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Optimove iGaming Pulse – March 2020

first_img Topics: Casino & games Marketing & affiliates Sports betting Mobile bet rate rises further There’s been a generally rising trend in the mobile bet rate in recent times, and last month this was up 40% YoY and 8% MoM, with the figure now standing at 67%. In Italy, however, we saw a decrease both MoM (by 5%) and YoY (by 4%). Deposit amounts and conversion rates were up in the casino vertical as sports bettors starved of fixtures turned their attention to casino games instead.With so many people currently self-isolating or quarantined as countries around the world attempt to combat the spread of coronavirus, the online gaming industry is booming.Although most sporting events have been cancelled or postponed, the decline in numbers last month wasn’t as extreme as one might have expected. It’s important to note that until mid-March, many sporting events were still taking place and this is evident in this report.The players who continue to play online right now (both casino and sports) are probably the stronger, more experienced players. Here we analyse online playing activity in different European countries in March.Sporting standstill Although most of the big sporting leagues have shut down, betting on leagues that are more niche is still possible. For example, still playing are the Belarusian Premier League, Tajikistan football, Nicaraguan baseball and a few horse racing events that are taking place without any crowds.However, overall the average number of deposits per player decreased by 6% month-on-month (MoM). Perhaps surprisingly, on a year-on-year (YoY) basis these were up 4%. Optimove iGaming Pulse – March 2020 In Spain, on the other hand, there was a decrease of 18% MoM but a slight increase of 3% YoY. In Germany, the falls were more significant, with a 16% decrease MoM and a 12% decrease YoY. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Perhaps unsurprisingly given the lack of sporting events, new retention rates – players who made their first deposit in February and remained active in March – suffered even larger falls.In Italy, for example, there was a 15% MoM decrease and an 18% YoY decrease in the new retention rate. Regions: Europe The same trend appeared in monthly revenue per player, where there was a decrease of 11% MoM but an increase of 9% YoY. The key takeaway from last month is that with most sport betting events cancelled or postponed and physical casinos closed, more people are turning to online casino games for entertainment. It will be interesting to see if this trend persists in the coming months.About iGaming Pulse: iGaming Pulse is an industry benchmark tool for the gaming sector. iGaming Pulse enables gaming operators to accurately assess their overall performance against industry-wide key performance indicators.Its figures are updated on a monthly basis. It enables gaming operators to gain a clearer understanding of how their KPIs compare against the rest of the industry, broken down by geography and game type. This type of data, which is made publicly available for the first time, provides operators with the ability to conduct comparative analysis and derive insight into how their performance compares with industry averages.iGaming Pulse comprises of data collected from over 200 online casinos and sports betting companies, including industry giants and boutique operators, providing an accurate, statistically significant sample of the industry. Access to this information is vital for operators that are limited to only their own data. Optimove’s iGaming Pulse is now fully accessible, ensuring operators will have a clearer overview of how they compare to the industry. In the UK, the trend was negative across the board,  with a decrease of 22% MoM and a decrease of 15% YoY.center_img Email Address In the Netherlands, the increase was particularly strong – we saw an increase of 9% MoM and 11% YoY, taking the average single deposit amount to €51. Casino & games We saw an even more pronounced upward trend in Italy, with conversion rates last month standing at 58%, an increase of 18% both Mom and YoY. With minimal sports to bet on, it’s obvious that players are turning to casino games in Italy. Strong conversion The conversion rate – the number of first-time depositors divided by the number of registered players – also improved last month.The overall conversion rate increased by 8% MoM, with an even greater increase of 24% YoY. This means the conversion rate now stands at 44%, compared with 33% in the same month last year. Bettors turn to casino Since the beginning of March, the number of casino players has been increasing every week. In part this is due to an increase in sports bettors turning to casino games.As of March, the average single deposit amount was €34. That represented a 3% MoM increase but a 6% YoY decrease. 7th April 2020 | By Joanne Christie Tags: Mobile Online Gambling Deposit amounts and conversion rates were up in the casino vertical as sports bettors starved of fixtures turned their attention to casino games instead Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter The overall retention rate among sports betting players decreased by 7% MoM and 5% YoY.last_img read more


Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited ( Q32015 Interim Report

first_imgGuinness Ghana Breweries Limited ( listed on the Ghana Stock Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2015 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited (  2015 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileGuinness Ghana Breweries Limited manufactures and markets a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages for the Ghana domestic market and for international export. Its product offering includes spirits, beers, lagers and stouts as well as ready-to-drink products. Popular brand names include Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, Orijin Zero, Ciroc Ultra-Premium Vodka, Johnnie Walker Reserve Scotch Whisky, Ron Zacapa Rum, Malta Guinness, Star Lager, Gulder, Alvaro, Ruut Extra, Orijin Bitters, Smirnoff Ice and Smirnoff Double Black Ice. The company was originally founded to produce Guinness Foreign Extra Stout, otherwise known as Guinness. Its non-alcoholic beverage, Malta Guinness, is extremely popular and has captured 70% of the Ghana non-alcoholic beverages market. Guinness Ghana Breweries is a subsidiary of Diageo Plc. and is based in Kumasi, Ghana. Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited is listed on the Ghana Stock Exchangelast_img read more


AD Classics: Taliesin West / Frank Lloyd Wright

first_imgArchDaily AD Classics: Taliesin West / Frank Lloyd WrightSave this projectSaveAD Classics: Taliesin West / Frank Lloyd Wright ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard United States Projects Photographs:  Flickr User: godutchbabyText description provided by the architects. Situated in the Sonoran desert outside of Scottsdale, Arizona stands a living memorial and testament to the life and work of Frank Lloyd Wright. Completed between 1937 – 1959, Taliesin West was the winter home to Wright and his wife’s summer home, Taliesin, in Spring Green, Wisconsin in addition to being Wright’s workshop and school for his apprentices.Save this picture!© Flickr User: godutchbabyRecommended ProductsWoodBruagBalcony BalustradesWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsWoodParklex International S.L.Wood cladding – FacadeMetallicsTECU®Copper Surface – Classic CoatedFirst conceptualized in 1927 to escape the harsh winters of the Midwest, Arizona’s arid desert climate proved to a place that could inspire Wright and his apprentices. Wright found that the atmosphere of Scottsdale’s Sonoran desert was a perfect place for a residence, a place of business, and most importantly a place to learn stating:Save this picture!“Arizona needs its own architecture… Arizona’s long, low, sweeping lines, uptilting planes. Surface patterned after such abstraction in line and color as find “realism” in the patterns of the rattlesnake, the Gila monster, the chameleon, and the saguaro, cholla or staghorn – or is it the other way around—are inspiration enough.”Save this picture!planAfter four years of bringing his apprentices to Arizona during the harsh Wisconsin winters, Wright and his wife finally made the trek to Arizona to take up residence in the expansive landscape on the southern end of McDowell Range that overlooked Scottsdale’s Paradise Valley in 1937. At the time, Wright paid $3.50 an acre for what would become the Taliesin Fellowship and the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture main campus.Save this picture!© Flickr User: godutchbabyTaliesin West is not only a symbol of Wright’s versatility and influential expansion throughout the United States, but it marks a moment in his career where context and vernacular begin to integrate into Wright’s formulated Prairie Style. Save this picture!Similar to his other projects, Wright takes special interest in locally available materials and applies them in similar fashion to his other Prairie Style projects, employing low level, horizontal planes that keep the house and studio low to the ground to insure effective natural ventilation and protection and shade from the intense desert sun.During the construction of Taliesin West, the house and studio were merely a series of “sleeping boxes” that were clustered around a central terrace for Wright and his apprentices.  When the main portion of the house and studio were completed by the apprentices, the different spaces of the house for Wright and his wife, the apprentices, and the gathering spaces were all organized to maintain a certain sense of privacy within, but a formal compositional balance with the landscape. Taliesin West is less of a singular building as it is a series of spaces that are connected through terraces, gardens, and pools.Save this picture!Similar to all of Wrights projects, every aspect of design and detail of the project was given particular attention by Wright. Beside the close attention to the arid desert climate, Wright implemented local and site provided materials for the construction of the house and foundation. Save this picture!One of the most significant uses of material and details of the house is Wright’s employment of the desert stone found on the site.  Through the use of redwood formwork, the flat faces of the stones were faced outwards and the space in between the stones were combined with  a concrete mix that make up the larger stone walls and structural elements of the house. Wright also used a natural redwood timber for the roofing structure and parts of the house and studio’s facade.Save this picture!The rich red hue from the redwood timber along with the earthy, sandy hues from the concrete and the stone creates a close natural relationship between the house and landscape.Save this picture!“Our new desert camp belongs to the Arizona desert as though it had stood there during creation.” – WrightSave this picture!For Wright, Taliesin West was an ongoing project each winter that he would return to the house he would rethink previous designs and begin to rebuild parts of the house with his apprentices.  Wright later added a larger dining room, a music pavilion, and a cabaret theater, which has been recognized as one of Wright’s most accomplished spaces.Save this picture!The cabaret theater functions as both a formal and informal space; transforming for the entertainment of guests, while also serving as a formal dining space for special guests.Save this picture!Taliesin West was not only home to Wright and his apprentices, but it was the origin of some of Wright’s most famous projects including the Guggenheim Museum in New York City and the Grady Grammage Auditorium on Arizona State University’s campus in Tempe.Save this picture!In 1982, Taliesin West was designated as a National Landmark and in 2008 it was nominated to become granted World Heritage status. Save this picture!Today, Taliesin West continues to be the home to the Taliesin Fellowship as well as the main campus to the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture where one can experience the presence and continuation of Wright’s architectural discourse in the house and the work of the apprentices.Save this picture!Project gallerySee allShow less2011 Pritzker Prize: Eduardo Souto de MouraArticlesSports Canopy / GS-CAArticles Share Save this picture!Written by Andrew Kroll Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Year:  AD Classics: Taliesin West / Frank Lloyd Wrightcenter_img “COPY” Architects: Frank Lloyd Wright Year Completion year of this architecture project “COPY” 1959 Copy+ 20Houses•Scottsdale, United States Houses Photographs CopyAbout this officeFrank Lloyd WrightOfficeFollowProductsWoodStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsArchitecture ClassicsResidential ArchitectureHousesScottsdaleHousesUnited StatesPublished on March 29, 2011Cite: Andrew Kroll. “AD Classics: Taliesin West / Frank Lloyd Wright” 29 Mar 2011. 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Outdoor advertising company aims to save Nelson’s ship in a bottle

