Leap Gaming expects to post maiden profit in Q3 2020

first_img Topics: Casino & games Finance Sports betting Tech & innovation Slots Leap Gaming expects to post maiden profit in Q3 2020 Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Slot Machines 22nd June 2020 | By contenteditor Email Address Casino & gamescenter_img Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Virtual sports and casino game developer Leap Gaming has seen gross gaming revenue rise 123% for the opening five months of 2020, with the business now expecting to post a profit in the third quarter of the year. Virtual sports and casino game developer Leap Gaming has seen gross gaming revenue rise 123% for the opening five months of 2020, with the business now expecting to post a profit in the third quarter of the year.While no figures were provided, an update from Leap’s shareholder FastForward Innovations – which holds a 43.4% stake in the supplier – also revealed that revenue (gross revenue minus expenses) had also grown 95% year-on-year.This, it said, was driven by the roll-out of new products and new client wins in the period to 31 May 2020, as well as expansion into new markets such as Latin America.In total 30 new customers were signed or partnerships agreed in the five-month period including deals with the Association of Tennis Professionals’ ATP Tour Masters 1000 events, Nascar and Carnoustie Golf Links. This has seen Leap work with its strategic partner, media giant IMG, to develop virtual sports games based on real-world locations and events.“Leap Gaming started 2020 strongly with the completion of its own RGS (remote gaming server), accelerated pace of game title releases, new distribution deals and deepening relationships with incumbent partners,” Leap chief executive Yariv Lissauer said.“Our strategy of further evolving virtual sports through embedding officialisation into the products had started to manifest itself with the partnerships deals we recently announced with ATP (for the creation of Virtual Tennis ATP 1000 Tour, first version of which is already live); Nascar; and Carnoustie.”Leap now expects to become profitable in the third quarter of 2020, and to support the business’ continued growth, its shareholders, including FastForward, have agreed to advance the supplier a €250,000 (£225,884/€280,187) bridging loan. This matures on 31 December 2021, and accrues interest at 1.02% per month.It will be used to provide working capital, which is expected to allow the business to reach profitability, and replaces plans for a much larger fundraising drive originally planned for the third quarter.“With the support of FastFoward and its other shareholders including IMG, Leap Gaming has rapidly developed new products, created new partnerships and expanded its global reach to build market share; this has seen a 95% year-on-year increase in revenues in the first five months of 2020,” FastForward chief executive Ed McDermott said.“We are therefore delighted that the business continues to be ahead of schedule and that in providing this modest bridging loan we, together with the other shareholders, have given them additional funding as the company moves towards profitability,” McDermott added. “We look forward to continuing to support Yariv and his team during the next exciting growth phase.”FastForward first acquired a stake in Leap in 2016, originally purchasing a 29.4% holding, but with the option to increase this by 11.75%, before increasing its shares in the business to 43.4%.IMG, meanwhile, struck a strategic partnership with the supplier in June 2018.last_img read more

Will the Versarien share price recover in 2021?

