LeoVegas appoints chairman Forste as new COO

first_img Online gambling operator LeoVegas has announced that Mårten Forste, currently its chairman of the board, is to become its new chief operating officer.Beginning his new role on 3 February, Forste will take overarching responsibility for operations at the LeoVegas offices in Malta. He replaces Richard Woodbridge, who has accepted a job offer in another industry and will leave LeoVegas at the end of May.Forste will remain as chairman until the Annual General Meeting in May, when a new chair will be proposed by the Nomination Committee. He has served as the operator’s chair for the past three years and been on the board since 2012.Prior to his time with LeoVegas, Forste has a spell as COO of Match Group, which includes the brands Match, Meetic and Tinder. Forste also has 12 years’ of experience from the gaming industry, working in a number of operational roles.“The gaming market is dynamic, and I am convinced that we are in the best possible place to further strengthen our position as market leader in the casino segment,” Forste said.“I look forward to working further on the course charted by the management team, creating shareholder value and continuing to take market shares by delivering a safe, sustainable and entertaining customer experience.”LeoVegas group chief executive Gustaf Hagman added: “It is truly unfortunate to lose such an ambitious and talented person as Richard Woodbridge. He is highly appreciated in the company, and I wish him success in the future.“Mårten is the perfect successor, as he has been with LeoVegas from the start and is a strong contributing force behind our strategy and operations. He has good knowledge about all parts of LeoVegas and our culture, and he knows what we need to do to further develop the company and be ‘King of Casino’.”The appointment comes after LeoVegas earlier this month announced that it was to withdraw its Royal Panda brand from the UK market. Royal Panda will cease UK operations at 9am on 31 January, with customers able to access their account and withdraw funds prior to this date. LeoVegas appoints chairman Forste as new COO Online gambling operator LeoVegas has announced that Mårten Forste, currently its chairman of the board, is to become its new chief operating officer. Tags: Online Gambling 24th January 2020 | By contenteditor Topics: People Strategycenter_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address Peoplelast_img read more

Arcane Gems by Quickspin

first_img Arcane Gems by Quickspin Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter This is a super fun and easy to play slot with high definition 3D graphics that pop! Your goal is to fill the screen with valuable objects – and if you lock a full column along the way, you’ll unlock the multiplier!In addition to the awesome multiplier, this game also boasts free Respins when you get a winning combo, plus the chance to win up to 5625x your bet if you get a full screen with the same symbol!And what will happen if you manage to lock all symbols on the screen? That’s our little secret – you’ll have to play to find out. Email Address Casino & games 12th May 2020 | By Aaron Noy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Topics: Casino & games Slots This is a super fun and easy to play slot with high definition 3D graphics that pop! Your goal is to fill the screen with valuable objects – and if you lock a full column along the way, you’ll unlock the multiplier!last_img read more

Charity Greetings offers 100 free premium online card shops for charities for Mother’s Day

first_imgCharity Greetings offers 100 free premium online card shops for charities for Mother’s Day AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: CharityGreetings christmas Trading Howard Lake | 8 March 2012 | News Fundraising greetings card company CharityGreetings.com is giving away 100 free premium online card shops to UK charities in time for Mother’s Day.The premium online card shop includes the company’s Facebook card shop technology whereby charities can have their own greeting card shop from within their Facebook pages.While many charities still focus just on Christmas for selling cards, there are many other opportunities during the year, such as Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. Charity Greetings say that in 2011, £57.1 million was spent on 21.5 million Mother’s Day cards, and that, according to an October 2010 Mintel report, one in five consumers prefer to send charity cards where possible.Charity Greetings founder, Craig Hartzel, explained the offer of the online card shops. “Charities should be offering greeting cards all year round – not just at Christmas,” he said.“The only problem is that it is very expensive to buy stock and fulfil demand and lots of charities simply can’t take on that extra burden. That’s why I want to give away 100 premium card shops – to show charities how easy it can be to raise extra revenue.”He added that there is no stock to print, buy or fulfil, “meaning there is no risk or increased workload for the charity”.Charities already using CharityGreetings.com include The Alzheimer’s Society, Dogs Trust, Diabetes UK, Cats Protection and Sightsavers.www.joincharitygreetings.com  29 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

