Regulatory trends push revenue and profit down at XLMedia

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter XLMedia has put a 10% year-on-year decline in revenue during the first half of the year primarily down to regulatory headwinds, while the digital marketing service provider also saw gross profit slip 9% in the period. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address XLMedia has put a 10% year-on-year decline in revenue during the first half of the year primarily down to regulatory headwinds, while the digital marketing service provider also saw gross profit slip 9% in the period.Total revenue for the six months through to June 30, 2019 amounted to $42.5m (£34.2m/€38.7m), compared to $47.2m last year.XLMedia said regulatory headwinds led to a drop in core gaming activity, citing new regulations in Sweden as a particular issue, with revenue in the country down 23% year-on-year.Aside from Sweden, XLMedia said it was also impacted by new regulation in the Swiss market, where licences for online gambling are only granted to a limited number of operators. As a result, XLMedia said most of its customers have exited the market, which has in turn negatively impacted its performance in the market.In addition, the UK’s decision to increase the online casino tax rate from 15% to 21% hit the provider’s average revenue per user figures.However, XLMedia did note that revenue from its personal finance assets was up from $3.1m to £6.0m, representing 14% of overall revenue for the period.XLMedia also spent more during the first six months of the year, with the $14.5m in expenses being 6% ahead of $13.6m in the same period last year. This was mainly due to higher general and administration costs relating to changes in management and increased amortisation of capitalised R&D costs.First half operating expenses included the first implementation of IFRS 16, a new accounting principle that requires a lessee to recognise assets and liabilities for leases with a term of more than 12 months. This meant amortisation expenses at XLMedia were up from $700,000 to $900,000.R&D costs were level at $700,000 while investments in technology and internal systems developed were down from $4.3m to $4.1m. General and administrative expenses climbed from $10.4m to $11.2m.Gross profit slipped from $31.7m to $28.8m and this, coupled with lower revenue and higher expenses, meant profit before tax dropped by 22% year-on-year from $17.6m to $13.8m.Net income for the first half was also down by 14% year-on-year to $12.2m.“This year has proven to be challenging for both XLMedia and the industry as a whole, as the gaming industry changes and regulates,” XLMedia’s chief executive Ory Weihs said. “However, this does result in the Group having greater visibility, more sustainable revenues and stable earnings.“Whilst we expect this disruption to continue in the midterm, we remain committed to our stated strategy, focusing on publishing. We continue to diversify our asset base, specifically developing our US gambling strategy and the personal finance sector, in which we continue to make good progress with this sector now accounting for 14% of the group’s revenues.”Weihs also took the opportunity to pass on his best wishes Stuart Simms, who will replace him as chief executive next month. Simms, who was appointed to the position in July, will join XLMedia from Rakuten Marketing.“As my last address as CEO of XLMedia, I would like to wish Stuart every success and firmly believe that with the support of the board and management team he will lead the business back to sustainable growth,” Weihs said.This week, it was also confirmed that Yehuda Dahan has stepped down as chief financial officer of XLMedia.XLMedia did not disclose the reasons behind the departure, but did confirm that it will immediately commence a search for a permanent replacement.Liat Hellman, who is currently CFO for XLMedia’s Webpals subsidiary, will take on Dahan’s role on an interim basis while a replacement is sought. Financecenter_img 24th September 2019 | By contenteditor Tags: Online Gambling Regulatory trends push revenue and profit down at XLMedia Topics: Finance Marketing & affiliateslast_img read more

