Irish government passes amendment to Gaming and Lotteries Bill

first_img Share Paddy Power: Sinn Féin surge sees coalition uncertainty February 13, 2020 Related Articles Irish Government proposes new maximum stake and payout limits for gaming machines November 27, 2019 StumbleUpon Submit Share Irish political parties push for gambling reform January 29, 2020 The Irish Government has passed a Sinn Féin amendment to the country’s Gaming and Lotteries Bill which will see the cap on prize money handed out by bingo operators increased from 50% to 75%. The decision comes after previous policy proposals came under scrutiny from industry stakeholders over fears that it would force bingo halls to close around the country. Independent TD Denis Naughten welcomed the news by saying: “This is what bingo players have been looking for.“All of us as TDs have been contacted by organisers and bingo players across the country.“We are now back to a situation where whatever was the usual that was given out can continue to be given out in community halls right across this country.”The amendment now means that the majority of community-run bingo games will not be affected, with Naughten emphasising that there will be no change to the current system for many bingo players.“It has now changed to 75% where the prize money is in excess of €5,000,” he explained. “Where the prize money is less than that the current rules continue to apply.“This is a very positive development and it is great to see all of the TDs from all the political parties in Dáil Eireann unite to get this particular proposal over the line.”last_img read more

PBC Prosecutors Still Going After Robert Kraft

first_imgProsecutors in Palm Beach county apparently want to continue with the prostitution prosecution of New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft despite losing a key piece of evidence.Kraft is charged with two counts of soliciting prosecution in connection with visits to a massage parlor in Jupiter before last year’s AFC Championship Game.Florida prosecutors still want to prosecute Robert Kraft on misdemeanor charges of soliciting prostitution— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) September 16, 2019 Prosecutors were expected to drop the charges after video evidence from inside the spa was deemed inadmissible in court.Prosecutors in the case asked an appeals court for a second deadline extension to prepare their case. They were supposed to file their legal briefs Monday, but prosecutors said they needed at least 15 more days to address complex legal issues raised by the use of secret surveillance cameras in the investigation.The Kraft case and two other related prosecutions “impact not only this case, but also the power of law enforcement to utilize delayed-notice, non-audio video surveillance. . . to combat a range of organized criminal enterprises, including human trafficking, racketeering, and narcotics,’’ prosecutors wrote in a court filing.Kraft’s defense team quickly fired back, urging judges on the Fourth District Court of Appeals, where the case is pending, to keep Monday’s deadline.“The State has now represented to Mr. Kraft’s counsel that it has, at long last, decided to pursue the appeal. So be it,’’ Kraft’s defense wrote in their court filing. “But there is no explanation as to why, after deeming the appeal worthy of pursuit, the State could not readily set forth its putative grounds for appeal” on Monday.Kraft was one of 25 men charged by Jupiter police in January as part of an investigation into human trafficking and prostitution in the beach community. Investigators used surveillance cameras secretly installed in the Orchids of Asia Day Spa to gather evidence. No evidence of human trafficking was found, prosecutors later said.Kraft has pleaded not guilty to two solicitation charges. He has also issued a public apology.Prosecutors have now asked an appeals court for a second extension of the deadline to prepare their case.Robert Kraft case: Read documents filed by prosecutors and defense attorneys— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) September 17, 2019last_img read more

Officials Detect Additional Cases of West Nile Virus in Miami-Dade

first_imgMiami-Dade County health officials late last week confirmed four more local cases of West Nile virus, bringing the county’s total to 18 residents.The Miami Herald reports that the county’s mosquito-control chief believes this summer’s resurgence of West Nile most likely reflects the heavy rains that cause mosquito populations to increase.For that reason, Miami-Dade is now under a mosquito-borne-illness alert.Officials announced that county’s first two cases of West Nile virus in May, and said both cases in county residents and occurred through local transmission.On June 11, health officials reported two additional cases, followed by 10 more on June 25.According to the health department, West Nile virus is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the United States.There are no vaccines to prevent it or medications to treat it at this time.last_img read more

