New Jersey Supreme Court rules in favor of NFL over Super Bowl ticket prices

first_imgJanuary 9, 2019 /Sports News – National New Jersey Supreme Court rules in favor of NFL over Super Bowl ticket prices Beau Lund Written bycenter_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail33ft/iStock(NEW YORK) — The NFL did not skirt any state consumer protection laws when the league decided how to allocate tickets for the 2014 Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium, the Supreme Court of New Jersey ruled Wednesday.The ruling is likely to doom the federal lawsuit of a New Jersey man, Josh Finkelman, who claimed he was forced to pay $2,000 – more than twice the face value – for his Super Bowl seat because the NFL withheld far too many tickets from the general public in violation of the state’s ticket law.The NFL released one percent of 2014 Super Bowl tickets to members of the public who had won the right to buy them via a lottery. The league gave the remaining 99 percent of tickets to teams, broadcast networks, corporate sponsors and others.Finkelman claimed a since-repealed state law required the vast majority of tickets be made available to the general public but the court disagreed.“The Legislature sought to impose a more modest constraint on the sale of tickets to sports and entertainment events,” Justice Anne Patterson wrote. “We do not consider the NFL’s distribution of other tickets to the 2014 Super Bowl to its teams, other selected individuals, and entities to constitute the unlawful withholding.”The NFL praised the court’s ruling Wednesday.“We are pleased by today’s ruling by the New Jersey Supreme Court, which unanimously confirmed that the NFL’s distribution of Super Bowl XLVIII tickets was in full compliance with applicable law,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Associated Press in an email.For his part, Finkelman’s attorney blasted the decision.“It’s the most anti-consumer opinion that has been issued in decades out of New Jersey,” said Bruce Nagel, a partner at Nagel Rice LLP in Rosewood, New Jersey. “The Legislature passed a law to ensure the public had access to fair-priced tickets and the Supreme Court, at least with regard to the Super Bowl, basically nullified the statute. It’s a sad day for consumers under this ruling today.”Nagel declined to speculate on what the state ruling might mean for Finkelman’s federal lawsuit, which is pending before the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Animals rights protests rumble on

first_imgA protest was held on Saturday continuing the fight against animal research procedures such as vivisection at Oxford. On Saturday the group reconvened once again holding loudspeakers and signs with images of animals and sayings such as ‘Vivisection is morally wrong’ outside the Vere Harmsworth Library where six security guards were posted.  The group of 30 – 40 people marched down South Parks Road shouting in protest. In response to the protest security shut down the library, locking in those inside, opening it only later in the day. Eventually the protesters moved towards city centre, chanting and handing out flyers.One of the protesters, Laura, commented, “we have so much proof that the vivisection performed is not necessary and cruel and only money is what is keeping it going.“We don’t want to end scientific testing, we just want a different method to be used.”The University of Oxford commented that they are one of the world’s leading centresfor biomedical research, including projects on cancer, heart disease and HIV, amongst others.The university states that its policy ‘”is to minimize the use of animals in research. Animals are only used for a specific and crucial element of research that cannot be conducted in any alternative way.”They added  that “most medical research is carried out using either Invitro Techniques or the study of human beings”.The university pointed out however that the specific research done with the usage of vivisection is a very small percentage of the overall work that is performed.Although much attention has been paid to the new Biomedical Science building since its construction, it was constructed to rehouse the animals used in research.  The older facilities, which were in the process of being closed, had met strict Home Office regulations for animal care but the university “wished to exceed regulations and set a gold standard for animal care.”Although primates are used within the research, they make up 0.5% of the animals housed in the building, which when fully populated can house 16,000 animals. More than 98% of the animals are mice. The University commented that, “primates are only used where no other species can deliver the research answer.”Many organizations such as Voice for the Animals  (SPEAK) state that ‘chances of human benefit arising from such animal studies is exceedingly remote. “The scientific evidence does not support the translation of fundamental research using animals into useful treatment for people.”Animal rights activist and Oxford alumnus Sir David Madden told Cherwell,“The 1986 vivisection act came into law 25 years ago. It looked to and promoted the reduction and finally the ending of experiments on animals.“The practice of vivisection is an urgent moral problem which should have prominence and open discussion. The Three Rs (reduction, refinement and replacement) were launched more that 50 years ago as a recommended way forward on animal testing. Surely it is time to take that road, and explore and implement the alternatives which exist.”The University told Cherwell that “Oxford’s medical research is world-leading and undergoes many levels of scrutiny – by scientific experts – to ensure that it is rigorous and effective. Claims by SPEAK are simply at odds with what the overwhelming majority of scientists agree on. Without fundamental science – the understanding of the human body and how it works – there would be no applied medical science.”last_img read more


