Indiana has deal with Pokagon Band not to add casinos in 16 northern counties

first_img (Photo supplied/Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians) Indiana’s pledging not to add any casinos in 16 northern Indiana counties, as part of a deal with the Native American-run casino in South Bend.The Pokagon Band’s Four Winds Casino is adding table games. It doesn’t need state approval to do that, but federal law calls for it to pursue a compact with the state to agree on terms for the operation.Gaming Commission executive director Sara Tait says the deal gives Indiana an eight-percent cut of the casino’s income, and South Bend a two-percent cut. In exchange, the state promises a 50-mile buffer zone with no new competing casinos.The existing casinos in Hammond and Michigan City can still expand on their existing property, but would be barred from relocating inland, as Gary’s casino is. The legislature has already authorized the Gary move, so it would be unaffected by the compact.Tait estimates the deal would bring Indiana 12-million dollars a year, but says about half of that is expected to be offset by decreased business at other casinos. The deal also calls for Indiana to set aside a million dollars of its share in a job training fund for Pokagon Band members.The state could still authorize a new northern Indiana casino or a Hammond or Michigan City expansion, but that would void the revenue-sharing agreement and restart negotiations. Tait notes without an agreement, the tribe can turn to the federal government for approval, which would give the state the same amount it currently gets from Four Winds’ slot machine operation: nothing.And Tait says the money is only part of the benefit to the state. The Pokagon Band would also agree to follow other state gambling regulations, such as banning chronic gamblers and not serving free drinks.The Senate has already voted to ratify the agreement. The House could vote this week. WhatsApp By Jon Zimney – March 23, 2021 0 356 Facebook Google+ Indiana has deal with Pokagon Band not to add casinos in 16 northern counties Previous articleBoulder Colorado officer killed in supermarket shooting was a Ball State graduateNext articleFree FAFSA completion event set for Ivy Tech on March 29 Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Facebook Twitter IndianaLocalNews Google+last_img read more

Baugo schools solar project moving forward

first_img Twitter Baugo schools solar project moving forward Previous articleLarge wave sweeps male into Lake Michigan in St. JosephNext articleConvicted home invasion prisoner claims he was mistreated in Elkhart County Jail Tommie Lee (“Solar Panel” by Marufish, CC BY-SA 2.0) Baugo Schools has broken ground on a solar energy project, which say will produce hundreds of thousands of dollars a year in energy savings.The Elkhart Truth reports the project will power Jimtown High School and all the facilities around the high school on the south side of the campus.It will also power the district’s administrative building and the high school’s gym. The panels will be positioned around the 1929 Gym, the front of the high school and near the football field and the tennis courts. Twitter WhatsApp WhatsApp By Tommie Lee – March 28, 2021 0 195 Pinterest Facebook Facebook Google+ Pinterest Google+ IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Marketlast_img read more

News story: Statement from the Justice Secretary on judgment re: John Worboys

first_imgI welcome today’s judgment and congratulate the victims who brought this unprecedented legal action. I want to take this opportunity reiterate my heartfelt sympathy for all they, and the other victims, have suffered as a result of Worboys’ hideous crimes. I took expert legal advice from Leading Counsel on whether I should bring a challenge. The bar for judicial review is set high. I considered whether the decision was legally rational – in other words, a decision which no reasonable Parole Board could have made. The advice I received was that such an argument was highly unlikely to succeed. And, indeed, this argument did not succeed. However, the victims succeeded in a different argument. They challenged that, while Ministry of Justice officials opposed release, they should have done more to put forward all the relevant material on other offending. They also highlighted very significant failures on the part of the Parole Board to make all the necessary inquiries and so fully take into account wider evidence about Worboys’ offending. I also received advice on the failure of process argument and was advised that this was not one that I as Secretary of State would have been able to successfully advance. The victims were better placed to make this argument and this was the argument on which they have won their case. Indeed, the judgment suggests that, had I brought a case, the standing of the victims may have been compromised. Given the very serious issues identified in this case, I can announce today that I intend to conduct further work to examine the Parole Board rules in their entirety. As a result of the work that has been completed to date, I have already decided to abolish Rule 25 and will do so as soon as possible after the Easter recess. This will enable us to provide for the Parole Board to make available summaries of the decisions they make to victims. In addition, I will bring forward proposals for Parole Board decisions to be challenged. I intend to consult on the detail of these proposals by the end of April alongside other proposals to improve the way that victims are kept informed about the parole process. I will make a statement to Parliament this afternoon and set out our response to the judgment – and our next steps – in more detail.last_img read more

