Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter iGB Diary Happy Friday igamers! This week the Diary ponders yoghurt in the packaging of Nutella, illegally parked Ritz-Carltons, then grinds out a result in Austria and screams for some dingers. Happy Friday igamers! The Diary makes a temporary return to the iGB site this week, you lucky bunch! This week it ponders yoghurt in the packaging of Nutella, illegally parked Ritz-Carltons, grinds out a result in Austria and screams for some dingers.“Selling yoghurt in the packaging of Nutella”If ever there was a perfect example of frivolous litigation, a recent claim against Lottoland down under would have to be it. A punter known only as Mrs B lodged a case with the Northern Territory Racing Commission claiming she was owed winnings of AU$126m from the lottery betting operator.In January of last year, Mrs B placed a bet on Lottoland’s THU jackpot, one of the financial markets-based products the operator had launched after its usual offering of lottery betting was banned in Australia. Mrs B had used the winning numbers for that night’s Powerball and stated she believed she had been betting on that draw. She therefore concluded that Lottoland owed her $126m, rather than the $15 she won in the jackpot she actually placed a bet on.The complainant appeared to think it was irrelevant she had placed the bet AFTER the Powerball draw in question. She apparently also thought it wouldn’t come up that she’d actually emailed Lottoland earlier in the month to ask where the lottery betting products were and received a response stating that all of its products were now based on financial markets.Instead, she stuck with her story that she thought she was betting on Powerball because Lottoland used a similar logo – Lottoland disputes this – and that the company misled her in a manner she described as like “selling yoghurt in the packaging of Nutella”.The truly bizarre part of the case, in which the regulator unsurprisingly decided against Mrs B, is that it isn’t even the first such claim. In early 2019 the NT Racing Commission also ruled against a punter who wanted Lottoland to pay him US$50m for a bet he placed on the US Mega Millions after that draw had happened. Working in Lottoland’s legal team must certainly be interesting…Grinding out a resultTo Austria where the country’s financial fuzz have been on something of a winning streak since January, confiscating 660 unlicensed gaming machines, the majority of them from the mean streets of Vienna.Not to be outdone, the city of Linz has also reported a spike in illegal activity, with one particular restaurant, the subject of seven raids by the Finanzpolizei in as many weeks, being relieved of 20 machines since May.By all accounts the apparatus didn’t go quietly – hardly surprising as they were secured to the ground with threaded rods and industrial-strength fasteners – and required the services of a specialist locksmith wielding an angle grinder, or Winkelschleifer to him or her.A small breadcrumb of comfort for any local unlucky enough to be snarfing their schnitzel when the cops struck: the shattering sound of metal on metal would at least have drowned out any piped Schlager music that happened to be playing.Dingers! Dingers!The battle over betting data – hitherto fought mostly between rival data suppliers – took a new twist this week, when footballers threw their hats into the ring as they gear up for a lawsuit arguing their stats were sold without their consent.But the debate entered brand-new territory when Massachusetts lawmakers passed an amendment to a proposed sports betting bill, contending that athletes using performance-enhancing drugs would violate gambling laws as the state Gambling Commission owned player biometric data.The Diary wonders where the data debate will go next. Maybe sports leagues will reveal that they have a right to all of our personal data. Amid the outlandish Simpsons predictions that have turned into reality this year, would anyone be surprised if Major League Baseball was really spying on us all?But do we want to know the terrifying truth about why, or would we rather watch Mark McGwire sock a few dingers?Illegally parked Ritz-CarltonsWe end in the States, where William Hill US chief Joe Asher took exception to the New York Times quoting offshore sportsbooks in a story about the effects of novel coronavirus (Covid-19) on the industry. That’s obviously understandable, and New Jersey has been particularly aggressive in looking to stamp out this practice.Yet not everyone agreed. One professional bettor railed against Asher’s disdain. He claimed the CEO’s comment was like “Joe’s Roadside Motel b****ing about an article mentioning the Ritz-Carlton”. Ouch.Of course, any Ritz-Carlton you come across will have a book full of permits allowing it to be there, whereas the offshore books… Well, the Diary has yet to stumble upon an illegally parked Ritz-Carlton. Maybe they’re all moved on quite quickly when that scenario arises. We don’t know. Frankly we don’t want to know.The timing is interesting, considering the American Gaming Association last week released a study claiming there was significant confusion among punters as to what sites are legal, and what sites aren’t. This found that 52% of US adults polled gambled with illegal sites – though 55% of this number claimed to be unaware their providers were not licensed. As for the other 45%, it appears they are comfortable in the knowledge.The commenters tended to claim legal operators’ odds are not as attractive, or that accounts were limited too quickly, but again these are things that tend to not be a concern for the garden-variety offshore providers, since they are unencumbered with regulation.Having said that, the same survey also showed average spend with these offshore brands was down 25% in states that regulated sports betting. So swipes at legal providers aside, these may eventually be the only show in town.That’s your lot! See you next week, when the Diary will return to its usual home in the Something for the Weekend email. Topics: iGB Diary Email Address iGB Diary: Yoghurt as Nutella, Winkelschleifer and dingers AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter 31st July 2020 | By Robin Harrison