first_imgFuneral services took place July 20 for Michael Tabat, 75, of Weehawken. He passed away surrounded by his family on July 18. Born in the Bronx, he was father to Gina Cardenas, Michele De Socio and Sherri Tabat, and son-in-laws Augie and John; husband to Karen and father to Erica Fleischer. Affectionately known as NuNu, he is also survived by his granddaughters Janine, Candace, Jeanette, Paige, three great-granddaughters Evangeline, Emelina, and Juliana. Michael was predeceased by his Father George, Mother Lottie (Babalou), sister Phyllis and Grandpa Lou. Also survived by Aunt Martha, cousins, nieces, nephews and many dear friends. Services arranged by the Gutterman & Musicant Jewish Funeral Home, Hackensack.last_img

Ocean City Schools Closed on Thursday Due to Forecast

first_imgAs of 7:30 a.m. Thursday, no snow had arrived in Ocean City. Heavy rain was still falling.The Ocean City School District announced early Thursday morning that all schools will be closed due to the forecast.Read more: Latest Forecast — 6 to 8 Inches of Snow Starting Thursday Morning.As of 7:30 a.m., the snow had not started to fall in Ocean City.last_img

Central American Naval Forces Receive Elite Antinarcotics Training

first_imgBy Kay Valle/Diálogo November 08, 2017 In Central America, a caiman is much more than a dangerous reptile—it’s also the name of an anti-narcotics course of the Honduran Navy (FNH, per its Spanish acronym). The Trained Commando in Maritime Interdiction and Counter Trafficking course (CAIMAN, per its Spanish acronym) prepares the best marines in special operations. The objective: train elite military service members to combat international organized crime and illicit drug trafficking by land or sea. The training takes place in the Naval Training Center (CAN, per its Spanish acronym) of the Puerto Castilla Naval Base in the bay of Trujillo, Honduras. The 2017 edition of the CAIMAN course, offered by a team of 23 members of the U.S. Navy Special Forces and CAN, included international students for the first time—four service members of neighboring countries participated in the exercise. In September 2017, 35 marines, including two from the Salvadoran Navy and two from the Navy of the Army of Nicaragua, completed the CAIMAN course. The introduction of [marines] from the region to the course falls under the agreements of the Central American Armed Forces Conference (CFAC, per its Spanish acronym), since we share the same threats,” FNH Lieutenant Milton Roldán Meza Sanchez, commandant of CAN, told Diálogo. “This training will be a united front to face them.” Threats to the nation Organized crime, specifically drug trafficking networks, threatens Honduras’s maritime borders. With 700 kilometers of shoreline along the Caribbean and almost 150 kilometers along the Pacific Ocean, Honduras is an important transit country for cocaine shipment. According to the U.S. Department of State 2017 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, the vast majority of cocaine transported through Honduras is done by sea. In 2016, approximately three or four metric tons of cocaine passed through the country monthly. Operations against drug trafficking are high risk and require marines with special skills who have passed a selective and rigorous training. In Honduras, that meant creating a consolidated, high-level training course. Military members who complete the CAIMAN course acquire technical and tactical knowledge that allows them to effectively face illegal operations and drug trafficking. Elite course The CAIMAN course creates experts in land and sea operations. Before they can take the course, marines are subject to a rigorous selection process that consists of medical, psychological, and polygraph examinations, among others. “To train elite [service members] who will fight and complete high-risk missions against organized crime and drug trafficking, they have to be trustworthy,” said Lt. Meza. “Not everyone passes this process, and at the end, only those who qualify go through the course.” Another prerequisite for the CAIMAN course is prior training in the Basic Marine Skills Course (CABIM, per its Spanish acronym), in which participants are certified in skills such as weapons mastery and swimming. Special force To graduate from the course, marines go through a rigorous training divided into three phases: physical strength, tolerance and resistance, and operations. “The student increases physical resistance through an intense four-week physical program, and that [is] the first phase. Later, for 86 hours, they are exposed to hostile environments and extreme weather conditions to develop their survival skills, which is the second phase,” explained Lt. Meza. “The third phase centers on preparing missions, and the instructors focus the training on assigning a mission, either in urban or fluvial operations.” Through navigation, naval traditions, martial arts, shooting techniques, mechanized weapons operations, maneuverability of motorboats or rapid response units, as well as beach reconnaissance, students demonstrate their high level of training. They are then put to the test to solve problems as if on a real mission. The eight-week training is demanding. It was created under the same training model used by U.S. Navy Sea, Air, and Land Teams (SEAL). Cooperative deployment At the end of 2012, a SEAL team mobilized in Honduras for six months to work with Honduran troops to create a special anti-narcotics operations course. The CAIMAN course grew out of this collaboration between the two countries’ naval forces, which SEAL continue to support. “The support of the United States is permanent. That’s why the Navy Special Forces worked on strengthening and training the Honduran Navy troops,” Lt. Meza said. “The professionalism that has always characterized U.S. soldiers motivated us to improve.” For Edgardo Mejía, security analyst and professor at the National Police University of Honduras, the CAIMAN course reinforces FNH’s position at the forefront of personnel training. The participation of SEAL, concluded Mejía, “reflects confidence in the country and in the fact that our troops are able to reach the level they have.”last_img read more