first_img Image source: Getty Images. Zaven Boyrazian | Wednesday, 24th March, 2021 | More on: VRS An engineering research houseVersarien is an engineering materials business. It owns and operates eight subsidiaries specialising in developing and commercialising new materials. Its combined expertise lies primarily in graphene, plastics, and metals. Its proprietary technologies and developed products have proven to be essential across many sectors, including electronics, aerospace, energy, and industrial engineering.Covid-19 has caused multiple disruptions across all these sectors as well as Versarien’s own research projects. Consequently, the firm reported its biggest loss since its IPO in 2013, which likely triggered the drop in the share price.In January this year, Versarien’s share price looked like it was on the road to recovery. Unfortunately, the rise was short-lived. And once again, it began to fall following the publication of another report. Losses have continued to expand while revenues decline.However, there were some promising trends. Graphene product sales significantly increased thanks to the successful launch of its specialised facemasks. And it also began working on a new engineering project with Rolls-Royce. Could this be a sign that the worse has passed?Risks to considerCovid-19 has undoubtedly wreaked havoc on the business. However, from what I can tell, the collapsing share price appears to be due to over-valuation rather than any underlying problems with the company. The increasing losses are bad, but the cause is temporary. And with plenty of cash on the balance sheet, I don’t think it’s in any immediate financial danger. Meanwhile, in 2019, the Versarien share price was trading as high as 132.5p. That’s roughly a market capitalisation of £205m despite being unprofitable and only generating £9m in revenue that year. Today’s the company is valued closer to £70m, which still seems expensive but not as ludicrous. At least that’s what I think.It’s also worth noting that it is currently unclear when Versarien will become profitable. And so the firm is and will remain dependent on outsiders to raise additional capital. So far, this has been achieved through a mixture of debt and equity issues. However, these may not be available in the future, and the latter appears to be creating a dilution effect. After all, the shares outstanding have increased by 60% over the past five years.Versarien share price: time to buy?Operating within the engineering industry is tough. The constant technological innovation and vast competition can often lead to companies becoming obsolete or superseded by rivals. However, Versarien’s ability to attract and retain industry veterans partners like Rolls-Royce, as well as expand its offerings into the Chinese markets, is encouraging.Personally, I think it’s still too soon to invest. Therefore I’m not going to buy any Versarien shares for my portfolio today. But I will be keeping a close eye on how it performs in the future. Meanwhile I’ve spotted another growth stock that looks far cheaper and far more promising… Will the Versarien share price recover in 2021? FREE REPORT: Why this £5 stock could be set to surge 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. Are you on the lookout for UK growth stocks?If so, get this FREE no-strings report now.While it’s available: you’ll discover what we think is a top growth stock for the decade ahead.And the performance of this company really is stunning.In 2019, it returned £150million to shareholders through buybacks and dividends.We believe its financial position is about as solid as anything we’ve seen.Since 2016, annual revenues increased 31%In March 2020, one of its senior directors LOADED UP on 25,000 shares – a position worth £90,259Operating cash flow is up 47%. (Even its operating margins are rising every year!)Quite simply, we believe it’s a fantastic Foolish growth pick.What’s more, it deserves your attention today.So please don’t wait another moment. Enter Your Email Addresscenter_img Zaven Boyrazian does not own shares in Versarien. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. 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. Get the full details on this £5 stock now – while your report is free. Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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. 2020 was a challenging year for the Versarien (LSE:VRS) share price. In the early stages of the pandemic, it collapsed by 70%, reaching its lowest point back in March last year. Since then, the share price has partially recovered. But it still trades well below its pre-pandemic levels.Is this an opportunity to buy the stock at a discounted price? And should I be adding the business to my portfolio? Let’s take a look.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… See all posts by Zaven Boyrazianlast_img read more

Apopka Burglary Report

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Apopka Burglary Report: Week Ending – 2/24/2018The Apopka Burglary Report for the week ending February 24th shows six burglaries reported in the City of Apopka.Four burglaries at businesses were reported in the 1600 block of  W ORANGE BLOSSOM TRL, the 900 block of W ORANGE BLOSSOM TRL (two incidents reported), and the 2300 block of E SEMORAN BLVD.No burglaries were reported at residences.Two vehicle burglaries were reported in the 1000 BLOCK of ASPEN WAY, and the 400 BLOCK of LAKE BRIDGE LN.Chief Michael McKinley of the Apopka Police Department tells us that many vehicle burglaries could have been prevented if everyone remembers to do just two things:Remove all valuables from your vehicleLock your car doorsThe breakdown of the burglaries reported to the Apopka Police Department last week:4 – Business0 – Residential2 – Vehicle Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Mama Mia The burglary report is a lot better for this week. Please enter your comment! Please enter your name here 1 COMMENT February 26, 2018 at 8:16 pmcenter_img Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSApopka Burglary ReportApopka Police DepartmentBusiness Burglary ReportResidential Burglary ReportVehicle Burglary Report Previous articleLet’s Talk About it – Episode 20: Governor Scott’s surprise proposalNext articleThe Apopka Voice Townhall set for Seats #1 and #2 Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 The Anatomy of Fear Reply You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Salesi Ma’afu banned for one week for punch on Tom Youngs that went viral

