Dutch lottery to separate lottery and sports betting accounts

first_img Topics: Online lottery Online sports betting Regions: Netherlands Online sports betting Its Toto sports betting service will be governed by the new Remote Gambling Act, whereas the current Gambling Act will covers lottery products such as Lotto, Eurojackpot, Lucky Day and scratch cards. The Act had been due to become effective on 1 July, with the igaming market then opening for business from 1 January 2021, but this was delayed twice: first in November 2019 and then again in September of this year. Last week, Dutch regulator De Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) published standards for inspections under the new Remote Gambling Act. All prospective licensees must undergo an inspection of their gaming systems, with the report submitted to the KSA, in order to receive a licence. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter The Dutch regulated market is now set to open on 1 September 2021. 16th November 2020 | By Robert Fletcher The scheduled March launch date for the separate accounts will coincide with the planned implementation of the Remote Gambling Act. The Dutch National Lottery (Nationale Loterij) has announced it is to introduce separate online accounts for lottery and sports betting, ahead of the country launching its regulated online gambling market next year. From 1 March 2021, customers that want to place online sports bets and also play lottery games over the internet will need to have separate accounts for each vertical. This, the Nationale Loterij explained, is due to the two products being subject to different laws. Dutch lottery to separate lottery and sports betting accounts Last week also saw a consultation on the country’s new player protection rules for its new online gambling regime concluded. Proposals include a ban on offering timed bonuses and a requirement for operators to conduct risk analysis of all their games. Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Addresslast_img read more

Flame Tree Group Holdings Limited (FTGH.ke) 2014 Annual Report

first_imgFlame Tree Group Holdings Limited (FTGH.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Industrial holding sector has released it’s 2014 annual report.For more information about Flame Tree Group Holdings Limited (FTGH.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Flame Tree Group Holdings Limited (FTGH.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Flame Tree Group Holdings Limited (FTGH.ke)  2014 annual report.Company ProfileFlame Tree Group Holdings Limited manufactures and sells a range of beauty care products in Kenya which includes creams, nail polishes, lotions and moisturizers. The company also has operations in Mauritius, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Dubai and Mozambique. Flame Tree Group Holdings Limited also manufactures plastic products for bulk water storage which includes Roto Tanks and Jojo Plastics. The company is a subsidiary of FTG Holdings Limited and its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Flame Tree Group Holdings Limitedlast_img read more

Here are the FTSE stocks I bought last week

first_img Image source: Getty Images. Edward Sheldon, CFA | Monday, 23rd March, 2020 | More on: ASC JD SN I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Address Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares While many investors are panicking about the stock market decline we’re experiencing right now, I’m seeing the drop as a buying opportunity. Sure, stocks could fall further, but I’m convinced that buying now, while the market is depressed, will pay off in five years’ time. With that in mind, here’s a look at three FTSE stocks I bought for my portfolio last week.Smith & NephewThe first stock I bought was Smith & Nephew (LSE: SN), which is a leading medical technology company that specialises in joint replacement systems, advanced wound management solutions, and surgical robotics. I first added the FTSE 100 stock to my portfolio a few weeks back and took the opportunity to buy more last week at lower share prices.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…In the short term, I do expect SN to be impacted by the coronavirus. That’s because many elective surgeries are likely to be postponed in the near term. Yet in the long run, the growth story looks attractive. With the number of people aged 65 or over across the world set to increase from less than 1bn to over 2bn between now and 2050, demand for both joint replacement systems and wound care solutions is likely to increase.Smith & Nephew shares have taken an enormous hit over the last month, falling from around 2,000p down to just 1,100p. That’s pushed the prospective dividend yield up to about 3%. At that price and yield, I’m a buyer.JD Sports FashionThe next stock I added was JD Sports Fashion (LSE: JD), the retailer of fashionable sportswear and trainers.There’s no doubt that JD’s growth will be impacted by the coronavirus in the short term. Hardly any people out shopping translates to much lower sales for retailers. And if we see the expected recession, discretionary income will decrease, potentially meaning lower demand for non-essentials such as trainers.However, the FTSE company does now have a strong online presence, which should help in the current environment. And I do not expect demand for JD’s products, such as Nike trainers, to fall off a cliff. During the Global Financial Crisis, the company still managed to generate like-for-like revenue growth.JD’s share price has been smashed over the last month, falling from around 870p to under 300p. At the 300p level, I think the medium-to-long-term risk/reward proposition is highly attractive.ASOSFinally, I also added to my position in FTSE AIM 100 online fashion retailer ASOS (LSE: ASC). Its share price has fallen from around 3,300p to near 1,000p over the last month – a level that was last seen in 2012. Back then, revenue was £553m. Last year, revenue was £2.7bn.Of course, like JD Sports, ASOS could see its near-term growth hampered by the coronavirus. For example, fewer people taking holidays as the weather warms up is likely to translate to lower demand for summer/beachwear, let alone general unwillingness to spend on fashion. Yet the long-term story remains attractive here. In my view, the company has developed one of the leading online fashion platforms in the world and as online sales continue to grow in the years ahead, ASOS should benefit. The potential for international growth also remains vast.In the near term, I expect ASOS shares to be volatile. However, I’m confident that buying now will turn out to be a good move down the track. Edward Sheldon owns shares in Smith & Nephew, JD Sports Fashion, and ASOS. The Motley Fool UK owns shares of and has recommended ASOS and Nike. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors.center_img Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Here are the FTSE stocks I bought last week I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. See all posts by Edward Sheldon, CFAlast_img read more

