Malta union threatens industrial action following NetEnt layoffs

first_img Regions: Europe Southern Europe Malta HR Email Address 7th December 2020 | By Daniel O’Boyle Second, the union said NetEnt and Evolution did not provide detail of the redundancies in writing. Under the regulations, employers are required to give representatives information about the reason for redundancies, the number planned, the date they will occur the criteria for selection and details of redundancy pay. The Regulations note that employers in violation are liable to a fine of not less than €1,164.69 for every employee that is declared redundant. The General Workers’ Union for Malta has declared an industrial dispute with NetEnt and Evolution, claiming the businesses failed to acknowledge the country’s largest trade union as an employee representative for planned layoffs. Malta union threatens industrial action following NetEnt layoffs Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The dispute follows Evolution’s launch of the process to integrate NetEnt in the wake of its SEK19.60bn (£1.72bn/€1.91bn/$2.30bn) deal for the slot specialist. This will see it make €30m of cost-cutting measures, including layoffs, at the slot developer. The union said it had two major complaints with NetEnt and Evolution. First, that the suppliers did not acknowledge it as an official employee representative. This was in violation of Malta’s Collective Redundancies (Protection of Employment) Regulations, it claimed, which state “the employer proposing to declare the collective redundancy has the duty to notify in writing the employees’ representatives”.center_img Topics: Casino & games People Strategy Live dealer Slots HR M&A Management Tags: NetEnt Evolution The Union added that NetEnt and Evolution were also in violation of the Transfer of Business (Protection of Employment) Regulations, which concerns merger-related layoffs, but did not specify which clauses were breached. The union added it had “reserved the right to take industrial action” related to the issue. “The GWU advises that these measures have become necessary given the gaming companies’ declared and manifest unwillingness to consult it, as the employees’ representative, in order to avoid mass redundancies in the igaming sector,” it said. These layoffs, the union claims, had not been handled according to regulations. “The companies are reportedly planning to lay off over 300 employees, with no effort being made to avoid redundancies, and by engaging in anti-union tactics.” Last week, NetEnt announced that it will delist its B-shares from the Nasdaq Stockholm exchange on 16 December following the merger. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterlast_img read more

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Uchumi Supermarket Limited (USL.rw) 2017 Abridged Report

first_imgUchumi Supermarket Limited (USL.rw) listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchange under the Retail sector has released it’s 2017 abridged results.For more information about Uchumi Supermarket Limited (USL.rw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Uchumi Supermarket Limited (USL.rw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Uchumi Supermarket Limited (USL.rw)  2017 abridged results.Company ProfileUchumi Supermarket Limited is a leading retail group based in Kenya offering customers a wide selection of fresh fruit, vegetables, fish, meat, bread and pastries as well as a range of local merchandise which includes appliances and home decor. The group has 20 stores located in major towns and cities in Kenya; including Nairobi, Karatina, Meru, Eldoret, Kericho, Juja, Mombasa and Kisumu. Uchumi Supermarket Limited also has stores in Uganda and Tanzania, and recently extended its footprint to include Rwanda. The company owns and manages Kasarani Mall Limited, a property management subsidiary. Uchumi Supermarket Limited is listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Kramer House / LP architektur

