Finance Sports betting and interactive gaming company Newgioco Group has reported an increased loss in 2019, despite experiencing a year-on-year rise in revenue for the year.Revenue for the 12 months through to 31 December, 2019 amounted to $35.6m (£28.6m/€31.7m), up 2.9% from $34.6m in the previous year, while turnover also climbed 9.9% to $454.1m.Net gaming revenue for 2019 increased 2.6% to $35.2m, while betting platform software and services revenue, Newgioco’s only other source of income, was up 34.6% to $373,654.Online remained the most popular form of betting among Newgioco customers, with turnover jumping 39.2% to $92.5m. The company put this down to a rise in the number of web shops opened in 2019 as well as the addition of virtual games products to the online channel.In contrast, land-based turnover slipped 29.1% to $51.6m, which Newgioco said was due to the conversion of land-based customers to web-based players. This area of the business was also impacted by the closure of 20 underperforming land-based locations across Italy.Looking at costs for the year, selling expenses – commissions paid to sales agents – were up 14.3% to $27.6m, which Newgioco put down to its aggressive strategy in Italy in an effort to gain a greater market share.General and administrative expenses were also up 3.8% to $11.0m, though the company said this was in line with expectations and included grant of stock options for the year.Despite posting higher revenue, increased spending meant Newgioco posted a loss from its operations totalling $3.0m, compared to $155,175 in 2018. After accounting for $5.7m in other expenses, this left the company with a loss before income taxes of $8.7m, higher than $2.4m last year.After taking into account $598,176 in tax payments, as well as $119,289 in the form of foreign currency translation adjustments, this meant Newgioco ended the year with a comprehensive loss of $9.4m, compared to $3.8m in 2018.Confirmation of the full-year results comes after Newgioco last month said it had reopened all of its retail betting venues in Italy after the country’s government eased further restrictions related to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.Newgioco’s land-based betting shops, including locations such as bars and coffee shops, are now open again to customers, and will operate in line with strict measures set out by the Italian government.The company’s retail sites were forced to close on 9 March after Italy entered into a state of lockdown, in an effort to slow the spread of Covid-19.Newgioco last month also announced that it had established a new US-facing operating subsidiary with the aim of expanding its sports betting operations throughout the country.Elys Gameboard Technologies will run as a wholly owned subsidiary of the business, with Newgioco to code its Elys betting platform for US certification.Newgioco is already in the process of applying for a sports betting licence in Washington D.C. and, if successful this would be the supplier’s first licence in the US market. Newgioco sees losses widen despite revenue increase in 2019 Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Sports betting and interactive gaming company Newgioco Group has reported an increased comprehensive loss in 2019, despite experiencing a year-on-year rise in revenue for the year. Topics: Finance Tags: Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops 3rd July 2020 | By contenteditor AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Email Address
Inala Capital Limited (INALA.sz) listed on the Swaziland Stock Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2019 abridged results.For more information about Inala Capital Limited reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations visit the Inala Capital Limited company page on AfricanFinancials.Inala Capital Limited Abridged Results DocumentCompany ProfileInala Capital Limited’s principal objective is to carry on business as an investment holding company to provide investors with attractive long-term returns. Inala Capital focusses on investing in companies, which demonstrate strong fundamentals, and good growth prospects, where Inala Capital believes it can add value. Its primary investment geography is in the Kingdom of Eswatini. Where opportunities are unavailable, the Company will seek opportunities in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Inala Capital focuses on investments in the following sectors: Agriculture (primary, secondary and tertiary)Food processingFood retailing Inala Capital Limited is listed on the Eswatini Stock Exchange
See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Rupert Hargreaves | Sunday, 28th March, 2021 Image source: Getty Images “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” As the vaccine rollout allows the UK economy to start planning for the future, I’ve been searching for shares in the FTSE 100 index to buy right now. I believe a few of companies have recently fallen on hard times but could generate outstanding returns for investors in the long run. Here are the top five picks I’d buy today. FTSE 100 index stocksThe first FTSE 100 company I’d buy is the international banking group HSBC. Like most banks, this company has been under pressure over the past 12 months. Falling interest rates and rising loan losses have crushed profitability. However, as the global economy moves on from the crisis, I think financial businesses like HSBC could see a significant uplift in sales and profitability.