The challenges in unlocking Asia’s potential

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Casino & games Asia’s nuanced marketplace presents a land of both unique challenges and unbridled opportunity, depending on where you stick your pin in the map, says Jonas Alm, CEO of QTech Games.In a landmass boasting around 4.5bn people, varying cultural trends and sometimes polarising legislation, this really shouldn’t come as any great surprise. Therefore, as with most maps, the trick is not to walk off it into unchartered territory where the risks outweigh the benefits.As a game distributor focusing on Asia, QTech Games has done its fair share of research in this risk-reward domain. Overwhelmingly, the experience has been exciting rather than alarming. And the direction of travel is reassuring as proper and intelligible regulations are finally starting to arrive in emerging grey markets.Meanwhile, the established gaming meccas continue to astound with their reliable growth and innovation; just look at the gambling capital of Macau, where land-based casino revenues are nearly three times those of Las Vegas.While it’s very  hard to generalise on the gambling marketplace across Asia, there is one overarching pattern that can be observed across the continent, though, and that is the exponential rise of mobile, especially when it comes to smartphone adoption levels.Obviously, this is a global phenomenon but it is particularly pronounced throughout Asia, where mobile penetration rates exceed those of Europe and the US, thanks to more affordable tech and broadband costs. Some operators have even unplugged their desktop platforms.Take note of regional diversity  As with other regions, success in Asia can only be achieved via a partitioned strategy that meets the cultural taste and legislative leanings of any given country. For example, mahjong is popular in China, whereas pachinko is huge in Japan. It’s vital to deliver a diverse portfolio which segments player appeal and packages products accordingly. In terms of the biggest opportunities, it’s in India’s emerging market that we’re currently seeing the biggest wave of growth. With a population of 1.3bn and rising faster than any other country, India economy’s is also anticipated by the World Bank to be the fastest growing this year.The country is also well-connected — 87% of this keen gambling nation now has access to 4G, according to OpenSignal. You don’t need to be an accountant to appreciate those numbers, even in a country where most forms of gambling remain illegal.In India slots are always popular, but the main revenues are being generated by table games. India’s standout card games for popularity are rummy and poker. If poker follows rummy’s approved skill-game precedent, as it is hoped it soon will, many spin-off opportunities could soon arise.South Korea and Japan are two other players that have pulled up a sturdy seat at Asian gaming’s high table in recent years. However, the aforementioned fragmentation of Asia for game preferences and regional specificities (be they the result of player preference or regulatory requirements) continues to confuse many observers.In fact, uncertainty has understandably led to some operators delaying their journeys to market. But rather than avoiding the market due to its complexity, some operators are instead utilising more sophisticated software to navigate the region.As we’ve seen in the music industry, as competition between suppliers continues to increase, it appears that the capability of distribution systems — and in particular their machine-learning programmes — could prove a telling factor in the way in which operators impact and sustain the player lifetime cycle.Harnessing prediction logic, which is powered by similar automated-curation algorithms to Spotify, is now the attainable reality for game proposals. It distils users’ habits, identifying their favourite games and recommending others which will likely prove right up their street for format, content and inherent playability.Although universal regulation is slowing arriving across Asia, it will take time. But with a tech-savvy clientele boasting a voracious passion for gambling, it’s in all of the authorities’ best interests to get their licensing laws set up correctly in emerging and newly regulating markets.Other footnotes include the innate cultural trust afforded to live games over RNG, which still endures in certain provinces. So it’s also important to combine the very best of the RNG and live casino worlds (where Baccarat remains the perennial Asian favourite) to capitalise. Watch out for more game innovation in the latter space as a result, but know that the tide towards RNG and its increasingly authentic gameplay is only running one way globally.Having just returned recently from Asia’s defining gaming summit at G2E, I can confirm that the continent’s igaming potential has never been in ruder health. However, be sure to make patience and precision your watchwords, lest you walk off this fertile yet unforgiving map.Jonas Alm is CEO of QTech Games, an RNG game distributor operating in AsiaRelated articles: QTech releases ‘Spotify for mobile casino games’ Nolimit city enters Asian market through QTech 4th June 2018 | By Joanne Christie The challenges in unlocking Asia’s potential Asia’s nuanced marketplace presents a land of both unique challenges and unbridled opportunity, says Jonas Alm, CEO of QTech Games Regions: Asia AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Online Gambling Topics: Casino & games Marketing & affiliates Poker Table games Email Addresslast_img read more

