Italy iGaming Dashboard – June 2020

first_img23rd June 2020 | By contenteditor While sports betting has not yet recovered from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) enforced sporting suspension, a robust performance from online casino meant the market grew year-on-year in May.Total revenue across all products climbed to €169.6m, a 20.7% improvement on May 2019’s €140.4m figure.Growth was underpinned by a stellar performance for online casino, with revenue rising 50.9% to €105.5m and beating the previous monthly record of €98.3m, set in April this year.While PokerStars remained the market leader for online casino, its share dipped slightly from the operator’s all time high of 14.2% of revenue reported in April, to 13.9%.Coming in second was Sisal, which accounted for 8.6% of all casino revenue, followed by third-placed Lottomatica, on 7.4%.Lottomatica’s growth came at the expense of 888 Holdings, which fell from second place in April to fifth in May, on 6.8%. Snai experienced a month-on-month decline in market share, though from 7.2% to 7.0%.Turning to poker tournaments, while revenue was up 128.9% year-on-year to €14.4m, it fell 30.1% from April’s €20.6m, an all-time record. Cash games revenue was also down compared to April, though its total of €8.8m represented a 74.8% increase from May 2019.For each product, PokerStars remained the market leader by far, with no other competitors even reaching double figure shares.May also saw the sports betting vertical begin to recover, having hit a low of €20.9m in April, at a time when all major sports were suspended as a result of Covid-19. That figure represented the lowest monthly total for betting since February 2017.In May, revenue amounted to €35.4m, down 37.1% from May 2019, but up 69.2% from April. This was almost all generated online, with Italy’s betting shops only reopening from 15 July. This resulted in the retail channel posting a €13,693 loss, based on payouts for bets placed before the shutdown.This resulted in Bet365 leading the market with a 17.6% share of revenue, ahead of Playtech’s Snaitech on 13.9%. Sisal came in third on 12.1%, ahead of PlanetWin365 operator SKS365 on 10.9%.All data and figures from the regulator are processed by leading European corporate advisory firm Ficom Leisure, a specialist in all segments of the betting and gaming sector.Ficom Leisure also provides monthly figures on the New Jersey online market in the New Jersey iGaming Dashboard, Pennsylvania in the Pennsylvania iGaming Dashboard, Indiana in the Indiana iGaming Dashboard and Iowa in the Iowa iGaming Dashboard, all of which are available on iGB North America.It also provides quarterly figures on the Spanish online market in the Spain iGaming Dashboard, the Portuguese market in the Portugal iGaming Dashboard, and the Danish market in the Denmark iGaming Dashboard. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Bingo Regions: Europe Southern Europe Italy While sports betting has not yet recovered from the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) enforced sporting suspension, a robust performance from online casino meant the market grew year-on-year in May. Topics: Casino & games Sports betting Bingo Poker Tags: Card Rooms and Poker Mobile Online Gambling Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter Italy iGaming Dashboard – June 2020last_img read more

Should you buy FTSE 100 shares in the stock market rally, or wait for the next crash?

first_img We’ve seen an impressive stock market rally since 23 March. The FTSE 100 is now up by more than 25% from the lows seen just over two months ago.With most countries now exiting lockdown, investors appear to be very optimistic about the outlook for the economy. Taking a long-term view, I feel the same. History tells us we’re usually able to overcome most problems. However, I’m concerned that, in the short term, there could still be a lot of bad news to digest.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Hope vs reality?The current stock market rally seems to be built on the hope that companies’ earnings will quickly return to 2019 levels. What worries me is that many haven’t provided profit guidance for the current year. They don’t know what’s going to happen — yet.Over the next few months, the outlook should start to clear. When this happens, I think some of the numbers we’ll see will be worse than expected. This shouldn’t be a big surprise to investors.However, the FTSE 100 is trading on 15 times earnings, as I write. This suggests to me that investors aren’t expecting major cuts to profit forecasts. So if we do get bad news later this year, I think there’s a risk the stock market rally could come to a sudden halt.What about 2021?It’s pretty obvious that many companies’ profits will be devastated this year. Retailers, travel operators, restaurants, and pub chains are all obvious candidates. They’ve had to shut down their businesses for two months and must now start up again under difficult conditions.If things go well, many of these businesses could return to more normal trading in 2021, assuming social distancing requirements can be relaxed.However, I think there’s a second, bigger risk we need to worry about. A recession seems likely, given the massive drop in economic activity that’s resulted from lockdown. Some businesses — such as airlines and car manufacturers — appear to be preparing for a longer period of weak demand. Several big airlines have announced major job cuts, as have some car manufacturers.I think these cutbacks could drive a second round of bad news later in 2020, as industrial firms involved in these sectors (and others) warn of a fall in new orders and cut jobs. In turn, this could lead to rising unemployment and pressure on consumer businesses and housing, especially in the UK’s regional markets.What am I doing in the stock market rally?So what should you do? Personally, I’m continuing to buy FTSE 100 shares selectively, if I think they offer good value and long-term growth potential.Sectors where I can see decent opportunities include some technology stocks, defensive consumer goods and luxury items. By contrast, I’m being more cautious about buying industrial stocks exposed to cyclical sectors, such as transport. I’m also staying away from property and housebuilders, except in London.I won’t chase stocks higher that already look fully priced to me as I expect to see more volatility later this year, which could provide better buying opportunities. I think the secret to making money from this stock market rally is to be very selective. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Image source: Getty Images. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Roland Head has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Should you buy FTSE 100 shares in the stock market rally, or wait for the next crash? Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!center_img Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. Roland Head | Saturday, 6th June, 2020 | More on: ^FTSE See all posts by Roland Head Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Enter Your Email Addresslast_img read more

