News UpdatesVictim Of False Rape Accusation: Chennai Court Awards Man Rs 15 Lakh As Compensation Who Faced Trial For Over 7 Yrs Sparsh Upadhyay22 Nov 2020 9:02 AMShare This – xA Chennai court (XVIII Additional City Civil Court, Chennai) has awarded ₹15 lakh as compensation to a man named Santhosh, who was arrested on charges of rape (when he was a College student) and was made to face trial for over 7 years.The XVIII Additional Judge, City Civil Court, Chennai Dr. R. Sathya Santosh was hearing a suit filed by the plaintiff, Santosh under Order VII, Rule 1 CPC…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 Chennai court (XVIII Additional City Civil Court, Chennai) has awarded ₹15 lakh as compensation to a man named Santhosh, who was arrested on charges of rape (when he was a College student) and was made to face trial for over 7 years.The XVIII Additional Judge, City Civil Court, Chennai Dr. R. Sathya Santosh was hearing a suit filed by the plaintiff, Santosh under Order VII, Rule 1 CPC for directing the defendants (Woman and her mother) to jointly and severally to pay him, a sum of Rs.30, 00,000/ as damages and for cost.Speaking to Live Law, Petitioner Santhosh’s lawyer A Sirajudeen said that the Judgment Dated Thursday (23rd January 2020) was pronounced in the open court on Saturday (1st February 2020), but was released online only last week i.e., more than 9 months after the same was delivered. However, he is yet to get the certified copy of the Judgment.Background of the CaseAfter he was acquitted in the case, as the DNA test proved that he was not the father of the child, whom the alleged victim-woman delivered, Santhosh filed a compensation suit against her while contending that she had falsely accused him of raping and impregnating her.In the suit filed against the woman and her mother, it was prayed by the Petitioner Santhosh that the false rape charge had ruined his career and life.Speaking to Live Law, Santhosh’s lawyer A Sirajudeen said that Santhosh and the woman’s family were neighbours and since they belonged to the same community, it was agreed between the families that Santhosh would marry the woman.Later on, following a property dispute, the relationship between both the families became strained and the plaintiff and his family members left the house and shifted to Mogapair West and the plaintiff joined B.Tech (IT) in SRR Engineering College, Padur, OMR, Chennai.However, in 2009, the woman’s mother came to his house and claimed that he had impregnated her daughter and demanded that the families arrange their marriage immediately but Santhosh and his family refused to marry her and said that he was not the one who impregnated her.Thereafter, a report was lodged with the false information against the plaintiff Santhosh and the police registered an FIR in Cr.No.874/2009 against Santhosh for an offence punishable under section 417, 376 IPC.In connection with the said FIR, he was arrested in November 2009 and he remained in custody for 95 days and came out only in February 2010, by then the woman had delivered a baby girl.The Case went for trial, and the court directed the taking of blood samples with precaution and the result of the DNA test reported that the plaintiff was not the father of the child and the said report was marked as defence document in the trial court and on 10.02.2016 the Mahila Court, Chennai acquitted the plaintiff of the charges.Court’s OrderConsidering the report and evidence placed through material evidence by the plaintiff, the Court formed a view that the 1st (Woman) and 2nd defendant (Woman’s Mother) are responsible for the malicious complaint levelled against the plaintiff Santhosh.The Court further observed that the plaintiff could prove that the 1st and 2nd defendant had made a false complaint and based upon which the plaintiff was prosecuted.The Court also noted that the false complaint of the 1st and 2nd defendant damaged the reputation of the plaintiff and the plaintiff could not get a badge for driving a commercial vehicle in view of the pendency of the false case and had suffered loss and had spent huge money on legal fees apart from confinement in prison for 95 days and faced trial in respect of the criminal a case for nearly 7 years.Noting the circumstances, the Court said,”This Court is of the considered view that the plaintiff has proved the damage to his reputation and the pecuniary loss through material evidence both oral and documentary and is entitled to damages.”The Court ordered,”The defendants 1 and 2 are liable to pay the damages to the plaintiff and the suit is decreed partly directing the defendants 1 and 2 to jointly and severally to pay the plaintiff the damages of Rs.15 lakhs to the plaintiff.”In the result, the suit was decreed partly and the defendants 1 and 2 were directed jointly and severally to pay the damages of a sum of Rs.15 lakhs to the plaintiff with costs.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Next Story
