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Virgin Bet joins International Betting Integrity Association

first_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Virgin Bet joins International Betting Integrity Association AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Gamesys-owned Virgin Bet has become the latest online sportsbook operator to sign up as a member of the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA), the sports betting integrity monitoring body previously known as ESSA. Topics: Sports betting 3rd July 2019 | By contenteditorcenter_img Gamesys-owned Virgin Bet has become the latest online sportsbook operator to sign up as a member of the International Betting Integrity Association (IBIA), the sports betting integrity monitoring body previously known as ESSA.Virgin Bet will now join almost 50 other brands currently working with the IBIA. The organisation, which rebranded in June, monitors global betting patterns for evidence of suspicious activity.The move comes after Gamesys rolled out the Virgin Bet online sportsbook in the UK last month, through a partnership with SBTech. It is one of just a handful of assets that will not be sold to JPJ Group as part of a £490m asset acquisition. This will see JPJ acquire the Gamesys technology platform, bingo content studios, B2C gaming sites and its US-facing Virgin Casino site.“Betting-related corruption in sport represents a serious risk to all operators; it is why licensing and regulatory processes around the world are increasingly focusing on integrity measures,” Virgin Bet marketing director Simon Mizzi said.“Membership of the International Betting Integrity Association, a global leader in that field, is the most effective way of highlighting our commitment to protecting our customers and sporting events. We go into our new enterprise with the best possible business protection.”IBIA secretary general Khalid Ali added: “The Virgin brand is one of the most recognised in the world and I am delighted that one of Virgin Bet’s first acts is to commit to investing in the integrity of its product and sporting events by joining our association.“I can’t stress enough how important it is for operators to engage collectively on this issue from both a corporate responsibility and business perspective.”Last month, AB Trav och Galopp (ATG) the market-leading operator in the early months of Sweden’s regulated igaming market, became the first brand to join the IBIA since the body’s rebrand.Image: Raw Pixel Tags: Online Gambling Sports betting Email Addresslast_img read more

Fidelity Bank Plc (FIDELI.ng) 2009 Annual Report

first_imgFidelity Bank Plc (FIDELI.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2009 annual report.For more information about Fidelity Bank Plc (FIDELI.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Fidelity Bank Plc (FIDELI.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Fidelity Bank Plc (FIDELI.ng)  2009 annual report.Company ProfileFidelity Bank Plc is a financial services institution in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the individual, commercial and corporate sectors. Its extensive full-service personal and business offering ranges from transactional accounts, online banking, loans and term deposits to money market, treasury services loans and advances, commercial support overdrafts, equipment leasing finance and trade, working capital, project, asset and syndicate finance. Fidelity Bank Plc operates through 225 business offices, 730 ATMs and 3 853 point-of-sale channels. Founded in 18=987 and formerly known as Fidelity Union Merchant Bank, the company changed its name to Fidelity Bank Plc in 1999. Its head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Fidelity Bank Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Absa Bank Kenya Plc (ABSA.ke) 2020 Abridged Report

first_imgAbsa Bank Kenya Plc (ABSA.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2020 abridged results.For more information about Absa Bank Kenya Plc reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations visit the Absa Bank Kenya Plc company page on AfricanFinancials.Indicative Share Trading Liquidity The total indicative share trading liquidity for Absa Bank Kenya Plc (ABSA.ke) in the past 12 months, as of 4th June 2021, is US$13.97M (KES1.51B). An average of US$1.16M (KES125.85M) per month.Absa Bank Kenya Plc Abridged Results DocumentCompany ProfileAbsa Bank Kenya Plc formerly known as Barclays Bank of Kenya Limited is a leading financial service provider in Kenya offering banking products and services to the consumer and corporate sectors under the categories Personal Banking, Prestige Banking, Premier Banking, Corporate, Treasury and Lie Assurance. The company specialises in offering solutions for specialist investment banking, financing, risk management and advisory services for corporates, financial institutions and government clients. Its personal banking division offers full-service banking; ranging from personal transactional accounts to credit application and wealth and investment management, with electronic and mobile banking support. The financial institution has approximately 120 outlets and 230 ATMs, with its head office in Nairobi, Kenya. Barclays Bank of Kenya is a subsidiary of Barclays Africa Group Limited. Absa Bank Kenya Plc is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchangelast_img read more

