Gibraltar a ‘natural step’ for Scientific’s sportsbook team

first_img Tags: Online Gambling OTB and Betting Shops Gibraltar a ‘natural step’ for Scientific’s sportsbook team Scientific Games has said that placing a new sportsbook operations team in Gibraltar represents a “natural step” for the company as it seeks to expand across the global sports betting market.The SG Digital arm of Scientific will manage the operation, which will directly support customers with operations services to help grow their sportsbook businesses.SG Digital can manage an entire sportsbook operation for multiple customers across online, mobile and retail.Stuart Weston has been appointed as vice-president of sportsbook operations for SG Digital and will head up the operation. He most recently served as managing director for Superbet and was previously sportsbook product director at William Hill.Keith O’Loughlin, senior vice-president of sportsbook for SG Digital, said the new operation in Gibraltar means that the company is able to support customers “like never before”.“Given the massive opportunity in the US and the continued success of existing markets, the addition of sportsbook operations is a natural step up for our business,” O’Loughlin said.“The team will work directly with our partners to operate and run their sportsbooks, ramping up the value of sports betting for everyone involved. It’s a new ball game, and our partners have asked to tap into our vast knowledge to help with day-to-day sportsbook operations.“Now, we’re completely equipped to offer that capability and support customers in growing their business like never before.”Scientific has been active in the post-PASPA era in the US, striking deals in a number of states and securing early momentum in the regulated sports betting sector.Last month, Scientific went live with Caesars in Mississippi following a successful launch in New Jersey in July.The company recently rolled out virtual sports in Pennsylvania while the state finalises its sports betting regulations and also signed a deal with the Delaware Lottery.Image: RedCoat AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter New team will support customers directly with sportsbook operations 14th September 2018 | By contenteditor Topics: Casino & games Sports betting Strategy Tech & innovation Bingo Bingo Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Email Address Regions: Europe Southern Europe Gibraltarlast_img read more

First National Bank of Botswana Limited (FNBB.bw) 2008 Abridged Report

first_imgFirst National Bank of Botswana Limited (FNBB.bw) listed on the Botswana Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2008 abridged results.For more information about First National Bank of Botswana Limited (FNBB.bw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the First National Bank of Botswana Limited (FNBB.bw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: First National Bank of Botswana Limited (FNBB.bw)  2008 abridged results.Company ProfileFirst National Bank of Botswana Limited is a financial services institution providing products and solutions for personal, business and private clients in Botswana. Its personal banking division offers the standard range of transaction products as well as student accounts, overdrafts and loans and online banking products. The business banking division offers additional services such as purchase order finance, premium credit facilities and commercial property loans. First National Bank of Botswana also provides agricultural solutions, farming enterprise finance, business investment solutions and farm risk insurance finance along with solutions for payments, funding, cash management services to the public sector, and treasury and trade services. The private banking division offers wealth and advisory services, and structured lending services. The banking group facilitates its banking services through the Pick n Pay franchise with a sales and service channel called FNBB Kiosk. First National Bank of Botswana Limited is a subsidiary of First National Bank Holdings (Botswana) Limited.last_img read more