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BWF experiments with ‘synthetic alternative’ for traditional shuttles!

first_img Tokyo Olympics: BCCI provides fuel in Indian Olympic flame, to contribute Rs 10 crore BWF experiments with ‘synthetic alternative’ for traditional shuttles! Cricket Facebook Twitter Can traditional shuttlecock give way to a new prototype synthetic product. Yes! If the Badminton World Federation finds a merit in tis experiments.The BWF research and development unit is reportedly experimenting with the prototype synthetic shuttlecocks to replace the conventional goose feather shuttles. 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OnlineCNN’s Christiane Amanpour Undergoes Surgery After Cancer DiagnosisE! OnlinePhotoStickHow To Back Up All Your Old Photos In SecondsPhotoStickThe new product, if survived the test and scrutiny, will make the sport more cost effective with more uniformity in shuttlecocks.Malaysian publication The Star has talked to several players and officials who have been part of the BWF experiments with the new shuttles, being considered to replace the traditional feather “bird”.However, the final outcome of the experiment will decide the future of the conventional feather shuttlecocks in elite international competitions. The new shuttle lasts longer than the feather one and thus will be more cost effective.It all depends on the experiments currently being carried out by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) research and development unit. The final decision will be subject to the top players feedback. For now, the goose feather shuttlecock’s are the choice of the players as they have been used to it ever since their formative years and secondly the proposed “synthetic bird” still lacks consistency.Also Read: BWF-GoDaddy extend global sponsorships deal for 3 yearsPBL: Badminton’s biggest showbiz and ultimate security for global starsPBL has contributed to entire ecosystem of badminton globally: GopichandMalaysian legend Lee Chong Wei has mixed response for the new products after having been part of the trial process for the synthetic shuttles.“A few of the top players have tested this synthetic shuttlecock and I was one of them. I tested it out in Dubai two years ago (prior to the World Tour Finals),” the three-time Olympic silver medallist has told The Star.“It was not consistent then. Sometimes, it felt like the traditional shuttle but at times, it was not. I wasn’t comfortable. But I’m open to the idea of using the synthetic ones if it’s constantly experimented and tested thoroughly. The players should not feel the difference that much.”The BWF has reportedly been testing the prototype synthetic shuttlecock in lower-ranked tournaments like the International Series.Badminton Association of Malaysia (BAM) coaching director Wong Choong Hann said he would support the new revolution if the synthetic shuttlecock worked. “It’ll be great if it works. None of our players at the ABM (Academy Badminton Malaysia) have tested the new synthetic shuttlecock and it’ll be good to try it out in training or tournaments soon,” said Choong Hann.Badminton Asia chief operating officer Kenny Goh applauded BWF’s pro-active initiative to improve the game. “The Asian countries are aware with the experiments done by the world body over the last few years. The world body received positive feedback as some feel like it’s close to the one we are using now,” said Kenny.“With the innovation, we don’t have to put thousands of geese in agony anymore. Currently, the main manufacturers for the shuttlecocks are from China. The change will happen if the synthetic shuttlecocks are similar to the traditional ones. It’ll be acceptable. It’s a good move – as long as the players are acceptable to it and it does not change the dynamic of the game drastically.”If succeeded, the new experiment will also end the agony of the geese as the feather is collected from live birds.Also Read: BWF World Tour Finals: Sameer stays afloat with easy win RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Cricket SportBadmintonLatest Sports NewsSports BusinessNews WTC Final Day 3 Stumps: India remove Conway and Latham but Kiwis on top; NZ 101/2 (49 ovs) trail by 116 runs By Kunal Dhyani – February 11, 2019 Cricket BCCI Apex Council Meet: BCCI to bid for 3 major global events in next tournament cycle starting from 2024; Check PSL 2021 Playoffs: Schedule, Timing, LIVE streaming, list of champions; all you need to know Cricket Football Euro 2020- Switzerland beat Turkey 3-1: Shaqiri’s brace keep Switzerland hopes alive; Turkey face exit from Euros Previous articleBWF-GoDaddy extend global sponsorships deal for 3 yearsNext articleIndia-Australia Series Live updates: Broadcast, schedule and squad details Kunal DhyaniSports Tech enthusiast, he reports on Sports Tech industry and writes on sports products. 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Falcon Gold Zimbabwe Limited (FALG.zw) 2014 Abridged Report