9 great events raising funds for UK charities

first_imgLimeLight Sports Club has announced Cancer Research UK as the official charity partner for the Blenheim Palace Triathlon. Triathlon participants will be able to support the charity through fundraising while taking on their fitness challenge. A team of 300 places is available in this sold-out event exclusively through Cancer Research UK with money raised by participants going to help fund the charity’s work. The Blenheim Palace Triathlon takes place on Saturday 11 – Sunday 12 September 2021. There are two distances available: Sprint and Super Sprint. The Sprint distance consisting of a 750m swim, a 19.8km cycle and a 5.4km run. The Super Sprint distance consisting of a 400m swim, 13.3km cycle and a 2.9km run. LimeLight Sports Club has partnered with JustGiving across its portfolio of 7 major sporting events: ASICS London 10K, London Triathlon, London Duathlon, Blenheim Palace Triathlon, Etape Caledonia, Hackney Half marathon and Oxford Half marathon. Melanie May | 7 June 2021 | News  378 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Cyclists from across Staffordshire joined in the Cycle Spring in aid of St Giles Hospice on 23 May. The ride was the first organised charity event the hospice had been able to run in more than a year due to Covid-19 and this year’s event featured Covid-compliant measures, including staggered starting times, to ensure the safety of all riders. Starting at 7.30am, 430 riders in socially distanced groups of up to six people tackled one of three new routes of varying difficulty through the Staffordshire countryside. Organisers hope the 2021 event will hit a record Cycle Spring fundraising total, with more than £20,000 pledged so far this year to help fund hospice care. The next ride, Cycle Autumn, is set to take place on Sunday 5 September. The annual Moore Barlow Silicon Cup Regatta is back this September, raising money for charities that help young people and sailing fans. Sailing enthusiasts and first-timers to the sport will be taking to the water once again for a charity regatta in The Solent, following the cancellation of last year’s event. Up to 30 boats will battle it out for two days of races between Port Solent, Hampshire and Cowes on the Isle of Wight. The event, which is run by tech experts and sees boats entered by teams from international companies such as Dell, Fujitsu, Microsoft and Salesforce, has been held annually since 2000, except for 2020. Over the past two decades the regatta has raised more than £1m for charity.  The proceeds of sponsoring a boat via yacht charter company, Sunsail, along with money raised from the auction, will be donated to Dreams Come True, the Andrew Simpson Foundation, Greig City Academy, and a fourth charity as nominated by the winning regatta team (which records the fastest overall times across the two-day event). Challenging MND has unveiled its latest initiative to raise money for people living with Motor Neurone Disease (MND).  Monday 21 June is Global Motor Neurone Disease Awareness Day, and to mark the day and highlight that 80% of people living with MND lose the ability to speak, Challenging MND is asking UK schools to sign up for ‘The Big Sponsored Silence.’ It hopes that schools – primary and secondary – across the nation will take part. The silence will last for the duration of the morning break time. All money raised will go towards helping people living with MND fulfil dreams and create lasting memories with loved ones, organised through the charity – Challenging MND. The deadline for signing up is Friday 18 June. The NHS Big Tea takes place on 5 July. Everyone can take part by raising a mug or holding their own virtual or physical tea party at 3pm on that day or at any time that suits them on or around that date, and raising funds for either NHS Charities Together, or their local hospital NHS trust. GOOD agency has been appointed by NHS Charities Together, the umbrella charity for over 240 NHS charities nationwide, to deliver the fundraising and celebratory ‘Big Tea’ event campaign for 2021, while the event is being backed by TV personality and A&E doctor Dr. Alex George, and supported by Morrisons, which will be encouraging its customers and staff to take part, and Flowercard, with an exclusive, limited-edition range of tea-themed cards and tea cups filled with blooms, with 100% of profits from the sale of the collection going to NHS Charities Together. Advertisement WOVEN festival & The Kirkwood With in-person events starting again, this event round up features a mixture of physical and virtual charity fundraising events, from the Annual Alex’s Wish Golf Day to the NHS Big Tea. Focusing on education for teenage girls in Asia with low-income backgrounds, London-based charity PAWA launched a 40-day fundraising event at the end of May. The challenge is to complete 10,500km – which is the distance between PAWA’s projects – in 40 days to raise an overall total of £20,000. Joiners can walk, run, cycle and get their friends and family to support by donating. Joiners can do as much or as little as they want and can do it individually or as a team. Blenheim Palace Triathlon & Cancer Research UK St Giles Hospice Cycle Spring Challenging MND Big Sponsored Silence PAWA Challenge 2021 The Big Sponsored Silence https://t.co/zkpPOIGH6E via @FacebookWatch— Challenging MND (@challengingmnd) May 27, 2021 9 great events raising funds for UK charities The Lord’s Taverners Wales has announced that its annual Ian Spratling Memorial Golf Day will return in the Autumn. Taking place on Thursday 16 September after a year’s hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it will see teams of varying handicaps from across South Wales compete for the charity trophy at the Royal Porthcawl Golf Club. The event is held annually in memory of ex-Chairman of the Lord’s Taverners Wales Ian Spratling, who passed away in 2001, and raises thousands of pounds for disabled and disadvantaged children. NHS Big Tea AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Moore Barlow Silicon Cup Regatta The bi-annual WOVEN festival, which runs from the 5-27 June, funded by Kirklees Council, has chosen to make The Kirkwood its charity partner this year. To kickstart the festival, a group of knitters and crocheters from across the district will be unveiling a rainbow-coloured yarn installation at Huddersfield Train Station. Named ‘The Big Rainbow Knit’, the installation will be hung from the pillars at the entrance of the station. So far this year, £5,000 has been raised for The Kirkwood in sponsorships pledged by those taking part in the Big Rainbow Knit. Those knitting or crocheting squares for the installation can raise funds for The Kirkwood by applying for a fundraising pack through The Kirkwood website and asking sponsors to support their cause as they weave, all in the name of charity. Lord’s Taverners Wales Ian Spratling Memorial Golf Day Tagged with: Events fundraising events Annual Alex’s Wish Golf Day Sailors at @Grieg_City along with Captain Donald Lawson help launch our regatta, on 14-15 Sept. The event raises money for the GC Academy & charities @DCT_Charity @AndrewSimpsonFo with support from @MooreBarlowLLP @Highlandmarktng @SunsailUK Find out more: https://t.co/gk9u3M6iZb pic.twitter.com/OrgEQo04jw— The Moore Barlow Silicon Cup (@TheSiliconCup) May 27, 2021 The gradual easing of Covid-19 measure has meant that local parent-led charity, Alex’s Wish, has begun planning its fundraising calendar again.  Taking place on 23 September is its Annual Alex’s Wish Golf Day, at Rothley Park Golf Course. To help raise funds, alongside its headline sponsor the charity also offers a variety of other sponsorship opportunities, including its golf day hole sponsorship, with 18 holes to sponsor for £100 each.  In return sponsors get their logo displayed prominently at the hole, put marketing material into the event’s golfers goodie bags and recognition on Alex’s Wish website with a link to their company. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Ian Whitcomb, July 10, 1941 – April 19, 2020

