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first_imgThe Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation would be responsible for awarding licenses. The bill does not state how much these licenses would cost, nor how much tax licensees would be required to pay, but it does propose that sports betting licenses be renewed on annual basis. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter 2nd March 2021 | By Robert Fletcher Read the full story on iGB North America. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Sports betting Online sports betting Retail sports betting Sports betting regulation Regions: Floridacenter_img Licenses would be made available to pari-mutuel facilities already approved by Florida’s Division of Pari-Mutuel Wagering of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, as well as existing tribal organization casino properties and professional sports venues. Introduced by Republican Representative Chip LaMarca, House Bill 1317 sets out proposals to allow Floridian consumers to wager on professional and collegiate sports. Sports betting Florida’s House of Representatives is to consider a new bill that seeks to legalize online and retail sports wagering in the US state. Legal online and retail sports betting targeted in new Florida bill Email Addresslast_img read more

first_img Cricket BCCI Apex Council Meet: BCCI to bid for 3 major global events in next tournament cycle starting from 2024; Check By Kunal Dhyani – December 15, 2018 Cricket Cricket Cricket Tokyo 2020 inks $200m electricity generation partnership with Aggreko WTC Final LIVE: Jamieson says, ‘nice and pleasing to get Virat Kohli’s wicket’; Gill feels India could have got more wickets Temporary power provider Aggreko Events Services has secured a deal worth around $200m to work on the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo.The Glasgow-based group’s Japanese subsidiary has won the contract to provide electricity to power 43 competition venues, the Athletes Village and the broadcast centre which will be used by the world’s media. WI vs SA 2nd Test Day 3 Live: South Africa in huge trouble; SA 59/6 (22.3 ov)- Follow Live Updates RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleCiti Bank announces partnership with International Paralympic CommitteeNext articleStar India to scrap cable broadcast for OTT-only approach in US: Report Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. WTC Final LIVE: Devon Conway continues red-hot form, slams fifty to provide New Zealand dream start by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeGrammarlyImprove Your Spelling With This Helpful Browser ExtensionGrammarlyUndo24/7 SportsIt’s Amazing To See How These NBA Stars Have Changed Since College24/7 SportsUndoCapital One ShoppingThis hack can uncover JOANN discounts you don’t know aboutCapital One ShoppingUndoAggreko Events Services said the deal reinforces its proven track record in supporting high profile events including this year’s PyeongChang Winter Olympics, Gold Coast Commonwealth Games, European Championships in Glasgow and Ryder Cup in France.Chief executive Chris Weston said the Tokyo contract was one of the most prestigious the company had won. “Our experienced team will support the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee to ensure our role in the success of the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games is flawlessly delivered,” he said.Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) has earlier confirmed Aggreko Events Services Japan Ltd. (Aggreko) as a Tokyo 2020 Official Supporter, the third domestic tier of the Tokyo 2020 Sponsorship Programme.Also Read: IOC, Tokyo aim to slash 2020 Olympic Games costsThe company has been attributed the category “Temporary Electricity Generation.” Its addition brings the total number of Tokyo 2020 domestic partners to 58, including 15 Gold Partners, 30 Official Partners, and 13 Official Supporters (including one Official Supporter which sponsors only the Paralympic Games), all of whom will play vital roles in the successful delivery of the Games.Tokyo 2020 President Yoshiro Mori welcomed the announcement, commenting, “It gives me great pleasure to welcome Aggreko as a Tokyo 2020 Official Supporter. A reliable, secure and resilient power supply is essential to the success of the Tokyo 2020 Games, supporting all Games Operations, and we are delighted that we will be able to count on the support of Aggreko, as a company with extensive experience in successfully delivering temporary power services.”Robert Wells Representative Director of Aggreko commented, “Aggreko believes electric power opens up the opportunity and creates potential for individuals, communities, industries and societies, and has been providing temporary electricity generation services in the world. In line with above, we have signed an honourable Tokyo 2020 Official Supporter agreement for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, 56 years since the last Games held in Tokyo. With the signing of the Tokyo 2020 Official Supporter agreement for the Tokyo 2020 Games, we wish to contribute to the success of the Tokyo 2020 Games by rendering our support to the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee.”Aggreko is a subsidiary of Aggreko plc, world’s leading provider of modular, mobile power and heating and cooling. In Japan, we have provided temporary electricity generations and distribution service for global sporting events, and since then we have been making efforts to reduce in greenhouse gas emissions and contribute to the sustainable