first_imgFalcon Gold Zimbabwe Limited (FALG.zw) listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2014 abridged results.For more information about Falcon Gold Zimbabwe Limited (FALG.zw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Falcon Gold Zimbabwe Limited (FALG.zw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Falcon Gold Zimbabwe Limited (FALG.zw)  2014 abridged results.Company ProfileFalcon Gold Zimbabwe Limited is a gold mining and exploration company in Zimbabwe. The company owns Dalny mine in Chakari, Venice Mine in Kadoma and Golden Quarry mine in Shurugwi. Founded in 1991, Falcon Gold Zimbabwe is a subsidiary of New Dawn Mining Group. New Dawn Mining Corp. in involved in the exploration, development, extraction, processing and reclamation of precious metal deposits in Zimbabwe. It primarily explores for gold, base metals and precious metals. Falcon Gold Zimbabwe Limited also has an operational processing plant and ancillary infrastructure which supports a central processing plant that treats ore from Pickstone. Falcon Gold Zimbabwe Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Passive income ideas I’d use now with £50 a week

first_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. christopherruane owns shares of Imperial Brands and Unilever. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Imperial Brands and Unilever. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. See all posts by Christopher Ruane Passive income ideas I’d use now with £50 a week Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Image source: Getty Images. center_img Sometimes it takes money to make money. Passive income that takes a lot of time doesn’t seem passive to me – but to be honest the alternative is often putting some sort of capital to work. The good news is that I think it’s possible to activate some passive income ideas starting with just £50 a week. Putting a small amount of capital to work each week can be very income-generative.Here’s how.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Saving a little regularly is habit formingPutting aside £50 a week on a regular basis is a way of getting into the saving habit.£50 a week would be a couple of hundred pounds within a month. After three months, the pot would already be £650. That is a decent amount, in my view, and I’d be happy to start buying ‘passive income’-generating shares within a Stocks and Shares ISA.If I wasn’t charged dealing fees, I’d start buying almost immediately. But if fees were levied on each transaction, I’d wait a little while to put more money to work at once. That would give me time to look at the market and decide what sort of shares to buy.Passive income ideas in the stock marketNot all shares are a good source of income in the short term. Shares that are focused on growth such as The Hut Group or rebuilding their business like Saga often don’t plan to pay out dividends any time soon.For passive income ideas, I would instead look for companies that generate substantial amounts of free cash with which to pay dividends. In many cases, they might not be fast-growing businesses. That is why they are able to pay out the money as dividends instead of investing it in their own future growth.For example, one of my favourite passive income ideas currently is Imperial Brands. The tobacco giant is able to throw off a lot of cash from its portfolio of cigarette brands. Consumption in many markets is set to decline, which could affect this. But pricing power will hopefully allow the company to mitigate some of that impact.Tobacco stocks seem to be fairly out of fashion. With its share price languishing, Imperial currently yields 9.8%. So putting just £50 into the stock ought to generate me a future annual passive income stream of around £4.90 every year. The power of saving every week suddenly becomes clear – every week of putting £50 away adds another possible £4.90 of future annual passive income.Diversifying spreads riskBut what if Imperial doesn’t successfully navigate the challenges in the tobacco market?A high yield is sometimes an indicator that analysts worry about a company’s future performance. I don’t know whether such fears will turn out to be justified. Spreading my passive income ideas across different sectors therefore helps me sleep more easily.So, for example, as well as Imperial I hold Unilever. The food to detergents powerhouse yields 3.7%, which is a lot less than Imperial. But holding different blue-chip names is part of my strategy of spreading my risks across different passive income ideas.Finding the right names and sticking to my strategy, I feel confident there are lots of rewarding passive income ideas even if I just put away £50 a week. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Enter Your Email Address Christopher Ruane | Monday, 15th March, 2021 Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!last_img read more