first_imgBoutique outdoor media company Ocean Outdoor is supporting the Art Fund’s campaign to help save a sculpture of Admiral Lord Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle, displayed in London’s Trafalgar Square, for the nation.Ocean Outdoor’s managing director Tim Bleakley has pledged £362,500 worth of outdoor advertising to help secure a permanent new berth for the sculpture by artist Yinka Shonibare, MBE, at the National Maritime Museum in the new Royal Borough of Greenwich.The campaign aims to raise £362,500 in donations by mid-April or the artwork, inspired by Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory and which has been exhibited on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square since May 2009, might be bought by an overseas private collector and disappear from public view. So far the public campaign has raised over £150,000.The advertising campaign appears this week across sites including the Two Towers East in Canary Wharf, Eat Street at Westfield London and Hammersmith Broadway.The campaign posters invite supporters and the public to text SHIP to 70555 to donate £5 towards the campaign.Ocean Outdoor CEO Tim Bleakley said: “Shonibare’s scale model of Nelson’s Victory has proved one of the most popular of the fourth plinth commissions, but its future is in doubt. It really is all hands on deck to help save this contemporary tribute to a great British icon in what is a very British year.”He is aware that the putative headline, should the campaign succeed, of “Ocean saves ship” would be very apt.“As a business that has built its reputation on The Art of Outdoor,” he added, “we are matching each £1 needed to save the ship with £1 in media. Hopefully in the year of the Queen’s Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics people will get involved and match each £1 for £1.”The Art Fund gave a £50,000 grant to begin the campaign to secure the sculpture permanently. Carolyn Young, Director of Membership and Marketing at the Art Fund, commented: “Ocean Outdoor’s involvement in the campaign couldn’t be more timely, we are thrilled with their generous offer to help keep this world-class work of contemporary art on public display. Ocean’s state-of-the-art media provides the work with amazing visibility and the creative opportunities their digital sites offer will make a big difference in raising the £365,200 needed.” Tagged with: corporate donated services London AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Outdoor advertising company aims to save Nelson’s ship in a bottle  57 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 20 March 2012 | News 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 Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more