Attacks on journalists on the increase since start of the election campaign

first_imgNews Subject : Election campaign and violence against Congolese journalists to go further Receive email alerts Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Just over three weeks before the presidential election on 28 November, Reporters Without Borders and Journalist in Danger (JED), its partner organization in the Democratic Republic of Congo, have written to Adolphe Lumanu Mulenda Bwana N’Sefu, the deputy prime minister and interior minister. The two organizations, concerned about the increase in violence against media workers since the start of the election campaign, are asking him to do all he can to ensure journalists are able to carry out their work without being targeted. Help by sharing this information Read the letter: News Organisation Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian Two days later, two trainee journalists with Radio Okapi, Mireille Kanzoka and Tania Mulenda, were questioned near a demonstration by an opposition party that they were covering in the Kasa-Vubu district. They were released after they were searched and threatened and their equipment was seized.Serge Kayeye, a cameraman with Radio Mont Carmel Télévision, was questioned by police officers on 28 October while he was reporting on the election campaign in Dibindi. His camera was confiscated and he was released after several hours.On the same day, during a demonstration in Kinshasa by CMC TV journalists to express their discontent at their eviction, Guy-Roger Tshitenge, one of the station’s journalists was detained and questioned for three hours. His colleague Nathalie Kalombo was beaten up by the police who were sent in to break up the demonstration.Pierre Tshishiku, a cameraman with Radio Lisanga Television, was taken in for questioning by police while he was filming demonstrations by the opposition party Union for Democracy and Social Progress on 29 October in Muya. He was freed two days later.In Uvira, a radio presenter has gone into hiding, fearing arrest over comments made by a member of an opposition party that displeased local officials. A young journalist working for the community radio station Ushirika (Racou FM) was abducted by armed men in Rutshuru on 31 October, presumably because he had in his possession photos of opposition parliamentary candidates. He has not yet been released.Finally, we are concerned about the behaviour of some activists and political sympathisers, particularly in the east of the country, who, instead of using their right of reply when they are unhappy at the treatment received by their candidate, have taken to going in person to journalists’ homes or editorial offices. This disrupts the organisation and smooth operation of business and can create a climate of fear among reporters worried that things might get out of control and fearful of possible threats and physical attacks. Such actions should be publicly condemned by the Congolese authorities.While security forces directly under your control are behind some of the violations and not others, we believe that in both cases it is within your duty as interior minister to ensure respect for journalists.For this reason, Reporters Without Borders and Journalist In Danger ask you to make every effort to put an end to the intimidation to which journalists are subjected, from the police and as well as from ordinary citizens.With just three weeks to go until the presidential election, and while the campaign is in full swing, candidates from across the political spectrum will continue to express their views and to appear in the media.It is essential, therefore, that journalists be allowed to carry out their work without being treated as targets. The election campaign and the presidential ballot must take place in a climate of moderation, with the greatest respect for freedom of expression.We trust you will give this matter your careful consideration.Sincerely,Jean-François JulliardSecretary-general, Reporters Without BordersDonat M’Baya Tshimanga President, Journalist in Danger News Paris and Kinshasa, 4 November 2011 Adolphe Lumanu Mulenda Bwana N’Sefu Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior Kinshasa Democratic Republic of Congo Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma Photo of the Kinshasa marches (Gwenn Dubourthoumieu / AFP) News Dear Minister,Reporters Without Borders, the international press freedom organization, and Journalist in Danger, its partner in the Democratic Republic of Congo, wish to express their profound concern at the growing violence against Congolese journalists and media organizations in recent days.This year, as the election draws near, the atmosphere has not been conducive to a calm working environment for the media. Since August, and more so since the official start of the campaign at the end of October, direct and indirect attacks on media organizations and their staff have increased. We fear that the situation is rapidly getting out of control and journalists are no longer able to do their job in freedom and safety.Odon Mwamba, a reporter for the privately-owned newspaper La Grogne, was arrested by police on 23 October and held for 72 hours for “injurious imputation” arising from an article that had not yet been published about an alleged relationship between a priest, Father Twité, and a local girl. He is expected to appear before the public prosecutor shortly.The television station Congo Media Channel, owned by opposition politician Kudura Kasongo, was evicted from its offices in the Kinshasa district of Gombe by policemen who threw its equipment out of he window, claiming that the landlord no longer wanted any tenants in the building. However, CMC TV was the only tenant that was evicted. Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica RSF_en November 4, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Attacks on journalists on the increase since start of the election campaign February 24, 2021 Find out more Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orders February 18, 2021 Find out more February 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