Video: Bishop Justin Welby’s opening media statement

first_imgVideo: Bishop Justin Welby’s opening media statement Featured Events Submit an Event Listing Rector Tampa, FL Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Knoxville, TN New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI [Lambeth Palace] On 9 November 2012 the Right Reverend Justin Welby was announced as the 105th Archbishop of Canterbury.In his opening statement at Lambeth Palace, Bishop Justin said he was “astonished and excited” to be taking over from Dr Rowan Williams, who stands down as Archbishop at the end of December. Acknowledging the many challenges faced by the Church, he said it will be a privilege to lead the Church “at a time of great spiritual hunger”.Watch the video here or read the full transcript here. Cathedral Dean Boise, ID In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Submit a Press Release Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Press Release Service Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Rector Belleville, IL The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Associate Rector Columbus, GA Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector Pittsburgh, PA Director of Music Morristown, NJ Rector Shreveport, LA The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Posted Nov 9, 2012 Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Washington, DC Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Albany, NY Tags Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Smithfield, NC An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Rector Bath, NC This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Rector Collierville, TN Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Submit a Job Listing Curate Diocese of Nebraska Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Archbishop of Canterbury, Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Video Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Martinsville, VA Youth Minister Lorton, VAlast_img read more

Rabobank Expects Three-year Price Slide for Commodities to End

first_img Facebook Twitter Previous articleA Heritage of Corn and HogsNext articleTime to Start Planning Crop Insurance Strategy Hoosier Ag Today Home Indiana Agriculture News Rabobank Expects Three-year Price Slide for Commodities to End Rabobank estimates that a rise in global demand should bring a three-year decline in commodity prices to an end. In a report, Rabobank says: “The global population is growing, and prosperity is rising, fueling the switch to more expensive, meat and dairy-rich diets.” Rabobank suggests food prices should be the main hold up, even if farmers are braced for little or no commodity price growth during the year. Record-high stocks of staple food commodities like wheat, corn, and soybeans are likely to keep world food prices low in 2017, even as inflation starts to rise in developed economies.Rabobank points to China’s commodity stockpiles as one wildcard, noting that a decision to begin selling down these reserves could have a “profound” effect on global markets.Source: NAFB News Service Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Nov 27, 2016 Rabobank Expects Three-year Price Slide for Commodities to Endlast_img read more