Stock market crash: The IHG, TUI, and Prudential results are due this week, and here’s why I’d buy them now (or not)

first_img Enter Your Email Address Manika Premsingh | Monday, 10th August, 2020 | More on: IHG 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. 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. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Stock market crash: The IHG, TUI, and Prudential results are due this week, and here’s why I’d buy them now (or not) Image source: Getty Images Manika Premsingh has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended InterContinental Hotels Group and Prudential. 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.center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! 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. The stock market crash has come and gone, but many FTSE 100 stocks are still quite vulnerable. Stocks of companies that were hardest hit by the lockdowns have become volatile, reacting sharply to incoming news.  Examples include stocks like the FTSE 100 hospitality company InterContinental Hotels Group (LSE: IHG) and the travel company TUI. Both companies will also, incidentally, release results this week. Share prices react sharply to results at any time. It’s particularly so right now at this volatile time for them. There are too many unknowns to contend with. The economy is still weak. And the world may have to be on guard against the spread of Covid-19 for some time to come. No one knows how long this situation lasts, which will continue to impact hospitality and travel the most. It may even result in another stock market crash.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…On the path to recoveryIn the case of IHG, however, I am optimistic. From the time I last covered the stock towards the end of June, until now, the share price has already risen by 9.2%. This has been helped by a somewhat positive trading update a few days later. Even though its financials were weak in the update, it was reopening its hotels at a fast clip. I reckon that there will be positives to note in its update tomorrow as well.However, I think buying this stock isn’t without some risks. Selective lockdowns may continue to be imposed, as in Spain recently, which can make investors panic. Also, if the slowdown turns out to be a long, drawn out one, IHG will suffer, being a cyclical stock. I think there are safer FTSE 100 stocks available to invest in. They have good growth prospects and are affordable after the stock market crash, making them more suitable for more risk-averse investors. Fall from graceIt’s a similar story for TUI, which fell out of the FTSE 100 set as its share price and relatedly, market capitalisation, dropped earlier this year. It was also the biggest faller when the quarantine for Spain was re-imposed late last month. I think it will be a while before it comes back to health, but there may be rewards for the patient investor in a few years. If you can take a risk, put money you are willing to lose in the stock, even if tomorrow’s update is more cheerful.Safer bet in stock market crashOne relatively safe bet is Prudential, the FTSE 100 financial services company. Its share price has risen a fair bit since the stock market crash. Investors deem it desirable too, going by the high earnings ratio of over 40 times. I don’t expect any financial services firm to show robust growth or earnings during a recession, and that includes Prudential. But it may be optimistic in its outlook in tomorrow’s update, which can drive its share price. I think investors shouldn’t react to short-term news for this stock, however. There’s merit to PRU that long-term investors should consider. See all posts by Manika Premsinghlast_img read more