Province IX adopts financial self-sustainability as a focus

first_imgProvince IX adopts financial self-sustainability as a focus Action echoes themes developed during 2011 conference Featured Events 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 Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Rector Tampa, FL Latin America, Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Tags John D. Andrews says: An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Province IX, Submit a Press Release Rector Washington, DC Rector Shreveport, LA In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Director of Music Morristown, NJ An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 By Lynette WilsonPosted Mar 9, 2012 Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs March 10, 2012 at 6:14 pm I spent a week in the Dominican Republic with a team from the Diocese of Nebraska. Since our purpose was to see how our diocese could partner with the Diocese of the Dominican Republic, Deacon Bob Snow took us all over the DR–north to south and east to west. What I saw excited me. The Diocese of the DR is bringing the church to the people by not only meeting their spiritual needs, but also meeting their educational, health, and everyday living needs. What they are doing is truly inspirational. Rector Collierville, TN Rector Pittsburgh, PA 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 Self-Sustainability Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest Rector Smithfield, NC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS center_img Comments are closed. The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Featured Jobs & Calls Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Bath, NC Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Submit an Event Listing Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL [Episcopal News Service] The Province IX Synod, meeting at the Hotel San Juan, Boca Chica in the Dominican Republic on March 8, passed resolutions aimed at moving the province and Cuba toward financial self-sufficiency, and an additional resolution in support of restructuring the Episcopal Church.Bishops, clergy and lay leaders meeting for five days, March 5-9, also re-elected Colombia Bishop Francisco Duque as president and Ecuador Litoral Bishop Alfredo Morante Espana as vice president. Gina Angulo, of the Diocese of Ecuador Litoral, was elected secretary; Darling Martinez, of the Diocese of Puerto Rico, was elected treasurer; and Pragedes Coromoto Jimenez De Salazarr, was elected to serve as the Province IX representative for Executive Council.Synod unanimously adopted a form of Episcopal Church Chief Operating Officer Bishop Stacy Sauls’ resolution, which calls for a Special Commission on Missional Structure and Strategy to develop a plan to restructure the church in a way that maximizes resources available for mission.An effort to move the province toward self-sufficiency began in earnest in March 2011 with a conference in Tela, Honduras. The recent Synod on March 8 adopted a resolution that would allow the Tela steering committee to continue its work as the Committee on Planning and Development of the Province IX Council, and appoint its members “preferably from those who participated in the Tela consultation, with proper representation from the Province IX dioceses and proper gender balance.”  And further, “the committee is entrusted to provide advice, companionship and leadership development to Province IX dioceses as they seek to attain sustainability.”With the support of a $110,000 Episcopal Church Constable Grant, Province IX and various partners – including Trinity Wall Street, Church Pension Fund and the Episcopal Church Foundation – have been developing a sustainability plan that could be implemented in the various contexts expressed in the province’s seven Latin America dioceses, as well as in Cuba.“To me this is a process with different stages and different phases,” said Bishop Wilfrido Ramos-Orench, global partnerships officer for Province IX, in an interview with ENS before the Synod meeting. “People have to own it and commit resources.”Each of the province’s seven Latin American and Caribbean dioceses has a development group. However, moving forward emphasis will be directed to maximize existing and potential resources by providing support based on the Dominican Development Group model, and with additional help from Honduras and Puerto Rico, for the dioceses of Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador Central and Litoral, said Ramos. Under the model, support also would be provided to Cuba, of which the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, the archbishop of the West Indies and the primate of the Anglican Church in Canada have oversight.“The Dominican Republic has been so successful and the idea, at least from my perspective, is to use it as a way to inspire other dioceses to move in that direction,” he said, adding that the intention is to create development groups using the Dominican model as a frame of reference. “Each situation is unique.”Success in the Dominican RepublicIn the last 20 years, the Episcopal Church in the Dominican Republic has grown from 24 congregations to between 65 and 70; the number of clergy has grown from 12 to between 35 and 40; and the number of schools from seven to 25. In 1998, the Dominican Development Group was established to assist in the development and self-sufficiency of the Dominican Episcopal Church. In 14 years, it has raised $10 million to finance the building of infrastructure, including churches, schools, daycare centers and medical clinics.In large part, the development group’s success has come through establishing strong partnerships and relationships, said Bob Stevens, executive director of the DDG and an Episcopal Church missionary, in a telephone interview from his office in Florida.And the number of companion diocese relationships between the Dominican Republic and U.S.