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…That’s not to say the group isn’t without its risks. Low-interest rates and rising loan write-offs remain a challenge for the organisation. HSBC may also face challenges negotiating the deteriorating relationship between China and the West. Despite these risks, I’d buy the stock because I think it’s one of the best FTSE 100 companies to play the global economic recovery.Commodity playsTwo other companies I’d buy to invest in the global economic recovery are commodity producers Glencore and Rio Tinto. An economic upswing should increase the demand for essential commodities such as coal, copper and iron ore. This may translate into rising commodity prices, which may boost profits at Glencore and Rio. However, commodity prices can fall just as fast as they rise. As such, these businesses are relatively high-risk ways to invest in the economic recovery. If commodity prices suddenly slump, shares in Glencore and Rio could collapse. Nevertheless, I’d buy shares in both of these companies considering their recovery potential. UK housingWhile some investors might feel comfortable buying FTSE 100 recovery plays such as IAG, I think these businesses will continue to face challenges for the next few years. Instead, I’d rather own companies such as Taylor Wimpey and Barratt Developments, which have been impacted by the pandemic but have also been able to continue a limited level of service. What’s more, some markets such as travel and tourism may take years to recover. On the other hand, the UK housing market is booming, and a lack of supply suggests this trend will continue. Low-interest rates are also supporting the market. The most considerable risk these companies face is an increase in interest rates. This could well happen if inflation starts to take off over the next year or so. Rising costs could also weigh on profit margins, which may hurt cash returns to shareholders. Considering these risks and challenges, I’d buy both Taylor Wimpey and Barratt Developments for my portfolio today as FTSE 100 recovery plays. 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. 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Margaret Berry says: Youth Minister Lorton, VA Tags Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 April 11, 2017 at 11:30 am This is sad news. You will be missed, my brother, and you will be remembered by the people of that very special place, the Mississippi Diocese. May God hold your hand and keep you in His Presence until we meet again. Thanks be to God. Obituary, Steven Catanich says: Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Submit a Job Listing Rector Tampa, FL Carole G. Pryor says: Submit an Event Listing Rector Knoxville, TN In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 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 Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY April 7, 2017 at 4:54 pm Is the burial date correct in the article? Rector Albany, NY Rector Belleville, IL Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Associate Rector Columbus, GA Dr. William A. Flint, MDiv, PhD says: Rector Martinsville, VA April 8, 2017 at 5:15 pm No. It is April not August. 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 Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Comments are closed. New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Pittsburgh, PA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest People Featured Jobs & Calls Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Director of Music Morristown, NJ AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Comments (5) Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Collierville, TN Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS April 7, 2017 at 4:02 pm Rest in peace, good friend. 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 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 RIP: Former Mississippi Bishop A. C. Marble dies after long declining health Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Rector Hopkinsville, KY Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel By Scott LenoirPosted Apr 6, 2017 Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Rector Bath, NC Rector Shreveport, LA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska Featured Events Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH May 19, 2017 at 6:10 pm I never met Bishop Marble, but one thing in this article tells me that he must have been very highly loved and respected. How many Bishops retire from their own Diocese, and then are asked to serve as an assisting Bishop in another Diocese? Only the best of the best, I think. You served your people well, Bishop Marsh. Rest in Peace as we await the Resurrection. [Diocese of Mississippi] The Rt. Rev. Alfred Clark “Chip” Marble Jr. died March 29 at his home in Greensboro, North Carolina, with family members at his bedside.Marble had been in declining health for some time. He was 81 years old.Marble was consecrated as the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Mississippi in 1993 after serving as bishop coadjutor under Bishop Duncan M. Gray Jr. beginning in 1991. He served the church as deacon, priest and bishop for almost 50 years.His ministry began as a curate at St. James’ in Jackson in 1967. He served at St. Timothy’s in Southaven, Holy Cross in Olive Branch, St. Peter’s in Oxford (where he also served as chaplain at Ole Miss and at Church of the Nativity in Water Valley), Mediator in Meridian, and as a member of the staff in the Diocese of East Carolina.After retiring as diocesan in Mississippi in 2003, Marble served as an assisting bishop in the Diocese of North Carolina from 2005 to 2013.While diocesan in Mississippi, Marble gave his support to a build a strong diaconate ministry. “It was the vision of Bishop Marble that brought the vocational diaconate into being in this diocese,” Bishop Duncan Gray III said in 2013 when Gray announced the name change of the diaconal program to The A.C. Marble Center for Theological Formation. The school operates out of The Gray Center and in coordination with the Iona Initiative out of the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas. It continues to train new generations of vocational deacons and, more recently, transitional deacons, for ministry in the Diocese of Mississippi.