sede de la Presidencia y más de una decena de lugares que incluían departamentos gubernamentales y la estación central de Telesur. La tercera fase sería la publicación de un “vídeo de un general convicto y confeso del golpe de Estado del año pasado, quien informaría que la fuerza militar se había sublevado contra el presidente Nicolás Maduro y había sido derrocado”. (telesur, 12 de feb.)El plan, sin embargo, fue desmantelado gracias a la diligente labor de inteligencia del gobierno bolivariano y la lealtad de oficiales jóvenes del ejército. Las pruebas obtenidas, armas, computadoras, etc., junto a las confesiones de algunos de los militares detenidos, no dejan lugar a dudas tanto de los detalles del plan sino también de sus autores y su financiamiento. Ya varios involucrados, entre ellos oficiales de aviación militar, están en manos de la justicia y se sigue investigando.Implicados en el intento golpista están asambleístas de derecha como Julio Borges, diputado a la Asamblea Nacional por el partido de la ultraderecha Primero Justicia; diecisiete militares activos que ya tenían visas del Depto. de Estado de EUA, militares retirados como el General de División Maximiliano Hernández quien ahora se encuentra encarcelado; el empresario Parsifal D´Sola; María Corina Machado, conocida opositora que recibe fondos de la USAID; Leopoldo López, en prisión por promover las violentas guarimbas del 2014, y otros.Estas últimas dos personas, junto al alcalde metropolitano de Caracas, Antonio Ledezma, firmaron el 11 de febrero el “Llamado a los venezolanos a un Acuerdo Nacional para la Transición”, un programa para revertir los logros de la Revolución Bolivariana y reestablecer el neoliberalismo en Venezuela, incluyendo la “inserción” del país en organismos internacionales como el FMI.Papel de EUAEl 14 de febrero el Presidente Maduro anunció en Telesur: “Estamos a punto de capturar a la persona que trajo el guión que iban a leer los oficiales y lo redactó un consejero de la embajada de Estados Unidos”. “Aseguró que todos los capturados han declarado y hasta el momento las autoridades ya saben “cuánto dinero en dólares se pagó y de dónde salió el dinero”. (Telesur)Por otro lado, un artículo publicado en Aporrea el 14 de febrero titulado ‘Blackwater USA sería la propietaria del avión Tucano que se utilizaría para bombardear a Caracas y derrocar a Maduro’ dice que el avión “sería proporcionado por una contratista privada de seguridad estadounidense que obtuvo la aeronave para labores de adiestramiento de pilotos”.Aparte de la concesión de visas para los oficiales golpistas, es la misma declaración de la Casa Blanca estadounidense en su “Estrategia de Seguridad Nacional” de febrero de 2015 que revela sin lugar a dudas, su posición respecto a Venezuela: “nosotros estamos con los ciudadanos donde la democracia está en riesgo, como en Venezuela”. (whitehouse.gov)Respuesta del pueblo bolivarianoEste último intento de golpe y la injerencia de Estados Unidos, ha despertado una ola de indignación y solidaridad en todo el mundo. Desde gobiernos de los países del ALBA, UNASUR, CELAC, MERCOSUR hasta los movimientos populares a nivel internacional se han manifestado en apoyo al gobierno y al pueblo bolivariano. Incluso muchas organizaciones han enviado fotos mostrando carteles que leen: Je suis Telesur.Pero es en la misma Venezuela, donde este apoyo a su gobierno ha sido crucial. Desde la juventud bolivariana, partidos políticos de izquierda como el PSUV, el Partido Comunista de Venezuela, Patria Para Todos, el Movimiento de Mujeres Campesinas, el Movimiento Social Afrodescendientes de Venezuela y otros, han salido a las calles y han hecho declaraciones públicas apoyando la gestión del gobierno y en contra de la intervención estadounidense.El domingo 15 de febrero, Workers World-Mundo Obrero habló con el diputado a la Asamblea Nacional por la Coordinadora Simón Bolívar (CSB), Juan Contreras. La CSB, basada en el histórico barrio 23 de enero en Caracas representa las aspiraciones del pueblo pobre venezolano.Contreras mencionó tres aspectos que están estrangulando la economía de Venezuela: la baja de precio del petróleo, el contrabando de alimentos hacia países fronterizos y la guerra económica por los empresarios que intentan esconder los alimentos en la cadena de distribución para causar carestía en el pueblo. Esto ha provocado gran movilización del pueblo. Dice: “la única manera de frenar las pretensiones tanto de los sectores apátridas dirigidos por esa burguesía rancia que tiene un libreto desde el norte, ha sido la movilización”.Y ahonda diciendo que hasta ahora pese a la ayuda de EUA, esa burguesía no ha triunfado gracias a dos claves importantes del proceso bolivariano: “una es esa disposición de cambio del pueblo y segundo, la unidad cívico-militar que ha frenado durante este tiempo esas apetencias de querer hacerse de poder por la via fácil a través de golpe de estado, salida violenta, desestabilizando; cualquiera de estas jugadas que han tratado de hacer tanto los sectores de la burguesía como del imperio EUA”.Y termina con un llamado a la solidaridad. Al pueblo de EUA a que “conozca la realidad del pueblo venezolano, que estamos empeñados en  construir otro mundo, otra sociedad que nos hemos dicho que es la Revolución Bolivariana, el socialismo bolivariano. Y lo estamos construyendo en paz y lo queremos seguir construyendo en paz. Que no se dejen engañar ni por sus gobiernos ni por estas grandes corporaciones internacionales que mienten descaradamente sobre la realidad de Venezuela”.El proceso bolivariano venezolano es eso, un proceso viviente, y como tal dialéctico. Es lucha constante que necesita la solidaridad de todos los pueblos.La declaración pública de la Coordinadora termina con el siguiente párrafo: “Convocamos a  nuestros camaradas, amigos y hermanos de lucha a redoblar nuestras articulaciones con nuestro pueblo en la calle movilizado para enfrentar cualquier intento de desestabilización al Gobierno que elegimos para conducir el proceso Bolivariano; además trabajemos para denunciar y corregir errores como  la  corrupción, la impunidad y la burocratización del proceso, flagelos que vienen facilitando la tarea a los enemigos de los pueblos”. Y firma, la Coordinadora Simón Bolívar: Libertaria, Revolucionaria, Solidaria, Indigenista, Popular y Socialista.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Ellspermann travels to Tochigi Prefecture, Indiana’s Sister State