-based and Latin American dioceses has grown from four to 13, but he said that’s not to underestimate the impact individuals can make.“Individuals together can make a significant difference through personal involvement in the mission,” said Stevens. “We’ve happened on to a few major donors and hundreds and hundreds of small donors. For example, in almost 14 years we have transferred more than $10 million to the Dominican Republic. One thing I fear is that the overseas dioceses see numbers rather than relationships. Numbers don’t come until you have a strong track record and established relationships … They must see a dynamic, growing church and the financial support will follow.”Stevens said he is “very glad” to work on financial self-sustainability at the provincial level and that in the 14 years of the Dominican model’s operation a lot of knowledge has been gained and lessons learned, still the focus has remained the same.“The focus we have always taken is the ‘non-dependency’ model,” Stevens said. “We wanted to decrease dependence on the U.S. church.”An ongoing processMoving forward, Ramos-Orench expects the process to take at least five years.“It doesn’t happen from one day to another. Sustainability is a process,” he said. “Hopefully there will be some funding made available and the investment made.”The Episcopal Church’s current triennium budgeted $2,993,830 for Province IX. The draft 2013-2015 budget, which Executive Council adopted and sent to the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance in late January, includes a 20 percent increase of $1 million for a total of $5.95 million in grants available for allocation among non-mainland U.S. dioceses. (Specific allocations have yet not been made.)In addition to money from the Episcopal Church, support for financial self-sufficiency efforts has come from other partners.From Feb. 27 – March 5, 2011, more than 75 people gathered in Tela, Honduras, for a Province IX sustainability conference supported by Church Pension Group, Trinity Wall Street, Province IX and an Episcopal Church Constable Grant, the latter funding continued sustainability work in the province throughout 2012.Constable Grant funds have allowed for several leaders to continue to work with the dioceses through 2012, including the Rev. Milton Amparo, a priest from the Dominican Republic and a strategic planning consultant; Humberto Shikiya, the director of the Centro Regional Ecuménico de Asesoría y Servicio (CREAS), a financial self-sufficiency consultancy; and Victor A. Feliberty, a transformational leadership consultant and dean of administration at the Inter American University of Puerto Rico.Following the March meeting in Honduras, a planning committee met in November 2011 in Bogota, Colombia, to refine further the self-sustainability plan.In a telephone conversation from Puerto Rico, Feliberty explained the work of the consultants as it has developed since the Tela conference.“What we are doing now is tied to what we started there,” he said. It’s a five- to 10-year development program for the dioceses. I’m working on leadership development, empowering the diocesan teams, and related to that I presented to the planning committee, the importance of developing a cyber platform, allowing them to be interconnected.”The cyber platform will facilitate interconnectedness and collaboration in support of four areas: continuing education, leadership, planning and resource allocation and financial sustainability.“[They] are very interested in having us help them create awareness of the local talent, help identify what they have already in human resources, physical resources, technological and financial resources,” said Feliberty. “We are trying to help them make a real assessment of what they have and how they are using it, and how they can rethink the way they are doing things.”The clergy, he said, need training in administration, planning and project management and the maximization of resources, and how to empower the laity, who often are creative and willing, but not empowered, he said.By making self-sustainability a priority, it’s expected the leadership will shift the way the province is structured in order to cooperate with an official coordinator and provide the authority for follow-up and oversight to ensure this project can be established, said Feliberty.The bishop and the coordinating team of each diocese will play a key role “in fostering missional planning, development, and sustainability as a diocesan priority and motivating creative efforts from parishes and local groups,” he added in a follow-up e-mail.“Without them the provincial project will not be successful. We need each other positively and productively engaged,” he said. “All members of the Body of Christ are required in this job for the sake of the Latin American Church. Our identity and journey as a community of peoples of many colors and ethnic backgrounds, in constant struggle for making a good living for us and our families, is our strongest internal resource for moving ahead together.”— Lynette Wilson is a reporter/editor for Episcopal News Service. She reported this story from New York. Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Youth Minister Lorton, VA New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Comments (1) Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Albany, NY Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA 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 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Press Release Service Submit a Job Listing Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector Hopkinsville, KY Rector Belleville, IL Rector Knoxville, TN Associate Rector Columbus, GAlast_img read more