Presiding Bishop issues statement on Syria Comments are closed. September 14, 2013 at 7:17 pm She is right on target. No more violence. Often I am not proud of being an Episcopalian but she changes all of that. Jerry P. Schaertel says: Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Tags September 20, 2013 at 2:38 pm I hate war. I remember WW II. John Wayne saved the world. Mom tried to keep her fears from us. None of my uncles died. But they were no longer the men who went off to save the world. As a chaplain during the Nam “conflict” I visited veterans at Ft. Sam Houston hospital. This stirred memories of my first visit to a military hospital ward. The year,1945. The man in front of me smiled. His smile revealed no joy. He left this world long before he died. During Nam, I saw black and white men who looked as if they had been born without arms, legs, and many other body parts. If any one of them survived, I’ll bet he’d tell you about war. Help me out here. Can’t remember. Was it Lee or Grant who said he was afraid of war because he feared he would come to like it too much? I think we’re there. We love war too much. We love the tools of war. Check gun sale profits. Look in your closet. You may see what I see in mine: some kind of gun. God help me/us. Submit an Event Listing Rector Knoxville, TN Rev. Peter De Franco says: Bonniei Leazer says: September 13, 2013 at 5:12 pm What grace-filled commentary on a most difficult international situation, Bishop Schori! I applaud your courage in supporting all alternatives to war and violence in response to the Syrian tragedy.Blessings on your leadership of the Episcopal Church,Father Al September 14, 2013 at 6:05 pm My dear Tom, your lack of respect for the Presiding Bishop’s office to say nothing of her person degrades whatever you might think of her counsel. Robert Renwick says: (The Rev.) Jane Boram says: Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Washington, DC September 13, 2013 at 9:10 pm Correction: The last sentences should read:We need a wide-ranging national debate on our role in the world and many other issues, which the 24 hour a day dumbed-down sound-bites cannot adequately cover. Wage peace not greed! September 13, 2013 at 6:28 pm Thanks for your wise counsel, Bishop Schori. I hope you were able to give it to President Obama directly as well as in print. I believe what President Obama wants is to prevent outlawed poison gas from being used against anyone ever again. I hope that can be achieved via diplomacy. The Rev. Tally Bandy says: September 13, 2013 at 5:50 pm Thank you, Bishop Schori. The situation in Syria and surrounding countries has been weighing on my heart and the hearts of my family members, and the of people in my local parish. We will continue to pray for peace. Tom Blair says: John Zachritz says: Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA September 13, 2013 at 5:08 pm AMEN! Well-stated, Bishop Schori! Thanks for speaking for many of us in the pew & activists in the streets … Shalom & Salaam! – The Rev. Jane Boram – (Christ Church Cathedral -Nashville, TN) Christy Carton says: John Barton says: Charles Sacquety says: September 13, 2013 at 4:28 pm Thank you, Bishop Schori Joe Parrish says: Posted Sep 13, 2013 Albert Pike says: September 14, 2013 at 3:04 am While I am hoping and praying for a peaceful solution and Justice and Peace might embrace in Syria, I have read of persecution of Christians:The London Daily Mail reported Christians in the village of Maaloula claimed Syrian rebels ordered them to convert to Islam on pain of death. The report said opposition forces, including some linked to al-Qaida, gained control of the area.One Maaloula resident, according to the Daily Mail, said the rebels shouted “Allahu Akbar,” or “Allah is supreme, ” when they attacked the Christian homes and churches shortly after moving into the area.One Christian said in the Daily Mail report, “I saw the militants grabbing five villagers and threatening them and saying, ‘Either you convert to Islam, or you will be beheaded.’”The report described Maaloula as a “beautiful mountain village, 25 miles from Damascus.”The report said the historically Christian village had become a key strategic battleground in the Syrian civil warRead more at http://mobile.wnd.com/2013/09/bibles-called-worse-than-chemical-weapons/#yEq5piQ1tJKDKIqb.99 Can’t our Presiding Bishop make any statement of angst , praise, or some form of feeling about fellow Christians enduring martyrdom and persecution for saying “Jesus is Lord!”? September 18, 2013 at 8:25 pm Beloved Presiding Bishop Schori,The clergy clericus in the Episcopal Diocese of Florida read your reflection on the war in Syria.We commend you for your clear message of hope and prayer for the people in Syria as we give thanks for President Obama’s patience and ability to seek a different path rather than being shoved into military bombing as demanded by the Military-Industrial Lobbyists in Congress. The people of Syria did not need more death and destruction. We give thanks that our Congress also is willing to seek a political resolution if at all possible. We pray for peace and justice in Syria! Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Hopkinsville, KY September 13, 2013 at 6:31 pm Mr. Blair… your comments are either more than lousy or less than lousy…. you refer to our Presiding Bishop at “Ms.” Schori… you give yourself away from the first get-go…. Rudeness plus ill-considered RANT adds nothing to one of the Global tragedies of our time, or of any time.. You are full of accusations …?? .. it is not difficult to see which Play Book you are losing your Game by… Thank God, you don’t have anything to do with the resolution of this egregiously tragic set of affairs…. READ her words, Read, mark, learn and inwardly digest a sane and generous statement about the President of the United States of America and the larger complex issues we all face by our Presiding Bishop who can give you lessons in magnanimity…… Peter Meyers says: An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Peter Meyers says: Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ The situation in Syria continues to evolve. The death and violence that have been wrought on the Syrian people are a humanitarian tragedy of the first order. I do not believe further violence is likely to end the tragedy, but rather seems likely to increase or prolong the disaster. I applaud President Obama’s restraint and willingness to look for diplomatic solutions — changing position requires courage of the first order. It is a sign of profoundly care-filled leadership both to test the possibility of other, more creative and life-giving solutions and to put the needs of vulnerable populations ahead of one’s own image or reputation.The Episcopal Church and its people continue to pray for the people of Syria, of all religious traditions and none, and we call on the world to help find responses that will result in more abundant life for every citizen of that nation. The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts SchoriPresiding Bishop and PrimateThe Episcopal Church September 13, 2013 at 11:26 pm Thank you, Presiding Bishop Schori. Once again, you have synthesized beautifully a very complicated situation and brought to bear its essential elements. I am so proud of you. Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs The Rev.Dr. Robert D. Askren,Ph.D. says: Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 September 14, 2013 at 1:00 pm Thanks Bishop for pointing out the need for imagining better solutions than a rush to arms. Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rick Bowen says: Middle East, AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Lynn Walton says: In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 The Rev. Patrick Bone says: September 18, 2013 at 3:35 pm Jerry/ Kirk;Thank you for your well thought out comments in the sea of kool aid. Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Course Director Jerusalem, Israel W T Wheeler says: Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori September 13, 2013 at 9:02 pm Tom Blair’s ill-informed and disrespectful comments to the contrary, Bishop Schori’s well-measured, perspicuous. and perceptive comment says to me there’s a true pastor watching over the flock that is our beloved Episcopal Church. Kudos to you, Bishop Katharine!I’m amazed at how slow the talking heads here and abroad have been to pick up on the good cop,/bad cop position President Obama and President Putin have taken to goad President al-Assad (bad cop Obama) and to awaken the American people (bad cop Putin). These are two master politicians, capable of thinking outside the box and needing to play to their constituencies.President Obama does not want war. His base is pacific, and he was elected as a war-ending, peace president. He ended the ill-conceived war in Iraq and is in the process of ending the seemingly endless war in Afghanistan. He is dedicated to social justice. He ended torture. He has been successful in overcoming many times opposition to pretty much anything he favors simply because he favors it. I know actions are open to interpretation and others see this differently, but this level of obstructionism says to me, “And to hell with the needs of the country.” Ask yourself when the last time was that you heard anyone refer to the “loyal opposition!” I’m pretty sure I haven’t heard it since the world (including the loyal American part of it) was told, “Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists.”It is simply too facile to equate Syria with Iraq. I don’t want war. I certainly don’t want my beloved son-in-law to have to risk his life again in the Middle East; AND I can’t abide the slaughter of innocent civilians that make Hitler, Stalin, and Milošević come immediately to mind. We waited while Hitler exterminated Jews, homosexuals, and defectives and while Stalin slaughtered the White Russians. To our credit we intervened earlier in Bosnia-Herzegovina and prevented the loss of hundreds of thousands if not millions of Bosnian Muslims. American death toll WW I: 204,000; American death toll WW II: 670,000. American death toll Bosnia-Herzegovina: 12.If there has to be policing action, Bosnia is by far the better model for the US to follow . Even one American death would be tragic, but then so is each and every death of any Syrian of whatever persuasion. Perhaps we have been numbed by the daily reports of 30 or 100 killed by suicide bomber here, mosques being blown up by Islamists of a