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Our Alternative World Cup XV

first_imgSir Ian Mcgeechan, who is used to bringing players together, would be in charge our alternative XVEveryone will be keen to see how the Richie McCaws, Quade Coopers and Chris Ashtons of the rugby world perform in New Zealand over the coming weeks, but what about those not taking part?The World Cup is rugby’s showpiece event but not everyone has the chance to compete in it, so here at Rugby World we decided to pick a match-day 22 from all those players around the globe not at the tournament.  Some names you’re sure to recognise and others might not be so familiar, but it’s a team that would cause problems for most nations at RWC 2011. It’s a mix of youth and experience, pace and power, flair and doggedness.Below we explain the myriad of reasons why these players weren’t picked – and are unlikely to be called out to New Zealand as injury replacements – but why they deserve a place in our starting XV. As for who should coach this diverse group of players, it has to be Sir Ian McGeechan, so used is he to bringing players from different nations together with the Lions.1. Loosehead Prop – Kevin TkachukAge 34 (11 Sept 1976)Born ManitobaCountry: CanadaClub: UnattachedHeight 6ftWeight 18st 5lbThe shock omission from Canada’s World Cup squad, Tkachuk is a veteran of 53 Tests and seven years at Glasgow Warriors. He left the club at the end of last season to focus on the World Cup, but Canucks coach Kieran Crowley said: “We felt some players have gone past Kevin in performances.” Still, any team would benefit from his experience.2. Hooker – Schalk BritsAge 30 (16 May 1981)Born EmpangeniCountry South AfricaClub SaracensHeight 5ft 11inWeight 15st 6lbA premiership winner and a star in the northern hemisphere, with running and passing skills to make any back jealous – but he gets no love from the South Africa selectors. He won three caps in 2008 but has since been ignored and says: “There’s an illusion that if you weigh less than 100kg, my weight, you can’t scrum.”3. Tighthead Prop – Carl HaymanAge 31 (14 Nov 1979)Born OpunakeCountry New ZealandClub ToulonHeight 6ft 4inWeight 18st 10lbNew Zealand did all they could to tempt Hayman back home, reportedly even offering to help him set up a farm, but instead of another shot at World Cup glory he opted to sign a big-money deal with Toulon. He’s still one of the world’s best tightheads so it was a blow for Graham Henry, who would have liked Hayman in the black No 3 jersey.4 Second-Row – Ian EvansAge 26 (4 Oct 1984)Born JohannesburgCountry WalesClub OspreysHeight 6ft 9inWeight 18st 4lbEvans made his Wales debut on the same 2006 tour to Argentina as Alun Wyn Jones and both were expected to enjoy long Test careers. But while Jones has now amassed 50 caps, Evans is stuck on 16. Warren Gatland is a fan but a horrible run of injuries means he hasn’t played a Test since 2008.5. Second-Row – Erik LundAge 32 (3 July 1979)Born FredrikstadCountry NorwayClub BiarritzHeight 6ft 8inWeight 19st 2lbBorn in Norway, raised in England, Lund made slow but steady progress through rugby’s ranks before excelling for Leeds in 2009-10. He’s proved an equally powerful presence at Biarritz and he wasn’t out of his depth donning Baa-Baas stripes this summer, but he pledged his allegiance to Norway early on.6. Blindside – Anton RudoyAge 28 (21 Feb 1983)Born AlmatyCountry KazakhstanClub Enisey-STMHeight 6ft 2inWeight 14st 6lbRugby is clearly in the Rudoy genes. Mum Olga played in five World Cups, her last aged 47, while Anton has impressed for Kazakhstan’s men, but couldn’t help them qualify for RWC 2011. A destructive ball-carrier with a penchant for scoring tries, he deserves to play on rugby’s biggest stage.7 Openside – Nili LatuAge 29 (19 Feb 1982)Born TongatapuCountry TongaClub Green RocketsHeight 6ftWeight 15st 12lbLatu was one of the stars of the 2007 World Cup. Dynamic with ball in hand and a snaffler at the breakdown, he led Tonga with aplomb as they troubled finalists South Africa and England in the pool stages. But he’s been kicked out of the current squad by coach Isitolo Maka for “disciplinary reasons”.8. Number 8 – Simon TaylorAge 32 (17 Aug 1979)Born StirlingCountry ScotlandClub BathHeight 6ft 4inWeight 17st 12lbLong seen as one of Scotland’s most talented and consistent performers, Taylor made himself unavailable to the national team in August 2009. He wanted to concentrate on club rugby and staying fit having been dogged by injuries ever since the 2001 Lions tour. Two years on and it seems he brought his Test career to a premature end.9. Scrum-Half – Byron KelleherAge 34 (3 Dec 1976)Born DunedinCountry New ZealandClub Stade FrançaisHeight 5ft 9inWeight 15st Would you like to sign up to Rugby World’s excellent weekly email newsletter? Click here.For Back Issues Contact John Denton Services at 01733-385-170 visit He may not be the best scrum-half in the world but Graham Henry would doubtless want him in his All Blacks squad given that the uninspiring pair of Jimmy Cowan and Piri Weepu are currently fighting over the No 9 shirt. Kelleher’s strength suits the Top 14 where he enjoyed great success with Toulouse before joining Stade in June.10 Fly-Half – Danny CiprianiAge 23 (2 Nov 1987)Born RoehamptonCountry EnglandClub RebelsHeight 6ftWeight 14st 13lbOh danny boy, how a nation loved you – and then you threw it all away. Cipriani divides opinion but no one can deny his talent on the pitch, in attack at least (defensively there are big flaws). Since he was a teen he was tipped to be England’s No 10 at RWC 2011, but high-profile misdemeanours and a move Down Under put paid to that.11. Left-Wing – Tim Visser Age 24 (29 May 1987)Born ZeewoldeCountry ScotlandClub EdinburghHeight 6ft 4inWeight 17stHolland may want Visser but the potent finisher is holding out for Test honours with Scotland. The ‘Flying Dutchman’ has topped the