Sportingbet profit dives after US settlement

first_imgWednesday 6 October 2010 3:31 am John Dunne Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Tags: NULL Read This Next’Kevin Can F**k Himself’: Here’s Why Only Allison and Patty Are SeenThe Wrap20 Stars Who’ve Posted Nude Selfies, From Lizzo to John Legend (Photos)The Wrap’Batwoman’: Wallis Day on Circe’s ‘Deranged’ Warpath and the Key to SavingThe Wrap’Godzilla vs Kong’ Reaches $100 Million in US After Grossing $250,000 inThe WrapJoin a Conversation on ‘Cancel Culture in Comedy’ with Maz Jobrani, SkyeThe WrapAnya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Fiennes Join Searchlight’s Dark Comedy ‘The Menu’The WrapAfter ‘Black Widow,’ Kevin Feige Leaves Open the Possibility of OtherThe Wrap’Pose’ Creator Steven Canals on Life After His Groundbreaking Show: ‘I’mThe Wrap’The Boys’ Star Aya Cash Took Inspiration From YouTube, TikTok and SteveThe Wrapcenter_img whatsapp Share Sportingbet profit dives after US settlement Online gambling firm Sportingbet posted a 69 per cent fall in full-year pretax profit on one-off costs related to a settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice and its move to the Official List, but said it started the new year well.The company had agreed to forfeit $33m (£21 million pounds) to settle a US investigation over alleged illegal Internet gambling.Net gaming revenue in the first two months of the new financial year was 17 per cent above the same period last year.“Whilst the economic outlook remains challenging, our spread of activities across the different economic cycles of Europe, Australia and South America gives us confidence for a further year of success,” the company said in a statement.For the year ended 31 July, pre-tax profit was £6.9m, compared with £22.3m last year.Net gaming revenue grew 27 per cent to £207.5m.The company declared a final dividend of 1 pence, taking the total dividend for the year to 1.5 pence, up 50 per cent from last year. by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableyMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesBrake For ItThe Most Worthless Cars Ever MadeBrake For ItBetterBe20 Stunning Female AthletesBetterBemoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan Timeslast_img read more

E.ON may sell UK electricity distributor

first_imgSunday 7 November 2010 8:31 pm More From Our Partners Mark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org E.ON may sell UK electricity distributor by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was Famous, Now She Works In {State}MoneyPailSerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen Heraldmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.comMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island Farm GERMAN energy giant E.ON is understood to be in advanced talks to sell Britain’s second-largest electricity distribution network to a group of foreign investors for up to £3.5bn.A consortium comprising the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Canada Pension Plan and Australian bank Macquarie is thought to have approached E.ON about the business, made up of the distribution arms of the former Midlands Electricity and East Midlands Electricity companies now known as Central Networks (CN).The consortium is believed to have approached the German utility recently and talks progressed quickly.German news magazine Der Spiegel reported during the weekend that E.ON was considering the sale of several assets to make up for falling earnings.A spokesman for E.ON refused to comment. “We’re not saying anything about this, I’m afraid,” he said.Central Networks supplies electricity through local power lines to about 4.9m homes and businesses in an area stretching from the Welsh borders in the west to the Lincolnshire coast in the east and from the Peak District in Derbyshire down to the outskirts of Bristol. E.on merged ME and EME to form CN in 2004. whatsappcenter_img KCS-content whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Share Tags: NULLlast_img read more