first_img 94 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News British singer-songwriter and author Ian Whitcomb, a long-time resident of Altadena, has died. He was 78.Ian became a founding member of the band Bluesville while studying in Dublin in 1963. The group recorded “the Sporting Life” which peaked at 100.Although the Sporting Life failed to break into the Top 40, his second song caught fire.“You Turn Me On,” broke the Top 10 and reached No. 8. In an effort to capitalize on the success of the song, Whitcomb went to America to appear on such television programs as “Shindig, Hollywood A Go-Go” and “American Bandstand.”He played the Hollywood Bowl with The Beach Boys in 1965 and then toured with The Rolling Stones, The Kinks, and Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs.“N-E-R-V-O-U-S!”, Whitcomb’s next release, reached No. 59 in Billboard.Ian’s music was included on the soundtracks of several films, including Peter Bogdanovich’s romantic drama “The Cat’s Meow,” and he also appeared as an actor in several films and television shows.He produced Mae West’s album “Great Balls of Fire,” and wrote several books on popular music, including “After the Ball.” He also hosted a radio show, which featured an eclectic mix of American and British popular songs.His recreation of the music played aboard The Titanic won Grammy awards for packaging and a nomination for the liner notes, which he wrote.Ian loved to perform and was a true artist. He played the accordion as well as ukulele, at music festivals throughout America, often with his ragtime band, The Bungalow Boys, as well as with a larger orchestra.He also wrote 23 books and appeared as Grand Marshal in the 24th Occasional Pasadena Doo Dah Parade on November 19, 1999.From November 2007, Whitcomb had an internet radio program on Wednesday evenings and later hosted the Ian Whitcomb Show on XM satellite radio. Make a comment People Ian Whitcomb, July 10, 1941 – April 19, 2020 STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 | 3:02 pm Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News More Cool Stuff HerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)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.center_img EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Top of the News Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy last_img read more