RSF correspondent’s assailants charged nine months later

first_img Help by sharing this information Organisation February 5, 2016 – Updated on March 8, 2016 RSF correspondent’s assailants charged nine months later News RSF_en June 2, 2021 Find out more CroatiaEurope – Central Asia News CroatiaEurope – Central Asia Receive email alerts Zeljko Peratovic, a leading Croatian journalist who was badly beaten and nearly strangled in his home near the central city of Karlovac by three men in May 2015, has just been notified by letter that the Karlovac county prosecutor has closed the murder attempt investigation for lack of evidence. But the three men who were arrested the day after the attack and then quickly released have been placed under investigation by the Karlovac municipal prosecutor for attempted grievous bodily harm, home invasion and material damage. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) takes note of these charges and urges the Croatian authorities to pursue the proceedings to the end, so that those responsible for this brutal attack on Peratovic are brought to trial and convicted. RSF’s Croatia correspondent and winner of a 2014 investigative journalism prize awarded by the Association of Croatian Journalists (HND), Peratovic was traumatized by the attack and has been in hiding ever since. His assailants, who were complete strangers to him, accosted him outside his home in the village of Pokupska Luka on 28 May 2015. After insulting him, they chased him inside, beat him up and tried to strangle him. The authorities subsequently identified them – two of them with same name – as Vladimir Čunko, born 1950, Vladimir Čunko, born 1977, and Zihnija Grahović, born 1966.Peratovic was hospitalized with multiple injuries, including head injuries, after the attack, and continues to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).RSF secretary-general Christophe Deloire, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and the HND all condemned the attack and urged the Croatian authorities to arrest and try the perpetrators. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe described the attack as “unacceptable” and an alert was registered with the Council of Europe.“Nine months later, the Croatian authorities have still not condemned this attack and the local judicial system is taking a long time to do its job, namely to try the alleged perpetrators, who are meanwhile as free as birds,” said Alexandra Geneste, the head of RSF’s EU-Balkans desk in Brussels. “This impunity is intolerable. Croatia has a duty to do everything necessary to protect its journalists. Media freedom is the linchpin of democracy. Flouting this fundamental freedom is unworthy of a European Union member country.”Peratovic believes the attack was linked to a series of articles he has written about a corruption case dating back to 2010, in which Karlovac’s city hall official is reportedly implicated, or to his coverage of the ongoing trial in Munich of a senior official in the Yugoslav security services, who is accused of involvement in the murder of a Yugoslav émigré in West Germany in 1983.When Peratovic received death threats a few years ago, the authorities opened an investigation and then shelved it. Various judicial proceedings began being brought against him in 2009 including charges of defamation, violating the confidentiality of a judicial investigation and “revealing information liable to disturb public order.” He was acquitted in 2011.Two other individuals have been charged in connection with this attack: Zeljko Safar (suspected by Peratovic of being the instigator) and Alan Horvat. They are accused of threatening to kill the attack’s only witness, Franjo Požgaj. They are also accused of death threats “against a journalist” after the attack. The “journalist” happens to be Peratovic. A death threat is punishable by 6 months to 5 years in prison under Croatia’s criminal code.Peratovic has decided to appeal against the county state attorney decision to drop the murder attempt charge.Croatia is ranked 58th out of 180 countries in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. News December 2, 2020 Find out more News Follow the news on Croatia Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union to go further November 23, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Blogger confined to psychiatric hospital against his will