Butts County Sheriff Office(NEW YORK) — Three sex offenders in Georgia are suing deputies who put up signs warning families against trick-or-treating at the offenders’ homes. Christopher Reed, Reginald Holden and Corey McClendon said their constitutional rights were violated by officials in the Butts County Sheriff Department, who trespassed on their property to put up the signs, according to the lawsuit.The suit also alleges the sheriff “exceeded his authority in compelling registrants to display a sign stating that they were a registered sex offender” and they “unlawfully occupied Petitioner’s property” by placing the signs.Butts County Sheriff Gary Long said in a statement his office took precautions and placed signs indicating ‘No Trick or Treat’ at each registered sex offender’s residence in the county “to ensure the safety of children.”Long will attend a hearing for the case Thursday.The lawsuit pertains to signs that were placed on the people’s lawns last year, but Long has said he plans to do the same thing in 2019.“Attorneys representing several sex offenders have filed a lawsuit against my staff and I,” Long said in a statement. “The sex offenders have asked a Federal Judge to stop my Office from placing these signs this year. This Thursday, we will argue to the Federal Court that we are protecting our children and following Georgia Law by placing these signs.”The men allege in the suit that the signs caused “anxiety, embarrassment and humiliation” as well as “fear, shame and emotional distress.”“Regardless of the Judge’s ruling this Thursday, I WILL do everything within the letter of the Law to protect the children of this Community,” Long said.Reed was required to register as a sex offender after he was convicted of sexual assault in Cook County, Illinois; Holden registered following his conviction for lewd and lascivious battery in Pinellas County, Florida; and McClendon registered after he was convicted of statutory rape in Butts County, according to the lawsuit.They are requesting a jury trial. Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
City Council went to work Wednesday on a municipal budget that will ask Ocean City taxpayers for an extra 2.89 percent in 2014.The budget at this stage is a work in progress, and City Council will not approve a final version until the spring. A public workshop on Wednesday included a presentation from Mayor Jay Gillian’s administration on projected revenue and tax rates.The owner of a $500,000 home In Ocean City would see an increase of $78.95 in municipal taxes if the budget were approved as is.The owner of a $500,000 home that was one of 4,500 that were reassessed by the city this year would pay less. On average, that home would be reassessed at about $40,000 less, and the owner would see a decrease of $85 in municipal taxes.With a three-year, in-house program to reassess 17,000 properties in Ocean City now complete, tax rates should begin to stabilize, according to Finance Director Frank Donato, who said he’s confident that homes are now assessed at “true market value.”The municipal budget and a small library tax accounted for about 50 percent of a property owner’s tax bill in 2013. The other half was divided evenly between county taxes and school taxes.The budget includes a record high “fund balance” of $5.8 million, due in part to an extra $500,000 in construction code fees as Ocean City rebuilt in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.The high balance of reserve funds helps the city earn low-interest ratings when it borrows money. But Councilman Keith Hartzell asked if the administration would consider returning the one-time windfall to taxpayers.The draft budget calls for a spending increase of 1.01 percent, and City Council will hold another public workshop on proposed budget expenses 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday (Feb. 20) at the Ocean City Free Public Library.See more detail on the proposed budget on the financial management page of the Ocean City website.
