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Incentive & NewPlay Group strike Africa-focused partnership

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Content developer Incentive Games has announced a new partnership with NewPlay group, a UK-based investment company specialised in providing mobile entertainment, gaming and media content services to customers in developing markets with a focus on East and West Africa. Incentive & NewPlay Group strike Africa-focused partnership Content developer Incentive Games has announced a new partnership with NewPlay group, a UK-based investment company specialised in providing mobile entertainment, gaming and media content services to customers in developing markets with a focus on East and West Africa.The deal will see Incentive provide its virtual football wagering game to two of Newplay’s operator brands in Kenya and Ghana, Playabet and Betyetu respectively.The virtuals game is optimised for low-spec smartphones, meaning it can be used by customers in developing markets where technological penetration is lower. It also offers continuous wagering opportunities during the suspension of live sports.Players can place bets across multiple ‘v-leagues’, virtual versions of real-life leagues such as the English Premier League and La Liga. The virtual leagues run an entire season from start to finish every two hours.John Gordon, chief executive of Incentive Games, said: “Playabet is an exciting up-and-coming brand in Africa, and we look forward to launching with their respected and recognisable Betyetu brand in Ghana in near future, therefore we are really excited to be working with them to launch our virtuals game in Kenya and Ghana.”“We also look forward to expanding our product offering in the near future when the sporting world resumes competition. Until then, we are excited to support NewPlay Group’s activity as it continues to be a market leader in the African iGaming industry.”NewPlay Group CEO Conor O’Donovan added that his business understands the technology and market constraints in African jurisdictions, which had necessitated “significant research” to find a suitable virtuals partner.“We were attracted to Incentive, as they have achieved the balance in delivering a compelling UX while remaining light and accessible on low-end devices,” he explained. “We are delighted to be partnering with Incentive, going live with Playabet in Kenya initially followed by Ghana with view to expanding this relationship into other territories in 2020/2021.” Sports betting 8th July 2020 | By Conor Mulheircenter_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address Regions: Africa East Africa Western Africa Kenya Ghana Topics: Sports bettinglast_img read more

Is it time to double down on the IAG share price?

first_imgIs it time to double down on the IAG share price? Rupert Hargreaves | Thursday, 1st October, 2020 | More on: IAG Enter Your Email Address “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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. Image source: Getty Images The IAG (LSE: IAG) share price plunged in value earlier this year as the coronavirus pandemic virtually wiped out demand for air travel around the world. As the airline giant’s revenue evaporated, investors rushed to sell the stock. This seemed like a sensible decision at the time. 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…However, over the past few months, as the number of passengers travelling has started to increase again, the IAG share price has continued to languish. As such, it has become more attractive from a value investing perspective. With that in mind, today I’m going to take a look at the company and see if it’s worth doubling down on the stock after its recent declines. IAG share price value The owner of British Airways has been through hell over the past nine months. While the company entered the crisis in a better position than most of its peers, it has still struggled to survive. Luckily, shareholders and creditors have been happy to support the enterprise. The company had total liquidity of €7.6bn by the end of August, including €5.8bn in cash and equivalents.On top of this, at the beginning of September, the airline group launched a steeply discounted €2.75bn rights issue. The issue helped stabilise the IAG share price. This additional cash will help stave off bankruptcy in the near term. But the company is not out of the woods just yet. Bookings across the group have only recovered to about 30% of pre-pandemic levels. What’s more, management is forecasting a 63% decline in overall capacity for 2020. The airline doesn’t expect activity to return to 2019 levels for several years. To put it another way, with sales and profits set to remain low for the foreseeable future, it looks as if the IAG share price deserves to trade at a lower level than it did in 2019. To help right-size the business, management is slashing jobs. It’s planning 13,000 job losses at British Airways, mainly through voluntary redundancies. Of this total, 8,000 positions have already been removed. Putting a price on the stock So, after taking all of the above into account, how much is the IAG share price actually worth? With losses expected for the next two years at least, it isn’t easy to put a price on the shares. There’s also the dilution from the rights issue to take into account. This roughly doubled the number of IAG shares in issue. Still, suppose the group can return to 2017 levels of profitability within the next five years. In that case, it could earn as much as 30p per share (including the rights issue dilution), according to my calculations. Over the past five years, the stock has traded at an average price-to-earnings (P/E) multiple of around 5. This gives a potential share price of 150p.Therefore, based on these models projections, it seems as if the IAG share price offers a wide margin of safety at current levels. As such, it may be worth doubling down on the stock. Although it’s highly likely the company will encounter further turbulence in the years ahead.  See all posts by Rupert Hargreavescenter_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares 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. 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Community Commons gives students place to go to leave their rooms