XLMedia returns to profit despite revenue decline in 2020

first_img Topics: Marketing & affiliates Full year results 2020 Results 2020 Marketing Tags: Revenue Results XLMedia Profit XLMedia returns to profit despite revenue decline in 2020 “Alongside this, we continue to assess the option of disposing of elements of this business, where we feel the value to another party may exceed that to XLMedia over the longer term.” These two main factors saw revenue fall across all of XLMedia’s operating markets. Scandinavia remained its core region, but revenue fell 38.3% to $21.4m, while revenue from other European markets declined 27.9% to $15.5m. Affiliate giant XLMedia remained in profit in 2020, despite revenue falling 31.2% as a result of a Google demotion and novel coronavirus (Covid-19) impacting its sports assets. Google applied a search ranking penalty to a number of XLMedia casino sites, which the affiliate said made generating new revenue in this vertical difficult.    XLMedia was also initially impacted by the cancellation and postponement of many major sports events in the second quarter as a result of Covid-19. This resulted in a drop in sports betting revenue during the period.    Revenue for the 12 months to 31 December amounted to $54.8m, down from $79.7m in the previous year. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter XLMedia paid $314,000 in tax, resulting in a $792,000 profit from continuing operations, up from a $60.9m loss in 2019. 28th April 2021 | By Robert Fletcher “Notwithstanding this, our level of confidence in the business performance and recovery continues to grow and we have entered 2021 with positive momentum, which we expect to lead to revenue materially ahead of the previous year.” “We entered 2020 with strategic and operational clarity, only to find ourselves knocked off track in the short term by the unforeseen challenges of a Google penalty and the Covid-19 global pandemic,” Simms said.center_img XLMedia was significantly impacted by changes to the Google rankings of its sites in January of last year. After also including $2.5m in reorganisation costs and $955,000 in impairment loss, this left an operating profit of $913,000, compared to a loss of $56.7m in 2019. The larger loss in 2019 was caused by a much heavier impairment charge of $81.4m. Email Address “Even against this backdrop the business performed relatively well, and we made significant progress on the priorities of upgrading the asset portfolio and restructuring the organisation, which will drive performance over the longer term.” “From this point, we are concentrating our resources on growing the new revenue in the casino vertical from the current lower base,” XLMedia chief executive Stuart Simms said. “This includes driving further growth from our unpenalised sites and seeking to re-establish the performance of the penalised assets, through partnerships, to successfully remove the penalties or develop new sites.   Looking at costs for the full year, operating expenses were up 9.9% to $30.0m, with earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) reaching $12.2m, down 63.6% but largely in line with a forecast published in January this year. Full year results 2020 North American revenue was down 29.0% to $11.5m. Revenue from Oceania, meanwhile, fell 31.6% to $941,000; Asian revenue plummeted 84.4% to $35,000 and the contribution from other fell 41.4% to $61,000. “Completing the transformation of the business, including the overhaul of the systems supporting it and delivering the long-term operating structure to maximise growth will involve further significant investment in 2021.   This led to penalties applied to Casino.pt, Casino.gr and CasinoKiwi.co.nz being rescinded, resulting in an improvement in their rankings. However, the affiliate also said it would take some time to return to historical levels. Finance expenses amounted to $139,000 and other income $332,000, leaving a pre-tax profit of $1.1m, compared to a $57.7m loss in the previous year. After a thorough review, XLMedia chose to focus its efforts on 10 of the penalised websites and a small number of other high-performing assets to minimise duplication in each target country, submitting these to Google for reconsideration. Simms also highlighted the acquisition of US-focused sportsbook review website Sports Betting Dime in March and sports gaming and sports betting business CBWG Sports in December as factors that will support growth plans moving forward. last_img read more

Axia Corporation Limited (AXIA.zw) 2018 Abridged Report

first_imgAxia Corporation Limited (AXIA.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2018 abridged results.For more information about Axia Corporation Limited (AXIA.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Axia Corporation Limited (AXIA.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Axia Corporation Limited (AXIA.zw)  2018 abridged results.Company ProfileAxia Corporation Limited is a retail enterprise that sells specialty homeware furniture and electrical appliances through 38 nationwide retail outlets; and retails automotive spares across multiple channels with a footprint that stretches to Zambia and Malawi. The company’s core expertise lies in providing a reputable service for inbound clearing and bonded warehousing; ambient and chilled/frozen warehousing services; logistics, marketing, sales and merchandising services. Axia has three business units which include TV Sales & Home (TVSH), a leading furniture and electronic appliance retailer; Transerv, retailing automotive spares, and Distribution Group Africa (DGA), an established distribution and logistics company. Axia Corporation Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Anglican Alliance launches global focus on anti-slavery initiatives in Freedom…

first_img Director of Music Morristown, NJ Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Shreveport, LA Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Smithfield, NC Submit a Press Release 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 Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Youth Minister Lorton, VA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Collierville, TN Poverty & Hunger Submit a Job Listing 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 In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit an Event Listing Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY 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 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Press Release Service Posted Feb 1, 2018 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector Martinsville, VA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Jobs & Calls Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ center_img Rector Tampa, FL Anglican Alliance launches global focus on anti-slavery initiatives in Freedom Year Anglican Communion, Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Pittsburgh, PA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Albany, NY Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Advocacy Peace & Justice, Tags Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Belleville, IL Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Rector Washington, DC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Hopkinsville, KY Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Human Trafficking, Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA [Anglican Communion News Service] The Anglican Alliance, which helps to coordinates Anglican churches and agencies to work for a world free of poverty and justice, has launched a yearlong focus on anti-slavery initiatives across the Communion. Through its Freedom Year initiative, the Alliance is inviting people to learn more about human trafficking and modern slavery in the world today, pray for change, and take action to end it.Read the full article here. Featured Events Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME last_img read more