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World Cup Final – The Verdict

first_imgTHE BAD1. The goalkickingPiri Weepu may have been the hero two weeks ago against Argentina, but he faltered against Australia and completely combusted against France with some awful attempts at goal. That ‘Keep Calm, Piri’s On’ T-shirt might well be changed to ‘Keep Calm, Piri’s Off’ now and had New Zealand lost this match he would have been advised to leave the country sharpish having missed eight points.Set play: Tony Woodcock scored New Zealand’s try from a lineout move2. The attacking gameThere was little of the flair for which both these teams are famed, and while that’s to be expected in a final it was disappointing. Both defences stood firm and when the teams could string phases together (France managed more of this than New Zealand) it was more side to side than forward thrusts. Francois Trinh-Duc made one lovely, mazy run and Israel Dagg probed every now and then, but there was none of the edge-of-your-seat attacking moves that both these teams are capable of. A shame for both the viewers in the stadium and around the world.THE UGLY1. The refereeingThere was a real lack of consistency in Craig Joubert’s decisions and he didn’t seem to have the courage to make the big calls, often opting for free-kicks rather than penalties, allowing breakdowns to become a free for all. The officials also missed Richie McCaw’s knee striking Morgan Parra’s face – and it’ll be interested to see if he’s cited now. Not that it matters. Even if he’s banned, he won’t miss any games for the New Zealanders don’t play again until 2012.2. The ending It looked like we were about to have a repeat of Munster’s Heineken Cup win in 2008 as the All Blacks  strived to pick-and-go for a few minutes. Luckily the tedium was broken slightly when they were awarded a penalty and went for the lineout. It was a boring and uninspiring end to a World Cup final, a stage that deserves better.Well done New Zealand. The All Blacks deserved to win because they have been the best side in the world for several years now, but it’s a shame that the rugby didn’t live up to the occasion. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALScenter_img We’ve done it! New Zealand celebrate lifting the Webb Ellis Cup for the first time since 1987By Sarah Mockford, Rugby World Features Editor at Eden ParkNEW ZEALAND’S wait is over. They are world champions once again and Richie McCaw is the first All Black to lift the Webb Ellis Cup in 24 years. But they didn’t take the easy route to glory – beating France by the narrowest of margins, 8-7, thanks to a determined defence.For all the questions marks over the French psyche, they turned up at Eden Park and put in their best performance of the tournament, a committed and powerful effort that prevented the All Blacks from finding their natural rhythm. In the second half Les Bleus dominated for long periods and once they scored a try you sensed that they would fancy their chances of a drop-goal to snatch an incredible win, but New Zealand did enough to hold off that threat with a gritty performance that ended a nation’s heartache.So what’s the verdict on the final?THE GOOD1. The openingEveryone was hyped up for the haka but the French stole their thunder somewhat. First they held hands in an arrowhead formation before marching forward as one and forming a solid line just metres from the All Blacks. It was a brilliant response and one they should be applauded for. Instead, they’ll no doubt be fined by the IRB for crossing the 10m line! What was better from France is that they backed up that opening on the pitch.Magnifique: Thierry Dusautoir2. The back rowsThierry Dusautoir was immense for France, his work-rate absolutely incredible in defence and attack, and he defined himself as an inspiring leader. Imanol Harinordoquy was the same. Jerome Kaino continued his fine work that we’ve seen throughout the tournament and Kieran Read stood out. Richie McCaw dirtied his copybook with the Morgan Parra incident but it was still a darn good performance for a man playing on one leg.3. Stephen DonaldAs yet another All Black fly-haf went down, Bath’s new signing was called into action and he steadied the ship. He calmly slotted a crucial three points at the start of the second half, defended extremely well and kicked intelligently, relieving pressure and making good territorial gains.last_img read more