first_imgRELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Cristian Arguetasotohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/cristian-arguetasoto/ Facebook Linkedin printThe opening of the TCU Community Commons has helped students leave the confinement of their dorms.TCU opened the space as a place to “hang out with friends and make new ones” and as a “new outdoor space for student gatherings and activities.”Many students use the space as a way to study outside of their dorms; others use it as a way to take a break from studying.“I like being outside and in nature,” said Hailey Campbell, a senior graphic design major. “In my room, it is just, like, closed off and there’s not open air.”The Community Commons is conveniently placed at the center of TCU’s campus, so access to buildings like the BLUU is easy.The gathering space was designed to look like a giant outdoor living room.“They did a really nice job with all of this so it’s comfortable,” Campbell said. “It’s comfortable and it’s really inviting.”Food truck events and movie nights are hosted on Fridays and live music performances are held on Tuesdays.First-year music education major Kayden Burns said he uses the Community Commons as a space to take a break from studying.“It’s a nice little thing to get some new scenery outside of my dorm where I’m taking all my online classes,” Burns said.The gathering space is currently open until the end of the fall semester.For more information on events held at the Community Commons, visit TCU’s Community Commons webpage. ReddIt TCU to research its history with racism, slavery and the Confederacy Civil rights protesters gather by the thousands despite an active pandemic Cristian Arguetasotohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/cristian-arguetasoto/ Twitter COVID-19 cases prompt TCU to postpone home opener against football rival SMU TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history NewsCampus NewsCommunityCommunity Commons gives students place to go to leave their roomsBy Cristian Arguetasoto – October 23, 2020 987 Cristian is a senior Journalism major and Studio Art minor at TCU. He is a Managing Editor at TCU360. He enjoys landscape photography and learning new photo techniques.center_img Website| + posts Black, Latinx communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19 Cristian Arguetasotohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/cristian-arguetasoto/ Facebook Cristian Arguetasotohttps://www.tcu360.com/author/cristian-arguetasoto/ ReddIt Previous articleTCU names expert witnesses in lawsuit filed by former professorNext articleEpisode 220 – CFB Week 7, NFL Week 6 Recap Cristian Arguetasoto Linkedin World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Cristian Arguetasoto Twitter Welcome TCU Class of 2025last_img read more