Orange County Government celebrates Community Action Month

first_img Please enter your comment! Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 TAGSCommunity Action MonthOrange County Government Previous articleThe Apopka Car Experience opens tomorrowNext articleThe origins of Cinco de Mayo Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here From the Orange County GovernmentOrange County Government is observing National Community Action Month in May with a series of interactive community workshops and events. National Community Action Month was created by the Community Action Partnership to reinforce local agencies’ role in helping low-income families achieve economic stability.In May, Orange County’s Community Action Division is showcasing its programs and partnerships and featuring information on how local families can achieve financial security through a series of events and open houses.In addition to attending the May events, qualifying residents in east Orange County are encouraged to apply for the Family Self-Sufficiency Program. The program is designed to assist low-income residents to achieve economic independence through tuition assistance, vocational training, post-secondary education and state certifications for employment.Education partners in east Orange County include Orange Technical College’s Avalon Campus and Valencia College’s East Campus. The fall application deadline for Orange Technical College is July 23, and Valencia College is Aug. 10. Local residents are encouraged to apply early and meet with an advisor.Featured events include:Saturday, May 5 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.Holden Heights Voter Registration – The YMCA of Central Florida with Orange County’s Community Action Division, Star 94.5 and the League of Women Voters, will host a voter registration drive and information session for high school and college students.Location: Holden Heights Community Center – 1201 20th St., Orlando, FL  32805Wednesday, May 9 | 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.Community Action Board Meeting – Free and open to the public, Orange County’s Family Services Department invites residents to come and share experiences with the Family Self-Sufficiency Program, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the Weatherization program.Location: Orange County Administration – 201 S. Rosalind Ave., Orlando, FL 32801Thursday, May 10 | 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.East Orange Open House –The East Orange Community Center will host an open house to highlight available programs for residents. Education partners in east Orange County, including Orange Technical College’s Avalon Campus and Valencia College’s East Campus, will be onsite to assist qualifying residents with Family Self-Sufficiency Program applications. Location: East Orange Community Center – 12050 E. Colonial Dr., Orlando, FL  32826Wednesday, May 16 | 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.Holden Heights Job Fair –The Holden Heights Community Center will host a job and resource fair featuring the Waffle House, Middlesex Corp., McDonald’s, YMCA of Central Florida, CarePlus Health Plans, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Harbor House of Central Florida, Charity & Love, Holden Heights Neighborhood Association and more.Location: Holden Heights Community Center – 1201 20th Street, Orlando, FL  32805Thursday, May 24 | 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.John Bridges Open House – The Community Center will host an open house event for the community to highlight available programs for residents. Location: John Bridges Community Center – 445 W. 13th Street, Apopka, FL  32703Orange County’s Community Action Division is part of Orange County’s Family Services Department. Its mission is to enhance residents’ quality of life by eliminating the causes and consequences of poverty by mobilizing and directing resources through a collaboration of partnerships by providing accessible quality programs that assist, educate, and promote self-sufficiency.For more information on the Community Action events, e-mail [email protected] or call 407-836-9333. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Please enter your name here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

Spag Bol Project asks pandemic’s ‘accidental savers’ to support Covid-19 vulnerable

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Melanie May | 8 June 2020 | News With a number of charities asking people to donate what they save on transport and coffees during the pandemic, The Spag Bol Project is now asking the nation’s “accidental savers” to donate and support people who are struggling to feed themselves during the Covid-19 pandemic.The Spag Bol Project launched last year and encourages people to reduce their spend and consumption of food and drink and then donate the savings to help those without a home. It has now developed an algorithm to identify and contact up to 1 million households that have been highlighted in a poll of consumers’ changing financial situations since the pandemic began.Its aim is to persuade people to make a donation from money they save to help its partner organisations, which include The Salvation Army and Centrepoint, and support those most in need.The poll by Money Mail & Consumer Intelligence shows that while many are finding it harder to make ends meet as a result of the pandemic, others are managing to save money. These “accidental savers” are benefitting from having lower monthly outgoings on the likes of leisure and entertainment activities, and paying for holidays.Figures from the Bank of England also show that the nation saved £16.2 billion in April. Four in five families told the Mail they have more money to spend since lockdown began, while around 1 in 6 overall declare themselves financially better off. In some cases, individuals say they have up to £500 more disposable income available per month.Meanwhile, a YouGov survey has also discovered that households are ordering fewer takeaways, with 40% of consumers saying their spend in this area has declined since March 23rd, compared to only 16% who say it has increased.Bill Portlock, founder of The Spag Bol Project and CEO of London-based data science consultancy Marketing Metrix, said:“During the pandemic our partner charities are at the forefront of dealing with the most vulnerable, including those affected by homelessness and other groups who desperately need help.“We know a certain segment of the population is unexpectedly saving money and the algorithm we’ve built will help identify these households so we can ask them to consider a donation.“This is where the Spag Bol Project comes in. The charity’s ethos is all about saving money – by cutting down on lavish meals or expensive takeaways in favour of a spag bol, for example – and donating a little of those savings made in lockdown to people who are in desperate need.”  272 total views,  2 views today Advertisement Spag Bol Project asks pandemic’s ‘accidental savers’ to support Covid-19 vulnerable Tagged with: COVID-19 Fundraising ideas About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.  273 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1last_img read more