House HOEV / STAM architecten

first_img Collaborators:Concrete HouseCity:WommelgemCountry:BelgiumMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Yannick MilpasRecommended ProductsCurtain WallsKalwall®Facades – Specialty ApplicationsWindowsStudcoSteel Window Reveal – EzyRevealDoorsLibartVertical Retracting Doors – Panora ViewPorcelain StonewareGrespaniaPorcelain Tiles- CoverlamText description provided by the architects. Project HOEV, build with a concrete structure is surprisingly open and warm. The house was designed with the future of the family in mind, as the master bedroom and bathroom are situated on the ground floor.Save this picture!© Yannick MilpasThe primary functions are located at the back of the house, more so the volume is positioned in such a way that there is maximum sun access without hindering the entrance of the neighbors. For the facade materials, concrete and wood were chosen for a contemporary and timeless interpretation. A low-energy house in concrete construction was built as a sustainable solution. The house has a high insulation value and the construction is completely airtight.Save this picture!© Yannick MilpasSave this picture!Plan 0Save this picture!© Yannick MilpasFurthermore, this way of building is characterized by unique thermal inertia. By providing the large glass sections in the rear facade, the boundary between inside and outside is blurred and the garden is optimally connected to the home.Save this picture!© Yannick MilpasSave this picture!© Yannick MilpasThe contact with the street was created in a subtle way by the narrow, elegant windows so that an interesting interaction can be created without compromising the privacy of the house. Furthermore, an open plan creates a lot of contact between the different zones within the house. The furniture work integrates perfectly into the architecture, while the void makes the space fascinating and fluid.Save this picture!© Yannick MilpasProject gallerySee allShow lessKistemaecker Renovation / Poot architectuurSelected ProjectsK’in Boutique Development in Tulum / Holland Harvey ArchitectsSelected Projects Share Belgium Year:  CopyHouses•Wommelgem, Belgium CopyAbout this officeSTAM architectenOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn FacebookWommelgemBelgiumPublished on August 01, 2020Cite: “House HOEV / STAM architecten” 01 Aug 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogAluminium CompositesTechnowoodHow to Design a Façade with AluProfile Vertical ProfilesGlassMitrexSolar GreenhouseMetal PanelsAurubisOxidized Copper: Nordic BrownDoorsEGGERWood Laminate Doors in Molecular Plant Science InstituteStonesCosentinoSurfaces – Silestone® Nebula SeriesWall / Ceiling LightsLouis PoulsenLamp – LP RiplsWood Boards / HPL PanelsBruagRoom Dividers – Partition Wall MDFStonesNeolithSintered Stone – Mar del PlataWindowspanoramah!®ah! SecurityPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesULMA Architectural SolutionsMIS Facade PanelCarpetsFabromont AGTextile Floor Covering – Orbital® 07 COLORpunkt®LightsNorka lightingLuminaire – BelfastMore products »Save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 Architects: STAM architecten Area Area of this architecture project House HOEV / STAM architecten 2015 Save this picture!© Yannick Milpas+ 48Curated by Paula Pintos Share “COPY” House HOEV / STAM architectenSave this projectSaveHouse HOEV / STAM architecten ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/943184/house-hoev-stam-architecten Clipboardcenter_img Area:  148 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Lead Architects: Photographs Photographs:  Yannick Milpas STAM architecten Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/943184/house-hoev-stam-architecten Clipboard ArchDaily “COPY” Projectslast_img read more