RSF visits Afghanistan, reminds officials of duty to protect journalists

first_img Asia – PacificAfghanistan Activities in the field Receive email alerts News Rahimullah Samandar expressed misgivings about the lack of strategic planning as regards protecting the media, while Shah Hossien Mortazavwi said: “The threat against ToloTV and TV1 constitute a threat to all the media and the authorities need to act accordingly.”In response to these comments, the government officials reminded the media of the measures taken by President Ghani, who met media representatives and media associations immediately after the recent Taliban threat, as well as the measures taken to facilitate the work of foreign journalists.Security spokesman Abdul Hassib Sediqi assured the meeting that the National Security Directorate was ready to protect journalists. Information and culture ministry representative Khalil Minawi denied that his ministry had any intention of monitoring and censuring online social networks.The conference’s two organizers, RSF and AJSC, made several recommendations for improving the protection of journalists and combatting impunity for acts of violence against media personnel.One of the proposals was the creation of a crisis unit including security officials, journalists and NGO representatives in order to better coordinate efforts to protect the media. RSF also called for the creation of an independent broadcast media regulatory authority to guarantee both media freedom and media responsibility.Meetings with senior officialsAt the meeting with Abdullah Abdullah on 10 November, RSF raised Afghanistan’s ranking in the World Press Freedom Index and the issue of impunity as one of the main reasons for the continuing violence against journalists.Abdullah reiterated his commitment to media freedom and promised to support RSF’s international initiatives, including its proposal for the creation of a post of special representative of the UN secretary-general for the protection of journalists. He also hailed RSF’s desire to combat impunity and its attempts to get the Afghan justice system to shed light on the 2007 murder of Zakia Zaki, the director of Sada-e-Solh (Radio Voice of Peace), whom he described as a “great woman combatant.”RSF’s meeting with the information and culture minister the same day addressed Afghanistan’s position in the Press Freedom Index (and what needs to be done to improve it), the safety of journalists, and the need for certain government departments to respect the media law, especially as regards media offences. RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan Reporters Without Borders (RSF) visited Afghanistan from 5 to 12 November with the two-fold aim of providing journalists with training in election coverage ahead of next year’s parliamentary elections and meeting with government officials to press them to take concrete measures to protect the media. Organisation to go further Najiba Ayubi of Radio Killid, whose regional office in Jalalabad (in Nangarhar province) was badly damaged by a homemade bomb on the night of 10 October, described the constraints on media and journalists and criticized the inadequacies of the government’s protective measures.Sediqolah Tohidi of the media freedom group NAI stressed the need for rapid responses and measures from government officials after the latest threats. He also raised the problem of violence by the security forces against journalists.Two government officials with security responsibilities, Gen. Dawlat Waziri and Gen. Mohammad Ayoub Salanghi, said the media had their full support. “We will do everything in our power to protect journalists in their work and to protect the freedom of expression and information won in recent years,” Gen. Waziri said. “Protecting the media is a state duty,” Gen. Salanghi added. News Asia – PacificAfghanistan Activities in the field RSF_en Finally, RSF visited the headquarters of several news organizations, meeting with journalists and executives. They included ToloTV and TV1, two privately-owned TV stations that were recently declared “military targets” by the Taliban.“At a time when the Taliban have declared Afghanistan’s two biggest TV stations to be military targets and have given orders for them to be attacked, we want to be at their side and we reiterate our call for Taliban delegations abroad, especially the Taliban office in Doha, to be held to account for every Taliban attack on journalists and media,», RSF’s Reza Moini added.he two TV stations have been under police protection since the Taliban statement. They refused military protection but have hired security guards. Khpolwak Safi, one of ToloTV’s directors, and TV1 editor in chief Abdullah Azada Khenjani insisted on the importance of maintaining their independence.“The danger is that anyone can attack us in the name of the Taliban,” said Khenjani, who said the authorities were not taking TV1’s protection sufficiently seriously. Safi added: “We do our job of reporting the news. We want to keep going. Despite the danger, we will overcome our fear.”———* The government participants in the conference were: Gen. Mohammad Ayoub Salanghi, deputy interior minister; Gen. Dawlat Waziri, defence ministry director and spokesman; Sayed Zafar Hashemi, presidential spokesman; Ahmad Shakib Mostaghni, foreign ministry spokesman; Ferdidun Elham, presidential assistant for public relations and communication; Sultan Faizy, press adviser to the first vice-president; Abdul Hassib Sediqi, National Security Directorate spokesman; and Khalil Minawi, head of the government news agency Bakhtar and representative of the ministry of information and culture.The media executives and representatives of journalists’ associations included: Najiba Ayubi, head of the Killid Group, Rahimullah Samandar, president of the Afghan Independent Journalists Association; Danish Karokhel,Pajhwok Afghan News; Sediqolah Tohidi, head of the media freedom group NAI; Lotfullah Najafizadeh, head of ToloNews; Abdullah Azada Khenjani, editor in chief of TV1; Khpolwak Safi, head of ToloTV; Sharif Hassanyar, head of Ariana TV, Mirhifar Mutahar, editor of the daily Armanmeli, Heshmatollah Radfar, representative of the Afghanistan National Journalists Union; and Shah Hossien Mortazavwi, editor in chief of the daily 8sobeh. May 3, 2021 Find out more Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” “At a time when the enemies of democracy and freedom of information are stepping up their war and their threats against the media, RSF has chosen to speak about peace and to promote democratic values by helping journalists to prepare for the next parliamentary elections, an important moment in Afghanistan’s democratic life,” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF’s Afghanistan desk.The seminar explained the rights and duties of journalists in free and democratic elections, in which their job is to provide voters with the information they need. It stressed the principles of balance, neutrality and honesty, and the importance of the legal framework. Workshops were also organized, as well as debates between journalists and legal specialists in Afghan law and the media.RSF’s trip also aimed to stress the importance of security, which journalists and media need in to function freely.To this end, RSF met Afghan head of government Abdullah Abdullah, information and culture minister AbdulBari Jahani, presidential spokesman Sayed Zafar Hashemi and other government officials as well as representatives of journalists’ associations and media that have been threatened by the Taliban and Islamic State in recent months.Amid continuing threats from these armed groups, RSF’s representative reiterated RSF’s appeal to President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Abdullah Abdullah to do whatever is necessary to protect journalists, above and beyond the “Pact for the protection of media and journalists,” which they have undertaken to implement.Conference on journalists’ safetyGovernment officials and representatives of journalists’ associations and media participated in a conference on security for journalists and Afghanistan’s ranking in the World Press Freedom Index that RSF and the Afghan Journalists Safety Committee (the local branch of International Media Support) organized on 8 November.In an unprecedented face-to-face encounter watched by the media, government officials* and journalists discussed the media’s safety concerns and ways to improve security. News Help by sharing this information Journalists from ten independent national and local media outlets in as many provinces (Kabul, Kapisa, Kandahar, Bamian, Khost, Herat, Balkh, Nangarhar, Ghazni and Kunduz) participated in the seminar on covering elections.Participants were given copies of the new Persian-language and Pashtun-language version of the Handbook for Journalists during Elections, which RSF produced in partnership with the International Organization of the Francophonie (OIF). December 3, 2015 – Updated on May 1, 2016 RSF visits Afghanistan, reminds officials of duty to protect journalists June 2, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Afghanistan Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says March 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Smear campaign against investigative journalist