News story: Moderation of teacher assessments

first_img Securing consistent judgements in non-examined assessments is challenging. Our research shows that a range of different approaches are taken internationally to address this question. The approach to moderation taken in the UK, both in secondary qualifications and in statutory primary assessment, is similar to approaches taken in many other countries. Our key stage 2 research discusses some of the particular challenges in using moderation to secure consistency and sets out what the Standards and Testing Agency is doing to address these. We will continue to monitor this area. Ofqual has today (29 March 2018) published two pieces of research related to the moderation of teacher assessments.The first is an international literature review of secondary assessments in 23 English-speaking jurisdictions, including in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Singapore and South Africa. The review finds that a range of different approaches are taken to moderation, providing a variety of levels of assurance in relation to the complex question of how to secure the consistency of teacher judgements.The second is an observational study of local authority moderation of key stage 2 writing assessments in 2017. It identifies factors that may have affected the consistency of moderation in 2017 and sets out the steps being taken by the Standards and Testing Agency to address these factors.Dr Michelle Meadows, Deputy Chief Regulator, said:last_img read more

Press release: New Charity Investigation: Asthan Babe Ke Trust

first_img Email [email protected] Press office It is the Commission’s policy, after it has concluded an inquiry, to publish a report detailing what issues the inquiry looked at, what actions were undertaken as part of the inquiry and what the outcomes were. Reports of previous inquiries by the Commission are available on GOV.UK.Notes to editors The Charity Commission is the regulator of charities in England and Wales. To find out more about our work see the about us page on GOV.UK. Search for charities on our check charity tool. Section 46 of the Charities Act 2011 gives the Commission the power to institute inquiries. The opening of an inquiry gives the commission access to a range of investigative, protective and remedial legal powers. Press mobile – out of hours only 07785 748787 whether the trustees have exercised sufficient oversight and control of the charity, especially with regards to its assets whether the trustees are willing/capable of managing the charity in accordance with its governing document whether the trustees have complied with previously issued regulatory guidance; and whether connected party transactions have been properly managed the governance, management and administration of the charity by the trustees, with particular regard to: The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has opened a statutory inquiry into Asthan Babe Ke Trust (1027792). The inquiry was opened on 11 May 2018.The charity’s objects include advancing the Sikh religion and education, the relief of poverty, and the provision of facilities for social recreation and elderly care facilities in the region of the West Midlands and elsewhere in the United Kingdom.The Commission has serious regulatory concerns that the charity has not been properly managed by its trustees, as a result of an internal dispute.A regulatory compliance case was opened in 2017 after concerns were raised regarding allegations of personal benefits, unmanaged conflicts of interest, invalid appointment of trustees, undeclared income and poor financial controls. The Commission then set the charity an action plan to help the trustees resolve the dispute and issues raised which included commencing a mediation process.The Commission is concerned about whether the trustees have sufficient oversight and control over the charity’s funds, payments and records given that the charity is seemingly controlled and administered by an executive committee who manage the charity’s cash funds.The Commission is also concerned about the management of the charity’s freehold assets of almost £1.8m. In order to protect the charity’s assets, the Commission advised the trustees to vest its UK property in the Official Custodian. However, the trustees have so far failed to do so.The trustees have failed to make any meaningful progress against the regulator’s action plan. As a result the Commission has opened a statutory inquiry to address its concerns.The inquiry will examine:last_img read more