TCU grinds out a win against SMU to retain the Iron Skillet, 56-36

first_imgTCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Garrett Podell Boschini talks: construction, parking, tuition, enrollment, DEI, a student trustee Listen: The Podell and Pickell Show with L.J. Collier Facebook ReddIt Linkedin Boschini: ‘None of the talk matters because Jamie Dixon is staying’ Garrett is a Journalism and Sports Broadcasting double major. He is the Managing Editor for TCU360, and his passions are God, family, friends, sports, and great food. Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Previous articleWomen in Science inspire #SteminismNext articleHoroscopes: September 17, 2017 Garrett Podell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ Facebook TCU tight end Charlie Reid celebrates the Horned Frog’s 56-35 win over SMU with the Iron Skillet. Photo by Sam Bruton. Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ printThe Horned Frog win wasn’t pretty Saturday afternoon against SMU, but they did more than enough to keep the Iron Skillet in Fort Worth, 56-36.“We scored 56 points, but we didn’t play that well, we had some penalties and turnovers,” TCU head coach Gary Patterson said. “We did what we needed to do since we were the bigger, more physical team and had more experience. It should’ve been 80.”Across the board, Patterson said TCU’s mental preparation wasn’t good enough this week.“I don’t think there was an attention to detail that there needed to be,” Patterson said. It showed on the opening drive of the game when SMU started on offense and the Mustangs executed a flea-flicker pass for a 58-yard touchdown.“They had two trick plays, but the funny thing is we worked on both of them,” Patterson said. “Anything that goes fast that way, stand on the other side of the center and wait for it to come back.”TCU defensive end Ben Banogu admitted that the defense wasn’t completely dialed in on a day in which it allowed the Mustangs to total 36 points on 463 yards.“We got the win, and it is always good when we come out with the victory, but I feel like our defense came out not as mentally ready for the game,” Banogu said. “If we could pay attention to the little stuff and pay more attention to detail, we can find ourselves in a place where we wanna be, but today wasn’t very good.”However, it wasn’t all negative for the Horned Frog defense. They accomplished their goal of limiting SMU’s All-American wide receiver Courtland Sutton who had one catch for no yards.TCU also played stout red zone defense, limiting the Mustangs once they got within striking distance of the end zone, as they forced three red-zone field goals.“I’m proud of the defense again, we played well in the red zone,” Patterson said. “We had three times down there and they kicked two or three field goals. If we can do that in the Big 12, then we have a chance for a lot of success, but you have to get lined up right.”Linebacker Travin Howard returned an interception for a touchdown, and after SMU quarterback Ben Hicks completed his first five passes he looked off-balance the rest of the game, going 12-for-32.Going forward, the defense will need to get off to a faster start, unlike Saturday when TCU trailed 19-7. With better preparation, the Horned Frogs believe improvement will occur.“Starting fast is just preparation,” Banogu said. “Coach P and the staff gave us a good game plan this week, we just didn’t come out ready to play. Honestly, we got punched in the mouth a little bit in the first quarter and we got tricked a little with the trick plays and stuff, but if we can get more focused and be more aware of what’s going on, we will be okay.”On offense, Patterson liked what he saw, but it could’ve been better.Sonny Cumbie’s side of the ball totaled 619 yards. Quarterback Kenny Hill threw four touchdown passes, including a Hail Mary pass to Jalen Reagor to beat the halftime buzzer. Darius Anderson ran for two touchdowns and Kenedy Snell was electrifying on a blazing 71-yard touchdown catch-and-run.Darius Anderson breaks a tackle in TCU’s 56-36 win over SMU. Photo by Sam Bruton.Hill increased his completion percentage to 75 percent on the season after completing all but six of his 30 passes against the Mustangs Saturday.“I thought I did pretty good, but there are some things I need to clean up,” Hill said. “I missed some throws, had a couple poor reads, but overall I thought it was a pretty good game.”One of the few detractors from Hill’s performance was the three sacks.“I know two of them for sure I was just trying to do too much,” Hill said. “I need to throw the ball away or do something because I can’t keep getting sacked like that.”The Horned Frogs also had two fumbles, one on a pass behind the line of scrimmage to KaVontae Turpin and another when Reagor ran across the formation as the ball was snapped.“As a team we know we need to play a lot better,” Hill said. “We are happy about this win, happy about being 3-0, but we know we can play a lot better and we need to play a lot better.”The team now looks ahead to Oklahoma State.“Our guys expect to play a lot better [next week],” Patterson said. “We’ve played these guys before, we had the same guys a year ago, and it was 10-6 at halftime last year. This year, we’re a lot better up front.”A week from Saturday, TCU will face off against Oklahoma State in Stillwater at 2:30 p.m. Men’s basketball scores season-low in NIT semifinals loss to Texas World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Linkedin Twitter Garrett Podellhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/garrett-podell/ + posts Twitter ReddIt The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive yearslast_img read more