Rudsār Villa / A1Architecture

first_img Rudsār Villa / A1Architecture Rudsār Villa / A1ArchitectureSave this projectSaveRudsār Villa / A1Architecture CopyAbout this officeA1ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductsGlassSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesDamavandIranPublished on October 25, 2018Cite: “Rudsār Villa / A1Architecture” 25 Oct 2018. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogLouvers / ShuttersTechnowoodSunshade SystemsGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisPatinated Copper: Nordic Green/Blue/Turquoise/SpecialCoffee tablesFlexformCoffee Table – GipsyCurtain WallsIsland Exterior FabricatorsPace Gallery Envelope SystemWoodSculptformTimber Battens in Double Bay HouseStonesCosentinoSilestone and Dekton in Villa OmniaBricksNelissenInner Wall Bricks – LückingPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsAir Facade PanelsWoodBlumer LehmannData Processing for Wood ProjectsEducational ApplicationsFastmount®Hidden Panel Fastener at Massey UniversitySealants / ProtectorsTOPCRETMicro-Coating – Baxab®More 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 Area:  700 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Amir Afghan Year:  Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/904346/rudsar-villa-a1architecture Clipboard “COPY” Save this picture!© Peyman Amirghiasvand+ 29Curated by María Francisca González Share Iran Photographs:  Peyman Amirghiasvand, Deed Studio Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Photographs ArchDaily Architects: A1Architecture Area Area of this architecture project Lead Architect: Manufacturers: Kavir, Knauf, Marjan Tile Co., Venus glass 2018 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/904346/rudsar-villa-a1architecture Clipboard “COPY” Graphic Designer:Fatemeh MahmoudyarConstruction Manager:Hamed NaghizadehTechnical And Electrical:Iman ShemshadiDesign Team:Ila Kabgani, Atiyeh keshavarz, Mohammadjavad FarizhandTechnical:Iman ShemshadiElectrical:Iman ShemshadiCity:DamavandCountry:IranMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Deed StudioRecommended ProductsWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance SystemWoodSculptformTimber Click-on BattensCeramicsApavisaTiles – JewelsText description provided by the architects. Rudsār villa is located in Gilavand district in Damavand City, which is around 56 kilometers away from Tehran. The project’s site is around 1100 square meters and the gross area is 700 square meter. In the modern era, people living in metropolises encounter a number of problems on a daily basis. According to which people take spending leisure times in the suburban areas into serious consideration. This allows them to take advantages of some conveniences factors such as clean air, using mineral water sources and virgin nature.Save this picture!© Deed StudioSave this picture!Isometric DiagramSave this picture!© Deed StudioRudsār villa is designed for a family who lives in Tehran city and hopes to blow off some steam in the countryside. The site’s front view is a layered topography which starts from a valley laden with green trees to the snow-covered mountains, and at last, the scenery ends with the spectacular sight of Damavand summit. This project has a layered feature which is a reflection of the project’s layered nature around. To arrange volumes in such a way, the building’s mass is made up of 3 layers slipped on top of each other and are placed on the site’s slope. The project’s tripled volume on the site’s slope is intertwined to itself in a way that in each intersection a small courtyard is generated.Save this picture!© Deed StudioThe effort to create a collection of various spaces in size and characteristic has led to obtaining high potential spaces for individual or group activities. Open circulation path goes through the volumes and connects small courtyards to each other and finally, it goes to the outdoor swimming pool and great southern yard. Various open, semi-open and closed spaces in the building are directly linked to the project’s design strategy in locating the building on a hill. During different hours of the day, natural light penetration on the white interiors and exteriors creates astonishing highlights and shadows which increases the fluidity of space alongside the transparent indoor and outdoor wall.Save this picture!© Deed StudioAlso, space’s overlapping figure causes the best interior view toward different parts of the villa to escalate liveliness essence of the villa. Despite the typical introvert luxury houses in which the indoor activities are hidden from the eyes of the public, Rudsār villa is a representative of an extrovert house with a delicate and down to earth design. This also is manifested in the utilization of materials in the building which all are inspired from the surrounding and from regular types of materials. Moreover, this allows the building to form a firm bond of interaction with its environment.Save this picture!© Deed StudioProject gallerySee allShow lessAalto University Väre Building / Verstas ArchitectsSelected ProjectsHouse for a Young Family / Architecture Uncomfortable WorkshopSelected Projects Share Projects CopyHouses•Damavand, Iranlast_img read more