News story: Gloucestershire robots sent to teach kids in the US and Australia

first_img The UK is leading the way in educational technology and is home to more than a quarter of Europe’s edtech businesses. By 2020, the global market for the sector is expected to total £129 billion and it’s great to see local, startup businesses like Ohbot tapping into this demand and creating new jobs as a result. Not only does DIT have a dedicated team of International Trade Advisers across the South West to support ambitious and innovative businesses like Ohbot looking to access new markets and increase exports, but we also have a team of experienced sector specialists and an overseas network in 108 countries. We can offer a range of guidance and support, including international market research and exporting workshops, as well as enabling contact with buyers and distributors in new markets. The Ohbot robot has formed an integral part of digital skills training in schools. (c) OhbotLast year, the business began working with DIT to help increase its exports and expand its international presence. DIT identified key target markets where demand for educational technology was growing and introduced the business to potential buyers. It also put the firm in touch with an export manager who offered on-the-ground support and advice about attending South by Southwest (SXSW), a series of film and technology festivals and conferences, in Texas earlier this year.DIT has also provided financial support to help Ohbot exhibit at global shows and meet with Microsoft representatives from the US.To cope with the increase in demand, Ohbot plans to hire 5 new members of staff to work at its manufacturing site at Halliday Mill, as well as brand and marketing specialists.Mat Walker, co-founder at Ohbot, said: Paul Shand, DIT’s Head of South West said: Ohbot, a Gloucestershire company that makes robots for the education sector, has secured contracts in the US, Australia, and Canada with support from the Department for International Trade (DIT).The business recently signed a contract with the Microsoft Store in the US after exhibiting at Bett, a global education training and technology show in London.The deal will see Ohbots supplied to all 80 Microsoft stores across the US and Canada to help children at its YouthSpark summer camps learn technical skills. The robots are used to help kids have fun while learning how to code. The business also secured its first deal with an Australian distributor to supply robots to schools across the country with additional orders expected over the next year.The Stroud-based business, founded by Dan Warner and Mat Walker in 2014, designs and manufactures affordable robots to teach children digital skills such as coding.center_img We’re a relatively new company and started Ohbot in 2014 using Crowdfunder and Kickstarter sites. We knew there was demand in the UK for technology that could teach children about coding and robots, but initially didn’t have the contacts or the know-how to showcase our robots internationally. Working with DIT was key to our international success. The team of advisers introduced us to buyers and distributors, which means that children across the globe will be able to learn about technology by using our products. For businesses that are considering launching their products internationally, I would say don’t hesitate. Working with DIT has had a huge impact on our business. If we can succeed on the global stage, so can other South West businesses. For more information or to access online support, including the find a buyer, and export readiness tools, visit read more

News story: Bayes Centre opens as part of Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal

first_imgThe University of Edinburgh’s Bayes Centre aims to develop and apply data science and AI – drawing meaningful insights from vast amounts of information – for the benefit of society.The City Region Deal’s Data-Driven Innovation initiative includes the University’s Easter Bush Campus, the Bayes Centre, Edinburgh Futures Institute, Usher Institute, and the National Robotarium – a partnership with Heriot-Watt University. It’s great to see this exciting project – backed by £30 million of UK Government funding – officially opened. The Bayes Centre will support the development of world leading technology, attract further investment to the region and support high value jobs for the future. It is a superb example of why data-driven innovation is at the heart of the UK Industrial Strategy, and one of many exciting projects being delivered as part of the £1.3 billion City Region Deal.center_img The University of Edinburgh’s Bayes Centre was opened today [23 October 2018] by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal. The centre is one of five data-driven innovation hubs being opened as part of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal, annouced by the PM earlier this year.The £45 million Bayes Centre has been backed by £30 million of UK Government funding.Welcoming the news, Scottish Secretary David Mundel said:last_img read more

