North Carolina’s only federally recognized American Indian tribe could soon offer sports and horse wagering to patrons at its two casinos. The General Assembly gave final approval Monday night to a measure that would give the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians the authority to offer the additional betting. The House voted for the measure that had already cleared the Senate three months ago. The bill now goes to Gov. Roy Cooper’s desk. A Cooper spokesman says the bill will be reviewed before he makes a decision on whether to sign it. The sports-book option took shape after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law last year that made most sports gambling illegal. State law already lets the Eastern Band offer live poker, slot machines and video-style games.
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The Aussies were struggling at 27 for 4 in their second innings when veterans Ricky Ponting (60) and Michael Hussey (batting at 79) came to the team’s rescue on the third day of the first Test against India at Melbourne Cricket Ground on Wednesday. The duo has been facing criticism from the Australian media for their poor form with experts asking for them to be given the boot. However, the Aussie top order collapse brought out the best from the two cricketing giants. Repaying the faith imposed on them by the Aussie selectors, the veterans struck crucial half centuries to rescue the hosts. The duo was at its aggressive best adding a crucial 115 runs to power the hosts from 27 for 4 to 142 for 5 to save Australia the blushes and silence their critics. “I don’t care what people from outside the dressing room are saying. If I feel like I have got some support inside the dressing room then that’s all that really matters to me… There is plenty of motivation out there for me but first and foremost it’s for me to be a successful player in a successful team,” Ponting told newsmen after the third day’s game. The former Australian skipper had scored 62 in the first innings of the Test.
Rotterdam-based provider of towage and associated marine services Smit Lamnalco has won an exclusive licence by Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) to supply towage services in the Port of Gladstone.The licence will commence on January 1, 2019 for a five-year term, with an option to extend for a further three years to December 31, 2026. The company has been providing harbour towage services at the Port of Gladstone since 2011.“Smit Lamnalco is proud to have again been selected to provide towage services in this unique environment. We are looking forward to continuing our strong partnership with GPC, our port stakeholders and the local Gladstone community,” said Smit Lamnalco Commercial Director Frederik Rutgers.The Port of Gladstone is one of Queensland’s largest multi-commodity ports, handling coal, bauxite, alumina, aluminium, cement and liquefied natural gas (LNG) cargoes.Under the contract, eleven tugs, specifically designed to meet the unique operational characteristics of the port, will be deployed to service both harbour and LNG customers.Image Courtesy: Smit Lamnalco
Rahul Gandhi Indian police on Thursday briefly arrested leading opposition figure Rahul Gandhi as he tried to reach farmers striking in Madhya Pradesh, where five protesters were earlier killed in clashes.The 46-year-old Congress party leader was detained as he crossed into the volatile region in central India by bike, having ditched his car to avoid detection by local authorities who denied him permission to visit.Gandhi, the scion to the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that ruled India through its Congress Party for decades, almost reached the epicentre of farmer riots that have roiled the area in recent days, but was stopped and held by police.“Rahul Gandhi has been bailed out of the jail,” Manoj Kumar Singh, the police chief in the bordering Neemuch district, told AFP.Thousands of farmers in the state governed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have for days been calling for loan waivers and a floor price for crops as economic and weather conditions pinch profits.The strikes turned violent Tuesday and five farmers were killed by police gunfire.Gandhi—forced to shout to reporters as police led him away—blamed Modi for the farmers’ deaths.Madhya Pradesh is one of several largely agricultural Indian states that have suffered disappointing rains and crop failures in recent years.More than 1,600 farmers killed themselves in Madhya Pradesh in 2016, official figures show.India has nearly 260 million farmers and farm labourers, and agriculture accounts for 17 percent of the gross domestic product.
Listen Share He went on to explain that poll workers are trained on voter ID situations and that there are posters in four languages at each location explaining the correct ID information.The last day for early voting is Friday Nov. 4th. Election Day is Tuesday Nov. 8th.Abner Fletcher and Andrew Schneider contributed to this report. 00:00 /00:36 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:31 X Marissa CummingsVoters wait outside of Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library to cast their vote.Some early voters say that they have found out that poll workers at some locations are providing wrong information about the kind of ID needed to cast a ballot.Eligible voters do not need to present a photo ID to submit a ballot. There are 7 other options people can choose from.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016Ruth Baxter said a poll worker misinformed people at the Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library. One of our reporters had a similar experience at a different location after asking about alternatives to a photo ID.This information was brought to the attention of Harris Country Clerk Stan Stanart. Here is what he had to say. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen X
When a smartphone launches, it’s logical to expect accessories designed for the new phone to fly off the shelves. Accordingly, demand should drop for accessories made for previous models.But sales of older inventory are actually booming, fueled oddly enough by new phones from Apple, Samsung and Motorola, according to mobile accessory companies.After the iPhone 6 launch, sales jumped for the older iPhone 5c cases, said Andy Fathollahi, CEO of protective case-maker Incipio. He forecasts up to a 30 percent jump in 5c cases sales in the coming months.”We expect to see this boost continue through the holidays,”Fathollahi said.Other companies are also anticipating growth for older gear. Case Logic is gearing up for a 15 to 20 percent sales spike for its iPhone 5 cases in the next eight weeks, said Tim Shonk, director of retail sales.Screen protection manufacturer Tech Armor has already noticed positive gains. Sales of its iPhone 5s and 5c screens grew 20 percent following the iPhone 6 launch, according to senior product manager Jeff Wilcox.What’s going on?The surge in demand for older accessories is being driven by what Fathollahi calls a conversion period.”Years prior, people were switching from a flip phone to a smartphone—that was the adoption period, not conversion,” Fathollahi said. “Now, everyone owns smartphones and it’s device upgrades that are driving sales.”Two-thirds of mobile subscribers own smartphones, according to media research firm Nielsen. That means more customers upgrade to newer smartphone models than buy one for the first time.Conversions are also stemming from smartphone users leaving one operating system for another, such as Android users switching to iOS.These converters are budget conscious, said Fathollahi, and are averse to the latest—and more expensive—smartphone models, preferring to upgrade to the next-best. For instance, an iPhone 4 owner may opt for the 97 cent iPhone 5c at Walmart instead of shelling out hundreds for the iPhone 6.And since three-quarters of smartphone buyers purchase at least one accessory as well, according to research firm NPD Group, these next-best upgraders are creating a new customer base that boosts sales for older accessories. “Customers come in and upgrade their hardware to just one level. And they leave with a case or two,” Shonk said.Banking on the conversion waveCasemaker Speck is targeting converters by investing in new designs for iPhone 5 and Samsung S5 cases. In a few weeks, the company will release new colors for iPhone 5 cases.”Our company’s growth comes from innovating the function and design of old cases,” said Speck spokeswoman Lindsay Anne Aamodt. “We want to make upgraded phones feel fresh and new.”Companies expect to ride out the current sales wave through the holidays, when they expect more accessories to be purchased as gifts. But in the long run, Aamodt said, another conversion wave will come and many iPhone 5 owners, now content with their device, will upgrade. 3 min read Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global October 7, 2014 This story originally appeared on CNBC