Syriza’s first anti-austerity moves hearten masses

first_imgManeuvers begin as bankers push backThe new left social-democratic government of the Syriza party was swept into office in Greece on an anti-austerity program on Jan. 25. The party targeted the harsh neoliberal cutbacks, budget cuts and privatization imposed by the “Troika” — the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank and the European Commission.The new government immediately took concrete measures against the austerity program imposed by the banks. As the Jan. 28 British Guardian put it: “One by one [the austerity measures] were rolled back, blitzkrieg-style, mercilessly, ruthlessly, with rat-a-tat efficiency.“First the barricades came down outside the Greek parliament. Then it was announced that privatization schemes would be halted and pensions reinstated. And then came the news of the reintroduction of the 751-euro monthly minimum wage. …“After that, ministers announced more measures: the scrapping of fees for prescriptions and hospital visits, the restoration of collective work agreements, the rehiring of workers laid off in the public sector, the granting of citizenship to migrant children born and raised in Greece.”The measures that Syriza announced concerning an end to privatization and restoration of the workers’ standard of living are estimated to cost 13.2 billion euro. Despite the fact that Greece owes the Troika 240 billion euro, the Syriza government did not ask permission to break the austerity pact, which these measures surely do. (As of Feb. 2, 1 euro equals $1.13)These acts sent a wave of hope through the broad masses and shock waves into the boardrooms of finance capital.Austerity for masses equals aid to bankersPrevious governments had planned to raise funds by selling off to private capitalists and developers Greece’s two biggest ports, several airports, its power utility, a refinery and other public facilities, along with layoffs and cutbacks in workers’ wages, pensions and health benefits. All this was going to be done to pay for the bank loans made to previous Greek capitalist governments.It is worth noting that, in fact, the Greek government is not really sovereign. It has no control over its currency, a vital function of any capitalist state. Control of the currency lies in Frankfurt.The background to Syriza’s electoral victory is years of economic hardship, leading to years of mass struggle in the streets and workplaces.Greece in depressionGreece has been in depression for the last five years, with the official unemployment rate at 25 percent, 50 percent youth unemployment and an estimated half of the population living in dire poverty. People have been forced to forage in garbage dumps for food and household supplies, seek firewood and food in the forests, and subsist on food banks that have been set up in towns and cities.This is the result of the global capitalist financial crisis. But it is aggravated by the fact that Greece has been in the vise-like grip of the predatory bankers in Europe, led by German bankers and the government of Angela Merkel, with the support of the entire banking establishment of the continent.Years of struggle against austerityBut there has been fighting resistance. Mass anti-austerity demonstrations have rocked Greece since May 5, 2010, when two people were killed.From May to July 2011, the “indignados” (“indignant ones,” a term originating in Spain) occupied squares all over Greece, and on June 5 of that year up to 500,000 people gathered outside the Greek parliament. The movement was violently suppressed by the police.On Feb. 12, 2012, some 500,000 people demonstrated outside parliament. On June 9 of that year, there was a 24-hour general strike against austerity. On Nov. 17, 2014, tens of thousands demonstrated on the anniversary of the fall of the Greek dictatorship in 1974. The demonstration turned into an anti-austerity outburst.Over the years there have been numerous mass demonstrations, sit-ins, occupations, strikes and general strikes. There were two general strikes in 2014, in April and November. Many have been called by the Greek Communist Party, which has a long history of class struggle and militant resistance and a strong base in the organized working class. Syriza’s base is more general, among unorganized workers, the youth and pauperized small business people. It also made gains among the suffering rural population.This is the background to the Syriza electoral victory. The demonstrations, as frequent and strong as they have been, were not able to force the Greek political establishment to back off austerity. The parties and politicians of the two main parties are tools of the bankers, the developers, the ship owners and the big business media. Mass resistance so far has been unable to end the cruel “economic waterboarding,” as Yanis Varoufakis, the new Syriza finance minister, calls it.So the Greek masses turned to a parliamentary solution, voting out the traditional capitalist parties and voting in Syriza.Syriza’s contradiction: trying a ‘new deal’But having won office, Syriza is now faced with an enormous contradiction. On the one hand, the leadership, headed by Alexis Tsipras, has challenged austerity. But ending austerity requires funds. On the other hand, European finance capital has control of the funds; they are the ones who imposed austerity in the first place. They are now taking a hard line on any form of debt relief. This is the basis for future struggle.The Syriza government is seeking to negotiate a “new deal” with the banks — to give Greece respite from austerity and from a harsh loan repayment schedule in order to allow the economy to grow.There are two parts to their demands. The first, and most fundamental, is that they want Greece’s debt to be cut in half. Second, they are trying to loosen the payment regime — lower interest rates, more time for payment, tying payment to economic growth and so forth. Both Finance Minister Varoufakis and Prime Minister Tsipras have said they intend to honor the debt, but they want the amount and the terms of payment to be modified.Within hours of the Syriza victory, German President Angela Merkel ruled out any debt reduction. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble warned Greece about its negotiation tactics on writing off debt. In an interview with the London Guardian on Jan. 30, Christine Lagarde, head of the IMF, said that it is “payback time” for Greece and “parents must pay their taxes.”Syriza’s strategy is to use the antagonism against the Merkel government to garner sympathy in other European capitals. Varoufakis immediately went to Paris to press this case. The French finance minister said he was sympathetic to Greece on the question of loosening loan payment conditions — but ruled out any debt relief. Varoufakis is scheduled to make the same pitch in Rome and London.Need struggle in streets to cancel debtSo long as this struggle remains within the financial constraints set by the bankers, trying to negotiate to loosen the chains around the necks of the people, the bankers have the overwhelming advantage.This must be turned into a mass political struggle against the debt. In order for Syriza to have any leverage at the negotiating table, cancelling the debt must become a battle cry in the streets and the workplaces. All the forces in Greece who have demonstrated against austerity and suffered under its harsh conditions must mobilize to come out into the streets and send a clear message to the bankers. The financiers need to know that unless they cancel the debt, they are not just dealing with arguments about accounting and financial matters but with a threat to their very system.No one should abstain from active participation in this struggle, regardless of historical or present-day differences. The masses must be imbued with the idea that the debt is illegitimate. For example, of the original 227 billion euro received in the Troika bailout of 2010, only 27 billion euro went to the Greek government to cover its expenses. The rest, 200 billion euro, went to the banks in loan repayment, bailouts, interest payments, etc. Meanwhile, Greek workers were losing their jobs and services and being plunged into depression-level poverty as conditions for the loans.Finance capital is always aggressive and voracious when it comes to extracting money from the people. German finance capital is notoriously aggressive and intransigent. In fact, German finance capital is the adventurous power that triggered two world wars. Now, instead of sending tanks into southern Europe, they and their fellow bankers are sending debt collectors to crush the people.This struggle must not be lost. No one can afford to stand aside. Fascists like Golden Dawn are waiting in the wings to see if the masses will be left in the lurch. Then Golden Dawn and the right wing can move in to capitalize on the suffering and rally the forces of fascism and anti-immigrant pogroms.Opening for revolutionary leftAll the more reason that the left, especially the revolutionary left, must be in the forefront of the struggle and win over the masses. If Syriza should falter or succumb to imperialist pressure on the implementation of austerity, then the left must be prepared to step in and give leadership.Syriza, in order to obtain a parliamentary majority, has made an unsavory alliance with the anti-immigrant, homophobic right-wing Greek Independence Party. This party has been given the post of heading the Defense Ministry, which is extremely dangerous. The Greek military historically has fascist sympathies. This position gives the military a listening post at Syriza cabinet meetings.It would be much better, if without joining the government, the Greek Communist Party and other left parties could pledge a united front in voting for genuine anti-austerity measures in the parliament as well as unity in the streets. Then Syriza would be assured of a parliamentary majority on its anti-austerity program, even if it ruled as a minority government. Then it would not have to rely on the Independence Party.On the other hand, it is very encouraging that the new Podemos Party in Spain, an anti-austerity party, was able to rally several hundred thousand people in Madrid in the wake of the Syriza electoral victory. This points toward the need to broaden the struggle to all of southern Europe, as well as Ireland — to everywhere the working class and the population are living in a state of debt slavery to the banks.The bankers have been threatening the Greek people with being put out of the eurozone if the government defaults or the agreements are violated. They hope that threatening conditions of financial chaos and economic ruin will force everyone to fall back in line.But should Greece have to exit the eurozone — should the bankers try to plunge the country into a state of economic dislocation and strangulation — that would be the signal for the working class to combat the crisis by seizing control of the economy and reorganizing it on a socialist basis.In the long run, an international struggle to overturn capital altogether is the only permanent way out of the present crisis.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more