Magners League try chart for the past two years and crossed twice for the Barbarians against England in May. He qualifies for the Scots next summer and could be a familiar face in the team by 2015.12. Inside-Centre – Lote TuqiriAge 31 (23 Sept 1979)Born NamatakulaCountry AustraliaClub Wests Tigers RLHeight 6ft 3inWeight 16st 5lbThe Wallabies could have called on an older head this year had that head been more wise. Tuqiri was contracted to the ARU until 2012 so would have challenged for a World Cup spot, but in July 2009 was sacked after bringing a woman back to his hotel room in a Test week. He’s since returned to league, but would make a hard-running centre.13. Outside-Centre – Mathew TaitAge 25 (6 Feb 1986)Born Shotley BridgeCountry EnglandClub LeicesterHeight 6ftWeight 14st 2lbTait played in every match of England’s 2007 World Cup campaign, starting five. The future seemed bright but injury problems, coupled with England’s desire to opt for power instead of finesse, have seen his career stutter. He’ll get a fresh start at Leicester, but will he be back in contention in 2015?14. Right Wing – Rupeni CaucauAge 31 (5 June 1980)Born NabouwaluCountry FijiClub ToulouseHeight 5ft 11inWeight 17st 4lbSpeed, footwork and a talent for the spectacular; Caucau is a joy to watch, one of rugby’s greatest attacking geniuses. However, he’s not so good at timekeeping, weight watching or staying out of trouble. Anyone would love him in their team, but his unreliable nature means they don’t know if he’d turn up.15. Full-back – Isa NacewaAge 29 (22 July 1982)Born AucklandCountry FijiClub LeinsterHeight 5ft 11inWeight 13st 12lbTwo minutes – that’s how much Test rugby Nacewa has played. He didn’t realise that by playing for Fiji v Scotland in 2003 he was ineligible for the All Blacks and unsuccessfully tried to have the cap annulled. Fiji asked the Irish Players’ Player of the Year to play for them this year but he declined, to focus on his pregnant wife and twins.Bench16. Takeshi Kizu Japan17. Ceri Jones Wales18. Jone Qovu Fiji19. Sione Lauaki New Zealand20. Ricky Januarie South Africa21. Nick Evans New Zealand22. Regan King New ZealandThis article appeared in the October 2011 issue of Rugby World Magazine.Find a newsagent that sells Rugby World in the UK. You may prefer the digital edition on your MAC, PC, or iPad. center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALSlast_img read more

Tax breaks for alumni could build university endowments

first_img Howard Lake | 28 May 2003 | News  31 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tax breaks for alumni could build university endowments A report on university endowment funds calls for tax breaks for graduates to help establish and increase endowment funds for UK universities.The report “University Endowments” by the Sutton Trust points out that only five UK universities have endowments worth £100 million or more, compared to 207 universities in the USA.Chair of the Sutton Trust Peter Lampl also called for grater professional fundraising within UK universities to improve the endowment position. In particular he recommended devoting greater effort at targeting the right alumni to secure the biggest gifts. The trust’s report called for “vice-chancellors and senior managers need to be involved at this level.” Advertisementcenter_img Tagged with: Capital appeal Giving/Philanthropy Major gift Management Research / statistics The report also argued that the current Gift Aid system for tax-efficient giving was too complicated. Instead, like the USA, donors should be able to claim all the tax back on their donation, rather than sharing the reclaim with the charity.Read “Tax breaks could attract university donors, says trust” by Donald MacLeod at The Guardian. About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Brand Aid: Shopping Well to Save the World (Quadrant Book)

first_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Brand Aid: Shopping Well to Save the World (Quadrant Book) [amzn_product_post] AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThiscenter_img Howard Lake | 7 April 2013 | News  5 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Objections to fundraising during pandemic explored in Rogare project

first_img Tagged with: COVID-19 research Rogare Melanie May | 25 June 2020 | News Objections to fundraising during pandemic explored in Rogare project AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2  410 total views,  2 views today “The need to fundraise is just as imperative during an emergency as it is during normal times, and may be even greater. Yet, if the objections to fundraising that fundraisers are currently encountering become the norm, charities will find themselves in an even more parlous state, with the effects of the pandemic exacerbated by a reluctance to ask for support.”The report – Advocating for fundraising during emergencies: How to respond to arguments that fundraising is ‘inappropriate’ during the coronavirus pandemic’ – can be downloaded from the Rogare website. Fundraising think tank Rogare has published the findings of a project to develop counter-arguments to the most frequently encountered objections to fundraising during the pandemic.Objections to fundraising were collected from Canada, UK and USA and grouped into four themes: economic, public anxiety, perceived inappropriateness, and perception of need.Counter-arguments were then build on ideas previously developed by Rogare for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Canada’s Canadian Fundraising Narrative. These can be used or adapted by fundraisers to fit their own situations and contexts.As one example, in response to objections focusing on peoples’ financial difficulties, the project team recommends countering with something that might include:“Some charities may feel that asking for support when people are struggling financially is