St. John’s students heading for state science fair

first_img Pinterest Registration set for engineering camp Home Local News Education St. John’s students heading for state science fair Students from St. John’s are heading to the Texas Science & Engineering Fair in San Antonio along with others from the Permian Basin. WhatsApp Twitter Facebook By admin – March 23, 2018 OCA top 2 were ESL students Twittercenter_img Noel earns award Pinterest Previous articleBBQ & Baked Potato FundraiserNext articleStorm season is rolling in admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Local NewsEducation St. John’s students heading for state science fair Eight students from St. John’s Episcopal School are among hundreds from the Permian Basin who were eligible to head to the Texas Science & Engineer Fair today and Saturday in San Antonio.Christina Villaloboz, who teaches sixth through eighth grade science at St. John’s, said this is the largest group she knows of that has qualified for the state science fair. Villaloboz said the youngsters were unique and amazing.Thirteen-year-old seventh-grader Katlynn Nevill’s experiment was “Brain Attain,” which tested brain cognitivity. She hadn’t tried anything like this before.“My mom goes to college and one of her professors made her run to get her heart racing so she would do better on a test and she did,” Nevill said.Jaxon Robinson, an 11-year-old sixth-grader, conducted “How Much? How Many? How Far?” to see what acidic liquids reacted better with which acidic solvent.“I used Mentos and peppermints and sodas and it made bottle rockets,” Robinson said.He said he had tried the experiment over the summer with vinegar and baking soda and thought it would make a good science project.Heather LaShomb, a 12-year-old sixth-grader said her experiment was to see if radiation or hydrogen peroxide worked better to lighten hair. Her experiment is called “The Chemistry of Hair Highlights.”Hydrogen peroxide worked better than radiation, she said.“My mom used to be a hair dresser, so I thought it would be interesting to see what they did when they were dyeing the hair. I was pretty surprised. I thought that the radiation would do some lightening, but it didn’t,” LaShomb said.Eleven-year-old sixth-grader Bailey Wight conducted an experiment called “PolarEYEzed.”“It tested polarization between polarized glasses, non-polarized glasses and no glasses at all. It tested to see which one would help you see through glare. I discovered that the polarized glasses helped you see through glare better because of the film in them. It’s a replica of the film in an eagle’s eye that helps them see through glare,” Wight said.The idea came to her after a mishap at home.“We live on a ranch, so I can drive our Ranger around and take care of the cows or something. I was driving with my brother around the ranch and I ran into the tail end of one of our trucks in front of our house. I say it was because of the sun the glare coming off of the truck, so I couldn’t see what was in front of me. I wanted to see if I would have had polarized glasses, could I have missed that truck from seeing through the glare?”Taylor Weaver, a 12-year-od sixth-grader conducted “Shaking for Suds” to see what type of water was the hardest. She found that well water was hardest and distilled water was softest.If you wash your clothes in softer water, it will make them brighter and softer and the same for hair.Eighth-graders Madelynne Battershell, Luke Williams and Jesus Ruiz, all 14, collaborated on an experiment called “To Talk or Not to Talk, That is the Question.”“Our project was testing the effects of texting while driving because it is now illegal. We were testing to see if talking on a cell phone should be illegal, too,” Williams said.Battershell said they found the results were similar.Williams said the idea came from his mother, who is a traffic engineer. In her department, he said, they study crashes and a bunch were of texting while driving or talking on a cell phone, he said.“With calling on cell phones and asking a series of questions, it was 12 crashes with a .2 millisecond difference and the texting had an average of 13 crashes,” Battershell said. “We tested 15 participants with one practice round each and nine trial runs between the categories of no distractions, talking on a cell phone and texting. They were very close, which surprised us.”The students thought talking would be less dangerous, but if it’s a serious in-depth conversation, they found people took their main focus off the road, which could lead to further crashes, Battershell said.Just The FactsFrom St. John’s, those going to state are:Katlynn Nevill for her project “Brain Attain.”Heather LaShomb, “The Chemistry of Hair Highlights.”Taylor Weaver, “Shaking for Suds.”Jaxon Robinson, “How Much? How Many? How Far?”Bailey Wight, “PolarEYEzed.”Jesus Ruiz, Luke Williams and Madelynne Battershell, “To Talk or Not to Talk, That is the Question.”Some 251 students in the elementary division and 144 in the junior/senior division qualified for the state fair from the Permian Basin Science & Engineering Fair, held March 2-3 at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Facebook Summer Spaghetti SaladHawaiian Roll Ham SlidersUpside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakePowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay last_img read more