Incredible €32,000 raised in 24 hours for brave Donegal mum

first_imgUpdated: 5.50pmAn online appeal to help a young Donegal mother’s cancer battle has touched countless hearts in the past day.Hundreds of people have rushed to donate money to Sonya Hamilton Mc Closkey, a 35-year-old mum of five who was recently diagnosed with cancer. In the past 24 hours, the GoFundMe fundraiser has gathered €22,000 from over 500 people.And a further €10,000 has been donated through cheques and personal donations.Sonya’s family launched the appeal yesterday in a bid to give her a fighting chance against the aggressive illness.Sonya, who is from St Johnston and living in Ballybofey, hoped to raise €2,000 to cover the cost of specialised tests in the UK, which could determine the alternative treatment options available. As donations flooded in last night, Sonya and her husband Michael shared a message of thanks from Galway University Hospital. She said that she was “overwhelmed by the wonderful support”.Michael McCloskey and Sonya Hamilton McCloskey share a thumbs-up from Galway HospitalSonya’s parents have also thanked the public for their support. In a post on the ‘Sonya’s Struggle’ Facebook group, they wrote: “From the Hamilton family we would like to thank everyone for their support in these hard times. Sonya is the one that brings our family together.“She comes down every Saturday with a boot full of food and goodies for the kids. All the grandchildren have great fun even though it can be noisy at times.“Sonya has a heart of gold and she would do anything for anybody. We couldn’t ask for a better daughter. Keep on fighting dear. Lots of love from mum and dad.”Sonya Hamilton Mc CloskeyHundreds of well-wishers have sent messages and blessings to Sonya, Michael and their family to give them strength during their time of need. Sonya was diagnosed with cancer of the breast, lymph nodes, pancreas, liver and lungs just three months ago, after struggling with unexplained symptoms for two years. She has spent the past few weeks in an oncology ward, separated from her family as her four youngest children are too young to visit the ward.Every euro counts for the family, as Michael gave up his main source of income on the day of Sonya’s devastating diagnosis to be with her and their children.If you would like to donate to the GoFundMe page, please click here: €32,000 raised in 24 hours for brave Donegal mum was last modified: June 21st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:gofundmeSonya Hamilton Mc Closkeylast_img read more

Rangers fail in bid to land Albion’s Olsson

first_imgQPR have had an approach for West Brom’s Swedish defender Jonas Olsson rejected.The 29-year-old is one of a host of players Rangers have made enquiries about as they look to add to their squad during the transfer window.But they have been told that Olsson, who signed a new four-year contract at The Hawthorns in October, is not for sale.R’s boss Harry Redknapp is keen to sign at least one centre-back this month and is also preparing for Ryan Nelsen’s departure to Toronto.See also:QPR set to table formal bid for French starYTo4OntzOjk6IndpZGdldF9pZCI7czoyMDoid3lzaWphLW5sLTEzNTI0NjE4NjkiO3M6NToibGlzdHMiO2E6MTp7aTowO3M6MToiMyI7fXM6MTA6Imxpc3RzX25hbWUiO2E6MTp7aTozO3M6MjI6Ildlc3QgTG9uZG9uIFNwb3J0IGxpc3QiO31zOjEyOiJhdXRvcmVnaXN0ZXIiO3M6MTc6Im5vdF9hdXRvX3JlZ2lzdGVyIjtzOjEyOiJsYWJlbHN3aXRoaW4iO3M6MTM6ImxhYmVsc193aXRoaW4iO3M6Njoic3VibWl0IjtzOjMzOiJTdWJzY3JpYmUgdG8gb3VyIGRhaWx5IG5ld3NsZXR0ZXIiO3M6Nzoic3VjY2VzcyI7czoyODM6IlRoYW5rIHlvdSEgUGxlYXNlIGNoZWNrIHlvdXIgaW5ib3ggaW4gb3JkZXIgdG8gY29uZmlybSB5b3VyIHN1YnNjcmlwdGlvbi4gSWYgeW91IGRvbid0IHNlZSBhbiBlLW1haWwgZnJvbSB1cywgY2hlY2sgeW91ciBzcGFtIGZvbGRlci4gSWYgeW91IHN0aWxsIGhhdmVuJ3QgcmVjZWl2ZWQgYSBjb25maXJtYXRpb24gbWVzc2FnZSwgcGxlYXNlIGUtbWFpbCBmZWVkYmFja0B3ZXN0bG9uZG9uc3BvcnQuY29tIGFuZCB0ZWxsIHVzIHlvdSB3aXNoIHRvIHN1YnNjcmliZSB0byBvdXIgbmV3c2xldHRlci4iO3M6MTI6ImN1c3RvbWZpZWxkcyI7YToxOntzOjU6ImVtYWlsIjthOjE6e3M6NToibGFiZWwiO3M6NToiRW1haWwiO319fQ== Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Bafana beaten by African champs