different sect there. We are further lulled into a glazed-over mindset by atrocities all over the world., some, sadly, committed by Americans.Perhaps we do need to wake up to the world around us; but as its policeman?! Is it our inevitable role?! We need a wide-ranging national debate or our role in the world and many other issues none of which the 24 hour a day dumbed-down sound-bites cannot cover.Wage peace not greed! Rector Albany, NY This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 September 15, 2013 at 8:32 pm Bishop Schori’s comment suggests that our President is a diplomatic wunder-kinder. Despite her pronouncement, the President wants to militarily intervene in another country’s civil war. At best, this is the new UN ‘R2P’ policy (right to protect) that was first used in Libya to ill effect. A flip comment by the Sec. of State was seized upon by Vladimir Putin and used to make a laughingstock of the President who had painted himself into a corner, had virtually no allies (one French aircraft carrier) and had lost public support. Chemical weapons are foul but the 100,000 dead in Syria died in every kind of way, painful and instantaneous alike. The Russian solution is wildly impractical and the President’s is simply foolish. Bishop Schori is giving credit where none is due and would have done better to remain silent on this most complex issue. Further, I agree with the comment that it is time for Christian leaders of all stripes to speak up about the persecution and outright massacre of Christian in the Middle East and Africa. When that issue shows up on the covers of major news magazines (Time, The Economist) but isn’t even mentioned at General Convention, the Presiding Bishop needs to re-evaluate her thinking. Rector Smithfield, NC September 23, 2013 at 4:40 pm Thank you Bishop Schori. We in the Episcopal church are extremely fortunate to have you as our presiding Bishop. I am proud of you and proud to be an Episcopalian. Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Comments (25) Submit a Press Release September 23, 2013 at 9:07 am Peace brother. We are looking for peaceful solutions and our dialogue should also be peaceful and based upon Christian principles. An excellent statement by the Bishop. Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Belleville, IL September 13, 2013 at 6:55 pm Today the New York Times reported that the US stockpile of chemical weapons is three times that of Syria’s, and Russia’s is even larger. Destruction of these very dangerous weapons is imperative for all, including the US and Russia. I pray that the day will come soon when all nations announce they have completely removed these. September 27, 2013 at 3:44 pm Thank you Bishop Schori for your thoughtful words! I just wish more would be said and done about the refugees caused by this conflict. This is a burden that needs to be shared and not ignored. Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Collierville, TN Kirk Wyss says: September 13, 2013 at 7:11 pm Peter di Franco comments about ‘a decided silence on the just war theory.’ George Clifford, Episcopal priest and ethicist, talks about that here: http://epfnational.org/epf-news/attacking-syria/ September 13, 2013 at 5:21 pm Thank you for your comment, Bishop Schori. There has been a decided silence on the just war theory that should inform the decision to go to war, however limited. Most moral theologians do not see that the diplomatic options have been exhausted. Thank you for drawing attention to the need to continue a diplomatic process. Pax. Featured Events September 13, 2013 at 5:32 pm So well said. Thank you for helping to verbalize my feelings. I’m very proud to be Episcopalian and pray for the people, all the people of the world. Press Release Service Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Bath, NC Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rev. Jan Kozak says: New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA 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 Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Youth Minister Lorton, VA [Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs press release] Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has issued the following statement on the situation in Syria. Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector Shreveport, LA Rector Tampa, FL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK 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 Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Donna Hicks says: Dawn Booth says: Russell Ayers+ says: Featured Jobs & Calls Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Director of Music Morristown, NJ 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 Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Rector Martinsville, VA September 13, 2013 at 6:02 pm Are you kidding Ms. Schori? You remind me of the neo-cons. “President Obama’s restraint and willingness to look for diplomatic solutions “! Give me a break! He said he wants war. He added that he feels he has the power (despite explicit wording to the contrary in the Constitution) to make war without the consent of the congress (e.g. the approval of the American people).Stop defending him. He is eager to make war for reasons that may benefit Israel, big Oil, or AIPAC-donations to the DNC – but he has been dragged kicking and screaming (by Vladimir Putin and American public opinion) into a negotiated solution. Thank god – for once peace wins. Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Submit a Job Listing