Alongside GlaxoSmithKline, I’d buy this FTSE share to make a million

first_img I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. As part of a diversified portfolio, I reckon the FTSE 100 pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (LSE: GSK) could be a share to help me make a million. But it isn’t the only share in the wider healthcare sector I’d buy today.One of the greatest attractions to me is the way GSK keeps pumping out shareholder dividends. It’s true the directors haven’t raised the dividend for a few years, but they haven’t reduced or axed it either – even during the Covid-19 crisis.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Steady progressWorries about the timing-out of patents are receding. The company is rebuilding earnings gradually. It’s also restructuring, and the business keeps generating plenty of cash to support shareholder dividend payments.In one example of progress, the company announced at the end of July it’s in advanced discussions with Sanofi to supply up to 300m doses of Covid-19 vaccine. Those talks relate to a vaccine candidate using Sanofi’s recombinant protein-based technology combined with GSK’s pandemic adjuvant system. Both companies reckon they will make their Covid-19 vaccine affordable and available globally.I think the news underlines how well-placed the company is in the healthcare environment. My guess is those dividends will keep on coming in the years ahead. And with the share price near 1,586p, the yield is running at about 5%. I’d collect the income and reinvest it to help compound my way to a million.But I’d go for the growth on offer with the FTSE 250’s UDG Healthcare (LSE: UDG) too. The company has a more-than-30-year history of dividend payments and the curve has been generally up. So, from UDG, I’d expect a rising income and capital appreciation from a climbing share price. With a long-term holding period in mind, I reckon UDG can help me invest my way to a million from shares.Global operationsUDG operates in the wider healthcare sector. Around 68% of operating profit comes from advisory, commercial and clinical services. And the company derives 32% from clinical trial management and contract packaging services. One way of looking at it is that UDG provides some of the ‘picks and shovels’ needed by the healthcare industry, rather than producing drugs and treatments.Operations are global. Last year, the firm earned around 64% of revenue in North America. Some 19% came from the UK, and 17% from the rest of the world. Meanwhile, today’s trading update covers the three months to the end of June. And UDG is one of those companies that has managed to keep trading through the pandemic after taking precautions such as requiring many of its staff to work from home.Previously, the directors suspended the interim dividend, but have today announced that it will be paid to shareholders. I reckon that’s a good sign and underlines the strength of trading as well as the financial robustness of the business.With the shares at 746p, the forward-looking earnings multiple for the trading year to September 2021 is about 18.5 and the anticipated dividend yield is just below 2%. That’s not a bargain valuation. But I think UDG could shape up to be a steady grower in the years ahead and contribute to a diversified portfolio of shares aimed at making a million. Image source: Getty Images. Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! Enter Your Email Address Alongside GlaxoSmithKline, I’d buy this FTSE share to make a millioncenter_img “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Kevin Godbold has no position in any share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended GlaxoSmithKline and UDG Healthcare. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Kevin Godbold | Wednesday, 5th August, 2020 | More on: GSK UDG Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. See all posts by Kevin Godboldlast_img read more