first_img Year:  CopyAbout this officeLP architekturOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesRadstadtWoodHousesAustriaPublished on November 20, 2010Cite: “Kramer House / LP architektur” 20 Nov 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 12 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogHandshowerhansgroheHand ShowersVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish- DI-NOC™ Glass FinishPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceCommunications2NIntercom – 2N® IP VersoCurtain WallsIsland Exterior FabricatorsPace Gallery Envelope SystemMetal PanelsTrimoModular Metal Wall – Qbiss OneConcreteSika3D Concrete PrintingMetal PanelsLorin IndustriesAnodized Aluminum – Gun Metal Grey with Arconic Tectur-Al™GlassDip-TechCeramic Printing for Public TransportationBeams / PillarsBlumer LehmannTimber Construction in Cambridge MosquePorcelain StonewareCeramiche KeopeCeramic Tiles – 9Cento MosaicTiles / Mosaic / GresiteRakoFloor and Wall Tiles – Serie PiazzettaMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Austria Projects Kramer House / LP architekturSave this projectSaveKramer House / LP architektur Photographs ArchDaily “COPY” Architects: LP architektur Area Area of this architecture project 2010 ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/89847/kramer-house-lp-architektur Clipboard “COPY” Kramer House / LP architektur Save this picture!© Volker Wortmeyer+ 15 Share CopyHouses•Radstadt, Austria Photographs:  Volker WortmeyerText description provided by the architects. A contemporary residential passive house that correlates with the region was the basic request of the owner. The themes of this architecture are the linear design, logical arrangement of the floor plans and the application of wood as a building material. Save this picture!© Volker WortmeyerRecommended ProductsDoorsVitrocsaGlass Technology in Hotel BeaulacStonesFranken-SchotterFlooring and Wall Tiles – Dietfurt LimestoneDoorsAir-LuxPivoting DoorDoorsVEKADoors – VEKAMOTION 82The building is integrated into a slope from south to north therefore also the inside is based on the concept of terracing. Various levels differentiate between private areas and even more intimate areas. Terraces which are located eastward and westward of the building carry the inside rooms to the outside. Thereby the correlation of the building and the environment becomes visible. Southward the structure rises above the ground and thus creates a contrast to the integrated rest of the building. The uplifted part of the building forms the entrance on the one hand and the exposed orientation with a panorama of the Alps forms the living area on the other hand. The terracing of the building finishes with the roof. Due to scaling and pitching of the roof it offers space to regenerative energy generation. The combination of façade and aperture in passive house quality gains a plus of energy hence the energetic surplus is fed to the local network. A centrifuge and controlled air-condition with heat recovery complete the energetic concept and provides the building with an innovative character in correlation with linear architecture.Save this picture!© Volker WortmeyerProject gallerySee allShow lessUnited North America / Holm Architecture OfficeArticlesVideo: 12th International Architecture Biennale of Venice 2010Articles Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/89847/kramer-house-lp-architektur Clipboard Area:  1000 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Houseslast_img read more

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Three journalists freed but newspaper stays shut

first_img Organisation News Abdirisak Shek Adun, the head of independent radio station Somalia TV Network (STN), and his editor in chief, Awale Jama, were freed on 12 July as a result of a decision by the president of the autonomous territory of Puntland, Gen. Adde Muse, to pardon 50 detainees being held in Bossasso’s main prison.Adun was hospitalised following his release, while STN was able to resume broadcasting. Abdi Farah Nur, the editor of the newspaper Shacab, was meanwhile released on 5 July after more than two weeks in prison. But the government’s closure of his newspaper remains in force.______________________________________________07.07.05 Two broadcast journalists held illegally since 30 June Reporters Without Borders today condemned the arbitrary detention of Abdirisak Shek Adun, the head of the Somalia TV Network (STN), and Awale Jama, the station’s editor in chief, since 30 June in Bossasso, in the autonomous northeastern region of Puntland. They were arrested after the station interviewed a mayoral candidate.Their imprisonment is illegal as they were not brought before a judge within 48 hours as required by Puntland’s laws, the press freedom organisation pointed out.”We consider it completely unacceptable that interviewing a politician results in imprisonment and we call on Puntland’s judicial authorities to let journalists work freely,” Reporters Without Borders added.The deputy police chief said the two detained journalists reported false information. The authorities temporarily closed STN’s premises, forcing the radio and TV station to suspend broadcasting until 3 July. The Somali Journalist Network (SOJON) said Adun was in poor health.Abdi Farah Nur, the editor of the independent weekly Shacab, is meanwhile still being held. He was arrested on 19 June for publishing articles critical of the Puntland authorities. News to go further RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region SomaliaAfrica February 24, 2021 Find out more July 15, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Three journalists freed but newspaper stays shut News Help by sharing this information center_img Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somalia Receive email alerts Follow the news on Somalia RSF_en RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists SomaliaAfrica March 2, 2021 Find out more News January 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Everybody Wins