Venezuela discussions: The government denounces, the opposition wavers

first_imgFirst published July 14 in pagina12.com.ar. Translation by Michael Otto.A massive throng of people passed through the center of Caracas on July 13 to demonstrate their rejection of the United Nations report on Venezuela, presented by Michelle Bachelet, U.N. high commissioner for human rights. A tropical storm soaked the marchers as they made their way to Miraflores Palace.A member of the Bolivarian militia denounces the U.N. High Commissioner’s negative report on Venezuela, during a July 13 march in Caracas.Meanwhile, far from the capital, in the city of Valera, in the state of Trujillo, [opposition leader] Juan Guaidó addressed his followers at a rally: “We aren’t committed to any mechanism, with any action. We know that there are no magic solutions.” He thus tried to contain the criticisms received for his oscillating and contradictory moves — such as threatening force while simultaneously returning to talks in Barbados with Venezuela’s government.As the two contending public meetings took place, Venezuela’s minister of communication, Jorge Rodríguez, held a press conference to inform the people about the detention of three members of the team close to Guaidó, which resulted from an investigation into the attempted coup d’etat on April 30.Rodríguez explained, “One of the lines of investigation corresponds to the theft of regulation weapons belonging to detachment 432 of the Bolivarian National Guard of the Bolivarian National Armed Force that were stolen from the weapons depot of the Federal Legislative Palace by some of the criminal military who were involved in the coup ordered by Juan Guaidó.”Opposition agents caught selling stolen weaponsThe three men were discovered attempting an operation to sell some of the stolen weapons, five AK103 rifles and 10 clips, for $35,000. “[The opposition] present themselves to the world as so-called democrats, as human rights defenders, but in reality they are coup conspirators and criminals. They are always playing a dual game. On the one hand, they sit down with the revolutionary government, but, on the other hand, they persist with their violent agenda,” Rodríguez said.Minister Rodríguez announced that the investigations and evidence will be brought to the talks with the opposition forces in Barbados, which the Norwegian government is facilitating. The minister is part of the [Venezuelan] government delegation along with [Miranda state Governor] Héctor Rodríguez. They are moving forward with the talks in their third public round, following the first two meetings that took place in Oslo, Norway, in May.Héctor Rodríguez spoke during the ceremony celebrating the government’s handing over the 2.7 millionth house built for the Venezuelan people. He had just returned from “three intense days of peace talks with the Venezuelan opposition forces, where we have listened with much patience to the aspirations, reflections and requests made by these various Venezuelan opposition forces.”The content of the talks has been kept confidential. The Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stressed “the importance of taking the utmost precaution in comments and statements regarding the process.” The only thing publicly known is that six (undisclosed) points are on the table. All the rest is based on speculation, rumor, media events and political maneuvering.Pro-imperialist press conferenceOne such media event was a joint press conference on Friday [July 12] attended by Luis Almagro, secretary-general of the Organization of American States; U.S. Special Representative for Venezuela Elliott Abrams; and three opponents from Venezuela.  They included Ivan Simonovic, a fugitive from justice for his involvement in the 2002 coup d’état [which seized President Hugo Chávez and was then forced to release him]. Almagro asserted that the only solution will come from U.S. pressure: “More than what is being negotiated around the table, if anything comes out it’s going to be due to factors external to the talks such as pressure, sanctions and other credible threats made by the U.S. administration.”Venezuela’s ambassador to the U.N., Samuel Moncada, later accused the OAS of sabotaging the dialogue process, since its secretary general “asks for military intervention in Venezuela.” In turn Abrams, who was responsible for arms smuggling and massacres in Central America in the 1980s, said: “I hope that nobody in (the press conference) room knows what’s happening, because the only possibility that the negotiations will be successful is that there will be confidentiality. (…) [S]o needless to say we hope the negotiations will succeed. Interim ‘President’ Guaidó and his team are not negotiating in Barbados because they trust the regime. They are negotiating to end the regime.” (Abrams quote, at 41 minutes into the video, tinyurl.com/yyq2ubd6)None of the parties has shifted from its core position so far. The United States maintains that the departure of President Nicolás Maduro is the key point. Speaking for the Chavismo side [the Venezuelan government], the president of the National Constituent Assembly, Diosdado Cabello, affirmed that there will be no presidential elections: “It is impossible. … [T]here were elections here on May 20 [2018] in accordance with the Constitution and Nicolás Maduro won. That cannot be disputed.” Given clues, media events and rumors — what is known, and what is perhaps most important — is that the talks go on.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

