Backing Victoria’s Racing Industry

first_imgBacking Victoria’s Racing Industry VIC PremierThe Andrews Labor Government is supporting thousands of jobs in Victoria’s racing industry with the decision to increase the point of consumption tax paid by betting companies.The point of consumption tax (POCT) will increase from 8 per cent to 10 per cent of net wagering revenue from 1 July 2021, bringing Victoria into line with the rate that applies in New South Wales. Western Australia, South Australia, Queensland and Tasmania have implemented a 15 per cent rate.In the first 12 months of the POCT’s operation more than $23 million was provided to the Victorian Racing Industry in direct funding. The new POCT rate will enable the Government to lift the amount of net wagering revenue that is returned to the Victorian Racing Industry from 1.5 per cent to 3.5 per cent. The increased pass through is expected to increase the VRI’s net receipts from the POCT by around $20 million per annum from 2021-22.The balance of the revenue from the tax will continue to be distributed to the Hospitals and Charities Fund.The Victorian Racing Industry is a significant economic contributor, injecting $4.3 billion annually into Victoria’s economy and sustaining more than 33,000 full-time equivalent jobs among over 121,000 participants. Racing is particularly important to regional Victoria, where more than 100 clubs support over 9,700 full-time equivalent jobs and provide $1.15 billion annually in economic value.Victoria introduced a POCT to replace a “place of supply” tax in January 2019. The POCT ensures that wagering and betting companies pay their fair share of Victorian taxes and better aligns Victoria’s tax system with the growing digital betting environment.These changes reflect the recent review of the POCT and the Government’s commitment to work closely with the racing industry to respond to challenges and ensure that thousands of jobs are not only retained, but Victoria maintains its edge when it comes to attracting overseas and interstate investment, jobs and visitation.The new POCT rate and increased industry return will help bridge the gap between the New South Wales and Victorian racing industry funding frameworks. The additional funding will create and attract new participants, re-homing services, owners and enthusiasts to racing in Victoria.Smaller wagering operators, including Victorian licensed bookmakers who predominantly operate on course, will continue to be protected by a $1m tax-free threshold.The Government will introduce legislation to bring the changes into effect.As stated by Minister for Racing Martin Pakula“The increased financial support for the Victorian racing industry will ensure that we maintain our status as Australia’s pre-eminent racing state.”“These changes recognise the importance of the racing industry to our economy and will assist the industry in closing the gap on funding frameworks that exist interstate.”As stated by Treasurer Tim Pallas“The reforms and alignment with interstate jurisdictions strike the right balance in providing additional support to Victoria’s vibrant racing industry and encouraging ongoing investment that underpins thousands of jobs across the state.”As stated by Minister for Consumer Affairs, Gaming and Liquor Regulation Melissa Horne“The introduction of a point of consumption tax in 2019 was critical in ensuring that online betting agencies paid their fair share of taxes, and these changes will ensure that they continue to do so.” /Public Release. 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We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Andrews, AusPol, Australia, environment, fair share, gaming, Government, Investment, legislation, New South Wales, participants, Queensland, regulation, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australialast_img read more

South African hunter charged in U.S. with leading illegal elephant hunts

first_imgThe owner of a South African hunting company was indicted this month in the United States by federal prosecutors, who accuse the man of bribing Zimbabwean government officials while guiding an American tourist on a hunt for elephants and working to have the ivory tusks of an elephant the group illegally killed inside a national park imported to the U.S.Prosecutors said 44-year-old Hanno van Rensburg took a client to the area around Gonarezhou National Park in Zimbabwe to hunt elephants in 2015.The American client shot one elephant that did not die. The hunting party then tracked the animal into the national park but could not find it, according to prosecutors.An indictment unsealed last week said van Rensburg and the hunter bribed government officials with at least $5,000 to let the party shoot other elephants inside the park. Zimbabwean law does not allow hunters tracking a wounded animal inside the park to continue hunting other animals.Someone in the group shot and killed a different elephant and prosecutors say van Rensburg conspired with the client from the U.S. state of Colorado to export ivory from the dead elephant, falsely claiming that the hunter was a resident of South Africa and that the elephant was not shot inside a national park.In 2015, U.S. law banned importation of the body parts of African elephants killed for sport in Zimbabwe. However, the Trump administration announced in March 2018 that requests to import elephant trophies would be approved on a “case-by-case basis.”Van Rensburg also is charged with violating a broader U.S. law — the Lacey Act — that make it illegal to transport or sell wildlife killed in violation of any foreign law.Officials said van Rensburg has not been arrested; an arrest warrant filed with the court orders “any authorized law enforcement officer” to take him into custody. The charges include wire fraud, conspiracy and violating the Endangered Species Act.“The U.S. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners work together to support global efforts to protect threatened and endangered wildlife from illegal poaching,” Colorado U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer said. “(Fish and Wildlife Services) and our prosecutors did an extraordinary job investigating this case.”Van Rensburg did not respond Monday to an email sent to an address listed on his company’s website.last_img read more