News News News Organisation RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” February 19, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Leading journalist harassed over coverage of trial of top officials Help by sharing this information Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Follow the news on Belarus Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about the continuing harassment of investigative journalist Maryna Koktysh, the deputy editor of the Minsk-based independent newspaper Narodnaya Volya, over her coverage of a case involving senior police officers and interior ministry officials in the southeastern city of Homyel.“The independent press has just done its duty by reporting developments in a scandal implicating senior officials that elicited comments from President Alexander Lukashenko,” Reporters Without Borders said. “As a journalist, Maryna Koktysh should not be regarded as a police auxiliary or as an accomplice to the criminal activity she covers.” Police raided Narodnaya Volya’s Minsk headquarters on 17 February, seizing her computer and some of her files in the course of a one-hour search. Officials said the raid was ordered by the Homyel police and prosecutor’s office in connection with her coverage of the trial of three Homyel police officers and Viktar Yermakow, the head of the interior ministry’s Anti-Corruption and Organised Crime Department, on charges of abuse of authority and blackmailing KGB agents.Held behind closed doors before the supreme court since October 2009, the trial ended on 17 February with three of the officials getting jail sentences ranging from three to four years. The case has led to a series of revelations about corrupt practices within the police and security agencies and President Lukashenko even publicly accused one of the defendants of having hunting lodges built illegally in Zhobin, in an area when senior officials and state company executives hunt illegally.Koktysh told Reporters Without Borders that the police questioned her in connection with a defamation action brought by a senior KGB official, whose identify has not been confirmed, over reports posted on several opposition websites about the hunting lodges. Details of the lawsuit are still not clear.She cannot provide more details as she had to undertake to treat the case as confidential. The defamation action has been brought against persons unknown, so Koktysh is not directly targeted, at least for the time being. But there is reason to think that the reason her computer was seized was to try to establish whether she wrote the offending website articles.Andrei Bastunets of the Belarus Association of Journalists (BAJ), a Reporters Without Borders partner organisation, said he was concerned that Koktysh’s status “could change from being a witness to being a suspect” and that she could end up being charged with criminal defamation, which is punishable by imprisonment.Reporters Without Borders shares the concern of the BAJ, which won the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in 2004. Koktysh is a high-profile journalist with a reputation for investigative reporting. She has worked for Narodnaya Volya since its launch in 1995 and has been its deputy editor since 2006. She was the first reporter to probe the disappearances of government opponents Viktar Hanchar and Yury Zakharanka, businessman Anatol Krasuski and cameraman Dzmitry Zavadski. On her initiative, Narodnaya Volya published documents demonstrating the existence of death squads involved in political assassinations in Belarus. She has repeatedly been threatened and harassed by the authorities and was illegally stripped of her parliamentary and government press accreditation.Reporters Without Borders regards the raid on Narodnaya Volya and the interrogation of Koktysh as attempts to intimidate her and calls on the authorities to put a stop to the harassment. After appearing to relax pressure on the independent media slightly as part of a bid to revive its relationship with the European Union, Belarus has now clearly embarked on new crackdown. On 13 January, the justice ministry ordered the BAJ to stop issuing press cards to journalists and stop providing them with legal aid.On 1 February, the president promulgated a repressive Internet law and, a few days later, the authorities announced new regulations placing additional restrictions on the dissemination of foreign news media.(Photos: Belorusskie Novosti, BAJ, Khartiya’97) RSF_en BelarusEurope – Central Asia to go further June 2, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts May 28, 2021 Find out more May 27, 2021 Find out more News BelarusEurope – Central Asia
News UpdatesContributions Made To The Fund Are Voluntary, No Compulsion For Anyone To Donate; Bombay HC Dismisses Advocate’s PIL Seeking Public Declaration Of PM Cares Fund [Read Judgment] Nitish Kashyap27 Aug 2020 5:15 AMShare This – xThe Bombay High Court on Thursday dismissed a public interest litigation filed by Advocate Arvind Waghmare seeking public declaration of money received for PM Care’s Fund observing that the contributions made to the said Fund are voluntary in nature and there is no compulsion on anyone to donate. Division bench of Justice SB Shukre and Justice AS Kilor of the Nagpur bench noted that if…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 Bombay High Court on Thursday dismissed a public interest litigation filed by Advocate Arvind Waghmare seeking public declaration of money received for PM Care’s Fund observing that the contributions made to the said Fund are voluntary in nature and there is no compulsion on anyone to