Limerick GPs will not turn women away

first_imgAdvertisement Limerick doctors join growing list of Doctors for Yes Previous articlePop-up park to let dogs off the leashNext articleListless Limerick limp out of Munster Hurling Championship Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Abortion survivor to address Limerick rally on April 6th Twitter 119 Limerick women had abortions in UK last year NewsHealthLimerick GPs will not turn women awayBy Bernie English – June 17, 2018 2413 TAGSabortionDr Emmet KerinFamily DoctorGeneral PractitionerGPGP Representativehealth Email WhatsAppcenter_img Norovirus Visitor Restrictions Tightened at UHL Limerick GP Emmet KerinFAMILY doctors in Limerick will not turn women in crisis pregnancy away and abortion services will be provided, a senior GP representative has said.Dr Emmet Kerin, a former president of the National Association of General Practitioners and current executive member of that body told the Limerick Post that Limerick women need not fear that they will be left without refuge after Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced that abortion services will be provided by GPs on an “opt in’ basis.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “There is a small minority of GPs who will not want to participate in abortion referrals or prescribing pills and their opinions should be respected. There are others who have no moral objections but have concerns around issues like having access to ultrasound to safely date a pregnancy and blood testing facilities for rhesus issues.”Despite polls showing that eight in ten GPs don’t want to personally provide services, “there are plenty of GPs in Limerick who will provide a service or be happy to refer patients on to family planning services. No GP is going to say to any woman in crisis ‘you’re on your own”.Dr Kerin, whose practice is with the busy Treaty Medical centre in the city, himself wrote to Minister Harris in advance of the Referendum vote, asking him to meet with GP representatives to discuss the issues.“It was very disappointing that he didn’t do that. GPs were completely sidelined. There was no question of trying to influence the outcome of the vote. It simply made practical sense for us to talk to the Minister about the issues in advance. But we do welcome the decision to allow GPs opt-in, Dr Kerin said.“But it’s a huge issue that there isn’t a functional relationship between GPs and the Department of Health.Dr Kerin said that he is confident that services will now be provided by doctors whose hands will no longer be tied by constitutional ban on abortion.“We had an EGM after the vote and had advice from a member of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service. It became clear that abortion is a specialist service.“And from a pragmatic point of view, polls show that around 80 per cent of GPs don’t want to provide this service for various reasons but they are happy to refer patients on and women can also self-refer to a clinic”.Read more health news here. Print Linkedin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Crisis pending as Limerick family doctors face retirement Facebook Limerick Doctor comments on “broken health system”last_img read more