society. Also, in 2011, we deployed 200MW temporary power generation capacity in 3 months to cope with serious power shortage after the earthquake in east Japan. By present day, we have expanded our business in Japan and deployed a cumulative power capacity of 360MW.Also Read: IOC approves ‘Refugee Olympics Team’ for 2020 Tokyo Games Facebook Twitter Cricket TAGSAggreko Events ServicesOlympicParalympic GamesTokyo 2020TOKYO 2020 OlympicsTokyo 2020 Organising CommitteeTokyo 2020 PartnershipsTokyo Organising Committee SHARE Euro 2020, Italy vs Wales LIVE: Matteo Pessina goal helps Italy beat Wales, finish top of Group A with flawless record; Follow Live Updates YourBump15 Actors That Hollywood Banned For LifeYourBump|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDaily FunnyFemale Athlete Fails You Can’t Look Away FromDaily Funny|SponsoredSponsoredUndoPost FunThese Twins Were Named “Most Beautiful In The World,” Wait Until You See Them TodayPost Fun|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Week|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDefinitionTime Was Not Kind To These 28 CelebritiesDefinition|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStory|SponsoredSponsoredUndo PSL 2021 Playoffs: Schedule, Timing, LIVE streaming, list of champions; all you need to know Tokyo Olympics: BCCI provides fuel in Indian Olympic flame, to contribute Rs 10 crore Latest Sports News WTC Final Day 3 Stumps: India remove Conway and Latham but Kiwis on top; NZ 101/2 (49 ovs) trail by 116 runs Cricket Latest Sports NewsSportSports Business Football WTC Final IND vs NZ: Virat Kohli displays his dancing skills on the beats of Bharat Army’s Dhol; Watch video Cricket Euro 2020- Switzerland beat Turkey 3-1: Shaqiri’s brace keep Switzerland hopes alive; Turkey face exit from Euros Football Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more

first_img London’s biggest public listing so far this year launches today as Deliveroo Holdings (LSE:ROO) floats via an initial public offering (IPO). The food-delivery firm was pitched to go live with a valuation of £7.6bn. But in recent weeks it’s been enduring a less enthusiastic response than could be expected for such a prominent entrance.Funds avoiding Deliveroo’s IPOSeveral major investment funds have opted not to get involved because of concerns over the way the company treats its couriers. Legal & General Investment Management, Aviva Investors, and Aberdeen Standard Investments are not participating because they are looking for sustainable investments that align with socially responsible investing practices.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…With this disappointing setback, the shares were expected to trade at the bottom end of the predicted range, around £3.90 each. They actually swung between £2.71 and £3.45 during the first hour of trading, shaving more than £2bn off the entry point.Prior to IPO, the company had orders for several times the number of shares on offer, with 30% reserved for three core investors. Deliveroo’s biggest investor is Amazon, and it sold around £91m of its shares in the IPO.The IPO comes with a dual-class share structure. This means its CEO will have extra-large voting rights for the next three years. It’s another issue that concerns institutional investors worrying about fair corporate governance.A difficult time to launchDeliveroo’s rivals Just Eat Takeaway.com, Delivery Hero and HelloFresh have all had a volatile year. Just Eat Takeaway.com’s share price is up 10% in a year, but down 24% in six months. Delivery Hero began the year at an all-time high but has since fallen 26%. And HelloFresh has slipped 18% since last month.With hopes pinned on escaping the pandemic and socialising once more, there may be less reliance on home food deliveries. But it’s also something consumers have come to enjoy, and there’s always the chance this channel will continue to thrive far into the future.Deliveroo transactions increased by 64.3%, to £4.1bn in 2020 and rose 121% in January and February this year. With little else to look forward to, good food is on everyone’s minds. The company has several high-quality restaurant offerings on its platform. They include Whole Foods Market, Big Fat Burger Co, Waitrose and many local establishments. Its website and app are designed to be easy to navigate and order through. This gives it British tech stock status, which has been a sought-after sector for investors this past year. Deliveroo also offers convenience store grocery delivery, which is a market in which it may well continue to thrive.The UK and Ireland account for around half its revenue, and it operates in 12 markets. Nevertheless, the company has yet to turn a profit and lost almost £224m in 2020.There’s always a big question mark around whether to buy in to an IPO. I’m not tempted to invest at this early stage. I think the company has been a beneficiary of the pandemic. But I’m not sure how sustainable that success will be once restaurants and bars reopen. 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. Image source: Getty Images Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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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. John Mackey, CEO of Whole Foods Market, an Amazon subsidiary, is a member of The Motley Fool’s board of directors. kirsteenm owns shares of Amazon. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended Amazon. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Just Eat Takeaway.com N.V and recommends the following options: long January 2022 $1920 calls on Amazon and short January 2022 $1940 calls on Amazon. 