first_img More Cool Stuff Gatherings Everybody Wins Hathaway Sycamores honors Annsley and George Strong at Dodger Stadium STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, September 19, 2014 | 4:06 pm Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 6 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it There was no game, but there was plenty of cheering at Dodger Stadium Tuesday, September 16, as Hathaway-Sycamore Child and Family services held their 2014 Celebrating Children Awards Reception.More than 400 donors, friends and supporters attended the event, which raised nearly $155,000 to help fund therapeutic and other support services that Hathaway-Sycamores—one of Los Angeles County’s largest mental health and welfare agencies—provides each year to thousands of children, youth, young adults, and families.Attendees met Dodger great and six-time National League All-Star Ron Cey, and were also treated to some nifty peanut bag tossing from Dodger favorite, Roger Owens, “The Peanut Man.”Among the activities were a behind-the-scenes stadium tour, including a trip down to the field, a visit to the Dodger dugout, a look at the Dugout Club that houses the Dodgers’ six World Series trophies, and a walk through the Vin Scully Press Box.This year’s award recipients were philanthropists and longtime La Cañada residents Annsley and George Strong whose roots with the agency run particularly deep. Specifically, Strong was first introduced to the organization when she was a member of the Los Altos Auxiliary, which raises funds for the children and teens who are in residential treatment at Hathaway-Sycamores’ El Nido campus in Altadena.“Annsley and George Strong are clearly committed to helping others, and Hathaway-Sycamores is unquestionably fortunate that they’ve devoted so much of their time, talents, and generosity to benefit the children and families we serve. They truly are an inspirational couple, said Hathaway-Sycamores’ President and CEO William Martone.Annsley Strong – along with her husband George Strong, Jr. – has been actively involved in Hathaway Sycamores for many years. She served on the agency’s Board of Directors for 13 years and held the position of Board Chair from 2006 to 2008. She currently serves on Hathaway-Sycamores’ Advisory Board, and is a member of the agency’s Strategic Planning Committee.The event was chaired by Hathaway-Sycamores’ Advisory Board member Ken Goldstein, as well as Michael Galper, Chair of the Board, who recalled his own childhood baseball dreams to the gathered audience, saying he would have been a Dodger, except that he “couldn’t hit the curve ball. Or the fast ball. Or the slider.”Major corporate sponsors of the event included Morrison & Foerster LLP; Southern California Gas/Sempra Energy; The Capital Group; Wells Fargo; KCB Management; Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, LLP; Pelican Hill; Lucas Horsfall; and Earthlink.Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services is an accredited mental health and welfare agency with 11 locations throughout Southern California, licensed by the Community Care Licensing Division of the California Department of Social Services and is certified by the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health.More information is available at http://www.hathaway-sycamores.org/. Business News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website center_img Top of the News Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAncient Beauty Remedies From India To Swear By For Healthy SkinHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Con-man cashes in on respite plight

first_imgEmail Linkedin THE Brothers of Charity have warned that a bogus fundraiser has been calling to County Limerick homes claiming to be collecting for the respite centre.Head of Finance at the charity, Mary Dundon told the Limerick Post that the con artist has been exploiting the good will of people who are aware of the plight of respite services, which have seen a dramatic reduction in government funding in recent months.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “The head of quality here, who lives in Pallasgreen, had a call from a neighbour who was visited by a man whom she described as well-dressed and who produced a bank account number that he claimed was in use by the charity”, Ms Dundon told this newspaper.“We have no idea who he is and we certainly have not received any donations from him. We have not begun our fundraising drive as of yet and would not be in favour of door to door collections in any case.“People have read about our situation and are eager to help, but we want to ensure that they don’t hand over their hard earned money to this con artist, who is evidently using the money for his own gain”.Meanwhile gardaí are warning that bogus workers are continuing to call to houses across Limerick, conning people out of their money.“If you are in doubt regarding the identity of a person calling to your home please err on the side of caution and don’t allow them in. If you have any concerns call your local Garda Station”, said a garda spokesperson. Advertisement NewsLocal NewsCon-man cashes in on respite plightBy admin – August 19, 2010 510 WhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Twitter Print Previous articleKiely scuppers move to stall managerNext articleCreditors lose €1.7m after Clancy’s goes into liquidation adminlast_img read more