first_imgTuesday May 20, 2014 Salesi Ma’afu banned for one week for punch on Tom Youngs that went viral Northampton Saints prop Salesi Ma’afu has received a one week ban for punching Tom Youngs in the Aviva Premiership Semi Final. You can view the incident below, as well as an animated gif and the viral Twitter interaction between the players on page two.Former Wallabies prop Ma’afu was red carded for striking Youngs midway through the second half of Friday night’s action packed 21-20 semi final win for Saints against Leicester Tigers.The two came to blows at the back of a rolling maul and after a bit of a slap to the side of the head and a few other exchanges, Ma’afu lost his cool and unleashed an almighty one-two combination that floored the England and British & Irish Lions hooker.Referee JP Doyle handled the situation well and opted to yellow card Youngs, then red card the hard hitting prop, who was later cited and faced a disciplinary hearing earlier this evening.After the game, Ma’afu tweeted Youngs: “The jersey can overcome us in the heat of battle. I owe you a pint. #respect,” in response to Youngs wishing him well in the final.Via teleconference Ma’afu pleaded guilty to a charge of striking an opponent contrary to Law 10.4.A.He has been given a one week ban and ordered to pay £500 towards hearings costs. He is free to play again on May 26th, so will be available for the May 31st Aviva Premiership Final.The tweets between the two players have gone viral this week, with thousands of retweets and plenty of news stories on various sports websites. View the tweets (and a great gif!) below and remember, what happens on the field stays on the field. ADVERTISEMENTThe well received, and now viral, Twitter exchange between the two can be seen below. Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyGranny Stuns Doctors by Removing Her Wrinkles with This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Purdue Crop Chat Episode 11, Corn Yields Continue to Surprise

first_img SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Purdue Crop Chat Episode 11, Corn Yields Continue to Surprise By Eric Pfeiffer – Oct 19, 2020 SHARE Facebook Twitter Purdue Crop Chat Episode 11, Corn Yields Continue to Surprise Purdue Extension Corn Specialist Bob Nielsen and Soybean Specialist Shaun Casteel are back on another episode of the Purdue Crop Chat podcast. Hear Bob and Shaun discuss yields, how the harvest season is progressing, and combine settings as the weather changes.The Purdue Crop Chat Podcast is presented by the Indiana Corn Marketing Council and the Indiana Soybean Alliance. Tune in to the podcast below:Audio Playerhttps://dts.podtrac.com/redirect.mp3/www.hoosieragtoday.com//wp-content/uploads//2020/10/Purdue-Crop-Chat-Episode-11.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Podcast (wirepodcastshat-rss): Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: RSS Facebook Twitter Previous articleAs Weather Changes Combine Settings May Need to Change Too on the HAT Monday PodcastNext articleDry Conditions Spur Field Fires, Soybean Harvest Surges Past Five-Year Average Eric Pfeifferlast_img read more