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. Deliveroo IPO! 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first_imgAs the Zika-carrying mosquito, Aedes aegypti, hits Puerto Rico, new evidence reinforces the disease’s link to two neural disorders, microcephaly (small heads) and Guillain-Barré syndrome. Inside the continental United States, Zika is expected to arrive in April or May.Aedes aegyptiThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that, already, 193 travel-related, sexually transmitted cases have been identified. Worst hit is Florida, with 48 Zika cases, including four infected pregnant women.In February, four times the number of people in Puerto Rico contracted Zika than in previous months, a jump of over 117 cases. Just back from Puerto Rico, CDC Director Thomas Frieden said, “With the rainy season approaching we could [see] an explosive increase in … the spread of Zika [and] dengue and chikungunya” — diseases carried by Aedes aegypti.  (CDC Newsroom, March 3)A surge of children with these disorders will add to the strain on Puerto Rico, which, like Brazil, is facing an economic crisis. Zika is arriving when the country has a 40 percent jobless rate, a $73 billion debt, and faces bankruptcy.There are 100 CDC staffers working in Puerto Rico, trying to control the Zika outbreak. They are testing insecticides in several areas because mosquito resistance varies so greatly. Frieden said: “Part of the challenge … is that few disease carriers have proved more resilient — or more deadly to humans — than Aedes aegypti.“Until Zika,there has never been a mosquito-borne virus that could cause serious birth defects on such a large scale,” said Frieden.  The CDC is scrounging funding from different sources, but he hopes “Congress will provide resources for a robust response.” (Washington Post, March 4)Emergency funding is also necessary for vaccine development by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.  “The more we learn, the worse things seem to get,” said Director Anthony Fauci, M.D. “We need to step up to the plate.” (Post)The U.S. Congress, led by right-wingers, is refusing President Barack Obama’s request for $1.8 billion in emergency funds for mosquito control and vaccine development.  Instead, they call for reallocating money designated to fight Ebola! Funds are drastically needed to deal with both the Ebola outbreak — and the Zika crisis. There is enough money to do this: Congress could “reallocate” funds earmarked for the Pentagon or corporate subsidies.The Zika Readiness Action Plan Summit is scheduled for April 1 at CDC headquarters, where the Obama administration and health officials will discuss establishing a coalition of federal, state and local leaders to coordinate the control of and response to Zika’s spread.New studies: Zika’s link to neurological disordersOnly 20 percent of Zika sufferers show any of its mild flu-like symptoms. However, new studies show that the virus may target particular nerve cells. A Zika infection in early pregnancy may cause infants to be born with microcephaly, with incomplete brain development. An infection later in fetal development may cause mental illness that appears further along in an infant’s life.Hengli Tang and his research team at the University of Florida are the first to show that Zika targets fetal brain cells associated with microcephaly. The virus slows these cells’ development and uses their reproductive mechanisms to produce more Zika virus.  (John Hopkins Medicine, March 4)Tang’s co-worker, neuroscientist Guo-Li Ming, said, “While this study doesn’t definitively prove that Zika virus causes microcephaly, it’s very telling that the cells that form the cortex are potentially susceptible to the virus, and their growth could be disrupted by the virus.”  The team will study how Zika interferes with brain development and screen for drugs that will block it, using a High Throughput Screening device to test millions of compounds simultaneously.Dr. Ian Lipkin and his team at Columbia University’s Center for Infection and Immunity are investigating the link between mothers who contract viral diseases in pregnancy and neural disorders in their children later in life. Lipkin said he wouldn’t be surprised at “a big upswing in A.D.H.D., autism, epilepsy and schizophrenia. … We’re looking at a large group of individuals [in Latin America and the Caribbean] who may not be able to function in the world.” (New York Times, Feb. 18)Scientists found evidence of microcephaly in the aborted fetus of a woman who had contracted Zika during her pregnancy’s first trimester. The fetus had calcified brain tissue and its brain was smooth with no characteristic folds for a fetus that age. The  virus’ entire genome was found in the fetus’ brain tissues. The virus had targeted and delayed the growth of brain, spinal cord and eye cells, and kept growing and replicating within those cells. (New England Journal of Medicine, March 10)On March 9, Brazil’s health ministry confirmed 104 more cases of microcephaly in the country, the epicenter of Zika infections. At least 641 Brazilian babies have been born with the condition since October, a recent sharp increase.  Authorities are investigating 4,222 other cases, largely in the country’s impoverished northeast.Guillain-Barré syndrome is a rare neurological disorder that can cause nerve damage, paralysis or even death. Many infections may trigger it, including Zika. Brazil’s health ministry reported a surge in GBS sufferers who had contracted Zika. Five weeks after the 2013 Zika outbreak in French Polynesia, the number of GBS cases jumped from about two a year to 42. Scientists investigated these 42 cases; 41 carried Zika antibodies. (NEJM, March 9)Next: Peparing for the Zika virus; Puerto Rico and Cuba. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