Iranian diplomat convicted of planning attack on opposition

first_img Twitter Pinterest Local NewsWorld News TAGS  WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – February 4, 2021 Iranian diplomat convicted of planning attack on opposition ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) — An Iranian diplomat identified as an undercover secret agent was convicted Thursday in Belgium of masterminding a thwarted bomb attack against an exiled Iranian opposition group in France and sentenced to 20 years in prison, a legal outcome that infuriated Tehran. A Belgian court rejected the Vienna-based official’s claim of diplomatic immunity. The official, Assadollah Assadi, contested the charges and refused to testify during his trial last year, invoking his diplomatic status. He did not attend Thursday’s hearing at the Antwerp courthouse. Prosecutors had requested the maximum prison sentence of 20 years on charges of attempted terrorist murder and participation in the activities of a terrorist group. Defense lawyer Dimitri De Beco said Assadi would likely decide to appeal the verdict and sentence. Three other defendants were also found guilty and received lengthy jail sentences after the court ruled that they belonged to the same network. During the trial, lawyers for the plaintiffs and representatives of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq opposition group, or MEK, claimed without offering evidence that the diplomat set up the attack on direct orders from Iran’s highest authorities. Tehran has denied having a hand in the plot. A spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Affairs Ministry, Saeed Khatibzadeh, condemned the court decisions and said Iran did not recognize the sentence because it considers the Belgian proceedings against Assadi to have been illegal. The court in Antwerp rejected Assadi’s claims of individual immunity and said the case did not violate state immunity principles since neither Iran nor an Iranian security service stood trial. In its ruling, it made clear Iran was not on trial, but insisted the quartet of defendants were members of a cell operating for Iran’s intelligence services gathering information about the opposition group to identify targets and set up an attack. Assadi’s conviction comes at a critical time and has the potential to embarrass his country as U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration weighs whether to rejoin the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers. Iran also said last month it expects Washington to lift economic sanctions that former President Donald Trump imposed on the country after pulling America out of the atomic deal in 2018. The European Union centered its reaction on Assadi specifically and did not draw in Iran as a nation. “The acts committed by this person are completely unacceptable. That’s a fact. The other aspect I can add is that the person in question is already on the EU counter-terrorism list,” said EU spokesman Peter Stano. The Belgian government said the ruling stood on its own, separated from diplomacy and international relations. “What matters is that today the justice system has ruled on facts of terrorism and made a clear statement about it. And it must be able to do that in complete independence. Otherwise, we no longer live in a constitutional state,” said Justice Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne. On June 30, 2018, Belgian police officers tipped off by intelligence services about a possible attack against the annual meeting of the MEK, stopped a couple traveling in a Mercedes car. In their luggage, they found 550 grams of the unstable TATP explosive and a detonator. Belgium’s bomb disposal unit said the device was of professional quality. It could have caused a sizable explosion and panic in the crowd, estimated at 25,000 people, that had gathered that day in the French town of Villepinte, north of Paris. Among dozens of prominent guests at the rally that day were Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani; Newt Gingrich, former conservative speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives; and former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt. Assadi was arrested a day later in Germany and transferred to Belgium. The court said since Assadi was on vacation at the time of his arrest — and not in Austria, where he was accredited — he was not entitled to immunity. A note from Belgium’s intelligence and security agency seen by The Associated Press identified him as an officer of Iran’s intelligence and security ministry who operated undercover at the Iranian Embassy in Austria. Belgium’s state security officers said he worked for the ministry’s so-called Department 312, the directorate for internal security, which is on a European Union list of organizations the EU regards as terrorist groups. Prosecutors identified Assadi as the alleged “operational commander” of the planned attack and accused him of recruiting the couple — Amir Saadouni and Nasimeh Naami — years earlier. Both were of Iranian heritage. Saadouni was sentenced to 15 years in prison while Naami received an 18-year prison term. According to the investigation, Assadi carried the explosives to Austria on a commercial flight from Iran and later handed the bomb over to the pair during a meeting at a Pizza Hut restaurant in Luxembourg. The ruling confirmed that the explosives were made and tested in Iran. The fourth defendant, Mehrdad Arefani, was sentenced to 17 years in prison. The National Council of Resistance of Iran is a part of the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq, an exiled Iranian opposition group largely based in Albania and Paris. It was formed in 1965 by college students who embraced both Marxism and Islamic governance while seeking to overthrow the ruling shah. They’ve been blamed for killing Americans in the 1970s and later assassinations and bombings, attacks in which the group now denies being involved. They were pushed out of Iran in the wake of the 1979 Islamic Revolution, then joined Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in battling Iran, becoming incredibly unpopular in their country. The group has sought to rehabilitate its image in recent years, paying tens of thousands of dollars in speaking fees to American politicians. The MEK says it renounced violence in 2001. The organization’s leader, Maryam Rajavi, welcomed the ruling and reasserted her claims that Assadi’s plot had been approved by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. “The time has come for the European Union to take action,” she said, urging EU countries to recall their ambassadors from Tehran in light of the ruling. ——— Amir Vahdat in Tehran, Angela Charlton in Paris, Raf Casert in Brussels and Jon Gambrell in Dubai contributed to this report.center_img Facebook Previous articleGlobal Scale-Out NAS Market (2020 to 2026) – Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts – ResearchAndMarkets.comNext articleLightstep Announces ‘Change Intelligence’ to Deliver on the Promises of AIOps in Observability Digital AIM Web Support Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