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Sporting use for abandoned Council land

first_imgPedestrian crossing falls ‘out of the sky’ in Pallaskenry NewsLocal NewsSporting use for abandoned Council landBy Alan Jacques – February 27, 2014 578 WhatsApp #SaucySoul: Room 58 – ‘Hate To See You Leave’ Facebook Twitter Linkedin Celebrating a ground breaking year in music from Limerick RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Emma Langford shortlisted for RTE Folk Award and playing a LIVE SHOW!!! this Saturday center_img Previous articleFunding needed for local piersNext articleConcerns over failure to advertise top City of Culture job Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie Cllr Kevin SheahanLAND that was bought for social housing and lying idle since the recession should be given to local communities for the development of sporting amenities.Fianna Fáil county councillor Kevin Sheahan told last week’s meeting of the local authorities cultural and sporting committee that towns and villages across the county were littered with sites where social housing was once planned. But with no funds available, there’s not much likelihood of them being developed in the foreseeable future.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Many of these sites were now being used by horse-owners and he believed that this impacted negatively on local communities.“I’m sick of these batty horses myself. They are a threat to people and road users. People driving through towns and villages in County Limerick see these horses and it gives a negative reaction of the area,” he claimed.He said that unused council sites would be better served as playgrounds and sporting amenities for local communities and this should be done with the council’s full support and blessing.He suggested sporting equipment and goalposts could be loaned to residents at weekends so that empty land beside estates would serve a better purpose than its current use for “corralling” horses.“We must look at the positive side. This would afford families with horses the same opportunity for their children to play and integrate better,” said Cllr Sheahan.Phelim Macken of the Limerick Sports Partnership told council members of a similar project called ‘Camp on the Green’, which he said had been a huge success in residential estates in Limerick. TAGSCllr Kevin SheahanLimerick County CouncilMusic Limerick Print Advertisement #HearThis: New music and video from Limerick rapper Strange Boy Watch the streamed gig for Fergal Nash album launch Emaillast_img read more

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AP HC Requests Justice R V Raveendran To Inquire Into Phone Conversation Designing Plot Against HC CJ & Senior SC Judges [Read Order]