News story: Milestone for multibillion pound project as apprentices meet Minister for London

first_img Media enquiries 020 7944 3021 Out of hours media enquiries 020 7944 4292 We are incredibly proud of what the team at work match has done for our residents – to have put 1,000 Wandsworth people into employment is an incredible achievement. As the range of jobs available in the Nine Elms area grows and changes with new shops and hospitality businesses opening up, we have found that businesses really trust work match to provide them with excellent candidates. In total 150 apprentices have worked in construction as part of the Battersea project – in jobs ranging from crane drivers to carpenters – with more than half coming from the local community.Wandsworth Council set up the work match scheme in 2013 to help get local residents into work, and struck up a partnership with Battersea Power Station Development Company to match local people to job vacancies.Datuk Wong, Chairman of Battersea Power Station Development Company (BPSDC), said : Switchboard 0300 330 3000 Leader of Wandsworth Council, Cllr Ravi Govindia, said: Stuart Harvey, TfL’s Director of Major Projects, said: It is exciting to see first-hand the work that is going on as part of the regeneration project at Battersea – this London landmark is being put to excellent use to ensure existing neighbourhoods flourish, while attracting a wealth of new businesses to the area. The Northern Line extension is a key part of this – we have to be ambitious for London in the decades to come and this will bring new jobs and opportunities to the area. I enjoyed meeting some of the people who have found work through Wandsworth’s scheme, and wish them continued success in the future. This comes alongside the government’s drive to create 3 million quality apprenticeships – set to change the lives of young people and the prospects of businesses. The Northern Line extension will bring Battersea and surrounding areas to within 15 minutes of the West End and City. Not only will it provide better transport connections to this part of south London but it will also enable the regeneration of the area, spurring economic growth by supporting around 25,000 new jobs and more than 20,000 new homes. We were delighted to welcome Jo Johnson MP and Richard Graham MP to Battersea Power Station and show them the great progress being made on creating a new town centre for London. Providing opportunities for local people is ingrained in Malaysian culture and therefore a huge priority for us, hence our involvement with Wandsworth’s Work Match programme and the establishment of the Battersea Academy of Skills Excellence (BASE). This will remain a key focus throughout the lifetime of this project and long after the regeneration of the area has completed. This is such an iconic landmark that Malaysians are very proud to have invested in. Not only are we entrusted to restore the Power Station to its former glory but we are also committed to delivering a world-class destination for all to enjoy. Apprentices taking part in a scheme set to boost the economy in south west London met Minister for London Jo Johnson today, 31 October 2018.The minister spoke to apprentices working at the Battersea Power Station site in Wandsworth, to mark the 1000th person placed into work through the borough’s successful work match scheme.He also visited the site of the new London Underground extension – where tunnelling works are now complete ready to extend the Northern Line to Battersea, previously backed by government investment through a £1 billion loan to the Greater London Authority.Two new stations are being built, at Nine Elms and Battersea, with work targeted for completion in 2020.Minister for London Jo Johnson said: The minister was accompanied during the visit by Richard Graham MP, Special Envoy to Malaysia – to discuss Malaysian investment in the project. The Power Station site is owned by a consortium of Malaysian investors, demonstrating that the UK is open for business as we leave the EU.During the visit, the minister also heard about the Battersea Academy of Skills Excellence (BASE), a jobs and training service created for people living locally, which was launched in 2016. It is focused on matching people with jobs at Battersea as well as providing training relevant to the work needed to make the development a reality.The government is working to create 3 million quality apprenticeships that will change the lives of apprentices and the prospects of businesses. We are making apprenticeships longer, with more off-the job training and proper assessment at the end. News desk enquirieslast_img read more