RSF condemns police violence against journalists during demonstrations

first_img RSF_en Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Those injured in the violence included the photographer Fab Enero. 2 May: May 4, 2016 – Updated on May 8, 2016 RSF condemns police violence against journalists during demonstrations Two videos show people being hit while filming or photographing demonstrations.1 May:https://twitter.com/GenderJohnny/status/7268337541… June 4, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns targeted police violence against journalists during recent demonstrations, including those on May Day and recent “Nuit Debout” protests, and urges Prime Minister Manuel Valls to publicly condemn these abuses.RSF has noted an increase in cases of unjustified use of force by the police in recent weeks. The victims include Jaime Alekos, a Spanish journalist who was injured by teargas grenades and rubber bullets on 12 April while filming one of the nighttime “Nuit Debout” protests in Paris. News This violence must be clearly and formally condemned at the highest government level. France is ranked 45th out of 180 countries in RSF’s2016 World Press Freedom Index. Receive email alerts 28 april: RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story FranceEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses to go further “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF sayscenter_img News Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns targeted police violence against journalists during recent demonstrations, including those on May Day and recent “Nuit Debout” protests, and urges Prime Minister Manuel Valls to publicly condemn these abuses. ​ A third video shows stun grenades being fired at journalists covering a demonstration.1 May: News On 1 May, the traditional Labour Day march was marred by violence that was well documented and widely reported on social networks. Organisation Follow the news on France News Help by sharing this information May 10, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns targeted police violence against journalists during recent demonstrations, including those on May Day and recent “Nuit Debout” protests, and urges Prime Minister Manuel Valls to publicly condemn these abuses. June 2, 2021 Find out more FranceEurope – Central Asia Condemning abuses last_img read more

Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil

first_img “Naked Truth” RSF campaign to defend reliable reporting in Brazil BrazilAmericas Protecting journalists Armed conflictsConflicts of interestFreedom of expressionViolence News Em sequência jornalistas Diego Santos, Junior Albuquerque, José Bonfim, Toninho Locutor. Fonte: RSF May 13, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) deplores the extremely tense climate for journalists in Brazil after a series of press freedom violations in recent weeks, including the murders of two journalists. The authorities must punish those responsible and protect media personnel throughout the country, RSF says. Several media outlets and reporters have been the targets of threats or intimidation campaigns while both of the two slain journalists were the victims of execution-style murders five days apart in the northeastern state of Bahia. The circumstances of the murders have yet to be fully clarified. RSF_en The intruders threatened the journalists present, especially show host Júnior Albuquerque. and said they had not appreciated his comments and criticisms of Bolsonaro’s management of the public health crisis. Albuquerque reported the intrusion to the local police. Help by sharing this information Campaigns RSF begins research into mechanisms for protecting journalists in Latin America Santos, who regularly denounces political corruption and the activities of Roraima’s various criminal groups on his programme, is convinced that this threatening message was linked to his work. The police say they have not ruled out any motive. Brazil is ranked 107th out of 180 countries in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index. A few days after the premises of Folha da Região, a local newspaper in Olímpia, a town in the north of São Paulo state, were torched on 17 March, a soldier who is a member of the town’s fire department confessed to having started the fire as an act of “revolt against the press, which is not helping to combat the health crisis.” The police attributed the arson attack to the newspaper’s “defence of scientific and legal measures to address the Covid-19 pandemic.” Investigative reporting on corruption continues to be dangerous. Diego Santos, the host of the “Verdade no Ar” current affairs programme on Norte Boa Vista, a TV channel affiliated to the SBT media group in Boa Vista, the capital of the northern state of Roraima, found an envelope in his mailbox on 1 April containing two .380 pistol cartridges and a note saying: “For Diego Santos.” “All possible light must be shed on these murders,” said Emmanuel Colombié, the head of RSF’s Latin America bureau. “Local and federal authorities must identify those responsible and bring them to justice, and must do everything possible to guarantee the safety of journalists. We are very concerned about the many recent reports of press freedom violations and the current poisonous climate for Brazilian journalists.” José Bonfim Pitangueiras, 43, a producer with TV Record, one of Brazil’s leading TV channels, was mown down on a Salvador street on 9 April by shots fired by gunmen in a car that then drove away. Family members said he had not reported receiving any recent threats in connection with his work. BrazilAmericas Protecting journalists Armed conflictsConflicts of interestFreedom of expressionViolence Reports There have been several serious incidents involving, in particular, journalists who questioned the way the authorities are handling the Covid-19 pandemic. The premises of Rádio Comunidade, a local community radio station in Santa Cruz do Capibaribe, a small town in the northeastern state of Pernambuco, were forcibly invaded on 6 April by four men identifying themselves as supporters of President Jair Bolsonaro. 2011-2020: A study of journalist murders in Latin America confirms the importance of strengthening protection policies to go further Organisation Follow the news on Brazil Weverton Rabelo Fróes, 32, a radio show host and humourist nicknamed Toninho Locutor, was gunned down in Planaltino, a small town 300 km west of the state capital, Salvador, on 4 April. The host of a humorous programme on Radio Antena 1 and the founder and owner of a local amateur radio station, he was killed outside the door to his home by a man who arrived on a motorcycle, opened fire and then drove off. April 27, 2021 Find out more April 15, 2021 Alarm after two journalists murdered in Brazil News Receive email alerts February 19, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Winning numbers drawn in ‘Pick 3 Evening’ game