first_imgNews UpdatesAP HC Requests Justice R V Raveendran To Inquire Into Phone Conversation Designing Plot Against HC CJ & Senior SC Judges [Read Order] Mehal Jain19 Aug 2020 5:21 AMShare This – xThe Andhra Pradesh High Court last week ordered inquiry by a retired judge of the Supreme Court into the genuineness of an alleged telephonic conversation between a former High Court judge and a principal junior civil judge, who is under suspension, conspiring to design a plot against the Chief Justice of the High Court and senior judges of the SC. A bench of Justices M. Satyanarayana Murthy…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Andhra Pradesh High Court last week ordered inquiry by a retired judge of the Supreme Court into the genuineness of an alleged telephonic conversation between a former High Court judge and a principal junior civil judge, who is under suspension, conspiring to design a plot against the Chief Justice of the High Court and senior judges of the SC. A bench of Justices M. Satyanarayana Murthy and Lalitha Kanneganti took cognisance of a conversation contained in a pen drive and requested Justice R V Raveendran, former SC judge, to hold an inquiry into it.”Unfortunately, today, it is an unpleasant or gloomy day in the story of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh because the High Court itself has to ward of the brazen onslaught from the third parties to demean the prestige of the pristine judicial institution in the eye of the litigant public”, lamented the division bench.The bench cited the SC precedent in the suo moto case taken last year in which retired SC judge, Justice A K Patnaik, was asked to inquire if the sexual harassment allegations against the then CJI, Ranjan Gogoi, was a part of larger conspiracy. The audio conversation, when translated into English, was found to disclose a serious conspiracy against the Chief Justice of the Andhra Pradesh High Court by designing a plot and sending a petition. The persons in the conversation were planning to collect material against another senior most sitting judge of the Supreme Court so as to to mar his career. The bench extracted specific sentences in the translated version as follows:  “Since it is a plot designed against the Chief Justice of the High Court of Andhra Pradesh with mala fide intention with connivance of an undisclosed interest of different persons, unless authenticity or genuineness of the contents of the material in the pen drive is established, this court cannot proceed against anyone and decide the petitions”, the bench was of the view. The bench further noted, “The way as to how a conversation between two persons took place would prima facie establish that there was a conspiracy against the Chief Justice and a senior most judge of the Supreme Court, pernicious acts of the person who made such allegation has to be discouraged”. “Otherwise the public may lose faith in the courts since in a democratic set up intrinsic and embedded faith in the adjudicatory system is of seminal and pivotal concern. It is the faith and faith alone that keeps the system alive. It provides oxygen constantly. Fragmentation of faith has the effect-potentiality to bring in a reasoned verdict from a temperate judge, but does not intend to, and rightly so, to guillotine much of time at the altar of reasons”, said the bench. It proceeded to cite, “Thus, it is clear as day that everyone involved in the system of dispensation of justice has to inspire the confidence of the common man in the effectiveness of the judicial system. Sustenance of faith has to be treated as spinal sans sympathy or indulgence. If someone considers the task to be herculean, the same has to be performed with solidarity for faith is the ‘elan vital’ of our system”. The bench noted that the conversation further discloses use of intemperate language against two Senior most sitting judges of the Supreme Court and that it is a matter of serious concern. If such conversation goes to the public it will certainly crumble the confidence of the public on courts and the system itself. In the circumstances, it is the duty of the highest court to preserve public faith in the institution while rendering justice to every litigant. “When a serious allegation is made against the chief justice in a petition sent to the President of India by one Hamsraj and the present attempt being made against the judges of the highest court of the country, besmirching the entire judicial institution, the truth or otherwise in such plot being prepared by person who had conversation with the intervener Ramakrishna is to be unearthed since it is the duty of the court to unravel the truth in the judicial process. Otherwise the system will collapse one day or the other”, the bench reflected. The bench deemed it appropriate to order necessary enquiry while making it clear that no opinion is expressed as to the voice of the persons, or as to the authenticity of the conversation contained in the pen drive and without recording any finding that it is the voice of the third party, that is, the person who had conversation with Ramakrishna or the interest of the third party behind the conversation. The Bench requested Justice R.V. Raveendran, retired judge of the Supreme Court, to hold an enquiry to find out the authenticity/genuineness of the conversation contained in the pen drive with regard to the plot designed against the Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh and being designed against senior most sitting judges of the Supreme Court and undisclosed interest of third parties. The bench further directed the Directors of CBI and IB to depute responsible officers to obtain/collect information from the agency/service providers pertaining to conversation contained in the pen drive and other material collected from the registry and submit to Justice Raveendran as expeditiously as possible.Click Here To Download Order[Read Order]Subscribe to LiveLaw, enjoy Ad free version and other unlimited features, just INR 599 Click here to Subscribe. All payment options available.loading….Next Storylast_img read more