“Bishop Marble loved the Lord and joyfully represented Jesus’ love for the world,” Bishop Brian Seage said after learning of Marble’s death.Marble is survived by his wife, Diene, and two boys, Matt and Jonathan. Your notes of condolence, love and support may be mailed to the family at 1611 Red Forest Road, Greensboro, NC 27410.A semi-private burial office will be held on April 24, 2017, at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Bovina, Mississippi with the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry officiating. On April 25, 2017, the Episcopal Church of the Mediator, Meridian, Mississippi, will host a churchwide Requiem Eucharist at 10:30 a.m., with Curry as celebrant and preacher. Submit a Press Release Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Press Release Service Leon Spencer says: Rector Smithfield, NC Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR
Tagged with: Ireland We know that the World Cup is a huge event and we hope that people will support this charity aspect which will raise money for our Family and Patient Centre which helps people who are going through the trauma of a cancer diagnosis, she said.Mrs Savage thanked the competition sponsors, Botanic Inns and IT company Fusio who have made the event possible. Botanic Inns managing director Stephen Magorrian said his company was delighted to bring a community angle to the hype around the World Cup. IT company Fusio have deleveloped software that will calculate the winning scores.The World Cup Charity Challenge will run until June 8th with the winners announced in July. Competitors will get 3 points for a correct score and 1 point for a correct result. As well as the Champion’s League trip there will be a cash prize and 10 meals for two in two leading local restaurants. Nationals from some of the countries taking part in the World Cup this year have come together in Belfast to help launch the World Cup Charity Challenge competition which will raise funds for the Ulster Cancer Foundation’s Family and Patient Centre.The Charity Challenge asks people to fill in the competition coupon and predict the scores in the 48 qualifying rounds of the World Cup. The winner will receive a trip for two to a Champion’s League away game. Participants are asked to make a £5 donation to the Ulster Cancer Foundation.Joyce Savage of the Ulster Cancer Foundation said the competition with such a good top prize, as well as exciting others, will be a big attraction for all armchair football pundits. Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Howard Lake | 16 May 2006 | News 29 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis World Cup Charity Challenge launched
WhatsApp Previous articleWare2Go Recognized With Key Industry AwardsNext articleZoomInfo Debuts ‘Talk Data to Me’ Podcast Series Digital AIM Web Support Facebook By Digital AIM Web Support – February 9, 2021 Pinterest MIAMI & DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Feb 9, 2021– Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits (Southern Glazer’s)—the world’s preeminent distributor of beverage alcohol—today announced that it has signed a national distribution agreement with Foley Family Wines (FFW), a family-owned and operated producer and marketer of luxury wines. Through this national alignment, Foley Family Wines will benefit from Southern Glazer’s national scale, unmatched route-to-market capabilities, and industry-leading Proof ® e-commerce platform to drive efficiencies in the FFW business and growth for its expanding portfolio of luxury brands. Concurrent with this national distribution agreement, Southern Glazer’s has signed definitive agreements to acquire certain assets of Epic Wines & Spirits of California (Epic), with the transaction to be completed subject to typical closing conditions. This new alignment coincides with the launch of Southern Glazer’s new Fine Wine and Artisanal spirits strategy, aimed at enhancing the route to market and customer service aspects for our restaurant, fine wine, and craft spirits partners. “This is a new era for Foley Family Wines, following their recent acquisition of Ferrari-Carano, as they look to accelerate growth for their world-class portfolio across the U.S.,” commented Wayne E. Chaplin, Chief Executive Officer, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. “Our two family-owned businesses are committed to working together to build on past successes, further develop their great brands, and create a long-term and fruitful partnership well into the future.” “The expanded relationship with Foley Family Wines reinforces our commitment to the fine wine category, one which we expect to see continued growth,” added Gene Sullivan, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. “We remain dedicated to developing the dynamic fine wine business, and with that, delivering the best results for the Foley Family Wines portfolio of luxury brands.” “As the FFW portfolio of luxury brands continues to grow, it is imperative that we align