Centre & State Responsible To Ensure Availability Of N-95 Masks At Reasonable Prices: Karnataka HC

first_imgNews UpdatesCentre & State Responsible To Ensure Availability Of N-95 Masks At Reasonable Prices: Karnataka HC Mustafa Plumber4 Sep 2020 6:23 AMShare This – xObserving that “the Central and State Government are not helpless when it comes to regulating the price of N-95 masks and availability thereof,” the Karnataka High Court on Friday, directed both governments to respond on the question of introducing regulatory measures as regards price of N95 masks. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay OKa and Justice Aravind Kumar said…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?LoginObserving that “the Central and State Government are not helpless when it comes to regulating the price of N-95 masks and availability thereof,” the Karnataka High Court on Friday, directed both governments to respond on the question of introducing regulatory measures as regards price of N95 masks. A division bench of Chief Justice Abhay OKa and Justice Aravind Kumar said “Prima facie we are of the view that in the present situation it will be the responsibility of both the governments to ensure that N95 masks are easily available to members of the public at a reasonable rate.” The bench on going through the affidavits filed by the state government noticed that N95 masks were available in the market between the price range of Rs 60 to Rs 300. The bench said “N95 masks are said to be the best weapon to deal with Covid-19. Earlier orders record the stand taken by the Central government. N95 masks were put in the list of essential commodities and later on they were withdrawn. Central government has stated in its response that rates of N95 masks should be left to market dynamics. Judicial notice will have to be taken of the fact that across the country and especially in Karnataka the figures of persons who are tested positive for Covid-19 are multiplying everyday. Therefore the stand taken by Union of India that the price of N95 masks will be decided by market dynamics, the victim will be citizens at large.” The bench added “Even as regards hand sanitisers there is a lot of price variation. The Government of India will have to review the said aspect as well. On both the aspects both the governments will have to make their stand clear by filing affidavit by September 23.” The directions were given while hearing a bunch of petitions in regards to availability of medical facilities to Covid-19 patients. Next Storylast_img read more

2nd juror selected in Derek Chauvin case, despite prosecutors asking trial be halted