Democracy and free expression under threat in Iraqi Kurdistan

first_img Help by sharing this information News Ara Ibrahim, the publisher of Hawlati, and Saman Majid of the magazine Livin and the TV station Gorran (Change) were attacked by security forces in Sulaymaniyah while covering the election campaign on the evening of 18 February. Organisation February 26, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Democracy and free expression under threat in Iraqi Kurdistan Asos Hardi, Awene’s founder and head of the company that publishes it, said: “The authorities do not stop talking about freedom of expression, constantly boasting of the media’s independence. But these words are meaningless. In practice, the authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan do not believe in freedom of expression.” Hardi won the 2009 Gebran Tueni Prize for the defence of press freedom, which is awarded by the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA). RSF_en Receive email alerts December 16, 2020 Find out more Three jailed reporters charged with “undermining national security” “You have guns, we have pens,” was the message that the Sulaymaniyah-based independent newspaper Hawlati (Citizen) printed on an otherwise blank front page on 24 February in a bold protest against a spate of threats, harassment and physical violence against journalists in Iraqi Kurdistan in the run-up to a parliamentary election on 6 March. Shaswar Mama of Sbeiy.com (www.sbeiy.com), the official website of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), was attacked by PUK and KDP supporters in the city of Raniya as he and KNN reporter Karwan Anwar were taking photos in the city’s market on 18 February. “I was invited to dine in a restaurant in the city’s Ankawa neighbourhood,” he told Reporters Without Borders. “After my arrival, I was attacked by the bodyguards of Dr. Nuri Othman, the head of the Kurdistan cabinet’s secretariat, who was also there. There were about 25 soldiers at the restaurant. They tried to scare me. It was clearly linked to my recent criticism of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” The PUK’s own security forces, which are regarded as illegal, are alleged to have been responsible for most of the attacks on journalists in Sulaymaniyah since the start of the election campaign. IraqMiddle East – North Africa Hawlati editor Kamal Rauf told Reporters Without Borders: “I called Kurdistan’s prime minister, Dr. Barham Salih, to talk about the recent incidents involving journalists. He told me he was going to request an investigation.” Dawoud Baghstani, the editor of the magazine Israel-Kurd (www.israelkurd.com), who is also a local political figure and a member of Kurdistan’s Jewish minority, was attacked in a restaurant in Erbil on 18 February. Some, but by no means all, of the press freedom violations of the past week are summarised below: Ibrahim, who still has not got his camera back, is the third Hawlati journalist to be attacked in Sulaymaniyah. An independent biweekly, Hawlati (www.hawlati.com) was founded in November 2000 with the aim of defending free expression, reinforcing civil society and helping the development of democratic debate. Othman disputes this version of the incident, claiming that his bodyguards just defended him. “I was in a restaurant with foreign journalists,” he told Awene. “Dawoud Baghstani was also there. He brandished his pistol and insulted me and Iraqi Kurdistan. I just asked by bodyguards to disarm him.” News December 28, 2020 Find out morecenter_img Baghstani said he intended to bring a complaint against Othman. “Masoud Barzani, the president of Kurdistan, must investigate what happened,” he said. “I will file a complaint although I am sure the courts will support him. In a Hawlati editorial about the abuses, Rauf appealed directly to Iraqi President Jalal Talabani: “As free and independent journalists, we have improved the media’s level of impartiality and independence in the reader’s interests but now the security forces are attacking us and beating us without reason.” News He added: “The KDP and PUK do anything they want against journalists, who are the victims of frequent attacks and cannot work freely. Democracy and free expression are in danger in Kurdistan. International organisations must act to put an end to this harassment of independent journalists, otherwise we risk going back to the darkest years of Baathism.” Security forces attacked and beat Hawlati reporter Soran Ahmed in Sulaymaniyah at 7:50 p.m. on 20 February, seized his mobile phone and camera and shut him in the boot of a car for more than half an hour. He got his phone and camera back when he was freed, but the data on both of them had been erased. Follow the news on Iraq IraqMiddle East – North Africa News The newspaper Awene, Radio Nawa, the television station Kurdish News Network (KNN) and Speda, a TV station that belongs to the opposition Kurdish Islamic Union (Yekgirtu), issued a joint statement on 23 February condemning the recent violations of free expression and media freedom in Kurdistan. Iraq : Wave of arrests of journalists covering protests in Iraqi Kurdistan to go further Two Speda television journalists were attacked in Erbil on 19 February. Responding to these comments in a speech at the opening of a students’ conference in Erbil on 24 February, Kurdistan President Masoud Barzani said: “There is no place in Kurdistan for those who say that the province’s security forces are militias. I see nothing to stop me from acting against these people.” February 15, 2021 Find out more Adnan Othman, a former Hawlati editor who is now an MDC parliamentary representative and editor of Rojname, a newspaper that supports the MDC, has received many death threats by email and SMS. He was also insulted by KDP and PUK supporters after he referred to the security forces that had attacked MDC supporters as illegal and called them “militias.” RSF’s 2020 Round-up: 50 journalists killed, two-thirds in countries “at peace” A Hawlati photographer had already been attacked there on 16 February, when his camera was broken and his photos were erased. “We were taking photos in Sahollaka Street, especially of a man who had been injured by members of the security forces, when individuals in civilian dress ordered us to stop, saying they were authorised by the PUK to confiscate our cameras,” Ibrahim told Reporters Without Borders. “One of them managed to take my camera. Then he began hitting him and insulting me. Saman managed to get away.” Hawlati’s front page is just one example of the growing protests by Kurdish intellectuals and independent media against abuses by the Kurdish security forces and by the supporters and security forces of the two parties that control the Kurdistan Regional Government – the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) and Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK). Anwar Bazgr, the head of a press freedom defence committee formed by the Union of Kurdistan Journalists, has also condemned the recent attacks and has called on political parties to respect a law protecting journalists that was passed by Kurdistan’s parliament.last_img read more