The Geo Info Center in Voćin is opening within the Papuk Nature Park

first_imgThe interactive multimedia center will be a place to travel through the entire past to the very beginnings of our planet, and the 3D halls will allow you to stop at the historical and geological aspects of Papuk. Throughout 2019, information from the Papuk Nature Park received information about the record attendance of the Jankovac Forest Park, which recorded an increase in visitors of 30% compared to the same period in 2018. The Duboka camping rest area can also boast of the same growth, and the newly opened adrenaline park is filled days in advance and only a month after the opening, Jankovac is following in the footsteps in terms of the number of visitors. As part of the project “Geopriče UNESCO geopark”, a Geo Info Center is being opened in Voćin, an investment worth about 40 million kuna, which covers over 800 square meters. At the biology exhibition in the Geo Info Center, you will be able to see models, sculptures and photographs of interesting living beings. Papuk Nature Park is protected, among other things, due to its biodiversity, and Papuk itself has over 1200 species of plants, which is a quarter of the entire Croatian flora. The exhibition of geology is dedicated to the geology in general and the geological specifics of Papuk, and among other exhibits includes 8 multimedia presentations in the form of interactive screens which in certain cases are further enriched with mechanical elements or projections. The Geo Info Center, conceived as a starting point for introducing visitors to the characteristics of the Papuk Geopark and the nature protection system in general in the Republic of Croatia, essentially modernizes the geological, biological and cultural heritage of Papuk.center_img If we add to this the echo achieved by the hot air balloon, we can say that in the Papuk Nature Park this spring there was an awakening of continental tourism in its full sense. And yes, if you didn’t know, Papuk Nature Park is located in “flat” Slavonia and is certainly one of the great tourist trump cards of Slavonian tourism. And certainly important information is that this is the first UNESCO geopark in Croatia. The archeology exhibition will contain an interactive screen on which visitors will be able to choose from 7 periods (Neolithic, Eneolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Antiquity, Middle Ages and 18th century) and get to know it in more detail, including details about culture, sites and artifacts from that period on Papuk.OIn addition to educational elements, the facility will contain a souvenir shop and spaces for rest and refreshment. Those who want market development are growing and developing, and PP Papuk has found its market development through, more than successfully, the use of EU funds through investment in infrastructure. Slavonia has so much to show and offer, and Papuk Nature Park is certainly one of the great tourist stories that invites you to explore it. Photo: PP Papuklast_img read more