inappropriate. Although many people’s incomes have been affected, there are others whose financial circumstances are unchanged. The lockdown has altered spending patterns, meaning that some people may have more money available to donate to charity than previously. Charities have always appealed to people at all levels of the socio-economic scale. Charities’ most loyal supporters are often those with modest incomes giving small regular or cash gifts.”A second example, in response to objections based around the thought that charities not directly involved in the frontline response to the pandemic should not be fundraising:“It isn’t up to us to determine which needs are more urgent or more important. Fundraising is ethical when it balances our duty to ask for support on behalf of our beneficiaries with the rights of the donor to choose whether to give at this time or not. We cannot presume to know what is in our donors’ minds, nor to choose on their behalf whether to give or not.”Canadian fundraiser Vivian Smith of Liberty Quest Enterprises led the project with the team including, from the UK and Ireland, Craig Mullaly from SOS Children’s Villages, Colin Skehan from Trócaire, and Ruth Smyth from Boldlight.Project leader Vivian Smith commented:“We know that fundraisers are encountering these types of objections, not just from board and senior management, but from colleagues and donors too. Some of the project team have had direct experience of it.“So what we aim to give fundraisers are the types of things they could say to people to persuade them that sensitive and appropriate fundraising should continue. We’re not suggesting fundraisers copy and paste what we’ve crafted, but we do hope we’ll have saved them a lot of the brainpower and time.”Rogare’s Director Ian MacQuillin added: Advertisement  411 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis2 About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Alleged killers of journalist Dmitri Zavadski sentenced

first_img News News Follow the news on Belarus Organisation March 20, 2002 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Alleged killers of journalist Dmitri Zavadski sentenced News to go further BelarusEurope – Central Asia May 27, 2021 Find out more Belarus18 March 2002On 14 March 2002, the Minsk Regional Court sentenced two formermembers of the Interior Ministry’s special forces to life in prison for themurder of five persons and the July 2000 disappearance of journalist andcameraman Dmitri Zavadski. No further details concerning the journalist’sprobable assassination were exposed during the trial and sentencing.RSF underlines that during the trial, no new information materialised that wouldestablish the location of the disappeared journalist’s body, determine the exactcircumstances surrounding his murder, or help to identify the persons whoordered the journalist’s abduction.RSF is surprised that the Minsk court did not make a serious effort to findanswers to these unresolved questions. The organisation believes that a properinvestigation must now be launched in order to identify the guilty parties. RSFalso supports the various efforts by Svetlana Zavadskaya, Zavadski’s widow, andher lawyer to determine the facts of this case and ensure that those responsiblefor the journalist’s abduction and murder are punished accordingly. Receive email alerts May 28, 2021 Find out more BelarusEurope – Central Asia The Minsk court did not make any effort to locate the body of Dmitri Zavadski nor to identify those who ordered the journalist’s abduction. “We welcome opening of criminal investigation in Lithuania in response to our complaint against Lukashenko” RSF says Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown June 2, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en RSF at the Belarusian border: “The terrorist is the one who jails journalists and intimidates the public” Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Standardized test results gloomy

first_img Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook EducationECISDLocal News Standardized test results gloomy Facebook WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – December 15, 2020 center_img TAGS  Presenting results from MAP and NAEP tests, Ector County ISD Superintendent Scott Muri said the results are grim. MAP stands for Measure of Academic Progress and NAEP stands for National Assessment of Educational Progress. This is the first year ECISD students have taken the MAP and Muri focused on reading and math for both MAP and NAEP. Muri detailed how COVID has impacted students and teachers. “When we talk about the COVID slide, it’s real and you can see that especially in the area of mathematics,” Muri told the board of trustees during their meeting Tuesday. “It’s a real phenomenon. These data indicate that fourth grade and eighth grade, in fact when we look at it even at every grade level, you can see that it has impacted our students. We also talked about our most fragile population as the most the most significantly impacted and we see that’s true in these data as well.” As the district moves forward, Muri said as they think about funding at the state level, “we clearly have a crisis that continues to happen in ECISD, as well as across the state.” “Today, 2.8 million children are physically attending school out of the 5.4 million children in our state, so we’ll have almost half the children in our state that haven’t been to school this year; actually haven’t been to school since March. The slide continues. In ECISD, we hover around 65 percent face-to-face; 35 percent virtual. We continue to see some of those declines happening, and then some of them continue even in the classroom,” Muri said. He noted that as he goes around the district, teachers are wearing masks and shields and keep their distance. The students can’t share manipulatives. “… in the classroom, our teachers have a