Stresslines February 1, 2004 Diane Vogt Regular News Developing a challenging and successful law careerand Lori-Ann Rickard Our work with lawyer retention and improving job satisfaction for lawyers has shown us how universal lawyer dissatisfaction is and how much the profession needs to address this issue through effective career design.Lawyers have a desire to be happy and to live balanced lives, although that balance is perceived to be unattainable. Lawyers believe that being dissatisfied with the practice is just the nature of being a lawyer and that nothing can be done to change it. The level of hopelessness expressed in any possibility of meaningful change is particularly disturbing to us. Lawyers must understand that there are choices between fight and flight.Chief among the reasons for lawyer dissatisfaction are the “golden handcuffs.” Many lawyers told us that they continue to practice law because it pays better than anything else they can do and they have certain financial needs that can only be met by continuing to make their current level of income or more.Lawyers’ financial expectations far exceed those of “mere mortals.” We also have a disturbing tendency to live beyond our means and to engage in subtle forms of self sabotage in money matters. We overspend our income based on expectations of ever increasing compensation. We are then in no position to take advantage of opportunities that come our ways, opportunities that might make us happier, unless they immediately pay more than our current compensation levels. Gaining control over one’s finances is the first step.Every law practice is a solo practice. In law firms, departments, or agencies, the solo practices are joined together for some period of time. In every case, though, the individual lawyer is starting and building a solo practice. Yet, very little career design is being done by individual lawyers or their firms. Recognizing that a law practice develops in certain fairly well defined stages is the first step to designing a career that will be successful for the individual lawyer. Stage I is the introductory lawyer. Getting admitted to an accredited law school, passing the bar exam and finding the first job completes Stage I. This is where career design has its first opportunity to be effective and where it is rarely considered. Many, many law students take initial jobs where they will not thrive. The early attrition rates among this group (25 percent after two years) is proof. Stage II includes the first five years, when the lawyer is searching for a specialty, paying back debt, developing expertise, and finding his niche. Again, career design and career building fall by the way side. Sixty percent of lawyers leave their first jobs at this stage, demonstrating that the levels of job dissatisfaction for the Stage II lawyer result most often in “flight.” Stage III is five to 15 years in practice. Here, the lawyer has generally given up the idea of a great career, decided to accept the unsatisfactory nature of legal work and focus on outside interests for fun and fulfillment. This is the time when lawyers are getting married, having children, and accumulating material possessions. The life balance issues related to working and parenting combined with job dissatisfaction derail many Stage III careers. Stage IV is the following 15 to 30 years, or what we call the long distance runner. The challenge is to stay interested. Stay fresh. Have fun. Many, many lawyers are doing boring work below their level of expertise that does not interest or excite them at this stage. They often make substantial sums of money and accumulate significant wealth, but have no greater level of happiness than earlier stages. Stage V is retirement and slowing down. It is the time when lawyers work just to have something to do with the rest of their days. Proving once again that law is a vocation.Each stage has its own pitfalls and rewards, its own opportunities for excellence and its own challenges. Recognizing each stage and its relationship to the others is the first step to successful career building. Understanding that each lawyer is a solo practitioner with an obligation to find personal and professional satisfaction puts the accountability where it belongs: with the individual lawyer.Many career design efforts are thwarted because lawyers don’t understand the simple relationship between skills and challenges, stress and boredom. They don’t set appropriate goals and take responsibility for their own progress.Lawyers who do set goals do so inappropriately. Goals are not: I want a million dollars. Goals are: I want to try a four-week case and do a good job. There must be an element of control. Skills and challenges must be well matched. Behavior must be aligned with words. In the vernacular: walk your talk.A successful, fun, rewarding, challenging legal career is within the grasp of every lawyer and can be had without fleeing either the practice or her current association. A little planning and diligence is all it takes. Joy beats duty every time. People Wealth is owned and operated by Diane Vogt and Lori-Ann Rickard, both practicing lawyers. PeopleWealth works with professional development staffs to communicate effectively with lawyers and to help lawyers design and build careers. For more information about PeopleWealth e-mail [email protected] or visit www.PeopleWealth.com. This column is published under the sponsorship of the Quality of Life and Career Committee. The committee’s Web site is at www.fla-lap.org/qlsm. The Quality of Life and Career Committee, in cooperation with the Florida State University College of Law, also has an interactive listserv titled “The Healthy Lawyer.” Details and subscription information regarding the listserv can be accessed through the committee’s Web site or by going directly to www.fla-lap.org/qlsm.
It wasn’t the longest day of the year for golfers, but it probably seemed like it to Brad Woods and Braden Chown.The two golfers played more than 160 holes during the ALS Golf-A-Thon earlier this month at the Balfour Golf Course.Woods, the club professional at Balfour, and Chown, a former star on the Zone One West Kootenay Junior Golf curcuit, teed off on the first hole at 4:48 a.m. More than 15 hours later — at 8:30 p.m. to precise — the duo tapped in the last ball in the hole to complete the 162 holes.All proceeds from the event goes to ALS. To date the pair have raise more than $900 for ALS research.Anyone wanting to donate to the cause has until July 16th.For more information contact the Balfour Pro Shop at 250-226-5655.* Next tournament at Balfour is Wednesday when seniors from throughout the region flock to the course to compete in the annual Retirees Invitational Tournament.