Consultative Council ready to stand by religious minorities

first_img Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Virtual Episcopal Latino Ministry Competency Course Online Course Aug. 9-13 Rector Pittsburgh, PA Press Release Service Advocacy Peace & Justice, Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Martinsville, VA Anglican Communion, Submit an Event Listing In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Rector Belleville, IL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Tags An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Hopkinsville, KY New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Youth Minister Lorton, VA Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC [Episcopal News Service — Auckland, New Zealand] The Anglican Consultative Council apparently will go on record at its Oct. 27-Nov. 7 meeting here as deploring persecution of religious minorities in Pakistan.On Nov. 3 (local time) the council discussed a resolution that, in its proposed form, says in part that Pakistan’s blasphemy laws “while protecting Islam and the Prophet, are vaguely formulated and are increasingly being arbitrarily enforced by the police and judiciary in a way which amounts to harassment and persecution.”The resolution calls for repeal of the laws and that the government take steps to “prevent their unjust application” pending that repeal. It also asks the government to protect the life and property of religious minorities and immediately stop abductions, forced conversions and forced marriages.While the members were prepared to pass the resolution on Nov. 3, they decided to send it back to the resolutions committee to perfect language that would call on each communion province to contact directly their government’s diplomatic agencies and representatives of the Pakistani government in their countries in order to express their concerns.“I think you are assured of a positive outcome of this resolution,” ACC Chair and Diocese of Southern Malawi Bishop James Tengatenga told Archbishop Samuel Azariah, moderator of the Church of Pakistan and bishop of Raiwind, as the council loudly applauded.Azariah had moved the resolution; saying he did so standing before the council “in pain and in agony.”He noted that when Pakistan was created there was a pledge of equal rights for all religious minorities but “today the religious minorities in Pakistan are facing serious threats to their existence.”“It is not only an issue of their human rights; it is an issue of existence for us in our context,” Azariah said.Archbishop Ikechi Nwachukwu Nwosu of the Province of Aba, Church in Nigeria, said most of the words of the resolution could apply to Christians in the northern part of his country. Nwosu and the other Nigerian ACC members recently called for prayers, fasting and other support of religious minorities in that country.Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa urged passage of the resolution saying that “part of our communion is hurting and if that part is hurting, we are all hurting.”The resolution, he said, “requires us in a tangible way to express what it is to be communion.”Diocese of Ceylon Bishop Dhiloraj Canagasabey said “hundreds of thousands of Pakistanis” are coming to Sri Lanka because they have been tortured, had their homes burned down or they have escaped abduction attempts.“This needs to stop,” the bishop said.“Important organizations” of the world, including the ACC, must “take this seriously and show the solidarity,” he said.The Ven. Turi Hollis, ACC member from the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia, said his fellow citizens “are fortunate in this county where we don’t live under the threat of terrorism as much as [some Anglicans face] in other parts of the communion”“We still follow and sorrow and grieve with you as these things happen. We don’t always know what practical things we can do to show our support,” he said, adding that the resolution was at least a way of showing solidarity.Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams suggested that the members ought to agree that in addition to standing by religious minorities, “we’re [also] expressing support for all those elements in civil society in Pakistan who are struggling for some kind of open democratic polity,” especially “those of the legal world who are increasingly going public with their discontent.”“It think that it is very important that activists and advocates should hear that we are supporting them as well,” he said.Williams also said he had heard some members suggesting a more general resolution about persecution of religious minorities because “we have a number of instances of persecution of Christians arising in several contexts around the communion.”The Pakistan resolution drew the most discussion among the six that the council considered on Nov. 3. It passed five ecumenism-related resolutions. They include:Resolution 15.13 which welcomes “To Love and Serve the Lord,” a report of the Anglican-Lutheran International Commission; commends it to the communion’s churches for study and action; endorses the study’s recommendations and affirms the establishment of a coordinating committee to take the work forward.Resolution 15.14 which renews the Anglican-Old Catholic International Coordinating Council and commends “Belonging together in Europe: A joint statement on aspects of ecclesiology and mission” as the basis on which to move to a concrete proposal for common mission.Resolution 15.15, which recommends establishment of a dialogue with the World Communion of Reformed Churches.Resolution 15.16, which affirms a report on transitivity (the question of the relationship of different ecumenical agreements to one another) in ecumenical relations and commends it to the communion’s churches, inviting them to implement its recommendations where appropriate.Resolution 15.17, which welcomes “The Church: Towards a Common Vision” from the World Council of Churches, commends it for study and asks WCC members to send their response to both the WCC and the Anglican Communion Office.The ACC will not meet on Nov. 4 (local time) so that members can worship with Anglicans in Auckland and other parts of the province, and learn about their mission and ministry. The members will discuss their so-called “Mission Encounters” when they return to Holy Trinity Cathedral (http://www.holy-trinity.org.nz/) on Nov. 5.ACC backgroundThe ACC is one of the four instruments of communion, the others being the archbishop of Canterbury (who serves as president of the ACC), the Lambeth Conference of Anglican bishops, and the Primates Meeting.Formed in 1969, the ACC includes clergy and lay people, as well as bishops, among its delegates. The membership includes from one to three persons from each of the Anglican Communion’s 38 provinces, depending on the numerical size of each province. Where there are three members, there is a bishop, a priest and a lay person. Where fewer members are appointed, preference is given to lay membership. The ACC’s constitution is here.The council meets every three years or four years and the Auckland meeting is the council’s 15th since it was created.The Episcopal Church is represented by Josephine Hicks of North Carolina; the Rev. Gay Jennings of Ohio; and Bishop Ian Douglas of Connecticut.Jefferts Schori is attending the meeting in her role as a member of the Anglican Communion Standing Committee, which met here prior to the start of the ACC meeting. Douglas is also a member of the Standing Committee.A complete list of the ACC15 participants is here.All ENS coverage of ACC15 is here.– The Rev. Mary Frances Schjonberg is an editor/reporter for the Episcopal News Service. 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Regulators issue joint alert on working with third-party fundraisers