hard time being at their prior best. I think they’re being at their best today, but they’re hindered by the continued presence of this virus and that’s going to continue into the second semester,” Muri said. “I’m very thankful that we are going to have 30 additional days for our elementary kids next summer. That’s going to make a difference. We’ll invest in those kids and create a different experience for them, but this type of learning loss isn’t repaired in a summer or even a semester. This is a multi-year repair opportunity for our kids.” In August 2021 when school starts, Muri said, they will be serving a different type of child. “I think about our pre-k kids that have never seen the faces of their teachers, and for the first time next year, they may, if things are different or better, they may get to see their teacher’s face for the very first time,” Muri said. “Those kids have been shaped by a school experience that is very different from what it should be, so we have some work to do academically as a school system to meet these needs of our most fragile children (who) need extra attention, as they always have, but right now the learning loss is just magnified because they’re already fragile so we see that in these data.” He said that when the Texas Legislature returns in January that the district makes sure dollars are not taken away over the next several years. Districts lost a lot of money in 2011 that Muri said should have been used to educate kids. “You can see the results of that. We can’t allow that to happen again, so even though our state is certainly struggling right now we have to make sure that education is the priority when it comes to investing in the well-being of our community,” Muri said. Muri said this is the first year for the MAP assessment and not all students took it. “So the data are a little skewed because in some school districts in Texas when this was administered, their students were completely virtual so they chose not to administer the assessment in a virtual environment,” Muri said. “In our system, the principals and teachers did a great job of not only administering face-to-face, but virtual as well. This year’s data from a MAP perspective doesn’t represent the whole of the story because some students in a virtual environment simply did not take it this year.” STAAR and End of Course exams will be administered this year, but the high stakes such as district and campus accountability won’t be tied to them. Muri said the data will be seen by teachers, families and students, but also the public. Asked by trustee Donna Smith if standards will be adjusted, Muri said that was the million dollar question. “The question right now is what does school in 21-22 have to look like because the kids are not going to be the same type of students. A third grader in 2021 is not going to look like any third grader that has ever entered the third grade. They’re going to be different. This virus has affected children. It has affected them academically; it has affected them socially and emotionally, so our job is to create a learning environment that receives those children as they are in August of 2021 and takes them on their academic journey. We will fail as a public school system if we do not change and if we pretend that that third grader is exactly like a third grader has always been. That’s what these people in the room are working on is what must school be in 2021 and beyond to meet the needs of kids … because these data really indicate they’re not going to be the same,” Muri said. Unfortunately for some children, the slide continues, Muri added. “It hasn’t been stopped. They’re not having the kind of experience they need; nor are kids. They’re not growing as quickly as we would like them to in an optimal environment. Again, teachers are challenged right now because of the barriers that COVID puts in our way so kids are having the best experiences that they can, but they’re not the kind of experiences that we would be able to provide if we didn’t have to deal with the restrictions,” he said. While this scenario can appear doom and gloom, Muri said there is a silver lining. “It represents a pretty incredible opportunity that we have to design around the challenges that we see our kids facing. We cannot have 8 percent of our economically disadvantaged fourth graders be proficient at the end of the year. That just can’t happen,” Muri said. Twitter Pinterest Twitter Previous articleOAT121620_RunoffNext articleJavier Joven Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Drive Shack Inc. Announces Collaboration with Professional Golfer Rory McIlroy and its New Indoor…

first_img WhatsApp Pinterest Local NewsBusiness Facebook TAGS  Twitter NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jan 26, 2021– Drive Shack Inc. (NYSE: DS), a leading owner and operator of golf-related leisure and entertainment businesses, announced today that it is partnering with global golf superstar Rory McIlroy on its entertainment golf brand. Puttery is the Company’s new indoor, small format entertainment experience that will feature high-tech mini golf and premium food and beverage offerings. “I am thrilled to partner with the Drive Shack team on their new entertainment golf experience,” said Rory McIlroy. “Once Covid is under control, the ability to combine high-tech mini-golf with a high quality food & beverage menu will make Puttery a great experience for any social gathering. I am personally making a financial investment in the growth of future Puttery venues across the country and can’t wait to debut our first Puttery in Dallas this summer.” “Rory is one of the best golfers in the world. His experience and viewpoint that he will bring to Puttery as we grow and expand will be invaluable and really help further fuel our success,” said Chairman Wes Edens. “We are so excited to partner with Rory McIlroy as we near the