Companies launch campaigns to educate customers about COVID-19

first_imgIt is part of Tokopedia’s Peduli Sehat campaign, and also provides recommendations for “the best healthcare products”, such as masks, antiseptics, vitamins and more, on the same page.“We believe that online shopping can help curb the spread of this pandemic,” Tokopedia founder and CEO William Tanuwijaya said in a written statement.Tokopedia also urges people to maintain their health by adopting a healthy diet, getting adequate rest and exercise and maintaining their personal hygiene, Tokopedia vice president of corporate communications Nuraini Razak said on Monday.Messaging app LINE has a similar feature. At the top of users’ timeline is a tally of updates on virus cases in Indonesia with a link to further information and tips on prevention methods.As of Tuesday, more than 180,000 people had been infected worldwide, with more than 7,000 fatalities recorded. (ydp)Topics : Consumer-facing companies are helping to create nationwide awareness about the COVID-19 pandemic by launching public information campaigns.Technology companies such as Gojek have put up banners on their apps informing users about precautionary measures to educate customers and encourage the public to remain calm.The homegrown decacorn uses infographics to encourage users to wash their hands regularly, cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or their upper arm when sneezing or coughing and avoid touching their face. She added that after reading through the information, she felt it would have been more helpful if the information was summed up in pointers, instead of being delivered as a narrative statement.Gina — not her real name — a 22-year-old employee of a private company in Jakarta, who has been a loyal user of the app for at least two years, agreed that the information could be presented better.“It is not that effective as Gojek users only focus on using its services, hence, they are less likely to look at the information,” she said. However, she noted that the announcement was visible, as it appeared in the “Top picks for you” section, but admitted she only skimmed through the information, as she preferred to get her information on the pandemic from official government websites. Nevertheless, she expressed appreciation for Gojek’s efforts to help educate the public about the precautions people needed to take during the COVID-19 pandemic.Gojek also features an in-app free consultation service with medical professionals, a collaboration between GoMed and healthcare platform Halodoc.A similar service is being offered by Gojek’s rival Grab. The Singapore-based company encourages its users to find out more about the disease’s symptoms and the precautionary measures that can be taken by asking doctors directly via GrabHealth, which is powered by technology-based healthcare provider Good Doctor.Indonesia had recorded 134 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday, up from 117 on Sunday, with five deaths and eight recoveries. As the tally increases, more consumer-facing companies are participating in raising awareness about the pandemic.Telecommunications firm Indosat Ooredoo launched its #StayHomeStayConnected campaign on Monday. As part of the campaign, the company is providing free extra bandwidth to accommodate increased traffic amid the surge in distance working and learning.“We want to encourage people to #StayHomeStayConnected to reduce the spread of the virus by supporting their digital needs,” Indosat Ooredoo president director and chief executive officer (CEO) Ahmad Al-Neama said in a written statement, as the company seeks to support the social distancing strategy promoted by the government.Read also: COVID-19: Patchy response to President’s call to work from homeSocial distancing, which entails avoiding direct contact with people to avoid infection, is a strategy that public health officials recommend to slow the spread of the disease.Another major cellular provider, Telkomsel, also announced on its app that it would ensure all of its services would be available and operate normally despite an anticipated spike in traffic and a potential increase in data service usage.Like Gojek, the Telkomsel app also displays a banner that links users to a Halodoc consultation chat service, with a message that reads, “Remain calm, your sickness is not necessarily COVID-19”.Online marketplace Tokopedia, meanwhile, has put up a “Latest info on COVID-19” page dedicated to informing its users about COVID-19, including the latest updates, facts about the disease and the people who are vulnerable, precautionary measures and other information, all in a simple interface.center_img Gojek chief of corporate affairs Nila Marita told The Jakarta Post on Monday that the information on prevention methods “is conveyed through various communication channels by using its in-app notification feature”Homepage of Gojek app shows basic information about the novel coronavirus COVID-19. (JP/est)However, Everild Agnes, a 20-year-old student who often uses the Gojek app for its GoPay, GoFood and GoRide features, told the Post on Tuesday that she was not aware of the public health announcement.“[I am] not really [aware of the announcement] because it’s not at the top of the page. You have to scroll down first,” she said.last_img read more

Several regions postpone early stages of 2020 regional elections as COVID-19 spreads

first_imgSeveral regions have postponed the preliminary stages of the 2020 regional elections because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, Cianjur, Tasikmalaya and Pangandaran regencies will go ahead with the inauguration of voting committee members as they do not have any confirmed COVID-19 case so far. They will also start verifying independent candidates on Wednesday as scheduled.However, they are required to postpone the remaining stages.”They have been pushed back to May 29. We will continue after the central KPU decides on a new schedule in around June,” said West Java KPU chairman Rifqi Alimubarok.KPU Surakarta in Central Java has also decided to postpone the early stages of the 2020 regional elections to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.KPU Surakarta chair Nurul Sutarti said the decision was made after several meetings with the Central Java KPU and Surakarta Mayor FX Hadi “Rudy” Rudyatmo.Nurul said the new dates would be decided by the provincial and central KPU.“We have 162 voting committee members that are supposed to be inaugurated on March 22, but we have to postpone that — at least for the next 14 days,” Nurul said on Monday as quoted by Antara.In the meantime, KPU Gowa regency in South Sulawesi has also decided to postpone the stages prior to the elections, reported on Sunday.KPU Gowa chair Muhtar Muis said the delay would be carried out until further notice.West Java has confirmed 59 positive cases of COVID-19, while the death toll has reached nine as of Sunday. Meanwhile, Central Java has 15 cases with three deaths and South Sulawesi has two cases with no fatalities. Topics :center_img The General Elections Commission (KPU) issued a decree on the postponement on Sunday but has not changed the date on which the elections will take place, which is Sept. 23.According to the letter, four stages of this year’s regional elections can be postponed to May, namely the inauguration of voting committee (PPS) members, the verification process for independent candidates, as well as updates on voter data and the voter list.The KPU will continue to monitor the developments of COVID-19 in Indonesia and make any changes to the election schedule accordingly.Five out of eight regions in West Java have decided to postpone the preliminary stages: Depok city, Sukabumi regency, Bandung regency, Karawang regency and Indramayu regency.last_img read more