first_img  76 total views,  4 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis13 Regulators issue joint alert on working with third-party fundraisers Tagged with: Charity Commission Fundraising Regulator trustees Melanie May | 9 November 2016 | Newscenter_img Peter Lewis, Chief Executive of the Institute of Fundraising, welcome the alert from the two bodies, commenting:“Working with fundraising agencies can be an excellent way for charities to reach supporters and raise vital funds allowing them to benefit from skills and resources they may not have ‘in house’. However, charities must always ensure that the values they care about are followed through in the fundraising done in their name”.He added:“It is also essential that anyone asking the public for charitable donations signs up to the Code of Fundraising Practice and the wider charity and direct marketing regulations. Members of the Institute of Fundraising all sign up to the Code of Fundraising Practice, and in August we published a new practical guide for charities on how best to partner effectively with fundraising agencies.”  75 total views,  3 views today 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. The Charity Commission and the Fundraising Regulator have issued a joint alert to charities that fundraise from the public.The alert reminds trustees about complying with their legal trustee duties when overseeing their charity’s fundraising, as set out in the in the Commission’s guidance Charity fundraising: a guide to trustee duties (CC20).It has been issued because The Commission and the Fundraising Regulator say they have significant concerns about a number of cases where trustees have entered into arrangements with third party fundraisers that are not transparent and are detrimental to the charity and its supporters.In the alert, the Commission and the Fundraising Regulator are warning charities to avoid entering into fundraising arrangements that include one or more of the following characteristics:Arrangements with a third party fundraiser which bear the hallmarks of a professional fundraiser arrangement, but are structured to avoid the legal rulesMedium or long term contracts that have very limited termination or adjustment provisionsArrangements in which the charity only benefits from the arrangement at the very end of the contract term, and where there is the possibility that the charity will not benefit at allArrangements where the fees received by, or payments made to third party fundraisers damage public trust and confidence in that charityThe Commission and the Fundraising Regulator have also issued advice reminding trustees of what they must do when working with a third party fundraiser.David Holdsworth, chief operating officer at the Charity Commission, said:“We are aware of and concerned about a growing number of cases where arrangements are in place that appear to be set up in ways that deliberately avoid the statutory regulations. These protections were put in place for the benefit of the public to ensure that fundraising is carried out in a way that is fair, open and transparent. These principles are ones we would reasonably expect any charity to agree with and try to meet in order to uphold the standards that the public, who give so generously to charity, expect.” Advertisementlast_img read more