launch of our first Puttery venue in Dallas this summer,” said Hana Khouri, President and CEO of Drive Shack. “Since first meeting Rory and discussing the vision for our new indoor entertainment golf experience, he has remained highly engaged and committed to investing in the future expansion and success of Puttery. There is no other person that we’d rather collaborate with for this project and we look forward to building a long-standing relationship with Rory and his team.” Drive Shack expects to open its first Puttery location in The Colony/Dallas, Texas in the summer of 2021, followed soon thereafter by a second location in Charlotte, North Carolina. Drive Shack has previously announced it plans to open an additional five Puttery locations by the end of 2021 and 10 additional locations by the end of 2022. The terms of Drive Shack’s partnership with Rory McIlroy are set forth in a non-binding memorandum of understanding and remain subject to the execution of definitive documentation. About Rory McIlroy Rory McIlroy is a professional golfer from Northern Ireland who is a member of both the European and PGA Tours. Rory is a four-time Major Champion, two-time FedEx Cup winner and, thus far, has spent 106 weeks as number one in the Official World Golf Ranking. About Drive Shack Drive Shack Inc. is a leading owner and operator of golf-related leisure and entertainment businesses. Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements regarding Drive Shack Inc. (together with its subsidiaries, “Drive Shack”, “we” or “us”) in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these forward-looking statements by the use of forward-looking words such as “outlook,” “believes,” “expects,” “by”, “approaches”, “nearly”, “potential”, “continues”, “may”, “will”, “should”, “could”, “seeks”, “approximately”, “predicts”, “intends”, “plans”, “estimates”, “anticipates”, “target”, “goal”, “projects”, “contemplates” or the negative version of those words or other comparable words. Any forward-looking statements contained in this press release, including statements regarding the expected development schedule and timing of specific milestones for our facilities, including The Puttery and Drive Shack venues, and Rory McIlroy’s investment in the Puttery and the other terms of our collaboration with him, are based upon our historical performance and on our current plans, estimates and expectations in light of information (including industry data) currently available to us. The inclusion of this forward-looking information should not be regarded as a representation by the Company or any other person that the future plans, estimates or expectations contemplated by us will be achieved. These statements are subject to a number of factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements, many of which are beyond our control, including, in the case of Rory McIlroy’s investment in the Puttery and the other terms of our collaboration with him, the successful execution of definitive documentation. We can give no assurance that its expectations regarding any forward-looking statements will be attained. Accordingly, you should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements made in this press release. View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210126005913/en/ CONTACT: Media and Investor Relations Inquiries: Kelley Buchhorn Drive Shack Inc, Head of Investor Relations 646-585-5591 [email protected] Rory McIlroy Public Relations: Aileen Gaskin The Communications Clinic, Head of PR +353 8777 24717 [email protected] KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA NEW YORK INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PROFESSIONAL SERVICES ENTERTAINMENT GOLF SPORTS OTHER ENTERTAINMENT CELEBRITY FINANCE SOURCE: Drive Shack Inc. Copyright Business Wire 2021. PUB: 01/26/2021 12:24 PM/DISC: 01/26/2021 12:24 PM http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210126005913/en Facebookcenter_img Twitter WhatsApp By Digital AIM Web Support – January 26, 2021 Pinterest Drive Shack Inc. Announces Collaboration with Professional Golfer Rory McIlroy and its New Indoor Entertainment Golf Experience, Puttery Previous articlePepsiCo goes Beyond Meat in new partnershipNext articleAllurion Technologies lance une suite logicielle de soins de santé qui va transformer l’expérience des consommateurs et des prestataires Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

Prosecutor Cites Sec 164 Statement Of Witness To Allege That Partho Dasgupta Was Aware Of TRP Manipulation

first_imgNews UpdatesProsecutor Cites Sec 164 Statement Of Witness To Allege That Partho Dasgupta Was Aware Of TRP Manipulation Sharmeen Hakim15 Feb 2021 9:15 AMShare This – xA former employee with the Broadcast Audience Research Council India (BARC ) has allegedly told a magistrate that the organisation received several complaints against Republic TV alleging that the channel used dubious methods to get number 1 viewership, but then CEO of BARC- Partho Dasgupta and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Romil Ramgarhia did not pay any heed. A witness in the…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?LoginA former employee with the Broadcast Audience Research Council India (BARC ) has allegedly told a magistrate that the organisation received several complaints against Republic TV alleging that the channel used dubious methods to get number 1 viewership, but then CEO of BARC- Partho Dasgupta and Chief Operating Officer (COO) Romil Ramgarhia did not pay any heed. A witness in the Television Rating Point (TRP) Scam being investigated by the Mumbai Police, the employee further said that during her time as Deputy General Manager of BARC she noticed that Dasgupta was actually involved in TRP manipulation “so that a channel can make profits through advertisements.”   