Berea-Midpark Lady Titans Take 3rd At SWC Preview

first_imgThe Berea-Midpark girls cross country team opened the 2018 season on Saturday morning at the Southwestern Conference Preview Meet. The girls finished fifth overall as a team on the Lorain County Community College Course.Shura Ermakov was Berea-Midpark’s top finisher this year. The senior covered the 5k course with a time of 21:52.4 to register a twelfth-place finish.Coming in not too far behind Ermakov were Morgan Jankowski and Megan Thai. Jankowski (14th) covered the course with a readout of 22:03.3 while Thai (24th) came through the finishing chute with a time of 22:27.1UP NEXTBerea-Midpark will return to action next week at the Mentor Cardinal Classic. The meet will be hosted at Garfield Park in Mentor.Titans Results (Scorers)Team | 5th out of 10 teams | 128 points12. Ermakov – 21:52.414. Jankowski – 22:03.324. Thai – 22:27.130. Agresta – 23:11.055. Rentsch – 24:02.7 Related Topicshigh school sports Vince McKeelast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd urged to consider Leeds boss Bielsa

first_imgMan Utd urged to consider Leeds boss Bielsaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Barnsley goalkeeper David Preece believes Leeds United boss Marcelo Bielsa should be considered for the Manchester United job.Bielsa has Leeds on track to win promotion back to the Premier League.And Preece said on the Football Writers Podcast: “I don’t think he [Bielsa] would go, but I’m surprised that anybody else hasn’t even been mentioned because if you can’t get [Pep] Guardiola and you can’t get [Mauricio] Pochettino, who do you get? Who’s close to that?”Too much of a loose cannon? Maybe, I mean he hasn’t really been given a club like Manchester United to hold the reins of, but I mean look at him now though.”He’s top of the championship now, he’s so reluctant to bring any players in, he’s playing players who are 17/18 years old.”I think Leeds are perfect for him because Leeds are still an old-fashioned club, still feels like a real club.”He seems to be the person who’s doing it at the moment but I just think it’s strange it hasn’t even been mentioned.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Elections BC extends 2018 Referendum deadline to December 7

first_img“We have worked closely with Canada Post to understand the full impact of rotating strikes on the referendum process. Rotating strikes have impacted accessibility. As a result, we have extended the deadline to ensure that voters are not prevented from participating through no fault of their own.”Voters are encouraged to return their completed voting package as soon as possible to ensure it is received by Elections B.C. before 4:30 p.m. on December 7, and to give Elections B.C. enough time to contact them if their returned package is missing required information.Eligible voters can request a package:By visiting until midnight tonightBy calling 1-800-661-8683 until midnight tonightBy visiting a Service BC Centre or Referendum Service Office during office hours today (find locations and hours at deadline to request a voting package remains midnight tonight, Friday, November 23. VICTORIA, B.C. – Elections B.C. has announced that they will be extending the voting period for the 2018 Referendum.Elections B.C. will now accept completed voting packages until 4:30 p.m. on December 7, 2018.Chief Electoral Officer, Anton Boegman, says they have been closely monitoring the impact the rotating Postal Strike has had on the voting process.last_img read more