BBC correspondent tells court he was tortured while detained

first_img TajikistanEurope – Central Asia RSF_en #CollateralFreedom: RSF unblocks eight sites censored during pandemic News Receive email alerts Follow the news on Tajikistan News Organisation News May 14, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information center_img Reporters Without Borders reiterates it call to the judicial authorities to drop all charges against BBC correspondent Urinboy Usmonov, whose trial began on 16 August in the northern city of Khujand.“Usmonov’s claims of being tortured while in detention are shocking,” Reporters Without Borders said. “They must be the subject of a serious investigation and those responsible should be punished. Unfortunately this is just the latest in a long list of irregularities since his arrest on 13 June, including denial of defence rights for a long period, statements obtained under duress and lack of evidence. His acquittal is the only way the authorities can emerge from this without completely discrediting themselves.”The BBC reported on 19 August that during last week’s hearings, Usmonov said he had been burned with lit cigarettes and beaten while detained. After his arrest on 13 June, he was initially accused of being a member of the outlawed Islamist party Hizb-ut-Tahrir. Now he is charged with being in contact with Hizb-ut-Tahrir without telling the authorities. ————15.07.2011-Authorities free BBC correspondent but put him under judicial controlReporters Without Borders is relieved to learn that the authorities have released BBC correspondent Urinboy Usmonov, although they have placed him under judicial control. He had been held since 13 June. His release was announced yesterday by prosecutor general Sherkhan Salimzade. “We are pleased that Usmonov has been freed and is now back with his family after a month in detention, but we reiterate our call for the withdrawal of all the charges against him,” Reporters Without Borders said.His lawyer, Fayziniso Vohidova, told Reporters Without Borders that he was released because “the charges against him were changed, in the absence of evidence against him” and because of “the pressure from the international community and organizations that defend journalists.”Usmonov is now charged with being in contact with the outlawed Islamist party Hizb-ut-Tahrir without telling the authorities.—————–13.07.2011-After being held for one month, BBC reporter must be freed without delayReporters Without Borders reiterates its call for the release of Urinboy Usmonov, a reporter for the BBC’s Uzbek-language service in the northwestern province of Sughd, who has been held by the Tajik security services for exactly a month on suspicion of links to a banned Islamist group.Prosecutor general Sherkhan Salimzade announced yesterday that the investigation has been completed and that the case been passed to the Sughd provincial prosecutor’s office.“The fact that a ‘summary’ of the prosecution case has been sent to President Emomali Rakhmon suggests that all the appeals by journalists and the international community have been noted,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The justice system should nonetheless remain in charge of the case, and we hope that the completion of the investigation leads quickly to an impartial resolution that respects the rules of international law.“As the investigation is now over, there is nothing to prevent this journalist’s conditional release. This should take place without delay. The justice system’s credibility would be greatly reinforced if all the judicial irregularities that have occurred since Usmonov’s arrest were also the subject of a serious investigation.”Usmonov was arrested on 13 June because of his alleged links with Hizb-ut-Tahrir, an Islamist party that is outlawed in Tajikistan. He had been covering a trial of members of the party for the BBC.—————-29.06.2011-Worldwide call for BBC correspondent’s releaseReporters Without Borders today joined a renewed call by BBC staff worldwide today for the immediate and unconditional release of the BBC’s correspondent in Tajikistan, Urinboy Usmonov, who has been held since 13 June in the northwestern town of Kujand and said it was very concerned about his plight.“The apparent dropping of the charge of belonging to an illegal political party, Hizb-ut-Tahrir, shows how very flimsy the accusations against him are,” the organisation said. “The authorities are now trying to save face. The new charges against him are groundless and also serious violations of media freedom.”Usmonov’s lawyer, Faiziniso Vohidova, said the dropping of the charge indicated that the GNKB secret police did not have enough evidence. But he still faces accusations of not informing the authorities of his journalistic contacts with the party and of reporting its statements. Usmonov has all the official accreditation he needs to do his job. Vohidova noted that a journalist is “not obliged to tell the authorities of his investigations, which would violate the principle of the privacyof sources.” The only “evidence” against him were a few books and documents of the party found on his computer.“As we said when he was arrested, having this material and the fact that he met two party members was part of his normal journalistic work of investigating the party, “ Reporters Without Borders said.Vohidova and the head of the BBC’s central Asian service, Hamid Ismoilov, saw how physically and psychologically fragile he was when they visited him in prison. “Even if he has been allowed to see a doctor since he was switched to preventive detention, his state of health is worrying,” the lawyer said.Usmonov, 59, has diabetes and heart problems and friends say he has been ill-treated. “We don’t know exactly what happened on the night he was arrested,” said Vohidova, who has only been allowed to meet him in the presence of the investigating judge. She said she was hoping to see him alone in the next few days. November 6, 2020 Find out more August 23, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 BBC correspondent tells court he was tortured while detained Tajikistan imposes total control over independent broadcast media August 25, 2020 Find out more to go further News Journalist loses accreditation over report about Tajikistan’s president TajikistanEurope – Central Asia last_img read more