donate. Division bench of Justice SB Shukre and Justice AS Kilor of the Nagpur bench noted that if any person has any doubt about the application of the money, he/she intends to donate to the said fund, they may be reminded of the words of Falstaff, a cowardly character in William Shakespeare’s play Henry IV, “The better part of Valour is Discretion; in the which better part, I have saved my life”. Referring to the above lines, Court said- “Here “life” can be taken to be “money”. So, such a person would well be within his right to not donate his money to the fund. From this perspective also no insistence can be made by a person donating his money in his discretion upon making public disclosures of utilization of the fund money on a public platform bypassing the proper platform provided under the Trust Act applicable to a charitable trust like the “PM CARES Fund”.” The petitioner made it clear in the petition that he does not challenge and dispute the creation of the PM CARES Fund on any ground, constitutional or otherwise but, he is only concerned about what he considers to be the ‘presence of an element of seclusion in the fund in its functional and operational dynamics.’ Moreover, Adv Waghmare, who appeared in person, submitted that as a citizen of India as well as a small donor to the PM CARES Fund, he has every right to know exact position of the account of the fund and as to why all the trustees on the Board of Trustees as per the scheme of the fund have not been nominated by the Chairperson of the fund. Waghmare contended that nomination of all the trustees on the Board is essential for the fund to operate equitably, and fairly, in the interest of welfare of the beneficiaries for whose assistance the fund has been set up. Moreover, the members to be appointed on the Board of Trustees must also include two persons of eminence belonging to opposite political parties, which provision, not expressly made in the scheme of the fund, needs to be incorporated, the petitioner submitted. Whereas, ASG Anil Singh appeared on behalf of PM Cares Fund and Union of India. He submitted that as few more petitions involving more or less similar issues were pending adjudication before the Supreme Court and he sought to incorporate in the reply, the decisions of the Apex Court, one of which came recently in Center for Public Interest Litigation V/s. Union of India, decided on August 18, 2020. Moreover, ASG Singh told the Court that copies of all the decisions which, in his opinion, would render assistance to this Court, have already been filed on record by him. These decisions are in the following cases- Shashwat Anand and others V/s. Union of India and others, Manohar Lal Sharma V/s. Narender and others and Center for Public Interest Litigation V/s. Union of India. To this, the bench said- “Considering the fact that copies of the orders and judgments rendered by the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India now have been filed on record and also that learned A.S.G.I. through his oral submissions made elaborately has adequately assisted us, we no longer experience any handicap in finally deciding the petition on merits, even without formal reply filed on behalf of the Union of India.” Calling it a publicity interest litigation with underlying political agenda, ASG Singh urged that the said PIL is not maintainable. Improper intention of the petitioner can be gauged from the fact that just in order to make a show of the petitioner having locus standi in the matter, the petitioner paid donation of Rs.1,001 by cheque dated May 8 and immediately on the next day of May 9, 2020 the petitioner filed this public interest litigation petition, Singh told the Court. According to him, the petitioner has no locus standi for the reason that he is a donor to the fund and not the beneficiary of the fund and that it is the beneficiary of the fund who could be said to be a person aggrieved if any action or inaction on the part of the Trustees is considered by him as against law, object of the Trust or welfare of the beneficiaries. In response to questions raised about the intent of the petitioner and his locus standi raised by ASG Singh, the bench said- “We are, however, of the view that it is not necessary for us to go into these aspects of the matter for two reasons. Firstly, there is hardly any material placed on record to discern the improper intention on the part of the petitioner in person and though the petition has been filed just on the next day of the petitioner remitting the donation of Rs.1,001/- through cheque, this fact by itself would not be sufficient to attribute any ill-motive to the petitioner. Secondly, this petition raises such questions as would deserve their consideration and resolution more on merits of the matter rather than on some preliminaries relating to the standing and intention of the petitioner in person.” Thereafter, Court examined the four distinct reliefs claimed by the petitioner- i Issue appropriate directions to the respondents to immediately appoint-nominate other three trustees for the “PM CARES FUND” ii. Further appropriate directions be issued to the respondents to appoint-nominate at least two trustees (Out of 3) from the opposition parties from Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha iii. By appropriate order and or directions quash and set aside/cancel the unilateral decision taken by the respondent no.1 to 5 (without there being full Board of Trustees) to appoint M/s SARC Associates, Chartered Accountants, New Delhi as auditor for PM Cares Fund iv. Further issue appropriate directions to