first_img15 November 2012Bafana Bafana went down 1-0 to Zambia in the Nelson Mandela Challenge at Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium on Wednesday evening, leading coach Gordon Igesund to say afterwards that he hasn’t yet settled on his squad for the African Cup of Nations, which kicks off on 19 January.Only three more warm-up matches remain for South Africa before the continental championship starts, and Igesund needs to find answers to his questions. Yet, Bafana Bafana supporters should not be unfamiliar with the situation; it seems to be almost customary for the South African Football Association (Safa) to appoint a new coach shortly before the event.Addressing the media afterwards, Igesund said: “We played against the champions tonight. Right now, I’m disappointed that we never won the game or got something out of it.”‘We are going to improve’Adding a note of optimism, he continued: “We are going to improve by at least 35 to 40 percent [by the time of the African Cup of Nations].“We know where we are going. We know what we have to do and by the first [of January] when we’ve got all the players on board, we’ll have a good 18 days of training sessions, mornings and afternoons, to try to mould them into more of a unit.”The home team’s challenge on Wednesday was undermined by an injury to striker Takelo Rantie, who last only half-an-hour before being replaced by Katlego Mashego, while Bernard Parker also suffered a knock and did not return for the second half, with Kermit Erasmus taking his place.Bright startPlaying in front of a crowd of 17 000, Bafana started brightly enough and an early free kick taken by Ricardo Nunes forced Zambian goalkeeper Kennedy Mweene into a save.Lerato Chabangu picked out Rantie with a free kick, but his header was wide of the mark, while Parker let loose from range with a left-footed shot, which passed just over the crossbar.Isaac Chansa, who previously spent time with Orlando Pirates, then warmed Itumeleng Khune’s gloves with a shot from distance.MomentumThe momentum swung the way of Chipolopolo as Jacob Mulenga, Chansa and Chisamba Lungu all tested Khune without success.Shortly after the departure of Rantie, Dean Furman was shown a yellow card and Zambia’s Nathan Sinkala quickly followed him into the referee’s book.The half-time whistle sounded with Zambia in charge after a good start by the home team.As they had done in the first half, South Africa started the second stanza well with Mashego and Kermit Erasmus both managing to get off attempts on goal, although neither man troubled Mweene in the Zambian goal.GoalAfter a good build-up, the contest’s sole goal came in the 64th minute from Orlando Pirates marksman Collins Mbesuma. He gave Khune no chance with a left-footed rocket of a shot from just outside the box, which smashed into Khune’s top right hand corner, setting off celebrations among the green-clad Zambian supporters.With 15 minutes to play, Zambia’s lead could have been doubled, but former Moroka Swallows’ striker James Chamanga missed the mark after a good cross from Thabo Nthethe on the left.Five minutes later, 34-year-old Delron Buckley made his first appearance for Bafana Bafana since a 2008 World Cup qualifier against Sierra Leone, earning his 73rd international cap.Near the end, Zambia had a penalty shout turned down by referee Simanga Nhleko when Mbesuma went down under a challege from Bafana Bafana skipper Bongani Khumalo and South Africa almost snatched a late equaliser when Erasmus forced a superb save out of Mweene, but Mashego was unable to net from the rebound.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Rift threatens to affect opening

first_imgLOS ANGELES—With the rift between two factions in the Philippine Basketball Association’s board of governors far from over, several team representatives admitted on Saturday that the issue could drag on and ultimately affect the opening of the 43rd season.“We’re bracing for the worst,” one board member, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said after both parties agreed to a ceasefire last week.ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next The seven-team side had appointed an officer-in-charge in long time PBA operations manager Rickie Santos, supposedly to assure that the league would run even without a commissioner.Three teams—TNT KaTropa, Phoenix Petroleum and Rain or Shine—don’t have representatives here, showing how divided this board has become on the issue.A fourth squad, NLEX, whose representative is the incoming chair, has also been rumored to be skipping the trip.Ramoncito Fernandez, the NLEX board member, is scheduled to arrive on Nov. 14.Even if the league opens at a later date, the format for the next season remains, with the Philippine Cup to be the first of three conferences.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Shin wins Masters; Tabuena lands 3rd QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES The first of what was supposed to be four days of planning sessions has turned into a vacation here.“I’m sure the others (fellow board members know that), but we are fighting for our principles here,” the Inquirer source went on.“We also know that the sooner this issue is resolved, the better for the league. But how do we resolve it?”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTwo weeks ago, a seven-team group has called for the resignation of Chito Narvasa as commissioner, while a five-team side threw its full support behind Narvasa, creating a standstill with the next season slated to open on Dec. 17.The board member further said that his team will change its decision on whose side it will be on. But because of the ceasefire, the board member also requested not to print which side his team is on. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View commentslast_img read more