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SCAORA Writes To SC To Implement Various Suggestions Made By Lawyers On E-Filing, Functioning Of Virtual Courts And Registry

first_imgTop StoriesSCAORA Writes To SC To Implement Various Suggestions Made By Lawyers On E-Filing, Functioning Of Virtual Courts And Registry Nilashish Chaudhary29 May 2020 6:54 AMShare This – xThe Supreme Court Advocates on Record Association (SCAORA) has made a representation to the Supreme Court Secretary General asking for various recommendations made by Advocates on Record and other members of the Bar to be implemented. The letter, signed by SCAORA Secretary, Joseph Aristotle, lays out a number of suggestions that have been made with respect to issues being faced by…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Supreme Court Advocates on Record Association (SCAORA) has made a representation to the Supreme Court Secretary General asking for various recommendations made by Advocates on Record and other members of the Bar to be implemented. The letter, signed by SCAORA Secretary, Joseph Aristotle, lays out a number of suggestions that have been made with respect to issues being faced by lawyers with respect to Helpline numbers, e-filings, Virtual Courts, and also the functioning of the Court’s Registry. Through this representation, the S-G has been urged to take immediate action to ensure smoother functioning of the system. REGARDING HELPLINES It has been urged that a separate and dedicated helpline and email ID be provided to specifically address issues regarding filings and listings amongst other processes to ease the assist advocates in the prevalent system. SCAORA further seeks the provision of a helpline and email address where grievances regarding technical issues could be redressed. This request pertains to non-response from contact details on mentionings and technical support that have already been provided by the Supreme Court. REGARDING REGISTRY SCAORA has sought for matters to be listed in an efficient manner wherein urgent matters must be listed, and defects must be notified and listed post curing, within a certain time frame. It is also urged that a more effective mechanism be put in place with respect to circulation of letters to judges, circulation of certified copies, timely updates about the cause list, and other procedural issues faced by advocates on a daily basis. The suggestions include:- “1. To frame a time limit for listing of the urgent matters from the date of mentioning and prompt action on listing of the same. 2. To frame a time limit for marking of defects and listing from the date of the curing of defects. 3. To frame an organized mechanism for circulation of letters with a provision to send a copy to the email id of the concerned Hon’ble Judge, as in most of the matters; the letters are not communicated to the Hon’ble Judges by the registry. The circulation of letter should be acknowledged with proof. 4. Mechanisms to apply for certified copy online and optionally the certified copy can also be sent vide post to the correspondence address of the AOR (at the expense of the respective AORs). 5. Procedures to apply for deletion of matters- in the proposed list vide circular dt. 22.05.2020. 6. Timely update of names in the cause list (especially with regard to caveats, fresh vakalats, etc), to enable- the AORs to procure the links for VC on time. 7. With regard to any matter filed before 31.0.3.2020., the registry should not insist on A4 size paper and printing/photocopy on back to back. Further the said files may be permitted to be refilled as per the prevailing system. 8. Negligible defects should not be raised by the registry. 9. Clarify vide a circular that the condonation of delay for refiling should be accordance with the order dated 23.03.2020 in SM WP (C) No.3/2020. 10. Not to insist for filing of limitation report on green sheet.” REGARDING E-FILING The numbering, acknowledgement, a timeline for the same and a streamlined mechanism regarding court fee and other procedural requirements have been requested for. Suggestions made to this end are as follows:- “1. To ensure that a diary number is provided promptly on Efiling. 