Community One Stop Registration

first_imgThe ‘One Stop’ features upcoming activities and programs that are being held in the region for interested parties to be able to learn more, register and join in one location.City staff share, there is something for everyone from literacy, dance, sports, health and wellness, art, martial arts, music and more.The event brings together community groups, organizations, clubs and sports groups to one central location. By bringing everyone interested together in one central location, this helps the community to access opportunities at one time and in one place.For more information on setting up a booth; CLICK HERE For the FB Event page; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Community One Stop Registration is coming up Saturday, September 7th, 2019 from 10 am – 2 pm at the Totem Mall.This is an opportunity for organizations to set up a booth, display their information and speak with interested people.last_img read more

101 FIRs DD entries against parties says Delhi CEO office

first_imgNew Delhi: As many as 101 FIRs and daily diary (DD) entries have been registered till date against various political parties and others for violation of the model code of conduct in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls, the poll body in Delhi said Tuesday. The statistics surveillance team of Delhi’s chief electoral office constituted to keep an eye on the expenses of political parties, has seized Rs 1.21 crore in cash.”A total of 101 FIRs or DD entries have been lodged till date in connection with the violation of the model code of conduct. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Out of these, 10 is against the Aam Aadmi Party (six FIRs and four DD entries), 10 against the Bhartiya Janata Party (seven FIRs and three DD entries), three against the Congress (all DD entries), one against the Bahujan Samaj Party (one DD entry), and 77 against others or non-political (entities),” the CEO office said in a statement. Delhi CEO Ranbir Singh had told reporters on Monday that social media was being aggressively monitored to check any violation of the poll code and experts are also assisting the election team. The office of the CEO said more than 2.55 lakh posters, banners and hoardings have been removed since the poll code came into force. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”As many as 30,533 posters, banners and hoardings were removed from areas under the New Delhi Municipal Council, 43,075 from East Delhi Municipal Corporation areas, 2,411 from Delhi Cantonment Board, 90,033 from South Delhi Municipal Corporation, and 89,162 from North Delhi Municipal Corporation areas,” the statement said. Police have registered 581 FIRs and arrested 574 people under the Excise Act, it said, adding, 197 FIRs have been registered under the Arms Act in which 236 people were arrested. They have also seized 309 unlicensed arms and weapons, and 2,330 cartridges and explosives. As many as 42,637 people have been booked till date under various sections of the CrPC and the Delhi Police Act.last_img read more

Mallya offers to curtail lavish lifestyle

first_imgLondon: Embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya is willing to curtail his “lavish” lifestyle to satisfy numerous Indian banks trying to recoup some of the nearly 1.145 billion pounds owed to them, a UK court was told.The 63-year-old had been sanctioned an “ordinary living expenses allowance” of a maximum of 18,325.31 pounds a week, which he offered to cut down to around 29,500 pounds a month during a UK High Court hearing this week. However, a consortium of 13 Indian banks led by the State Bank of India (SBI) did not agree to his offer as they seek access to nearly 260,000 pounds in an ICICI Bank current account in his name in London. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’DWF Law LLP, representing Mallya in his legal fight against the banks, said the former Kingfisher Airlines’ boss intends to stay within any court-ordered spending limits. “Dr Mallya continues to do all he can to support a court process in India, which should see creditors paid off in full,” Jonathan Isaacs, partner at DWF Law LLP, said in a statement to PTI. “It is unfortunate that he has to fight UK enforcement at the same time but no one creditor should be allowed to break rank and grab assets at the expense of all other creditors. Dr Mallya meanwhile lives well within the court-ordered limits and looks forward to all matters concluding in the coming months,” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KAt a hearing before Master David Cook at the Queen’s Bench Division of the UK High Court on Wednesday, lawyers representing SBI and 12 other Indian banks had highlighted that Mallya continues to live a “lavish lifestyle” despite owing them millions in debt. The hearing centred around an “interim third-party debt order” obtained by the banks in January relating to funds worth just short of 260,000 pounds in Mallya’s current account with ICICI Bank in London, according to TLT LLP, the law firm representing the Indian banks. It forms part of the banks’ ongoing efforts to enforce the Indian Debt Recovery Tribunal (DRT) judgment against Mallya in the UK. The former Kingfisher Airlines and Force India chief is opposing the application and seeking a discharge of the interim order. A judgment in the case is expected in the coming weeks. If the judge makes the interim order final, the funds held in the ICICI London account will have to be released to the banks. The case is part of wider efforts by SBI and 12 other Indian banks Bank of Baroda, Corporation bank, Federal Bank Ltd, IDBI Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Jammu & Kashmir Bank, Punjab & Sind Bank, Punjab National Bank, State Bank of Mysore, UCO Bank, United Bank of India and JM Financial Asset Reconstruction Co. Pvt Ltd to recover some of the funds owed to them as a result of unpaid loans by Mallya’s now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines. In a ruling in May last year, a UK High Court judge had refused to overturn a worldwide order freezing Mallya’s assets and upheld an Indian court’s ruling that the Indian banks were entitled to recover funds amounting to nearly 1.145 billion pounds. TLT LLP has been representing the banks in their efforts to recover their dues as part of the worldwide freezing order, including a bankruptcy petition aimed at seizing his assets to recover dues filed at the end of last year. Mallya, meanwhile, remains on bail after his extradition was ordered by Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London in December last and signed off by UK home secretary Sajid Javid in February. He has since filed an application in the UK High Court seeking leave to appeal against that order. PTIlast_img read more