Madhya Pradesh HC Expands Scope Of Matters To Be Heard By Subordinate Courts; High Power Committee Extends Bail Period Of Prisoners By 45 Days [Read Circulars]

first_imgNews UpdatesMadhya Pradesh HC Expands Scope Of Matters To Be Heard By Subordinate Courts; High Power Committee Extends Bail Period Of Prisoners By 45 Days [Read Circulars] Akshita Saxena4 May 2020 7:37 AMShare This – xThe Madhya Pradesh High Court has issued a circular stating that in addition to hearing of extremely urgent matters, the Subordinate Courts in the state will also take up cases that are at the stage of disposal and/ or do not require oral evidence. The courts in the state of Madhya Pradesh resorted to restrictive functioning on March 25, 2020. Thereby, it was decided that “No…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?LoginThe Madhya Pradesh High Court has issued a circular stating that in addition to hearing of extremely urgent matters, the Subordinate Courts in the state will also take up cases that are at the stage of disposal and/ or do not require oral evidence. The courts in the state of Madhya Pradesh resorted to restrictive functioning on March 25, 2020. Thereby, it was decided that “No matter, unless it is urgent or eminently emergent, shall be entertained except with the permission of Hon’ble the Chief Justice in case of the High Court and District Judge or Principal Judge, Family Court or In-charge Officer thereof in case of Subordinate Court or Family Court.” In modification to this, the High Court has now stated, “Including urgent cases, those cases shall also be taken for hearing which are at the stage of disposal, order, final hearing, remands & bails, criminal revisions, civil appeals etc. which can be decided only by hearing of Advocates of both the parties without taking any oral evidence by the Presiding Officer of the concerned Court. Presiding Officers are also directed to request to the Learned Advocates to file the written arguments.” However, the courts have been cautioned to observe all social distancing norms and ensure absolute sanitization. Further, they have been instructed to call employees in shifts, possibly only 1/3rd or 1/4th of the staff may be called on each working day, except officers/employees residing in Containment Zones/Hotspots, to ensure that neither rush is caused in the court premises nor does the work suffer due to shortage of staff. All the District/ Sessions Judges have been asked to submit weekly reports on the aspect of their functioning, to the High Court Registry. Meanwhile, in view of extension of the lockdown period, the High Power Committee in the state has decided to further extend the interim bail period of persons who were released in order to decongest prisons. A memo has been issued by the Registrar General as per which the Committee has resolved to extend the period of interim bail of the accused persons for further 45 days. “Kindly refer to the aforesaid endorsement and the Guidelines of Hon’ble High Power Committee by which the accused persons were released on interim bail for limited period of 45 days in pursuance of the order of Hon’ble the Supreme Court dated 23/03/2020. Since their bail period is going to be lapsed on upcoming days while nationwide lockdown period has been extended, therefore, after consideration, Hon’ble High Power Committee has again extended the period of interim bail of the accused persons for further 45 days.” Click Here To Download Circular Click Here To Download Memo Next Storylast_img read more

Icy storm moves east, bringing threat for dangerous road conditions

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — A second storm system is moving through the Midwest on Thursday morning and wreaking havoc from the Rockies to the Northeast.Salt Lake City and Denver got hit hard Wednesday with this storm — roads were a mess with lots of spin out and accidents. The Denver area got 3 to 6 inches of snow, while Salt Lake City saw 5 to 10 inches of snow.Ahead of the same storm, warm air turned snow into freezing rain from Kansas City to Wisconsin, making roads treacherous. Farther south, water rescues were necessary as up to 4 inches of rain fell in Nashville, Tennessee marking a daily record.There are 32 states from the Rockies to the Northeast under, snow, ice and flood alerts on Thursday, including a blizzard warning and ice storm warning for the Plains.The storm is now in the Mid-Mississippi Valley and producing severe storms with damaging wind and hail.As the storm moves east later Thursday morning and into the afternoon, heavy snow will break out in the western Great Lakes with freezing rain to the south. Severe storms are expected Thursday for the Ohio Valley with damaging winds, a few tornadoes and some hail and flash flooding also possible.The storm system will move into Canada, but the trailing cold front will move into the Northeast with some heavy rain at times. Some icy weather is possible in northern New England.In the next 12 to 24 hours, Wisconsin and Michigan could see up to a foot of snow, while the Ohio Valley and parts of the Midwest could see an additional 3 inches of rain.There could be four-tenths of an inch of ice in Kansas and Missouri.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more