immediately make public the entire funds received as on date, whether domestically or from overseas i.e from NRI’s and foreign nationals on the official websites of the “PM Cares Fund” After perusing through the judgments of the Supreme Court, the bench noted- “We find that even though the power has been conferred upon the Hon’ble Chairperson to nominate three trustees, the power is of enabling nature only making it possible for the Authority to nominate three trustees to the Board, and that there is no further mandate that the power must also be exercised in order to fully constitute the Board of Trustees. No other provision has been brought to our notice by the petitioner in person to show that without the presence of three nominated eminent persons on the Board, the Board of Trustees would be incomplete or non-functional.” Therefore, the first relief was rejected and referring to the apex court’s judgment in Center for Public Interest Litigation V/s. Union of India, the bench noted- “It is clear that PM CARE Fund is a charitable trust registered under the Registration Act, 1908 and that it does not receive any budgetary support or any government money. If there is no provision made in the Trust Deed for inducting some members of the opposition political parties into Board of Trustees by nomination, and there is also no such requirement of law, which is the case here without any dispute, there is no way that an outsider like the petitioner in person would knock at the doors of this Court to invoke the extraordinary jurisdiction of this Court to seek the direction to the trust to amend its Trust Deed. The direction sought in the second prayer clause is really a command for amending the Trust Deed which cannot be initiated at the behest of a person stranger to the Trust like the petitioner in person in a public interest litigation, much less by invoking extraordinary writ jurisdiction of this Court under Article 226 of the Constitution.” Finally, addressing the relief sought for public declaration of funds received, Court said- “In this petition, the question involved is really not about the nondisclosure of receipts and disbursements but it is about ensuring that the receipts into the fund are from proper sources and the outgoings from the fund are consistent with the objects of the fund for which purpose public disclosure is essential. In other words, the real question is- why the public disclosure rather than why not the public disclosure? There can be no two opinions about the underlying object of public disclosure. It is to ensure proper utilization of the fund money sourced from proper persons.” Thus, dismissing the PIL and rejecting all reliefs, Court warned against misuse of PILs and casually entertaining such litigation.Click Here To Download Judgment[Read Judgment]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Story
DL Debate – 24/05/21 Google+ By News Highland – August 24, 2017 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp The Taoiseach says he’s shocked at the extensive damage caused by wild weather in Inishowen.Around 200 homes were destroyed while roads and bridges were washed away following heavy rainfall on Tuesday night.Met Eireann says further heavy rain is forcast for Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim, Mayo and Galway until tomorrow evening.The Government says it will provide emergency funds to affected households in Donegal.In a video message Leo Varadkar says help is available:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/varadkar7pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Taoiseach ‘shocked’ at damage caused by flooding in Inishowen Twitter Homepage BannerNews Google+ Twitter Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleDeclan Bonner confirms he will apply for the Donegal jobNext articleDavid Mulgrew handed Tyrone start for All Ireland Semi Final News Highland Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Facebook WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme
Courtesy of Brad Kane(NEW YORK) — The race is on to find a rare duck who was spotted in Central Park with a piece of plastic stuck between its beak.Veteran bird watcher Brad Kane took a picture of the female Common Merganser, which is not common to the park, swimming in the park’s lake and posted it on Twitter Saturday. Kane noticed what appeared to be either a rubber band or a piece of plastic that was stuck between its beak and neck.Kane told ABC News this is extremely dangerous for the bird because the plastic prevents it from eating and diving for food.“It’s almost like a bridle and preventing it from closing its mouth. It’s a fish-eating bird so if it can’t dive it can’t eat,” he said. “It’s awful. It means it’s going through a long and painful suffering.”After Kane’s photo went viral, park rangers searched the pond Monday and Tuesday for the duck, but as of Tuesday evening they had found no sign of it.In the duck’s current condition it’s still able to fly and swim, according to Megan Moriarty, a spokeswoman for the New York City Parks Department.“The goal is to rescue the bird, remove the plastic, and transport the animal to the Wild Bird Fund so they can assess its overall health,” she said in a statement.The Parks Department is urging anyone who spots the bird to call park rangers at 212-360-2774.This weekend, New York state will institute a ban on plastic bags at all grocery stores in an attempt to curb the amount of plastic in the environment. Kane said the ban is beneficial for the city’s wildlife and would prevent incidents like this.“No one likes to see nature suffer, and that is indeed what’s happening to this bird,” he said. “It brings home the message of how dangerous plastic is to wildlife.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