Holding the Line

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Holding the Line Tagged with: Delinquencies Share Save in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, News Though far from their peak highs, delinquency rates around this time of year still experience typical summer upticks. However, according to the June 2017 First Look at Mortgage Data report released by Black Knight on Thursday, current delinquency rates are bucking these patterns and are instead holding steady month-over-month.According to the experts at Black Knight, total U.S. loan delinquency rates (which accounts for loans 30 or more days past due but not in foreclosure) are at 3.8 percent, which is 56,500 in total U.S. foreclosure starts. This is a minimal change over May (0.12 percent) that Black Knight noted as unusual for this time of year in the face of seasonal pressures.Breaking down the data for a closer, state-by-state look, Mississippi led the nation in the number of loans that are both past due in general, as well as more than 90+ days delinquent (coming in at 10.13 percent and 3.05 percent respectively). Though the Magnolia State ranks highest in comparison to the rest of the U.S., delinquency rates are still far below what Mississippians experienced in May of 2000 when the total past due rate hit 23.4 percent, while loans 90+ days past due hit 10.18 percent.Colorado had the best ranking in delinquencies with only 2.14 percent of borrowers noncurrent. This is a -17.78 percent change year-over-year. Following Colorado in ascending order, North Dakota was at a rate of 2.23 percent, Minnesota at 2.47 percent, Oregon at 2.62 percent, and Montana at 2.64 percent.In it’s report, Black Knight also called out the states that experienced the most improvement over the last six months, with the Garden State showing up all the rest. During this period, the number of noncurrent loans in New Jersey dropped 17.39 percent. Close on its wake was Florida (-17.33 percent), Arizona (-16.81 percent), West Virginia (-16.69 percent), and Nevada (-16.51 percent).Unfortunately, the following states received the dubious honor of seeing their rates of noncurrent loans deteriorate the most over the same time period: Alaska at (7.10 percent), Vermont (-9.55 percent), South Dakota (-9.82 percent), Montana (-10.49 percent), and Alabama (-10.61 percent).To view the full report findings, click here. Brianna Gilpin, Online Editor for MReport and DS News, is a graduate of Texas A&M University where she received her B.A. in Telecommunication Media Studies. Gilpin previously worked at Hearst Media, one of the nation’s leading diversified media and information services companies. To contact Gilpin, email [email protected] Delinquencies 2017-07-20 Brianna Gilpin Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily July 20, 2017 1,423 Views Holding the Line Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Previous: Is Real Estate America’s Favorite Form of Investment? Next: Previous Ginnie Mae President to Join PennyMac Board The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago About Author: Brianna Gilpin  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribe Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

Schmit pens new Ireland contract

first_img Facebook By admin – July 22, 2015 News Facebook Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Google+ Twitter Joe Schmidt has committed himself to Irish rugby for at least another two years.The IRFU has announced that the 49-year-old New Zealander has signed a contract extension that will see him remain in charge as Ireland head coach up until the end of June, 2017.The Union had been engaged in contract negotiations with the former Leinster coach since he led the team to a second consecutive Six Nations title in March.The Union’s Performance Director, David Nucifora has described Schmidt as “one of the leading coaches in world rugby” and says that Schmidt has also “contributed to the development of indigenous coaches across the provincial and underage structures as well as having a positive input into the Ireland Under-20s and Women’s squads.” Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic center_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleMacGill Summer School debates prospect of British withdrawal from the EUNext articleGarbhan Friel leaves Finn Harps admin Google+ WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Pinterest Schmit pens new Ireland contract WhatsApp Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

House prices still falling in Donegl

first_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North By News Highland – January 7, 2010 Google+ WhatsApp Twitter House prices in Donegal fell by almost 20% last year.The figures released this morning are contained in property website ‘daft.ie”s review of 2009 and shows that house prices in the county have fallen by 27% from their peak in 2007.Ronan Lyons, Economist with ‘daft.ie’ predicts that prices have not yet reached their lows Facebook Pinterest Google+ News Facebook Twittercenter_img WhatsApp House prices still falling in Donegl Previous articleWeather continues to impact North WestNext articleNorth West Winter Wonderland Jan 2010 News Highland Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