first_img Reporters Without Borders condemns a smear campaign against Atanas Chobanov, the editor of the investigative new website Bivol.bg, and expresses its support and sympathy for this independent journalist. Help by sharing this information BulgariaEurope – Central Asia October 14, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Smear campaign against investigative journalist March 10, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts News BulgariaEurope – Central Asia Bulgaria’s general election: RSF publishes 10 proposals to rescue press freedom Follow the news on Bulgaria RSF_en February 11, 2021 Find out more News Bulgaria: RSF condemns refusal to investigate reporter’s violent arrest Organisation December 2, 2020 Find out more News News to go further RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Chobanov has been the target of an orchestrated campaign for several days as a result of his and his staff’s coverage of alleged corruption involving Bulgarian media mogul and “oligarch” Delyan Peevski.“We are the object of an unprecedented campaign of smears, slander and harassment by the propaganda tools of the oligarch Delyan Peevski, the former head of the DANS intelligence agency, current parliamentary representative of the Turkish minority party Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DNL) and owner of many newspapers and TV stations,” Chobanov said.“We have been investigating his activities for years and our latest reports are clearly hurting,” he added.Photos of Chobanov and co-editor Assen Yordanov currently appear on the front pages of tabloids and websites that defend Peevski’s interests. While Chobanov was abroad, a crew from Kanal 3, a Peevski-owned Bulgarian TV station, turned up without warning at his home on 10 October, talked to members of his family and, without their knowledge, filmed them being questioned“We can only condemn what are clearly attempts to intimidate Bivol’s journalists,” said Alexandra Geneste, the head of the Reporters Without Borders EU/Balkans desk. “Their investigative work is perfectly legitimate and we express our most sincere support and sympathy for them.”Bulgaria is ranked 106th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom. This is the worst ranking of any European Union member. last_img read more