first_img China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes August 23, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Blogger confined to psychiatric hospital against his will China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures News Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the confinement of cyber-dissident and blogger He Weihua in a psychiatric hospital in the central province of Hunan against his will. Relatives interviewed by Reporters Without Borders denied that He has any kind of mental illness and said they thought his confinement was linked to what he has posted on his blog www.boxun.com/hero/hewh/.”It is unacceptable that the Chinese authorities use such methods to silence citizens who have just expressed their views peacefully online,” the press freedom organisation said. “We call on the central government to intervene with the Hunan authorities to obtain He’s release. How can the authorities expect us to believe that a mentally ill person is capable of detailed investigative reporting?Reporters Without Borders added: “We fear that this case shows that the Chinese authorities have still not abandoned the use of punitive psychiatry against those who expose abuses and defy censorship.”He was confined against his will by the authorities in Hunan earlier this month after he posted an article on the Boxun site criticising an arbitrary increase in the price of pork by the provincial authorities. He also predicted the imminent collapse of the Communist Party as a result of internal corruption. He received a judicial summons from the Public Security Bureau after the article was posted in July.A local State Security unit had previously raided and searched his home in Hengyang (in Hunan province) in June, taking his laptop computer and warning him that he would suffer dire consequences if he continue to write about human rights. His blog http://www.boxun.com/hero/hewh/ contains many investigative reports and comments critical of the authorities.When reached by Radio Free Asia, He’s mother did not want to comment on his confinement, indicating that she thought her phone was tapped. She just said: “He is in a psychiatric hospital. He went there this month.” But a relative contacted by Reporters Without Borders linked his confinement to his articles: “He has written an enormous number of articles on human rights, especially on Boxun. I think he has all the qualities of a person of sound mind.”This is not the first time he has been confined. Members of the State Security Bureau gave him injections against his will when he was placed in psychiatric hospital in December 2004. When he was run down by a motorcycle in September 2006, the driver warned him not to continue his human rights activities. Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts April 27, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on China News ChinaAsia – Pacific RSF_en News to go further Organisation ChinaAsia – Pacific News Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the confinement of cyber-dissident He Weihua in a psychiatric hospital in Hunan against his will. It is being attributed to the articles he has posted on his blog www.boxun.com/hero/hewh/. The organisation calls for his release and says it is deplorable that such methods are being used to silence citizens who defy government censorship. March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

High Court Takes on FHFA ‘Separation of Powers’ Case

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago High Court Takes on FHFA ‘Separation of Powers’ Case  Print This Post The U.S. Supreme Court has taken up the case of Collins v. Mnuchin, which will determine whether the leadership structure of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) violates the federal separation of powers and whether the courts will be able to void agency actions taken by the FHFA if it is determined that it acted unconstitutionally.The case is based on a lawsuit brought by shareholders of the government-sponsored enterprises (GSEs) Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which were placed into federal conservatorship in September 2008 after losing roughly $108 billion in the run-up to the Great Recession. The FHFA was created in 2008 to serve as the regulator for the GSEs.Under the terms of the conservatorship, the Treasury Department provided the GSEs with up to $100 billion in funding in exchange for a compensation agreement that encompassed the GSEs’ stock, all dividends tied to the amount of money invested in the GSEs prior to the conservatorship period, and a priority over individual and institutional shareholders trying torecover their pre-conservatorship investments in Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. In August 2012, the FHFA and Treasury updated the agreement with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac paying quarterly dividends tied to their net worth instead of the size of the Treasury Department’s 2008 investment.In pursuing their lawsuit, the plaintiffs originally argued the FHFA and the Treasury Department did not have the authority to transact the 2012 update on the initial agreement, adding that the FHFA should not have been allowed to negotiate the agreement because its leadership structure of a single director who can only be fired by the president “for cause” was unconstitutional.The case before the Supreme Court does not focus on the 2012 amendment—a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit stated that the issue needed to be addressed legislatively through an update to the Housing and Economic Recovery Act of 2008 that created the FHFA. Instead, the Supreme Court will decide whether the FHFA’s structure is unconstitutional because the president is limited in the ability to remove its director, who is appointed for a five-year term.The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case today prior to adjourning for the remainder of the month. The court will resume its work after the New Year’s Day holiday and the case is expected to be ruled upon by late spring. Subscribe Home / Daily Dose / High Court Takes on FHFA ‘Separation of Powers’ Case Fannie and Freddie 2020-12-09 Christina Hughes Babb Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Fannie and Freddie About Author: Phil Hall Related Articles in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Newscenter_img The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Phil Hall is a former United Nations-based reporter for Fairchild Broadcast News, the author of nine books, the host of the award-winning SoundCloud podcast “The Online Movie Show,” co-host of the award-winning WAPJ-FM talk show “Nutmeg Chatter” and a writer with credits in The New York Times, New York Daily News, Hartford Courant, Wired, The Hill’s Congress Blog and Profit Confidential. His real estate finance writing has been published in the ABA Banking Journal, Secondary Marketing Executive, Servicing Management, MortgageOrb, Progress in Lending, National Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional America, Canadian Mortgage Professional, Mortgage Professional News, Mortgage Broker News and HousingWire. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Previous: BDF Law Group Announces Multiple Promotions Next: Distressed Property Investing in 2021 and Beyond Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago December 9, 2020 1,131 Views last_img read more