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Breaking traffic news: US Highway 41 closes due to flooding

first_img Please enter your name here Traffic AlertFrom the Florida Highway PatrolUpdated 6:15 PM – US Highway 41 has now closed near the area of the Santa Fe River also due to heavy flooding; please see the attached map for detour details.Updated at 4:30 PM – US 27 has now closed due to unprecedented flooding from the Santa Fe River.Please see the attached map and directions for the closure specifics and detour routes.From an earlier report:The Santa Fe River under I-75 has rapidly risen 15 feet within the past 36 hours due to the heavy rainfall over North Florida from Hurricane Irma.Additional bridges that may be impacted include:U.S. 27, U.S. 41, S.R. 47 and possibly U.S. 121. Additional maps and detour information will be forthcoming.FDOT and DHSMV have staff monitoring the bridges that may be impacted by the flooding 24/7.If the river rises to an unsafe level, the bridge will be impassable both northbound and southbound and would be closed immediately. Floridians that are traveling should avoid the area if possible. If required to be in the area, the Florida Department of Transportation is actively working with WAZE, Google Maps, the Georgia Department of Transportation and other transportation industry partners to communicate the potential reroutes to the public. Floridians should consult www.FL511.com for up-to-date information on road closures and travel routes. TAGSFlorida Highway PatrolUS Highway 41 Previous articleBreaking traffic news: US 27 closes due to floodingNext articleThe Importance of Hiring a Licensed Contractor Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Please enter your comment! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitterlast_img read more

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Limerick information evening for bereaved parents

first_imgNewsLocal NewsLimerick information evening for bereaved parentsBy Alan Jacques – March 1, 2015 875 Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live TAGSAnam Carabereaved parentslimerickMilford Care Centre Twitter Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Facebook MILFORD Care Centre and Anam Cara, the national organisation that provides support services to bereaved parents and families, are hosting a bereavement information evening in Limerick on Thursday March 5 from 7 to 9pm. This event gives parents an opportunity to hear an experienced bereavement professional talk about the many challenges families may face after the death of a child. Guest speaker is Peter Hanlon who will talk about a parent’s grief and loss. Peter’s talk will cover: The journey through the intense grief after the death of your child; coping as a bereaved mum and dad, and the everyday challenges of grief and loss. This event, which takes place at Milford Care Centre in Castletroy, is open to all bereaved parents, regardless of the age of their child or the circumstances of their death. For more details email [email protected] Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Email Previous articleHope is on the menu at Adare luncheonNext articleExtend retail scheme call Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Linkedin Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Advertisement WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads Printlast_img read more

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Government has ‘let public down over lack of communication’

first_img Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter Facebook Pinterest Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest A Donegal County Councillor believes the Government has let the public down over what’s been described as a lack of clear communication and information regarding decisions made surrounding the pandemic. It’s thought there could be one weekly broadcast detailing the science and reasons behind why we’re in Level 5 and clear concise information regarding the trajectory of the virus.Cllr Marie Therese Gallagher says this lockdown in particular has hit people hard and feels that the Government could be giving more frequent reassurance and guidance.Cllr Gallagher spokes on today’s Nine Til Noon Show:Audio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/mariet.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Google+ Government has ‘let public down over lack of communication’ Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th center_img AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp By News Highland – February 19, 2021 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Previous articleNew campaign to get Donegal reading during CovidNext articleFurther 5 Covid related deaths and 313 confirmed cases in NI News Highland last_img read more