ourselves with a wholesale partner who has broad route-to-market capability,” commented Bill Foley, Chief Executive Officer of Foley Family Wines and Epic Wines & Spirits. “This national alignment with Southern Glazer’s will provide FFW unmatched access to a customer base that will help catapult FFW toward our goal of becoming a top producer of luxury wines.” “The national partnership with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is the right next step for Foley Family Wines,” said Shawn Schiffer, President of Foley Family Wines. “We are confident that the industry-leading scale and strategies of Southern Glazer’s will position Foley Family Wines for exponential growth.” Established by Bill Foley in 1996, Foley Family Wines is a portfolio of highly-acclaimed wines from some of the world’s greatest vineyards. Every brand in the company’s portfolio has a distinct style and legacy. Foley Family Wines owns the following properties in California: Ferrari-Carano (Sonoma County), Foley Sonoma (Geyserville), Chalone Vineyard (Monterey), Foley Estates (Sta. Rita Hills), Lincourt Vineyards (Solvang), Merus (Napa Valley), Foley Johnson (Napa Valley), Kuleto (Napa Valley), Chalk Hill (Sonoma County), Sebastiani (Sonoma County), Lancaster Estate (Sonoma County), Firestone Vineyard (Santa Ynez Valley), Eos Winery (Paso Robles), Roth Estate Winery (Sonoma County) and Banshee (Sonoma County). In the Northwest, the company owns Three Rivers Winery (Walla Walla, Washington), Acrobat (Western Oregon), and The Four Graces (Dundee, Oregon). In New Zealand, the company owns Vavasour (Marlborough), Clifford Bay (Marlborough), Grove Mill (Marlborough), Dashwood (Marlborough), Martinborough Vineyard (Martinborough), Te Kairanga (Martinborough), and Mt. Difficulty (Bannockburn, Central Otago). About Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits is the world’s preeminent distributor of beverage alcohol, and proud to be a multi-generational, family-owned company. The Company has operations in 44 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. Southern Glazer’s urges all retail customers and adult consumers to market, sell, serve, and enjoy its products responsibly. For more information visit www.southernglazers.com. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @sgwinespirits and on Facebook at Facebook.com/SouthernGlazers. 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News Pinterest Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Facebook WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Facebook Google+ 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Pinterest Previous article70 year-old West Donegal to face trial in October charged with sex offences against boysNext articleRevenue say LPT compliance in Donegal is 84%, the lowest in the country News Highland Donegal Town gets ‘Irish Water’ Regional Headquarters and 32 jobs Google+ By News Highland – July 24, 2013 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal It’s been confirmed this afternoon that Donegal Town is to be the site of one of eight Regional Headquarters for Irish Water.Environment Minister Phil Hogan says it’s been decided to base the North West centre of operations in Donegal, with 32 jobs being created as a result.The jobs will be drawn from the local authority, the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government, Bord Gáis and open recruitment.Irish Water has been established to take over the running of the country’s water supply and will be tasked with installing the controversial new water meters for over 1.5 million domestic and business customers.Today’s jobs announcement is being welcomed by Junior Minister Dinny Mc Ginley:[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/dinh20WATER.mp3[/podcast] WhatsApp
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…lights up Registry building in blueThe University of Guyana joined the rest of the world in support of World Autism Month as they hosted their “light it up blue” campaign to raise awareness for persons living with autism. As such, the University lit up its Registry building to show support.This symbolic gesture was intended to “unite the world to shine a light on autism and increase greater understanding and acceptance for children, individuals and families across the globe.According to founder of Sorsha Williams Foundation for Autism and Special Education, Karen Williams, persons living with this developmental disorder are often placed under an umbrella.Being a mother herself to an autistic child, Williams further explained that the demands of living with a child with autism are great, and families frequently experience high levels of stress.“Parents have to deal with behaviours and pursue treatments while also planning for the future; siblings might feel embarrassed or overlooked; and it’s important for the whole family to stay involved in the community. Recognising and preparing for the challenges in store will make a tremendous difference to everyone involved, including parents, siblings, grandparents, extended family and friends,” Williams emphasised.The 9th annual World Autism Awareness Day was observed on April 2, 2018. Every year, autism organisations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events.This year, #LIUB is being used to share experiences across social media and help light the world up blue this April.Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder that involves abnormal development and function of the brain. People with autism show decreased social communication skills and restricted or repetitive patterns of behaviours or interests.