$28m beachfront shopping spree

first_imgVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 2:07Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -2:07 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenCOVID-19: Current market update02:08Gold Coast and Brisbane buyers are leading the demand for real estate on the NSW Tweed Coast, with flexible work arrangements prompting many to fast-track the move south. There’s been intense interest on Cylinders Drive, Kingscliff where almost $28 million has changed hands in the past eight weeks.LJ Hooker agent Nick Witheriff who has sold $27.9 million of real estate on Cylinder Drive since April, and just under $50 million in the Kingscliff-Casuarina area.“It’s been a busy couple of months on Cylinders Drive,” said Mr Witheriff. “Being beachfront and just south of Salt Village, it’s a convenient location. “Cylinders Drive also meets the demand for newer, high quality homes.” The fresh white kitchen inside 71 Cylinders Drive, Kingscliff.Mr Witheriff said the desire for work-life balance was driving demand for Tweed Coast real estate, hastened by more flexible working arrangements. “Changes in the way people work during COVID-19 has also led to more people fast-tracking their plans to move down here and commute one or two days to the office,” he said.The demand for homes in the region is only expected to increase with the influx of medical professionals at the new Tweed Valley Hospital. “In the next 10 months we will have 1500 of the 4500 new hospital jobs, including specialist doctors and high income earners, needing to live within three kilometres of the new hospital,” he said. “We’re going to see a shift towards secondary homes selling for a premium because we only have 1250 homes here with at least 1500 new requirements.” All those beach house vibes at 9 Cylinders Drive, Kingscliff.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa7 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day agoA 1012sqm plot at 75 Cylinders Drive fetched $1.5 million in February, while off-market deals have also been done on vacant lots at 39 Cylinders Drive, which sold for $1.55 million, and 41 Cylinders for $1.6 5 million. “As it currently stands we’re about to put a big ‘no vacancy’ sign in front of Cylinders Drive,” Mr Witheriff said. “The only property now available for purchase is a lovely Hamptons home at 71 Cylinders Dr for $4.25m.” 23 Cylinders drive, Kingscliff sold for $3.895 million this month. Gold Coast playground is Queensland’s best parkcenter_img MORE: FaceTime buyers snap up million-dollar holiday homes Kingscliff meets The Bahamas at 23 Cylinders Drive.The deal comes off the back of several other key recent sales including 23 Cylinders Drive where a six-bedroom architecturally-designed home over two levels sold this month for $3.895 million while a five-bedroom coastal chic beach house at 9 Cylinders Drive fetched $3.75 million in May. The vacant block at 99 Cylinders Drive, Kingscliff sold for $1.49m this month.The most recent sale saw a Brisbane family snap up a vacant 1024sqm block at 99 Cylinders Drive for $1.49 million — it was the last available undeveloped beachfront block in Kingscliff. “The luxury of vacant land is fast drying up so that pent up demand means people are moving quickly to secure it,” Mr Witheriff said. “Around 80 to 90 per cent of our buyers are from Brisbane and the Gold Coast, looking to become long-term owner occupiers in the area.”last_img read more

Diamond Transmission Partners gets Walney Extension link license

first_imgIn addition to being granted the 20-year license, Diamond Transmission Partners has been required to enter into a range of agreements with the generator, relevant distribution network owners and the National Electricity Transmission System Operator. UK Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (GEMA) has granted Diamond Transmission Partners Walney Extension with the offshore transmission license for the Walney Extension wind farm in the Irish Sea. The transmission assets, which hold an asset value of GBP 447 million, include the onshore substation, export cables, and the offshore substations. In March 2019, Ofgem selected Diamond Transmission Partners Walney Extension as the preferred bidder for the offshore transmission license. Located circa 19km from the Walney Island coast in Cumbria, Walney Extension features 40 8 MW MHI Vestas and 47 7 MW Siemens Gamesa turbines which have been in full operation since September 2018.last_img read more