Press release: Environmental charities receive over £2.2 million from businesses which broke environmental laws

first_img United Utilities Water Limited – £232,000 benefitting Mersey Rivers Trust (£90,000) and Community Forest Trust (£142,000) for discharging sewage into a brook Obviously, we would have been happier if these incidents hadn’t occurred at all. However, it’s a good principle that polluters should offer redress for the damage they cause. The money will enable work which will benefit wildlife and wild places, and which otherwise wouldn’t be funded. We hope these payments serve as a reminder to business of its responsibility towards a clean and healthy environment; and also have a deterrent effect as it’s clearly cheaper to do things cleanly, rather than risk creating pollution. Yorkshire Water Services Limited – £200,000 benefitting Yorkshire Wildlife Trust for polluting a river. Ellie Brodie, Senior Policy Manager, The Wildlife Trusts said: Angel Springs Holdings Limited – £24,329 benefitting Marine Conservation Society for not taking reasonable steps to recover and recycle packaging waste. Companies and individuals will make the payments for environmental offences including pollution of rivers or the sea, not meeting permit conditions or not taking reasonable steps to recover packaging waste.A total of 15 charities and projects will benefit from the £2,223,121.54 with the money to be spent by local groups on projects that benefit the environment including cleaning up and enhancing parks, rivers and beaches.The latest list includes the Environment Agency’s largest ever financial contribution of £975,000 offered by Wessex Water Services Limited for an environmental offence involving sewage spills at Swanage in Dorset. The funds will benefit Dorset Waste Partnership (£400,000), Dorset Litter Free Coast and Sea Project (£100,000), Purbeck District Council/Swanage Town Council (£400,000) and Durlston Country Park and Nature Reserve (£75,000).There are another 14 Enforcement Undertakings with payments ranging from £5,000 – £232,000, including: Carlsberg Supply Company UK Limited – £120,000 benefitting the Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, and Northamptonshire (£80,000) and River Nene Regional Park Community Interest Company (£40,000) for polluting a river.center_img When companies damage the environment whether it is through polluting our waters or breaching permit conditions, we will take enforcement action against them including civil sanctions. We take these environmental incidents very seriously and these payments of more than £2.2 million direct to charities will help them carry out vital projects to improve our environment right across England. Tesco Distribution Limited – £100,000 benefitting Yorkshire Wildlife Trust for discharging diesel into a watercourse and ponds. Northumbrian Water Limited – £135,000 benefitting Durham Wildlife Trust (£45,000), Wear Rivers Trust (£45,000), Marine Conservation Society (£45,000) for polluting a stream. As well as making a payment to an appropriate charity or project, these companies have accepted liability, demonstrated restoration of harm and will make improvements to avoid future offences.Peter Kellett Director of Legal Services from the Environment Agency said: Companies or members of the public are urged report pollution to the Environment Agency’s 24/7 hotline on 0800 80 70 60. Environment Agency officers respond to limit damage to the environment and protect people and wildlife.The Environment Agency is increasingly using enforcement undertakings for suitable cases to restore or enhance the environment, improve practices of the offending business and ensure future compliance with environmental requirements. However prosecutions will still be taken, particularly in the most serious cases.The full list of Enforcement Undertakings is now available.last_img read more

Open consultation: Appropriate clinical negligence cover

first_img leave arrangements as they are change legislation to require healthcare professionals who are not covered by any state-backed scheme to hold cover that is regulated Currently, all healthcare professionals who wish to practise in the UK are legally required to hold appropriate clinical negligence cover for the costs of claims and damages awarded to patients arising out of negligence.There are concerns that the current arrangements held by healthcare professionals who are not covered by state-backed schemes could prevent patients getting appropriate compensation and put healthcare professionals at risk of being personally liable for the costs of claims.This is because these arrangements are mostly discretionary, where the providers are not contractually obliged to meet the costs of any claim and are not subject to prudential or financial conduct regulation.The groups that are likely to be most affected by any changes to the current indemnity arrangements are: This consultation is about indemnity cover for healthcare professionals who purchase their own indemnity cover because they are not covered by existing or proposed state-backed schemes.It seeks views on 2 options:center_img regulated professionals in the NHS who hold indemnity cover which is not currently regulated, such as primary care dentistry private practice of medical doctors and other regulated healthcare professionals healthcare professionals in Northern Ireland and Scotland who are not covered by any state-backed indemnity scheme, such as GPslast_img read more