Council urged to address Loughanure walkers backspot

first_img Pinterest Council urged to address Loughanure walkers backspot Pinterest Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH WhatsApp Google+ Almost 10,000 appointments cancelled in Saolta Hospital Group this week Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published Business Matters Ep 45 – Boyd Robinson, Annette Houston & Michael Margey One person has been hospitalized in recent weeks and two others injured in separate incidents while walking along the N56 road in the centre of Loughanure village.There is a ‘drop’ of several inches on the side of the road near to the Irish college that has caused the accidents.The ‘drop’ is quite near a fence alongside the road and there is no option for people but to step in close to the side of the road to avoid any oncoming traffic. This ‘drop’ is because the tarmac on the road is several inches higher at this point than the previous surface.Locals have been in touch with Donegal County Council and traffic cones have been put in place this week as a temporary measure.One elderly lady who fell there sustained broken bones and has spent several weeks in hospital care as a result, while a mother and her young child also sustained injuries.Residents are calling on Donegal County Council to take immediate measures before any more people are injured. WhatsApp Google+center_img Previous articlePádraig Mac Lochlainn TD blocked from raising ‘Highland Bakery’ in the DailNext articleJohn Gallagher hands himself in to the Central Mental Hospital News Highland Twitter Twitter Facebook Newsx Adverts RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook LUH system challenged by however, work to reduce risk to patients ongoing – Dr Hamilton By News Highland – May 22, 2012 Need for issues with Mica redress scheme to be addressed raised in Seanad alsolast_img read more

‘Govt Needs Revenue To Carry Out Relief Work For Poor In These Difficult Times’: CBDT Declines Further Extension Of Due Dates For Filing ITRs