first_img Journalist Sylvain Mercadier (Phillipe Leblanc) Organisation News TurkeyFranceEurope – Central Asia Freedom of expression Help by sharing this information News News A freelancer for various media outlets including Orient XXI, Middle East Eye and The Guardian, Sylvain Mercadier was stopped by police on landing at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gökçen Airport on the evening of 19 March with the aim of travelling to Diyarbakir province in the southeast of the country to cover the Kurdish New Year celebrations (Newroz).After a two-hour interrogation, he was held overnight with refugees from various countries and was put on the first flight back to Paris-Orly the next morning. According to a document provided by the police, he was regarded as a threat to Turkey’s “public security.”“The Turkish authorities have been taking a tougher approach to journalists working for international media, especially since the Gezi Park protests in the spring of 2013, the resumption of fighting with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party in July 2015 and the abortive coup attempt in July 2016,” RSF Turkey representative Erol Önderoglu said. “Bans on entering the country and arbitrary prosecutions have become routine. We urge the Turkish government to respect the democratic rights of media personnel.”Mercadier wrote in a tweet on his return: “In this country, as in many authoritarian regimes, ‘security’ is often an excuse for imposing repressive measures.” Referring to Turkey’s second largest opposition party, the pro-Kurdish HDP, he added: “Ankara doesn’t want foreign journalists documenting the witchhunt being waged against the HDP. Ankara continues to dodge the Kurdish issue by carrying out repressive and populist policies.”Turkey is ranked 154th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. June 8, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia to go further TurkeyFranceEurope – Central Asia Freedom of expression center_img June 7, 2021 Find out more March 22, 2021 French freelancer deported on arrival in Istanbul RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says News RSF_en Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF says June 4, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the attitude of the Turkish authorities towards foreign journalists, intercepting a French reporter on arrival and deporting him the next day as a threat to the country’s security. Turkey must respect the democratic rights of media personnel, RSF says. Receive email alertslast_img read more

first_img Facebook Local NewsEducation UTPB selects dean of College of Engineering WhatsApp Previous articleLiv432 highlights local eventsNext articleSULLUM: Trump wages war wherever and whenever he wants admin WhatsApp Twitter utpb logo words OR USE THIS ONE George Nnanna has been selected as the dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. His appointment is effective April 30, a news release from the university said.Nnanna comes to UT Permian Basin after serving as head of the mechanical and civil engineering departments at Purdue University Northwest in Hammond, Ind.He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Texas Tech University and his master’s and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington.Nnanna led the Purdue Water Institute from 2007 to present.During that time, it has grown to include a water research laboratory that manages several multi-million dollar externally funded projects. Under his leadership, the mechanical and civil engineering department at Purdue Northwest saw increased enrollment; research and scholarly activities doubled; industrial partnerships increased; and fundraising efforts including endowments grew, the release said.“Dr. Nnanna brings a wealth of experience leading a successful engineering program at a prestigious university. He is excited to take our College of Engineering to the next level by achieving new goals for enrollment growth, developing new programs, and engaging the community in the important work our faculty and students will be doing in the Permian Basin,” said UT Permian Basin President Sandra Woodley.As department head at Purdue University Northwest, the release said Nnanna tripled the undergraduate enrollment from 156 to 463 students; established master of science in mechanical engineering and undergraduate research programs; led faculty professional development, established mentoring and experiential learning programs, developed industrial partnerships, and implemented department-wide strategies to improve students’ success in foundational courses.The UTPB College of Engineering is one of the fastest growing academic programs at the University.More than 450 students are currently enrolled in petroleum and mechanical engineering and this fall the university will add electrical and chemical engineering.“My experience as founding director of Purdue Water Institute will help me in developing strategic initiatives necessary for the growth of the college,” Nnanna said in the release. “UT Permian Basin engineering is well positioned to be an academic leader in the energy industry. I have already started to explore other opportunities and challenges that our cluster of engineering disciplines can address in the Permian Basin.”In fall of 2019, engineering students at UT Permian Basin will begin classes in the new, 94,000-square-foot, College of Engineering building located near the Center for Energy and Economic Diversification (CEED) and the Wagner Noël Performing Arts Center.More Informationcenter_img Facebook UTPB College of Engineering. By admin – April 26, 2018 Twitter Pinterest Pinterestlast_img read more