first_imgKuzma/iStockBy BILL HUTCHINSON, ABC News(MINNEAPOLIS) — Jury selection in the murder case against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd began on Tuesday despite prosecutors asking the Minnesota Court of Appeals to halt the high-profile trial.After spending the day questioning jurors, lawyers in the case seated the first two member of the panel, a chemist for an environmental testing company who is engaged to be married to a physical therapist and a woman who said she was “super excited” to be a juror and is related to a northern Minnesota police officer.While being questioned under oath by Chauvin’s attorney, Eric Nelson, the first juror said he has never seen the viral video of Chauvin kneeling on the back of Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes.The first pool of potential jurors were brought into the courtroom just after 9 a.m. local time and prosecutors and attorneys for Chauvin each introduced themselves.Hennepin County District Court Judge Peter Cahill said he intends to keep the jury selection process going until the appellate court tells him otherwise.Chauvin’s lawyers filed an appeal with the state Supreme Court after the appellate court issued a ruling on Friday instructing Cahill to reinstate a third-degree murder charge against Chauvin after finding that the judge erred in October when he dismissed the count.The state Supreme Court issued an order Tuesday morning acknowledging it had received the petition from Chauvin’s lawyer and giving prosecutors until 5 p.m. local time on Tuesday to file a response.Prosecutors from the office of state Attorney General Keith Ellison also filed a motion on Monday asking the appellate court to stay the trial, arguing that Cahill does not have total jurisdiction over the case while a decision over whether to include the third-degree murder charge remains pending.In opening remarks to the jury pool Tuesday, Cahill said Chauvin has pleaded not guilty to charges of second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter, but added “charges might be added or subtracted” as the case goes on.The attorneys are looking to select 16 jurors for the case, including four alternates.Before jury selection began, lawyers on both sides of the case dismissed 16 of the first 50 prospective jurors for cause, mostly due to the answers they submitted on a lengthy questionnaire.Four of the first six potential jurors questioned on Tuesday, were dismissed. One of the potential jurors let go was a married mother of three and an immigrant from Mexico who works as a nursing assistant. Nelson exercised a peremptory challenge to dismiss the juror due to a language barrier. Nelson had also grilled the woman on her answer to why she would want to serve on the Chauvin jury, in which she wrote, “I would like to give my opinion on the unjust death of Mr. Floyd.”Another woman dismissed said she had formed an opinion on the guilt or innocence of Chauvin and did not believe it would change regardless of what evidence she heard during the trial. Also dismissed was a business manager, who on his questionnaire answered that he “strongly agreed” that police officers should not be second guessed on making split-second decisions.Nelson used another preemptory challenge to dismiss a Hispanic man who recently moved to Minneapolis from Southern California and had experience practicing martial arts.Prosecutor Steve Schleicher challenged Nelson’s move, telling Cahill the defense had made a peremptory challenge “on its second person of color in a jury pool.”“When asked to provide a race-neutral explanation for the exercise of the peremptory, the defense … articulated just sort of generalized concerns that this particular perspective juror expressed strong opinions and articulated a belief that he was simply trying to get on the jury,” Schleicher said.Pushing back, Nelson responded that the juror said he practiced Brazilian jiu-jitsu and had formed a strong opinion that Chauvin had performed an “illegal tactic” on Floyd and that Chauvin and the other officers involved in the arrest had “taken the law into their own hands.”“Yes, this juror indicated that he was willing to reexamine those opinions, but only upon essentially providing him evidence and proof contrary to his opinions is the way I understood him to say that,” Nelson said. “His statements that he would be willing to reexamine the evidence struck me as insincere.”Cahill sided with Nelson, saying that during voir dire questioning he realized the defense would probably strike the prospective juror.“That reason was not because of his race but because when he was talking about his jiu-jitsu experience and his experience with the hold is that he obviously might stick to his own opinions about being essentially an expert in the jury room,” Cahill said. “But, more importantly, he stated in a way that he was going to stick to his opinion until somebody else told him otherwise or provided proof otherwise, which essentially is shifting the burden onto the defense and not coming in with the presumption of innocence.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. 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Tyler Huntley/Ty’Son Williams Released By the Ravens, Francis Bernard May Make Cowboys Roster

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSaturday, a pair of prominent Utah Utes football standouts from last season made the news as NFL teams begin to prepare their rosters for final cutdowns.Senior staff/writer Jeff Zrebeic of the Athletic-Baltimore confirmed the Baltimore Ravens are releasing Tyler Huntley, the former Utes’ quarterback.Ravens have waived UDFA QB Tyler Huntley, per source.— Jeff Zrebiec (@jeffzrebiec) September 5, 2020Furthermore, former BYU running back Ty’Son Williams is being released by the Ravens as well, per YahooSports NFL reporter Terez A. Paylor.The Ravens will release RB Ty’Son Williams, a source tells @YahooSports. Another potential practice squad candidate, along with CB Terrell Bonds.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) September 5, 2020However, former University of Utah and BYU standout linebacker Francis Bernard appears to be making the Dallas Cowboys’ roster. This information comes from Salt Lake Tribune University of Utah beat writer Josh Newman.Former Utah LB Francis Bernard, a UDFA who has impressed in Cowboys camp, is in position to make the 53-man roster. Cutdown deadline in the NFL is today at 2 p.m. MT https://t.co/zS7R9s4Jj3— Josh Newman (@Joshua_Newman) September 5, 2020However, a chance exists that Huntley may return to the Ravens.Another Utah deal to keep an eye on today: Tyler Huntley or Trace McSorley at QB3 for the Ravens.If Huntley is released, he may get scooped up off waivers. If not, he’d be a safe bet to make Ravens practice squad. https://t.co/O4GJIozk6T— Josh Newman (@Joshua_Newman) September 5, 2020 September 5, 2020 /Sports News – Local Tyler Huntley/Ty’Son Williams Released By the Ravens, Francis Bernard May Make Cowboys Roster Written by Tags: Francis Bernard/Ty’Son Williams/Tyler Huntley Brad Jameslast_img read more