Cong to go alone in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress on Friday announced that it will fight the Lok Sabha polls in Delhi alone but maintained that it is still willing to have an alliance with the Aam Aadmi Party provided that the tie-up is restricted only to the national Capital. Congress’ in-charge for Delhi P C Chacko said Congress will go alone in Delhi since AAP has taken an “impractical stand”.The Congress said it was still ready for a “Delhi-centric alliance with AAP for Lok Sabha polls” but didn’t agree with the AAP’s idea of having a similar alliance in Punjab, Haryana and Goa. Chacko said, “Inspite of reservations our state leadership had about Delhi alliance we wanted an alliance with AAP in national interest. AAP and Congress alliance was ideal in Delhi. We arrived at a pact also. There were proposals from AAP to discuss Haryana and Punjab and Goa and we thought it’s not feasible to have pacts in other states as in Delhi. Subsequently day before yesterday the statement came from AAP that the pact is not possible. It was only at the instruction of Congress President that we tried an understanding with AAP. Even today we are ready with an alliance provided they stick to the discussion we had in Delhi as per our strength. Alliance is not feasible in other states.”last_img read more

Gehlot suggests Kovind President because of caste then backtracks

first_imgJaipur/New Delhi: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Wednesday suggested that the NDA picked Ram Nath Kovind over L K Advani as its nominee for the President’s post because of his caste, prompting a sharp response from the BJP.Under flak, Gehlot later tweeted that he was misquoted and said he has the greatest regard for President Kovind. At a press conference in Jaipur, Gehlot had linked Kovind’s appointment as President to the Gujarat polls. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”People even say that Ram Nath Kovind was made president considering Gujarat assembly elections in 2017, Gehlot said. I was reading an article. He (Prime Minister Narendra Modi) was afraid that he was not going to form the government in Gujarat. BJP chief Amit Shah might have given him the suggestion after which it was decided to make Ram Nath Kovind the President,” the Congress leader said. “Advani was left out though he was to become the President. People of the country had the expectation that he will get the honour that he deserved but was deprived of, Gehlot said. Though it is the BJP’s internal issue, I am discussing it because I read an article,” the Rajasthan chief minister added. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KKovind was the NDA’s nomination for the President’s post and took oath in July 2017, a few months before the Gujarat assembly polls, which were won by the BJP. Reacting to the televised remark, the Bharatiya Janata Party demanded an apology from Gehlot and urged the Election Commission to take action against him. “It is very unfortunate that Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, a senior Congress leader who himself is on a constitutional post, made a casteist remark against the President, who is the custodian of the Constitution,” BJP spokesperson G V L Narsimha Rao told reporters. He said the remark showed the “anti-Dalit” mindset of the Congress. Later, Gehlot claimed he was misquoted.last_img read more