AGSI heavily critical of GSOC following sergeant’s death

first_img Twitter Pinterest Previous articleGSOC investigations to be independently reviewed following death of Sgt Michael GalvinNext articleFamily of Sergeant Michael Galvin says they have ‘no confidence’ in GSOC News Highland Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Google+ WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp AGSI heavily critical of GSOC following sergeant’s death Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Twitter Google+center_img The AGSI has been heavily critical of the Garda Ombudsman’s level of communication with members of the Gardai.Garda Sergeant Michael Galvin took his own life at Ballyshannon Garda Station in Donegal last Thursday- he was not aware he had been cleared of any wrong-doing in the investigation into a fatal road traffic incident in Ballyshannon on New Year’s Day.Today John Redmond of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors said he felt compelled to highlight the stress felt by Sgt. Michael Galvin in the weeks leading up to his sudden death.In a statement the the AGSI said: ‘Sgt. Galvin had an impeccable record of service and loyalty to An Garda Síochána and often went beyond the call of duty.We awoke this morning to gravely worrying statements published in the media, which stated that Sgt. Galvin was not informed that he had no case to answer following an investigation into him by the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC). We must ask also – how did the media access such information when Sgt. Galvin could not?I would however like to directly respond to GSOC’s public statement issued earlier today. While they suggest that, “Sgt. Galvin was not, nor ever was, the subject of a complaint to GSOC”, this is not how Sgt. Galvin felt. Indeed GSOC’s approach to their business and how they communicate with our members is less than satisfactory.AGSI members are deeply hurt and traumatised, as indeed are all members of the force, following the death of their colleague and friend last week. It has now been publicly reported that Sgt. Galvin, who has given impeccable service to the force, was not guilty of any wrongdoing following a GSOC investigation into an incident in Donegal earlier this year, but this was not communicated to him, and it clearly should have been.It is unfair for GSOC to attempt to detract attention away from their glaring communications failures and point in the direction of the DPP.That the Commission would come to a conclusion that there was “no evidence of criminal behaviour or a breach of discipline” and not inform the person involved or the Garda organisation is beyond belief. The question over the GSOC further investigation now into the untimely death of Sgt. Galvin does not sit well with this Association or Michael’s family. They are devastated by the tragedy and are very annoyed with GSOC and the way they carried out their investigation into this matter. I have no doubt they will make that clear in the future.AGSI has previously publicly stated our concerns relating to how GSOC carries out its business and we once again re-assert those concerns. Unfortunately we do so in the absence of our colleague.AGSI will now seek a meeting with the Minister for Justice & Equality to deal with this sorry affair and to to press home our concerns about how GSOC are dealing with our members.The next step must surely be that the Taoiseach and the Government must act swiftly to cause an investigation to be carried out into the GSOC actions in this matter.This Association feels that the presumption of innocence for an accused person is absent when GSOC is investigating men and women in An Garda Síochána. This is what our members tell us when they are the subject of such investigations. The approach they take when they are dealing with the Gardaí lacks compassion, understanding and the degree of fairness required in such circumstances, does not seem to exist.The availability of a 24/7 welfare service is something which AGSI has asked for, for seven years now. It is more of a requirement now than ever.’ Pinterest Facebook Facebook 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Homepage BannerNews By News Highland – June 2, 2015 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic last_img read more