News Updates’Govt Needs Revenue To Carry Out Relief Work For Poor In These Difficult Times’: CBDT Declines Further Extension Of Due Dates For Filing ITRs Akshita Saxena11 Jan 2021 10:29 PMShare This – xThe Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on Monday declined all representations seeking further extension of due dates for filing of Audit Reports and Income Tax Returns for the Assessment Year 2020-21. “Filing of tax returns/audit reports are essential part of the obligations of assessee and cannot be delayed indefinitely. Many functions of the Income-tax Department start only after…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 Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) on Monday declined all representations seeking further extension of due dates for filing of Audit Reports and Income Tax Returns for the Assessment Year 2020-21. “Filing of tax returns/audit reports are essential part of the obligations of assessee and cannot be delayed indefinitely. Many functions of the Income-tax Department start only after the filing of the returns by the assesscee. Filing of tax returns by assessee also results in collections of taxes either through payment of self-assessment tax by the assessee or by the subsequent collection by the department post processing or assessment of the tax returns. The tax collections assume increased significance in these difficult times and Government of India needs revenue to carry out relief work for poor and other responsibilities. Any delay in filing returns affects collection of taxes and other welfare functions of the state for the vulnerable and weaker sections of society which is funded through the revenue collected. Sufficient time has already been given to taxpayers to file their tax returns and a large number of taxpayers have already filed their returns of income,” the authority said. The last dates for filing (i) Returns (for non-audit cases) is January 10, 2021; (ii) Tax Audit is January 15, 2021; and (iii) Returns (for tax audit cases) is February 15, 2021. Last week, the Gujarat High Court had directed the Board to take a decision on representations seeking extension of due dates by January 12. The Board has given the following reasons for rejecting these representations: The due dates for filing of return/tax audit have already been extended on 3 occasions The Board was of the opinion that the Government has not only considered representations of various stakeholders but also has been proactive in providing relaxation to the taxpayers by extending due dates regularly. Significantly, the due dates were first extended vide the Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation and Amendment of Certain Provisions) Act, 2020 to 30th November, 2020. Subsequently, the due dates for filing of returns were further extended to 31st January, 2021 for cases in which tax audit report is required to be filed and 31st December, 2020 for all other cases. Further, the above due dates were again extended to 15th February, 2021 and 10th January, 2021 respectively. Internationally, the extension provided by India is more generous as compared to other countries The Board compared the extensions granted by it with those granted by other economies like USA, UK, Singapore, etc. and concluded, “Government of India has been very empathetic to the needs of the taxpayers as compared various other countries. It is apparent from the table no other country has extended the due dates as much as India. Even countries which are comparatively worse hit by COVID-19, like the USA, UK etc., have provided no or lesser extensions in due dates.” Return filing statistics of the current year indicates that returns filed in this financial year already far exceeds the returns filed which were due on the last date of filing of returns Inter alia, the Board compared the number of filings made by assesses this AY till date, with the number of returns filed last year and observed that the number of returns filed this year has already exceeded the number of returns filed last year up to 31st August which was the last day of filing of the all the returns other than the company/tax audit returns, by about 6%. Moreover, for AY 2019-20, 24% of total audit reports were filed in last 3 days before the due date. “Therefore, lesser filing compliances having been made much before the due date cannot be said to be an anomalous situation,” the Board said. Fixing due dates is exclusive domain of the executive The CBTD is of the view that any further extension would adversely affect the return filing discipline and shall also cause injustice to those who have taken pains to file the return before the due date. It would also postpone the collection of revenue thereby hampering the efforts of the Government to provide relief to the poor during these COVID times. It relied on the Supreme Court’s judgment in Govt. of AP v. N. Subbarayudu, (2008) 14 SCC 702, where it was held that, “the cut-off date is fixed by the executive authority keeping in view the economic conditions, financial constraints and many other administrative and other attending circumstances… fixing cut-off dates is within the domain of the executive authority and the court should not normally interfere with the fixation of cut-off date by the executive authority unless such order appears to be on the face of it blatantly discriminatory and arbitrary. There may be various considerations in the mind of the executive authorities due to which a particular cut-off date has been fixed. These considerations can be financial, administrative or other considerations. The court must exercise judicial restraint and must ordinarily leave it to the executive authorities to fix the cut-off date. The Government must be left with some leeway and free play at the joints in this connection.” Similarly, the Board referred to a catena of judgments of the Supreme Court where it has been held that the choice of a cut-off date cannot be dubbed as arbitrary even if no particular reason is given for the same in the counter affidavit filed by the Government, (unless it is shown to be totally capricious or whimsical). Click Here To Download Order Read OrderNext Story read more

Tory Islanders vote narrowly to accept Queen of Aran proposals

first_imgHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Pinterest Google+ Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp By News Highland – March 25, 2018 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Facebookcenter_img Twitter Twitter DL Debate – 24/05/21 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Tory Island residents have voted to accept proposals which has led to the resolution of the dispute over the Tory Island ferry service.A report from Pól Ó Gallchóir, Chairman of Foras na Gaeilge and former chief executive of TG4, was submitted to Islanders and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht on Friday March 23.Islanders agreed to accept Mr Ó Gallchóir’s recommendations in a vote taken following a public meeting.Minister Joe McHugh welcomed the news adding “Now that ferry, cargo and transport services to and from the island are secure we should look forward to Tory becoming a place where more and more people will want to visit, live and stay in the coming years.”EndsPól Ó Gallchóir’s report includes a series of recommendations, including that a fast ferry service, maximum 12 seater,  should run twice daily from April 1 2018, complementary to the Queen of Aran service which is due to begin on the same date. Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Tory Islanders vote narrowly to accept Queen of Aran proposals Previous articlePetition launched in support of Kilcar’s ‘Ricky from the chippy’Next articleDonegal Ladies record big win over Kerry News Highland Google+last_img read more