first_imgSign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago August 20, 2018 1,472 Views in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News Previous: Fast-Track Foreclosures and Fighting Urban Blight Next: The New Refi Borrower Profile  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Home Homeowners HOUSING mortgage retirement Savings Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Scott Morgan Why Housing Worries Keep Americans Up at Night Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Scott Morgan is a multi-award-winning journalist and editor based out of Texas. During his 11 years as a newspaper journalist, he wrote more than 4,000 published pieces. He’s been recognized for his work since 2001, and his creative writing continues to win acclaim from readers and fellow writers alike. He is also a creative writing teacher and the author of several books, from short fiction to written works about writing. Share Save Home / Daily Dose / Why Housing Worries Keep Americans Up at Night Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago A lot of people lie awake at night, worried about their money, and 29 million of those are especially worried about their housing, according to a new study from Bankrate.Overall, 69 percent of Americans surveyed said something often keeps them up at night. Twelve percent said they worry most about being able to pay their rents or mortgages.Most insomnia-inducing stress is not money related—41 percent of people surveyed said relationships are actually their biggest concern—but money is a close second. According to the study, about 36 percent said they’re worried about money. Older millennials (ages 28 to 37) are overall most likely to say they occasionally lose sleep, Bankrate reported. A full 77 percent of them said they lie awake at night because of something. But it’s younger baby boomers (ages 54 to 63) for whom money is the top concern keeping them up at night. Thirty-nine percent say financial worries occasionally keep them from falling asleep, according to Bankrate.While housing worries are one of the top five reasons respondents cited as financial concerns, stress over paying the rent or mortgage was actually fourth on the list, behind saving for retirement, credit card debt, and healthcare costs. Education costs rounded out the top five money concerns.Broken down, 22 percent of Gen Xers and 25 percent of younger baby boomers say they sometimes lose sleep because they’re worried about being able to save enough for retirement. That compares with 6 percent of adults who are older than them, about three times as many millennials (17 percent) say they stay up thinking about their educational costs.Bankrate offered a few remedies for reclaiming some sleep such as asking for help. Financial planners exist to help with money matters, and Bankrate recommended tapping into one. Short of that, a side gig to bring in some extra cash could do a lot to calm the nerves enough to get some sleep, Bankrate concluded. Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Home Homeowners HOUSING mortgage retirement Savings 2018-08-20 Scott Morgan Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

first_imgNews UpdatesIllegal Occupation of Govt Accommodation By Ex-Ministers, Private Persons: Jammu & Kashmir High Court Raps Govt Authorities; Seeks ATR LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK23 Dec 2020 4:08 AMShare This – xThe Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Tuesday reprimanded the Government authorities of the Union Territory for allotting government accommodations to former Chief Minister, MLAs, MPs, bureaucrats and private persons, in contravention of its previous directions. A Division Bench of the J&K HC had in 2019 in Thakur Randhir Singh v. State of J&K & Ors., held that an allottee…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 Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Tuesday reprimanded the Government authorities of the Union Territory for allotting government accommodations to former Chief Minister, MLAs, MPs, bureaucrats and private persons, in contravention of its previous directions. A Division Bench of the J&K HC had in 2019 in Thakur Randhir Singh v. State of J&K & Ors., held that an allottee of a Government accommodation, may it be a Government Servant, Minister or a Legislator, is required to vacate the accommodation allotted to after he ceases to hold the official status/position. A division bench of Acting Chief Justice Rajesh Bindal and Justice Sanjay Dhar recounted that the Supreme Court has also categorically held in Lok Prahari v. State of Uttar Pradesh, that Government houses cannot be allotted to these persons. Thus, taking strict view against violation of Court orders, the Court has directed the concerned authorities to submit and action taken report, indicating the steps taken to evict such illegal occupants, recover arrears of rent, electricity and water dues. “On or before the next date of hearing, this Court be apprised of the Government accommodation in possession of persons other than Government employees or the persons entitled to as per Rules at places other than Jammu and Srinagar, the steps taken