first_imgThe ATA have recently announced that Mr Bill Ker will be stepping down from his role as CEO in July 2005. Mr Ker has been CEO of the Australian Touch Association for the past 10 years and has indicated his intentions early, allowing the board time to organise a succession plan for his retirement. “The organisation is planning to implement a new management structure, meaning the timing is ideal for someone with new ideas, passion and energy for the sport of Touch in Australia,” Mr Ker said. “I am proud of how our sport has developed during my time with the ATA and am excited about the future direction and possibilities for the organisation and the sport.” The ATA Board of Directors has appointed Sport Employment Australia (SEA) to identify a new CEO for Australia Touch. Please refer to the CEO position overview attached to this story. AUSTRALIA TOUCH ASSOCIATION CEO POSITION OVERVIEW- DOWNLOAD All enquiries can be directed to Michael Catlow at Sport Employment Australia using the contact details found on the overview.last_img read more

CBS Sports’ Doug Gottlieb Criticizes Ezekiel Elliott For Post-Game Rant

first_imgDoug Gottlieb criticizes Ezekiel Elliott.doug gottlieb criticizes ezekiel elliottFollowing Ohio State’s last-second loss to Michigan State Saturday night, Buckeyes running back Ezekiel Elliott went on a bit of a rant, criticizing his team’s coaching staff for its play-calling during the contest. Elliott also announced that he’ll be declaring for the NFL Draft after the season.Well, it doesn’t look like everyone is impressed with Zeke’s decision to air his frustrations via the media. CBS Sports college basketball analyst Doug Gottlieb says that Elliott should be embarrassed. He added that you should never “call out” your teammates or coaching staff after a big loss.pretty embarrassing what Ezekiel Elliott pulled, Im sure some on twitter will support him…but that is why they are on twitter— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) November 22, 2015Kids feel mirror society- feel entitled- you don’t ever call out your teammates or coaches after a big loss. EVER.— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) November 22, 2015“He was honest” – you can be right, and be out of a job. Close friend of mine told me that…words to live by #EzekielElliot— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) November 22, 2015Is Gottlieb right? Or does Zeke have the right to speak his mind following a loss? Expect a national debate in the coming days.last_img read more

5 whales dead after mass stranding on Maui beach

first_imgHonolulu: Five whales died, including four that were euthanised, after a mass stranding Thursday on a beach on the Hawaii island of Maui. Ten melon-headed whales were found stranded alive early in the morning on Sugar Beach in the coastal resort community of Kihei. Hours later, a whale calf believed to belong to the same social group was found dead on the beach about a mile to the north, said David Schofield, the regional marine mammal response coordinator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USNOAA veterinarians determined four of the whales were in grave condition and nothing more could be done to save them, Jeffrey Walters, NOAA’s wildlife management and conservation branch, said in a statement. The animals were made comfortable with a sedative and then humanely euthanized to relieve their suffering, he said. The remaining six whales were refloated to the ocean but stranded again, Schofield said. NOAA initially said the prognosis for two of the six wasn’t good, but they eventually made it out to deeper water. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsWalters said NOAA and University of Hawaii scientists will examine the whales to determine what caused the stranding. Kealoha Pisciotta, a Native Hawaiian cultural practitioner, objected to the euthanizing of the whales, animals she said are a manifestation of the sea god Kanaloa. She and others wanted to hold up the whales in the water so they could recover and swim away or die dignified deaths. But she said NOAA officials wouldn’t let them near the whales. “All we’re seeking to do is have a relationship with our Kanaloa,” she said.last_img read more