Status Orange weather warning for Limerick

first_imgWATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads LimerickNewsStatus Orange weather warning for LimerickBy Meghann Scully – October 2, 2019 700 TAGSlimerickLimerick Poststorm lorenzoweather Advertisement Email WhatsApp Linkedin Facebook Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League openercenter_img Print A status red weather alert is now in place across the countryA status orange weather warning is in place for Limerick as Storm Lorenzo is expected to make land Thursday evening.The warning is also in place for Galway, Kerry Mayo, Clare and Cork.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Southwesterly winds veering westerly will reach mean speeds 65 to 80km/h with gusts generally of 100 to 130km/h, higher in coastal regions.Storm surges will produce coastal flooding and damage. Previous articleNew Regional Ambassador to the West to ‘create a stronger voice’ across the Shannon Region and Galway for SITE IrelandNext articleLimerick people reveal their favourite sound Meghann Scully Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Predictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Twitter Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash last_img read more

Supermoon sends eyes to they sky

first_img Normally, there are 12 full moons in a year because one occurs each month. But in 2020, October will have two full moons, one on October 1 and then again on October 31. Two full moons in the same month is known as a “blue moon.The coming of a supermoon is a highly anticipated event for stargazers. However, Clark said the concept of a supermoon is highly exaggerated.“The Moon orbits the Earth in an ellipse not a perfect circle. So sometimes the Moon is a little closer than average and sometimes a little further than average,” Clark said. “At its closest point, the Moon is a about 22,000km or about 6 percent closer than average.  So at perigee the Moon will appear very slightly larger than average.”Clark said the Moon passes through perigee once each month, and when perigee coincides with the full moon, that is called a “supermoon,” because since it is slightly closer than average, it will be slightly brighter. Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel The early risers who braved the 5:45 a.m. morning chill Thursday, perhaps, got the best first and best view of the May 7 supermoon.Others among us had to wait until the sun went down. However, those who missed the supermoon show on Thursday may still catch it tonight and that will be the last supermoon show of 2020.Dr. Maurice Clark, Troy University professor, said a supermoon is a full moon or a new moon that nearly coincides with perigee—the closest that the Moon comes to the Earth in its elliptic orbit—resulting in a slightly larger-than-usual apparent size of the lunar disk as viewed from Earth.Specifically, Algonquin tribes referred to this moon as the flower moon in North America. Sponsored Content Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Book Nook to reopen The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Latest Stories Submitted photo Supermoon sends eyes to they sky Published 7:14 pm Thursday, May 7, 2020 Email the authorcenter_img You Might Like Skip Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration By The Penny Hoarder Print Article “However, the difference is so slight it is hardly noticeable,’ Clark said. “Last month’s full moon looked just like any other even though it occurred close to perigee. Tonight’s full moon will be just the same.”Clark said, from an astronomical point of view, there is no significance in a “supermoon”“Supermoons happen once or twice each year,” Clark said. “However, if publicity about it encourages people to head outside and look up at the sky, then I am all for it.” By Jaine Treadwell Renfroe ranked among the best in class of 2021 Pike Liberal Arts Patriots kicker Scott Taylor Renfroe was surprised to find out he was ranked among the nations best… read morelast_img read more

