CONCORD, N.H. — A federal judge has ruled that a law prohibiting interstate wagering applies only to sports gambling and not to state lotteries as some had feared.Monday’s ruling sets aside an opinion issued last year by the U.S. Justice Department that interpreted the 1961 Wire Act as applying to any form of gambling that crosses state lines. That raised concerns that states would lose their lotteries and the educational and other programs they fund.The New Hampshire Lottery Commission sued in February, saying the opinion subjects its employees to prosecution, creates uncertainty about whether it should cease operations and could cost the state more than $90 million a year.In his ruling, Judge Paul Barbadoro said the state had the standing to sue and that the Wire Act is limited to sports gambling.The Associated Press read more

The Planter’s Association had been a vocal critic of the sudden and unexpected decision to ban glyphosate in 2015. The PA had consistently requested the regulator to explain the rationale behind its decision to ban glyphosate, and provide a recommendation for a suitable alternative that would be feasible to use and acceptable in relation to the minimum residue limits imposed at export destinations for Sri Lankan tea. (Colombo Gazette) The Cabinet has approved the lifting of the ban on glyphosate for tea and rubber for a period of 36 months.The Planters’ Association of Ceylon (PA) had recently commended the Government decision to lift the ban on the importation of glyphosate-based weedicides in view of the overwhelming scientific consensus that the substance is not harmful to human health. read more