One would think National Geographic wants to know, judging from the cover of the November 2004 issue: “Was Darwin Wrong?” A reader might think the magazine editors, in light of the controversy about evolution sweeping the country, thought it would be timely to engage in a scientific debate about Darwin’s 19th-century theory. The reader might anticipate seeing an article quoting experts from both sides. Flip ahead to page 3, and a double-page photo of a fancy pigeon again frames the question, “Was Darwin Wrong?” Now turn the page, and the debate is over. The answer, in 250-point bold type, screams: NO. The subtitle, in 72-point bold type, declares, “The evidence for Evolution [capitalized] is overwhelming.” The remainder is mop-up work: photos of naked mole rats, Galápagos finches, skeletons of giraffes and whales and flightless birds and orang-utans, an orchid and its pollinating moth, a bulldog, salmon fry, a Cambrian fossil, a Venus flytrap, ants in amber, DNA, bacteria, a chest X-ray and 18 pages of text by David Quammen. After rehashing a bit of Darwin-Wallace history, he highlights evolutionary evidences from biogeography, paleontology, embryology and morphology. The story in a nutshell: “Evolutionary theory… is… such a dangerously wonderful and far-reaching view of life that some people find it unacceptable, despite the vast body of supporting evidence” (p. 6). And who would these people be? Fundamentalist Christians, ultra-orthodox Jews, Islamic creationists, Hare Krishnas and “millions of adult Americans” suffering from “honest confusion and ignorance.” To this group, 45% of whom think God created mankind sometime within the last 10,000 years, and another 37% who mix God and Darwin, this article appears targeted. (Only 12% believe “humans evolved from other life-forms without any involvement of a god.”) To these unenlightened 82%, many who “have never taken a biology course that dealt with evolution nor read a book in which the theory was lucidly explained,” Quammen writes to fill in the gaps in their knowledge and alleviate their fears. Evolution is not dangerous, he explains. On the contrary, “Evolution is a both a beautiful concept and an important one, more crucial nowadays to human welfare, to medical science, and to our understanding of the world than ever before” (p. 8). Perhaps this targeted message is best illustrated on the last page by a picture of a Russian ex-convict who “carries two enduring remnants from his prison time: a Crucifixion tattoo and drug-resistant TB. He hopes God will help him, but evolution-based science is what guides the truth for an earthly cure.” The article refers to anti-evolutionists as “Creationist proselytizers and political activists, working hard to interfere with the teaching of evolutionary biology in public schools” (p. 6), for example, an unnamed traveling lecturer “from something called the Origins Research Association,” whose dinosaur-illustrated flyer offered “free pizza following the evening service” at a local Baptist church. Quammen smirks, “Dinosaurs, biblical truth, and pizza: something for everybody.” Presumably, evolutionists will take the pizza. No mention was made of the intelligent design movement, nor any living scientist with a Ph.D. who might whisper “yes” to “Was Darwin wrong?”Update Jonathan Wells published a critique of the issue for the Discovery Institute, and Terry Mortenson issued another rebuttal on Answers in Genesis.NG has provided a valuable article. For historians, it will illustrate the desperation of the Darwin Party right before their buddha collapsed. For logicians, it will provide a classic case study on how to promote a failed theory with logical fallacies, selective evidence, spin doctoring and propaganda. Thank you, National Geographic, for providing this documentation for future researchers. This article has it all: fear-mongering, glittering generalities, analogy, straw man, bluffing, sidestepping, card stacking, big lie, half truth, non-sequitur, extrapolation, equivocation, visualization, personification, and everything else in the whole baloney arsenal. It won’t work any more. A new generation of discerning students and adults has arisen. They are no longer intimidated by bluffing and evasion from the Darwin Party propagandists. Many of them are readers of Creation-Evolution Headlines and follow the debate closely. It doesn’t work any more to bluff about the “mountainous accumulation of peer-reviewed scientific studies,” because they are mountain climbers: they read the journals. They know that evolution is only assumed when mentioned, and that the evolutionary storytelling is inversely proportional to the detail in the observations. (As a result, they