first_img By Gary Truitt – Jun 18, 2014 SHARE Ellspermann visits dairy farm in Tochigi Japan.Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann spent the second day of her agricultural trade mission visiting Indiana’s Sister State, Tochigi Prefecture. Indiana and Tochigi established a Sister State relationship in 1999. Since then, representatives of the two states have had many exchanges and visits.   Ellspermann and her delegation traveled from Tokyo to Tochigi Prefecture on the high-speed rail system commonly known as the “Bullet Train”. Upon arrival, the entire delegation was greeted at the Tochigi Prefecture International Affairs Division and was then transported to JET Farm in Ichikai, Tochigi. At JET Farm, Lt. Governor Ellspermann met with Norio Shinoda – the owner of the dairy farm – who gave her and the entire delegation an extensive tour of his facilities. JET Farm is one of the largest dairy and beef farms in Japan. In 2012, JET Farm shipped over 21,000 tons of milk and over 2,000 beef cattle.After visiting JET Farm, Lt. Governor Ellspermann traveled to Utsunomiya, Tochigi where she met Tochigi governmental officials, including Governor Tomikazu Fukuda. In the meeting, they discussed how exciting it has been that Indiana and Tochigi have remained essential partners for 15 years, and how agriculture plays an important role for both Indiana and Tochigi. Both are recognized as agricultural leaders in their respective nations. Indiana is nationally ranked top 5 in duck production (1st), wooden office furniture (1st), tomato processing (2nd), chicken (3rd), soybeans (4th), corn (5th), and hogs (5th). Tochigi is Japan’s highest producer in strawberries and a national leader in milk, rice, and livestock production. Before the conclusion of the meeting, Governor Fukuda announced a potential major investment in Indiana by a Tochigi – based company.In September 2013, Governor Pence and First Lady Karen Pence met with Governor Fukuda as part of their 2013 Japan visit. Ellspermann and her delegation will begin the second portion of the trade mission by traveling Thursday from Tokyo, Japan to Seoul, South Korea.   Facebook Twitter Previous articleEstate Taxes Now Ripe for RepealNext articleAmerican Drivers Can Save $0.61 Per Gallon by Choosing Renewable Fuels Gary Truitt Ellspermann travels to Tochigi Prefecture, Indiana’s Sister State Home Indiana Agriculture News Ellspermann travels to Tochigi Prefecture, Indiana’s Sister State Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