2. Every document filed vide e-ftling has to be acknowledged vide a specific reference number. 3. Every I. A. filed has to be numbered, within a specified period. 4. Organised mechanism for filing of process, as presently the charges for process are not being calculated in accordance to the cause title of the matter. 5. A separate receipt for court fees to be generated immediately upon every payment made vide e-filing. 6. To permit RuPay Card and UPI mode of payment for court fee and other related payments. 7. To provide a separate window for refiling on the dash board of efiling. 8. Annexure may be permitted to be scanned and filed and typed copies to be insisted only when the scanned copies are illegible. 9. To ensure that all documents filed vide e filings are placed timely in the paper books of the Hon’ble Judges., and publish office reports accordingly.” REGARDING VIRTUAL COURTS Stating that the links available currently might not be enough, SCAORA has urged the Supreme Court to provide additional links for Virtual hearings. Not only do limited links reduce the scope for AORs appearing, the current system is also not recording appearances satisfactorily contends SCOARA. In this light it is urged that the appearances ought to be recorded in full, as per emails sent. Additionally it is also stated that lawyers should be allowed to stay on at least till the orders in their cases are pronounced. It is apprised that currently they get disconnected before the order, which should not happen. Notably, it has also been requested that oral mentionings may be allowed before a presiding judge telephonically in matters of great urgency. The comprehensive list of suggestions in this regard is as follows:- “1. A separate and specific circular/notification be issued with regard to the terms for availing the facility for video conferencing in the Supreme Court premises. 2. To inform the Bar the date of commencement of the automated links for VC vide the email id and mobile numbers of the concerned AO Rs. 3. An additional link of appearance be provided to the Advocate On Record, in addition to the presently available two links of Appearance. 4. To ensure that the VC is not locked for the access of AORs who have matter in a particular VC, till the end of the board as the concerned AOR:s who are disconnected due to technical glitches are not able4o join back th-e VC. 5. To ensure that the concerned AOR’s have-proper access to the video and audio in VC .and not disconnect the same till the – orders are pronounced and the next matter is called by the Hon ‘hie Court. 6. To ensure and record appearances completely as emailed by the AOR. At present the appearances are not entered properly, inspite of emails and entries in the whatsapp group formed for links of VC. 7. The helpline number 1881 should be exclusively dedicated only for technical glitches as 1881 is the dedicated helpline constituted as per Para 6 (iv) of the Order dated 06.04.2020 in Suo Motto W.P (C) 5/2020 – In Re- Guidelines for court functioning through video conferencing during covid 19. 8. Further to delete the note that reads as “[ LD. ADVOCATES-ON-RECORD ARE REQUESTED NOT TO SHARE VIDEO CONFERENCING LINK WITH ANYBODY. SHARING OF LINK WILL DEACTIVATE THE ORIGINAL LINK SHARED WITH ADVOCATE-ONRECORD ON HIS E-MAIL.]” in the cause list as sharing/forwarding of links is now advised by the registry, in the whatsapp group created for links to VC. 9. To restore the prior practice, that in case the mentioning/application praying for listing on grounds of extreme urgency is not allowed by the competent authority, the AOR would be permitted to make oral mentioning before the Hon’ble Presiding Judge, over the landline phone at His Lordship’s residential office, in the timings fixed by the competent authority and if upon such mentioning, the matter is allowed, the same could be listed as per the directions of the Hon’ble Judge. 10. To state specific timings of the sitting of the Hon ‘ble Single Judge as in virtual courts the AORs cannot be communicated as to what time the normal court of the Hon’ble Bench be over.” Next Storylast_img read more