Rebel fire kills TV journalist travelling with military

first_img Congolese reporter wounded by gunshot while covering protest in Goma Follow the news on Democratic Republic of Congo Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica Organisation RSF_en Reporters Without Borders is saddened to learn that a TV journalist was fatally injured during the weekend in the eastern province of Nord Kivu when the military truck in which he was travelling was ambushed by members of ADF-NALU, a Ugandan rebel group based in the province.Kennedy Germain Mumbere Muliwavyo of Radio Télévision Muungano d’Oïcha died in a hospital on 16 February from the gunshot injuries to the head and abdomen that he had received in the ambush the day before. Two other journalists with him sustained gunshot injuries in the attack that were not life-threatening. The three reporters were travelling with the Congolese army in order to cover its offensive against the ADF-NALU rebels and its impact on the population.“This tragic event highlights the dangers that journalists face in war zones,” said Cléa Kahn-Sriber, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Africa desk. “Those that dare to defy threats from certain officials trying to prevent them covering military operations are exposed to equally serious dangers as they advance into the areas where the fighting is taking place.“It also underscores the clear correlation between armed conflict and a decline in freedom of information, and the need for the military to guarantee the safety of journalists as much as possible. We can only salute the courage of these reporters, who wanted to cover what the local civilian population has suffered in this fighting between the Congolese army and rebel groups operating in Nord Kivu for years.”Patient Subiri of Radio Télévision Rwanzururu Beni, who was one of the two other journalists injured in the ambush, told Reporters Without Borders that they are among a number of journalists who travel in military vehicles once or twice a week in order to reach the front and cover the fighting.“Most of the time we travel to the front line with Gen. Lucien Baumba, the commander of the 8th military region, in order to prepare reports and show the local population the reality on the ground and how the military operations are progressing.”As regards security, he said the journalists are usually “next to the general, with bodyguards and some way from the very front line.”On 15 February, Muliwavyo, Subiri and Mitterand Hangi of Radio Télévision Muungano d’Oïcha were hoping to do a series of reports in Kamando, a town from which the Congolese army recently expelled the rebels. They were travelling in a truck carrying supplies, an obvious potential target for the rebels. When it came under ADF-NALU fire, Subiri was hit three times in the hands and forearm, Hangi sustained two gunshot injuries to the left leg, and Muliwavyo was hit in the head and stomach.Muliwavyo was taken to the main hospital in the town of Oïcha, where he died on 16 February and was buried the same day.In a statement yesterday deploring Muliwavyo’s death and reiterating support for the Congolese offensive against the rebels, the French foreign ministry said: “The protection of journalists, including their protection in war zones, is a priority of our diplomatic action. It is essential that journalists should be able to work freely and safely.”Journalists’ safety has been a leading issue for the international community for months. The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution on the safety of journalists on 26 November that echoed the UN Security Council’s Resolution 1738 of 2006 on the protection of journalists in armed conflicts.In partnership with UNESCO, Reporters Without Borders produced a Handbook for Journalists in 2007 to help journalists to protect themselves while working in dangerous areas.The Democratic Republic of Congo is ranked 151st of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, eight places lower that its position in the 2013 index.Photo : REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya News February 16, 2021 Find out more February 18, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Rebel fire kills TV journalist travelling with military Receive email alerts Journalist arrested on provincial governor’s orderscenter_img News Help by sharing this information February 24, 2021 Find out more News Reporter jailed in DRC for allegedly defaming parliamentarian Democratic Republic of CongoAfrica February 18, 2021 Find out more News to go furtherlast_img read more


Return to censorship under state of emergency condemned as “unacceptable”

first_img ChadAfrica News Many historic publications threatened with closure in Chad Chadian radio stations on strike in protest against violent raid November 27, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Chad Help by sharing this information November 14, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Return to censorship under state of emergency condemned as “unacceptable” The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa December 1, 2020 Find out more ChadAfrica center_img News Receive email alerts RSF_en Reports Reporters Without Borders today condemned the imposition of prior censorship on the print media and a ban on sensitive issues on private radio stations under a state of emergency in the capital, N’Djamena, and six of the country’s regions, which the government decreed yesterday in response to the serious intercommunal violence of the past few weeks. “The return of censorship is unacceptable, and we appeal to the Chadian government to adopt a different way of working with the press during this trying period in the country’s history,” the press freedom organisation said. “Emergency measures to control news and information is not an appropriate response to the problems Chad faces. On the contrary, it will exacerbate tension and foster polarisation, and will not stop information getting out.”Reporters Without Borders added: “This retrograde step is above all the result of the collapse of the dialogue between the government and privately-owned media. Everyone agrees that we would not be where we are now if mechanisms had been established in Chad for the regulation and self-regulation of the media.”The state of emergency was proclaimed at the end of a specially-convened cabinet meeting yesterday. A government statement said it was needed to deal with the bloodshed in which more than 300 people have been killed since 31 October in clashes between Arab and non-Arab communities, above all in the east of the country near the border with Sudan.The decree reintroduced “prior censorship” for privately-owned newspaper and a ban on “radio stations dealing with matters liable to jeopardise public order, national unity, territorial integrity and respect for the republic’s institutions.” The government added that the measures “are due to the fact that government’s repeated warnings and all the recommendations of the High Council for Communication (HCC) are regularly defied.”Under the new measures, the distribution of privately-owned newspapers will require permission from a special unit within the ministry of communication, to which editors will have to submit a provisional copy of each issue. Chad thus becomes one of the world’s very few countries to subject the privately-owned press to prior censorship.After visiting N’Djamena in September 2005, Reporters Without Borders submitted proposals for reforming Chad’s press legislation and recommendations for improving relations between the government and privately-owned media to the Union of Chadian Journalists (UJT). Negotiations between the UJT and the ministry of communication began after the visit but did not result in any consensus. News to go further Organisation October 7, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more


