Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An NYPD detective was arrested Sunday following a string of public lewdness complaints in Rockville Centre in which victims described a man masturbating on their respective properties.Village of Rockville Centre police arrested 46-year-old Robert Francis of Queens after receiving a call about a suspicion person. He was charged with multiple counts of public lewdness and trespassing. He was released on a desk appearance ticket and is scheduled to be arraigned April 17.Rockville Centre Police Commissioner Charles Gennario said Francis was forthcoming and had indicated he was in the midst of personal struggles. Francis is married with children, Gennario said. Why Francis decided to commit the alleged acts in Rockville Centre remained unclear. The locations of the incidents were Lakeview Avenue, Seaman Avenue, Brompton Road and Sherman Avenue.The commissioner said he was “shocked” the suspect is a detective, adding that his agency immediately notified Francis’ duty officer. The NYPD suspended Francis following his arrest.“He did show remorse,” Gennario said.Village police had been investigating at least four public lewdness complaints since February with similar descriptions. The incidents occurred on Feb. 5, twice on Feb. 27 and March 24, all between 8 and 9 p.m. Each incident fit a familiar pattern, with Francis allegedly entering a resident’s backyard, signaling attention by aiming his flashlight at a window, and then exposing himself in front of each victim, Gennario said.All four victims were teenage girls attending Rockville Centre high school. Gennario said they did not appear to have been targeted.Police had difficulty establishing a profile early on because the girls were “very fearful,” the commissioner said, adding that they’d avert their gaze instantly before seeking help, making it difficult to paint a portrait of the suspect. Gennario said the darkness, combined with each girl’s shocked reaction, contributed to the suspect initially being falsely identified as “probably white.” Francis is black.Police identified a sex offender who had recently moved away from the village as a potential person of interest but he was eventually cleared.In response to the strange acts, police increased both marked and unmarked patrols in the area.Gennario defended the decision to issue Francis a desk appearance ticket rather than having the detective formally processed through the court system within days of his arrest. Francis is a 17-year veteran whose most recent post was in Brooklyn.“We in no way gave him special treatment because he was a police officer,” he said.
Ukraine gambling bill enacted by President Zelensky August 11, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Share Andrey Astapov, ETERNA LAW: Ukraine faces critical choices as gambling finish line nears August 21, 2020 Parimatch hails top talent of inaugural ‘Universal Sports & Games Hackathon’ August 14, 2020 Related Articles Major developments in Ukraine have seen the Rada (parliament) committee fast track final readings of ‘Bill-2285D – Gambling Law’ to be commenced this week (18 May).MPs will be given the final chance to debate amendments of the governing SoP Party’s bill which will reestablish Ukraine’s federal gambling framework. Despite its fast track, observers remain unconvinced on a number of the bill’s key provisions.Since its first publishing in early January, Ukraine’s Gambling Law has undertaken numerous amendments, yet the government has been unable to deliver transparency on criteria related to existing lottery monopolies, licensing arrangements, industry standards and taxation policies.The office of President Volodymyr Zelensky maintains that SoP will deliver its gambling bill by end of year proceedings. Nevertheless, reality indicates that Rada may settle on half-baked measures to approve a fundamentally flawed framework.Further developments see Ukraine business news sources report of rifts developing with regards to how a framework will settle the demands of the nation’s existing and influential lottery monopolies.Despite being marred in allegations of corruption and cronyism, lottery monopolies Patriot, MSL and UNL are reported to have demanded that SoP enforce a ‘wish list of rights’ to further their gambling portfolios.How the president handles monopoly rifts will be closely followed by betting incumbents and opposition, as SoP campaigned for business transparency and ending the government’s favouritism towards state-owned enterprises.Beyond monopoly interventions, further criticism has been placed on SoP for failing to research the mechanisms and intricacies related to governing a regulated gambling marketplace.Critics argue that during the legislative development of Bill-2285D, SoP chose not to review or replicate any effective provisions from established European markets such as the UK, France and Sweden.The insular approach has led SoP to publish a much-derided high-fee individual licensing system, which will operate alongside a blanket (provisional 10%) GRR taxation policy for licensed gambling incumbents.Maksym Liashko – ParimatchMaksym Liashko, Partner at Parimatch Holdings, advised Rada members to place licensing and tax amendments at the top of the bill’s final agenda – or risk the Gambling Law becoming a dead-on-arrival mandate.“We are still far away from a crystal understanding of the situation, but hope that the legislators will choose a wise approach and will abandon the idea of introducing simultaneously a high fixed payment for licences, GGR tax and income tax – all three types of taxes altogether,” Liashko told SBC News.“Such an approach raises concerns among the professional community. But the process of discussion started and there can be light in the end of the tunnel.“An appropriate approach is when the high fixed cost of licenses will enable the state to receive guaranteed payments to the country’s budget; income tax will be calculated on the basis of general rules, while there should be no GGR tax. This will be a win-win situation for both the country and the investor.”Stating that a tax triple threat will torpedo any realistic marketplace ambitions, Liashko urged Rada to eliminate the GGR tax rate. Instead the mandate of the Gambling Law should guarantee government tax revenues through incumbents taking on high fee licenses and through general income taxes.As a Parimatch stakeholder, Liashko noted that licensed operators will have to stomach numerous concessions during the nascent stages of Ukraine enforcing the Gambling Law. He concluded that all interested parties should accept a long-term approach in developing a coherent Ukrainian gambling marketplaceHe explained: “In the future, over the next 5 years, Ukraine can switch to the calculation and payment of GGR tax, when everyone will be sure that there is a reliable system for recording such information and a common understanding of the calculation of such tax.“In addition, the powers of the future regulatory body, which will oversee the industry, should be clearly prescribed and outlined in the bill in order to avoid any misuses of powers and its work should be transparent… We are looking forward to the finalisation of the process by the Ukrainian MPs and hope that soon we will observe the opening of the regulated market in Ukraine.”