Mike appointed city of culture director

first_imgMIKE Fitzpatrick has been appointed as the director for the National City of Culture 2014.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The board made their announcement this Friday after the position was advertised following the departure of Patricia Ryan last January.This announcement follows the advertisement of the position and the interviews in recent days. He currently holds the position as Interim Head.Commenting on the appointment, Chairman of the Board Mr. Pat Cox said: “We are delighted to have a candidate of the calibre of Mr. Mike Fitzpatrick leading the year. We look forward to building on the success of the first quarter of the year, with Mike in charge for the remainder of the project in tandem with City of Culture team.”Mr. Mike Fitzpatrick has accepted the offer of appointment subject to the agreement of Limerick Institute of Technology to extend the secondment. TAGSCity of Culturefeatured Surgeries and clinic cancellations extended Print No vaccines in Limerick yet Linkedin WhatsApp Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April Twitter Emailcenter_img First Irish death from Coronavirus Advertisement Previous articleFeral cats pose ‘chronic’ problems in RaheenNext articleCanadian Finance Startup with Limerick Roots Announces Dropbox Integration Staff Reporterhttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsBreaking newsMike appointed city of culture directorBy Staff Reporter – April 4, 2014 761 Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Proceedures and appointments cancelled again at UHLlast_img read more

Main Evening News, Sport & Obituary Notices for Tuesday 6th April

first_img WhatsApp Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Pinterest Facebook Twitter Main Evening News, Sport & Obituary Notices for Tuesday 6th AprilAudio Playerhttps://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/EveningNewsTues6thApr.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme DL Debate – 24/05/21 Facebook Previous articleCables cut at house in LetterkennyNext article443 new Covid-19 cases and nine more patients have died News Highland Twittercenter_img Main Evening News, Sport & Obituary Notices for Tuesday 6th April Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows By News Highland – April 6, 2021 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Homepage BannerNewsPlayback News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+ Google+last_img read more

Planning granted for Inishowen asphalt site

first_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Homepage BannerNews Facebook Planning for an asphalt plant development in Inishowen has been granted.There was some local opposition to the development in Burnfoot.Donegal County Council says in assessing the application, the planning authority took into accounty third party submissions.The council says; subject to compliance with conditions, the proposed development would be in accordance with the proper planning and sustainable development of the area. Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Previous articleNews, Sport and Obituaries on Tuesday May 11thNext articleLUH second most overcrowded hospital in Ireland today News Highland By News Highland – May 11, 2021 Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Twittercenter_img Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Planning granted for Inishowen asphalt sitelast_img read more

Post-doctoral Fellow (holding the title of Senior Project Specialist)

first_imgRef.: 502437Work type: Full-timeDepartment: School of Public Health (22400)Categories: Academic-related StaffHong KongApplications are invited for appointment as Post-doctoral Fellow(holding the title of Senior Project Specialist) in the School ofPublic Health (Ref.: 502437), to commence as soon as possiblefor up to two years, with the possibility of renewal subject tosatisfactory performance.The selected candidate will work in a company incorporated by theUniversity of Hong Kong that was established to administer andsupport the University’s innovation endeavours.Applicants should possess a Ph.D. degree with a very strongbackground in artificial intelligence, big data or other relateddisciplines. They should have excellent communication skills,experience in knowledge sharing, a good record of research output,and the ability to work independently as well as in amultidisciplinary team. Experience in artificial intelligence andbig data research will be highly desirable. The appointee willparticipate in applied and methodological work in a Big DataLaboratory, and technology transfer of advanced artificialintelligence in the field of infectious disease research. Workingoff-campus may be required. Those who have responded to theprevious advertisement (Ref.: 502030) need not re-apply.A competitive salary commensurate with qualifications andexperience will be offered, in addition to annual leave and medicalbenefits.The University only accepts online applications for the above post.Applicants should apply online and upload an up-to-date C.V. Reviewof applications will start from November 16, 2020 and continueuntil May 31, 2021 , or until the post is filled, whicheveris earlier.Advertised: Nov 5, 2020 (HK Time)Applications close: May 31, 2021 (HK Time)last_img read more