Fifth anniversary of Michael Brown’s death returns focus to police shooting

first_imgCourtesy Brown family/Facebook(FERGUSON, Mo.) — Community members in Ferguson, Missouri, will hold several events on Friday to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the officer-involved shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Brown, who is black, was unarmed when he was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, in 2014, sparking national protests over police brutality and marking the beginning of the Black Lives Matter movement. One of the biggest events will be the opening of “As I See You: A Tribute to Mike Brown Jr.,” an exhibit at the Urban League Ferguson Community Empowerment Center.“We would be honored to have you join us to commemorate the tragic loss of Mike, Jr. that shook the world, to acknowledge the healing that has taken place this far and to unite with us for the change we still work to see,” The Michael Brown Chosen for Change Foundation, the organization behind the exhibit, said in a statement.The exhibit will be open Friday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.The tribute is one of the many events planned to mark the city’s “5th Annual Michael Brown Memorial Weekend,” a three-day celebration organized by the foundation, which was established by Brown’s father, Michael Brown Sr.A St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict Wilson in November 2014, and the U.S. Justice Department declined to prosecute him in March 2015, citing evidence and witnesses supporting Wilson’s claims that Brown attacked him. Wilson resigned from the police department in November 2014.Both the shooting itself and the government’s decision not to charge Wilson incited violent riots in Ferguson.Brown’s family was eventually paid $1.5 million in a settlement after they sued the city of Ferguson.Other events will be held in the area too, including a memorial service at the Canfield Green Apartments complex, where Brown was killed. Residents decorated the spot outside the apartments where he died with stuffed animals and flowers made of paper this week ahead of the anniversary.There will also be a free community event featuring vendors, food, music and children’s entertainment in honor of the slain teen. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Here’s how long Derek Chauvin could spend in prison

first_imgMarilyn Nieves/iStock(MINNEAPOLIS) — Derek Chauvin’s conviction on all three charges stemming from the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd could lead to a sentence that lasts decades — and to another court battle.Chauvin will learn his fate in eight weeks, when Judge Peter Cahill hands down punishment to the former police officer who was found guilty on Tuesday of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.Under Minnesota sentencing guidelines, for a person with no criminal history, each murder charge carries a presumptive sentence of 12 1/2 years, while a manslaughter conviction has a presumptive sentence of four years.But each count carries a different maximum sentence — 40 years for second-degree unintentional murder, 25 years for third-degree murder, 10 years for second-degree manslaughter.Abrams predicted that the prosecution will ask the judge to sentence Chauvin to more years in prison.Chauvin will be sentenced on the second-degree murder because, per state law, it’s the single most serious charge. Although sentencing guidelines suggest it’s more likely he could get closer to 15 years, prosecutors likely will argue otherwise, citing aggravating factors — minors at the scene watched Floyd die, in one example — that could push 15 years closer to 40.“That is the next big debate in the case, over exactly what should be the sentence for Derek Chauvin,” said ABC News Legal Analyst Dan Abrams, who said he expects the prosecution to push for a longer sentence.Chauvin was remanded into custody following the jury verdict. During the end of closing arguments, the former officer waived his right to have a jury decide his sentencing. Cahill alone will decide.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more