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Bradshaw Named BYU Baseball Pitching Coach

first_imgAugust 9, 2018 /Sports News – Local Bradshaw Named BYU Baseball Pitching Coach Tags: Baseball/BYU Cougars/Michael Bradshaw FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPROVO, Utah — Brigham Young University head baseball coach Mike Littlewood has announced the hiring of Michael Bradshaw as the Cougars’ pitching coach.“Michael brings passion, energy, a great work ethic and invaluable experience from one of the top programs in the country,” Littlewood said. “He’s had the incredible opportunity to work beside legendary pitching coach Dave Lawn at the University of Arizona the past three seasons. I’m confident he’ll be a game changer for our pitching staff.”Bradshaw comes to Provo from the University of Arizona where he was the assistant director of baseball operations from 2015-18 under head coach Jay Johnson.During his time with the Wildcats, Bradshaw was a part of two NCAA Tournament runs, including an NCAA runner-up finish after Arizona advanced to the College World Series final.Before working at Arizona, Bradshaw spent a year at the University of Nevada, Reno, helping the Wolf Pack win the school’s first Mountain West Conference title with a 41-15 record. Bradshaw was a pitcher at Nevada from 2012-14, making 20 appearances with 14 strikeouts over two seasons. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in general studies in 2014.“I would like to thank Coach Littlewood and the rest of the coaching staff for bringing me in and allowing me to be a part of the BYU baseball program and such an amazing community,” Bradshaw said. “I can’t wait to get started and couldn’t be more excited to be a Cougar.” Written by Robert Lovelllast_img read more

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Mayors of Terre Haute, Gary Address Economic impact Of Gaming Expansion

first_imgMayors of Terre Haute, Gary address The Economic impact of Gaming ExpansionBy Emily KettererTheStatehouseFile.comINDIANAPOLIS — With only days left for Indiana lawmakers to come to a consensus on the gaming expansion bill, the mayors of Terre Haute and Gary are asking them to not forget about the economic development benefit for their cities.Senate Bill 552, as it stands now, would allow two Gary casinos to merge and move inland from the city’s lakefront, and allow for a new casino in Terre Haute.“552 is obviously a gaming bill, and that’s where all the drama is, that’s where all the conversation is,” Mayor Duke Bennett of Terre Haute Duke Bennett said.Bennett joined Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson at a Statehouse press conference Thursday to argue that SB 552 isn’t just about gaming, but also about the development of two communities.After a number of provisions were changed in the House, including making interested companies bid on the Terre Haute casino and banning mobile sports betting, the bill is still a work in progress.“We know there’s a lot of work still to be done,” Bennett said. “We want to be clear about reminding everyone how important this economic development is.”The city of Gary wants to develop Buffington Harbor, where the two casinos currently sit, into a North American intermodal gateway, Freeman-Wilson said. She said this development is important to expand the city’s economy since it sits 30 miles east of Chicago.“So often, people can focus on the shiny object in the room, and in this case, it’s certainly casinos,” Freeman-Wilson said. “But for us, this has never been primarily about the casino.”The mayors said hundreds of jobs are at stake in the casino expansions. And, Bennett said, the revenue will reap long-term benefits, helping the cities complete more projects to improve the quality of life and boosting state coffers.“It’s about a $75 million impact for the state of new revenue if we can get both of these casinos done,” Bennett said.Bennett said there are pros and cons to the changes in the bill, including the bidding process for his city’s new casino. Three interested gaming companies will be chosen by a county advisory board to compete in a process to bid on the new casino, with the first bid starting at $25 million.“My take on it is, we’re just seeking a casino,” Bennett said. “I’m all about the open market and being able to get the right proposal in place, so if that’s the way it ends up, I’m fine with that.”Near the end of the conference, reporters asked the mayors if they felt casino bosses should have easy access to public officials, in reference to a story published by The Indianapolis Star about Gov. Eric Holcomb’s paid-for plane ride with a casino boss that owns the two Gary casinos in 2018.Bennett said it’s important that proper ethics are followed, but said people who make decisions for the state and members of the private sector are always going to have conversations about how to make Indiana better.“At the end of the day,” he said. “I trust everyone involved in the process to make the right decisions, do the right thing.”FOOTNOTE: Emily Ketterer is a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by Franklin College journalism students.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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