Simmons holds on to seat

first_img From left to right: Russel Wright, Armando Rodriguez, Arlo Chavira, Virginia Bryant. Home Local News Government Simmons holds on to seat Facebook By admin – March 6, 2018 Greg Simmons gives a victory speech after he is announced as the winner of the Ector County Precinct 2 County Commissioner race Tuesday night at an election party. Twitter Pinterest From left to right: Russel Wright, Armando Rodriguez, Arlo Chavira, Virginia Bryant. Local NewsGovernment Simmons holds on to seat 1 of 3 Incumbent Greg Simmons, left; challenger Brandon Tate. Twitter Facebook Previous articleHIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Odessa High blanks Big Spring, 10-0, in nondistrict actionNext articleHays wins Ector County judge admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR The race is over for Precinct 2 Ector County Commissioner candidates Brandon Tate and incumbent Greg Simmons after Simmons won nearly 60 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results, but the Republican and Democrat victors of the Precinct 4 race are in it for the long haul until November.Simmons and Tate both had supporters attacking one another’s candidates on social media in days leading up the election. Unofficial results from the Ector County Elections office show Simmons received a total of 2,585 votes and Tate received 1,836 votes.After results came in Tuesday, Simmons, who has been in office nearly 20 years, said elected officials usually stay in office because they’ve given enough money away that they’ve got people basically supporting them so they keep getting more money.“And that’s not been the way I’ve operated, obviously. I’ve been very frugal. I’ve been very mindful that every time I give away money, that’s property taxes going up somewhere here in town,” Simmons said. “So when people say that we don’t do enough at the county because I’m too conservative, my thought is I’m working twice as hard because it’s awful hard to tell people, ‘No, you can’t have money and still will you vote for me later.’” Church leaders condemn mayor’s disparaging comments WhatsApp WhatsApp Landgraf staffer resigns following investigation Simmons said he’s proud of his track record and also excited to work with Ector County’s new county judge, as well as work toward the fruition of possibly a new county sales tax and a new courthouse sometime down the road.“And so I’m glad to be a part of that and just very humbled that the people have entrusted me,” Simmons said, adding that he was thankful for everyone’s support.Tate could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.Republican candidates for county commissioner Precinct 4, Russell Wright and Arlo Chavira, also had some mudslinging since the beginning as Chavira aired dirty laundry about Wright’s arrest history.Wright came out on top Tuesday night though, receiving 341 votes to Chavira’s 191 votes, unofficial results showed. Chavira could not be reached for comment Tuesday.Early on, Chavira campaigned on information he found on the Texas Department of Public Safety website while conducting a criminal history search of Wright. Kaufman County Court records show Wright was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance in 1989. The case was disposed in 1990 and shows Wright received a deferred adjudication for the charge. Case fee payments were completed in January 1992, records show.Throughout the campaign, Wright admitted to the arrest that occurred 28 years ago, saying he was “in the wrong place at the wrong time,” but has never been convicted of anything.After results came in Tuesday, Wright said the campaign has been an uphill battle all the way.“From the Precinct Chair, all the way, every turn that I made it was an uphill battle. But I didn’t walk it alone. I had faith and my wife by my side,” Wright said. “I just had a good ground game, went door to door.”Wright said he’s not getting too excited about the win, though.“We’re only halfway there. We still have one more hill to climb,” he said.Wright will face incumbent Armando Rodriguez in November. Rodriguez has held the office for 12 years.Rodriguez came out ahead of Virginia Bryant in the Democratic Primary by 88 votes, unofficial results showed. Rodriguez won 55.56 percent of the vote with a total of 440 votes, with Bryant taking 44.44 percent with a total of 352 votes.After the results came in, Rodriguez said he appreciated God and appreciated all of his supporters.“I will fight for what we can do together to improve our community and Precinct 4,” Rodriguez said.Bryant’s message was one of thanks for every person that got out to vote and said she hopes people begin to pay attention to what is being done in their county government.“I want to congratulate Mr. Rodriguez. I do appreciate the fact that he and I both ran a good, clean campaign, got our supporters out,” she said. “The other day I told the Lord: Lord, I don’t know where you’re sending me — I know you’re sending me. I just don’t know if you’re sending me to the courthouse or to my lake house. So I’m going to my lake house.”Rodriguez said he hopes Bryant is willing to support him as he goes against his Republican challenger in November. Pinterest Landgraf prepares for state budget debate Creamy Fruit SaladSummer Spaghetti SaladSlap Your Mama It’s So Delicious Southern Squash CasserolePowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay last_img read more

American, 22, seriously injured in Bahamas boat explosion has legs amputated

first_imgABCNews.com(NEW YORK) — Stefanie Schaffer and her mother, Stacey, had traveled to the Bahamas to spend a vacation soaking in the sun, swimming in the clear blue waters and spending time with Stefanie’s younger sister Brooke and stepfather Paul Bender. Now the rest of their family is rushing to their side after a tragic explosion severely injured both women.Stefanie, 22, suffered life-threatening injuries when the small tour boat the four of them were riding in exploded Saturday morning, according to her brother George, who spoke to ABC News on Sunday. George said Stefanie had both of her legs amputated and remains in critical condition in a medically induced coma at Princess Margaret Hospital in Nassau.Stacey sustained serious injuries, including multiple broken bones and internal injuries. Paul and Brooke suffered cuts and bruises, but escaped serious injury.One person, an American, was killed in the explosion and nine others, including the Schaffer family, were injured. There were 12 people on the boat — 10 Americans and two Bahamas natives — when it exploded at about 9 a.m. Saturday off the coast of Exuma.George told ABC News his younger sister “danced her whole childhood.”He and other member of their family from Rutland, Vermont, are traveling to Nassau to be at his sister and mother’s sides in the hospital.The family started a GoFundMe page with a goal of raising $50,000 to pay for Stacey’s and Stefanie’s medical expenses and travel. It had raised about $17,700 in its first 12 hours since being posted.“Hang in there Stef I’m on my way,” George wrote on his Facebook page.Video filmed from a nearby boat showed panicked tourists jumping into the shallow water in an attempt to rescue passengers in the burning boat. Thick, black smoke was pouring into the sky and large flames were still shooting from the disabled craft.The cause of the explosion has not been determined at this time. Exuma police are leading the investigation.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reservedlast_img read more