never get much of a workout from climbing said mountains.) They know how to separate observation from interpretation. This kind of quick lie in passing, for instance, won’t fool today’s informed readers:Can we see evolution in action? Can it be observed in the wild? Can it be measured in the laboratory? The answer is yes. Peter and Rosemary Grant, two British-born researchers who have spent decades where Charles Darwin spent weeks, have captured a glimpse of evolution with their long-term studies of beak size among Galápagos finches.Sorry, NG, we examined the Grants’ original papers (see 04/26/2002 and 09/03/2004 headlines) and they showed no such thing. The best they could do was to find a minor variation in beak size among interfertile finches that reversed when the weather changed, and showed no long-term trend; in fact, the Grants admitted that 30 years is far too short to demonstrate any evolutionary trend. And your own article showed that no clear example of speciation has been observed (p. 30), and that 999 out of 1000 frames in the “film of evolution” are missing links (p. 25). The only way to get the attention of today’s informed anti-evolutionists is to stop the propaganda tricks, which are ineffective because we filter them out on the front end, and talk real, objective evidence, addressing the best arguments on both sides. Since you never do this, we assume you can’t. Every one of the other evidences in the National Geographic piece has been contradicted by other scientists, or is irrelevant because it fails to address the main issue Darwin claimed, that everything is related by common descent. No example of natural selection creating new functional information by an undirected natural process was presented without merely assuming evolution did it – somehow, left unexplained. Can you believe that they would still dredge up the old stuff about the horse series, vestigial organs and embryologic recapitulation as evidences for evolution? Come on, you guys, this is 2004. At least they didn’t showcase peppered moths and Haeckel’s embryos. The use of 250-point bold font to shout “No” to the question of whether Darwin was wrong can be interpreted either as (1) a patronizing disdain for the intelligence of the average reader of the magazine, as if they cannot judge the validity of evidence but have to be told the answer (“Evolution is a fact, do you hear? It’s a fact; are you listening to me?”), or (2) positive self-talk to stave off depression, like a coach’s pep talk to a discouraged team facing formidable odds. It exudes a flavor of, “Darwin was right, wasn’t he? Wasn’t he? We’re losing 82-12 in the polls, but ol’ Charlie boy was right, don’t you think so, Tom?” “Sure, boss. Charlie was right. Don’t let those anti-evolutionist PhDs with all their evidence make you question your faith. Just ignore them and stick to the playbook: finch beaks prove humans had bacteria ancestors. Show a picture and maybe they’ll go away and stop bothering us.” The worst violation in this propaganda piece was a sin of omission: none of the best arguments against Darwinism were addressed or even mentioned, and intelligent design theory was completely ignored. Poor Mr. Quammen; he probably wrote his piece before neo-Darwinism was falsified last week (see 10/19/2004 headline). Should we pressure him for an Archaeoraptor-style retraction? (see 09/27/2000 headline). Why not, if “a trait that’s valuable in a scientist” is “a willingness to admit when he’s wrong”? (p. 31). Read the critiques of this article by Jonathan Wells and Terry Mortensen. Knowledgeable and articulate readers may wish to take National Geographic up on its offer: “…join our forum and share your thoughts on “Was Darwin Wrong?” at nationalgeographic.com/magazine/0411. 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Izulu Lami (My Secret Sky), the first feature film by Madoda Ncayiyana, won two awards at the 2009 International Pan African Film Festival in Tarifa, Spain in May, including the Best Actress award for 11-year-old Sobahle Mkhabase.Telling the story of two children who travel from the countryside to the city after their mother’s death, Izulu Lami features a cast of mainly young children who had never acted professionally before, discovered through extensive casting from the townships and informal settlements of Durban to the rural areas of KwaZulu-Natal.The film received standing ovations at recent screenings in Japan and Zanzibar, and was a hit at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival in France. Its had its South African premiere at the Durban International Film Festival in July before opening at cinemas countrywide on 17 August.Click arrow to view trailer.