ReDunnLev/iStockBY: WILLIAM MANSELL AND SAMARA LYNN, ABC NEWS(NEW YORK) — The novel coronavirus has now killed more than 762,000 people worldwide.More than 21.1 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some national governments are hiding or downplaying the scope of their outbreaks.The United States is the worst-affected country in the world, with more than 5.3 million diagnosed cases and at least 168,446 deaths.Here’s how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. Please refresh this page for updates.10:22 a.m.: NY announces lowest COVID hospitalizations, record testingOn Saturday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said New York had its lowest number of COVID-19 hospitalizations since March 17. The governor also announced a record-high in the number of tests.Since March 17, hospitalizations have dropped to 523; the number of COVID-19 tests reported to New York State is at 88,668.“In New York, we knew from the beginning that testing would be a key factor in controlling this new virus. We ramped up testing immediately and took a nation-leading role in developing capacity to test as many New Yorkers as possible, and I’m proud that we continue to raise the bar and we’ve broken our record high once again,” Cuomo said. “Yesterday’s numbers — especially the new low in hospitalizations — continue to reflect the progress we’ve made during this pandemic, but we will keep monitoring the data and the alarming increases in cases around the country. My message is the same: stay New York Smart, wash your hands, socially distance, and wear masks!”Gov. Cuomo also confirmed 734 additional cases of novel coronavirus, bringing the statewide total to 424,901 confirmed cases in New York State, with the highest concentration in New York City.As of Friday, there were five deaths due to COVID-19 in New York state, bringing the total to 25,244.6:43 a.m.: University of Notre Dame reports 29 cases of COVID-19The University of Notre Dame reported 29 cases of COVID-19 in a one-week period, reports the South Bend Tribune.The cases were from Aug. 6 to Aug. 14. On Friday, Aug. 14, the university reported 10 new cases.Notre Dame’s spokesperson, Paul Browne, told the South Bend Tribune that many of the COVID-19 cases were traced to an off-campus party where students didn’t wear masks and didn’t practice social distancing.“What is reinforces is our concern that it only takes a weak link. You can have a strong chain, but if you have only one weak link, it can cause numbers to spike,” Brown said. “Notre Dame officials believe they can still get the virus under control without canceling in-person classes and sending students home.”The virus not only struck students who attended the party, but some who came in contact with those who attended,” Browne said.6:22 a.m.: Florida high school sports start date approvedFall high school sports in Florida are a go after the Florida High School Athletics Association voted Friday to begin sports throughout in the Sunshine State on Aug. 24.Practices can begin this month with games set to resume in September. Teams, according to FHSAA, can start later and not opt-in to state-wide play due to coronavirus hot spots.The organization also said that “schools may opt out of the State Series by September 18th with the ability to form their own regional schedule upon approval from the FHSAA.”Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has been a strong advocate for reopening schools and sports in the state, despite the summer surge in cases and deaths.“To our parents – you deserve the choice of in-person instruction or distance learning and I’m glad that so many school districts are making this vision a reality,” DeSantis said a press conference this week. “To our teachers and school administrators – thank you for refusing to let obstacles stand in the way of providing opportunities for our kids. This has been a difficult time, but I believe your hard work will do more than you know to get our society back on its feet.”In Florida, more than 563,000 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and at least 9,141 people have died of the virus.The state reported more than 6,200 new COVID-19 cases and 200 deaths on Friday.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. On the moveOn 16 Mar 2004 in Personnel Today Douglas Frost has joined pharmaceutical group Alliance UniChem as group HRdirector designate. Most recently, Frost was European organisation andmanagement development director of the Mars Group. Jacuzzi UK, one of the largest bathroom manufacturers in the UK, hasappointed Joanne Wormald as human relations manager. Based at the firm’s headoffice in Bradford, she will be responsible for managing HR across the company.Jacuzzi currently employs around 800 staff in the UK. Trinity Mirror, the UK’s largest newspaper publisher, has appointed regionalHR directors for the company’s southern and Scotland regions. The new positionsare taken up by Richard Boon (pictured), regional HR director, South, andLesley Sommerville, who joins as regional HR director, Scotland. The drive to modernise the practices of Warrington Borough Council has beenboosted by the secondment of a top senior civil service inspector. Peter Munro,currently a business inspector with the Department of Health, has joined the councilfor one year as programme director (management and organisation development). Previous Article Next Article