Oxford Revue: Fear

first_imgDir. Tom Meltzer. OFS 7.30pm Tues-Sat; 2.30pm Sat; 7th Week I’ve spent a lot of time laughing lately, and my face hurts. Further, the realisation that I’m going to have to write 15 words for every minute I saw of the Oxford Revue’s preview show was hardly likely to bring a smile to my face. Given these circumstances the Revue should be commended for having produced any flicker of amusement in my dead eyes. The fact that they actually made me laugh should earn them some sort of award. ‘Write what you know’ might be the dictum of serious novelists, but if anything it’s more applicable to comedy. Anyone who signed up for something unfamiliar at Freshers’ Fair can relate to Jack Bernhardt’s discomfort as he is shown by Sensei Joe Markham how to ‘absorb the impact’ in a martial arts lesson which includes defence-against-assailants-armed-with-a-paddle. Far and away the best sketches are ones which play off situations we’re all uncomfortably familiar with. Matt Lacey got the loudest applause of the afternoon for a monologue, delivered into a mobile and punctuated with “yah” and “nah”, detailing his adventures on his gap year (“ye-ahr”?). Ethno-rahs might be an easy target, but Lacey does his bit with relish and unerring accuracy, including sudden lapses into articulacy and humanity.The show fails when it aims for targets which aren’t so familiar: when unable to draw out details from personal experience, they’re left exploiting old stereotypes of pushy parents, schizoid psychiatrists and pathetic first-time authors. That said, when they broaden their range of fire beyond Oxford to take out George Galloway, they succeed roundly. What’s special about this sketch is its original approach – he’s an easy target, but they’ve chosen to excoriate him for one of his less-noted faults. The Revue turns its sharp gaze on reality, and shows it to be completely ridiculous: the apotheosis of comedy because it’s utterly uncontrived and completely true.Laughter is contagious, and an abbreviated preview of a sketch show is more like a vaccination. It’s hard to tell you what the Revue do, without telling you what they did: it’s really tempting to just fill this review by documenting their jokes. But this would be a disservice to you and them both, because I don’t think I can describe how well Joe Markham shrinks his frame and intellect to become Harry Potter, or how Michael Doherty’s song about sexual perversion will make you want to sing along inappropriately.The Revue has problem in wrapping up sketches – in TV you can cut to something else immediately, but on stage you literally have to leave them laughing, at least for long enough to allow time for minions to scuttle on and move chairs. That said, the cast’s greatest asset is their confidence: even when jokes fall flat, they seem utterly self-possessed and so we aren’t left squirming with embarrassment or, worse, feeling obliged to laugh. However, for reasons unknown, they have adopted costumes and sets of deep purple and mustard yellow: not so good if your eyes hurt. So if you have, for instance, visual migraines or a wicked hangover you probably won’t enjoy the show. Everyone else will though, and you’ll be gutted you missed it.by Emma Butterfieldlast_img read more