Villanueva: Names Of Deputies In Shootings Will Be Released Within 30 Days

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He said the window will give the department time to assess any possible threats of violence against involved deputies.“That 30-day window will give us the opportunity to measure if there is a threat or not,” he said. “We had one of the recent deputy-involved shootings where there was a very specific threat from a criminal gang from prison, putting what they call a ‘green light’ on deputies. So that name will not be revealed.”The sheriff did not specify which shooting case resulted in the threat. He said if somebody wants to “complain” about the affected deputy’s name being withheld, “Well, you should complain to the people who are making threats against the deputies.”California generally requires departments to disclose the names, but the law provides an exemption: Police must show that an officer’s life would be endangered. … The California Supreme Court ultimately said police departments should release names unless they can show “particularized” threats against officers.Villanueva said deputy names would be posted online during the 30-day window. He said 95 names that had been previously withheld will be released this week.According to the sheriff, the department is “doing a ton of reform measures that we’ll be announcing in the coming days.”The motion approved by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday also called for a review of whether the county, rather than the Sheriff’s Department, can manage the release of records on deputy misconduct, shootings and use of excessive force.Authored by Supervisors Holly Mitchell and Hilda Solis, the motion recommended that attorneys draft a set of best practices for full compliance with Public Records Act requests and Senate Bill 1421, which calls for the release of law enforcement records once held confidential.Mitchell and Solis recommended in the motion that an ordinance be drafted requiring the publication of such records online in a searchable format within 30 days.Villanueva on Wednesday insisted that his department is in full compliance with SB 1421 records requests, despite assertions that there were thousands of overdue records requests. He also repeated his contention that when the department was behind on the requests last year, the county rejected six department requests for funding to help fill the requests.Critics have said the sheriff’s alleged full compliance in responding to SB 1421 requests includes any written correspondence, including confirmation of receipt, rather than a complete response. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more


Black Knight: Delinquency Rate Lowest Since October 2007

first_imgSubscribe  Print This Post April 22, 2014 756 Views About Author: Colin Robins The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Previous: DS News Webcast: Tuesday 4/22/2014 Next: LenderLive Welcomes New Regional Account Manager Black Knight Financial Services Delinquency Rate First Look Foreclosures Inventory 2014-04-22 Colin Robins The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Black Knight Financial Services Delinquency Rate First Look Foreclosures Inventory Black Knight: Delinquency Rate Lowest Since October 2007 Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img in Daily Dose, Featured, Headlines, Market Studies, News Colin Robins is the online editor for He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts from the University of Texas, Dallas. Additionally, he contributes to the MReport, DS News’ sister site. Home / Daily Dose / Black Knight: Delinquency Rate Lowest Since October 2007 Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Share Save Delinquency and foreclosures rates have declined to levels not seen since October 2007 and 2008, respectively, according to Black Knight Financial Services “First Look” at March Mortgage Data. The company’s Data and Analytics division reported that the share of loans in foreclosure was down nearly 37 percent year-over-year.The company noted that it uses data “derived from its loan-level database representing approximately 70 percent of the overall market.”The total U.S. delinquency rate, classified as loans 30 or more days past due but not in foreclosure, was 5.52 percent in March, a 7.57 percent decline from February.Total foreclosure starts were down 4.24 percent from February, totaling 88,100. March’s figure represented a year-over-year decline of 27.19 percent. Total foreclosure starts in March were a 7 and a half year low.Pre-sale foreclosure inventory fell as well, down 36.6 percent year-over-year and down 4.23 percent month-over-month to settle on March’s pre-sale foreclosure inventory figure of 2.13 percent.The company reported that the non-current loan population dropped below 4 million for the first time since November 2007 to 3.8 million. The number of properties 30 or more days overdue was 2.7 million, down 200,000. Properties 90 days past due, but not in foreclosure, were approximately 1.2 million, a decline of 43,000 properties from February.The five states with the highest percentage of non-current loans were Mississippi (13.39 percent), New Jersey (12.93 percent), Florida (12.1 percent), New York (11.09 percent), and Maine (10.58 percent).The five states with the highest percentage of properties in serious delinquency (90 plus days past due) were Mississippi (5.28 percent), Nevada (4.06 percent), Rhode Island (3.78 percent), Alabama (3.55 percent), and Massachusetts (3.49 percent). Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days agolast_img read more