The Public Prosecutor cited the statement of the witness, Perkham Basu, recorded by a Magistrate under Section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure, before a bench of Justice PD Naik hearing the bail application of Partho Dasgupta. Special Pubic Prosecutor Shishir Hirey, appearing on behalf of the Mumbai Police, read out the statement in court after Dasgupta’s lawyers objected as they were not provided a copy. According to the statement, Basu joined the organization in April 2016 and worked under then COO Romil Ramgarhia, who was also the HR head. She claims to have raised complaints of TRP manipulation with him verbally and by mail, but says Ramgarhia only got annoyed and eventually removed her from the department. “In the said period I notice the CEO Mr Partho Dasgupta was actually doing the manipulation. So that channel can get the profits through advertisements,” the statement reads. It adds that Ramgarhia was misusing the meta rule method and there were a lot of complaints received against BARC for TRP manipulation. “During the said period of my temporary assignment so many complaints were received by the BARC that Republic TV is indulged in a dubious method like landing page, dual LNC so that Republic TV can get no. 1 viewership,” the statement reads adding that “though I time and again raised this issues before Partho Dasgupta and Romil Ramgarhia, including Manishkumar, they did not pay heed.” The hearing began with Senior Advocate Aabad Ponda submitting that Dasgupta was arrested on December 24, 2020 and the chargesheet against him was filed within a month, on January 11, 2021. “Why do I need to be kept behind bars? The only question that arises is if my further detention is required or not,” he submitted. Ponda argued that a channel’s TRPs decide the advertising revenue it can demand, however, no advertiser has come forward to make a complaint against BARC or his client. He drew a comparison between Dasgupta and Ramgharia to say that latter had graver charges of active involvement in TRP manipulation despite which he was granted bail within six days. “In the forensics report it is claimed that I was aware of the manipulation, however for Romil they say he was directly involved. He was inside for 6 days and granted bail, I am inside for 52 days,” Ponda submitted. Ponda then dealt with the recovery of a watch and silver jewellery, which the Mumbai Police claims are the proceeds of crime. He cited the invoice of a Tag Huer watch to demonstrate it was purchased legitimately for Rs. 55,000. “They have stripped naked my wife’s trousseau to prove it has some connection to the crime, ” he argued while relying on a jeweller’s receipt from 2000 and 2014. He added that Dasgupta has filed over Rs. 10 crore as Income Tax returns over a period of three years. “He could definitely afford a watch.” Dealing with the controversial Watsapp chats between Partho Dasgupta and Arnab Goswami, Ponda submitted that none of the chats are substantiated with corroborative evidence. “Its loose talk between two people,” he said. The court sought to know what the Pulwama attack chat was about and if a separate offence was registered regarding the chat. Ponda said that the chat had nothing to do with the TRP Scam while the prosecution conceded that a separate offence was not registered in relation with the chat. Ponda concluded his arguments by saying, Dasgupta’s health should also be taken into consideration. SPP Shishir Hirey began his argument by saying that Dasgupta had a crucial role to play in TRP manipulation being the CEO of BARC. “It is his duty to see the company earns more and more from all sources,” he submitted. He cited the legal notice sent by Bennet Coleman and Company to BARC seeking compensation of over Rs 400 crore for TRP manipulation. The SPP will continue his arguments tomorrow, at 11.30 am. The Sessions Court had earlier dismissed Dasgupta’s bail application observing that there was prima facie evidence to show that he was the mastermind. Next Storylast_img read more

Checkpoints continuing – Drug & drink driving up in Donegal

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews Facebook WhatsApp Facebook Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Google+ Checkpoints continuing – Drug & drink driving up in Donegal Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Twitter Twittercenter_img By News Highland – November 24, 2020 Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Previous articleFurther calls for gates at Gartan proposal to be shelvedNext articleData will inform decisions on Covid restrictions – Taoiseach News Highland Google+ News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Gardai in Donegal are once again appealing to the public to reduce non-essential travel as checkpoints continue across the county. Sgt Eunan Walsh has acknowledged that ‘the goal posts may need to change next week’ if retail reopens here and remains shut in the north.Despite the current lockdown, Garda are reporting large volumes of traffic on the county’s road network, with on-going concerns over cross border travel.Meanwhile figures for November show that so far, there have been twelve drink driving detections and thirteen drug driving offences in Donegal.Sgt Walsh says they will they are enforcing the regulations as a last resort:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/eunanfanacht1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme WhatsApplast_img read more

Coronavirus live updates: More than 1.5 billion told to stay at home