MONTEBELLO – The city’s search to replace its top administrator continues today with the council holding a closed door meeting at 4 p.m. The City Council voted 10 days ago to fire City Administrator Richard Torres from the job he held for 18 years. The firing came on a 3-2 vote and highlighted some of the changes the city has undergone in recent months. “We will be looking for an individual who will be proactive and not reactive,” Councilman Jeff Siccama said. “We need new leadership that will move us in that direction.” The firing came just a month after the council voted to hire J. Arnoldo Beltran as the new city attorney, in a similar 3-2 split. Beltran replaced interim City Attorney John Pringle. “This should be a full-time person, with strong skills in management and economic development,” she added. Vasquez said the ideal replacement for Torres should have an understanding of the demographics and population of Montebello, and experience with union negotiations. “We’re right in the middle of negotiations with the police and fire departments,” Vasquez said. Torres’ dismissal was the latest in a series of firings that began with the termination of city Fire Chief Jim Cox, Community Development Director Ruben Lopez and City Attorney Marco Martinez, who was replaced in the interim by Pringle. Those firings have all taken place since the voting bloc of Mayor Norma Lopez-Reid and Councilmen Siccama and Bill Bagwell gained their edge in the 2005 citywide elections. “\ have a hit list of people they are going to eliminate,” Vasquez said. “It’s most unfortunate and at this point the community is upset.” Among Vasquez’s concerns over the latest firing is the cost to city taxpayers. Under the terms of his contract, Torres will receive 18 months pay at his salary of $131,000 per year. Additionally, he will continue to receive benefits. “We’ll be paying double. That’s taxpayer’s money,” Vasquez said. “They should have brought in Torres and try to make it beneficial for him to retire.” Siccama noted that Montebello, a city of 68,000 on the gritty southwest edge of the San Gabriel Valley, faces several challenges as it moves forward. Primary among those challenges is money – specifically, there is not enough to properly run the city and offer essential services to its residents. A new city administrator would be charged with finding ways to stretch an already thin budget. “So much has been cut back in programs and services,” he said. “\ will have to find the money to pay for these things.” Vasquez noted the process should be thorough. “On paper a candidate might look good,” she said. “But until you meet the person you never know.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2717160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! While little controversy has attended the search for Torres’ replacement, Beltran’s role in replacing Bell Garden’s city manager with a sitting city councilwoman in 2000 caused a political firestorm. The councilwoman, Maria Chacon, was charged with criminal conflict of interest after an investigation by the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office that included a search of Beltran’s offices in 2001. The candidate hired as a result of the ongoing search will hold the title of interim city administrator; a search will continue for a permanent replacementG. Siccama, who described the search for Torres’ interim replacement as a regional recruitment effort, said four candidates had been considered for the job initially, and two remain in the running. He would not identify the remaining two candidates, other than to say they are from outside Montebello and have asked for confidentiality. Siccama was clear about what he believes are the qualifications for the job. “They have got to know the California way of things,” he said. Councilwoman Rosie Vasquez, who opposed the firing of Torres, said the interim city administrator should possess “skills of experience in redevelopment.