What Gorsuch Means for Business, Regulators

first_img Previous: CFPB Director to Address Industry Leaders at Five Star Government Forum Next: Positive Job Report to Lead to Supply, Rate Increases The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save February 2, 2017 1,173 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Neil GorsuchJudge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s choice to take the open Supreme Court seat left by the late Antonin Scalia, has modeled his career as a jurist on his late predecessor’s. That spells good news for American business but bad news for independent administrative agencies.Gorsuch is more well known for his writing on subjects including religious liberty and euthanasia, less so for business law. Looking at his past rulings, however, shed light on a history friendly to business and suggest corporations may soon have a friend on the Supreme Court.Reports from the Wall Street Journal show Gorsuch opposing class action lawsuits over alleged violations of securities law, which he referred to as “opportunistic shakedowns” by lawyers. Other previous cases show Gorsuch to be likely to force more consumers to resolve disputes with companies through arbitration rather than the court system.Gorsuch’s questioning of the “Chevron deference” doesn’t bode well for administrative agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Communications Commission, or the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau. The Chevron deference is considered a cornerstone of administrative law which states when a given law or rule is unclear, the courts should defer to the agency in question as they are presumably expert.Critics of the concept, including Gorsuch, argue it give too much power to administrative agencies and shields them from proper judicial oversight.Gorsuch believes “broadly worded enforcement statutes” have meanings that can be understood from their texts without interpretation.As much as Gorsuch follows Scalia’s example, he differed in that Scalia supported Chevron as “important for maintaining the smooth functioning of the administrative state,” according to a Forbes report.Gorsuch is one of a small group of judges beginning to question the constitutionality of the power of and the deference to unelected bureaucrats. Judge Brett Kavanaugh of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals wrote a decision last year declaring the structure of the Consumer Financial Protection Agency unconstitutional, a decision leading to an ongoing court battle involving several attorneys general and Democratic lawmakers coming to the defense of the CFPB. Sign up for DS News Daily Subscribe Phil Banker began his career in journalism after graduating from the University of North Texas. He has covered a number of communities across Texas and southern Oklahoma, writing news and sports for publications including the Ardmoreite, Ennis Daily News and the Plano Star-Courier. He is currently a contributor to DS News and The MReport. About Author: Phil Banker Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / What Gorsuch Means for Business, Regulators  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago 2017-02-02 Phil Banker Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, News What Gorsuch Means for Business, Regulatorslast_img read more

Unclear if Donegal County Council budget will be passed this evening

first_img Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ Twitter Pinterest Google+center_img Unclear if Donegal County Council budget will be passed this evening By News Highland – December 19, 2012 Previous article€2 per week rent increase on Council houses in Donegal looking unlikelyNext articleWoman stages sit-in protest over pay at Atlantic View in Ballyshannon News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook News It’s not clear if Donegal County Councils budget for 2013 will be passed this evening.Cllrs from Fine Gael and Labour have outlined their support for the budget, while Sinn Fein have comfirmed that they’ll be voting against it.It’s still unclear if Fianna Fail and the Independents on the Council will vote for or against.Meanwhile, It’s now looking increasingly unlikely that the proposed 2 euro increase in rent for those living in council owned property will be included in Donegal County Councils budget for 2013.The council had been proposing a rent increase of just over 100 euro per house per year.Fine Gael whip on the Council, Barry O’Neill outlined his parties opposition to the proposal, while Sinn Fein had already said earlier this week that they could not support the councils budget if this measure was contained.Labour were also against the 2 euro rental increase.Sinn Fein Cllr Jack Murray has outlined why his party are against the Councils budget….[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/jack530.mp3[/podcast] 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic last_img read more