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Indiana man accused of inciting riot on crowded Miami Beach street

first_imgJoe Raedle/Getty ImagesBy EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(MIAMI BEACH, Fla.) — An Indiana man is accused of inciting a riot in Miami Beach amid a surge of tourists in the city, according to authorities.The city of Miami Beach declared a state of emergency for its entertainment district on Saturday amid concerns of a COVID-19 surge following spring break parties. The Miami Beach City Commission has enacted a Thursday-to-Sunday 8 p.m. curfew for the entertainment district through the morning of April 12.The incident unfolded Sunday night as authorities responded to a crowd of about 400 to 500 people who were blocking roads, vandalizing cars, playing loud music, drinking alcohol, smoking marijuana, burglarizing and refusing to disperse, according to the arrest affidavit.Officers told the revelers to leave, explaining that the city was under a state of emergency and those who don’t comply could be arrested, the affidavit said.The crowd was uncooperative, Miami Beach police said. Some people made “obscene gestures” toward officers, police said, and some jumped on cars, leaving roofs caved in and windshields shattered.Officers saw 30-year-old Jovan Washington playing music from a speaker; he was allegedly “enticing those around to engage in unruly behavior” and “to not follow the commands of officers,” the affidavit said.The police, who were outnumbered, claimed Washington’s actions “provoked the crowd to become more hostile towards officers,” the affidavit said.The officers claimed they asked Washington, of Lafayette, Indiana, “to stop his actions multiple times, to no avail,” the affidavit said.Officers then confiscated the speaker and arrested Washington, police said. Charges against Washington include incite to riot, disorderly conduct and curfew violation.At his first court appearance Tuesday, Washington told the judge, “My speaker wasn’t even that loud,”ABC Miami affiliate WPLG reported.His arraignment is set for April 20. ABC News could not immediately reach his attorney for comment.“We’re the only real destination, it seems like, open across the country, so tens of thousands of people are flocking here,” Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber told ABC News’ Good Morning America Monday. “We’re trying to get a handle on it. And we’re only doing it through policing and a curfew and shutting down our causeways coming into our city in the evening.”To those looking to party in Miami Beach, the mayor pleaded: “If you’re coming here because you think anything goes and the rules don’t apply … you’re wrong.”“Please vacation responsibly.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Three horses euthanized in three days at Santa Anita Park

first_img Written by Beau Lund January 20, 2020 /Sports News – National Three horses euthanized in three days at Santa Anita Parkcenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailoska25/iStock(LOS ANGELES) — Three horses were euthanized this weekend at Santa Anita Park, the famed Southern California horse racing track that gained notoriety last year for the deaths of dozens of horses. A 5-year-old gelding named Uncontainable was euthanized after fracturing its front right ankle on Saturday, and a 6-year-old gelding named Harliss was euthanized Friday for the same reason, ABC Los Angeles station KABC-TV reported. Tikkun Olam, a 4-year-old gelding, was euthanized for undisclosed reasons after a training accident Sunday.A fourth horse, a 3-year-old gelding named Truest Reward, died after suffering an injury during training last month. A spokesman for the racetrack did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.The most recent euthanizations bring the total number of horse deaths at the park to 42 since December 2018. In a statement prior to Sunday’s death, PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo said, “Two horses dead in two days means horses are being forced to race when they shouldn’t be.”“Uncontainable had two very long periods last year when he wasn’t raced, which likely indicates injury and the need for special attention by veterinarians,” Guillermo said. “If we at PETA can see that by looking at his racing record, surely the state veterinarians can too. The only acceptable fatality rate is zero, and if racing can’t be done without horses dying, it shouldn’t be done at all.” Santa Anita Park has been under intense scrutiny since the number of horse deaths began to rise last year.In June, after the death toll had climbed to 29, California Gov. Gavin Newsom called for the park to be shut down after it did not heed the California Horse Racing Board’s recommendation to suspend racing. Santa Anita decided to continue racing because it believed that the reforms enacted earlier in the year were working, a spokesman for The Stronach Group, a company that owns the park, told ABC News in June.The park announced a series of changes surrounding horse safety last March, including a “zero-tolerance” policy for the use of almost all medication on racing day. The California Horse Racing Board further voted to limit whips on racing day. Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced in April that a task force would investigate whether unlawful conduct or conditions affected the welfare and safety of the horses. Mike Marten, spokesman for the California Horse Racing Board, said in a statement to ABC News Sunday that the board “is committed to reducing the number of racing and training fatalities.” “We already have introduced many safety measures and still others are going through the regulatory process,” Marten said. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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