The Results are In: How Did the Presidential Candidates Fare on Super Tuesday?

first_img Tagged with: Housing Market Presidential Election Super Tuesday The Results are In: How Did the Presidential Candidates Fare on Super Tuesday? Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago March 2, 2016 988 Views in Featured, Government, News Share Save Xhevrije West is a talented writer and editor based in Dallas, Texas. She has worked for a number of publications including The Syracuse New Times, Dallas Flow Magazine, and Bellwethr Magazine. She completed her Bachelors at Alcorn State University and went on to complete her Masters at Syracuse University. Is Rise in Forbearance Volume Cause for Concern? 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img Housing Market Presidential Election Super Tuesday 2016-03-02 Brian Honea Home / Featured / The Results are In: How Did the Presidential Candidates Fare on Super Tuesday? About Author: Xhevrije West  Print This Post Previous: Fannie Mae’s Mortgage Portfolio Kicks Off 2016 With Rare Expansion Next: CFPB: Mortgages Remain the Most Complained About Financial Product Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago It was survival of the fittest among the 2016 presidential candidates on Super Tuesday as they endured 12 primaries and caucuses in different states, ultimately putting their campaigns to the test. Who came out on top and what do these hopefuls intend to contribute to housing in the U.S.?Super Tuesday, also known as the SEC Primary, consists of primaries in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Vermont, and party caucuses in Alaska, Colorado, and Minnesota.A total of 661 Republican delegates will be allocated, based on Super Tuesday, and 865 delegates for Democrats, according to Politico. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump reeled in big wins in the South for Super Tuesday.NPR reported:On the Republican side, Trump has won seven states: Virginia, Arkansas, Alabama, Tennessee, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Georgia. Sen. Ted Cruz won his home state of Texas and eked out a surprise victory in Oklahoma. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio finally got his first outright win by taking the Minnesota caucuses.In the Democratic race, Clinton also captured seven states: Georgia, Virginia, Texas, Alabama, Tennessee, Massachusetts and her onetime home of Arkansas. Sen. Bernie Sanders took his home state of Vermont and also picked up wins in the Colorado and Minnesota caucuses.Source: The New York TimesAs the 2016 presidential election grows closer and candidates’ campaigns pick up speed, there is one topic that has been considered to be a taboo among those in the race to the White House. Many in the mortgage industry still do not have a clear picture of what exactly these candidates intend to do for the U.S housing market.Back in 2006, prior to the housing crisis, Trump started a mortgage company called Trump Mortgage. According to multiple media reports, Trump believed that his company would be successful despite forecasts of an uncertain future.”As a presidential candidate a decade later, Trump says he would use the skills that made him successful in real estate to fix Washington,” a recent report from Independent stated. “His decision to embrace the mortgage business illustrates the potential dangers of a business philosophy that has relied in part on a willingness to put aside the advice of experts and take risks.”Housing policy has been a muted subject among all of the presidential candidates throughout their speeches, debates, and plans for the U.S., but one presidential hopeful has finally broke the silence.After months of hearing about Wall Street reforms, former Secretary of State and Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton, released her “Breaking Every Barrier Agenda,” which outlines intentions to revitalize the economy and includes a substantial housing investment.Interestingly, the agenda, or the $125 billion , will be paid for by a tax on Wall Street, which Clinton’s campaign believes will ensure that the “major financial institutions that contributed to the Great Recession are doing their part in bringing back the communities it hurt the most.”A $25 billion portion of the $125 billion-dollar Economic Revitalization Initiative will be dedicated to “lifting more families into sustainable homeownership and connecting housing to opportunity,” according to a factsheet on Clinton’s campaign site.”Homeownership is about more than just owning a home,” Clinton’s campaign explained. “It is about putting roots down in a community with better schools, safer streets and good jobs. And it is about building wealth, as homeowners build equity in their home one mortgage payment at a time. But this opportunity is increasingly out of reach for too many families, particularly families of color…We must make sure that everyone has a fair shot at homeownership.” Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more