first_imgvchal/iStock(NEW YORK) — Over 1.5 billion people across the globe — more than one-fifth of the world’s population — have been ordered or urged to stay home amid a deadly pandemic of the novel coronavirus, which the World Health Organization has warned “is accelerating.”The new respiratory virus, known officially as COVID-19, has killed more than 17,200 people worldwide since emerging in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December.There are more than 395,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 across the globe, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.With more than 46,000 diagnosed cases, the U.S. has the third-highest national total behind Italy and China.The virus has spread to every state as well as Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, claiming the lives of at least 591 people in the U.S.Here’s how the news is developing today. All times Eastern. Please refresh this page for updates.10:02 a.m.: Detroit police dispatcher, 38, dies from coronavirusA 38-year-old Detroit police dispatcher has died from COVID-19, reported ABC Detroit affiliate WXYZ.There are at least eight confirmed coronavirus cases within the police department, prompting more than 200 officers to self-quarantine, according to WXYZ.9:42 a.m. Pandemic could cost airlines more than $250 billionThe airline industry could take a hit of more than $250 billion as a result of the steep decline in demand and government travel restrictions amid the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA). “Without immediate government relief measures, there will not be an industry left standing,” IATA’s Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac warned.8:51 a.m. Japan announces Tokyo Olympics will be postponed until 2021Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the International Olympic Committee have agreed that the upcoming Tokyo Olympics “will be held by the summer of 2021,” the prime minister’s office announced Tuesday. “I proposed to postpone for about a year and president Bach responded with 100% agreement,” Abe told reporters in Tokyo, referring to Thomas Bach, head of the International Olympic Committee.The Olympics were originally slated to kick off in Tokyo on July 24, but there has been mounting pressure for organizers to postpone or cancel them due to the coronavirus pandemic. The International Olympic Committee’s executive board on Sunday said it would assess the worldwide situation over the next four weeks and make a decision that could include the scenario of postponing the Games. The board, however, emphasized that it has no current plans to outright cancel the 2020 Summer Olympics as such a scenario “would not solve any of the problems or help anybody.” 8:28 a.m. Sen. Klobuchar says husband remains hospitalized on oxygenSen. Amy Klobuchar, a Minnesota Democrat who recently dropped out of the 2020 presidential race, said her husband, John Bessler, remains hospitalized and on oxygen support after testing positive for the novel coronavirus. “The reason he was hospitalized is he had pneumonia. He was coughing up blood and his oxygen levels were dangerously low, so he’s been there for a few days now,” Klobuchar told ABC News in an interview Tuesday on Good Morning America.“He got a test last Wednesday and we didn’t get the results until yesterday,” she added. “That’s the story of a lot of people, and I think one of the things I want to say is a lot of Americans have this and worse going on, and one of the hardest things about this disease is you can’t go and visit your loved one. As much as I love being on your show, I would rather be there with him right now and I can’t do that.”Klobuchar said her husband, who is 52, has no preexisting conditions and was “very healthy” prior to falling ill with the virus.” “We don’t know how he got it and no one around us got it,” she added. “As far as we know, he didn’t infect anyone else.” Klobuchar’s said her husband began feeling sick with what felt like a cold about 12 days ago and immediately quarantined himself inside their apartment. Bessler stayed put until he started coughing up blood and was hospitalized, she said. Klobuchar said she hasn’t been tested because she had not come into contact with her husband in the last 14 days and hasn’t shown any symptoms. “Why would I get a test when other people who are getting sick aren’t getting tests? That’s how I approached it, I’m going to be treated like everyone else,” she said. “I think that’s what everyone has to do right now.”7:44 a.m. FEMA ‘absolutely ready’ to use Defense Production ActFederal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Peter Gaynor said Tuesday the agency is “absolutely ready” to use the Defense Production Act, as health care workers across the nation sound the alarm over dwindling supplies needed in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. President Donald Trump signed an executive order last week invoking the 1950 wartime law, which requires private companies to prioritize any product orders from the federal government over others. But the government has apparently yet to make any orders for medical supplies, such as personal protective equipment. “We just want to be careful that we don’t do anything to put it out of balance and counter some other positive efforts that we see,” Gaynor told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Tuesday on Good Morning America.