[Tablighi Jamaat] ‘They Didn’t Act Negligently To Spread COVID; Didn’t Disobey Orders Of Authorities’, Mumbai Court Discharges 12 Foreign Nationals [Read Order]

first_imgTop Stories[Tablighi Jamaat] ‘They Didn’t Act Negligently To Spread COVID; Didn’t Disobey Orders Of Authorities’, Mumbai Court Discharges 12 Foreign Nationals [Read Order] Sparsh Upadhyay11 Oct 2020 11:12 PMShare This – xOn Wednesday (29th September) the Court of Metropolitan Magistrate (12th Court, Bandra, Mumbai) discharged 12 Indonesian nationals, part of the Tablighi Jamaat, of all the charges levelled against them.It may be noted that this order by Metropolitan Magistrate Jaydeo Y. Ghule came a month after the Bandra police dropped charges of attempt to murder and culpable homicide not amounting 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?LoginOn Wednesday (29th September) the Court of Metropolitan Magistrate (12th Court, Bandra, Mumbai) discharged 12 Indonesian nationals, part of the Tablighi Jamaat, of all the charges levelled against them.It may be noted that this order by Metropolitan Magistrate Jaydeo Y. Ghule came a month after the Bandra police dropped charges of attempt to murder and culpable homicide not amounting to murder against these 12 Indonesian nationals.The Discharge plea was filed before the metropolitan magistrate’s court by the Lawyer Ishrat Khan, which stated that – “The present applicants were sought to be implicated only on the ground that they are foreigners and were present during the announcement of lockdown due to the outbreak of Covid-19.”The lawyer, Ishrat Khan also relied on similar orders issued by the Bombay HC as well as the local courts discharging foreign nationals, part of the Tablighi Jamaat congregation.Facts of the CaseThe accused were arrayed as accused in the crime number 280/2020, registered under Section 188, 269, 270 of Indian Penal Code r/w Section 3, 4 of Epidemic Disease Act 1897 r/w Section 14 (b) of the Foreigners Act and Section 51 of The Disaster Management Act, 2005.It was clarified by the Counsel of the Accused that they came to Delhi on 29-02-2020, 02-03-2020 and 06-03-2020 (in different batches). Thereafter, all the accused left Delhi by train and reached Mumbai on 07-03-2020. During that period the Central and the State Government announced Lockdown on accont of COVID-19.Therefore, it was submitted, they were unable to move and leave the Country. During that period, as per the Central and State Government’s directions, the applicants carried their COVID-19 test.In that test, the accused no.1 to 10 tested negative and accused No. 11 and 12 tested positive and later the Accused no. 11 and 12 also tested negative.It was submitted that the Accused have been falsely involved in this crime. They were not all concerned with this crime and that they weren’t the carriers of COVID-19 infection.The Counsel of Accused also submitted that initially, the police had registered the Crime under Section 307 and 304 (2) of the Indian Penal Code. However, when the Police did not find sufficient reasons to continue with the said charges, they deleted those sections after thorough investigation.It was submitted that as per the provisions of The Foreigners Act [Section 14 (b)], the Visa of all accused was a tourist Visa.At the time of registration of Crime, Visas of all the accused were valid, therefore, the question does not arise related to the breach the Section 14 (b) of the Foreigners Act.It was stated before the Court that the Investigation papers also revealed that the accused are not liable to spread COVID and therefore, the Accused are not liable under Section 188, 269 of IPC and Section 14 (b) of the Foreigners Act. The Accused are also not liable for National Disaster management Act. Therefore, it was prayed that they be discharged of all the offencesThe Counsel relied upon the ruling of Bombay HC in the case of Konan Kodio Ganstone and ors. v. State of Mahrashtra [Criminal Writ Petition No. 548/2020] and submitted that the Bombay HC discharged the Accused of same offences in the said matter, after giving detailed reasons.Notably, in this matter, in a strongly-worded judgment, the Bombay High Court on 21st August