Marchers in Philadelphia’s Mummers Parade accused of wearing blackface

first_imgiStock(PHILADELPHIA) — Two marchers in the Philadelphia Mummers Parade have been accused of wearing blackface, embroiling the annual event in controversy once again.Pictures posted online appeared to show members of Froggy Carr, a group marching in the annual New Year’s Day parade, donning blackface for the group’s “Gritty” theme.Gritty is the mascot for the Philadelphia Flyers, whose colors are black and orange. The majority of the marchers were seen wearing black and orange costumes.Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney called the incident Wednesday “abhorrent and unacceptable.”“This selfish, hateful behavior has no place in the Mummers, or the city itself. We must be better than this,” he said in a statement.Froggy Carr was disqualified and officials will explore additional penalties, according to Kenney. He did not specify what those penalties would be and a spokesperson for his office said there were no updates to share about next steps.But for some, the condemnation wasn’t enough.Rodney Muhammad, the president of the NAACP Philadelphia branch, called for the parade to be stopped entirely.“They need to pull the plug on this parade. I think it’s time for it to go. It’s the only parade that causes controversy on an annual basis,” Muhammad told ABC Philadelphia station WPVI.“We’ve had the Juneteenth parade, we’ve had Unity Day, every year we have Odunde and we have thousands out. We offend no one. No political groups, ethnicity or religions. All people have wanted is fair justice and want to live in this city without annual insults,” he continued.Blackface was banned from the parade, which has ties to minstrelsy, in the 1960s.“One of our rules, no blackface. It’s horrible. It’s a bad mark on each city and it’s a bad mark on each club,” Charles McKenna, president of the Wench Brigade Association, told WPVI.This year’s debacle isn’t the first time the parade has caused controversy in the city.In 2016, another group, the Finnegan, portrayed former Olympic athlete Caitlyn Jenner, who came out as a transgender woman the year before, in a skit that showed a man changing into a woman’s costume, according to the Philadelphia Tribune.Aerosmith’s song “Dude Looks Like a Lady” played in the background, the paper reported.Last year, the Finnegan was accused of putting on a performance by a man in blackface. However, the man was African-American.City Council President Darrell Clarke said that even so, the parade has “more work to do to make all Philadelphians feel welcomed and included in the annual New Year’s Day Celebration.”In light of the blackface controversy this year, Clarke called Froggy Carr’s removal from the parade “a good first step.”“There is utterly no place for this kind of reprehensible behavior in Philadelphia or anywhere in America,” he tweeted.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Rightmove website was not compromised, says portal

first_imgRightmove has dismissed claims that its portal has been compromised after ITV London had claimed to have uncovered a new scam targeting renters in the capital.ITV issued a news report last week stating that the scam targets people who have been searching online for a place to rent in London.The news channel said that house-hunters receive an e-mail, claiming to be from a landlord they have already contacted who tells them an ideal property is still available, and available to view with an agent from Air BnB, but only after paying a hefty deposit.The report went on to state that it was not clear how the details are being harvested, but that many victims claimed that they received the e-mail after searching on Rightmove.But the UK’s leading property portal has responded to the report by insisting that it has carefully checked its website and found nothing wrong.“We received reports of two people being contacted by email from an unknown gmail account about a flat, which asks them to pay an upfront rental deposit via an AirBnB agent before they could view a property. We immediately investigated using all information provided to us and found no evidence of the security of our website being compromised,” said Sam Mitchell, Head of Lettings, Rightmove.“We take the security of our website very seriously and hire an external company to constantly run tests to detect any vulnerabilities on the website. We also offer the millions of home-hunters who use Rightmove every day advice about how to stay safe when renting, which includes the importance of using a secure network when searching online, making sure they have up-to-date virus protection installed and using a letting agent,” she added.Meanwhile, competitor property portal, OnTheMarket, last week announced it has launched in Northern Ireland.The website, which celebrated its one-year anniversary in January, is aiming to go head-to-head with Northern Ireland’s leading property search websites PropertyPal.com and PropertyNews.com as well as Zoopla.“Having made tremendous progress in England, Scotland and Wales over the last year, we are proud to present OnTheMarket.com in Northern Ireland as a much-needed competitor in the online property search market,” said Helen Whiteley, OTM’s Commercial Director.hacking OnTheMarket OTM portals Rightmove website fraud March 24, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Rightmove website was not compromised, says portal previous nextProducts & ServicesRightmove website was not compromised, says portalRightmove denies hacking after claims that have house-hunters searching on Rightmove.co.uk were contacted by fraudsters.The Negotiator24th March 20160598 Viewslast_img read more