Covenant students return to classrooms

first_img Print Article Latest Stories “But, at Covenant Christian, we believe that the best education possible is in the classroom,” he said. DeAndrea Burnett, third-grade teacher, said one-on-one facetime provides the best opportunity for learning.“We understand parents’ concerns about their children returning to school and are doing everything possible to make sure our students stay safe,” she said. “We are sanitizing everything, social distancing, washing hands and reminding the students to keep their hands away from their faces.”Burnett said COVID-19 has been front and center since March so the safeguards are not new to the students. Sponsored Content You Might Like Lady Trojans receive state championship rings The Charles Henderson Lady Trojans celebrated last season’s state championship one final time on Wednesday morning when they held a… read more Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Covenant students return to classrooms Email the author Published 6:33 pm Thursday, August 6, 2020 By Jaine Treadwell Skip Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… “We are stopping our teachers and students at the door for temperature check,” Moore said. “Cloth masks are being worn in grades two and above. Being a smaller school, it is easier for us to practice social distancing when seating the students and good hand hygiene is being practiced throughout the school.”Moore said the teachers have flexibility in their classrooms and are monitoring their classrooms to make sure their students are in a safe learning environment.”Moor said enrollment at Covenant Christian is down slightly due to concerns about the coronavirus and that is understandable. The school bell rang at Covenant Christian School in Troy early Thursday morning. Only a few hours into the day, it was school as usual for students in grades pre-K through 7. Well, almost as usual. Only the face masks that were being worn gave way to the fact that COVID-19 is dictating the way students and teachers come back to school in the waning days of the summer of 2020.Jeff Moore, Covenant Christian School administrator, said all recommended measures for the opening of schools are being followed. The masks didn’t appear to be a distraction for the students. But they were learning to raise their muffled voices.Ryan Swindall said being back is school is “okay” but “going to the beach is better.” “I like school especially snack time, lunch time, recess and art,” he said with the smile showing through his dinosaur mask. The other students leaned their masked faces a bit closer to hear his story about a black shark at the beach. They were wide-eyed with interest.Judson Durant said he’s likes being back at school.“I get to see my friends and go the P.E.,” he said. “School’s okay. Really.”And, really, too, Eian Anderson said. He likes school – math, reading and playing outside. Being back in school is “okay” but he would rather the virus go away.Walt Kreis said he’s likes school so he’s being very careful about the coronavirus.“It’s not bad if you’re young but it’s bad for people like my mama and papa,” he said. “I love them and I don’t want them to get it.”The young students listened quietly to Walter’s concern for his grandparents. Perhaps, that’s an indication that their child-like understanding of COVID-19 will keep youngsters “safe” at school, too.Troy City Schools and Pike County Schools return to class on Aug. 24. Pike Liberal Arts School students return on Wednesday, Aug. 12 with a half-day schedule. Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By The Penny Hoarder Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Book Nook to reopen The Messenger /Jaine TreadwellGabe Roberts joined his third-grade classmates at Covenant Christian School as they returned to class on Thursday. 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Dashcam video shows police narrowly avoiding injury in house blast

first_imgHurst Police Department via Facebook(HURST, Texas) — Police in Texas have released shocking dashcam video today of a dramatic explosion of an SUV crashing into a house and then apparently striking a natural-gas line.The video posted on Facebook by the Hurst Police Department shows patrol cars pulling up on April 7 to the house after the crash.Police said in an April 9 news release they’d received a call from the homeowner that one of the residents of the house was trapped in a bedroom.“Several officers from the Hurst Police Department arrived on scene at the same time, and as they were walking up to the residence to assist, the house suddenly exploded in a massive fireball, which lifted the roof from the structure and blew out most of the back wall,” Hurst police said.In the dashcam video, an officer can be seen exiting a patrol vehicle. Moments later, the house explodes into flames. The sound of glass can also be heard. The officer can be seen ducking for safety as debris fills the air.“It (the blast) shook the house. It shook all of the neighbors’ houses,” one neighbor told ABC affiliate WFAA-TV recently.Police said a husband and wife were inside the house at the time of the blast with their adult son. According to police, officers found the wife “severely injured and buried in rubble.” All three individuals were taken to the hospital.“The mother and father were reported to have serious burn injuries. … The son was treated and released for less serious injuries,” police said.Police said the family’s names were not being released for “privacy concerns.”The department said two police officers also received minor injuries from the incident.“The victims are stable and expected to recover. Our hearts go out to them and their family,” police said today in a statement.Police said a preliminary investigation had revealed the blast was likely caused by “the accumulation and ignition of natural gas inside the house, which was caused when the vehicle crashed into the house and severed the primary gas line and meter that supplied the residence.”Authorities identified the driver of the SUV as 35-year-old Alejandro Enriquez-Castro.Hurst police said he was not injured in the crash and claimed his car’s brakes had failed. They said Castro was arrested at the scene on a misdemeanor charge of no driver’s license and jailed. Bond was set at $180.“Castro was found to have several unconfirmed alias names and was placed on an immigration detainer and transferred to ICE this morning,” the department said. “Hurst police investigators are still in the process of determining the causative factors that contributed to the initial vehicle crash into the house.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more