had quashed the FIRs filed against a total of 29 foreign nationals who were booked under various provisions of IPC, Epidemic Diseases Act, Maharashtra Police Act, Disaster Management Act and Foreigner’s Act for allegedly violating their Tourist Visa conditions by attending the Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Nizamuddin in Delhi.Hence, in the present case, it was submitted that the accused be discharged of the alleged offences.Court’s Analysis (based on the Charge sheet and other records)After perusing the application submitted by the parties and the charge sheet filed by the Police, the Court observed that the Crime no. 280/2020 was registered against the Accused under Section 307 and 304 (2) of IPC r/w the Disaster Management Act and the Epidemic Disease Act.The Court also found that the Police seized the Visa of all the accused by preparing the panchnama; the panchnama revealed that at the time of registration of offence, the VISAs of all accused were valid and they came to India on Tourist Visa.Firstly, the Court noted, the Investigation officer submitted that the Accused were liable for spreading COVID-19 infection and they did not follow the rules the rules and regulation of the Disaster Management Act and the Epidemic Disease Act and hence, they are liable for the offences registered against them.While perusing the Charge sheet filed by the Investigation officer, the Court took into account the fact that firstly, the offence was registered against the accused under Section 307 and 304 (2) of IPC and thereafter, section 307 and 304 (2) of IPC was deleted by the I.O.At the time of deletion of the said sections of IPC, the IO stated that the accused were not liable for spreading the COVID-19 in public at large and hence, they deleted Section 307 and 304 (2) of IPC.The Court further noted that during the investigation, it wasn’t revealed that due to Accused persons, COVID was spread.The Investigation papers also revealed that the Accused came from Indonesia on a tourist VISA. They visited various Masjids in Mumbai and in Delhi. The Accused stayed in Masjid as well as in the house of some people.Court’s DecisionThe Court remarked,”After going through the Judgment of Bombay High Court and the facts and circumstances of the case, it does not reveal that the accused had deliberately disobeyed the order duly promulgated by the Public Servant as well as negligently, they were acting in the manner as was likely to spread the infection of the disease dangerous to life.”The Record also revealed that as per the Foreigners Act Section 14 (b), the Accused did not breach the condition of VISA. Therefore, the Court opined that as per the allegations levelled against the accused and evidence on record, it does not reveal that the Accused disobeyed the order of Central as well State Government and acted negligently and were liable to spread the infection of COVID-19.Therefore, the Court issued the following orders:-A. The Accused be discharged from charge levelled against themB. The seized passports be returned to accused with due identificationC. The bail bond of the accused stands cancelled.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Storylast_img read more

High altitude Antarctic soil propagule bank yields an exotic moss and potential colonist

first_imgSoil samples from the summit of Coulman Island in northern Victoria Land, continental Antarctica (lat. 73o28’S, 169o45’E) were cultured and after nine weeks they have yeilded sterile shoots of a funarialean moss. Its identity is discussed and, on the basis of the leaf shape, it is determined, with some reservations, as Entosthodon subnudus (Taylor) Fife, a species native to the Australia-New Zealand biogeographical province. This example provides further evidence of the existence of soil propagule banks, sometimes containing taxa not known in the flora of the Antarctic biome. Because of the severity of the polar climate and permanently frigid dry desert conditions, many such propagules may never succeed in growing in situ. The occurrence of E. subnudus represents the highest elevation (2930m) at which a viable plant propagule has been recorded in Antarctica.last_img read more