to evict them, recover arrears of rent, electricity and water dues,” the order states. The Bench was hearing a PIL filed by Professor SK Bhalla, who claimed that this type of encroachment had been going on for years despite there being previous judgements from different Courts. During a hearing held on 5th December, the Court had taken note of the Jammu and Kashmir Estates Department (Allotment of Government Accommodation) Regulations, 2004, which precludes any person to continue to occupy the official government accommodation after they cease to hold office. The Court had therefore asked the respondents to give complete details regarding the names of the persons still occupying these accommodations and the expense incurred by the Government. [Eviction Of Unauthorised Occupants Of Govt. Accommodation] J&K HC Grants 10 Days’ Time To Govt. To File Status/Compliance Report [Read Order] When the matter was taken up on Tuesday, the Court perused a report filed by the Director Estates, J&K and was constrained to take not of the glaring details of how the public properties and public money is being misutilized. The Bench, for instance, noted that a ministerial bungalow has been provided to the family of ex-Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Late GM Shah. At the time of the hearing, it was brought to the Court’s notice that the family of late G.M. Shah owns a house at Srinagar. In this context, the Court asked, “Where was the need to allot house to the family of late G. M. Shah, ex-Chief Minister at Jammu, when the family owns accommodation at Srinagar and is residing there.” The status report further disclosed that 72 such unqualified people had been given government accommodations, including certain advocates, political workers and ex-Public Prosecutors. “All the 72 allottees of the government accommodation, to which apparently they don’t have any right in view of the judgment of Hon’ble the Supreme Court, there are lakhs of rupees due on account of electricity and water charges. Total amount due from them is ₹56,89,524.00… …the total amount due on account of rent from occupants of these houses is ₹ 55,70,535/-. Besides this, a sum of ₹ 78,71,000/- has been spent by the Government on repair and maintenance of the houses in possession of the aforesaid persons,” the Court observed in this context. The Court also noted that some of these people were provided with security cover and the monthly expense for only nine such cases was calculated to be ₹ 32,44,713/-. Along with this, farash/ servant/ Gardner/ Supervisor were also allotted at these accommodations to these 72 people and the total monthly expenses incurred is ₹ 7,93,049/-. However, the Bench noted that under law or under any rules, no such servants can be provided to a person who is not a government employee or otherwise entitled to. Thus, it directed the authorities to apprise the Court of the rules or regulations under which staff has been provided to the aforesaid 72 persons at the state expenses without being entitled to the same. It also needs to be explained as to why the aforesaid amount be not recovered from those persons. Furthermore, it directed the departments who are responsible for managing the Government residential accommodations to upload the details of all such accommodations given in the UT on their website, including the names and details of the persons in occupation thereof. The Court added that the details about whether these persons are serving government employees, retired or are political persons should also be included on the website. The Additional Advocate General assured the Court that a Security Review Committee will assess the security provided to these persons and suitable actions will be taken. Moreover, he also stated that actions will be taken in furtherance of the rules and judgements laid down by the Supreme Court in the Lok Prahari case and the Division Bench of the J&K High Court in Thakur Randhir Singh v. State of J&K, for eviction of these occupants. Related News The Uttarakhand High Court, on 9th June 2020, declared that the Uttarakhand Former Chief Ministers Facility Act, 2019 which allows former chief ministers of the State to stay in government bungalows without paying market rent, is “ultra vires”. The division bench comprised by Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice RC Khulbe had held that a Chief Minister, once he demits office, is on par with the common man and is not entitled to any preferential treatment, other than security and other protocols. Case Title: Prof. SK Bhalla v. Union Territory of J&K & Ors. ClickHere To Download Order Read OrderNext Storylast_img read more

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WABC-TV(BERKELEY TOWNSHIP, N.J.) — Four people are dead after a sedan plowed into the back of a tanker truck in New Jersey overnight on Wednesday.The accident took place just before 3 a.m. on the Garden State Parkway in Berkeley Township, and four people in the white Nissan Infiniti died, New Jersey State Police said.All four were pronounced dead on the scene.Photos from the scene showed the roof of the car was sheared off as it ran into the back of the tanker.The driver of the tanker truck was not injured, police said.The oil truck belongs to Taylor Oil Co., which is headquartered in Somerville, New Jersey.Authorities were still on the scene four hours later, removing the car from under the truck.Two lanes were closed for hours, backing up traffic during the morning commute, as police investigated the accident.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. read more