“We will use it, I have no doubt about it,” Gaynor added. “But right now we’re focused on getting those critical items to those states most in need. What I say to all governors out there, if you find a source, go buy it. FEMA will reimburse you.”Stephanopoulos argued that governors are actually calling on the federal government to use the Defense Production Act now because states are competing with each other for supplies. Gaynor said they are “ready to take action on all of that” but are also “trying to keep the system in balance.” “We don’t want the federal government scooping up everything,” Gaynor added. “We want to make sure that there’s enough capacity that governors and mayors around the country can order on their own, so it’s a delicate balance.” “What the governors are saying is that the federal government should scoop it up and distribute it to the states,” Stephanopoulos responded, “and by forcing them to compete with each other, it’s driving the price and hurting their ability to get what they need.” “We’re trying to identify sources around the globe. If it’s in China, we’re ready to fly it back to the United States today,” Gaynor said. “Again, we’re focused on making sure that those governors that are most critical in need, no matter where it comes from, the federal government or another source directly, we are enabling that today.”7:28 a.m. Spain reports over 500 deaths in past 24 hoursSpain’s health ministry on Tuesday reported 514 deaths from the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours.The country’s death toll from the COVID-19 virus is now at 2,696. Spain has the third-highest number of recorded deaths in the outbreak, following China and Italy.With nearly 40,000 diagnosed cases, Spain is behind the United States and Italy in the highest national total outside China.6:14 a.m. U.S. Senate on the cusp of a stimulus dealU.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said they are “very close” to an agreement on a massive stimulus package to save the national economy from the detrimental impact of the coronavirus pandemic.After emerging from a series of late-night meetings on Capitol Hill, Mnuchin and Schumer told reporters around midnight that they hope to come to a final agreement on the nearly $2 trillion economic rescue package by Tuesday morning.“We expect to have an agreement tomorrow morning,” Schumer said. “We still have a few little differences, but neither one of us expect it will get in the way of a final agreement. Secretary Mnuchin called the president and he told them we were very, very close to the agreement.”Schumer said the Senate will “hopefully” vote on the legislation Tuesday evening.Mnuchin told reporters he had spoken with U.S. President Donald Trump a number of times, updating him on the progress.“Today we’ve been working incredibly hard, both sides have been working around the clock,” Mnuchin said. “There are still documents that are going to be reviewed tonight and turned around, there’s still a couple of open issues, but I think we’re very hopeful that this can be closed out tomorrow.”5:37 a.m. Thailand decrees state of emergency to control coronavirusThailand Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha announced Tuesday that his cabinet has agreed to declare a state of emergency to implement stricter measures to control the spread of the novel coronavirus.The one-month state of emergency, which takes effect Thursday, will give Thailand’s government enforcement powers that otherwise wouldn’t be available.There were just under 900 diagnosed cases of the virus in the Southeast Asian country as of Tuesday afternoon local time.5:10 a.m. Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Finnish president tests positiveMartti Ahtisaari, a Nobel laureate and former Finnish president, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.The office of Finland’s current president, Saul Niinisto, said in a press release Tuesday that Ahtisaari, 82, was diagnosed with the virus on Monday and that he was “doing well under the circumstances.” His wife also tested positive just three days earlier.Ahtisaari, a United Nations diplomat and mediator who was awarded the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to resolve international conflicts, served as Finland’s head of state for one six-year term from 1994 until 2000.3:43 a.m. Hawaii governor issues statewide stay-at-home orderHawaii residents will soon join the millions of other Americans who are being ordered to stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic.Hawaii Gov. David Ige signed a proclamation on Monday night, ordering the entire state to stay at home and work from home, starting Wednesday after midnight and lasting through the end of April. Essential workers are exempt.“The threat of COVID-19 is unprecedented and requires aggressive action,” Ige said in a statement. “I have been in discussions with our county mayors who are developing their own plans to meet the unique needs of their counties. We also agree that a statewide order is necessary for cohesion and consistency.”Residents can leave their homes for various needs, including to seek healthcare, purchase food, take care of the elderly, minors and those with disabilities, and to exercise outdoors.Those who do not comply with the order could be charged with a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 or a jail sentence of up to one year behind bars, or both.At least 21 U.S. states have implemented or announced statewide closures of non-essential businesses.2:52 a.m. China to lift lockdown on Wuhan on April 8Chinese authorities plan to lift the draconian travel restrictions imposed on the city of Wuhan next month.The city, in China’s central Hubei province, was placed under lockdown on Jan. 23 as thousands of residents became infected with the novel coronavirus before it spread to other parts of the world.The Hubei provincial government announced Tuesday that those control measures will be lifted on April 8 and cleared residents will finally be allowed to leave the city. Those who wish to enter the city will also need clearance, according to a statement from the provincial government.Officials have already begun to slowly relax some of the strict measures put in place in Wuhan. Road checkpoints are being removed and some private vehicles have returned to the streets. The city’s subway system remains shut down but has begun trial runs as workers disinfect the subway trains and stations in preparation for the restoration of public transport.After several consecutive days without any local transmission of the virus, Wuhan reported one new case of confirmed infection on Monday, according to China’s National Health Commission. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more