Deauville Inn Gets Ready for Unveiling

first_imgRenovations to the Deauville Inn include adding new siding on the building to give it a fresh look. (Photo courtesy of Deauville Inn) By DONALD WITTKOWSKIWhen Tim Fox bought the Deauville Inn last year, he was determined to blend the historic building’s old-fashioned charms with modern upgrades to create a more upscale experience for customers.Over the winter and spring, there has been a whirlwind of construction activity for a transformation that will recapture the atmosphere from the Deauville’s heyday in the Roaring Twenties and Prohibition era.Fox is eager to unveil the Deauville’s new look as soon as the coronavirus restrictions are lifted and businesses begin welcoming customers back to the Jersey Shore after a prolonged shutdown to slow the spread of the lethal contagion.“The first thing they’re going to do, after their jaws drop, is say, ‘Wow.’ My feeling is they will be flabbergasted,” Fox said of how customers will react to the makeover.Perched on the bay at the foot of the Corson’s Inlet Bridge in Strathmere, the Deauville came under Fox’s ownership last October after he purchased it for an undisclosed price from the Carpenter family, which had held it for 40 years.“The charm of that building is amazing,” Fox said. “I fell in love with the charm.”Deauville Inn’s new owner Tim Fox and his partner Robyn Kjar stand inside the dining room before renovations were completed.For now, the Deauville is offering takeout service while the statewide ban on in-person dining continues at New Jersey restaurants during the coronavirus outbreak.“As soon as we get the thumbs-up, we’re ready to go,” Jason Tell, Deauville’s director of special events and marketing, said of reopening the restaurant after the coronavirus restrictions are over.Fox explained that he will have extensive safeguards in place to protect customers and employees from COVID-19. Plans include having personal protective equipment at every door and countertop. Employees will wear gloves and will also thoroughly sanitize the restaurant and bar areas.“We’re going to handle it safely and properly,” Fox said.Fox, a Strathmere resident, is the founder of the Cherry Hill-based Fox Rehabilitation, a healthcare company that specializes in physical and occupational therapy for older adults. He has a doctorate in physical therapy and is board certified in geriatrics.After he bought the Deauville, he immediately set out to freshen up the landmark building’s interior and exterior. However, he said he always kept the inn’s historic appeal in mind.Fox has likened the Deauville to a treasured piece of artwork that was in need of a touch-up.The makeover is touching up both the inside and exterior of the landmark building in Strathmere.The building dates to the 1880s and originally operated as the Whelen Hotel before becoming the Deauville Inn, according to the historic website Strathmere.net.The Deauville was popular during the 1920s and ’30s, operating as a speakeasy and illicit casino during Prohibition. It was able to attract famous entertainers of the day, such as Eddie Cantor, Sophie Tucker and Jimmy Durante, the website says.Renovations under Fox include changing the color of the roof with green shingles to return the building to its vintage look. Next year, there are plans to top off the roof with a replica of the Deauville’s former iconic sign.Updates to the building’s interior include a remodeled dining room and bar. The bar has been renamed “The Pub” and includes new walls with mahogany touches, new TVs and a new sound system.“It’s more homey and has got a lot of charm and personality,” Tell said of the revamped bar.Connected to the pub is a new packaged goods store.The grand patio overlooking the bay will continue to be a focal point of the Deauville. Covered by a new canopy, the patio has also been given a new 40-foot-long bar where customers will be seated for drinks and meals.There is also a new 50-foot-long patio bar allowing patrons to stand and savor the water views.The remodeled dining room has a more upscale atmosphere. (Photo courtesy of Deauville Inn)Helping Fox oversee the renovation project is Taffer Dynamics Inc., a hospitality company headed by Jon Taffer, the celebrity entrepreneur best known as the host of the reality TV show “Bar Rescue.”“Bar Rescue” focuses on Taffer’s attempt to save distressed bars and restaurants. However, Fox stressed that Taffer’s consulting company is simply helping to upgrade the Deauville Inn’s menu, operations and amenities.Capitalizing on its bayfront location, the Deauville will also have a new outdoor beach bar for the summer crowds.Not only is the Deauville getting a facelift, there will also be an addition. Fox has acquired the former Uncle Bill’s Pancake House next door and is rebranding it as the Deauville’s breakfast-style restaurant.Fox said the breakfast eatery’s menu may expand to hamburgers, French fries and other lunch fare. He would also like to rent out the building for private dinner parties and other special events.Longer-range plans for the Deauville include replacing the old docks that accommodate the summer boating traffic. Fox said he must secure waterfront construction permits before installing new docks.Although the Deauville is called an inn, no rooms are currently rented to guests. Fox has discussed the possibility of renovating the three-story building’s upper floors for B&B-style lodging. There is no timetable for possibly converting the rooms.According to Strathmere.net, the Deauville Inn once offered 22 guest rooms on the top two floors.The former Uncle Bill’s Pancake House is a new addition to the Deauville Inn and will operate as a breakfast eatery. (Photo courtesy of Deauville Inn)Meanwhile, while all of the renovation work has been occurring Fox has been busy hiring more than 100 employees.“We’re staffed up and ready to go,” he said.Fox emphasized that he wants the Deauville to excel in customer service. The British-born Fox said he began appreciating the importance of customer service in the restaurant business after he came to the United States with his now-deceased parents and began working as a bus boy and waiter.While discussing the Deauville’s renovations, Fox repeatedly praised the employees for their dedication and service.To reward them, he implemented a benefits package that includes healthcare coverage through Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Rather than resorting to layoffs during the coronavirus shutdown, Fox offered employees the choice of having him pay their salaries or allowing them to go on unemployment.“When you put the tools in place and respect your people, it helps you to achieve your goals,” Fox explained of his relationship with his employees.A new beach bar under construction will accommodate the summer crowds. (Photo courtesy of Deauville Inn)last_img read more