Pedestrian treated following incident on Buncrana Road in Derry

first_img By News Highland – October 3, 2018 DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pedestrian treated following incident on Buncrana Road in Derry Facebook Facebook Pinterest Google+ Previous article21 house estate in Stranorlar ready to let after turnkey acquisitionNext articleIBEC publishes Economic Indicators Report for Donegal News Highland Google+ Emergency services attended the scene of an incident on the Buncrana road in Derry earlier this morning. It’s reported that a person was lying on the road shortly before 9am however details of what happened have yet to be confirmed by police.The incident caused some disruption to traffic earlier but the road has since been cleared. WhatsApp Twittercenter_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Homepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApplast_img read more

Manslaughter charges dismissed in Penn State hazing case

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(CENTRE COUNTY, Pa.) — A Pennsylvania judge has dismissed multiple charges — including involuntary manslaughter charges against five former Penn State fraternity brothers — after a several-day hearing in the case of the death of pledge Tim Piazza.The hearing was to determine if there was enough evidence to go to trial for 11 of the 26 men who were facing charges in connection with Piazza’s fatal fall.The charges that now remain are: conspiracy to commit hazing for 2 defendants and furnishing alcohol to minors and unlawful acts relative to minor for 3 defendants.The judge Wednesday completely dismissed charges against six of the 11 former fraternity brothers. But all 11 still face other charges that were previously allowed to stand.Other defendants have not had this preliminary hearing. The next one is set for May.Piazza, a 19-year-old sophomore, died after falling down stairs at the Beta Theta Pi house on Feb. 2, 2017. The fraternity has since been barred from Penn State.Video of Piazza chugging vodka, beer and wine in an alleged hazing ritual at the house the night of the fatal fall was part of the evidence prosecutors introduced in court on Monday. Pledges are seen on video playing beer pong, and every time a pledge misses a shot, he is handed a beer to chug. Piazza at one point is seen stumbling and staggering.One defense attorney, Rocco Cipparone, had said after court Monday, “[The basement video] clearly exhibited a party, a social event, not a hazing event. It looked to me like voluntary drinking among people that you would expect to see at any fraternity party or sorority party or most college parties probably.”Piazza family attorney Tom Kline — who had said after court Monday that the video of the pledges lined up and allegedly forced to drink made them look “like prisoners of war” — said in a new statement today that the Piazzas are disappointed the involuntary manslaughter charges were dropped.Kline added that Piazza’s parents “are optimistic that the Pennsylvania Attorney General will obtain a full measure of justice on behalf of their son, and this prosecution will eventually deter this kind of abhorrent conduct.”Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a statement today, “We will move forward with our case and the charges that were held for trial today. I am disappointed by the decision of the Magisterial District Judge and we are assessing our legal options. My office is committed to seeking justice for Timothy Piazza and his family and holding responsible individuals accountable for their actions, consistent with the law and the evidence in this case.”Piazza fell down the stairs after participating in that alleged alcohol-fueled hazing ritual at the frat house, but brothers didn’t call 911 until the morning of Feb. 3, about 12 hours after Piazza’s fall, according to a report on the grand jury’s investigation.He died on Feb. 4 of traumatic brain injuries.Prosecutors claim the frat brothers then tried to cover up the alleged hazing and underage drinking.One former fraternity member allegedly texted his girlfriend “drink hazing can send me to jail,” and “I don’t want to go to jail for this,” prosecutors said. “I think we are f—–,” he added.Another text read, “Make sure the pledges keep quiet about last night and this situation.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more