Two dead, five wounded at SC block party that drew up to 1,000 people

first_imgkali9/iStockBy BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News(UNION, S.C.) — Two people were killed, including a teenager, when gunfire erupted at a rural South Carolina block party that drew up to 1,000 revelers in spite of government warnings against large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic, authorities said.The shooting broke out just before 8 p.m. on Saturday in an unincorporated area about nine miles outside Union, South Carolina, after the Union County Sheriff’s Department responded to a complaint of vehicles blocking a roadway, Major Scott Coffer told ABC News on Sunday.Coffer said a DJ was spinning tunes when a sheriff’s deputy arrived at the party, which was on private property, and asked him to make an announcement for partygoers to move their cars.He said the deputy was arranging for several cars that were not moved to be towed when he heard the first shots, prompting him to call for backup.“They were still shooting when I got there and I had to come from my house,” Coffer said.He said two young men were discovered mortally wounded. One was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was taken to Union Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, the Union County Coroner’s Office said in a statement to ABC News on Sunday. The victims were identified as 17-year-old Jabbrie Brandon of Union and 21-year-old Lamont Bomar of Spartanburg, South Carolina.Another five people were taken to hospitals with gunshot wounds and are expected to recover, Coffer said.Coffer said 900 to 1,000 people were at the party when the gunfire began.Two men were taken into custody, one on a charge of illegal possession of a firearm. But Coffer said it remains unclear if the men were involved in the fatal shootings.“Those two are actually being interviewed by detectives now,” he said.The block party was apparently held against Gov. Henry McMaster’s coronavirus stay-at-home guidelines issued in mid-March, advising against gatherings of more than 10 people.On May 4, McMaster lifted the mandatory stay-at-home orders and made them voluntary.“Being a private party on private property, we couldn’t do anything about it anyway,” Coffer said. “We’ve run into that before when this first started in March with the COVID-19. We can’t tell people who can be at their house and who can’t.” Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Serena Williams lists Beverly Hills mansion; may be eyeing Montecito

first_img Beverly HillsCelebrity Real EstateLA luxury listings Serena Williams and her Beverly Hills home (Getty, Redfin, iStock)Tennis great Serena Williams is looking to sell her Beverly Hills Post Office home.The 23-time Grand Slam winner and her husband, Alex Ohanian, are asking $7.5 million for the 6,000-square-foot mansion on Summit Circle, according to the New York Post.Williams bought the Spanish-style home in 2017 for $6.7 million, shortly after it was built. It has five bedrooms and seven bathrooms.The couple also recently shuffled some of their Florida real estate. In September, they bought a 10,433-square-foot mansion in Jupiter for $8 million. A few months later, they sold their Palm Beach home for $2.8 million.The couple is also reportedly shopping for a home in Montecito, which has seen a number of big sales close since the pandemic hit.ADVERTISEMENTCelebrities have flocked to the San Bernardino County enclave. Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine and his wife, Behati Prinsloo, just paid $22.7 million for a five-acre estate there. [NYP] — Dennis Lynch  Share via Shortlink Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tagslast_img read more

Homeless Bill Heads To Senate

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare By Joshua Hansel TheStateHouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – An Indiana Senate committee approved a measure on Thursday that would require township trustees to place homeless residents in county homes or give them township assistance.  Senate Bill 67 was approved by the Senate Local Government Committee, 8-1. Sen. Dennis Kruse, R-Auburn, was the only committee member to vote against the bill. Kruse said he was concerned about smaller townships.  Ben Jackson, township trustee from Columbus, Indiana, said all township trustees should work together to compile a list of all available resources for the homeless that includes both public and private sources of help. The bill now moves to the full Senate. FOOTNOTE: Joshua Hansel is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.center_img Homeless Bill Heads To Senatelast_img read more