A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… frederic lardinois 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#E-Books#news#NYT#web Borders is getting ready to jump into the e-book market. The company, which is second-largest chain of bookstores in the U.S., started taking pre-orders for a $119 e-book reader from Aluratek today. Last month, the company started taking pre-orders for the $149 Kobo e-reader. Borders also announced that it is on track to launch its long-awaited e-book store and mobile e-reader apps for the iPhone OS later this month. While Borders’ competitors like Barnes & Noble and Amazon have long made e-books a central part of their business strategies, Borders has struggled to enter this market.In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Borders’ interim president and CEO Michael Edwards noted that the company is “on track to launch Borders eBooks store and mobile apps tailored by Kobo next month.” By the end of June, according to Edwards, Borders will also launch “an Apple application.” The company plans to launch apps for the Mac, PC, Blackberry, Android, iPhone, and iPad. In its stores, Borders plans to sell up to 10 different e-readers.Border’s E-Book Store: Powered by Kobo Unlike its competitors, Borders does not plan to run its own e-book store. Instead, it will offer its customers a “Borders branded eBook store powered by Kobo.” Borders is one of the major investors in Kobo, which is a spin-off of Canadian publishing company Indigo Books & Music. It’s not clear if Borders’ e-book apps for the iPhone and other platforms will also be re-branded versions of Kobo’s apps. Kobo launched its iPad app last week (iTunes link).Borders is clearly trying to get a foothold in the market for cheap e-book readers. According to a survey by Forrester Research, most consumers are not willing to pay more than $100 for a dedicated e-reader. This survey, however, pre-dates the iPad, and chances are that Apple’s tablet has skewed peoples’ expectations of what an e-reader should look like. As we also noted last week, the market for dedicated e-readers will likely peak within the next two years, as consumers flock to tablet computers instead.
Rafael Nadal of Spain shouts during his singles tennis match against David Goffin of Belgium at the ATP World Finals at the O2 Arena in London, Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)PARIS — Former French minister for health and sport Roselyne Bachelot was ordered to pay 10,000 euros ($11,800) in damages to Rafael Nadal on Thursday after accusing him of doping.In March last year, Bachelot said on a French television show that Nadal’s seven-month injury layoff in 2012 was “probably due to a positive doping test.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Bachelot was also ordered by the French tribunal to pay Nadal a suspended fine of 500 euros ($590).In April 2016, Nadal wrote to the president of the International Tennis Federation asking for all of his drug-test results and blood profile records to be made public. In the same letter, he said of Bachelot: “It is unacceptable and mostly unfair that someone that should have knowledge of sports to a certain point and degree can publicly say something like this with no proof or evidence.” Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Read Next Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia PLAY LIST 01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:50Trending Articles00:57First day of ex-Malaysia PM Najib Razak’s 1MDB corruption trial wraps up01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ MOST READ Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nadal, who has won 16 Grand Slam titles, filed a defamation suit against Bachelot in Paris.The Spanish player said he will donate the money to a non-governmental organization or a foundation in France.“When I filed the lawsuit against Mrs. Bachelot, I intended not only to defend my integrity and my image as an athlete but also the values I have defended all my career,” Nadal said in a statement.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNadal said he wanted to keep public figures “from making insulting or false allegations against an athlete … without any evidence or foundation and to go unpunished.”He said the lawsuit was never motivated by money. Kings of the NCAA Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort
Over 2,000 previously unregistered machines were licensed during a Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) licensing amnesty late last year. Story Highlights Over 2,000 previously unregistered machines were licensed during a Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC) licensing amnesty late last year.“That was an important breakthrough in terms of bringing the kind of control we want to the industry,” said Chief Executive Officer at the BGLC, Vitus Evans, at a recent JIS Think Tank.He said that the amnesty was undertaken in preparation for the new licensing period, which begins in February.“We knew that there were a number of illegal operators out there, and so we tried to engage them to get them to register,” he noted.He said it is important for the industry to be regulated, as there are various stakeholders, as well as the Government, whose interests must be protected.The amnesty, which took place between November 15 and December 31, resulted in the BGLC discovering more than 3,000 illegal gaming machines at over 1,000 locations across Jamaica.“It is $10,000 to license each machine, so the illegal machines found would have represented $30 million in lost revenue to the Government in the gaming machines sector alone,” said Director of Licensing at the BGLC, Maurice Thompson.He noted that the illegal operators were identified by the compliance team in the field, noting that they were mostly found in community bars, hairdressing parlors and restaurants.Mr. Thompson urged persons with unregistered machines to get regularised, as they could face penalties such as seizure of the machines, and operators could be arrested and charged.He warned that players could also be arrested and charged, and will have no redress if they have difficulty getting payout from winnings on these illegal machines.All licensed machines have a disc at the front, indicating the year it is licensed, similar to a motor vehicle.The gaming industry is a major revenue source for the Government, with $6.5 billion generated in 2018.Four per cent of BGLC’s revenue goes to the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports, and Education (CHASE) Fund. “That was an important breakthrough in terms of bringing the kind of control we want to the industry,” said Chief Executive Officer at the BGLC, Vitus Evans, at a recent JIS Think Tank. He said that the amnesty was undertaken in preparation for the new licensing period, which begins in February.